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Film4 FrightFest 2014 Opening Film announced

20 Jun, 2014 Posted in: Film4 FrightFest

Film4 FrightFest 2014 welcomes Adam Wingard’s The Guest to open its 15th year…

This year’s Film4 FrightFest gets off to a nerve-shredding start with the UK premiere of Adam Wingard’s killer thriller The Guest, starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and rising star Maika Monroe (The Bling Ring, It Follows).

Wingard said today: “FrightFest movie goers are some of the most diehard genre enthusiasts in the world. Naturally i am delighted that The Guest will be opening this year’s festival.”

Alan Jones, co-director of …

Hyena: set visit

19 Jun, 2014 Productions Posted in: Edinburgh, Interview, Talent

Gerard Johnson’s follow up to his cult hit Tony is a dodgy coppers crime thriller set in West London – but it’s a world away from the likes of Guy Ritchie, Catherine Bray reports.

“This little one’s quite friendly, the little one in there.” Gerard Johnson, director of Hyena, is showing me snakes of all sizes contained within tanks in the basement of an extremely grubby former funeral parlour in West London, near Ladbroke Grove. “This one… he’s not so friendly.” …

Cannes 2014: top ten

26 May, 2014 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Opinion

Catherine Bray rounds up her best of the fest, with films from all sections of the festival making the cut in an edition of Cannes marked by quality across a diverse range of strands and countries.

Timothy Spall as Mr. Turner

As ever, the response to Cannes has been a mixed bag, with some critics declaring it a vintage year and others pooh-poohing the selection. As a relative newcomer myself – this was my fourth year at Cannes – perhaps I …

Timothy Spall wins Best Actor for Mr. Turner at Cannes

24 May, 2014 Productions Posted in: Awards, Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, News

We’re delighted to report than Timothy Spall has taken the Best Actor prize at Cannes 2014 for his portrayal of the titular character in Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall as Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall has won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of British painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s much-lauded biopic Mr. Turner, which is proudly backed by Film4. Tessa Ross, Head of Film4, said: “Huge congratulations to Tim for this wonderful, well-deserved recognition from the Cannes jury. …

Film4 Productions at Cannes

24 May, 2014 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Opinion, Review

We round up the enthusiastic reception in Cannes of the three Film4-backed films which played at Cannes 2014: Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Daniel Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy and Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall

Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner was developed and co-financed by Film4 and Mike Leigh was even good enough to point out at the premiere that “without Film4 putting in very early support for research Mr. Turner wouldn’t have happened”. It has been one of the hits of the festival so far …