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Vertical Ends Up ‘In Darkness’ With Natalie Dormer

Vertical Ends Up ‘In Darkness’ With Natalie Dormer
The Forest and “Games of Thrones” star Natalie Dormer stars with Ed Skrein (Deadpool) in Anthony Byrne‘s psychological revenge thriller In Darkness, which Vertical Entertainment has acquired for release this coming May. In the film, “Blind pianist Sofia (Dormer) overhears a struggle in the apartment above hers that leads to the death of her neighbor Veronique (Ratajkowski). It is the start of […]
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Drama Series Days Opening Reception Captures Berlin’s TV Buzz

Delegates to Berlinale’s buzzy Drama Series Days spilled out of the Zoo Palast cineplex Monday and into a bustling opening reception, supported by Film und Medien Stiftung Nrw and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and with Variety as a media partner.

Having spent the day debating where the scripted TV business is headed, hearing from finance and creative experts, and listening to stars such as “Picnic at Hanging Rock” actor Natalie Dormer, producers, distributors, funders, and buyers let down their hair at the bash, which was held at the super-cool Super Concept Space.

Getting events underway, Matthijs Wouter Knol (pictured, top, with Kirsten Niehuus, Solmaz Azizi, and Petra Müller), director of the Efm, said: “I’d like to welcome you to network, enjoy a drink, and finally get to meet the person you have spotted in the cinema today but didn’t get a chance to speak to yet!”

He also thanked the team behind the TV events, whose
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Not Your Grandfather’s – or Grandmother’s – ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’

Not Your Grandfather’s – or Grandmother’s – ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’
“Picnic at Hanging Rock,” the new TV adaption of the Australian cult classic, kicked off the Berlin Film Festival’s TV sidebar Monday, and while the show has been generating quite a bit of buzz, getting it made was initially tough because of the long shadow cast by Peter Weir’s critically acclaimed 1975 film adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel.

“No one wanted to do it,” said the new show’s director, Larysa Kondracki, discussing the series shortly after the first two episodes premiered at the Berlinale Series.

“You’d tell any crew member that you’re making ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock,’ and they’d ask, ‘Why?’ Because it’s a great book, it’s a great thing. ‘No, absolutely not, I’m not going to touch that.’

“But something about it lingered and when you read the first page [of the TV adaptation], you realize this isn’t the original film. This is something else.”

Set in 1900, the
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Berlin: Australia’s Talent Mostly Here on the Small Screen

Berlin: Australia’s Talent Mostly Here on the Small Screen
Posh frocks, smoldering sexuality and a trail of plausible, but ultimately frustrating, clues made for a great mystery back in 1975, when “Picnic at Hanging Rock” first appeared on the big screen. The tale of schoolgirl disappearances, deception, and voyeurism remains a beacon of Australian cinema and launched the directing career of Peter Weir. But these days, with TV attracting top screenwriting and directing talent, those narrative qualities are being explored in greater depth on the small screen. And the intriguing mystery story now returns, remade as a TV mini-series piloted by FremantleMedia and picked up by Amazon for the U.S. and the BBC for the U.K. Pay-channel Foxtel regards the show as a subscriptions magnet and has it for Australia. These days too, film festivals give increasing space on the red carpet to TV shows. And the new “Picnic” series travels as the flagship of the Australian contingent at the Berlinale. Australian features
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Berlin: Australia’s Talent Mostly Here on the Small Screen

Berlin: Australia’s Talent Mostly Here on the Small Screen
Posh frocks, smoldering sexuality and a trail of plausible, but ultimately frustrating, clues made for a great mystery back in 1975, when “Picnic at Hanging Rock” first appeared on the big screen. The tale of schoolgirl disappearances, deception, and voyeurism remains a beacon of Australian cinema and launched the directing career of Peter Weir. But these days, with TV attracting top screenwriting and directing talent, those narrative qualities are being explored in greater depth on the small screen. And the intriguing mystery story now returns, remade as a TV mini-series piloted by FremantleMedia and picked up by Amazon for the U.S. and the BBC for the U.K. Pay-channel Foxtel regards the show as a subscriptions magnet and has it for Australia. These days too, film festivals give increasing space on the red carpet to TV shows. And the new “Picnic” series travels as the flagship of the Australian contingent at the Berlinale. Australian features
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Berlinale Drama Series Days 2018: Female-Driven TV Series Lead Festival

While entertainment news headlines in the United States have been dominated for the past few months by stories of misconduct against women within the Hollywood studio system, many international studios and production companies are using the opportunity at Berlinale’s Drama Series Days to debut projects that put female characters front and center in the narrative.

“The series will look into the depths of the human soul, and portray the insatiable hunger for wealth, power and acknowledgment,” organizers of Berlin Drama Series Days said when announcing programming that includes the Australian cult classic “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” Israeli TV’s “Sleeping Bears,” Germany’s “Bad Banks” and Norway’s “Heimebane,” which translates to “Home Ground” in English.

Many of these series dive deep into political and societal turmoil in various ways that may be specific to their country of origin, but what they all have in common is a powerful and complex female heroine at the center
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Keira Knightley to leak Official Secrets for director Gavin Hood

Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley is set to take on the role of Gchq whileblower Katharine Gun in Official Secrets, a new film from director Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky), which also has Matt Smith attached to star.

Gun was working as a Mandarin translator at the British government’s communications HQ, Gchq, when she leaked a confidential Us National Security Agency email to the Observer newspaper, revealing that she’d been asked to help the Us government spy on Un security council delegations in order to help swing favour towards an invasion of Iraq.

““I found Katharine’s story fascinating,” states Hood. “It’s a story that has largely been overlooked. Even in the recent Iraq inquiry, which was otherwise very thorough, she was not called to testify. Katharine’s story is a very important piece of the Iraq war puzzle and one which has been missing for too long.
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The BAFTAs 2018: Red Carpet Interviews and Full List of Winners

Author: Jon Lyus

This evening the UK Film community celebrated its finest with the 2018 BAFTAs, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ annual backslap, with a lavish awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London. We have a full list of winners and our very own red carpet interviews, and further coverage for you below.

Those attending the BAFTA awards ceremony included Hrh Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Gary Oldman, Florence Pugh, Jennifer Lawrence, Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Willem Dafoe, Timothee Chalamet, Sally Hawkins, Natalie Dormer, Greta Gerwig, Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Patrick Stewart and more.

The 2018 BAFTA Awards Red Carpet Interviews

Our red carpeteers Scott Davis and Dave Sztypuljak were at the Rah, and their interviews will be appearing on the site shortly.

The 2018 BAFTA Winners Room Interviews

The 2018 BAFTA Awards Winners

Here are the
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2018 BAFTA Awards: Full winners list of the 71st annual British Academy Film Awards [Updating Live]

Winners of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs) were revealed on Sunday February 18 (two days before final voting for the Oscars begins) in a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) takes over emcee duties from Stephen Fry, who hosted for the last 12 years running. Ridley Scott receives the BAFTA Fellowship from BAFTA patron Prince William. Read the full report on the 2018 BAFTA Awards.

The roster of presenters includes: Gemma Arterton, Orlando Bloom, Sam Claflin, Bryan Cranston, Natalie Dormer, Taron Egerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rebecca Ferguson, Karen Gillan, Naomie Harris, Salma Hayek, Edward Holcroft, Nicholas Hoult, Isabelle Huppert, Lily James, Jennifer Lawrence, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Lupita Nyong’o, Sergei Polunin, Will Poulter, Andrea Riseborough, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mark Strong, Hayley Squires, Tom Taylor, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rachel Weisz and Letitia Wright.

See 2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ wins 5 including Best Picture, ‘The Shape of Water’ takes 3 [Updating Live]

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How to Watch the 2018 BAFTA Awards

How to Watch the 2018 BAFTA Awards
Some of award season’s top honors are about to be handed out across the pond.

The British Academy Film Awards are taking place on Sunday, and movie fanatics can tune into the red carpet digitally. The pre-show for the BAFTAs will be live-streamed on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. The stream will also be available to watch on Variety‘s Facebook page. The arrivals start at 9 a.m. Pt, and the ceremony will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the second year.

The ceremony itself won’t be available to stream online and will air on BBC One, which has exclusive rights. It begins at 1 p.m. Pt.

The BAFTAs nominate all-English-language films, not just films that are produced in the U.K. Voting closed for BAFTA members on Jan. 2.

The Shape of Water” is nominated in 12 categories. Activist and actress Joanna Lumley will host the ceremony. The nominees
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2018 BAFTA Awards: What time does the show start, who will win, who is hosting and presenting?

The 2018 BAFTA Awards begin at the Royal Albert Hall in London at 7:00 pm Sunday (Feb. 18). However, the BBC won’t air the show until 9 pm local time. And it won’t go out on BBC America until 5 pm Pt/8 pm Et. But we will have the results here at Gold Derby as they unfold, beginning at 11:00 am Pt/2:00 pm Et. Throughout the day, be sure to join the live discussion in our message boards. And then check back here after the results are in for our analysis of what these wins (and losses) at the BAFTAs mean for the Oscars.

Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) takes over hosting duties from Stephen Fry, who emceed for the last 12 years running. One highlight of the evening is sure to be Ridley Scott receiving the BAFTA Fellowship. It is this group’s version of a lifetime achievement award, and will be
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Berlin: Vertical Entertainment Picks Up Natalie Dormer's 'In Darkness' (Exclusive)

Vertical Entertainment, which released Molly Shannon’s cancer comedy Other People, has taken U.S. rights to In Darkness, a thriller starring Game of Thrones alum Natalie Dormer and Ed Skrein.

In the film, Dormer plays Sofia, a blind pianist who gets pulled into London’s dark underbelly after she overhears a struggle in the apartment above hers that leads to the death of her neighbor Veronique (Emily Ratajkowski). It is the start of a journey that pulls Sofia out of her depth and brings her into contact with Veronique’s father, Milos Radic (Jan Bijvoet), a Serbian businessman accused of being a war criminal.

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2018 BAFTA Awards: Who is hosting and presenting, which nominees will be there?

2018 BAFTA Awards: Who is hosting and presenting, which nominees will be there?
The February 18 BAFTA Awards will be hosted by Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) and air on a tape-delayed basis on both BBC One in England and BBC America in the United States. Sixteen of this year’s 20 nominees in the acting categories are schedule to attend Sunday’s ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

All five Best Actress nominees are expected: Annette Bening (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”).

Likewise for the five fellows up for Best Actor: Jamie Bell (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”).

And four of the five Best Supporting Actress hopefuls will be in the audience: Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), Lesley Manville
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Deutsche Telekom Feasts on ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ (Exclusive)

Deutsche Telekom has snagged exclusive German rights to “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” the Australian TV drama that opens this year’s Berlinale Series and that its star, Natalie Dormer, says will take “the audience on a surreal ride.”

German telco Dt will run “Picnic” in six weekly installments on its EntertainTV service rather than dropping all episodes simultaneously for binge-watching. “It combines stunning images with a complex narrative and outstanding cast,” Wolfgang Elsaesser, head of Dt’s TV business, said of the show. “This is part of our strategy to act as an aggregator of exclusive high-quality content in the German market.”

The series is a re-imagining of Joan Lindsay’s classic Australian novel, which is set in 1900 and tells the story of the disappearance of a group of boarding school girls during an outing. A big-screen version by Peter Weir came out in 1975.

Dormer plays headmistress Hester Appleyard, whom she called “a contradiction” – an independent woman imbued
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Picnic At Hanging Rock first look – full-throttle reboot of an Australian classic

Gone are the pan flutes and soft hues. This series, starring Game of ThronesNatalie Dormer, is crazier, glossier, zeitgeisty

It is hardly original to say the director Peter Weir’s 1975 masterpiece Picnic at Hanging Rock evokes a dream-like ambience. A quote even opens the film, from the famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe, about pondering reality as a dream within a dream. Weir indulged in contradictions: a mood ethereal but haunting; a tone realistic but fantastical; a story open-ended but grimly final.

Though technically a re-adaptation (of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel) rather than a remake, the shadow of Weir’s film looms large over Foxtel’s upcoming six-part television series. It will inevitably draw comparisons, and cries of, ‘Why even go there?’

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Natalie Dormer: "Picnic at Hanging Rock"

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"Picnic at Hanging Rock" is the Australian TV drama, airing on Foxtel's Showcase, BBC and Amazon Prime in 2018, adapted from author Joan Lindsay's 1967 novel of the same name, starring Natalie Dormer ("Game of Thrones"), Lola Bessis, Yael Stone, Anna McGahan, Sibylla Budd, Lily Sullivan and Madeleine Madden:

"...set in 1900, the film focuses on a group of female students at an Australian girls' boarding school who inexplicably vanish at 'Hanging Rock' while on a 'Valentine's Day' picnic...

"...and the outlying effects the disappearances have on the school and local community..."

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Berlinale, Drama Series Days 2018: Panel Program

Featuring a string of international key-players, the Drama Series Days Conference presents inspiring talks on the latest trends and developments in serial content. The detailed list of panels, speakers and their topics is below.Monday, Feb 19

10–10.45 am

Zoo 2

Opening Session

Kick-Off Drama Series Days 2018

with Matthijs Wouter Knol (Efm), Petra Müller (Film- und Medienstiftung Nrw)

Moderated by Ali May

11–11.45 am

Zoo 2

Panel

How to Make Series Travel

with Rola Bauer, Sarah Doole, Ivar Køhn, Moritz von Kruedener

European key players from the fields of production, development and sales give insights into the business of internationally co-produced serial drama and share their recipes for success. What are their strategies to place serial content with an international audience? What are important factors in story development, casting and international financing?

In cooperation with Film- und Medienstiftung Nrw

Moderated by Stewart Clarke, Variety

1–1.45 pm

Zoo 4

Presentation

Follow the Money: Financing Series in Europe

Based
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Michael Haneke, ‘Deutschland 83’ Producer Prep Dystopian Series ‘Kelvin’s Book’

Michael Haneke, ‘Deutschland 83’ Producer Prep Dystopian Series ‘Kelvin’s Book’
Acclaimed Austrian director Michael Haneke’s first TV series project will be “Kelvin’s Book,” a 10-part series produced by Germany’s Ufa Fiction, the makers of “Deutschland 83.”

“After 10 TV movies and 12 films, I wanted to tell a longer story for once,” the double Palme d’Or- and Oscar-winning screenwriter and director said.

Ufa, which is part of production and distribution giant FremantleMedia, is behind German-language hit “Deutschland 83” and its upcoming second season, “Deutschland 86,” but Haneke’s project will be in English. The high-concept series will tell the story of a group of young people in a dystopian near future who, during a flight, are “forced to make an emergency landing outside of their home and are confronted with the actual face of their home country for the first time,” a press statement said.

Nico Hofmann and Benjamin Benedict will serve as executive producers for Ufa Fiction on the series.

“No contemporary
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Berlinale Series Sets Lineup, Including ‘The Terror,’ ‘The Looming Tower’

Berlinale Series Sets Lineup, Including ‘The Terror,’ ‘The Looming Tower’
Australian drama “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and AMC series “The Terror” are among the seven scripted TV projects that will feature in Berlinale Series, which is part of the Berlinale Special section of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Hulu and Amazon’s TV adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller “The Looming Tower” also features in the lineup, which is rounded out by Danish series “Liberty,” Israeli series “Sleeping Bears,” German-originated drama “Bad Banks,” and Norway’s “Heimebane” (“Home Ground”).

Although hailing from different parts of the world, all the projects deal, in one form or another, with power structures and resistance to them, say the organizers of Berlinale Series, which is open to the public and has been growing in size and importance.

“The series will look into the depths of the human soul, and portray the insatiable hunger for wealth, power, and acknowledgment,” organizers said. “They depict reactionary political systems, but also turmoil
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Berlinale Series selection includes 'Picnic At Hanging Rock', 'The Looming Tower'

Seven series selected for TV strand.

The Berlin Film Festival (Feb 15-25) has unveiled the seven titles set to be screened in this year’s Berlinale Series programme.

Source: Hulu

The Looming Tower

Opening the festival’s TV strand is Australian series Picnic At Hanging Rock, FremantleMedia’s Natalie Dormer-starring TV adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel, which previously spawned Peter Weir’s Bafta-winning 1975 feature.

The series tells the story of a strict headmistress at a boarding school whose dark past catches up with her after three pupils mysteriously disappear during a school outing.

Also in the selection is Legendary Television and broadcaster Hulu’s The Looming Tower, which is based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer prize-winning book of the same name. Chronicling the lead-up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the series stars Jeff Daniels as counter terrorism expert John O’Neill and is being exec produced by Alex Gibney.

Further series in the
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