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Edinburgh preview: 12 must-sees

31 May, 2015 Posted in: Edinburgh, Festivals

With a new artistic director at the helm, the Edinburgh Film Festival is back for a jam-packed 2015 edition. Catherine Bray picks 12 highlights (in alphabetical order)

Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years

1. 45 Years, dir. Andrew Haigh

Winning Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival for star Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years is director Andrew Haigh’s follow up to the acclaimed Weekend. Film4 are proud to have backed this moving exploration of a relationship in its 45th year.


2. 54: The Director’s Cut, dir. …

Chicken plays Edinburgh

29 May, 2015 Posted in: Edinburgh

We’re always pleased to hear of the ongoing success of Film4 talent, so were delighted to be sent news of a new film featuring Yasmin Paige, who first caught audience’s attention with a compelling lead performance in the Film4-backed Submarine and went on to a characterful smaller role in the Film4-backed The Double (both directed by Richard Ayoade). This year she appears in Joe Stephenson’s Chicken, which stars Scott Chambers in the lead role of Richard, a gentle soul whose …

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

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 …

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 are also proud …

A personal top eleven at Cannes

24 May, 2015 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals

Across all categories and strands, Catherine Bray picks eleven must-sees from Cannes 2015.

Salma Hayek in Tale of Tales

I feel kind of guilty writing this piece, for two reasons. The first is that although I saw 31 films at Cannes, it is nevertheless impossible to see everything, so I am certain to be missing some brilliant films in this list. In particular, I regret not catching Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, which won the Competition’s directing prize, and Arnaud Desplechin’s My …