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The Spanish Princess: Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones) to Star in The White Princess Follow-Up

Starz has found their new princess. This week, the network announced Charlotte Hope will star in their upcoming TV show The Spanish Princess.A sequel to The White Princess, the historical drama centers on Catherine of Aragon (Hope), the first wife of England’s King Henry VIII. The cast also includes Nadia Parkes, Aaron Cobham, Alan McKenna, Richard Pepper, Olly Rix, and Jordan Renzo.Read More…
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‘The Spanish Princess’: Charlotte Hope To Star In ‘The White Princess’ Follow-Up On Starz

‘The Spanish Princess’: Charlotte Hope To Star In ‘The White Princess’ Follow-Up On Starz
Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones) has been tapped to star in Starz’s The Spanish Princess, the third installment following The White Princess and The White Queen, based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling books. Starz also rounded out the cast as production begins on the limited series.

The Spanish Princess, from All3 Media’s New Pictures and Playground, the latest chapter in the dynastic saga of Tudor England, is described as a powerful, epic story that not only returns the audience to the world of royal court intrigue as seen uniquely through the perspective of the women, but also sheds light on a previously untold corner of history – the lives of people of color, living and working in 16th century London.

Hope has been cast in the titular role as Catherine of Aragon, alongside Stephanie Levi-John as her lady-in-waiting and confidante, Lina de Cardonnes.

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Starz’s ‘The Spanish Princess’ Casts Charlotte Hope, Sets All Female Directors

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Charlotte Hope will star in Starz’s “The Spanish Princess,” which is the cabler’s follow-up to “The White Queen” and “The White Princess,” Variety has learned.

Hope takes on the titular role, Catherine of Aragon, who is promised in marriage to the future King of England Prince Arthur (played by Angus Imrie). Catherine is described as “the source of curiosity, resentment and suspicion among her new family.” When Prince Arthur dies shortly after their wedding, Catherine finds her future as Queen in question and at the mercy of a divided Tudor court under the threat of enemies both abroad and closer to home.

Returning to the world of Tudor royal court intrigue, the story unfolds from the point of view of the women, which works to shed a light on a previously untold corner of history — including the lives of people of color that lived and worked in 16th century London.
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Without Name Tries to Describe Something Indescribable in this Official Trailer

More details are coming in for Lorcan Finnegan's Without Name. Releasing today, the film's official trailer and film poster are hosted here. Described as a "delirious time lost in the woods (Kurland, Bloody Disgusting)," the film's latest promotional material bends the mind. In the story, several surveyors are working in a local, Irish wood. But, something supernatural this way creeps. The trailer for Without Name is equally strange and distorted. A preview of the film's Video-on-demand launch is hosted here. In the trailer, Eric (Alan McKenna) narrates the clip. He talks of a place, that he cannot describe. He calls it a "door" and a "frequency," but these words do not describe this place accurately. Then, events take a trip into madness. This award winning film will show on most Video-on-demand platforms, today. Without Name has already won “Best Feature,” “Best Director (Lorcan Finnegan),” “Best Editor (Tony Cranstoun)” and
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Without Name Distorts Your Reality with this "The Light in Here is Weird" Movie Clip

Something is lurking in the woods of Ireland. In Lorcan Finnegan's Without Name, three surveyors encounter an indescribable entity. Two new clips have been released for the film, via Global Digital Releasing. The very strange "The Light in Here is Weird" clip is hosted here. And, Without Name centrally stars: Alan Mckenna (ABCs of Death 2), Niamh Algar and James Browne. Garret Shanley wrote the script. To be released through Video-on-demand this June 20th, a preview of the film's North American launch is hosted here. The clip "The Light in Here is Weird" is a bit surreal. The film's early trailer - even more so. The latest clip shows surveyor Olivia (Niamh Algar) looking for Eric (Alan McKenna). The music is haunting and the audio is distorted. The lighting dampens and brightens, creating an almost hallucinogenic quality. What is causing the distortion? Without Name has shown at a number of film festivals.
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Horror Highlights: Without Name, Nitehawk Shorts Festival Selects, Frontières at Fantasia, The Passing

You never know what will be waiting for you in the woods... In today's Horror Highlights, we have two clips from the upcoming thriller Without Name, as well as details on the Nitehawk Shorts Festival Selects program, Frontières returning to the Fantasia International Film Festival, and the official trailer for The Passing.

Without Name Clips: Press Release: "Los Angeles, California (June 16, 2017) - Global Digital Releasing has set a distribution date for the award winning dramatic thriller Without Name. The North American release will be across multiple digital and VOD platforms, beginning Tuesday, June 20.

The story follows land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna). He travels to a remote, unnamed Irish woodland to assess its suitability for a new development project. However, the assignment it is not as simple as it could be. Intrigued by the woods’ foreboding mysticism, Eric finds himself drawn into a dangerous game that could lead to him becoming
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Without Name: Watch The Full Trailer For Lorcan Finnegan's Hypnotic Debut

We're big fans of Irish director Lorcan Finnegan in these parts and with his debut feature Without Name - an exercise in hypnotic, atmospheric dread - coming up on theatrical release in its native land the full trailer has arrived to whet the appetite. Without Name centers around land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna) who travels to a remote and unnamed Irish woodland, to assess its suitability for a new development project. Here, he sets up temporary residence, in old unused house, right in the midst of the forest. Eric learns about the man who once occupied the house and begins to discover that all is not what it would appear to be in the woods. The idyllic backdrop almost seems to speak back to him...

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Without Name review – heady, psychedelic woodland horror

Lorcan Finnegan’s debut suffers from some predictable plotting, but the eye-popping flair of its spectral sylvan visions is quite something to behold

So trippy it makes Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England look like an afternoon at the tax office, Dublin director Lorcan Finnegan’s debut sprig of sylvan-psych makes up for its occasional heavy tread with outstanding photography. Alan McKenna is a middle-aged surveyor with a curdling home life, sent out to chart ancient woodlands in preparation for development. But his surveyor’s pendulum is acting up, he witnesses strange figures in the morning mists, and, when his assistant-cum-lover (Niamh Algar) arrives, it’s clear his spiritual compass is erring, too.

A clear subscriber to the school of the atmospheric slow build over the jump-shock, it’s a shame Finnegan is too eager to will-o-the-wisp us down predictable paths – as he does with some unsubtle plotting, and
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Without Name Review [Tiff 2016]

Back in 2012, I covered a low-key horror festival in New York City that programmed a short titled Foxes. I can’t tell you what feature it played before, mainly because the slate of shorts Foxes was part of outshined the feature presentation without contest. Why am I telling you this? Because Foxes was Lorcan Finnegan’s first cinematic effort, and as my first assumption of his talents surmised, Without Name captures all the psychological tension that Finnegan once showcased in a tighter format. It’s a bit of hallucinogenic woodland mayhem – somewhere along the lines of a diet The Hallow – representing a solid feature debut for Mr. Finnegan, even if a little more depth is desired.

Alan McKenna stars as Eric, a land surveyor hired for some secretive private contract. His employer won’t reveal exactly why he was chosen, but what’s the point in questioning a paycheck? Eric begins his duties alone,
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Tiff 2016 Interview – Lorcan Finnegan and cast on Without Name

Ricky Church chats with Lorcan Finnegan and cast of Without Name

Earlier this week the Irish indie film Without Name premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and Flickering Myth got to sit down with the cast and crew of this psychological horror. Without Name tells the story of Eric, a man going through a mid-life crisis as he becomes emotionally distant from his family and colleagues. His works as a land surveyor gets him hired to examine a forest, but it becomes clear that there is more to this forest than simply trees. Paranoia seeps into Eric’s life as he’s unsure of the things he sees and becomes increasingly unhinged.

Joining in the roundtable discussion are director Lorcan Finnegan, who made his directorial feature debut with this film, producer Brunella Cocchiglia, and the main cast of Alan McKenna (Eric), Niamh Algar (Olivia), Eric’s assistant, and James Browne,
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Tiff 2016 Review – Without Name (2016)

Without Name, 2016

Directed by Lorcan Finnegan

Starring Alan McKenna, Niamh Algar, James Browne, Olga Wehrly


A land surveyor discovers a dark secret deep within a dense forest, in this eco-horror thriller from first-time Irish filmmaker Lorcan Finnegan.

For his debut feature film, director Lorcan Finnegan presents an intriguing psychological horror that relies on the study of its characters and building the tension than traditional jump scares. Combined with Finnegan’s direction and a small but committed cast, Without Name succeeds as an examination on the many ways people isolate themselves and what that isolation can do to the mind.

One aspect Without Name does very well with is the old adage of ‘show, don’t tell’. A great amount of the film is built off watching the cast’s performances, paying attention to their facial expressions and body language. The first 10 – 15 minutes of the film itself is very silent
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[Tiff Review] Without Name

For someone afraid of loneliness, Eric (Alan McKenna) sure loves putting himself in positions that can’t help isolating him from the world. A land surveyor who specializes in remote areas and works by himself unless apprentice-of-sorts Olivia (Niamh Algar) can tear herself away from her thesis to help, his long hours and extramarital affair (also when Olivia can put down her studies) risk destroying a marriage already on the rocks. He must work to keep his family together and therefore alienate them in the process. He needs human interaction while doing so and therefore starts an affair that could very well leave him without wife and mistress. Eric is trapped in a never-ending existential crisis, saddened by nature’s destruction via cement and yet on the destroyers’ frontline fighting.

Director Lorcan Finnegan and writer Garret Shanley‘s feature debut Without Name opens as Eric finishes one job and begins another.
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‘Without Name’ Exclusive Clip: Eco-Horror Thriller Follows A Land Surveyor’s Creepy Journey Into The Irish Woods

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‘Without Name’ Exclusive Clip: Eco-Horror Thriller Follows A Land Surveyor’s Creepy Journey Into The Irish Woods
Remote forests contain some of the world’s dark secrets, at least according to filmmakers who routinely set movies in dense thickets to capitalize on their creepiness. Lorcan Finnegan’s debut feature “Without Name” follows Eric (Alan McKenna), a land surveyor in the throes of a midlife crisis, who is tasked by a mysterious client to go on a prolonged survey excursion in the Irish woodlands. Soon, Eric’s comfortably predictable city life is replaced by the chaos of nature. By the time his research assistant, Olivia (Niamh Algar), arrives at the remote cottage where he is staying, Eric has become disturbed by the woodlands, and wonders if unnameable fears will take permanent root in his head. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’

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Watch the trailer for “psychotropic faery story” Without Name

Irish director Lorcan Finnegan makes his directorial debut with Without Name, a film about a land surveyor who travels to the Irish woodland and becomes obsessed with his surroundings as he attempts to escape from his fragile life. The film stars Alan McKenna, Niamh Algar and James Browne and will be having its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12. Watch the teaser trailer and check out the poster below….

Land surveyor Eric, alienated from urban existence and those who love him, travels to a remote and unnamed Irish woodland to assess its suitability for a dubious development project. Intangible elements are at play in this ethereal environment. The place seems to be imbued by an intelligence of sorts. A silhouette flits between trees. The place fascinates the fragmenting Eric as much as it disturbs him. Following in the psychonautic footsteps of the mysterious Devoy, Eric attempts to communicate with his surroundings,
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Toronto 2016 Exclusive: Without Name Teaser and Poster, Ethereal and Mysterious

Our exclusive teaser for Without Name is very much a tease, suggesting a rich, ethereal and mysterious environment without giving away plot details. For that, we have this: Synopsis: Land surveyor Eric, alienated from urban existence and those who love him, travels to a remote and unnamed Irish woodland to assess its suitability for a dubious development project. Intangible elements are at play in this ethereal environment. The place seems to be imbued by an intelligence of sorts. A silhouette flits between trees. The place fascinates the fragmenting Eric as much as it disturbs him. Following in the psychonautic footsteps of the mysterious Devoy, Eric attempts to communicate with his surroundings, but risks becoming a prisoner of a place Without Name. Alan McKenna, Niamh Algar...

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Ten Best: Deep Sea Thrillers

To mark the release of deep sea thriller Pressure, out now on DVD/download starring Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole, Alan McKenna and Daisy Lowe, we take a look at the best deep sea thrillers of all time.

The Hunt For Red October (1990)

Starring: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn

Director: John McTiernan

Das Boot (1981)

Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)

Starring: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Director: Richard Fleischer

Jaws (1975)

Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

Director: Steven Spielberg

The Abyss (1989)

Starring: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn

Director: James Cameron

The Big Blue (1988)

Starring: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette, Paul Shenar.

Director: Luc Besson

Pressure (2015)

Starring: Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole, Alan McKenna and Daisy Lowe

Director: Ron Scalpello

Sphere (1998)

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson

Director: Barry Levinson
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To celebrate the upcoming release of Pressure on DVD, available to rent and buy from 31st August, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture readers the chance to win a copy courtesy of eOne.

Pressure is a nail-biting claustrophobic thriller set in a diving bell at the bottom of the sea, starring Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole, Alan McKenna and Daisy Lowe.

Four deep sea saturation divers become stranded 650ft below the surface of the Indian Ocean after disaster strikes their ship. With the air in their bodies compressed to withstand the depth, surfacing too fast without decompressing is unthinkable and will lead to almost certain death. With their diving bell damaged, rescue uncertain and oxygen depleting, they are forced to work together to fight for their survival.

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‘The ABCs of Death 2′ Blu-ray Review

Directed by Julian Barratt, Alexandre Bustillo, Larry Fessenden, Julian Gilbey, E.L. Katz, Aharon Keshales, Steven Kostanski, Julien Maury, Vincenzo Natali, Bill Plympton, Jen & Sylvia Soska and many more…

It’s a second go around the alphabet of fear with The ABCs of Death 2. 2012′s first installment – an anthology of 26 stories, each representing a letter of the alphabet – was the very definition of a mixed bag, with (sadly) the bad often outweighing the good. However, given that the good was Very good I still held out hope that this sequel would live up to the expectations and potential that the format has.

Thankfully this time round the good outweighs the bad, although surprisingly there are some disappointing segments from directors whose work I’ve enjoyed; and whose feature work has been hailed as some of the best in the genre – not that there’s any evidence of that here – including
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‘Matinee Idol’ & ‘Gateway 6′ Top Annual Brit List

Unrepped writer Richard Galazka’s romantic comedy Matinee Idol and Malachi Smyth’s Gateway 6 topped the annual Brit List of best unproduced screenplays. Both projects received nine votes. The list is compiled by UK producers, agents, distributors and sales companies, who aren’t allowed to vote for their own projects. Other qualifying criteria include receiving a minimum of three votes and not having featured on previous Brit Lists.

Previous films to appear on the Brit List include The King’s Speech, Welcome To The Punch, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and most recently The Riot Club.

Matinee Idol is being produced by Rooks Nest Entertainment. Sentinel Entertainment is behind Gateway 6, a futuristic sci-fi project. 42, one of the UK’s most dynamic production and management companies, had two projects on the shortlist: Jay Basu’s The Pier and Outside The Wire, from screenwriting duo Rowan Athale and Rob Yescombe

There were 140 entries,
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Brit List topped by Matinee Idol, Gateway 6

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Rom-com and sci-fi top industry selection of hot unproduced screenplays.Scroll down for full list

Romantic comedy Matinee Idol by writer Richard Galazka and sci-fi Gateway 6 by Malachi Smyth lead this year’s Brit List, the industry selection of hot unproduced screenplays.

Both scripts recorded nine industry votes to top the list.

Rooks Nest Entertainment are producing Matinee Idol, about a cinephile who tries to win a girl’s heart by pretending to be someone he’s not, only to learn that it takes more than grand gestures to turn fantasy into reality.

Sentinel Entertainment are behind futuristic sci-fi Gateway 6, in which on a war-ravaged Earth, four soldiers man the last bastion – an outpost in a sea-covered continent.

Jay Basu’s The Pier, produced by 42, and Krysty Wilson-Cairns’ Aether, from FilmNation, followed with eight votes.

The list is compiled by a combination of UK producers, agents, distributors and sales companies.

There were 140 entries
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