Spotlight on International Projects
Writer-director Anthony Wilcox’s London-set debut feature Hello Carter is a comedy adapted from his buzz short of the same name.
Andreas Wiseman talks to director David Mackenzie, actor Jack O’Connell and producer Gillian Berrie about new prison-drama Starred Up, which Independent will be shopping in Cannes.
Screen visited the set of female-led thriller Keeping Rosy and spoke to actress Maxine Peake about women in film, Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison about playing an unlikeable character and the producers about surprise endings.
The first ever Georgia-UK co-production just wrapped its six week shoot in Georgia and is now in Frankfurt, Germany for the final leg of principal photography. Film and Music Entertainment co-founder and producer Mike Downey spoke to Maria Sell about the project.
Adam Wimpenny, a Screen International Star of Tomorrow, has just wrapped his directorial debut feature, Blackwood. Screen’s Maria Sell visited the set of the supernatural thriller in Surrey.
UK production Powder Room, starring Sheridan Smith, Jaime Winstone and singer Kate Nash, marks a number of exciting firsts, including the directorial debut of MJ Delaney, famous for her YouTube sensation spoof Newport State of Mind.
The directorial feature debut by Destiny Ekaragha is based on the stage play by Bola Agbaje and stars newcomers Malachi Kirby and O.C. Ukeje. Screen visits the film set to find out more about the project and its origin.
Bafta-winning writer/director Amma Asante returns with an unusual period drama. Wendy Mitchell visits the set of Belle, which is produced by Damian Jones and sold by Bankside
John Pogue’s supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones, starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin and newcomer Olivia Cooke, is inspired by a real 1970s poltergeist experiment. Wendy Mitchell visits the set of Hammer’s latest spooky production.
Acclaimed Finnish director Pirjo Honkasalo adapts Pirkko Saisio’s novel about two young brothers during a pivotal weekend in their lives.
Dominic Cooper, Dan Stevens and Emily Browning lead the cast of this British film about Bohemian artists in the early 20th century.
Two of Australia’s most loved and idiosyncratic TV comic characters, Kath & Kim, have been taken out of their usual suburban setting and dropped into Italy for their big screen debut, which will be unleashed on Australian cinemas in September.
First time feature director Ruairi Robinson and producer Andrea Cornwell talk about Last Days On Mars, an ambitious sci fi drama set on Mars and starring Liev Schreiber and Romola Garai which has just wrapped shooting at Elstree Studios and in Jordan.
Screen 2011 Star of Tomorrow Rowan Athale makes his feature directorial debut with this story of friendship and a heist, starring Luke Treadaway, Iwan Rheon, Gerard Kearns, Matthew Lewis, Timothy Spall, Vanessa Kirby and Neil Maskell.
After years in development, Vertigo’s big-screen feature version of iconic seventies TV series The Sweeney has arrived (eOne is releasing in the UK on September 12), complete with fast cars, bank robberies and Ray Winstone and Ben Drew as crime busting duo Regan and Carter.
Bille August recruited some of Europe’s most acclaimed actors for Night Train To Lisbon, the first film under a new partnership between Studio Hamburg and C-Films. Wendy Mitchell visited the set of the film.
Screen talks to director Sally Potter and producer Christopher Sheppard about their as yet untitled period drama, which shot in and around London earlier this year.
Ralph Fiennes’ second directing project following Coriolanus tells the story of Charles Dickens’ secret love affair with a young actress. Who better to play the iconic author than Fiennes himself. Sarah Cooper reports.
Screen visits the set of Mat Whitecross’ Stone Roses-inspired coming-of-age film.
Ben Wheatley follows the acclaimed Kill List with a ‘lighter’ story about serial killers on a caravan holiday. Ian Sandwell visited the set.
Rock and roll comedy Svengali is the first feature to come out of Martin Root and Jonny Owen’s new London based production company Root Films.
Producer James Wilson talks about high-concept documentary The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, directed by Sophie Fiennes and starring the inimitable philosopher and film critic Slavoj Zizek.
Ealing Metro will be tempting buyers in Berlin with British athletics drama Fast Girls, produced by Damian Jones, directed by Regan Hall, and described by star Noel Clarke as “Rocky with girls in lycra”.
Amit Kumar, director of award-winning short The Bypass, talks about his debut feature Monsoon Shootout, produced by the UK’s Trevor Ingman.
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer leaves the vampires behind to produce the UK-set Austenland, directed by Jerusha Hess [pictured] and adapted from Shannon Hale’s bestselling novel.
How did the UK film-makers behind Welcome To The Punch attract an A-list cast, top financiers and Ridley Scott?
The German and French producers of Sandra Nettelbeck’s English-language Mr Morgan’s Last Love tell Melanie Goodfellow how they put together the complex pan-European project.
Producer Richard Johns and director Craig Viveiros talk about shooting North East based road trip thriller The Liability starring Tim Roth and Peter Mullan.
Producer Pierre Mascolo and writer/director George Isaac talk family values, leading ladies and A-list actors on the set of their glossy London set thriller All Things To All Men.
Producer Alison Sterling, director Kasia Klimkiewicz and actress Helen McCrory talk about working on Bristol based love story/political thriller Flying Blind, the third film to come out of South West Screen’s microbudget scheme iFeatures.
Brussels born, Italian raised director Giorgio Serafini is currently in post production on his supernatural thriller which shot in the woods of North Carolina
Severance writer James Moran’s latest project, directed by first-time feature directors Ronnie Thompson and James Nunn.
Producers Karsten Stöter, Liz Watts and Paul Welsh talk about working with acclaimed Australian director Cate Shortland on her German-language project Lore.
Yella and Jerichow director Christian Petzold and producer Florian Koerner von Gustorf speak about their latest collaboration.
Ray Cooney originally optioned his stage play to Fox and Columbia before deciding to take matters into his own hands. He is currently shooting in London.
The first feature to come out of James Harris and Mark Lane’s production outfit The Tea Shop & Film Company is a zombie comedy adventure which is being distributed in the UK by Optimum Releasing.
London To Brighton and Cherry Tree Lane director Paul Andrew Williams talks about shooting his surprisingly upbeat fourth film which features pensioners body popping and singing about sex.
Chinese producer Chui Po-chu talks to Screen about upcoming $25m fantasy drama The Sorcerer And The White Snake, starring Jet Li, which is being sold internationally by Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop.
British director Iain Softley tells Screen about his latest feature, a psychological thriller set in London and the South of France, starring upcoming Brit actresses Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach which is being sold internationally by Ealing Metro.
The directorial debut of award-winning commercials director Simon Aboud is a romantic thriller set in the heart of London’s West End. It is produced by Christine Alderson of Ipso Facto and sold internationally by Intandem.
The second adaptation of Greek novel Z, Dibakar Banerjee’s latest project follows three characters from different backgrounds who become embroiled in the messy politics of a small Indian town.
The seventh film to come out of Film London’s microbudget scheme Microwave is a comedy drama directed by London Film School graduate Jules Bishop and produced by Olivier Kaempfer for Parkville Pictures.
The Trap director Srdan Golubovic’s latest feature is the true story of a Serbian soldier who risked his life to protect a Muslim civilian during the war in Bosnia.
TrustNordisk were in Cannes selling Zentropa’s epic real life historical love story starring Mads Mikkelssen and Alicia Vikander.
Shooting has just wrapped on Mat Whitecross’s follow up to Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, a road movie thriller starrring Ray Winstone and Jim Sturgess which is funded by CinemaNX.
Vertigo’s second live action 3D film is based on the international children’s phenomenon Horrid Henry and features an all-star British cast. With the project currently in post, Protagonist will be tempting buyers with footage in Cannes.
The cast, crew and creative team behind hit UK TV series The Inbetweeners re-locate to Magaluf, Mallorca for the £3.5m budgeted-feature version, due to reach UK screens August 19.
Producer Marc D Evans took The Raven to Hungary and Serbia to create James McTeigue’s dark vision of 19th century Baltimore — at a considerable saving.
After becoming a familiar face on the festival circuit with films such as That Girl In Yellow Boots and Dev D, Mumbai-based director Anurag Kashyap is attempting something much more ambitious with his current project, Gangs Of Wasseypur.
Previously known as Bunker, this Fox International backed psychological thriller about love, jealousy and betrayal shot in Bogota, Colombia.
The second feature to come out of South West Screen’s iFeatures scheme is a romantic comedy set in a Bristol call centre, starring Brit actors of the moment Tom Hughes and Ophelia Lovibond.
Cult Spanish director Alex De La Iglesia follows the success of his Silver Lion winning film The Last Circus with this dark film starring Salma Hayek, which was blacklisted for five years before being rescued by Spanish producer Andres Vicente Gomez.
Shooting is currently taking place on this $9.5m romantic comedy directed by French brothers Stephane and David Foenkinos, starring Audrey Tautou.
Debut feature director Barnaby Southcombe is currently shooting this moody, noirish London-set thriller starring Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert director Stephan Elliott is currently shooting his latest film, a comedy about a group of English friends attending a wedding in Australia, which has already secured an impressive number of pre-sales.
Hot off the huge success of his first English-language film Buried, Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes moves on to an even bigger thriller with heavyweights Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver.
While US stars are pouring into China this year to work on co-productions and local projects, black comedy Inseparable can claim to be the first fully Chinese production to tap a major Hollywood actor.
Shooting has just wrapped on Jon Wright’s comedy monster film Grabbers, which is being unleashed on Berlin’s EFM by international sales company Salt.
Helena Bonham Carter and director SJ Clarkson will be in Berlin to promote Toast, an adaptation of UK food writer Nigel Slater’s memoirs of his childhood, produced by Ruby Films.
Glenn Close’s long awaited passion project Albert Nobbs is now shooting in Dublin, with Rodrigo Garcia directing an all-star cast including Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar reunites with his Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down star Antonio Banderas in this hotly anticipated thriller, currently in post.
British director Terence Davies is in post on his first fiction feature in 10 years.
Shooting has just wrapped on David Blair’s hard hitting feature about a friendship between two men, played by Stephen Graham and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, which is being sold internationally by AV Pictures.
Shooting has just finished in Bristol on Alastair Siddons’ The Dark Half, the first project to come out of South West Screen’s microbudget iFeatures scheme.
Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang recently started shooting his latest project, Headshot, a film noir about a hitman trying to forget his past.
After the international success of Golden Door, acclaimed Italian director Emanuele Crialese returns with Terraferma, a modern take on immigration. Sheri Jennings reports from the set.
Shooting wrapped last week on Veit Helmer‘s fourth feature Baikonur in a ‘Zero-G’ Airbus A300 at the French Test Flight Centre in Bordeaux.
Writer/director/producer Tim Lewiston talks about shooting his debut feature Hot Potato, an Italian Job style comedy thriller starring Ray Winstone and Jack Huston, which has just wrapped in London.
Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona’s first English-language drama The Impossible is hotly anticipated thanks to its A-list stars, Ewan Mcgregor and Naomi Watts and the success of his debut feature The Orphanage.
British producer Richard Holmes’s latest project is a war drama based on the novel by Owen Sheers and directed by first time feature film-maker Amit Gupta. The film stars Michael Sheen and Andrea Risborough and is currently shooting in Wales and Herefordshire, UK.
Shooting is currently underway in Canada on Pascal Laugier’s English language debut, The Tall Man, a mystery thriller starring Jessica Biel.
Peter Ho-sun Chan talks about his first martial arts film as director, which also marks the first on-screen pairing of action hero Donnie Yen and heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro.
Minnie Driver stars as a high school teacher in Marc Evans’ Swansea set musical feature which is being sold by Independent at the forthcoming AFM.
Rúnar Rúnarsson is shooting his hotly anticipated feature debut in Iceland, with veteran producers Zik Zak on board.
Nicolas Altmayer of Mandarin Cinema and Marc Jenny of Okko Productions talk about their co-production project, the swashbuckling Philibert, currently in post-production.
28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s latest film is set between Madrid and London and stars Clive Owen as a family man whose daughter is visited by unknown intruders.
Producer Rachel van Bommel of Millstreet Films and director Antoinette Beumer discuss their new feature Loft, a Dutch remake of Erik Van Looy’s runaway Flemish hit of the same name. As they reveal, the film, currently in post-production, was an eventful and sometimes very hazardous shoot.
Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie of Left Bank Pictures talk about their latest feature project, Rafta Rafta, which is based on the successful play by Ayub Khan-Din about a British Asian family, and is currently in post production.
Paul Rudd stars alongside Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel in this recently wrapped ensemble comedy written and directed by Jesse Peretz.
Lasse Hallstrom (pictured) directs the adaptation of Paul Torday’s bestseller, now shooting in the UK and Morocco. Producer Paul Webster talks about the production’s challenges.
David Thompson’s second project for Origin Pictures is a supernatural period thriller starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West, directed by Nick Murphy.
Filming is underway in Detroit, Michigan, on Amy Heckerling’s [Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Clueless] rom-com Vamps. The film reunites the director with her Clueless star Alicia Silverstone and a striking cast that includes Krysten Ritter and Sigourney Weaver.
Shooting wrapped this week on Eran Riklis’ first film to be shot in Germany, a drama inspired by the life of Israel’s most famous basketball coach Ralph Klein.
Currently in post production, John Woo and Su Chao-pin’s martial arts action thriller Reign Of Assassins stars Michelle Yeoh as a retired female assassin whose past returns to haunt her.The film will have its world premiere at Venice.
Emmanuelle Beart and Beatrice Dalle star in Bye Bye Blondie, the follow up to French writer/director Virginie Despentes’ controversial debut Baise Moi, which is currently shooting in France.
Rising Brit actor Toby Kebbell stars in The Veteran, an action thriller about a soldier trying to fit back into society after returning from Afghanistan, which is currently shooting in London, directed by Matthew Hope.
Shooting wrapped this week on Menhaj Huda’s follow up to Kidulthood, a coming of age drama, inspired by the director’s love of music and his Asian/British background.
Filming is underway on Rec director Jaume Balaguero’s latest project, the $6m terror thriller Sleep Tight, which is being produced by Spanish studio Filmax.
Currently in post-production, Legend Of The Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen is one of Asia’s most highly-anticipated late summer releases.
Shooting is drawing to a close on Junkhearts, a London based drama starring Eddie Marsan, directed by first time feature film-maker Tinge Krishnan for Coded Pictures.
Shooting is drawing to a close on Fred Schepisi’s $13m (A$15m) family drama, which stars Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush.
Shooting is currently underway on Raw Productions’ Bulla, a British mockumentary feature based around comedian Ricky Grover’s East End gangster character, which began life on UK television series The 11 O’Clock Show.
Shooting has just started on Skylab, a loosely autobiographical family comedy written and directed by Julie Delpy and produced by Michael Gentile’s Paris-based outfit The Film.
Mark Herbert talks about making the switch from features to television with the follow up to Shane Meadow’s This Is England, which is currently in post and will be aired on the UK’s Channel 4 in the autumn.
The biopic of Winnie Mandela, starring Jennifer Hudson and Terence Howard, is due to start shooting in South Africa on May 31, despite the threat of legal action. Sarah Cooper reports.
Pathé’s $6m Africa United is an ambitious UK-South Africa-Rwanda co-production which filmed across three countries. Sarah Cooper reports from Lake Tanganyika in Burundi, where it was the first international project to shoot.
UK-Spain production Ways To Live Forever, aims to be a life-affirming and funny story…about two kids with leukemia. The film is now in post with an eye on Toronto.
Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas star in Pawel Pawlikoswki’s supernatural thriller Woman In the Fifth, currently shooting in Paris.
Currently shooting Foster in London, Swinging With The Finkels director Jonathan Newman and producer Deepak Nayer talk about the challenge of developing a short film into a feature.
The Full Monty producer Uberto Pasolini has just wrapped production in Budapest on costume drama Bel Ami, with Twilight star Robert Pattinson in the lead role.
A follow up to Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, Mateo Gil’s second feature is currently shooting on location in Bolivia.
Ari Folman’s follow up to Waltz With Bashir combines live action feature and 2D animation sequences to explore the ethics of contemporary cinema and culture.
Wim Wenders 3D dance project Pina, about the legendary dance choreographer Pina Bausch who died before production began, is about to enter its second phase of shooting.
Ealing Studios’ latest project marks a return to feature film-making for US director John Landis.
Italian director Michele Placido has teamed up with his Romanzo Criminale star Kim Rossi Stuart to portray the life of infamous Italian criminal Renato Vallanzasca for 20th Century Fox
Recently wrapped in Belfast, Killing Bono is the story of two brothers whose rival school band goes on to become U2
Currently shooting in Malta, The Devil’s Double tells the story of Saddam Hussein’s son Uday and his body-double Latif Yahia.