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Odd List Louisa Mellor Dec 17, 2012
We've plucked 13 potential little beauties out of the 2013 UK film line-up, feat. sci-fi, comic-book, horror, comedy, thriller & more...
Look ahead to the UK films coming out in 2013 and you’ll see a diverse landscape of filmmakers, genres, actors, budgets and ideas. Next year brings us something new from Joanna Hogg, and something else from Danny Dyer. Irvine Welsh’s Filth will almost certainly live up to its title, but the Absolutely Fabulous film? We’ll see.
Al Pacino’s playing King Lear, and Stephen Mangan’s playing Postman Pat. Shane Meadows is making a film about the Tour de France, and Nigel Cole is making a film about an otter. Steve Coogan will be a porn baron, Bridget Jones will have a baby, Nick Frost will dance the salsa, Martin Freeman will save Santa, and Sean Bean, bless the man, will probably die.
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The stars turned out in force last night for the 15th Moët British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate in London.
Last night's glittering event was a who's who of British cinema and was hosted by actor James Nesbitt fresh off the set of The Hobbit.
Other guests included Terence Stamp, Billy Connolly, Tom Hiddleston, Terry Gilliam, Peter Capaldi, Olivia Coleman, Idris Elba, John Hurt, Tom Felton, Andrea Riseborough, Elle Fanning, Ruth Wilson, Felicity Jones, Holliday Grainger, Edith Bowman and Noomi Rapace.
Past nominees, patrons and supporters of Bifa celebrated the 15th birthday of the awards by posing for a group picture (see above) taken by official photographer Idil Sukan.
- David Bentley
The original "Sweeney" focused on two members of the 'Flying Squad', a branch of the Metropolitan Police specializing in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Sweeney"...
- M. Stevens
An array of British talent gathered in London tonight for the 15th Moët British Independent Film Awards, which were hosted by James Nesbitt and saw Rufus Norris' coming-of-age drama Broken honoured with the award for Best British Independent Film, as well as picking up Best Supporting Actor (Rory Kinnear).
However, it was the giallo-inspired Berberian Sound Studio which won the most awards on the night, collecting Best Director (Peter Strickland), Best Actor (Toby Jones), Best Achievement in Production nd Best Technical Achievement (Joakim Sundström and Stevie Haywood).
Other winners on the night included Imposter, which matched Broken's tally of two awards, collecting Best British Documentary and The Douglas Hickox Award (Directorial Debut) for Bart Layton, while Andrea Riseborough won Best Actress for Shadow Dancer and Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Amy Jump received Best Screenplay for Ben Wheatley's Sightseers.
"It is wonderful to see so many films »
The first poster forthcoming for the Viking action adventure Hammer of the Gods has been revealed courtesy of Empire:
The new film is set in Viking Britain, 871 Ad and centres on a young Viking warrior, Steinar, who is sent by his father the King on a journey to find his estranged brother, who was banished from the kingdom years before. Steinar’s journey across hostile territory gradually sees him emerge as the man his father wants him to be – the ruthless and unforgiving successor to his throne.
Hammer of the Gods is directed by Farren Blackburn, who has previously helmed episodes of Doctor Who, from a script penned by Matthew Read, writer of the recently released film Pusher. Producer Rupert Preston (The Sweeney, Pusher) describes the upcoming film as "barbaric, stylish and heroic" in a way "that will entertain genre fans around the world".
The Viking adventure stars Charlie Bewley »
As we gear up for the start of awards season, the nominees for the 15th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards have been announced today, with Broken leading the field with nominations in 9 categories, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Debut Director (Rufus Norris), Best Actor (Tim Roth) and Best Supporting Actor (Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear).
Broken will contest the awards for Best British Independent Film and Best Director against Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland), Sightseers (Ben Wheatley), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (John Madden) and The Imposter (Bart Layton), while Layton is also nominated for Best Debut Director alongside Ben Drew (Ill Manors), Rowan Athale (Wasteland) and Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil).
Here's the list of nominations in full...
Best British Independent Film
Rising British actress Hayley Atwell will play a policewoman who becomes obsessed with tracking down the killer of a 15-year-old girl in ITV’s just-commissioned Life Of Crime. The series comes from Ecosse Films, the company behind the upcoming Princess Diana biopic with Naomi Watts and the original UK format of Mistresses, whose U.S. version ABC picked up for next summer. Told in three parts over three decades, the series begins against the backdrop of London’s Brixton riots in 1985 when Atwell’s rookie cop discovers the body of a murdered girl. The drama then follows her professional and personal struggles picking up again in 1997 and 2013. Waking The Dead and Ripper Street‘s Declan Croghan is writing the drama that Oranges & Sunshine‘s Jim Loach will direct. Life Of Crime is produced by Emma Kingsman-Lloyd with Ecosse’s Douglas Rae and Michael Parke exec producing. Ireland’s Octagon Films is co-producer. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
★★★☆☆ With acting credits to his name including Adulthood (2008), Harry Brown (2009) and The Sweeney (2012), as well as a clutch of music awards adorning his mantle, rapper and singer-songwriter Ben Drew (aka Plan B) has now turned his hand to film direction. Blending grim social drama with his own hip-hop musings, Ill Manors (2012) is Drew's first time behind the camera of a feature having directed a short and a music video in 2008. Whilst not perfect, the film showcases Drew's clear ability both stylistically and in handling a complex narrative.
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- CineVue UK
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2012...
Director Rian Johnson's latest collaboration with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the time-travel thriller Looper, debuted in first place at the UK box office, becoming the first film in four weeks to top the chart with a £2m+ opening. Looper amassed £2,427,994 to give Jgl his highest opening in a lead role on these shores and knocked last weekend's top film, the stop motion animation ParaNorman, down into second in its second weekend. In third place is Resident Evil: Retribution, which pulled in £792,265 to set a franchise low, while the Will Ferrell / Zach Galifianakis political comedy The Campaign opened with a decent(ish) £772,102 to take fourth place.
Award winning independent film company Revolver Entertainment releases the gritty crime thriller GBH on DVD from 1st October 2012. The film is a powerful, no-holds-barred British tale of criminality, morality, justice and vengeance set amidst the stark and violent backdrop of the 2011 London riots and we’ve got two copies of this great film to give away.
Producer and directed bySimon Phillips (The Rise And Fall Of A White Collar Hooligan), GBH takes as its core premise the age-old battle between good and evil, and sets the modern, urban story on the harsh streets of West London, as the capital is battered and burned during the infamous London riots. Boasting a talented veteran and newcomer British cast, including Nick Nevern (The Sweeney) Kellie Shirley (Eastenders) Jenna Harrison (Against The Dark) Roland Manookian (Rocknrolla) Con O’Neil (Frank) Steven Berkoff (A Clockwork Orange) and Peter Barrett (Jack Falls), the story centres around »
- Dan Bullock
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd September 2012...
Having lost out on first place last weekend thanks to two extra days of preview screenings for The Sweeney, the stop-motion animation ParaNorman scared away competition from new arrivals Killing Them Softly and The House at the End of the Street to climb to first place at the UK box office with a second-weekend haul of £1,219,194. It was also the only movie to crack seven figures, as the Brad Pitt mob thriller Killing Them Softly opened in second with £955,506, and the low budget Jennifer Lawrence horror House at the End of the Street pulled in £796,041 for third.
Elsewhere, Nick Love's big screen reboot of The Sweeney dropped three places to third in its second weekend as fellow sophomore release Hope Springs climbed one place to fifth. Keira Knightley and Joe Wright's »
A big-screen adaptation of the classic 70′s UK television series, The Sweeney is currently n UK cinemas, and thanks to eOne we have some Sweeney-related goodies to giveaway – including a T-shirt and Flying Squad cap!
Legendary Detective Inspector Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his loyal partner George Carter (Ben Drew) are old school crime fighters enforcing the law in a modern underworld. Armed and dangerous, the Flying Squad (rhyming slang Sweeney Todd) have their own unique way of operating, however, they always get the results. With a bank heist in progress and his old enemy making a re-appearance on the London crime scene, Regan will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even defying orders from his no nonsense Guv (Damian Lewis). Tearing up the streets of London, The Sweeney is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller directed by Nick Love (The Firm), co-written by BAFTA winning John Hodge »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 14th - Sunday 16th September 2012...
Following Dredd 3D's first-placed debut last weekend, a British film topped the UK box office chart for the second week in a row as Nick Love's big screen adaptation of The Sweeney pulled in £1,545,294 to claim the crown in its opening weekend. The film, which stars Ray Winstone and Ben Drew (a.k.a. Plan B), gives Love his highest opening by far (his previous best came in 2007, when Outlaw earned £582k) and has already made back over half of its £3m production budget. However, The Sweeney's weekend total includes £433k from Wednesday and Thursday previews, without which it would have found itself in second behind another new release, the CG animation ParaNorman, which debuted with £1,393,123 over the Friday-Sunday period.
The Sweeney has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release. Nick Love's remake of the '70s TV show, which stars Ray Winstone and Ben Drew as two violent detectives, holds off animated movie ParaNorman to secure the number one slot. Anna Karenina holds its place at number three, while Lawless slips two places to fourth spot. Last week's chart-topper Dredd drops four places to round out the top five. Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones drama Hope Springs is the only other new release to make the top ten, debuting at number six with (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Six years in development and the subject of a radical downsizing from an initial £8m production budget, Nick Love's The Sweeney has finally come up smelling of roses. Eventually made for just £3m – £1m of which was sucked up in development and financing costs – the update on the 1970s TV classic has landed at the top of the UK box office, with a healthy £1.55m, including £433,000 earned on Wednesday and Thursday. Even discounting those preview takings, that's more than Dredd earned from its debut the previous weekend (£1.05m). UK distribution rights alone for Dredd are rumoured to have cost significantly more than The Sweeney's entire production budget.
Even with the preview takings stripped out, The Sweeney has taken nearly »
- Charles Gant
Directed by Nick Love
Consisting of four series and two feature film spin-offs during the 1970s, police drama The Sweeney was significantly influential in British media, popularising elements of gritty realism and morally dubious protagonists that television hadn’t been quite so prone to including before. Since then, its place in pop culture has most notably been deconstructed in the BBC series Life on Mars, particularly with its caricature Gene Hunt character, a cocky, outspoken, hard-drinking, politically incorrect hurricane of a law enforcer.
Nick Love’s 2012 film opts out of Life on Mars’ period setting, transplanting The Sweeney’s lead characters to contemporary London; it also avoids any of that show’s knowing commentary. The film certainly maintains tough enforcement methods inherent in its source material and the various works it inspired, but there’s not so much moral dubiousness »
- Josh Slater-Williams
The Sweeney (15)
The original TV cop show has been so updated here, it barely registers as the same product. But for all the steely modern cityscapes and pulsating action, this a 21st century cop thriller with 1970s values, both in terms of its shouty, louty, rule-bending lawmen (Winstone is a parody of himself) and its "hand in your badge" cop-movie cliches. And as for political correctness – leave it aaaaht!
Premium Rush (12A)
This zippy-chase thriller puts you in the saddle of an ace New York cycle courier, seeking to deliver a mystery package that everyone's after. It's a carbon-neutral Speed.
To Rome With Love (12A)
After the blip of Midnight In Paris, it's back to the usual late-period »
- Steve Rose
It’s Friday, so you know what that means – another round-up of what films are hitting cinemas this weekend; and this week it’s a mixed bag – from the awesome animated feature ParaNorman to a pair of UK gangster flicks the widely released The Sweeney and the limited release indie Twenty8k.
Nationwide Releases ParaNorman
In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits. ParaNorman Review
They are the Sweeney, son. And they haven’t had any dinner…Relive the most ground-breaking British police drama ever made which coincides with the big screen remake. Regan and Carter are part of New Scotland Yard’s infamous Flying Squad. Mixing with London’s seedy underworld they tackle the crimes to hard to handle for your everydaypolice officer. Remember what the fuss was all about by picking up this diamond 4-disc set which is available in High Definition for the first time now, Rrp £39.99. Seventies London has never looked this good. And neither has The Sweeney, son.
We have two copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
Check out the HD clip at:
- Matt Holmes
It was a relatively poor few days in terms of cinema attendances this past weekend as the general public made the collective decision to make the most of one last dose of sunshine before five months of jumpers, freezing mornings and flood warnings. In fact, the market was so bad this past weekend, takings were actually down nearly 30% on the same time last year. Thanks to this relatively low cinematic turnout, Dredd 3D, which became the first 18 certificate film to top the chart since Saw 3D back in October 2010, did so with only just over £1million grossed. This was the lowest total gross to clinch the top spot since Ice Age 4 limped its way to the top a few months back.
Last week’s other two big releases, Lawless and Anna Karenina, came in second and third respectively but also experienced relatively disappointing opening weekends. Given the lack of »
- Rob Keeling
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