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It’s Cannes O’Clock!

17 May, 2014 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Film4 Channel, Opinion

Film4 Channel Editor David Cox surveys his early favourites at the Cannes Film Festival and makes the case that Nicole Kidman starrer Grace of Monaco isn’t the write-off some have said.

By general consensus, the 2014 Cannes Film Festival got off to an underwhelming – if not flat-out disastrous – start with Olivier Dahan’s Grace Of Monaco. The film at least served a purpose by creating an immediate sense of solidarity amongst the critics, who merrily banded together to put the …

Film4 unveils production slate at Cannes

16 May, 2014 Productions Posted in: Behind The Scenes, Cannes

Film4 unveils a bold and blistering slate of auteur-driven films in Cannes…

Mr. Turner

Film4 today unveiled a bold and blistering upcoming slate from a range of established auteurs and first-time filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival.

Offering a preview of forthcoming Film4-backed projects, head of Film4 Tessa Ross said: “The range of storytelling and talent showcased in these films is extraordinary. Whether it’s a debut director embarking on their first feature, or a seasoned filmmaker making their twentieth film, what links …

Cannes review: Party Girl

16 May, 2014 Posted in: Cannes, Review

Catherine Bray reports from the Croisette on the opening film from Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2014…

Having seen one film in the main Competition (Mike Leigh’s Film4-backed, critically adored Mr. Turner) and one film from Directors’ Fortnight (Girlhood, reviewed here) it seemed only right and proper to dip into yet another strand for my third film of the 67th Cannes Film Festival: Un Certain Regard opener Party Girl.

Angelique is the “party girl” of the title, the “girl” an increasingly …

Cannes review: Girlhood / Bande de Filles

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

Catherine Bray reports from the Croisette on the latest film from Tomboy director Céline Sciamma…

I begin my first Thursday of the 67th Cannes Film Festival with a highly anticipated film: opening the Directors’ Fortnight is the latest from Céline Sciamma, director of the really quite brilliant Water Lillies (2007) and Tomboy (2011). Girlhood does not disappoint, providing a spry and lively start to the day as Marieme (Karidja Toure, excellent) navigates what are revealed as the considerable challenges of her adolescence.

The …

The Dos and Don’ts of making your first feature

15 May, 2014 Posted in: Behind The Scenes, Guest blog

As her award-winning debut feature Concussion hits UK cinema screens, writer-director Stacie Passon runs through her top 10 tips for making your first feature film.

1.  DO a few things every day to get you closer to the TRUTH. Go on that scout. Put in those LLC papers. Do an alternative budget. Test a new camera.

2.  DO get a waiver – Unions get it.  Call them, work with them, get to know them, they don’t want to work against you, they …