By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

July 4 2014

View all stories from this issue.

  • Academy announces submission dates

    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has announced (July 1) category submission deadlines for 87th Academy Awards consideration.
  • Act of Killing celebrates ICA anniversary

    Award-winning documentary has achieved 52 weeks of continuous play at London venue.
  • Alison Owen: international market hampering drama diversity

    Saving Mr Banks producer Alison Owen has claimed that diversity in UK drama is being hampered by the increasingly international nature of the genre.
  • ARC snaps up Autumn Blood

    EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Markus Blunder’s thriller.
  • BAFTA announces school programme

    BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees to hold talks in UK schools.
  • Batman v Superman, first look

    The first image of Henry Cavill in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been released.
  • Beatles to open NIFF

    Adaptation of Lars Saabye Christensen’s novel to open the 42nd Norwegian International Film Festival.
  • Björk film set for Karlovy Vary

    Concert movie Björk: Biophilia Live is to receive its European Premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
  • Bradford Film Office relaunches

    Centre provides a free service to support film & TV production in the region.
  • Busan reveals ACF selection

    The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 29 projects selected to benefit from Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2014, including projects by award-winning directors such as O Muel (Jiseul) and Hannah Espia (Transit).
  • Canada-India treaty first of new era

    Canada’s new co-production treaty with India officially came into effect on July 1.
  • Carlos Acosta joins Tackling Romeo

    Cuban-born dancer to star in Australian production, set to shoot in late 2014.
  • Catherine Deneuve to head Dinard jury

    French film star to be president of the Dinard British Film Festival’s 25th edition.
  • Cinelicious Pics takes Wasseypur

    EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED JULY 7: The distributor is understood to have picked up US rights to Anurag Kashyap’s gangster epic.
  • Cinemagic kicks off 2014 edition

    Creatives behind The King’s Speech and Wallace and Gromit are in attendance for events and workshops at Cinemagic London (June 30-July 3).
  • Content pre-sells Steve McQueen doc

    Key European territories among those to pick up rights to the documentary about the late actor’s struggle to make a film about Le Mans.
  • Couple in a Hole shoot underway

    Tom Geens feature centres on a couple living in a hole in a forest.
  • Courtin to lead Relativity marketing

    The executive joins Relativity Media as its first chief marketing officer having previously served as president of Dentsu Aegis Network.
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

    Dir: Matt Reeves. US. 2014. 130mins
  • DCMS: diversity in TV and film falls

    Number of BAME in film and TV workforce below UK economy average.
  • Deliver Us From Evil

    Dir: Scott Derrickson. US. 2014. 117mins
  • Dencik to shoot Gold Coast in Ghana

    EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Dencik is readying an August 4 start of shoot for his first fiction feature, Gold Coast; his short Tal R premieres in Karlovy Vary.
  • Depardieu eyed for children's fantasy

    Actor Gérard Depardieu is being considered for a Russian fantasy feature.
  • Disobedient triumphs at Cinema City

    Mina Djukic’s film wins best film, director and actress in National Class; Free Entry by Hungary’s Yvonne Kerekgyarto gets Cineuropa Award in Fresh Danube Film section.
  • Downfall director to make Nazi drama

    Oliver Hirschbiegel to direct the story of Georg Elser, the man who attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1939.
  • Downhill travels far

    Independent British comedy finds success with innovative release. Screen talks to the film’s director James Rouse.
  • Drafthouse acquires Cannes hit The Tribe

    Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to recent Cannes premiere The Tribe, winner of three sidebar prizes in Critics’ Week.
  • Dream to Screen announces finalists

    Five finalists selected in nationwide search for the UK’s brightest young film-maker.
  • Dubai sets ‘World’ lineup

    The Price of Fame, St Vincent among ‘Cinema of the World’ strand.
  • Edinburgh admissions up 4%

    Figures revealed for the 2014 edition of EIFF.
  • Edinburgh winners revealed

    UPDATE: Tony Benn doc wins audience award; Hide and Seek wins Michael Powell Award, Ice Poison takes international prize.
  • Film London wins $1.7m funding

    Film London has been awarded almost £1m ($1.7m) to continue to deliver the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), offering artist filmmakers funding, training and mentoring.
  • First MBS deals announced

    EXCLUSIVE: Among the deals, Mexico’s In Films We Trust will buy a package of eight Russian films from Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs.
  • Galway to debate future of film

    The Irish Film Board and the Galway Film Fleadh have announced details for the 2014 Real Deal Film Conference, which will consider the future of the industry.
  • George RR Martin advocates Game of Thrones movie

    Speaking at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Game Of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin has acknowledged that he would like to round off the epic TV series with a feature film.
  • German producers 'regret' over €10m cuts proposal

    Germany’s film producers have expressed ¨exceptional regret¨ at learning that Angela Merkel’s cabinet has proposed reducing the annual budget for the DFFF ¨German spend¨ incentive by another €10m to €50m in the global federal budget for 2015.
  • Germany’s SquareOne acquires Cannes market titles

    Films include Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, Anton Corbijn’s Life, Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman and Spooks feature.
  • Going ape in Hollywood

    Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis joined Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes director Matt Reeves for a post-screening Q&A in Hollywood on Monday night (June 30).
  • Grzegorz Jaroszuk, Kebab & Horoscope

    KARLOVY VARY: Grzegorz Jaroszuk’s debut feature Kebab & Horoscope is the eagerly awaited first feature from the graduate of Lódz Film School which will premiere in the East of the West Competition. Laurence Boyce asks him about his influences and improvisation.
  • Guiding Lights unveils 2014 participants

    Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and Creative Skillset and offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support, as well as industry training and networking events.
  • Here Is Harold makes sales

    Norwegian road movie, about a man who sets out to kidnap the founder of Ikea, sold to Europe and Asia.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    New films on Screenbase this week include thriller Long Time Coming and a new adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.
  • iFeatures sets development slate

    New projects from Screen Stars of Tomorrow, playwrights, TV talent.
  • Industry mourns Frank Stehling

    Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg veteran was most recently MD of Berlin-based PRIMEHOUSE.
  • Into Film adds Shaun the Sheep

    Aardman Animations’ latest feature confirmed as the second film to be part of Into Film’s Green Light to Opening Night initiative.
  • Japan is big winner in Moscow

    Japan was the big winner at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival which ended on Saturday evening with the Golden St. George trophy for best film going to Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man (Watashi-No Otoko) [pictured].The film, which also received the Silver St. George best actor honours for Tadanobu Asano, had its international premiere in Moscow and was the first Japanese film to win the grand prix since Kaneto Shindo’s Will To Live received the honour
  • Jerusalem Lab to grant $80k

    Ritesh Batra, Talya Lavie, Nora Martirosyan among entrants.
  • Jim Belushi joins The Whole Truth

    Jim Belushi will join Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger on the cast of Courtney Hunt’s The Whole Truth, which has begun production this week in New Orleans. FilmNation handles international sales.
  • JK Rowling films to shoot at Leavesden

    Warner Bros. confirms Rowling screenwriting debut Fantastic Beasts will shoot at UK studio.
  • Jo Yan to lead UPI’s China efforts

    Yan has been named managing director and executive vice-president for China at Universal Pictures International (UPI). 
  • Kami Naghdi joins Clintons

    Entertainment lawyer and producer Kami Naghdi has joined London-based boutique law firm Clintons, where he will head the firm’s film and TV practice.
  • Kantana sets up Japan joint venture

    Thailand’s Kantana Group has set up a joint venture with Japanese studio Nikkatsu and broadcaster Nippon TV to work on projects including CGI production and animation.
  • Karlovy Vary: Ben Rivers

    British filmmaker and artist Ben Rivers will be one of the three recipients of a retrospective at this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Laurence Boyce caught up with him to ask what the retrospective holds.
  • Kartemquin boards Buddha statue doc

    Kartemquin Films has joined director-producer Brent Huffman on the documentary Saving Mes Aynak, about the imperiled 2,000-year-old Buddha statue in Afghanistan (pictured).
  • Kino Lorber says hello, Goodbye

    The distributor has acquired North American rights to Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Goodbye To Language following its recent Cannes premiere.
  • Korea, China sign co-pro agreement

    South Korea and China have signed a landmark co-production agreement that will allow approved films to be officially classified as local films in both countries.
  • LFS's Ben Gibson to join AFTRS

    Outgoing director of the London Film School to join Australian Film School.
  • Lionsgate takes God’s Not Dead

    The studio has entered into an agreement with Pure Flix Entertainment for the US home entertainment rights to the faith-based spring hit.
  • Locarno to honour Agnès Varda

    French director to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival next month - only the second woman to receive the honour.
  • Long Time Coming wraps

    EXCLUSIVE: Elliot Tittensor, Charlotte Hope and Steven Berkoff among cast of ‘Romeo and Juliet’-style thriller.
  • Maleficent to cross $600m global mark

    Disney’s fantasy starring Angelina Jolie was expected to reach the milestone on July 2, according to executives.
  • Martin Kemp shooting Age of Kill

    Principal photography has started on UK action-thriller Age Of Kill, from director Neil Jones and writer Simon Cluett.
  • Martin Provost, Violette

    Martin Provost’s French period drama Violette relates the story of author Violette Leduc and her relationship with Simone de Beauvoir. It stars Emmanuelle Devos and Sandrine Kiberlain and has just opened in Los Angeles ahead of a national roll-out.
  • Mendes: bringing Bond out of the bubble

    Sam Mendes, speaking at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle on Tuesday night, spoke about how the spirit of the London Olympics influenced the pro-British enthusiasm in the last James Bond film, Skyfall.
  • Metrodome acquires Coherence

    EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor nabs US sci-fi from Independent.
  • Miami Fest to host MIFFecito

    Top brass at the Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF) have organised a mid-season festival to celebrate the re-opening of the Tower Theater.
  • Monty Python: event cinema release is best goodbye

    As the famed comedy troupe prepares to launch its 10 shows at the O2, Eric Idle says last show in more than 1800 cinemas worldwide will be “saying goodbye publicly.”
  • Mrs. Brown’s Boys tops UK chart

    Universal’s big screen outing for the popular TV sitcom scores excellent $7.3m (£4.3m) debut to dethrone Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars.
  • New Horizons unveils line-up

    Running July 24-Aug 3, the festival will open with Wild Tales, Winter Sleep and Clouds of Sils Maria
  • Nigerian producers building distribution networks

    Peter Gerard, director of audience development and content operations at Vimeo and inventor of Distrify, explains why.
  • Nordisk takes Norway theatrical lead

    Denmark’s largest cinema chain, Nordisk Film Biografer, has become theatrical market leader in Norway after securing a 49% stake in exhibitor Kinosør.
  • Peter Webber to direct Piano Tuner

    EXCLUSIVE: Set to go into pre-production later this year, the film is based on Daniel Mason’s acclaimed historical novel.
  • Picturehouse adding London sites

    New cinemas in Crouch End, East Dulwich and Ealing add to Picturehouse’s reach across London.
  • Pinewood Malaysia appoints CEO

    Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) has appointed Rezal A. Rahman as CEO, replacing Michael Lake who has moved to head Rhizophora Ventures.
  • Polish festival secures 20 Cannes titles

    Damián Szifrón’s Cannes Competition film Wild Tales and Palm d’Or winner Winter Sleep to open the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.
  • Predestination

    Dir/scr: The Spierig Brothers. Australia. 2013. 97mins
  • Prime Focus pacts with Reliance MediaWorks

    The UK’s Prime Focus has joined forces with India-based Reliance MediaWorks.
  • Pula boosts lineup with guests including Michell, Fridriksson

    A re-energised Pula Film Festival, the biggest film festival in Croatia, will welcome top guests including Roger Michell, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Gyorgi Palfi, Tudor Giurgiu and Mike Cahill.
  • Quanta DGT/AAM signs Kinoplex

    Partnership will be the integrator for the digitisation of the largest Brazilian movie theatre chain, choosing Doremi and Christie for their rollout.
  • Rinkel unveils A Real Van Meegeren

    Rudolf van den Berg’s feature stars Tygo Gernandt [pictured] as the notorious art forger Han van Meegeren.
  • Rolling Stones on Monty Python

    Mick Jagger jokes: “It’s a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth.”
  • Russia fears death of arthouse cinema

    New legislation banning use of obscene words came into effect yesterday [July 1].
  • Scott Derrickson, Deliver Us From Evil

    The director of Sinister and The Exorcism Of Emily Rose locks horns with dark forces again in his latest film, which stars Eric Bana and Edgar Ramirez and opens in the US this week through Screen Gems. Jeremy Kay comes out from behind the sofa.
  • Scott Roth extends ADG tenure

    The executive director of the Art Directors Guild has been granted a three-year extension to his contract, effective January 1, 2015.
  • Set Fire To The Stars

    Dir: Andy Goddard. UK. 2104. 90mins
  • Shoot commences on Manny Lewis

    Film marks debut feature for Australian comedian Carl Barron [pictured].
  • Signe Baumane, Rocks In My Pockets

    Rocks In My Pockets, the debut feature from respected animator Signe Baumane, will be the first animated feature ever to take part in the Karlovy Vary International Competition. Laurence Boyce spoke to her about the film.
  • South Korea unveils world's biggest screen

    In South Korea, Lotte Cinema’s Super Plex G has qualified as the world’s biggest screen in the Guinness World Records.
  • Stephen Fry event gets live broadcast

    The actor and comedian’s latest book launch will be streamed around the world.
  • Steve James, Life Itself

    In Life Itself, veteran documentarian Steve James adapts Roger Ebert’s memoirs to throw a light on the life of the celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic, who died in 2013 following a long battle with thyroid cancer.
  • T4 China gross ahead of US

    According to Paramount’s partners China Movie Media Group, Transformers: Age Of Extinction has reached $134.5m in its first five days in China – more than the $120.9m in the first five days in North America.
  • T4 crosses $400m worldwide

    Despite a clash with the scheduled quarter-finals of the World Cup, Transformers: Age Of Extinction will remain the dominant force in the international market where it is expected to soar past $350m.
  • Tammy

    Dir: Ben Falcone. US. 2014. 97mins
  • The Tribe director to speak at KV

    Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy to present his short films as part of a talk at the film festival; two new titles added to programme.
  • Tom Hardy joins The Revenant

    New Regency confirmed the casting on Monday (30) as the mouth-watering cast takes shape around Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Transformers 4 opens in US on $100m

    Paramount’s sci-fi behemoth delivered the biggest North American debut so far in 2014 on an estimated $100m as the $301.3m global launch eclipsed everything in its orbit.
  • Transformers 4 storms to $201m int’l

    UPDATED JUNE 30: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction delivered an estimated $201.3m from 10,152 international screens, $100m in North America and $301.3m worldwide in the biggest opening salvo of 2014 so far.
  • Transformers rules online buzz

    Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie and How To Train Your Dragon 2 also prove popular in the UK.
  • Transformers, Break-up Guru top China box office

    CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local romantic comedy The Break-up Guru provided the only resistance against the power of Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the Chinese box office last week, grossing $24.18m in its first three days.
  • Tropfest sets lineup

    Australia short film fest reveals 16 finalists.
  • UK creative industries get skills investment

    Government will match-fund industry commitments to the tune of £16m ($27.5m).
  • UK Focus at Vologda's VOICES

    UK film-makers are in the spotlight at the fifth edition of Vologda’s VOICES festival (July 4-8), which will open with Ken Loach’s Cannes Competition film Jimmy’s Hall.
  • Under The Milky Way acquires Swim

    Under The Milky Way has picked up US theatrical and worldwide VOD rights to SXSW premiere Swim Little Fish Swim.
  • Uni moves Fast 7 up in 2015

    Fast & Furious 7 will no longer open on April 10 2015 but one week earlier on April 3 as part of several scheduling announcements from the Universal fold.
  • Venice reveals 2014 poster

    It’s Antoine Doinel…now with flying fish!
  • Vue appoints UK MD

    Former American Golf and Habitat CEO Kevin Styles becomes UK and Ireland MD.
  • Warner Bros. Leavesden to expand

    Plan unveiled as David Yates’ Tarzan swings into action, WB CEO attends Downing Street event.
  • Yellow Sun passed by Nigeria censors

    Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of the best-selling novel will be shown in cinemas in Nigera from Aug 1.
  • Zipporah plots National Gallery release

    The distributor will release Frederick Wiseman’s documentary theatrically in New York at the Film Forum on November 5 followed by nationwide roll-out.
  • Zurich to honour Hans Zimmer

    Film music competition at the Zurich Film Festival to include a live concert with the Oscar-winning film composer.