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Film4 enjoys double Cannes success

26 May, 2015 Productions Posted in: Cannes

Film4-backed films pick up two awards at the Cannes Film Festival…

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star in The Lobster

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star in The Lobster

At the prestigious festival Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster was awarded the Jury Prize, whilst Rooney Mara shared the Best Actress prize for her role in Todd Haynes’ Carol.

The prize-winning films were also praised by the critics. Carol was labelled “gorgeous, gently groundbreaking… an exquisite work” by the Daily Telegraph, whilst The Times acknowledged that “both Mara and Blanchett are magnificent”.

Of The Lobster the Daily Telegraph said “I haven’t seen anything quite like it before, and I’m still not sure that I have even now.”

Film4 had a record four films In Competition this year, with Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth also receiving their world premieres. The Times described Youth as “a visual banquet of a film… Sorrentino’s film-making is masterful”, whilst Macbeth prompted the Daily Telegraph to muse “Blockbuster battle scenes, spine-tingling staging, utterly believable performances: is this as good as Shakespeare on film gets?”

Hang: the trailer

26 May, 2015 Productions Posted in: Directors

Watch the trailer for a new play from Second Coming director Debbie Tucker Green.

Film4 are pleased and proud to be working with acclaimed playwright Debbie Tucker Green on her debut feature film Second Coming, in cinemas 5th June. For Debbie’s fans, June is a real banner month, as from 12th June, her new play Hang will open at the Royal Court. We’ve already shown you the teaser trailer for Second Coming, but in a first on Film4.com are also proud to bring you a trailer for Debbie’s theatre too: you can watch the trailer for Hang, at the Royal Court from 11th June, below:

A crime has been committed.  The victim has a choice to make. The criminal is waiting.

A shattering new play about one woman’s unspeakable decision.

Click here to book tickets for Debbie’s play Hang now.

Click here to buy tickets to Debbie’s film Second Coming.

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Left-to-right: Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall star in Second Coming

Cannes reviews round-up: Amy

19 May, 2015 Productions Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals

Film4 are very proud to have boarded Asif Kapadia’s intimate, emotional documentary portrait of the rise and fall of artist Amy Winehouse, who died tragically in 2011. The film has premiered at Cannes to rave reviews paying testament to both the film and to Amy Winehouse’s own extraordinary talent. Here are five of our favourites:

Peter Bradshaw for The Guardian:

“Asif Kapadia’s documentary study of the great British soul queen Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27, is stunningly moving and powerful: intimate, passionate, often shocking, and almost mesmerically absorbing […] It is an overwhelming story, and despite everyone knowing the ending, it is as gripping as a thriller: Kapadia has fashioned and shaped it with masterly flair.

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Lindsay Miller for Popsugar

“For my money, the most winning aspect of Amy is how much it revels in the late singer’s scalpel-sharp wit and sense of humor. The audience burst into laughter more than once during the screening I attended as we watched Winehouse throw interviewers off-kilter or come up with off-the-cuff, invented characters to entertain her friends.”

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Geoffrey McNab for The Independent

“There is an unutterable sadness at the heart of Asif Kapadia’s brilliant new film about Amy Winehouse, the singer who died from alcohol poisoning in 2011 aged only 27. Kapadia’s film is steeped in regret and grief over what became of its subject and yet it never loses its sense of awe about what she achieved.”

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Guy Lodge for Variety

“Boasting the same depth of feeling and breadth of archival material that made Kapadia’s “Senna” so rewarding, this lengthy but immersive portrait will hit hard with viewers who regard Winehouse among the great lost voices not just of a generation, but of an entire musical genre.”

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Robbie Collin for The Telegraph

“Kapadia’s film is many things: a Sherlockian reconstruction of Winehouse’s arcing path across the skies of superstardom, a commemoration of her colossal talent, and a moving tribute to a brilliant, witty, vivacious young woman gone far too soon. But above all, it’s a perceptive examination of the singer’s need for love – from her friends, family, colleagues, husband and public – and the ways in which that need went unmet, or was exploited, at the times it ached in her the most.”

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Film4 unveils new production slate at Cannes

18 May, 2015 Productions Posted in:

New projects from Steve McQueen, Andrea Arnold, Ang Lee, Benedict Andrews and Ben Wheatley join Film4’s wide-ranging current slate, revealed last week in Cannes…

David Kosse, Director of Film4, says:  “Film4 has an unrivalled tradition of backing the bold and the original, which we’re proud to continue with an extraordinary range of projects from some of our most distinctive visionary voices.  We look forward to working with our partners to realise the ambition of these films in the coming months.”

Widows

Following the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave, Film4 is collaborating once again with Steve McQueen on Widows, a heist thriller co-written by McQueen and Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn based on the 2002 British miniseries by Lynda La Plante. Film4 has worked with McQueen since the beginning of his feature filmmaking career, supporting his debut Hunger, his critically-acclaimed follow-up Shame, and the multi award-winning internationally acclaimed 12 Years A Slave. Widows is produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films for New Regency.

Blackbird

Continuing Film4′s support for debut filmmakers, Blackbird is the first film from acclaimed theatre director Benedict Andrews. It is adapted by David Harrower from his Olivier Award winning play of the same titleAcademy Award nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises) star in this provocative love story that unfolds like a thriller about two people forced to revisit a passionate yet illicit relationship they had years ago. What follows is an unflinching excavation of damaged love with shattering consequences. Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Tara Fitzgerald (Game Of Thrones) co-star. Blackbird is co-produced by WestEnd Films and Jean Doumanian Productions and will begin principal photography on 13th June in the UK.

Blackbird, co-produced by WestEnd Films and Jean Doumanian Productions, with backing from Film4, Creative Scotland and WestEnd Films. Produced by Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly alongside WestEnd, which also handles worldwide sales. Kevin Loader (In the Loop, Alan Partridge) is co-producer. Executive producers are Ron Burkle, Terry Allen Kramer and George Kaufman.

Currently in production…

American Honey, written and directed by Andrea Arnold. A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a travelling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. Produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of New York-based Parts & Labor alongside Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa from Pulse Films and Pouya Shahbazian of Man Down Pictures. Film4 developed the film with Arnold and co-finances, with backing from BFI and Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray and Charlotte Ubben of Maven Pictures. Protagonist Pictures handle international sales.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, directed by Ang Lee, starring newcomer Joe Alwyn alongside Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Garrett Hedlund. Jeff Robinov’s Fosun-backed Studio 8, together with Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group, partner with Tom Rothman’s TriStar and Film4 on the adaptation of Ben Fountain’s acclaimed novel. Produced by Marc Platt, Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, and Ang Lee. The film is being made in association with Film4, which developed the original draft of the script with Simon Beaufoy. The current screenplay revisions are by Jean-Christophe Castelli.

Free Fire, written and directed by Ben Wheatley, starring Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Michael Smiley. What should be a routine arms deal in a warehouse goes spectacularly wrong in an explosive gunfight. When the smoke clears, a handful of survivors fight for their lives. Produced by Andy Starke for Starke and Wheatley’s Rook Films with Film4 co-financing. Wheatley’s first US-set action pic will be exec produced by Martin Scorsese.  STUDIOCANAL has UK rights. US rights are repped by WME. Protagonist Pictures handle international sales.

Official poster released for Film4-backed documentary Amy

18 May, 2015 Productions Posted in:

Following the film’s critically-acclaimed premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, here’s the official release poster for Asif Kapadia’s Film4-backed Amy Winehouse documentary…

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From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna), Amy tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.

Amy premiered on Saturday as a midnight screening at the Cannes Film Festival to an overwhelmingly positive critical reception, receiving 5 star reviews from The Guardian, The Independent and The Times. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw declared the film ‘stunningly moving and powerful. A masterpiece’.

Amy will be released in the UK on July 3rd by Altitude Film Distribution. The main trailer will launch this Wednesday May 20 via the film’s official website: www.AmyFilm.co.uk