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‘Fundamentals of Caring’ Director Rob Burnett on Why Netflix Originals Carry ‘Great Prestige’

25 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts and Selena Gomez star in the new Netflix film “The Fundamentals of Caring,” written and directed by Rob Burnett. Adapted from the Jonathan Evison novel “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving,” the film tells the story about a young boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, played by Roberts, and his caregiver, Paul Rudd, who are both equally wounded and have low prospects of getting any better. Variety spoke with director, producer and writer Burnett about why Netflix was the best venue for the project and why Rudd was the perfect fit.

What attracted you to the project?

When I read this book by Jonathan Evison, I thought he did such a nice job telling a very tragic story in a funny way. That bittersweet quality of these characters is something that always attracts me to the material.

Was it difficult to adapt the novel?

It’s difficult because »

- Maria Cavassuto

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‘The Fundamentals of Caring’ Review: Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez Can’t Salvage This Netflix Release

24 June 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Since her brilliant transition from Disney star to rebellious teen in Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” Selena Gomez continues to surprise. Too bad the same can’t be said for her new movie, “The Fundamentals of Caring,” a saccharine buddy dramedy from writer-director Rob Burnett (best known as the executive producer of “The Late Show with David Letterman”).

The Fundamentals of Caring” stars Paul Rudd as Ben, a grieving father and failed writer who takes a job as a caretaker for an amusingly surly teenage boy. Not that Trevor, played by a doe-eyed Craig Roberts (“Submarine”), doesn’t have a reason to be surly; he suffers from muscular dystrophy, a disorder that severely impairs his physical abilities but leaves his mind sharp. Ben and Trevor strike up an all-too-likely friendship, each being the only one to tell the other the hard truths.

Read More: In Raunchy Animated ‘Nerdland,” Paul Rudd »

- Judith Dry

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Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts Enjoy the Ride in New Trailer For ‘The Fundamentals of Caring’

20 June 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Rob Burnett, executive producer of The Late Show with David Letterman since 1996, is returning to the world of film for his second feature, the Netflix-distributed, Sundance-closing The Fundamentals of Caring. The film follows Paul Rudd’s attempt to cope with recent loss through a caregiving program. His first client is a quick-witted boy with a timer on his life (Craig Roberts) who falls for a girl on their road trip (Selena Gomez).

We said in our review,”Roberts especially shines as Trevor, continuing his vein of sardonic types he played before in his breakout film, Richard Ayoade’s Submarine. His performance is not about physicality (The Theory of Everything this isn’t), but Burnett’s deadpan script fits his quick-witted delivery like a glove. Rudd is good value as Ben, believably wracked by guilt over his son but also a great foil to Roberts’ bitterness.”

This second trailer promises a mixture of awkward humor, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Clio Barnard Starts Shooting ‘Dark River’ With Ruth Wilson, Sean Bean, and More

20 June 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After a three-year gap, acclaimed director Clio Barnard (The ArborThe Selfish Giant) is currently in the middle of shooting her third feature, Dark River, and with a new report from Film4 comes more updates about the film. The story follows Alice (Ruth Wilson) who, after 15-years, returns to her home village to claim tenancy over her now-passed father’s home. However, her brother (Mark Stanley), rugged from years of tending their farm, isn’t so keen on the idea. Their clash causes old trauma to surface for Alice, threatening both their lives in the process.

Barnard is re-teaming with multiple behind-the-scenes collaborators including production designer Helen Scott, who worked on both of Barnard’s previous features, and editor Nick Fenton (The Double, Submarine). Until more news breaks, watch a trailer for Barnard’s previous acclaimed drama, The Selfish Giant, following the official synopsis of Dark River, which also stars Sean Bean. »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Edinburgh International Film Festival Review – The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

17 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Fundamentals of Caring, 2016.

Directed by Rob Burnett.

Starring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena GomezJennifer Ehle, Julia Denton and Bobby Cannavale.


A man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.


The Netflix juggernaut is soon going to devour us given the rate the subscription service is outwardly expanding into their “Originals” so much that in the near future we may all have our own original with them. All in jest of course, but given their recent successes with television and film originals, as well as snapping us such talents as Adam Sandler, Woody Allen, Brad Pitt and Robert Redford to name a few. Now even Paul Rudd is an honorary Netflix-er, with his latest film The Fundamentals of Caring snapped up at this year’s Sundance and is soon to receive its debut on the service.

Rudd stars as Ben, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Movie Review – The Violators (2015)

15 June 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Violators, 2015.

Directed by Helen Walsh.

Starring Lauren McQueen, Brogan Ellis and Stephen Lord.


A dysfunctional girl becomes tangled in a series of events after becoming involved with a local womanising hard-man in the poverty-stricken suburbs of Birkenhead.

Helen Walsh is no stranger to the urban dystopia in and around the areas of Liverpool. Two of her novels (Once Upon a Time in England and Brass) use the same setting; The Violators represents her directorial debut and the first attempt to translate the environment to the big screen from paper.

The Violators centres on Shelly (Lauren McQueen), a dysfunctional yet caring sister to a younger and older brother. The haphazard family of three are surviving on the bread line in a typical council estate on the outskirts of Liverpool.

Shelly carries an air of disillusionment and absentness throughout the film, withdrawn from her environment, she and her brothers are living in fear of their Father who is in prison and is set to be released.

We are given a glimpse into the urban dystopia of Shelly’s environment, in what feels like a regression to the late 90’s era of Chav culture. The area is clearly deprived and this gritty habitat is wonderfully captured by Walsh is some scenes that revel in cinematic delight.

The Violators springs to life when Shelly and Rachel (Brogan Ellis) meet. Both are from contrasting backgrounds but share the same appetite for excitement and form an unlikely bond due to their lack of companionship and interest in the manipulative wheeler dealer hard-man Mikey (Stephen Lord).

What begins as charming soon becomes disastrous. Shelly becomes involved with Mikey, who offers his protection from the release of her father in exchange for sex.

As the film draws to a close the audience is left with a feeling a desperation that shapes Shelly’s inner-core… the desperation to seek a better life for herself and her brothers, the desperation to be happy and the desperation for normality.

The Violators is an attempt at trying to capture the bland, British dystopia like Richard Ayoade’s Submarine or John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary. Unfortunately the script is incomparable to both and the audience is left with a stereotypical interpretation of Britain’s Asbo class that is out-dated. There were moments of cinematic delight and Lauren McQueen’s performance oozed potential and promise.

Flickering Myth Rating – Film: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★

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First Trailer For ‘The Fundamentals of Caring’ With Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts & Selena Gomez

30 May 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Closing the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, The Fundamentals of Caring follows Craig Roberts’ wheelchair-bound teenager and his carer, played by Paul Rudd. Coming from writer-director Rob Burnett, adapting Jonathan Evison’s The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, Netflix picked up the film before its premiere and ahead of a June release, the first trailer has now landed.

We said in our review,”Roberts especially shines as Trevor, continuing his vein of sardonic types he played before in his breakout film, Richard Ayoade’s Submarine. His performance is not about physicality (The Theory of Everything this isn’t), but Burnett’s deadpan script fits his quick-witted delivery like a glove. Rudd is good value as Ben, believably wracked by guilt over his son but also a great foil to Roberts’ bitterness.”

Check out the trailer below for the film also starring Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson, and Frederick Weller. »

- Jordan Raup

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Chicken review – fowl play deep in the country

19 May 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Against a backdrop of rural poverty, Joe Stephenson’s heart-wrenching drama heads for a climax sticky with violence and horrible secrets

Somewhere in what would seem to be East Anglia, judging by the road names, two brothers live together in a fetid caravan. Older brother Polly (Morgan Watkins), a bad-tempered thug, does the bare minimum to look after the younger Richard (Scott Chambers) who has learning difficulties but a gentle soul. Richard’s only friend is his pet chicken Fiona, a docile bantam he takes everywhere, until he makes friends with new neighbour Annabel (Yasmin Paige, from Submarine).

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- Leslie Felperin

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Louis Theroux's 'My Scientology Movie' converts Us, UK buyers

12 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: HanWay inks key deals on documentary.

HanWay Select has secured key territories on Louis Theroux’s impish London and Tribeca documentary My Scientology Movie, including with indie stalwart Magnolia for the Us and Amy distributor Altitude for the UK.

Deals have also been agreed for Australia (Madman), Belgium (Dalton) and Netherlands (Cinema Delicatessen).

Directed by John Dower, My Scientology Movie sees well-known documentarian and broadcaster Theroux immerse himself in the controversial religion’s teachings and practises with one of its key defectors, Mark “Marty” Rathbun.

The film marks Theroux’s first foray into the theatrical market.

Two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn (Man On Wire) produced under his Red Box Films banner. Finance came from BBC Films and BBC Worldwide

The UK deal was negotiated by Mark Lane for HanWay and Will Clarke and Hamish Moseley for Altitude.

The Us deal was negotiated by Josh Braun for Submarine and Mark Lane for HanWay with Magnolia.

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15 Great Directorial Debuts By Actors

31 March 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It feels like it’s rare to find an actor who doesn’t at some point in his or her career get the urge to direct. Even stars barely out of their teens discuss the desire to direct in interviews (some even get around to it: “Submarine” actor Craig Roberts premiered his first film “Just Jim” last year at the age of 24, and former child star Xavier Dolan was only 20 when he made his first). Sometimes the results are terrible, as anyone who saw Mark Ruffalo’s “Sympathy For Delicious” or Ryan Gosling’s “Lost River,” to name but two recent examples, would tell you. Read More: 10 Strong Directorial Debuts From Actors-Turned-Directors But sometimes, such films are terrific. And with “Miles Ahead,” Don Cheadle’s pretty decent first film as director, hitting theaters on Friday (read our review), Nate Parker’s “Birth Of A Nation” storming Sundance, and the news »

- Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton

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'Assassin's Creed' director Justin Kurzel to keynote at BAFTA Guru event

17 March 2016 5:08 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Macbeth filmmaker to speak at games, TV and film event for career starters.

Macbeth and Snowtown director Justin Kurzel, currently in post-production on video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, is to keynote on the film day of BAFTA’s inaugural Guru Live festival for career starters.

The three-day event taking place later this spring at BAFTA’s London HQ is aimed at newcomers to the film, TV and games industries.

Kurzel will discuss his early career starting out as a theatre designer to directing his first feature, the critically acclaimed Snowtown and most recently, his 2015 Bifa and Palme d’Or nominated Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

Kurzel is expected to touch on Assassin’s Creed, which also stars Fassbender and Cotillard.

The event will include masterclasses, panels and keynote talks while speakers include games producer Dan Gray (Monument Valley); film producer Mark Herbert (This Is England, Submarine); games writer Meg Jayanth (80 Days); talent agent for »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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BAFTA Launches New Festival Pairing 'Gurus' With Industry Hopefuls

18 February 2016 8:10 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: BAFTA Awards: Full List of Winners BAFTA announced this morning that they are launching a new festival this year dubbed "Guru Live," where established names from the film, television and game industries will closely interact with aspiring artists and technicians. The week-long networking event will include masterclasses, panels and keynote talks by professionals yet to be announced. However, BAFTA has made a point to include that the vast array of notable names speaking during the summer festival will includes many of its winners and nominees from the spring's BAFTA Awards.  Those who have confirmed their place speaking in the summer festival include games producer Dan Gray ("Monument Valley"), film producer Mark Herbert ("This Is England," "Submarine"), games writer Meg Jayanth ("80 Days"), talent agent for film and television Sara Put and games creators Luke »

- Elle Leonsis

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Mark Herbert to speak at inaugural BAFTA Guru Live

17 February 2016 3:56 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

This Is England producer will participate in the three-day event for budding creative professionals.

BAFTA has revealed the line-up for its inaugural BAFTA Guru Live event, a three-day festival for aspiring film, television and games professionals.

Running from April 30 – May 2 at BAFTA’s Piccadilly venue in London, Guru Live will involve masterclasses, panels and keynote talks from industry figures, including BAFTA-winning producer Mark Herbert (This Is England, Submarine, Four Lions).

Other confirmed speakers include talent agent for film and television Sara Putt, games producer Dan Gray, games writer Meg Jayanth and games creators Luke Whittaker and Katherine Bidwell.

The film sessions include panels on how to produce a debut feature, how to find funding, and how to be a successful freelancer, with further programme details to be announced closer to the time.

Tickets for individual sessions will cost £6, while professionals with at least six months’ experience can purchase one of 150 all-access tickets (£40) that include a day of »

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Berlin: Lionsgate U.K. Acquires British Rights for ‘Ghost Stories’

14 February 2016 10:14 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate U.K. has acquired U.K. distribution rights to “Ghost Stories,” based on the Olivier nominated supernatural stage production, co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, and set to star Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit” franchise, “Captain America: Civil War,” TV’s “Fargo”) and BAFTA award-winner George MacKay (“Pride,” “Sunshine on Leith”), with Andy Nyman reprising his role as Professor Goodman. Principal photography will start in September.

Phillip Goodman, professor of psychology and arch-sceptic has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave. His mentor Charles Cameron, the “original” TV parapsychologist, went missing 15 years before, presumed dead and yet now he writes to Goodman saying that the pair must meet.

Cameron, it seems, is still very much alive. And he needs Goodman to find a rational explanation for three unsolved cases that have shaken Cameron to his core. As Goodman investigates, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Selena Gomez and Paul Rudd on Road Tripping Together in Their Sundance Film, The Fundamentals of Caring

30 January 2016 6:42 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Can you think of a better pair of unlikely road trip companions than Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez? The two put that theory to the test in The Fundamentals of Caring, an adaptation of the 2012 sick-lit hit The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. In the film, Rudd plays Ben, an out-of-work novelist, who's become a home health aide in the wake of a tragedy, while British up-and-comer Craig Roberts (Submarine; a dead-ringer young Martin Freeman) plays Trevor, his foul-mouthed 18-year-old ward, who's confined to a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy. The pair bond over a mutually crass sense of humor — Trevor's first question to Ben is, "How would you wipe my ass?" — and eventually Ben convinces Trevor's overprotective mother (Jennifer Ehle) to let her son go out and experience the world. They head off on a road trip to all the places Trevor has become obsessed with while watching the local »

- Jada Yuan

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[Sundance Review] The Fundamentals of Caring

25 January 2016 6:59 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Films centered around disabled people often focus on the inevitable demise of their main characters. Not so in the bracingly optimistic road movie The Fundamentals of Caring, a witty and at times very funny bromance between Craig Roberts’ wheelchair-bound teenager and his carer, a perfectly-cast Paul Rudd. Writer-director Rob Burnett, adapting Jonathan Evison’s The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, finds nuggets of comedy in the blindspots in your typical accounts of degenerative diseases.

Rudd’s Ben is a former writer who, after a tragedy involving his son, decides to change track and become a $9-an-hour carer. His first client is potty-mouthed Trevor, a Brit with muscular dystrophy and a caustic humor who throws insults like confetti. At first, Trevor hates leaving his living room and the American TV he watches so much. But when his single mother needs to travel to Atlanta on business, he warms to the idea of »

- Ed Frankl

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Fundamentals of Caring’

23 January 2016 10:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Indie-comedy cliches get a crowdpleasing workout in “The Fundamentals of Caring,” as a grieving father, a teen with a rare disease, a foul-mouthed former child star and a quirk-filled road trip all add up to what would’ve been among the hottest titles at Sundance 2004. Solid performances and some genuinely sharp humor elevate writer-director Rob Burnett’s second feature, but the theatrical market isn’t what it used to be for this kind of product. Already acquired by Netflix for Svod in a pricey pre-fest pick-up, that venue sounds like the best bet to connect with audiences.

With material this familiar, casting is crucial. And Burnett has a pair of aces up his sleeve in Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts (“Submarine,” Amazon’s “Red Oaks”) as an emotionally crippled caregiver and his maturity-impaired ward, respectively. Ben Benjamin (Rudd) is a retired novelist in Seattle who spends most of his waking »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Craig Roberts launches production company; readies second feature

21 January 2016 5:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Cliff Edge Pictures will develop and produce film and TV projects, starting with the Submarine star’s next feature as a director.

British actor Craig Roberts, who made his directorial debut with Just Jim last year, is launching a London-based production outfit titled Cliff Edge Pictures with that film’s producers, Pip Broughton and Adrian Bate.

Roberts is perhaps best known for his lead role in Richard Ayoade’s 2010 feature Submarine but has since taken roles in major Us comedies including 22 Jump Street and Neighbors as well as Amazon original series Red Oaks and Sundance title The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving.

Cliff Edge Pictures will develop, raise finance and produce film and TV projects with Roberts as creative lead, and will kick off its slate with his second feature as a director, In My Oils, which is in the early stages of pre-production.

In My Oils has a script penned by Roberts and will be set »

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DVD Review – Just Jim (2015)

4 January 2016 5:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just Jim, 2015.

Written and Directed by Craig Roberts.

Starring Emile Hirsch, Craig Roberts, Ryan Owen, Charlotte Randall, Nia Roberts and Aneirin Hughes.


A socially awkward Welsh teenager has his life altered forever when an enigmatic American moves in next door.

Impressing with its range of influences and studious attention to detail, Just Jim is a strikingly stylish directorial début from actor Craig Roberts (Submarine). It is his willingness to display all of his favoured genres and tropes that is simultaneously the film’s biggest draw and also its most obvious fault.

There is a film buff’s energy and dedication to cinema surrounding the feature which is both endearing and impressive, but occasionally grates with its exuberant wish to display all of the filmmaker’s cinematic concerns.

Also written by and starring Roberts, the film is an intriguing feature and it will be interesting to see how this talent develops. »

- Robert W Monk

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