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FILM 2015: The Agency’s A-Z

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Agency Film 2015

45 YEARS had its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. Written and directed by Andrew Haigh, this intimate and deeply affecting film has already won four major festival awards and outstanding reviews. Based on a short story by David Constantine.

CONTAINMENT, Neil Mcenery-West’s gripping debut feature premiered at the East End Film Festival in July. Attracting several 5* reviews, it went on to receive an extended UK theatrical release and is available in the US and UK on selected digital platforms.

THE DANISH GIRL premiered at Venice Film Festival in September and screened as a special presentation at Toronto International Film Festival.  Adapted by Lucinda Coxon, this biopic tells the story of Lili Elbe who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery. Starring Eddie Redmayne and directed by Oscar®-winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech). In UK cinemas from 1st January 2016.

THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY; written and directed by Peter Strickland, this dark melodrama about the relationship between two lovers, played by Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’Anna, was released across the UK earlier this year. @dukeofburgundy

Louise Osmond and Judith Dawson’s documentary DARK HORSE premiered at Sundance Film Festival, winning the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary category, and at Toronto International Film Festival TIFF Docs, before its UK cinema release.

EVEREST opened the Venice International Film Festival before topping the UK box office, taking over £3m in its opening weekend. Co-written by William Nicholson.

GENERATION Z will premiere at Sitges Film Festival, October 2015. The zombie apocalypse is under control, and everything is (relatively) back to normal. To the point that the latest sensation in vacation destinations is the “zombie safari”, where tourists hunt down and slaughter the undead. Directed by Steve Barker, written by Paul Gersternberger and starring Dougray Scott

“This selection of short films dares to show life like it is.” Philip Ilson

After its success on the international festival circuit, Guy Myhill’s debut feature THE GOOB was released nationwide in May. The Goob

HINTERLAND; written, directed and produced by Harry Macqueen, was released by Soda Pictures in Spring 2015. This sensitive and restrained road movie is Harry’s debut feature; a meditation on friendship and romance made on a micro-budget. Hinterland.

THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMSON, written by Colin McLaren, and based on Douglas Lindsay’s novel, premiered at the opening gala of the Edinburgh International Film Festival before UK release. Described as ‘Deliciously macabre’ ? ? ? ? by The Telegraph and ‘hilariously gruesome’ ? ? ? ? in The Times.

MISS YOU ALREADY premiered at Toronto International Film Festival then stormed the UK box office taking over £1 million in its opening week. Written by Morwenna Banks, it opens in US and around the globe this month. “a win-win weepie” The Telegraph

NINA FOREVER, Chris and Ben Blaine’s award laparkan.com/buy-prednisone/ winning debut feature received its World Premiere at SXSW Film Festival. It has gone on to screen at Fantasy Film Fest, FanTasia and FrightFest, where it picked up Best Film at the Total Film Awards. Following rave reviews it will receive a platform theatrical release starting: 9th – 15th October at Shepherd’s Bush Vue.

PATRIOT, written and directed by Eva Riley was selected from over 4,500 submissions to be one of 9 films in competition for the short film Palme d’Or at Cannes this year. It was screened at Telluride as part of the Filmmakers of Tomorrow selection and has been selected for the short film competitions at the following festivals this Autumn: Chicago Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, Gent Film Festival and Brest Film Festival.

RUBEN GUTHRIE written and by Brenden Cowell, based on his original stage-play. A drama comedy set in Australia, about an advertiser who decides to suppress his partying addiction for a whole year in order win back his fiancé. Starring Patrick Brammall as Ruben.

Brendan won Best Feature – Adaptation at AWGIES – Australian Writers Guild.

TANNA scooped two awards at Venice Film Festival, including the Audience award for Best Feature Film of the International Film Critics’ week.  It will be showing at London Film Festival on Friday 16th and Sunday 18th October, and is nominated in the First Feature Competition. Co-written by John Collee.

VIDEO, Eva Riley’s short film will be featured as part of FAMILY AT WAR DARE shorts selection at BFI LFF on 12th October at Curzon Soho & 16th October at BFI Southbank.

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Matthew Orton, one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow 2015, in association with the BFI London Film Festival.

Hanif Kureishi, honoured with a series of screenings at the 26th Dinard British Film Festival.

The teams behind PRIDE (Matthew Warchus, David Livingstone, Stephen Beresford) and PADDINGTON (Paul King, David Heyman), both nominated for Outstanding British Film at this year’s BAFTAS.

AND THERE’S MORE TO COME:

A KIND OF MURDER, Susan Boyd’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Blunderer is now in post-production, produced by Killer Films………….THE KAISER’S LAST KISS written by Simon Burke and directed by David Levaux is in production……. Wildgaze are filming Lissa Evan’s THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF whilst BBC Films & Braven Films have picked up her next, CROOKED HEART, for development…………………….  Louise Osmond is making a feature documentary with Ken Loach about his life and work………..…THE YELLOW BIRDS by Kevin Powers is in pre-production: Jack Huston, Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich and Jennifer Anniston attached with Alexandre Moors to direct Story Mining & Supply’s production………………….  Film4 have announced Zadie Smith & Nick Laird’s first screenplay based on her novella EMBASSY OF CAMBODIA…………… Studio 8 has optioned James Smythe’s sci-fi novel WAY DOWN DARK for development.

 

 

 

 

Published: 14th October 2015