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HBO Announces TV Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

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The TV adaption of Elena Ferrante’s novel “My Brilliant Friend” — book one of her Neapolitan series — has found a home. HBO, in partnership with Italy’s national public broadcasting company, Rai, announced that the eight-episode series will begin production in Italy this summer.

According to a press release from HBO, Saverio Costanzo (“Hungry Hearts”) will helm all episodes of “My Brilliant Friend.” Ferrante, who writes under a pseudonym, will pen the adaptation alongside Costanzo, Laura Paolucci, and Francesco Piccolo. Wildside’s Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani are producing, as is Fandango’s Domenico Procacci. Jennifer Schuur serves as executive producer for Wildside and Fandango.

Ferrante’s Neapolitan series was published in the U.S. by Europa Editions. Published in the U.S. by Europa Editions, Ferrante’s Neapolitan series follow the complicated, longtime friendship between Elena and Lila, from Elena’s point of view. The synopsis of “My Brilliant Friend” reads: “When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story thus begins and goes on to cover over 60 years of their lives, trying to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and — in a way — her best friend, her worst enemy.”

No word yet on who will star as Elena and Lila.

“We are thrilled to partner with Wildside, Rai, and Fandango to bring the powerful, epic storytelling of Elena Ferrante and her Neapolitan Novels to life,” president of HBO Programming Casey Bloys said in a statement. “Through her characters, Elena and Lila, we will witness a lifelong friendship set against the seductive social web of Naples, Italy. An exploration of the complicated intensity of female friendship, these ambitious stories will no doubt resonate with the HBO audience.”

Adds Lorenzo Mieli, CEO, Wildside, “Producing a series based on the incredible work of Elena Ferrante is an exciting challenge. Through the eyes and lives of two extraordinary friends, her quadrilogy describes 50 years of Italian history, touching on universal themes and feelings. We and Fandango are particularly proud of having brought together two partners like HBO and Rai for a series with a strong Italian identity, but aimed at a global audience.”

The adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend” is just the latest of HBO’s women-centric programming. “Big Little Lies,” a limited-series adaption of Liane Moriarty’s 2014 bestseller, has been garnering critical acclaim, especially for Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. The final episode of the murder mystery airs April 2. The TV movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will broadcast April 22. Based on Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction book of the same name and starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne (“Spy”), it tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American tobacco farmer whose cells were used — without her knowledge — to create the first immortal human cell line.

Animals,” another Europa Editions publication, will also be adapted for the screen. Australian director Sophie Hyde will helm a film adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth’s cult favorite, which centers on a co-dependent, toxic relationship between two adult women. Unsworth wrote the script, and Sarah Brocklehurst (“Black Pond”) is producing. Holliday Grainger (“The Riot Club,” “Cinderella”) will star.

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Screen Australia backs new projects from Jocelyn Moorhouse, Leah Purcell

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Leah Purcell at Sydney's Belvoir Theatre. (Photo credit: Anthony Johnson).

Projects from the likes of Jocelyn Moorhouse, Leah Purcell, Vicki Madden, Rachel Perkins, Luke Davies, Sophie Hyde, Nicholas Verso, Abe Forsythe, Craig Silvey and Corrie Chen have received development funding from Screen Australia.

.This round of development funding reflects the vibrancy of the story landscape in Australia with thrillers and romance, crime and comedies, sports dramas and musicals,. said Screen Australia's Senior Development Manager Nerida Moore..

.We have projects from both seasoned storytellers and an exciting group of up-and-coming talents. And we are also seeing a greater mix of platforms from traditional features and high-end television to the ever-growing online drama and narrative Vr spaces..

Among the projects funded, which include 24 features, five online series and two "high-end" television projects, are:

Tasmanian-set gothic crime show The Gloaming, created and written by The Kettering Incident's Vicki Madden, who will produce
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‘The Darkest Universe’ Review

Stars: Will Sharpe, Tiani Ghosh, Joe Thomas, Sophia Di Martino, Raph Shirley, Chris Langham, Sharon D. Clarke, Ewan Bailey, Helen Cripps, Jamie Demetriou, Simon Bird | Written by Tiani Ghosh, Will Sharpe | Directed by Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe

Talk about a movie where you just don’t know where to start! With The Darkest Universe, co-directors Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe have crafted what I can only describe as my favorite, completely surreal, yet right down to earth, drama I have watched in 2016… Wait, no, in years.

As I have said previously, I am on a real Indie “hidden gem” kick right now and I was asked to review this movie suspecting that it would be right up my street. And it is. The Darkest Universe is an absolute gem of a movie for more reasons than I can explain, but I will try.

Co-director and co-writer Will Sharpe plays highly
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The Darkest Universe review – a lovely oddity

A banker searches for his sister in Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe’s hilarious follow-up to Black Pond

The follow-up to their acclaimed feature debut, Black Pond, sees directing duo Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley reunite on another offbeat oddity that combines piercingly funny observation with unashamed weirdness. Sharpe, who also co-wrote the film, stars as Zac, a city banker in the throes of a breakdown as he searches for his missing sister, Alice (Tiani Ghosh). It’s episodic and fractured, but this tale of romance and loss is really rather lovely. It’s also very amusing: Zac’s marriage proposal to his girlfriend is perhaps the most catastrophically awkward moment of botched intimacy I have seen this year. Zac’s website footage is deftly incorporated into a film that reveals its hand satisfyingly slowly.

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The Darkest Universe review – anti-odyssey in search of a lost sister

Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley direct an affecting, intelligent drama about a young guy whose stroppy yet lovable sibling vanishes

With their excellent 2011 comedy Black Pond, British film-makers Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley became two of the youngest Bafta nominees in history. Now they are back with a movie of strangeness and charm, co-written by Sharpe with newcomer Tiani Ghosh: it is tonally elusive, its comedy credentials interestingly ambiguous. The film is disquieting and sad, hitting an eerie elegaic note for a loss that isn’t immediately comprehensible.

Sharpe plays Zac, a young guy whose exasperatingly stroppy yet lovable sister Alice (played by Ghosh) has gone off on a canal trip in the narrowboat where she had been living with her boyfriend Toby (Joe Thomas). Then the couple just vanished. At first Zac is frantic with worry, aggressive with the police officers who aren’t too fussed about yet another missing-person case; finally,
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‘The Darkest Universe’ review: “Hinges on the strength of its intriguing central mystery.”

The Darkest Universe review: A low-budget indie flick with more ambition than it first may appear.

The Darkest Universe review, Andrew Gaudion.

Directing duo Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley came on to the scene with 2012’s Black Pond, a low-budget black comedy which proved to be a very bold statement, earning the pair a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding British Debut. Since then, it is mainly Sharpe who has continued to carve something for himself, most notably with this year’s Olivia Colman Channel 4 series Flowers, but the two have paired together once more with The Darkest Universe another low-budget indie flick, which has more ambition than it first may appear.

Zac’s (played by Sharpe) life has spiralled out of control. Not only has his relationship with girlfriend (Sophia Di Martino) disintegrated, but his somewhat strange and wayward sister Alice (co-writer Tiani Ghosh) has disappeared on a narrow boat
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First Look Trailer for ‘The Darkest Universe’

The Darkest Universe, the other-worldly new film from BAFTA nominated award-winning directors Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe is set for release in UK cinemas on 4th November. Their debut feature Black Pond received universal acclaim on its release and now with The Darkest Universe they consolidate that early promise with this quirky, funny, moving and totally original film.

The film stars Will Sharpe, who most recently wrote, directed and starred in Channel 4’s much lauded Flowers, alongside Joe Thomas (Fresh Meat, The Inbetweeners) and Sophia di Martino (Flowers). Also featured are some of the UK’s best comedy actors including Simon Bird (Friday Night Dinner, The Inbetweeners), Chris Langham (Black Pond, The Thick of it), Jamie Demetriou (Fleabag) and Jonny Sweet (Together).

Its the story of Zac who goes in search of his sister who has gone missing in mysterious circumstances along with her boyfriend. As Zac’s journey continues with no result,
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Holliday Grainger, '52 Tuesdays' director team on 'Animals'

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Exclusive: Great Expectations star to lead Sophie Hyde-Emma Jane Unsworth adaptation.

Great Expectations star Holliday Grainger, recently on screens in Cinderella and The Finest Hours, is attached to star in Animals, which marks Australian director Sophie Hyde’s first film following Sundance and Berlin winner 52 Tuesdays in 2014.

The film is an adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth’s well-received novel, which was featured by Lena Dunham as one of her favourite books of 2015 on Lenny Letter, and described by Caitlin Moran as “Withnail with girls”. The book also won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize.

Emma Jane Unsworth has written the screenplay for the Manchester-set comedy about two female friends whose hedonistic friendship is tested when one gets engaged to an ambitious teetotal pianist.

Producer is Screen Star Of Tomorrow Sarah Brocklehurst, who was BAFTA-nominated for her debut feature Black Pond, through production company Sarah Brocklehurst Productions.

The film has been developed by Creative England through the BFI
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Loco 16: The Darkest Universe Review

British directors Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley reunite after their BAFTA nominated first feature Black Pond with an effortlessly funny, expertly crafted and thought-provoking missing persons tale. Initially set around Regent’s Canal, The Darkest Universe follows controlling young banker Zac (played by co-director Will Sharpe) as he searches for his eccentric sister Alice (Tiani Ghosh)

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Flowers: Channel 4's peculiar, poetic comedy treat

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Sad, strange and very funny comedy drama Flowers, feat. Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt, starts tonight on Channel 4

Julian Barratt has news for you: “We’re all going to die.”

“Spoiler!” says Will Sharpe.

“We’re all in a bit of a horrifying situation” continues Barratt. “The reality of our predicament on the planet is…” he laughs, “quite bleak.”

We’re discussing death and new six-part comedy drama Flowers, written and directed by Sharpe, starring Barratt and Olivia Colman as Maurice and Deborah, heads of the dysfunctional Flowers family. The subject becomes relevant once you see the opening seconds of episode one.

“I used to really like and still do, The Odd Couple, the film with Jack Lemmon and Walther Matthau” says Barratt. “It starts with him wandering about trying to kill himself and he puts his back out. I always find that funny, sort of
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‘Flowers’ Gets Spring Premiere Date On Seeso

Ad-free comedy streaming channel Seeso has slated Wednesday, May 5, for the premiere of its first scripted original series Flowers. Starring Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) and Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh) and written and directed by Will Sharpe (Black Pond), the six-episode half-hour comedy drama centers on an eccentric and dysfunctional family struggling to hold themselves together. Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie) and Georgina Campbell (Murdered By My Boyfriend) also…
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BBC Shows Getting Theme Park Treatment; ‘Waterloo’ Revisited; More Global Showbiz Briefs

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BBC Shows Getting Theme Park Treatment; ‘Waterloo’ Revisited; More Global Showbiz Briefs
Is a Sherlock theme park attraction afoot? BBC Worldwide has entered a deal with London Resort Company Holdings to feature the broadcaster’s properties at a new park to be built in north Kent. The park, the London Paramount Entertainment Resort, promises to “combine the glamour of Hollywood with the best of British culture,” The Guardian reported. Since the park will look to attract tourists in the UK, it’s thought the most international of the BBC programs will feature as rides and attractions including Sherlock, Doctor Who and Top Gear. However, the park isn’t expected to open until Easter 2020. “We’re always looking for opportunities to extend fans’ enjoyment of their favorite shows, and the idea behind this resort is a really exciting way of celebrating the very special place the BBC has in British culture,” said Stephen Davies, Director of Live Events at BBC Worldwide. Also featured
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Screen unveils 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow

Screen unveils 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow
Screen International is today unveiling its 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow, profiling rising actors, writers, directors, producers and heads of department.Click here for the digital edition [Subscribers]Gallery: UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

The 2014 Class of Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow are: (click on each name for individual profile)

The Actors

Jamie Blackley

The South London native will star opposite Chloe Grace Moretz in If I Stay for Warner Bros/MGM.

Olivia Cooke

The 20-year-old Manchester native is already a familiar face in the Us, where she stars in TV series Bates Motel.

Sophie Cookson

The Oxford School of drama graduate landed the female lead in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.

McKell David

At just 17, this Harrow teenager is a veteran of his own YouTube show and will star in three new features: Don’t Grow Up, Legacy and Montana.

Calvin Demba

The 20-year-old East Ender has just shot an episode of Babylon and will star
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Sharpe, Kingsley wrap Universe

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Sharpe, Kingsley wrap Universe
Principal photography has wrapped on Archer’s Mark’s The Darkest Universe, Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley’s follow-up to their BAFTA-nominated Black Pond.

Joe Thomas of The Inbetweeners fame stars alongside co-writer Tiani Ghosh.

The supporting cast includes Simon Bird, Chris Langham, Nick Mohammed and Johnny Sweet.

Sharpe and Kingsley say the film is “a romantic comedy set in space, or – to be more specific – on planet Earth.”

Jo-Jo Ellison produces for Archer’s Mark, alongside the company’s executive producers, Mike Brett and Steve Jamison.

Archer’s Mark also produced the forthcoming documentary feature Next Goal Wins and upcoming political thriller War Book, co-produced with Sixteen Films.

Sharpe said: “We’ve been really inspired by Archer’s Mark and their can-do attitude to film-making. They are intelligent, resourceful and creatively ambitious. We haven’t met a more forward thinking company and I’d be very surprised if they don’t play a crucial role in
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Bafta nominations 2013: Lincoln sets stage for celebration of Us history

The combined mystique of Daniel Day-Lewis and Abraham Lincoln is set to overwhelm more offbeat competition

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln predictably leads the way in this year's Bafta nomination list with 10 nods, with Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Skyfall and Argo crowding in behind. A surprise awards contender, perhaps, given its cool critical reception, is Joe Wright's version of Anna Karenina with six nominations.

Lincoln is an awards-season movie through and through – that brooding poster image of Daniel Day-Lewis's president in profile, lost in thought, dealing with the burdens of history and command, hammers home the sheer granite importance of what is being dramatised. Academy voters know that this is a film they can support in good faith. In its way, Ben Affleck's suspense thriller Argo, about the 1979 hostage crisis, is every bit as fiercely patriotic and it is now poised to become the wild card success of this year's awards season.
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Cofilmic Festival Programme of Events

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The Cofilmic festival arrives at Manchester’s Comedy Store on the 29th and 30th October and it promises to be quite the comedy gala. It will feature a whole host of sitcoms, short comedy films and sketches with the final night climaxing with the Cofilmic award ceremony which will offer unique industry driven prizes to the victors.

The festival’s jam packed programme of events has now been finalised and both comedy fans and aspiring writers and directors will find plenty to feast their eyes and ears upon.

Across both days there will be various talks and events involving a range of expert panelists.

These include:

Writing and Selling TV Comedy : An exclusive opportunity to hear Jason Cook, local comedian and writer, talk about his amazing experience in writing and selling his first sitcom, Hebburn – due to be aired on BBC2 in October and starring Vic Reeves. He will
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Katherine Butler: Film4's new star

The head of the department that turned out Tyrannosaur and The Deep Blue Sea hopes for more success with The Imposter

With her open manner, easy smile and unshowy dark shift, Katherine Butler cuts a welcoming figure – hardly the default image of the hardnosed studio executive. Look closer, though, and you realise the pattern on her dress comprises clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. Butler is a gambler, then. As head of Film4's low-budget feature department, she has to be.

"You're always going to fail," she says matter-of-factly, cradling a paper cup of fizzy water in one of the goldfish-bowl conference rooms at Channel 4's Horseferry Road headquarters. "You're going to win some and lose some. What you have to do is swallow really hard and say: 'With risk comes failure as well as success and if we're doing the films for the right reasons then you can learn from mistakes and move on.
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Fantasia 2012: ‘Black Pond’ shines the spotlight on dark humour

Black Pond

Directed by Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe

Written by Will Sharpe

U.K., 2011

Comedy, in its nature and its presentation, has morphed dramatically over the past decade or so, both in North America and in Europe, in particular the United Kingdom. From the more overt, on the nose comedy of yesteryear we have now live in an era in which the comedy is delivered with a completely different version of wit. Jokes can be extremely situational or rely on dialogue delivered in manners which presume to be subtle but at the same are not really subtle at all. Even the stories which writers and directors have shared in the past few years have experienced with new framing devices. Oftentimes the films and television shows present them in a way so as to replicate the documentary style, hence the stories carry a degree of believability all the while the
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Fantasia 2012: Week one wrap up

We are now a week into the three week long Fantasia Film Festival, and while we admittedly have been a little behind due to some technical issues with our website, we still managed to get a dozen film reviews published. Keep coming back to our site as we promise twice the amount of articles by the end of week two. In the meantime, here is a round-up of what we’ve seen and written about so far.

Black Pond

Directed by Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe

Written by Will Sharpe

U.K., 2011

Comedy, in its nature and its presentation, has morphed dramatically over the past decade or so, both in North America and in Europe, in particular the United Kingdom. From the more overt, on the nose comedy of yesteryear we have now live in an era in which the comedy is delivered with a completely different version of wit.
See full article at SoundOnSight »

Fantasia 2012: ‘Black Pond’ shines the spotlight on dark humour

Black Pond

Directed by Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe

Written by Will Sharpe

U.K., 2011

Comedy, in its nature and its presentation, has morphed dramatically over the past decade or so, both in North America and in Europe, in particular the United Kingdom. From the more overt, on the nose comedy of yesteryear we have now live in an era in which the comedy is delivered with a completely different version of wit. Jokes can be extremely situational or rely on dialogue delivered in manners which presume to be subtle but at the same are not really subtle at all. Even the stories which writers and directors have shared in the past few years have experienced with new framing devices. Oftentimes the films and television shows present them in a way so as to replicate the documentary style, hence the stories carry a degree of believability all the while the
See full article at SoundOnSight »
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