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BIFAs 2020: ‘Saint Maud’ leads with record 17 nominations

BIFAs 2020: ‘Saint Maud’ leads with record 17 nominations
His House’, ‘Rocks’,‘Calm With Horses’, ‘The Father’ also achieve high totals.

Rose Glass’ horror Saint Maud has set a new record for most nominations for one film at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), with 17 nods.

The nominations were announced online this morning (Wednesday December 9) by actors Holliday Grainger and Micheal Ward.

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Saint Maud received nominations in best British independent film, as well as for Glass in best director, screenplay, debut director and debut screenwriter.

Further nominations include breakthrough producer for Oliver Kassman, best actress for Morfydd Clark and best supporting actress for Jennifer Ehle.
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Jason Statham in Talks to Star in Crime Drama ‘Small Dark Look’

Jason Statham in Talks to Star in Crime Drama ‘Small Dark Look’
Jason Statham is in negotiations to star in Focus Features’ crime drama “Small Dark Look,” with filmmaker Martin Zandvliet on board to direct.

The project, formerly known as “Body Cross,” centers on the Russian mob in London, with further plot details kept under wraps. Steven Knight, who received an Academy Award nomination for “Dirty Pretty Things,” has written the script.

“Small Dark Look” is produced by Paul Webster. William Oldroyd had been attached to direct two years ago when the project was first unveiled.

Statham starred in 2018’s actioner “The Meg,” and alongside Dwayne Johnson in the “Fast and Furious” spinoff “Hobbs & Shaw,” which has topped $750 million at the global box office. He’s also attached to star with “Happiest Season” standout Aubrey Plaza in Guy Ritchie’s untitled thriller, formerly titled “Five Eyes,” as an agent recruited by the global intelligence alliance Five Eyes to track down and stop
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Jason Statham Circling ‘Small Dark Look’ At Focus Features; Martin Zandvliet Stepping In To Direct

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Jason Statham Circling ‘Small Dark Look’ At Focus Features; Martin Zandvliet Stepping In To Direct
Exclusive: Small Dark Look, the crime drama project formerly known as Body Cross, is becoming a real thing at Focus Features, I hear. Jason Statham is in talks to board the project which recently got a new director, Dane filmmaker Martin Zandvliet. He’s the director of the 2017 Oscar nominated foreign film Land of Mine. Statham’s deal is not locked in just yet.

Zandvliet replaces filmmaker William Oldroyd who was previously on the project, first announced two years ago. Written by Dirty Pretty Things Oscar nominated scribe Steven Knight, Small Dark Look centers around the Russian Mafia in London. The project is being produced by Paul Webster.

Focus is developing the project with the filmmakers who brought on Zandvliet.

Statham counts well over $7.8 billion at the global box office fueled by the Fast and Furious franchise, The Meg, The Expendables series, Spy, and the Transporter movies among several other action titles.
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Amazon & Makeready Set Feature Adaptation Of ‘The Jealousy Man’ Book By Jo Nesbø; William Oldroyd Directing

Amazon & Makeready Set Feature Adaptation Of ‘The Jealousy Man’ Book By Jo Nesbø; William Oldroyd Directing
Exclusive: Amazon Studios and Makeready, the production company behind stirring drama, Queen & Slim, have teamed up to develop The Jealousy Man feature based on the upcoming novel by Norwegian crime author Jo Nesbø. William Oldroyd has been tapped to direct the adaptation. He is best known for directing the 2016 TIFF drama Lady Macbeth, which earned him BAFTA and DGA nominations.

Roberto Bentivegna, who recently sold his high-profile Gucci screenplay to MGM with Ridley Scott directing and Lady Gaga starring as Patrizia Gucci, is adapting the script for The Jealousy Man. Set on a remote Greek island, the story follows twin brothers caught in a violent love triangle, and the detective, known as The Jealousy Man, is called in to investigate.

The Brad Weston-led Makeready will produce along with Nesbø and Niclas Salomonsson.

Nesbø works include the Harry Hole series, Headhunters, The Son, Blood on Snow, Midnight Sun, Macbeth, as
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Josh O’Connor, Odessa Young, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth to star in ‘Mothering Sunday’

Josh O’Connor, Odessa Young, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth to star in ‘Mothering Sunday’
Producers hope to shoot the UK film this year.

Josh O’Connor, Odessa Young, Olivia Colman and Colin Firth have signed to star Eva Husson’s romantic drama Mothering Sunday for the UK’s Number 9 Films and Film4. Rocket Science is handling sales and introducing to buyers at this week’s Cannes virtual market.

Mothering Sunday is based on Graham Swift’s novella of the same name which is set in 1924 in England. Alice Birch has written the adaptation. Her credits include the Bifa award-winning screenplay for William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth, Element Pictures’ TV series Normal People and HBO’s Succession.
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CAA Signs ‘Little Women’s Florence Pugh; Her Former WME Agent George Freeman Becomes Her Manager

CAA Signs ‘Little Women’s Florence Pugh; Her Former WME Agent George Freeman Becomes Her Manager
BAFTA nominated Little Women star Florence Pugh has signed with CAA. This closely follows the exit of her longtime agent George Freeman from WME. He will stay in her life, as manager. Freeman is making that transition now — he is expected to land with a management/production company — after being let go from the agency after mistakenly hitting ‘reply all’ on a biting internal email meant for a single recipient.

Pugh has become a sought after actress in a short amount of time. Her ascent started with the William Oldroyd-directed Lady Macbeth, followed by the Ari Aster-directed Midsommar, the David Mackenzie-directed Outlaw King, Stephen Merchant-directed Fighting With My Family and the Chan-wook Park-directed BBC miniseries The Little Drummer Girl.

Pugh will next be seen opposite Scarlett Johansson in the Cate Shortland-directed Black Widow for Marvel, and she’ll begin production this fall starring in the
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Florence Pugh Signs With CAA

Florence Pugh Signs With CAA
CAA has signed “Little Women” star Florence Pugh.

Pugh received Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominations for her performance in the Greta Gerwig-directed “Little Women,” which has grossed more than $209 million at the global box office.

She will next be seen in Marvel’s “Black Widow,” directed by Cate Shortland, opposite Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour. Later this fall, she will begin production on Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” with Chris Pine, Shia Labeouf and Dakota Johnson.

Pugh first gained recognition with her breakthrough performance in “Lady Macbeth,” directed by William Oldroyd. She also starred in Ari Aster’s follow-up to “Hereditary,” A24’s “Midsomar,” as well as David Mackenzie’s “Outlaw King,” which also toplined Pine. Other credits include Stephen Merchant’s “Fighting With My Family,” which Dwayne Johnson produced and starred in. On the TV side, she led Park Chan-wook’s BBC miniseries “The Little Drummer Girl.
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iFeatures On Ice: Creative England Seeks New Backers For ‘Lady Macbeth’ & ‘Apostasy’ Initiative As Partners Put Program Under Review

iFeatures On Ice: Creative England Seeks New Backers For ‘Lady Macbeth’ & ‘Apostasy’ Initiative As Partners Put Program Under Review
Update: After today’s story that Creative England’s popular iFeatures scheme was looking at an uncertain future, Lady Macbeth producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and director William Oldroyd got in touch to ask if they could send over a comment to voice their support for the program, which I’ve added to the end of this article.

Exclusive: I can reveal that iFeatures, the UK funding initiative that has developed successful low-budget pics including Lady Macbeth and Apostasy, is facing an uncertain future with Creative England and its partners now reviewing the program.

Rumors started swirling in UK producing circles last week that participants in the current iteration of iFeatures had been told the initiative would be shelved after the completion of this edition. I understand that this talk was premature, but Creative England has confirmed to us that it is seeking a new backer to ensure the program’s future.
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Variety Unveils 10 Europeans to Watch for 2020

Variety Unveils 10 Europeans to Watch for 2020
Variety has unveiled its sixth edition of 10 Europeans to Watch, spotlighting 10 rising talents from across the continent who are poised for breakthroughs in 2020. The selection includes emerging actors, directors, writers and producers. The group will be feted at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival. They are:

U.K. actor Sam Adewunmi, star of Sundance film “The Last Tree” who was nominated at the British Independent Film Awards and won the most promising newcomer prize from the org. He’s filming the BBC adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s “The Watch” in South Africa.

Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly produced William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth,” Florence Pugh’s powerful film debut. She’s got Francis Lee’s “Ammonite,” with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, on her docket.

German writer-director Nora Fingscheidt’s “System Crasher” debuted at the Berlin Film Festival last year and repped Germany in the international film race. She is now helming Sandra Bullock
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Florence Pugh ('Little Women,' 'Midsommar' & 'Fighting With My Family')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Florence Pugh ('Little Women,' 'Midsommar' & 'Fighting With My Family')
"It's been a really wonderful, gradual rise," says Florence Pugh, one of the most talented and exciting young actresses in the business, as we sit down at the offices of The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR's 'Awards Chatter' podcast and begin discussing her path to starring in three of 2019's most excellent films: Stephen Merchant's Sundance sensation Fighting with My Family, Ari Aster's summer release Midsommar and Greta Gerwig's take on Little Women. The 23-year-old Brit, whose breakthrough performance in William Oldroyd's 2016 indie Lady Macbeth brought her a British Independent Film Award for ...
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How Florence Pugh Defies Typecasting, From WWE Star Paige to Amy in ‘Little Women’

How Florence Pugh Defies Typecasting, From WWE Star Paige to Amy in ‘Little Women’
A version of this story on Florence Pugh first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap Oscar magazine.

It’s a rainy day in downtown Los Angeles, and an upstairs lounge at the Ace Hotel is dark and moody. But the place brightens when Florence Pugh walks in — not just because of her puffy-sleeved white dress, but because the 23-year-old actress has has a lively, irreverent energy that befits somebody who’s had a crazy breakthrough year that found her starring in not one but three critically acclaimed films, including a pivotal part in Greta Gerwig’s eagerly anticipated adaptation of “Little Women.”

“She’s wildly, outlandishly talented and fascinating to watch and totally unafraid as an actor,” Gerwig said. “There is something about her that can’t be knocked down or overtaken, and that’s incredibly telling in a young woman. And I think it’s very exciting,
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Mexico’s Cinepolis Launching New Arthouse Distributor with ‘Parasite’ (Exclusive)

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Mexico’s Cinepolis Launching New Arthouse Distributor with ‘Parasite’ (Exclusive)
Morelia, Mexico – There’s a new arthouse player in town. Cinepolis, one of the top exhibitors in the world, is launching a new arthouse film distribution unit in Mexico called Sala de Arte Distribucion.

Focusing on auteur films that have premiered at leading film festivals worldwide, Sala de Arte launches in December with “Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winning dark comedy. South Korea’s submission to the Academy Awards in the Best International Feature category, “Parasite” has crushed specialty box office records and received glowing reviews in the U.S. since its October release by Neon, while also selling nearly 1.7 million tickets in France via The Jokers.

The launch of Sala de Arte comes five years after the exhibitor launched Cinepolis Distribución, the company’s main distribution division, which has released more than 75 titles. Leo Cordero, who runs Cinepolis Distribucion, will also oversee the arthouse division.

“Just like we
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Toronto Film Festival Sets Sarah Gavron, Julie Delpy Films for Platform Section

Toronto Film Festival Sets Sarah Gavron, Julie Delpy Films for Platform Section
Sarah Gavron’s “Rocks,” Julie Delpy’s “My Zoe,” Alice Winocur’s “Proxima” and Darius Marder’s “Sound of Metal” are among the 10 films that will make up the competitive Platform section at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Wednesday.

Rocks,” a coming-of-age story of a teenage girl living alone with her younger brother in London, is the third feature from “Suffragette” and “Brick Lane” director Gavron, and will be the section’s opening-night film.

Italian director Pietro Marcello’s “Martin Eden,” an adaptation of the 1909 novel by Jack London, will close the section.

Also Read: Mister Rogers, the Joker and Judy Garland Are All Headed to Toronto Film Festival

Other films will include “My Zoe,” in which actress-director Delpy stars with Richard Armitage and Daniel Bruhl; “Promixa,” starring Eva Green and Matt Dillon; “Sound of Metal,” with Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke; “Wet Season,
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‘State Of Wonder’: ‘Lady Macbeth’ Director William Oldroyd & ‘Mary Magdalene’ Writer Philippa Goslett Board eOne & King Bee Novel Adaptation

‘State Of Wonder’: ‘Lady Macbeth’ Director William Oldroyd & ‘Mary Magdalene’ Writer Philippa Goslett Board eOne & King Bee Novel Adaptation
Exclusive: Lady Macbeth director William Oldroyd and How To Talk To Girls At Parties screenwriter Philippa Goslett have signed on to eOne and King Bee Productions’ TV adaptation of Ann Patchett’s novel State of Wonder.

Novelist Maile Meloy, who has written books including Liars and Saints and The Apothecary, has also signed up to the drama project to serve as a consultant.

Goslett is coming off the back of Rooney Mara-fronted Mary Magdalene, while it is the first high-profile TV project for Oldroyd, who scored a number of BAFTA noms for his debut feature, the Florence Pugh-fronted Lady Macbeth.

The Designated Survivor studio and Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola’s indie have locked in the creative team after securing the rights to the project, in a competitive situation, last year. They are developing it as an event series.

In State of Wonder, Dr Marina Singh journeys into the
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Anna Rose Holmer, Saela Davis to Co-Direct Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly-Produced Gothic Drama (Exclusive)

Anna Rose Holmer and Saela Davis are attached as co-directors on a Gothic psychological drama that will be produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly.

The helmers previously worked together on critically acclaimed movie “The Fits,” which launched at Venice in 2015. It went on to play at Sundance where, in its review, Variety said that “Rose Holmer’s promising debut feature crafts a meticulous mood of psychological isolation and beguiling mystery.”

The movie was nominated at the 2016 Gotham Awards and as Best First Feature at the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards.

Their new project will be the first time that Davis and Holmer, who are based in New York, have joined forces as a directing duo.

O’Reilly produced William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth” and the buzzy “Ammonite,” the upcoming film from “God’s Own Country” helmer Francis Lee, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

There are few plot details as yet of the Gothic psychological drama.
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British New Wave Rides on Market Changes

The U.K. production scene has been dominated by a phalanx of successful producers for many years. A fresh wave of U.K.-based producers is now also getting international attention. The producers are navigating a business that offers unparalleled opportunity, and facing fundamental challenges. With the key funders putting an emphasis on inclusion and diversity, female producers have risen to the fore and the new faces also reflects modern, multicultural Britain.

“There is a great old guard we can look up to, but also such excitement about debut British filmmakers,” says Julia Nottingham, who produced Lucy Cohen’s “Kingdom of Us” and “Xy Chelsea,” which premiered at Tribeca. “If you look at the BIFAs [British Independent Film Awards] and BAFTA debuts, the films are so exciting, and the good thing is that financiers are up for taking those risks and finding new talent.”

Nottingham set up Julia Street Pictures last year and Great
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Sam Bain, Sophie Hyde, William Oldroyd among Sundance London industry speakers

Sam Bain, Sophie Hyde, William Oldroyd among Sundance London industry speakers
Total of 12 features set for London offshoot of Utah event.

This year’s Sundance London, the satellite offshoot of January’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah, has unveiled its programme for the event taking place May 30 - June 2.

On the industry side, talks range from focuses on risk-taking in independent filmmaking to how women directors are being affected by the industry putting an increased emphasis on inclusivity.

In the latter panel, Animals director Sophie Hyde will join Sundance director of programming Kim Yutani and writer and activist Kate Muir to debate the future of indie film for women.

Corporate Animals
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Fighting With My Family review – Stephen Merchant has all the right moves

The writer-director’s story of a British female wrestler striving to make it big in the Us winningly balances oddball humour with affection for the antics of the WWE

“These are big movies,” insists Michael Lerner’s studio boss in the Coen brothers’ 1991 hit Barton Fink, “about big men – in tights, both physically and mentally!” He’s trying to explain to John Turturro’s angsty writer the inherent parameters of a wrestling movie, insisting: “We don’t put Wally Beery in a fruity movie about suffering.” Yet just as William Faulkner reportedly did uncredited rewrites on Beery’s 1932 picture Flesh, so writer-director Stephen Merchant here manages to subvert the genre and inject some of “that Barton Fink feeling” into this uplifting romp. Inspired by Max Fisher’s similarly titled Channel 4 documentary about a Norwich wrestling clan, Fighting With My Family is a hugely likable underdog tale, packing plenty of crowd-pleasing comedy wallop,
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‘Fighting With My Family’ Review

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Stars: Florence Pugh, Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Jack Lowden, Nick Frost | Written and Directed by Stephen Merchant

In a year with such upcoming hotly anticipated features from the likes of cinematic creators and auteurs Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, James Gray, Harmony Korine and Terrence Malick to just name a few, it would surprise many to state that writer-director Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family arguably achieves, and will undoubtedly hold, this year’s greatest utilisation of actors – and ultimately performances – to grace cinema screens and we are only two months into the year!

Based on the life and charismatic family of WWE diva champion Paige, Fighting With My Family is an unblemished delightful romp from start to finish. A lively and charming hallmark feature from Stephen Merchant: a feature thoroughly endearing with a razor sharp and sparkling droll screenplay from Merchant, who’s
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Brits Shine a Light on European Auteurs in Berlin

Brits Shine a Light on European Auteurs in Berlin
The latest films from Agnieszka Holland, Joanna Hogg, Lone Scherfig and Sally Potter will be repped by U.K.-based sales firms in Berlin as the Brits continue to carve out a profile for European auteur-driven movies. Scherfig’s Berlinale opener “The Kindness of Strangers,” Holland’s Stalin-era competition title “Mr. Jones,” and Hogg’s “The Souvenir” from the Panorama sidebar all have U.K. sales agents – HanWay Films, WestEnd Films, and Protagonist Pictures, respectively.

As the Brits enjoy a moment in the sun, the effects of the Brexit clouds on the horizon remain an uncomfortable unknown. An even more pressing issue in recent weeks, however, was the proximity of Sundance to Berlin this year, which put Brits who made the trans-Atlantic trip on a tight schedule.

It was a high-class problem for Cornerstone Films, which is run by industry veterans Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder. It had five films
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