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Film4 confirms 6 titles selected for Toronto International Film Festival

19 Aug, 2014 Productions Posted in: Festivals, Toronto

Six Film4 films have been selected for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival – three of which will be world premieres.

The prestigious festival will see the world premieres of Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy and Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming, as well as the North American Premieres of Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Gerard Johnson’s Hyena and Yann Demange’s ’71.

Tessa Ross, Channel 4 Controller of Film and Drama, said: “We’re really delighted by these invitations. Toronto is always a wonderful place for unveiling British films and it’s very exciting to be premiering such a great range of work there this Autumn.”

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival will take place between 4th-14th September.

The titles:

The Riot Club

The Riot Club

At Oxford University the hottest invitation is to The Riot Club; a world where the bright, privileged and wealthy take their first steps in becoming the future masters of the universe. Miles and Alistair’s personal rivalry and jealousy ignite an evening where verbal pyrotechnics and vaulting ambition reign and eventually the wolf pack turn on one of their own. In the same vein as The Social Network, Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, based on Laura Wade’s play Posh, exposes the insecurities and viciousness of the young elite.

The Duke Of Burgundy

The Duke Of Burgundy

Peter Strickland’s eagerly anticipated follow up to Berberian Sound Studio and Katalin Varga explores the intense relationship between two women. The Duke of Burgundy is a dark melodrama about an amateur butterfly expert whose wayward desires test her lover’s tolerance. Stars Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara d’Anna.

Second Coming

Second Coming

Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming follows a tight family unit navigating their way through family life as it breaks down in the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy. Stars Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba.

Mr Turner

Mr Turner

Mr. Turner, written and directed by Mike Leigh, explores the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner, played by Timothy Spall. 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.



In Hyena, written and directed by Gerard Johnson, Michael Logan, played by Peter Ferdinando, is a complex mix of high-functioning addict and corrupt police officer whose world is changing thanks to a recent influx of ruthless Albanian gangsters who are threatening to change London’s criminal landscape. Michael’s razor sharp instincts have always kept him one step ahead, but now his increasingly self-destructive behaviour and the sheer brutality of the new gang lords find Michael in a spiralling descent of fear and self-doubt.



A young British soldier, played by Jack O’Connell, is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971 in Yann Demange’s ‘71. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.




David Kosse appointed as Director of Film4

04 Aug, 2014 Productions Posted in: Behind The Scenes

David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4, has today announced the appointment of David Kosse as Director of its feature filmmaking division Film4. Kosse joins from Universal Pictures where he is currently President, International, and will take up his post on 1st November to lead the Channel’s award-winning and internationally acclaimed film production arm.

David Abraham, Channel 4’s Chief Executive, says: “After a very thorough search, I am delighted that David Kosse will lead the next chapter of Film4. David is one of the most respected leaders in the film industry today. He has built impeccable creative relationships with British and international talent and is also steeped in knowledge and experience of changing distribution models in film. I know that David will be a great addition to my management team and I greatly look forward to seeing his vision unfold at 4.”

David Kosse says: “This is undeniably one of the best jobs in the British film industry. I’ve always had a passion for film and filmmakers and been a huge advocate for and a supporter of the British film industry so I am really excited about joining Film4. Tessa Ross and her team have done a fantastic job over the past few years and I hope my experience in international production, financing and distribution will see Film4 continue to flourish. We want to build a slate of innovative, exciting British films which continues Film4′s great filmmaking legacy of working with established filmmakers and discovering great new and original British talent.”

Kosse is a key and influential player in the British and international film industry, and brings enormous experience in international production, marketing and distribution spanning both the independent and studio sectors.

As Director of Film4 Kosse will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution of all Film4-backed releases both in the UK and internationally.

Working closely with the commissioning and development teams, Kosse will oversee Film4’s diverse slate – delivering on Channel 4’s remit to produce quality independent films, discover and develop new filmmaking talent, and support the UK film industry. He will also be responsible for exploring new partnerships and distribution platforms for Film4 content, and seeking to maximise return on investment for Film4 titles both in the UK and abroad.

Kosse replaces Tessa Ross who announced her departure to become Chief Executive of the National Theatre in March.  He will report directly to Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham.

Kosse joins Film4 from Universal Pictures, where since 2009 he’s held the position of President, International, playing a key strategic and leadership role across all of its international divisions.

Based in London, Kosse was a key decision-maker in Universal’s greenlight process, and led the strategy for films throughout their life-cycle of release across traditional and new media platforms.

During his ten years at Universal he started and built Universal Pictures International, the company’s international marketing and distribution arm, into a global operation based in 16 countries which has grossed over $2 billion at the box office in 2014 alone. He also substantially grew the international acquisitions and production business whose recent notable recent successes include Boyhood, Wolf Of Wall Street and Zero Dark Thirty, and delivered international production hits in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Argentina.

His international successes include the global box office phenomenon Mamma Mia! which grossed over $460 million internationally, the Bourne franchise ($1.2B worldwide) and Les Miserables ($293 million) – which helped Universal Pictures achieve its biggest year in history in 2013. UPI’s current slate includes upcoming Film4 titles Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club and Kevin Macdonald’s Black Sea.

Prior to joining Universal Pictures in 2004 Kosse ran UK-based Momentum Pictures, a leading British independent distributor which he established in 2000 to release both art-house and mainstream films. These included critically-acclaimed titles such as Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Oscar-nominated Amelie, Peter Mullan’s critically-acclaimed The Magdalene Sisters and Sofia Coppola’s break-out hit Lost In Translation.

Kosse is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) where he has headed two BAFTA juries, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and is on the board of Into Film and the Donmar Warehouse Theatre.

First poster released for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

22 Jul, 2014 Productions Posted in: News

Ahead of the film’s release on October 31st, here’s a look at the first poster for Mike Leigh’s Film4-backed J.M.W. Turner biopic, starring the Cannes Best Actor-winning Timothy Spall…

Mr Turner poster

Mr. Turner will be released by eOne on October 31st, find out more about the film and watch the trailer here.

Film4 short film marks award-winning playwright’s directorial debut

10 Jul, 2014 Productions Posted in: Short films

Francesca Annis stars alongside Larry Lamb, Stephen Campbell Moore, Emma Fielding and Anna-Maria Nabirye in Lucy Kirkwood’s directorial debut The Briny, a Film4-backed short film which has just wrapped filming in Suffolk.

The Briny is the first film from Olivier award-winning playwright and screenwriter Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, NSFW, The Smoke). She directs her own original script which tells the story of Maureen (Annis), a woman who believes herself to be suffering from a sympathetic pregnancy to the Royal baby.

Eva Yates, Senior Development Executive at Film4, says: “Our shorts slate epitomises what Film4 exists to do in finding new voices in British film – giving distinctive creative talent the chance to take their first steps into filmmaking with full support from industry professionals. The calibre of cast and crew for The Briny is testament to Lucy’s originality of vision and great potential as a filmmaker as she brings this poignant and surreal story to life.”

Allon Reich of DNA Films, says: “We all loved Chimerica and are thrilled to be producing Lucy’s funny, touching and cinematic short film at DNA. We are sure this is just the start of her career as a writer and director for the big screen.”

In preparing for the shoot, Lucy Kirkwood shadowed Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) on the set of the Film4-backed Youth, currently shooting and starring Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda.

The Briny is produced by Alex Kendall and Teresa Moneo of DNA Films, with Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, and Joanne Smith executive producing alongside Film4’s Eva Yates.

Cinematography is by Charlotte Bruus Christensen (The Hunt, Far From The Madding Crowd, Anton Corbijn’s upcoming Life). Production design is by Alison Butler (Liam & Lenka, Cherry Tree Lane), Costumes by Holly Waddington (Ginger & Rosa) and editing by Hazel Baillie (In Our Name, Black Mirror).

Film4’s current shorts slate also includes screenwriter and playwright Sean Buckley’s Polar Bear, produced by Inflammable Films, due to shoot this summer and ahead of which Buckley spent time shadowing Justin Kurzel on the set of Macbeth; and Bat for Lashes musician Natasha Khan’s filmmaking debut Gotcha, produced by Cowboy Films, currently in development due to shoot later this year.

Film4’s supports a small number of short films each year, enabling creative talent to gain invaluable experience of the filmmaking process from start to finish – from acquiring knowledge and familiarity on set and fostering relationships with key crew, to cultivating ideas and developing their visual style. Past Film4-backed shorts include Paddy Considine’s BAFTA-winning Dog Altogether, which became the genesis of Tyrannosaur; Andrea Arnold’s Wasp, her latest feature American Honey is due to shoot later this year; Chris Morris’s BAFTA-winning My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117, which preceded Four Lions; Sam Taylor Wood’s BIFA-winning Love You More, ahead of her feature debut Nowhere Boy; and John Maclean’s BAFTA-winning Pitch Black Heist, his first feature Slow West is currently in post-production.

A collection of Film4’s shorts are available to view online - with further films including Andrea Arnold’s Wasp, Jesse Armstrong’s No Kaddish In Carmarthen and Daniel Mulloy’s Baby scheduled for release on the Film4 site in 2014.

Live satellite preview of 20,000 Days On Earth

10 Jul, 2014 Productions Posted in:

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s Film4-backed drama-documentary about the iconic musician Nick Cave will receive a gala preview at London’s Barbican Hall on 17th September, followed by a unique live performance, with 150 venues UK-wide linked in via satellite.

A live satellite broadcast from London’s Barbican Hall to 150 UK cinemas on September 17th, this red carpet gala preview of 20,000 Days On Earth will be followed by a unique 60-minute live experience that includes a live performance with Nick Cave, Warren Ellis and Barry Adamson and a Q&A with the creative team behind the film including directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard and special guests.

Following this exclusive event, Picturehouse Entertainment will release Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days On Earth, the award-winning feature about musician and author Nick Cave, on 19th September in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

“Its really exciting to be working with the Barbican on this intimate and exclusive event. Screening into over 150 cinemas across the UK, this is the perfect platform to launch a truly amazing film. Picturehouse Entertainment continue to spearhead innovative and unconventional release strategies designed to maximise their films’ ability to reach the widest possible audience,” said Picturehouse Entertainment Director of Programming & Acquisitions Clare Binns

“We’re very excited to be working with Picturehouse, Nick Cave and Iain & Jane on this unique event – it promises to be a very special experience, and it should also deliver a genuine insight into the creative process behind one of the most ground-breaking music films of recent years” said Barbican’s Contemporary Music Programmer Chris Sharp.

Tickets go on sale to Barbican members from 10am on Thursday 10th July, and then on general sale from 10am on Friday 11th July. For more information, visit the Barbican website. and


20,000 Days On Earth had its World and European Premieres at the Sundance and Berlin Festivals earlier in the year to great critical and public acclaim, winning the Sundance Best Direction prize and the Best Editing Award for Jonathan Amos in the World Cinema Documentary section.

The film is a bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, the iconic Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary by weaving a cinematically staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his full creative cycle.

The film delves into Cave’s artistic processes, unpicking the stuff that makes him tick. We meet those who have affected his life, personally and professionally, including hilarious moments shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist and epic beard-wearer Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, with whom Cave duetted on his mainstream hit single ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’. These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England.

The film constructs a narrative and cinematic reality that seamlessly blends performance and storytelling with emotional truths. Avowedly neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 Days On Earth still contains electrifying performances. We see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas sketched out by Cave in his office to a monstrous epic performed by the peerless Bad Seeds on stage at Sydney Opera House. We also witness Cave open up to psychoanalyst Darian Leader as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and later join him on a journey through his personal archive. This category-defying film possesses the same frankness and wry humour that run through all of Cave’s work, and pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.

First-time feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard were inspired by a line in Cave’s songwriting notebook, in which he calculated being alive for 20,000 days. Cave’s story is both extraordinary and strikingly universal. It takes us deep into the heart of how myth, memory, love and loss, shape each and every one of our lives, every single day.

20,000 Days On Earth continues Picturehouse Entertainment’s innovative partnership with Film4 following the successful releases of The Imposter, The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, A Field In England and The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology, with the recently announced Dark Horse and Thomas Quick set for 2015. A bespoke and unique digital partner project for the film, commissioned by Film4 and developed in collaboration with the filmmakers, Picturehouse and Pulse Films will be announced soon.

Featuring an original score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, the film is produced out of Pulse Films by James Wilson (JW Films) and Dan Bowen, and backed by Film4, the BFI, Corniche Pictures, Pulse, PHI, and Goldin Films.

20,000 Days On Earth will have its UK Premiere as part of the Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House on 13th August.