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FilmFear at HOME Manchester

11 Oct, 2016 Posted in: Uncategorized

Put a dark mark in your diary this Halloween as Film4 joins forces with HOME Manchester to bring the FilmFear season to the big screen, with five nights of special previews, spooky shorts and cult classics from Thursday 27th to Monday 31st October.

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THE FINAL GIRLS PRESENT: PREVIEW/ PREVENGE

Thursday 27th October, 6.10pm

A ruthless black comedy from Alice Lowe that follows a pregnant mother-to-be on a vengeful killing spree at the behest of her persuasive unborn child. Presented by feminist horror collective The Final Girls.

PREVIEW/ RAW

Friday 28th October, 6.15pm

A gruesome yet intimate tale of a teenage girl’s carnal and carnivorous awakening. Recently enrolled at veterinary college, Justine finds her carefully constructed personal identity coming under pressure from social and academic demands. As the stress mounts, Justine is compelled to bite back.

PREVIEW/ WE ARE THE FLESH (TENEMOS LA CARNE)

Friday 28th October, 8.40pm

A diabolical nightmare – endorsed by Alejandro Iñárritu and Carlos Reygadas – that delivers you into a world of taboo fantasy and dark magic, as teenage siblings find themselves spellbound by an ogre-like figure whose perverted rituals promise a cosmic climax.

PHANTASM: REMASTERED

Saturday 29th October, 11pm

Go down to the mortuary at midnight courtesy of the re-release of this surreal and delirious nightmare. The lethal silver ball has been polished up and launched back into the world in a 4K restoration by fan J. J. Abrams, ready for a new generation to figure out just what the hell is going on…

THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE (AKA DON’T OPEN THE WINDOW; LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE) (NON SI DEVE PROFANARE IL SONNO DEI MORTI)

Saturday 29th October, 4pm

This Spanish horror film from 1974 – set and shot in Northern England – sustains a creepy atmosphere as it follows a couple pursued by both zombies and an even more terrifying police officer. It may not have the reputation of the Romero and Fulci classics, but this living-dead tale still deserves to be unearthed. Screening from a 16mm print.

THE KEEP

Saturday 29th October, 8.40pm

Michael Mann’s stylised period horror yarn from 1983 may have a checkered history but it’s a must-see on the big-screen. A troop of German soldiers occupy a Romanian castle during World War II, unleashing both an ancient demon and a typically hypnotic Tangerine Dream score. Screening from a 35mm print.

EVENT/ HARMONIEBAND PRESENT NOSFERATU WITH LIVE MUSICAL SCORE (NOSFERATU, EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS)

Sunday 30th October, 1.30pm

Nosferatu marked the first appearance on screen of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and it remains the eeriest of the many film versions of the famous tale. With live musical accompaniment from European film festival favourites, HarmonieBand, this is unmissable.

PREVIEW/ THE GHOUL

Sunday 30th October, 6pm

A haunting psychological mystery from first-time director Gareth Tunley that occupies the mind of a character introduced to us as a detective investigating a double murder. Nothing is what it seems however, especially when occult forces start to influence an already fragile reality.

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: CULT PRESENTS: PREVIEW/ THE VOID

Sunday 30th October, 8.40pm

Direct from the Cult strand of the BFI London Film Festival comes a bizarre shocker that LFF programme Michael Blyth calls a ‘slice of retro terror…drawing upon the cool aesthetics of early John Carpenter and the gloopy practical effects of vintage Stuart Gordon’.

¡VIVA! SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL PRESENTS/ DRACULA + INTRO

Monday 31st October, 6.10pm

Filmed at night on the sets being used by the better-known version starring Bela Lugosi, this Spanish language version of Dracula is considered by many as the superior version.

For full details and booking information, visit the HOME website

Daniel Battsek talk added to Film4’s four at BFI London Film Festival

05 Oct, 2016 Posted in: London Film Festival, Uncategorized

Four Film4 titles have been selected to screen at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, including Closing Night Gala Free Fire, a high octane action thriller from director Ben Wheatley, who will also give a LFF Screen Talk.

Head of Film4 Daniel Battsek will host an onstage conversation with Lady Macbeth director William Oldroyd as part of the LFF industry programme’s ‘Greenlighters’ strand, in which leading film executives discuss a film they love from the Festival programme with its director.

Channel 4’s On Screen Diversity Executive Ramy El-Bergamy will take part in a panel discussion at the LFF Black Star Symposium about the opportunities available to, and the obstacles faced by, black actors in the US and the UK.

Full details of Film4’s slate at the BFI London Film Festival:

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AMERICAN HONEY (dir. Andrea Arnold)

European Premiere – Special Presentation

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

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UNA (dir. Benedict Andrews)

European Premiere – Official Competition

When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life. Their confrontation will uncover buried memories and unspeakable desires. It will shake them both to the core.

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TRESPASS AGAINST US (dir. Adam Smith)

European Premiere – Thrill strand

Three generations of the Cutler family live as notorious outlaws in Britain’s richest countryside. They spend their time hunting, looting and tormenting the police. In the midst of it all, Chad (Michael Fassbender) finds himself torn between respect for his father (Brendan Gleeson) and a desire for a better life for his children. With the law cracking down on his clan, the decision might not be his to make… Music for the film is an original score from The Chemical Brothers.

Ben Wheatley's Free Fire

FREE FIRE (dir. Ben Wheatley)

European Premiere – Closing Night Gala

Massachusetts, late ‘70s. Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues. Wheatley’s first US-set action picture is executive produced by Martin Scorsese. 

Kill List by Ben Wheatley

BFI LFF Screen Talk – Ben Wheatley

One of the most dynamic and original voices in contemporary British cinema, Ben Wheatley will give a Festival Screen Talk to discuss his career to date of six films (five of which were backed by Film4), encompassing off-kilter horror masterpiece Kill List, pitch black comedy Sightseers, medieval acid western A Field in England, 2015’s stylish JG Ballard adaptation High-Rise, and this year’s LFF Closing Night Gala Free Fire.

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BFI LFF industry event – The Greenlighters: Daniel Battsek & William Oldroyd

As part of a series of conversations at Picturehouse Central in which leading film executives discuss a film at the Festival that they love (but have no connection with) with its director, Head of Film4 Daniel Battsek will discuss Lady Macbeth with William Oldroyd. The talks give a unique insight into the kinds of stories exciting the people with the greenlight power, while giving us a glimpse into the creative processes of some of the world’s most remarkable new filmmakers.

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BFI LFF Black Star Symposium – Discussion Panel

Channel 4’s On Screen Diversity Executive Ramy El-Bergamy will take part in a panel discussion at the LFF Black Star Symposium with David Oyelowo, Noel Clarke and Julie Dash about the opportunities available to, and the obstacles faced by, black actors in the US and the UK; the types of roles and the kinds of stories being told; the politics vs the reality of ‘colour-blind casting; and the differences between the film and TV sectors in the respective territories.

 

Midnight Madness opener Free Fire first of five Film4 films to screen at Toronto International Film Festival

08 Sep, 2016 Productions Posted in: Festivals, Toronto

Ben Wheatley’s high octane action thriller Free Fire kicks off the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness section tonight, the first of five Film4 backed films to screen at the festival:

FREE FIRE

World Premiere / Midnight Madness Opening Night

Massachusetts, late ‘70s. Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues. Wheatley’s first US-set action picture is executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Director Ben Wheatley

Cast Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Noah Taylor

Writers Amy Jump & Ben Wheatley, Producer Andrew Starke

Production Company Rook Films, Sales agent Protagonist Pictures

 

TRESPASS AGAINST US

World Premiere / Special Presentation

Three generations of the Cutler family live as notorious outlaws in Britain’s richest countryside. They spend their time hunting, looting and tormenting the police. In the midst of it all, Chad (Michael Fassbender) finds himself torn between respect for his father (Brendan Gleeson) and a desire for a better life for his children. With the law cracking down on his clan, the decision might not be his to make… Music for the film is an original score from The Chemical Brothers.

Director Adam Smith

Cast Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal, Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Killian Scott

Writer Alastair Siddons, Producers Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan, Alastair Siddons

Production Company Potboiler Productions, Sales agent Protagonist Pictures

THE OATH

World Premiere / Special Presentation

Baltasar Kormákur plays the part of a father, who sets off on a mission to try to pull his daughter away from the world of drugs and petty crime, only to discover that danger can be found where you least expect it.

Director Baltasar Kormákur

Cast Baltasar Kormákur, Hera Hilmar, Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Margret Bjarnadottir

Writers Ólafur Egill Egilsson & Baltasar Kormákur

Producer Magnus Viðar Sigurðsson

Production Company RVK Studios, Sales agent XYZ Films

AMERICAN HONEY

North American Premiere / Special Presentation

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

Writer / Director Andrea Arnold

Cast Shia LaBeouf, Sasha Lane, Riley Keough

Producers Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa

Production Companies Parts & Labor, Pulse Films, Sales agent Protagonist Pictures

** Jury Prize winner at 2016 Cannes Film Festival; A24will release in the US on 30th September and Focus Features release in the UK on 14th October **

UNA

Canadian Premiere / Special Presentation

When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life. Their confrontation will uncover buried memories and unspeakable desires. It will shake them both to the core.

Director Benedict Andrews

Cast Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed

Writer David Harrower, based on his own play BLACKBIRD

Producers Jean Doumanian, Patrick Daly, Maya Amsellem

Production Company & Sales agent WestEnd Films

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)

 

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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

Riff Raff

  • SOME VOICES (Simon Cellan Jones, 2000)
  • STRUMMER, aka JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN (Julien Temple, 2007)
  • 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.