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Dunn, Cross launch crowdfunding for Sacred Country

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Dunn, Cross launch crowdfunding for Sacred Country
Jaime Winstone to lead cast for Rose Tremain adaptation.

Writer/director Jan Dunn and producer Pippa Cross have launched a crowdfunding campaign for their planned feature film adaptation of Rose Tremain’s novel Sacred Country.

The story is about a 6-year-old girl, Mary Ward, in rural Suffolk in 1952 who realises she is a boy. The film follows Mary’s quest to become Martin over the next three decades.

The Indiegogo campaign is now live at, and aims to raise £50,000 of the film’s initial funding in the next five weeks.

Producer Cross, whose credits include Bloody Sunday and Shooting Dogs, told Screen that the crowdfunding campaign was about more than raising money, but showing other potential partners that there is an engaged community and audience for the film, including Lgbt networks and Tremain readers.

“It’s not a niche film but it can start with a niche audience,” Cross said. “The
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Brenda Blethyn (Vera) Interview

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Brenda Blethyn in Vera on AcornTV.

Two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn was ecstatic when her agent told her she had been cast as the lead role in a new detective series. The show was to be based around the Vera Stanhope novels by author Ann Cleeves. Brenda quickly began reading the novels so she could learn more about her new role.

“I started reading the series and Vera didn’t appear until halfway through the first book. She was described as a lumbering bag lady who looked as if she had nowhere to go. I thought ‘hold on a minute, why have they chosen me for this role,’ but I read on and I fell in love with her.”

In talking to Brenda Blethyn it quickly becomes apparent that she is nothing like the TV detective. She is warm, funny and she has a distinctly Southern accent. She is also quite stylish.
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Films out this week

Life During Wartime (15)

(Todd Solondz, 2009, Us) Shirley Henderson, Paul Reubens, Ciarán Hinds. 98 mins.

It doesn't matter if you don't remember too much about Solondz's 1998 hit Happiness beyond taboo subjects and squirmingly dark comedy, since the characters are played by completely different actors. It sort of fits, as they've all relocated to Florida, seeking a new start, but they shouldn't get their hopes up. The treatment is similarly unforgiving and uncomfortable, often captivatingly so, and happiness is as distant a prospect as ever.

Dogtooth (18)

(Giorgos Lanthimos, 2009, Gre) Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni. 97 mins.

Front-runner for oddest film of the year: a warped slice of domestic surrealism in which a family wall in their teenage kids and creatively misinform them about the outside world. It's so wrong, you've got to laugh.

Date Night (15)

(Shawn Levy, 2010, Us) Tina Fey, Steve Carell. 88 mins.

Michael Scott and Liz Lemon – a match made in small-screen heaven keeps
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2010 Bradford International Film Festival: Packed With Underground Greatness

The 16th annual Bradford International Film Festival, which will run March 18-28, is a total celebration of all forms of cinema, from classic films to modern world cinema to a tribute to Cinerama and more. But, most excitingly, is a bombastic collection of some of the best, most exciting underground films being made today.

From Bad Lit’s perspective, the most thrilling screening of the entire 10-day affair is the new film by British filmmaker Peter Whitehead, Terrorism Considered as One of the Fine Arts. In the U.S., Whitehead is a “lost” filmmaker from the underground’s heyday in the ’60s, being left out of most histories of the underground movement. Whitehead directed several influential films, including Wholly Communion and The Fall, before dropping out of filmmaking in the mid-’70s.

Film historian Jack Sargeant wrote extensively about and interviewed Whitehead for his wonderful book on Beat cinema, Naked Lens.
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London indie film fest gears up for 2010

London indie film fest gears up for 2010
London -- The London Independent Film Festival, one of a slew of capital-set film festivals, is ramping up its ambitions ahead of next year's April event.

Run by film producer Erich Schultz, the Liff aims to provide a platform for low-budget and no-budget films in the U.K. and will open with Jan Dunn's "The Calling" in 2010.

Written and directed by Dunn, the movie stars Brenda Blethyn, Susannah York and Rita Tushingham and details the story of a woman who gives up her life to become a nun.

Said Dunn: "We make films because we have something to say but often we can't compete with the sheer weight of a commercial feature to get our films onto a British cinema well done Liff in giving filmmakers like us a starting point!"

Dunn secured the festival's £50,000 ($82,000) prize for "Ruby Blue," which screened during the festival's 1998 edition and used
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Joe Wright to preside over Edinburgh jury

Joe Wright to preside over Edinburgh jury
London -- Director Joe Wright will preside over this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival Michael Powell Jury, organizers said Monday.

Wright will be president of the festival's main jury alongside actor Frank Langella, USA Today film critic Claudia Puig, journalist, broadcaster and author Janet Street-Porter and Australian actor Sacha Horler.

Wright said he was delighted to be returning to the Scottish shindig, describing it as a place "which has always been the greatest melting pot of the British film industry and culture."

Named in homage to one of Britain's most original filmmakers and inaugurated in 1993, the Michael Powell Award is sponsored by the U.K. Film Council and carries a purse of £20,000 ($32,700).

The jury will pick a winner from Brian Percival's "A Boy Called Dad," Duncan Ward's "Boogie Woogie," Jan Dunn's "The Calling," Justin Molotnikov's "Crying With Laughter," Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" Lindy Heymann's "Kicks,
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