‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Lines Up Daleks & Zygons
The 50th anniversary Doctor Who special has booked a new monster. Time Lords Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt will do battle in the special with the deadly Daleks, the BBC said today. The shape shifting Zygons were previously announced as set for an appearance. The special airs November 23 and also stars Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and Joanna Page. The Daleks first appeared in 1963. Exec producer Steven Moffat said, “The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it’s fitting that for this very special episode, he should facing the greatest enemies of all.”
‘Mea Maxima Culpa’ Sales Sealed By Content
Content Media Corporation, a partner in documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney’s New York-based Jigsaw Productions, has announced a series of sales for Jigsaw’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God. The HBO film directed by Gibney recently scored five Primetime Emmy nominations. Content today said it has made deals in Germany and France (Arte), Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Brazil (Globosat/Horizonte), Canada (CBC), Finland (YLE), Denmark (DR), Italy (Feltrinelli), ex-Yugoslavia (Demiurg), Italy (DBS Satellite), Latin America (HBO Ole), the Netherlands (HBO), Norway (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation), Poland (HBO Poland), Portugal (Lusomundo), Ireland (Element), Spain (DTS), Sweden (SVT) and the UK (Netflix and the BBC). The film focuses on abuse of power in the Catholic Church. At the core is a group of four deaf men who set out to expose the priest who had abused them and others. Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Jamey Sheridan and John Slattery lend their voices to the film.
Doha Teams With Giffoni Film Fest
The Doha Film Institute has formalized a cultural partnership with Italy’s Giffoni Film Festival. Giffoni is Europe’s largest film festival for children and has had a relationship with DFI since 2010, collaborating on programming for younger audiences. DFI recently set a different course for itself, focusing its support on emerging international filmmakers and on encouraging the culture of cinema appreciation in Doha. Its new Ajyal Film Festival for the Young takes place from November 26-30. DFI will create and launch the Doha Film Experience, an expanded youth jury program modelled on the previous Doha-Giffoni Experience that will put hundreds of young people on the juries that decide on Ajyal’s prize winners.