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First Look at Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s British Drama ‘Farming’

First Look at Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s British Drama ‘Farming’
Production has wrapped in London on the British drama “Farming,” starring Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Damson Idris, Variety has learned exclusively.

Nigerian-British writer and director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje helmed from his own screenplay based on his autobiographical story of the same name. The script was developed in the Sundance Film Institute and chronicles Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s own coming-of-age story growing up fostered by a white working class family in the U.K.

Idris, star of John Singleton’s FX series “Snowfall,” plays the lead. Despite his Nigerian roots, he grows up to become the leader of a racist skinhead gang in 1980s England. Beckinsale plays his foster mother and Mbatha-Raw portrays a benevolent teacher who offers him one last chance at redemption.

HanWay Films is handling international sales and distribution, and is selling the movie at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Calif. Endeavor Content is overseeing the U.S. sales together with CAA.
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Shooting Wraps On Ralph Fiennes’ Directorial Project ‘The White Crow’

Principal photography has now wrapped on Ralph FiennesThe White Crow, which has been shooting in locations across France, Russia, Croatia and Serbia since August. A new image has been released, featuring lead actor Oleg Ivenko as the legendary ballet star Rudolf Nureyev. Check it out below.

The White Crow was developed by BBC Films and Gabrielle Tana (The Duchess, Dancer, Philomena) who also produces with Carolyn Marks Blackwood through Magnolia Mae Productions together with Ralph Fiennes through Lonely Dragon Productions, and François Ivernel (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire, The Iron Lady) through the French branch of his company, Montebello Productions. American artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas (Lullaby, Georgetown, The Art of Getting By) is a producer and financier through his companies Metalwork Pictures and Rogue Black respectively.

Hanway Films is handling worldwide sales on the project. BBC Films, Hanway Films and The Fyzz Facility co-financed the film.

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The Fyzz Facility, Andrew Levitas Board Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev Movie ‘The White Crow’

The Fyzz Facility, Andrew Levitas Board Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev Movie ‘The White Crow’
New financing partners and cast members have been announced for “The White Crow,” the film based on a chapter of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s life and directed by Ralph Fiennes.

HanWay Films is the co-financing partner, and is selling the film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

London-based The Fyzz Facility has now come on board to co-finance the film, with the company’s Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones joining as executive producers. Filmmaker Andrew Levitas (“Lullaby”) has joined as a producer and financier through his Metalwork Pictures and Rogue Black banners.

Production is underway in France and Russia at locations including The Russian State Hermitage Museum, and will move to Croatia and Serbia. The film focuses on an explosive chapter in Nureyev’s life and is based on Julie Kavanagh’s book “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life.”

Johan Kobborg, the former principal dancer of London’s Royal Ballet, is attached as choreographer.
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Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris, Gugu Mbatha-Raw to star in 'Farming'

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Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris, Gugu Mbatha-Raw to star in 'Farming'
HanWay Films to introduce coming-of-age drama to Cannes buyers.

Damson Idris, Kate Beckinsale, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star in Farming, which HanWay Films will introduce to international buyers in Cannes.

Nigerian-British writer Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje makes his feature directorial debut based on his upbringing in a white working class foster family in 1980s Britain, where he became the head of a white skinhead gang.

Production is scheduled to begin in August in the UK and Nigeria. Wme Global represents Us rights.

Farming is based on Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Annenberg Award-winning screenplay developed with the Sundance Film Institute.

Idris, star of John Singelton’s upcoming FX series Snowfall, will play the lead. Beckinsale will portray his foster mother, a stern, loving, and self-serving woman who takes huge pride in her foster children.

Mbatha-Raw is the teacher who offers the youngster a chance of redemption.

Throughout the 1960s and the 1980s tens of thousands of Nigerian children were farmed out to
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Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Damson Idris Land ‘Farming’ Drama

Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Damson Idris Land ‘Farming’ Drama
Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Damson Idris are starring in the British drama “Farming” with shooting said to start this August in the U.K. and Nigeria.

Nigerian-British writer and director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is directing from his own screenplay based on his autobiographical story, “Farming.” The script was developed in the Sundance Film Institute and chronicles Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s own coming-of-age story growing up fostered by a white working class family in the U.K.

Idris, star of John Singelton’s upcoming FX series “Snowfall,” will play the lead. Beckinsale will portray his foster mother, a stern, hard-loving, and, at times, self-serving woman.

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Michael London and Janice Williams, who teamed on “Trumbo,” are producing through Groundswell Productions together with Francois Ivernel (“The Queen”) through Montebello Productions, Charles de Rosen, Miranda Ballesteros, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. HanWay Films
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Ralph Fiennes Spreads Wings Over ‘The White Crow,’ Taking Key Role

Ralph Fiennes Spreads Wings Over ‘The White Crow,’ Taking Key Role
Ralph Fiennes will do double duty on his third film as director, “The White Crow,” additionally taking on the key role of Rudolf Nureyev’s teacher and mentor. The twice Oscar-nominated actor will join the international cast which has also added French actors Laurent Lafitte and Raphael Personnaz, French actress Calypso Valois and rising German star Louis Hofmann.

Fiennes will play Nureyev’s mentor Pushkin who helped launch the dancer’s international career beyond St Petersburg. In his role as director Fiennes has also newly enlisted “Jackie” costume designer Madeline Fontaine, director of photography Mike Eley and composer Ilan Eshkeri for his production team.

The biopic of the legendary Soviet ballet dancer and choreographer, which tells the story of story of his defection to the West, “The White Crow” is written by David Hare. Russian dancer and film newcomer Oleg Ivenko had previously been announced to play Nureyev with French actress Adele Exarchopoulos,
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Ralph Fiennes joins cast of his Nureyev drama 'The White Crow'

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Ralph Fiennes joins cast of his Nureyev drama 'The White Crow'
Exclusive: Laurent Lafitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Louis Hofmann also board project.

Ralph Fiennes has joined the cast of The White Crow, his project about Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

Fiennes will play Nureyev’s teacher and mentor, Pushkin, who helped launch Nureyev’s career out of St Petersburg, and will also direct the feature.

As previously reported, professional dancer Oleg Ivenko will play the lead role of Nureyev, while fellow dancer Sergei Polunin, Blue Is The Warmest Colour star Adèle Exarchopoulos and Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova are among the cast.

The production has now also attached Elle star Laurent Lafitte, The French Minister star Raphaël Personnaz, Personal Shopper actor Calypso Valois and Land Of Mine star Louis Hofmann ahead of its summer 2017 shoot in St Petersburg and Paris, with locations including the Mariinsky Theatre and the Palais Garnier.

Two-time Oscar-nominee David Hare (The Hours, The Reader) has adapted the screenplay from Julie Kavanagh’s book Rudolf Nureyev, which
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The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon heading to the big screen

The Daily Mail is reporting that the Olivier Award-winning musical Sunny Afternoon – which tells the story of legendary British rock band The Kinks – is set for a big screen adaptation, with Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) reportedly approached to direct.

The film will be scripted by Joe Penhall (Mindhunter) and will explore how Ray Davies, his brother Dave, bass guitarist Pete Quaife and drummer Mick Avory formed The Kinks, the band behind hits such as ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘Tired of Waiting for You’ and ‘Lola’, as well as the sibling rivalry between Ray and Dave.

Sunny Afternoon is said to be in the early stages of development, and producers Francois Ivernel, Charles de Rosen and Sonia Friedman are currently working on securing the story and music rights. There’s no word yet if any of the cast of the West End musical -including John Dagleish and George Maguire, who
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Ralph Fiennes to Direct, David Hare to Write Biopic of Ballet Dancer Rudolf Nureyev

Ralph Fiennes to Direct, David Hare to Write Biopic of Ballet Dancer Rudolf Nureyev
Ralph Fiennes will direct The White Crow, a biographical drama about Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

The new project by Fiennes, whose previous directorial efforts are Coriolanus and The Invisible Woman, will be based on Julie Kavanagh's book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life.

David Hare, nominated for Oscars in the best screenplay category for The Hours and The Reader, will write the script.

The White Crow is being developed by the BBC Films and produced by Oscar-nominated Gabrielle Tana through Magnolia Mae Productions, with Francois Ivernel through the French branch of his company Montebello Productions.

"This is a story of an uncompromising...
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Ralph Fiennes Directing Rudolph Nureyev Drama ‘The White Crow’ – Berlin

Ralph Fiennes Directing Rudolph Nureyev Drama ‘The White Crow’ – Berlin
Ralph Fiennes is set to direct The White Crow, about the life of legendary Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev. It's based on the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh. The Hours scribe David Hare adapts the script while Gabrielle Tana will produce through Magnolia Mae Productions together with Francois Ivernel's Montebellow Productions. Nureyev was a renowned ballet dancer and choreographer in the 1950s who went on to become the director of the Paris Opera…
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Ralph Fiennes to Direct Rudolf Nureyev Movie ‘The White Crow’

Ralph Fiennes to Direct Rudolf Nureyev Movie ‘The White Crow’
Ralph Fiennes is to direct “The White Crow,” written by David Hare, which centers on the life of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. HanWay Films is handling world sales and will introduce the project to buyers in Berlin.

The film is based on Julie Kavanagh’s book “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life,” which “delves into the most cinematic, cultural and politically charged chapter of [the life of Nureyev], a fearless, explosive personality both on and off the stage,” according to a statement.

Fiennes said: “This is a story of an uncompromising spirit, of homeland and ideologies that restrict, and of friendship. It is, equally, a tale about the life and ballet culture he left behind in Russia.”

The film is being produced by Gabrielle Tana, who was nominated for an Academy Award for “Philomena,” through Magnolia Mae Productions, and Francois Ivernel through Montebello Productions.

Russian dancer Oleg Ivenko will play Nureyev and Adele Exarchopoulos
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Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev drama sets cast, shoot, sales deal

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Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev drama sets cast, shoot, sales deal
Exclusive: Adèle Exarchopoulos and dancers Oleg Ivenko and Sergei Polunin will star in The White Crow; HanWay to handle world sales.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour star Adèle Exarchopoulos, Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova (Good Bye Lenin!) and dancers Sergei Polunin and Oleg Ivenko are to star in Ralph FiennesRudolf Nureyev drama The White Crow.

After an extensive search the production has settled on Russian dancer Ivenko to play iconic dancer Nureyev in the feature, which Fiennes will look to shoot on location in St Petersburg and Paris, including the iconic Mariinsky Theatre and the Palais Garnier, in summer 2017.

David Hare’s (The Hours) script, based on the biography Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh, charts the iconic dancer’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him.

The script’s finale is set at Le Bourget airport in Paris and traces the dramatic day of the
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Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev biopic sets cast, shoot, sales deal

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Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev biopic sets cast, shoot, sales deal
Exclusive: Adèle Exarchopoulos and dancers Oleg Ivenko and Sergei Polunin will star in The White Crow; HanWay to handle world sales.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour star Adèle Exarchopoulos, Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova (Good Bye Lenin!) and dancers Sergei Polunin and Oleg Ivenko are to star in Ralph FiennesRudolf Nureyev biopic The White Crow.

After an extensive search the production has settled on Russian dancer Ivenko to play Nureyev in the feature, which Fiennes will look to shoot on location in St Petersburg and Paris, including the iconic Mariinsky Theatre and the Palais Garnier, in summer 2017.

David Hare’s (The Hours) script, based on the biography Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh, charts the iconic dancer’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him.

The script’s finale is set at Le Bourget airport in Paris and traces the dramatic day of the defection.

The
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Montebello signs first look deal with Gaumont

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François Ivernel’s Montebello Productions signs first look development and production deal with Gaumont

Gaumont and Francois Ivernel’s Montebello Productions have agreed to a first look development and production deal, it was announced today.

The agreement will run for three years and cover both film and television production.

Sidonie Dumas, CEO of Gaumont, said: “We are thrilled about this new agreement with François Ivernel. His company has many very promising ideas for series and movies.”

Ivernel said the move highlighted Gaumont’s “ambition to expand further in English-speaking film and high-end European TV series.”

Prior to forming, Montebello, Ivernel ran Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathé and turned Pathé UK into one of the most successful production and distribution companies in Europe.

He was executive producer on such films as Girl With A Pearl Earring, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, The Queen, Bright Star, Slumdog Millionnaire, 127 Hours, The Iron Lady, Mandela and [link
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Gaumont, Montebello Productions Strike First-Look Deal

Paris– Gaumont et Montebello Productions, the banner of former Pathe U.K. topper François Ivernel, have signed a development and production agreement. The three-year pact will cover both film and TV production.

Ivernel, a vet producer and distributor whose credits include Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” said Gaumont combined “stability and dynamism.” “Gaumont has been very successful with production and distribution of French films and international TV series. The company’s ambition to pursue its expansion into English-language movies as well as European TV series makes it an ideal partner for Montebello,” explained Ivernel.

“Many promising projects are in development for movies and series,” said Gaumont CEO Sidonie Dumas.

The alliance between the two companies suggests Gaumont’s willingness to venture again into English-language film productions with a well-rounded partner. The French studio had been focusing on local pics after delivering a string of English-language movies, notably Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet,
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Ralph Fiennes will reunite with David Hare to direct Rudolf Nureyev drama

Ralph Fiennes will reunite with David Hare to direct Rudolf Nureyev drama
Ralph Fiennes will direct a feature film about the life of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

He will reunite with David Hare, who he previously worked with on The Reader, for the BBC Films project.

Fiennes is not thought to be in contention to play Nureye, who died in 1993 at the age of 53.

According to Screen Daily, the film is expected to focus on his defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, and the attempts of the Kgb to stop him doing so.

The currently untitled drama is expected to begin production in late 2016. Philomena's Gabrielle Tana and former Pathe executive Francois Ivernel are on board to produce.

Fiennes and Hare will also work together on a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder at the Old Vic next year.
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Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolf Nureyev drama

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Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolf Nureyev drama
Exclusive: David Hare script to be produced by Philomena producer and BBC Films.

Ralph Fiennes is to direct a feature drama about iconic Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

The as-yet-untitled drama is being written by acclaimed British playwright and screenwriter David Hare, who collaborated with Fiennes on 2008 Oscar-winner The Reader, which was Hare’s last feature.

Philomena producer Gabrielle Tana – who previously collaborated with Fiennes on The Invisible Woman, Coriolanus and The Duchess - is on board to produce the feature, which is being developed with BBC Films and is set to be co-produced by former Pathe executive Francois Ivernel.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the film is understood not to be a biopic but instead charts a specific incident in the life of the celebrated dancer who defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him.

The volatile former Royal Ballet star, whose stage partners
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Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolph Nureyev drama

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Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolph Nureyev drama
Exclusive: David Hare script to be produced by Philomena producer and BBC Films.

Ralph Fiennes is to direct a feature drama about iconic Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev.

The as-yet-untitled drama is being written by acclaimed British playwright and screenwriter David Hare, who collaborated with Fiennes on 2008 Oscar-winner The Reader, which was Hare’s last feature.

Philomena producer Gabrielle Tana – who previously collaborated with Fiennes on The Invisible Woman, Coriolanus and The Duchess - is on board to produce the feature, which is being developed with BBC Films and is set to be co-produced by former Pathe executive Francois Ivernel.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the film is understood not to be a biopic but instead charts a specific incident in the life of the celebrated dancer who defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him.

The volatile former Royal Ballet star, whose stage partners
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Philomena Plays at Sliff 2013 This Sunday – Watch The New Featurette

Ahead of it’s debut this Sunday (November 17) at the St. Louis International Film Festival, The Weinstein Company has released a new featurette for their upcoming film Philomena.

The real-life characters, Philomena Lee and Martin Sixsmith, are played by two actors at the very summit of their respective careers: the legendary Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Shakespeare In Love) and Steve Coogan (The Look Of Love, 24 Hour Party People), one of Britain’s leading comics and creator of the legendary TV and radio ‘personality’ Alan Partridge.

Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock — something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of — and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she
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Royal premiere for Mandela film

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Royal premiere for Mandela film
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has been selected for this year’s Royal Film Performance.

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund made the announcement about the film, which is based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, stars Idris Elba in the title role and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month.

The Royal and European Premiere event will take place on Dec 5 at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema, with members of the Royal Family, cast and filmmakers in attendance.

This film spans Mandela’s life, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is directed by Justin Chadwick and stars British actress Naomie Harris as Mandela’s second wife Winnie.

William Nicholson (Gladiator, Les Miserables) wrote the screenplay. It is produced by Anant Singh of Distant Horizon and by David M. Thompson for Origin Pictures. Executive Producers
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