9 items from 2015
Cinedigm has acquired the North American distribution rights to "The Falling," the story of a tragedy and a fainting epidemic that hit an English girls' school in 1969. Written and directed by Carol Morley ("Dreams Of A Life"), the film stars Maisie Williams, who plays fan-favorite Arya Stark on "Game of Thrones," and features a spooky soundtrack by Tracey Thorn. "'The Falling' is a mesmerizing psychological drama that delivers a tremendous emotional punch," said Yolanda Macias, Cinedigm’s Executive Vice President of Acquisitions. "Carol has made an intriguing and unsettling film which has cult status written all over it." The film will have a national theatrical, VOD and digital download release beginning late summer 2015. Read More: Monterey Media Acquires Tiff Selection 'Cut Snake' »
- Elizabeth Logan
Carol Morley was in high spirits on the breezy spring morning CineVue met her (she likens press junkets to speed dating). The wind rustled in the air outside, but not with the sense of foreboding mysticism of her remarkable new feature, The Falling (2014). They are the winds of change, of a Britain embracing counter-culture as it rebels from its stuffy past in the late 1960s. Maisie Williams (Arya Stark in HBO's Game of Thrones) plays schoolgirl Lydia, whose fainting spells spark into an all-out outbreak of hysteria in a countryside girls' school still grieving the loss of a star pupil (breakout actress Florence Pugh). It marks a significant change from her previous film, Dreams of a Life (2011), the docudrama about Joyce Vincent, a Londoner whose body was left undisturbed by friends and family for three years.
- CineVue UK
British Council is partnering with Mexican national film body Imcine, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Docs Df and Ambulante to create Docunexion, a two-stage feature documentary training and mentorship programme.
There will be three producer-director teams from the UK and three teams from Mexico selected to attend the Docunexion sessions, which will be held in Sheffield in June and in Mexico City in October.
Applications are due by Friday April 10 and further details are available here http://docunexion.org/uk-mx/ .
Leading industry professionals from each country will serve as mentors. UK mentors already confirmed include BBC Storyville executive producerKate Townsend and Andre Singer, executive producer on Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing and Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life.
They will help the emerging documentary filmmaking teams with conceptual development of feature-length documentaries, to help them attract interest of funders, distributors and festivals.
Will Massa, senior programme manager for film at British Council said: “We are really »
★★★★☆ Carol Morley's follow-up to the lauded Dreams of a Life (2011) shares a thematic through line with its predecessor. That documentary investigated the story and circumstances of a young woman who was found dead and alone in a North London flat in 2006. Morley's new film once again mines a central mystery, this time a fictional one based on real life phenomena. The Falling (2014) is a slowly beguiling drama that revolves around an unfathomable spate of collapses occurring in a girls school in leafy 1960s England. It's a singular and enthralling work that may have flaws, but overwhelms them with a palpable atmosphere both alluring and strangely disconcerting.
- CineVue UK
It’s Sunday, so the perfect time to kick back and support some British indie film and today we start with Carol Morley’s intriguing looking The Falling starring Game of Throne’s Maisie Williams plus a great little cast that includes Maxine Peake, Monica Dolan, Greta Scacchi and newcomer Florence Pugh.
Set in 1969 in a rural British girls’ school, The Falling explores what lies behind a mysterious fainting and twitching outbreak that rapidly spreads amongst the pupils. At the centre of the epidemic are intense and clever Lydia Lamont (Williams) and admired and rebellious Abbie Mortimer (Pugh), both sixteen years old. They carve their initials into a majestic English oak tree, which leans over a magical pond, and vow ever to lose touch. But, as you’d expect, things don’t go the way they want…
Director Morley was behind the unique and quite brilliant documentary Dreams Of A Life, »
- Dan Bullock
The poignant story of a shy, lonely council official is sympathetically observed but ultimately sentimental
Here is a sombre, sympathetically observed, if finally sentimental movie from Italian film-maker Uberto Pasolini, known for producing The Full Monty (1997). This was made two years ago and has a small role for Joanne Froggatt – smaller than her prominent position on the poster implies. Her Golden-Globe-winning appearance in Downton Abbey may have got this film its UK release.
The drama itself could almost be a fictional footnote to Carol Morley’s great documentary Dreams of a Life (2011), which tried to reconstruct the life of a young woman who died alone in her London flat. Eddie Marsan plays John May, a shy council official living on his own, whose job is to track down the relatives of people who die alone in the borough; he can see all too clearly that he might suffer the same Eleanor-Rigby fate. »
- Peter Bradshaw
For her follow-up to Dreams of a Life, Carol Morley creates a haunting and emotionally charged tale of friendship, sex and hysteria in a 1960s girls' school, starring Game of Thrones actor Maisie Williams alongside newcomer Florence Pugh. Get a world-exclusive first look at one of the British films of the year, released on 24 April
- Guardian Staff
Exclusive: BBC Films, Ifb in production on documentary about champion jockey AP McCoy.
Currently filming at locations and racecourses across the UK and Ireland, Being AP (working title) has exclusive access to the Northern Irish jockey, his family and racing teams for the 2014-15 season.
The 40 year-old has notched up more than 4,300 wins, 700 falls, 40 broken bones and a BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2010 across a near 25-year racing career.
The film is being made by Moneyglass Films, in partnership with Partizan Films and Roads Entertainment, and in association with BBC Films with support from The Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen and the British Horse Racing Authority/Great British Racing.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
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… »
9 items from 2015
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