Category Archives: News

News| Wunmi Mosaku & Adeel Akhtar to star in BBC One gentrification drama ‘Capital’

UPTOWN_wunmi_mosaku_1

Reposted from BBC Press Centre

Toby Jones (Marvellous, The Girl), Lesley Sharp (Scott And Bailey, The Shadow Line) Wunmi Mosaku (Dancing On The Edge, In The Flesh) and Adeel Akhtar (Utopia, Four Lions) are set to star in BAFTA-winning Peter Bowker’s adaptation of John Lanchester’s critically acclaimed and bestselling novel Capital, produced by Kudos for BBC One.

Joined by Rachael Stirling (Detectorists, The Bletchley Circle), Gemma Jones (Marvellous, The Lady Vanishes), Robert Emms (Atlantis, War Horse), Bryan Dick (Wolf Hall, Eric And Ernie) and Radoslaw Kaim (Spies Of Warsaw, Wallander), the line-up will also include multi-award-winning Indian actress Shabana Azmi and, fresh from her Olivier award-winning role in West End musical Once, Zrinka Cvitešić.

Set on a single street in South London, Capital is a portrait of a road transformed by soaring property prices: what was once the home of modest lower-middle class families, Pepys Road has been continuously gentrified into a street of multi-million pound houses.

Continue reading

News| Shortlist Announced for 6th Reed.co.uk Short Film Competition

new-template-2013-short-film-competition1

reed.co.uk, the UK’s largest job site, has released the shortlist for its sixth Short Film Competition which sees up–and-coming filmmakers compete for the chance to win a top prize of £10,000. The competition received 572 entries this year, the highest ever in its history, as filmmakers took on the challenge to create a three minute short film based on an original idea around the theme ‘The Question.’ The work submitted by the 12 shortlisted filmmakers feature a variety of interpretations on the theme, covering everything from romance to religion. 

Now in its sixth year, the reed.co.uk Short Film Competition was created to provide career changing opportunities for young, up–and-coming British creative talent and to have their work seen by industry professionals.

Continue reading

News| Nominations Announced for the British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards 2015

BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards

(Image: 2014 winners)

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Scotland (BAFTA Scotland) has announced the nominations for the British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards 2015. The annual awards ceremony recognises, inspires and celebrates emerging practitioners from all over Scotland and gives up-and-coming screen industry talent an all-important platform to showcase their work to the wider industry. Thirty nine nominees have been selected across 13 categories by juries made up of industry professionals. 

Continue reading

News| BBC Greenlights Steve McQueen Drama

movies-steve-mcqueen-oscars-2014

Reposted from Broadcast

The BBC has formally commissioned its “epic” Steve McQueen drama about the experiences of a black community in west London. The corporation and UK indie Rainmark Films, the indie led by Game Of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and former BBC Films executive Tracey Scoffield, are aiming to shoot the anticipated six-part series in spring 2016.

McQueen, the Oscar winning 12 Years A Slave director, will direct and co-write the drama, alongside writers including Debbie Tucker Green, who won a Bafta TV award in 2012 for Channel 4 single Random. The series will chronicle the lives of a group of friends and their families living in west London between the 1960s and the present day. It has been in development since January 2014.

Continue reading

Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan & Marlon Smith announced as British Urban Film Festival script judges

61f9fe5f-d3eb-4e53-8df8-734b0136caf2-2
Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith have been unveiled as script judges for the 2015 British Urban Film Festival's live script reading competition. The climax will take place once again at Channel 4 headquarters on Friday 2nd October. Daniel and Marlon will be presiding over this year’s competition entries (together with the writer & director Julius Amedume) from which 3 will be shortlisted for a Channel 4 BUFF award in addition to their script being performed.
 
Daniel and Marlon are two of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow 2014 and co-wrote the four part crime series Run. Following the highly acclaimed series the pair went on to win the RTS Award for Best Drama Writer and the BAFTA Television Craft Award for Breakthrough Talent.
 

Continue reading

Idris Elba ‘Journey of Self-Exploration’ Doc to Premiere at London’s BFI in April

article-2349925-1A83A6EF000005DC-292_634x475Reposted from Shadow and Act

Idris Elba's life, his relationship with his late father, and his preparation for playing Nelson Mandela in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," are all at the center of a new documentary the actor is producing via his Green Door Pictures production company.

The 60-minute film will be directed by BAFTA-winning director Daniel Vernon, and will follow the "Luther" star on a "journey of self-exploration," says the press release, from his time in South Africa to film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," the recording of the album based on his research for the role, and dealing with the death of his father. 

Nicholas Yearwood from Green Door Pictures said: "Green Door Pictures are delighted with the results of almost a year of filming. Daniel Vernon's film perfectly captures Idris's personal and professional challenges, whilst he tackled arguably the most iconic and important role of his career."

"Mandela, My Dad and Me" is premiering at London's BFI on April 7, with a limited theatrical release to follow in London. No word on a USA premiere yet, although I'm sure it'll travel, and may be picked up by a US cable TV network.

Alex Connock, managing director at co-financer Shine North, added: “What we love about this film is that it’s full on celebrity access – but without the sugar coating. It’s just real life; incredibly watchable, musical and moving.”

Zawe Ashton to Join New HBO Series from ‘Orange is the New Black’ Creator

Zawe AshtonReposted from Shadow and Act 

Brit Zawe Ashton has joined the cast of HBO's "The Devil You Know," a new pilot from "Orange is the New Black" creator Jenji Kohan. This marks Ashton's debut appearances on US television, alongside Damien Molony, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ewen Bremner, Karen Gillan, Naian Gonzalez Norvind, Eddie Izzard, Ever Carradine, Hannah Nordberg and others.

"The Devil You Know" will look at the infamous Salem Witch Trials in 17th century New England, as neighbor was set against neighbor, leading a town to mass hysteria. 

Izzard plays farmer Thomas Putnam, the Puritan patriarch of the powerful Putnam family and a leader in agrarian Salem Village. Molony will play his eldest son, opposite Ever Carradine as Putnam's wife, while Rhind-Tutt portrays Minister Samuel Parris, a hard-line Puritan who isn't popular with his peers until the accusations begin flying. Hannah Nordberg will play his daughter, Betty, with Naian Gonzalez Norvind as his niece and Ashton as the Parris' slave brought from Barbados. 

Filming on the pilot is expected to begin this spring in Boston.

Assuming HBO picks "The Devil You Know" to series, it will mark Ashton's first USA TV series regular role, which should further introduce her to Stateside audiences.

Channel 4 launches 360° Diversity Charter

350_diversity_charter_channel_4_2015

Channel 4 has set out a major commitment to leadership in diversity at every level of the organisation with the launch of its 360° Diversity Charter at an event held in Parliament on Monday 12th January.

The 360° Charter puts diversity at the heart of all decision making at Channel 4, across all activities on and off-screen, at every level and with all external partners and independent producers. It includes 30 significant activities worth £5m of investment and covers a wide definition of diversity including BAME, disability, LGBT, gender and social mobility. 

Headline activities within the Charter include the launch of Channel 4’s Commissioning Diversity Guidelines, the introduction of new in-house diversity targets for Channel 4 staff and leadership, the funding of seven diverse Deputy Commissioning Editors, and investment in a new generation of disabled production talent for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

David Abraham, Channel 4’s Chief Executive said: “Diversity is baked into Channel 4’s DNA and our remit – it’s vital that we are open to the widest variety of voices, and that we nurture new talent from all backgrounds and reflect all of contemporary Britain.

“We have a rich heritage in pioneering programming that has reshaped how we think about diversity from Desmond’sand Queer as Folk through to the 2012 Paralympics, but like all media organisations, there is more we can do.

“The launch of our 360° Charter is an opportunity for us to change how we think about diversity and ensure that it’s at the very heart of everything that we do, on and off-screen.

“It’s a complex area but our goal is to create meaningful and long term change and I believe the commitments we’re setting out today are a significant moment in the history of Channel 4.”

The commitments outlined in the 360° Charter include:

Continue reading

News| Buzzfeed: The Rise of the Black British Actor in America

buzzfeed

With the recent release of Golden Globe nominated film 'Selma' which stars Brit David Oyelowo, Buzzfeed has written a piece on the rise of the black British actor in Tinsletown. Thandie Newton, Idris Elba, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chiwetel Ejiofer have also been popular picks across the shores so with the suggested lack of opportunities for black actors in the UK, is this new black Brit actor renaissance the way forward for the UK's home grown talent? Whatever your opinion, click here to read the full article. 

 

Lenny Henry, Shonda Rhimes & Richard Ayoade named in the MediaGuardian 100 2014

Media Top 100 four upImage: The Guardian

The MediaGuardian 100 is an annual guide to the most powerful people in digital media, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, media business, advertising, marketing and PR. While Larry Page, Chief Executive of Google topped the list for the second year running, other features included Lenny Henry (who has spent the year championing diversity), uber successful showrunner and the BAFTA award-winning Richard Ayoade. For an interactive list of the full 100, click here.