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Interview: Writer/director Hope Dickson Leach talks ‘The Levelling’

In his latest podcast/interview, host Stuart Wright talks to writer/director Hope Dickson Leach about her debut feature film The Levelling.

A stunning debut feature by writer-director Hope Dickson Leach, starring Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones) and David Troughton (The Archers). Against the backdrop of the floods that devastated her home, Clover (Kendrick) returns to her family farm to confront her estranged father, Aubrey (Troughton). Shadowed by ill-remembered conflicts and unspoken regrets, the pair set out to heal their fractious yet still loving relationship. Dickson Leach showcases her burgeoning skill as a filmmaker to watch, displaying a remarkable ability to craft drama from silence and inference. Troughton gives a finely tempered performance, perfectly matched by Kendrick’s extraordinary presence in the breakout role of the year.

The Levelling is on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google, BFI player, Curzon Home Cinema, Sky, FilmDoo and the Peccadillo player; available through peccapics.com
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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Fri Feb 23

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Finding Your Feet [IMDb] pictured

Imelda Staunton and Celia Imrie star as sisters who reconnect after one of their husbands has an affair. Cowritten by Meg Leonard. (male director)

I, Tonya [my review]

Black comedy about disgraced champion figure skater Tonya Harding, starring Margot Robbie. (male writer and director)

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Dark River [IMDb]

Ruth Wilson stars as a woman returning home to claim her family’s farm. Written and directed by Clio Barnard.

Native [IMDb]

Ellie Kendrick costars as an astronaut from another planet on an exploratory mission across vast space. (male writers and director)

Please let me know if I’ve missed any movies directed by, written by, or about women.

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‘Native’ Review: Dir. Daniel Fitzsimmons (2018)

Native review: Two space explorers find themselves questioning their mission after losing communication with their home planet.

Native review, Kat Hughes.

Native Review

Two scientists; a young female, Eva (Ellie Kendrick), and older man, Cane (Rupert Graves), are hurtled through space. Their mission, to establish contact with the source of a distant musical transmission. As they venture further into the outer ranges of space, Cane loses contact with his psychic link to his home planet and begins to spiral out of control. It is then left to Eva to bring Cane back in line and stop the mission from going awry.

Native is a product of Liverpool-born first-time feature director, Daniel Fitzsimmons, and seeks to add a healthy amount of philosophical pondering to the genre. The movie is released in selected cinemas across the United Kingdom from Friday 26th February and offers a distinctly different take on what we
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Native review – an elegant and weird sci-fi adventure

Rupert Graves and Ellie Kendrick play humanoid space-farers whose mission is interrupted by the sounds of Beethoven

Director and co-writer Daniel Fitzsimmons makes his interesting feature debut with a smart lo-fi sci-fi. It’s a claustrophobic chamber piece, occasionally opened out into weird interplanetary dreamscapes.

Fitzsimmons is making his production budget count, and he’s getting the most from his two actors: Ellie Kendrick and Rupert Graves, giving intelligent and committed performances. There are derivative touches here, taken from any and every post-Kubrick sci-fi you’ve ever seen, but the influences are capably absorbed and it reminded me very agreeably of the 70s TV show The Tomorrow People.
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Interview With Director Daniel Fitzsimmons For Feature Debut ‘Native’

Interview with Director Daniel Fitzsimmons for Native

Science Fiction is one of the longest standing genres across all art forms, and over the years it has gone on quite a journey in the film world. It’s one of the few genre’s that gives the creator an immense amount of freedom, allowing them to create whole world’s, societies, galaxies even, of their own imagination in a bid to wow audiences. The latest filmmaker to unleash his vision upon cinema-goers is writer and director Daniel Fitzsimmons.

The film in question is Native. Starring Rupert Graves (Sherlock), Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones) and Pollyanna McIntosh (The Walking Dead), the film is Daniel’s feature debut. Set primarily aboard a spacecraft, Native tells the story of two scientists travelling across a vast universe as they seek to investigate the source of a distant transmission. It being a space-set film, problems inevitably
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Love Is Thicker Than Water movie review: so, love is a sludge, then?

MaryAnn’s quick take… This would-be modern Romeo-and-Juliet tale is little more than a pile-on of class stereotypes, contrived dialogue, and one whopper of a coincidence. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Arthur (Johnny Flynn) hails from a family of miners in Wales, and now works as a bike messenger in London. Vida (Lydia Wilson: Star Trek Beyond) is a cellist who makes no money from her music, but that’s okay because her rich parents have bought her an amazing apartment in trendy East London. Now, Johnny is moving into that flat with Vida, and the two families are about to culture-clash.

From the directing team of Emily Harris and Ate de Jong (he’s best known for the 1991 cult film Drop Dead Fred), Love Is Thicker Than Water wants to be a modern Romeo-and-Juliet tale.
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Interviews: Gregor Fisher & Eddie Izzard For ‘Whisky Galore’ – On Digital, DVD & Blu-ray Now

To celebrate today’s release of Whisky Galore!, the heart-warming comedy based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie, we have some interviews with Eddie Izzard (Victoria & Abdul, TV’s Hannibal) and Gregor Fisher (TV’s Rab C. Nesbitt) who talk about their roles in the movie.

Directed by Gillies Mackinnon (Hideous Kinky) from a script by award-winning writer Peter McDougall, Whisky Galore! also stars Naomi Battrick (TV’s Waterloo Road and Ripper Street), Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2), Ellie Kendrick (An Education, Game of Thrones), James Cosmo (T2 Trainspotting, Wonder Woman) and Kevin Guthrie (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) and follows the inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday in the Outer Hebrides who are largely unaffected by wartime rationing, until their supply of whisky runs out!

Then gloom descends on the disconsolate natives. In the midst of this catastrophe, Sergeant
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Whisky Galore! Starring Eddie Izzard Available on Blu-ray December 12th from Arrow Films

Whisky Galore! (2016) will be available on Blu-ray December 12th from Arrow Films

Based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie and with a star-studded cast lead by Eddie Izzard (Victoria & Abdul, TV’s Hannibal) and Gregor Fisher (TV’s Rab C. Nesbitt) heart-warming comedy, Whisky Galore!, is out now on Digital and VoD and on Blu-ray & DVD on November 7th.

Directed by Gillies Mackinnon (Hideous Kinky) from a script by award-winning writer Peter McDougall, Whisky Galore! also stars Naomi Battrick (TV’s Waterloo Road and Ripper Street), Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2), Ellie Kendrick (An Education, Game of Thrones), James Cosmo (T2 Trainspotting, Wonder Woman) and Kevin Guthrie (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) and follows the inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday in the Outer Hebrides who are largely unaffected by wartime rationing, until their supply of whisky runs out! Then
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Charlotte Riley, Ben Chaplin and David Suchet lead cast of BBC’s Press

The BBC has announced the cast for its upcoming BBC One drama Press from director Tom Vaughan (Victoria), which is revolves around competing London newspapers and explores the turbulent media landscape of the 24-hour news cycle and the digital age.

Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders) is set to play the news editor of fictional broadsheet The Herald, which is in competition with The Post, headed up by editor Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line) and Worldwide News CEO played by David Suchet (Poirot). Also featuring in the cast are Priyanga Burford (London Spy), Paapa Essiedu (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Shane Zaza (Happy Valley), Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones), Al Weaver (Grantchester) and Brendan Cowell (Game of Thrones).

“The newspaper business is part of Britain’s identity and Mike’s gripping stories of crusading journalists in this ever-changing industry, brought to life by this brilliantly talented cast make for a fresh,
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International Newswire: Discovery’s David Zaslav Named as Mipcom Personality of the Year

In today’s International Newswire, TV conference Mipcom honors Discovery chief David Zaslav; London Film Festival unveils its Industry Program; Amazon adds PBS shows and classical music to its U.K. channels service; and PBS and the BBC unveil the cast of “Press,” Mike Bartlett’s series about two rival newspapers.

Following in the footsteps of Leslie Moonves, Jeffrey Katzenberg and, last year, Shonda Rhimes, Discovery Communications’ president-ceo David Zaslav will be honored at October’s Mipcom trade fair and conference, where he will also deliver a Media Mastermind keynote address on Oct. 18.

Zaslav will join other speakers such as HBO chairman-ceo Richard Plepler, who will receive the Variety Vanguard Award, chef-tv host Gordon Ramsay, and National Geographic’s Courteney Monroe, Domingo Corral at Spain’s Movistar+, and Facebook’s Ricky Van Even.

Few will be able to talk across such a broad agenda as Zaslav, however. If one of his achievements at Discovery, where
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International Newswire: Discovery’s David Zaslav Named as Mipcom Personality of the Year

In today’s International Newswire, TV conference Mipcom honors Discovery chief David Zaslav; London Film Festival unveils its Industry Program; Amazon adds PBS shows and classical music to its U.K. channels service; and PBS and the BBC unveil the cast of “Press,” Mike Bartlett’s series about two rival newspapers.

Following in the footsteps of Leslie Moonves, Jeffrey Katzenberg and, last year, Shonda Rhimes, Discovery Communications’ president-ceo David Zaslav will be honored at October’s Mipcom trade fair and conference, where he will also deliver a Media Mastermind keynote address on Oct. 18.

Zaslav will join other speakers such as HBO chairman-ceo Richard Plepler, who will receive the Variety Vanguard Award, chef-tv host Gordon Ramsay, and National Geographic’s Courteney Monroe, Domingo Corral at Spain’s Movistar+, and Facebook’s Ricky Van Even.

Few will be able to talk across such a broad agenda as Zaslav, however. If one of his achievements at Discovery, where
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Win A Copy Of ‘Whiskey Galore!’ On Digital Download

Whisky Galore is out now on Digital and VoD and on Blu-ray & DVD 6th November and to celebrate we’re giving away 5 free digital download codes.

Gillies Mackinnon directs Whisky Galore! from a script by award-winning writer Peter McDougall, based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie, and starring Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard, Naomi Battrick, Sean Biggerstaff, Ellie Kendrick and Kevin Guthrie.

The inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday in the Outer Hebrides are largely unaffected by wartime rationing until the supply of whisky runs out. Then gloom descends on the disconsolate natives.

In the midst of this catastrophe, Sergeant Odd returns on leave to court Peggy, daughter of Post Office Master and Island Patriarch Joseph Macroon. Meanwhile, Macroon’s other daughter, Catriona, has just become engaged to meek schoolteacher George Campbell, though his stern, domineering mother refuses to give her approval.

Things take an unexpected turn for
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‘Game of Thrones’ Star on 5 Possible Strategies for Bran to Help Wage War in Season 8

‘Game of Thrones’ Star on 5 Possible Strategies for Bran to Help Wage War in Season 8
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) might be the Three-Eyed Raven now, but he’s still working out the kinks in his new role. He may have access to every event that has happened and is currently happening in his mind, but that doesn’t mean he actually has absorbed this information yet.

In this past season of “Game of Thrones,” Bran only knew part of the secret of Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) parentage, that he’s actually the son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen (Wilf Scolding) and Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi). But it was Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) who informed Bran that Rhaegar and Lyanna were secretly married, which makes Jon the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne and not a bastard after all. Only after hearing that did Bran mystically visit that point in history to confirm the event.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Director Reveals How Daenerys
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Review: Game of Thrones – Season 7 – Episode 4

Dracarys!

Holy Dragon fire! That was something else!

In yet another packed episode, we see Starks reunite with Starks, Littlefinger (Aiden Gillan) once again fail to win over a potentially powerful ally and Drogon literally decimate the Lannister army. Ever wondered what would happen when Bronn (Jerome Flynn) finally saw a dragon, or had to fight the Dothraki? Well, we are presented it here. And a hell of a lot of charred bodies.

But the battle closes the episode, so let’s re-wind a little to Winterfell, where we see the return of yet another Stark child – Arya (Maisie Williams). Poor Sansa (Sophie Turner) went through hell following the death of her father, but she seems to be the most mentally stable of the lot! Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is a complete weirdo and Arya – Arya is a bad-ass. She just is obsessed with killing a lot of people.

In a
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Game Of Thrones season 7 episode 4 review: The Spoils Of War

Ron Hogan Aug 7, 2017

The latest Game Of Thrones episode spoils viewers with action that's as emotionally gripping as it is spectacular. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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7.4 The Spoils Of War

It's been two hours since Game Of Thrones aired The Spoils Of War in the United States, and I've been sitting on my couch for nearly the entire time, trying to figure out just how to do the show justice. Game Of Thrones is one of the most intense viewing experiences on television, and the seventh season is pulling absolutely no punches when it comes to satisfying viewers with emotionally gripping spectacle. I'm not even really sure where to begin, but if you haven't seen the episode,
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New Photos from the Game Of Thrones Season 7 Premiere Episode

Get excited! Winter is... almost here. Check out eight recently released photos that give us just a taste of what's to come when the seventh season of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday night on HBO!

Game of Thrones Season 7 will premiere on HBO on July 16th, and you can view the new trailer below. Following this season, the series based on the popular George R.R. Martin book series will conclude with the eighth season of six episodes.

The season 7 cast includes Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ellie Kendrick, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Kristofer Hivju, Rory McCann, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Aiden Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Bella Ramsey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, and Peter Dinklage.

Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Game of Thrones, and in case you missed it, check out the previous trailer, the official artwork for season 7, new photos from the seventh season,
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Win The Levelling on Blu-ray

Author: Competitions

To mark the release of The Levelling on 17th July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Against the backdrop of the floods that devastated her home, Clover (Ellie Kendrick) returns to her family farm to confront her estranged father, Aubrey (David Troughton). Shadowed by ill-remembered conflicts and unspoken regrets, the pair set out to heal their fractious yet still loving relationship.

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

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Open to UK residents only The competition will close 24th July 2017 at 23.59 GMT The winner will be picked at random from entries received No cash alternative is available

The usual T&Cs can be found here. Good Luck!

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Game Of Thrones Season 7 Trailer Urges You to “Fight Every Battle, Everywhere”

"When the snows fall, and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives." With the premiere of the new season of Game of Thrones less than one month away, HBO released a new trailer featuring the brutal battles to come for those who have managed to survive thus far.

Game of Thrones Season 7 will premiere on HBO on July 16th, and you can view the new trailer below. Following this season, the series based on the popular George R.R. Martin book series will conclude with an eighth season of six episodes.

The season 7 cast includes Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ellie Kendrick, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Kristofer Hivju, Rory McCann, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Aiden Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Bella Ramsey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, and Peter Dinklage.

Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Game of Thrones, and in case you missed it, check out the previous trailer, the official artwork for season 7, new photos from the seventh season, as well as the official promo video for the seventh season.

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Sydney 2017: The Levelling review: Dir. Hope Dickson Leach

The Levelling review: Hope Dickson Leach makes her feature directorial debut with this slow-burning, finely-crafted, brooding drama with Ellie Kendrick and David Troughton.

The Levelling review by Paul Heath, October 2016.

The Levelling signals Hope Dickson Leach‘s first foray into feature filmmaking with a hugely original piece which she both scripts and directs.

This impressive film is set in a farm shortly after a devastating event has taken place. That event is the sudden passing of a young farmer and Clover (Ellie Kendrick) has arrived home to the family business shortly afterwards to help sort his affairs. Aubrey (David Troughton) is there in body though possibly not mind, seemingly incapable of any such arrangements; for the funeral, for the welfare of his animals, the general upkeep of the farm or indeed his own well-being. There is an obvious, long-standing conflict between the two family members and over the course of
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