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All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.
Finally: 10 new features from female filmmakers. From first-time directors to bonafide superstars, personal stories to historical epics, this season has something for everyone, and all from women.
“Viceroy’s House” (September 1)
After investigating her own heritage during the filming of an episode of BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Bend It Like Beckham” filmmaker »
- Kate Erbland
Award-winning director Gurinder Chadha explores the end of colonial rule in India with her latest motion picture Viceroy’S House which releases in the U.S. on Friday, September 1, playing in select theaters and also on-demand nationwide. Huma Qureshi, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, Gillian Anderson, and Hugh Bonneville head up the all-star cast and Oscar winner A.R. Rahman provides the music. The new Us poster and trailer have premiered for this acclaimed motion picture event.
Watch the new Viceroy’S House trailer here:
New nations are rarely born in peace… India, 1947: Lord Mountbatten (Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville) is dispatched, along with his wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson), to New Delhi to oversee the country’s transition from British rule to independence. Taking his place in the resplendent mansion known as the Viceroy’s House, Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power. But ending centuries of colonial rule »
- Stacey Yount
Best known for her crossover films Bend It Like Beckham and Bride & Prejudice, director Gurinder Chadha is now bringing her latest outing Partition: 1947. The film has been in news since it brings to fore what truly transpired before the decision to divide India and Pakistan was taken back in 1947. While the film is releasing on the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from the British and arrives on 18th August, the makers are now shying away from declaring loud and clear that there was a big international conspiracy (and not the infighting between the Indians) that led to the decision of partition.
We get into a chat with the filmmaker.
It is a pleasure to be in touch, Gurinder. It has been a long gap of seven years between your last release It’s a Wonderful Afterlife and now Partition: 1947. You must not have bargained for that, isn’t it? »
- Joginder Tuteja
Actor Kelsey Grammer is to lead the cast of a new West End production of Big Fish: The Musical. Based on the novel Big Fish by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Pictures film screenplay by John August, this new production will be the London premiere of the musical and also marks Kelsey’s first time on the London stage.
Directed by Nigel Harman, Big Fish: The Musical will play at The Other Palace from Wednesday 1 November 2017 – Sunday 31 December 2017. Tickets go on sale on 31st July 2017.
The Other Palace opened in February 2017 as a home for musical theatre. Discovering, developing and reimagining musicals is at the heart of what The Other Palace is about. The spaces are used to nurture the next generation of musicals, and the creatives behind them; celebrating the very best of the art form, from the established to the brand new.
Kelsey Grammer played the role of Dr. »
- Paul Heath
“The Wolves”: ThePlaywrightsRealm/YouTube
Listen up, “Bend it Like Beckham” fans: If you’re in New York City this fall, you may be able to catch “The Wolves,” an all-too-rare story about female athletes. According to Playbill, Sarah DeLappe’s play is making its Off-Broadway return. The finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama centers on a suburban high school’s girls’ soccer team.
Originally produced last year at The Duke on 42nd Street by The Playwrights Realm in association with New York Stage & Film and Vassar’s Powerhouse Theatre season, “The Wolves” is directed by Lila Neugebauer, a former soccer player. “The opportunity to be both a coach and director at one time has been the apotheosis of my hopes and dreams,” she has said.
Previews are scheduled to kick off Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater November 1. Original cast members Tedra Millan, Sarah Mezzanotte, Mia Barron, Brenna Coates, Jenna Dioguardi, Samia Finnerty, Midori Francis, Lizzy Jutila, and Susannah Perkins will return for the upcoming run with more casting details to be announced.
A number of women will be working in key positions behind the scenes. “The production will feature scenic design by Laura Jellinek, costume design by Ásta Bennie Hostetter, [and] lighting design by Lap Chi Chu,” Playbill reports.
“I didn’t intend [‘The Wolves’] to be a political statement,” DeLappe has shared. “I was just trying to write these women as authentically and truthfully as possible — which I guess is a political act.” Whatever her intention for the play, it’s clearly struck a chord with both critics and audiences. “The production won an Obie Ensemble Award — for Neugebauer and the acting ensemble — and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble. The play received nominations for the the Lucille Lortel Award, the Drama League Award, and the Outer Critics’ Circle Award,” Playbill writes. And it’s already set to receive productions at the Goodman Theatre, Studio Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Lyric Stage Company, and Hyde Park Theatre.
Sarah DeLappe’s “The Wolves” to Make Off-Broadway Return This Fall was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
The hard hitting thriller currently in development has some big names already attached in Mem Ferda (London Heist), Amy Tyger (Legacy), Shanika Warren-Markland (Brotherhood), Olivia Chenery (Queens), Pooja Shah (Bend it like Beckham) and Monika Miles (War Games). Brawl stars Amy Tyger (Legacy) as Beki Knight, a fighter unable to get a licence because of […]
The post Female Fight film Brawl set to Kick-Ass in 2018 appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Jeff Stevens
Kick-Ass Female Fight film Brawl is set for 2018. Set in London’s dark underworld of illegal fight clubs ,Brawl is a hard hitting thriller in development that has some big UK names already attached in Mem Ferda (London Heist), Amy Tyger (Legacy), Shanika Warren-Markland (Brotherhood), Olivia Chenery (Queens), Pooja Shah (Bend it like Beckham) and Monika Miles (War Games).
Viceroy's House is a British-Indian historical film directed by Gurinder Chadha who had earlier made films like Bend it like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice. Viceroy’s House features Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, and Michael Gambon. Ar Rahman is the music composer of the film which was released in the United Kingdom earlier in the year.
Now, for the latest buzz, Rahman’s soundtracks for the film have been shortlisted for the 2017 World Soundtrack Public Choice Award. Sharing this news in his social media page, Rahman says, “Delighted to be shortlisted for the World Soundtrack Awards »
What do you do if you have a song to finish off filming but you’re running late for an important meeting? You jump! Superstar Akshay Kumar found himself exactly in that situation whilst filming the song ‘Bakheda’ for his upcoming film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, slated to release on 11th August 2017.
Reports have emerged of the heroics displayed by the star who left the film crew awestruck on the spot. As the megastar Akshay Kumar had just 10 minutes to shoot before leaving for his meetings, the sequence involved the actor having to jump from balconies. Sensing the delay at the spot, the superstar made the impulsive decision to perform the stunt himself without a safety harness, much to the surprise of the cast and the crew. The actor not only performed the dangerous stunt in a single take, he even taunted the cast and the crew by hanging on »
- Stacey Yount
While her unconventional roles in Bollywood gave her fame, Huma Qureshi is all set to make her international debut this year and that too under the guidance of Gurinder Chadha of Bend It Like Beckham fame. The actress will be seen in Chadha’s forthcoming directorial Partition: 1947. The film, that is also known as Viceroy’sRead More
The post Huma Qureshi is a fan of A R Rahman and this was her perfect fan moment! appeared first on Bollywood Hungama. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
On Saturday 12th August 2017 the Eventim Apollo will open its doors to a multi-sensory extravaganza recreating the sights and sounds of India. Offering a fun filled day out for all the family, An Indian Summer will immerse visitors in the richness and vibrancy of Indian culture – plunging people into the backstreets of New Delhi and celebrating the heritage, styles and tastes of this South Asian country.
In the year that sees the celebration of UK-India Culture, An Indian Summer will bring Asian diversity to the grandiose setting of an iconic British venue. With the inside of the Eventim Apollo being transformed, visitors will be treated to live Bollywood dance performances, Indian henna artistry as well as a foodie fest comprising of Indian street food-inspired stalls both inside and outside the venue, plus much more.
The focal point of the inaugural event will be the screening of two much loved films that bring together the best of British Asian and contemporary Bollywood cinema. The day commences with a matinee screening of Gurinder Chadha’s evergreen, girl power sports comedy set in Southall, Bend It Like Beckham, starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Archie Panjabi and Anupam Kher.
Welcoming in the Indian Summer evening will be a screening of the sassy and youthful romantic comedy-drama, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, directed by new wave filmmaker, Ayan Mukerji, and starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur. Audiences will be invited to singalong to the timeless and anthemic soundtrack as they immerse themselves in the cinematic experience presented by one of the Capital’s most celebrated live event venues. For those wishing to dance the night away there will also be an exclusive after party with guest DJs held in the upper bar.
Come dressed in your best Indian Summer outfits and prepare to fall in love with the multi-sensory experience of India on London’s doorstep as An Indian Summer makes its grand entry on the annual events calendar – a date with the family that’s not to be missed! Tickets on sale 9am Friday 23rd June www.eventimapollo.com
Saturday 12th August
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- Stacey Yount
International megastar Akshay Kumar took another step towards his goal of monumental social change in India, as he released the much-anticipated trailer for his upcoming film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ – and it’s an instant huge hit! In fact the first day it had over 11 million hits on Facebook and now has over 17 million hits on YouTube.
The trailer has appeared to have set a new benchmark in Bollywood, riding on a moral and social higher ground on a fabric beyond the usual drama and dance – a film which portrays a man’s struggle to bring about a revolution for his love.
A love story with a satirical message that is set against the backdrop of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to improve sanitation across India, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (‘Clean India Movement’), Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, is the latest statement of intent from Akshay Kumar in his bid »
- Stacey Yount
IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to “Viceroy’s House,” a film about India’s transition to independence in 1947 directed by “Bend it Like Beckham’s” Gurinder Chadha. The movie is set for an early September release. “Viceroy’s House” stars Hugh Bonneville as British Lord Mountbatten and Gillian Anderson as his wife, Edwina, who were sent to New Delhi to oversee India’s move from British rule to independence. The film also features Manish Dayal, Michael Gambon, Huma Qureshi, Simon Callow and Om Puri. Chadha wrote the script along with Paul Mayeda Berges and Moria Buffini. The film was produced by Chadha, »
- Matt Pressberg
Times are tough for UK producers, some of whom are working for virtually nothing.
Who would be an independent UK film producer? One statistic that leapt out of ‘The State Of The UK Independent Film Sector’ study recently completed for UK producers’ association Pact by Olsberg Spi was that 78% of the UK producers contacted for the report have had to defer some or all of their fees since 2007. Given they were unlikely to have had much of a share of the ‘backend’ from the profits of their films, this means that, in certain circumstances, they are working for virtually nothing.
Almost equally gloomy was the report’s observation that the international market value for independent UK films has suffered a decline of an estimated 50% since 2007. The report puts this down to digital disruption, increased competition for audiences and the squeeze caused by the global financial crisis of 2007. It concludes the present financial model is “broken”.
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The film, directed by Atul Malhotra, stars Rez Kempton as a Sikh, Sam Vincenti as a Muslim, and Martin Delaney as an Irish Catholic. Set in contemporary London, the trio — who were childhood friends — face unforeseen changes to their lives, such as interracial marriage, near-fatal accidents, and prison, that test old friendships and family values.
Netflix will release the film internationally on June 20 and on DVD in North America. The film, produced by Victoria Barrell and Malhotra, is touted as the first western film to feature a turbaned Sikh in the lead. The title is an homage to the 1977 Bollywood film “Amar Akbar Anthony,” which centered on the reunification of three separated brothers.
- Dave McNary
Female filmmakers are still an unfortunate rarity in Hollywood — USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative’s latest study about female directors in the industry recently delivered blunt findings like “the director’s chair is white and male” and “age restricts opportunities for female filmmakers” and even “one & done: opportunities for female directors are rare” — but that hasn’t stopped a compelling legion of creators to churn out excellent films for as long as the art form has existed.
The 21st century may be less than seventeen years old, but it’s already played home to a slew of instant classics, from established auteurs to rising indie stars and everything in between. Here are the 25 best.
Read More: The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men’ to ‘Her’
Behold, a bevy of riches…
A quietly gorgeous portrait of a plucky »
- Kate Erbland, Jude Dry, Zack Sharf and Chris O'Falt
“Viceroy’s House” has found a U.S. home. IFC acquired the U.S. rights to the period drama from “Bend It Like Beckham” director Gurinder Chadha at the Cannes market, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The film is currently playing in the UK, but no word on a U.S. release date yet.
Written by Moira Buffini (“Harlots”) and frequent Chadha collaborator Paul Mayeda Berges, “Viceroy’s House” is set during the 1947 Partition — when India’s independence led to the bloody division of its territory. “Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville portrays the viceroy, Lord Louis Mountbatten, and Gillian Anderson (“The Fall,” “The X-Files”) plays his wife, Lady Edwina Mountbatten. Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter” franchise), Simon Callow (“Outlander”), Manish Dayal (“Halt and Catch Fire”), Huma Qureshi (“Jolly Llb 2”), and Om Puri (“The Hundred-Foot Journey”) round out the rest of the cast. The film made its world premiere at the Berlinale in February.
“Bhaji on the Beach,” “Bride & Prejudice,” and “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging” are among Chadha’s directing credits. Next, she will helm the WWII-set “Song for a Spy.” Penned by Farrukh Dhondy (“Exitz”), the film is set in France and Germany and centers on a female Indian spy.
Chadha is also developing projects for TV via her production company, Bend It TV. She has said she is interested in “great content that is effortlessly diverse” — no matter the medium. “My brand has always had a global reach and represents British storytelling, but from a diverse perspective,” she explained. Chadha recently donated her entire working archive to the British Film Institute’s National Archive.
Cannes Update: Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House” Gets U.S. Distribution was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
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Based in the UK and want to learn from the best and brightest in the film business? Listen up. Female Film Leaders is an industry forum that “aims to equip up-and-coming female film industry executives with the inspiration and advice they need to compete successfully at the highest echelons of the film industry,” according to the nonprofit’s official site.
The initiative invites prominent figures working in the film industry to speak candidly about their extensive careers and the lessons they’ve learned along the way to a small audience of junior industry executives. Sessions, held every few months, are free to attend. “Bend It Like Beckham” helmer Gurinder Chadha and BFI Head of International Isabel Davis are the latest industry leaders to sign up for the forum, ScreenDaily reports.
Producer Tessa Ross (“Suffragette,” “Room”) and Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive of the BFI, are among those who have taken part in the series this year. Speakers from 2016 include Alison Owen from Monumental Pictures and Katie Goodson-Thomas from Fox Searchlight.
The forum was founded by Emma Dutton, partner at UK production outfit Sharp House, Emma Yap, junior acquisitions executive at NBC Universal, and Yana Georgieva, international sales manager at Bankside Films.
Chadha’s latest film, “Viceroy’s House,” is currently playing in the UK. The period drama centers on the final months of British rule in India. Next, Chadha will helm “Song for a Spy,” about a female Indian World War II spy. She’s also branching out into TV, with plans to “tell stories about people on the margins, or hidden histories and voices, and [bring] them to the fore.”
For more information about Female Film Leaders and upcoming events, head over to their site.
Gurinder Chadha Joins UK Initiative Tackling Gender Imbalance in the Film Industry was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Cannes — Graced by enticing pre-l.A. screenings of Disney and Lionsgate shows and large excitement at sneak-peaked scenes from Adam Price’s “Ride Upon the Storm” and Tom Tykwer’s “Babylon Berlin,” 2017’s MipTV trade fair underscored why Hollywood still dominates much of global TV, as well as the new raised bar of ambition of European dramas.
Amazon’s Roy Price laid out plans for Amazon to drive into more originals, though he did not go into specifics. Both Amazon and Netflix took meetings with key content suppliers at MipTV. Meanwhile, MipTV caught the TV business, and indeed the world, in vertiginous transition, thanks in business terms to a phenomenon little short of a revolution: the global broadcast of foreign-language shows, currently driven by Netflix.
Change, however, goes beyond that. Not for nothing, The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler drilled down in a Wednesday Fresh TV Fiction on 2017 as the “Year of Trans-Genre, »
- John Hopewell
Gurinder Chadha is branching out into television. The “Bend It Like Beckham” director’s TV production company, Bend It TV, will receive 25 percent backing from FremantleMedia, Variety writes. Bend It TV aims to develop “upscale scripted content” as well as non-scripted content and other entertainment formats. According to the source, the deal stemmed from Fremantle drama chief Sarah Doole’s efforts to expand the company’s number of scripted series.
Planning to use the medium to tell “stories on a big scale,” Chadha believes working in TV will allow her to share her work globally. “The audience now picks and chooses because of the [different] platforms,” she emphasized. “For someone like me who has always been trying to tell different kinds of stories, finally an audience can have access to them. That is the most exciting thing for a filmmaker like me, someone who wants to tell stories about people on the margins, or hidden histories and voices, and bringing them to the fore.”
Although she is best known as a film director, Variety reveals that Chadha began her career on Channel 4’s “The Media Show” in the UK and is happy to return to her roots. “In my experience of late, television is much more open and responsive these days than the British film industry at getting those stories out there, getting them produced, made, and on screens,” she observed.
Describing her approach to storytelling — in any medium — Chadha said she is interested in “great content that is effortlessly diverse.” Expanding on that idea, she added, “My brand has always had a global reach and represents British storytelling, but from a diverse perspective.”
According to Variety, Chadha is especially excited to work with Fremantle due to its inclusion of women like Doole and CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz in senior leadership roles. “I am working with bright, intelligent women at the top of their game, and we have a shorthand. When I pitch a story or idea they get it, so it allows me to be more productive,” Chadha explained.
The respect is mutual. Frot-Coutaz commented, “Gurinder is a phenomenal storyteller and a real auteur; I’m thrilled to be working with her. When we set out to build our scripted business, at the top of my list was working with and supporting the best creative talent in the world, and this new partnership truly exemplifies that goal.”
Chadha made her feature directorial debut with 1993’s “Bhaji on the Beach.” “I was the first Indian woman to direct a feature film in Britain,” she said of the experience, “and now I’m still the only Asian woman directing feature films in the British film industry. That shows how hard it is to get out there.”
Since “Bhaji,” Chadha has directed “Bend It Like Beckham,” “Bride & Prejudice,” the short film “Quais de Seine,” “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging,” and “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife.” Her latest film, “Viceroy’s House,” is set during the 1947 Partition — when India’s independence led to the bloody division of its territory. It is currently playing in the UK.
Next, Chadha will helm “Song for a Spy,” about a female Indian World War II spy. She recently donated her entire working archive to the British Film Institute’s National Archive.
Gurinder Chadha Moves to TV with FremantleMedia-Backed Bend It TV was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
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