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Kelly Macdonald on working with Puzzle director Marc Turtletaub and Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams, and Liv Hewson: "It's very much on the day, on set, I believe that's when it really begins for me." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In the second half of my conversation with Kelly Macdonald at the Langham Hotel in New York we go from Natalia Smirnoff's Rompecabezas to Anna Karenina, Robinson Crusoe, and Philippa Lowthorpe's Swallows And Amazons based on the book by Arthur Ransome. Kelly's feelings about jigsaw puzzles are revealed: "I love them"; and she talks about her upcoming projects which include working again with The Child In Time director Julian Farino on a BBC and Netflix mini-series Giri/Haji, created by Joe Barton, and a Sherlock Holmes comedy directed by Etan Cohen, starring Will Ferrell and John C Reilly as Holmes and Watson with Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Laurie,
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards Honor ‘Peaky Blinders,’ ‘This Country,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

The 2018 Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards took place in London May 13, with BBC Two’s “Peaky Blinders” winning the prestigious Best Drama Award. The ceremony was sponsored by the The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (better known as BAFTA) and hosted by Sue Perkins at the Royal Festival Hall in London. British television’s big night had many winners, but was an especially big night for BBC Three’s “This Country,” a mockumentary style television show depicting life in rural Britain. It won the BAFTA for Scripted Comedy, and one of the stars, Daisy May Cooper, took home the award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme. U.K. Greenlit: ‘Peaky Blinders,’ Timothée Chalamet’s Next Film + More Casting for 2018 Shoots Three-part drama series “Three Girls” was the other standout of the night; written by Nicole Taylor and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, the BBC One mini-series
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Peaky Blinders, The Handmaid’s Tale and Three Girls among the winners at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards 2018

The 2018 British Academy Television Awards took place in London tonight, with the BBC’s Peaky Blinders fending off competition from Line of Duty, The Crown and The End of the F***ing World to take home the top honour, Best Drama Series.

Other shows honoured on the night included The Handmaid’s Tale (Best International Show), Three Girls, Murder in Successville (Best Comedy Entertainment Programme), Murdered for Being Different (Best Single Drama) and Broken (Best Leading Actor – Sean Bean).

Check out a full list of the winners here…

Drama Series

Winner: Peaky Blinders Production Team – Caryn Mandabach Productions / Tiger Aspect Productions / BBC Two

Line Of Duty Production Team – World Productions / BBC One

The Crown Production Team – Left Bank Pictures / Netflix

The End Of The F***Ing World Production Team – Clerkenwell Films / All 4

Comedy Entertainment Programme

Winner: Murder In Successville Andy Brereton, Avril Spary, James De Frond, Laurence Rickard – Shiny Button
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BAFTA TV Craft Award Winners Include ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘The Crown’

Updated With Full Winners: Game of Thrones scored its first BAFTAs, winning two awards at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts TV Craft Awards.

HBO’s fantasy drama won in the Costume Design category for Michele Clapton and in the Production Design category for Deborah Riley and Rob Cameron.

Netflix period drama The Crown won in the Sound: Fiction category and director of photography Adriano Goldman received the award for Photography and Lighting: Fiction.

Elsewhere, BBC drama Three Girls, the drama based on true-life events in Rochdale, was the big winner on the night, picking up three awards including Philippa Lowthorpe winning in the Director: Fiction category, Úna Ní Dhonghaíle receiving the BAFTA for Editing: Fiction and Nicole Taylor recognised in the Writer: Drama category.

Game of Thrones and The Crown were joined by Blue Planet II, Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me, and World War One
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'The Crown', 'Black Mirror' lead Bafta TV nominations

'The Crown', 'Black Mirror' lead Bafta TV nominations
Line Of Duty and Three Girls also score multiple nods.

Netflix dramas The Crown and Black Mirror lead the nominations for the 2018 Baftas TV Awards.

The shows, along with the BBC’s Line Of Duty and Three Girls, have three nods each.

The Crown and Line Of Duty will compete in the best drama category with Peaky Blinders and The End Of The F***ing World.

Claire Foy is once again nominated for best actress, with her co-star Vanessa Kirby up for best supporting actress. Both have been recast (with Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter) for series 3.

Joe Cole
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'The Crown', 'Black Mirror' lead TV Bafta nominations

'The Crown', 'Black Mirror' lead TV Bafta nominations
Line Of Duty and Three Girls also score multiple nods.

Netflix dramas The Crown and Black Mirror lead the nominations for the 2018 TV Baftas.

The shows, along with the BBC’s Line Of Duty and Three Girls, have three nods each.

The Crown and Line Of Duty will compete in the best drama category with Peaky Blinders and The End Of The F***ing World.

Claire Foy is once again nominated for best actress, with her co-star Vanessa Kirby up for best supporting actress. Both have been recast (with Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter) for series 3.

Joe Cole earned
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Florence Pugh and Josh O’Connor lead the 2018 BAFTA Rising Star nominees – see the full list

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Author: Zehra Phelan

This morning, at BAFTA headquarters, Edith Bowman and 2013 Ee Rising Star Award winner Juno Temple revealed this year’s coveted list of nominees for the 2018 Ee Rising Star award.

Let’s face it, competition has been pretty tough from the numerous outstanding performances delivered in 2017. The judges – which included jury chair Marc Samuelson, actress Georgina Campbell, broadcaster Edith Bowman, BAFTA award-winning director, Philippa Lowthorpe, casting director Lucy Bevan and other leading industry specialists and entertainment journalists. – had an unenviable job whittling down the list of five actors and actresses who have shown exceptional talent on the big screen over the past 12 months and have captured the attention of the public and film industry alike.

The nominations for the 2018 Ee Rising Star Award is as follow’s;

TIMOTHÉE Chalamet

Chalamet wowed critics last year in his standout performance in the rustic and beautiful gay love story Call Me By Your Name,
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Daniel Kaluuya, Timothée Chalamet among Bafta Rising Star 2018 nominees

Daniel Kaluuya, Timothée Chalamet among Bafta Rising Star 2018 nominees
The other nominees are Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor, Tessa Thompson.

Source: Bafta

Bafta has announced the five actors in the running for the 2018 Ee Rising Star Award.

They are:

Daniel Kaluuya Florence Pugh Josh O’Connor Tessa Thompson Timothée Chalamet

The winner will be voted for by the public and announced at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 18 February 2018.

English actor Daniel Kaluuya was the star of smash hit horror Get Out last year. His first major role was Skins, and he also appeared in Sicario, Kick-Ass 2 and Black Mirror. Next up for Kaluuya is the Marvel Studios film Black Panther.

Florence Pugh’s breakthrough performance in 2017 was the critically acclaimed Lady Macbeth. Her other roles include The Commuter with Liam Neeson and the upcoming Fighting With My Family directed by Stephen Merchant.

Josh O’Connor played the lead role in Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country, which earned him the
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Explore the evolution of The Crown with new featurette for the Netflix series

With just three weeks to go until The Crown arrives on Netflix, a featurette has arrived online for the second season of the biographical drama series, entitled ‘Evolution of The Crown’ which includes interviews with stars Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby, and Matt Smith, executive producers Andy Harries, Stephen Daldry, and Philip Martin, creator Peter Morgan, and director Philippa Lowthorpe; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Crown season 2

Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s. The Crown continues to chronicle the major political and global events that have defined and shaped the second half of the twentieth century – a series
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Paul Kaye interview: Dennis Pennis, Game Of Thrones, Zapped

Louisa Mellor Oct 19, 2017

We chatted to actor Paul Kaye about playing wizards, the musical Matilda, and his move from celebrity satire to serious drama…

Main image credit: Jordan Katz-Kaye

“Bitterness, really” is Paul Kaye’s explanation of what drove his satirical red-carpet interviewer Dennis Pennis in the nineties. “I’d hit thirty, I’d sort of failed as a musician, I’d failed as an artist I felt at the time.” Ambushing Hollywood’s elite in the persona of a brash, punk nuisance wasn’t Kaye’s first choice for stardom, he admits. “It wasn’t how I expected to forge a career. Of all the things I thought I’d end up doing, it wasn’t that.”

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Trained in theatre design, in his twenties Kaye worked as an illustrator
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“The Crown” Season 2 Has a Premiere Date and Teaser

The Crown”: Netflix

Netflix has unveiled a premiere date and teaser for “The Crown’s” second season, and things are looking especially stressful for Queen Elizabeth II. “The rumors still haven’t gone away,” the Queen (Claire Foy, “Wolf Hall”) narrates, presumably referring to her husband’s infidelities. “I’ve learned more about humiliation in the past few weeks than I hoped I would in a lifetime.”

Among the monarch’s other grievances are disappointing Prime Ministers, family drama, and the continued deterioration of the British Empire. When her husband (Matt Smith, “Doctor Who”) points out that “there are some of us who are there for you no matter what,” Elizabeth scoffs and replies, “If only.”

Scheduled to return December 8, 2017, the new season of “The Crown” “bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s,” Netflix details. In addition to Prince Philip’s shortcomings, the Queen will cope with an illegal war in Egypt and a scandal involving Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

Philippa Lowthorpe (“Swallows and Amazons,” “Call the Midwife”) is among the directors on “The Crown’s” upcoming season.

Victoria Hamilton (“Doctor Foster”) and Vanessa Kirby (Thea Sharrock’s “Me Before You”) also star on “The Crown” as the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, respectively. The Netflix series was created by Peter Morgan, who wrote the 2006 drama “The Queen,” another story about Queen Elizabeth II.

The Crown’s” first season garnered 10 Emmy nominations and earned Golden Globes for Best TV Actress (Foy) and Best Television Series.

Check out the Season 2 trailer below.

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Gillian Anderson tweets to Gold Derby that she wants these 4 female directors for ‘The X-Files’ Season 11

Gillian Anderson tweets to Gold Derby that she wants these 4 female directors for ‘The X-Files’ Season 11
Gillian Anderson responded to Gold Derby’s tweet about starting a petition to include female directors on “The X-Files” Season 11 by naming four impressive women: Michelle MacLaren, Carol Banker, Philippa Lowthorpe and Lesli Linka Glatter. Of note, Anderson and MacLaren are the only two women to direct episodes of “The X-Files” out of all 208 […]
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The week in TV: Three Girls; Coronation Street; Ivanka Trump: America’s Real First Lady; Veep

It was a tough week, with an impressive real-life drama about the abused girls of Rochdale, sexual grooming in Corrie, and then the Trump father-daughter thing…

Three Girls (BBC1) | iPlayer

Coronation Street (ITV) | ITV Hub

Ivanka Trump: America’s Real First Lady (C4) | All 4

Veep (Sky Atlantic) | Sky.com

All credit to everyone involved in the searing real-life drama Three Girls. Written by Nicole Taylor, directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, and running over three consecutive nights, it was based on the Rochdale child sex abuse case, where a ring of mainly Pakistani men sexually groomed and abused hordes of vulnerable underage white girls.

We saw young girls dismissed as attention-seeking 'white trash' – too poor, delinquent and ill-educated to be believed

Related: Petition calls for recognition of Rochdale sexual health worker

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Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn take 'Swallows And Amazons'

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Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn take 'Swallows And Amazons'
HanWay Films handles international sales.

Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have secured North American rights to Philippa Lowthorpe’s Swallows And Amazons.

The film, based on the classic 1930s novel by Arthur Ransome of the same name, stars Rafe Spall, Andrew Scott, and Kelly Macdonald.

Swallows And Amazons centres on four children on summer holiday who find adventure when the camp on an island in the middle of a lake. Andrea Gibb adapted the screenplay.

Harbour PicturesNicholas Barton and BBC FilmsJoe Oppenheimer served as producers.

Swallows And Amazons is a Harbour Pictures Productions in association with HanWay Films, Studio Canal, BBC Films, BFI, Screen Yorkshire, Electric Shadow Company, and Maiden Investments.

“I believe it’s important to bring a good family film to the market, and that’s what I found in Swallows And Amazons,” Peter Goldwyn, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films, said. “The film has a talented cast, and I know
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Film Festival Roundup: Sun Valley Announces Awards, HollyWeb Unveils Full Schedule and More

Film Festival Roundup: Sun Valley Announces Awards, HollyWeb Unveils Full Schedule and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The 2017 HollyWeb Festival, sponsored by AMC Independent and running March 30 – April 2, has announced the full schedule of digital series, filmmaker panels, and events for this year’s edition of the festival, celebrating the world’s premiere digital content. 97 digital series will have episodes screened at AMC Universal CityWalk 19 (100 Universal City Plaza), the Universal Hilton (555 Universal Hollywood Drive), and the Fonda Theatre (6126 Hollywood Blvd.).

HollyWeb Festival Co-Director Daniel Doherty said, “From the beginning, the HollyWeb Festival has sought to shine a light on web series creators, honor their collective vision and work, as well as create a yearly event where they can gather and meet, exchange notes, and possibly form partnerships that will lead to even more outstanding and entertaining web series.” HollyWeb Co-Director Jennifer Doherty,
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Guest editorial: Swallows and Amazons – A Writer’s Journey by Andrea Gibb

Author: Guest

To celebrate the release of Philippa Lowthorpe’s adaptation of Swallows and Amazons on Blu-ray and DVD we are privileged to have an inside view on the film’s production.

In this guest editorial screenwriter Andrea Gibb takes us on her journey bringing the beloved book to the big screen.

I first got involved with ‘Swallows and Amazons’ in 2007. Nick Barton, one of the producers, had seen my film ‘Dear Frankie’ and liked it. That had a child at the centre and, as the most important characters in ‘Swallows’ are the kids, Nick felt I could write them for the screen.

I hadn’t read the book as a child but the minute he gave it to me, I fell in love. I was struck by its power as an evocation of childhood and by the simple truth of its message; children love to play, explore and imagine.
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Swallow and Amazons; David Brent: Life on the Road; Woody Allen: Six Films and more – review

Comforting British titles, first-rate Woody Allen, Ricky Gervais on the road again, and a slow-moving Zac Efron vehicle

In a year that has been generally short on nice things, on soft things, on comfortable things, Swallows and Amazons (StudioCanal, PG) settles on the screen like a gingham picnic blanket. It’s not new, and it falls some distance short of great, but Philippa Lowthorpe’s handsome, sun-warmed adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s Lake District larks is indubitably nice: populated with amiable kids mostly playing well with others, and facing only mild peril courtesy of a shoehorned-in spy plot. Its pleasures lie less in its plotting than in its cream-tea retro trappings. Where Paddington gently but cannily brought its cuddly literary source into the 21st century, this is an unabashed period piece, in outlook as well as in milieu. Quite what contemporary pre-teens make of the film’s inward-looking world, I
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Swallows and Amazons and other great classic children’s book-to-film adaptations

To celebrate the release of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons – directed by Philippa Lowthorpe – on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download from December 12th, we take a look at some of the best book to film adaptations to have captivated young audiences.

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome’s classic series of novels have been loved by readers since its first publication nearly a century ago. Now it comes to the big screen, promising audiences a tale of whimsical adventure. While on holiday in the beautiful Lake District the four Walker children discover a seemingly deserted island but soon find that a pair of sisters, the Blacketts, have already lain claim to the land. Taking up the mantles of their respective sailboats the two groups of children engage in a battle of wits for control of the island, but when the Walkers discover a secret about the Blackett’s uncle, the
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Meet the young cast of City of Tiny Lights

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City of Tiny Lights is a noir inspired London thriller directed by Pete Travis, based on the novel by Patrick Neate which stars Riz Ahmed (currently to be seen on Netflix starring in the much-acclaimed The Night of), Cush Jumbo, and Billie Piper.

As the film moves through present day multicultural London, it also cuts back to Tommy's youth in 1997, telling the story of his friendship with a lad called Lovely (Antonio Aakeel), his mate Stuart (George Sargeant) and his growing love for Stuart's girlfriend, Shelley (Hannah Rae).

The filmmakers spent almost five months searching for the youngsters, cast by Celestia Fox. Beyond conventional casting methods they trawled youth clubs, theatre's and schools in search for the perfect young ensemble.

Playing the younger Riz Ahmed is newcomer Reiss Kershi-Hussain (represented by Shepherd Management) who had no previous acting experience before being cast as the impressionable young Tommy.

18 Year old Hannah Rae
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Film Review: Swallows and Amazons

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★★★★☆ Going back to basics is never a bad thing. The 2016 blockbuster season has been littered with a procession of woefully incoherent, poorly acted, CGI-dominated offerings whose money-spinning intentions have forgone one essential element of filmmaking: a good story. Those useless scurvy dogs. Mercifully, some still fly the flag for substance over style and plucky British contender Swallows and Amazons is a charming, old-fashioned adventure yarn that soars high above and away from the wreckage of vacuous, high-spending millennials. With a wealth of TV experience behind her British director Philippa Lowthorpe has set sail with Arthur Ransom's beloved children's novel and achieved a heart-racing, consistently funny and enchanting film that builds upon the original story.
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