12 May 2004

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    Reda strikes out with Purple Pictures

    2004-05-12T04:00:00Z

    Hadeel Reda, the formerpresident of Winchester Films, has struck out on her own with a new LA-basedfilm production and financing outfit called Purple Pictures.Reda has secured adevelopment and overhead fund from private European equity investors and optionedthree youth-driven genre projects led by

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    John Woo kicks off UNICEF project

    2004-05-12T04:00:00Z

    LA-based director John Woois to visit the Croisette for the first time on Saturday as part of aninternational film-making project for the Children's relief agency UNICEF.The Hong Kong director of Paycheckwill travel to Cannes to announce a charity film he'll be making with festivalcompetitor Emir

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    Gilliam's Tideland rolls into HanWay

    2004-05-12T04:00:00Z

    Terry Gilliam is set toshoot Tideland, his adaptation of Mitch Cullin's southern gothic novel,for the company, with Jeremy Thomas producing. Financing has come together inthe last few months, with the project re-configured as a UK-Canadianco-production.The filmmakers hadoriginally aimed to shoot in

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    Fortissimo returns to roots with Hong Kong trio

    2004-05-12T04:00:00Z

    Leading art-house seller Fortissimo is returning to itsroots with the pick-up of three pictures from Hong Kong.Top of the list is Jiang Hu, a gangland epic which isalready benefiting from renewed interest in the genre following InfernalAffairs and has gone on to become one of the big hits of 2004.

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    Waiting for Lions Gate

    2004-05-12T04:00:00Z

    Lions Gate FilmsInternational has acquired international rights to twentysomething comedy Waitingwhich marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Rob McKittrick whose creditsinclude Son Of The Mask.The film follows a day inthe life of arrested adolescent roommates Monty and Dean as they negotiate

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    Richard E Grant's Wah-Wah set for summer shoot

    2004-05-12T04:00:00Z

    British actorRichard E Grant is set to start shooting his long-gestating debut as awriter-director, Wah-Wah.Theautobiographical tale of growing up in South Africa is expected to starNicholas Hoult from About A Boy as the young Grant. Also likely to appearare Emily Watson and Miranda

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    UK finds new development cash

    2004-05-12T04:00:00Z

    In an innovativeuse of UK tax funding, Civilian Content, the publicly-listed parent of salesoperation The Works, has secured development financing through a joint venturewith financing outfit SureFire.Projects set tobenefit from the deal include River Queen, an epic New Zealand-setadventure

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    Politics colours Cannes

    2004-05-12T04:00:00Z

    Even if everything passes off peacefully this year's festival, as a result of a rapprochement with striking arts workers, Cannes will still be shaped by the invasive effects of politics - global politics, politics of the workplace and political films.Indeed, industry politics was already charged at

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    Politics colours Cannes

    2004-05-12T04:00:00Z

    Even if everything passes off peacefully this year's festival, as a result of a rapprochement with striking arts workers, Cannes will still be shaped by the invasive effects of politics - global politics, politics of the workplace and political films.Indeed, industry politics was already charged at

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    Europa brings high-profile titles to Cannes

    2004-05-12T04:00:00Z

    Luc Besson and Pierre-Ange Le Pogam's French mini-majorEuropaCorp enters the festival with a slew of hot titles ranging from thenewest Guy Ritchie to the first instalment of its latest franchise.Ritchie, of Snatch and Lock, Stock And Two SmokingBarrels fame returns to similar territory with