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Adventures in Punk: F.J. Ossang Discusses "9 Fingers"

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F.J. Ossang. Photo by Locarno Festival / Sailas VanettiA punk poet and musician, F.J. Ossang’s shorts and features produced since the early 1980s pull vividly from silent cinema, particularly German Expressionism, as well as American noir, to reinvent cinema's legacy for a new era. His latest movie, 9 Doigts (9 Fingers), which premiered in competition at the Locarno Festival and has now traveled to the International Film Festival Rotterdam, begins as a cryptic gangster film—shot in silken black and white 35mm—before the criminals make a break for a cargo ship, plunging the film in the kind of feverish maritime malaise found in Joseph Conrad’s The Shadow Line, Georges Franju’s 1973 TV adaptation of that novel, and pre-Code tropical hothouses like Safe in Hell (1931).But as beautiful as the setting and photography is—and as delirious as some of the cynical, doom-saying criminals are, each prone to mythopoetic threats
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Pablo Larrain-produced film among San Sebastian New Director line-up

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Thirteen first and second films revealed.

The San Sebastian Film Festival has revealed 13 of the first and second films by European, Asian and Latin American filmmakers set to compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award.

Among the films are Chilean film Princess, produced by Juan de Dios, Pablo Larraín and Fernanda del Nido, and the first film by Marine Francen, former assistant to Michael Haneke and Olivier Assayas, starring Pauline Burlet (The Past) and Géraldine Pailhas (Young & Beautiful).

Princess is the second feature film by Marialy Rivas. The Chilean director debuted with Young & Wild (Joven & Alocada) selected for Films in Progress 20 at the San Sebastian Festival (2011) and a competitor in Horizontes Latinos after winning the World Cinema Screenwriting Award at Sundance in 2012.

The film, which was selected by Films in Progress 28, narrates the experience of a 12-year-old girl living in a sect.

The Sower (Le Semeur), the first film by Marine Francen, former assistant
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Pablo Larrain-produced movie among San Sebastian New Director lineup

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Thirteen first and second films revealed.

The San Sebastian Film Festival has revealed thirteen of the first and second films by European, Asian and Latin American filmmakers set to compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award.

Among the films are Chilean movie Princess, produced by Juan de Dios, Pablo Larraín and Fernanda del Nido and the first film by Marine Francen, former assistant to Michael Haneke and Olivier Assayas, starring Pauline Burlet (The Past) and Géraldine Pailhas (Young & Beautiful).

Princess is the second feature film by Marialy Rivas. The Chilean director debuted with Young & Wild (Joven & Alocada) selected for Films in Progress 20 at the San Sebastian Festival (2011) and a competitor in Horizontes Latinos after winning the World Cinema Screenwriting Award at Sundance in 2012.

The film, which was selected by Films in Progress 28, narrates the experience of a 12 year-old girl living in a sect.

The Sower (Le Semeur), the first film by Marine Francen, former assistant
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Former Pinewood and CinemaNX executive Steve Christian dies aged 53

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Former Pinewood and CinemaNX executive Steve Christian dies aged 53
Industry veteran, co-producer of Fox’s upcoming untitled A.A. Milne biopic, died suddenly at home last weekend.

UK producer-financier Steve Christian has died unexpectedly at home aged 53.

Former CinemaNX co-founder and chairman Christian, who previously oversaw the development of the Isle of Man’s film investment programme, most recently served as co-producer on Fox Searchlight’s upcoming Untitled A.A. Milne project starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.

Christian, a former accountant, was intrinsic to the development of the Isle Of Man Film Commission, which invested in projects including Lawless Heart, The Libertine and Revolver as well as TV series The Shadow Line.

He launched production and distribution outfit CinemaNX, which was backed by the Isle of Man government, in 2007 alongside producer Marc Samuelson.

The outfit backed titles including Me And Orson Welles, The Disappearance of Alice Creed and Chico & Rita.

Christian joined Pinewood Pictures in 2012 when the studio took over management of the Isle of Man
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Martin Phipps And Ruth Barrett Victoria Original Soundtrack Available Now

Dubois Records, in cooperation with Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece will release the Victoria – Original Soundtrack digitally on all music streaming platforms to coincide with the Us release of the television series on PBS this coming weekend. The album features the limited series’ original score by multi-bafta and Ivor Novello winning composer Martin Phipps (Woman In Gold, The Keeping Room) and Ruth Barrett (City Of Tiny Lights, Whitechapel) with vocals from the Mediaeval Baebes. Victoria was first aired on ITV in the UK on August 28, 2016.

Phipps says: “The idea was to give Victoria a dynamic voice, an explosive theme through which we could rejoice in her strength & courage. The Mediaeval Baebes were the perfect sound for this. With one foot in the classical world & one in the commercial, they gave Victoria the mixture of refinement & attitude I was after.”

Barrett says: “I started composing from episode 2, weaving in some of Martin
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ITV Studios Global Ent. Buys Minority Stake in Route 24

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has acquired a minority stake in fledgling TV drama shingle Route 24.

The newly-established outfit was founded by indie film producer Marc Samuelson and co-directors Robert Cheek and Josie Law. Writer and producer Matt Delray will also work with the team as a consultant development producer.

Route 24 will focus on high-end drama with Itvs Ge exclusively distributing all of its content. The shingle currently has several series in development with broadcasters and has rights to a number of projects with the John Wyndham Estate, providing access to the celebrated author’s IP.

Samuelson has had a career in film production for more than 20 years with credits including Oscar-nominated “Tom & Viv” and “Chico & Rita” as well as Stephen Fry and Jude Law starrer “Wilde” and U.K. clicks “Stormbreaker” and “TT3D: Closer to the Edge.” He also exec produced BBC series “The Shadow Line.”

“Marc has an exciting
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BBC drama chief Polly Hill in talks on ITV move

Departure of executive responsible for Wolf Hall, Poldark and The Shadow Line among other hit shows would be a blow to the corporation

The BBC drama chief responsible for Wolf Hall and Poldark appears poised for a switch to ITV after less than a year in the job in a move that would be a big loss for the corporation.

Polly Hill is understood to be considering an offer to change channels following a big-money bid by ITV’s new director of television, Kevin Lygo.

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Polly Hill replaces Ben Stephenson as controller of BBC drama commissioning

Polly Hill has been announced as the new controller of BBC drama commissioning

She replaces Ben Stephenson, who recently announced his departure. She will work with her predecessor over the next few days to ease the transition.

"I am delighted and honoured to be taking over as the controller of BBC drama commissioning," Hill said.

"Under Ben Stephenson's leadership BBC Drama has thrived, it's in an incredible place and I would like to personally thank him.

"I look forward to steering BBC Drama into the future and building on this success, continuing to be the home of the most original and ambitious storytelling across a range of drama that is unique to the BBC."

Director of BBC Television Danny Cohen added: "I'm delighted that Polly will be leading BBC Drama Commissioning. She has an exceptional track record for delivering outstanding drama.

"From Wolf Hall to Poldark and The Missing,
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Shabana Azmi joins BBC miniseries Capital

Shabana Azmi joins BBC miniseries Capital
Yesteryear's actress and social activist Shabana Azmi, who has been missing from the silver screen for some time now, will soon be seen in the British miniseries Capital. In fact the multi-award winning Azmi will be seen joining an ensemble cast comprising of Toby Jones (Marvellous, The Girl), Lesley Sharp (Scott And Bailey, The Shadow Line) WunmiMosaku (Dancing On The Edge, In The Flesh) and AdeelAkhtar (Utopia, Four Lions). The show produced by Kudos for BBC One will be directed by Euros Lynand has been adapted by BAFTA-winning Peter Bowker, from John Lanchester's critically acclaimed and bestselling novel Capital. Set on a single street in South London, Capital is a portrait of a road transformed by soaring property prices: what was once the home of modest lower-middle class families, Pepys Road has been continuously gentrified into a street of multi-million pound houses. Tweeting about the same Shabana posted, "Here
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The Honourable Woman's Hugo Blick writing new thriller for BBC Two

The Honourable Woman's Hugo Blick is to write a new drama series for BBC Two.

Blick - who also scripted The Shadow Line - has created an as-yet-untitled thriller set in contemporary Africa.

Details on the series are scarce, but it is said to follow "a compelling set of characters caught up in a very human moral dilemma".

Blick is also known for co-creating BBC Two's Marion and Geoff with Rob Brydon and for devising the channel's drama Sensitive Skin starring Joanna Lumley.

His most recent project, The Honourable Woman, starred Maggie Gyllenhaal as an Anglo-Israeli businesswoman caught up in a complex conspiracy.

The eight-part series aired on BBC Two in July and August last year, with Gyllenhaal winning a Golden Globe for her performance.

BBC Two orders new comedy Mum from creator of Him & Her

Family Guy to air on BBC Two beginning with 13th season
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Doctor Who 10 years on: Where are the class of 2005 now?

The world of Doctor Who has changed greatly in the space of just 10 years. The cast and crew have almost completely been replaced since 2005, including a number of new actors to play the errant Time Lord and his companions.

But what has happened to the class of '05? Where are Rose and Mickey now? What is the writer of 'Dalek' up to? And where can you see more work from the director of 'Rose'?

Here it is then, your guide to the main players of Doctor Who series one.

The Cast

After his three-month on-screen stint as the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston's career continued in much the same vein, taking in theatre, interesting television roles and the odd blockbuster.

Post-2005, the Northern actor went Stateside to take on the role of invisible man Claude in the Us series Heroes. From there, he popped up in a very amusing Doctor Who-esque cameo as Dr.
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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.

Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.

As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...

Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went
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BBC Sets Its "War and Peace" Mini Cast

Paul Dano ("12 Years a Slave") Lily James ("Downton Abbey") and James Norton ("Belle") are set to lead the cast of the film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel "War and Peace" at The BBC and The Weinstein Company.

Dano will play Pierre Bezukhov, James is Natasha Rostova and Norton is Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. Also onboard are Stephen Rea ("The Shadow Line") as Prince Vassily Kuragin, Ade Edmondson ("Blood") and Greta Scacchi ("Brideshead Revisited") as Count and Countess Rostov, Jack Lowden ("The Tunnel") as Nikolai Rostov, Tom Burke ("The Musketeers") as Dolokhov and Aisling Loftus ("Mr Selfridge") as Sonya.

Tom Harper ("Woman in Black: Angel of Death") will direct the miniseries which will be told over six one-hour episodes. Andrew Davies and Harvey Weinstein amongst others will produce and filming will begin in January in Russia, Lithuania and Latvia.

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BBC Sets Its "War and Peace" Mini Cast

Paul Dano ("12 Years a Slave") Lily James ("Downton Abbey") and James Norton ("Belle") are set to lead the cast of the film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel "War and Peace" at The BBC and The Weinstein Company.

Dano will play Pierre Bezukhov, James is Natasha Rostova and Norton is Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. Also onboard are Stephen Rea ("The Shadow Line") as Prince Vassily Kuragin, Ade Edmondson ("Blood") and Greta Scacchi ("Brideshead Revisited") as Count and Countess Rostov, Jack Lowden ("The Tunnel") as Nikolai Rostov, Tom Burke ("The Musketeers") as Dolokhov and Aisling Loftus ("Mr Selfridge") as Sonya.

Tom Harper ("Woman in Black: Angel of Death") will direct the miniseries which will be told over six one-hour episodes. Andrew Davies and Harvey Weinstein amongst others will produce and filming will begin in January in Russia, Lithuania and Latvia.

Source: Variety
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BBC, Weinsteins Complete Casting on Andrew Davies’ Adaptation of ‘War and Peace’

BBC, Weinsteins Complete Casting on Andrew Davies’ Adaptation of ‘War and Peace’
London — The BBC and the Weinstein Company have completed casting on Andrew Davies’ TV adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel “War and Peace,” which will star Paul Dano (“12 Years a Slave,” “There Will Be Blood”), Lily James (“Cinderella,” “Downton Abbey”) and James Norton (“Belle,” “Grantchester”).

Dano will play Pierre Bezukhov, James is Natasha Rostova and Norton is Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. These three are described by Davies as “Pierre, the bumbling, chaotic idealist; Prince Andrei, whose cool Darcy-like exterior conceals huge emotional conflict; and Natasha Rostova, possibly the most appealing heroine in literature.”

Also in the cast are Stephen Rea (“The Shadow Line”) as Prince Vassily Kuragin, Ade Edmondson (“Blood”) and Greta Scacchi (“Brideshead Revisited”) as Count and Countess Rostov; as well as Jack Lowden (“The Tunnel”) as Nikolai Rostov, Tom Burke (“The Musketeers,” “The Hour”) as Dolokhov and Aisling Loftus (“Mr. Selfridge”) as Sonya.

Tom Harper (“Woman in Black:
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The day when rap went vegan and Don Draper stared at an egg

This is Guide Daily: abseiling into the abyss of Tuesday’s pop cultural product

Coming up: rap diets, dystopian futures and indie fringes

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If you’re in Newcastle, go and headbang to Mastodon at the O2 Academy or swoon to the rarefied indie-rock of Merchandise at The Cluny.

If you’re in Glasgow, sign up for an emotional mauling from Sharon Van Etten at The Art School.

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Parks & Rec’s Nick Offerman is becoming an indie video regular. Here he is pretending to be German while fronting the new video from Portland twee team Decemberists. Coincidentally, it’s the first song of theirs I’ve vaguely enjoyed.

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James Franco and Seth Rogen continue their bromance in this new trailer for The Interview, out here in Feb. On this evidence, it doesn’t look like their finest work – and didn
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Netflix Acquires ‘Honorable Woman’ Miniseries for U.S. from BBC Worldwide

Netflix Acquires ‘Honorable Woman’ Miniseries for U.S. from BBC Worldwide
Netflix has picked up U.S. rights to Middle East political thriller “The Honorable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, via a pact with BBC Worldwide.

Written, directed and produced by Hugo Blick (“The Shadow Line”), the eight-part minseries focuses on Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal), who witnessed the assassination of her father, an Israeli arms dealer, as a child. As an adult, inheriting her father’s company, she works to shift its purpose from supplying arms to promoting peace — but finds herself swept up in an international political maelstrom.

BBC Worldwide, which made the announcement ahead of Mipcom, earlier this year pre-sold “Honorable Woman” earlier this year to HBO Nordic and Canal+ for France. In addition to Netflix, drama has also sold to Israel (Hot), Canada (CBC), Iceland (Ruv), Norway (TV2), Spain (Canal+), South Africa (BBC Entertainment) and Australia (BBC First).

“In the U.K. and USA, the response to ‘The Honorable Woman
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Mipcom: Netflix Takes 'The Honorable Woman' for U.S.

Mipcom: Netflix Takes 'The Honorable Woman' for U.S.
Netflix has picked up U.S. rights to The Honorable Woman, the BBC's Middle East-focused spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhall. BBC Worldwide, which is handling international sales of the mini-series, also locked up deals with Canadian public broadcaster CBC, Canal Plus in Spain, TV2 in Norway and Hot channel in Israel among other deals. Read More: Maggie Gyllenhall wants The Honorable Woman to Spark Gaza Talk The series, written, directed and produced by BAFTA-winner Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line), had pre-sold to Canal Plus in France and to HBO for the Nordic territories. Drama Republic and

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The Honourable Woman: Have your say on BBC Two's dark thriller

The Honourable Woman reached its dramatic climax tonight (August 21) on BBC Two - but were you satisfied with the denouement of Nessa Stein's story?

How did the series as a whole measure up compared to writer Hugo Blick's previous work - the sublime The Shadow Line or the tragi-comic Sensitive Skin?

Blick's sociopolitical thriller - and Maggie Gyllenhaal's central performance - has received a warm reception from most critics, with Time calling it "absorbing" with a "deliberate pace and cool tone".

The Honourable Woman won't return for second series, says Hugo Blick

Others were more reserved though - The Telegraph noted that its twisty-turny style made The Honourable Woman feel "more like a game of chess than a drama".

Digital Spy wants your thoughts on The Honourable Woman - did it live up to the hype?
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The Honorable Woman Requires Much Patience — and That’s a Good Thing

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The Honorable Woman Requires Much Patience — and That’s a Good Thing
The miniseries The Honorable Woman, about an Israeli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who runs her father's weapons company and deals with the headaches and dangers that go with it, would stand out in any TV year, for its detail, its atmosphere, and the way it toys with the audience's sympathies. But what makes it really unusual is the patience that it requires of viewers. This is 20th century storytelling, easygoing and deliberate, packed with detail, and not afraid to go silent and just observe people doing things, with the understanding that eventually you'll figure out what they're up to and what it all means.As written and directed by Hugo Bick (The Shadow Line, Operation Good Guys), this miniseries is an espionage yarn of sorts, filled with sketchy characters imploring others to trust them, and shot through with a low-key but persistent paranoia of a sort that fans of early '70s
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