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Bifa-winning writer, director, presenter and actor Richard Ayoade will host the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards. Richard was nominated for two BIFAs and a BAFTA for his debut film "Submarine" and won the Bifa for Best Screenplay. He starred in "The Watch" with Jonah Hill and co-wrote and directed "The Double," starring Jesse Eisenberg. He won a BAFTA for playing Moss in "The It Crowd" and featured in "Nathan Barley," "Time Trumpet" and "The Mighty Boosh," as well as Garth Marenghi’s "Dark Place," which he also co-wrote and directed. His first book, "Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Read More: British Independent Film Awards Launch First-Ever Public Screenings Program for Nominated Films The Moët British Independent Film Awards has just announced that Bifa-winning writer, director and actor Richard Ayoade will host the 2015 awards ceremony. Ayoade's history in the film business includes two Bifa nominations and a BAFTA for his first film, "Submarine," for which he also won the Bifa for Best Screenplay in 2010. Ayoade has also won a BAFTA for playing Moss in "The It Crowd." Additionally, he is an accomplished author of cinema studies, having published the novel "Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey" in 2014. Audiences might known him best, however, for acting in "The Watch" or for writing and directing "The Double," starring Jesse Eisenberg. "I have come to accept that I am now contracted to host this year’s Moët British Independent Film Awards, following in the esteemed »
- Elle Leonsis
Director and comic actor to take over hosting duties for the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards.
Bifa-winning writer, director, presenter and actor Richard Ayoade is to host the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards, set to take place on Dec 6 at Old Billingsgate in London.
Ayoade won a BAFTA for playing Moss in The It Crowd and featured in TV comedies Nathan Barley, Time Trumpet and The Mighty Boosh, as well as Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, which he also wrote and directed.
Ayoade said: “I have come to accept that I am now contracted to host this year’s Moët »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
An ecstatically original work of film-history-philosophy with a digital-cinema palette of acutely crafted compositions. Amour Fou seamlessly blends together the paintings of Vermeer, the acting of Bresson, and the psychological undercurrents of a Dostoevsky novel. It is an intensely thrilling and often slyly comic work that manages to combine a passionately dispassionate love story of the highest order with a larger socio-historical »
- TFS Staff
Having burst onto the scene in Submarine, and since starred in the likes of The Double, while even directing himself, in the recent feature Just Jim – it’s evident that the talented Craig Roberts has an inclination for dark, almost surrealist cinema – and that is a trend he’s continued in his latest picture, Kill Your
- Stefan Pape
Kill Your Friends is adapted from John Niven’s 2009 novel. It’s a late Nineties black comedy about the last hurrahs of post-Britpop record labels before the internet came along and devalued everything they’d built their expense accounts on. The book is to the music industry what Brett Easton Ellis’s American Psycho is to Wall Street. In so much that taking a life can be justified if winning is all and losing will get your fired.
Leading the film is Nicholas Hoult. He plays Stelfox – the ruthless and ambitious record company executive that lacks any morals or love of music. He simply craves success. Paradoxically, this has served him well to date, but the lack of a work ethic or plan is catching up with him. »
- Stuart Wright
If any man alive has the right to argue for TV's recent ascension over movies, it would be David Chase. But "The Sopranos" creator has never seen it that way, telling me a few years ago that the only obvious advantage he thinks TV has is that "there’s more of it, and you can get into more detail. I guess maybe this is what it comes down to: in a television show, you can spend a lot of money on very little small things about people.” That ability to expand stories and drill down on characters has always been TV's greatest strength, but it's been particularly obvious with the migration of indie filmmakers to TV over the last few years. Shows like "Transparent," "Girls," "Togetherness," and Hulu's new "Casual" could have easily been made into 90-minute movies that played the festival circuit; instead, we get longer versions that really »
- Alan Sepinwall
"The Eighties were good to me," says Jennifer Grey, and considering she's best known for having the time of her life with Patrick Swayze in 1987's Dirty Dancing, that would make sense. "You know those people who rock that hairdo from the moment they got laid the most in their life? The Eighties are a bit like that for me."
Amazon’s pilot scheme – where viewers watch single episodes and vote on whether they should receive a full series – has had a patchy record to date, with the likes of Transparent balanced out by duds such as Hand Of God. Thankfully, coming-of-age comedy Red Oaks looks set to be welcomed into the former camp. Chronicling the misadventures of a young tennis player (Submarine’s Craig Roberts) working in a snooty country club in the 80s, it balances a nostalgia for the teen comedies of John Hughes with the arch wit of Wes Anderson or Whit Stillman. The full series is available from Friday.
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- Rachel Aroesti & Gwilym Mumford
Having broken out of acting with Submarine and also appearing in a number of other films since then, with this being your first full length feature can you tell us exactly how you came to make Just Jim? It’s an incredibly low-budget film you got off the ground a couple of years ago, is that correct?
Craig Roberts: Yeah it was a low-budget film. It was a £300,000 film we made as part of a scheme called cinematic, a company that picks three directors giving them £300,000 pounds to make a film. I heard about it five days before the deadline and wrote a script that made no sense, which seems to make less sense now.
Was there a certain amount of improvisation that went into the film?
Cr: No, actually. It does make sense. Hopefully. It makes sense to me, »
- Joshua Gill
Just Jim, 2015.
Written and Directed by Craig Roberts.
Living in the sleepy valleys of Wales, Jim has his life altered when an enigmatic American moves in next-door.
Those of you familiar with Craig Roberts will most likely remember him from his breakout performance in Richard Ayoade’s film Submarine, and those who don’t might well remember his much earlier role as Rio in The Story of Tracy Beaker. Transgressing past his childhood roles on-screen Roberts takes up residence behind the camera for his directorial debut, Just Jim. Having written, directed and starred in his own film, Just Jim stands as an incredibly striking achievement, illustrating all the potential that the multifaceted Roberts possesses in its execution.
The comedy of Just Jim is both poignant and surreal, at times seeming extremely dry and deadpan in its approach towards the beginning, »
- Joshua Gill
Craig Roberts’s directorial debut mixes Dostoevskian paranoia and cracked humour with impressive confidence
There’s more than a hint of Richard Ayoade in Craig Roberts’s darkly comic directorial debut. Both the teen awkwardness of Submarine (in which Roberts memorably starred) and the Dostoevskian paranoia of The Double are here present and correct. Working from his own script, Roberts plays the titular Jim, a dorky misfit whose life is transformed by the arrival of new neighbour Dean (Emile Hirsch), who teaches Jim to be a rebel. Trips to a rat-pit cinema endlessly repeating the same mock-noir hint that Dean may be partly a Fight Club-style figment of Jim’s cineliterate imagination, although the film’s surreal threads are left deliberately open-ended. With his deadpan Keaton-esque demeanour, Roberts is already a singular screen presence, and here acquits himself confidently behind the camera, handling the film’s shifting tones with nicely cracked off-kilter humour. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
★★★☆☆ It's always interesting to learn that an actor has taken on the directorial challenge. What makes Just Jim (2015) pretty remarkable is unlike those who had spent a considerable time performing before making the leap (under the tutelage of Don Siegel and Sergio Leone, Eastwood had hit forty when he directed Play Misty For Me in 1971), Craig Roberts is a fresh-faced 24 year-old who first made an impact as an actor five years previous in Richard Ayoade's teen comedy Submarine (2010).
- CineVue UK
Craig Roberts is best known as the star of Richard Ayoade’s quirky, deadpan Welsh teen comedy Submarine, so it’s somewhat suspicious that his directorial debut is, er, a quirky, deadpan Welsh teen comedy.
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- Steve Rose
Remember the kid from 2010’s Submarine? Well in addition to growing up, Craig Roberts has now turned his hand to writing and directing, as well as acting. The result of his hard labour is this weeks release Just Jim which sees Roberts star alongside Emile Hirsch.
Roberts plays Jim, a very awkward sixth-former with an exaggeration problem; a social outcast who can’t fit in with the in-crowd no matter how hard he tries. Then he meets his new neighbour Dean, an American heavily channelling James Dean, and everything starts to change.
Through his friendship with the ever so slightly unstable Dean, Jim finds himself suddenly more confident and happier. Of course things don’t last and Jim must stop his new friend from taking over everything »
- Kat Smith
Craig Roberts waits for me by the entrance of Cardiff Central railway station. Wales’ wannabe David Lynch, a purveyor of dark tales from the valleys, is dressed in black, hair slicked back, lost in thought as he draws on a cigarette.
It’s a little ironic to see Roberts looking so cool. Since starring in Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, the 24-year-old actor – and now feature film director – has made a career playing the adolescent weirdo stuck in a world of his own. On the strength of his directorial debut, Just Jim, it’s a persona, it seems, he is happy to embrace.
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- Tom Seymour
On the one hand, Amazon’s move into original TV programming has resulted in the wonderful “Transparent,” our favorite show of the last year. On the other, it’s also resulted in the decidedly mixed “Mozart In The Jungle,” the generic “Bosch” and, most recently, the dreadful “Hand Of God.” But we hope, given the talent involved, that “Red Oaks” will be closer to Jill Soloway’s show than the rest. Read More: Watch: Steven Soderbergh's Shorter Recut Of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' Created by “Magic Mike Xxl” director Gregory Jacobs, produced by Jacobs’ long-time friend and collaborator Steven Soderbergh, and with a pilot directed by David Gordon Green, the show stars “Submarine”’s Craig Roberts as a smart alec teen in the 1980s who returns to work at a country club before his junior year of college. The show also features Jennifer Grey, Ennis Esmer, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Amazon has dropped the first trailer for its half-hour coming-of-age dramedy Red Oaks, created by Gregory Jacobs (Magic Mike Xxl, The Knick) and Joe Gangemi (Eliza Graves). Described as The Graduate meets Caddyshack, Red Oaks is set in suburban New Jersey in 1985. Craig Roberts (Submarine) stars as David Meyers, an Nyu student, and a young man at a crossroads—conflicted about his major, confused about his relationship with his high school sweetheart, and unsure what to… »
Some actors wait for a long time to jump behind the camera, hoping to soak up all the knowledge they can before giving it a whirl in the director's seat, but not so for Craig Roberts. He's not even 25, and is only starting to amass a lengthy CV as an actor, but he's already knocked out his directorial debut, "Just Jim." And after premiering at SXSW this year, the film is gearing up to hit theaters this fall, and a new trailer has arrived. Read More: Exclusive Poster For 'Submarine' Star Craig Robert's Directorial Debut 'Just Jim' Roberts also takes a co-starring role in the movie alongside Emile Hirsch. The story follows an outcast teenager who can't even earn much attention from his parents, and who gets some life hack tips from his super cool, cigarette-smoking, neighbor Dean. But the friendship he thinks he's forged becomes something else. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it made instant sense. Not because he was bald, not because he looks like or Gene Hackman or anything, but just because he’s one of those actors whose screen presence is so perfectly formed. You know exactly what they’re going for with their Luthor, just by Eisenberg’s name. It’s Mark Zuckerberg vs Superman, the supergod vs the awkward genius.
But that’s not the only big action movie he’s got coming up. First he’s going to be in American Ultra, a unique stoner/sci-fi mash-up where he stars alongside Kristen Stewart (it's released in the UK on September 4th). Eisenberg first really burst into our consciousness in 2009 and 2010, where »
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