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All About Patti Cake$' Danielle Macdonald: How an Australian Became the Ultimate Rapping Jersey Girl

All About Patti Cake$' Danielle Macdonald: How an Australian Became the Ultimate Rapping Jersey Girl
Get ready for Danielle Macdonald to rock your world.

The Australian newcomer, 26, has critics raving about her star-making performance in Patti Cake$, now in theaters. The crowd-pleasing Sundance hit features Macdonald as Patricia Dombrowski, a young woman in New Jersey with plenty of the state’s signature attitude, along with a dream of becoming a rapper. Meanwhile, she’s working odd jobs to get by while living with her washed-up singer mom (Bridget Everett) and ailing grandma (Cathy Moriarty) and relying on the help of her friends to keep her hopes alive.

Read on to know more about the summer movie season’s breakout star.
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Interview, Audio: Danielle Macdonald on Title Role in ‘Patti Cake$’

Chicago – How does a native Australian actress become a New Jersey hip hop artist? Practice, practice, practice… in formulating the character of “Patti Cake$.” Danielle Macdonald, who had never rapped before in her life, portrayed the title Jersey Girl with a stellar determination, poignancy and heart.

“Patti Cake$” features Danielle as that title character, that of a bartender with a talent for hip hop rhymes, and her friends Jheri (Sid Dhananjay) and Bob (Mamoudou Athie), who want to help her record those beats. Patti’s home life is difficult, as her mother Barb (Bridget Everett) is depressed and unstable, plus her beloved grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) is fighting a homebound illness. But Patti will not be stopped, despite her weight, the odds and her obsession with rapper O-z (Sahr Ngaujah). The film was written and directed by Geremy Jasper, making his debut as a feature filmmaker.

Danielle Macdonald Brings it Home
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‘Patti Cake$’ Music Video Attacks Trump With the Power of Wonder Woman & Khaleesi — Watch

When “Patti Cake$” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, it was heralded as an “8 Mile” for 2017, bolstered by stellar breakout performances from newcomer Daniel Macdonald and powerhouse singer Bridget Everett. After a delayed release, Geremy Jasper’s rousing debut will finally hit theaters this weekend. Fox Searchlight released a zippy music video to remind viewers why the New Jersey-set underdog tale is the freshest thing since Tony Soprano.

Read More:How the Star of ‘Patti Cake$’ Learned to Rap For Her Breakout Role

Titled “Patti Season,” the video stars Macdonald as Patti, and she is backed up by her music partners Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay), Basterd (Mamoudou Athie), and her Nana (Cathy Moriarty of “Raging Bull” fame). Written by Jasper, the rap reference Jersey favorites (“Young, gorgeous Gandolfini”) as well as cultural trends of 2017 (“It’s the summer of us Wonder Women”). Patti’s harsh criticism of President Trump are a definitely a highlight,
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‘Patti Cake$’ Review: Here’s the Best Hip-Hop Movie Since ‘Hustle & Flow’ – Sundance 2017

‘Patti Cake$’ Review: Here’s the Best Hip-Hop Movie Since ‘Hustle & Flow’ – Sundance 2017
“This shit’s so confusing,” raps North Jersey native Patti (Danielle Macdonald) early in “Patti Cake$,” adding, “Want my life like a movie.” Mission accomplished: The rousing debut of writer-director Geremy Jasper channels his music video experience into a winning musical ride that hits some familiar beats while using them in service of a satisfying tale of big dreams and funky talent.

Aussie star Macdonald has a few movie credits to her name (including “The East” and Amy Berg’s “Every Secret Thing”), but she emerges as a genuine breakout in the transformative role of a hard-edged Jersey kid with an uncanny talent for turning her ambitions into energetic freestyle rap. When she isn’t honing her skills, she’s grappling with her alcoholic mother (the great New York underground theater performer Bridget Everett), herself an expert songstress whose dreams faded long ago, and grimacing her way through a dead-end catering gig.
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Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards by Anne-Katrin Titze

Dr Richard Leakey, Chair of the Kenya Wildlife Service and Turkana Basin Institute Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The 2016 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, hosted by Perri Peltz and introduced by Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Craig Hatkoff (with Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal), holds an impressive list of activists: Brent Stapelkamp, 14 Minutes from Earth's Alan Eustace (featured in the film by Jerry Kolber, Adam "Tex" Davis, Trey Nelson and Erich Sturm);The Birth Of A Nation director Nate Parker who was also an actor in Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden and Amy Berg's Every Secret Thing; The Suskind family in Roger Ross Williams' Life, Animated; Louie Psihoyos,director of Racing Extinction and The Cove; Jennifer Jacquet and Dr. Richard Leakey. From Foo Fighters Learn To Fly to a remembrance of Prince and David Bowie, and past honorees that include Twyla Tharp, David Lynch, Rick Rubin, Kanye West and Keith Richards - creativity,
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Where Are the Women?: crunching the numbers

• only 22% of 2015’s movies had female protagonists

• best and worst representations of women on film in 2015 (and the average Watw score for the year)

• critics are slightly more likely to rate a film highly if it represents women well

• mainstream moviegoers are not turned off by films with female protagonists

• movies that represent women well are just as likely to be profitable as movies that don’t, and are less risky as business propositions

The Where Are the Women? project was designed to drill deep down into the films of 2015 in order to determine how well — or how poorly — they represented women. The project has now come to its end, and you can examine the final ranking here. The ranking includes 270 films released in the Us, Canada, and the UK, in both limited and wide release (including every wide-release North American film and most of the UK wide-release films). The
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Nick Jonas Thriller ‘Careful What You Wish For’ Bought by Starz

Nick Jonas Thriller ‘Careful What You Wish For’ Bought by Starz
Starz has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the thriller “Careful What You Wish For,” starring Nick Jonas, Isabel Lucas, Graham Rogers and Dermot Mulroney.

Starz Digital is planning a June theatrical and VOD release, followed by an exclusive TV premiere on Starz later this year. Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (“Aquamarine”) directed from a script by Chris Frisina.

Set in a wealthy vacation community, “Careful” stars Jonas as a young man who is about to leave for college and begins an affair with the wife (Lucas) of a powerful investment banker, played by Mulroney. Complications arise when suspicious death embroils the young lovers in scandal.

Hyde Park-ImageNation and Troika Pictures financed the film with Amasia Entertainment and Roberi Media, in association with Merced Media Partners and Myriad Pictures. The producers are Ashok Amritraj, Michael A. Helfant, Robert L. Stein, Bradley Gallo and Kirk D’Amico.

Jonas also starred in the Sundance hazing drama “Goat.
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Janis: Little Girl Blue documentary review: the painful soul of the music

A compassionate, intimate unpacking of the legend of Janis Joplin that reveals the troubled influences on the force-of-nature singer she willed into being. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Janis Joplin! She was the Amy Winehouse of her day… except without all the vampiric media attention and the constant stalking by paparazzi. Joplin was at least able to die of her substance abuse in peace and privacy. We’re used to thinking that women have it so much better today, but before Joplin died in 1970 — at age 27, the same age at which Winehouse died in 2011 — the focus of the press coverage of her had been on her work: “Janis should dump her band, they’re not as good as she is and they’re dragging her down”; “Janis shouldn’t have dumped her band, these
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'Janis: Little Girl Blue' Director Amy Berg on the Runaway Train of Janis Joplin's Career

'Janis: Little Girl Blue' Director Amy Berg on the Runaway Train of Janis Joplin's Career
Oscar-nominated for her Catholic sex abuse doc "Deliver Us From Evil" (2006) and acclaimed for "West of Memphis" (2012), her deep-dive into Arkansas' imprisonment of the teenage West Memphis Three, prolific filmmaker Amy Berg has had a busy year.  She debuted at Sundance 2015 her Mormon expose "Prophet's Prey" (September 18, Showtime) and at Doc NYC the controversial Hollywood sex abuse doc "An Open Secret," (June 5, Rocky Mountain Pictures), as well as debuting her first feature, psychological thriller "Every Secret Thing" (April 20, Starz), written by Nicole Holofcener and starring Diane Lane, which was buried in the scrum of indie features these days.  It's easier in many ways to get attention for docs like her latest, the official Janis Joplin documentary "Janis: Little Girl Blue" (FilmRise, November 27) which Berg produced with Alex Gibney. I sat down in Toronto with Berg to discuss her...
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Before the committee by Anne-Katrin Titze

Diane Lane, Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren - New York Trumbo premiere Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Bryan Cranston (Dalton Trumbo), Helen Mirren (Hedda Hopper), Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, Louis C.K., producers Michael London, Kevin Kelly Brown, Monica Levinson, Shivani Rawat, Nimitt Mankand, Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen, Trumbo director Jay Roach and writer John McNamara were joined by Niki Trumbo, Mitzi Trumbo, Taylor Hackford, Dana Delany, Chuck Scarborough, Elle MacPherson, Tony Bennett, Susan Crow, Julie Taymor, Robert Wuhl, Ruben Blades, Tim Daly, Jean Shafiroff and Kathleen Turner at the Museum of Modern Art.

Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) Cleo Trumbo (Diane Lane)

Diane Lane, great in Amy Berg's Every Secret Thing, where she worked with Dakota Fanning, is teamed with Elle Fanning in Trumbo. Michael Stuhlbarg is Edward G. Robinson. Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender, and Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, the Centerpiece and
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Psychedelic soul by Anne-Katrin Titze

Janis: Little Girl Blue director Amy Berg addresses D.A. Pennebaker with Michael Winship Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

D.A. Pennebaker, joined Janis: Little Girl Blue director, Amy Berg, and Writers Guild of America East President, Michael Winship, at Symphony Space in New York for a discussion that led to Janis Joplin's breakthrough performance in Monterey Pop, Kris Kristofferson singing to Odetta, Cat Power, Bob Dylan, Judd Apatow's family tree, poker with Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson and Owen Wilson at David Niehaus', John Cooke, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Rothchild, Vincent van Gogh, Lester Young and Billie Holiday.

Amy Berg with Michael Winship: "The accomplishment is in having patience because this has taken me eight years." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Amy Berg, clearly a filmmaker who doesn't shy away from tackling issues of childhood trauma, as she did in her feature film Every Secret Thing, chose Janis Joplin as the subject of her
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Starz Acquires Jason Bateman’s ‘The Family Fang’ For Theatrical, Multi-Platform Release (Exclusive)

Starz Acquires Jason Bateman’s ‘The Family Fang’ For Theatrical, Multi-Platform Release (Exclusive)
A month after it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, Starz has purchased U.S. rights to Jason Bateman’s dark comedy “The Family Fang” and is planning to release the film theatrically in 2016, Variety has learned.

As part of the deal, Starz Digital will handle the dramedy’s digital, on-demand, and theatrical rollout. Starz’s Anchor Bay division will oversee the home video roll out following its theatrical run, and the film’s television premiere will take place on the Starz premium cable network.

The Family Fang” is adapted from Kevin Wilson’s 2011 comic novel of the same name and stars Bateman and Nicole Kidman as siblings who reunite with their performance artist parents (Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett). A weekend of family dysfunction takes a detour after the parents suddenly go missing. The film is Bateman’s second as a director, following 2013’s “Bad Words.”

In a favorable review in Variety,
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‘Insurgent,’ ‘Home’ Swap Spots Atop Disc Charts

‘Insurgent,’ ‘Home’ Swap Spots Atop Disc Charts
In a slow week for new releases, Lionsgate’s “Insurgent” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” remained in the two top spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ending Aug. 23, although they swapped places.

“Home,” distributed on disc by 20th Century Fox, moved up to No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan overall disc sales chart, while “Insurgent,” the sequel to “Divergent,” slipped to No. 2.

Debuting at No. 3 was the “Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection,” a compilation of a dozen shorts — including “Frozen Forever” and “Lorenzo,” the latter nominated for a best animated short Oscar in 2004 — that’s available only on Blu-ray Disc or as a digital download.

Not surprisingly, the set bowed at No. 1 on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart, with “Home” and “Insurgent” close behind.

Warner’s “Hot Pursuit” slipped from No. 3 to No. 4 on both charts, while Paramount’s “NCIS: The Twelfth Season
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‘Insurgent,’ ‘Home’ Retain Top Spots on Home-Video Charts

‘Insurgent,’ ‘Home’ Retain Top Spots on Home-Video Charts
A “hot” new release didn’t sell enough copies to budge “Insurgent” and “Home” from the two top spots on the national home-video sales charts for the week ending Aug. 16.

Warner’s “Hot Pursuit,” a comedy-action film about an uptight cop (Reese Witherspoon) charged with protecting the gabby widow of a drug boss (Sofia Vergara), debuted at No. 3 on Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart–still a strong debut given the film’s less-than-spectacular domestic box office take of $34.6 million.

Lionsgate’s “Insurgent,” the sequel to the futuristic actioner “Divergent,” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Home,” distributed on home video by 20th Century Fox, held onto the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on both VideoScan as well as the research firm’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

All three films were released early on electronic sellthrough/Digital HD. “Insurgent” and “Hot Pursuit” were available for downloading two weeks before their disc release,
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Win A Every Secret Thing Prizepack

From the producer of Foxcatcher and based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman, Every Secret Thing is a gripping psychological thriller about the chilling consequences of the secrets we keep. Detective Nancy Porter (Banks) is still haunted by her failure to save the life of a missing child from the hands of two young girls.

Eight years later, another child goes missing in the same town just days after Ronnie and Alice (Fanning and Macdonald), the two girls convicted of the former crime, were released from juvenile detention. Porter and her partner (Parker) must race against the clock to prevent history from repeating itself. But as they begin to investigate the girls and their families, especially Alice’s protective mother (Lane), they unearth a web of secrets and deceptions that calls everything into question.

Available Now On Demand and Digital HD and on DVD August
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Olga Kurylenko’s Thriller ‘Momentum’ Bought by Starz

Olga Kurylenko’s Thriller ‘Momentum’ Bought by Starz
Starz has acquired all North American rights to the Olga Kurylenko and James Purefoy’s action thriller “Momentum,” following its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival.

Momentum” marks the directorial debut of Stephen Campanelli, Clint Eastwood’s camera operator for the past 15 years. He directed from a script by Adam Marcus and Debra Sullivan.

Producers are Anton Ernst and Donald A. Barton. Starz Digital plans to release the film theatrically and on-demand in the fall, followed by a Starz TV premiere in early 2016.

Kurylenko portrays an infiltration expert with a secret past who accidentally reveals her identity during what should have been a routine heist. That leads to her getting mixed up in a government conspiracy and entangled in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a master assassin, played by Purefoy.

The deal was negotiated by CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

Starz Digital’s recent releases include Dito Montiel’s “Boulevard,
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Women in Motion Part II: Frances McDormand

At The Kering Foundation’s conference ‘Women in Motion’ in Cannes this year, Frances McDormand sat down on the stage to speak with The Hollywood Reporter’s deputy editorial director Alison Brower.

She began by changing her flat shoes to heels which matched the print of her dress. I wish I had been able to film her giving her version of a ‘Woman in Motion’. “Just like Ginger Rogers knew with Fred Astaire, you have to do it backwards and in heels,” she joked about the famous adage that women have to work harder and smarter to be seen as achieving the same level of success as men.

You can see her and hear the full 40 minute version of the talk: https://vimeo.com/129555924

She dissed “waiting for someone to give you a role. A woman in motion does not wait for a role.” She herself has created a new HBO series “ Olive Kitteridge” and is working on another based upon Michael Pollan’s best selling book The Omnivore’s Adventure. Focusing on the politics of food, she will zero in on the story in the second half of the book about a seasoned and a new hunter.

“A man goes on a hunt with another man, butchers that animal with his own hands and then eats that animal, knowing full well what he’s done. And for me that is the most cinematically interesting part. I’m going to be one of those people. I’m going to be the guide of the other person taking him on that journey,” she said, finishing: “I’m going to be the man.”

Frances acknowledged that women are most often shown in relationship to the male protagonists: as the mothers, sisters, girlfriends, wives, etc. of the male protagonist. She has made a specialty of this sort of supporting role very consciously and she knows she is good in these sorts of supporting roles.

See Frances explain the difference between movie stars and actors, female action heroes in franchises and equal pay, backend and upfront deals.

Frances always wanted an actor’s life: to have that, you need a script, you need to meet someone who will give you a role. You get a script and you can act. When she was not getting roles, she optioned Every Secret Thing, a novel with many unredeemable women protagonists. It was not a great production, but it was a great effort. It was released a week ago. She finds women do better in longer scenes.

She read the novel just after seeing “The Wire” which transformed how she (and the world) perceived TV. Admittedly, she said, she does not watch TV. This comes not as a snobbish admission but from her inability to use the remote controls to turn the TV on and choose channels.

However she does see an answer to women’s productions in cable television.

Watch her explain that and that “money is what females in film need”.

Weighing in on the so-called “flatgate” issue roiling Cannes all week, she said, “I’m much more of a sneaker person, but I think they think that flats are the road to ruin.” For 30 years she has been coming to Cannes and wearing high heels on the red carpet. “But we all know that Roger Vivier makes a beautiful flat that is more more elegant than some of ... these shoes women are wearing now.” She also remarked that most women can’t walk in high platform stiletto shoes. “I say flats.”

In a similar vein, McDormand felt that the red carpet ceremony has changed, with “a lot of people stepping on trains [of dresses] as they try to find the best angle for the shot”. She also believes it's got tackier and tackier, with more nakedness, “more see-through”, and that it's less about “what suits you”. She admitted she buys her own garments, “because I can't fit into the free clothes”.

McDormand talked of the intersection of fashion, branding and money: “We're all in bed together but none of it's quite working”. She went on to say that she loves fashion, pointing to her matching shoes and skirt and pronouncing: “Come on: this is not a mistake!”

On the subject of feminism, she noted that the word “got branded a little bit askew.” And “having it all” also was taken out of context. Women never wanted to have it all. They wanted to be able to experience whatever they chose, but they never did want all of it. Feminism, then as now, was primarily about equal pay for equal work, commensurate with what males were paid.

“I haven’t been given that,” she said. In answer to her question about what female actor got paid equally to men, an audience member named Meryl Streep as an actress that can command a male-sized salary. McDormand responded: “I doubt that she has ever been paid commensurately with the male movie stars she’s worked with." She also noted that as an actor, she has received her going quote only once, on “Transformers 3”, and even that was only for a short time and less than a male actor of similar status’ rate.

“I worked very hard for that money, I’m very proud of my work. I’m glad I did that film and I’m proud that I finally got paid what I was told I was worth by the industry," she said. "But that is nothing. That is a tenth of what most males my age, with my experience and my reputation as a film actor make. We’ve never been paid commensurately and that has to change.”

“We’re keeping the conversation back a little bit by saying we need help. We don’t need help, we need money. We need platforms, we need voices, but we don’t need help,” she said.

“We don't need more initiatives; we need money”. “We're keeping the world back; we don't need help; we need money”, she repeated.

McDormand quoted some statistics that prove films about women can be popular and profitable. “Pitch Perfect 2”, directed by a woman and starring mostly women, cost $29 million to make and grossed $70.3 million the first weekend. “Mad Max Fury Road” cost a lot more, $150m, and grossed a lot less, $44.4m, on its opening.

You can watch all the speakers live on The Kering Group videos here: https://vimeo.com/keringgroup/videos
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Daily | Edinburgh 2015

In his preview for the BFI of this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, opening today and running through June 28, Neil Young notes that 2015 "marks the 69th consecutive edition of an event which, while technically younger than Cannes and Venice (both established in 1932), boasts a longer unbroken run than either." Many previews are highlighting this year's representation of women directors, including Jane Linfoot (The Incident), Helen Walsh (The Violators), Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), Karen Guthrie (The Closer We Get)—and Amy Berg, in town with Prophet’s Prey and Every Secret Thing. » - David Hudson
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Eiff announces juries by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-06-05 16:32:11

Karen Gillan joins jury Photo: Courtesy of Eiff Karen Gillan, Natascha McElhone and Jessica Hynes have been announced as jurors at the 69th Edinburgh Festival.

They will help select the winners in the five award categories - The Michael Powell Award for Best British Film; Best Performance in a British Feature; Best International Feature; Best Documentary; and Best Short Film.

The jury roster also includes La Times film critic Kenneth Turan, American Film Institute director Jacqueline Lyanga, directors Amy Berg and Kyle Patrick Alvarez and actors Archie Panjabi, Denis Lawson and Dolly Wells.

Doctor Who star Gillan will see her directorial debut, short film Coward, have its world premiere at the festival. Fellow jurors Berg is also attending with her films Prophet's Prey and Every Secret Thing, while Alvarez is bringing his Stanford Prison Experiment. Wells is starring three films in the festival line-up - Black Mountain Poets, Doll & Em 2 and 45 Years.
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Karen Gillan on Edinburgh Film Fest jury

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Karen Gillan on Edinburgh Film Fest jury
Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils juries and guests for 2015 edition.

The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) (June 17-28) has revealed the juries that will judge its five award categories - The Michael Powell Award for Best British Film; Best Performance in a British Feature; Best International Feature; Best Documentary; and Best Short Film.

Jurors include:

Karen Gillan, actressNatascha McElhone, actressKenneth Turan, film criticAmy Berg, directorArchie Panjabi, actressKyle Patrick Alvarez, directorJessica Hynes, actressDenis Lawson, actorJacqueline Lyanga, AFI film festival directorDolly Wells, actress.

Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy star Gillan will see her dirctorial debut - short film Coward - screened at the Festival.

Us director Berg’s films Prophet’s Prey and Every Secret Thing will screen at Eiff while Alverez will see his feature, The Stanford Prison Experiment, shown at the Festival.

Wells stars in Black Mountain Poets, 45 Years and Doll & Em 2, all showing at this year’s festival.

Other awards
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