13 items from 2016
BFI CEO Amanda Nevill, CEO of Swiss watchmaker Iwc and industry representative to award prize.
The BFI, in partnership with Swiss watchmaker Iwc Schaffhausen, is to launch its first Filmmaker Bursary Award, a £50,000 bursary given to a UK-based writer and/or director with a first or second feature premiering in the Official Selection at the BFI London Film Festival.
Shortlisting for the prize is currently underway with the panel of judges including Clare Stewart, director of the London Film Festival, Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund, director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), Joe Oppenheimer, commissioning executive of BBC Films, and Rose Garnett, head of creative at Film4.
These judges will select three finalists who will be announced at the BFI on 20 September 2016.
Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI, Georges Kern, CEO of Iwc Schaffhausen, and a key representative of the UK film industry, to be announced soon, will decide »
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***Children’S Open Audition Call, On Stage At The Savoy Theatre With Double Olivier Award Winning West End & Broadway Choreographer Stephen Mear And Leading Musical Director Nigel Lilley, London, 3rd July 2016***
A children’s open audition call will be held on stage at The Savoy Theatre on 3rd July 2016 to find 25 of the UK’s most talented musical theatre performers! The audition workshop day will be led by the Stagebox Resident Team alongside double Olivier award winning West End & Broadway Choreographer Stephen Mear (Gypsy, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and leading West End Musical Director Nigel Lilley (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bend It Like Beckham, Spring Awakening). Stagebox Artistic Director Sammy Murray is also a leading television and film choreographer and is currently working with Jenna Coleman on new primetime ITV Drama "Victoria". Sammy is also known for her choreography on BBC’s “That Day We Sang” (starring »
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IFC Films has obtained the U.S. rights to “London Town,” a film centered on the English punk rock band The Clash. The acquisition came just prior to the world premiere of the film at the L.A. Film Festival. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, best known for his roles in “Bend It Like Beckham” and “Mission Impossible III,” stars as the lead vocalist of the band, Joe Strummer. Also Read: History Renews 'Vikings' for Season 5, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Joins Cast The film, directed by Derrick Borte, is set in 1970s London and follows a 14-year-old boy’s journey as he falls »
- Rasha Ali
London theater is gearing up for its biggest celebration of the year! This Sunday, April 3 at 10 p.m. BST, the 40th annual Laurence Olivier Awards will be held at Covent Garden’s iconic Royal Opera House, hosted by two-time Olivier winner Michael Ball. For the first time ever, you can watch the ceremony be broadcasted live on the awards’ YouTube channel. Among the acting nominees for the 2015–16 London theater scene are such stage vets as Kenneth Branagh, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Preeya Kalidas, Nicole Kidman, Adrian Lester, and Mark Rylance. Also nominated are Lara Pulver, Dan Burton, Peter Davison, and Imelda Staunton, stars of this year’s most nominated production, the Jonathan Kent–directed revival of “Gypsy” at the Savoy Theatre. For a full list of Olivier nominees, visit olivierawards.com. Staunton will open the ceremony with a number from the musical; the casts of the other nominees for best musical revival, »
While diversity has become the mantra for the Hollywood majors, a couple of new releases offer a reminder that the indies are already ahead of the game.
Kapoor said many distributors passed on his film because of the “all-brown cast. That was a non-starter; they said it had a limited audience. But MarVista recognized it plays to a wider, younger audience, as well as women and South Asians.” The distributor also realized, as many others in the industry are discovering, that there is a huge audience of Indian people in the U.S. who are hungry for films. MarVista, which is generally known more for its genre releases like horror and action, plans a roll-out for its film after premiering it last week in Santa Monica. »
- Shalini Dore
Keira Knightley's life could easily be mistaken for a fairy tale. More than a decade ago, the brunette beauty was launched into international superstardom with her breakthrough role in Bend It Like Beckham, paving the way for a slew of other parts in major blockbusters like the Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, which earned her two Oscar noms and three Golden Globe nominations. Knightley turns 31 today, surely celebrating a year in which the talented actress took on quite a few roles particularly different from her norm. Back in 2013, the birthday girl married her prince charming, musician James Righton, and last June, Keira traded film scripts for »
Long before the lack of minority nominees for this year’s Oscars led to a controversy that motivated the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to examine ways it can improve diversity among its membership, the U.K. film business was working on a strategy to improve cultural representation in its ranks.
In October, the British Film Institute finalized plans for the model — called the BFI Diversity Standards, a policy in the works for more than a year — across all of its funds. It also launched a £1 million ($1.4 million) Diversity Fund to be rolled out across development, production and distribution. Other U.K. funders, including Creative Skillset, Creative England, Creative Scotland, Film Cymru Wales, Film London, Into Film and Northern Ireland Screen, have adopted the BFI model.
“It felt to me we should harness the power of being a public funder,” says BFI Film Fund topper Ben Roberts. “We already »
- Diana Lodderhose
If you were hoping to see Zac Efron put on a blond wig and dress up as Kirsten Dunst in Bring It On at some point in your lifetime, prepare yourself for greatness. The actor appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Sunday night after the Super Bowl with his Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates costars Adam DeVine and Anna Kendrick to accomplish one very daunting task: sum up the entire history of sports movies in less than seven minutes. In the same vein as fellow late-night host Jimmy Fallon's "History of Rap" video, Corden's "History of Sports" tackles everything from Bad News Bears and Varsity Blues to The Sandlot and Bend It Like Beckham. No movie was safe from their hilariously spot-on impersonations, so check it out above! »
- Quinn Keaney
If you've ever fantasized about James Corden wearing nothing but a whipped cream bikini, you're in luck. For the Late Late Show's post-Super Bowl episode Sunday night, the host got actors Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine to help him recreate the best cinematic tributes to athleticism in a skit called "History of Sports Movies in 7 Minutes" - including Ali Larter's sweet seduction scene from 1999's Varsity Blues. "Uh ... we cut this bit," Efron, 28, said as Corden, 37, sauntered in front of the green screen in a blonde wig (and not much else). "Right. It's still a treat for the ladies, »
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The love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy has been told again and again onscreen, and each adaptation has in its own way addressed themes of class, social etiquette and romance that Jane Austen wove into the 1813 classic, Pride and Prejudice. But now Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, in theaters Feb. 5, introduces a whole new slew of themes: the undead, for example, and martial arts and lots and lots of blood and gore. The film has Cinderella star Lily James playing Elizabeth, who in this version just happens to be leading a small army of sword-toting society women in »
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Jasper M. de Gier will relaunch the company, which was declared insolvent 13 years ago.
The Dutch entrepreneur and investor Jasper M. de Gier has resurrected the former Neuer Markt player Helkon Media Ag to produce European feature films and TV series.
The Munich-based predecessor, which was founded in 1991 by the late Werner Koenig and Martin Heldmann and finally wound up in 2003 after prolonged insolvency proceedings, was launched this week in Berlin by de Gier’s Luxembourg-based financial investment company de Gier & Co.
De Gier had been working since 2007 on reviving the remnants of the former Helkon empire.
¨Our goal is to pick up where the old Helkon left off, i.e. to enable the new Helkon to connect to the success of its predecessor, which ran into difficulties after the tragic death of Werner Koenig in November 2000 and the collapse of the Neuer Markt,¨ said De Gier.
The reincarnation will focus on film production, film distribution »
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Gurinder Chadha is over the moon. The stage version of her 2002 cult hit Bend It Like Beckham about a sassy Punjabi girl who wants to play football in London, has taken the London stage by storm. Last week the staged version of Bend It Like Beckham won big at the prestigious Critics' Circle Theatre Awards. Gurinder's staged film adaptation won for Best Musical.
Gurinder was thrilled to share the stage with the legendary Judi Dench. And now the filmmaker will bring the stage version of Bend It Like Beckham to India. Speaking from London, the ecstatic Gurinder says, "Our show is a wonderful example of what a diverse and culturally rich country England is. To be recognized and celebrated by the top critics of our national press is extremely gratifying."
After the heartening response in Britain, Gurinder is all set for India. "Critics and audiences have loved the show in »
- Subhash K. Jha
Project is based on the memoir of author Helga Schneider.
Filming will continue for three weeks before moving to London and Vienna. The production will last five weeks.
Based on the memoir of Helga Schneider, the story follows the emotional journeys of four generations of women from the same family and how they suffer from a trauma created during the Second World War.
The script was written by Polly Steele (Lena: The Bride of Ice), who will also direct, and will star Stevenson as Schneider alongside Jodhi May (The Last of the Mohicans) and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street, Life in Squares).
New cast members announced include Éva Magyar (X-Men: First Class), Abhin Galeya (Exodus: Gods And Kings), Stanley Weber (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life), Simona Hughes (Woman In Gold) and Elizabeth Webster (Cockneys vs Zombies).
13 items from 2016
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