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Idris Elba’s Green Door Inks Co-Production Deal With Shine North
IdrisElbaAfter collaborating on BBC Two racing documentary King Of Speed, Idris Elba’s Green Door production shingle and Shine North have pacted to develop more factual programming. The exclusive co-production deal will see the two companies work together to develop and produce shows for the UK and international markets. Elba will produce and host. King Of Speed aired in the UK in December and then sold to more than 100 territories. Elba has honed his hosting skills on other UK specials including Channel 4’s How Hip Hop Changed The World and How Clubbing Changed The World. He launched Green Door last year, and the shop is in development on scripted projects for various UK broadcasters. The nonscripted collaboration will be creatively managed by Shine North’s Rick Murray who exec produced King Of Speed with Elba. Shine International will handle world sales. Read More »

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Fred Schepisi’s ‘The Eye Of The Storm’ To Roll Out Via Sycamore-Gravitas Ventures

By | Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 10:45pm PDT

Sycamore Entertainment Group has partnered with Gravitas Ventures for the day and date theatrical and video on demand release of Fred Schepisi’s The Eye Of The Storm on September 7, 2012. The Eye Of The Storm, which made its North American debut at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, stars Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, the movie takes place in a Sydney suburban home where two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) as her expatriate son (Geoffrey Rush) and daughter (Judy Davis) convene at her deathbed. Theatrical release will roll out initially in New York and spread to 10 major markets during simultaneous distribution via cable, satellite, online and other VOD platforms.

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Fred Schepisi’s ‘The Eye Of The Storm’ U.S. Rights Sold To Sycamore Entertainment

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 12:28pm PST

Sycamore Entertainment Group has acquired U.S. rights to Fred Schepisi’s The Eye Of The Storm starring Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis. Judy Morris’ screenplay is based on the 1973 novel by Patrick White, Australia’s only Nobel laureate for literature. It’s described as a savage exploration of family relationships centered around an elderly, dying woman with all the love, hate, humor and tragedy the situation entails. Helen Morse and Alexandra Schepisi also star. The Eye Of The Storm took prizes at the Melbourne and Rome film festivals and has received 12 nominations for Australia’s Academy of Cinema and TV Arts awards. Sycamore CEO Edward Sylvan CEO negotiated the deal with Robbie Little of the Little Film Co. It was produced by Antony Waddington, Gregory Read and Fred Schepisi. Sycamore plans an April 20 U.S. release.

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London Crix Go Roeg With Top Honor

The London Film Critics Circle is to present director Nicolas Roeg with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, the org announced Friday. The prize is the venerable group’s highest honor and has previously gone to such talent as Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine, Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Ken Loach, Judi Dench, Quentin Tarantino and Kristin Scott Thomas. Roeg’s diverse filmography includes 1971’s Walkabout, 1973’s Julie Christie/Donald Sutherland-starrer Don’t Look Now, 1976’s David Bowie vehicle The Man Who Fell To Earth and 1990′sThe Witches starring Angelica Huston. Roeg will receive the tribute at the Circle’s 32nd annual awards ceremony which was recently moved up to January 19. Nominees in the major categories will be unveiled Dec 20.

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