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Exclusive: Interviews with Lily Newmark & Chanel Cresswell on the set of Pin Cushion

You would think that portraying a role similar to yourself, and embodying the sensibilities of a figure that resonates with you, would make for a rather straightforward performance for an actor. Yet to emotionally connect with a likeminded character, and subsequently present that on screen, was one of the biggest challenges that gifted newcomer Lily Newmark faced when taking on her first leading role in Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion.

“Iona as a character is very much like myself, I actually found it slightly unnerving how similar we are,” she told us during a brief moment on the set of the film, which we visited on a brisk Derbyshire afternoon. “It doesn’t take a lot of preparation to be that character but it’s a challenge in a sense that it’s difficult to show such a true side to yourself. Everything that Iona expresses in this film I have expressed myself,
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Warp Films to Produce Film of Hit Musical ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’

Warp Films to Produce Film of Hit Musical ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’
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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Teen drag queen musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie to become movie

British stage success’s big screen transfer to be made by Warp Films and overseen by stage director Jonathan Butterell

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the hit musical based on 2011 BBC documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, is to become a film.

The show, which premiered in Sheffield 18 months ago, is in development with Film4 and Sheffield-based Warp Films, the production company responsible for much of the back catalogue of Shane Meadows, as well as Chris Morris’s Four Lions, the acclaimed thriller ’71, and Ghost Stories, an adaptation of Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s stage show.
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Vicky McClure: ‘What makes me unhappy? A bad cup of tea’

The actor on Julie Walters, eyebrows and why she misses video shops

Born in Nottingham, Vicky McClure, 34, trained at The Television Workshop, where she was discovered by Shane Meadows. She appeared in his 1999 film A Room For Romeo Brass and won a Bafta for her role as Lol in the This Is England series. Her other work includes Line Of Duty and Broadchurch, and she is currently starring in the ITV2 comedy series Action Team. She is engaged to the actor and writer Jonny Owen.

When were you happiest?

Christmas Day in Nottingham. I am happiest when I am with all of my family, and last year Jonny and I got engaged.

Related: Sarah Millican: ‘My greatest fear? That I’ll discover the biscuit tin empty’ | Q&A

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Movie Review – Dark River (2018)

Dark River, 2018.

Written and directed by Clio Barnard.

Starring Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley and Sean Bean.

Synopsis:

After the death of their father, two siblings engage in a power struggle for control of the dilapidated farm their parent left behind.

The first two features from Yorkshire-born filmmaker Clio Barnard marked her out as a real talent to watch in British cinema. Experimental documentary The Arbor and kitchen sink drama The Selfish Giant both made an impact, with the latter especially boasting an impactful emotional punch. Her latest movie, Dark River stays true to her rural English roots, with the tale of two siblings struggling over the ownership of a farm previously run by their father. That might sound like an Emmerdale B-plot, but it’s the starting point for a potent work of purely emotional filmmaking.

Ruth Wilson plays Alice, who has returned to the secluded farm where she once
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'Trainspotting' producer, Bafta Scotland, Wftv among Glasgow industry line-up (exclusive)

Women In Film & TV and Bafta Scotland to chair panels on gender imbalance and harassment.

Source: Channel Four Films

’Trainspotting’

Screen can reveal the full programme for the Glasgow Film Festival 2018 (21 Feb - 4 March) Industry Focus.

The three day strand (28 Feb - 2 March) will be highlighted by talks from producer Andrew Macdonald (Trainspotting, T2: Trainspotting, Shallow Grave) and Us casting director Kerry Barden (Spotlight, Pitch Perfect).

The 2018 event will also address the recent revelations regarding sexual harassment in the business and wider industry working practices. Bafta Scotland will look at the urgency of redressing the gender imbalance in film and TV and examine practical solutions to improve access, career development and representation, whilst Women in Film & Television will explore the issue of sexual harassment in the UK industry in a panel chaired by Kate Kinninmont MBE, chief executive of Wftv with guests including cinematographer Nicola Daley and casting director Simone Pereira Hind.

Other events include
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'Trainspotting' producer, Bafta Scotland, Wftv among Glasgow industry lineup (exclusive)

Women In Film & TV and Bafta Scotland to chair panels on gender imbalance and harassment.

Source: Channel Four Films

’Trainspotting’

Screen can reveal the full programme for the Glasgow Film Festival 2018 (21 Feb - 4 March) Industry Focus.

The three day strand (28 Feb - 2 March) will be highlighted by talks from producer Andrew Macdonald (Trainspotting, T2: Trainspotting, Shallow Grave) and Us casting director Kerry Barden (Spotlight, Pitch Perfect).

The 2018 event will also address the recent revelations regarding sexual harassment in the business and wider industry working practices. Bafta Scotland will look at the urgency of redressing the gender imbalance in film and TV and examine practical solutions to improve access, career development and representation, whilst Women in Film & Television will explore the issue of sexual harassment in the UK industry in a panel chaired by Kate Kinninmont MBE, chief executive of Wftv with guests including cinematographer Nicola Daley and casting director Simone Pereira Hind.

Other events include
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Liam Gallagher's 'Come Back To Me' Directed by Shane Meadows

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Below is the music video for Liam Gallagher's Come Back To Me, directed by Shane Meadows. The video takes Liam Gallagher back to King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, the venue where Alan McGee discovered Oasis.

Liam had this to say about working with Meadows.

"It was an honour to work with Shane for this video – he’s one of the best British directors around,” said Liam. “It was great to return to the scene of the crime King Tut’s where it all began and the fans never disappoint.”Shane Meadows added:

“I have only made two official pop promos since I started making films back in 1994. When the chance to make the video for ‘Come Back To Me’ came up, the timing was awful as I was right in the middle of editing my new series. But there’s certain things in life you can’t not do
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Trailer: Bad Day For The Cut Delivers Bloody Vengeance to the Irish Countryside

A violent revenge thriller cut from the same cloth as Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin and Shane Meadows' Dead Man's Shoes, Chris Baugh's Bad Day For The Cut has been garnering strong word of mouth since its debut at Sundance back in January. The film stars Nigel O'Neill (Game of Thrones, Vikings) as a middle-aged farmer who lives with his mother in rural Ireland, who is spurred on to unleash a bloody revenge mission after his ma is murdered during an apparent robbery.  Well Go Entertainment has acquired the film for distribution in North America, with a release date set for 20 October. Check out the trailer below....

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'Star Wars: Episode IX' Taps New Screenwriter

'Star Wars: Episode IX' Taps New Screenwriter
British screenwriter Jack Thorne has been tapped to finish the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode IX, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Thorne will take over for director Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly. According to sources, a new set of eyes was needed to finish the final installment of the franchise reboot, though it's unclear how much of the script needs to be rewritten.

Thorne has created several acclaimed British television shows including National Treasure, the crime drama The Last Panthers and the sci-fi series The Fades.
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The directors who can take cinema forward over the next decade

Tom Jolliffe on the directors who can take cinema forward over the next decade…

There’s a cinematic crossroads on the horizon. As the market gets swallowed up by a core consumer taste leaning toward spandex and radioactive arachnid bites, there’s a need for modern thinking, engaging directors to offer something different. After all, there’s only so long the Marvel cow can be milked. It will dry out. It’s the way of things. Studios now bank on billion dollar returns. These seem safe bets now, but for how long? Ultimately it will become a huge gamble.

We’re still seeing interesting film-makers doing their best to re-invigorate or subvert genres. Edgar Wright just smashed it out of the park with Baby Driver. There was a degree of hyperbole about marking him as a cinematic master (until he improves his depiction of women in films, that may allude
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Game Of Thrones season 7: episode 1 questions answered

Louisa Mellor Jul 17, 2017

Giants, gyroscopes, Jim Broadbent and more in our list of answers to questions about the Game Of Thrones season 7 premiere…

Warning: contains spoilers.

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Now that the Game Of Thrones season seven opener has aired (our spoiler-filled review is here), here are the answers to one or two questions that may or may not have floated up while you were watching…

How come Walder Frey was in it? Didn’t Arya slit his throat last season?

Had you sneezed at an inopportune moment, you may not have seen Arya peeling his face off her own like a Scooby Doo villain, using a trick she learned from her time with the Faceless Men. The North remembers, remember?

What song was Ed Sheeran singing around that campfire?

Despite Sheeran’s character
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Shane Meadows reunites with Stephen Graham and Helen Behan for The Virtues

Variety is reporting that Shane Meadows is reuniting with This Is England stars Stephen Graham and Helen Behan for The Virtues, a new four-part TV series penned by Jack Thorne.

The series will see Graham as Joseph, a man who returns home to Ireland to confront a troubled past after having been brought up in the state care system. Behan plays Anna, the sister whom Joseph has not seen since childhood, while Frank Laverty (Michael Collins) plays Anna’s husband.

“[The Virtues] takes the biblical, almost apocalyptic levels of revenge witnessed in ‘Dead Man’s Shoes,’ along with the bittersweet humor from ‘This Is England,’ and creates a landscape like nothing else I’ve worked on,” said Meadows.

Filming on The Virtues is underway now, and the series is slated to air on Channel 4 in 2019.
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The Virtues: new Shane Meadows drama series on the way

Kirsten Howard Jul 13, 2017

Stephen Graham is set to star in The Virtues, a new 4-part drama from Shane Meadows....

It's been announced that celebrated director Shane Meadows will once again return to the small screen with a new drama series for Channel 4 called The Virtues.

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Co-written with Jack Thorne, who Meadows has previously collaborated with on several This Is England projects, The Virtues is currently eyeing a 2019 air date, and Stephen Graham will be back in the Meadows fold as the star of this one.

Here's a synopsis from Channel 4:

"BAFTA-nominated Stephen Graham (This Is England, ’86, ’88, ’90, Boardwalk Empire, Taboo) stars as Joseph, a moral yet troubled man who’s lost everything he ever held dear and who finds himself compelled to travel to Ireland to confront
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Shane Meadows preps Irish drama 'The Virtues' for Channel 4

Channel orders four-parter from Warp Films.

This Is England team Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne are to create a four-part drama for Channel 4 (writes Broadcast).

Set to air in 2019, The Virtues (w/t) follows a troubled man who returns to Ireland to confront his childhood in the care system.

The 4 x 60-minute series is currently filming in Belfast, Sheffield and Liverpool, and will star This Is England and Taboo actor Stephen Graham alongside newcomer Niamh Algar.

Warp Films’ drama is written by Thorne and Meadows, who will also direct.

The production marks Meadows’ first directing and writing credit since 2015’s This Is England ‘90 - the third instalment of the long-running drama. Thorne has since penned The Last Panthers, National Treasure and an episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

Producers include Mark Herbert and Nickie Sault. The series was commissioned by C4 head of drama Beth Willis.

Meadows said: “The Virtues takes the biblical, almost
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Shane Meadows Reunites With ‘This Is England’ Team for ‘The Virtues’

Shane Meadows Reunites With ‘This Is England’ Team for ‘The Virtues’
Shane Meadows’ latest drama series for Britain’s Channel 4 will see the filmmaker reuniting with “This Is England” stars Stephen Graham and Helen Behan for “The Virtues.” The show will follow Joseph, played by Graham, as he returns home to Ireland to confront a troubled past after having been brought up in the state care system.

Frank Laverty (“Michael Collins”) will star as the husband of Anna (Behan), the sister whom Joseph has not seen since he was a child. Jack Thorne, who worked on the “This Is England” TV series, has written “The Virtues.” The show will be produced by Sheffield- and London-based Warp Films, which made the 2009 film “This Is England” and three TV sequels: “This Is England ’86,” “This Is England ’88,” and “This Is England ’90.” Like all of the “England” TV series, “The Virtues” will be four parts.

Meadows said that “The Virtues” will draw on his previous work. “It
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On my radar: Jack O’Connell’s cultural highlights

The actor on a book of ancient wisdom, the effortless cool of Fat White Family, hurling, asparagus and Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake

Born in Alvaston, Derby, in 1990, Jack O’Connell made his film debut in 2006 as reluctant neo-Nazi Pukey in Shane Meadows’s This Is England, before landing the part of Cook in Skins. Following turns in Starred Up and Harry Brown – for which Michael Caine labelled him a “star of the future” – he was cast as the lead in Angelina Jolie’s 2014 film Unbroken, about a second world war bombardier and Olympic athlete who ends up in a prisoner-of-war camp. In 2015 he won the Ee rising star award at the Baftas, and the following year appeared in Jodie Foster’s Money Monster. O’Connell stars opposite Sienna Miller in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at London’s Apollo theatre from 13 July.

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On my radar: Jack O’Connell’s cultural highlights

The actor on a book of ancient wisdom, the effortless cool of Fat White Family, hurling, asparagus and Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake

Born in Alvaston, Derby, in 1990, Jack O’Connell made his film debut in 2006 as reluctant neo-Nazi Pukey in Shane Meadows’s This Is England, before landing the part of Cook in Skins. Following turns in Starred Up and Harry Brown – for which Michael Caine labelled him a “star of the future” – he was cast as the lead in Angelina Jolie’s 2014 film Unbroken, about a second world war bombardier and Olympic athlete who ends up in a prisoner-of-war camp. In 2015 he won the Ee rising star award at the Baftas, and the following year appeared in Jodie Foster’s Money Monster. O’Connell stars opposite Sienna Miller in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at London’s Apollo theatre from 13 July.

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New York’s Museum of the Moving Image Celebrates Film Movement’s 15th Anniversary (Exclusive)

Cannes — Naji Abu Nowar’s Academy Award-nominated “Theeb,” Maysaloun Hamoud’s “In Between” and Lucia Puenzo’s “Xxy” screen in a 15-title film series presented by New York’s Museum of the Moving Image to pay tribute to New New York-based independent distributor Film Movement.

Entitled Film Movement: A 15th Anniversary Celebration, the screening series runs June 8 through July 2.

The showcase could easily have shown other titles: Film Movement, a distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, has released over 250 features and shorts. Its chosen titles, however, includes at least six first features. Two, the most recent, come from or have chosen to ficus on the Middle East: U.K.-born Naji Abu Nowar’s “Theeb,” a Wwi-era adventure film shot in Jordan; and Maysaloun Hamoud’s “In Between,” from Arab-Israeli writer-director Maysaloun Hamoud, a female friendship dramedy, which proved one of the most notable of international debuts last year.
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Jawbone review – unfakeably authentic boxing story drips with blood and tears

Johnny Harris packs a powerful punch as the star and writer of this heartfelt drama inspired by his experiences as a teenage champion in the ring

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Johnny Harris is the tough, charismatic London actor who made an indelible impression in Paul Andrew Williams’s 2006 crime drama London to Brighton and in successive series of Shane Meadows’s TV version of This Is England. Now he has written, produced and starred in a boxing film, inspired by his experiences as an Aba teenage champion.

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