Suki Waterhouse Leads Cast in ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ (Exclusive)

Suki Waterhouse Leads Cast in ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ (Exclusive)
Production has wrapped on “Bittersweet Symphony,” a British film with Suki Waterhouse (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) starring as a musician who has just completed her first soundtrack to a Hollywood feature and who finds her personal life getting complicated.

Poppy Delevingne (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”), Craig Roberts (“Submarine”), Richard Elis (Benny & Jolene), Griffin Dunne (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Jennifer Grey (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off“) also star in the movie, which was shot in Wales and was partly improvised. The film follows Waterhouse’s character, Iris Evans, as she gets her big break, but as she also has to deal with her dying mother and a difficult ex-boyfriend.

Writer and director Jamie Adams is behind the project, which is the third of his semi-scripted works completed in the last 12 months after “Songbird” and “Wild Honey Pie.” He works with the talent pre-shoot to create most of the dialogue in the films.

Maggie Monteith (“[link
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Interview with Double Date Director Benjamin Barfoot

Interview with Double Date Director Benjamin Barfoot

We at The Hollywood News have been in love with the film Double Date since we caught it in Edinburgh. It tells the tale of 29-year-old virgin Jim (Danny Morgan) and his best pal Alex (Michael Socha) as they go out on a night on the town with sisters Kitty (Kelly Wenham) and Lou Lou (Georgia Groome). The mission – to get Jim laid. Their plans take a very unexpected turn though, as the girls aren’t as innocent as they appear, and the quartet go on one Hell of a night. We can’t praise Double Date enough, going so far as to give it a mighty five stars when we reviewed it at Frightfest. The balance of horror and comedy is beautifully balanced and overall the movie is just a lot of fun.

After what seems like forever, Double Date is in cinemas across the UK.
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Screamfest 2017’s Special Screenings Include Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse and Tom Holland’s Child’S Play

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Every October, horror fans in Los Angeles celebrate the Halloween season with diverse scares on the big screen at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival, and this year, in addition to a slate of exciting new films, the festival will honor the late, great Tobe Hooper with a special screening of The Funhouse, and Child's Play fans can also look forward to a screening of the first Chucky movie followed by a Q&A with director Tom Holland.

Press Release: Hollywood, Calif. – September 26, 2017 – Screamfest Horror Film Festival, America’s largest, and longest running horror movie festival, announces its 2017 official schedule and the second wave of its festival line up. The fest will run from Oct. 10 - 19, 2017 at the Tcl Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. Over its seventeen-year run, the female-run festival has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences.
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IFC Midnight Takes U.S. Rights to Toby Jones Movie ‘Kaleidoscope’ (Exclusive)

IFC Midnight has taken North American rights to Kaleidoscope, the British psychological drama starring Toby Jones (“The Hunger Games”) that has been making the rounds of various film festivals.

The film follows a middle-aged man, Carl Woods (Jones), who is rebuilding his life after being released from prison. Events take a disturbing turn after the reappearance of his estranged mother, played by Anne Reid. She scooped the award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival in June.

Written and directed by Jones’ brother Rupert, the film was shot in London. Independent is selling it, and the deal with IFC Films’ arthouse division, IFC Midnight, was negotiated by Matthew Hechinger, IFC’s director of acquisitions and productions, and Nada Cirjanic, Independent’s head of sales.

“The superb team at IFC Midnight curate the best of arthouse genre cinema for a loyal and discerning audience. Rupert Jones’ ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a clever twisted thing
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Danny Morgan interview: Double Date, horror, filmmaking

Nikki Baughan Aug 31, 2017

A big hit at Horror Channel FrightFest, we chat to Danny Morgan about the upcoming horror, Double Date...

London-born actor/writer Danny Morgan (Off The Hook, Ideal, On The Road) had a very good reason for turning to the horror genre when it came to writing his first screenplay. “I thought that was a genre I could do something in, because there are so many crap horror films. I thought ‘well, it’s not going to stand out horribly if it’s completely terrible’. So I went into it with a good frame of mind!”

It’s a characteristically self-deprecating remark from Morgan who, along with director Benjamin Barfoot, can rest assured that Double Date is one of the funniest and most entertaining British horror comedies of recent years. Following screenings at Karlovy Vary and Edinburgh, it brought the house down at this year’s London’s Horror Channel FrightFest,
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Jemima Kirke, Alice Lowe wrap UK comedy-drama 'Wild Honey Pie'

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Jemima Kirke, Alice Lowe wrap UK comedy-drama 'Wild Honey Pie'
Exclusive: Girls star toplines feature from Black Mountain Poets director.

UK comedy-drama Wild Honey Pie has wrapped a four-week shoot in Wales.

The film marks writer-director Jamie Adams’ fifth feature, his previous credits include Black Mountain Poets, which played at Edinburgh and SXSW in 2016.

Wild Honey Pie stars Jemima Kirke (Girls) alongside Alice Lowe (Prevenge). Joanna Scanlan, Sarah Solemani, Brett Goldstein and Richard Elis round out the cast.

Screen can reveal a first look at the film [top] featuring Jemima Kirke’s lead character.

The project is produced by Adams’ Twenty Dollar Pictures, alongside David Wade and Maggie Monteith for Dignity Film Finance and Fivelanes Films, in partnership with Noel Clarke and Jason Maza through Unstoppable Entertainment.

Unstoppable previously produced director Adams’ Cobie Smulders-starring feature Songbird, which wrapped earlier this year and was picked up for world sales by Amp International.

Wild Honey Pie follows a woman who is pressured to move beyond her meandering writing career
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UK feature debut 'Pin Cushion' to open Venice Critics' Week

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Independent festival strand unveils 2017 line-up.

The line-up for the 2017 edition of the Venice Film Festival’s independent parallel strand Critics’ Week (Aug 30 – Sept 9) has been revealed.

Organised by the National Union of Italian Film Critics, the selection is curated by the general delegate of the Venice Critics’ Week Giona A. Nazzaro with the selection committee comprised of Luigi Abiusi, Alberto Anile, Beatrice Fiorentino and Massimo Tria.

Following last year, when UK filmmaker Alice Lowe’s directorial debut Prevenge opened Venice Critics’ Week, this year’s opener is again a feature debut from a UK female director.

Writer-director Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion will screen out of competition as the strand’s opening film. Starring Lily Newmark and Joanna Scanlan, the film is produced by Gavin Humphries with Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance. Executive producers are Josephine Rose, Chis Reed, and Lizzie Francke for the British Film Institute (BFI).

Pin Cushion is an all-girl gothic fairy tale set
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Venice Critics’ Week Lineup Announced; Opener Is Britain’s ‘Pin Cushion’

Rome – The Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week on Monday unveiled its lineup of eight international first works, all of them world premieres, with British director Deborah Haywood’s “Pin Cushion” as the out-of-competition opener.

Pin Cushion” (pictured), which is produced by Gavin Humphries with Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance, and supported by Creative England and the British Film Institute, was described by the section’s artistic director Giona Nazzaro as a “cruel, very colorful film that signals the talent of a very promising director.”

Shot on location in the town of Swadlincote in Derbyshire, England, the film is about “new girl Iona, 13, [who] becomes saliva-swapping best friends (‘besties’) with scene girl Keely, until Iona becomes more popular and Keely spirals out of control,” according to BFI promotional material.

The films in competition are “The Crater” by Italy’s Luca Bellino and Silvia Luzi, a Naples-set drama in which a father comes into conflict with the daughter
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First look at Rob Brydon in comedy 'Swimming With Men'

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First look at Rob Brydon in comedy 'Swimming With Men'
Exclusive: Oliver Parker is directing the synchronised swimming comedy.

Screen can reveal the first look at Dad’s Army director Oliver Parker’s comedy Swimming With Men, produced by Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch (The Infidel) of Met Film and Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance (Brotherhood), in association with Amp Film.

Aschlin Ditta wrote the screenplay.

Exec producers include Paul Webster (Atonement) and Guy Heeley (Locke) of Shoebox Films and Al Morrow (Sour Grapes) and Jonny Persey (Little Ashes) of Met Film. Umedia are also on board as co-producers and financiers

The picture depicts (from left) Thomas Turgoose (This is England), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Daniel Mays (Rogue One), Adeel Akhtar (The Night Manager), Rob Brydon (The Trip) and Rupert Graves (Sherlock).

Also starring are Charlotte Riley (Edge Of Tomorrow) and Jane Horrocks (Little Voice).

HanWay handles sales on the movie, currently in production, about a man (Brydon) who finds new meaning in his life
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Met Film launches sales arm with former Dogwoof exec

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Exclusive: Vesna Cudic to head up new outfit; company’s debut sales slate revealed.

UK outfit Met Film has launched a new boutique international sales arm, Met Film Sales, which will offer a slate of high-end documentaries and TV series.

The company is being headed up by Vesna Cudic [pictured], previously head of acquisitions and sales at Dogwoof.

“I am really excited about this move to Met Film,” Vesna told Screen. “I was attracted by the prospect of being involved in the projects from the start, helping with the finance and then selling them worldwide.

“We already have a slate of Met Film documentaries and series in varying stages of development and finance, and I’m also currently developing relationships with producers who can create content for us to sell, including fiction titles.”

Vesna will be in Cannes this month launching the company’s initial slate.

In further news, the company has also launched Met Studio, a new content
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Rob Brydon squeezes into budgie smugglers to start filming on Swimming with Men

Author: Zehra Phelan

Rob Brydon has squeezed into those budgie smugglers he has tucked at the back of his drawers to start filming on the upcoming British comedy Swimming with Men alongside a pretty decent cast which includes Charlotte Riley ad Daniel Mays.

The production which is underway today in pools across London, Hertfordshire and Essex, is said to be a heart-warming comedy about a man in the throes of a mid-life crisis who finds meaning in the most unlikely of places: an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.

At the heart of the story is Eric, a 40-something stuck in a rut. With his marriage in tatters and his life generally going to pieces, Eric finds unexpected refuge in the company of a motley crew of middle-aged, slightly saggy men, who meet up once a week at the local municipal pool literally and figuratively to tread water together.

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Oliver Parker’s ‘Swimming With Men,’ Starring Rob Brydon, Adds to Cast (Exclusive)

Oliver Parker’s ‘Swimming With Men,’ Starring Rob Brydon, Adds to Cast (Exclusive)
Oliver Parker’s synchronized-swimming comedy “Swimming With Men,” which stars Rob Brydon (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”), has rounded out its cast, with “Downton Abbey’s” Jim Carter, “Sherlock’s” Rupert Graves and “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’s” Jane Horrocks among those boarding the film. HanWay Films is selling the pic.

The cast also includes Adeel Akhtar, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley, Thomas Turgoose, and Nathaniel Parker. Principal photography started Tuesday in London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The film tells the story of a man suffering a mid-life crisis (Brydon) who finds new meaning to his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team.

“‘Swimming With Men’ has the DNA of some of our most beloved British comedies, from ‘The Full Monty’ to ‘Calendar Girls,” said HanWay’s managing director Gabrielle Stewart. “If just half of the fun we have seen in practice in the pool these last few weeks translates onto the screen,
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Cobie Smulders-Noel Clarke comedy secures world sales deal

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Cobie Smulders-Noel Clarke comedy secures world sales deal
Exclusive: First look image of Unstoppable Entertainment comedy about a 90s Britpop singer.

London-based sales outfit Amp International has boarded world sales on UK comedy Songbird, starring Cobie Smulders (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back), Noel Clarke, Jessica Hynes (Bridget Jones’ Baby), Griffin Dunne (After Hours) and Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners).

Currently in post-production, the film follows the lead singer of a 90s Britpop band whose star has fallen considerably since her glory days.

When on a drunken night out she accidentally enrolls at a university she is shocked to discover that her fellow students have no idea who she is and are far more into yoga and kale smoothies than wild parties.

Songbird was written and directed by Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets) and is produced by Jason Maza and Noel Clarke of Unstoppable Entertainment (Brotherhood) and Maggie Monteith (Searching For Sugar Man) of Dignity Film Finance.

Rising actress Smulders, pictured above in
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‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Star Cobie Smulders Joins Comedy ‘Songbird’ (Exclusive)

‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Star Cobie Smulders Joins Comedy ‘Songbird’ (Exclusive)
Cobie Smulders, who starred with Tom Cruise in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” and also appeared in “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” is to lead the cast of British comedy “Songbird,” alongside Jessica Hynes, who appeared in “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and was the co-star and co-writer, with Simon Pegg, of cult TV comedy “Spaced.”

“Songbird” is the fourth feature from writer/director Jamie Adams (“Black Mountain Poets,” “Benny & Jolene”), and is produced by Noel Clarke and Jason Maza for Unstoppable Entertainment, which had a U.K. hit last year with “Brotherhood.” Maggie Monteith at Dignity Film Finance is backing the project, which started to shoot this week on location in western England.

The supporting cast includes Clarke (“Brotherhood,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness”), Ian Smith (“Sweat the Small Stuff,” “Popatron”), Laura Patch (“Star Stories,” “Life Begins”), Holli Dempsey (“Dad’s Army,” “Derek”) and Emily Atack (“Dad’s Army,
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Afm: Hanway Boards Oliver Parker Comedy ‘Swimming With Men’

HanWay Films has boarded worldwide sales rights to Met Film Production’s comedy “Swimming With Men” with Rob Brydon set to star. Oliver Parker (“Johnny English Reborn”) is set to direct, from a screenplay by Aschlin Ditta. Filming begins in London in spring 2017.

“Swimming With Men,” based on the documentary “Men Who Swim,” which The Scotsman described as “like Spinal Tap in swimming trunks,” sees Brydon’s character, Eric, searching for a way to win back wife Heather by diving into the world of male synchronized swimming.

Brydon was recently seen in “The Trip to Italy” and “The Huntsman.”

Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch of Met Film (“The Great Hip Hop Hoax,” “The Infidel”) will produce “Swimming With Men,” alongside Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance. Paul Webster and Guy Heeley of Shoebox Films serve as executive producers, alongside Ian Dawson, Norman Humphrey and Ben Friedman of Icon Film Distribution,
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HanWay boards Rob Brydon-starring synchronised swimming comedy

HanWay boards Rob Brydon-starring synchronised swimming comedy
Film is inspired by male synchronised swimming doc Men Who Swim; Icon takes UK rights.

HanWay Films has acquired world sales rights for Swimming With Men, which stars Rob Brydon as a man who joins a synchronised swimming team in a bid to win back his estranged wife.

The comedy is based on a screenplay by Aschlin Ditta inspired by the acclaimed documentary Men Who Swim. Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) is directing.

Icon Film Distribution has already snapped up UK and Ireland distribution rights.

Oliver Parker’s ability to combine laughs and touching performances seamlessly with incredibly funny physical comedy, should mean anyone who enjoyed Johnny English Reborn will love Swimming With Men,” said HanWay managing director Gabrielle Stewart referring to the director’s 2011 picture.

The production is due to start shooting in London in Spring 2017.

Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch of Met Film are lead producing alongside Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance.

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Altitude boards Luke Evans, Kelly Reilly hostage thriller '10x10'

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Altitude boards Luke Evans, Kelly Reilly hostage thriller '10x10'
Noel Clarke has written the screenplay and produces with Jason Maza for their banner Unstoppable.

London-based Altitude Film Sales has taken worldwide rights on 10x10, which is set to star Luke Evans (The Girl On The Train) and Kelly Reilly (True Detective).

A cat and mouse thriller set in America, the story follows a seemingly ordinary man who under the surface hides a dangerous obsession for a woman. When he kidnaps her, he imprisons her in a soundproof cell measuring only 10 feet by 10 feet, where he intends to extract a dark secret from her past.

Film-maker Noel Clark (Brotherhood) has written the screenplay and will produce with Jason Maza for their banner Unstoppable Entertainment. Further producers are Maggie Monteith and Gina Powell, who both worked on Brotherhood.

Suzi Ewing will direct, marking her debut feature. She has previously directed music promos for artists including Badly Drawn Boy, and her short films include Going Postal and Fumes.

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AFM: Altitude Boards Thriller ‘10×10,’ Starring Luke Evans

AFM: Altitude Boards Thriller ‘10×10,’ Starring Luke Evans
Altitude Film Sales has secured worldwide sales rights to “10×10,” starring Welsh actor Luke Evans, currently on screen with Emily Blunt in “The Girl on a Train” and soon to be seen in Bill Condon’s “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson. “10×10” is from the creative team behind U.K. box-office hit “Brotherhood.”

Co-starring with Evans (“The Hobbit” trilogy, “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women”) is Kelly Reilly (“True Detective,” the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise), soon to be seen in the Sky TV drama series “Britannia,” by acclaimed playwright Jez Butterworth with his brother Tom Butterworth and Richard McBrien.

“10×10” is a contained cat-and-mouse thriller set in America. “Lewis is a seemingly ordinary guy but under the surface he hides a singular obsession — revenge — and the focus of his obsession is Cathy,” according to a statement. “In broad daylight, Lewis kidnaps Cathy and takes her to his home in the middle of nowhere.
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Afm: Film Constellation boards comedy-horror 'Double Date'

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Afm: Film Constellation boards comedy-horror 'Double Date'
Exclusive: First look at feature starring Michael Socha, Georgia Groome; Matt Wilkinson, Maggie Monteith produce; Dexter Fletcher among cameos.

UK sales outfit Film Constellation has boarded international rights to recently wrapped UK comedy-horror Double Date, the directorial debut from UK filmmaker Benjamin Barfoot, written by UK actor Danny Morgan.

The co-production between Dignity Group and Stigma Films stars Michael Socha (This is England), Georgia Groome (London to Brighton), Danny Morgan (On The Road) and Kelly Wenham (Merlin).

The film follows the story of Jim, aided by his obnoxious but charming best friend Alex, on his quest to lose his virginity before he turns 30. The night before the big day they meet Kitty and Lulu, two beautiful sisters who seem determined to seduce them, but who secretly have another darker agenda for Jim’s birthday – virgin sacrifice.

Cameos include Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels), Tom Sturridge (Far From The Madding Crowd), Olivia Poulet (Sherlock), [link
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Noel Clarke’s 'Brotherhood' scores int’l sales deal

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Noel Clarke’s 'Brotherhood' scores int’l sales deal
Toronto crime drama will screen to potential buyers at Afm following £3.7m UK run.

UK outfit Independent Film Sales has boarded Noel Clarke’s UK box office success Brotherhood for international sales

The Toronto title will screen to buyers during the American Film Market.

Brotherhood is the third film in multi-hyphenate Clarke’s urban crime series which began with 2006 title Kidulthood.

The movie, about a former gang member struggling to adapt to a new way of life, has grossed £3.7m in the UK following its late August release.

Clarke, the most prolific black actor in UK film, wrote, stars in and directed the movie. Under his Unstoppable Entertainment banner he produced the feature alongside Jason Maza and Gina Powell. Also producing were Maggie Monteith’s Dignity Films Finance.

Executive producers are Damian Jones, Zygi Kamasa, Nick Manzi, Nicola Pearcey, Chris Reed and Josephine Rose.

Independent represent North American rights jointly with Noel Clarke’s agency Apa.[p
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