10 items from 2015
Few other working filmmakers are as skilled at creating an immersive, lived-in world as Mike Leigh. Part of this can be attributed to his unusual, and now-famous, rehearsal process. Leigh is known to take weeks, sometimes months, rehearsing with his actors, working on scripted dialogue, throwing it away, and creating new material on the spot so that the finished film feels vital. Leigh’s body of work is formidable — for my money, “Naked” and “Vera Drake” are highlights — and it is exactly this uncompromising commitment to the stories he tells that makes him one of the most valuable artists working in movies today. Fans of Leigh’s, and they are legion, will rejoice in this newly unearthed collection of short films. Each is around five-minutes-long and they all showcase themes, concerns, and motifs that blossom and reappear over the course of the director’s decades-spanning career. Leigh had only directed »
- Nicholas Laskin
Tour of Duty: Boorman Returns to Autobiographical Elements
Now at 82 years of age, British auteur John Boorman returns with Queen and Country his first feature since 2006. It is a follow-up to one of the director’s most cherished titles, Hope and Glory (1987), which documents war-torn England through the eyes of a child as his family survives the blitz. Though it’s been nearly thirty years, Boorman sets this follow-up chapter only nine years in the future, leaving behind the horrors of WWII for the Cold War ethics of the Korean conflict. Much like he managed with the film’s predecessor, Boorman achieves success by making the film a personal, insular story about a small group of characters’ experiences. The powerful emotional possibilities of the child’s perspective is left behind, now a young man discovering who he wants to be and what values he wishes to cherish. This makes for a more reserved, »
- Nicholas Bell
Known as the British Oscars, the Ee British Academy Awards were handed out on Sunday.
The Grand Budapest Hotel won five awards for Costume Design, Production Design, Make Up & Hair and Original Music, with Wes Anderson winning his first BAFTA for Original Screenplay.
Emmanuel Lubezki received the BAFTA for Cinematography for Birdman, having won this category twice previously, most recently in 2014. On Saturday, Inarritu took home the top prize at the Directors’ Guild of America Awards for Birdman.
The Lego Movie received the BAFTA for Animated Film, and »
- Michelle McCue
Mr Turner director to be honoured this weekend.
Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.
Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese and Alan Parker. Helen Mirren received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.
Leigh said: “What a privilege to be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship. I’m moved, delighted and surprised.”
This Saturday, the day before the ceremony in London, the writer-director will join a number of close colleagues and friends »
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Mike Leigh is to be honoured with a BAFTA fellowship.
The Vera Drake and Mr Turner filmmaker will be presented with the accolade for his outstanding contribution to film at the Ee BAFTA Film Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 8.
Helen Mirren received the Fellowship at last year's awards ceremony.
Leigh said: "What a privilege to be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship. I'm moved, delighted and surprised."
The director previously received BAFTA's Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award in 1996.
Watch the trailer for Leigh's Mr. Turner below: »
London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will present Mike Leigh with the BAFTA Fellowship, its highest accolade, at the film awards ceremony on Feb. 8 in London.
The annual award is given to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.
Those previously honored for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese and Alan Parker. Helen Mirren received the Fellowship at last year’s film awards.
Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, described Leigh as “one of Britain’s finest filmmakers.” She added: “He is a true innovator, an artist and an exceptional filmmaker.”
Leigh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, at the Camberwell and Central Schools of Art and at the London Film School, of which he is now the chairman. »
- Leo Barraclough
Perry - former head of British Screen Finance and, more recently, the Irish Film Board from 2006-11 – has signed a two-year contract with the centre and started in his new job this week.
He replaces Swedish producer Jessica Ask, who left to join independent production company Anagram Film & TV.
“We are happy to welcoming Perry to Film i Väst, and look forward to a collaboration with one of the world’s most experienced co-producers on the international scene,” said CEO Tomas Eskildsson.
Film i Vast operates on an annual budget of $11.5m (Sek 93m).
Perry, a film journalist, independent filmmaker and producer with his own Umbrella Films, was head of state-financed development and production company British Screen Finance (later known as the UK Film Coucil) from 1991.
Since 2000 he has concentrated on teaching »
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team, »
- Matt Patches
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
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