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Jacki Weaver Heads Cast of Stan Original Series ‘Bloom’

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Jacki Weaver Heads Cast of Stan Original Series ‘Bloom’
Australia’s two-time Oscar-nominated actress Jacki Weaver heads the cast of sci-fi series “Bloom.” An original commission for Australian streaming platform Stan, the six-part series is produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Playmaker.

The story takes place a year after a devastating flood has killed five locals in an idyllic country town, and when a mysterious new plant appears. The plant’s phenomenal ability to restore youth is so formidable that attempting to harness it means re-evaluating values. It is a miracle some will kill to keep secret.

With finance from Stan and federal funding body Screen Australia, production is now under way in Victoria state. Sony Pictures Television will distribute outside Australia.

The series is created by Glen Dolman. Production is by Sue Seeary and shot by Aacta-winning cinematographer Geoff Hall. The series is directed by John Curran and Mat King.

The lead cast includes Bryan Brown, Phoebe Tonkin,
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UK industry responds to BFI recommendations for indie film

Concerns around market impact of a BFI-endorsd Eis fund.

Key figures in the UK film industry have given a generally positive response to the report from the BFI’s Commission on UK Independent Film which was published this week. However concerns were raised about some aspects.

John McVay, the chief executive of UK producers’ association Pact, suggested the Commission came into being partly as a result of Pact’s own report last year, ‘The State of the UK Independent Film Sector’, which highlighted the “parlous” state of the sector and recommended the UK’s film tax credit should be
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Thailand’s 20% Rebate Makes Country Even More Attractive for Filmmakers

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Thailand’s 20% Rebate Makes Country Even More Attractive for Filmmakers
Producers looking for different kinds of locales for their next projects are turning increasingly to Thailand, which recently launched a 20% rebate on qualified spend.

Indeed, the Southeast Asian country is a land of captivating beauty and exotic locations that filmmakers can use to add production value to their shoots. It’s also a country narrow and dicey alleyways, street food vendors and crowded marketplaces that can deliver a message of menacing grittiness – making it an ideal destination for noir-like stories and steamy situations.

The introduction of the new program has only increased the country’s attractiveness.

Specifically, Thailand’s rebate on qualified spend ranges from 15% to 20%. It can include a 3% bonus for the hire of Thai personnel in key positions, and a 2% bonus if the project in question also promotes Thai tourism.

To qualify, projects must spend a minimum of 50 million baht on local goods and services, which amounts to about $1.56 million.
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Sweet Country movie review: an essential confrontation with the ugly not-so-past past

MaryAnn’s quick take… As harshly beautiful as its landscape, this is a stark corrective to the American western it echoes, and a pragmatic confrontation with the deep, tenacious roots of modern racism. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Australia’s Northern Territory in the 1920s is “sweet country,” drools Sergeant Fletcher, “cattle country.” But it’s not his country to do anything with, and this is not his story, except as the villain… or, rather, as a personification and representation of the villainy of colonialism and racism.

As the title of the story of Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris), Sweet Country is ironic at best: it’s no longer sweet for him, and its sweetness is what has enticed his invaders. Sam is an Aboriginal
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This Beautiful Fantastic movie review: this ordinary normal

MaryAnn’s quick take… An ostensible fairy tale of the creative life in London that tries too hard to be eccentric, while also trying too hard to be grounded and realistic. This is one of those idiosyncrasies that you really can’t have both ways. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

(learn more about this)

Bella Brown, orphan of unusual circumstance, is, we are informed, “the oddest of oddballs.” Except she’s not very odd at all. She’s a pretty normal woman with a touch of Ocd, creative aspirations that she can’t seem to bring to fruition, and an inability to get to work on time. (Those might be unusual characteristics for women onscreen, but they are entirely mundane in the real world.
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The Mercy World Premiere Interviews: David Thewlis, Scott Z Burns & more

Author: Jon Lyus

This evening the red carpet was unfurled for The Mercy, the latest film from The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

Related: The Mercy First Trailer

The Mercy follows Donald Crowhurst (Firth) on the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on (and after) the epic journey, while his family awaited his return. It is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.

David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey, Mark Gatiss and Ken Stott complete the cast, and the film is released on the 9th of February.

Our intrepid carpet-voyagers Scott Davis and Colin Hart were present and correct this evening, here’s how they got on.

The Mercy World Premiere Interviews

The Mercy Trailer

The Mercy Official Synopsis

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true
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New posters and featurette for The Mercy starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz

With a little over two weeks to go until the release of The Mercy, three new posters have arrived online for the upcoming drama along with a featurette which includes interviews with stars Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Mercy here

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Rachel Weisz, The Light Between Oceans, The Lobster) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Find out more about The Mercy from stars Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz in new trailer

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Author: Zehra Phelan

A new trailer has arrived from Studiocanal for The Mercy starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

Related: The Mercy First Trailer

The film follows Donald Crowhurst (Firth) on a dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on the epic journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.

Directed by The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh the film stars David Thewlis (Anomalisa, The Theory of Everything) and Ken Stott (‘War & Peace’, The Hobbit), alongside Firth and Weisz.

The Mercy Official Synopsis

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history
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New UK Trailer Lands For Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz Film ‘The Mercy’

StudioCanal has released a brand new trailer, complete with cast interviews for the upcoming Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz-starring drama The Mercy.

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Rachel Weisz, The Light Between Oceans, The Lobster) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.

Co-starring David Thewlis (Anomalisa, The Theory of Everything) and Ken Stott (‘War & Peace’, The Hobbit), and produced by Blueprint Pictures (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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Blu-ray Review – The Limehouse Golem (2016)

The Limehouse Golem, 2016.

Directed by Juan Carlos Medina.

Starring Douglas Booth, Olivia Cooke, Eddie Marsan, Sam Reid, Bill Nighy, Daniel Mays, María Valverde, and Sam Reid.

Synopsis:

A killer stalks pre-Jack the Ripper Victorian London and a police inspector must solve the case in order to prevent a perceived injustice.

The gloomy moonlit streets of Victorian London has always provided an atmospheric setting for many a cinematic Gothic murder mystery, and, for once, the subject of this particular crime thriller is not the real-life enigma of Jack the Ripper but a series of murders where there was no apparent pattern or connection to any of the victims. Set in 1880, The Limehouse Golem is based on a novel by Peter Ackroyd and stars Bill Nighy (Underworld/Shaun of the Dead) as Inspector John Kildare, a police officer transferred to the case of the Golem killings in order to act as a
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The Mercy: first trailer for Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz's latest

Simon Brew Nov 17, 2017

From the director of The Theory Of Everything comes The Mercy. Here's the first trailer...

Heading into UK cinemas on February 9th 2018 is The Mercy, the new film from The Theory Of Everything director James Marsh. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz headline this one, and we've got the first trailer and an official synopsis to bring to you.

We'd best get down to work, then. Trailer first...

And here's the synopsis...

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife,
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Watch The First Trailer For ‘The Mercy’, Starring Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz

Studiocanal has released the very first trailer for the upcoming The Mercy, which will roll into cinemas next year.

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Rachel Weitz, The Light Between Oceans, The Lobster) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.

Co-starring David Thewlis (Anomalisa, The Theory of Everything) and Ken Stott (‘War & Peace’, The Hobbit), and produced by Blueprint Pictures (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, In Bruges), the story
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First poster and trailer for The Mercy starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz

The first poster and trailer have debuted for the upcoming drama The Mercy. Directed by James Marsh, the film is based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst’s disastrous attempt to become the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping while competing in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Colin Firth stars in the lead role as the amatuer sailor alongside Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, and Ken Stott; take a look at the poster and trailer below, along with the official synopsis and some first look images…

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping.
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Kevin Spacey To Play Gore Vidal In Netflix Biopic

Kevin Spacey To Play Gore Vidal In Netflix Biopic
Kevin Spacey is set to play celebrated American writer Gore Vidal in an upcoming Netflix original biopic titled Gore. Michael Hoffman, who directed 2009's The Last Station starring Helen Mirren and James McAvoy, will direct the 1980s-set film with UK producer Andy Paterson (The Railway Man, Girl With A Pearl Earring) producing. The film is shooting in Italy. Vidal had a love affair with Italy, spending large periods of time in Rome in the early 1960s and later between the…
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Exclusive: Jonathan Teplitsky on Churchill, the portrait of the War hero & how Stewie Griffin influenced Brian Cox’s portrayal

Author: Scott Davis

There have been many films over the decades based on the life of Winston Churchill and the momentous things the former Prime Minister did during the war. Indeed, there is a separate film due for release later this year called Darkest Hour, with Gary Oldman in the lead role, but not many have looked inwards at the man himself.

In Churchill, the new film directed by Jonathan Teplitsky (The Railway Man), the story focuses not just on the 96 hours before D-Day but also what Churchill was thinking in the days leading up to it.

It was that exploration of the human behind the man that drew the director to the project:

“When you think of Churchill, you think of all sorts of greatness and what have you but the script wasn’t that – it was more about exploring the human being behind that and the fascinated me
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Film Review: The Human Being Behind the Greatness in ‘Churchill’

Chicago – Winston Churchill, except to hardcore history buffs, is fast fading from the cultural radar. Often called the Greatest Briton Ever, the lion who led his people for so many years became a bit toothless during the greatest World War II battle ever conceived, D-Day the Sixth of June. That moment in his life, and the lives of those around him, is the subject of the magnificent new film, “Churchill.”

Rating: 5.0/5.0

In the past of film history – closer to when Winston Churchill absolutely mattered to his generation – this movie might have been a major event, because of its grand psychological profile of the Prime Minister. The director Jonathan Teplitzky (of the underrated WWII film “The Railway Man”) takes the highly intelligent and thrilling script by Alex von Tunzelmann and creates a historical masterwork, even though the chains of “period movie” and “World War II” shackles the impression of rendering such subject matter today.
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Churchill – Review

Brian Cox as “Winston Churchill” in Churchill, directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group (c)

Brian Cox portrays Winston Churchill in a dramatization of the events just prior to the D-Day invasion of France by Allied forces during World War II in Churchill. Directed Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man, BBC’s Indian Summers television series) from a script by historian Alex Von Tunzelmann, Churchill aims to get beneath the usual familiar image of Churchill as a gruff, cigar-chewing British bulldog to create a fuller human portrait of the man who grappled with deep depression and fears of failure while leading his country through its darkest hours.

It is an admirable aim but unfortunately the film falls far short of its goal. Led by an overheated performance by Cox, Churchill stages a last-minute attempt to stop the 1944 Normandy Invasion, gripped with fear that it would fail. Less than a week before D-Day,
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Churchill movie review: stumbling over truth

MaryAnn’s quick take… This low-stakes, emotionally limp portrait may be intended to humanize a towering, almost mythic figure, but instead just needles and undercuts him. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

A ticking-clock thriller following Winston Churchill in the 96 hours before D-Day” is how you may see this film being sold. Don’t believe it. A portrait of the British Prime Minister in the days before the launch of the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944, Churchill could, if we’re being generous, be called intimate and leisurely, which even so hardly makes for an exciting time at the movies. But the film is more fairly deemed small scale, low stakes, and emotionally limp. Historian Alex von Tunzelmann, making her screenwriting debut, explores Churchill’s (Brian Cox: Morgan) well-documented opposition to D-Day,
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‘Churchill’ Review: WWII Drama Shows Legendary Leader Gripped by Fear

‘Churchill’ Review: WWII Drama Shows Legendary Leader Gripped by Fear
The wartime bio-drama “Churchill” ends with a sentence stating that its subject, two-time British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is usually considered “the greatest Briton of all time.” If you knew nothing of that small island’s looming lion of politics and war morale, however, you might be shocked at that assessment after watching “Churchill,” which stars Brian Cox in the title role. That’s because this snapshot of the man in the days before D-Day mostly portrays him as a doddering, foul-tempered, and fearful leader on the brink of losing it. Director Jonathan Teplitsky (“The Railway Man”) and screenwriter-historian Alex von Tunselmann have.
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