Shine Pictures, BBC Films Buy ‘The Farm’; Thriller By ‘Child 44′ Author Tom Rob Smith

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 3:15am PDT

the farmJumping on the popular Scandi crime wave, BBC Films and Shine Pictures have jointly acquired rights to Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith’s recently published The Farm. Shine’s head of film, Ollie … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Revenge Thriller ‘Skin Trade’ Sets Cast; BBC Films Options Novel ‘That Part Was True’

SC Films International’s ‘Skin Trade’ Sets Cast
SC Films International has lined up Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Peter Weller, sc fILMSMichael Jai White, Celina Jade and Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa for action thriller Skin Trade. Ekachai Uekrongtham … Read More »

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Toronto: Cohen Media Group Acquires ‘My Old Lady’, Kristin Scott Thomas Joins Cast

My Old Lady has a new distributor, a new backer and a new cast member. NYC-based Cohen Media Group has picked up all U.S. and Canadian rights to the comedy-drama directed and adapted by Israel Horovitz from … Read More »

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Danny Cohen Named Head Of BBC Television; Will Also Oversee BBC Films

By | Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 3:48am PDT

BBC One controller Danny Cohen has been appointed director of BBC Television, rounding out the senior management team of new director general Tony Hall. Cohen will sit on the BBC’s executive and management boards and will oversee … Read More »

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Dan Stevens In Talks For Brit Family Pic ‘Swallows And Amazons’

By | Friday April 5, 2013 @ 4:57am PDT

Calendar Girls producer Nick Barton is gearing up for a summer shoot on family film Swallows And Amazons. Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens is in talks for the key role of James Turner, aka Captain Flint. Swallows And Amazons is the first book in the children’s series by Arthur Ransome. Set in England’s Lake District in the summer of 1929, the books center on the Walker kids and the Blackett kids whose respective sailboats are dubbed Swallow and Amazon. When the adventurous and imaginative children meet, they join forces against their common enemy – the Blacketts’ uncle James whom they call Captain Flint.

Casting is underway for the children who are aged from six to 13. The Guard brothers Charles and Thomas, who directed the DreamWorks/Paramount suspense pic The Uninvited in 2009, are helming. Andrea Gibb is scripting the co-production from Barton’s Harbour Pictures and BBC Films. The books were previously adapted for the screen in 1974. Read More »

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Saoirse Ronan Attached To ‘Testament Of Youth’; Simon Curtis Preps ‘Golden Lady’

Saoirse Ronan is returning to her period roots with the David Heyman-produced Testament Of Youth. The Atonement actress, who’s lately made a detour into action, has become attached to the adaptation of Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir. … Read More »

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U.K.’s iFeatures Scheme To Help Develop, Produce 3 Indie Pics On £350K Budgets

iFeatures 8 Minutes IdleCreative England, the British Film Institute, BBC Films and Skillset are partnering on the second go-round of iFeatures, a low-budget film initiative for indie filmmakers in the UK. The program provides development and production support for three features budgeted at £350,000 that will be shot in England. The last iFeatures round included just-completed romantic comedy 8 Minutes Idle, starring Ophelia Lovibond, Tom Hughes and Antonia Thomas; and the Helen McCrory-starrer Flying Blind, which is currently in post. ContentFilm is handling sales on both while the BBC will pre-buy free-TV rights to the next three films to go through the scheme. Submissions are open for iFeatures² through May 3. Here’s the release: Read More »

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First Look: Helena Bonham Carter As Miss Havisham In ‘Great Expectations’

Here’s a first look at Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham, the witchy central character in Great Expectations, Mike Newell’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel. Miss Havisham is an iconic character over here in Britain: an embittered spinster … Read More »

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AFM: IM Global Makes ‘Blood’ Pact With BBC Films

By | Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 12:40pm PDT
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Los Angeles, Nov. 3: Leading independent financing, production and sales company IM Global is co-financing, with BBC Films (who developed the film), dramatic thriller BLOOD. The film will be produced by Neal Street Productions, the company of Oscar winning director Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Jarhead) and Nicola Shindler’s Red Productions (Bedlam, Queer as Folk), it was announced today by IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford.

Nick Murphy (The Awakening) will direct the project from a script by Bill Gallagher, based on his original, award winning TV series, Conviction. It will star Paul Bettany (Legion, The Da Vinci Code), Brian Cox (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Red, The Bourne Supremacy) and Stephen Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, This is England).

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Jane Wright Quits As Co-Head Of BBC Films

By | Tuesday November 16, 2010 @ 3:47am PST

It’s no surprise. Wright has been putting out feelers for new jobs outside the Beeb’s filmmaking arm for months. She’s known to have become increasingly constricted at BBC Films, where she’s been for the past 15 years. Wright … Read More »

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‘Infidel’ Producer Plans Teenage Hitchcock

By | Wednesday September 29, 2010 @ 6:54am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Slingshot Productions and BBC Films are co-developing a teen thriller partly inspired by Strangers On a Train. The working title is Teens On a Train. Slingshot’s hoping to shoot in 2011. Joshua St Johnston, creator of BBC fashion drama Material Girl, is the writer. St Johnston co-founded Ray Winstone’s … Read More »

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Government Mulls Handing Over $19M Lottery Money To Arts Council Of England

UPDATE: UK culture minister Jeremy Hunt and arts minister Ed Vaizey have rowed back transferring the £15 million ($19 million) lottery film cash to the British Film Institute. Nor are they going to ask BBC Films and Film4 to split … Read More »

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BLIMEY! British Government May Give $19M Lottery Cash To BBC Films And Film4

EXCLUSIVE: The UK government is considering handing over the £15 million of lottery film production cash, which the UK Film Council currently handles, to public broadcasters the BBC and Channel 4. Ed Vaizey, the government arts minister, has talked about … Read More »

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Goldcrest Films Picks Up ‘First Grader’

Naomie_HarrisEXCLUSIVE: The international sales arm of the London-based financier is handling worldwide rights apart from US, which it’s sharing with executive producer Anant Singh. The First Grader has been tipped for Venice, and has already been accepted for the London Film … Read More »

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