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First Images From Terence Davies' 'Sunset Song,' Film Shooting In 65mm

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2014 10:21 AM
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Sunset Song
With productions labs and resources continuing to dwindle, the march towards a (mostly) digital film future continues, though there are a handful of notable filmmakers hanging on to the old way of doing things. Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson are just two of the big names who are sticking by traditional film stock as much as possible, and now, a veteran director is also embracing a big camera negative while he still can.

Berlin Review: Jane Campion's 'Top Of The Lake' A Satisfying & Cinematic Crime "Novel" In The Shape Of A TV Show

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 12, 2013 11:58 AM
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Taking the concept of binge-watching to a whole new theatrical level, we were lucky enough to spend most of our Sunday at the Berlin Film Festival in a large auditorium consuming Jane Campion’s six-hour “Top of the Lake” TV series, which will air in seven episodes on The Sundance Channel starting March 18th. It was a great experience, and not just because of the quality storytelling and filmmaking on display, but because of the sense of community and buzz you get at this type of event. We saw the show divided into three two-hour chunks, and during the brief intermissions, the audience buzzed with speculation: who was the father of the unborn child? Was X dead or alive? What was the significance of Y?

Sundance Preview: Jane Campion’s ‘Top Of The Lake’ Feels Like ‘The Killing’ Only With Haunting, Lasting Sustain

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 20, 2013 5:00 PM
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Moody, without being oppressively dark or atmospheric, compelling and mysterious, Jane Campion's seven-part Sundance Channel series, "Top Of The Lake" – based on two episodes thus far – is an intriguing crime drama and mystery that's got this writer hooked.

Mads Mikkelsen To 'Move On' With Asger Leth, Agyness Deyn & Peter Mullan Lead Terence Davies' 'Sunset Song' & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2012 10:39 AM
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Versatile Danish thesp Mads Mikkelsen is set to team with "Man On A Ledge" helmer Asger Leth for road film "Move On." Developed by Matt Greenhalgh (screenwriter of "Control" and "Nowhere Boy"), the story begins with a flawed hero, stepping off a boat in Rotterdam before traveling across Europe to deliver a mysterious silver suitcase. Lensing will take the production across eight different countries in a hectic 30-day chronological shoot, and will unusually involve the participation of film fans from 11 countries in areas such as casting, location and props. More details can be found at the film's website, but each country's shoot will make up a 5-8 minute segment of the movie, with a shoot commencing this summer before a September unveiling. [ScreenDaily]

Review: 'Tyrannosaur' Gets To The Heart Of Perseverance In The Face Of Brutality

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 17, 2011 10:20 AM
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Holly Hunter & Peter Mullan Join Jane Campion's 'Top Of The Lake'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2011 4:16 PM
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As we're in the thick of the awards season, here's a gentle reminder (as if you already didn't know) that it's not really about "the best" of anything, but mostly about who has the most efficient campaign. If the right people get nominated and win along the way, that's almost a happy accident. But just as often, great, deserving films get overlooked. Let's take Jane Campion's "Bright Star" for example, an utterly gorgeous, affecting, aching film powered by a beautiful turn by Abbie Cornish, breathtaking cinematography and a tone and tenor unlike any film that year. That is received only a paltry Costume Design nomination is a crime, but at least Campion is still solidering on and her next effort sounds absolutely great.

VIFF '11: Paddy Considine's Directorial Debut 'Tyrannosaur' An Uneven Portrait Of A Damaged Man

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 18, 2011 5:59 AM
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The opening scene of “Tyrannosaur” is a real belter. Through near whiplash-inducing cross cuts, we are introduced to a night in the life of Joseph (Peter Mullan) as he drinks heavily and stews with unfettered rage on a barstool (and back at home with a sawed-off wood baseball bat that looks like a leftover from the “Gangs of New York” props department). Then he does something really awful: he kills his dog. He doesn’t necessarily try to do this; it’s more the product of his excessive drinking, nasty temper and hateful, cynical outlook on the world. But he still did it, and the audience will never forget this for the remainder of the film.

Watch: Harrowing First Trailer Unveiled For Paddy Considine's 'Tyrannosaur'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 25, 2011 2:23 AM
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Perhaps catalysed by Jeff Wells' passionate appeal for marketing to commence on the film, with a post titled "Terrence Malick Of Trailer-Cutting," the first trailer for Paddy Considine's directorial debut "Tyrannosaur" has finally been unveiled.

Brit Action-Thriller 'Welcome To The Punch' Rounds Out With An Impressive Cast

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 20, 2011 2:41 AM
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For a film produced on a government-funded scheme that gave its recipients a budget of £100,000, Eran Creevy’s debut film, 2008’s “Shifty,” has enjoyed a long cultural half-life. Although it didn’t get a decent airing outside of the U.K. – and even then was little-seen, in spite of an array of awards and critical attention – this hasn’t diminished the prospects of its director Creevy, whose follow-up “Welcome To The Punch” has been catching our attention since it we profiled its script when it charted high on the annual Brit List some months ago. Already confirmed to star were James McAvoy (who could do with off-setting his debonair know-it-all performance as Professor Charles Xavier with something more substantive), Andrea Riseborough (she of “Brighton Rock” and “Never Let Me Go”) and Britain’s answer to Jeremy Renner in terms of his heedless productivity, Mark Strong.

Peter Mullan Finds Himself Alongside British Rapper Bashy In The Thriller 'The Man Inside'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 6:03 AM
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While the name Peter Mullan may not be instantly recognizable, you've undoubtedly seen him onscreen before. With supporting roles in everything from "Braveheart" to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," as well as the upcoming Steven Spielberg epic "War Horse," Mullan has spread himself across the cinematic landscape. On the other hand, Ashley Thomas, better known by his fans as Bashy, is a name you've probably never heard unless you enjoy British hip-hop that steals pretty liberally from the far more enjoyable work of artists like Dizzee Rascal.

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