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Guest editorial: Swallows and Amazons – A Writer’s Journey by Andrea Gibb

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To celebrate the release of Philippa Lowthorpe’s adaptation of Swallows and Amazons on Blu-ray and DVD we are privileged to have an inside view on the film’s production.

In this guest editorial screenwriter Andrea Gibb takes us on her journey bringing the beloved book to the big screen.

I first got involved with ‘Swallows and Amazons’ in 2007. Nick Barton, one of the producers, had seen my film ‘Dear Frankie’ and liked it. That had a child at the centre and, as the most important characters in ‘Swallows’ are the kids, Nick felt I could write them for the screen.

I hadn’t read the book as a child but the minute he gave it to me, I fell in love. I was struck by its power as an evocation of childhood and by the simple truth of its message; children love to play, explore and imagine.
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Swallows and Amazons movie review: a free-range kiddie adventure

Behold a time before helicopter parenting, when children roamed free, ate cake for dinner, and played with fire. A delightfully old-fashioned treat. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

Gather round, kiddies, and behold a time before videogames — before television, even — when children roamed free and were forced to relieve their boredom with nothing more than a couple of sticks and their imaginations… and they relished it. Gather round, parents, and marvel as a mother grants permission for her four children to go sailing and camping on their own recognizance, with no adult supervision at all, for days. Because, as that mother says, “I don’t want them frightened of the world,” so they have to learn how to deal with it on their own. Imagine that!

Not only
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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: August 3 - 9

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

The final chapter of Bilbo Baggins' "Hobbit" adventure is airing August 8 on HBO as part of its Saturday Night Movies. It'll be on HBO Now, the network's standalone streaming service, on the same day. So if you don't already have HBO as part of your cable package but want to watch the TV shows ("Game of Thrones," "True Detective," etc.) and movies, you can just order HBO Now to stream the content.

"Difficult People"

Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner star in this new Hulu Original series, which premieres August 5. Julie and Billy play more annoying and less successful versions of themselves -- aspiring comics living, working and struggling in NYC
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Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix in August

It’s almost August and that means Netflix is about to give their content a refresh. Some of the notable titles leaving include: Family Ties: Season 1-7, Unbreakable, and Titanic. So if you haven’t seen some of these titles, plan your nights accordingly. We of course can look forward more than a few new titles including The Hurt Locker, White God (pictured above), and Girl Meets World season 1.

Available August 1

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)

In this animated adventure, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore revel in their new gig at a movie theme park by wandering the grounds after hours. Among the attractions is the spooky Frankenstein’s Castle, where a real mad scientist is bringing the monster to life. But when the boys cross paths with the creature (Frank Welker), they soon learn that appearances can be deceiving, and Frankenstein is more misunderstood than malevolent.

Asylum (2005)

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What to Expect on Netflix in August, Plus: Watch These Movies Before They Expire

Curious to know what movies are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix.   Note: Listed below are just the movies, not the television shows (except where noted). Starting August 1st Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999) Asylum (2005) Back in Time/ Cong Cong Na Nian (2014) Beneath the Helmet (2014) Breakup Buddies/ Xin Hau Lu Fang (2014) Bride and Prejudice (2004) Casting By (2012) Dear Frankie (2004) Dogs on the Inside (2014) Electric Slide (2014) Enemy at the Gates (2001) Flex is Kings (2013)  Lost and Love/ Shi Gu (2015) November Rule (2015) Outcast (2014) Pants on Fire (2014) Russell Brand: End the Drugs War...

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'The Hurt Locker,' 'Two Days, One Night' and More Coming to Netflix This August (Plus Indiewire's Picks)

'The Hurt Locker,' 'Two Days, One Night' and More Coming to Netflix This August (Plus Indiewire's Picks)
Read More: 9 Indie Tearjerkers Now Streaming on Netflix August can be quite the sluggish month at the movie theater, but Netflix is offering some acclaimed remedies thanks to a handful of new additions that shouldn't be missed. From a pulse-pounding Best Picture winner to quite a few foreign masterpieces, check out all of the new titles hitting the streaming platform next month below: Available 8/1 "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein" (1999) "Asylum" (2005) "Beneath the Helmet" (2014) "Bride and Prejudice" (2004) "Casting By" (2012) "Dear Frankie" (2004) "Dogs on the Inside" (2014) "Electric Slide" (2014) "Enemy at the Gates" (2001) "Flex is King" (2013) "November Rule" (2015) "Outcast" (2014) "Pants on Fire" (2014) "Sorority Row" (2009) Indiewire Pick: "The Hurt Locker" (2008)Winner of six Academy Awards -- including...
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New on Netflix: August 2015

New on Netflix in August: The original series "Narcos," about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, starring Wagner Moura of "Elysium;" and the site's first Spanish-language original series, "Club de Cuervos," about a brother and sister who inherit a soccer team.

You'll also be able to stream the critically acclaimed film "White Dog," Best Picture Oscar winner "The Hurt Locker," the Kristin Wiig dramedy "Welcome to Me," and Simon Pegg as an assassin in "Kill Me Three Times."

There are also new episodes of "Doctor Who," "Revenge," "Once Upon a Time," "Transporter: The Series," and "GIrl Meets World." Happy binging!

Here's a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in August 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered in terms of what's leaving Netflix in August 2015, in case you were wondering.​

Available August 1

"Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein" (1999)

"Asylum
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‘Sherlock’s’ Moriarty, Andrew Scott, Joins Cast of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (Exclusive)

‘Sherlock’s’ Moriarty, Andrew Scott, Joins Cast of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (Exclusive)
London — Andrew Scott, who is Jim Moriarty in “Sherlock” and is soon to be seen as Denbigh in James Bond movie “Spectre,” has joined the cast of Philippa Lowthorpe’s feature film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s adventure story “Swallows and Amazons.” Scott, whose other movie credits include “Pride,” will play a secret agent — by the name of Lazlow — in pursuit of the reclusive and enigmatic Jim Turner (Rafe Spall), inspired by Ransome’s own life as a spy.

In the novel “Swallows and Amazons,” Ransome based the character of Turner on himself as a novelist. The filmmakers behind this new adaptation have been inspired by Ransome’s secret life as an agent for the British intelligence service MI6, and based Turner on Ransome the spy. The truth about Ransome’s role as a secret agent, whose code name was S.76, was revealed 10 years ago when the British government released
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Gwendoline Christie, Harry Enfield join 'Swallows and Amazons'

  • ScreenDaily
Principal photography underway in the UK on book adaptation.

Cast and crew have set sail for the big-screen adaptation of the film update of Arthur Ransome classic Swallows and Amazons.

Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead) and Harry Enfield (Kevin and Perry Go Large) have joined Rafe Spall and Kelly Macdonald in Philippa Lowthorpe’s (Call the Midwife) feature debut, adapted by Andrea Gibb (Dear Frankie).

The Walker and Blackett children will be played by Dane Hughes, Orla Hill, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, Bobby McCulloch, Seren Hawkes and Hannah Jayne Thorp.

Principal photography got underway in the Lake District on June 21.

Nick Barton of Harbour Pictures Productions, Nick O’Hagan, and BBC FilmsJoe Oppenheimer, are producers.

Swallows and Amazons follows four children dreaming of an escape from the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast
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StudioCanal, HanWay board 'Swallows and Amazons'

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive: Iconic UK book series sails to production with Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald in lead roles.

StudioCanal has snapped up UK rights to the upcoming feature version of UK classic book series Swallows and Amazons from HanWay Films, which has launched world sales at Cannes.

Boardwalk Empire star Kelly Macdonald has newly joined the Harbour Pictures’ (Calendar Girls) production alongside Rafe Spall (Get Santa) who will lead the cast as the enigmatic Captain Flint.

Philippa Lowthorpe (Jamaica Inn) will direct from a screenplay by Andrea Gibb (Dear Frankie).

Production on the film version will begin in the Lake District this summer. BBC Films and the BFI developed the project and are on-board for production finance.

The film is set over an idyllic English summer holiday where the Walker children and their sailing rivals, the Blacketts, run amok in their boats against the impressive backdrop of the Lake District. But when the Walker’s uncle Jim is revealed
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Pixar's Brave step with a feisty fairytale

Ben Child watches thirty minutes of Pixar's first fairytale and finds a courageous story with a feminist and Scottish twist

You might expect a studio with films of the quality of Up, Wall-e, Ratatouille and Toy Story 3 to be excused for making the odd turkey, yet there are still those who haven't forgiven Pixar for churning out the distinctly average Cars 2 last year. They're the studio that are often seen as the antidote to bland Hollywood commercialism, so Cars 2's vapidity stuck in the craw of critics almost as much as the sudden availability of entire fleets of branded merchandise. The good news is that the Emeryville-based production company's latest offering, Brave, has the feel of a stout-hearted return to form, one that doesn't look like a strong candidate for a cynical marketing drive.

On paper, the movie appears an easy target for cynics. It began life under a different director,
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Exclusive Interview with Emily Mortimer and Larry the Cable Guy – Cars 2

  • HeyUGuys
I was sort of split going into my interview with Larry the Cable Guy (Daniel Lawrence Whitney) and Emily Mortimer.

My wife and I are huge fans of Emily’s work in such films as “Dear Frankie”, “City Island” and her hilariously brilliant stint on NBC’s “30 Rock”. On the other end is comedian Larry the Cable Guy, who I only know because of his involvement in these Pixar films and that his catchphrase “get ‘er done” was quite popular for a time.

As actors they have very different bodies of work so I was extremely curious how they would interact with each other during the press questions. In the film, Mater and Holley Shiftwell (Mortimer) spend most of their time on screen together trying to foil the bad guys. However, most people are aware that voicing animated characters doesn’t allow a whole lot of face time between actors,
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Lionsgate to Officially release the Scream Trilogy on Blu-ray!

That's right people! We hinted about this last week. Not Dimension but Lionsgate will release the first three Scream movies on Blu-ray. The Scream Trilogy will hit store shelves on March 29th which is two weeks before the fourth installment arrives theaters. From the Press Release:

The Fan Favorite Horror Franchise Celebrates 15 Years With Its Premiere Blu-ray Release

Scream

Scream 2

Scream 3

Street Date: 3/29/11

Blu-ray Disc Srp: $19.99 each

Program Description

Celebrating 15 years in horror, the Scream franchise has a brand new film, Scream 4 – hitting theaters April 15th – as well as the Scream trilogy arriving on Blu-ray Disc for the first time ever! Horror fans will scream like never before as Lionsgate debuts Miramax’s Scream, Scream 2 and Scream 3 in 1080P High Definition and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. From the master of horror, Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), these horror fan favorites feature an all-star cast
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Is This A Glock I See Before Me? Shakespearian Modernizations: The Good, The Bad and The Coriolanus

  • Pajiba
One of the great virtues of Shakespeare's material is its remarkable adaptability. His themes and characters are obviously universal and have resonated with audiences for centuries. One of the favorite tricks of a Shakespearian director is to modernize the setting of the play in order to capture something fresh in the verse. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's necessary. The best live production I ever saw was a fully ruffed, doubleted and hosed "Hamlet." It is interesting, however, to see how a director manages to fit Elizabethan verse in an updated setting. To see how far you can bend the Bard before you break him.

Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut, Coriolanus, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival yesterday to rave reviews. While maintaining the original verse, Fiennes has updated the setting from pre-imperial Rome to an anonymously modern civil war-torn state. Coriolanus is a story of blood, violence,
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Ascension: A Tom Hooper Profile (Part 1)

Following his Academy Award nomination for Best Director on The King's Speech, Trevor Hogg profiles the career of British filmmaker Tom Hooper in the first of a two-part feature...

“I fell in love with directing at the age of twelve, at prep school in Highgate,” stated British filmmaker Tom Hooper who as a student came across the book How to Make Film and Television. His career ambitions were fueled further when an uncle gave the London native a cast-off clockwork 16mm Bolex camera which allowed him to make his debut effort, a short film called Runaway Dog. Later, during the year between Westminster and Oxford University, Hooper produced a fifteen minute project about a painting that terrorizes its creator (Philip Rosch). Costing $16,000, Painted Faces (1992) was broadcast on Channel 4’s First Frame and received extra financial support from commercial director Paul Weiland which allowed it to be screened at the 35th London Film Festival.
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Open casting in Brixton

  • ScreenTerrier
Open Call Casting For TV Drama

We are currently casting for a 4-part drama for Channel 4.

We are holding an open call on Saturday 15th January between 12pm – 5pm at The Brix at St Matthews, St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1Jf

At present, we are looking for the following:

Boy – 14-16 yrs old, Black, working class Londoner.

Boy – 14-16 yrs old, of Turkish descent, working class Londoner.

We cannot stress enough that;

No Previous Acting Experience Is Necessary

(just a willingness to come along and try out, nothing ventured nothing gained.) At this stage it will just be a short informal chat on camera, and we can tell you more about the process.

For those who go on to be in the series this will be fully paid work.

Des Hamilton Casting are known in the film industry for launching the careers of kids and adults who have never acted before,
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Open casting for Channel 4 TV drama

  • ScreenTerrier
Open Call Casting For TV Drama

Des Hamilton Casting are currently casting for a 4-part drama for Channel 4:

They are holding an open call This Saturday 4th December between 12pm – 5pm at The Tabernacle, 35 Powis square, off Portobello road, London W11 2Ay.

At present, they are looking for the following:

Boy - 14 yrs old, of Turkish descent, working class Londoner.

Boy -14 yrs old, of Afro Caribbean descent, working class London boy.

Girl - 14-16 yrs old, of Afro Caribbean descent.

No Previous Acting Experience Is Necessary

(just a willingness to come along and try out, nothing ventured nothing gained.)

At this stage it will just be a short informal chat on camera, and we can tell you more about the process.

For those who go on to be in the series this will be fully paid work.

Des Hamilton Casting are known in the film industry for
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Channel 4 TV drama casting call

  • ScreenTerrier
Casting For TV Drama

Des Hamilton Casting are currently casting for a 4-part drama for Channel 4:

At present, we are looking for the following:

Boy -14 yrs old, Black, working class London boy.

Boy - 14 yrs old, of Turkish descent, working class Londoner.

Girl - 14-16 yrs old, Black.

We cannot stress enough that;

No Previous Acting Experience Is Necessary

(just a willingness to try out, nothing ventured nothing gained.)

For those who go on to be in the series this will be fully paid work.

For a chance to be in the series just a send photo of yourself and your phone number to rachael@deshamilton.com.

Des Hamilton Casting are known in the film industry for launching the careers of kids and adults who have never acted before, most notably Thomas Turgoose in ‘This is England’ and Jack McElhone in ‘Dear Frankie’. Other recent credits include
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Gerard Butler Scores Laughs in Second Trailer for ‘The Ugly Truth’

It is likely that many of you only associate actor Gerard Butler with his role as King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's 300, a performance that was as much about yelling and lifting weights between takes as it was about real acting talent. And its unfortunate, because the guy really can act. He can play the serious brooding leading man, as he did in 2004's Dear Frankie, and go full-on theatrical, belting out the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber in The Phantom of the Opera. Unlike may typical action stars, Butler has range. He's a dynamic and charismatic actor who seems to have a lot of fun doing what he does. And speaking of fun, those of you who took in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla last year know that Butler can bring the comedic beats -- which is good, as he appears to be the comedic centerpiece of 21 and Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic's The Ugly Truth. The
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Gerard Butler Scores Laughs in Second Trailer for ‘The Ugly Truth’

It is likely that many of you only associate actor Gerard Butler with his role as King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's 300, a performance that was as much about yelling and lifting weights between takes as it was about real acting talent. And its unfortunate, because the guy really can act. He can play the serious brooding leading man, as he did in 2004's Dear Frankie, and go full-on theatrical, belting out the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber in The Phantom of the Opera. Unlike may typical action stars, Butler has range. He's a dynamic and charismatic actor who seems to have a lot of fun doing what he does. And speaking of fun, those of you who took in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla last year know that Butler can bring the comedic beats -- which is good, as he appears to be the comedic centerpiece of 21 and Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic's The Ugly Truth. The
See full article at FilmSchoolRejects »
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