12 items from 2016
Read More: Happy Pride Month: Here's 43 Great Lgbt Films To Help You Celebrate The BFI announced today that it will host first-time feature filmmaker Ben A. Williams' adaptation of "The Pass" at the opening night ceremony of this year's BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival. As the UK's longest running Lgbt film event, the Flare features 50 hand-chosen submissions from nearly 23,000 submissions. "The Pass," produced by Duncan Kenworthy of "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Love Actually" fame, discusses the personal and profession ramifications of coming out as an athlete. The film stars "Looking" breakout Russell Tovey as a premier league footballer who shares an intimate moment with his teammate while they room together on the night of a big international match. "'The Pass' boldly tackles a forbidden topic, outlining one man’s struggle to embrace his sexuality within the hyper masculine and »
- Elle Leonsis
Russell Tovey-starring film to open the 30th anniversary of the BFI’s annual Lgbt film festival.
The Pass will have its world premiere as the opening film of the 2016 edition of BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival (March 16-27).
Ben A. Williams’ feature debut stars Russell Tovey (Being Human) as a premier league footballer who, on the night of his first big international match, rooms with a team mate – played by Arinze Kene (Freestyle) – and the two share an intimate moment that has repercussions on their public and private lives.
The premiere will take place at London’s Odeon Leicester Square on March 16, kicking off the BFI Flare festival which runs until March 27 and is celebrating its 30th edition in 2016.
The festival’s full programme will include screenings of 50 feature films, as well as »
Reynolds deploys likable Clooneyesque goof in this shriekingly self-aware and very violent super-antihero Marvel vehicle
The meta the better. This seems to be the mission statement for this horribly violent, shriekingly self-aware and macabre Marvel super-antihero movie. It’s the funniest Ryan Reynolds film since Van Wilder: Party Liaison, and incidentally finally confirms the hall-of-fame status for Richard Curtis’s “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy…” line from Notting Hill.
Deadpool is dripping in irony, zinging and stinging with pop-culture gags; it begins by spoofing the generic lineup in the credits, giving nobody’s name, just archetypes – “British villain”, etc. Maybe this will evolve for Deadpool 2 with everything simply replaced with the phrase “I know, right?” (It’s a bit like the Cracked.com YouTube spoof trailer for an indie film called Movie Title.) Deadpool gets away with it by barrelling the references past us in an aspartame rush. »
- Peter Bradshaw
David Bowie. Thin White Duke, Goblin King, Ziggy Stardust, Genius. The world was shocked by his death, so soon after gifting us with his album, Blackstar. Released only days ago on his 69th birthday and intended as a parting gift to us all, David Bowie was wonderful, weird, and surprising until the very end.
While there’s no denying the musical talent Bowie brought to generations through his many albums and character incarnations, the film world has also lost a charismatic actor known for some iconic roles. While Bowie may not have worked steadily as an actor, his roles were carefully chosen and memorable, allowing him to work with some of the most talented directors of the past 40 years.
Whether Bowie is the Goblin King, a beautiful androgynous alien, or the master of the fashion catwalk to you, we look back and celebrate his most iconic performances in film.
- Rachel West and Sasha James
BBC One has announced the three-part drama series "Rillington Place" which Bandit Television and Endemol Shine Group will produce. The story is based on a series of murders that took place in the 1940s and 50s in London's Notting Hill area at the infamous No. 10 building on the titular street.
The series unfolds from the viewpoints of three key players - the multiple murderer John Christie, his wife Ethel, and their neighbor Timothy Evans. John murdered at least eight women and was hanged, while Evans was hanged for the murders of his own wife and daughter.
It was later learned Christie killed Evans' wife, Evans was granted a posthumous pardon in 1966 and that miscarriage of justice was said to have been a major contributor to the abolition of capital punishment in Britain.
- Garth Franklin
Based on a series of murders that took place in the 1940s and 50s in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood, Rillington Place has been set as a three-part drama. BBC Drama Production is producing in association with Bandit Television, part of the Endemol Shine Group, for BBC One. Ed Whitmore (He Kills Coppers) and Tracey Malone (Born To Kill), are scripting. Shooting starts at the end of March. Rillington Place focuses on the true stories of murderer John Christie, his wife… »
To celebrate the upcoming release of Nina Forever, directors Chris and Ben Blaine will be holding a series of screenings and Q&As this month, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to a London screening at Hackney Picture House on Monday February 15th at 6pm, along with a pair of tickets for a London screening at Brixton Ritzy Cinema on Friday, February 19th at 10.30pm. Read on for details of how to enter…
Rob (Cian Barry) is a supermarket shelf-filler who tried to kill himself after depression brought on by the sudden tragic death of his girlfriend Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy). Checkout girl Holly (Abigail Hardingham) has a morbid fascination with pain and death and puts Rob on her want list. Sexual sparks fly when they do finally get together. There’s just one problem. Even though she’s dead, sarcastic Nina has no intention »
- Gary Collinson
‘The worst thing anyone’s said to me? At an audition, the director said, “I really wanted Helena Bonham Carter for this role” ’
Born in County Durham, Gina McKee, 51, appeared in the film Notting Hill and had a Bafta-winning role in the 1990s series Our Friends In The North. She starred in the 2002 TV series The Forsyte Saga, and her film roles include Atonement (2007) and In The Loop (2009). In 2011, she was nominated for an Olivier award for her performance in King Lear at the Donmar; she is playing The Mother at the Tricycle Theatre, London, until 5 March.
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- Rosanna Greenstreet
Prince George is growing up! The 2-year-old had his first day of nursery school at the Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk earlier this month, where Kate Middleton and Prince William shared some sweet photos of their son in front of the school's colorful mural. With his blond curls and happy smile, the young royal looked like the spitting image of his father, William, when he was that age. Will dressed in all red on his own first day at the Mrs Mynors nursey school in Notting Hill in 1985, accessorizing with a striped sweater and a supercute Postman Pat thermos. Between the father-son duo's light hair, chubby cheeks, and preference for plaid, these photos could totally be of the same person. Keep scrolling to see how George's adorable first day stacks up to William's, and see their most heartwarming moments! »
- Quinn Keaney
I met Alan Rickman in 1967 when I was a journalist, setting up an “alternative” local paper in Notting Hill, west London. Alan was training to be a graphic artist and came on board as the paper’s designer. We shared the same politics and became good friends. I admired him for his beliefs and activism, and not just his acting.
The debut issue of the paper attracted some attention, and Alan’s first appearance on screen was therefore in a television news item, in which he was shown sitting on the floor of my flat gluing together a layout of the paper. The glue slurped onto the carpet and stubbornly stayed there for many years afterwards. But it at least gave my wife and me something to show guests over the next few decades as we pointed out our enduring connection with the great actor.
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- David Adams
He may have only just started preschool, but, as heir to the throne, much of Prince George's life has already been mapped out - and that includes his schooling. If he follows in his father Prince William's foosteps, that could mean heading off to boarding school in just six years - as young as age 8. That's when William started at Ludgrove Prep, the all-boys' school in Berkshire. It was there that William met some of his most enduring friends, including Tom van Straubenzee - a godparent to 8-month-old Princess Charlotte. For preschool, William went to Mrs. Mynors' in Notting Hill, »
- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag
Exclusive: Producer Stephen Woolley (Carol) worked with David Bowie, the actor as well as the musician, 30 years ago on Julien Temple’s ill-fated Absolute Beginners. Massively hyped in its day as an example of the bold, new confident face of British cinema (remember Colin Welland’s “the British are coming”?), the film was a day-glo imagining of London’s 1950s Soho replete with mods, prostitutes and the Notting Hill race riots. While the film was a commercial… »
12 items from 2016
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