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Get Up and Go Review

  • TheMovieBit
Writer-Director Brendan Grant’s Get Up and Go, pairing Love/Hate alumni Peter Coonan and Killian Scott is an enjoyable if sometimes uneven, home-grown comedy drama. The story follows one day in the lives of frustrated musician Alex (Coonan), who has long dreamt of a move to London and his friend Coilin (Killian Scott) a dreamer hoping to break into the stand-up comedy circuit in Dublin. When his girlfriend Sinead (Sarah McCall) tells him she’s pregnant Alex panics and fast-tracks his London plans, hoping to borrow the fare from Coilin, but Coilin has problems of his own. He’s just lost his job and he’s become obsessed with Lola (Gemma-Leah Devereux) a girl who barely registers his existence. It’s a wry and often funny look at how we deal with life’s ups and downs. While Alex lets his head rule, Coilin lets his heart, and Grant
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First Clip From Get Up & Go Sees The Movie Get Musical

  • TheMovieBit
Irish slacker comedy Get Up & Go is coming our way on May 1st, and to gear up for the release Wildcard Distribution have shared with us the first clip, featuring star Peter Coonan show off his musical chops with a rendition of Republic of Loose's Nsfw Girl, I'm Gonna F**K You Up. Released: 1st May Synopsis: Written and directed by Brendan Grant, Get Up & Go sees the Love/Hate actors reunite for a slacker comedy which chronicles a hectic 24 hours in the life of would-be comedian Coilin (Killian Scott) and frustrated musician Alex (Peter Coonan). When Alex's girlfriend tells him she's pregnant, he refuses to allow her to derail his long-held plan to escape to London. Meanwhile the hapless Coilin is striking out on stage and off, as he attempts to get his faltering comedy career off the ground and win the heart of his dream girl.  With
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Watch The First Trailer For Irish Comedy Get Up & Go

  • TheMovieBit
Reuniting Love/Hate's Peter Coonan and Killian Scott, Brendan Grant's Get Up & Go follows two friends Alexander (Coonan) and Colin (Scott) nearing the end of their twenties frustrated with their lives as they watch all their hopes and dreams get further and further away from their grasp. Over the course of an action packed 24 hours, they attempt to get their live back on track, battling all that life throws at them, including irate girlfriends and dwindling bank balances, along the way. The type of slacker comedy rarely seen from Irish talents, there is a lot to like about the above trailer, especially the great central pairing of Coonan and Scott. It provides a snap shot of a time I think all people have suffered through in some form during their lives, handling it in a slick and very funny way. Get Up & Go hits Irish cinemas May 1st.
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Irish Comedy Get Up & Go Set To Hit Cinemas In May

  • TheMovieBit
Wildcard Distribution announced today that the Peter Coonan/Killian Scott starring Get Up & Go will be released in Irish cinemas on Friday 1st of May.Written and directed by Brendan Grant, Get Up & Go sees the Love/Hate actors reunite for a slacker comedy which chronicles a hectic 24 hours in the life of would-be comedian Coilin (Scott) and frustrated musician Alex (Coonan). When Alex's girlfriend tells him she's pregnant, he refuses to allow her to derail his long-held plan to escape to London. Meanwhile the hapless Coilin is striking out on stage and off, as he attempts to get his faltering comedy career off the ground and win the heart of his dream girl.  With time ticking down to Alex's departure, the mismatched pair will be forced to confront the reality of their childhood dreams of artistic greatness while their lifelong friendship is tested to the limit. With a soundtrack
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Wildcard plays strong hand

  • ScreenDaily
Wildcard plays strong hand
Exclusive: Distributor picks up films with Maisie Williams, Jessica Paré and Killian Scott.

Irish outfit Wildcard Distribution has picked up a slew of titles to bolster its slate including Galway Film Fleadh features Gold and Get Up and Go.

Also among the haul are rom-com Standby starring Jessica Paré and Ian Power’s The Guarantee.

Game of Thrones star and 2014 Screen International Star of Tomorrow Maisie Williams stars in Niall Heery’s Gold alongside David Wilmot, Kerry Condon and James Nesbitt.

Written by Niall and his brother Brendan Heery and produced by Tristan Orpen Lynch and Aoife O’Sullivan for Subotica Films, the film is scheduled for a cinema release this year.

The offbeat comedy is about an estranged father who returns to his hometown after an absence of ten years in order to reconnect with his daughter and ex-wife.

Irish/UK rights have been acquired from Magnolia Pictures International for the romantic comedy Standby starring [link=nm
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Buzzy Irish Titles at Cannes

The Canal

Director: Ivan Kavanagh

Production company: Park Films

Cast: Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra

Logline: Thriller that relates the sinister history of a home where a murder had taken place at the turn of the century.

Status: Completed. Premiered at Tribeca. Will be selling at Cannes.

Song of the Sea

Director: Tomm Moore

Production company: Cartoon Saloon

Sales agent: WestEnd

Voice cast: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan

Logline: Animated feature from Oscar-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon (“The Secret of Kells”).

Status: In production. Ready third quarter 2014.

Brooklyn (pictured)

Director: John Crowley

Irish production company: Parallel Films

Sales agent: HanWay Films

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen

Logline: Based on the novel by Colm Toibin.

Status: In production in Ireland and Canada.

Glassland

Director: Gerard Barrett

Production company: Element Pictures

Cast: Toni Collette, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter

Logline: A Dublin taxi driver gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking.
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Lotus Eaters - Movie Review

Fascinating black and white photography cannot make up for the lack of energy in this dreamscape of human misery. New director Alexandra McGuinness teamed up with award winning writer/director Brendan Grant (Directors Guild of Great Britain award for short .London Fields Are Blue.) to pen this dreamy story of good lives gone bad in Glastonbury England and the south of France. Charlie and Alice have it all. Alice is a beautiful model who knows the ropes and has the wealth and style to prove it. Actually, Alice is a former model who knows the ropes. Knowing the ropes is the best she can do because she has a low down feeling that the things she values may be going
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Lotus Eaters | Review - Tribeca Film Festival 2011

Director: Alexandra McGuinness Writers: Alexandra McGuinness, Brendan Grant Starring: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Johnny Flynn, Benn Northover, Cynthia Fortune Ryan In Greek mythology, the lotus-eaters are a race of people from an island near North Africa where narcotic lotus fruits and flowers are the primary food and the inhabitants sleep in peaceful apathy. Odysseus tells us about the lotus-eaters in Odyssey IX, as does Lord Tennyson (in his poem "The Lotos-Eaters") and James Joyce (in the fifth chapter of Ulysses). Writer-director Alexandra McGuinness (the daughter of Paul McGuinness, U2's manager) reveals the modern equivalent of the mythological lotus-eaters: an elite group of 20-something Londoners whose soulless lives consist merely of apathetically shooing away boredom with a 24-hour party of booze, drugs and sex. Money and gainful employment seem to be of no concern for them; their impeccable fashion sense, idyllically good looks and bourgeois pedigree are their tickets to ride. They
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Tribeca Film Festival 2011 Announces Competition Lineup

Tribeca Film Festival has announced the line up of this years competition categories, including World Narrative Feature, World Documentary Feature, and the brand new Viewpoints which highlights eleven independent features and nine documentaries.

Tribeca Film Festival is one of leading film festivals located in New York City, showcasing many films not screened in any other U.S. film festival along with forty three world premieres and fifty four directorial debuts. Cameron Crowe’s premier of his concert documentary, The Union, will start the festival followed by a performance by Elton John. The rest of the lineup will be announced March 14th, and look out for coverage of the festival in April. Below you can find the complete press release on the lineup.

10th Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative

And Documentary Competition Selections, And New Viewpoints Section

Tribeca Expands Awards Scope

2011 Festival to Present 88 Feature-Length and 61 Short Films April 20 – May
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Record Year for Tribeca Submissions; 44 Films Unveiled

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (April 20-May 1) on Monday announced the first 44 feature films of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival slate, comprising the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, and one new section: Viewpoints.

In a record year for submissions, the 2011 film slate was chosen from a field of 5,624 entries. Tff 2011 will include feature films from 32 countries, including 43 world premieres, 10 international premieres, 19 North American premieres, seven U.S. Premieres and nine New York premieres.

“It’s our 10th Tribeca Film Festival, and in our relatively brief existence we have evolved dramatically,” said Tff executive director Nancy Schafer in a statement. “The festival has become an integral part of the cultural landscape of New York City as well as a globally recognized platform for storytelling.”

A complete list of the films announced Monday follows, with descriptions provided by the festival.

World Narrative Features

“Angel’s Crest”

Directed by Gaby Dellal

Written by Catherine Trieschmann

(UK,
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Record Year for Tribeca Submissions; 44 Films Unveiled

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (April 20-May 1) on Monday announced the first 44 feature films of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival slate, comprising the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, and one new section: Viewpoints.

In a record year for submissions, the 2011 film slate was chosen from a field of 5,624 entries. Tff 2011 will include feature films from 32 countries, including 43 world premieres, 10 international premieres, 19 North American premieres, seven U.S. Premieres and nine New York premieres.

“It’s our 10th Tribeca Film Festival, and in our relatively brief existence we have evolved dramatically,” said Tff executive director Nancy Schafer in a statement. “The festival has become an integral part of the cultural landscape of New York City as well as a globally recognized platform for storytelling.”

A complete list of the films announced Monday follows, with descriptions provided by the festival.

World Narrative Features

“Angel’s Crest”

Directed by Gaby Dellal

Written by Catherine Trieschmann

(UK,
See full article at Moving Pictures Network »

Tribeca Film Fest reveals partial slate

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival revealed the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections for the 10th annual Tff, which will be held April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.

In addition, Tff organizers unveiled the first edition of the new section — Viewpoints.

Forty-four of the 88 feature-length films that will screen during the fest have been announced. Much more information on each title can be found below.

“It’s our tenth Tribeca Film Festival, and in our relatively brief existence we have evolved dramatically,” said Nancy Schafer, Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Festival. “The Festival has become an integral part of the cultural landscape of New York City as well as a globally recognized platform for storytelling.”

So what will screen at Tribeca this year? In part, the following:

World Narrative Feature Competition

· Angels Crest, directed by Gaby Dellal, written by Catherine Trieschmann. (UK, Canada) – World Premiere.
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2011 Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative And Documentary Competition Lineup

And the festival beat marches on… nothing on this list immediately jumps out at me… no titles I recognize. These are just the World Narrative and Documentary competition selections, so, there’ll be more announcements made later. I do see representation from South Africa, Egypt and Rwanda. As I always do, I’ll be taking a closer look at the lineup for any titles worth profiling on this website. The festival runs from April 20th to May 1st. It’s in my backyard, so you know I’ll be covering it!

For now, here’s the full press release:

New York, NY [March 7, 2011] – The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and the first edition of the new section—Viewpoints. Forty-three of the 87 feature-length films were announced. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.
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Tribeca Film Festival unveils competition lineup

Tribeca Film Festival unveils competition lineup
The Tribeca Film Festival announced selections for its World Narrative, World Documentary, and Viewpoints competitions at its 10th annual event, running from April 20 to May 1 in New York. Eighty-eight features (such as Angels Crest, with Jeremy Piven) and 61 short films from 32 different countries were selected from more than 5,600 submissions to screen at the festival. “In programming the Festival this year we had to make some incredibly difficult decisions, but we are excited about the quality, ingenuity, risk-taking and diversity of this year’s program,” David Kwok, Director of Programming, said in a statement. “We are particularly proud that we have
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Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative, Documentary Competition Films

Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative, Documentary Competition Films
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The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, which will run from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan, has announced the films that will play in this year’s World Narrative and Documentary Competition film categories, which are both competition sections. The also named the films that will will play in its new, out-of-competition section “Viewpoints.”

Now in its tenth year, this year’s festival features movies from 32 different counties and 99 different filmmakers, who were selected from a pool of 5,624 entries.
See full article at Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal »

Alexandra McGuinness Posting 'Lotus Eaters'

  • IFTN
Post work is currently being carried out on 'Lotus Eaters', a new feature film written by Brendan Grant and Alexandra McGuinness who is also directing. The drama stars Antonia Campbell Hughes (Bright Star), Benn Northover (Abyss), Cynthia Fortune (Every Thing) and Johnny Flynn (Crusade Jeans) . 'Lotus Eaters' shot for five weeks in August and September 2010 with Gareth Munden (Mike) on board as director of photography. It is currently being edited in Dublin's Optical Sandwich by Bert Hunger (Horses) and is due for delivery in April. The film's release date is Tbc.
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Good Luck, Corsica 72 and Now is Good top 2009 Brit List

  • I'm not sure what to make from the Brit List. A trio of films from last year's batch (Nowhere Boy, Never Let Me Go and The Debt (2010)The Debt
[/link]) that effectively received a greenlight, and are now in the can, and in the list's inaugural year, Grant Heslov's Men Who Stare at Goats was the top vote-getter. Now in its 3rd year, the "List" of the most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays in the UK and Ireland is complied by only 40 people in the industry. You've got some attention-getting projects among the list below, that I'm sure we'll be discussing in the near future and the Playlist made a good round-up, but for the sake of getting to the cream of the crop, I'll look at the top three screenplays instead. 1. Good Luck Anthony Belcher (Ruby Films)Screenwriter: George Kay Storyline: A high-concept comedy based on an original idea by James Corden,
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