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Articles from October 2015

Alice Lowe Starts Shoot for Feature Directorial Debut 'Prevenge'
Sightseers co-writer and star Alice Lowe is set to start shooting her directorial debt feature, provisionally titled Prevenge, on Thursday (Oct 29) in Cardiff. Western Edge Pictures/Gennaker is fully financing.Lowe, who is seven-and-a-half months pregnant...
Androids, Heritage in the Frame at Tokyo Fest
Android Geminoid-F - created by robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro - is an eerily convincing lead actress in Koji Fukada's Sayonara, which received its world premiere in TIFF's competition section.Both Geminoid-F and Japanese-speaking actress Bryerly Long...
'Ant-Man' Takes Chinese Box Office Lead; 'Pan' Flops
Disney/Marvel's superhero saga Ant-Man took the top spot with $39.07m in its second week, bringing its local cume to $81.87m after 10 days. It has become the second biggest original Marvel IP release in China.Local surprise hit Goodbye Mr Loser was still...
British Producer Gayle Griffiths Dies Aged 49
SCROLL DOWN FOR TRIBUTESBritish producer Gayle Griffiths has died following a battle with cancer. She was 49.Griffiths, who died on Friday (Oct 23) in London, was perhaps best known for producing Joanna Hogg films Archipelago (2010) and Exhibition (2013),...
Digital Single Market: Oettinger Stresses Special Case for Film Industry
Speaking at this year's Munich Media Days conference, Oettinger argued that "if one is striving for a digital single market and has a digital vision of Europe, then, as a general rule, national boundaries should no longer be observed because they were...
Film Clinic Launches 'Sheikh Jackson'
Egyptian indie production powerhouse Film Clinic is gearing up to launch financing on Sheikh Jackson, a bittersweet drama about an Islamic fundamentalist cleric with a secret passion for Michael Jackson music.Film Clinic chief Mohammed Hefzy said: "The...
Montebello Signs First Look Deal with Gaumont
Gaumont and Francois Ivernel's Montebello Productions have agreed to a first look development and production deal, it was announced today.The agreement will run for three years and cover both film and television production.Sidonie Dumas, CEO of Gaumont,...
'Nise - the Heart of Madness': Review
Dir Roberto Berliner. Brazil. 2015. 109 mins.A feisty, stubborn female doctor assigned to a Rio de Janeiro mental hospital in the 1940s proves that listening is better than lobotomy in Roberto Berliner's conventional but well-crafted take on the true...
Sundance Selects Acquires 'Orion: The Man Who Would Be King'
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, the feature documentary written and directed by Jeanie Finlay.The film tells the story of Jimmy Ellis, "an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and thrust into...
'Under Milk Wood': Review
Dir. Kevin Allen. UK. 2015. 87mins.Dylan Thomas described his most famous work, the bawdy, earthy radio play Under Milk Wood as 'strangely simple and simply strange'. This surreal, formally complex and cluttered adaptation from director Kevin Allen places...
Virgin Mountain Wins Nordic Council Film Prize
Iceland has claimed the lucrative Nordic Council Film Prize for the second year running, as Dagur Kari's Virgin Mountain (Fusi) captured the award for the best Nordic Film of the Year.The prize - which comes with $55,000 (DKK 350,000) cash - was announced...
Will 'Star Wars' Become the Highest-Grossing Film of All Time?
Avatar currently holds the crown for the biggest ever global box office release, grossing a little under $2.8bn after it was released on Dec 18, 2009 - coincidentally the same date the new Star Wars instalment will hit theatres this year.In second place...
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