8 items from 2015
Award season as come to a close, and we’ve all been witness to what is a historic unprecedented run for one urgent film. The ripple became a wave when we were on hand to witness Laura Poitras collect multiple awards at the Cinema Eye Honors, and as predicted, the Academy Awards capped off a historic awards season run with an Oscar win. Here is our roundup and recap of the previous month’s film festival and award season headlines related to the docu film world.
Berlin International Film Festival - Germany – February 5th – February 15th
- Jordan M. Smith
Fergal Keane explores voters’ basic ambitions and desires in Panorama, Rick Stein cooks up wallaby down under, Martin Clunes takes on Conan Doyle and a trio of mathematicians try to get to the root of climate change
First of a four-part series-within-a-series presented by Fergal Keane. As the general election looms, Keane takes the cue to wonder whether there is anything politicians are doing – or could do – to enable more people to realise what have long been thought the most basic of ambitions: owning their home; doing work they enjoy; feeling as if they belong where they live; and maintaining confidence that things will improve in the future. A useful reality check for voters and office-seekers alike. Andrew Mueller
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- Andrew Mueller, Hannah Verdier, Jack Seale, Jonathan Wright, Graeme Virtue, Ben Arnold and Rachel Aroesti
Dive into the murkier depths of late night TV with some of the finest quality weird available from the folks behind Too Many Cooks…
Has watching Too Many Cooks 108 times left you feeling empty and craving more? After experiencing the 80s-sitcom-inspired gore-heavy fever dream, are you one of the many out there still experiencing symptoms of boredom when faced with standard-issue primetime TV fare, disgust at unnecessaries like plot and likable characters, as well as a deep-seated need to re-watch Alf and Adventures Of The Galaxy Rangers? If you have this problem, if no amount of trawling YouTube can help… maybe you should stick around here and let me lead you through some Cooks-alike stuff from Adult Swim’s current shows and back catalogue…
…but, before we delve in, hold up and consider. I must warn you that prolonged exposure to low-fi fuzzy VHS visuals, warped sound, and subverted TV »
“Let Hoi Decide,” the Korean-financed Vietnamese romantic comedy that has just broken box office records in Vietnam, has been picked up for release in Australia by the Mingyo group and for release in Taiwan by Precious Time Group.
“C’est Si Bon,” which this weekend opened on top of the Korean box office chart, was picked up by Deltamac for Hong Kong, by Dreamwest for Australia and New Zealand and by Emphasis for airline rights.
Period erotic title “Empire of Lust” was pre-bought by Cai Chang for Taiwan. Action drama “Veteran,” directed by Ryo Seung-wan, was pre-bought by Precious Media for Taiwan and by Sky Media for airlines.
The new sales deals are in addition to previously announced sales on “Ode to My Father,” which plays in Berlin’s Panorama section, and this weekend became the second most watched Korean movie of all time with more than 13 million tickets sold, »
- Patrick Frater
Reinventing the Royals will now air on Thursday, February 19 at 9pm, nearly two months after it was pulled from the schedules due to legal intervention.
"Before Christmas, it became clear that there were issues relating to the clearance of archive footage in the forthcoming programme Reinventing the Royals," a BBC spokesman said in a statement.
"These issues have now been resolved and all the archive material we planned to use is included in the finished programme.
"The first episode of Reinventing the Royals will be broadcast on 19th »
Broadchurch fell to a new low rating on Monday, overnight data reveals.
The ITV drama dropped by around 400,000 viewers from last week to an average 4.76 million (19.7%) at 9pm (530k/3.3% on +1). Earlier, Richard Wilson's On the Road brought in 2.86m (12.3%) at 8pm (120k/0.5%).
On BBC Two, University Challenge quizzed 2.93m (12.5%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 2.28m (9.7%) at 8.30pm. A Cook Abroad gathered 1.56m (6.5%) at 9pm, while Backchat amused 850k (4.8%) at 10pm.
Channel 4's The Jump entertained 1.76m (7.5%) at 8pm (232k/1.0%), dropping by around 800k from Sunday's launch show. The Undateables was seen by 1.76m (7.3%) at 9pm (434k/2.8%), while Catastrophe tickled 639k (3.7%) at 10pm (141k/1.6%).
On Channel 5, Celebrity Big Brother continued with 1.35m (5.8%) at 8pm (318k/1.3%), climbing »
The BBC's coverage of the raid on Sir Cliff Richard's house has been nominated for Scoop of the Year at the Royal Television Society Television Journalism Awards 2013/14.
The singer's home was searched by South Yorkshire Police in August following allegations of historical sex abuse - claims that have been described as as "completely false" by Richard.
Both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police were criticised over the coverage, prompting a Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry. The report stated that police should not have cooperated with the BBC after a journalist discovered information about the search.
The Panorama special centred around Mazher Mahmood, who had exposed various individuals in the tabloids while posing as a fake sheikh. The documentary arrived after he was accused of "serious misconduct »
The film, which won top prize at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, is the story of a circus performer’s attempted reconciliation with his family’s past.
Panorama Special will open on February 6 with two films. First up is Mexican filmmaker Gabriel Ripstein’s directorial debut, “600 Millas” (600 Miles), in which a young gunrunner, en route from Texas to Mexico, finds himself stuck with a U.S. military veteran, played by Tim Roth.
The other film is German director Rosa von Praunheim’s latest work, “Härte” (Tough Love), which tells the story of karate world champion Andreas “Andy” Marquardt, who also appears in the pic, and accompanies the audience on his journey from a childhood of abuse to an adulthood of violence. Ultimately »
- Leo Barraclough
8 items from 2015
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