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Simon Farnaby interview: Paddington 2, Yonderland, Star Wars

Ben Mortimer Nov 8, 2017

Simon Farnaby chats to us about writing Paddington 2, appearing in Rogue One, and making Yonderland...

Simon Farnaby is a man already keenly admired around these parts for being part of the Horrible Histories, Yonderland and Bill ensemble. But he's also the man who co-penned the script to the incoming Paddington 2, which seemed like a good enough excuse for a chat to us. Here's how it went...

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How did you end up joining Paul King [director/co-writer] on writing duties this time round?

Paul and I are friends, and we met many, many years ago in the comedy fringes, shall we say. We met and got on, and we did a one man show; we co-wrote a show, which I was acting in, and Paul directed for Battersea arts centre, this was 2004, or something.
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7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’

7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’
When Greta Gerwig’s already-lauded “Lady Bird” hits limited release later this week, the actress-writer-director will join a long line of other female filmmakers who used their directorial debut (this one is Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, just for clarity’s sake) to not only launch their careers, but make a huge mark while doing it. Gerwig’s Saoirse Ronan-starring coming-of-age tale is an instant classic, and one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has enjoyed Gerwig’s charming work as a screenwriter in recent years, bolstered by her ear for dialogue and her love of complicated and complex leading ladies.

While Hollywood still lags when it comes to offering up opportunities to its most talented female filmmakers, many of them have overcome the dismal stats to deliver compelling, interesting, and unique first features. In short, they’re good filmmakers who made good movies,
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The 13 Best New Indie Horror Movies in 2017

The 13 Best New Indie Horror Movies in 2017
Halloween always provides a good excuse to celebrate scary movies, but as anyone keen on the genre knows, it’s never really a bad time to do that. That’s especially been true this year, long before “It” broke box office records. Just a few months into 2017 and it was already a banner year for genre films, with “Get Out” becoming a cultural phenomenon, new horror festivals generating headlines, and other promising developments that send a positive message to genre fans. While the industry worries about the future of moviegoing and the quality of the art form in a blockbuster-dominated era, horror fans have nothing to worry about — the genre is secure, but only if you know where to look.

Keeping up our annual tradition, here’s an overview of 13 of the very best horror indies produced over the last 12 months, all of which are available to rent, on streaming platforms or in theaters.
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Movie Review – Paddington 2 (2017)

Paddington 2, 2017.

Directed by Paul King.

Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Julie Walters, Samuel Joslin, Madeleine Harris and the voice of Ben Whishaw.

Synopsis:

Now happily living with the Brown family in London, Paddington realises his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday is approaching and goes looking for the perfect present. When he finds it, it’s way too expensive, so he starts working to pay for it. While he’s doing that, somebody else has their eye on it and will stop at nothing to get it.

Three years ago, the arrival of Michael Bond’s much-loved Paddington on the big screen caused more than a little nervousness. A genuine family favourite, nobody wanted to see him suffer in translation and, thanks to the safe hands of director Paul King, he didn’t. With the voice of Ben Whishaw and the blessing of author Michael Bond, the
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Halloween 2017: Girls Just Want to Have Blood: 16 Horror Projects Directed by Women to Stream on Shudder

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February is known as Women in Horror Month, when the spotlight is put on female filmmakers working inside our favorite genre, and many horror sites run pieces about movies directed by women. And that’s great! But there’s no reason why that spotlight should be limited to only one month, particularly when there are so many brilliant and talented female filmmakers working in the genre. Why not use this October to hit up these titles on Shudder and get to know some of the most exciting female voices in horror right now?

Prevenge (2016, dir. Alice Lowe) Alice Lowe writes, directs, and stars in this darkly comic, twisted fantasy about a woman who is very, very pregnant (Lowe herself was pregnant during shooting) and goes on a killing spree when her unborn baby talks to her and tells her to take revenge for a past tragedy. The film never fully transcends its gimmick,
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T2 Trainspotting leads Scottish BAFTA race by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-10-05 10:11:07

T2 Trainspotting leads charge for Scottish BAFTAs Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting has been nominated for five awards by Bafta Scotland.

The sequel to the 1986 hit is in the running for best film, best director, plus best actor nods for Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle and Ewan McGregor.

The film will vie for best film against Accidental Anarchist, directed by John Archer and Clara Glynn and Chico Pereira's docufiction Donkeyote.

The ceremony will take place on Sunday 5 November.

Full list of the film nominees:

Actor - Film

Ewen Bremner - T2 Trainspotting

Robert Carlyle - T2 Trainspotting

Ewan McGregor - T2 Trainspotting

Actress - Film

Kate Dickie - Prevenge

Freya Mavor - Modern Life Is Rubbish

Deirdre Mullins - The Dark Mile

Animation

Home Matters - Playdead

Life Cycles - Ross Hogg

Spindrift - Selina Wagner, Anna Thomson, Mike Vass

Director - Fiction

Danny Boyle - T2 Trainspotting

Hope Dickson Leach
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Rio Announces An Impressive Slate Of Genre Titles

The sprawling Festival do Rio runs from October 5th to 15th this year and - as per usual - there is a generous assortment of genre titles both in the dedicated idnight lineups and spread throughout the program. Whether you're looking for Asian action or high energy music docs, Rio has your fix. Here's the lineup! Midnight Movies Brawl in Cell Block 99 (dir. S. Craig Zahler, USA) Let the Corpses Tan (dir. Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, France/Belgium) The Villainess (dir. Jung Byoung-Gil, Sputh Korea) Jailbreak (dir. Jimmy Henderson, Cambodia) Sweet Virginia (dir. Jamie M. Dagg, USA) Lake Bodom (dir. Taneli Mustonen, Finland/Estonia) Prevenge (dir. Alice Lowe, United Kingdom) The Misandrists (dir. Bruce Labruce, Germany) My Entire High School Is Sinking Into the Sea (dir. Dash Shaw, USA) Salt (dir. Diego Freitas, Brazil)   Midnight Music Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (dir. Sophie Fiennes, Ireland/United...

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‘Prevenge’ Team Reunite For ‘Timestalker’

Sounding like “The Bachelorette” meets Bill and Ted via “Quantum Leap”, Alice Lowe‘s follow up to Prevenge has been announced. Timestalker will bring back Lowe as writer, director and star of the Western Edge Pictures project. Screen Daily reported the first plot points which sound like a lot of fun: Timestalker is a metaphysical rom-com in which […]
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Alice Lowe to Write and Direct Metaphysical Rom-Com “Timestalker”

Alice Lowe: Film4/YouTube

Alice Lowe is taking on another genre project. A press release has announced that the British writer-director-actress is following up “Prevenge,” a dark comedy about a mom-to-be on a killing spree, with “Timestalker.” Described as a “metaphysical rom-com,” the feature follows Agnes, a woman who is “reincarnated every time she makes the same mistake: falling in love with the wrong man. The film is a thrilling tale of misplaced affection, unrequited lust, and revenge. One story, many periods — each one filled with the messy thrills and spills that come with daring to follow your heart. Or maybe your loins…”

Scheduled to shoot in 2019, “Timestalker” is being developed by Western Edge Pictures for the Gennaker Group.

In a statement, Lowe emphasized that she’s “so excited to wrangle this crazy adventure that’s been lurking in the back of my mind for over a year. I want to bring to audiences the concept-driven comedy that I enjoy but haven’t seen on-screen for a while. It’s going to be colorful, splashy, and wild. I can’t wait.”

When we asked the “Sightseers” star and co-writer her advice for other female filmmakers, she said, “Try to see your weaknesses as strengths. You don’t have to follow any preconceived ideas of what it is to be a filmmaker. You can do it your own way, and carve your own paths. There are ways you see the world that a male director doesn’t and can’t, and that can be a really exciting advantage,” she observed. “Our stories are still original and new because our perspectives are still rare in cinema. So just do it your own way.”

Alice Lowe to Write and Direct Metaphysical Rom-Com “Timestalker” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Tiff 2017: Coralie Fargeat’s “Revenge” Acquired by Shudder

Revenge”: Tiff

Revenge” has found a home in advance of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. AMC Networks’ Shudder snagged the North American, U.K., Ireland, and Australian rights to Coralie Fargeat’s feature film debut, Variety reports. Scheduled to premiere September 10 at Tiff, the film centers on Jen (Matilda Lutz, “Rings”), a woman who goes on vacation to a remote desert villa with her married, millionaire boyfriend. Their weekend takes an unexpected turn when his hunting friends arrive and prey on her. But “Revenge” isn’t a story about Jen’s victimhood — it’s about the revenge she exacts on her attackers. Fargeat penned the script.

Expected to hit theaters in early 2018, the film will also be available on Shudder, a streaming service dedicated to genre projects. According to the source, with “Revenge,” Fargeat “reframes the genre’s typical proclivities with a gaze that scrutinizes male bodies and foregrounds its protagonist’s transformation into a hardened vehicle of vengeance.”

Aurelie de Troyer, Shudder’s vice president of global acquisitions, commented, “Coralie’s take on the vengeance motif is so refreshing, it revitalizes the genre as a whole.”

“As a true fan of genre films, I am extremely proud that my first feature is being released by Shudder,” Fargeat said. “Having the support of such an impressive new player within the genre space will help the film find an enthusiastic and passionate audience.”

Alice Lowe’s “Prevenge,” a dark comedy about a mom-to-be on a killing spree, marked Shudder’s first theatrical release.

Fargeat’s credits include shorts “Reality+” and “Le télégramme.”

Revenge” is one of just two women-directed or co-directed films screening in Tiff’s Midnight Madness program.

Tiff 2017: Coralie Fargeat’s “Revenge” Acquired by Shudder was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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31 underrated movies well worth a look

Simon Brew Aug 18, 2017

Looking for a film to watch, that you might not have considered before? Try some of these...

Sometimes, we figure, you come to a site like this just to find out about a film you didn’t know about. That you want recommendations of movies that you might not otherwise have uncovered. This list, then, has no theme, save that the films on it are really good, and didn’t get much of an audience first time around. That, or they seem to have been forgotten. It’s a real mix, but hopefully, there’s something on here that appeals..

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch films never really seemed to do much business in the UK, and that’s a real pity. No foreknowledge of the series is required, and the first movie takes the Brady film and transplants them into 1990s America, with no
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Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger to Star in Period Romance from Annabel Jankel

Anna Paquin in the upcoming miniseries “Alias Grace”: Sabrina Lantos/Netflix

Oscar winner Anna Paquin is switching from one period project to another. The “True Blood” star, who will next be seen in Sarah Polley’s “Alias Grace” miniseries on Netflix, has signed on to star in “Tell it to the Bees” alongside Holliday Grainger (“My Cousin Rachel”), Deadline reports. “D.O.A.” director Annabel Jankel will helm the project, an adaptation of Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel of the same name.

Paquin will portray Dr. Jean Markham, a woman who returns home to run her late father’s medical practice. “When a school-yard scuffle lands young Charlie (newcomer Gregor Selkirk) in her office, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and to tell his secrets to the bees as she once did,” Deadline summarizes. “The friendship between the boy and the doctor brings his mother Lydia (Grainger) into Jean’s world. The women find themselves drawn to one another in a way that Jean recognizes and fears, and which Lydia could never have expected. But in 1950s small-town Britain, the secret won’t stay hidden forever.”

“Tell it to the Bees” will co-star Kate Dickie (Alice Lowe’s “Prevenge”), Lauren Lyle (“Outlander”), Emun Elliott (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), and Steven Robertson (“T2: Trainspotting”).

Principal photography has already kicked off in Scotland.

Sisters and collaborators Henrietta Ashworth and Jessica Ashworth (“Dixi,” “Fresh Meat”) wrote the screenplay for “Tell it to the Bees,” which Jankel describes as “an unholy mash-up of 1950s social and magical realism.”

Jankel is producing the project alongside Daisy Allsop, Nick Hill, and Nik Bower. Alison Owen, Lizzie Francke, Sunny Vohra, Deepak Nayar, and Ben Roberts serve as EPs.

Paquin’s recent projects include “Bellevue,” the Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell-created CBC crime drama centered around the disappearance of a transgender teen. Besides “Alias Grace,” you can catch her next in “The Parting Glass,” a drama following a grieving family as they travel to collect their late sister’s belongings.

Grainger appears next in the Alicia Vikander-led romance “Tulip Fever,” out August 25.

Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger to Star in Period Romance from Annabel Jankel was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Jemima Kirke, Alice Lowe wrap UK comedy-drama 'Wild Honey Pie'

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Jemima Kirke, Alice Lowe wrap UK comedy-drama 'Wild Honey Pie'
Exclusive: Girls star toplines feature from Black Mountain Poets director.

UK comedy-drama Wild Honey Pie has wrapped a four-week shoot in Wales.

The film marks writer-director Jamie Adams’ fifth feature, his previous credits include Black Mountain Poets, which played at Edinburgh and SXSW in 2016.

Wild Honey Pie stars Jemima Kirke (Girls) alongside Alice Lowe (Prevenge). Joanna Scanlan, Sarah Solemani, Brett Goldstein and Richard Elis round out the cast.

Screen can reveal a first look at the film [top] featuring Jemima Kirke’s lead character.

The project is produced by Adams’ Twenty Dollar Pictures, alongside David Wade and Maggie Monteith for Dignity Film Finance and Fivelanes Films, in partnership with Noel Clarke and Jason Maza through Unstoppable Entertainment.

Unstoppable previously produced director Adams’ Cobie Smulders-starring feature Songbird, which wrapped earlier this year and was picked up for world sales by Amp International.

Wild Honey Pie follows a woman who is pressured to move beyond her meandering writing career
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'The Ghoul': Film Review

'The Ghoul': Film Review
A British micro-budget nerve-jangler that keeps viewers guessing to the final frame, The Ghoul is a noir-flavored mood piece with grand ambitions beyond its minimal means. It marks the feature debut of actor-turned-director Gareth Tunley, known for his roles in Ben Wheatley’s early films Down Terrace and Kill List, with which it shares a certain threadbare retro-horror aesthetic. Wheatley is credited as executive producer here, while the cast and crew include several of his regular collaborators, notably co-star Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge) and editor Robin Hill.

Currently playing in British theaters after picking up positive festival buzz, The Ghoul also has...
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FrightFest, Screen unveil 2017 Genre Rising Star Award shortlist

The winner will be announced during the festival in London

Tom Paton, Dominic Bridges, Joanne Mitchell, Matthew Holness and Danny Morgan have all been nominated for the second Screen International Genre Rising Star Award, in association with Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 (August 24-28).

The award was established in 2016 to celebrate the work of emerging UK genre talent, with the first recipient being Prevenge director Alice Lowe. This year’s winner will be announced on Monday August 28.

Danny Morgan has been nominated for his work on horror comedy Double Date (pictured, top), directed by Benjamin Barfoot. Morgan wrote the screenplay and also stars as hapless 30-year-old virgin Jim, whose desire to find love leads him and best friend Alex (Michael Socha) into danger. Morgan has starred in TV shows like Ideal and features including On The Road, and has written several shorts. Double Date is his first feature screenplay.

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Frightfest Guest Line-up and Surprise Film Announced

Frightfest edges ever closer, in fact this time next month it’ll almost be over, but they’ll be much fun before then. The festival is renowned for hosting the best in genre cinema across a bum-numbing five days, but it’s not just films that make the event so special, the organisers also manage to secure a lot of the actual filmmakers. The talent then introduce the film, complete post screening Q and A’s and party the nights away with attendees. So just whose going this year? Check out the Frightfest announcement below and find out.

The 150 plus guest-list this year is as vibrant and eclectic as ever, with nearly 40 of the films represented. It is a year when fan favourites are reunited and the new wave of genre talent is firmly embraced within the FrightFest fold.

It’s been five years since Don Mancini and Fiona Dourif
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Sarajevo's Kinoscope to show 'The Square', 'Loveless'

Sarajevo's Kinoscope to show 'The Square', 'Loveless'
Michael Haneke’s Happy End also among titles in non-competitive strand.

The Sarajevo International Film Festival (August 11-18) has unveiled the line-up for its Kinoscope programme, with 17 titles competing.

The non-competitive strand, which first launched in 2012, selects titles from around the globe and excludes territories featured in the main competition.

Among this year’s cohort are major titles to have competed at Cannes including the Palme d’Or-winner The Square, Michael Haneke’s latest feature Happy End and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s well-received Loveless.

Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa’s Gabriel And The Mountain, Léonor Serraille’s Montparnasse Bienvenüe, Chloé Zhao’s The Rider and Valeska Grisebach’s Western are also included.

The 2017 Kinoscope Line-up

Ava

France, 2017, 105 min.

Director: Léa Mysius

Gabriel And The Mountain / Gabriel E A Montanha

Brazil, France, 2017, 127 min.

Director: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa

A Ghost Story

USA, 2017, 93 min.

Director: David Lowery

Godspeed / Yi Lu Shun Feng

Taiwan, 2016, 111 min.

Director: Mong-Hong Chung

Happy End

France, Austria, Germany
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UK feature debut 'Pin Cushion' to open Venice Critics' Week

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Independent festival strand unveils 2017 line-up.

The line-up for the 2017 edition of the Venice Film Festival’s independent parallel strand Critics’ Week (Aug 30 – Sept 9) has been revealed.

Organised by the National Union of Italian Film Critics, the selection is curated by the general delegate of the Venice Critics’ Week Giona A. Nazzaro with the selection committee comprised of Luigi Abiusi, Alberto Anile, Beatrice Fiorentino and Massimo Tria.

Following last year, when UK filmmaker Alice Lowe’s directorial debut Prevenge opened Venice Critics’ Week, this year’s opener is again a feature debut from a UK female director.

Writer-director Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion will screen out of competition as the strand’s opening film. Starring Lily Newmark and Joanna Scanlan, the film is produced by Gavin Humphries with Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance. Executive producers are Josephine Rose, Chis Reed, and Lizzie Francke for the British Film Institute (BFI).

Pin Cushion is an all-girl gothic fairy tale set
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Ffilm Cymru Wales greenlights three films for Cinematic scheme

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Ffilm Cymru Wales greenlights three films for Cinematic scheme
Exclusive: Three Welsh films head to production in scheme backed by BFI, S4C.

Three Welsh features have been selected for production through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme, supported by the BFI and broadcaster S4C.

Nuclear is a supernatural thriller and directorial feature debut from writer-director Catherine Linstrum.

Set in a small village under the shadow of a nuclear power station, the film follows a toxic family with a combustible past which must face the ghosts that threaten their future.

Linstrum, whose writing credits include Dreaming of Joseph Lees and California Dreamin’, has co-written the script with David John Newman, while Stella Nwimo will produce. The three had previously collaborated on the short film Things That Fall from the Sky, starring Ophelia Lovibond and Steve Waddington, through BFI Network Wales’ Beacons scheme.

Cadi (previously Gwrach) is a contemporary Welsh-language horror, set in the beautiful but brutal landscape of Snowdonia. The movie will
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Chubby Funny Review

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Author: Samuel Spencer

Chubby Funny, apart from being my username on all major online dating profiles, is a film directed by Harry Michell. The story concerns Charlie (Augustus Prew) and Oscar (Michell), struggling actors living on the outskirts of London, Zone Four in name but shot a lot around Camden. Oscar makes a pact to give himself a year in London, saying “if I don’t even appear in Holby City I’ll go back to Kent”.

Oh and it stars Dave Benson Phillips in a small role, previously of iconic gunge-based TV show ‘Get Your Own Back’. Also showing their support through cameo roles are Alice Lowe, of previously great work like ‘Prevenge’, ‘Sightseers’ and ‘Horrible Histories’, plus Julian Rhind Tutt, Anna Maxwell Martin and Jemma Redgrave.

It’s easy to see why they would support the major new comedy talent that has been unearthed by this film. We
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