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Home Entertainment: ‘The Director and The Jedi’ Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 9th, and if you happen to pick up a copy of the Blu-Ray, you will become the owner of not just the movie, but also the behind-the-scenes documentary The Director and The Jedi. It may seem like just any other ‘making of’ doc that you expect to see listed amongst the special features, but there is no denying that there is something much more significant to this particular feature.

Not only does The Director and The Jedi offer a more intimate look into Carrie Fisher’s last performance, but it also acts as a look into the process of a film which has arguably become the most divisive Star Wars film so far. Much of the arguments against the film place the blame on writer/director Rian Johnson for not delivering the kind of film that some
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‘The Director and the Jedi’ Trailer Reveals the Making of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

If you're looking for insight into how a Star Wars movie gets made, prepare yourself for the feature-length documentary The Director and the Jedi, an in-depth, two-hour-and-fifteen-minute film that goes behind the scenes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Described as “an intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson’s process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe,” the film comes from director Anthony Wonke, who captured all kinds of intimate moments with director Rian Johnson, how he worked with castmembers like Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, and the …
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Mark Hamill Says Luke Skywalker Was ‘Demoralized’ in New Doc About ‘The Last Jedi’ Production — SXSW 2018

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Mark Hamill Says Luke Skywalker Was ‘Demoralized’ in New Doc About ‘The Last Jedi’ Production — SXSW 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” garnered a complex set of reactions when it came out in December, but none was more unexpected than the one from Luke Skywalker himself. While critics raved about the movie and fans picked it apart, Hamill revealed in an interview shortly after the release that he “still hasn’t accepted” the transformation of his iconic character from idealistic Jedi to the cranky reclusive he portrays at the beginning of the seventh installment, written and directed by Rian Johnson.

Hamill apologized a few days later, tweeting that he regretted “voicing my doubts and insecurities in public,” but his real apology tour kicked off at the SXSW Film Festival. It was there that both Hamill and Johnson showed up for a series of appearance tied to the March 27 home video release and a screening of “The Director and the Jedi,” a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the blockbuster film.
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The Director and the Jedi Review: A Must-See for Star Wars Fans

The Director and the Jedi Review: A Must-See for Star Wars Fans
Much has been made of the divisive nature of The Last Jedi. Love it or hate it, the praise or blame, depending on your view, rests squarely on the shoulders of writer/director Rian Johnson. He is the sole credited screenwriter and he shepherded this movie from day one, with the blessing of Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and with the help of a massive cast and crew. However, as revealed in the intimate documentary The Director and the Jedi, this movie, for better or for worse, was absolutely an execution of a singular vision and this behind-the-scenes expose provides us an intimate look at that process from start to finish.

The Director and the Jedi comes from director Anthony Wonke and starts from the very beginning of this journey. We pick up the moment Rian Johnson was announced as the director of what was simply known as Star Wars: Episode VIII at the time.
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Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill Talk 'Last Jedi,' Carrie Fisher and New 'Star Wars' Trilogy at SXSW

Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill Talk 'Last Jedi,' Carrie Fisher and New 'Star Wars' Trilogy at SXSW
Three months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters, director Rian Johnson turned up for a SXSW panel to discuss a new documentary, The Director and the Jedi, coming out about the making of the blockbuster film.

The doc, directed by Anthony Wonke, offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of Johnson's Star Wars movie, and screened at the Austin, Texas festival earlier Monday morning. It sprung from a discussion the director had with his producing partner Ram Bergman about not wanting to have the typical B-roll cut with talking heads to promote the documentary. "We thought, let’s get a real doc...
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Mark Hamill On Rian Johnson’s Polarizing Take On Luke Skywalker In ‘The Last Jedi’: “He’s Always Right” — SXSW

Mark Hamill On Rian Johnson’s Polarizing Take On Luke Skywalker In ‘The Last Jedi’: “He’s Always Right” — SXSW
It’s been mor than three months since Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released and since then, the eighth installment of the iconic sci-fi franchise has been in the frontal lobe of pop culture. The intergalactic space opera continued at SXSW with the premiere of the Anthony Wonke-directed documentary The Director and the Jedi, which follows Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the blockbuster. Johnson took the stage to talk about his…
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‘The Director and The Jedi’ Clip Featuring Carrie Fisher

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on Digital and Movies Anywhere today. The in-home release will include a number of special features including a feature-length documentary called “The Director and the Jedi”. The documentary recently premiered at SXSW with “The Director and the Jedi” director Anthony Wonke and producer Tylie Cox as well as The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman all in attendance. Below is a clip from the documentary which features the late Carrie Fisher, as well as a trailer for the bonus features.

Director Rian Johnson takes fans on an intimate journey into the creation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a feature-length documentary, explaining his unique interpretation of the Force, detailing the painstaking process of creating Snoke, and deconstructing action-packed scenes from the film such as the epic space battle and the final confrontation. Johnson also reveals two exclusive scenes, featuring Andy Serkis
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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Director and the Jedi’

SXSW Film Review: ‘The Director and the Jedi’
One can easily discern an informative and affecting documentary short — maybe 20 or 30 minutes long — embedded amid the ungainly sprawl that is “The Director and the Jedi,” a SXSW Film Festival world premiere offering set for wide release June 27 as a bonus behind-the-scenes feature on the home-video release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

As its title might indicate, the film works best whenever director Anthony Wonke narrows his focus to concentrate on the complex working relationship between Rian Johnson, the rising young filmmaker who dove into the deep end of the pool by accepting the challenge of writing and directing “Episode VIII” of the “Star Wars” franchise, and Mark Hamill, Aka Luke Skywalker, who remained a good soldier, despite serious misgivings, even after being told his iconic character would be a battlefield casualty in Johnson’s scenario.

Wonke also grabs attention — and tastefully plucks heartstrings — with interview snippets and on-set sequences devoted to Carrie Fisher,
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First 11 Minutes of ‘The Director and the Jedi’ Goes Behind the Scenes of ‘The Last Jedi’

Described as "an intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson's process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe," director Anthony Wonke's doc The Director and the Jedi offers fans everywhere a behind-the-scenes look at the latest Star Wars film. Director Rian Johnson is the focus of the feature, or at least the stand-in for the surprisingly divisive film itself, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In this relatively short 11-minute opening clip, there are a ton of behind-the-scenes looks to enjoy, so I can only imagine what awaits …
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Watch The First 12 Minutes of the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Documentary ‘The Director and the Jedi’ Right Now

If you’re not lucky enough to be at South by Southwest film festival this week, then you’re missing out on the world premiere of the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi production documentary The Director and the Jedi. Directed by Anthony Wonke, the feature-length film gives fans an extensive and in-depth look behind the scenes […]

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Ronaldo the Movie: An Insight into the Biggest Ego in Football

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In case you missed it, Cristiano Ronaldo released a movie about his life in 2015 and it was a pretty decent attempt to portray the personality and the sportsman. Directed by Anthony Wonke, the film followed the world’s highest paid footballer for 14 months; Ronaldo was an attempt to show what life is like being the most recognisable

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Brit Takes: Everything You Need to Know about the Cristiano Ronaldo Documentary

Brit Takes: Everything You Need to Know about the Cristiano Ronaldo Documentary
Read More: This Screenwriter Has a Solution to the Problem With British TV [Editor's Note: This article is presented in partnership with Shinola in support of Brit Takes, our monthly dispatch on the UK film scene. As makers of modern watches, bicycles, leather goods, and journals, Shinola stands for skill at scale, the preservation of craft and the beauty of industry. Learn more about Shinola handcrafted goods.] This week provided a rare opportunity to peek into the life and career of soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo, thanks to three-time BAFTA-winning British director Anthony Wonke. "Ronaldo" is available now on DVD and various digital platforms. The winner of awards ranging from Peabody to Emmy, Wonke's documentary series have ranged from war-torn Middle-East in "Children of the Front," to the Piper Alpha disaster in "Fire of the Night," and "Crack-House USA." His investigation into Ronaldo's athletic career and global impact is accompanied...
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Watch the Ronaldo Movie Press Conference

Anthony Wonke’s feature length film on the life of one of sport’s most successful and controversial figures is the latest example of the resurgent interest in the documentary form. Asif Kapadia, the man behind the powerful films on the lives of Ayrton Senna and Amy Winehouse, is executive producer on this film, simply called Ronaldo.

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Ronaldo review – airbrushed portrait of the football superstar

Anthony Wonke’s for-fans-only documentary offers insights into the player’s family life but swerves round the scandals

The film-makers may have been granted unprecedented access to the inner circle of one of the world’s top footballers, Cristiano Ronaldo, but the result, a carefully controlled and meticulously sanitised hagiography, is as airbrushed and groomed as its subject. One imagines that entry into Ronaldo’s gilded world cost multi-Bafta-winning director Anthony Wonke much of the creative freedom that he would usually expect on a project.

The film explores the Madeira-born soccer star’s early life, with insights into his unfulfilling relationship with his alcoholic father, who died from cirrhosis of the liver in 2005. We get to see some stage-managed father-son bonding between Ronaldo and the child he had with an unknown mother in 2010.

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What’s Up Doc?: Pennebaker/Hegedus & Malick Voyage to the Top in November

It’s been a couple months since the last edition of What’s Up Doc? placed Michael Moore’s surprise world premiere of Where To Invade Next at the top of this list and in the meantime much shuffling has taken place and much time has been spent on various new endeavors (namely my Buffalo-based film series, Cultivate Cinema Circle). Finally taking its rightful place at the top, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hagedus’ Unlocking the Cage is in the midst of being scored by composer James Lavino, according to Lavino’s own personal site. Though the project has been taking shape at its own leisurely pace, I’d expect to see the film making its festival debut in early 2016.

Right behind, the American direct cinema masters is a Texan soon to make his non-fiction debut with Voyage of Time. Just two weeks ago indieWIRE reported that Ennio Morricone, who scored
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Film Review: ‘Being AP’

Film Review: ‘Being AP’
“Pain is temporary, losing is permanent,” grumbles record-setting jump jockey Tony “A.P.” McCoy in “Being AP,” a fitfully insightful sports doc that’s as much about the trials of winning as the triumph. Following McCoy during his 20th and final year atop the horse-racing world — out of 21 seasons total, an incredible run — director Anthony Wonke finds a difficult figure whose obsession with winning explains both his dominance on the track and his pathology off it. Reading at times like slick hagiography and at others like the harrowing rehab story of an adrenaline addict, “Being AP” feels like the work of an official biographer who went a little bit rogue. It stands to play best in territories where McCoy is a household name, but the cable-ready package should be attractive to sports networks outside the U.K., too.

Though McCoy notched more than 4,000 wins in his workaday career, Stateside racing
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Trailer for Cristiano ‘Ronaldo’ Documentary is here

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Ronaldo will be in cinemas 9th November 2015. It’s directed by Anthony Wonke and Produced by Paul Martin. Filmed over 14 months with unprecedented access into the inner circle of the man and the sport, this is the first official and fully authorised film of one of the most celebrated figures in football. For the

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Ronaldo: watch the world exclusive trailer of the documentary about the celebrated footballer

Watch the world exclusive first trailer for the documentary about Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid and Manchester United star who was voted by Guardian writers as the best player in the world. Ronaldo, who has won the Fifa Ballon d’Or for the last two years and whose rivalry with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has lit up the modern game, is the subject of the film directed by Anthony Wonke.

• Ronaldo will be released worldwide on 9 November

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Toronto film festival 2015: full line-up

Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.

Tiff will open on September 10 with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

Tiff 40

Key: Wp = world premiere; Nap = North American premiere; IP = international premiere; Cp = Canadian premiere.

GALASBeeba Boys (Canada), Deepa Mehta, WPDemolition, Jean-Marc Vallée WPDisorder (Maryland) (France-Belgium), Alice Winocour NAPThe Dressmaker (Aus), Jocelyn Moorhouse, WPEye In The Sky (UK), Gavin Hood WPForsaken (Canada), Jon Cassar, WPFreeheld (Us), Peter Sollett, WPHyena Road (Canada), Paul Gross, WPLolo (France), Julie Delpy, NAPLegend (UK), Brian Helgeland, IPMan Down (Us), Dito Montiel NAPThe Man Who Knew Infinity (UK), Matt Brown, WPThe Martian (Us), Ridley Scott, WPMiss You Already (UK), Catherine Hardwicke WPMississippi Grind (Us), Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden CPMr. Right (Us), Paco Cabezas WPThe Program (UK), Stephen Frears, WPRemember (Canada), Atom Egoyan, NAPSeptembers Of Shiraz (Us), Wayne Blair, WPStonewall ([link
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