Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY has acquired inner-city UK crime drama Honeytrap.
Based on a real 2009 crime, the debut feature from director/writer Rebecca Johnson follows 15-year old Layla, newly transplanted from Trinidad to Brixton, as she navigates between gang culture, power, bullying, sex, romance and betrayal. Jessica Sula of Freeform’s now cancelled Recovery Road stars as Layla with Scream Queens‘Lucien Laviscount, Guardians of The Galaxy‘sNaomi Ryan and Leave To Remain‘s Ntonga Mwanza also in the cast. Honeytrap will get a limited release in September.
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Suspects returns to Channel 5 on Wednesday 3rd August for a fifth series and introduces three new cast members. James Murray (Cucumber, New Tricks, Defiance), Lenora Crichlow (Being Human, Fast Girls, Sugar Rush, Black Mirror) and Perry Fitzpatrick (This is England) will join original cast members Damien Molony (Being Human, Ripper Street) and Clare-Hope Ashitey (Doctor Foster, Top Boy, The White King and I.T.) in the gripping and innovative crime drama series.
A+E Networks has launched a short-film competition in partnership with Women in Film & TV UK, to celebrate and promote the work of women behind the camera. The inaugural Lifetime Shorts competition – part of A+E Networks’ global initiative Broad Focus, which aims to find, develop and mentor future talent in the entertainment industry, with a specific focus on women – is open to all UK-based female filmmakers (directors, writers and producers) who have created original shorts of no more than five minutes’ duration.
The 7-day event features its’ biggest ever line-up of selections with 43 screenings.
BUFF 2016 begins on Wednesday 14 September with the World Premiere of To Dream (starring Adam Deacon, DianaVickers, Ed Hayter & Freddie Thorp), directed by newcomer Nicole Albarelli. Other highlights include:
The Walking Dead actor Lennie James is set to join the Blade Runner sequel starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.
Directed by Sicario helmer Denis Villeneuve, the film also stars Robin Wright and Mackenzie Davis. Cinematographer Roger Deakins will reunite with Villeneuve on the project. James has been a British TV staple and is now best known as Morgan on AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead. On the film side, he most recently portrayed James Brown’s father, Joseph Gardner Brown, in the biopic Get on Up.
Sky has hired BBC comedy commissioner Tilusha Ghelani as part of its latest push into comedy. Ghelani has joined as commissioning editor, comedy and will work across Sky’s portfolio of channels including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, and Sky Arts, as well as its on-demand service.