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Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, Blake Jenner, Ann Dowd, and Udo Kier join cast of American Animals

09 Feb, 2017 Productions Posted in:

Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, Blake Jenner, Ann Dowd, and Udo Kier have joined the cast of AMERICAN ANIMALS alongside Evan Peters who was previously announced.

The heist film is written and will be directed by Bart Layton. Co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film, the film, which is based on a true story, is a Raw production, produced by Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski. Executive Producers of the project are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik via the AI Film banner; David Kosse; Film4’s Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek; and Tory Metzger via the Lava Bear Films banner. Principal photography of the film is slated to begin this year in the US. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales of the project.

The unbelievable but mostly true story of four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted one of the most audacious heists in US history; AMERICAN ANIMALS takes the thrill of the heist genre and turns it inside out, blurring the line between truth and fiction in a wild story of money, movies and the search for meaning.

Keoghan plays one of the young leads opposite Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy in Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK to be released by Warner Bros in July 2017.  Also for release in 2017 is Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, which he stars in alongside Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.  Keoghan was one of the breakout stars of Sundance 2016 for his performance in Rebecca Daly’s MAMMAL opposite Rachel Griffiths, and he was named one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2015 following roles in ’71 and NORFOLK.

Abrahamson was one of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Rising Stars of 2016 and is nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his breakthrough performance in HELLO DESTROYER. He was recently seen in DETOUR with Tye Sheridan and Bel Powley and wrapped SWEET VIRGINIA with Jon Bernthal and Christopher Abbot earlier this year.

Jenner was the lead in Richard Linklater’s EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, and was most recently seen in the critically-acclaimed THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN opposite Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson. Next, audiences will see him star alongside Logan Lerman in SIDNEY HALL which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Jan 2017.

Dowd’s long list of film credits include her award-winning performance as Sandra in Craig Zobel’s COMPLIANCE. Amongst her many roles, she has most recently appeared in OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, ST. VINCENT, SIDE EFFECTS, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, GIMME SHELTER, and THE DROP.

Udo Kier has over 200 film credits and is legendary for his work with notorious cult directors including Fassbinder, Gus Van Sant, Dario Argento (whose classic SUSPIRIA he starred in), Walerian Borowczyk, and Lars von Trier.

Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Jemaine Clement, Matt Berry And Craig Robinson To Star In Jim Hosking’s An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

08 Feb, 2017 Productions Posted in:

Park Pictures, Wigwam Films and Rook Films announced today that production for An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn has commenced.

Aubrey Plaza (Parks And Recreation, Safety Not Guaranteed), Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor, Milk, Into The Wild), Jemaine Clement (What We Do In The Shadows), Matt Berry (Moon), and Craig Robinson (Morris From America, This Is The End, Pineapple Express) head the cast in the film, directed by BIFA Discovery Award winner Jim Hosking (The Greasy Strangler). Written by David Wike and Hosking, the film is shooting in Eureka, California.

Lulu Danger’s unsatisfying marriage takes a fortunate turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform a mysterious event called An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only.

Mary Burke for the British Film Institute says, “After the success of The Greasy Strangler, we are proud to continue to support Jim Hosking as a left-field, break-out British comedy talent.”

Park Pictures producer Sam Bisbee says, “We are all thrilled to be working with the singularly talented Jim Hosking and this dream team of a cast. We can’t wait to introduce Beverly Luff Linn to the world.”

Film4′s Deputy Head of Creative Sam Lavender says, “We’re delighted to be working with the exceptionally talented Jim Hosking, his amazing cast and his team on this funny and unique film”.

The film is being funded by the BFI with National Lottery funding, Film4 and GPS Partners. Sam Bisbee and Theodora Dunlap of PARK PICTURES, along with Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh, Emily Leo of Wigwam Films and Andy Starke of Rook Films are producing. David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), the BFI’s Mary Burke, Sam Lavender from Film4, Jim Hosking, David Wike, Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord serve as executive producers.

MK2 and Protagonist Pictures join forces for Pawel Pawlikowski’s Film4-backed feature Cold War

08 Feb, 2017 Productions Posted in: News

Cold War

MK2 Films and Protagonist Pictures have teamed up to handle worldwide sales on COLD WAR, the new film from Academy award-winning writer/director Paweł Pawlikowski which has begun production in Poland. The film will be introduced to buyers at EFM in Berlin, and is due for completion in 2018.

Pawlikowski’s most recent film Ida was a global success, packing out arthouses and winning the Oscar and BAFTA for best foreign language film as well as three European Film Awards including best European film, director and screenplay. His other key credits include My Summer Of Love (2004) and Last Resort (2000).

COLD WAR is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.

The film is a Polish/French/UK co-production, and is written by Pawlikowski in both Polish and French languages. The director’s long time partners Tanya Seghatchian (My Summer of Love) of Apocalypso Pictures and Ewa Puszcyńska (Ida) from Piotr Dzięciol’s Opus Film (Poland) are producing, along with France’s MK Productions.

The film is being financed by Film4, Polish Film Institute, MK Productions, Opus Film, CNC – Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Arte France Cinéma, the BFI with National Lottery funding, and Protagonist Pictures.

COLD WAR stars Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig, alongside Agata Kulesza from Ida.

 

Film4 joins forces with Seven Bucks Productions, Misher Films and WWE Studios for Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family

07 Feb, 2017 Productions Posted in:

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions, Misher Films, WWE Studios, and Film4 are all teaming up to produce the upcoming feature film Fighting With My Family, a comedy-drama written and directed by Stephen Merchant, based on the true personal story of WWE Superstar Paige and her family of professional wrestlers.

The film is inspired by the Channel 4 British documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family and tells the story of reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Saraya and son Zak who make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. Ricky and Julia want a better life for their children and when brother and sister get the chance to audition for WWE, it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved. However, Saraya and Zak are about to learn that becoming a WWE Superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible as athletes and siblings. Wrestling has always kept this family together — but now it could tear them apart.

Stephen Merchant (The Office, Hello Ladies) has signed on to write, direct and executive produce the project.

Seven Bucks Productions’ Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia will serve as executive producers. Kevin Misher of Misher Films will produce alongside WWE Studios President Michael Luisi. WWE Studios are co-financing the film with Film4, who have developed the project from its inception. Johnson will also play a role in the film, with rising star Florence Pugh who will play WWE Superstar Paige, and Jack Lowden who will play her brother, Zak. The film will start principal photography in Los Angeles and London this month.

“Back in 2012, I was in my hotel room in London and stumbled across a documentary on a local UK channel. Not only was I intrigued by this loving and wild family, but I also felt it’s the kind of narrative that would make an amazing movie,” shared Johnson. “The Knights’ journey is a universal one that all families are familiar with. I relate to Saraya (Paige) and her wrestling family on such a personal level and it means so much that I can help tell their story.”

“When Dwayne sent me the documentary, I didn’t think I’d be interested in a story about wrestling,” explains Merchant. “Until I realized this is not really about wrestling at all, it’s about a young woman, her family and their struggles – which are funny, sad, tough, tender and ultimately inspiring. And just happen to involve people in spandex throwing each other about. I love that it’s a true story about a working class girl who, against the odds, climbed to the very top of her unusual profession. And as with Rocky and boxing, even if you don’t like her sport, you’ll love her journey.”

“What an incredible opportunity for WWE Studios to partner with revered WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to bring the compelling, heartwarming and often hilarious family story of WWE Superstar Paige to audiences worldwide,” said Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios. “Stephen Merchant has such a keen creative eye and we are thrilled to be able to work with Daniel Battsek and his team at Film4, and Kevin Misher, to bring for the very first time the tale of one of our own to the big screen.”

Daniel Battsek, Director of Film4 added, “Fighting With My Family is a great example of that successful genre of uplifting British films about real people who’ve gone from being unlikely underdogs to triumphing against the odds. We are all excited at the commercial potential of this project and Stephen Merchant has the perfect comic sensibility to make this uniquely British story appeal to audiences worldwide. I am delighted to be collaborating with my old colleague Michael Luisi at WWE, as well as Kevin Misher and of course, Dwayne Johnson.”

“Only Dwayne Johnson could watch a documentary about this warm, wild and wonderful family of British wrestlers and intuitively understand the bigger international appeal of this story, and only Stephen Merchant could create it,” said Producer Kevin Misher.  ”It speaks volumes that Film4 and WWE Studios have come together to tell a story that will have as much appeal to the most ardent WWE fan as it will to someone who wouldn’t know a Suplex from a Sleeper hold.”

Film4-Backed Films Receive Eight Nominations At The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

21 Dec, 2016 Productions Posted in: Awards

Andrea Arnold’s American Honey continued its run of awards success today, with five nominations at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards: Film of the Year, British/Irish Film of the Year, Supporting Actor of the Year (Shia LaBeouf), Supporting Actress of the Year (Riley Keough) and Technical Achievement (Robbie Ryan – Cinematography).

There were two awards for Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise: British/Irish Film of the Year and Technical Achievement (Mark Tildesley – Production Design). And Naomie Harris was nominated as British/Irish Actress for her work in three films – Film4-backed Our Kind Of Traitor, as well as Moonlight and Collateral Beauty.

American Honey won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and earlier in December took home four awards at the British Independent Film Awards: top prize Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Outstanding Achievement in Craft (Robbie Ryan). The film has also been nominated for six Independent Spirit Awards, and named on best-films-of-2016 lists from publications including Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Time Out, Entertainment Weekly and Screen International.

The Critics’ Circle Film Awards will take place on January 22nd 2017.