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Cannes First Look: Daisy Ridley In Ophelia; Co-stars Clive Owen, Tom Felton And Devon Terrell

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Coming out the Cannes Film Festival, here’s a first look at director Claire McCarthy’s Ophelia.

Currently in production in Prague, the cast includes Daisy Ridley (upcoming Murder on the Orient Express, Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts (Divergent series, The Impossible), Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominee Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men, upcoming Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets), George MacKay (Captain Fantastic, Pride), Devon Terrell (Barry) and Tom Felton (Harry Potter series).

Set in the 14th Century but spoken in a contemporary voice, Ophelia is a dynamic re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Written by Semi Chellas, Ophelia is adapted from the book by Lisa Klein.

Ophelia (Ridley) takes center stage as the Queen’s (Watts) most trusted lady-in-waiting. Beautiful and intelligent, she soon captures the attention of the handsome Prince Hamlet and a forbidden love blossoms.
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Clive Owen, George MacKay, Tom Felton join 'Ophelia'

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Covert Media finances, represents international sales on Shakespeare reimagining.

Clive Owen, George MacKay, Tom Felton, and Devon Terrell will star alongside previously announced Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts in Covert Media’s Ophelia.

Principal photography on location in Prague is set to commence this month. CAA packaged and arranged financing and handles Us rights.

Ophelia takes place in the 14th century and is styled as a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as the queen’s most trusted lady-in-waiting falls for Prince Hamlet and must make a fateful decision to protect a secret.

Owen will play King Claudius, MacKay will play Hamlet, Felton will play Laertes, Ophelia’s brother and friend to Hamlet, and Terrell will play Hamlet’s faithful friend Horatio.

Claire McCarthy, whose credits include The Waiting City with Joel Edgerton and Radha Mitchell, directs based on Semi Chellas’s adaptation of the novel by Lisa Klein.

Covert Media is financing and producing with Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger
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Clive Owen to play Claudius in 'Ophelia'

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Covert Media finances, represents international sales on Shakespeare reimagining.

Clive Owen, George MacKay, Tom Felton, and Devon Terrell will star alongside previously announced Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts in Covert Media’s Ophelia.

Principal photography on location in Prague is set to commence this month. CAA packaged and arranged financing and handles Us rights.

Ophelia takes place in the 14th century and is styled as a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as the queen’s most trusted lady-in-waiting falls for Prince Hamlet and must make a fateful decision to protect a secret.

Owen will play King Claudius, MacKay will play Hamlet, Felton will play Laertes, Ophelia’s brother and friend to Hamlet, and Terrell will play Hamlet’s faithful friend Horatio.

Claire McCarthy, whose credits include The Waiting City with Joel Edgerton and Radha Mitchell, directs based on Semi Chellas’s adaptation of the novel by Lisa Klein.

Covert Media is financing and producing with Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger
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Claire McCarthy to direct Naomie Harris in The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

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Claire McCarthy.

The Waiting City's Claire McCarthy is attached to direct The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, about black frontier women in the American Old West.

Doubt's Viola Davis is exec producing after buying the rights to the original novel by Ann Weisgarber, with Skyfall's Naomie Harris set to star.

Su Armstrong and Brian Rosen are producing for their SixtyFourSixty banner, with Julius Tennon exec producing with Davis..

London-based Gfm were shopping the film to buyers in Cannes; Idris Elba was briefly announced as being attached but dropped out.

McCarthy had a busy Cannes, with her Ophelia, starring Naomi Watts and Daisy Ridley, another hot market title.

The director, who contributed a segment to 2013's The Turning but hasn't made a feature since 2009's The Waiting City, is repped by Rgm Artists in Sydney and CAA in the U.S.
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The Waiting City's Claire McCarthy snags Star Wars' Daisy Ridley as her Ophelia

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The Waiting City's Claire McCarthy has booked her next gig and it's a doozy.

Titled Ophelia, the film will be a sideways take on Hamlet's unfortunate love interest and is set to star Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Daisy Ridley, as well as Naomi Watts.

International sales will be shopped at Cannes, per Deadline, with financiers Covert Media running point.

One-time Annapurna exec Paul Hanson partnered with Media Content Capital last year to launch Covert Media, a feature production, financing and distribution outfit based in La.

Ophelia is based on the novel by Lisa Klein, adapted for the screen by Mad Men scribe Semi Chellas. Producers are Daniel Bobker, Ehren Kruger and Sarah Curtis.

The film will be set in the fourteenth century but will discard Shakespeare's original text.

.Sarah, Ehren and I have always treated this film like a jewel, since there.s something extra precious in
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Daisy Ridley will play Hamlet’s girlfriend in Shakespeare re-imagining ‘Ophelia’

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Daisy Ridley will play Hamlet’s girlfriend in Shakespeare re-imagining ‘Ophelia’
Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts are getting their Shakespeare on. In a new film announced on Wednesday, Ridley will be taking a break from Star Wars to play Ophelia, the tragic love interest of Hamlet in Shakespeare’s immortal play. Watts is on board to play Queen Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. It’s a reimagining of a Shakespeare play without using the original text, but don’t expect this to be in the same vein as 10 Things I Hate About You or She’s the Man. The film, titled Ophelia, will take place in the 14th century. We got a still-set-in-the-Middle-Ages alternate view of Hamlet with Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Now we get one, albeit probably less absurdist and meta, with the focus put on Ophelia. The film’s script is an adaptation of the 2006 young adult novel Ophelia by Lisa Klein. No word on whether the film will
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Daisy Ridley In Talks To Play Ophelia In Title Role

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Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts (Divergent series, The Impossible) and rising superstar Daisy Ridley (Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens) are in final negotiations to star in Ophelia, the highly-anticipated and dynamic reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” focusing on the untold story of Ophelia’s (Ridley) tragic romance with the prince and her relationship with his mother Queen Gertrude (Watts), it was announced today by Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson.

To be directed by Claire McCarthy (The Waiting City), Ophelia is based on the award winning novel by Lisa Klein and adapted for the screen by the acclaimed and award-winning writer Semi Chellas (“Mad Men,” “The Eleventh Hour”).

“Ophelia is brimming with youth-fueled charisma, exploring the nature of true love and beauty, and I’m so excited to bring this fresh mythic spin to Hamlet from a female perspective,
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The New York Indian Film Festival announces full lineup for the 16th Annual Film Festival

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The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the full lineup last night for their 16th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent (May 7 – May 14). Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, the festival will feature 40 screenings (35 narrative, 5 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City. In addition, the festival will also feature five programs of short films.

The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions. All the films are subtitled in English and some of the languages this year include Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telegu, Assamese, Haryanavi and Urdu. This year’s festival will feature a couple of sidebars –Nfdc restored first films of filmmakers and a three-generations sidebar, films of Bimal Roy, Basu Bhattacharya and Aditya Bhattacharya.

The festival’s film lineup includes 2016 National Award winners A Far Afternoon,
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Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce reunite in Stephan Elliott's Flammable Children

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Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce and.Neighbours co-star.Craig McLachlan.

Kylie Minogue will join Guy Pearce and Radha Mitchell in Stephan Elliott's Flammable Children, produced by Al Clark (Priscilla, Chopper, Red Hill) and Jamie Hilton (Breath, The Waiting City, Backtrack).

The 1975-set comedy-drama marks the first time Pearce and Minogue have worked together since Neighbours.

Since leaving that show and becoming a pop star, Minogue has appeared onscreen only intermittently, though she seems to be ramping up her acting slate, with recent roles in Cannes-darling Holy Motors, the Dwayne Johnson action film San Andreas and upcoming series Galavant, created by Dan Fogelman (Tangled, Crazy, Stupid, Love).

.We are so excited to be able to support Flammable Children", Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said..

"In Kylie, Guy and Radha, the team has been able to secure some of Australia.s most established and iconic talents. The powerhouses in front of the
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Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue to reunite on 'Flammable Children'

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Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue to reunite on 'Flammable Children'
Australian actors last appeared on screen together nearly 30 years ago in TV soap Neighbours.

Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue have signed on to join Radha Mitchell in Flammable Children, the new comedy feature written and directed Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).

It marks the first time the two have appeared on screen together in nearly 30 years, having starred as Mike and Charlene in TV soap Neighbours in the 1980s.

As well as a successful pop career, Minogue has appeared in films including Moulin Rouge! and Holy Motors while Pearce is perhaps best known for roles in Memento, La Confidential and Iron Man 3.

Flammable Children will shoot in Australia this autumn. Three other leading roles are yet to be cast.

Taking place in 1975, the film is set in a sleepy beachside suburb where “an extraordinary event” sets in motion a revelatory week for a teenage boy and girl.

The feature
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Radha Mitchell to walk red carpet at Looking for Grace premiere

  • IF.com.au
Australian actor Radha Mitchell will walk the red carpet at the Melbourne premiere of Sue Brooks. new film Looking For Grace at the Astor Theatre on November 24.

La-based Mitchell (The Waiting City, High Art, Finding Neverland) will be joined by Brooks (Japanese Story) in her home city, along with fellow cast members Odessa Young, Terry Norris and Julia Blake when the film is screened to Melbourne audiences for the first time.

In the film, Mitchell stars as Denise, the mother of eponymous Grace (Young) and wife of Dan (Richard Roxburgh), whose quiet suburban lives are thrown into turmoil when their daughter absconds with a large amount of money from their family safe.

It was only Australian film of the year to be selected In Competition for both Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, where it had its World and North American Premieres in September.

The film had its Australian premiere
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Wa Government invests in Tim Winton's Breath

  • IF.com.au
A $2.3 million investment by the Wa Government has secured Denmark, a coastal town in the Great Southern region, as the location for the film adaptation of Tim Winton.s novel Breath.

Simon Baker will star in and direct the film with Us producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, The Notebook, Rain Man), and See Pictures' Jamie Hilton (The Little Death, The Waiting City, Backtrack).

Breath focuses on the lives of two teenage thrill-seeking boys. Hungry for discovery they form an unlikely bond with reclusive older surfer, Sando (Baker) and his mysterious wife. The boys are driven to take risks that will have a profound and lasting impact on their lives. The screenwriting team includes Winton and Gerard Lee (co-writer of Top of the Lake).. Palace will distribute in Australia and Arclight is handling international sales.

The Royalties for Regions program will contribute $1.5 million while ScreenWest will chip in $800,000.

Culture and
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Sci-fi feature to shoot in Wa

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A high concept science fiction feature OtherLife will be made in in Western Australia, starting production in June. The project will be directed by expat Western Australian filmmaker Ben C. Lucas (Wasted on the Young) and produced by Jamie Hilton of See Pictures (The Little Death, The Waiting City) and Aidan O.Bryan and Janelle Landers from Western Australian based production company Wbmc (Son of a Gun, Wasted on the Young), alongside international producers Cherry Road Films. It is the third film confirmed to be shot in Western Australia with ScreenWest support this year (the others being Jasper Jones and Blue Dog), and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has also confirmed a further three feature films are in the final stages of financing. ..This is positive news for the Western Australian screen industry,. he said in a statement issued to the media. .Western Australia is being recognised as
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Unfreedom – Trailer and Poster Premiere

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The controversial new film Unfreedom has unveiled its first theatrical trailer. Banned in India and featuring an ensemble cast including Victor Banerjee, the provocative film will be released uncut in U.S. theaters on May 29.

Unfreedom juxtaposes two powerful and unflinching contemporary stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance. Shifting between New York and New Delhi, one tale follows a Muslim terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar in order to silence him, while the other charts the travails of a young woman whose devout father tries to force her into an arranged marriage, which she resists because she is secretly in love with another woman. The four characters come face to face with gruesome acts of violence in battles of identity, sexuality, religion, love, and family.

Written and directed by Kumar, the film stars Victor Banerjee (A Passage to India, Meherjaan), Bhanu Uday (Monsoon), Bhavani Lee, Preeti Gupta, Seema Rahmani (Good Night Good Morning,
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Unfreedom – India’s Banned Movie

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When a film is “banned” by the Censor Board of Film Certification, you know you are onto something. Well, that is exactly the case with Raj Amit Kumar’s film Unfreedom.

Homosexuality.

Islam.

Thinking outside of convention.

Unfreedom breaks all the “rules”.

The film follows two different lives, the storyline pivoting on a female same-sex relationship and the dangers of religious extremism.

Shifting between New York and Delhi, one story explores the kidnapping of a liberal Muslim scholar by a Muslim terrorist. The other story dives into a woman’s journey -a woman secretly in love with another woman. She faces the challenges of this love when she refuses an arranged marriage set up by her religious father.

Classified as “too controversial” for release in India, the film will release in North American theatres on the 29th of May 2015 and simultaneously on digital channels via Film Buff.

The juxtaposition of
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Banned in India, Unfreedom to Release in Us via Dark Frames

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Dark Frames, a new distribution company dedicated to bringing high-quality, non-Bollywood Indian films to North American and international audiences through theatrical and digital channels, will release its first title, Unfreedom, on May 29, it was announced today by Dark Frames’ founder, Raj Amit Kumar. Veteran film marketer and distributor Mark Urman of Paladin is partnering with Dark Frames to lead the marketing and distribution of its release slate. Dark Frames will also partner with Film Buff to distribute Unfreedom at the same time on Cable VOD and other digital platforms.

Unfreedom juxtaposes two powerful and unflinching contemporary stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance. Shifting between New York and New Delhi, one tale follows a Muslim terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar in order to silence him, while the other charts the travails of a young woman whose devout father tries to force her into an arranged marriage, which she resists
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New Backtrack Stills Freeze Faces!

Okay, so this is either weird, coincidental, or just plain funny. A new round of stills has arrived for Michael Petroni's second feature film, Backtrack, and it seems as if Adrien Brody has infected everyone with his singular facial expression. See the startling proof!

Petroni's Backtrack is a supernatural thriller that he wrote and is directing with Adrien Brody and Sam Neill in the lead roles. The cast is rounded out by local actors Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird, and Anna Lise Phillips.

The film follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.

Jamie Hilton (The Waiting City, Sleeping Beauty) is producing for See Pictures alongside Antonia Barnard (The Painted Veil, The Quiet American) and Petroni.

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Exclusive: Check Out the Hot New Poster for The Ladies of the House

Whoever designed the new poster for the upcoming film The Ladies of the House should be given the job of designing every movie poster... ever. We've got it right here for you to soak in as well as info on upcoming screenings.

The Ladies of the House will be making its world premiere at the Dallas International Film Festival on April 4-5 and then screen immediately afterward at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 7-8.

The film was directed by John Stuart Wildman, who co-wrote the picture with Justina Walford. It stars Farah White (Ex-Terminators, Daylight's End), Melodie Sisk (White Reindeer, Summer of Blood), Brina Palencia ("The Walking Dead," "Star-Crossed"), adult film star Michelle "Belladonna" Sinclair, Samrat Chakrabarti (The Waiting City, "Damages"), Gabriel Horn ("Ghostbreakers", Carried Away) and Rj Hanson.

And in spite of the bit of playfulness in the opening paragraph, we do actually know who created the lovely poster below.
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Mclean set to direct first Us film

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Wolf Creek.s Greg Mclean will make his Us directing debut on 6 Miranda Drive, a supernatural thriller which will star Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell.

The low-budget film will be produced by Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, which specialises in horror and created the Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Sinister franchises.

Scripted by Mclean, Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong, the plot will follow a family that unwittingly brings a fear-feeding supernatural force when they return from a Grand Canyon vacation, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Shooting is due to start in March.

Krause listed that project among those which he and Armstrong are developing in an. interview with If last month.

Krause and Armstrong.s debut feature was Jon Hewitt.s 2008 horror movie Acolytes and they were among the writing team on Kimble Rendall.s Bait 3D. Their credits also include the children.s series K9 for Network Ten and the
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Brody, Neill take the Backtrack

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Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy and Anna Lise Phillips are shooting Backtrack, a psychological thriller from writer-director Michael Petroni. Jamie Hilton, who is producing with Petroni, his partner in See Pictures, and Antonia Barnard, says the project was relatively easy to finance. That was due primarily to how sales agents, distributors and other financiers responded to Petroni.s screenplay, the saga of psychologist Peter Bowers who discovers his patients are the ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years earlier. Another advantage during the financing was that Petroni.s status as a writer was rising as The Book Thief, his adaptation of the Markus Zusak novel, started shooting in Germany. Screen Australia, UK-based sales agent Bankside and Oz distributor Madman Entertainment came on board before Brody, an Oscar winner for The Pianist and who starred in Midnight in Paris and The Brothers Bloom, was attached. The other participants are Screen Nsw,
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