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Anti-apartheid drama wins best picture award at UK Jewish Film Festival

Anti-apartheid drama wins best picture award at UK Jewish Film Festival
The Jewish Chronicle by Ben WeichAn Act of Defiance recounts the story of a mixed group of black and Jewish men who were arrested in 1963 for conspiring to commit sabotage against the South African state

A movie about Jews’ role in opposing apartheid rule in South Africa took home the best film award as the UK Jewish Film Festival (Ukjff) drew to a close.

An Act of Defiance (aka Bram Fischer), directed by Jean van de Velde, recounts the story of a mixed group of black and Jewish men who were arrested in 1963 for conspiring to commit sabotage against the South African state.

The film won the 2017 Dorfman Best Film award, it was announced last night at the festival’s closing event.

The decision was reached by judges Simon Chinn, Henry Goodman, Daniel Gordon, Kate Muir and Ben Steele, who agreed unanimously that the award go to the historical courtroom drama.
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Espn’s Latest ’30 for 30’ Film Spotlights Brilliant But Troubled Soccer Star George Best

Espn’s Latest ’30 for 30’ Film Spotlights Brilliant But Troubled Soccer Star George Best
To say that George Best was one of the most brilliant soccer players of all time is no exaggeration. But the Northern Irish football icon was also one of the most troubled, haunted by demons that dominated his adult life and cut his career short. Both sides of the Manchester United hero are captured in Espn’s latest “30 for 30” film titled “George Best: All by Himself,” which premieres on Espn Thursday night. Director Daniel Gordon, who captured the horror and heartbreak of the soccer world’s biggest disaster in the 2014 documentary “Hillsborough,” heralds both Best’s historic performances on the pitch and.
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Michael Moore, Kim Longinotto, Dionne Walker projects set for Doc/Fest market

Michael Moore, Kim Longinotto, Dionne Walker projects set for Doc/Fest market
Documentary festival’s MeetMarket will host 65 projects at 2017 edition.

A Michael Moore exec-produced Orson Welles doc and Dan Gordon’s Cuban sports film are among projects to be pitched at Sheffield Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket.

The festival’s flagship pitch event, which takes place on 12-13 June, will host 65 projects selected from more than 500 submissions.

The Mark Cousins-directed Orson Welles: A Portrait Of The Artist will be seeking sales and distribution deals at the market, alongside Kim Longinotto’s Shooting The Mafia, a film about a female photographer’s war against the Mafia.

Hillsborough director Dan Gordon will return to pitch Running For The Revolution with co-producer Julie Goldman, and Bafta-nominated The Hard Stop producer Dionne Walker is to present psychological doc Invisible Woman 2.0, about a couple working the streets of Paris.

Elsewhere, the Laura Poitras exec-produced The Rashomon Effect, directed by Lyric R. Cabral, will look at the differing perspectives of eyewitnesses recalling the shooting
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Best (George Best: All By Himself): Dir. Daniel Gordon (2017)

Best (George Best: All By Himself) review: Michael Keaton is outstanding in this true story of the origins of the fast food joint with the big golden arches.

Best (George Best: All By Himself) review by Luke Ryan Baldock, February 2017.

Best review

The most convenient part of making a documentary about George Best is his name, which lends itself to a title that states both who the documentary is about and comments on his skills. The most unfortunate part of making a documentary about George Best is the fact he was such an icon that little of his life has yet to be covered. Even a sport novice such as myself knows quite a bit about George Best, so what does Best: George Best All By Himself have to offer? The answer is not much, but that’s not to say it’s a bad documentary.

Aside from an opening
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Best Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

Daniel Gordon’s latest documentary, on the life of the irresistible, troubled footballer George Best, begins with an anecdote of the Manchester United legend in his later years, ambling, drunk, in the middle of the street in the pouring rain, a mere shadow of the man who once adorned the turf of Old Trafford. While recent documentaries on Paul Gascoigne and Bobby Moore avoided the destructive nature, and less illuminating years of the subject’s lives, Gordon signals his intentions from the offset, with the tragic elements to the great man’s life a paramount focus, as prevalent within this endeavour as the glory – and what transpires is a truly compelling piece of cinema.

Before we have the chance to educate ourselves on the subject himself, Gordon provides the viewer some valuable context, with a brief sequence concerning the Munich Air Disaster that saw several members of
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Watch the trailer for Best (George Best: All By Himself)

Ahead of its release later this month, Dogwoof has unveiled the trailer for Best (George Best: All By Himself) a new documentary from BAFTA-nominated director Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough), which showcases the football legend in a way you have never seen him before, celebrating his prowess on the pitch, revealing his flaws, and his tragic final years.

Described by The Irish Football Association as the “greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland”, George Best was the charismatic, Belfast boy who could thrill the crowds with every turn of the ball. But with such extraordinary fame came a fatal temptation towards drink and depression. Jointly presented by Espn Films, the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen, the revealing 30 for 30 documentary delivers fascinating, new insights into the rise and fall of one of football’s greatest players, featuring never-before-seen interviews with his close family including Angie Best and Ani Rinchen Khandro,
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Best (George Best: All By Himself) documentary trailer delves into the life of the legend

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Ex-Manchester United legend George Best paved the way for so many of today’s footballers, with his dazzling good looks and Irish charm as well as his dynamic prowess on the pitch. He was the first footballer to become a celebrity icon not just on the pitch but off it as well. In the forthcoming documentary Best (George Best: All By Himself) Best’s life unravels and spirals into the depths of unhappiness before our very eyes.

Behind the camera, mounting the director’s chair, is British BAFTA®-nominated documentary maker Daniel Gordon who took us on an emotional journey with his documentary on Hillsborough last year. From the trailer, we can tell we are in for one hell of an emotional journey as we witness the rise and heartbreaking fall of one the greatest footballers to grace the earth – whether you’re Man United Fan or
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Watch the trailer for Best (George Best: All By Himself)

Dogwoof have released the new trailer for their upcoming documentary Best (George Best: All By Himself), which is released in UK cinemas later this month.

BAFTA®-nominated director Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough) turns his camera spotlight on football legend George Best in a new documentary feature. Best, in cinemas 24th February 2017, explores the beloved football rock and roll star in a way you have never seen him before, celebrating his prowess on the pitch, revealing his flaws, and his tragic final years. The film includes footage of his stunning debut with Manchester United through his football glory years, as well as uncovering his off-pitch talents that seduced so many women around the world.

Described by The Irish Football Association as the “greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland”, George Best was the charismatic, Belfast boy who could thrill the crowds with every turn of the ball.
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Dogwoof picks up George Best doc

Dogwoof picks up George Best doc
Distributor strikes theatrical and home entertainment deal for George Best: All By Himself.

Dogwoof has acquired football doc George Best: All By Himself for UK & Ireland theatrical and home entertainment distribution in 2017.

The feature documentary unveils the drama and allure of gifted football star George Best. The film follows Best’s struggle to fight his alcoholism whilst his footballing prowess begins to abandon him.

The Fine Point Films (Bobby Sands: 66 Days) production is funded by BBC, Espn and Nothern Ireland Screen. It is directed by Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough).

The distribution deal was signed by Oli Harbottle, head of distribution at Dogwoof, and Trevor Birney, MD of Fine Point.

Harbottle commented: “We were immediately excited when we first heard that the story of George Best was being made into a feature documentary a few years ago. With the hugely talented Dan Gordon as director and the combined heavyweight experience of both Fine Point Films and [link
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Trailer for 'Don't Look Down' Doc on Branson's Hot Air Balloon Stunt

"As long as nothing interrupts that serenity, then there's nothing more magical." Gravitas Ventures has debuted a trailer for a documentary titled Don't Look Down, profiling the early 1980's publicity stunt by Richard Branson in an attempt to bring attention to his newly launched Virgin Airlines. Branson decided to hop in a hot air balloon and fly across the Atlantic Ocean, something that has never been done before and is considered dangerous even by other experienced balloonists. "The real story of this incredible adventure has never been told, and using intimate interviews with Branson and the team, never seen before archive (including footage from inside the balloon, shot in real time)." It looks quite thrilling and fascinating. Enjoy. Here's the trailer (+ poster) for Daniel Gordon's documentary Don't Look Down, in high def from Apple: It's 1984, and Richard Branson, a maverick British music mogul has just made a big decision- to take on British Airways,
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‘Don’t Look Down’ Trailer: Richard Branson Relives Death-Defying Hot Air Balloon Journey

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‘Don’t Look Down’ Trailer: Richard Branson Relives Death-Defying Hot Air Balloon Journey
“Don’t Look Down,” the extraordinary true story of Richard Branson and his daring attempt to cross the Atlantic and Pacific in the world’s largest hot air balloon, is coming to theaters and VOD this November. A new trailer for the documentary was just released and shows the business magnate reliving the death-defying journeys he took in the mid ‘80s and early ‘90s.

“I saw my life flash before my eyes,” recalls Barnson in the clip. “It was just me standing on top of the capsule looking down at the water. I wrote a letter to the kids telling them how much I loved them, and then I prepared to jump.”

Directed by Daniel Gordon, the film captures the intensity and passion of the team that was involved in the project, as well as features interviews with key players and never-before-seen archival footage that was captured at that time.
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Us Briefs: Netflix to debut 'Mascots' on October 13

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Plus: ITN Distribution picks up horror-thriller Clowntown

Netflix said on Tuesday it will debut Mascots worldwide on October 13 following the comedy’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

Mascots is directed by Christopher Guest, who directed Best In Show and Waiting For Guffman and starred in This Is Spinal Tap. The film centres on sports mascots competing for the most prestigious honour in their field — the Gold Fluffy.

Karen Murphy produces, and many of Guest’s regular actors star, including Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., Christopher Moynihan, Don Lake, Brad Williams, Zach Woods, Chris O’Dowd, Susan Yeagley, and Sarah Baker.

Gravitas Ventures has secured worldwide VOD rights from Submarine to Daniel Gordon’s Don’t Look Down, the documentary about Richard Branson’s hot air balloon exploits in the 1980s and 1990s. The film premiered at Tribeca and will debut theatrically and on VOD in the Us in November
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Gravitas Ventures Acquires Worldwide VOD Rights To Richard Branson Doc ‘Don’t Look Down’

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Worldwide VOD Rights To Richard Branson Doc ‘Don’t Look Down’
Gravitas Ventures has secured worldwide VOD rights to Don't Look Down, the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival premiere chronicling Richard Branson's hot air balloon adventures of the 1980s and ’90s. The docu hits theaters and on demand in the U.S. this November. Don't Look Down tells the story behind Branson's creation of the world's largest hot air balloon and his cross-ocean voyages. Director Daniel Gordon, Gravitas says, “captures the intensity and passion of the team that was…
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Film Review: The Fall

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★★★★☆ Success and failure are separated by the finest of margins in all competitive sport, nowhere more so than track and field athletics. British filmmaker Daniel Gordon's enthralling, well-considered and finely-balanced sports doc The Fall takes as its centrifugal starting point an immovable fork in the road. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics the women's 3000m title was, to all intents and purposes, a two horse race. It would be won by either the USA's golden poster girl Mary Decker or Zola Budd, a barefoot-running young pretender of South African origin who had been granted British citizenship only weeks previously in order to compete thanks to political wrangling by the perennially unscrupulous Daily Mail.
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Picturehouse to release Zola Budd-Mary Decker doc 'The Fall'

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Daniel Gordon directs the story of the controversial race between Zola Budd and Mary Decker at 1984 Olympics.

Picturehouse will release Sky Atlantic’s original documentary The Fall.

The film will premiere at London’s Picturehouse Central on July 27 followed by preview screenings on July 28 and a release in Picturehouse Cinemas nationwide from July 29.

The Fall reunites rival runners Zola Budd and Mary Decker for the first time since their headling-generating race at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

South Africa-born barefoot runner Budd and crowd favourite American athlete Decker infamously collided during the controversial 3000m women’s final.

The film includes archive footage as well as new and exclusive interviews.

Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough) directs, Karen Emsley produces and Passion PicturesJohn Battsek executive produces. It was commissioned and executive produced for Sky Atlantic by James Quinn.

Clare Binns, Picturehouse Entertainment director of programming and acquisitions, said, “Thousands will remember watching on TV in the summer of 1984, and we look
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Zola Budd, Mary Decker Reunite for Sky Documentary ‘The Fall’

London — Zola Budd and Mary Decker, the track stars who literally had a nasty run-in at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, are set to reunite for the first time in more than 30 years for pay-tv operator Sky’s original documentary feature “The Fall.”

The 90-minute feature will premiere in London movie theater Picturehouse Central on July 27, with preview screenings on July 28 before unspooling nationwide on July 29, when it will also air on pay-tv channel Sky Atlantic.

Hillsborough” helmer Daniel Gordon directed the docu, which is produced by Passion PicturesJohn Battsek (“One Day in September,” “Hillsborough”).

“The Fall” focuses on the rise of world-record-breaking American runner Decker and of Budd, a South African who was persuaded to adopt British nationality as a teenager to avoid the international sporting boycott of her native land because of apartheid. Budd, famous for running barefoot, and Decker, favored to win gold in the 3,000-meter women’s race at the 1984 Olympics, captivated
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Citizenfour leads Cinema Eye nominations

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Citizenfour leads Cinema Eye nominations
Other leading nominees are Life Itself and 20,000 Days on Earth.

Laura PoitrasCitizenfour, about Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden, leads the pack at the Cinema Eye Awards nominations, with six nods.

Steve James’ Life Itself about Roger Ebert and Iain Forsythe and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth about Nick Cave followed close behind with five nominations each.

The nominees for the awards, which recognise exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film, were announced last night at an industry party at Cph: Dox in Copenhagen.

In addition to those three, the other nominations for the Nonfiction Feature Film were Jesse Moss’ The Overnighters and Orlando von Einsiedel’s Virunga.

Poitras and James are also nominated in the Direction category, and each has previously won that Cinema Eye prize, Poitras with The Oath in 2011 and James in 2012 with The Interrupters. Poitras becomes the most nominated filmmaker in Cinema Eye history with nine nominations.

Other films nominated
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St. Petersburg Intl. Media Forum Launches

London — The St. Petersburg Intl. Media Forum launched Wednesday with a lineup of screenings spread across 10 programs, each curated by a leading Russian film critic.

Catherine Mtsitouridze, Spimf’s concept creator and general producer, said that the curators of programs had enjoyed complete freedom during the selection process.

“For the film selection for the Media Forum, it was essential to ensure 100% freedom of expression for the curators, our friends and like-minded fellows. Trust is the key success factor in our work,” she said.

The event opens with Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” and closes with the world premiere of Susanne Bier’s “Serena,” which stars Jennifer Lawrence.

The Mamentum section features four films by French directors that appeared at Cannes: Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts.”

The section’s curator, Alexander Mamontov, commented: “Our
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Creative Arts Emmys 2014: Winners And Nominees

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

(Winner) Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex

Margo Martindale, “The Americans

Diana Rigg, ‘Game of Thrones

Kate Mara, “House of Cards

Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom

Kate Burton, “Scandal

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Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series

Boardwalk Empire

Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist

Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist

Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist

(Winner) “Downton Abbey

Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist

Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist

Game Of Thrones

Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist

Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist

Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist

Gary Machin, Hairstylist

Nicola Mount, Hairstylist

Mad Men

Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist

Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist

Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist

Ai Nakata, Hairstylist

The Originals

Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist

Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special

Dancing With The Stars

Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist

Kimi Messina,
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5 Essential ’30 for 30′ Docs

March is about to get mad.

Beginning tonight, sports fans (and a lot of non-sports fans) will spend most waking hours pouring over brackets and RPIs, trying to figure out who will be the next Davidson or Lehigh, and watching more TruTV over 3 weeks than they will rest of the year combined.

Espn is smartly capitalizing on the momentum of March Madness by debuting its latest 30 for 30 documentary on Sunday at 9 p.m. Est, following its annual Bracketology special. For the uninitiated, the 30 for 30 docs series began in late 2009. Its mission: shine a light on incredible, real-life sports stories that might not have received the coverage they deserved (or have faded with time for whatever reason). Requiem for the Big East—Sunday’s special—is the 60th feature-length 30 for 30 documentary. It promises to be a lovely, bittersweet ode to a brand of college basketball lost to realignment and the changing
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