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Articles from October 2011

Among Us
Dir: Marco van Geffen. 2011. Netherlands. 90minsA film full of surprises from Dutch first time feature director Marco Van Geffen, Among Us (Onder Ons) is a chilling drama which appears to be a social drama before turning into something else entirely....
Ben Wheatley Starts Shoot for Sightseers
StudioCanal is financing and distributing in UK; Protagonist handles international sales.Kill List director Ben Wheatley starts shooting today for his third feature Sightseers, which shoots for four weeks in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and the Lake District.Actors...
Bunohan
Dir/scr: Dain Said. Malaysia. 2011. 97minsIn Bunohan's hybrid revenge saga, martial arts meets the threatened beauty of a stunning landscape in northern Malaysia. Director/writer Dain Said's moral tale marks the return of a new voice from a country that's...
Creative England Now Open for Business
The new regional body has officially launched today with the appointment of some board members and three senior managers; funding will be available from October 17.Creative England is officially "open for business", although the only money on the table...
Dolphin Surfs Low Domestic Box Office Tide on $14M
A dismal domestic weekend saw Warner Bros' family tale climb two places to the top as a cadre of lacklustre new releases failed to ignite the box office.Leading the pack of newbies was Mandate's cancer comedy 50/50 starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth...
Festival Do Rio Unveils Full Programme Line-Up
With three days to go before the opening night screening on Oct 6 of Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, organisers at the Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival have announced the full roster.The world premiere of Walter Carvalho's Raul - O Início,...
Framestore's Iceland Office Doubles in Size, Completes First Whole Studio Project
The Icelandic outpost of post-production/visual effects company Framestore has now doubled in size since its inception three years ago.Framestore was set up three years ago as an outpost of the London-based company (which also has another satellite office...
Gaga Names New Board Members, to Accelerate Acquisitions and Distribution
Japanese producer-distributor Gaga Corporation has announced several corporate promotions in a move to build on the the company's recent successes in its acquisitions and distribution business.Current head of theatrical booking and sales Takao Mizuno...
Here to Help
Screen hosted a press conference with The Help leading ladies Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis during the Zurich Film Festival.The Zurich Film Festival closed in style yesterday with a screening of Oscar hopeful The Help, attended by its director...
Image Nation Restructures into Emirati and International Divisions
Image Nation Abu Dhabi is to split into two divisions, one focusing on local Emirati talent, the other on international relationships.Image Nation has revealed a new company structure and corporate brand.Formerly known as Imagenation Abu Dhabi, the company...
Margaret
Dir: Kenneth Lonergan. US. 2011. 149minsWhen its lead character speaks of "a jumbled mass of conflicting impulses," she easily could be talking about writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's sophomore effort, a lurching drama in which various coming-of-age...
MIP Deals: Disney Secures Missing Sales, Netflix Bags More Original Content
Disney and Netflix announce significant deals on first morning of TV market.At a lunchtime keynote talk at MIPCOM (Oct 3-6) in Cannes Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos revealed an exclusive US, Latin America and Canada deal for mafia-based dramedy...
MIP Deals: Prime Suspect, the Firm among Early Sellers, Lionsgate Inks Latin American TV Partnership
US TV updates on Lynda La Plante's crime series and John Grisham's novel are selling well at MIPCOM.ITV Studios Global Entertainment has sold the new US version of Prime Suspect to over 30 territories.The series has been licensed to broadcasters Nine...
Missing, Parade's End among Hot MIP Projects
Werner Herzog [pictured], Paul Verhoeven, Tom Stoppard will be among guests promoting new projects.BBC and HBO drama Parade's End, written by Oscar-winner Tom Stoppard and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall will be among the big draws for...
Otto Leaves Sony to Join Ascot Elite's German Operations
Daniel Otto has been appointed as the Head of Acquisitions; Sales and Co-Productions at Swiss Ascot Elite Entertainment Group's Munich-based German theatrical operation Ascot Elite Filmverleih.For the past four years, Otto had been the Director of Acquisitions...
Smurfs Stays Top Internationally as Abduction Performs Well
Sony Pictures Releasing International's (SPRI) blue wave ruled yet again at the box as an estimated $10.7m weekend gross from 5,400 screens in seven markets boosted the tally to a confirmed $380.6m.Meanwhile Lionsgate reported that Abduction grossed...
Titans Turn out for George Harrison Doc Premiere
I have been to some fairly star-studded film premieres in my time, but I wasn't prepared for the megastar wattage rolled out on a hot London Sunday afternoon for the UK premiere of Martin Scorsese's 208-minute documentary George Harrison: Living In The...
WME Signs Writer-Director Oskar Thor Axelsson
Oskar Thor Axelsson, whose first feature, Icelandic crime thriller Black's Game, is still in post, has been signed by WME.He is already talking to WME about his next script, an English-language, Charlie Kaufman-esque time travel story that would be set...
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