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Irish actress Anne Marie Duff (The Magdalene Sisters, Garage) has landed a role in Mammoth Screen's epic BBC Two drama/HBO miniseries 'Parade's End', with co-stars including Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona). The five-part series has been adapted by playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Brazil, Shakespeare in Love) from a quartet of novels by Ford Madox Ford. »
Reviewer: James van Maanen
Rating (out of five): ***
Peter Mullan is a wonderful actor (The Red Riding Trilogy, Boy A, Children of Men) and a good writer/director (Orphans, The Magdalene Sisters and now, Neds -- which stands for Non-Educated Delinquents.
Although his latest film -- which deals, and very well, with the smarter, younger son of a dysfunctional family who gets slowly sucked into "gang" life -- was part of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival line-up, it did not get much, if any, of a theatrical release. It is, however, certainly worth seeing, which makes its recent DVD debut appreciated, despite a major flaw in the film. »
Director: Peter Mullan
Writer: Peter Mullan
Review by: Marina Antunes
Rating: 7 out of 10
Peter Mullan has always struck me as a smart, gentle man though for the most part, his roles over the years have been far from that. He often plays the failed father figure, a role he seems comfortable in, and his constant appearance in films about youth on the fringes certainly suggests he has some personal interest in youth on the verge of self destruction.
Eight years since the release of the critically acclaimed The Magdalene Sisters, Mullan steps behind the camera for Neds. Sharing some of the same themes, Mullan's new film stars newcomer Conor McCarron as John, a successful young man with a passion for learning who has kept his nose clean despite his younger brother's fall into gang culture. He's a bit of a geek but when he encounters trouble, »
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Peter Mullan's Neds (2010, Entertainment One, 18), a hard-hitting tale of "non-educated delinquents" street-fighting in 70s Glasgow, is just how stylishly cinematic it manages to be. Mullan may have earned his acting spurs working with Ken Loach on the gritty Cannes prize-winner My Name is Joe, but his directorial style here owes more to the colourful choreography of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and Boyle's Trainspotting than to any grim social-realist tradition. He is greatly aided by the presence of screen newcomer Conor McCarron who excels as the super-bright schoolkid led astray by a classist slight which turns him against authority and education. It's that crushing sense of wasted youth married with a fearsomely kinetic portrayal of adolescent anarchy which powers the film's infernal combustion engine. Having wrestled with the Catholic church in The Magdalene Sisters, »
- Mark Kermode
Entertainment One UK have given us this new exclusive clip from their movie, Neds, which is released on both DVD and Blu-ray this Monday, 23rd May. In the scene, we get to see John McGill walking through a park. Wee T then tries to mug him before realising who his brother is is backtracking rather swiftly!
Neds is written and directed by Peter Mullan and stars Marianna Palka, Steven Robertson, David McKay, Douglas Russell, Linda Cuthbert, Martin Bell. If you missed it, check out our interview with Peter Mullan & Conor McCarron for Neds that we conducted for the theatrical release.
Synopsis: Peter Mullan’s third feature as a writer and director, after Orphans and The Magdalene Sisters, returns him to the 1970s Glasgow of his youth, although the Trainspotting and My Name is Joe actor stresses that Neds (which stands for ‘Non-Educated Delinquents’) is ‘personal but not autobiographical’.
We meet confident, »
- David Sztypuljak
Neds is a gritty period film set on the streets of 1970s Glasgow. Young John McGill is a good student, keeping his head down and trying not to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, a petty street criminal. However, with his home life deteriorating around him, the pull of gang membership and street cred becomes too hard to resist. Over the period of a few years (and with two young actors spanning the role's adolescence), John becomes one of the title characters: a Non Educated Delinquent. The realism of the film is impressive, and to learn more about its real-life inspiration, we sat down with actor/director Peter Mullan (actor: My Name is Joe, Trainspotting, Harry Potter, Boy A; director: The Magdalene Sisters, Orphans) during Neds' recent run at the Tribeca Film Festival. We also wanted to hear about his transformation into John's terrifyingly alcoholic father, and »
Of all the expressions Peter Mullan is capable of, it may be his smile that's most unsettling. An incredibly warm, gregarious and articulate gentleman in person, he's still intimidating in nearly every way, whether you're treated to his ferocious intellect on subjects as diverse as his approach to acting or the collapse of American imperialism or learn that he was part of a street gang in his teens. So when he grins you can't accept it as simply that, there has to be something more.
That's why "Neds," Mullan's third film as a writer/director, which is also his first to resemble a comedy - and an alternately hysterical and grim one at that, is a coming-of-age story that refuses to bask in any kind of nostalgia around 1970s Glasgow as it illustrates the plight of John McGill, a young man whose attempt to escape an abusive father and the »
- Stephen Saito
We’ve been reporting on the English coming of age, 70’s period piece Neds since early last year. Susannah gave it a raving review saying, “Peter Mullan’s last film, the award-winning The Magdalene Sisters, was about vulnerable young women suffering oppression and brutality at the hands of some over-zealous nuns. Here he presents sarcasm, cynicism and the oft-wielded strap as the chief weapons of Scottish educators – at least in the state school sector” (read the full review here). Scottish director Peter Mullan’s showcases the semi-biographical tale of John McGill (Conor McCarron), a model student of the 1970′s who falls into a downturn with a violent Glasgow gang called the “Non-Educated Delinquents.” After being bullied by the gang, and straying away from the advice of his teachers, clergymen, and family; McGill slowly joins the darker side in this “prey-becomes- predator” story starring a cast of newcomers.
Watch the trailer below. »
- Kyle Reese
Peter Mullan is a great character actor and a very serious director. His previous two films, The Magdalene Sisters and Orphans, were both pretty intense dramas, but definitely worth a look. He hasn't made a film since 2002, but now returns with Neds (short for Non Educated Delinquents), which charts the life of John McGill, a boy on the cusp of manhood trying to make his way through a tough life in '70s Glasgow. Serious stuff once again, but possibly a companion piece of sorts to Shane Meadows' great This is England. Check out the trailer after the break. There are some strong moments in this trailer, and as always, it's great to see Peter Mullan on screen once more. (You can catch him later this summer in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, as well.) Neds is available now via VOD, and will be in limited »
- Russ Fischer
Now in its 10th year, legendary actor Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival is once again on the horizon and this year, the fest is cooking up more innovative programming and side projects then ever before. Sundance might be the end all be all of independent film, but the downtown Manhattan staple is creeping right up alongside it -- and they have the support to prove it.
Along with a film line-up of star-filled indies, eclectic world cinema and a few intriguing unknowns hoping to generate buzz, the fest is also introducing a new on-demand system that will allow many of the films at the festival to be viewed by you in the comfort of your own home.
So what can you expect emerging from the festival? »
- Matt Patches
Released on DVD on March 14th, Savage is the debut feature from writer-director Brian Muldowney and stars Darren Healy (Disco Pigs; Layer Cake) and Nora-Jane Noone (The Day Of The Triffids; The Descent; The Magdalene Sisters) in a gritty and brutal “Straw Dogs”-meets-“Taxi Driver” exploration of violence, obsession and revenge that has been described as “uncompromising… utterly compelling… [and] not for the faint-hearted”.
Dubliner Paul Graynor (Darren Healy) works as a freelance press photographer, visually documenting the day-to-day events of a vibrant city that, like many others, is becoming increasingly hostile and threatening. What Paul doesn’t realise is he is about to become front-page tabloid news himself. Walking home alone at night after a date with Michelle (Nora-Jane Noone), the care worker who is responsible for looking after his ailing father, Paul is accosted and violently assaulted by two youths.
Left unconscious by his attackers, he awakes several »
Tribeca Film Festival has announced the line up of this years competition categories, including World Narrative Feature, World Documentary Feature, and the brand new Viewpoints which highlights eleven independent features and nine documentaries.
Tribeca Film Festival is one of leading film festivals located in New York City, showcasing many films not screened in any other U.S. film festival along with forty three world premieres and fifty four directorial debuts. Cameron Crowe’s premier of his concert documentary, The Union, will start the festival followed by a performance by Elton John. The rest of the lineup will be announced March 14th, and look out for coverage of the festival in April. Below you can find the complete press release on the lineup.
10th Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative
And Documentary Competition Selections, And New Viewpoints Section
Tribeca Expands Awards Scope
2011 Festival to Present 88 Feature-Length and 61 Short Films April 20 – May »
- Christopher Clemente
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival revealed the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections for the 10th annual Tff, which will be held April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.
In addition, Tff organizers unveiled the first edition of the new section — Viewpoints.
Forty-four of the 88 feature-length films that will screen during the fest have been announced. Much more information on each title can be found below.
“It’s our tenth Tribeca Film Festival, and in our relatively brief existence we have evolved dramatically,” said Nancy Schafer, Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Festival. “The Festival has become an integral part of the cultural landscape of New York City as well as a globally recognized platform for storytelling.”
So what will screen at Tribeca this year? In part, the following:
World Narrative Feature Competition
- Sean O'Connell
And the festival beat marches on… nothing on this list immediately jumps out at me… no titles I recognize. These are just the World Narrative and Documentary competition selections, so, there’ll be more announcements made later. I do see representation from South Africa, Egypt and Rwanda. As I always do, I’ll be taking a closer look at the lineup for any titles worth profiling on this website. The festival runs from April 20th to May 1st. It’s in my backyard, so you know I’ll be covering it!
For now, here’s the full press release:
New York, NY [March 7, 2011] – The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and the first edition of the new section—Viewpoints. Forty-three of the 87 feature-length films were announced. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan. »
The Tribeca Film Festival announced selections for its World Narrative, World Documentary, and Viewpoints competitions at its 10th annual event, running from April 20 to May 1 in New York. Eighty-eight features (such as Angels Crest, with Jeremy Piven) and 61 short films from 32 different countries were selected from more than 5,600 submissions to screen at the festival. “In programming the Festival this year we had to make some incredibly difficult decisions, but we are excited about the quality, ingenuity, risk-taking and diversity of this year’s program,” David Kwok, Director of Programming, said in a statement. “We are particularly proud that we have »
- Jeff Labrecque
Getty Robert DeNiro
The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, which will run from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan, has announced the films that will play in this year’s World Narrative and Documentary Competition film categories, which are both competition sections. The also named the films that will will play in its new, out-of-competition section “Viewpoints.”
Now in its tenth year, this year’s festival features movies from 32 different counties and 99 different filmmakers, who were selected from a pool of 5,624 entries. »
- WSJ Staff
A new player has entered on the indie film distribution — the two year old initiative Tribeca Film officially revealed yesterday an intriguing schedule of films adding to the already includes the formerly announced relationship drama Last Night.
Searching for the films that are sure to take some attention is Deborah Chow‘s The High Cost of Living; dark romantic drama about intertwined fates centers on the burgeoning relationship between an unlikely pair. Nathalie (Isabelle Blais) is expecting her first child, and Henry (Zach Braff) is on his way to his next drug deal. Their paths fatefully collide one night in an event that will forever change their lives. What comes out is the unlikely affiliation between the two »
- Nikola Mraovic
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Expansion is the word out of New York City this morning as Tribeca Film ramps up its distribution plans and announces U.S. deals for nine new titles.
Tribeca Enterprises announced that its distribution label, Tribeca Film, will expand to commercially release 26 films over the next year, more than double the number of titles released in 2010. In addition, the label acquired U.S. rights to nine titles it plans to release across multiple platforms.
The curated selection of films includes many genres and features stars including Zach Braff, Vincent Gallo and Zoe Kravitz and filmmakers such as Peter Mullan, Jerzy Skolimowski and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Here’s information we received on the films. They will be released theatrically, on video-on-demand and via other platforms throughout 2011:
- Sean O'Connell
Tribeca Film Sets Expansion Of Slate In 2011, More Than Doubling Annual Output To 26 Films And Announcing U.S. Distribution Rights To Nine New Titles.
Slate to Premiere On Multiple Platforms, Including National Video-on-Demand and Theatres Across the Country, Supported by Founding Partner American Express.
From the Press Release:
New York, NY February 28, 2011 – Tribeca Enterprises today announced that Tribeca Film will expand to commercially release 26 films over the next year, more than double the number of titles released in 2010. The comprehensive distribution label for independent film also announced that it acquired U.S. rights to nine new titles to be released across multiple platforms. The curated selection of films includes many genres and features stars including Zach Braff, Vincent Gallo and Zoe Kravitz and filmmakers such as Peter Mullan, »
Director: Jesse Peretz
Summary: Ned is a well-meaning idealist just released from prison for dealing cannabis. In succession, he disrupts the lives and homes of his three sisters: a career-driven journalist about to get her big break; a bisexual hipster whose lies are disrupting her relationship; and a married mother who hasn't noticed that her marriage is falling apart.
Analysis: Scoring a good response over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, this broad light comedy with a sweet heart charmed the pants off The Weinstein Company to the tune of around $6 million for distribution rights. That covers most of its sub-$10 million budget, a number that it could potentially outgross by several factors if the good-natured tone hinted at in the reviews were correct. If anything, the few negatives tended to be because this »
- Garth Franklin
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