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Matt Mueller

  • Black Gold


    Dir: Jean-Jacques Annaud. France-Italy. 2011. 129mins
  • Acting up


    What kind of deals are talent agents securing for UK actors working on US TV? Matt Mueller reports
  • Cash of the titans


    Will its ground-breaking deal with HBO encourage the UK’s Sky — and the territory’s other broadcasters — to increase their own investment in high-end TV drama? Matt Mueller reports
  • Teddy power


    From their origins in a bookshop, the Teddy awards celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2011 as part of the Berlinale. Matt Mueller explores how they became the most prestigious festival awards for gay, lesbian and transgender cinema
  • Edinburgh: The discovery channel


    The Edinburgh International Film Festival has a reputation for breaking new talent. Matt Mueller explores the importance of the event as a launch pad, and profiles selected titles world premiering at this year’s edition.
  • Edinburgh's cutting edge


    Underlining its emphasis on discovery, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 16-27) brings new UK and international work to the attention of distributors and audiences. Matt Mueller reports
  • The yes factor


    In the past few years, London has metamorphosed into one of the most film-friendly big-city shooting destinations in the world. Matt Mueller find out why.
  • The Eagle has landed


    Duncan Kenworthy is one of the UK’s biggest producers, with three Richard Curtis blockbusters to his name - but he hasn’t produced a film since 2003.Matt Mueller caught up with him on the Hungarian location shoot of his long-cherished film, The Eagle Of The Ninth.
  • Critical Condition: United Kingdom


    The UK market has long been blessed with a vibrant newspaper scene, a cacophony of voices that ranges from upmarket broadsheets such as left-leaning The Guardian and conservative The Daily Telegraph to a raucous tabloid press. Even with all the doom-and-gloom prognosticating about its slow, inevitable decline, the UK newspaper scene is still a relatively robust one.
  • Mitchell Lichtenstein cries Happy Tears


    Mitchell Lichtenstein, whose debut Teeth was a cult favourite on the 2007 festival circuit, unveiled his second film, Happy Tears, in competition at Berlin recently. The story of two very different sisters (played by Parker Posey and Demi Moore) who find themselves looking after their father (Rip Torn) as he succumbs to senile dementia, the film has echoes of his own life.
  • United Kingdom - Cult viewing


    Screening to acclaim at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, documentary Three Miles North Of Molkom marks the feature debut of UK producer-directors Corinna McFarlane and Robert Cannan. The pair met on the 2005 UK film The Great Ecstasy Of Robert Carmichael (Cannan was assistant director and McFarlane assistant producer). "The film did well," says McFarlane. "But as a consequence of talking about the things we would do differently, we found an affinity."
  • Striking debut: Steve McQueen's Hunger


    'By coincidence, things are aligning themselves where the topic of this film is on everyone's mind,' says artist-turned-film-maker Steve McQueen about his debut feature Hunger. 'In the current climate, I hope the film has some resonance with anyone who sees it.'
  • United Kingdom - Character Counts


    Bob Hoskins' ease at switching from cuddly to menacing has kept his career ticking along nicely for decades. Since 1980's The Long Good Friday launched him as a film star, the actor has worked with Steven Spielberg, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Oliver Stone and Atom Egoyan.
  • United Kingdom - Myspace Invader


    "Faintheart is about men standing up for themselves," says Vito Rocco. "I'm very fond of losers and I love stories about people trying to better themselves."
  • Abuse and accountability: Errol Morris on Iraq doc


    Errol Morris had a simple starting point for his latest documentary Standard Operating Procedure. Intrigued by the infamous snapshots taken by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison depicting Iraqi detainees who had been forced to form naked pyramids and adopt other sexually degrading poses, the acclaimed US director of The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War wanted to dig deeper.
  • The big kick-off


    With a tale that echoes their documentary In The Hands Of The Gods, the four young Brits who make up film-making collective Fulwell 73 set out to achieve their dream - and ended up busking their way to success on little more than a wing and a prayer.Brothers Gabe and Benjamin Turner, their cousin Leo Pearlman and close friend Ben Winston, set up Fulwell 73 four years ago to move into feature film-making.In the beginning, they focused their efforts on television, producing ...
  • Studios Get Into The Game


    Game versions of popular films are nothing new, although the games can often be poorly received if they are hastily cobbled together to meet the cinematic counterpart's release date. Activision's Spider-Man 3 in 2006 was an exception. The game surpassed expectations, and the US studios are recognising it is worth putting in the extra time and effort rather than going for the quick cash-in.
  • Production - Jumping to the next level


    The high-profile collapse in 2006 of Peter Jackson's Halo adaptation could well have dampened the ardour with which millions of dollars are spent transforming video games into blockbusters each year. Yet it seems Hollywood has not only returned to embracing video-game adaptations but is pitching them as upscale tentpoles on a scale that has not been seen since Tomb Raider and its sequel - not to mention distancing them from the critically battered adaptations with which ...
  • Patrick Stewart lines up for Damian Harris' Pop


    Patrick Stewart is attached to star in Pop, Damian Harris' follow-up to his Berlinale competition entry Gardens Of The Night.Based on Kitty Aldridge's debut novel, Harris wrote the adaptation with the author. Their script has been optioned by Andrew Karsch, who will produce the project with Simon Bosanquet of Generator Pictures.Pop is the tale ...
  • Autumn Ball takes top prize at 7th Marrakech festival


    In the presence of Morocco's crown prince, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, and an international jury headed up by Milos Forman and including John Hurt, Shekar Kapur and Claude Miller, the seventh Marrakech International Film Festival signed off by giving its Golden Star for Best Film to Estonian director Veiko Ounpuu's tower-block tapestry Autumn Ball.The Jury Prize was a tie between Alexey Mizgirev's The Hard-Hearted ...
  • Marketing - How to win friends


    The rise of MySpace has propelled social-networking communities into the web stratosphere. Launched in 2003 and sold to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation for $580m two years later, MySpace's early symbiosis between indie-rock bands and their fans - and the ability for users to personalise their pages - earned it a huge following among teens and post-college urbanites. But essentially, it was an organic phenomenon about people's desire to connect.
  • Marketing - The Social Revolution


    Last December, Bettina Sherick, executive vice-president of international digital marketing at Twentieth Century Fox, sat down with her team and said: 'This is the year we figure out how to make all our content portable.'
  • Elah, White Girlstake top prizes at Bahamas festival


    The fourth-annual Bahamas International Film Festival awarded its top prize, the Spirit of Freedom, to Paul Haggis' In The Valley Of Elah, while the New Vision Award went to director Jennifer Sharp's Los Angeles-set romantic comedy I'm Through With White Girls, starring Anthony Montgomery and Bahamian-born actress-producer Lia Johnson.
  • The art of film-making


    When UK writer-director Penny Woolcock decided to retell a biblical story in Exodus, set in a near-future version of the English town of Margate, she approached UK artist Antony Gormley through Artangel, who co-produced the film with Channel 4.
  • United Kingdom - Flying Free


    Jonathan Cavendish is in a position most independent producers would envy. In addition to running his own successful production company, Little Bird, with partner James Mitchell, he has served as producer-for-hire on some of Working Title's most illustrious projects.
  • Rights options - Material world


    In an industry where only the select few can afford to snap up the rights to the latest bestseller-to-be at galley stage or bid for the hottest spec screenplay doing the rounds, producers need to be shrewder, quicker off the mark and more esoteric in their thinking when they are seeking out compelling stories that can be turned into marketable films. Life stories, documentaries, radio programmes, magazine and newspaper features, blogs, and even TV ads are all rich territory for canny ...