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Informer review – counter terror drama is gripping and artful … but you’ll need to pay attention

The unsettling, disjointed quality of this new series suits the murky world of police informers. The main challenge is keeping track, but it looks to be worth the effort

A woman leaves her phone on the Docklands Light Railway in east London. A stranger picks it up and follows her off the train in a bid to return it, but the woman has disappeared. He searches the streets and eventually spots her in a coffee shop. He will accept no reward for his gallantry. This is perhaps the least likely thing that happens in Informer (BBC One). Seconds later, a terrorist gunman runs in and shoots the good Samaritan, which is more believable than the random act of kindness that put him in the path of the bullet in the first place.

Never mind – we are moving swiftly on. In an empty courtroom, counter-terrorism officer DS Gabe Waters (Paddy Considine
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‘Informer’ Trailer: Paddy Considine & Bel Powley Star In BBC’s Answer To ‘The Wire’ From Sam Mendes

The BBC has been on a roll this year with diverse and exciting police dramas with “Collateral” to “Killing Eve” and now “Informer.”

As a co-writer of the show, Iranian born Sohrab Noshirvani was adamant that showcasing the face of London today was important, saying, “We wanted that diversity to be normal on-screen – not suburban ‘normal’ but recognizable.

Continue reading ‘Informer’ Trailer: Paddy Considine & Bel Powley Star In BBC’s Answer To ‘The Wire’ From Sam Mendes at The Playlist.
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2018 Broadway fall season preview of plays: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?

A new Broadway season is gearing up, and there are currently nine productions of plays set to open this fall. Could we be seeing any of them contend at next year’s Tony Awards? Below, we recap the plot of each play as well as the awards history of its author, cast and creative types and the opening and (where applicable) closing dates.

“Bernhardt/Hamlet” (opens September 25; closes November 18)

In this world premiere play by two-time Emmy nominee Theresa Rebeck, international stage actress, Sarah Bernhardt, sets out to tackle her most ambitious role yet: Hamlet.

The production presented by Roundabout Theatre Company stars Tony winner Janet McTeer, Tony nominee Dylan Baker, two-time Drama Desk nominee Jason Butler Harner, Ito Aghayere, Matthew Saldivar, Drama Desk nominee Nick Westrate, Tony Carlin, and is directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel.

“The Nap” (opens September 27; closes November 11)

In the Broadway premiere of this new play by Richard Bean,
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‘Funny Cow’ DVD Review

Stars: Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Stephen Graham, Alun Armstrong, Christine Bottomley, Kevin Eldon, Tony Pitts, Diane Morgan, Hannah Walters, Hebe Beardsall, John Bishop, Lindsey Coulson, Adam Gillen, Dominic Brunt, Vic Reeves | Written by Tony Pitts | Directed by Adrian Shergold

A comedian uses her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine, trying to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England’s working men’s clubs.

Maxine Peake, famed British theatre actress formulates what might just be her greatest performance in the character of Funny Cow. The lead role in the same-titled feature drama directed by Adrian Shergold. Funny Cow is an unsettling harrowing dramatic embodiment the explores the satirical tale of life itself. The fragmented and ironic moments of pain and pleasure threaded into a caricature of sorts that play out in a vicious fiery blanket of love and fear.

The maligned experiences of terror Peakes’ Funny
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‘Journeyman’ DVD Review

Stars: Paddy Considine, Jodie Whittaker, Paul Popplewell, Tony Pitts, Anthony Welsh | Written and Directed by Paddy Considine

After winning a punishing title defence on points, world middleweight boxing champion Matty Burton (Paddy Considine) collapses. The journey towards regaining his speech, movement and memory will be the toughest fight he’ll ever face, and the prize could not be greater, for his relationship with his wife Emma (Jodie Whittaker) and baby daughter Mia are on the line…

Journeyman is the second feature from famed British actor Paddy Considine, after his highly acclaimed dark brooding character piece in the ever so devastating Tyrannosaur, release six years ago. Considine’s influences are clear, visually he takes much from director Jim Sheridan, aesthetically he implores a significant bout of kitchen sink-esque drama from Ken Loach, but most notably he has absorbed the detrimental thematic role of unsuspecting torturous life that has been crafted in the bleak,
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Win Journeyman on DVD

British actor Paddy Considine made his directing debut with the magnificent Tyrannosaur (2011) and has followed that up with drama Journeyman which he also wrote and stars in. The film arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and VOD from 30th July and to celebrate we have 3 copies on DVD to giveaway!

Considine plays boxer Matty Burton who, after a punishing defence of his title winning on points, collapses at home. He then faces the toughest fight of his life as he struggles to regain his speech, movement and memory, but the prize this time could not be greater, as his relationship with his wife Emma (Jodie Whitaker) and baby daughter Mia are on the line.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question:

Paddy Considine starred in which of these films directed by Shane Meadows?

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Win Journeyman on DVD

To mark the release of Journeyman on July 30th, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

Journeyman is the powerful, emotional and, at times, heart-wrenching story of a middleweight boxing champion’s road to recovery after an injury in the ring.

After winning a punishing title defence on points, Matty Burton (Paddy Considine) collapses at home. The journey towards regaining his speech, movement and memory will be the toughest fight he’ll ever face; and the prize could not be greater, for his relationship with his wife Emma (Jodie Whittaker) and baby daughter Mia are on the line… Journeyman is a powerful and beautiful story about loss and, ultimately, triumph. It’s about our identity, and how in life we sometimes have to dig deep into our soul to discover who we really are.

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BFI's Matimba Kabalika joins the UK's Troika talent agency

Kabalika will help bring in new clients and collaborations with a focus on diversity

Matimba Kabalika, Network talent development manager at the BFI, is joining UK film and TV talent agency Troika as talent development executive from early September.

She will work with existing clients to help develop new work and will also help bring in new clients with a particular focus on diversity, both in front of and behind the camera.

According to Troika, Kabalika will also be involved with seeking out potential collaborations for the agency and its parent company, the James Grant Group, which has clients that span the entertainment,
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Paddy Considine joins Caitlin Moran adaptation 'How To Build A Girl', Lionsgate takes UK distribution

Production is underway on the film, directed by Coky Giedroyc.

Paddy Considine has joined the cast of UK feature How To Build A Girl, the adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s semi-autobiographical novel directed by Coky Giedroyc (The Hour).

Sarah Solemani (Bridget Jones’s Baby) and Laurie Kynaston (England Is Mine) have also signed up to the cast, with production now underway and running throughout July and August.

Lionsgate have boarded UK distribution on the film, with Protagonist Pictures handling worldwide sales.

Already cast in the film are Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird) in the lead role, plus Alfie Allen (Game Of Thrones
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Beanie Feldstein Comedy ‘How To Build A Girl’ Adds Cast, Lionsgate With Shoot Under Way

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Beanie Feldstein Comedy ‘How To Build A Girl’ Adds Cast, Lionsgate With Shoot Under Way
Beanie Feldstein starrer How To Build A Girl is now under way in UK with Lionsgate on board for UK distribution.

Joining Feldstein (Lady Bird) and Game Of Thrones star Alfie Allen in the comedic coming-of-age feature are Paddy Considine (Journeyman), Sarah Solemani (Bridget Jones’s Baby), Laurie Kynaston (England Is Mine), Joanna Scanlan (Pin Cushion), Arinzé Kene (Been So Long), Frank Dillane (In The Heart Of The Sea), Tadhg Murphy (Guerrilla) and Ziggy Heath (Spies of Warsaw).

Director Coky Giedroyc, whose TV credits include episodes of The Killing and BBC drama The Hour, is helming the feature, which is written by UK broadcaster and author Caitlin Moran (based on her autobiographical best-seller of the same name).

Feldstein will play Johanna Morrigan in the 1993-set movie. Morrigan is sixteen, smart, opinionated and overweight. Hormones raging, she is desperate to get out of her home town and make a name for herself – which she does,
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BBC Unveils First Look At Drama Slate Featuring John Malkovich’s ‘The ABC Murders’ & HBO Co-Pro ‘Gentleman Jack’

The BBC has unveiled the first clip of its forthcoming slate of dramas – many of which will air on Netflix, Amazon, HBO, PBS and AMC in the U.S. The British public broadcaster launched the trailer on BBC One following its coverage of the World Cup final and has also put it online above.

It features shows including John Malkovich-fronted Agatha Christie adaptation The ABC Murders, which will air on Amazon, PBS co-pro Les Misérables, which stars Dominic West and David Oyelowo, AMC’s Alexander Skarsgård-fronted co-pro The Little Drummer Girl from the team behind The Night Manager, Netflix pair Wanderlust, starring Toni Collette, and Michaela Coel’s Black Earth Rising and Sally Wainwright’s Suranne Jones-fronted period drama Gentleman Jack for HBO.

Elsewhere, it has given a glimpse of PBS co-pros including Ruth Wilson’s Mrs Wilson and Mike Bartlett’s Press, Richard Madden and Keeley HawesBodyguard,
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Why Brexit Could Hit Local Film Industry + More U.K. News

British screen industry at risk of missing out on EU spending boom. U.S. streaming giants Netflix and Amazon have been spending big on their respective successes: the critically acclaimed original drama The Crown and popular Top Gear spin-off, The Grand Tour. However, despite the already lavish budgets set aside for original content and talent, a new EU law could see streaming services having to spend billions more on original content within Europe. Amazon has already dropped $4.5 billion on originals in Europe and has drama productions running in the UK, France and Germany, but new legislation could force on-demand services to make European original content at least 30 percent of their total spending. Although this is intended to support screen industries across Europe and create a surge of new drama features and series, Britain’s uncertain relationship with the EU may mean the UK film and TV industry misses out. Along with Apple,
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Danny Perkins, Long-Time Studiocanal UK CEO, Leaves To Set Up Production Firm

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Exclusive: In a major development for the UK biz, Studiocanal’s long-time UK chief Danny Perkins is leaving to set up a new London-based production company, I can reveal.

Perkins, who joined Vivendi-owned production and distribution powerhouse Studiocanal when it acquired distributor Optimum in 2006, will leave at the end of September. A successor is expected to be announced in coming months.

After his exit, Perkins — UK CEO since 2010 — will continue to independently produce a handful of projects which he developed at the studio.

Maxime Saada, Chairman of Studiocanal, said, “On behalf of the team at Studiocanal, I would like to thank Danny for his significant contribution and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

In a note sent to Studiocanal employees this afternoon Saada described Perkins’ “remarkable contribution” to the company. He also reaffirmed Studiocanal’s commitment to the UK:

“Our ambitions in the UK do not change.
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Warp Films to Produce Film of Hit Musical ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’

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Warp Films is set to produce a feature adaptation of hit West End musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” the independent British production company has confirmed. It marks the first musical from the Sheffield-based Warp, whose recent productions include Idris Elba’s directorial debut, “Yardie,” which saw its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s horror anthology, “Ghost Stories.”

The musical, which was nominated for five awards at this year’s Olivier Awards, including best new musical, is based on the true story of Jamie Campbell, which came to public attention in a BBC documentary, “Jamie: Drag Queen at 16,” in 2011. The coming-of-age tale tells the story of an openly gay teenager, living on a council estate in Sheffield, England, who is nervous about revealing his ambitions to be a drag queen to classmates at school. But with the support of friends and his mother,
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Olivier-Winning ‘The Ferryman’ To Hit Broadway With London Stars

Olivier-Winning ‘The Ferryman’ To Hit Broadway With London Stars
Jez Butterworth’s Olivier Award-winning play The Ferryman will arrive on Broadway with most of its acclaimed London cast intact. Paddy Considine, the Olivier-winning Laura Donnelly and Genevieve O’Reilly will reprise their roles when the play hits New York in October.

The initial casting announcement was made today by producers Sonia Friedman Productions and Neal Street Productions.

Last month, Butterworth’s Northern Irish drama won the Olivier for Best New Play, with director Sam Mendes taking the Best Director award and Donnelly named Best Actress.

The more than 30 Broadway cast members will also include Dean Ashton, Glynis Bell, Gina Costigan, Charles Dale, Justin Edwards, Fra Fee, Fionnula Flanagan, Tom Glynn-Carney, Stuart Graham, Mark Lambert, Carla Langley, Conor MacNeill, Colin McPhillamy, Rob Malone, Dearbhla Molloy, Glenn Speers, and Niall Wright, with further casting to be announced.

The play marks the stage debut for Considine, who won a BAFTA award for his performance as Quinn Carney.
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Funny Cow movie review: standing up for herself

MaryAnn’s quick take… This is scorched-earth cinema that challenges us to find moments of grace and triumph among misery, cruelty, and emotional frugality. Maxine Peake is absolutely incendiary. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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There are movies — rare as they are — about women who do not compromise and make no apologies. And then there’s Funny Cow, as blistering and caustic a film about a no-bullshit woman clawing her way through a man’s world as I’ve ever seen.

This faux biopic of an unnamed (fictional) famous stand-up comic (Maxine Peake) “presumes” that the audience is already aware of who she is, and so it’s not about her work; this is most definitely not a comedy.
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Movie Review – Funny Cow (2017)

Funny Cow, 2017.

Directed by Adrian Shergold.

Starring Maxine Peake, Tony Pitts, Paddy Considine, Alun Armstrong, Stephen Graham, and Lindsay Coulson.

Synopsis:

In the 1970s, a female stand up with the stage name of Funny Cow struggles to make a name for herself on the club circuit, where women on stage are expected to be either singers or strippers. She’s discouraged by a veteran comedian and her husband is determined she should stay at home, but she won’t allow anything to stand in her way. In her own words, she doesn’t have a backbone. She has a funny bone.

Director Adrian Shergold doesn’t make many films for the cinema. His usual stomping ground is television and his last feature film was thirteen years ago. That was the grim Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, with a great central performance from Timothy Spall. In Funny Cow, he gives us another dour story,
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The 2018 Olivier Awards Red Carpet Interviews: Imelda Staunton, Alfred Molina & more

Yesterday evening we were on the red carpet for the 2018 Olivier Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Attending the awards were host Catherine Tate, Alfred Molina, Jez Butterworth, Mel Giedroyc, Sergie Polunin, Marcelino Sambe, Meera Syal, John Hodgkinson, Ophelia Lovibond, Imogen Poots, Anne-Marie Duff, Georgina Campbell, Indira Varma, Paddy Considine, Bryan Cranston, Andrew Scott, Pearl Mackie, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Sam Mendes, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joe McFadden, Christopher Wheeldon, Ronan Keating, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Shirley Henderson, Ciaran Hinds, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Juliet Stevenson, and Micheal Sheen.

Cassam Looch and Colin Hart were on the carpet to interview those attending, here’s how they got on.

The 2018 Olivier Awards Red Carpet Interviews

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2018 Olivier Awards: Complete list of winners led by ‘Hamilton,’ ‘The Ferryman’

Winners of the 42nd annual edition of the Olivier Awards were revealed in ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 8 hosted by Catherine Tate. Unlike the Tony Awards, which are showcased live on CBS, the Olivier Awards gets only a clips package on ITV later that evening and a live feed on BBC Radio 2.

Hamilton” won a record seven Olivier Awards, including Best Musical and for both leading man Giles Terera and supporting player Michael Jibson. “The Ferryman” took home Best Play as well as the combined award for directing (Sam Mendes) and Best Actress (Laura Donnelly).

See Dish the Tony and Olivier Awards with theater insiders in our notorious forum

Musicals

Best Musical

An American In Paris

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Girl From The North Country

X – Hamilton

Young Frankenstein

Best Musical Revival

42nd Street

X – Follies

On The Town

Best Actor (Musical)

Ciarán Hinds
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Journeyman review – Paddy Considine hits home

Writer-director Considine stars with Jodie Whittaker in his middleweight boxing drama

Paddy Considine writes, directs and stars in this drama about a boxer who suffers a head trauma after what was supposed to be his last fight. Matty Burton (Considine) is a husband, father and middleweight champion, apparently unruffled by his younger, cockier opponent, Andre “The Future” Bryte (Anthony Welsh). In fact, Considine’s Burton is so seemingly, robustly good that the film might be considered a vanity project, were it not for his ugly bursts of violence that manifest outside the ring. The injury impairs his speech, mobility and memory, leaving wife Emma (Jodie Whittaker) to become his full-time carer.

The film is a little self-serious, and the story’s recovery arc wraps up too tidily, but as a character study – and showcase for Considine and Whittaker’s considerable gifts as actors – it’s surprisingly interesting and angular.

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