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Postcard from Sundance

Dark Horse director Louise Osmond on visiting Sundance for the first time, where her film premiered to critical acclaim and won the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary.

Dark Horse: winner of the Audience Awards for World Documentary at Sundance

Dark Horse: winner of the Audience Awards for World Documentary at Sundance

Sundance has such a romance attached to it – the original indie festival – and I’m glad to say it genuinely lives up to its reputation. There is some madness out there – a swanky crowd who gather on the main street of Park City and swarm over celebrities like Chris Pine (we saw the swarm snaking down the road but not the man inside.)

But most of it is people who love film watching everything they can and a very warm atmosphere that gets film teams together in brunches and lunches and events that remind you why you love the job you do.

The producer, Judith Dawson and editor, Joby Gee were out there too and, nervous as cats, we waited for the premiere. Joby had one of his trademark fantastic/horrible shirts on – brown and blue dancing horses in 100% vintage rayon. Laughing at him proved oddly calming.  Coming out here, I’d thought – worried – a lot about whether American audiences would take to the story. In Park City, listening in the dark to every sigh or cough it seemed like they did but at a screening in Salt Lake City the next day it was louder and easier to read. They did seem to take to it and better still what they loved most about our fantastic characters – Jan and Brian, Howard and the others – was their spirit of defiance.

People will sometimes tell you America is a classless society but that news hasn’t reached Utah. Taking on the elite sport of kings with a horse bred on a slagheap allotment seemed to resonate very strongly with them. One man said: ‘Good to see people who aren’t respected getting the respect they deserve.’  Can’t argue with that.

Read more about Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance

 

 

Mr. Turner receives 4 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards

16 Jan, 2015 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards, Awards
Mr Turner

Mr Turner

Mike Leigh’s critically acclaimed film Mr. Turner yesterday received Oscar recognition in 4 categories:

Cinematography – Dick Pope

Production Design – Suzie Davies & Charlotte Watts

Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran

Original Score – Gary Yershon

Mr. Turner debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last year where Timothy Spall won the award for Best Actor and Dick Pope, Leigh’s long term collaborator, took home the prestigious Vulcain Prize for his cinematography. The film exceeded box office expectations in the UK, taking over £6m via eOne UK, and continues its global release throughout early 2015.

The film has also garnered 4 BAFTA nominations; Cinematography (Dick Pope), Production Design (Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts), Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran) and Make Up & Hair (Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener), many of whom have worked on Leigh’s previous award winning titles such as Another Year, Happy Go Lucky and Vera Drake.

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great of eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). 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.

Film4-backed films take five awards at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards

09 Dec, 2014 Productions Posted in: Awards, BIFA

Five Film4-backed films received awards at the 17th annual BritishIndependent Film Awards which took place last night, including Yann Demange who took home the Best Director Award for ’71 along with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard who received the Best Debut Director Award for 20,000 Days on Earth.

20'000 Days On Earth

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, awarded Best British Newcomer at the London Film Festival Awards, was once again recognised for her role in the forthcoming Catch Me Daddy and took home the Most Promising Newcomer Award.

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Best Screenplay was awarded to Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan for Frank. Stephen Rennicks took home the Best Technical Achievement Award for his music on the same film.

Jon with Frank and the band

David Kosse, Director of Film4, says, “We are thrilled that our filmmakers, in front of and behind the camera, have been honoured at this year’s British Independent Film Awards. Film4’s work with new talent is hugely important to us, so it’s very exciting that they have been recognised with these awards.”

Film4-backed films receive 27 nominations at British Independent Film Awards

03 Nov, 2014 Posted in: Awards, BIFA
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Film4-backed films have received a total of 27 nominations at this year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). Yann Demange’s ’71 received 9 nominations, the highest number of all films on the list. Daniel and Matthew Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank and Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner have picked up 5 nominations each. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth also received 3 nominations.

’71 and Mr.Turner are nominated in the Best British Independent Film category while Yann Demange, Mike Leigh and Lenny Abrahamson are all nominated in the Best Director category at the annual awards, which celebrate achievement in independently-funded British filmmaking. (See full details on nominations below).

The jury for 2014 has also been announced and includes: Jury Chair – Tom Hooper (Director), Jonathan Romney (Writer, Director), Jon S Baird(Writer, Director), Luke Treadaway (Actor), Mary Burke (Producer), Sean Ellis (Writer, Director), Shira MacLeod (Film Programming Consultant), Stanley Tucci (Actor, Director), Thea Sharrock (Director), Tinge Kirshnan (Director) Tracy O’Riordan (Producer) and Zawe Ashton (Actor, Director).

The BIFAs are held on 7th December 2014 at Old Billingsgate in central London.

 

Full list of nominees (Film4 nominations in bold):

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

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’71

Calvary

Mr. Turner

Pride

The Imitation Game

BEST DIRECTOR

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John Michael McDonagh – Calvary

Lenny Abrahamson – Frank

Matthew Warchus – Pride

Mike Leigh – Mr. Turner

Yann Demange – ’71

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]

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Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe – Catch Me Daddy

Hong Khaou – Lilting

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth

Morgan Matthews – X+Y

Yann Demange –  ’71

BEST SCREENPLAY

Sponsored by BBC Films

Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Gregory Burke – ’71 

John Michael McDonagh – Calvary

Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan – Frank

Stephen Beresford – Pride

BEST ACTRESS

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Alicia Vikander – Testament of Youth

Cheng Pei Pei – Lilting

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy

BEST ACTOR

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Asa Butterfield  – X+Y

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Brendan Gleeson – Calvary

Jack O’Connell – ’71

Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Dorothy Atkinson – Mr. Turner

Imelda Staunton – Pride

Maggie Gyllenhaal – Frank

Sally Hawkins – X+Y

Sienna Guillory – The Goob

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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Andrew Scott – Pride

Ben Schnetzer – Pride

Michael Fassbender – Frank

Rafe Spall – X+Y

Sean Harris – ‘71

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Ben Schnetzer – Pride

Cara Delevingne – The Face of An Angel

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle

Liam Walpole – The Goob

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed – Catch Me Daddy

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

’71

20,000 Days on Earth

Catch Me Daddy

Lilting

The Goob

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Chris Wyatt – Editing – ’71

Dick Pope – Cinematography – Mr. Turner

Robbie Ryan – Cinematography – Catch Me Daddy

Stephen Rennicks – Music – Frank

Tat Radcliffe – Cinematography – ’71

BEST DOCUMENTARY

20,000 Days on Earth

Next Goal Wins

Night Will Fall

The Possibilities Are Endless

Virunga

BEST BRITISH SHORT

Crocodile

Emotional Fusebox

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Slap

The Kármán Line

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

Blue Ruin

Boyhood

Fruitvale Station

Ida

The Badadook

THE RAINDANCE AWARD

Flim: The Movie…

Gregor

Luna

Keeping Rosy

The Beat Beneath My Feet

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)

To Be Announced

THE VARIETY AWARD

To Be Announced

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Announced at the Moët British Independent Film Awards on Sunday 7th December

Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Festival Jury and Prize announced

26 Jun, 2014 Posted in: Awards, Careers, Festivals, News, Short films, Talent

A short film competition is to be judged by Danny Boyle, Clio Barnard, Sally El Hosaini and Dexter Fletcher, with the top prize being a one-on-one mentoring session with Danny Boyle.

Shuffle Festival

July 30 to August 4 sees London’s most urban woodlands in Tower Hamlets’ Cemetery Park become a festival of film, music and arts, with a short film competition judged by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), BAFTA Award-nominated director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant), award-winning director Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil) and actor and director Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith, Wild Bill).

Shorts can win prizes in three categories. The winner of the Science and the Imagination category gets a trip to California including a virtual reality session and visit to Google HQ in Silicon Valley, while the winner of The City category gets a one-on-one mentoring session with Danny Boyle, and the winner of the Young Filmmakers under 25 category gets a five-day lighting package for their next film.

Danny Boyle says “Shuffle is the most fun anyone can have in a graveyard in Mile End. The point of the festival is to help build a stronger community and campaign for permanently affordable housing in the area, so please do come on by.” The artistic director of the festival, Kate MacTiernan, adds: “This year, Danny Boyle and Shuffle Festival have created a new film prize, to recognise up-and-coming talent as well as celebrate the art of the short film – where concept, idea, character and visual execution must be realised quickly and concisely. We are thrilled that Danny Boyle will judge the competition and offer his expertise to the winner.”

Last year’s guests at Shuffle included Jarvis Cocker, Nic Roeg, Martin McDonagh, Julien Temple, Brian Cox, Tim Key, Underworld and Mark Kermode, with this year’s films and guests to be announced in due course.

Shuffle takes place from 30th July 2014 – 4th August 2014