Durban FilmMart Opens Screen Doors to African Talent

Africa’s leading finance and co-production market, the Durban FilmMart, kicks off July 17 as financiers, producers and commissioning editors from around the world converge on South Africa this week for the Durban Intl. Film Festival (Diff).

Now in its sixth year, the Durban FilmMart will offer filmmakers from across Africa a chance to pitch their projects to potential financiers, distribs, sales agents, and co-producers, as well as take part in a full slate of master classes and workshops on the latest industry trends across the FilmMart’s four-day program.

A partnership between Diff and the Durban Film Office (Dfo), the FilmMart has become an important stepping stone for African filmmakers in all stages of project development.

“Our main objective is to help people connect and develop networks and partnerships with others in the industry, especially those from across Africa,” said the Dfo’s Toni Monty. “We see how African filmmakers
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Ewan McGregor Is ‘Born To Be King’

Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor is set to star in new film Born To Be King, and starring opposite him is Kate Hudson, who is sticking to the genre for which she’s best known in this romantic comedy.

The plot revolves around an extra (McGregor) who strikes an uncanny resemblance to a movie star, and a Hollywood starlet (Hudson) who’s in a feud with her co-star and begins to fall for the extra.

The film is written and directed by Peter Capaldi, who’s short film Franz Kafta’S It’S A Wonderful Life won an Oscar. Dan Lupovitz and Alexandra Stone are to produce with Elaine Collins co-producing and Ron Fogelman and William Parente executive producing. Indomina Releasing is to handle the sales rights to the film.

McGregor who was most recently seen in Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, and will next be seen
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McGregor, Hudson Join Capaldi’s "King"

Ewan McGregor has signed on to star and Kate Hudson is in negotiations to join Peter Capaldi’s mistaken-identity rom-com "Born to Be King" at Indomina Releasing says THR.

The story revolves around a film extra (McGregor) who has an uncanny resemblance to a movie star and a Hollywood starlet (Hudson) who’s at war with her co-star and begins to fall for the extra.

Capaldi, best known for playing the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in the BBC sitcom "The Thick of It", also wrote the screenplay. Alexandra Stone and Dan Lupovitz will produce and shooting kicks off in January at Pinewood Studios in the UK.
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Spring Forward: Peter Strickland’s Future Slate includes “The Beginning of Spring”

A small blurb on Deadline about an joining CAA pretty much confirms that the helmer behind personal favorites Katalin Varga (2009) and this year’s Edinburgh/Locarno/Tiff preemed Berberian Sound Studio is moving into the sought after talent sphere. Filmmaker Peter Strickland might now make The Beginning of Spring film project number three.

Gist: Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1988 novel, The Beginning Of Spring centers on Frank Reid, a struggling printer in Moscow. On the eve of the Revolution, his wife returns to her native England, leaving him to raise their three young children alone. How does a reasonable man like Frank cope? Should he listen to the Tolstoyan advice of his bookkeeper? And should he, in his wife’s absence, resist his desire for his lovely Russian housemaid? How can anyone know how to live the right life?

Worth Noting: In a sit down with ScreenDaily, Strickland mentioned a
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Lone Scherfig Hears "Music and Silence"

Lone Scherfig ("An Education," "One Day") has signed to direct Danish historical epic "Music And Silence" for BBC Films says Screen Daily.

Set in the court of Danish King Christian IV, this tells the story of the king’s fight to save his kingdom and his marriage. At the same time two young servants who are falling in love find themselves torn apart when the king’s wife is banished from the court.

Martin Sherman ("Mrs Henderson Presents," "Bent") has adapted the script based on the award-winning novel by Rose Tremain. Dan Lupovitz and Alexandra Stone are producing and shooting begins early next year for release in 2013.
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BBC Films Develops Music and Silence with Director Lone Scherfig

BBC Films Develops Music and Silence with Director Lone Scherfig
Following up An Education and the upcoming romantic adaptation One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (Focus, August 19), director Lone Scherfig is developing another book, Music and Silence, with BBC Films. Big Bad Wolf Productions' Dan Lupovitz (Hunky Dory, Death Defying Acts) started to develop the Whitbread Award-winning Rose Tremain novel--about upstairs/downstairs romantic intrigue in a Medieval Danish court--with Scherfig during post-production on An Education. They and British producing partner, Alexandra Stone (Young Adam, Kidulthood) brought the package to the BBC, and hired playwright/screenwriter Martin Sherman (Bent, Mrs. Henderson Presents) to adapt the book. One of the most popular of the prolific Tremain's novels, Music and Silence is set in the 17-century court of Danish King Christian IV at a time when the ...
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Cooper, Christie and Imogen Poots Say 'Hello Darkness'

Screen Daily reports that Dominic Cooper, Julie Christie and Imogen Poots are currently attached to Hello Darkness -- which has Bobby Allen and Alexandra Stone producing, with Steve Golin, one of my favorites Todd Haynes and Adam Shulman acting as executive producers. - For every Cary Fukunaga and Marc Webb, there are about a dozen examples of filmmakers who've made it big with their first film at Sundance only to find themselves sludging through the same growing pains in the second time out. You might say this was the case for the working Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer tandem. They made a decent sized splash in Park City with Quinceañera (it got picked up by Spc), only to be stuck in gestation/financing period that is finally changing for the better (I'm guessing vampires truly are the big thing. Screen Daily reports that Dominic Cooper, Julie Christie and
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