14 items from 2012
We have news confirmed that political spy thriller Complicit has now wrapped production. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ David Oyelowo headlines the nail-biting story of an MI5 officer on a globe-hopping trail to track a terrorist intent on another London atrocity. We also have a couple of exclusive stills and official press release for the film expected later next year in taut, gripping drama as opposed to the 007 action-packed shenanigans of James Bond.
Many Rivers Films is proud to pronounce the completion of Complicit
In fighting the War on Terror is torture ever justified? Or do we risk losing everything we stand for as a democratic nation by allying ourselves with the brutal torturers of foreign dictatorships?
David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher, Lincoln) stars as a British intelligence officer caught up in the moral complexities of fighting the war on terror in a compelling new manyriversfilms thriller from acclaimed »
- Craig Hunter
Directed by: Olivier Megaton
Running Time: 1 hr 34 mins
Release Date: October 5, 2012
Plot: A bodyguard (Neeson) is kidnapped along with his wife (Janssen) by men attempting to avenge their brethren who he previously killed.
Who’S It For? If the first Taken movie felt like a surge of ass-kicking action, well, here’s a disappointing second serving. Those who own Taken will likely appreciate this movie more, as it will at least remind those lucky few of what awaits at home.
Expectations: Late January moviegoers back in 2009 were hyped on Taken for the surprising ruthlessness it offered, along with the introduction to Neeson as a Jack Bauer-esque, super-American super badass. But now that we are more used to Neeson in these action roles, both good and bad, would another Taken movie be able to hit as hard, if at all? »
- Nick Allen
Some UK TV news for next season... Of note in the below press release is the David Oyelowo MI5/Guantanamo Bay thriller titled Complicit, which centers on the moral dilemmas posed by the war on terror, as an MI5 agent (played by Oyelowo) becomes involved in the torture of a suspected terrorist to prevent an attack in the UK. We now have an official full synopsis for the drama which reads: In fighting the War on Terror is torture ever justified? David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Red Tail, The Help) stars in a compelling new single drama from acclaimed writer Guy Hibbert (Blood and Oil, Five Minutes of Heaven, Omagh) that explores the murky moral compromises that »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Some UK TV news for next season... Of note in the below press release is the David Oyelowo MI5/Guantanamo Bay thriller titled Complicit, which centers on the moral dilemmas posed by the war on terror, as an MI5 agent (played by Oyelowo) becomes involved in the torture of a suspected terrorist to prevent an attack in the UK. We now have an official full synopsis for the drama which reads: In fighting the War on Terror is torture ever justified? David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Red Tail, The Help) stars in a compelling new single drama from acclaimed writer Guy Hibbert (Blood and Oil, Five Minutes of Heaven, Omagh) that explores the murky moral compromises that underpin the hidden intelligence war. Complicit follows the story of Edward (Oyelowo) an MI5 officer who, desperate to foil another 7/7 style atrocity, wrestles with his own conscience and moral »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Northern Irish feature film 'Good Vibrations' will be released in cinemas towards the end of this year after securing a distribution deal with UK distribution company The Works.The Terri Hooley biopic, which was directed by husband and wife Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn was written by Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson. Andrew Eaton (The Trip), Chris Martin (Peacefire) and musician David Holmes produced. The film is a co-production between Belfast's Canderblinks Film and Music, London-based Revolution Films and Dublin's Treasure Entertainment. Richard Dormer (Five Minutes of Heaven), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) and Jodie Whittaker (One Day) star. »
One of the best reviewed TV series to be screened this year, BBC2 police corruption drama 'Line of Duty' debuted last week with the largest audience for a new show on BBC2 in seven years. Irish cinematographer Ruairi O'Brien (Five Minutes of Heaven) worked on all five episodes of the police corruption thriller, working alongside 'Love/Hate' director David Caffrey on the first three episodes. He talks to Iftn about the series and his recent work on Chris O' Dowd's 'Moone Boy' and BBC thriller 'The Fall'. »
Although the role was originally tipped for Jessica Chastain -- who we love -- it would seem that her subsequent replacement, Naomi Watts, is proving to be the perfect fit for "Caught In Flight." It looks like lensing has begun on the film, the first set pic has dropped, and yeah, Watts is dead ringer for Princess Diana, in a film that will surely draw attention and perhaps some controversy.
Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel ("Downfall," "Five Minutes Of Heaven") and written by Steven Jeffreys ("The Libertine"), the film will focus on Diana's affair with Dr. Hasnat Kahn (played by "Lost" star Naveen Andrews) that lasted from 1995 until a few months before her death in 1997. He was regarded by many to be the love of her life, and she was said to be devastated when the relationship was over, with some speculating that she dated Dodi Fayed in order to make him jealous. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Irish feature film 'Good Vibrations' will receive its Irish premiere on May 31 as part of the Belfast Film Festival. Directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn (Cherrybomb), the feature will be screened in Belfast's Ulster Hall as the festival's opening film. 'Good Vibrations' tells the story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, played by Richard Dormer (Five Minutes of Heaven, A Mighty Celt), who opened up a record shop named Good Vibrations on the most bombed half-mile in Europe during the Troubles. »
It was a little surprising to hear Tarsem express a seemingly legitimate desire to go small — as in, My Dinner with André small — but (already low) expectations of this effort even coming together were essentially squandered when another fantasy project, Killing on Carnival Row, came his way. He can talk up a Louis Malle riff all he wants, but when the contracts get signed…
Now, he’s looking for that middle ground. As was revealed in an interview with ThePlaylist, Tarsem is close to something that’s already been compared to Traffic, Contagion, and Syriana: Eye in the Sky, a contemporary war story that tells things on the large and small scales. Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) was originally lining up the project with his Five Minutes of Heaven screenwriter, Guy Hibbert, as of last fall, but, with him being out of contention, Tarsem hopes to be the new voice of this story. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
The use of drones in military exercises is becoming a more and more popular topic of debate and discussion. It’s a glimpse into the possible future of war where avatars can do the recon and, to some extent, the fighting in place of human soldiers and airmen. FilmNation is keen to explore the issue with a thriller from Five Minutes of Heaven writer Guy Hibbert. Until recently, Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel was on deck for the project – titled Eye in the Sky – but The Playlist is reporting that with him out, visual dynamo Tarsem Singh is actively pursuing the gig. “It’s about a drone attack, and what it means to the people playing with their thumbs in Nevada, what it means to the people saying, ‘Go ahead and strike,’ what it means to other politicians at war in Europe, and what it means to the people on the ground where it happens [in East Africa]. There are people »
- Cole Abaius
Stage or screen?
Trash made one of its infrequent visits to the theatre last week as a panellist for Nt Live, the National Theatre's whizz idea of transmitting live stage performances into cinemas around the world. The play in question was Travelling Light, written by Nicholas Wright and directed by the Nt's artistic director, Nicholas Hytner, both of whom joined me on the panel, hosted by Emma Freud. So while we and the audience at the Lyttelton watched a play starring Antony Sher, about the invention of silent film in a Jewish shtetl as recounted in flashback by a Hollywood mogul, audiences around the world watched too via a live broadcast.
"Was the character based on any real-life Hollywood mogul?" I asked Wright. I couldn't tell »
- Jason Solomons
It's been announced that Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts (currently shooting the drama The Grandmothers in Australia) has been cast in the coveted role of Princess Diana in the upcoming film Caught In Flight, which will begin production in the UK later this year, according to Deadline. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (the German filmmaker behind Five Minutes Of Heaven, The Invasion, and the Oscar nominated Downfall) and based on a screenplay by Stephen Jeffreys (The Libertine), the film will follow the Princess of Wales during the last two years of her life - a time when she found "true personal happiness for the first time", and chart her evolution into a major international campaigner and humanitarian. »
Yes, this one is a go for Naomi Watts as she takes on the role of Princess Diana for the upcoming film Caught In Flight. It’s set to cover the last two years of her life and it will focus on her freedom from the Royal Family and how that allowed her to achieve some major successes as an international campaigner and humanitarian.
It will be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel whose previous work includes the final days of Hitler’s life in Downfall and the astute Five Minutes Of Heaven that starred James Nesbitt and Liam Neeson squaring up in a very insightful retrospect in Northern Ireland. Now, we’re not suggesting Caught In Flight will have the same style of the previous two but it’s definitely going to have the world watching with intrigue to how Hirschbiegel and Watts portray Diana.
The director had this to say »
- Dan Bullock
Ifta nominated writer Guy Hibbert's (Five Minutes of Heaven, Omagh) latest feature drama script has been commissioned by Channel 4. The feature length single drama called 'Complicit' will investigate the moral dilemmas facing MI5 officers involved in the war on terror and follows main character Edward in the Middle East as he wrestles with some of the key moral questions »
14 items from 2012
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