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Writer: Abi Morgan
Running Time: 349 min
You’d be forgiven for presuming Stellan Skarsgård had starred in his fair share of cop shows. With Scandinavian crime dramas all the rage in recent years and the Swedish star possessing an air of gravitas seemingly perfect for a Detective role, it’s an unquestionably fair assumption. Yet despite a career spanning more than five decades and notable roles in the likes of Good Will Hunting, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Avengers Assemble to name just a few, the Swedish star has managed to avoid that particular genre until now. That being said, River certainly isn’t your standard British crime drama.
- Mike McCarthy
Sci-fi romance How To Talk To Girls At Parties, starring Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Tony Award-winning Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and Nicole Kidman, has begun principal photography in the UK, where it will shoot for six weeks.
The story centres on a shy teenage punk in 1970s London (Sharp) who falls for an alien girl (Fanning) whose race plans a showdown with humans.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Slow West is deconstructed western that explores love, death and civilization as outlaw Silas (Michael Fassbender) and his companion Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee) travel America in search of Jay’s long-lost sweetheart. With powerful performances all round and masterful storytelling from first-time writer-director John Maclean.
Slow West stars, Michael Fassbender (Shame, 12 Years a Slave, Prometheus), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Road), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises, Starred Up), Caren Pistorious (TV’s Offspring), and Rory McCann (Hot Fuzz, Clash of the Titans, TV’s Game of Thrones).
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- Gary Collinson
Read More: Tricks of the Trade: "Iron Lady" and "Shame" Scribe Abi Morgan Muses on Screenwriting As of part of BAFTA New York's In Conversation series, "Suffragette" and "Shame" screenwriter Abi Morgan joined journalist and critic Joe Neumaier for an intimate chat about her career on Monday night at New York's Standard Hotel at the High Line — a canny location, given its importance in Morgan's 2011 film, "Shame." The Emmy-winning Morgan, who is currently making the rounds for the Sarah Gavron-directed "Suffragette," has an enviable and varied resume to her name, one that includes forays into both playwriting and scripted television (including the beloved BBC drama "The Hour"), along with her more star-studded feature films, like the Michael Fassbender-starring "Shame" and the Meryl Streep vehicle "The Iron Lady." "Suffragette" has recently come under fire for a myriad »
- Kate Erbland
Directed by Sarah Gavron
Written by Abi Morgan
United Kingdom, 2015
Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) directs the story of the British suffragette movement from the ground up. Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) is a poor, working-class woman who has labored all her life for men at work and home. She toils for the survival of her family- a doting husband (Ben Whishaw of Bright Star and I’m Not There) and a small son. She is largely quiet and keeps to herself until she encounters first-hand the disruptive influence of the suffragists in public and at the linen factory where she strains to make a living. Maud transforms from passive observer to impassioned reactionary through a gradually enlightened understanding of systemic oppression. Lacking any financial or political power to force change as an individual, she joins the suffragists to raise awareness about the abuse and inequality that women face. She has everything to risk- family, »
- Lane Scarberry
The strikingly literate biopic about the Apple co-founder was brilliant she noted, but after Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale passed on the title role, it lacked a major star, limiting its commercial prospects. In the end, Pascal, whose job was already threatened by a string of flops like “After Earth” and “White House Down,” couldn’t justify the risk.
Fast-forward nearly a year. Pascal is out of a job, “Steve Jobs” has debuted to rapturous reviews, and the film is a strong Oscar contender. It’s every bit as good as Pascal thought it would be, but the then Sony chief’s wariness also appears to have been entirely justified.
“Steve Jobs” was too brainy, too cold, and too expensive to make it a success. »
- Brent Lang
Female Misbehavior: Gavron’s Noble Depiction of British Women’s Suffrage Movement
There’s much to admire in Sarah Gavron’s sophomore directorial effort, Suffragette, a turn-of-the-century snapshot of the British Women’s suffrage movement as the struggle for the right to vote considerably intensified against the patriarchal code. Enhanced by some superb performances from its talented cast, there’s a surprising degree of dramatic potency for a vehicle specifically calibrated to convey a cumbersome and obvious message, even as it stacks an overwhelming amount of tension on the back of its lead protagonist, balanced magnificently by its star, Carey Mulligan.
Reuniting with the screenwriter of her 2007 debut Brick Lane, Abi Morgan (who penned McQueen’s Shame, as well as The Iron Lady in 2011), Gavron concocts a rather conventional snapshot of a struggle for equality still being exacted, to varying degrees, across the globe.
In 1912 London, laundrywoman Maud Watts (Mulligan »
- Nicholas Bell
Legende and Parts & Labor scripts among development projects at Mia market.
Projects from producer Alain Goldman and directors Hana Makhmalbaf and Sally Potter are among scripts being presented in Rome as part of the Mia’s New Cinema Network (Ncn) and Make It With Italy co-production strands.
In the Ncn strand, La Vie En Rose producer Goldman of Paris-based Legende is in development on English-language Us-set drama Mustang from actress and writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnere (Girafada), director of well-received shorts Rabbit and Atlantic Avenue.
Mustang charts the story of an inmate serving an 11-year prison sentence who is given the chance to participate in an unusual therapy programme.
Legende, currently in pre-production on buzzed-about thriller Hhhh, is also supporting Romanian drama 237 Years from first-time filmmaker Iona Mischie.
Paris-based Incognito Films is in development on English-language drama Mobile Homes while English-language fracking romance 50 Miles From Boomtown teams Swiss outfit Turnus Film with Love Is Strange producers Parts & Labor »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The UK industry has something to celebrate about women in film - at least compared to more dismal stats in the Us.
Across 11 top territories in the global film industry, women make up an average of 7% of directors, 19.7% of writers and 22% of producers.
But in UK independent film, women number 27.3% of directors, while in the Us last year, only two women directed films in the top 100.
Among writers, the UK has 58.8% female screenwriters, compared to 11.8% in the Us.
In UK independent films, 37.9% of characters seen on screen are female, but that drops to 23.6% when the UK collaborates with the Us.
Those were some of the stats presented by Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender In Media as part of the Institute’s Symposium at BFI Southbank yesterday (Oct 8), presented with the BFI and Wftv.
Related story: Geena Davis keynote speech
The Institute’s recent research examined 11 of the world’s largest film territories »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
The structure is ingenious: three plainly demarcated, 45-minute acts set in 1984, 1988, and 1998, each building to a momentous product launch and a seminal moment in the life of Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender). It’s Aaron Sorkin’s way of turning Steve Jobs into a theatrical tour de force, compressing the exposition in Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography to the point that it boils — and nearly boils over. The first act is a thing of beauty and the second, good enough. Shame about that third act, though, and the ending that retroactively diminishes everything that preceded it. Steve Jobs could be a study in what's wrong with a mainstream cinema that venerates celebrity above all and locates the tragedy of American life in the absence of good dads.The first act — which leads to the unveiling of the first Macintosh computer — has all the seeds of the movie’s undoing, but »
- David Edelstein
The first feature film ever about the women who fought for their right to vote is glorious. It is angry and passionate and defiant. It is essential. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Votes for women!
Campaigns to include women in the democratic process via voting have been going on for centuries. There are places in the world that we would consider the height of civilization — *cough* Switzerland *cough* 1971 *cough* — that have only just afforded women this basic human dignity within my lifetime. (I’m not terribly old.) For the first time ever, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to vote in local elections happening this December. This fight has concerned half the human race and won’t officially end until that first Saudi woman »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Respectable cast, worthy topic, period setting: you might mistake Suffragette for a feel-good Oscar botherer. But this is not another King's Speech or Chariots of Fire - this is a fiery, fierce and raw retelling of the Edwardian suffrage movement. Expect no old-fashioned whimsy; your cockles will not be warmed.
Suffragette isn't an entirely heartless history lesson, however, thanks to the sensible decision to centre the story on a fictional young woman from 1910s London, Maud Watts, an east London laundry worker played by the ever-excellent Carey Mulligan. By not focusing on real-life women, history doesn't get in the way of the message, or the emotions behind it.
The great Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep) does make an appearance, but it's just that: an appearance. With her role nothing more than a cameo, Streep is left to deliver an empowering and somewhat anachronistic speech before being bundled off into a hansom cab. »
Suffragette has the distinct honour of opening the 2015 BFI London Film Festival, and also sets the theme for this year; women, and women in film. This superb drama revolves around the suffrage movement from the early part of the last century, and their constant campaigning for women’s right to vote.
The story begins in 1912, and centers on a small group of women within the movement that was led by Emmeline Pankhurst, here played by Meryl Streep. Leading the cast is Carey Mulligan, who appears as Maud Watts, a married, 24-year-old laundry worker from Bethnal Green in East London, who lives in a low-income home with her husband Sonny (played by Ben Whishaw), and young son. The film follows her story, and her integration into the feminist movement, and her involvement with »
- Paul Heath
MacBeth stars Michael Fassbender (Twelve Years A Slave, Shame, Hunger) and Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night, La Vie En Rose) plus Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter series), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby).
MacBeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of literature’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn Scotland.
Check out the posters below.
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- Paul Heath
Set halfway through the film, it sees Mulligan's young suffragette Maud Watts squaring off with Brendan Gleeson's anti-terrorism policeman Steed after the former arrests the latter.
Already receiving critical acclaim - as you'll see from the new poster and trailer below - the film also stars Helena Bonham Carter, playing another key member of Britain's women's liberation movement.
Helmed by Brick Lane director Sarah Gavron, the film tells the true story of the British suffrage movement from the turn of the 20th century, with Streep playing Emmeline Pankhurst in a small but very important role.
Telluride, Colo. — The truth is I half anticipated Michael Fassbender to be a weak link of Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs,” which world premiered as a “work in progress” here Saturday night. Something about the repressed accent in the trailer and the curious casting call in the first place, maybe. Whatever the case, let’s just say the “Shame” and “12 Years a Slave” star crushes the role of the eponymous tortured genius and then some in a film that takes bold strides within a well-worn genre and is sure to take off throughout the season…if the character doesn’t put viewers off, that is.
Because that can sometimes be a hurdle. Jobs is very unlikable throughout. It’s the borderline thesis of the film: “It takes a**holes to invent the future.” But that’s what’s so compelling about the picture in this conception. It’s not a greatest hits biopic. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Summer is over, and you know what that means in Hollywood – time to dust off those statuettes and start lobbying. Film festival season is about to kick off in earnest, with Venice, Toronto and New York all taking place back-to-back over the next month, which means that we'll soon have a clear(ish) picture of the 2016 Oscar race.
Specifically, we'll have a sense of which would-be frontrunners are shaping up to be this year's Birdman and Whiplash, and which look more like this year's Unbroken and Big Eyes. In the meantime, Digital Spy has rounded up ten of 2016's most likely contenders for Best Picture.
Premiering at Cannes this year to rapturous praise and multiple standing ovations, Todd Haynes's period romance is already one of the year's most acclaimed releases. Based on Patricia Highsmith's long-banned novel of the same name, Carol stars Cate Blanchett as a mysterious »
Before he returns as Magneto in next year's X-Men: Apocalypse, Michael Fassbender takes on a beloved William Shakespeare story in the upcoming adaptation Macbeth. Following the international trailer released back in June, The Weinstein Company has debuted the first domestic trailer for Macbeth, debuting in select theaters December 4. The drama will go up against Universal's horror-comedy Krampus, Fox Searchlight's Youth and Cohen Media Group's documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut.
From the producers of The King's Speech comes the feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) whose ambitious wife (Marion Cotillard) urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war-torn 11th Century Scotland. »
The 42nd Telluride Film Festival is about to get underway in southwest Colorado. A box canyon provides a jaw-dropping setting for a fest jammed packed with premieres, retrospectives and classics over Labor Day weekend. This is my 10th year attending and my 9th year working for the festival. The production team works meticulously in the month before the showings to spring theaters out of the local schools, hockey rink, park, Masonic Temple and library. The intricate decoration and state of the art tech involved in the preparation lead the festival to be lovingly referred to as “Show.”
Telluride is a small and friendly town that provides an intimate arena for intense discussion about film. In recent years, higher profile selections in the program have gone on to Academy award winning renown. These movies have garnered Telluride attention on the film festival circuit but not changed the close-knit community who work »
- Lane Scarberry
Set in rural France (but shot for the most part here in the UK) Road Games sees hitchhiker Jack rescues Véronique from a road rage altercation. Alone on the road the twosome decide to travel together for safety’s sake after learning a serial killer is cutting a murderous swathe through the region. Tired and hungry they decide against their better judgment to take up an offer to stay the night at a mysterious elderly couple’s mansion…
It’s safe to say the story in Road Games is actually a well-worn trope of the horror genre – so much so that my suspicions about where the film was headed was all but confirmed way before the big reveal (that may also be because I’ve seen way too many horror films »
- Phil Wheat
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