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Review: Fighting with My Family (2019)

If you’re a fan of wrestling, this film is for you. If you’re not a fan of wrestling, this film is for you. Yes, this is a film about a family that loves, lives and breathes everything about World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), but more than that it’s about a family finding out what really matters.

Written, produced and directed by Stephen Merchant, the film is inspired by the Channel 4 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family and tells the story of WWE star Paige (aka Saraya-Jade Bevis) and her real-life family.

The story follows reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia and their children, daughter Saraya and son Zak, as they struggle to make a living as wrestlers in tiny venues around the UK. After years of chasing the family dream, Saraya and Zak finally get the chance to audition for the WWE’s training programme.
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5 Of The Best: Sports Movies

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The sports film. They either rivet – see most of the Rocky franchise, for example – or not; Driven, for example, sticking with the Sylvester Stallone connection. Either way, they do attract audiences and pack in multiplexes night after night. In 2019 alone we have basketball portrayed in Steven Soderbergh’s Netflix film High Flying Bird, football in the Cannes opener Diego Maradona, a documentary based on the Argentinian legend, and Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, which has just been released on the home formats. To celebrate the release of that movie, we take a look at 5 of the best sports movies to hit our screens in recent times.

Fighting With My Family

Seeing as if it was just released onto DVD and Blu-ray this past week, and considering the quality of its writing, direction, acting and sheer enjoyment factor, we’ll kick things off with Fighting With My Family,
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'Farming' wins Michael Powell award at Edinburgh Film Festival

'Farming' wins Michael Powell award at Edinburgh Film Festival
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s directorial debut also won best actor for Damson Idris.

Farming, the directorial debut of UK filmmaker Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, has won the top prize at the 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff).

The film, which had its UK premiere at the festival, won the Michael Powell award for best British feature film. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018 and is set for release in the UK in September via Lionsgate.

Writer-director Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s autobiographical story centres on a Nigerian boy Enitan (Damson Idris), who is ‘farmed out’ by his parents to a white British family
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s ‘Farming’ Wins at Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s ‘Farming’ Wins at Edinburgh International Film Festival
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s “Farming” has scooped the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s acting credits include “The Bourne Identity,” and “Suicide Squad.” “Farming,” about a black member of a white skinhead gang in 1980s Essex, is his directorial debut.

The winner was chosen by jury members Antonia Campbell-Hughes, David Hayman and Philip John. “The unanimous decision of the Michael Powell Jury goes to an important, powerful and disturbing film from Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje,” they said. “This story forces us to confront an unfamiliar, uncomfortable reality. Farming keeps you invested in its brutal world. Culturally adrenalising. Visceral. Inspirational.”

The same jury awarded the Best Performance in a British Feature Film accolade to Damson Idris for his role in “Farming.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to have received this prestigious award, named after one of my cinematic heroes, for my first film,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje said.
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Edinburgh Film Festival: Winners Include Race & Identity Drama ‘Farming’, Finnish Pic ‘Aurora’& Documentary ‘Sakawa’

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Edinburgh Film Festival: Winners Include Race & Identity Drama ‘Farming’, Finnish Pic ‘Aurora’& Documentary ‘Sakawa’
The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has revealed the winners for this year’s 73rd edition.

The winner of the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film went to British filmmaker Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje for his directorial debut Farming, which received its UK premiere at the festival. The winner was chosen by the Michael Powell jury comprised of Antonia Campbell-Hughes, David Hayman and Philip John.

The jury said, “The unanimous decision of the Michael Powell Jury goes to an important, powerful and disturbing film from Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. This story forces us to confront an unfamiliar, uncomfortable reality. Farming keeps you invested in its brutal world. Culturally adrenalising. Visceral. Inspirational.”

Kate Beckinsale and Snowfall’s Damson Idris star in the film which is inspired by Akinnuoye-Agbaje real-life experience with the practice of farming, a term used in the 60s in reference to Nigerian immigrants coming to Britain who would foster
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Letitia Wright and John Boyega to lead Steve McQueen anthology series ‘Small Axe’

The best of British talent, Letitia Wright and John Boyega have both landed themselves leading roles in Steve McQueen anthology series ‘Small Axe’.

Years in the making, the six-part series will tell five different stories, set in London’s West Indian community, starting in the late 1960s and running until the early ’80s. Its title is derived from a Jamaican proverb with resonance throughout the Caribbean: “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.” It is also the title of a Bob Marley song from his 1973 album “Catch a Fire.” McQueen conceived the anthology’s stories with Alastair Siddons and Courttia Newland. Novelist Alex Wheatle is a writing consultant.

Malachi Kirby (Black Mirror), Shaun Parkes (Lost in Space), Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty), Alex Jennings (Victoria) and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of Scots) all join Wright and Boyega on the cast.

Also in news – Sigourney Weaver, Benedict Wong
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Letitia Wright and John Boyega join Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series

Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) have been cast in Steve McQueen’s (Widows) upcoming BBC series Small Axe. The series will revolve around London’s West Indian Community from the 1960s – 1980s.

In addition to Wright and Boyega, the series will also star Malachi Kirby (Roots), Shaun Parkes (Lost In Space), Rochenda Sandall (Line Of Duty), Alex Jennings (Victoria) and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen Of Scots).

The title of the series comes from a Jamaican proverb, “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe”, a warning for powerful figures who disenfranchise small communities, as well as the title of a Bob Marley song.

“I felt these stories needed to be shared,” said McQueen in a statement. “I wanted to relive, reevaluate and investigate the journeys that my parents and the first generation of West Indians went on to deliver
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Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Star on Steve McQueen’s BBC-Amazon Series ‘Small Axe’

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Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Star on Steve McQueen’s BBC-Amazon Series ‘Small Axe’
Letitia Wright and John Boyega are set to star on Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe,” an upcoming anthology series that will air on the BBC in the U.K. and Amazon in the U.S.

The cast also includes Malachi Kirby (“Black Mirror”), Shaun Parkes (“Lost in Space”), Rochenda Sandall (“Line of Duty”), Alex Jennings (“Victoria”) and Jack Lowden (“Mary Queen of Scots”).

Created and written by McQueen with Alastair Siddons and Courttia Newland, the six-part, one-hour series will tell five different stories (with the first told across two episodes) and is set in London’s West Indian community, running from the late 1960s through the early ’80s. Shooting on the series began on location in London this week.

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Per the studio, the title “Small Axe” is derived from a Jamaican proverb which has resonance throughout the Caribbean,
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Letitia Wright & John Boyega Lead Cast In Steve McQueen BBC TV Drama ‘Small Axe’

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Letitia Wright & John Boyega Lead Cast In Steve McQueen BBC TV Drama ‘Small Axe’
Black Panther star Letitia Wright and Star Wars‘ John Boyega will lead cast in Steve McQueen’s upcoming BBC TV drama Small Axe, about London’s West Indian community between the 1960s-80s. As we reported yesterday, Amazon has picked up U.S. rights.

Production is now underway on location in London. Also starring are Malachi Kirby (Roots), Shaun Parkes (Lost In Space), Rochenda Sandall (Line Of Duty), Alex Jennings (Victoria) and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen Of Scots).

The long-gestating series will comprise six parts and tell five different stories. Its title is derived from a Jamaican proverb: “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe,” meaning that relatively marginal or small voices of dissent can successfully challenge more powerful ones. It is also the title of a Bob Marley song from his 1973 album Catch a Fire.

McQueen created the series’ stories with Alastair Siddons and Courttia Newland.
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Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Star in Steve McQueen’s Series ‘Small Axe’ (Exclusive)

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Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Star in Steve McQueen’s Series ‘Small Axe’ (Exclusive)
Letitia Wright and John Boyega head an all-star British cast in Steve McQueen’s upcoming anthology series, “Small Axe,” one of the most eagerly anticipated dramas coming out of Britain, where it will air on the BBC. Amazon has already snagged the show for the U.S.

The series from the Oscar-winning director of “12 Years a Slave” and “Widows” has been years in the making. It is set in London’s West Indian community, starting in the late 1960s and running until the early ’80s.

Production is now underway on location in London. Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and Wright (“Black Panther”) join a cast that also includes Malachi Kirby (“Black Mirror”), Shaun Parkes (“Lost in Space”), Rochenda Sandall (“Line of Duty”), Alex Jennings (“Victoria”) and Jack Lowden (“Mary Queen of Scots”).

The series will comprise six parts and tell five different stories. Its title is derived from
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Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Lead Steve McQueen's Amazon Drama 'Small Axe'

Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Lead Steve McQueen's Amazon Drama 'Small Axe'
Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave and Widows, has started production on his long-gestating TV drama Small Axe.

The six-part anthology series — commissioned for the BBC with Amazon having boarded for the U.S. — is set to star Letitia Wright and John Boyega, and tell five stories set within London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s to the early '80s.

Malachi Kirby (Curfew, Black Mirror, Roots), Shaun Parkes (Lost in Space, Hooten & the Lady), Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), Alex Jennings (A Very English Scandal, Victoria) and Jack Lowden (The Long Song, Mary Queen of Scots) ...
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Netflix & WWE Team Up for Superstar-Studded Family Movie The Main Event

WWE is tag teaming with Netflix for an all-new project, as the streaming service will premiere a new live-action movie from WWE Studios sometime next year. Called The Main Event the family movie will be directed by Jay Karas (Parks and Recreation), based on an original screenplay by Larry Postel. All from WWE Studios, Richard Lowell is producing, with Susan Levison and Maggie Malina executive producing. Production on the project has already begun this week in Vancouver, British Columbia, suggesting the movie is already on the fast-track to premiere on Netflix in 2020.

The Main Event follows an 11-year-old boy with ambitions of becoming a professional wrestler for WWE. All he can do is dream until he finds a mysterious, magical mask which leads to him joining a competition to become a WWE Superstar. Heading the cast will be Seth Carr (Black Panther) in the lead role, joined by Tichina Arnold
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Edinburgh Film Festival unveils 18 world premieres in 2019 programme

Edinburgh Film Festival unveils 18 world premieres in 2019 programme
New titles include ‘Balance, Not Symmetry’ and Emily Harris’ ‘Carmilla’.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has launched its full programme with 18 world premieres, 12 international premieres, eight European premieres and 78 UK premieres for its 73rd edition of the festival (June 19-30).

Jamie Adams’ Balance, Not Symmetry, a drama about a Glasgow art student, which has a soundtrack written by Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro, will have its world premiere as the People’s Gala screening at the event. It stars Laura Harrier, Bria Vinaite and Lily Newmark. Biffy Cyro lead singer Simon Neil co-wrote the screenplay with Welsh writer-director Adams.
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Eiff spotlight on Scots by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-05-20 10:33:25

Scheme Birds Edinburgh International Film Festival is putting Scottish films in the spotlight again this year, with stars including Shauna Macdonald, Jack Lowden, Angus Macfadyen, Peter Mullan and director Mark Cousins joining the line-up.

Among the films announced today is Dundee-shot Schemers, by writer/director David McLean. An autobiographical look at the director’s early years in the music business. Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin's Motherwell-set documentary Scheme Birds - which won the Albert Maysles Award and Best Documentary accolade at Tribeca Film Festival last month - will also screen.

Macfadyen reprises the role of Robert the Bruce, from Braveheart, in a retelling of the story, while Brian Cox stars alongside Blythe Danner in thriller Strange But True.

Scottish-born producer Sophia Shek brings comedy drama Go Back To China to this year’s Festival. Directed by Emily Ting, the film tells the story of Sasha Li, a spoiled rich kid whose father.
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Exclusive Interview – Jack Lowden and Joe Alwyn on Mary Queen of Scots

Coinciding with the home entertainment release of Mary Queen of Scots, we’ve got an exclusive video interview with actors Jack Lowden and Joe Alwyn, who portray Lord Darnley and Robert Dudley respectively; watch the interview here…

“Mary Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion,
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‘Fighting With My Family’ Giveaway on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital (5 Winners)

The true story of WWE wrestler Paige comes to life in the biopic Fighting With My Family starring Florence PughLena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, and Dwayne Johnson.

Fighting With My Family makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on May 14th, and we've teamed up with Universal Studios Home Entertainment to offer five lucky readers each a copy of the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo pack in this giveaway.

For a chance to win one please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident in the U.S. or Canada to participate.

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“Avengers: Endgame” and “The Public”: The Best of the First Third of 2019

With April wrapping up, we can once again look back. We’ve officially finished up with the first third of the calendar. As such, I wanted to once again highlight the best of the year so far, consisting of my top ten and various awards for 2019 to date. Much like last time around, when I did the first quarter of the year at the start of April, I’m mostly limiting it to things that have already hit theaters. My only exception in the past has been that I’d include eligible titles from the currently ongoing Tribeca Film Festival, but since that’s still in progress, I’ll hold off. There are some others from the year that I’m fond of and might have otherwise included, but I didn’t want to cheat, so they’re on hold and will be given a special citation. Basically, it’s an arbitrary decision,
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‘Fighting With My Family’ Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release Dates and Details

Writer-director Stephen Merchant's Fighting With My Family is headed to home video later this spring with an all-new director's cut.

The first sighting of Fighting With My Family will occur April 30th with the Digital HD and Movies Anywhere release. Blu-ray and DVD versions will arrive on May 14th. There's no 4k Ultra HD version planned at this time.

Florence Pugh stars in the wrestling biopic of WWE Superstar Paige, who was born into a family of wrestlers. Lena Headey, Jack Lowden, Nick Frost, Vince Vaughn and Dwayne Johnson co-star.

The new director's cut is exclusive to the Blu-ray version of Fighting With My Family. Bonus features shared across all formats include:

Deleted & Extended Scenes

Gag Reel

A Family’s Passion: A Making Of – Go behind-the-scenes to see how the cast and filmmakers tell the story of this family’s passion for wrestling, their ambition for fame and success,
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Josh Trank confirms 2019 release date for Tom Hardy-led Fonzo

Josh Trank, the director of Fantastic Four, has confirmed a 2019 release date for his new film Fonzo – an Al Capone biopic starring Tom Hardy.

A film director’s career isn’t always a smooth series of events. Josh Trank has had a tough time of it lately, with his Fantastic Four movie not impressing pretty much anyone at all. Well, Trank is now back with his new film Fonzo, a drama about Al Capone starring Tom Hardy.

Confirming that the movie will be coming out in 2019, Trank took to Twitter, saying that his past failures have bought him to what he believes is the best work of his career: “Failure was a gift. It forced me to walk an honest path, and I’m way happier today than I ever was before. I have a film out later this year, starring Tom Hardy, called Fonzo that I wrote, directed, and edited.
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Fighting with My Family Director's Cut Is Coming to Blu-ray and DVD This May

Fighting with My Family Director's Cut Is Coming to Blu-ray and DVD This May
Family is worth fighting for in the inspiring underdog story, Fighting with My Family, arriving on Digital April 30, 2019 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 14, 2019 from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Set in the competitive world of wrestling, Fighting With My Family is "a wonderful film about finding strength through family and believing in yourself", brought to life with an electric performance from Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), and supported by hilarious and heartfelt performances from Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones"), Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of Scots), Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), Vince Vaughn (Swingers), and Dwayne Johnson (Fast and Furious franchise), who also produced the film.

Written and directed by Emmy Award winner Stephen Merchant (The Office), Fighting With My Family is a heartwarming comedy based on the incredible true story of WWE Superstar Paige&#8482 (Pugh). Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige
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