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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.

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House 2016

24 May, 2016 Posted in: Film4 Channel, Film4 Summer Screen


Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, London’s groundbreaking open-air film festival, returns between 4-17 August, with a prestigious programme of classic and contemporary films, and a total of three UK premieres.



The 2016 season will open with the UK premiere of the critically-acclaimed Things To Come. Isabelle Huppert gives a commanding performance in Eden director Mia Hansen-Løve’s smart Paris-set drama, which explores how it feels to have led a full life yet still be searching for answers.

Pedro Almodóvar will make a special appearance at this year’s festival to introduce his 20th feature film Julieta, which was in competition at Cannes. Representing a return to the female-centric storytelling of many of Almodóvar’s most notable works, such as Volver and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a younger and older version of the film’s protagonist Julieta confronts the loves and losses of her life. 

The season will close with the UK premiere of Cannes award-winner Captain Fantastic, directed by Matt Ross, which follows the heartfelt story of a father (Viggo Mortensen) whose idealistic parenting comes under attack when his family is forced to leave their sheltered paradise and enter the world.



Two special screenings will celebrate cinema icons – master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and one of the most inspired and influential British films of all-time Trainspotting.

This year’s Best of 10 vote will coincide with Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, an exhibition of works created by contemporary artists, filmmakers and musicians and inspired by Stanley Kubrick at Somerset House from 6 July – 24 August. The public ballot will allow the audience to choose their favourite Kubrick film from a list of his 10 most famous movies. The vote-winning title will be revealed in front of the Somerset House audience on the night of the screening itself.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Film4’s Trainspotting, and ahead of the 2017 release of sequel T2, Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House will put Danny Boyle’s controversial 1996 hit back on the big screen in its original 35mm format.


Alex Garland's Ex Machina, backed by Film4

In addition, Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House will stage a typically eclectic mix of movies, from comedy and musical to horror and sci-fi. Sundown DJ sets inspired by the screenings will set the mood before the films begin.

Saturday nights will see double bills of Ex Machina and RoboCop, two dark futuristic visions that bring together Man and Machine, and Galaxy Quest and 2015’s The Final Girls (unreleased theatrically in the UK), a pair of comedies that take a fun twist on the sci-fi and horror genres.

There will be classics in Sunset Boulevard, the fable of fading movie star Norma Desmond, the fashionable affair of Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in Funny Face and 90s teen rom-com classic 10 Things I Hate About You. Legendary directors will feature with Quentin Tarantino’s crime caper Jackie Brown and Francis Ford Coppola’s flamboyantly frightening adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Finally, landscapes and coming-of-age experiences will contrast with Australian outback adventure Walkabout and the gritty realities of urban life in the Parisian suburbs portrayed in the gripping Girlhood.


August 4              THINGS TO COME (UK PREMIERE)

August 5              BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA

August 6              EX MACHINA + ROBOCOP

August 7              SUNSET BOULEVARD

August 8              10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU

August 9              WALKABOUT

August 10            JULIETA (UK PREMIERE)

August 11            WINNER OF BEST OF 10 KUBRICK VOTE

August 12            JACKIE BROWN

August 13            GALAXY QUEST + THE FINAL GIRLS

August 14            FUNNY FACE

August 15            TRAINSPOTTING

August 16            GIRLHOOD


Tickets for Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House go on sale at 10am on Thursday 26th May. For more information visit the Somerset House website.

Film4-backed film deals at Cannes 2016

23 May, 2016 Productions Posted in: Cannes, Uncategorized

In addition to Andrea Arnold’s American Honey taking home the Jury Prize, Film4 are thrilled to report that a number of deals were announced for Film4-backed films in Cannes…



A24 bought US rights, and Haut et Court snapped up French rights, to the next film from Yorgos Lanthimos. It was also announced that the film will reunite Colin Farrell with the director of The Lobster, which won the 2015 Cannes Jury Prize. Farrell will play Steven, a charismatic surgeon whose ideal life starts to fall apart, after a teenage boy who is trying to integrate him into his broken family starts to behave increasingly sinisterly. Inspired by a Euripides tragedy, the film was developed by Film4 in collaboration with Element Pictures, and is co-financed by Film4 and New Sparta under a partnership brokered by HanWay Films. The film is expected to begin shooting in August.


A24 picked up North American rights to British director Andrew Haigh’s (45 Years) next film ahead of its shoot in the US this summer. Other deals secured by Le Bureau Sales and Celluloid Dreams on the film included the UK (Curzon Artificial Eye), France (Ad Vitam), Benelux (Lumière), Greece (Seven Films), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Italy (Teodora), South Korea (Beetwin) and China (DD Dream). Film4 supported the development of the film with The Bureau, and are backing the film alongside The Bureau and the BFI. Haigh will direct his own adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s acclaimed novel about 15-year-old teenager Charley, as he embarks on a perilous journey in search of his long lost aunt and a possible home, his only companion the stolen racehorse Lean on Pete.


Focus Features acquired the majority of key international territories – including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, UK, Italy and Scandinavia – to Andrea Arnold’s widely praised Competition entry. Sales agent Protagonist Pictures had already pre-sold to France (Diaphana) and A24 (US) ahead of the festival. The film is a Parts & Labor / Pulse Films Production in association with ManDown, which Film4 co-developed and co-financed alongside Maven Pictures and the BFI.

Andrea Arnold’s Film4-backed American Honey wins Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival

23 May, 2016 Productions Posted in: Cannes

Film4-backed American Honey was among the prizes at the Cannes Film Festival last night, taking home the Jury Prize for British director Andrea Arnold, and earning a Commendation from the Ecumenical Jury.


It’s the third time Cannes-favourite Arnold has won the Jury Prize, following wins in 2006 for Red Road and 2009 for Fish Tank. She also served on the Jury for the Main Competition in 2012, and chaired the International Critics’ Week Jury in 2014.

Film4’s Head of Creative Rose Garnett commented: “We are so thrilled that Andrea Arnold’s American Honey was selected In Competition at Cannes, and that the Festival’s Jury has seen fit to recognise the film with the Jury Prize. American Honey is a passionate and brilliant odyssey that takes us into the hearts and minds of the young and disenfranchised in modern America. Film4 is proud to have supported the project from its inception. Andrea is one of the great directors working today – and American Honey is a landmark film that places British talent at the centre of the world cinema stage.”

American Honey tells the story of Star (Sasha Lane), a teenage girl from a troubled home, who 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 who is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group’s lifestyle of hard partying, law-bending and young love.