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Film4 confirms 6 titles selected for Toronto International Film Festival

19 Aug, 2014 Productions Posted in: Festivals, Toronto

Six Film4 films have been selected for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival – three of which will be world premieres.

The prestigious festival will see the world premieres of Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy and Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming, as well as the North American Premieres of Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Gerard Johnson’s Hyena and Yann Demange’s ’71.

Tessa Ross, Channel 4 Controller of Film and Drama, said: “We’re really delighted by these invitations. Toronto is always a wonderful place for unveiling British films and it’s very exciting to be premiering such a great range of work there this Autumn.”

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival will take place between 4th-14th September.

The titles:

The Riot Club

The Riot Club

At Oxford University the hottest invitation is to The Riot Club; a world where the bright, privileged and wealthy take their first steps in becoming the future masters of the universe. Miles and Alistair’s personal rivalry and jealousy ignite an evening where verbal pyrotechnics and vaulting ambition reign and eventually the wolf pack turn on one of their own. In the same vein as The Social Network, Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, based on Laura Wade’s play Posh, exposes the insecurities and viciousness of the young elite.

The Duke Of Burgundy

The Duke Of Burgundy

Peter Strickland’s eagerly anticipated follow up to Berberian Sound Studio and Katalin Varga explores the intense relationship between two women. The Duke of Burgundy is a dark melodrama about an amateur butterfly expert whose wayward desires test her lover’s tolerance. Stars Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara d’Anna.

Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming follows a tight family unit navigating their way through family life as it breaks down in the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy. Stars Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba.

Mr Turner

Mr Turner

Mr. Turner, written and directed by Mike Leigh, explores the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner, played by Timothy Spall. 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.



In Hyena, written and directed by Gerard Johnson, Michael Logan, played by Peter Ferdinando, is a complex mix of high-functioning addict and corrupt police officer whose world is changing thanks to a recent influx of ruthless Albanian gangsters who are threatening to change London’s criminal landscape. Michael’s razor sharp instincts have always kept him one step ahead, but now his increasingly self-destructive behaviour and the sheer brutality of the new gang lords find Michael in a spiralling descent of fear and self-doubt.



A young British soldier, played by Jack O’Connell, is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971 in Yann Demange’s ‘71. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.



David Kosse appointed as Director of Film4

04 Aug, 2014 Productions Posted in: Behind The Scenes

David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4, has today announced the appointment of David Kosse as Director of its feature filmmaking division Film4. Kosse joins from Universal Pictures where he is currently President, International, and will take up his post on 1st November to lead the Channel’s award-winning and internationally acclaimed film production arm.

David Abraham, Channel 4’s Chief Executive, says: “After a very thorough search, I am delighted that David Kosse will lead the next chapter of Film4. David is one of the most respected leaders in the film industry today. He has built impeccable creative relationships with British and international talent and is also steeped in knowledge and experience of changing distribution models in film. I know that David will be a great addition to my management team and I greatly look forward to seeing his vision unfold at 4.”

David Kosse says: “This is undeniably one of the best jobs in the British film industry. I’ve always had a passion for film and filmmakers and been a huge advocate for and a supporter of the British film industry so I am really excited about joining Film4. Tessa Ross and her team have done a fantastic job over the past few years and I hope my experience in international production, financing and distribution will see Film4 continue to flourish. We want to build a slate of innovative, exciting British films which continues Film4′s great filmmaking legacy of working with established filmmakers and discovering great new and original British talent.”

Kosse is a key and influential player in the British and international film industry, and brings enormous experience in international production, marketing and distribution spanning both the independent and studio sectors.

As Director of Film4 Kosse will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution of all Film4-backed releases both in the UK and internationally.

Working closely with the commissioning and development teams, Kosse will oversee Film4’s diverse slate – delivering on Channel 4’s remit to produce quality independent films, discover and develop new filmmaking talent, and support the UK film industry. He will also be responsible for exploring new partnerships and distribution platforms for Film4 content, and seeking to maximise return on investment for Film4 titles both in the UK and abroad.

Kosse replaces Tessa Ross who announced her departure to become Chief Executive of the National Theatre in March.  He will report directly to Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham.

Kosse joins Film4 from Universal Pictures, where since 2009 he’s held the position of President, International, playing a key strategic and leadership role across all of its international divisions.

Based in London, Kosse was a key decision-maker in Universal’s greenlight process, and led the strategy for films throughout their life-cycle of release across traditional and new media platforms.

During his ten years at Universal he started and built Universal Pictures International, the company’s international marketing and distribution arm, into a global operation based in 16 countries which has grossed over $2 billion at the box office in 2014 alone. He also substantially grew the international acquisitions and production business whose recent notable recent successes include Boyhood, Wolf Of Wall Street and Zero Dark Thirty, and delivered international production hits in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Argentina.

His international successes include the global box office phenomenon Mamma Mia! which grossed over $460 million internationally, the Bourne franchise ($1.2B worldwide) and Les Miserables ($293 million) – which helped Universal Pictures achieve its biggest year in history in 2013. UPI’s current slate includes upcoming Film4 titles Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club and Kevin Macdonald’s Black Sea.

Prior to joining Universal Pictures in 2004 Kosse ran UK-based Momentum Pictures, a leading British independent distributor which he established in 2000 to release both art-house and mainstream films. These included critically-acclaimed titles such as Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Oscar-nominated Amelie, Peter Mullan’s critically-acclaimed The Magdalene Sisters and Sofia Coppola’s break-out hit Lost In Translation.

Kosse is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) where he has headed two BAFTA juries, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and is on the board of Into Film and the Donmar Warehouse Theatre.

Film4 FrightFest 2014 guest line-up announced

This year’s Film4 FrightFest guest list brings together the great, the grand and the gifted as over 100 filmmakers, performers, writers and producers from all over the world make their way to the Vue West End in London.


Robert Englund

He lit up the 1980s and 1990s genre landscape with one of the classic horror performances of all time as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare On Elm Street. Cue rounds of ecstatic applause for the one and only Robert Englund who will be attending the festival to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of that Wes Craven classic (screening on Sunday 24th August) and to launch the latest production in which he stars, The Last Showing, which screens on Friday 22nd August.

Festival co-director Alan Jones commented today “Englund is one of the genre’s originals and we are thrilled to host such an icon of fright.”

In support of the opening film The Guest, today’s hottest Scream Queen, Maika Monroe, will be present to celebrate the UK premiere of her tension-laden shocker. Monro is also the star of horror sensation It Follows and is rapidly becoming the go-to-girl for genre glamour.


Show Pieces

In a major coup for his legion of fans, Alan Moore will be introducing and talking about his short film trilogy Show Pieces with director Mitch Jenkins. Dubbed the best graphic novel writer in history, this is a rare public appearance from a national treasure.

Then there’s director John McNaughton who changed the horror movie forever with his once-seen-never-forgotten masterpiece Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer. McNaughton is here to promote his unusual thriller The Harvest.

Essie Davis is currently winning a plethora of Best Actress awards for her emotionally complex and stunning role as the stressed out mother Amelia in the Australian phenomenon The Babadook. We are thrilled to have her with us as the Total Film Magazine sponsored guest of honour.

Other key directors include Nacho Vigalondo, who has three films on show – the epic crowd-pleaser Open Windows, his sci-fi comedy Extraterrestrial and V/H/S: Viral, Belgian filmmaker Fabrice Du Welz, for his extraordinary thriller Alleluia, Till Kleinert, director of post-modern slasher The Samurai, Starry Eyes directors Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer and the ever-popular Adam Green with his unusual offering, Digging Up The Marrow. From South America come Argentine director Adrian Garcia Bogliano with his werewolf winner Late Phases and Venezuelan director Alejandro Hidalgo with The House At The End Of Time.

Dead Within

Dead Within

Additional directors travelling to the Vue West End to introduce their work are Milan Todorovic (Nymph), Luke Hymans (XMOOR), Jay Weisman (Shockwave Darkside 3D), Ivan Kavanagh (The Canal) Phil Hawkins (The Last Showing) Ben Wagner (Dead Within), David Campbell (Lemon Passage), Ate De Jong (Deadly Virtues), David Gregory (Lost Souls), John Shackleton (The Sleeping Room), Jeremy Wooding (Blood Moon), Jessica Cameron (Truth Or Dare), Alexandre O Philippe (Doc Of The Dead, Ollie Frampton (The Forgotten), Ed Boase (The Mirror), Adam Spinks (The Expedition), Simeon Haligan (White Settlers, Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik), Matthew A. Brown (Julia) and Federico Zampaglone (Remember).

The stars of the films are out in force (with more to be confirmed) Pit Bukowski and Michel Diercks (The Samurai), Rupert Evans and Steve Oram (The Canal), The Last Showing stars Emily Berrington, Finn Jones and Malachi Kirby, XMOOR stars Nick Blood & Sofie Harkness, Deadly Virtues actor Edward Akrout, Shaun Dooley (Blood Moon), Leila Mimmock & Joseph Beatty (The Sleeping Room), Ashley C. Williams (Julia), Joshua Dickinson & Nate Fallows (The Mirror) and Emily Booth (Selkie)

Key producers also attending include Jan Harlan (The Shining), Alex Baranska (The Last Showing) Christian Arnold-Beutel (Shockwave Darkside 3D) Gallien Chanalet-Quercy (I Survived A Zombie Holocaust), Michael Vine (Blood Moon) and Gareth I Davis (The Sleeping Room)

Tickets for individual films are now on sale from or via the 24 hour booking line at  08712 240 240.

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New poster released for Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days On Earth

23 Jul, 2014 Posted in: News
With the film set for release on September 19th after a premiere screening at Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House on August 13th, here’s a look at the a poster for for the innovative drama-documentary starring Nick Cave…
Mr. Turner will be released by Picturehouse Entertainment on September 19th, find out more about the film and watch the trailer here.

First poster released for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

22 Jul, 2014 Productions Posted in: News

Ahead of the film’s release on October 31st, here’s a look at the first poster for Mike Leigh’s Film4-backed J.M.W. Turner biopic, starring the Cannes Best Actor-winning Timothy Spall…

Mr Turner poster

Mr. Turner will be released by eOne on October 31st, find out more about the film and watch the trailer here.