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Midnight Madness opener Free Fire first of five Film4 films to screen at Toronto International Film Festival

08 Sep, 2016 Productions Posted in: Festivals, Toronto

Ben Wheatley’s high octane action thriller Free Fire kicks off the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness section tonight, the first of five Film4 backed films to screen at the festival:


World Premiere / Midnight Madness Opening Night

Massachusetts, late ‘70s. Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues. Wheatley’s first US-set action picture is executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Director Ben Wheatley

Cast Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Noah Taylor

Writers Amy Jump & Ben Wheatley, Producer Andrew Starke

Production Company Rook Films, Sales agent Protagonist Pictures



World Premiere / Special Presentation

Three generations of the Cutler family live as notorious outlaws in Britain’s richest countryside. They spend their time hunting, looting and tormenting the police. In the midst of it all, Chad (Michael Fassbender) finds himself torn between respect for his father (Brendan Gleeson) and a desire for a better life for his children. With the law cracking down on his clan, the decision might not be his to make… Music for the film is an original score from The Chemical Brothers.

Director Adam Smith

Cast Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal, Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Killian Scott

Writer Alastair Siddons, Producers Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan, Alastair Siddons

Production Company Potboiler Productions, Sales agent Protagonist Pictures


World Premiere / Special Presentation

Baltasar Kormákur plays the part of a father, who sets off on a mission to try to pull his daughter away from the world of drugs and petty crime, only to discover that danger can be found where you least expect it.

Director Baltasar Kormákur

Cast Baltasar Kormákur, Hera Hilmar, Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Margret Bjarnadottir

Writers Ólafur Egill Egilsson & Baltasar Kormákur

Producer Magnus Viðar Sigurðsson

Production Company RVK Studios, Sales agent XYZ Films


North American Premiere / Special Presentation

Star (Sasha Lane), a teenage girl from a troubled home runs away with a travelling sales crew that drives across the American mid-west selling magazine subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, one of whom is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group’s lifestyle of hard partying, law-bending and young love.

Writer / Director Andrea Arnold

Cast Shia LaBeouf, Sasha Lane, Riley Keough

Producers Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa

Production Companies Parts & Labor, Pulse Films, Sales agent Protagonist Pictures

** Jury Prize winner at 2016 Cannes Film Festival; A24will release in the US on 30th September and Focus Features release in the UK on 14th October **


Canadian Premiere / Special Presentation

When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life. Their confrontation will uncover buried memories and unspeakable desires. It will shake them both to the core.

Director Benedict Andrews

Cast Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed

Writer David Harrower, based on his own play BLACKBIRD

Producers Jean Doumanian, Patrick Daly, Maya Amsellem

Production Company & Sales agent WestEnd Films

Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer starts shooting with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman

23 Aug, 2016 Productions Posted in:

Shooting has started in Cincinnati on The Killing of a Sacred Deer,​ which reunites Colin Farrell with director/producer Yorgos Lanthimos, following the critical and commercial success of The LobsterNicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with Barry Keoghan (’71), Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland), Sunny Suljic (The Unspoken), Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless).

The film is also produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures, who were among the producers of The Lobster and Oscar winner Room.

Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the project. Farrell stars as Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

The film is financed by Film4 and the Irish Film Board, who were financiers of The Lobster, and New Sparta Films, whose involvement was brokered by HanWay Films. The project was developed by Element Pictures and Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent, and A24 are on board as US distributor, following their May release of The Lobster.

The Lobster won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2015 and Dogtooth won Cannes’ Prix Un Certain Regard in 2009, before going on to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Film4-backed titles available for digital download

29 Jul, 2016 Productions Posted in:

39 titles from Film4′s library will be launched to buy or rent on iTunes and Amazon on August 1st, 2016. The collection includes classics and award-winners which will be available for digital download for the first time, bringing these culturally significant films to a new generation of cineastes.

The collection also illustrates Film4’s role in supporting the British film industry and nurturing new talent, as evidenced by the number of debut films in the collection, and the number of careers on both sides of the camera that these films have launched.

  • THE ACID HOUSE (Paul McGuigan, 1999)
  • ALICE (Jan Svankmajer, 1998)
  • ANGEL (Neil Jordan, 1984)
  • ANOTHER COUNTRY (Marek Kanievska, 1984)
  • BIRTHDAY GIRL (Jez Butterworth, 2001)
  • BLUE JUICE (Carl Prechezer, 1995)
  • BUFFALO SOLDIERS (Gregor Jordan, 2002)
  • CARLA’S SONG (Ken Loach, 1997)
  • CLOSE MY EYES (Stephen Poliakoff, 1991)
  • COMRADES (Bill Douglas, 1986)
  • CRUSH (John McKay, 2001)
  • DANCER IN THE DARK (Lars von Trier, 2000)



Dancer In The Dark

  • DEATH TO SMOOCHY (Danny DeVito, 2004)
  • DOCTOR M (Claude Chabrol, 1990)
  • FUNNY HA HA (Andrew Bujalski, 2007)
  • GERRY (Gus Van Sant, 2003)
  • HEAR MY SONG (Peter Chelsom, 1992)
  • HIGH HOPES (Mike Leigh, 1988)
  • INSTITUTE BENJAMENTA (Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay, 1995)
  • IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE (Thomas Vinterberg, 2003)
  • LADYBIRD, LADYBIRD (Ken Loach, 1994)
  • LITTLE OTIK (Jan Svankmajer, 2001)
  • LOCAL HERO (Bill Forsyth, 1983)


Local Hero

Local Hero

  • THE LONG DAY CLOSES (Terence Davies, 1992)
  • THE LOW DOWN (Jamie Thraves, 2001)
  • MONSOON WEDDING (Mira Nair, 2002)
  • A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (Pat O’Connor, 1987)
  • MUTUAL APPRECIATION (Andrew Bujalski, 2005)
  • MY NAME IS JOE (Ken Loach, 1998)
  • THE PRINCIPLES OF LUST (Penny Woolcock, 2004)
  • THE RED VIOLIN (Francois Girard, 1999)
  • RIFF RAFF (Ken Loach, 1991)



Riff Raff

  • SOME VOICES (Simon Cellan Jones, 2000)
  • THOSE GLORY GLORY DAYS (Philip Saville, 1983)
  • THE WAR ZONE (Tim Roth, 1999)
  • THE WARRIOR (Asif Kapadia, 2002)
  • WISH YOU WERE HERE (David Leland, 1987)
  • WITH OR WITHOUT YOU (Michael Winterbottom, 1999)


For more information, visit the Channel 4 Press site.

Clio Barnard’s Dark River starts shooting

20 Jun, 2016 Productions Posted in: Directors

Principal photography has commenced on Dark River, the third feature film from writer/director Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant), starring Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Saving Mr Banks), Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones, Kajaki) and Sean Bean (The Martian, The Lord of The Rings).


Clio Barnard

Dark River is produced by Clio Barnard’s long-term producer Tracy O’Riordan (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant) of Moonspun Films with Left Bank Pictures’ Lila Rawlings, Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie executive producing.  The film is backed by Film4, the BFI Film Fund, Screen Yorkshire and the Wellcome Trust and was developed by Film4, the BFI and the Wellcome Trust. Protagonist Pictures is handling world sales. Shooting will take place on location in Yorkshire for five weeks.

Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Once there she is confronted by a brother (Mark Stanley) she barely recognises, worn down by years of trying to keep the farm going, who is naturally hostile to her arrival and her claim over the tenancy. Their dispute unearths traumatic memories for Alice, memories which have remained dormant for years but which now threaten both of their futures.

Writer/director Clio Barnard has established herself as one of the UK’s most distinctive cinematic voices following rave reviews and awards for her feature-length debut The Arbor, a documentary about the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar, as well as her sophomore feature The Selfish Giant. The latter film followed two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in Bradford seeking their fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal. The film was a huge critical success on its release, launching at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and winning the British Film of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards along with a host of other festival awards.

Clio Barnard was the first recipient of the Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Fellowship, in partnership with BFI and Film4, in 2013. Dark River was developed during her year in residence at Wellcome when she had unparalleled access to experts in traumatic memory.

Dark River reunites many of Clio Barnard’s long-term collaborators including production designer Helen Scott (Fish Tank, Red Road, The Selfish Giant); casting director Amy Hubbard (The Lord of The Rings trilogy, Homeland, The Arbor) winner of a BIFA for her casting of The Selfish Giant; costume designer Matthew Price (Wild Bill, The Arbor, The Selfish Giant); Tim Barker (The Deep Blue Sea, Bronson) responsible for sound on both The Arbor and The Selfish Giant; and Nick Fenton (Submarine, The Double) responsible for editing both The Arbor and The Selfish Giant.

‘Dark River is a visceral, haunting and lyrical story and we’re delighted to have assembled our regular collaborators to help bring Clio’s beautifully crafted script to life and welcome DOP, Adriano Goldman to the team. Ruth Wilson and Mark Stanley’s fearless commitment to the roles of siblings Alice and Joe leading up to the shoot is exciting to behold’ says producer Tracy O’Riordan.

The KVB unveil Peter Strickland-directed video to new single ‘Never Enough’

01 Jun, 2016 Posted in: Uncategorized

Following the recent release of acclaimed new album Of Desire, on March 11th via Invada Records, The KVB have unveiled the video to single ‘Never Enough’, directed by Peter Strickland (The Duke of Burgundy, Bjork: Biophilia Live, Katalin Varga, Berberian Sound Studio)…

Speaking about the video, Strickland, the recent recipient of several Independent Film Awards, a London Critics’ Circle Film Award and a European Film Academy Award, stated: “As with many albums I love, The KVB’s Of Desire is something I regularly fall asleep to. I had three wisdom teeth taken out when the album came out and somehow the various nocturnal anxieties I felt when falling asleep to the album ended up in this video for Never Enough.”

In a perfect pairing, bringing a clinical and somewhat sinister air to the mesmeric, reverberating backdrop of ‘Never Enough’, Strickland’s facility for engrossing slow shots and seamless lighting aesthetic brings a further transfixing element to the new single.

the kvb

The KVB – having begun life in 2010 as a bedroom project for then Southampton-based Nicholas Wood to experiment with ideas around minimal electronica, before expanding with Wood’s partner and collaborator Kat Day and relocating to Berlin in 2014 – have long been fans of Strickland’s work; noting his use of haptic imagery, object-stroking slow shots and sensual colouring as particular favoured traits.

The productive pair have now released five albums since 2010, with their prolific work ethic also extending to the release of a number of tapes and EPs.

‘Of Desire’ became The KVB’s second LP on Geoff Barrow’s label, Invada Records. Barrow invited the band to record the album in his studio which the band did using what they describe as his “wonderful synthesisers”.

Their most fully formed record and considered in terms of dynamics, arrangements and instrumentation, taking in influences such as Death In Vegas, Scott Walker and Roxy Music, The KVB managed to create something that is at once familiar and yet inventive and original.

The album is self produced and was mastered by Sonic Boom at New Atlantis Studio. Lead single, “In Deep”, a song powered by a motorik beat and distorted blasts of icy guitars, Wood describes as being about longing. He adds, “there is definitely a romantic undercurrent to the record”. Day expands: “It’s about longing to be with someone and getting lost in a world that you create together.”

The album has a markedly cinematic quality, something the band are keen to explore further. A fitting appeal considering Invada is also home to some of cinema’s most engaging soundtracks of recent years, having released the scores to films like Ex Machina, Solaris, Hannibal and Nicholas Winding Refn’s brutal neon masterpiece, Drive.

Day, who studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths, also provides all of the visual elements surrounding The KVB, from album artwork to video projections for their live performances. Inspired by artists such as CGI experimenter Ed Atkins and German filmmaker, visual artist and video documentarian Hito Steyerl, her work is rich in texture: immersive and alluring.