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Mike Leigh announces new film, Peterloo

17 Apr, 2015 Productions Posted in:

Mike Leigh’s next project will look at Peterloo – the infamous 1819 massacre by government forces at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, when 700 working people were injured, and 18 killed.

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh

The film, which will shoot in 2017, will reunite the writer-director with his regular team of collaborators from Thin Man Films, headed by producer Georgina Lowe and cinematographer Dick Pope, recent BAFTA and Oscar nominee for Leigh’s Mr. Turner.

‘There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre,’ says Leigh. ‘Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford.’

Peterloo will be Mike Leigh’s fourth period feature, following the award-winning Topsy-Turvy and Vera Drake, and, most recently, Mr. Turner, recipient of four Oscar nominations and four BAFTA nominations. Mr. Turner is also Leigh’s biggest box-office hit yet, having so far grossed £6.8 million in its home territory. Peterloo is currently in development with Film4.

Joining Mike Leigh and Georgina Lowe once again will be Executive Producer Gail Egan. Helen Grearson will be Associate Producer. Leigh is currently rehearsing The Pirates Of Penzance for the English National Opera. The production opens on May 9th at London’s Coliseum Theatre.

Four Film4-backed films selected In Competition at Cannes 2015

16 Apr, 2015 Productions Posted in: Cannes, Cannes

Four Film4-backed films – Todd Haynes’ Carol, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth – have been invited into official selection at this year’s Cannes film festival.

All four films will have their World Premieres In Competition, a record number for Film4-backed films in Cannes.

David Kosse, Director of Film4, says: “It’s a very special year for us with four extraordinary films premiering In Competition at this year’s festival. Cannes is the perfect stage for such visionary work from these world-class directors.”


Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in the throes of love in 1950s New York. It was developed by Film4 and is co-produced by Liz Karlsen and Stephen Woolley at Number 9 Films, and Christine Vachon at Killer Films. International sales handled by HanWay Films.


Yorgos Lanthimos returns to Cannes following his 2009 Prix Un Certain Regard win for Dogtooth with The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman and John C. Reilly. The Lobster is co-financed by Film4 and co-produced by Element Pictures, Scarlet Films and Limp. International sales handled by Protagonist Pictures.


Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, sees Justin Kurzel return to Cannes following his debut feature Snowtown which screened in Critics’ Week in 2011. Co-developed by Film4 and See-Saw Films, MACBETH is produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman at See-Saw Films, and Laura Hastings-Smith, and majority co-financed by STUDIOCANAL and Film4. International sales handled by STUDIOCANAL

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Youth, starring Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda, will also screen in Competition, and will be Sorrentino’s sixth film to screen at Cannes. It is produced by Indigo Films, Number 9 Films are co-producers with Film4 co-financing. International sales are handled by Pathé International.

The Cannes Film Festival runs from 13th to 24th May. For more information, visit

Release date announced for Suffragette

15 Apr, 2015 Productions Posted in:

Film4-backed historical drama Suffragette will open in UK cinemas on 30th October 2015.


Suffragette is the first feature film to tell the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote.

With the UK General Election taking place on 7th May, the film could not be more relevant. After more than 9 million women failed to vote in the 2010 election, there is a major campaign to get women to register to vote before the deadline on 20th April.

In support of the #votingmatters campaign a short teaser trailer of the film has been released online.


The film stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep. The film is directed by Sarah Gavron, who reteams with her Brick Lane screenwriter Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady), and is produced by Faye Ward and Alison Owen (Saving Mr Banks).

The film is produced by Ruby Films for Pathé, Film4 and the BFI in association with Redgill Productions and with the participation of Canal+ and Cine-Cinema. Executive Producers are Cameron McCracken, Tessa Ross, Rose Garnett, Nik Bower, James Schamus and Teresa Moneo.  Christopher Collins was the lead executive for the BFI.

Dark Horse: Illustrated poster released

27 Mar, 2015 Productions Posted in:

Dark Horse

A new illustrated poster has been released for Louise Osmond’s award-winning inspirational documentary Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance, designed by Brighton-based artist Richard Wilkinson.

Dark Horse is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a Welsh working men’s club who take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed themselves a racehorse. It will receive a special satellite premiere across Wales on April 14th, before a nationwide release on April 17th.

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Dark Horse: Welsh Premiere Announced

26 Mar, 2015 Productions Posted in:
Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance

Sundance Award winner Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance will be launching in cinemas across Wales with a special live satellite premiere event from Blackwood, where the film is set and was primarily shot, on Tuesday 14th April, and will then go on general release from 17th April. Tickets for participating cinemas are now available for pre-booking.

After the premiere, key characters from the film, Jan Vokes, Brian Vokes and Howard Davies, will be joined on stage by director Louise Osmond and producer Judith Dawson, to answer questions from the audience and panel host Lisa Rogers. This unique event will be beamed by satellite to cinemas across Wales.

Dark Horse tells the larger than life true story of how a barmaid in a former mining village in South Wales bred a racehorse, Dream Alliance,  on her allotment that went on to become a champion. Jan had successfully bred dogs and birds and believed she could do the same with a different animal – though she knew nothing about racing and had never been on a horse. Convincing a handful of locals to part with £10 a week for her scheme, she found a thoroughbred mare with a terrible racing record for £300, a stallion past his best, put them together and – against all the odds – bred a winner.

An inspirational and life affirming true story, Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Directed by Louise Osmond, the film will be released in the UK and Ireland on 17th April 2015 through Picturehouse Entertainment. The film is co-financed by Film4, the BFI Film Fund and Ffilm Cymru Wales.

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