Molinare executive chairman Steve Milne to leave position (exclusive)

British FIlm Company founder to focus on producing full time.

Steve Milne, the executive chairman of London post-production house Molinare, has left the company to focus full time on his production outfit British Film Company.

Milne was previously Molinare’s chief executive for seven years but left in 2010 to found his own production company and has since backed UK features including Journey’s End, Dad’s Army and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

He returned to Molinare in 2012 after it had been placed into administration, partnering with Julie Parmenter and Next Wave to buy the company’s assets and relaunch it,
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'Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo': Film Review

You can feel the pull of contemporary sensitivities in Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo, when director David Fairhead sets up his lionization of Mission Control's buzz-cut, mostly white pioneers with an intro by two of the young women who do their jobs today. It isn't Fairhead's fault that the Nasa experts with a direct line to Buzz Aldrin et al were all dudes. Now, while a surprise Hollywood hit exposes the role of African-American "hidden figures" in the quest for space, Fairhead's straight-arrow documentary ensures that the better-known participants get more time in the spotlight while they can...
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Film Review: ‘Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo’

Film Review: ‘Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo’
Scheduled to blast off April 14 into theatrical and digital orbits, “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo” likely will be referred to by some wags as “Not-So-Hidden Figures,” given its focus on the mostly white and entirely male teams of mission controllers and support crews that were frequently visible (on TV and in newsreels) yet largely anonymous during the early days of the U.S. manned-spaceflight program. But the recent box office success of director Theodore Melfi’s compelling drama about contributions by African-American women to the space program may boost mainstream interest in this celebratory documentary, which enthralls with a more traditional but equally absorbing stories-behind-the-story narrative.

The film is a worthy follow-up by producers Keith Haviland and Gareth Dodds to “The Last Man on the Moon,” their exceptional 2014 biographical portrait of Gene Cernan, who flew three times in space and twice to the moon during his
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SXSW: ‘Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo’ Bought by Gravitas

SXSW: ‘Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo’ Bought by Gravitas
Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights from Haviland Digital to the documentary “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo” ahead of its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Gravitas is planning an April 14 day-and-date release in theaters across the U.S. and VOD.

The film includes archival footage and stories from the creator of Mission Control, Dr. Chris Kraft, retired Nasa Flight Directors Gene Kranz (portrayed by Ed Harris in “Apollo 13”), Glynn Lunney and Gerry Griffin. Also appearing are Flight Dynamics Officer Jerry Bostick, Flight Controller John Aaron, astronaut Captain James Lovell (played by Tom Hanks in “Apollo 13”), and moonwalkers Charlie Duke and the late Captain Gene Cernan.

“Mission Control” explores the faltering start of the program to the Mercury and Gemini missions, the tragic Apollo 1 fire and the Moon landings.

“Mission Control” was directed by David Fairhead and produced by Keith Haviland and Gareth Dodds.
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SXSW Apollo Documentary ‘Mission Control’ Rockets To Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes Of Apollo, a documentary about the controllers and support teams inside Nasa’s Apollo space program who helped make it tick. The pic, which is making its world premiere next month at SXSW, will hit theaters and VOD on April 14. David Fairhead directed the docu, which was produced by Keith Haviland and Gareth Dodds. The trio was behind The Last Man On The Moon, the story of astronaut Gene…
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British Film Company plot 'Spitfire' doc

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Exclusive: The production and finance outfit is has also boarded the forthcoming Bert Trautmann feature.

UK production and finance outfit British Film Company, headed up by Moon co-producer Steve Milne, is working on a feature documentary about the iconic British aircraft the Supermarine ‘Spitfire’.

The film will chart the history of the plane, including first-hand accounts from veteran pilots. Aviation photographer John Dibbs is filming new footage with surviving Spitfires, while Ant Palmer and David Fairhead are directing.

British Film Company has also revealed that it is partnering with Munich-based Lieblingsfilm and London-based Zephyr Films on an English-language feature about famed German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, who died in 2013.

The $11m budget feature was launched at Cannes 2015. Marcus H. Rosenmuller is directing the biographical drama, producers are Chris Curling and Robert Marciniak.

Beta Cinema is acting as world sales agent and Square One Entertainment has taken German distribution rights. Principal photography is scheduled to get underway in Spring
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“The Flaw” | co-writer-director, David Sington

[Premiere Screening: Friday, Jan. 21, 9:45 pm -- Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City]

If I am completely honest, I would say that the biggest surprise was getting into competition at Sundance! I took on The Flaw because it seemed like a really difficult project to pull off. The brief was to make a film about the fundamental underlying cause of the present economic crisis. The first problem was therefore to identify what that was, to get beyond the stories of Wall Street shenanigans (which were obviously a big part of what went wrong, but equally clearly not the whole story, since greed and stupidity are not 21st-century inventions) to the deeper forces (mis)shaping American capitalism.

In fact, I was not too worried about the content because I have discovered from experience that the process of making a documentary film — the months of research and thought, the privileged access (in this case to everyone from distressed homeowners to Wall Street insiders to the
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In the Shadow of the Moon

In the Shadow of the Moon
This review was written for the theatrical release of "In the Shadow of the Moon".The really surprising thing is that no one has made this film before. Thank goodness someone finally did, for the dozen men it celebrates -- the only human beings to have stood on an alien world -- won't be with us forever.

"In the Shadow of the Moon" unites 10 of the 12 astronauts who flew on nine Apollo missions and descended to the moon between 1968 and 1972 along with remastered archival footage from NASA, much never seen before. The value of this film, not just to moviegoers today but to future generations, is simply enormous.

Documentaries these days tend toward doom and gloom, so "Moon" is a welcome relief. The movie is about an uncontrovertibly glorious moment in U.S. history. ThinkFilm should see a nice run in art houses and perhaps beyond. The Discovery Films and Film 4 production is sure-fire TV and a collector's item on DVD for any space and history buff. If anything, when the film ends, you feel a bit like Olivier Twist, the boy who cried out for "more."

President Kennedy laid out the challenge for his country and for NASA in a speech to Congress in 1961, when he said that the U.S. intended to put a man on the moon by decade's end. It proved politically and psychologically vital to the national well being to successfully meet the late president's challenge. Assassinations, the Cold War, Vietnam, student protests and the civil rights agitation left the country in a surly mood. Here was something Americans as a people could get right. And they did.

Director David Sington achieves a rising sense of tension despite the fact that every viewer knows the outcome. He has superbly mixed astute interviews with the men who rode those rockets to glory with space footage that in many instances is jaw-dropping. From reams of footage, he has selected meaningful shots of the men in those tiny capsules and footage of the spacecraft doing its Herculean tasks. And by synching 16mm rolls shot in Mission Control with 16-track audio recordings of the mission controllers' voices, he has the viewer inside the beating, earthly heart of the mission.

You would expect highly educated men like astronauts to offer sagacious commentary, but what a surprise to encounter such wonderful characters. Mike Collins is chatty, witty and -- dare we say it -- so down to earth. Alan Bean is all emotions, loving the fact he had the "Right Stuff", as Tom Wolfe's book and the subsequent movie insisted, but admitting he was "one of the most fearful astronauts."

Buzz Aldrin has a touch of the poet and can see the meta in the physics. Jim Lovell, the calm commander of the near-miraculous Apollo 13 recovery, is the soul of equanimity and bemusement. Dave Scott is professorial though fully engaged. Edgar Mitchell has a touch of Zen, seeing in his own molecules, fashioned from a primordial stew of chemicals after the Big Bang a "connectedness, a oneness" between himself and space.

Conspicuously absent is the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, the most reclusive and publicity shy of the astronaut corps.

Sington and editor David Fairhead impose a solid structure, giving the race to get to the moon in the final months of 1969 priority up to the moment of the lunar landing, the most watched event on television in history. Then he rushes forward to future missions including the near disaster of Apollo 13, only to backtrack to the first moon walk and the tricky matter of Armstrong and Aldrin getting off the moon in their lunar module and back to Collins in the mother ship.

Along the way, the movie uncovers an astonishing clip of a prerecorded TV address by President Nixon to the nation in case the astronauts were unable to leave the lunar surface. The music from Philip Sheppard, which underscores the great space footage, is just right from popular to classical notes.



A ThinkFilm, Discovery Films and Film 4 presentation in association with Dox Prods. and Passion Pictures


Director: David Sington

Producer: Duncan Copp

Executive producers: Simon Andreae, John Battsek, Julie Goldman, Louisa Bolch, Hamish Mykura, David McNab, Billy Campbell, Andrea Meditch, Jane Root, Jeff Haslet

Director of photography: Clive North

Music: Philip Sheppard

Co-producer/assistant director: Christopher Riley

Editor: David Fairhead

Running time -- 100 minutes

MPAA rating PG

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