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Deepa Mehta - the Oscar nominated director of Water and Midnight's Children - takes a turn into very different territory with her upcoming Beeba Boys, an often violent look at crime within the Indian community on Canada's west coast.Deepa Mehta mixes guns, bhangra beats, bespoke suits, cocaine and betrayal in Beeba Boys: an adrenaline-charged Indo-Canadian gang war, and a violent clash of culture and crime. Gang leader Jeet Johar and his young, loyal, and often-brutal crew dress like peacocks, love attention and openly compete with an old-style Indo crime syndicate to take over the Vancouver drug and arms scene. Blood is spilled, hearts are broken and family bonds shattered as the Beeba Boys ("nice boys") do anything "to be seen and to be feared" in...
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UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb
Facing competition from the Rugby World Cup on ITV (8.41 million/38.3%), 'The Witch's Familiar' appealed to an audience of 3.71 million (16.6%) from 7.45pm.
Strictly Come Dancing earlier averaged 7.66 million (39.7%) from 6.15pm.
Later on, The National Lottery: In It to Win It and Casualty were watched by 3.03 million (13.4%) and 3.8 million (17.4%) respectively.
Channel 5's Now That's Funny! amused 734k (3.2%) from 8pm, and Football League Tonight continued with 309k (1.4%). »
As part of Tiff, New York-based Film Consultant Colin Brown, Managing Partner and Director of International Operations at MADSolutions, has been one of the guest speakers at the 10th anniversary edition of the International Financing Forum (Iff), the annual co-financing event that took place on September 13th.
Moderated by Matt Mueller, editor of Screen International, Colin discussed the art and science of film financing and project packaging in a staged discussion with Lianne Halfon, the celebrated producer who teamed up with actor-director John Malkovich and producer Russell Smith to create Mr. Mudd, the production company behind such films as "Ghost World," "Juno," "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower," "Labor Day" and "Young Adult." The event also has been attended by Film Analyst Alaa Karkouti, CEO of Mad Solutions.
"If cinema is in the business of manufacturing delight, then to what degree can that process be quantified? That is one of the key questions that we be examining at a time when data analytics is finally coming to film financing and project packaging in an attempt to assist - and accelerate - the process by which producers bring their ideas in front of receptive investors and industry gatekeepers," explained Colin. "We want to explore the degree to which technology really can solve some of the Catch 22 situations that producers find with regard to securing cast and financing."
Iff is a two-day event that includes one-on-one meetings, an industry panel discussion, roundtable meetings and producers' networking receptions. Selected international and Canadian producers are brought together with international sales agents, distributors, funders, agents and executive producers to do business in brokered meetings and benefit from exclusive networking opportunities. Now celebrating its 10th year, Iff has introduced hundreds of projects to the international marketplace with over 60 successfully financed to date, including Deepa Mehta's "Midnight's Children," Denis Villineuve's "Incendies," David Michôd's "Animal Kingdom," Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut "Coriolanus" and Haiffa Al-Mansour's "Wadjda," among many others.
In addition to his association with Mad, Colin is currently the Editorial Director of Slated, the pioneering film financing and networking website headquartered in Los Angeles. He also teaches at New York University, at both its renowned film school, the Tisch School of the Arts, and at the SternSchool of Business. He is a faculty board member of Nyu's Cinema Research Institute, an initiative designed to support and mentor innovative new business models for filmmaking.
During his career as a film and business journalist - most notably as the longstanding Editor-in-Chief of Screen International -Colin won numerous awards. As a film critic, he has served on the juries of numerous prestigious film festival juries including the Sundance Film Festival. »
- Sydney Levine
Tiger Shroff who's playing a Sikh super-hero in Remo D'Souza's The Flying Jat would have to be extremely cautious about the dos and don'ts. Sikh cultural and religious organizations are up in arms against Prabhu Dheva's Singh Is Bliing for Akshay Kumar's various stunts and antics, all done in a spirit of fun and games. Now in Deepa Mehta's Beeba Boys about a bunch of Punjabi gangsters there are situations involving Sikh characters that are bound to make the moral custodians of the Sikh community extremely unhappy. Says a source, "In Beeba Boys we see a Sikh character using his holy kirpan (knife) to slash and murder a victim. The shot was removed from the trailer. But the scene is very much there in the film. There is bound to be trouble in India for this." Deepa Mehta is no stranger to controversies. Her Fire about a »
- Subhash K. Jha
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "The D-Train," is available now On Demand.] Giles Nuttgens, the British cinematographer best known for his collaborations with Deepa Mehta ("Fire," "Earth," "Water," "Midnight's Children") as well as Scott McGehee and David Siegel ("The Deep End," "Bee Season," "What Maisie Knew") had two indie films out in 2014, both of which debuted at last year's Sundance Film Festival: Stuart Murdoch's musical "God Help the Girl" and Jake Paltrow's dystopian "Young Ones." His latest project couldn't be more different. Written and directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, "The D-Train," which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is a dark dramedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. Read More: Jack Black »
- Paula Bernstein
A documentary about an artist colony in New Delhi is coming to online platforms tomorrow thanks to distributor Bond 360 Films. Twitch has been given an exclusive clip to share with you from the film. Witness some crazy good puppetry skills from puppeteer Puran Bhatt.Tomorrow We Disappear chronicles the last days of Kathputli, the mysterious hand-built artist colony featured in Salman Rushdie's iconic Midnight's Children. Hidden in the alleyways of New Delhi, a community of magicians, acrobats and puppeteers approach their looming eviction to make way for a modern skyscraper. Bound together by tradition and impending gentrification, this captivating film allows us to experience a culture's magic and wonder before it's gone. Directed by Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber Tomorrow We Disappear will be available on...
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Deepa Mehta, one of our country’s most celebrated and well-regarded filmmakers, steps into an entirely new genre in her latest cinematic venture, Beeba Boys. We never would’ve expected the director of Water and Midnight's Children to take up purchase in the crime genre, but we couldn’t be more excited to see Deepa directing well-dressed gunslingers making terrible life choices.
Beeba Boys follows Jeet Johar (Randeep Hooda), a guarded, ruthless gangster within the very real criminal underground populated by second- and third-generation Indian immigants on Canada’s west coast. As Jeet competes with rival gangs for an increasingly shrinking turf, the single father and dutiful son is forced to violently demand respect, ensuring the Beeba Boys’ continued survival in Vancouver.
- Sasha James
Giles Nuttgens, the British cinematographer best known for his collaborations with Deepa Mehta ("Fire," "Earth," "Water," "Midnight's Children") as well as Scott McGehee and David Siegel ("The Deep End," "Bee Season," "What Maisie Knew") had two indie films out in 2014, both of which debuted at last year's Sundance Film Festival: Stuart Murdoch's musical "God Help the Girl" and Jake Paltrow's dystopian "Young Ones." His latest project couldn't be more different. Written and directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, "The D-Train," which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is a dark dramedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. Read More: Jack Black and James Marsden Saved Their 'D-Train' Sex Scene for Last Indiewire talked to Nuttgens late last year about "God Help the Girl" and "Young Ones" and followed up with him again recently to discuss the »
- Paula Bernstein
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