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The film, about a group of hired killers who are trying to get rid of the world’s top hit man, is directed by Taran Killam. Currently in post-production, it is produced by Killam, Kim Leadford, Ash Sarohia and Steve Squillante, and financed by StarStream Media.
“This is a hilarious movie that left me in stitches. Everyone is perfectly cast and none more so than Arnold Schwarzengger,” said Bliss’ Wei Han. “We will make sure the movie gets the perfect distribution and marketing platform it deserves in China.”
With offices in Shanghai and Los Angeles, »
- Patrick Frater
Documentary festival’s MeetMarket will host 65 projects at 2017 edition.
The festival’s flagship pitch event, which takes place on 12-13 June, will host 65 projects selected from more than 500 submissions.
The Mark Cousins-directed Orson Welles: A Portrait Of The Artist will be seeking sales and distribution deals at the market, alongside Kim Longinotto’s Shooting The Mafia, a film about a female photographer’s war against the Mafia.
Hillsborough director Dan Gordon will return to pitch Running For The Revolution with co-producer Julie Goldman, and Bafta-nominated The Hard Stop producer Dionne Walker is to present psychological doc Invisible Woman 2.0, about a couple working the streets of Paris.
Chinese film studios Wuxi Studio and German production facilities house Studio Babelsberg have inked a deal to work together on a project-by-project basis.
The pact will encompass the production of German-Chinese co-productions and the exchange of technical expertise and personnel. The partners plan to set up a joint production service unit.
Carl Woebcken, president/CEO of Studio Babelsberg, said: “The modern film studios in Wuxi offer excellent conditions. Studio Babelsberg will be contributing its expertise in the areas of production services and the realization of international film productions to the cooperation.”
“The aim of the partnership is to promote the internationalization of Wuxi Studio and provide Studio Babelsberg with access to the Chinese film market,” according to a statement.
Wuxi Studio, which »
- Leo Barraclough
Craig Lines Feb 9, 2017
It’s arguably a rare sight when female characters lead a major genre film, and last year’s online Ghostbusters drama proves it’s still, depressingly, a controversial choice if they do. Too often, female characters are reduced to sidekicks, damsels, sex objects and caricatures. It sometimes feels like every day there’s a new statistic about women being under-represented in Hollywood and while, to some extent, things are looking brighter and more diverse by the day, it’s an uphill struggle. Still, as we wait for Hollywood to get its act together, I thought I’d celebrate a genre where awesome, strong, multi-faceted female characters have led casts as a regular occurrence for decades - martial arts!
4 items from 2017
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