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Director David Mackenzie Plots Course For The American Heartland With USA Network’s Damnation

An intelligent marketing campaign and button-pressing subject matter ensures that Sam Esmail’s Mr. Robot continues to one of the most buzzworthy shows lining USA Network’s slate, and that’s even factoring in the at times shaky sophomore season. But USA is cooking up several other exciting properties beyond the firewalls of Elliot Alderson’s shoddy abode.

Case in point: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie has become attached to Damnation, a period drama rooted in the America heartland during the 1930s. The outlet goes on to reveal that Mackenzie has boarded the project to helm the show’s pilot episode, before switching gears to produce the remainder of the season. THR didn’t disclose how many installments USA Network has mapped out, but we’ll keep you posted as more news emerges.

Mackenzie, meanwhile, stands as a fine candidate to help get Damnation off the ground.
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David Mackenzie interview: Hell Or High Water, modern movies

Ryan Lambie Sep 6, 2016

Director David Mackenzie talks about making Hell Or High Water with Chris Pine, and the state of modern cinema...

A blend of western and heist thriller, Hell Or High Water has one foot in the present and one in the past. Its rugged atmosphere recalls classic thrillers and dramas of the 1970s, yet its setting - among shuttered towns of a post-recession east Texas - is unmistakably modern. Its big skies and Stetsons recall classic westerns, yet its story, brilliantly written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) feels like a eulogy for a vanishing way of life.

Even the casting feels like a nod to both 70s and contemporary cinema. There are plenty of parallels between Hell Or High Water and Michael Cimino's 1974 thriller Thunderbolt And Lightfoot, not least the casting of Jeff Bridges. In Cimino's film, Bridges stole just about every scene as a live-wire outlaw
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The Lrm Interview: Hell or High Water Director David Mackenzie

For many years, British filmmaker David Mackenzie’s work had received most of its acclaim on the film festival circuit, whether it was his period drama Young Adam or the thriller Hallam Foe or the prison film Starred Up. These films had Mackenzie working with some of the finest actors in the United Kingdom, many of them early in their careers.

Mackenzie’s upcoming film Hell or High Water may finally get him attention on these shores. It’s a modern-day take on a Western starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster as Toby and Tanner, two brothers committing a crime spree, robbing small banks across Western Texas in order to save their mother’s farm. Hot on their heels is Jeff Bridges’ Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton, who is ready to retire but decides to solve this one last case with his partner Alberto (Gil Birmingham).

Many Australian filmmakers have played within the Western genre,
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Cannes 2016: Hell Or High Water review

Hell Or High Water review: David MacKenzie follows up his prison drama Starred-Up with this impressive modern western from the writer of Sicario.

Our Hell Or High Water review is from the Cannes Film Festival, 2016.

Hell Or High Water review

David MacKenzie is gradually developing himself as being one of the most various, most exciting film-makers working today. After starting out with the likes of Young Adam with Ewan McGregor in 2003, before going on to the romantic drama Hallam Foe and then the hard-hitting Starred-Up in 2014, MacKenzie has dropped something quite different on Cannes with Hell and High Water, which plays in Un Certain Regard.

The film, set deep in the heart of west-Texas, revolves around two bungling bank robber brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), who must, over the course of a few days, get together around $40,000 to pay off debts relating to the estate of their late mother.
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Cameras Roll On Chris Pine, Ben Foster And Jeff Bridges In Comancheria

Given that the names involved are among the most high profile currently working in Hollywood, it seems surprising that Comancheria has so far kept itself off the radar. Impressive though that is, anticipation for this heist movie is growing, now that news of the production has broken. The reason for that excitement is the cast and creators: Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges in front of the camera, with writer Taylor Sheridan and director David Mackenzie behind it. Apparently, cameras began rolling in late May, on a script that made the Black List in 2012.

Two brothers, one an ex-con and the other a divorced father of two kids, face the foreclosure of their family’s West Texas farm. They team for a skilfully calculated bank robbery spree that puts them on a collision course with two Texas Rangers determined to bring them down.”

If we really must have yet another testosterone-soaked heist movie,
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The Good Wife's Archie Panjabi to appear on BBC One's Shetland

The Good Wife star Archie Panjabi is to appear in the third series of Shetland.

The Emmy Award-winning actress will star in the six-part series produced by ITV Studios for BBC One, which will air later this year.

Game of Thrones actor Ciaran Hinds and Anna Chancellor will also have roles in the series, alongside James Cosmo, Saskia Reeves, Sara Vickers, Jack Greenlees, Jamie Michie, Mark Cox, Kate Donnelly and Andrew Rothney.

Douglas Henshall will return as Di Jimmy Perez, alongside series regulars Alison O'Donnell, Steven Robertson, Julie Graham and Mark Bonnar.

The third series will centre around the disappearance of a young man on a ferry crossing from Aberdeen to Lerwick.

Hinds said of his role: "I'm looking forward to locking swords with Douglas Henshall and working against the stunning backdrop of Shetland.

"I came to Scotland a lot in the '70s and '80s in various theatre productions - and,
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Blackwood released on DVD this February, director Adam Wimpenny teases release with first look featurette

Wildcard Films Distribution has today announced the DVD and On-Demand release of director Adam Wimpenny’s directorial debut Blackwood, a reworking of the classic British Ghost Story, which stars Ed Stoppard (The Pianist), Sophia Myles (Hallam Foe), Paul Kaye (Dracula Untold), Russell Tovey (Him & Her) and Greg Wise (Effie Gray).

The film, which has been described as “genuinely tense” by Anna Smith of Metro, is set for release on February 23rd across both platforms, and to tease the film’s release, director Wimpenny has released the video below with a taster of what can be expected…

Wildcard Films Distribution is proud to announce the DVD release of Adam Wimpenny’s feature film directorial debut which reworks the classic British ghost story in this compelling psychological drama with a chilling, modern twist. College professor Ben Marshall is recovering from a nervous breakdown and looking for a fresh start when he takes
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Surviving Desire: The Cinema of David Mackenzie

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Hold me. Thrill me. Kiss me. Kill me. The films of David Mackenzie envision life as a never-ending whirlwind of experience, a cyclone of emotion constantly spinning out of control. These feelings are heightened and externalized through melodrama, yet they can also simmer under the surface like hidden secrets waiting to explode. While his exhausted characters never fit into one social class – pop stars, artisan chefs and thuggish bruisers all take center stage – each sees the world in a similarly warped way. They are confused by inadequacy, defined by repression, purposefully solitary, and bordering on self-destruction. But most importantly they are also eager to transcend this unhappiness, especially after finding inspiration in another equally tormented individual. One must simply desire the opportunity to grow, to live, to survive.

Mackenzie’s key battleground is the romantic relationship. Incited by knowing eye contact and waged through a sensual collision of skin,
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Interview: Director David Mackenzie on Brutal Reality of 'Starred Up'

"You need to experience the dynamite... to know that the dynamite can go off." Just last week we featured Starred Up as our latest Monthly Must See, an intense, brutal but incredible prison movie from English director David Mackenzie starring Jack O'Connell and Ben Mendelsohn. You may not recognize the name at first, but you should certainly recognize his films - David Mackenzie's filmography includes Young Adam, Asylum, Hallam Foe (or Mister Foe in the Us), Spread with Ashton Kutcher, the sci-fi Perfect Sense and the music film Tonight You're Mine, all before he went on to make Starred Up. Last week I sat down for a chat with David on the realism of the film and finding actor Jack O'Connell, who plays inmate Eric Love. As a big fan of Starred Up, I was anxious to get a chance to sit down with Mackenzie and drill him on
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'Starred Up' (2014) Movie Review

The title Starred Up refers to the premature transferal of a juvenile to adult prison. In the case of this film, directed by David Mackenzie, said juvenile is 19-year-old inmate Eric Love played with utter ferocity by Jack O'Connell. The overall awe I felt in watching O'Connell here is like the first time I saw Tom Hardy in Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson, though, while both films focus on unstable prison inmates, you have to strip away all the dark humor and absurdity of Bronson before you can get to the harsh, real world, brutal intensity of Starred Up and it doesn't let up for a second. Eric Love's transfer comes as a result of his violent nature and Mackenzie introduces the audience to Eric's new environment right along with the young man -- strip off your clothes, raise your arms, squat, put your clothes on. He's ushered down the
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Review: Jack O'Connell Gives A Breakthrough Performance In Prison Film Classic 'Starred Up'

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Göteborg International Film Festival It was a glorious, freezing, snowy Monday evening at the Göteborg International Film Festival that yielded the first truly great film of 2014. “Starred Up” (which, fine, actually premiered at Telluride last year) is an instant classic of the prison movie genre, making a bona fide breakthrough star of its lead Jack O’Connell (best known for British TV series “Skins”), while propelling director David Mackenzie’s previously solid career (which included highlights “Hallam Foe” and “Young Adam”) straight to "boss" level in one fell swoop. And in case anyone forgets, the film confirms that however often you cast Ben Mendelsohn as a violent, unpredictable scumbag, he’ll find a way to amaze/terrify you every time. The superlative-averse might want to stop reading now, because there will be many coming up in the next several paragraphs. Based on a script by.
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Director David Mackenzie Wants Jack O’Connell for His Robert the Bruce Film

Jack O’Connell has been around and working steadily for quite a while, but he’s only first becoming a familiar name now and odds are, it’s partially because he delivers an outstanding performance in the upcoming release, Starred Up. The film is the latest from Perfect Sense and Hallam Foe director, David Mackenzie, and stars O’Connell as a violent 19-year-old who’s prematurely transferred to an adult prison. That one just hit iTunes and VOD today and will also make its way into select theaters tomorrow, but that won’t mark the end of Mackenzie and O’Connell’s time working together. While discussing what it took to make Starred Up, Mackenzie also teased that he’s got a new film brewing and he’s interested in giving O’Connell a major role in it. Hit the jump for more. After praising O’Connell’s energy and
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Competition: Win 'Starred Up' *closed*

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New from David Mackenzie (Hallam Foe,Perfect Sense), Starred Up (2013) sees Jack O'Connell take the lead as an explosively violent teenager transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match - a man who also happens to be his father. To celebrate the eagerly anticipated DVD and Blu-ray release of Mackenzie's Starred Up this Monday (4 August), we have Three DVD copies of this gritty British prison drama to offer out to our valued loyal readers, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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Check Out The New Trailer And Poster For Starred Up

Watch the trailer for Tribeca Film’s Starred Up. The critically acclaimed film, directed by David Mackenzie and starring Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend and Ben Mendelsohn, opens in Us theaters on August 29th and VOD on August 26th.

The film is a raw look inside prison life that features an authentic dialogue of UK prison slang from screenwriter Jonathan Asser.

Starring Jack O’Connell (star of the upcoming Unbroken), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) and Rupert Friend (“Homeland”), Starred Up focuses on 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, who is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father.

As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist, who runs an anger management group for prisoners.

Torn between gang politics,
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‘The Saint’ To Be Resurrected By The Writer of ‘Prey’?

Those enjoying ITV chase thriller Prey here in the UK may be interested to know that writer Chris Lunt is attached to a prospective remake of classic character The Saint. Created by Leslie Charteris in 1928, Simon Templar (aka the title character) is a gentleman criminal for hire who gets into numerous jet-setting scrapes, with the brand’s infamous and vaguely effeminate stick man logo recognized across the globe.

There have been numerous adaptations, but the best known is the 1960s Itc series starring Sir Roger Moore. Val Kilmer was cast in a successful but unsatisfying movie in 1997 and a pilot was shot last year with British actor Adam Rayner and Eliza Dushku, produced by and featuring Moore, which failed to take off.

Now Lunt and co-writer Ed Whitmore (Hallam Foe) hope to relaunch the brand with an as-yet unknown star. Lunt remarked:

I think we need to find a Roger Moore-type character.
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Grand Budapest Hotel overtakes Need for Speed

Wes Anderson enjoys first UK No 1 as takings look set to eclipse his Fantastic Mr Fox

The winner

When it debuted in third place with £1.53m from 284 cinemas, Grand Budapest Hotel always looked on course to become Wes Anderson's biggest live-action film at UK cinemas, displacing The Royal Tenenbaums (£3.33m lifetime). A week later, with an expansion to 372 venues, the film found itself in second place in the UK box office chart. And now, in its third week of release, the Middle European caper grabs the top spot, dethroning video-game adaptation Need for Speed. With third-weekend takings of £1.27m from 458 sites, Grand Budapest Hotel has earned £6.31m in just 17 days. The film has a real shot at overtaking Anderson's animated family flick Fantastic Mr Fox (£9.19m) to become his biggest-ever UK hit.

It's not unprecedented for a film to rise slowly to the top of the box office chart,
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Starred Up review – a powerful prison drama that pits father against son | Mark Kermode

Jack O'Connell gives an electrifying performance as a violent teenager forced to confront parental authority in prison

When inspirational director Alan Clarke cooked up an authentic television portrait of incarcerated British youth in the late 1970s, the resultant film was so alarming that it was promptly banned by the BBC. Clarke subsequently remade Scum for the cinema, and both the small- and big-screen versions of his most notorious work have since cast long shadows over their respective mediums. Plaudits, then, to David Mackenzie for fashioning a tough but empathetic (if uneven) prison drama which marks out its own territory in an arena in which Clarke's epochal work is still the daddy, even now.

Shot (but not set) in Northern Ireland on a tight schedule and even tighter budget, this eye-catching and frequently pulse-pounding drama finds high-risk young offender Eric (Jack O'Connell) being moved up to an adult prison where he
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Starred Up review: Jack O'Connell gives an electric performance

Starred Up review: Jack O'Connell gives an electric performance
Director: David Mackenzie; Screenwriter: Jonathan Asser; Starring: Jack O'Connell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn; Running time: 106 mins; Certificate: 18

Not a film to just kick back and enjoy, instead prison drama Starred Up takes you by the scruff of the neck and shakes you up. British director David Mackenzie certainly likes to challenge an audience (Young Adam, Hallam Foe, Perfect Sense), but he also knows how to get a raw, affecting performance out of an actor and in the case of Skins graduate Jack O'Connell, it's blistering.

As soon as O'Connell comes striding through the prison door, his aura is electric. He plays Eric, a young offender who is "starred up" for having an especially violent temper and controversially banged up with the big boys. In fact, that's his preference because it means he'll be under the same roof as his father, Neville (played by Ben Mendelsohn, who gives a richly textured portrayal,
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Interview: Director David Mackenzie On The Cast And The Process Behind 'Starred Up' Plus Upcoming Projects

One of the highlights of the Göteborg International Film Festival, and indeed one of the highlights of our year so far, was catching up with David Mackenzie’s “Starred Up," which, if you missed our review first time out, you can read all about here. The unflinching but brutally human prison drama is based on a script by first-timer Jonathan Asser, a writer and poet by whose experiences inspired the film and the character of Oliver, the posh but dedicated volunteer inmate counselor. Starring breakout Jack O’Connell as the violent young Eric, Ben Mendelsohn as his also-incarcerated father Nev, and Rupert Friend as Oliver, the film is marked by its astonishingly strong performances, but also by the authenticity and hard-edged sensitivity of what is truly career-best work from the director. Previously best known for Brit indies “Hallam Foe” and “Young Adam,” Mackenzie himself could be said to be one
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Göteborg Review: 'Starred Up' Is An Instant Classic Of The Prison Movie Genre

What a glorious, freezing, snowy Swedish Monday at the Göteborg International Film Festival it was, because, for a non-Sundance attendee like me, it yielded the first truly great film of 2014. “Starred Up” (which, Ok fine, actually premiered at Telluride last year) is an instant classic of the prison movie genre, that makes a bona fide breakthrough star of its lead Jack O’Connell (best known for British TV series “Skins”), while propelling director David Mackenzie’s previously solid career (which included highlights “Hallam Foe” and “Young Adam”) straight to Boss level in one fell swoop. Oh, and it also confirms, in case anyone were in danger of forgetting, that however often you cast Ben Mendelsohn as a violent, unpredictable scumbag, he’ll find a way to amaze/terrify you anew every time. If you’re superlative-averse you might want to stop reading now, because they aren’t going to dry up anytime soon.
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