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Articles from June 2014

Aimeé-Ffion Edwards, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: Aimeé-Ffion Edwards breathes pure warmth onto the screen.Whether it be on the TV show Peaky Blinders (her role is considerably enhanced in the second series that has just finished shooting) or Sky's Walking And Talking; on the stage, where she...
Aisling Franciosi, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: Like everyone else who watched TV series The Fall, casting director Kahleen Crawford's eyes were drawn to Aisling Franciosi as the precocious teenage neighbour of the serial killer played by Jamie Dornan.Ultimately, it led her to cast the Dublin-born...
Aneil Karia, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
WRITER-DIRECTOR: Aneil Karia's Beat is a masterful short film: explosive, involving, tense, different, and almost entirely dialogue-free.It stars Ben Whishaw, but not as you've seen him before. Self-financed and shot on 16mm, it firmly establishes Karia...
AV Pictures' Vic Bateman Dies
Vic Bateman, one of the UK's longest serving international sales agents who handled films including The Deer Hunter and The Elephant Man, has died.Tributes have been paid to Victor 'Vic' Bateman, the co-founder and vice chairman of London-based sales...
Callum Turner, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: When Callum Turner was cast by the 81-year-old John Boorman to play the lead in semi-autobiographical Queen And Country, "John told me this was going to be his last film and it was my first"."It felt very special," says the 24-year-old actor from...
Calvin Demba, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: "I'm waiting for my luck to run out, to be honest," says 20-year-old East Ender Calvin Demba. There's no sign of that. Demba started acting classes at the Limehouse youth theatre Half Moon at the age of 16, but he was also boxing at his local...
Chris Foggin, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
DIRECTOR: How do you get Judi Dench to appear in her first short film?Just ask nicely, says 28-year-old Durham native Chris Foggin, who cast Dench in the highly amusing Friend Request Pending before directing a longer, even more appealing short That...
Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
WRITERS: Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith won a Bafta shortly after being selected for Stars of Tomorrow: a television craft award for breakthrough talent for their gripping Channel 4 drama Run, which they co-wrote (they are in the throes of...
Dawn King, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
WRITER: Dawn King is a much-awarded young writer for the stage and, at last, the screen, having signed a deal with Cowboy Films to adapt her sell-out play Ciphers from Bush Theatre.The short film she wrote starring Olivia Colman, The Karman Line, premiered...
Diversify Panel Questions Licence Fee
The TV Collective founder Simone Pennant has questioned the validity of the licence fee at a Creative Week panel on the lack of diversity in the film and TV industries.Pennant, whose organisation The TV Collective has tens of thousands of members, told...
Edge of Tomorrow Climbs to $33M
In what promises to be a massive session all-round, Warner Bros will be in the mix as it deploys the sci-fi in a major international offensive day-and-date with North America.Edge Of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and directed by Doug...
Edward Holcroft, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: Although there are more than 120 speaking parts in the vast BBC production of Hilary Mantel's novel Wolf Hall, directed by Peter Kosminsky, few of the choice parts were open to newcomers.Chief among them is that of the hapless George Boleyn, brother...
Eleanor Tomlinson, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: "This whole industry is about snapping up the opportunities as they come," says Eleanor Tomlinson, who is about to turn 22 on the set of the BBC's highly anticipated remake of Poldark.Or you could make the opportunities for yourself -- Tomlinson...
Jamie Blackley, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: At 22, Jamie Blackley says he is "still nervous, still hungry and learning as I go".The south London native is waiting for his first studio lead to be released -- opposite Chloe Grace Moretz in an adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel...
Kate Phillips, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: Kate Phillips is shooting out of Guildhall and into one of the most sought-after roles in the UK this year -- as Jane Seymour in the BBC One adaptation of Wolf Hall.She has set the casting world abuzz in the UK, and although fresh to the film...
Keri Collins, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
DIRECTOR: "I feel as if I've taken a long time to get here," says Cardiff-born director Keri Collins."I've been making short films since I was 20 years old. That's almost 15 years."Directing has been a life-long ambition for Collins, who made his micro-funded...
Korea's PiFan Unveils It Project Titles
Korea's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced the It Project market selection with 21 genre film projects.Part of PiFan's Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) initiative, the project market's line-up includes Man On The...
Krysty Wilson-Cairns, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
WRITER: "I wrote Aether over Christmas, during six weeks.""I really, really went for it," says Krysty Wilson-Cairns. And it really, really went. By March 13, FilmNation Entertainment had swooped for the riveting, high-concept sci-fi film, written by...
Laura Tarrant-Brown, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: At its best, production design feels 'real', the world presented onscreen convincing and believable, no matter where it might be.Laura Tarrant-Brown did just that with Mahalia Belo's 2012 short Volume, creating a crafted world that...
Leviathan Producer Named Russian Leader
Non Stop Productions, producer of Cannes winner Leviathan, is among nine "industry leaders" selected by the Russian Cinema Fund (Fond Kino) to take a share of $55m (RUB1.9bn).Alexander Rodnyansky's Non Stop Productions, producer of Andrey Zvyagintsev's...
Lynsey Miller, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
WRITER-DIRECTOR: "I tend to fall in love with my characters," says director Lynsey Miller. "And consequently whatever I do visually is motivated by them and what they're thinking or feeling."This passion has given rise to some arresting cinema in a series...
Maisie Williams, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: The youngest Game Of Thrones star -- and likely the last to feature in Stars of Tomorrow -- Maisie Williams has just turned 17 and marked the occasion with two significant moves: getting her driving licence and completing a lead role in UK independent...
Mia Goth, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: Mia Goth has an otherworldly presence onscreen, an unusual aura that sets her apart.Mia Goth has an otherworldly presence onscreen, an unusual aura that sets her apart. She is different off-screen as well, perhaps due to her exotic background,...
Olivia Cooke, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: Olivia Cooke has been living out of a suitcase for two years."I get home to Manchester and my mum goes mad at me, saying my room is a mess, but I say 'Mum, everything I own in the world is in this room!'," says the 20-year-old star of the critically...
Outfest 2014 Unveils Line-Up
The 2014 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival has announced its complete programming line-up for the event, set to run from July 10-20.The Outfest Five In Focus series spotlighting emerging filmmakers will include Abdellah Taïa's Salvation Army, Ken...
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR, WRITER, THEATRE PRODUCER: "It's been the maddest year imaginable," says actress-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge."Everything is swirling around at the same time, all the dogs are biting on my heels at once."Now aged 28, Waller-Bridge went to RADA ("because...
Roberto Oliveri, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
WRITER-DIRECTOR: The least experienced of this year's Stars of Tomorrow, 24-year-old Roberto Oliveri has just produced, written, shot and funded his first short, Compassion, while living with his parents in Hertfordshire and working in a garage to raise...
Rose Wicksteed, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
CASTING DIRECTOR: "There's no formula," says Rose Wicksteed of the profession of casting."When you're dealing in the currency of people, it's such an unknown." Wicksteed, a drama school graduate, found her way into casting almost by accident."I was working...
Sam Keeley, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: Sam Keeley got his break at an open casting call in his home town of Tullamore, County Offaly in southern Ireland, a town not exactly known as being a hub for movie stars.That is the status Keeley is aiming for, however, and with the lead role...
Sarah Brocklehurst, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
PRODUCER: Born in the US of Chinese and UK heritage, 29-year-old Sarah Brocklehurst broke out with 2011 micro-budget feature production Black Pond.It was almost putting the cart before the horse, she says. "I had this film, but it had almost happened...
Screen Unveils 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow
Screen International is today unveiling its 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow, profiling rising actors, writers, directors, producers and heads of department.Click here for the digital edition [Subscribers]GALLERY: UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014The 2014 Class of...
Si Bell, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
CINEMATOGRAPHER: It is unusual for a DoP to work his way up the camera department on set; there are a lot of steps to climb.Si Bell solved the issue by packing his downtime with shorts for young directors and valuable practical experience on bigger sets,...
Simon Stephenson, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
WRITER: Simon Stephenson is a man with his own rich back story.Now 35 years old, he is a doctor who worked in paediatrics at the Royal London Hospital until recently, when his Black List script Frisco was set up with independent Los Angeles producer...
Taron Egerton, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
ACTOR: To put it in sporting terms, Taron Egerton (pronounced Edge-r-ton) is 2014's man of the match, the name on every UK casting director's hot young talent list.He nabbed the lead role of Eggsy in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service opposite...
The Halsall Brothers, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
WRITER-DIRECTORS: Only 18 months separate 25-year-old Matt Halsall from his younger brother Simon."Working with your brother means there's someone who's going to tell you how it is," he says, adding, "but there can be tension sometimes because there's...
Tom Hardy: TV Trumps Film
British actor Tom Hardy has claimed that TV productions are increasingly offering film talent the chance to develop more immersive shows and retain greater creative control over productions.The Dark Knight Rises actor was speaking to Screen's sister...
Walking on Sunshine
Dirs: Max & Dania. UK. 2014. 97minsA gloriously frothy summer delight, there is an old-fashioned cheerfulness and warm-hearted glee to British musical Walking On Sunshine as it takes a familiar tale of romance and broken-hearts to the Italian coast...
Writing Lecturer Offers Ebook Courses
Jennine Lanouette is revolutionising the way the art of screenwriting is taught, as Emmanuelle Charlier discovers.The founder of Screentakes Digital Publishing has developed a series of interactive ebooks for story structure analysis of "great films"...
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