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Kirsty Capes with six British movies and TV shows to get you in the mood for the General Election…
Despite being a lover of all things available on the big and small screens, Jeremy Paxman and Dimbleby don’t really do it for me as entertaining television. Many of us are sick to the back teeth of watching our glorious Pm candidates squirm under the fluorescent lights of the ITV television studios, or questions about the NHS. While it’s quite nice to laugh at the incompetence of our delightful parliamentary hopefuls and imagine moulding their play-dough-esque faces into different kinds of rotting fruit (just me?), there’s plenty of other ways to get excited for #GE2015 without wanting to throttle yourself with your own hair. Take a browse, for example, through a catalogue of fantastic television and film – where no one fluffs their lines and nearly everyone is better looking than David Cameron. »
- Kirsty Capes
Back in March, we reported that Focus Features has acquired North American distribution for the voting rights drama Suffragette, although a domestic release date has not been given at this time. Today, international distributor Pathe has released the first U.K. teaser trailer, featuring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan. Suffragette is now set for an October 23 release in the U.S. and an October 30 U.K. debut.
Suffragette is a moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. The stirring story, inspired by the early-20th-century campaign by the suffragettes for the right of women to vote, centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother who comes to realize that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace. Realizing that she is not alone, she becomes an activist alongside other brave »
The election cycle here in Blighty is in full swing, so it seems the right time to look back at a much more vital and impassioned part of political history, the Suffragette movement. A teaser trailer for Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette is now online. Boasting quite the cast – Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helen Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson and Ben Whishaw among them – Suffragette follows the struggles of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep) and the campaigners around her, who lead an early feminist movement to get equality in voting at a time when women were considered ill-mannered to vote. While their cause was just, it was also not an easy thing to try to turn the giant iceberg that was British politics at the time. The personal cost was great, but the results speak for themselves. It’s just a quick look at this point, but with that cast, »
Even though we're all getting pumped about the summer movie season, in the coming months, we'll start to get a first look at the films that will arrive in theaters this fall. One of those films is Suffragette, the period drama from Brick Lane director Sarah Gavron that sees Carey Mulligan as part of the early feminist movement to get the right to vote. The film also features Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, and a teaser trailer has just surfaced online to tie in with the real life "Voting Matters" campaign for the next major election in the United Kingdom. It's only a brief glimpse, but it looks like a solid drama to see. Watch! Here's the brief teaser trailer for Sarah Gavron's Suffragette from Pathe UK: Suffragette is directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) and written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady). The film tracks the story »
- Ethan Anderton
Heading to cinemas during the upcoming awards season, Suffragette is the first ever feature film to tell the inspirational story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who risked everything in the fight for equality.
Suffragette is a moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. The stirring story, inspired by the early-20th-century campaign by the suffragettes for the right of women to vote, centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother who comes to realize that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace. Realizing that she is not alone, she becomes an activist alongside other brave women from all walks of life. The early efforts at resistance were passive but as the women faced increasingly aggressive police action, »
- Michelle McCue
Rev your BAFTA-appealing engines, the first teaser for “Suffragette” is here. Is this Oscar-bait from U.K. giants, Pathé and Film4 Productions? It sure sounds like it. About the British women's suffrage feminist movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, the drama boasts an all-star cast of British heavyweights. Carey Mulligan stars and the movie also features Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West The script was penned by Abi Morgan— “Shame,” “The Iron Lady” and the BBC miniseries “The Hour”—and while she’s never been nominated for an Oscar yet, she's been awarded up to the hilt including Primetime Emmy win for "The Hour," and two BAFTA wins from six nominations. Here’s the official long-form synopsis. Suffragette is an intense drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement as they fought for the right to vote, »
- Edward Davis
Teaser trailer released of period drama starring Carey Mulligan about women’s fight for the vote.
The film centres on the ordinary British women at the turn of the 20th century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote.
With the UK General Election taking place on May 7, Pathé has released a teaser trailer in support of the #votingmatters campaign (after more than 9 million women failed to vote in the 2010 election, there is a major campaign to get women to register to vote before the April 20 deadline).
Mulligan plays Maud, a working »
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Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Captain America, The Hunger Games) is recognized for his role in Marvellous. The show received two other nominations including Single Drama and Supporting Actress for Gemma Jones.
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“The Iron Lady”, “Maggie”, “Attilla the Hen”, and “Thatcher, the Milk Snatcher” – these are just some of the nicknames given to Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first and to date only female Prime Minister.
Arguably the most-controversial Prime Minister ever, Thatcher served from May 4, 1979, until November 28, 1990, leading her Conservative government through an extremely volatile period of British political, social and economic history.
An advocate of political and economic deregulation, flexible labour markets, the reduction of the power of trade unions and the privatisation of state-owned companies, she created many supporters of her policies that came to be known as “Thatcherism”. However, Thatcher’s decision to take on the trade unions and help bring about the collapse of traditional heavy industry and working-class professions in some of the most-deprived areas of the United Kingdom also led to her being hated by many.
Yet, despite the fact Thatcher divides opinion like no other political figure, »
- Chris Waugh
Former Pathé productions executive joins UK outfit.
Khaira, formerly business affairs executive for Pathé Productions, joins with immediate effect.
Altitude’s Big Game is set to be released by eOne in the UK this May.
Also in May, the company is due to get underway on recently announced She Who Brings Gifts, to be directed by Colm McCarthey and with Paddy Considine, Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close on board to star. »
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Political activist drama Suffragette has been given its international release date.
Deadline reports that the Focus Features project will enjoy a limited release on October 23, following its September 11 UK opening.
Streep stars the legendary figurehead of the women's suffrage movement, Emmeline Pankhurst, with Mulligan taking the lead role of fellow campaigner Maud.
Based on true events, Suffragette was filmed on location in London last year.
Focus Features, which was reprieved from a weak 2014 slate by Working Title's Oscar-winning "The Theory of Everything," has made a bid to compete in the fall 2015 awards fray by acquiring North American distribution rights from Pathé to British period drama "Suffragette," directed by Sarah Gavron ("Brick Lane"). The film will open in select cities on October 23, 2015 with expansions to follow. Focus is also releasing Working Title's true romance "The Danish Girl," directed by Tom Hooper and starring Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as artists Einar and Gerda Wegener. Written by Emmy-winner Abi Morgan ("The Hour," "Shame," "The Iron Lady"), "Suffragette" stars Oscar-race vets Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter as well as Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff and Brendan Gleeson. Mulligan also toplines Fox »
- Anne Thompson
‘Locked Box’ scheme has previously been tapped into by UK producers.
UK writers, directors and producers are now to share an equal third of the BFI’s ‘Locked Box’ recoupment.
Directors UK, Pact and The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain have struck a deal to ensure that directors and writers of feature films supported with Lottery funding through the BFI Film Fund will share with producers in the BFI’s ‘Locked Box’, a pool of recouped income up to 37%, which is held by the BFI and then can be used for developing and producing future films.
The recouped income that is held in the Locked Box will be split with directors, writers and producers each guaranteed a minimum share of 12.5%.
While producers have been tapping into the pool since 2012, the UK writers and directors trade bodies had yet to strike a deal with Pact.
To date fifteen productions have drawn down money from the ‘Locked Box’, including »
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Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks at this week’s big Blu-ray releases in the Us…
All roads have led to this point, as they say. The final film in both The Hobbit Trilogy and J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations (at least for now), director Peter Jackson bids a fond farewell to Hobbits, Orcs and Wizards alike. Martin Freeman, Ian e, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lily and Orlando Bloom return amongst the stellar cast, as Bilbo and friends face the final battle to save Middle-earth from the deadly Smaug.
You read what Flickering Myth contributor Alfie Nobes made of the final chapter here.
Order The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies On Blu-ray Here
While it failed to make as much of an impact along the awards season over the last few months, Angelina Jolie’s excellent sophomore directorial effort made over $160 million »
- Scott J. Davis
The terrorist attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi so consumed the media and Washington that it’s bound to make good fiction. There’s potential for an on-the-ground action thriller, Zero Dark Thirty style, there’s potential for a thorny, political drama surrounding the ensuing scandal, and one can even look at the conspiracy theorist angle. And with that, Hollywood is racing to produce not one, not two, but three competing movies all about Benghazi.
Deadline reported Tuesday about one currently with a script in hand, Zero Footprint. Written by the team behind Immortals, Zero Footprint views the deaths of the consulate members and CIA operatives killed through the eyes of an ex-Special Forces operator.
“This about why it happened and the siege of the embassy is the last part of the third act. This is about everything that led up to that attack,” said Alcon Entertainment’s co-ceo Andrew Kosove via Deadline. »
- Brian Welk
The cast of The Huntsman, the prequel to the 2012 fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman, already has a solid cast. Chris Hemsworth is reprising his title role, with Charlize Theron back as Ravenna and newcomers Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain coming aboard. And while all the dwarves from the first film aren't back, Nick Frost is at least back as Nion. Now some more dwarves are entering the mix as THR reports The Trip star Rob Brydon, Quartet actress Sheridan Smith and The Iron Lady supporting star Alexandra Roach have all taken roles as the gruff ensemble of dwarves this time. Yeah, there's some female dwarves! As of now, there aren't a lot of specifics on the story, but the prequel takes place before Snow White ever crosses paths with Ravenna and will follow the huntsman Eric as he is sent on a quest to find the stolen magic mirror, »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal’s The Huntsman, a spinoff of 2012’s Snow White And The Huntsman, has secured a brand new roster of dwarves to accompany returning dwarf Nick Frost. Much like Disney’s Beauty And The Beast remake is crowded with Brits, it seems that Universal are chasing down a similar idea as Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith have all signed on to appear.
Their involvement on The Huntsman makes for interesting news in light of previous reports suggesting there would be a distinct lack of dwarves in the movie. Nevertheless, the trio are enlisted and ought to be in for a cracking time. Two of the newest cast, Brydon and Smith, will be reunited after they both starred in the BBC comedy series Gavin & Stacey. Brydon can be also seen in Disney’s live-action Cinderella which opened last weekend. Roach’s biggest role to date was in Margaret Thatcher »
- Gem Seddon
Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights from Pathé to the drama Suffragette, directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron from a script written by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan, for a Fall 2015 domestic release. The cast of the U.K. film includes Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, BAFTA Award winner Ben Whishaw, British Independent Film Award winner Anne-Marie Duff, Golden Globe Award nominee Brendan Gleeson and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. Focus has also acquired the distribution rights for Latin America, India, South Korea, and most of Eastern Europe including Russia; Universal Pictures International will release the film in those territories. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today.
Ruby Films' Alison Owen, an Academy Award nominee as producer of Elizabeth, and Faye Ward are the producers of Suffragette, which is directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) from a screenplay by Abi Morgan »
Focus Features officially has two films in the 2015-2016 awards season game. The mini-major recently announced they would distribute Tom Hopper's adaptation of "The Danish Girl" with this year's Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne. That contender will hit theaters on Nov. 27. Their next player? "Suffragette," another period drama that just happens to star Ms. Meryl Streep. Directed by BAFTA winner Sarah Gavron, "Suffragette" features a noteworthy ensemble including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw (also in "Danish Girl"), Brendan Gleeson and the aforementioned Streep. The film’s original screenplay is by Abi Morgan who previously scripted "Shame," "The Iron Lady" and the Emmy-winning "The Hour." With Oscar winning composer Alexandre Desplat also on board this is one project that is bursting with pedigree players. According to a release from the studio "Suffragette" is a "moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. »
- Gregory Ellwood
A drama based on a pivotal moment in human history with a star-studded cast that includes the presence of Meryl Streep? That description sounds like a forthcoming award-winner, and in light of this latest batch of industry news, it very well might be.
Upcoming real-life drama Suffragette has now landed a North American distribution deal with Focus Features. Directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) from a screenplay by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) and produced by Oscar-nominated producer Alison Owen (Elizabeth) and Faye Ward, Suffragette is described as a moving drama set during the early 20th century. In an era when women were denied the right to vote, many chose to fight for their right to democracy by forming a brigade of activists.
Considering the suffragette movement is such an unequivocally important landmark in history, it’s surprising that it’s taken such a long time for a related film to hit our screens. »
- Gem Seddon
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