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30WEST Buys Majority Stake in NEON
Acquisition includes SR Media’s interest in the distributor.30WEST has acquired a majority stake in NEON, the distributor with whom it partnered on the North American release of awards contender I, Tonya (pictured).As part of the deal 30WEST, the investment...
'And Breathe Normally': Sundance Review
Two very different women find some common ground in the harsh Icelandic landscapeAnd Breathe NormallyDir/Scr: Isold Uggadottir. Ice-Swed-Belg. 2017. 102 minsIndividual hardships reinforce the common humanity of two seemingly different women in Isold...
Bart Layton Talks Genre-Defying Sundance Premiere ‘American Animals’
Screen speaks to the director and producer of heist drama.American Animals, UK filmmaker Bart Layton’s second feature, is, he hopes, genre-defying. The story of four US college students who make off with rare, covetable art books from a university library...
Berlin Film Festival Reveals TV Series Pitch Line-Up
Eight new drama series projects among co-pro line-up.Babylon BerlinFor the fourth time, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will invite producers, commissioning editors, distributors, and other drama series financiers to the Zoo Palast for the pitch event...
Berlin's EFM Horizon Conference Plots Diversity, VR, AI Events
Event extends to five days for second edition.The second edition of Berlin Film Festival’s EFM Horizon conference, expanding to five days in 2018, has revealed the key topics that will be in focus this year.The event, which explores the future of the...
'Blindspotting': Sundance Review
Urgent racial drama set in Oakland stars Daveed Diggs who gives an impassioned, tortured performanceDir: Carlos López Estrada. US. 2018. 95minsA black man out on parole slowly discovers that his everyday life is its own kind of prison in Blindspotting,...
'Britannia' Is Sky's Best-Performing Original Show since 2015
Historical drama scores best ratings since Fortitude.‘Britannia’Britannia, Sky Atlantic big-budget drama about the Roman invasion of Britain, was the channel’s best-performing original show since Fortitude opened in January 2015.The programme’s two airings...
Brixton's Ritzy Cinema to Close This Weekend amid Fresh Wave of Picturehouse Strikes
Staff from five Picturehouse venues to go ahead with strike action this weekend.London’s Ritzy Cinema in Brixton is set to shutter this weekend as a result of a fresh wave of strikes by Picturehouse workers over pay.Picturehouse workers went on strike...
Colin Firth Says He Won’t Work with Woody Allen Again
Actor starred in Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight in 2014.Colin FirthColin Firth said he won’t appear in any more Woody Allen films, telling The Guardian in a statement: “I wouldn’t work with him again.” Firth, who starred in Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight...
Historic London Prop House A+M to Close Due to HS2 Development
A+M stores more than one million props.After nearly 40 years of trading, historic London prop house A+M Hire is permanently closing its doors due to the development of the UK government’s second High-Speed rail line (HS2).The West London-based company,...
'Holiday': Sundance Review
The new girlfriend of a drug dealer discovers her exotic holiday comes with a serious price tagHolidayDir. Isabella Eklöf. Den-Neth-Swe. 2018. 90mins.The feature debut from Swedish writer/director Isabella Eklöf is an uncompromisingly tough and unforgiving...
How 'Phantom Thread' Production Designer Mark Tildesley Nailed the Film's Intricate Details
Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a controlling fashion designer.‘Phantom Thread’Screen speaks to production designer Mark Tildesley about working on Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a controlling...
'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' Crosses $700M Worldwide
Stars Wars: The Last Jedi nears $700m at international box office.Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle has now crossed $700m worldwide.This weekend, the Sony Pictures Releasing International title will seek to retain its international box office crown; it...
'Loveling': Sundance Review
Karine Teles leads as a mother struggling to let go of her teenage son in an uneven but chariming dramaLovelingDir. Gustavo Pizzi. Brazil/Uruguay, 2017. 97 minsSouth American cinema has led the way when it comes to depicting mature women on screen, with...
Netflix Snaps Up 'Sierra Burgess Is A Loser'
Cyrano de Bergerac retelling to debut on streaming platform this year.Netflix has pounced on Black Label Media’s high school rom-com Sierra Burgess Is A Loser starring Shannon Purser from Stranger Things.Ian Samuels makes his feature directorial debut...
PGA Unveils Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines
Initial recommendations hail from task force created last October in response to torrent of allegations.The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) on Friday (January 19) unveiled its “PGA Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines” to its 8,200 strong membership.The...
'Pity': Sundance Review
A man becomes addicted to playing the victim in this searing Greek character studyPityDir. Babis Makridis. Greece-Poland. 2017. 97mins.Director Babis Makridis returns to Sundance with his assertively stylised and gleefully savage second feature, a Greek...
'Rust': Sundance Review
Brazilian filmmaker Aly Muritiba explores the dangers of technology in this brooding dramaRustDir: Aly Muritiba. Brazil. 2017. 105minsThoughtless acts have devastating consequences in Rust (Ferrugem), a brooding, atmospheric drama that maintains its...
Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Swoops on 'Hearts Beat Loud'
Endeavor Content brokered deal for filmmakers; excludes North America.Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has swooped on all international rights to Brett Haley’s Hearts Beat Loud following the special sneak volunteer screening in Park City on...
The Behind-the-Scenes Story of Steven Spielberg's 'The Post'
Spielberg’s Oscar contendor has had a rapid journey to awards season.Meryl Streep with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks on the set of ‘The Post’When ThePost screenwriter Liz Hannah graduated from the AFI Conservatory, Donald Trump wasn’t president, ‘fake...
'The Guilty': Sundance Review
An emergency hotline operator takes a terrifying call in Gustav Möller’s claustophobic debutThe GuiltyDir: Gustav Möller. Denmark. 2018. 85minsDenmark’s Gustav Möller cranks up the dial with The Guilty, an uber high-concept, low-budget, tense thriller...
'Three Identical Strangers': Sundance Review
Fascinating documentary about estranged identical triplets reconnecting in 1980s New York CityThree Identical StrangersDir. Tim Wardle. UK/US, 2017, 96 minsA bizarre and fascinating debut feature doc from Britain’s Tim Wardle, Three Identical Strangers...
Turner, Warner Bros Launch SVoD Service in UK with Curzon
US service Filmstruck to launch in UK before international roll-out.Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) Group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN) are to roll out SVoD service FilmStruck internationally, with the UK...
'Un Traductor': Sundance Review
Rodrigo Santoro takes the central role in this real-life tale of the treatment of Chernobyl victims in CubaUn TraductorDirs. Rodrigo and Sebastián Barriuso. Canada-Cuba. 2018. 107minsTaking a personal and poignant approach to real-life events, Un Traductor...
Visit Films to Handle Sales on Sundance Titles 'The Queen of Fear' and 'Time Share' (Exclusive)
Ryan Kampe will introduce films to EFM buyers in Berlin next month.New York-based Visit Films has acquired rights to two Sundance premieres, taking the world excluding Latin America and Scandinavia to The Queen Of Fear and the world excluding North America,...
Wide House Boards Claire Simon Docs, Unveils Montessori Doc Sales
Documentary specialist is reuniting with French filmmaker on her upcoming documentaries Young Solitude andThe Village.‘Young Solitude’Paris-based Wide House is reuniting with French filmmaker Claire Simon on her upcoming documentaries Young Solitude...
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