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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 »
"Submarine" star Craig Roberts isn't wasting a moment in stretching his talents. The young actor has already ventured behind the camera to make his directorial debut "Just Jim," which premiered at SXSW this past spring. And now the first trailer has landed for what looks like a particularly dark and quirky film. Penned by Roberts as well, and co-starring Emile Hirsch, the movie follows Jim, a lonely, outcast teenager, who gets taken under the wing of his much cooler, American neighbor. However, it turns out to be a bond that wasn't quite what he was looking for. Here's the official synopsis: This is the story of a loner. Jim, 16, has no friends and is a bit weird. His childhood friend, Michael, has left him for the cooler crowd and Jim is pushed to the edge when his dog dies. Jim’s life changes dramatically when Dean moves next door. Dean is older, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
British actor Craig Roberts first came to our attention as the offbeat teen lead in Submarine, Richard Ayoade’s directorial debut. Now Roberts is all grown up and starring as the offbeat teen lead in Just Jim, his own directorial debut. Roberts’ Jim is a lonely 16-year-old whose life is upended by a new American neighbor, Dean […]
- Angie Han
"The key is to be mysterious..." Take a look at the first trailer for the directorial debut of a young actor, Craig Roberts, who you may recognize from films like Submarine, Jane Eyre, Red Lights, Neighbors or 22 Jump Street. Craig Roberts wrote and directed and stars in this film, Just Jim, which also co-stars Emile Hirsch. This is the story of a loner. Jim, 16, has no friends and is a bit weird. He eventually makes friends with Dean, a tough kid on the run who moves in next door, played by Hirsch. The cast includes Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey, Ryan Owen & Charlotte Randall. Check it out. Here's the first official trailer for Craig Roberts' Just Jim, found on Vimeo (via The Film Stage): Synopsis: In a small Welsh town, a teenage outcast becomes the cool kid when an enigmatic American moves in next door »
- Alex Billington
The first images of Nicholas Hoult in Kill Your Friends have been released, exclusively via Empire. Following on from his rousing success in Mad Max: Fury Road and before stepping into X-Men: Apocalypse, Hoult will star as Stephen Stelfox, a 27-year-old A&R man. Stelfox is a man powered by cocaine, alcohol and prostitutes, attempting to carve out a career in the London music industry as he tries to find the next massive hit.
Black Mirror director Owen Harris is set to direct as his first feature, with Jim Piddock (Family Tree) playing Derek Summers, the managing direct of Stelfox’s record label. James Corden (Into the Woods) is also reportedly attached to the picture, playing a character named Waters.
Kill Your Friends is set for release November 6th. »
- Jake Wilson
The actor and film-maker on Björk’s powerful brilliance, the gritty films of Mike Nichols and the perfect sound of Ts Eliot’s poetry
Richard Ayoade was born in London in 1977. He read law at Cambridge, where he was president of Footlights, and co-wrote a Perrier-nominated show at the Edinburgh fringe in 2000. Part of the original cast of The Mighty Boosh, he also appeared on The It Crowd as Moss for four seasons, receiving a Bafta in 2014. He began a parallel career as a director, first for music videos by Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend, and later in features including Submarine and The Double. The paperback of his first book, a satirical take on movie biographies, Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey (Faber), is out now.
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- Interview by Priya Elan
The selection of 98 restored films, directed by movie pioneer Louis Lumière and his cameramen, will be screened internationally for the first time following its Cannes premiere.
It forms part of the line-up of the festival, which also announced the 12 films in the international competition and six features (and 18 shorts) in the national competition.
Two Ukrainian films will participate in both competitions.
Oiff president Viktoriya Tigipko said there had been a trend this year for submissions by female directors.
“During this year’s selection we have noticed an interesting trend: 30% of the entries submitted to the International Competition were from female directors,” said Tigipko.
“As a result, four out of the 12 films selected are directed »
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