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Alex Garland, Sarah Gavron, Asif Kapadia to Take Part in New £10M VR Initiative
Labs are part of new National Centre for Immersive Storytelling to be run by NFTS and Royal Hollyway, University of London.Alex Garland, Sarah Gavron, Asif KapadiaDirectors Alex Garland, Sarah Gavron and Asif Kapadia are among top UK TV and filmmakers...
Asian Shadows Picks Up New Currents Entry 'Red Phallus' (Exclusive)
Bhutanese filmmaker Tashi Gyeltshen’s debut feature is a co-production between Bhutan, Nepal and Germany.Asian Shadows has picked up international rights to Bhutanese director Tashi Gyeltshen’s debut feature The Red Phallus, which is premiering in Busan’s...
'Beautiful Days': Busan Review
The Busan Film Festival opens with this fiction debut from Yun JéroDir. Yun Jéro. South Korea, France. 2018. 104 MinsA fractured timeline pieces together the mystery of the broken family of Zhenchen (Jang Dongyoon), a Korean-Chinese teenager who is sent...
'Between the Seasons': Busan Review
A friendship blossoms between two women in Kim Junsik’s sensitive dramaBetween The SeasonsDir/scr Kim Junsik. South Korea. 2018. 98minsThe road to self-acceptance is marked by guilty secrets, heartbreak and anguished confessions in Between The Seasons....
Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi to Direct Episodes of 'Star Wars' Live-Action Series
Lucasfilm unveils glimpse into world of The Mandalorian.‘The Mandalorian’Disney has revealed the title and directors of the live-action Star Wars series now in production for the company’s upcoming streaming service, currently known as Disney Play. Written...
Busan 2018 Preview: Korean Festival Back on Track after Years of Strife
With its former chiefs reinstated and a host of new initiatives, Busan International Film Festival is leaving its troubled past behind.Busan Film FestivalAfter years of political strife, Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is finally getting back...
Busan Film Festival Has Star-Studded Opening While Typhoon Looms
Ryuichi Sakamoto played at the opening ceremony with stars including Bai Baihe, Yang Kuei-mei, Jang Dong-gun and Hyun Bin on the red carpet.The 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) kicked off tonight (October 4) with a windy, star-studded red...
Busan Interview: Ho Wi Ding on 'Cities of Last Things'
The Taiwan-based director explains why he chose to shoot his Toronto prize-winning film on 35mm.‘Cities Of Last Things’After winning the top prize in Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform section last month, Ho Wi Ding’s Cities Of Last Things...
Busan Interview: Stanley Kwan on 'First Night Nerves'
The Hong Kong filmmaker talks about returning to his home city to shoot a film starring some of Chinese cinema’s biggest actresses.‘First Night Nerves’Hong Kong filmmaker Stanley Kwan’s First Night Nerves, about rival star actresses reuniting in a stage...
Creative Skillset Rebrands as ScreenSkills, Urges Increased Training to Support Production Boom
ScreenSkills chair says there is “no silver bullet” but the industry must “play its part”.UK training body Creative Skillset is rebranding as ScreenSkills as it looks to more clearly reflect the work it does across the country’s wide-reaching screen...
Elisabeth Moss Punk Drama 'Her Smell' Lands at Gunpowder & Sky
Distributor plans 2019 theatrical release with awards push.‘Her Smell’Los Angeles-based Gunpowder & Sky has picked up US rights to Her Smell starring Elisabeth Moss hot on the heels of the US premiere at the 56th New York Film Festival last weekend.Alex...
'Firecrackers': Zurich Film Festival
Crackling all-female debut set in a one-trailer-park Canadian town‘Firecrackers’Dir/scr. Jasmin Mozaffari. Canada. 2018. 93 minsTwo bristling teenage girls long to escape their deadbeat lives in in a one-motel town in Firecrackers, Canadian director...
Golden Scene Adds 'Still Human' to Busan Slate
Hong Kong drama is produced by Fruit Chan and stars Anthony Wong.Hong Kong-based Golden Scene has picked up international rights to Still Human, produced by Fruit Chan and starring Anthony Wong, which it will start selling at Busan’s Asian Film Market.The...
Jennifer Arceneaux to Head BRON Ventures
New hire reports to recently appointed chief strategy officer Ashley Levinson.Jennifer Arceneaux Ashley LevinsonBRON has officially unveiled BRON Ventures and appointed Jennifer Arceneaux to run the strategic investment division.BRON Ventures, which...
Major TV and Film Studios to Open in Birmingham
Six-stage complex planned by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight.Steven Knight, the Birmingham-born screenwriter, film director and creator of Peaky Blinders, has revealed plans to open a six-stage TV and film studio complex in the city.The 20-acre...
'Midnight Runner' Producers Contrast Film Set Ambitious Slate
Titles include documentary ‘Caveman’ and crime story ’Storm’.‘Midnight Runner’Switzerland’s Contrast Film, which is currently enjoying a buzzy response to it San Sebastian and Zurich Film Festival competition title Midnight Runner, has a busy slate ahead...
M-Line Scores Sales on 'Feng Shui, Sunset in My Hometown' (Exclusive)
South Korean sales company has eight films in Busan’s official selection.South Korean sales company M-Line Distribution has announced a raft of deals led by Park Hee-gon’s period drama Feng Shui and Lee Joon-ik’s Sunset In My Hometown, which is screening...
Netflix Signs Overall Deal with 'Narcos' Showrunner Eric Newman
Deal is in addition to that with Newman and Bryan Unkeless’ Screen Arcade.NarcosNetflix has signed a multi-year overall deal for TV series with Narcos writer and executive producer Eric Newman. The deal comes in addition to the feature film overall deal...
'Our Body': Busan Review
A 30-something Korean woman strives for independenceOur BodyDir/scr: Han Ka-ram. South Korea. 2018. 94minsIn her impressive feature debut, Han Ka-ram focuses on the difficulties faced by young adults in Korea; a theme frequently explored by the country’s...
RLJE Films Snaps Up 'The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot'
Distributor plans early 2019 launch on fantasy tale.The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The BigfootRLJE Films has acquired all North American rights to the upcoming adventure film The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot. Robert D. Krzykowski wrote...
Screen Unveils Stars of Tomorrow 2018
Annual talent showcase spotlights the hottest up-and-coming actors and filmmakers in the UK and Ireland.Screen International has revealed its Stars of Tomorrow 2018, spotlighting the hottest up-and-coming actors and filmmakers in the UK and Ireland.Now...
Shonda Rhimes, Matt Reeves Developing 'Recursion' for Netflix
Sci-fi thriller romance and police procedural centres on brilliant female scientist.Shonda RhimesNetflix has bought the rights to adapt forthcoming Blake Crouch novel Recursion as a feature film and “television universe” from producer Shonda Rhimes and...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Ameenah Ayub Allen (Producer)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Ameenah Ayub AllenProducing Sarah Gavron’s latest - currently untitled - film this year has been a huge step forward in Ameenah Ayub Allen’s career. Backed by Film4, the BFI and the Wellcome Trust among others,...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Amrou Al-Kadhi (Writer/director)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Amrou Al-KadhiAs an actor, screenwriter, director, author, columnist and performer, just how does Amrou Al-Kadhi - who identifies as gender non-binary and uses the pronoun ‘they’ - fit everything in? “I’m a full-time...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Anna Blandford (Director)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Anna BlandfordAnna Blandford’s route into the industry was an unconventional one. After reading English literature at the University of Birmingham, she worked in design and development before getting involved in...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Anna Griffin (Producer)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Anna GriffinNottingham-based Anna Griffin made her first moves into the industry during a production boom in the region, due in part to the activities of screen agency EM Media.Click here for the complete list of...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Antonio Aakeel (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Antonio AakeelGrowing up in Birmingham, Antonio Aakeel fell in love with acting at an early age and was accepted at London’s Royal Central School of Speech & Drama - an opportunity he turned down to star in...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Baff Akoto (Writer/director)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Baff AkotoIt was a “highly inappropriate” viewing of The Godfather when he was just eight years old that gave London-born director Baff Akoto the cinema bug. After studying broadcasting at Ravensbourne University...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Charly Clive (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Charly CliveActress, comedian and playwright Charly Clive is ready to break out in her first onscreen role in Channel 4’s comedy/drama series Pure, opposite 2011 Star of Tomorrow Joe Cole. She plays the lead role...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Dafne Keen (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Dafne KeenBy her own admission, 13-year-old Dafne Keen had an unusual childhood. Growing up in Spain and England in a bilingual household with her Spanish actor/writer/director mother Maria Fernandez Ache and UK...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Edwin Thomas (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Edwin ThomasA graduate of the University of Oxford, where he majored in French and Portuguese, followed by three years at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Edwin Thomas was “ready to go” when he launched his...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Erin Doherty (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Erin DohertyFresh from the set of the upcoming BBC production of Les Misérables, Erin Doherty rose to prominence earlier this year after it was announced she would be portraying Princess Anne in the forthcoming...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Erin Kellyman (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Erin KellymanBefore her role as the mysterious resistance fighter Enfys Nest in this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story catapulted the 19-year-old Birmingham-born Erin Kelly­man to global recognition, the actress had...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Esme Creed-Miles (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Esme Creed-MilesDespite growing up as the daughter of actors Samantha Morton and Charlie Creed-Miles, and appearing as Shirley Temple alongside her mother in Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely (2007), Esme Creed-Miles...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Gabriel Bisset-Smith (Writer/director)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Gabriel Bisset-SmithFans of online video platforms may recognise Gabriel Bisset-Smith. He wrote, directed and starred in his debut short Thrush, the story of an entire relationship told in five minutes through photos,...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Hania Elkington (Writer)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Hania ElkingtonAfter winning a run of short fiction prizes in her teens, Londoner Hania Elkington graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA in literature and spent her twenties working as an associate literary...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Harry Lighton (Writer/director)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Harry LightonHarry Lighton is in development with BBC Films and Element Pictures on his first feature. Set in the Japanese world of sumo wrestling, it will be told through the perspective of a non-Japanese sumo...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Helen Simmons (Producer)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Helen SimmonsOriginally planning to be a lawyer, Helen Simmons had her head turned at the University of Cambridge where she ran Watersprite, a short-film festival. After striking partnerships for the event with...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Jamael Westman (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Jamael WestmanAfter securing a place at RADA on his fourth attempt, Londoner Jamael Westman stayed the full course but left without an agent. This is where, he says, faith lent a hand: not religious faith, but a...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Johnny Kenton (Writer/director)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Johnny KentonWhen Johnny Kenton speaks to Screen, he has just finished a day’s prep on Mammoth’s hit ITV show Endeavour in Oxfordshire. “Coming straight out of film school and being offered [to direct] a 90-minute...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Joseph Quinn (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Joseph Quinn“I am desperate to give comedy a crack. It’s been a bit serious so far,” says south London-born Joseph Quinn of his burgeoning career. After a role in the BBC’s Dickensian and a small part in Game Of...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Koby Adom (Writer/director)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Koby AdomSet in a barbershop, Koby Adom’s 2018 short Haircut was made through Film London’s London Calling scheme and chosen by director David Yates for the London Calling Plus award.Click here for the complete...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Laurie Kynaston (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Laurie KynastonLaurie Kynaston made his professional debut six years ago, aged 18, in the title role of Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s production of Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy. He’d been part of Clwyd’s youth theatre...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Liv Hill (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Liv HillNow she has finished her A-levels, 18-year-old Liv Hill can finally concentrate on her acting. The past two years have seen her juggle studies with roles on two features: as an anguished young woman who...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Marli Siu (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Marli SiuMarli Siu grew up Forres, north-east Scotland, to a Hong Kong-born father and Scottish mother. She recently beat out hundreds of contenders to take the lead role in Scott Graham’s upcoming drama We Don’t...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Moin Hussain (Writer/director)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Moin HussainHaving his second short, Real Gods Require Blood, play in Critics’ Week at Cannes 2017 has opened doors for Moin Hussain. “When it first got announced I didn’t understand the gravity of what it would...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Niamh Algar (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Niamh AlgarNiamh Algar is a woman who knows what she wants. “I’d love to do a boxing film,” says Algar, who has sparred since she was a teenager. “I want to do roles that are quite physical and about pushing yourself.”Click...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Patsy Ferran (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Patsy FerranWhile Spain-born, Surrey-raised Patsy Ferran always knew she wanted to be an actor, she says she was careful not to let that ambition overwhelm her. “I think it’s important as an actor to be interested...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Prano Bailey-Bond (Writer/director)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Prano Bailey-BondWales-born Prano Bailey-Bond, currently developing her first feature Censor, believes now is a great time for women working in genre cinema. “Jennifer Kent with The Babadook has really opened doors,”...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Rhianne Barreto (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Rhianne Barreto“It’s so important these stories get told, and it’s incredible I’ve now got this opportunity,” says Rhianne Barreto of her latest project, the lead in an as-yet untitled feature written and directed...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Rose Glass (Writer/director)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Rose GlassRose Glass’s film obsession began as a child when she saw the stop-motion animation work in Jason And The Argonauts. By the age of 13, she had begun making her own home movies, shooting and editing in...
Stars of Tomorrow 2018: Tamara Lawrance (Actor)
Read profiles of all of our 2018 Stars.Tamara LawranceLondon-born Tamara Lawrance has always been driven, and has wanted to act from a young age. As she does not come from a performing arts background, she did her own research and, after being encouraged...
'Swimming': Busan Review
A German high school student seeks revenge on those who would bully herSwimmingDir/scr. Luzie Loose. Germany. 2018. 102minsSwimming, a Berlin-set example of the coming-of-age-as-hell film may not be entirely fresh territory. Its story of tortured, erotically-tinged...
'The Biggest Little Farm', 'Ray & Liz', 'Dead Pigs' Unveiled by AFI FEST
Line-up includes The Chambermaid, Rafiki.‘The Biggest Little Farm’The Biggest Little Farm, Ray & Liz, and Dead Pigs are among the New Auteurs and American Independents sections unveiled on Thursday (4) by top brass AFI FEST presented by Audi.New...
'The Prey': Busan Review
Prisoners are hunted for sport in this zesty action thriller from Jimmy HendersonThe PreyDir: Jimmy Henderson. Cambodia. 2018. 93minsThe Prey ticks all the boxes for genre fans. Feverish fisticuffs, ricocheting bullets, bloodshed, sadism, an indestructible...
'Venom' to Trap Global Box Office in Its Web
A Star Is Born ventures into 31 markets through Warner Bros.‘Venom’Venom should prove too potent for A Star Is Born at the global box office this weekend as the comic book adaptation swings into 59 markets through Sony Pictures Releasing International.The...
Warner Bros Dates 'Conjuring' Universe Sequel on Heels of 'The Nun' International Success
Studio plants flag for early September horror corridor.‘The Nun’Buoyed by the success of The Nun, Warner Bros has dated Untitled Conjuring Universe Film for September 11, 2020 as it plants a flag in the early September corridor.New Line horror smash...
'Wolkenbruch': Zurich Review
A comedy set in Zurich’s Orthodox Jewish community could be a surprise hitWolkenbruchDir. Michael Steiner. Switzerland. 2018. 92 mins.Nebbish student Motti Wolkenbruch (Joel Basman) sits squished firmly under his mother’s thumb in a life strictly prescribed...
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