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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
Based on the crime novels by Ann Cleeves, BBC One drama Shetland is adding a trio of new stars to its roster. Game Of Thrones‘ Ciaran 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… »
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
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 »
London — U.K. production company Kudos, which is part of Endemol Shine Group, has appointed Diederick Santer and Dan Isaacs as joint chief executives. The pair succeed Jane Featherstone, who leaves in May. Santer will lead creatively, and Isaacs commercially.
Kudos has been responsible for some of the U.K.’s most innovative dramas, including “Spooks” (known as “Mi-5” Stateside), “Hustle,” “Life on Mars” and its sequel “Ashes to Ashes,” “The Hour,” conspiracy thriller “Utopia” (not to be confused with the Fox reality show of the same name), and “Broadchurch,” which has travelled to more than 150 territories, and airs on BBC America in the U.S.
Tim Hincks, president of Endemol Shine Group, said: “Diederick and Dan both know implicitly what makes Kudos »
- Leo Barraclough
London — Jane Featherstone will step down in the spring as chief executive of U.K. TV and film production house Kudos, which is part of the Shine-Endemol merged entity, led by Sophie Turner Laing. Kudos’ productions include “Broadchurch.”
Featherstone, who joined Kudos in 2000 as head of drama and has served as chief executive since 2011, will serve as executive producer on a number of ongoing commissioned productions, and work with COO Dan Isaacs and the senior creative team at Kudos on a transition over the next few months before leaving in May.
Productions in this period include “Broadchurch” for ITV, “River” for BBC One, “Humans” for Channel 4 and AMC, pilot “Flowers” for C4 and the theatrical release of movie “Spooks: The Greater Good.” Featherstone then plans to take a break
from work for the remainder of this year.
In her time at Kudos, Featherstone has been responsible for bringing to air some of the U. »
- Leo Barraclough
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
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.
UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…
Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.
We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).
In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »
8 items from 2015
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