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Film4 FrightFest 2015 announces opening and closing films

25 Jun, 2015
by Film4 FrightFest

The 16th edition of Film4 FrightFest kicks off in skin-crawling fashion with the European premiere of David Keating’s blood-freezing rural nightmare Cherry Tree, starring Anna Walton (Hellboy 2, Soulmate) and rising star Naomi Battrick (Down Dog, Waterloo Road).

Keating, who directed the acclaimed Wake Wood for the revamped Hammer label, offers another provocative and compelling twist on the pagan cult chiller, in which a young girl, Faith (Battrick), in an attempt to save her father’s life, makes a fateful pact with Sissy Young …

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Principal photography commences on Benedict Andrews’ Blackbird

17 Jun, 2015 Productions Posted in:

From a screenplay by playwright David Harrower, Blackbird will shoot for five weeks across the south of England…

Rooney Mara (Carol), will star opposite Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, Starred Up, Slow West) in an intense, unflinching examination of damaged love.

In Blackbird, based on Harrower’s celebrated Olivier Award-winning play of the same name, Ray (Mendelsohn) is confronted with his past when the young and beautiful Una (Mara) arrives unannounced at his office. Fifteen years earlier, the two had an illicit affair, for …

Principal photography starts on Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire

09 Jun, 2015 Productions Posted in:

Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti and Babou Ceesay join Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley in Ben Wheatley’s explosive Film4-backed action thriller Free Fire.

Principal photography began yesterday on Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire. Film4 and the BFI back the film, STUDIOCANAL have rights in the UK and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) have territories including Australia / New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia and Spain. Protagonist Pictures are handling international sales. WME is co-representing …

Edinburgh preview: 12 must-sees

31 May, 2015 Posted in: Edinburgh, Festivals

With a new artistic director at the helm, the Edinburgh Film Festival is back for a jam-packed 2015 edition. Catherine Bray picks 12 highlights (in alphabetical order)

Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years

1. 45 Years, dir. Andrew Haigh

Winning Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival for star Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years is director Andrew Haigh’s follow up to the acclaimed Weekend. Film4 are proud to have backed this moving exploration of a relationship in its 45th year.

 

2. 54: The Director’s Cut, dir. …

Chicken plays Edinburgh

29 May, 2015 Posted in: Edinburgh

We’re always pleased to hear of the ongoing success of Film4 talent, so were delighted to be sent news of a new film featuring Yasmin Paige, who first caught audience’s attention with a compelling lead performance in the Film4-backed Submarine and went on to a characterful smaller role in the Film4-backed The Double (both directed by Richard Ayoade). This year she appears in Joe Stephenson’s Chicken, which stars Scott Chambers in the lead role of Richard, a gentle soul whose …

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