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Mélanie Laurent's 'Breathe' & More Headed To Cannes Critics' Week

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With the Cannes Film Festival lineup now out of the bag, it's time for the sidebars to do their thing, and Cannes Critics' Week has kicked things off today by unveiling their slate of films. The sidebar tends to focus on less established names, but on cinematic voices that could make an impact in years to come. So even if you don't know these filmmakers yet, chances are you soon will. Read More »

20 Great Debut Films From Female Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 29, 2013 3:44 PM
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20 great Debut/female directors
One of the less reported stories of this August’s film schedule is that the month not only saw three films released that were directed by women, but they were in fact three feature debuts — Lake Bell’s “In A World” opened to a rapturous reception (including ours) on the 9th, Jerusha Hess’ “Austenland” bowed the following week, and this Friday Jill Solloway’s “Afternoon Delight” begins its run (our review is here). One swallow, or even three, may not make a summer, but these green shoots must certainly be promising for those in favor of changing the current female:male ratio in the film directing profession (which runs at 1 to 15.24 in the U.S. according to a Sundance Institute report) to a number that isn’t so outrageously out of whack that you have to keep double checking it. Yep, it’s 1:15.24.

Andrea Arnold Lines Up U.S. Film Plus Paddy Considine & Shane Meadows Working On New Projects

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 10, 2013 1:23 PM
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The UK’s Film4 have updated their current development slate, and with films like Shane Meadows’ “The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone,” Ben Wheatley’s “A Field in England” and Jonathan Glazer’s “Under The Skin” all edging their way closer to release, we’ve now got news of some of the new projects these directors have underway.

Contest: Blu-ray And DVD Copies Of Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights' Starring Kaya Scodelario & James Howson

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • April 23, 2013 1:00 PM
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After garnering considerable critical acclaim on its full release last year, Andrea Arnold's bruisingly beautiful adaptation of the Emily Brontë classic "Wuthering Heights" will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week. Following her unsettling but highly praised Cannes Jury Prize-winner "Fish Tank" -- a fairly grimy slice of British social realism -- with a romance classic, one already well-served by high-class adaptations, the film was seen in many quarters as something of an odd choice. The result though, to quote our grade A review out of Venice, was "superb," "groundbreaking" and "Terrence Malick-like," confirmation of a serious and formidable talent in British cinema.

Review: 'Wuthering Heights' Is A Superb, Groundbreaking Adaptation Of The Classic Tale

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 3, 2012 4:04 PM
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One of the most exciting talents to emerge out of the U.K. in the last decade or so is Andrea Arnold. The former television presenter won an Oscar for her short film "Wasp" in 2005, and made her feature debut the following year with the powerful, gritty thriller "Red Road." 2009 saw her follow it up with "Fish Tank," another kitchen-sink type film showcasing some incredible performances, gathering even more acclaim, and allowing the director to make inroads internationally. Her choice of a third film raised some eyebrows, however: Arnold was selected to helm a long-in-the-works film version of Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights."

Watch: Stunning New Trailer For Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 12:16 PM
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There are a number of high-profile classic literary adaptations coming out in the next few months, including (but not limited to) Joe Wright's stage-bound "Anna Karenina," Mike Newell's stately "Great Expectations," and "Fish Tank" director Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights." We're not sure why people aren't really talking about Arnold's adaptation -- it was one of the absolute highlights of Venice last year for us -- but hopefully after this new trailer (courtesy of Vulture), they will be.

Sundance: Andrea Arnold Talks Using Mumford & Sons For 'Wuthering Heights' & Her Intuitive Approach To Filmmaking

  • By John Lichman
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  • January 23, 2012 2:07 PM
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There are as many adaptations and variations on Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights" as there are theories about how Heathcliff gains his wealth and maturity before enacting his revenge. Thankfully, for Brontë-philes, that is still up for debate in "Fish Tank" director Andrea Arnold's adaptation of the Brit-Lit classic that tracks the mournful love triangle of Catherine, Heathcliff and Edgar over the years in the north of England at the titular farmhouse. This adaptation spent a while in development , being tossed from John Maybury (“The Edge of Love”) to Peter Webber (“Girl With The Pearl Earring”), until it came to her attention. The Playlist sat down with Arnold at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival the day after the first major snowstorm of the fest and discussed why she doesn't storyboard, her use of Mumford & Sons over the credits and why she chose to focus on the first half of the book (you can read our review of the film here).

Watch: Moody Teaser Trailer For Andrea Arnold's Outstanding 'Wuthering Heights'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 19, 2011 1:01 AM
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This writer saw several films that verged on greatness at the Venice Film Festival this year, but none quite blew us away like Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights." We'd liked "Red Road," and greatly admired "Fish Tank," but her new film, an adaptation of Emily Brontë's literary classic, is really something special, a masterly reinvention of a great tale, with the year's best lensing, courtesy of Robbie Ryan and a true command of cinema, taking on Terrence Malick at his own game and, against the thematically similar "Tree of Life" at least, winning.

Venice '11 Review: 'Wuthering Heights' Is A Superb, Groundbreaking Adaptation Of The Classic Tale

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2011 3:16 AM
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One of the most exciting talents to emerge out of the U.K. in the last decade or so is Andrea Arnold. The former television presenter won an Oscar for her short film "Wasp" in 2005, and made her feature debut the following year with the powerful, gritty thriller "Red Road." 2009 saw her follow it up with another kitchen-sink type film, showcasing some incredible perfrmances, namely the drama "Fish Tank," which gathered even more acclaim, and allowed the director to make inroads internationally. Her choice of a third film raised some eyebrows, however: Arnold was selected to helm a long-in-the-works film version of Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights."

Andrea Arnold Casts James Howson As Cinema's First Black Heathcliff In 'Wuthering Heights'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2010 5:13 AM
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For her follow-up to the excellent "Fish Tank," director Andrea Arnold has done a great job at keeping her forthcoming adaptation of "Wuthering Heights" under a veil of secrecy. With filming wrapped last week, it was still a mystery as to who landed the lead role of Heathcliff of the film but as the film heads into post-production, we now have a face and a name.

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