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Six Film4-backed films selected for TIFF 2015

26 Aug, 2015 Productions Posted in: Toronto

Room, High-Rise, The Lobster, Youth, 45 Years and Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance have been selected for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 10-20…

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“We are proud to be working with some of the industry’s most renowned and visionary filmmakers. Having six films invited to Toronto is a wonderful validation of Film4’s commitment to creative excellence on an international scale. Congratulations to all our filmmakers and partners,” said David Kosse, Director of Film4.

The highly anticipated line-up includes Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, based on the novel by J.G. Ballard and starring Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons, which is making its world premiere at the festival.

Three other films will make their North American debuts at the festival following successful world premieres respectively at key festivals earlier this year: Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly which won the Cannes Jury Prize; Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth starring Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz and Harvey Keitel and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, which won Silver Bear Acting Awards for both Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

In addition, two films will make their Canadian premieres at the festival: Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, based on the novel by Emma Donoghue and starring Brie Larson, William H. Macy and Joan Allen and the documentary Dark Horse which won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

World Exclusive: UK release poster for Life, starring Robert Pattinson

03 Aug, 2015 Productions Posted in: Uncategorized

Check out the exquisite poster for Anton Corbijn’s Film4-backed drama Life, starring Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan…

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Inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955, Corbijn’s film tells the story of the pair as they journey from a train station to Dean’s childhood home.

Life will be released in UK cinemas on 25th September 2015.

Film4 FrightFest premieres All 4’s A Moment of Horror Series

30 Jul, 2015 Productions Posted in: Film4 FrightFest, Short films

For the first time ever this year, Film4 FrightFest will premiere six horror-themed short films from All 4…

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The series, entitled A Moment of Horror, consists of six individual episodes and will premiere throughout the festival which begins on 27th August 2015. All films will then be available exclusively on All 4 at www.all4.com/shorts.

The films’ directors are Rose Glass (Room 55, Film of City Frames), Christian James (Freak Out, Stalled), Weronika Tofilska (winner of FrightFest’s Short Cuts to Hell competition), Lee Lennox (AmStarDam), Andrew Brand (Where There’s Smoke), and Michelle Fox (Zominic), who each bring their own distinct dark thoughts to the screen. The series features the acting talents of Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Hot Fuzz), David Oakes (Truth or Die, The Borgias), Alexa Brown (Absent Mind, The Trial) and Elizabeth Chan (Black Mirror, Silent Witness).

The creepy encounters in the series include: the tale of a young mother who discovers she feeds something much more sinister than her own baby; a janitor who notices the doors he closes on his nightshift never remain shut; and an anxiety sufferer whose troubles take a physical form during a bath-time black out.

Night Feed by Christian James

A young mum is woken in the middle of the night by her hungry, crying baby. In the dark and half conscious, she autopilots her way through the nightly routine… but tonight, something else is waiting.

Bath Time by Rose Glass

Every night before she goes to bed, Evy listens to a self-help tape that aims to tackle her crippling anxiety disorder. But while having a bath, her anxieties take on a horribly physical form…

The Doorkeeper by Weronika Tofilska

A janitor walks through a long, dark corridor at night, closing a number of doors on his way.  But the job is not as easy as it seems, since someone – or something – is intent on keeping them open.

Behind You by Lee Lennox

A little girl’s favourite bed-time read is a creepy 19th century spectral illusions book, which hides a nasty surprise for the girl’s babysitter.

What the Dog Saw by Andrew Brand

All Linda wants to do is sleep but her dog Max won’t stop barking. If only she knew what the dog saw…

Killing Time by Michelle Fox

A rebellious intern wastes time at work on her mobile phone and discovers a vengeful boss is a force to be reckoned with.

 

A Moment of Horror will disturb your perception of the mundane, and plant images in your head that will make you think twice before turning off the light at night…

The series is produced by Zorana Piggott at 011 Productions and was commissioned by Jody Smith and Sam Lavender at Channel 4.

Amy achieves record-breaking opening weekend

06 Jul, 2015 Productions Posted in:

Amy has recorded the biggest ever opening weekend for a British documentary at the UK box office.

The Amy Winehouse doc from Bafta-winning director Asif Kapadia opened to £519,000 making it the second biggest opening ever for a documentary (excluding concert films), led only by Michael Moore’s 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11. The film has already become the highest-grossing documentary of 2015 and has surpassed Kapadia’s 2010 film Senna, which grossed £375,000 on its opening. Following a nationwide preview on Tuesday 30th June, Amy opened in 133 cinemas this weekend across the UK and Ireland and will expand to over 200 locations from Friday 10th July.

“We are thrilled that audiences have come out en masse during a period of exceptionally fine weather to see Amy. It is testament to not only an incredible film, from some of the UK’s leading filmmakers, but also to the unique talent and enormous lasting appeal of Amy Winehouse – we are delighted that audiences have chosen to celebrate the life of the truly talented musical icon” said Hamish Moseley, Head of Distribution at Altitude Film Distribution. Amy also achieved a successful opening in the US where it opened to $222,015 across six theatres, with an outstanding location average of $37,002.

Amy tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. The film features extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim.

For further details and to find a screening near you, visit http://www.amyfilm.co.uk

Principal photography commences on Benedict Andrews’ Blackbird

17 Jun, 2015 Productions Posted in:

From a screenplay by playwright David Harrower, Blackbird will shoot for five weeks across the south of England…

Rooney Mara (Carol), will star opposite Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, Starred Up, Slow West) in an intense, unflinching examination of damaged love.

In Blackbird, based on Harrower’s celebrated Olivier Award-winning play of the same name, Ray (Mendelsohn) is confronted with his past when the young and beautiful Una (Mara) arrives unannounced at his office. Fifteen years earlier, the two had an illicit affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. He has since built a new life for himself; she is looking for answers.

Said director Benedict Andrews: “I am relishing the opportunity to bring this vital, highly-charged story to the screen. David has written a beautiful, brutal script and I have two outstanding actors in the roles of Ray and Una. The fragility and extremities of human experience are central to my work- and Blackbird is no exception”.

Blackbird marks the feature film directorial debut of this critically acclaimed Australian stage director. His most recent theatrical productions have included the sell-out London production of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster and Sydney Theatre Company’s touring production of The Maids at the Lincoln Center Festival, New York, which starred Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert.

Blackbird also boasts a strong line-up of talent behind the camera: director of photography Thimios Bakatakis (The Lobster, Dogtooth) production designer Fiona Crombie (Snowtown, Macbeth), hair and make-up designer Jan Sewell (Everest, X-Men: First Class), costume designer Steven Noble (BAFTA-nominated for The Theory Of Everything) and award- winning editor Nick Fenton (Life, Submarine).

From film and theatre impresario Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly for Jean Doumanian Productions (August: Osage County, The Book of Mormon) Blackbird is also produced by Maya Amsellem for WestEnd Films. Executive producers are Kevin Loader (Wuthering Heights, Hyde Park On Hudson), Sharon Harel and Eve Schoukroun of WestEnd Films – who will also handle international sales – and David Kosse and Sam Lavender for Film4. Celia Duval is Co-Producer. Financial backing has been provided by Film4 and Creative Scotland.