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Mr. Turner receives 4 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards

16 Jan, 2015 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards, Awards
Mr Turner

Mr Turner

Mike Leigh’s critically acclaimed film Mr. Turner yesterday received Oscar recognition in 4 categories:

Cinematography – Dick Pope

Production Design – Suzie Davies & Charlotte Watts

Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran

Original Score – Gary Yershon

Mr. Turner debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last year where Timothy Spall won the award for Best Actor and Dick Pope, Leigh’s long term collaborator, took home the prestigious Vulcain Prize for his cinematography. The film exceeded box office expectations in the UK, taking over £6m via eOne UK, and continues its global release throughout early 2015.

The film has also garnered 4 BAFTA nominations; Cinematography (Dick Pope), Production Design (Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts), Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran) and Make Up & Hair (Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener), many of whom have worked on Leigh’s previous award winning titles such as Another Year, Happy Go Lucky and Vera Drake.

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great of eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.

Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

Film4 and Ourscreen team up for special presentation of Mr. Turrner

16 Jan, 2015 Productions Posted in: Events

In celebration of the recent Oscar and BAFTA nominations for Mike Leigh’s biographical drama Mr. Turner, Film4 and ourscreen have teamed up to present a special screening of the film at the Greenwich Picturehouse on 25th February 2015.

Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner has deservedly received a multitude of Oscar & BAFTA nominations. To celebrate this we’re hosting a very special screening of this tremendous biographical drama. Book a ticket and you won’t just get to see one of the most acclaimed films of 2014, you’ll also get an exclusive Film4 gift to take home with you, for free.

London from Greenwich Park, by JMW Turner

London from Greenwich Park, by JMW Turner

We’ll also be giving away 2 free tickets – all you need to do is go to the Royal Observatory at the top of Greenwich Park and photograph, draw or paint the view as Turner did in his spectacular painting London From Greenwich Park. Once you’ve done that tweet it to usThe Royal Observatory, and ourscreeen, along with a link to our screening, and the best entry we receive before 24th February will win the tickets.

Click here for more information and to book tickets

Film4 at Berlin International Film Festival

15 Jan, 2015 Productions Posted in: Berlin, Festivals

Two Film4 films have been selected to screen at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Both films feature in the competition programme.

45 Years

45 Years

From the director of Weekend, writer-director Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple whose seemingly contented lives are thrown into question when a letter from a past lover arrives in the post.

Dane DeHaan in Life

Dane DeHaan in Life

Anton Corbijn’s Life stars Dane DeHaan as James Dean and Robert Pattinson as Dennis Stock, the Magnum photographer commissioned to photograph the actor for LIFE Magazine in 1955.

Both films will receive their World Premieres at the festival.

The festival runs from 5th February to 14th February.

’71 and 20,000 Days On Earth, which featured in the 2014 festival, have both since received British Independent Film Awards and BAFTA nominations amongst a number of other accolades.


45 Years (Dir. Andrew Haigh)

The film follows Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) in the five days leading up to her forty-fifth wedding anniversary. Party plans are going well, until a letter arrives for her husband (Tom Courtenay) informing him that the body of his first love has been found frozen in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. As their anniversary celebrations grow closer, they delve further into their past, leaving their future in question.

Life (Dir. Anton Corbijn)

Life is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and actor James Dean (Dane DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for LIFE magazine in 1955. Stock was 26 and old before his time, when into his buttoned-down world came fledgling star James Dean, a free spirit who would change popular culture from suits to jeans and from matinee idols to teenage heartthrobs. The assignment, which took the pair on a photographic journey across the US, from LA to New York and on to Indiana would change Stock’s life and provide the world with some of the most iconic images of the age.

Film4-backed films receive 10 nominations at the British Academy Film Awards

09 Jan, 2015 Productions Posted in: Bafta


Film4 films have received 10 nominations in this year’s BAFTAs, including nominations for both Yann Demange’s ’71 and Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin in the Outstanding British Film category. Mike Leigh’s critically-acclaimed and most commercially successful film to date, Mr. Turner, receives four nominations.

Under The Skin

Under The Skin

The nominations cement Film4’s position as a key force in the British film industry. In addition, the acknowledgement of debut directors Yann Demange (’71), Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth), and star of ’71 and Starred Up, Jack O’Connell, who features in the Rising Star category, further highlights our commitment to finding and nurturing British talent.

Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

David Kosse, Director of Film4, says:

“We are thrilled that BAFTA have recognised the work of our filmmakers, of whom we’re very proud. Huge congratulations to all our nominees and we wish them all the very best of luck at the awards.”


Film4 BAFTA nominations in full:

’71 – Outstanding British Film

Under The Skin – Outstanding British Film

’71 – Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

20,000 Days On Earth – Best Documentary

Under The Skin – Original Music

Mr. Turner – Cinematography

Mr. Turner – Production Design

Mr. Turner – Costume Design

Mr. Turner – Makeup & Hair

Jack O’Connell – Rising Star

Film4 Innovation Forum 2014: A Final Note

07 Jan, 2015 Posted in: Behind The Scenes, Film4.0, Talent


In Partnership with Creative Skillset.

As a final note from us, and a lovely way to kick off the new year, here is full recap of the Film4 Innovation Forum. If you attended the day, you can check back on videos of your favourite speakers, and if you weren’t able to join us then you can get up to speed on everything from the day.

We have a selection of short vox pops from our key speakers so if you don’t have too much time you can start by dipping in there for a quick taster. Then, for the more committed amongst you, there are also videos of all the talks and panel sessions from across the day that you can peruse at your leisure.

Once again, if you missed our pre-Forum packs, don’t forget you can find out more about the projects that were shared on the day on this page and see in-depth case studies on 20,000 Days on Earth and Frank here.

You should also have received our post-forum survey.If you have not yet completed it, please do take the time to fill it out here. We know these things can be a pain but we can assure you it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes and your responses will really help us and our partners Skillset assess the effectiveness of the day and go on to improve events like this in the future. Your feedback also helps us to share information with our supporters so we can keep the event free to access, which hopefully you’ll agree is really important.


Here are a selection of short videos where our key speakers round up their contribution to, and learnings from, the Forum day.


Frank Rose/Hugh Garry/John McGrath/Matt Adams/Hilary Perkins


And here’s each session in full to allow you to dig deeper into the topics and insight from our fantastic speakers and panels.

Frank Rose – When Is A Movie Not A Movie? (1hr 4 minutes)


Hugh Garry – Frank: A Twitter Prequel (46 minutes)


Matt Adams – Storytelling With Psychological Profiling: Blast Theory App Storytelling Showcase (25 minutes)


John McGrath – Lightning Talk: Digitally Native Live Theatre With National Theatre Wales (20 minutes)


Storyworld Panel (25 minutes)


Key Themes and Next Steps Discussion (45 minutes)



Moving into 2015 we will be regularly sharing insight, interesting projects and more results from Film4 projects on the Film4 Blog which you can access here and you can follow Film4 Insider on Twitter for more regular updates on our work.

Thank you again for being a part of the 2014 Film4 Forum and we look forward to receiving your feedback in the survey.

All the best,
Film4 Team

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