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12 January 2001

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  • Advertising plunge hits UK exhibition sector

    UK cinema advertising revenues plunged last year as major advertisers pulled out of the sector completely or scaled back dramatically, according to new figures from monitoring service ACNielsen MMS.UK exhibitors took $116m for the period January to November 2000, down from $125.8m for the same period in 1999. The rare downturn represents a 7.8% loss in income for exhibitors.According to AC Nielsen MMS, the decline in cinema advertising comes against a backdrop of advertisers shi
  • AOL, Time Warner poised to get merger greenlight

    Time Warner shares rose 8% this week as market expectations grew that the last piece of the regulatory jigsaw delaying America Online (AOL)'s takeover of the media giant is about to fall into place.The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to give its approval to the deal some time this week. Having wrestled for weeks with the idea of posing heavy restrictions on the combined group, the FCC now looks set to give the go-ahead with few strings attached. The five-memb
  • Australian critics nominate Chopper, The Dish

    Chopper and The Dish led the annual awards nominations from the Film Critics Circle of Australia.The two pictures took nine nominations each, including best film and director. Innocence and Looking For Alibrandi will also be competing for best film and director when the awards are presented on February 9 in Sydney.Nominations for the best actress went to Julia Blake (Innocence), Rachel Griffiths (Me, Myself, I), Pia Miranda (Looking F
  • Berlin confirms Enemy At The Gates as opener

    The Berlin International Film Festival has confirmed that it will open next month with Jean-Jacques Annaud's $90m Stalingrad epic Enemy At The Gates.The true-life story set against the battle of Stalingrad stars Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz and Bob Hoskins, plus local talent such as Matthias Habich and Eva Mattes.The Mandalay Pictures film was partly financed by the private German media fund KC Medien. Local industry insiders hope the film's selection
  • Billy Elliot opens Brussels International Festival

    Stephen Daldry's crowd pleaser Billy Elliott is to open the 28th Brussels International Film Festival, which is being held from January 18 to 27.The ten-day festival will close with Elle Chouraqui's tale of war-torn former Yugoslavia, Harrison's Flowers, starring Andie McDowell. The competitive event offers a Euros 80,000 top prize - the Golden Iris for best European film - which was won last year by Benito Zambrano's directorial debut Alone (Solas).
  • Brian Yuzna's genre Factory heads for Fantasporto

    Brian Yuzna's Fantasy Factory, the Spanish genre house which struck deals with Dimension Films, Lions Gate and Trimark late last year, is expected to world premiere Arachnid at Portuguese fantasy festival Fantasporto as part of a spotlight on the Filmax subsidiary.The Porto-based festival, which runs February 23 to March 3, is also screening another Fantasy Factory genre title, a re-invention of Faust by Yuzna. In addition, an exhibition and special effects master-class a
  • Broadcasting chief exits at Spain's Antena 3

    Juan Jose Diaz is stepping down as general director of broadcasts at Antena 3 Television.According to a statement from the broadcaster, Diaz "has reached an agreement with the channel to leave his position in the company and confront new professional challenges."In his position as general director of broadcasts, which he held since 1998, Diaz oversaw the production, programming, and broadcast areas of the private network. Prior to 1998, Diaz was Antena 3's commercial director.
  • Cast Away No 1 but Traffic flies high $14.9m

    USA Films' critical favourite Traffic opened on a high in its first weekend of wide release.The Steven Soderbergh picture secured the highest screen average in the top ten - $9,991. Taking the number three spot, the film grossed $14.9m from 1,510 theatres.That result surpassed the expectations of many who had thought it too complex and dark for a mainstream audience. The film tells three storylines on drug trafficking concurrently over 147 mins.Financed and sold i
  • Cineartists postpones Neuer Markt flotation

    Munich-based production entity Cineartists Entertainment has postponed its planned flotation on Frankfurt's Neuer Markt following the recent plunge of Frankfurt's Neuer Markt.Cineartists was at the end of this month due but now aims to go to the market in the second quarter of 2001. Cineartists' interests include US film and TV production outfit Mandalay Pictures, co-producer of this year's Berlinale opener Enemy At The Gates, as a wholly-owned subsidiary, along with digital cinema ser
  • Connery has Highland fling with Queen Of Scots

    Sean Connery is set to throw his weight behind the long-gestating Scottish period epic Mary, Queen Of Scots.Fountainbridge Films, the Scottish actor's production outfit, is set to board the lavish period piece, which is set up with co-financiers BBC Films and Intermedia. Intermedia already has a production pact with Fountainbridge.Acclaimed British writer Jimmy McGovern, who has completed a first draft, said that Fountainbridge is to co-produce with Gill Parry and Catheri
  • Dancer, Bench, Italian split Danish Oscars

    Lars von Trier's Cannes winner Dancer In The Dark, Per Fly's The Bench and Lone Scherfig's Italian For Beginners led the nominations for Denmark's Oscar equivalents, the Robert awards.The trio secured ten nominations each in a year when award nominations for Danish films proved as competitive as the fight for box-office admissions. With local films released in the autumn battering each other at the box-office, the Danish Film Academy nominated 13 of the 16 eligible
  • DVD future has Vegas video conference in a spin

    How to exploit the potential of DVD divided delegates at this week's Las Vegas Video Software Dealers' Association after Blockbuster Video pushed for creating a rental window for the format.Blockbuster, which recently begun trials of video-on-demand (VoD) movies, aims for the move to allow time for DVDs to be available exclusively to the rental market ahead of retail sales. The video giant said that studios are missing out on an average of $1.1m per film by not applying the VHS model t
  • Eichinger's Constantin confirms Perfume adaptation

    Constantin Film chief Bernd Eichinger has beaten off rival bids from several directors and producers to acquire the exclusive film rights to Patrick Sueskind's international bestseller, Perfume; the story of a murderer.Once linked to Stanley Kubrick, Sueskind's 1985 German novel has been translated into 37 languages and was voted Book of the Year by the New York Times in 1986. Set in 18th century France, the book follows a man without a smell of his own but who has an extraordin
  • Forman & Zaentz together again for Goya biopic

    Director Milos Forman and producer Saul Zaentz are to reteam for the third time on a new film about the life and times of Spanish painter Francisco Goya. The previous collaborations between the two, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984), both won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director."Although we see each other eight to 12 times a year, our minds seem to meet every ten to 15 years," said Forman. "The genesis of Goya exists in the fact that
  • Germany's Das Werk takes over Centropolis Effects

    European digital post powerhouse Das Werk has established a key presence in the North American market by taking over Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin's Los Angeles-based facility Centropolis Effects (CFX).Emmerich and Devlin, who launched the company in 1996 to handle digital effects on Independence Day, will receive a 4% stake in Das Werk following the integration of CFX into the group. The director-producer team will have a consultative role via seats on CFX's advisory board.
  • Harry Potter adds Character

    Character Group, the UK-branded goods manufacturer buffeted last year by disappointing sales of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace merchandising, is set to return to the film sector on Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone.The company confirmed press reports on Monday that it is in talks over the UK distribution of a range of Harry Potter goods. Character's shares rose 28.8%, valuing the company at $12m.Character Group recorded a greater-than-expected loss of rou
  • Helkon's Peppermint appoints Daniel Otto as buyer

    High-profile film buyer Daniel Otto is to become head of acquisitions at Helkon-backed sales and finance outfit Peppermint. Otto joins the outfit after four years of acquisitions in the film department of KirchMedia. Peppermint was established in March of last year, with a slate focused primarily on TV programming, but has ambitions to extend into features. "There will definitely be a greater move towards films of theatrical quality - for world-wide territories as well as for Ge
  • Hindi mogul arrested

    In the biggest scandal to hit the Hindi cinema in recent years, police have arrested leading film financier Bharat Shah under the Organized Crime Act. Police swooped as part of investigations into links between the Karachi based underworld and the makers of the film Chori Chori Chupke Chupke - a film that Shah financed. Shah, who was denied bail, is a diamond merchant and stakeholder in the B4U satellite TV channel as well as the top financier of Hindi films.The move come
  • Hit Komiker takes three nods for Swiss film awards

    Box-office hit Komiker took three nominations including Best Feature Film for the annual Swiss Film Award, which will be announced during on January 24.Komiker was also nominated for Best Actress for Stefanie Glaser and Best Actor for Pinkas Braun. Also vying for best feature are Denis Rabaglia's Azzurro, Xavier Koller's Gripsholm, Silvio Soldini's Pane E Tulipani and Clemens Klopfenstein's WerAngstWolf.Bread And Tulips (Pane E Tulipani)
  • Hollywood stars face off European upstarts

    New European stars face off against Hollywood screen legends in the best actor race for the Academy Awards this year.At time of going to press, Tom Hanks had been named Best Actor by the New York Film Critics Circle for Cast Away, while Michael Douglas was given the same nod by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for Wonder Boys.But Javier Bardem, a big name in his home market of Spain, weighed in with a Best Actor nod from the National Board Of Review for
  • IFC Films picks up Modern Cannibal Tale docu

    IFC Films, the domestic theatrical releasing division of the Independent Film Channel's IFC Entertainment, has acquired North American distribution rights to its fourth film - David and Laurie Gwen Shapiro's documentary Keep The River On Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale - from New York-based Next Wave Films, itself a division of IFC Entertainment.The film is the story of Tobias Schneebaum, a 78 year-old artist and author who in 1955 went into the Peruvian jungle and went mis
  • IFP Spirit Awards nominate Requiem, Chuck & Buck

    Miguel Arteta's Chuck & Buck, Darren Aronofsky's Requiem For A Dream and Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count On Me have each received five nominations for the 16th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards. The Independent Feature Project/West announced the nominees in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls, David Gordon Green's George Washington and Jordan Walker-Pearlman's The Visit each earned four nods. Ang Lee's
  • Indian film business signs biggest music contract

    Music company Saregama India has signed the biggest ever music contract with the Indian film industry, striking a $6m accord with leading production company Puja Entertainment.Saregama, formerly named the Gramophone Company of India, takes the music rights to the next five films from Puja, one of the top Hindi film producers in Mumbai. All five films are expected to be completed and released within three years.The first film to be commissioned is a star-laden project with leadin
  • Industry figures to attend UK Production Show

    Robert Jones, head of the Premiere Fund at UK film body The Film Council, Working Title's Debra Hayward and Universal Pictures' Graeme Mason are some of the names appearing at the Production Show's Movie Day on March 14.Other industry insiders appearing at Olympia in London include Scala Productions' Nik Powell, Civilian Content's Richard Holmes, Grosvenor Park's Don Starr, Miramax Films' Teresa Moneo, FilmFour's Jim Wilson and Pathe Productions' Cameron McCracken.Hosted by S
  • Italy to take record nine films to Berlin festival

    Next month's Berlin International Film Festival is set to screen a bumper crop of nine Italian films including two competition titles, Italian film promotion body Italia Cinema announced on Wednesday.The body confirmed that Giuseppe Tornatore's coming-of-age film Malena and Ferzan Ozpetek's drama Ignorant Fairies (Fate Ignoranti) have made the official competition line-up in what it said was the largest number of Italian films at the event in ten years. Miramax is
  • Japan's Toei readies SFX-laden ninja picture

    Japan's Toei and Kadokawa Shoten Publishing are teaming to make Red Shadow, an effects-heavy ninja film based on a popular 1960s comic.Music video and commercial director Hiroyuki Nakano is to shoot the project for a summer 2001 release, making it Toei's big film of the season. The director's 1998 feature debut SF Samurai Fiction, which put an MTV-inspired spin on the period drama genre, became a long-running art house hit.The $8.7m film, written by Hiroshi Saito a
  • Japan's Wowow secures 2.6 million subscribers

    Japanese satellite service Wowow has broken the 2.6 million subscribers barrier.The broadcaster recorded 1.7 times more new subscriptions in December than in the same month the previous year. Wowow is expected to benefited from the highly-publicised launch of digital broadcast satellite services on December 1. The company recruited 42,708 subscribers to its digital service. Analog subscriptions rose 17,565 over the previous month, to 2,560,397.Rival Sky PerfecTV also reco
  • Kamp set to step down as Icon sales chief

    Ralph Kamp is understood to be close to stepping down as chief executive of Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey's London-based sales operation Icon Entertainment International.The move would come despite Icon's success this year with UK comedy Kevin And Perry Go Large, which Kamp executive produced, and US product including the hit What Women Want, on which Kamp oversaw international sales to a host of markets.Kevin And Perry was a more surprising hit in the UK last
  • Korean murder mystery breaks admissions record

    A murder mystery film thought to be Korea's first film shot on Super-35mm, has become the country's highest grossing film with 5.8 million admissions.Tipped for a slot at next month's Berlin International Film Festival, possibly in competition, Joint Security Area portrays the secret friendship between a group of North and South Korean soldiers and the tragedy that ensues. The Myung Film adaptation of a best-selling novel, directed by Park Chan-wook, has also snatched Shiri
  • Latin American admissions on the rise

    Cinema admissions in Latin America grew by 7% last year thanks to the influence of multiplex building, according to figures from UK consultants Dodona Research.Dodona's data shows that audiences grew from 272 million to 290 million in the seven major Latin countries. It forecasts that Audiences will growth another 25% over the next five years.The report shows the popularity of local films to be growing, especially in Mexico and Argentina, noting that the production sector is res
  • Loews Cineplex heads for corporate distress

    Cash-strapped Loews Cineplex has retained a leading corporate distress specialist, indicating that the exhibitor is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection.New York-based Loews Cineplex has opened its books to investment bank GE Capital so that it can prepare a so-called "debtor in possession" financing structure. Under "debtor-in-possession" guidelines, the debtor is in a position similar to a Chapter 11 trustee and thus has a legal responsibility to act in the best interests of i
  • MCP taps Levine as new creative affairs head

    MM Media Capital Partners has hired Jackie Levine, formerly head of development at Michael Douglas' Furthur Films, as its head of creative affairs. She will be based in MCP's Beverly Hills office.Her appointment follows the recent hiring of Lakeshore International's Peter Rogers to head up international sales and distribution operation for MCP, with more several more senior appointments expected to follow later this year."Jackie will be our main point of contact with the creativ
  • Murdoch readies float for Global Networks

    News Corp is reported to be moving ahead again with plans to float off its satellite holding division, Sky Global Networks.According to unconfirmed wire reports, News Corp is pressing ahead with preparations for the flotation in parallel with ongoing talks to acquire US satellite giant DirecTV, from Hughes Electronics. The flotation plans had previously appeared to stall as News Corp pursued talks with Hughes and as it negotiated with partners as to which assets would be included in th
  • Myriad sells on Chen Kaige's Killing Me Softly

    US-based Myriad Pictures has racked up a string of international sales on Chen Kaige's English-language debut, Killing Me Softly. The erotic thriller, which stars Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes, has sold to European distributors including Metropolitan in France, Telepool in Germany, Tri Pictures in Spain and Scanbox in Scandinavia. Other buyers include Jaynet Image Company in South Korea, Prooptiki in Greece, Nu Metro in South Africa and Shapira Films in Israel.Myriad
  • Nadia Bronson quits Universal after 24 years

    The only senior executive with a French background has resigned from Universal Pictures which recently came under the French ownership of Vivendi. International marketing veteran Nadia Bronson has left Universal after 24 years at the studio following the promotion last year of domestic marketing chief Marc Shmuger to vice chairman of the studio with new responsibility for among other areas the international department.Bronson is currently negotiating to settle the remaining four years
  • Overseas Filmgroup renamed First Look Media

    21 year-old Overseas Filmgroup has been renamed First Look Media, incorporating five divisions - Overseas Filmgroup, First Look Pictures, First Look Home Entertainment, First Look Artists and First Look Internet.Co-chairmen Robbie Little and Chris Cooney announced the reorganisation yesterday to reflect the expansion of the company following a $17m equity infusion early last year and a new $40m revolving line of credit at Chase Manhattan Bank.The divisions are:- Overseas F
  • Quebec's Falardeau takes director award

    Quebec director Philippe Falardeau has won this year's Claude Jutra Award for The Left Half Of The Fridge (La Motie Gauche Du Frigo), a mockumentary that uses humour to tackle the issue of unemployment.The award will be presented to Falardeau on January 29 at the 21st Annual Genie Awards, Canada's Oscars. The prize recognises special achievement by a Canadian director on a first theatrical feature. Falardeau's Claude Jutra is his second major award for Fridge
  • RAI Cinema picks up four from Intermedia, New Line

    Italy's RAI Cinema has bought a three-picture package from Intermedia including Harrison Ford-starrer K19: The Widowmaker as well as Irwin Winkler's family drama Life As A House from New Line International. The films were acquired on RAI's behalf by Lakeshore International which has signed an exclusive multi-year acquisition agency agreement with RAI to buy US films for distribution in Italy.The three films acquired from Intermedia were K:19, K-Pax which is
  • RTL exits German pay-TV sector

    Luxembourg-based RTL Group has withdrawn from the German pay-TV sector, exercising an option to sell its remaining 5% stake in pay-TV channel Premiere to majority shareholder KirchGroup. RTL's sale price of the Euro 124m holding follows its disposal of a 45% interest in the loss-making pay-TV operation to Kirch for Euro 800m in March 1999. That pact between the RTL Group and the KirchGroup contained an option for this latest sale. RTL Group chief executive officer Didier Bellens
  • Sogecable takes stake in Canal Technologies

    Spanish multimedia group Sogecable has taken a 3.23% stake in France's Canal Plus Technologies in a deal valued at Euros 49.7m.The acquisition was made jointly with Sony and Thomson Multimedia for an overall 9.7% share in Canal Plus Technologies, a leading digital TV technology provider. As part of the deal, Sogecable and Canal + Technologies have also formed a 50-50 partnership to develop exclusive interactive applications for the Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets.Housed
  • Spain's Anita heads for Berlin's Panorama

    Anita Takes A Chance (Anita No Pierde El Tren), from veteran Spanish director Ventura Pons, has been invited to screen in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival.This marks the fourth consecutive year that Pons will screen a film in Berlin, following To Die- Or Not (Morir- O No), Friend/Beloved (Amigo/Amado) and Caresses (Caricias). The director is also the subject of a retrospective planned this winter by t
  • Spain's Goyas fete de la Iglesia, You're The One

    Alex de la Iglesia's black comedy Common Wealth (La Comunidad) and Jose Luis Garci's black-and-white period tale You're The One led the list of nominees for Spain's Goya awards, announced today in Madrid by the Spanish Cinema Academy.Common Wealth, which won kudos at the San Sebastian International Film Festival last September and looks set to spawn an English-language remake, was nominated in 15 categories, including best film, best director and best origin
  • Spain's San Sebastian appoints festival manager

    Leading Spanish film event the San Sebastian International Film Festival has named Mikel Etxagibel as its general manager.Etxagibel will work alongside incoming festival director Mikel Olaciregui, who replaces Diego Galan this month. Etxagibel, 48, comes to the festival from the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, where he had been assistant director of development and communications since 1997.Prior to that, he worked as chief of programming and international relations at Basque TV ne
  • Spain's Via Digital appoints general manager

    Pedro Urieta has been appointed general manager of Spanish digital satellite TV provider Via Digital.Urieta, 42, was previously general manager of Via Digital parent company TPI, a subsidiary of telecommunications giant Telefonica. During his tenure he helped generate an income rise of 100% over four years.Urieta will work alongside Via chief executive officer Juan Ruiz de Gauna, who is also head of Telefonica Media's newly created pay-TV division. While still trailing rival pla
  • Swedish Oscars return Lukas Moodysson's insult

    Lukas Moodysson, the director who showed his appreciation when he won the Swedish Oscars for Show Me Love by giving the audience the finger, has controversially missed getting a best film nomination this year for Together.Instead, Roy Andersson's Songs From The Second Floor was heavily nominated, securing nominations for best film, directing, script and cinematography. Moodysson had to content himself with nominations for best directing and best script.To
  • Ted Turner moves on stake in Russia's NTV station

    CNN founder Ted Turner has emerged as the front-runner to buy a stake in leading Russian independent TV station NTV after rival Rupert Murdoch decided not to pursue talks, according to wire reports on Wednesday.Turner is expected to pick up a stake of around a quarter of NTV, the network founded by Vladimir Gusinsky, the Russian media mogul currently embroiled in a wrangle with the Russian government. Murdoch and his News Corp are understood to have been approached about a investing so
  • Tele-Muenchen, Concorde pact with Studio Hamburg

    Studio Hamburg's feature production arm, Studio Hamburg Letterbox Filmproduktion, has signed a three-picture co-production and distribution deal with Tele-Muenchen Group and its distribution arm, Concorde Film.Heading the trio of titles is Widerstand Der Herzen, the next project from internationally-renowned German director Margarethe von Trotta, which marks her first feature since The Promise opened the Berlin International Film Festival in 1996. Another production will
  • The Pledge

    After the honorable failures of The Indian Runner and The Crossing Guard, Sean Penn makes a quantum leap forward with his third directorial effort, The Pledge, an intriguing murder mystery that's also effective as a psychological character study. Heading a splendid cast, Jack Nicholson, who also starred in Crossing Guard, gives a riveting performance that dominates every frame of this broodingly intense drama. However, deliberate pacing and a downbeat tone will
  • Time Warner, AOL merge with new media conditions

    Controversial new media conditions hit Time Warner and America Online as the price for the last piece of regulatory approval for the two company's proposed merger.The US's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave its approval for the takeover - the last clearance necessary for the $105bn deal to go ahead - but also imposed conditions on the development of instant messaging and providing competing high-speed Internet services with access to the new AOL-TW's cable systems.The
  • Two Soderbergh movies could split the vote

    Steven Soderbergh, nominated just once before for his original screenplay of sex, lies and videotape in 1989, has swiftly and effortlessly assumed the mantle of America's most intelligent film-maker with a string of entertaining and provocative films. But while he's won every critics' award going for Erin Brockovich and Traffic this year - and scored two Golden Globe nominations in the same category - it is highly unlikely that Soderbergh will win two Oscar n
  • UK production outfit Talisman appoints film head

    Hans Baernhoft has stepped down as head of film and TV at UK production house Cylo Film to join Talisman Films, the UK production outfit best known for 1995's Rob Roy.Baernhoft aims to step up feature activities at Talisman, which was set up in 1991 to develop and produce theatrical features, TV features and drama. Other features produced by Talisman include Complicity, directed by Gavin Millar and starring Jonny Lee Miller and Brian Cox, and Remember Me', directed
  • Unbreakable broken as local comedy hogs number one

    Homegrown comedy Chiedimi Se Sono Felice (Ask Me If I'm Happy) has largely eclipsed Hollywood fare such as Unbreakable at the Italian box office, grossing $3,040,867 in its fourth weekend from 269 theatres.Co-directed by and starring local comic trio Aldo, Giovanni & Giacomo, the film has taken a massive $23m since its release on December 15, a record-breaking result for an Italian release. Previous all-time highs for the same release period were recorded by comedi
  • Unbreakable proves indestructible in Hungary

    Unbreakable smashed recent box office opening records in Hungary last weekend, earning $184,979 from 24 screens.The supernatural thriller recorded the second highest three-day opening of all-time, behind 1999's Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace with $310,900. Released through Intercom, the Buena Vista International title took a mighty screen average of $7,707.Second placed Bedazzled managed just $41,875 from 22 screens, about a fifth of Unbreakabl
  • Winchester, Wind Dancer seal three-year deal

    Wind Dancer Films, the US-based production company behind What Women Want and hit sitcom Home Improvement, has cemented its relationship with UK/US production and sales outfit Winchester Films.The two companies have struck an overall three-year development and co-production deal on a new slate of pictures. Winchester will provide development funds to Wind Dancer for a number of pre-determined films. The publicly-quoted company will arrange financing for these and select o
  • Winterbottom firms cast for 24 Hour Party People

    Ascending British actor John Simm has been cast as Bernard Sumner, frontman of seminal British music group New Order, in Michael Winterbottom's Manchester club scene film, 24 Hour Party People.Simm, who previously appeared in Winterbottom's Wonderland and Justin Kerrigan's clubland drama Human Traffic, joins Paddy Considine, who will play the late Rob Gretton, New Order's long-term manager. Considine has starred in Shane Meadows' A Room For Romeo Brass and P

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