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The 10 Must-See Movies At Sundance 2018

Ben Robins on the ten must-see movies at Sundance 2018…

The ridiculously celebrated indie festival to end all indie festivals will return for another banner year in January, and it’s no doubt set to be another big one. Having kicked off the careers of everyone from the Coen Brothers to Tarantino to most recently, Whiplash and La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, it’s a fairly reliable way to get a heads-up on the brightest and boldest new filmmakers in the biz, so it only makes sense to take a closer look at what’s coming up.

We don’t have much to go on – synopses and the occasional still picture – so lets let the casts and crews speak for themselves.

American Animals (dir. Bart Layton)

Written and directed by documentary vet Layton (the BAFTA winning filmmaker behind 2012’s seriously ace The Imposter), American Animals not only boasts an already
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First Images from Sundance 2018 Films ‘Futile and Stupid Gesture’, ‘Lizzie’, and More

Yesterday, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival announced its full lineup, and along with the films they mentioned, they released the first images for the indies. The festival looks like it has an incredibly strong lineup next year with new movies from Gus Van Sant, Bart Layton, Reed Morano, Boots Riley, and many more. With such an incredible lineup of movies, I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re talking about some of these movies come next year’s awards season. Take a look at images and synopses for some of the higher-profile Sundance movies below. The 2018 Sundance Film …
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'Night Manager' Banner The Ink Factory Enlists Film4's Head of Production

'Night Manager' Banner The Ink Factory Enlists Film4's Head of Production
The Ink Factory, the U.K. banner behind hit spy series The Night Manager and a growing slate of film projects, has expanded its London office with the hire of Tracey Josephs as head of production, along with six new executives in its development, commercial and marketing teams.

Joseph joins from Film4, where she was also head of production and worked across titles including Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Carol, Ex Machina, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as well as upcoming releases including Bart Layton’s American Animals and Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite.

Other appointments include Amy Basil as marketing manager, Aaron Anderson...
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'Night Manager' Banner The Ink Factory Enlists Film4's Head of Production

The Ink Factory, the U.K. banner behind hit spy series The Night Manager and a growing slate of film projects, has expanded its London office with the hire of Tracey Josephs as head of production, along with six new executives in its development, commercial and marketing teams.

Joseph joins from Film4, where she was also head of production and worked across titles including Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Carol, Ex Machina, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as well as upcoming releases including Bart Layton’s American Animals and Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite.

Other appointments include Amy Basil as marketing manager, Aaron Anderson...
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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018

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The fall is often perceived as the launch pad for awards season, as numerous prestige films compete for attention in the final weeks of the year. For much of the film community, however, it’s also the first major window into movies worth talking about next year. That’s because the Sundance Film Festival lineup typically drops in the middle of November, shaking up the holiday season with a mixture of familiar faces and newcomers who could make an impact in Park City this January. With programmers working in overdrive to complete the lineup in the coming weeks, and filmmakers praying to break through as the deadlines loom, we’ve cobbled together as much intel as we can for this extensive preview featuring dozens of promising titles that stand a good chance at making their way to Sundance this year. As usual, we’ve tried to avoid projects that are
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Film4 secures £25m budget for 2017/18

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Upcoming slate includes new films from Steve McQueen, Mike Leigh, Lenny Abrahamson and Ben Wheatley.

Film4 boss Daniel Battsek last night confirmed that the division has secured a £25m budget for 2017/18 for the second year in a row.

The funding boost once again gives the broadcaster a significantly increased war chest on the £15m it was previously allocated and the £10-13m of BBC Films.

The division’s funding was increased to the record £25m in 2016 under the stewardship of former director David Kosse.

Speaking at the company’s annual pre-Cannes bash, Battsek, who took over from Kosse last July, praised outgoing Channel4 boss David Abraham for his commitment to Film4 and lamented the departure of Film4 head of creative Rose Garnett who is departing to lead BBC Films.

Cannes titles

Film4 has backed four of the five UK features heading to Cannes. Three play in Official Selection: Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing Of A Sacred Deer and Lynne
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All3Media Rides Off With Raw and Betty

All3Media has acquired “Harley and the Davidsons” and “The Undateables” production companies Raw and betty from Discovery Communications, it announced Wednesday.

The acquisition sees Raw and betty added to All3Media’s growing roster of production labels, which include Sam Mendes and Pippa HarrisNeal Street Productions. The London-based independent television, film and digital production and distribution company bought “Fleabag” production company Two Brothers Pictures in February.

Raw and betty produce a slate of documentary, factual entertainment, reality and drama formats for both the U.K. and U.S. Discovery acquired betty in 2011 and Raw in 2014. Both production outfits were founded in 2001.

Raw and betty are both incredibly strong creative businesses with very exciting production and development slates and hugely talented and well respected teams,” said All3Media CEO, Jane Turton. “Acquiring Raw and betty strengthens our content offering and talent base in the U.K., U.S. and internationally.”

Raw announced in April that it was set to
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Film4 Options ‘Mothering Sunday’ for Development with Number 9 (Exclusive)

Film4, the movie arm of Britain’s Channel 4, has optioned the rights to Booker Prize-winning author Graham Swift’s 2016 novel “Mothering Sunday” for development with Number 9 FilmsElizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, who most recently teamed with Film4 on “Carol.”

The project represents Film4’s first significant announcement of an acquisition of material for development since Daniel Battsek took the reins as Film4 director last year.

Alice Birch, writer of the critically acclaimed and award-winning “Lady Macbeth,” is attached to write the screenplay to “Mothering Sunday.”

The story starts on March 30, 1924, which is Mothering Sunday. “How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never-to-be forgotten day, will her future unfold?” according to a statement.

“Beginning with an intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, ‘Mothering Sunday’ has at its heart both the
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Escape Planned: Bart Layton’s “American Animals” Arrests Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan & Jared Abrahamson

One of the most anticipated projects from the Sundance film labs is getting into gear for an immient shoot and Variety reports that Blake Jenner (most recently seen in Shawn Christensen’s Sidney Hall), Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd (seminal perf in Zobel’s Compliance) and legend veteran Udo Kier have been cast alongside Evan Peters in Bart Layton‘s fictional feature debut.

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Blake Jenner, Four Others Join Evan Peters in Indie Heist Film ‘American Animals’

Blake Jenner, Four Others Join Evan Peters in Indie Heist Film ‘American Animals’
Rising star Blake Jenner has joined the cast of Bart Layton’s “American Animals.” The actor was one of five new cast additions announced Thursday. Young actors Barry Keoghan and Jared Abrahamson will also join the heist film, alongside veteran character actors Ann Dowd and Udo Kier.

American Animals” is Layton’s first film since his BAFTA-winning documentary “The Imposter” and marks his first foray into narrative feature film. It is based on the true story of four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history. Evan Peters also stars.

Layton also wrote the film which is a Raw production, co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film. It is produced by Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales.

The film is expected to begin principal photography later this year in the U.
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Berlin: Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson Join 'American Animals'

Berlin: Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson Join 'American Animals'
Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, Jared AbrahamsonAnn Dowd and Udo Kier have joined Bart Layton's heist crime-drama American Animals. The group joins Evan Peters, who was previously announced to star.

The story is based on the true story of four men who under the delusion that they are characters in a movie, commit one of the boldest heists in American history.

The film is co-financed by AI Film and Film4, while Layton's production company Raw is producing. Sierra/Affinity is in charge of international sales at the Berlin Film Festival this week.

Layton, who wrote and will direct the film, is most well known for 2012...
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Evan Peters To Star In Bart Layton’s Heist Pic ‘American Animals’

Evan Peters To Star In Bart Layton’s Heist Pic ‘American Animals’
Bart Layton is set to write and direct heist film American Animals, starring Evan Peters. Film4 and Len Blavatnik's AI Film will co-finance and develop the film, which Nick Meyer's Sierra/Affinity will be selling to buyers at the American Film Market this week. Based on a true story, it follows four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history. It's described as a wild story of money, movies and the search…
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AFM: Evan Peters to Star in Heist Movie ‘American Animals’

AFM: Evan Peters to Star in Heist Movie ‘American Animals’
X-Men” and “American Horror Story” star Evan Peters has boarded the heist movie “American Animals” with Bart Layton directing from his own script.

Principal photography of the film is slated to begin early 2017 in the U.S. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales of the project starting at the American Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group is handling the U.S. sale of the film.

“American Animals” will be a Raw production, co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film. Producers are Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger, and Mary Jane Skalski. Executive producers of the project are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik via the AI Film banner; David Kosse; Film4’s Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek; and Tory Metzger via the Lava Bear Films banner.

The film will focus on the “unbelievable but mostly true story” of four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted
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Evan Peters to Star in Indie Heist Movie ‘American Animals’

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Evan Peters to Star in Indie Heist Movie ‘American Animals’
American Horror Story” star Evan Peters will topline the indie heist movie “American Animals from writer-director Bart Layton (“The Imposter”), TheWrap has learned. Based on a true story, the movie follows four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history. Principal photography of the film is slated to begin early 2017 in the U.S. Also Read: 'American Horror Story': Fans Rejoice Over Evan Peters' Return The film will be co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film. Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski are producing.
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Sierra, Film4, AI Film team on 'American Animals' with Evan Peters

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Sierra, Film4, AI Film team on 'American Animals' with Evan Peters
Exclusive: X-Men and American Horror Story star to lead Bart Layton’s heist movie; Lava Bear among executives on Raw production.

X-Men and American Horror Story star Evan Peters will lead cast in Bart Layton’s (The Imposter) heist movie American Animals.

Sierra/Affinity has boarded sales on the true story, which is co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film.

The Raw production, produced by Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski, charts the story of four young Us men who undertake a foolhardy heist.

Executive producers of the project are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik via the AI Film banner; David Kosse; Film4’s Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek; and Tory Metzger via the Lava Bear Films banner.

Principal photography of the film is slated to begin early 2017 in the Us. Sierra/Affinity will launch the project at this year’s American Film Market.UTA Independent Film Group is handling the Us
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Sierra, Film4, AI Fim team on 'American Animals' with Evan Peters

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Sierra, Film4, AI Fim team on 'American Animals' with Evan Peters
Exclusive: X-Men and American Horror Story star to lead Bart Layton’s heist movie; Lava Bear among executives on Raw production.

X-Men and American Horror Story star Evan Peters will lead cast in Bart Layton’s (The Imposter) heist movie American Animals.

Sierra/Affinityhas boarded sales on hte true story, which is co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film.

The Raw production, produced by Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski, charts the story of four young UK men who undertake a foolhardy heist.

Executive producers of the project are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik via the AI Film banner; David Kosse; Film4’s Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek; and Tory Metzger via the Lava Bear Films banner.

Principal photography of the film is slated to begin early 2017 in the Us. Sierra/Affinity will launch the project at this year’s American Film Market.UTA Independent Film Group is handling the Us sale
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Tickled review

Ryan Lambie Published Date  Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 12:30

In David Cronenberg's freakish, genre-bending classic Videodrome, a sleazy cable TV boss seeks out the most sleazy entertainment he can find to put on his channel - but then discovers a disturbing underworld that he wished he'd never seen.

There are several curious parallels between Tickled, a new feature-length documentary hailing from New Zealand, and Cronenberg's 1982 movie - not that Tickled's reporter, director and narrator has much in common with Max Renn, the protagonist of the latter. But TV reporter David Farrier, who normally specialises in those fluffy stories you see at the end of the news, soon finds himself in way over his head when he starts investigating something called "competitive endurance tickling" - a supposed sport that fronts for something far more sinister.

It all begins when Farrier stumbles on a company called Jane O'Brien Media, and one
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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘The Next Skin’

Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘The Next Skin’
“Is he or isn’t he?” is the question driving the frost-bitten assumed-identity thriller “The Next Skin” — though even if answered, the matter of exactly who “he” is would continue to hang in the balance. Intriguing in its setup, as a surly, long-missing 17-year-old boy is reunited with a mother he claims not to remember, Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campos’ co-directed effort finally has a few too many unknown factors to fully capture the imagination: With its characters held at arm’s length from us throughout, it’s not always easy to invest emotionally in the disentangling of their past. Reminiscent in its premise of Bart Layton’s fascinating 2012 documentary “The Imposter,” albeit with the melodrama ramped up a notch or two, this Spanish-Swiss co-production scooped multiple awards on home turf at the Malaga Film Festival; while a little slack in execution, it has a strong enough hook to snag modest international distribution.
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Daniel Battsek Takes Over as Director of Film4

Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham has announced that Daniel Battsek will join the corporation as Director of Film4, following the news that David Kosse is to step down to join Stx Entertainment.

Battsek will join Film4 in July, relocating to the UK from New York after fulfilling his contract as President of Cohen Media Group - where he has overseen the acquisition and release of projects including back-to-back Oscar® nominees "Timbuktu" and "Mustang," as well as a development and production slate of films that includes John Williams’ renowned novel Stoner, a co-production with Film4. Prior to this role Daniel was President of National Geographic Films, and before that President, Filmed Entertainment at Miramax Films.

David Kosse will continue working for Film4 during the transition period on a consultancy basis until October.

Battsek will inherit the increased spend announced by David Abraham and David Kosse in February 2016 of £25 million for the year, with the ambition of maintaining similar increased levels of Film4 funding in future years.

Under Battsek’s leadership, Film4 will continue to seek out new partnerships like those announced with Fox Searchlight and Fp Films in February, which allow the company to take a greater stake in certain projects, with a view to seeing more of the returns flowing back to Film4 for investment in the company’s future slate.

Battsek also inherits a development slate which includes new work from Lenny Abrahamson, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Haigh, Steve McQueen, Martin McDonagh, Clio Barnard, Bart Layton, Garth Davis and Mike Leigh. as well as completed or near completed films from Andrea Arnold, Ben Wheatley, Ang Lee, Paddy Considine, Susanna White, John Cameron Mitchell, acclaimed theatre director Benedict Andrews, newcomer Toby Macdonald and Danny Boyle.

Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham commented: “Daniel Battsek’s passion for independent, filmmaker driven cinema, and experience in film production, development and distribution at the highest level in both the Us and UK markets, are second to none. He’s a perfect fit for the Film4 brand. We’re thrilled to bring this talented British executive back to the UK.

“As demonstrated by our record breaking year at both the Oscars and the BAFTAs, Daniel will inherit a Film4 business in fine creative and commercial health from David Kosse. We’re sad he couldn’t have been with us longer but he’s had an incredible impact in the time he has led the division. Both the exciting upcoming slate and the increased funding for original film we announced earlier this year are testament to the successful strategy implemented by David. I’m delighted that he will be working alongside Daniel on a smooth transition over the summer and ensuring that it is business as usual for Film4 over this period.”

Daniel Battsek added: "I am hugely honored to have been offered this opportunity. My career began with so many of Film4's early productions and I have retained strong ties with British filmmakers throughout my time in the Us. Joining Film4 feels almost like coming full circle. I look forward to returning to the UK and putting the experience I've gained on both sides of the Atlantic to good use."

David Kosse said: "Film4 is a unique organization and a very special brand and it was a difficult decision to leave, but joining Stx at this stage is an opportunity that I couldn't pass up. Over almost two years, I'm incredibly proud to have put in place a new strategy for Film4 which has boosted funding for the film industry to a record level and to have introduced an exciting new slate of high quality productions and developments with a diverse group of filmmakers. David Abraham and the Channel 4 leadership team have been fantastic partners since day one and I look forward to continuing to work with them over the coming months."

Having worked at the cutting edge of the independent sector on three continents, Battsek brings 30 years’ production, development and distribution experience to Film4. For the last three years Battsek has served as President of New York based Cohen Media Group, where he has overseen the acquisition and release of arthouse/crossover releases including back-to-back Oscar® nominees "Timbuktu" and "Mustang," as well as a development and production slate of films that includes John Williams’ renowned novel Stoner, a co-production with Film4. Prior to that he spent 2½ years at National Geographic Films, where as President he acquired projects for development and production including the Oscar® nominated documentary Restrepo, as well as National Geographic branded large screen and Imax 3D projects.

Battsek relocated from the UK to New York in 2005, where he served for five years as President, Filmed Entertainment at Miramax Films. Projects he greenlit and/or acquired there included Oscar® winners "The Queen," "No Country For Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" and Oscar® nominees "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Happy-Go-Lucky". From 1991 to 2005, Battsek held the position of Evp and Managing Director, UK Distribution and European Production & Acquisitions at Buena Vista International, UK, where he oversaw all aspects of UK distribution for 18-25 releases per annum from Walt Disney Studios and their partners including Pixar and Miramax Films. At Bvi, Battsek also set up a Comedy Production Label in 2001 which financed and produced three films, including "Calendar Girls" and "Kinky Boots." Prior to that, Battsek spent six years as Managing Director of Palace Pictures, where he was responsible for the acquisition and distribution of quality independent titles from around the world for release in the UK, and he also spent three years as a Sales & Marketing Executive for Hoyts Entertainment in Australia, where he first cut his teeth in distribution.

Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division, which develops and co-finances films and has an established track record for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking. Film4 has developed and/or co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years - Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s "12 Years a Slave," Danny Boyle’s "Slumdog Millionaire," Lenny Abrahamson’s "Room," Alex Garland’s "Ex Machina," Asif Kapadia’s Amy, Andrew Haigh’s "45 Years" and Phyllida Lloyd’s "The Iron Lady," in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’ "Four Lions," Shane Meadows’ "This is England," Martin McDonagh’s "Seven Psychopaths," Yann Demange’s "71," Ben Wheatley’s "High-Rise," Clio Barnard’s "The Selfish Giant," Jonathan Glazer’s "Under the Skin" and David Mackenzie’s "Starred Up."
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Daniel Battsek to succeed David Kosse as Film4 boss

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Cohen Media Group president takes the reins at the UK broadcaster following David Kosse’s appointment at Stx.

Cohen Media Group president Daniel Battsek is to take the reins at Film4 as its new director, UK broadcaster Channel 4 has confirmed.

As previously revealed by Screen, the former Miramax Films president emerged as the clear favourite for the job following the departure of David Kosse who is leaving to join Us mini-studio Stx Entertainment as president of international.

Battsek will join Film4 in July, relocating to the UK from New York after fulfilling his contract as president of distributor Cohen Media Group, where he has overseen the acquisition and release of projects including back-to-back Oscar nominees Timbuktu and Mustang, as well as a development and production slate of films that includes John Williams’ hit novel Stoner, a co-production with Film4.

The handover is understood to have been in the works for a matter of months with outgoing
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