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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.

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.