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Film4 Productions at TIFF 2014

18 Sep, 2014 Productions Posted in: Behind The Scenes, Toronto

We round up the enthusiastic reception of the six Film4-backed films which played at Toronto 2014, including the world premieres of The Riot Club, The Duke Of Burgundy and Second Coming.

The Riot Club

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Left to right: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Lone Scherfig, Holliday Grainger, Ben Schnetzer and Douglas Booth

Ahead of its UK release this week, Lone Scherfig’s Film4-backed adaptation of Laura Wade’s acclaimed stage play Posh received its world premiere in Toronto, and the dapper cast – including leads Sam Claflin, Max Irons and Douglas Booth – took to the red carpet. Critics praised these young stars, with The Telegraph’s Tim Robey writing that the film is “perfectly cast in its main roles [...] Sam Claflin has a hard, bitter edge to him – he’s a lone wolf, seeing what he can get out of this bunch, seizing his chances to pounce. Douglas Booth affects a raffish nonchalance that’s perfect for a character whose corruption and predatory contempt for women are papered over by a veneer of charm. And Max Irons, given range for a lot more doubt and self-awareness than Miles had on stage, is hugely impressive.”

The Riot Club is in UK cinemas now.

The Duke Of Burgundy

Chiara D'Anna and Peter Strickland introduce The Duke Of Burgundy

Chiara D’Anna and Peter Strickland introduce The Duke Of Burgundy

Director Peter Strickland took to the Bell Lightbox stage to introduce his third feature with a list of continuity errors in one hand (’11 minutes in, we’ve got a problem with a compost heap…’), and a recording of mole crickets in the other, giving the audience a taster of the unique viewpoint and amateur entomology that makes up The Duke Of Burgundy. Rave reviews followed in The Telegraph (‘hair-raisingly kinky’), The Guardian (‘this is not just a filthy movie. It’s a considerable work of art’) and The Hollywood Reporter (‘a constant delight’), and the film was included in festival season highlight round-ups in The DissolveLittle White Lies and Variety.

The Duke Of Burgundy screens at the BFI London Film Festival in October.

Second Coming

Second Coming

Second Coming

Receiving its world premiere in TIFF’s Discovery strand was the directorial feature debut of playwright Debbie Tucker Green, starring Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba as a couple whose domestic life breaks down in the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy. Andrew Barker at Variety called the film an ”engrossing psychodrama” which offers “a fine showcase to a very fine cast”.

Second Coming screens at the BFI London Film Festival in October.

Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall

Timothy Spall

After premiering in Cannes earlier this year to rave reviews and a Best Actor prize win for Timothy Spall, Mike Leigh’s biographical drama about British painter J.M.W. Turner travelled across the Atlantic for appearances at both TIFF and Telluride (as did Misters Spall and Leigh, as you can see above and below). NPR’s film critic Bob Mondello called it “a wheezing, growling, snorting work of art; every frame worthy of a frame”.

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh

Mr. Turner will receive a Festival Gala screening in October at the BFI London Film Festival and goes on general UK release on 31st October.

’71

Yann Demange

Yann Demange

Both director Yann Demange and future megastar lead actor Jack O’Connell attended the Canadian premiere of their Troubles-set thriller, which opened earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival. The film was screening in the festival’s Discovery strand, and critics squarely focused on both the first-time feature director and his rising star. In Vanity Fair, Jordan Hoffman wrote: “it takes a great deal of skill to shoot chaos in an orderly way, and Demange nails it. The first 30 minutes of the film are pure and direct, in a deceptively documentary-seeming style, but with a furious mounting tension,” and remarked that, paired with his breakout performance in last year’s Film4-backed prison drama Starred Up, “it is clear that O’Connell’s got chops”.

’71 screens at the BFI London Film Festival in October, and goes on general release in the UK on Friday 10th October.

Hyena

 

The cast and crew of Hyena introduce the film (photo courtesy of Ben Roberts)

The cast and crew of Hyena introduce the film (photo courtesy of Ben Roberts)

A full entourage of cast and crew were out in force to back up director Gerard Johnson as he introduced the Toronto crowd to his compelling corrupt cops thriller, which Sight & Sound contributor Ashley Clark called “nasty, grimly funny, and stylish with a great, perma-ruffled lead turn from [Peter] Ferdinando”.

Hyena will be released in 2015.

Film4 unveils The Museum Of Important Shit

11 Sep, 2014 Productions Posted in: Documentaries

A collection of ordinary items with extraordinary significance launched in conjunction the film 20,000 Days on Earth featuring Nick Cave.

20000 Days On Earth

20000 Days On Earth

Designed as an online collection of objects that have changed people’s lives, and inspired by the notion explored in Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s film 20,000 Days on Earth that ordinary items can hold extraordinary personal significance, The Museum Of Important Shit will be the innovative digital home to a fascinating and eclectic assortment of ideas, memories and items of importance to people from all walks of life.

In addition, a wide range of special guests, including musician Nick Cave, actor Craig Roberts, actress and writer Alice Lowe, director Richard Ayoade, authors Joe Dunthorne and Jon Ronson, and broadcaster Edith Bowman will submit their own items and curate collections of objects from right across the museum.

Inspired by a moment during the filming of 20,000 Days on Earth and drawing on their experience in the digital sphere, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard were supported by Film4 to work with the BAFTA-winning content agency Somethin’ Else and together they have created The Museum Of Important Shit (www.2000daysonearth.com) – an innovative online museum which will harness the power of user generated content to collect and showcase objects that have played a significant part in all sorts of people’s lives. Iain and Jane describe the moment the idea for the museum was formed:

“This whole thing started with an old piece of chewing gum. Seriously.

We were shooting the film and Nick told us this spine-tingling story. Nina Simone had been a nightmare backstage at one of her final gigs. But when she walked on and sat down, she took the gum from her mouth and stuck it on the piano, and… transformed. It’s one of those rare moments. Nick feels the gears of his heart change. It’s a feeling we’ve all experienced. A moment when your whole world changes.

Cut forward a few weeks, and we’re shooting another scene, this time sat in a kitchen on the edge of the world with Nick and his dear friend and bandmate Warren Ellis. They’re chatting and Nick asks Warren if he remembers the Nina Simone gig. Of course he does. “I have that gum” he says. And he really does. The next day he sends us a photo. It’s a pathetic looking dirty piece of gum, wrapped in a white towel. It’s shit, but it’s important shit. And that’s what this project is all about.”

Somethin’ Else has created an inherently socially-focussed multiplatform project using Twitter, the public will be invited to submit their own personal artefacts to the museum via Twitter. Users submit an image of the item and the story of why it is important to them, adding key tags to describe the object from the Museum’s own unique taxonomy. Browsing and discovery is also key to the project and users will be encouraged to browse items and collections via numerous routes and will stumble across all sorts of touching and unexpected stories as they go. Discussions about, and comments on, the items will develop across users’ Twitter feeds, introducing others to the Museum at the same time.

As with any museum, the element of curation is vital. In The Museum Of Important Shit Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard will act as Chief Curators of the museum. Themed collections will be created that link specific objects and people. Iain and Jane will also invite a number of special guests and creative icons to curate their own rooms in the museum.

Nick Cave says of the project, “I’ve been a great collector of stuff from the start, you know, as a child, with my marbles and bits of string in my pocket. To this day, I keep the writing and photographs and the random ephemera, thatover time, unexpectedly, collects meaning and significance. That stuff seems to be a kind of buttress that supports the soft tissue of my life. It feels connected to my soul in some kind of way. These physical things that define particular periods of my life, hold great importance to me. That stuff can unexpectedly reduce you to tears, because unexpected memory has that capacity. We all do it, I suppose, collect stuff, we all have our totems and touchstones that anchor us to our past. Stupid shit, in a way, but important shit.”

These sentiments resonate right across the museum and it serves as an innovative reminder that the strongest memories and emotions often come from the most everyday of objects. The Museum Of Important Shit is a cultural and emotional archive for and by the people that will feature collections unlike any other in the world, harnessing the myriad exciting opportunities that digital platforms give us all to share our stories with each other.

The Museum Of Important Shit further builds on Film4’s innovation work including Screen award-winning A Field In England Masterclass, the BAFTA-nominated Dreams of Your Life, the My ’45 site developed to partner Ken Loach’s documentary, and the groundbreaking Frank digital storytelling project.

Executive Producer Anna Higgs of Film4 says “What’s wonderful about this project is that the film and digital elements have developed completely holistically. The inspiration comes from Nick and from the film, but also from the wealth of digital experience that Iain and Jane have built over their careers, engaging fans and building new audiences. We can’t wait to see what a global audience contributes to the Museum.”

About the film:

20,000 Days on Earth is a bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, the iconic Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary by weaving a cinematically staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his full creative cycle.

The film, which won the Sundance Best Direction prize and Jonathan Amos the Best Editing Award in the World Cinema Documentary section, goes on general release on 19th September 2014 following a live satellite broadcast from London’s Barbican to UK cinemas on September 17 that will include a preview of 20,000 Days on Earth followed by an exclusive 60-minute live experience and Q&A featuring Nick Cave with special guests.

Featuring an original score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, the film is produced out of Pulse Films by James Wilson (JW Films) and Dan Bowen, and backed by Film4, the BFI, Corniche Pictures, Pulse, PHI, and Goldin Films. It is distributed by Picturehouse Entertainment.

 

Five Film4-backed films confirmed for London Film Festival 2014

09 Sep, 2014 Productions Posted in: Festivals, London Film Festival

Film4 is delighted that five of its titles have been confirmed for the 58th BFI London Film Festival, including three UK Premieres.

Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy and Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming both receive their European Premieres. Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Yann Demange’s ’71 and Daniel Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy all receive their UK Premieres at the festival.

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed (Actor, Catch Me Daddy) and Daniel Wolfe & Matthew Wolfe (Writers/Directors, Catch Me Daddy) are nominated for the Best British Newcomer Award.

Yann Demange (’71), Daniel Wolfe and Matthew Wolfe (Catch Me Daddy) and Debbie Tucker Green (Second Coming) are included in the First Feature Competition for The Sutherland Award. Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy features in Official Competition. Mr Turner will receive a Gala Screening.

Tessa Ross, Channel 4 Controller of Film and Drama, said: “It’s wonderful for filmmakers to be invited to the London Film Festival and we’re thrilled that Clare and her team have selected these great films. The festival has a tradition for backing visionary filmmaking, and this line-up reflects that, once again. We can’t wait for LFF audiences to discover them.”

This year’s London Film Festival runs 8-19th October.

The titles:

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. (Buy tickets)

Second Coming

Second Coming

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. (Buy tickets)

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 who won the Best Actor award for the role at the Cannes International Film Festival 2014. Profoundly affected by the death of his father, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady. Throughout, 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, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. (Buy tickets)

'71

’71

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. (Buy tickets)

Catch Me Daddy

Catch Me Daddy

Daniel Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy follows Laila, a girl on the run from her family who is hiding out in West Yorkshire with her drifter boyfriend Aaron. When her brother arrives in town with a gang of thugs in tow, she is forced to flee for her life and faces her darkest night. (Buy tickets)

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.

Second Coming

Second Coming

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.

Hyena

Hyena

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.

'71

’71

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.