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Screen canvasses industry opinion on Langan’s tenure and the prospects for one of the UK’s cornerstone funders.
Attention is also now beginning to turn to who is likely to be her successor and what plans the BBC has for its film arm in the long run.
“Christine leaves BBC Films in good shape,” commented producer Stewart Mackinnon of Headline Pictures, who worked with the broadcaster’s film arm on titles including Quartet and The Invisible Woman, among other projects.
“The thing I remember particularly about Christine is her giving very good notes about the final editing of the film (Pride). She was very clear and very precise, and with a light hand on the tiller,” Livingstone said.
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A spokesperson for BBC Films told Screen the organisation “could not comment on speculation” but Screen sources have subsequently confirmed the departure, which was first revealed by Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.
Langan’s contract and a timetable for the exit are currently being ironed out but Screen sources have indicated that a late October departure is possible.
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Referred to as ‘the James Dean of ballet’ Polunin is known as one of the most gifted dancers of his generation and was the youngest principal dancer ever at the British Royal Ballet. His performance in Hozier’s 2015 music video Take Me To Church earned him mainstream fame.
Emmy-nominated director Cantor is most noted for his 1994 Oscar-nominated documentary short Blood Ties. His other work includes documentaries chronicling a James Blunt concert in Kosovo (James Blunt: Return To Kosovo) and a feature about indie band The Pixies (loudQUIETloud).
Dancer was produced by Oscar-nominee Gabrielle Tana (Philomena). Executive producers include Christine Langan from BBC Films (The Queen), Carolyn Marks Blackwood from Magnolia Mae Films (The Duchess) and Henry Normal and Steve Coogan from Baby Cow (Philomena).
The pair star as a bickering couple, one a celebrity, the other, his more hesitant partner. When Coogan’s grandson shows up at their high class dinner party, the couple reluctantly decide to take him in.
Gabriella Tana (“The Duchess”), Maria Theresa Arida (“Arbitrage”), Aaron Ryder (“Mud”), and Remstar’s Clark Peterson and Maxime Remillard produced the film. Lisa Wolofsky of the National Bank of Canada is executive producing the film. Remstar Studios and the National Bank of Canada co-financed the film.
Fortitude International is handling foreign rights and is actively selling the film at the market in Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group »
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The “immersive personal portrait” charts the story of the prodigal dancer who took the ballet world by storm and became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal.
However, at the peak of his success, aged 25, Polunin walked away, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom.
The film, currently in post-production, includes the clip Take Me To Church, directed by David Lachapelle, which clocked more than 14 million views.
WestEnd is handling world sales and is showing the film to buyers at the »
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Five Seconds of Silence
New photos have popped up from the London set of Brad Pitt's upcoming drama "Five Seconds of Silence". Filming the WWII flick alongside his co-star Marion Cotillard, the pair play secret agents who fall in love during a mission in North Africa. Robert Zemeckis helms the film which opens November 23rd. [Source: Access Hollywood]
Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to the sci-fi thriller "Cell" based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Shot back in 2014, it was originally to be released by Clarius Entertainment who later dropped the film.
Tod 'Kip' Williams helms the film about a struggling graphic artist (John Cusack) who bands together with a small group of people to trek across New England to reunite with his son after a mysterious cellphone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals. Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman and Stacy Keach also stars. »
- Garth Franklin
The film celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere. The voice Florence (Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, St Clair realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew. The film’s supporting cast members include Simon Helberg »
- Michelle McCue
In pre-production, Remstar Studios and National Bank of Canada are co- financing the film, which is being produced by Gabriella Tana (Philomena, The Duchess), Maria Theresa Arida (Arbitrage, City Island), Maxime Remillard and Aaron Ryder (Founder, Mud). Clark Peterson and Lisa Wolofsky are executive producing the film.
Fortitude International is handling foreign rights and sales at the European Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group and Wme are repping Us rights.
Paul (Rudd) and Erasmus (Coogan) are a bickering couple with an extravagant life. Erasmus is a demanding, popular celebrity, and Paul is his more hesitant partner and sidekick. But when Bill, the grandson Erasmus never knew he had, shows up at their high class dinner party with nowhere else to go, »
- Michelle McCue
8 items from 2016
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