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BIFA brings 2015 nominated films to cinemas

16 Nov, 2015 Posted in: BIFA

BIFA-nominated films including the Film4-backed 45 Years, The Lobster, Macbeth, Amy and Ex Machina will be available in cinemas nationwide from 23 November in a special public screenings event.


The British Independent Film Awards announced today that through a unique screenings programme it will be offering film fans across the country the opportunity to see a selection of contenders for awards at this year’s Moët BIFAs on 6th December. With the backing of major cinemas, BIFA will introduce this year’s top British independent films to mainstream audiences who may have missed the chance to see them on prior release. Audiences will also get the chance to see previews of some of the nominated films yet to hit cinemas.

20 cinemas in 17 towns will be participating in the series from 23rd November to 3rd December. Vue cinemas will be showing four of the films nominated for Best British Independent Film – 45 Years; Amy; The Lobster and Macbeth. Showcase and Curzon cinemas will also be hosting previews and films that haven’t previously played at their cinemas.

BIFA chairman Laurence Green said: “BIFA is delighted to be making it possible for the public to see these films before the winners are announced, bringing them to cinemas right across the UK and so giving audiences the chance to discover the very best of British film for themselves. The BFI has long been a supporter of BIFA and we are grateful for their backing in bringing this ambitious programme to fruition.”

Film4-backed films receive 41 nominations at the BIFAs

03 Nov, 2015 Productions Posted in: Actors and Actresses, Awards, BIFA

Film4 has received a total of 41 nominations for the films it has backed at this year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), with the nomination lists for the Best British Film and Best Director awards consisting entirely of Film4-backed talent and films.

The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster tops the list with seven nominations. Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth each receive six nominations while Alex Garland’s Ex Machina and Asif Kapadia’s Amy garnered five nominations each. Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise have four nominations each.



Film4 films make up the entirety of the nominations for the Best British Independent Film award: 45 Years, Amy, Ex Machina, The Lobster and Macbeth. Similarly, the nominations for Best Director are all for Film4-backed films – Andrew Haigh, Asif Kapadia, Alex Garland, Yorgos Lanthimos and Justin Kurzel. And John Maclean is nominated for Best Debut Director for Slow West alongside Louise Osmond who is nominated in the Best Documentary category for her film Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance.

Film4 also dominates the Best Screenplay nominations with 45 Years, Ex­ Machina, High-Rise and The Lobster.



Carey Mulligan is nominated for Best Actress for her role in Suffragette alongside Charlotte Rampling for her role in 45 Years. Tom Courtenay (45 Years), Colin Farrell (The Lobster), Michael Fassbender (Macbeth) and Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise) are all nominated in the Best Actor category.

And last, but not least, in the Best International Independent Film category two of Film4′s most anticipated films are nominated. Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and Todd Haynes’ Carol, both of which are also generating much Academy Awards buzz across the pond.

David Kosse, Director of Film4, says: “I’m thrilled for all our filmmakers who have been nominated for this year’s BIFAs. These awards are vital in highlighting and recognising the work of independent British filmmaking talent and Film4 is immensely proud to have been involved in all of these projects. Good luck to all those nominated.”

The BIFAs are held on 6th December 2015 at Old Billingsgate in central London. 


Six Film4-backed films selected for TIFF 2015

26 Aug, 2015 Productions Posted in: Toronto

Room, High-Rise, The Lobster, Youth, 45 Years and Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance have been selected for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 10-20…


“We are proud to be working with some of the industry’s most renowned and visionary filmmakers. Having six films invited to Toronto is a wonderful validation of Film4’s commitment to creative excellence on an international scale. Congratulations to all our filmmakers and partners,” said David Kosse, Director of Film4.

The highly anticipated line-up includes Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, based on the novel by J.G. Ballard and starring Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons, which is making its world premiere at the festival.

Three other films will make their North American debuts at the festival following successful world premieres respectively at key festivals earlier this year: Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly which won the Cannes Jury Prize; Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth starring Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz and Harvey Keitel and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, which won Silver Bear Acting Awards for both Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

In addition, two films will make their Canadian premieres at the festival: Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, based on the novel by Emma Donoghue and starring Brie Larson, William H. Macy and Joan Allen and the documentary Dark Horse which won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

World Exclusive: UK release poster for Life, starring Robert Pattinson

03 Aug, 2015 Productions Posted in: Uncategorized

Check out the exquisite poster for Anton Corbijn’s Film4-backed drama Life, starring Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan…


Inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955, Corbijn’s film tells the story of the pair as they journey from a train station to Dean’s childhood home.

Life will be released in UK cinemas on 25th September 2015.

Film4 FrightFest premieres All 4’s A Moment of Horror Series

30 Jul, 2015 Productions Posted in: Film4 FrightFest, Short films

For the first time ever this year, Film4 FrightFest will premiere six horror-themed short films from All 4…

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The series, entitled A Moment of Horror, consists of six individual episodes and will premiere throughout the festival which begins on 27th August 2015. All films will then be available exclusively on All 4 at

The films’ directors are Rose Glass (Room 55, Film of City Frames), Christian James (Freak Out, Stalled), Weronika Tofilska (winner of FrightFest’s Short Cuts to Hell competition), Lee Lennox (AmStarDam), Andrew Brand (Where There’s Smoke), and Michelle Fox (Zominic), who each bring their own distinct dark thoughts to the screen. The series features the acting talents of Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Hot Fuzz), David Oakes (Truth or Die, The Borgias), Alexa Brown (Absent Mind, The Trial) and Elizabeth Chan (Black Mirror, Silent Witness).

The creepy encounters in the series include: the tale of a young mother who discovers she feeds something much more sinister than her own baby; a janitor who notices the doors he closes on his nightshift never remain shut; and an anxiety sufferer whose troubles take a physical form during a bath-time black out.

Night Feed by Christian James

A young mum is woken in the middle of the night by her hungry, crying baby. In the dark and half conscious, she autopilots her way through the nightly routine… but tonight, something else is waiting.

Bath Time by Rose Glass

Every night before she goes to bed, Evy listens to a self-help tape that aims to tackle her crippling anxiety disorder. But while having a bath, her anxieties take on a horribly physical form…

The Doorkeeper by Weronika Tofilska

A janitor walks through a long, dark corridor at night, closing a number of doors on his way.  But the job is not as easy as it seems, since someone – or something – is intent on keeping them open.

Behind You by Lee Lennox

A little girl’s favourite bed-time read is a creepy 19th century spectral illusions book, which hides a nasty surprise for the girl’s babysitter.

What the Dog Saw by Andrew Brand

All Linda wants to do is sleep but her dog Max won’t stop barking. If only she knew what the dog saw…

Killing Time by Michelle Fox

A rebellious intern wastes time at work on her mobile phone and discovers a vengeful boss is a force to be reckoned with.


A Moment of Horror will disturb your perception of the mundane, and plant images in your head that will make you think twice before turning off the light at night…

The series is produced by Zorana Piggott at 011 Productions and was commissioned by Jody Smith and Sam Lavender at Channel 4.