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Screen International appoints Charles Gant and Nikki Baughan

Screen International appoints Charles Gant and Nikki Baughan
Gant appointed features editor, Baughan joins as supplements editor.

Screen International has appointed two new members to its London-based editorial team. Charles Gant has been named features editor and Nikki Baughan is joining as supplements editor.

Gant, who is joining Screen from Heat Magazine, will coordinate the commissioning, planning and editorial development of the features for Screen’s multiple print editions, including monthlies, awards-season weeklies and festival dailies.

Baughan will oversee the commissioning and planning of Screen’s festival and events supplements as well as brand-affiliated publications including UK In Focus, published in partnership with the British Film Commission.

Gant and Baughan will also contribute to Screen’s digital offering Screendaily.com. They will both report directly to editor Matt Mueller.

An experienced and respected film journalist, Gant has been the film editor of Heat magazine since its launch. He is a former deputy editor at The Face magazine and has served on juries for BAFTA and Berlinale
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Screen critics pick their hidden gems of 2016

Screen critics pick their hidden gems of 2016
Ten Screen critics select their hidden film gems of the year.Fionnuala Halligan, chief film critic

A Date For Mad Mary

Dir Darren Thornton

This big-hearted Irish romcom, which shared the top prize at Galway this summer, has all the smarts to hit with younger audiences should it get the chance. Just released from prison, surly, boozy Mary pines for her bridezilla Bff who has moved on. Now she needs a date for the wedding and rarely has someone looked for love with less interest. Thornton directs a scuzzily radiant Seana Kerslake as the miserably mad Mary, wildly unpredictable and widely misunderstood, in a film that feels like the love child of Weekend and Once.

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Tim Grierson, Senior Us critic

The Student

Dir Kirill Serebrennikov

The dangers of religious fervor overwhelming reason is the cauldron into which The Student drops its audience, taking us to a Russian high school where a Bible-quoting
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'Toni Erdmann' tops Screen critics' best films of 2016

'Toni Erdmann' tops Screen critics' best films of 2016
Manchester By The Sea is second, while Moonlight sits third.

Maren Ade’s comedy Toni Erdmann has been crowned Screen’s critical darling of 2016, narrowly edging out Kenneth Lonergan’s drama Manchester By The Sea on this year’s critics’ poll.

While boths films amassed eighteen points (see below for an explanation of the points system), Toni Erdmann edged out its rival courtesy of having one extra top-place finish.

Barry JenkinsMoonlight was third on the overall list with 15 points, while Paul Verhoeven’s Elle was fourth with 12.

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land rounded out the top five with 10 points.

Screen critics’ top films of 2016 in full1) Toni Erdmann (18 points)

“Surprising, tense, funny, unsettling and uplifting,” Lee Marshall.

“A masterclass of building a film over time,” Sarah Ward.

“Superbly written and directed…Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek both give revelatory performances,” Jonathan Romney.

2) Manchester By The Sea (18 points)

“A story of monumental heartbreak that just crackles
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"Questions were asked in parliament": the story behind Lgbt film festival BFI Flare

Charles Gant chronicles the evolution of London’s long-running Lgbt film festival.

When in 1986, film programmer Mark Finch persuaded the British Film Institute (BFI) to let him present a seven-day season of nine gay and lesbian features under the banner Gays’ Own Pictures, nobody would have envisaged the scale and popularity of the annual festival that resulted – or its status within the BFI calendar.

As the 30th edition of London’s Lgbt film festival sets to launch this week with the world premiere of the Duncan Kenworthy-produced The Pass at the 1,679-capacity Odeon Leicester Square, the BFI can be forgiven for allowing itself a celebratory mood over the event it rebranded Flare two years ago.

Programmers past and present all concur regarding the distance the festival has travelled in its 30 years. Says Briony Hanson, co-programmer from 1997 to 2000 and now director of film at the British Council: “I look at the festival now, going to the
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Dan Fainaru becomes Screen critic-at-large

The honorary vice president of Fipresci has been a contributor to Screen for 15 years.

Long-standing contributor Dan Fainaru is to become critic-at-large for Screen International, a roving role which caps his 15-year relationship with the title.

Based in Israel, Fainaru has been a film critic for over 55 years and is honorary vice president of Fipresci. He has served as critic for Screen across the full range of international film festivals since he joined the tile.

His critic-at-large role will afford him the opportunity to assess and review titles outside the driver of Screen’s daily coverage at festivals. Formerly the director of the Israeli Film Institute, Fainaru edits Israel’s only film magazine, Cinematheque.

Screen International’s reviews editor Fionnuala Halligan said: “Dan’s knowledge and taste is unrivalled, and I am looking forward to working with him in this new capacity as he becomes an ambassador at large for Screen’s busy reviews desk.”

Screen International
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Film exhibition conference This Way Up unveils line-up

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Film exhibition conference This Way Up unveils line-up
Speakers to discuss emerging cinema trends at conference in Manchester, UK.

Film exhibition innovation conference This Way Up (Dec 2-3) is to return for a second year at a new venue, the Home cinema in Manchester, and has unveiled its programme of events and speakers.

The two-day event will include workshops, labs, panel discussions and keynotes, exploring emerging trends, models and ideas currently impacting the sector.

Keynotes will be presented by Anna Higgs, former head of Film4.0 and executive producer of High-Rise, The Duke of Burgundy, A Field in England; BBC director of audiences Nick North; and National Theatre of Scotland producer Marianne Maxwell.

Topics under discussion will include the rise of event cinema and alternative content; generating audience loyalty through different pricing models; embracing user-generated video; if the power of the film critic is dwindling; and the use of data in exhibition.

Other topics will explore if documentary is being sidelined by theatres; the use of
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Universal, 'Amy' big winners at Screen Awards 2015

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The Screen Awards has unveiled its 2015 winners, recognising excellence in UK marketing, distribution and exhibition.Scroll down for full list of winnersBrowse the Screen Awards book Heregallery: Click here for pictures from the nightVIDEO: Screen Awards 2015

The awards were handed out at a glamorous ceremony at The Brewery in London last night (Oct 22), before 500 assembled guests. Broadcaster Edith Bowman hosted the event for the fourth year.

Universal Pictures UK took home the hotly contested studio distributor of the year award, having broken the record for the biggest annual box office of all time with releases including Fast & Furious 7, Jurassic World and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Curzon Artificial Eye was highly commended in the category after an “exceptional year” that included the release of Still Alice, its highest grossing title to date at £2.6m, and growing audiences through innovative approaches to releases.

Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, won a hat-trick of awards for poster design of the year
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Wendy Ide to join Screen reviews team

Wendy Ide to join Screen reviews team
Wendy Ide is to join Screen International’s reviews team as a critic at large.

She will start at Screen by reviewing titles at the upcoming Busan International Film Festival (Oct 1-10) in Korea, and will be based in London.

Ide was a film critic and feature writer for The Times for 11 years. Before that, she was a critic for The Sunday Herald, film editor of Dazed & Confused, a contributer to Elle and the programmer of the short film strand of the BFI London Film Festival.

She joins Screen’s UK-based reviews team of reviews editor and chief film critic Fionnuala Halligan, Allan Hunter and Charles Gant, and colleagues including senior Us critic Tim Grierson, based in Los Angeles, Lee Marshall in Rome and Lisa Nesselson in Paris.

“Wendy is an outstanding writer whose reviews I have long enjoyed reading - I am delighted to have her joining as a critic at large,” said [link=nm
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Venice And Telluride Film Festivals Reveal Awards Season Contenders

For some, Labor Day signals a Monday off from school and work, the final hurrah of the summer and college football games galore.

But for Oscar watchers, the three day break heralds the beginning of the Awards Season with film festivals being held at Venice (Sept. 2 – 12) and Telluride (Sept. 4 – 7).

Getting a shot in the arm from the weekend festivals were Spotlight, Steve Jobs, Black Mass and The Danish Girl. Below is a sampling of the films in play this awards season that screened over the busy holiday weekend.

The Danish Girl (Nov. 27)

Synopsis:

Based on the book by David Ebershoff, The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne [The Theory of Everything] and Alicia Vikander [Ex Machina]), and directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve
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Twitter reacts to Dheepan's shock Palme d'Or win at Cannes Film Festival

Twitter reacts to Dheepan's shock Palme d'Or win at Cannes Film Festival
Dheepan's shock Palme d'Or win at Cannes has received a mixed response from critics and film fans alike.

Twitter divided when Jacques Audiard's French refugee drama picked up the highest award at this year's Cannes Film Festival earlier today (May 24), with comments ranging from "least deserving" to "brilliant direction, deeply moving".

Digital Spy rounds up Twitter's reaction to this year's Cannes Film Festival winner.

Dheepan, a perfectly fine, unremarkable drama, is the most surprising Palme d'Or winner in recent memory, and certainly the least deserving.

— Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) May 24, 2015

And the Palme d'Or goes to...Jacques Audiard's Dheepan #Cannes2015 pic.twitter.com/l1Q5Bw4HSL

— Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) May 24, 2015

Well like everyone else on here I didn't see Dheepan happening. Good film but no more. Far better out there this year.

— Stephen Mayne (@finalreel) May 24, 2015

Et la Palme d'Or... Audiard's Dheepan. What the....!!!!!!

Jonathan Romney (@JonathanRomney
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Screen appoints Charles Gant as UK critic

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Screen appoints Charles Gant as UK critic
Charles Gant has been appointed as UK critic for Screen International.

Gant will report to Fionnuala Halligan following her recent appointment as chief film critic and reviews editor for Screen.

He will be reviewing for Screen at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival, as well as covering UK releases throughout the year.

An experienced and respected film critic and journalist, Gant is also the film editor of Heat magazine and writes widely-read columns on box office and development for, respectively, theguardian.com and Sight & Sound magazine.

A former deputy editor at The Face magazine, he has served on the jury for the Ee BAFTA Rising Star Award since its inception and was a jury member for the 2014 edition of Berlinale Shooting Stars.

On top of his UK critic role, Gant will also contribute features and interviews to Screen.

Matt Mueller, editor of Screen International, said: “I’m delighted to have a critic and journalist
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A new Golden Age begins at this year's Oscars?

Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...

Jenny McCartney writes, for The Telegraph, how this year’s Oscars could spell the start of a new Golden Age:

"The candidates for Best Picture – including 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena, American Hustle and Gravity – each offer something of uniquely memorable quality... I’m not alone in thinking this: in the Us, there is talk of a “golden age”. Michael De Luca, a producer on the Oscar-nominated film Captain Phillips, said: “There’s incredible work being done … Not to over-inflate it, but it looks like it could be another renaissance."

Read the full article here.

Her article digs into the finance of the films, and how only three of the contenders – Gravity, Nebraska and Captain Phillips - were wholly financed by the studio system. And, according to Charles Gant in Sight and Sound (and looking at the figures on Box
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The Wolf of Wall Street: why is it so hard to get a ticket?

With its nudity, sex and bad-boy hero Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese's film is packing them in. So much so that it's proving tricky for many of us to get a seat …

Reports have been reaching our ears that Martin Scorsese's finance-sector-excess yarn The Wolf of Wall Street has been packing them in – to the extent that getting hold of a ticket in some cinemas seems almost as impossible as acquiring a Lemmon 714 quaalude. (When you've managed to see the film, that'll make more sense.)

It certainly roared in to the No 1 spot on its first weekend in the UK, driving its Porsche across three parking spaces, falling semi-paralysed on to the street and obliterating the competition with some £4.6m. That's actually the third biggest 18-certificate opening ever in the UK, after Hannibal and Bruno; and boy, is The Wolf of Wall Street 18-certificate. Drugs,
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Birds Eye View launches Filmonomics

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Birds Eye View its launching its new training programme Filmonomics at this year’s Loco London Comedy Film Festival on Jan 26.

The series will focus on topics such as finance, teams, marketing, exhibition and distribution.

Speakers at the initial sessions will include writers Rachel Hirons and Tess Morris, Film London’s Deborah Sathe, former Paramount executive Deborah Sheppard, iFeatures executive producer Christopher Granier-Deferre, journalists Karen Krizanovich and Charles Gant.

Selected participants, almost 90% of whom are female filmmakers, will participate in a bespoke programme. Filmonomics will also include three public sessions at BFI Southbank. Two of those sessions will be held during the 10th Birds Eye View Film Festival (April 8-13).

Creative Skillset supports Filmonomics, which is created in assocation with former Screen editor Colin Brown, author of the Filmonomics blog at Slated.com.

Birds Eye View Creative Director Kate Gerova said: “We created Filmonomics because with digital cameras and low-budget filmmaking schemes everyone has access to making
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Birds Eye View launches Filmonomics programme

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Birds Eye View its launching its new training programme Filmonomics at this year’s Loco London Comedy Film Festival on Jan 26.

The series will focus on topics such as finance, teams, marketing, exhibition and distribution.

Speakers at the initial sessions will include writers Rachel Hirons and Tess Morris, Film London’s Deborah Sathe, former Paramount executive Deborah Sheppard, iFeatures executive producer Christopher Granier-Deferre, journalists Karen Krizanovich and Charles Gant.

Selected participants, almost 90% of whom are female filmmakers, will participate in a bespoke programme. Filmonomics will also include three public sessions at BFI Southbank. Two of those sessions will be held during the 10th Birds Eye View Film Festival (April 8-13).

Creative Skillset supports Filmonomics, which is created in assocation with former Screen editor Colin Brown, author of the Filmonomics blog at Slated.com.

Birds Eye View Creative Director Kate Gerova said: “We created Filmonomics because with digital cameras and low-budget filmmaking schemes everyone has access to making
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BAFTA Awards Announce Rising Star Nominees

BAFTA Awards Announce Rising Star Nominees
BAFTA has announced the nominees for the 2014 EE Rising Star Award, which consists of actors and actresses who have "demonstrated exceptional talent" and are "destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema." This year’s nominees are: Dane DeHaan ("Kill Your Darlings"), George MacKay ("How I Live Now"), Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), Will Poulter ("We're The Millers") and Léa Seydoux ("Blue Is The Warmest Color"). Notably the much more established Seydoux was chosen over her "Blue" co-star Adèle Exarchopoulos. Previous honorees have included James McAvoy, Eva Green, Shia Labeouf, Noel Clarke, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, Adam Deacon and Juno Temple. Nominations for the BAFTA Film Awards will be announced on Wednesday. The nominees were selected by the Ee Rising Star Award jury, made up of the following film industry figures: Mark Kermode, Kirk Jones, Peter Czernin, Charles Gant, Chris Hewitt, Priya Elan, Martin Robinson, Gemma Arterton,
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2014 Ee BAFTA Rising Star Nominations Revealed

For some years now, the Ee BAFTA Rising Stars have celebrated key talent on the path to glory in the film world. Past recipients include Juno Temple, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Noel Clarke, Eva Green and James McAvoy. It is the only BAFTA award to be voted for by members of the public, however, a selection of key figures in the industry put together the five nominees. This year, actress Gemma Arterton joins the select jury, alongside jury chair Pippa Harris, Deputy Chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee, film critic Mark Kermode, casting director Karen Lindsay-Stewart, producer Pete Czernin, director Kirk Jones, film publicist Kate Lee, Chris Hewitt (Empire), Priya Elan (Grazia), Charles Gant (Heat), Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Metro) and Martin Robinson (Shortlist).

This morning, The Hollywood News attended the announcement of the five nominees for the prestigious award for 2014, at BAFTA HQ in the heart of Piccadilly. They are:

Dane DeHaan
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Christmas films: hobbits and fairies are festive fare at a screen near you

Seasonal movies aimed at families vie with more serious Oscar contenders as studios pitch their biggest hitters in cinemas

Christmas has always been a busy time for the movies; with much of the world off work or school, there are rich pickings to be had. In the Us, box office takings for the holiday season last year was more than £1.59bn – approximately a quarter of its entire yearly revenue in the UK, the same period saw £129.5m in takings – 12% of annual sales.

No wonder then that Christmas is seen as the ideal time to release films about princesses, hobbits and teenage gladiators; that is what Christmas 2013 has in store for us. A new Disney cartoon, Frozen, based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen; The Desolation of Smaug, the second in Peter Jackson's epic trilogy about Bilbo Baggins and chums; and Catching Fire, the follow-up to the enormously
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Film today: Puss in Boots to Pope in biopic

As news emerged of casting for the Pope Francis movie, we've the full rundown of today's headlines and more

In the headlines

Jennifer Lawrence and Chloe Grace Moretz named IMDb's most popular stars yet male actors paid more, gender inequality rife in Hollywood

Antonio Banderas tipped to play young Pope Francis

• NBC plans Rosemary's Baby TV miniseries

• Later today, the Screen Actors Guild nominations are out

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Martin Freeman: from Slough to Smaug – then back to Sherlock

The actor is about to appear in the return of BBC1's Sherlock and Peter Jackson's blockbuster sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

There was a scene in The Office in which Tim Canterbury, the benign sales rep played by Martin Freeman, compared his life to a roll of the dice.

"My situation now may only be a three. If I jack that in, go for something bigger and better, I could easily roll a six," he told the programme's faux documentary maker. "I could also roll a one. Ok? So I think … just leave the dice alone."

Freeman, who will star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the eagerly awaited return on New Year's Day of BBC1's Sherlock, and as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's blockbuster sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug next week, has just rolled a double six.

It has been an extraordinary rise for the 42-year-old actor,
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