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Sarmad Masud’s ‘My Pure Land’ to Represent Britain in Foreign-Language Oscar Race

Sarmad Masud’s ‘My Pure Land’ to Represent Britain in Foreign-Language Oscar Race
Sarmad Masud’s debut film, “My Pure Land,” has been chosen as Britain’s submission for the foreign-language Oscar race.

My Pure Land” tells the true story of a mother and her two daughters in rural Pakistan who were forced to defend their land from a militia of 200 bandits. Its submission marks the first time an Urdu-language film has been Britain’s selection for the foreign-language Oscar.

An up-and-coming director, Masud earned critical acclaim with his short film “Two Dosas,” which was funded by Film London and was voted best film in their London Calling Plus category.

My Pure Land” was shot in Pakistan in difficult conditions. The movie’s production company, Bill Kenwright Films, said the crew had to negotiate their way through heavily armed civilian regions. The production banner described the film as “a violent contemporary Western but grounded in realism and crucially with a feminist theme.”

My Pure Land” was produced by Bill Kenwright, whose
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Irish drama starring Andrew Scott, Cillian Murphy scores key deals

Irish drama starring Andrew Scott, Cillian Murphy scores key deals
Exclusive: Protagonist to handle sales and Element secures distribution rights to Parallel Films production backed by IFB and BFI.

The Delinquent Season, the directorial debut of Mark O’Rowe that stars Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight), has secured worldwide and UK deals.

Protagonist Pictures will handle worldwide sales for the project, a character-driven drama set in suburban Dublin, while Element Pictures Distribution will release in the UK and Ireland.

The film, supported by the Irish Film Board, RTE and the BFI, centers on two couples whose apparently solid marriages come under strain. Catherine Walker (Critical) and Eva Birthistle (Brooklyn) co-star.

Director O’Rowe is well-known for his stage plays, including Our Few and Evil Days and screenplays including Irish crime drama Intermission, starring Murphy and Colin Farrell, crime drama Perrier’s Bounty, with Murphy and Brendan Gleeson and Boy A, starring Andrew Garfield.

Murphy is a regular collaborator with O’Rowe, having starred
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Rufus Norris on Moving ‘London Road’ From Stage to Screen

Rufus Norris on Moving ‘London Road’ From Stage to Screen
Rufus Norris is a prominent and influential figure in the British stage scene, and one of an increasing number of London-based stage directors who are carving out a place for themselves in the movie business. Other members of this crossover coterie include Sam Mendes and Stephen Daldry, who have been recently joined by Michael Grandage with “Genius” and Benedict Andrews with “Una.”

Norris, who is director of the prestigious National Theater in London, made his movie debut with coming-of-age drama “Broken” in 2012. He has followed that with serial-killer musical “London Road,” which was released recently in the U.S. The film, starring Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman, is adapted from the 2011 National Theater stage play, also directed by Norris. It is one of the latest in a trickle of London stage plays re-emerging as films, such as “War Horse” and “Una,” based on “Blackbird,” with “The Curious Incident of the
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‘London Road’ Exclusive Clip: British Serial Killer Musical Stars Tom Hardy As Singing Cab Driver

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‘London Road’ Exclusive Clip: British Serial Killer Musical Stars Tom Hardy As Singing Cab Driver
While Damien Chazelle’s latest musical “La La Land” has garnered universal acclaim when it premiered at Venice last week, another musical is currently making the rounds now. Rufus Norris’ “London Road” tells the story of the Ipswich community’s reaction to the 2006 Steve Wright killings of five sex workers in the area. Based on Adam Cork and Alecky Blythe 2011 musical of the same name, the film is a “verbatim musical,” using the exact words of the residents of London Road as “lyrics” and setting them to an innovative musical score inspired by their actual dialects and intonations. The film stars Olivia Colman (“Peep Show”), Anita Dobson (“EastEnders”), Tom Hardy (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), and more. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: ‘London Road’ Trailer: Tom Hardy Is a Singing Cab Driver In Real-Life Serial Murder Musical

The original musical had two sell-out runs at London
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2016 Fall Movie Preview: 34 Indie Films to See This Season

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All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including offerings that span genres, a close examination of some of the year’s biggest breakouts, all the awards contenders you need to know about now and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

The Light Between Oceans,” September 2

Derek Cianfrance’s sweet spot is relationship dramas that don’t balk at showing just how damn hard it can be to love someone and to sustain that love (hi, “Blue Valentine”), and with his big screen adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name, he takes those interests and skills right to a post-World War I landscape tailormade for a sweeping,
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BBC Worldwide North America Acquires Tom Hardy’s Action Drama London Road

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BBC Worldwide North America Acquires Tom Hardy’s Action Drama London Road
Tom Hardy is examining the tragedy of Ipswich in the upcoming mystery movie, ‘London Road,’ whose U.S. rights have been acquired by BBC Worldwide North America. The action movie, which is the film adaptation of the ground-breaking National Theatre play of the same name, is scheduled to be released in theaters in September. The musically-driven ‘London Road’ marks the feature film writing debut by Alecky Blythe, who also contributed to the lyrics of the project’s songs with Adam Cork. The movie was directed by ‘Broken’ helmer, Rufus Norris. In addition to Hardy, the mystery film features an ensemble cast that includes Olivia Colman and Anita Dobson. The drama also features [ Read More ]

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Tom Hardy Musical ‘London Road’ Lands Distributor

Tom Hardy Musical ‘London Road’ Lands Distributor
You’d think with National Theater director Rufus Norris (“Broken”) and stars Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman on board, the movie adaptation of the British musical stage phenomenon “London Road” would be a cinch for a North American pickup.

Well, while you have to give Hardy points for joining this ambitious sung musical—and pulling off his role, which is small—the London subject matter may be too arcane for a crossover arthouse hit. But I am happy to report that BBC Worldwide North America is bringing the movie, which debuted at last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival, to theaters in September.

In fact this ground-breaking theater musical helped to put Norris on the map—and landed him the directorship at the National. The debut film by writer Alecky Blythe, with music by Adam Cork and lyrics by Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork, “London Road” features an ensemble mostly comprised of its original stage cast, who had the necessary chops to deliver it.

Read More: National Theater Directors Nick Hytner and Rufus Norris Hit the Movies

Astonishingly, the play used Blythe’s verbatim transcripts from people she interviewed who were involved in tracking a serial killer of prostitutes on London Road—she edited them into a sung musical, which the actors had to execute precisely. BBC Films backed the film, with the National Theatre executive producing; by the time they shot it, Norris had been appointed as the next director, in a clear vote for innovation.

The National, in one of its “experimental provocations,” threw Blythe together with composer Adam Cork in a kind of shotgun marriage in a workshop to write and compose together. And then Alecky went back to Ipswich in 2006 and started meeting people, and it built up from there. Norris decided to turn the hit play into a workable movie, altering the structure and adding one key song that performs the feat of moving the viewer into a musical.

Norris could only have pulled off the low-budget movie with actors who knew the material inside out, but they did add several cinema players to help get it made: Colman and Hardy. When “London Road” hits theaters, do check it out. You’ve never seen anything quite like it.

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Tom Hardy Musical Thriller ‘London Road’ Nabbed by BBC Worldwide North America (Exclusive)

Tom Hardy Musical Thriller ‘London Road’ Nabbed by BBC Worldwide North America (Exclusive)
BBC Worldwide North America has acquired U.S. rights to the musical thriller “London Road,” starring Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman and Anita Dobson.

The film, directed by Rufus Norris and written by Adam Cork and Alecky Blythe, is based on the National Theatre musical of the same name about the 2006 Steven Wright killings in Ipswich. “London Road,” which screened in the City to City section of last year’s Toronto Film Festival, will hit theaters in September.

The movie also features the play’s original cast members, including Clare Burt, Rosalie Craig, James Doherty, Kate Fleetwood, Hal Fowler, Linzi Hateley, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer, Nicola Sloane, Paul Thornley, Howard Ward and Duncan Wisbey.

The pic follows the residents of London Road, who struggle for years with frequent soliciting and curb-crawling on their street. When a local resident is convicted of a string of murders, the community grapples with
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San Sebastian Talent: Rufus Norris on ‘London Road’

San Sebastian Talent: Rufus Norris on ‘London Road’
San Sebastian– Docu-musical ‘London Road’ closes the 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival on Sept. 25. It marks Rufus Norris’ sophomore directorial outing as a film director after 2012’s romantic drama “Broken,” which bowed at Cannes and won awards at Calgary, Zurich and California fests.

In an unusual musical,“Road” examines the social impact of a chain of murders on a small neigborhood and its atempts at catharsis to overcome it.

A big screen version of a stage musical, produced by Norris, “London Road” was hailed as ground-breaking. Fronted by Olivia Colman, and co-produced by Picturehouse Entertainment, the National Theater, BBC Films and the BFI, “London Road” the film offers an excellent opportunity to explore from a new perspective, theater, music and cinema’s undying ties; especially talking to London’s National Theater topper Norris, whose Broadway works include “Festen” and the Roundabout Theater Company’s 2008 revival of “Dangerous Liaisons.”

Some of
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Win: London Road On DVD

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To celebrate the release of London Road, available to own on DVD from 5th October 2015, we are giving 3 lucky readers the chance to win a copy.

Hailed as a remarkable, ground-breaking work during two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, the critically acclaimed feature film adaptation of London Road reunites the award-winning team, with a script by Alecky Blythe and music by Adam Cork, and directed by Rufus Norris (Broken).

With an ensemble cast that includes Olivia Colman, Kate Fleetwood, Anita Dobson and Tom Hardy, London Road documents the events that shook Suffolk in 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street.

The film follows the community who found themselves at the epicentre of the tragic events, and is based
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Toronto Film Fest Spotlights 8 British Features

Toronto Film Fest Spotlights 8 British Features
For its 40th year, Tiff has added even more British features to bolster its already solid lineup of UK-hailing films including "High-Rise" and Oscar contender "The Danish Girl" — to name just a few of the most hotly awaited Brit titles. This year's City to City strand highlights eight films from England's capital to expose the region's emerging artists. Past programs have featured Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Mumbai and Seoul. Selections include a lot of coming-of-age and music stories, including stage-to-screen "London Road," director Rufus Norris' followup to his abrasive 2012 suburban drama "Broken," which premiered in Cannes. "Northern Soul," the film debut of acclaimed English photographer Elaine Constantine, also finally makes its way to North America. Couple in a Hole Tom Geens, United Kingdom/Belgium/France World Premiere A middle class British couple end up living like feral creatures in a camouflaged hole in the middle of...
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Rufus Norris' 'London Road' to close San Sebastian

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Rufus Norris' 'London Road' to close San Sebastian
Musical based around the 2006 Ipswich murders stars Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy.

The 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26) is to close with British film London Road.

The film, based on the stage musical of the same name, documents the events that shook the rural town of Ipswich in 2006, when the bodies of five women were discovered. The film follows the community that found itself at the epicentre of the tragic events.

Using their own words set to a musical score, the ensemble cast includes Olivia Colman, Tom Hardy, Anita Dobson and the entire original cast of the stage.

London Road, which will screen out of competition at San Sebastian, is directed by Rufus Norris, the artistic director of the National Theatre whose debut feature Broken opened Cannes Critics’ Week in 2012 and won Best British Independent Film at the BIFAs and Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Eye for Best International Film.

London Road is produced
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Burn, Burn, Burn producer joins Bill Kenwright Films

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Burn, Burn, Burn producer joins Bill Kenwright Films
Exclusive: Staff addition forms part of production push for London outfit.

Burn Burn Burn producer Daniel-Konrad Cooper has joined Bill Kenwright Films as an in-house producer as part of the company’s drive to move film and TV projects into production later this year.

The company, owned by Everton Football Club chairman and West End theatre producer Bill Kenwright, has previously worked on titles including Broken and Cheri.

Cooper, whose production credits include Chanya Button’s Burn Burn Burn - currently in post-production – and Edinburgh 2015 title Narcopolis, joins Naomi George, head of film & TV, and Steve Potts, who oversees all operations and productions for the Bkl group.

Potts said: “I’m delighted that Daniel has joined us.He brings a great deal of experience, passion and ideas to Bill Kenwright Ltd. at a time when we’re busier than ever, including with several exciting film and TV projects at various stages of production – more on that very
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London Road movie review: the real world’s a stage

No one has done a musical like this before, keeping an uneasy beat to craft a dark replica of scared community spirit in the wake of a shocking crime. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

When I hear that something deadly serious has been turned into a stage musical, the first thing that springs to mind is Elephant! the all-singing, all-dancing Broadway show based on the life of “Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick, within the comedy film The Tall Guy. Or, of course, Springtime for Hitler.

So when I heard that London Road, a film adaptation of a National Theatre musical production, is about a 2006 serial-murder case, my first reaction was: Hell no. The potential for getting this wrong is enormous: the probability of tonal imbalance between hammy dramatics and horrible crime is almost 100 percent.

But
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Film Review: ‘London Road’

Film Review: ‘London Road’
“Everybody’s very, very nervous,” runs the most memorable lyrical refrain in “London Road,” and one imagines the filmmakers found themselves singing it often. An avant-garde musical based on the recorded testimonies of concerned residents following the Ipswich serial murders of 2006, Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s unique piece was a bold enough proposition for the U.K.’s National Theatre a few years ago, let alone for the bigscreen. Yet while Rufus Norris’ stage production was an unlikely triumph, its film adaptation — in the same helmer’s hands — emerges as something of a curate’s egg. Though performed with stalwart conviction by an ensemble including Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy, Blythe’s much-celebrated verbatim technique translates in surprisingly mannered fashion to camera, while Norris’ season-based visual treatment of the material cloys. Commercial appeal beyond Blighty is limited; even at home, this may prove a “Road” less traveled.

Local auds,
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First look image and clip of Tom Hardy in London Road

Hailed as a remarkable, ground-breaking work during two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, director Rufus Norris’ (Broken) feature film adaptation of London Road is set to arrive in cinemas next week, and a first look image and clip has arrived online featuring Tom Hardy as Mark the Taxi Driver. Check them out here…

London Road documents the events that shook Suffolk in 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. The film follows the community who found themselves at the epicentre of the tragic events. Using their own words set to an innovative musical score, London Road tells a moving story of ordinary people coming together during the darkest of experiences.

London Road premieres on June 9th via Nt Live and is
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Watch the first trailer for musical London Road starring Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy

The first trailer has arrived for London Road, the film adaptation of the hit musical of the same name, you can check it out below…

Based on the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed verbatim musical directed by Rufus Norris, which he now directs as a feature film, London Road documents an incident from 2006, when the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When Steve Wright, the occupant of no. 79, was arrested, charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy. Adam Cork’s music uses the rhythmic speech patterns captured on Alecky Blythe’s recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create this extraordinary work, which reveals the ways in which even
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The Stars of 'Cinderella' Reveal What Their Magic Wish Would Be

The Stars of 'Cinderella' Reveal What Their Magic Wish Would Be
Cinderella is one of the most beloved tales in Disney's long history, and now, with the live-action adaptation of the classic story hitting screens, a whole new generation will get to enjoy the enchantment and wonder of this timeless princess tale.

One of the most spectacular and fantastical elements in the film is Cinderella's wish-granting fairy godmother -- played by Helena Bonham Carter -- and when all the stars turned out for the film's world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, they knew exactly to wish for if they had their own fairy godmother.

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"I would ask for my family to be well, and healthy and happy for the rest of their lives," said star Richard Madden, who plays Prince Charming. "And an Aston Martin as well, maybe."

Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer had a similar idea of how to really make good use of a wish
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Al Pacino, Rising Stars, Short Cuts Canada & Canadian Features at Tiff 2014

When it comes screen legends Al Pacino (Dog Day Afternoon) does not appear to be slowing down as he appears as an aging stage actor in The Humbling directed by Barry Levinson (Men in Black) and as a heartbroken small town locksmith in Manglehorn helmed by David Gordon Green (Joe); both dramas will be getting a North American Premiere at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival.

The Oscar-winning thespian will also kicking off the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival by having an on-stage conversation about his career at the Tiff Bell Lightbox on September 3, 2014 at 7 p.m.. “We’re thrilled to have Al Pacino participate in our third annual Tiff Gala,” stated Maxine Bailey, VP of Advancement at Tiff. “This important event raises much-needed funds that allow Tiff to continue our free year-round activities like Reel Comfort, a programme that brings films and special guests to mental health patients at Toronto hospitals,
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Aimee Richardson Is A 'Princess For Hire' After 'Game Of Thrones' Recasting

Aimee Richardson, who played Princess Myrcella on the first two seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones, wants people to know she’s now a “Princess For Hire.”

Aimee Richardson Is Princess For Hire

Richardson, 16, had assumed that she’d be back in the role of Myrcella for Game of Throne’s fifth season. As the second oldest Baratheon child – that was actually born of the incest between her mother Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Cersei's twin brother Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) – Myrcella stood to be crowned queen following Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) death at The Purple Wedding.

Following The Purple Wedding episode, Richardson took to Vine, placing a crown upon her head and saying, “I’m ready.”

Unfortunately for Richardson, Game of Thrones producers announced at Comic-Con that Nell Tiger Free would be replacing her in the role of Myrcella for the upcoming season. Once again taking to Vine, Richardson
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