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Geena Davis Symposium: UK stats healthier than Us

9 October 2015 5:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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‘Suffragette’ Writer Didn’t Set Out to Make a Feminist Film

6 October 2015 6:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As detailed in this week’s column, 2015 is a strong year for female-driven narratives on the big screen, particularly films making noise in the Oscar race. One of those films is “Suffragette,” written, produced and directed by women, with a story about voting equality at the turn of the 20th century. It’s a project years in the making with Emmy-winning writer and playwright Abi Morgan (“Brick Lane,” “The Iron Lady,” “The Hour”) crafting the little-known history into dramatic form on the page.

Morgan recently talked to Variety about the state of female empowerment in the industry, the hurdles “Suffragette” and other movies like it face every time the number crunchers get involved and the fact that she didn’t set out to specifically make a feminist film.


So I’m sure you’re dealing with this line of questioning a lot lately, but I wanted to pick your brain »

- Kristopher Tapley

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New sci-fi thriller from Johnny Kevorkian goes into production

25 September 2015 1:46 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Await Further Instructions, a darkly monstrous tale of tyranny and television, will start a five-week shoot on Oct 5 at Gsp Studios’ studio facilities in York. Produced by Jack Tarling of Shudder Films and Alan Latham of Gsp Studios and directed by Johnny Kevorkian (The Disappeared) from a screenplay by Gavin Williams, the cast includes David Bradley (Games of Thrones), Sam Gittins (The Smoke), Holly Weston (Howl), Kris Saddler (The Hour), Neerja Naik (Hackney’s Finest) and Grant Masters (Silent Witness).

Kevorkian commented: “I want to create a pressure cooker atmosphere, which ultimately explodes on screen! By the end of the film we’ll be shooting mostly handheld, really ramping up the pace with lots of camera moves to create an unstoppable climax to match the extreme situation”.

Await Further Instructions has been further developed with the support of public agencies Northern Film + Media and Digital City Innovations. Film London facilitated »

- Phil Wheat

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BBC Plans New "Troy," Jk Rowling Projects

23 September 2015 5:18 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

BBC One has revealed a slate of new drama projects in the works or set to air in the UK later this Fall alongside new episodes of returning favorites like "Doctor Who," "Luther" and "Sherlock".

First up there's the epic event series "Troy – Fall Of A City," a multi-part drama which will be set against the backdrop of the war between Greece and Troy and focuses on the collapse of one family. This explores the origins of the saga and offers a Trojan point of view to events.

Next comes an adaptation of Jk Rowling's secretly-penned post-'Harry Potter' series of detective novels "The Cormoran Strike Mysteries". The contemporary series will focus on a war veteran turned private detective.

A new telemovie adaptation of E.R. Braithwaite's 1959 novel "To Sir With Love" is on the way which will be set in the East End following WW2 and follows »

- Garth Franklin

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Sherlock's Victorian special and the return of Luther are teased in brand new BBC One trailer

23 September 2015 2:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Take a brief glimpse at Sherlock's Victorian special, the return of Idris Elba's Luther and BAFTA winner Olivia Colman's new drama in a brand new BBC One trailer.

A three-minute promo for the channel's autumn and winter schedule features a star-studded lineup from David Attenborough to Tom Hiddleston.

Colman and Hiddleston will team up for The Night Manager, an adaptation of John le Carré's novel.

Other shows featured in the clip include Professor Brian Cox's Force of Nature, River, a new drama from The Hour's Abi Morgan, Andrew Davies' epic adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace and dramatic scenes for Kathy Beale as Gillian Taylforth makes her full-time EastEnders comeback.

Tracey Ullman spoofs German chancellor Angela Merkel in a teaser for her new sketch show, while established BBC One primetime hits such as The Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing, The »

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The ancient fall of Troy is coming to the BBC in a drama from The Night Manager's David Farr

22 September 2015 3:48 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Night Manager writer David Farr is teaming up with the BBC on a mythological prestige drama.

Troy: Fall of A City will bring the majesty and wonder of the Trojan War to a whole new generation as a multi-part series.

Farr's drama will re-examine the Judgement of Paris, a key event in the ancient world's most prominent tales.

Troy: Fall of A City will be shown through the eyes of a Trojan family, who become entangled in the conflict as war with Greece breaks out.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said today: "David Farr's bold and visceral rendition of the 3,000-year-old story, told across multiple parts and for the first time from the Trojan point of view will be unlike anything we've ever seen on BBC One before."

"The story of Ilium, the ancient city of Troy, has always gripped me," Farr added. "Fall of A City aims »

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AMC Renews Humans for Second Season

31 July 2015 10:46 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Fans of AMC's artificial intelligence-centric thriller, Humans, will be pleased to know that the network has renewed the series for a second season:

Press Release: "New York / London – July 31, 2015 – AMC, Channel 4 and Kudos today announced that the critically acclaimed drama series “Humans” has been renewed for a second season. The series will return for eight new episodes, with production starting next year.

Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” Spooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans” from Matador Films, the series stands as a top five cable drama launch among adults 25-54 in the U.S. this season and has averaged 2.0 million viewers and 1.0 million adults 25-54 through its first four episodes in live+3 ratings. The first episode was Channel 4’s highest rated originated drama in 20 years; season one has attracted an 18.0% share of the UK »

- Derek Anderson

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Killjoys: Does Syfy's Bounty Hunter Drama Warrant a Second Look?

19 June 2015 7:02 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Syfy on Friday night allowed entry into a new universe — a world patrolled by Killjoys. Will you keep the new space saga in your crosshairs?

RelatedSyfy, Steven Spielberg Team for Brave New World TV Adaptation

Killjoys stars Hannah John-Kamen (The Hour) and Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13, Smallville) as Dutch and John, interplanetary bounty hunters — or Killjoys — who as agents of the Reclamation Apprehension Coalition chase deadly Warrants (fugitives) throughout the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a class war.

After a cold open that gives a taste for how crafty this tag team can be, John intercepts a »

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Killjoys: Watch the Twisty First 4-1/2 Minutes of Syfy's New Space Drama

8 June 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Syfy is ready to sic its Killjoys on the universe, and TVLine has your first look at the series premiere’s first four-plus minutes.

RelatedSyfy, Steven Spielberg Team for Brave New World Adaptation

From Orphan Black‘s Temple Street Productions and Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta, Killjoys — premiering Friday, June 19 at 9/8c on Syfy as well as Canada’s Space — follows three interplanetary bounty hunters (or “Killjoys”) as they chase deadly fugitives throughout the Quad, a distant planetary system on the brink of a bloody class war.

Hannah John-Kamen (The Hour) stars as Dutch, a top-level Killjoy hiding a deep solemnity resulting from a dark, »

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New Suffragette Trailer Stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter And Meryl Streep

3 June 2015 6:23 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Focus Features has released the brand new trailer for Suffragette. The European premiere of the movie will open the 59th BFI London Film Festival.

Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, says:

“We are proud to announce that the much anticipated Suffragette will be this year’s BFI London Film Festival Opening Night gala. Suffragette is an urgent and compelling film – made by British women, about British women who changed the course of history and it is, quite simply, a film that everyone must see.”

Director Sarah Gavron’s film starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Natalie Press, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, will open in limited release on October 23rd and will be in theaters across the country by Thanksgiving.

Suffragette – Trailer No. 1

Suffragette is written by Abi Morgan (“The Iron Lady,” “The Hour”) and produced by Alison Owen (“Elizabeth, »

- Michelle McCue

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Steve Toussaint has joined the cast of ITV's Lewis as new Chief Superintendent

1 June 2015 4:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Steve Toussaint will fight crime alongside Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox in the new series of Lewis.

The Line of Duty actor will star in the new series as Chief Superintendent Joseph Moody, who will clash with Robbie Lewis (Whately) over their differing approaches to detective work.

Angela Griffin (Waterloo Road) will return to the series as Detective Sergeant Lizzie Maddox, while Clare Holman will also appear as forensic pathologist Laura Hobson.

Other new additions to the cast include Steve Pemberton (Happy Valley) and The Hour's Helen Schlesinger, who will play Ian and Vivienne Tedman in 'One For Sorrow', the first episode of the new series.

The couple have connections to the death of a psychology student and artist named Talika Desai and will face questions from Lewis and his colleagues.

Ralf Little (Our Zoo), Tim Pigott-Smith (Houdini) and Naomi Scott (Terra Nova) will also star in the episode. »

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Watch: First Trailer for AMC’s Sci-Fi Series Humans, Premiering June 28th

14 May 2015 1:53 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

"I helped create you." The sinister side of artificial intelligence is teased in the first trailer for AMC's sci-fi series, Humans, premiering Sunday, June 28th at 9:00pm Est:

Press Release (via TV By the Numbers) -- New York, NY – May 14, 2015 – "AMC today announced its new eight-part drama series “Humans” will premiere Sunday, June 28th at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. Set in suburban London, “Humans” takes place in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth – a highly developed, artificially intelligent servant eerily similar to its living counterpart. Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” Spooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans,” the series explores the emotional impact that comes as the lines between humans and machines become increasingly blurred. This bold new series is produced in conjunction with the »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch Carey Mulligan & Meryl Streep Fight For Women’s Rights In The First Teaser Trailer For ‘Suffragette’

15 April 2015 4:28 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Rev your BAFTA-appealing engines, the first teaser for “Suffragette” is here. Is this Oscar-bait from U.K. giants, Pathé and Film4 Productions? It sure sounds like it. About the British women's suffrage feminist movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, the drama boasts an all-star cast of British heavyweights. Carey Mulligan stars and the movie also features Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West The script was penned by Abi Morgan— “Shame,” “The Iron Lady” and the BBC miniseries “The Hour”—and while she’s never been nominated for an Oscar yet, she's been awarded up to the hilt including Primetime Emmy win for "The Hour," and two BAFTA wins from six nominations. Here’s the official long-form synopsis. Suffragette is an intense drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement as they fought for the right to vote, »

- Edward Davis

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Archie Panjabi, Ciaran Hinds Trek To ‘Shetland’ For BBC Drama’s Third Season

9 April 2015 5:14 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Based on the crime novels by Ann Cleeves, BBC One drama Shetland is adding a trio of new stars to its roster. Game Of ThronesCiaran Hinds, The Good Wife‘s exiting Archie Panjabi and The Hour‘s Anna Chancellor are all boarding for the third season which is currently shooting in Scotland. Made by ITV Studios for BBC Scotland, Shetland first aired as a two-part drama in 2013 and was expanded to six episodes for its second season which ran last year. Returning star Douglas… »

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Focus Features' 'Suffragette' Gets 2015 Awards Season Release Date

27 March 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Focus Features, which was reprieved from a weak 2014 slate by Working Title's Oscar-winning "The Theory of Everything," has made a bid to compete in the fall 2015 awards fray by acquiring North American distribution rights from Pathé to British period drama "Suffragette," directed by Sarah Gavron ("Brick Lane"). The film will open in select cities on October 23, 2015 with expansions to follow. Focus is also releasing Working Title's true romance "The Danish Girl," directed by Tom Hooper and starring Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as artists Einar and Gerda Wegener. Written by Emmy-winner Abi Morgan ("The Hour," "Shame," "The Iron Lady"), "Suffragette" stars Oscar-race vets Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter as well as Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff and Brendan Gleeson. Mulligan also toplines Fox »

- Anne Thompson

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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

22 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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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Digital Spy's rising stars for 2015: Joe Cole, Karla Crome and more

9 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Who are the stars of tomorrow in TV, film and theatre?

Digital Spy presents its predictions for 2015 - in no particular order, here are seven young actors, writers, comedians and musicians who look destined to make an impression on the world of entertainment this year.

1. Billy Howle

After graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2013, Billy Howle quickly landed television work in Channel 4's New Worlds and on ITV's Vera.

But the young actor first came to our attention last year with his powerful performance as the troubled James in sorely underrated countryside thriller Glue.

Next up for the talented Howle is a plum role in BBC One's adaptation of Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie, which is due to be broadcast later in 2015.

2. Hannah Britland

A graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Hannah Britland launched her television acting career with early roles in Misfits and Skins. »

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