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Articles from October 2012

Dark Corners, Jet Black among Solar Pictures Maiden Slate
Co-CEOs Kearie Peak [pictured] and Christopher Taylor said the LA-based finance and production company has lined up Dark Corners, Jonestown, Jet Black and The Girl Who Knew Too Much for the first half of 2013.Solar Pictures will finance and produce the...
Garo and the Wailing Dragon
Dir/scr: Keita Amemiya. Japan. 2012. 96minsThe Garo fantasy adventure television series (and spin-offs) has had little distribution beyond Japan and a few other territories, this special effects laden theatrical off-shoot is a colourful enough romp to...
Horowitz, Rhodes, Ronson among Speakers at Nov 5 Conference in LA
Magnet Media Group, Forrest Equity Management and the Film Finance Awards are planning a top-level International Film Finance, Production and Distribution Conference to be held in Los Angeles on Nov 5, during the American Film Market.Screen International...
Ian Lewis, Sky Movies
As it moves into production, Screen talks to Sky Movies head Ian Lewis about the company's varied innovations.British producers may have to find a new punch bag. After years of industry calls for pay-TV giant BSkyB to invest in local film production...
Jaws Dropped at Budget of Bali Opening Night Film
Indonesian producer Lavesh M Samtani [pictured] reveals budget of Jakarti Hati as it opened Balinale Film Festival.It was a jaw-dropping moment when Indonesian producer Lavesh M Samtani revealed that the Balinale Film Festival's opening night film, Jakarta...
Kuro
Dir/scr: Daisuke Shimote. Japan. 2012. 100minsAn engagingly playful ensemble drama that wears its love for French New Wave cinema on its sleeve, writer/director Daisuke Shimote's Kuro (Hanare Banareni) is a charmer of an art house film given sweet-natured...
Marc Evans to Direct Birthright
Israeli-Palestinian comedy was presented at last week's Pixel Pitch at PttP's Cross-Media Forum.Marc Evans [pictured] (Hunky Dory, Snow Cake) will direct Israeli-Palestinian comedy Birthright for New York-based BoomGen Studios.Mahyad Tousi, BoomGen producer...
Negri Defends Cornelius Cinema in Kasander Financial Controversy
Livio Negri, the Italian-based executive producer of Ben Sombogaart's To Be King, has responded to remarks made about financial problems on the production by the film's Dutch producer Kees Kasander [pictured].Negri's intervention comes amid allegations...
New Projects from Riklis, Norgaard, Farhadi to Receive Eurimages Support
Eurimages grants [euro]5.4m of support to 18 European co-productions.Eran Riklis' [pictured] Dancing Arabs, Mikkel Norgaard's The Keeper Of Lost Causes and Asghar Farhadi's Le Passé are among the 18 European co-productions that are to receive support...
Plus Camerimage Unveils Debut Competition Line-Up
Beasts of the Southern Wild and Electrick Children are among the selection of debut films up for awards at the Plus Cameriage festival.The 20th International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Plus Camerimage has unveiled the shortlist for the...
Protagonist Hits AFM with New Titles Including Yann Demange's '71, Monsters Sequel and Vertigo Action Kill Command
EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal has pre-bought UK rights to '71; Protagonist's slate also includes Ben Wheatley's A Field in England and Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant.Protagonist will be at AFM with a number of intriguing UK projects, including Yann Demange's...
Queen Visits BFI; Royal Collection to Be Digitised
The Queen, alongside an invited audience of members from the British film industry, watched a screening of rare works from the BFI National Archive, which has looked after the Royal Collection since the late 1960s.Upon the visit of Her Majesty Queen...
Straughan: 'I Know That I Don't Know Anything'
BAFTA-winning screenwriter [pictured] spoke at the BFI Southbank last night as part of the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriter Lecture Series.It's the bane of a successful writer's existence: once you gain notoriety, you are expected to explain yourself, reveal...
StudioCanal to Show First Footage of Ben Stassen's Thunder at AFM
Other StudioCanal AFM buzz titles include Jaume Collet-Serra's air-flight action thriller Non-Stop reuniting the director with Liam Neeson [pictured].StudioCanal is set to show first images of Ben Stassen's new project, the provisionally entitled Thunder...
The Comedy
Dir: Rick Alverson. US. 2012. 95minsThough it certainly has its darkly funny moments, the third feature from American indie filmmaker and musician Rick Alverson isn't nearly as straightforward as its title suggests. The Comedy is actually a provocative...
The Floating Castle
Dirs: Isshin Inudo, Shinji Higuchi. Japan. 2012. 145minsAn epic period action-comedy packed with wonderfully over-the-top characters, great production values and some spectacular sequences, The Floating Castle (Nobou No Shiro) may well lack the samurai...
The Road: A Story of Life and Death
Dir: Marc Isaacs. UK. 2012. 75minsThe Road: A Story Of Life and Death claims to follow immigrants down the Roman road - now called the A5 - from Holyhead in Wales, where the ferries from Ireland dock, to London's Marble Arch. This is a complete mis-steer....
Through the Window
Recent VoD releases in the US have underlined the potential of shrinking release windows for independent distributors. Geoffrey Macnab explores the UK market, where excitement about multiplatform releasing is tempered by a wariness of alienating exhibitors.This...
TIDE Experiment Plans Four "Day-and-Date" Releases in 2013
France's cinema industry guild L'ARP has joined forces with European sales agents Fandango, Goldcrest, Urban Distribution and WIDE and more than 30 members of Europa Distribution.The TIDE Experiment, one of three industry consortia to win European Commission...
Watching 'Withnail' with the Queen
The bizarre experience of sitting in the cinema with royalty.I can now confirm that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has seen Withnail and I and Shame. Well to be fair, she only saw about two seconds of each, but I'd like to think her curiosity has been...
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