8 items from 2012
Rising British actress Hayley Atwell will play a policewoman who becomes obsessed with tracking down the killer of a 15-year-old girl in ITV’s just-commissioned Life Of Crime. The series comes from Ecosse Films, the company behind the upcoming Princess Diana biopic with Naomi Watts and the original UK format of Mistresses, whose U.S. version ABC picked up for next summer. Told in three parts over three decades, the series begins against the backdrop of London’s Brixton riots in 1985 when Atwell’s rookie cop discovers the body of a murdered girl. The drama then follows her professional and personal struggles picking up again in 1997 and 2013. Waking The Dead and Ripper Street‘s Declan Croghan is writing the drama that Oranges & Sunshine‘s Jim Loach will direct. Life Of Crime is produced by Emma Kingsman-Lloyd with Ecosse’s Douglas Rae and Michael Parke exec producing. Ireland’s Octagon Films is co-producer. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
This article originally appeared in If Magazine #141 (June-July 2011).
Cinematographer Denson Baker Acs was born in New Zealand but spent his childhood in Perth, Western Australia. Even though he was a child, he has distinct memories of the time, the atmosphere and the look of the city and its surroundings. It.s this prior knowledge and new research through studying .80s-era movies and photographs that helped Baker prepare for Oranges and Sunshine.
.It was always intended to be subtle and natural, not heavy-handed or obvious,. Baker tells If magazine from Bali. .We wanted to capture an atmosphere of a time and a place, not necessarily reference any films of the past..
Set in Perth, the filmmakers opted to shoot in Adelaide, which retains much of its past. Other parts of the film were shot in Nottingham, England . Margaret Humphreys. hometown. Director Jim Loach.s first choice was to shoot on 35mm »
- Sam Dallas
See-Saw, owned by Sydney-based Emile Sherman and UK-based Iain Canning, is currently in production on its first television show, Top of the Lake, a six-part series being directed by Jane Campion for BBC2, UKTV Australia and the Sundance Channel . and for distributor BBC Worldwide.
Laurenson was executive producer for BBC Films & commissioning editor for drama for BBC 4 for four years. Films he was involved in included An Education, My Week With Marilyn, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and the documentary Project Nim, and his television credits include Toast and Holy Flying Circus.
.Jamie is the perfect fit for our company,. said See-Saw in a statement. .As an incredibly experienced film and television executive we are excited by his decision to focus solely on developing and growing our television business. »
- Sandy George
Last year, production designer Melinda Doring won the If Award for Best Production Design for Australian-uk drama Oranges and Sunshine as well as an Aacta award for for her work on The Eye of the Storm. She tells fellow production designer John Rohde how she created the production design for Oranges and Sunshine while working on a tight budget.
John Rohde: How did you get involved with the film?
Melinda Doring: Oranges and Sunshine producer Emile Sherman (See Saw Films) suggested me to his UK co-producer Camilla Bray (Sixteen Films). I happened to be in the UK in the beginning of 2009 having just finished another UK -Australian co-production, The Boys Are Back, so I had the opportunity to meet with the director Jim Loach in London.
- Melinda Doring
Last year, production designer Melinda Doring won the If Award for Best Production Design for Australian-uk drama Oranges and Sunshine as well as an Aacta award for for her work on The Eye of the Storm. She tells fellow production designer John Rohde how she created the production design for Oranges and Sunshine while working on a tight budget. John Rohde: How did you get involved with the film? Melinda Doring: Oranges and Sunshine producer Emile Sherman (See Saw Films) suggested me to his UK co-producer Camilla Bray (Sixteen Films). I happened to be in the UK in the beginning of 2009 having just finished another UK -Australian co-production, The Boys Are Back, so I had the opportunity to meet with the director Jim Loach in London. I loved Rona Munro.s script . it »
- Melinda Doring
Welcome to the Inaugural Thurrock International Film Festival!!
The borough of Thurrock in Essex hosts its very first Film festival on Sunday 24th June – Saturday 30th June 2012. The Thurrock International Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the world to participate in one of this year’s biggest events.
Film submissions for the festival are now open, with the closing date on the 1st of May. There is a vast category agenda for the festival so any type of film is welcomed for submission. To submit a film, go onto www.thurrockfilm.co.uk and follow the instructions under submit a film section. Chosen films for the festival will be announced at the end of May.
With sponsors from all over the community wanting to take part, it certainly has come a long way from just a thought in the minds of two university graduates Natalie Williams and Benjamin Scarsbrook. Both »
This week Jason Solomons meets Ralph Fiennes to discuss his directorial debut, Coriolanus. Fiennes talks about the challanges of both starring in and overseeing the transfer of Shakespeare's thorny political tragedy for the big screen, and why he decided to set his version in a war-torn Bosnia.
Jason also meets Emily Watson to talk about her role as Rose in Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of War Horse. Jason also discusses Emily's lead in the heart-wrenching Oranges and Sunshine, directed by Jim Loach and out last year.
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- Jason Solomons, Xan Brooks, Jason Phipps
The first of several top ten film lists from the writers of WhatCulture!
We’ve reached the end of another calendar year, with what could, for once, be an interesting awards season just around the corner. While many of the big contenders for the BAFTAs and Oscars have yet to see the light of day in cinemas, it’s as good a time as any for me to look back on the year that was. And while we have had to endure many a stinker from Messrs. Bay, Snyder and Marshall, and see a number of good directors come unstuck (Ron Howard and Terence Davies spring to mind), there has overall been much to celebrate.
The Coen Brothers kicked things off optimistically with True Grit; while a semi-skimmed effort by their standards, it is far superior to the original. Wake Wood showed that the reborn Hammer is here to stay, »
- Daniel Mumby
8 items from 2012
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