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AFM: Chloë Grace Moretz and Jack O’Connell to Star in Bonnie and Clyde Drama 'Love Is A Gun'
Sean and Bryan Furst (The Matador) among producers.Chloë Grace Moretz and Jack O’Connell are attached to star in Kiké Maillo’s Bonnie and Clyde drama Love Is A Gun, which Endeavor Content is introducing to AFM buyers this week.Marissa McMahon and Ashley...
Anna Griffin Awarded Creative England's Inaugural Simon Relph Memorial Bursary (Exclusive)
Griffin is a Screen Star of Tomorrow 2018.Stephen Woolley, Anna Griffin, Caroline Norbury, Tim BevanProducer Anna Griffin has been awarded the inaugural Simon Relph Memorial Bursary of £20,000 by Creative England.Griffin, whose credits include Matt Palmer’s...
'Another World': Tokyo Review
Three childhood friends find reunion to be a rocky road in Junji Sakamoto’s intimate drama.Dir/scr. Junji Sakamoto. Japan. 2018. 119minsA wistful, intimate affair about friendship and fateful choices, Another World, also ruminates on small-town living...
Armando Nunez Gets Expanded Role at CBS
Armano NunezVeteran CBS international television sales chief Armando Nuñez has been given an expanded role and a newly-created title amid ongoing executive changes at the US media giant.As president and chief executive officer for the CBS Global Distribution...
Cate Blanchett Signs with FX for First US Series
Star will play conservative activist in 1970s equal rights story Mrs America.Cate BlanchettSigning on for her first role in US television, Cate Blanchett is set to star in Mrs America, a limited series ordered by the FX cable network about the struggle...
Czech Documentary Festival Ji.hlava Announces Winners for 2018 Edition
Karel Žalud’s ’Enclosed World’ took best Czech documentary.‘Enclosed World’The Czech Republic’s Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival has awarded prizes for its 22nd edition (October 25-30), with Karel Žalud’s Enclosed World taking the best...
Dev Patel Thriller 'The Wedding Guest' Lands at IFC Films
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions retains worldwide rights excluding the US.‘The Wedding Guest’IFC Films has picked up US rights to The Wedding Guest starring Dev Patel following its recent world premiere at TIFF.Michael Winterbottom reunites with...
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Hot Air Balloon Thriller 'Altitude' Boards 13 Films AFM Slate
South African shoot set for January 2019.Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in advanced talks to join the hot air balloon thriller Altitude, which 13 Films is introducing to buyers at AFM.Writer-director Marc Fienberg and the producers have earmarked a January...
Kenneth Branagh’s 'All Is True' Lands at SPC
Film marks screenwriter Ben Elton’s first original drama.All Is TrueSony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to Kenneth Branagh’s All Is True set in the final years of William Shakespeare’s life and has set an awards qualifying run in December.Branagh...
Laurence Fishburne to Star in Anthology 'Rendlesham'
Sony Pictures Television to distribute UFO series internationally.Laurence FishburneLaurence Fishburne has been set to star in anthology series Rendlesham, from UK-based Eleventh Hour Films and Sony Pictures Television (SPT).Fishburne will play Tyrone,...
'ROMA' Lands Chinese Theatrical Deal (Exclusive)
Lionsgate International brokered deal on behalf of Participant Media.Alfonso Cuaron on set of ROMAE-Stars has acquired Chinese theatrical rights to Alfonso Cuaron’s heavyweight Oscar contender ROMA.E-Stars negotiated the deal with Lionsgate International...
Russo Brothers in Post on AFM-Bound ISIS Film 'Mosul'
Feature shot in secret in Morocco last spring.MosulEndeavor Content has dropped another package into the AFM fray and will launch sales on war film Mosul produced by the Russo brothers’ AGBO and Condé Nast Entertainment.Matthew Michael Carnahan makes...
Sky Italia Appoints New Programming Boss after Major Reorganisation
Nicola Maccanico has been appointed as its new executive vice president of programming.Nicola MaccanicoIn a major reorganisation of Sky Italia, the company has announced that Nicola Maccanico has been appointed as its new executive vice president of...
'Slaughterhouse Rulez': Review
A historic boarding school comes under attack from subterranean monstersSlaughterhouse RuleDir: Crispian Mills. UK. 2018. 104minsThe basic premise is quite appealing: a group of over-privileged teenagers from an elite public school are terrorised by...
Storyboard Media Launches AFM Sales on TIFF Selection 'Freaks' (Exclusive)
Well Go USA holds North American rights.FreaksStoryboard Media has come on to handle international sales at AFM on recent Toronto world premiere Freaks starring Bruce Dern, Emile Hirsch and newcomer Lexi Kolker. Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky wrote and...
The Brit 50: 42
42 have fantasy adventure ‘Mortal’ and thriller ‘The Shadow Of The Moon’ upcoming.Ben Pugh, Rory AitkenNeed to know: Producers Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh had been making films together for four years - including Eran Creevy’s Shifty - before they joined...
The Brit 50: Aardman Animations
Aardman is in production on ’Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’.Peter Lord, David SproxtonNeed to know: The Bristol-based animation stalwart was founded in 1972 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton. Since Nick Park won the best animated short Oscar for...
The Brit 50: Archery Pictures
Archery is working on an English-language remake of ‘Easy Money’.Kris ThykierNeed to know: When Kris Thykier left Freud Communications in 2007, he went straight into business with Matthew Vaughn to run Marv Films, before going on to set up his own outfit...
The Brit 50: Baby Cow Productions
Baby Cow is working on Julie Delpy’s ‘My Zoe’ and Zadie Smith’s novel ‘Swing Time’.Christine Langan, Steve CooganNeed to know: Baby Cow Productions was set up by writer-comedians Steve Coogan and Henry Normal in 1999. BBC Worldwide became majority shareholders...
The Brit 50: Big Talk Productions
Big Talk hits include ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ and ’Hot Fuzz’.Kenton Allen, Matthew JusticeNeed to know: Big Talk Productions is behind some of the most successful British screen comedies of the past two decades, Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End,...
The Brit 50: Blueprint Pictures
Blueprint scored a big success in 2018 with ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’.Pete Czernin, Graham BroadbentNeed to know: Blueprint Pictures’ film division celebrated signature success in 2018 with $159m global box office, and seven Oscar nominations...
The Brit 50: DJ Films
DJ Films is working on a Michael Winterbottom satire starring Steve Coogan and David Mitchell.Damian JonesNeed to know: Primarily a one-man band, Damian Jones has been one of the most prolific solo producers in the UK over the last two decades. Under...
The Brit 50: DMC Film
DMC has produced projects starring co-founder Michael Fassbender including ‘Slow West’.Daniel Emmerson, Michael Fassbender, Conor McCaughanNeed to know: DMC Film is a talent-led film and TV production outfit founded by Michael Fassbender and Troika agent...
The Brit 50: DNA Films & TV
DNA has made several projects in Scotland including ‘T2 Trainspotting’.Andrew Macdonald, Allon ReichNeed to know: DNA Films & TV was set up by Andrew Macdonald and Duncan Kenworthy as one of the three UK National Lottery-backed franchises in 1997....
The Brit 50: Ecosse Films
Ecosse is working on films about both Florence Nightingale and Elvis Presley.Douglas Rae, Robert BernsteinNeed to know: Ecosse Films established its reputation with John Madden’s Mrs Brown in 1997, which scored two Oscar nominations, including best actress...
The Brit 50: Emu Films
Emu has made its name with festival favourites such as ‘The Goob’ and ‘Jawbone’.Mike ElliottNeed to know: London- and Manchester-based Emu Films has made its name with low-budget festival favourites including The Goob, Catch Me Daddy, Jawbone and Dirty...
The Brit 50: Eon Productions
Eon is best known as the home of James Bond.Michael G. Wilson, Barbara BroccoliNeed to know: Eon Productions, set up by Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli in the early 1960s, is still family-owned and run. Best known for producing the James Bond film series,...
The Brit 50: Fable Pictures
Fable recently wrapped on Sarah Gavron’s latest film, currently called ‘Girl Untitled’.Faye WardNeed to know: Fable Pictures was formed in 2016 by Faye Ward, after she set out on her own following several successful years working alongside Alison Owen...
The Brit 50: Film & Music Entertainment
Film & Music Entertainment projects include ‘How To Sell A War’ with Katherine Parkinson.Mike DowneyNeed to know: If there is a prize for the UK company with the most international ties, surely that has to go to Mike Downey and Sam Taylor’s Film...
The Brit 50: Free Range Films
Free Range recently produced Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death Of Stalin’Kevin Loader, Roger MichellNeed to know: With more than 15 years’ experience making upscale adult-oriented features such as Enduring Love, Le Week-End, My Cousin Rachel and The Death...
The Brit 50: Fudge Park
Fudge Park was founded by ‘The Inbetweeners’ creators Damon Beesley and Iain Morris.Iain Morris, Damon BeesleyNeed to know: Film and TV production company Fudge Park was set up by The Inbetweeners creators Damon Beesley and Iain Morris in 2015 after...
The Brit 50: Heyday Films
Heyday’s Harry Potter series grossed 7.7bn dollars across eight films.David Yates, David HeymanNeed to know: Since it was founded in the late 1990s, David Heyman’s Heyday Films has established itself as a company that can identity British IP with blockbuster...
The Brit 50: Hurricane Films
Hurricane is developing ‘Recovery’ starring Tim Roth.Solon Papadopoulos, Roy BoulterNeed to know: Liverpool’s Hurricane Films is one of the UK’s most prolific companies based outside London. Since setting up shop in 2000, Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos...
The Brit 50: Lightbox
Lightbox is working on a doc about Harvey Weinstein.Simon Chinn, Jonathan ChinnNeed to know: Via his previous company Red Box, Simon Chinn produced documentary Oscar winners Man On Wire and Searching For Sugar Man. Setting up Lightbox in 2014 with his...
The Brit 50: Magnolia Mae
Magnolia Mae most recently worked on Ralph Fiennes’ ‘The White Crow’.Gabrielle TanaNeed to know: Based in London and New York, Magnolia Mae Films’ most recent picture is Ralph Fiennes’ The White Crow, now being lauded on the international festival circuit....
The Brit 50: Marv Studios
MARV is working on Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’.Matthew VaughnNeed to know: Matthew Vaughn’s MARV Studios is fiercely independent, preferring to do deals with companies because it wants to rather than because it has to. Vaughn says...
The Brit 50: Monumental Pictures
Monumental has wrapped production on Caitlin Moran adaptation ‘How To Build A Girl’.Debra Hayward, Alison Owen Rex ShutterstockNeed to know: Monumental was launched in 2014 by Ruby Films founder Alison Owen and former Working Title executive Debra Hayward....
The Brit 50: Number 9 Films
Wash Westmoreland’s festival hit ‘Colette’ is a Number 9 title.Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth KarlsenNeed to know Since it was founded in 2002, Number 9 has established itself as a maker of taste-driven, quality UK cinema under the stewardship of husband-and-wife...
The Brit 50: On the Corner
On The Corner is looking to launch its ‘Maradona’ doc next year.Asif Kapadia, James Gay-ReesNeed to know: On The Corner established its reputation on the back of Asif Kapadia’s documentary features, including the Academy-award-winning Amy and Bafta winner...
The Brit 50: Origin Pictures
Origin is in post-production on family drama ‘Hope Gap’.David ThompsonNeed to know: Origin has produced a steady flow of titles since David Thompson started the company in 2008 after leaving BBC Films, where he was founding head. The company has had...
The Brit 50: Passion Pictures
Passion has upcoming docs on John Belushi, Alex Ferguson and Charlie Chaplin.John BattsekNeed to know: John Battsek’s documentary powerhouse Passion Pictures has credits including Oscar winners One Day In September and Searching For Sugar Man as well...
The Brit 50: Potboiler
Potboiler has Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut incoming.Andrea Calderwood, Gail EganNeed to know: Potboiler - established by Gail Egan and the late Simon Channing Williams in 2000 - got a boost in 2009 when it joined forces with Andrea Calderwood’s...
The Brit 50: Pulse Films
Recent Pulse titles include ‘Skate Kitchen’ and ‘The Witch’.Lucas Ochoa, Thomas BenskiNeed to know: Pulse Films was co-founded by Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford in 2005 as a studio that would work across feature films, TV, non-fiction, commercials...
The Brit 50: Raw
Raw is developing a narrative version of its hit Sundance doc ‘Three Identical Strangers’.Katherine ButlerNeed to know: Founded in 2001 and owned by All3Media, Raw works across many areas: in the US and UK, factual and scripted, film and TV. It opened...
The Brit 50: Recorded Picture Company
UK stalwart Jeremy Thomas founded RPC in 1974.Jeremy ThomasNeed to know: Recorded Picture Company (RPC), formed by Jeremy Thomas in 1974, has been one of the UK’s pre-eminent production companies. Its filmography stretches to more than 60 titles and...
The Brit 50: Revolution Films
Revolution has produced all of co-founder Michael Winterbottom’s films since 1994.Michael Winterbottom and Dev Patel on the set of ‘The Wedding Guest’Need to know: Director Michael Winterbottom founded Revolution Films in 1994 alongside producer Andrew...
The Brit 50: Rook Films
Rook has worked on several titles from co-founder Ben Wheatley including ‘Free Fire’.Andy Starke, Ben WheatleyNeed to know: Director Ben Wheatley, writer Amy Jump and producer Andy Starke launched Rook Films in 2008, working on Wheatley’s Kill List,...
The Brit 50: Salon Pictures
Upcoming Salon titles include ‘Grand Theft Auto’ doc ‘The Billion Dollar Game’.Paul Van Carter and Nick TaussigNeed to know: Salon Pictures was founded in 2013 as a finance and production outfit by Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter. In the past five years,...
The Brit 50: Scarlet Films
Scarlet Films’ Ceci Dempsey spent nearly 20 years developing festival hit ‘The Favourite’.Ceci DempseyNeed to know: Chicago-born, New York-raised, London-based Ceci Dempsey’s feature production credits are short but sweet. After producing Rose Troche’s...
The Brit 50: Scott Free London
Scott Free London are working on two titles with Keira Knightley including ‘The Other Typist’.Jack Arbuthnott, Ed RubinNeed to know: Scott Free London, the UK branch of Ridley Scott’s production vehicle Scott Free Productions, was set up by the legendary...
The Brit 50: See-Saw
See-Saw’s Steve McQueen thriller ‘Widows’ releases this November after festival premieres.Iain Canning, Emile ShermanNeed to know See-Saw Films was founded 10 years ago by London-based Iain Canning and Sydney-based Emile Sherman. Two years in, the company...
The Brit 50: Shoebox Films
Shoebox is in post on Radioactive’, starring Rosamund Pike.Paul WebsterNeed to know Shoebox Films brings together director Joe Wright with producer and former Film4 chief Paul Webster and former assistant director-turned-producer Guy Heeley. The company...
The Brit 50: Sigma Films
Sigma worked on David Mackenzie’s period epic ‘Outlaw King’ starring Chris Pine.Gillian BerrieNeed to know: Sigma Films was formed in Glasgow in 1996 by Gillian Berrie together with director David Mackenzie and his younger actor brother, Alastair Mackenzie....
The Brit 50: Sixteen Films
Sixteen Films produced two Palme d’Or winners from co-founder Ken Loach.Rebecca O’Brien and Ken LoachNeed to know: Director Ken Loach and producer Rebecca O’Brien founded Sixteen Films in 2002, and have produced all of Loach’s films since, including...
The Brit 50: Tempo Productions
Tempo feature ‘The Wife’ is generating awards talk for star Glenn Close.Tempo PiersNeed to know: Piers Tempest’s Yorkshire-based Tempo Productions is enjoying its best - and busiest - year to date: Nick Hamm’s Driven was the closing film of Venice Film...
The Brit 50: The Bureau
The Bureau has produced three features for Andrew Haigh including ‘Lean On Pete’.Andrew Haigh, Tristan GoligherNeed to know: Founded in 2000 by French executive Bertrand Faivre, The Bureau has cemented itself as a producer of consistently high-quality...
The Brit 50: The Imaginarium
Imaginarium is working on ‘Mowgli’, directed by Andy Serkis and starring Christian Bale.Andy Serkis, Jonathan CavendishNeed to know: Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish head up London-based production outfit The Imaginarium. It was separated from Serkis’s...
The Brit 50: The Ink Factory
The Ink Factory has Stephen Merchant’s comedy ‘Fighting With My Family’ coming up.Simon Cornwell, Stephen CornwellNeed to know: The Ink Factory was founded in 2010 by brothers Stephen and Simon Cornwell, sons of David Cornwell (aka novelist John Le Carré)....
The Brit 50: The Top Film Production Companies in the UK
Screen surveys the independent UK-based production companies actively engaged in originating, developing and producing feature films.Welcome to The Brit 50, Screen International’s survey of the independent UK-based production companies actively engaged...
The Brit 50: Trademark Films
Trademark will shoot play adaptation ‘The Father’ next spring.David ParfittNeed to know: Trademark Films was set up in 2000 by David Parfitt (Shakespeare In Love) and Liz Barron. Last year, it picked up an Oscar nomination for its animated Van Gogh biopic,...
The Brit 50: Turbine Studios
Turbine is developing comedy ‘Hallelujah!’ starring Ralph Fiennes as Handel.Andrew EatonNeed to know: Turbine Studios is the new film and TV company set up by industry veterans Andrew Eaton, who co-founded and ran Revolution Films with Michael Winterbottom...
The Brit 50: Unstoppable Film and Television
Past Unstoppable films include ‘Adulthood’ and ‘Brotherhood’ from co-founder Noel Clarke.Noel Clarke, Jason MazaNeed to know: With a name like Unstoppable, Noel Clarke and Jason Maza - who both come from acting backgrounds - launched their production...
The Brit 50: Warp Films
Warp scored a hit with the ‘This Is England’ series across film and TV.Barry Ryan Mark HerbertNeed to know: Warp Films has launched several directorial careers from their Sheffield base (they also have a London office), with hits including Chris Morris’s...
The Brit 50: Wellington Films
The Nottingham-based company has recently made Edinburgh winner ‘Calibre’.Rachel Robey and Alastair ClarkNeed to know Al Clark and Rachel Robey’s Nottingham-based Wellington Films is riding high after its Scotland-set, $2m (£1.5m)-budget thriller Calibre...
The Brit 50: Wildgaze Films
Wildgaze has produced Oscar-nominated titles ‘An Education’ and ‘Brooklyn’.Amanda Posey Finola DwyerNeed to know: Friends and colleagues for many years, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey first produced together in 2009 with Lone Scherfig’s 1960s-set An Education,...
The Brit 50: Working Title Films
Working Title has ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ and an untitled Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis comedy incoming.Tim Bevan, Eric FellnerNeed to know: Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have co-chaired Working Title Films since 1992, forging a reputation as one of the UK’s...
'Woman at War' Wins Lucrative Nordic Council Film Prize
Director Benedikt Erlingsson’s second feature scoops $53,000 prize.Tonight at a ceremony in Oslo, Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson became the first director to win the Nordic Council Film Prize for both his first and second feature films.‘Woman...
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