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Screen Film Summit: UK producers and financiers talk finance.
Producer Elizabeth Karlsen, speaking at the Screen Film Summit in London on Monday, revealed how experience, long-time industry relationships and “googling” were crucial in pulling together the finance for Todd Haynes’ New York-set lesbian love story Carol.
An adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952, New York-set novel The Price of Salt, the film stars Cate Blanchett as a wealthy woman in a loveless marriage who falls for a young shop girl, played by Rooney Mara.
“It’s a period, lesbian love story and that has a certain price tag in the marketplace, even though we eventually got an A-list cast of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara on board, and that’s around $15m,” said Karlsen.
“To shoot a period film in New York, you’re going to be hard pressed to do it for less than $25m.”
Produced by Number 9 Films, the London-based »
Just a reminder folks, that the 20th anniversary edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago, starts this Friday, and ends on Thursday, August 28th.. As mentioned previously (here), on opening night, the festival will be honoring Roger and Chaz Ebert; and, later, during the festival, there will be a special screening of Bill Duke’s "A Rage in Harlem," with Duke himself doing a Q and Aia Skype, after the film (read more on that here). And with some 50 films - including features, shorts and documentaries - that will be screened (the largest number, even in the history of Black Harvest), such as James Richard’s wonderful and endearing feature, »
In my recent piece about the film versions of Chester Himes' characters, NYPD detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger H Jones (Here), I mentioned that "A Rage in Harlem" would certainly be counted as one, even though Coffin Ed and Grave Digger are basically supporting characters and not the leads in the film. Regardless, director Bill Duke’s 1991 film version of Himes’ novel is a wonderfully evocative and entertaining film that somehow hasn’t gotten the kind of fervent love and devotion that other black films have gotten from that period, such as, "Love Jones" (which is still a mystery to me). For my money "Harlem" - about a gangster’s »
I know everyone talks about wanting to see Octavia Butler’s novels up on the big screen but, speaking for myself, the writer whose works I would love to see most on the big screen is Chester Himes. And by that, I mean his series of detective novels with his two immortal characters - the NYPD detective team of Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson. Those novels, "The Real Cool Killers," "The Heats On," "The Crazy Kill," "All Shot Up," "The Big Gold dream" and "A Rage in Harlem" are incredibly exciting, funny, visceral, fast paced thrillers, and Himes had an extraordinary visual sense and style to his works. They seem »
4 items from 2014
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