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While undergoing mandatory initiation — some of it colorfully ritualized, some deeply humiliating — into a unit of mostly adolescent anti-government soldiers in an unnamed, junta-led West African country, pre-teen Agu (Ghanaian first-timer Abraham Attah, a natural on camera) is deposited by these potential comrades-in-arms in a fully dug grave. “You must die before you are reborn!” booms the voice of the Commandant (Idris Elba, in a tour-de-force), a man who can be either extremely sweet or violent but not much in between. Beasts of No Nation, directed by genre-magician Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, True Detective), has […] »
- Howard Feinstein
When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.
From the imagination of director Guillermo Del Toro comes a gothic romance starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre), two-time Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Mama), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor series) and Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, FX’s Sons of Anarchy). In Crimson Peak, they will discover the power that love has to make monsters of us all.
Crimson Peak opens in theaters on October 16th.
Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win a pass (Good for 2) to the advance screening of Crimson Peak on Tuesday, October 13th at 7Pm in the St. Louis area. »
- Movie Geeks
Written by Cary Fukunaga
Directed by Cary Fukunaga
Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation showcases a bombardment of graphic imagery that is excruciating, chilling and hard to digest. Still, for all the cringe-inducing brutality, the engrossing material engages on a fundamental level, with a level of empathy that is not present in most war epics. The mental, physical and sexual exploitation of children that comes with absolute warfare is on full display. Here, kids are both victims and perpetrators. Choice is seen as something that’s only an option for the privileged in peacetime. Little Agu’s (Abraham Attah) world is flipped upside down as his loving family is supplanted by a roving gang of child soldiers led by the intimidating Commandant (Idris Elba), who marches across an unnamed African country for power and revenge. Although Elba receives top billing, it is Attah who »
- Lane Scarberry
London — The U.K. production team behind Twentieth Century Fox Television’s TV series “24: Live Another Day” was named team of the year at the Production Guild of Great Britain awards on Saturday. The awards, which took place at The Grove in Hertfordshire, recognize achievements made by guild members working in film or television within the production office, production accounts, location management, VFX, post-production or assistant directing roles.
The “24” team, which was led by producer and British Film Commission chairman Iain Smith, included unit production manager Kathy Nettleship, location manager Casper Mill and production accountant David Jones. “The production team delivered on every count, achieving a fast-paced, challenging shoot with precision. The speed of turnover of writing, shooting and going to air was unprecedented in British production with filming taking place around the clock and Fox’s U.S. air dates rolling as the team worked,” the guild said. »
- Leo Barraclough
“My initial instinctive approach to the score, which our director, Baltasar Kormákur, liked and encouraged me to follow, was to have a calling voice, a distant siren call,” explained Marianelli. “It is at the same time a voice that represents the ancient goddess-like mountain, but also a luring and irresistible calling to one’s own destiny.”
Marianelli’s musical “siren call” was performed by singer Melanie Pappenheim. “The same tune that I wrote for Melanie was also played by two wonderful string players in many variations—Caroline Dale and David La Page, with whom I also have worked on several other movies,” he said. “There were also moments »
- Michelle McCue
Producer Mairi Bett named Inspiration award winner.
Roy Button, Evp and MD at Warner Bros. Productions, is to receive the Production Guild Contribution to the Industry Award for his outstanding contribution to the development and sustainability of the UK film and TV industry.
The industry veteran will receive the honour at the Production Guild of Great Britain Awards, set to be held on Saturday (Sept 19) at The Grove, just outside of London.
The awards pay tribute to leading UK film and TV industry professionals working in production, locations, VFX, prod-production and assistant directing.
As head of physical production for Warner Bros. Productions, Button is responsible for all of the Us studio’s films based out of the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
He has also been the driving force for the studio’s investment in Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Europe’s largest studio and the production base for films including the Harry Potter franchise, [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Cary Fukunaga introduced "Beasts of No Nation" to raves at Venice (review here), then took the film and its stars, Brit Idris Elba and Ghana discovery Abraham Attah, to warm receptions at Telluride and Toronto, where distributor Netflix threw after-parties. I sat down with Fukunaga before his Q & A at Telluride. (Stay tuned for my Tiff interview with Elba.) This writer-director is serious. We know he's gifted--from grittily emotional border drama "Sin Nombre" and the gothic romance "Jane Eyre" with Wasikowska and Fassbender to "True Detective" Season One, with McConaughey and Harrelson. (Fukunaga had no input on Season Two; Pizzolatto wanted to run the show.) He's a director who pushes past the ordinary toward excellence, and doesn't seem to mind putting himself in difficult situations to do it. This $6 million movie has astonishing scale and scope for such a low-budget enterprise, including moving through towns with tons of detail »
- Anne Thompson
To describe the seven-week shoot for Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation as brutal would be an understatement. Fukunaga, the acclaimed helmer of Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre and the first season of True Detective (for which he won an Emmy), fought to have the film shot in Ghana, and, as a result, struggled with the challenges of shooting in a place with no film professionals and no infrastructure. Actors disappeared mid-shoot, local crewmembers demanded more money when they realized they had the upper hand, and, during the shoot, Fukunaga was forced to rewrite the third act to make
- Rebecca Ford
Cary Fukunaga. If you don't know that name yet, now is the time to learn it. Cary Fukunaga is a filmmaker who previously directed Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, "True Detective" (Season 1), and most recently, Beasts of No Nation. His latest is Netflix's first "Netflix Original Film" release but it just premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, where I was lucky enough to catch it on the big screen (which I highly recommend despite its availability on Netflix). Beasts of No Nation is a spectacular experience, telling an intimate, powerful story with extraordinary scope about a young African boy trained to be a guerrilla fighter. The film totally blew me away, it's a masterful work of cinema. One of Fukunaga's major achievements in cinematic storytelling. Beasts of No Nation is indeed set in an unidentified African nation, and begins in a peaceful village. Soon war takes over the country, dividing its citizens, »
- Alex Billington
One of the saddest pieces of entertainment news to report this year was the departure of "True Detective: Season One" and "Jane Eyre" director Cary Fukunaga from the upcoming two-film adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel "It".
Fukunaga came onboard the project back in 2012 and penned the scripts with Chase Palmer. Originally starting at Warners, the films moved to New Line which is where the problems began. Fukunaga left the project earlier this year over what appeared to be budgetary concerns and creative differences.
In a lengthy piece for Variety, Fukunaga reveals that budget wasn't the issue as both sides agreed to make the two films for $32 million. The creative disagreements however were very much a problem. Here's the filmmaker's explanation:
"I was trying to make an unconventional horror film. It didn't fit into the algorithm of what they knew they could spend and make money back on based »
- Garth Franklin
"Cary Fukunaga has handled projects as diverse as the migrant drama Sin Nombre, a Jane Eyre adaptation with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, and episodes of TV’s True Detective," begins the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, declaring that Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, is "his best film yet. Fukunaga brings flair, muscular storytelling, directness and a persuasively epic sweep to this brutal, heartrending movie about child soldiers and a civil war in an imaginary West African country, based on the 2005 novel by Nigerian-American author Uzodinma Iweala." Along with the trailer, we're collecting a first round of raves. » - David Hudson »
After being attached to the project for a good couple of years, it came as something of a surprise when director Cary Fukunaga suddenly departed the new two-film adaptation of Stephen King's It. Fukunaga, who has just helmed Netflix's first original feature film Beasts Of No Nation, was said to have left over "creative differences", with some sources suggesting the growing budget was to blame.
Yet chatting to Variety, Fukunaga has put his side of the story.
"I was trying to make an unconventional horror film. It didn’t fit into the algorithm of what they knew they could spend and make money back on based on not offending their standard genre audience", he explained.
"Our budget was perfectly fine. We were always hovering at the $32 million mark, which was their budget. »
Director Cary Fukunaga has handled projects as diverse as the migrant drama Sin Nombre, a Jane Eyre adaptation with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, and episodes of TV’s True Detective. This film, premiering at the Venice film festival, is his best film yet.
Fukunaga brings flair, muscular storytelling, directness and a persuasively epic sweep to this brutal, heartrending movie about child soldiers and a civil war in an imaginary West African country, based on the 2005 novel by Nigerian-American author Uzodinma Iweala.
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- Peter Bradshaw in Venice
The unsentimental education of an African child soldier is captured with savage beauty and matter-of-fact horror in “Beasts of No Nation,” a tough-minded, tough-viewing chronicle of a civil war as seen through the eyes of one of its youngest casualties. Having moved with growing confidence from a slick Mexican gangland saga (“Sin nombre”) to a tony Victorian lit adaptation (“Jane Eyre”) to a crackerjack American crime serial (season one of “True Detective”), writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga pulls off another chameleonlike turn with this artful, accomplished but not entirely sustained adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 debut novel, never quite finding an ideal cinematic equivalent for the singular spareness and ferocity of the author’s prose. By turns lucid and a bit logy, and undeniably overlong, it’s nevertheless the rare American movie to enter a distant land and emerge with a sense of lived-in human experience rather than a well-meaning Third World postcard. »
- Justin Chang
One of the many horrors of the modern world, that of child soldiers being coerced into violent combat roles by African warlords, is compellingly and convincingly dramatized in Cary Joji Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation. The writer-director-cinematographer's two previous features also dealt with brutalizing rites of passage suffered by young people — Central Americans making their way through Mexico to the U.S. border in Sin Nombre, a 19th century English orphan girl's harsh life in Jane Eyre — but Beasts rates as the most disturbing of the three because of the way the pre-pubescent boy at its center is forced
- Todd McCarthy
After making a name for himself first with "Sin Nombre" and then his well-received "Jane Eyre" adaptation, filmmaker Cary Fukunaga came to the attention of many when he directed all eight episodes of HBO's acclaimed first season of their detective anthology series "True Detective".
In the wake of that success, Fukunaga shot the Idris Elba-led child soldier drama "Beasts of No Nation" and was slated to helm a two-film adaptation of Stephen King's "It" before dropping out of that project over what he said the other week were simply creative differences.
Talking to Variety about 'Beasts', he was asked about the second season of HBO's "True Detective," a season which has come under much fire for the subsequent drop in quality. Fukunaga was listed as executive producer but admits it was more a name credit than anything:
"I really wasn't involved. My involvement in the second season was »
- Garth Franklin
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Having held the lion’s share of original TV content on streaming services for the longest time, Netflix is now beginning to make a push toward establishing itself as a prolific output for feature films, and spearheading the charge for the online giant is this year’s awards-tipped war drama, Beasts of No Nation.
Written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, Jane Eyre), Netflix pushed long and hard to secure distribution rights for the film, ensuring that it qualified for a stint on the awards circuit later this year, too. And you can see why the company lobbied for the project.
The plot follows Idris Elba as a deadly warlord and Abraham Attah as a young boy from Western Africa whose life, along with scores of children just like him, is cruelly upended by a ferocious civil war. One thing’s for sure: Beasts »
- Michael Briers
As far as taking their first serious swing at awards season contention goes, Netflix couldn't ask for a better vehicle. Bringing together charged subject matter with one of the best actors in the game, guided by a director running on a hot a streak, all the ingredients are there for "Beasts Of No Nation" to come hard this fall. Idris Elba stars in the Cary Fukunaga ("Sin Nombre," "Jane Eyre," "True Detective") directed movie, based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala, that takes viewers into the world child soldiers, and the ruthless leaders who watch over them. Here's the official logline: After his parents are killed, a young African boy is forced to become a child soldier in a rebel army led by a brutal commandant. Read More: Idris Elba Leads Child Soldiers In First Trailer For Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts Of No Nation' Check out the new posters below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"True Detective" Season 1 director Cary Fukunaga departed the forthcoming re-adaptation of Stephen King's "It" in May for a variety of alleged reasons, and in a new interview with EW the filmmaker spoke out for the first time about why he decided to part ways with the project. While the "Jane Eyre" director didn't get specific (issues over budget, location and casting were rumored to play a role in his exit), the project was clearly a labor of love for the filmmaker, who did an extensive amount of work on the script with co-writer Chase Palmer. “It’s never easy,” Fukunaga told EW. “Chase and I had been working on that script for probably three years. There was a lot of our childhood and our experience in it. ...Ultimately, we and New Line have to agree on the kind of movie we want to make, and we just wanted to make different movies. »
- Chris Eggertsen
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