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A Look At The 2013 Brit List, The U.K. Answer To The Black List

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 23, 2013 1:56 PM
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For the last few years, in an attempt to get the same kind of boost for unmade screenplays as the Black List has managed in the U.S, the Brit List has been published; a smaller survey of development executives and similar who pick out their favorite as-yet-unproduced scripts, and vote for the best.

The Playlist Delves Into The 2011 Brit List, The Best Unmade Screenplays From The U.K.

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 10, 2011 10:02 AM
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It's been something of a banner year, both critically and commercially, for British film, with the likes of "The Inbetweeners Movie" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" tearing it up at the box office at home, while pictures like "Kill List," "Attack the Block," "We Need To Talk About Kevin" and "Shame" have won acclaim from critics at home and abroad. But with the changes in the industry coming from the scrapping of national funding body the UK Film Council last summer starting to take effect, we're at something of a pivot point -- the last of the Film Council-funded features are starting to roll out, and it remains to be seen what kind of effect the move of funding to the British Film Institute will have.

Cillian Murphy To Star In Redemption Tale 'Broken' & WWII Psych-Drama 'Wayfaring Strangers'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2011 2:20 AM
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Andrew Niccol's Sci-Fi-Actioner With Actor As Villain Now Known As 'In Time' Beyond his work with Christopher Nolan in the Batman movies and "Inception," Irish actor Cillian Murphy's career has been surprisingly low key. He's about to feature fairly prominently as the lead antagonist in Andrew Niccol's "In Time" (formerly titled "Now" and before that, "I'm.mortal") as well as Rodrigo Cortes' "Red Lights" but, other than that, his choices have generally been dominated by more risky, independent fare.

James McAvoy Says He'll Star Eran Creevy's British Crime Thriller 'Welcome To The Punch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2011 2:03 AM
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Update: Deadline reveals that the film will shoot in July (leaving plenty of room for "Anna Karenina") with the film drawing comparisons to "Heat."

Brit List Toppers 'Sex Education' & 'Cheerleaders' Get Directors In Misha Manson-Smith & Tom Harper

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2011 3:14 AM
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The Brit List, an annual celebration of the best unproduced screenplays in the UK, may have followed in the footsteps of the Black List, but it doesn't necessarily mean the same guarantee of success. Compared to films like "The Social Network" and "Juno," which placed highly on the US list in past years, and went on to both critical and commercial success, UK equivalents like "The Men Who Stared At Goats" and "Nowhere Boy" turned out rather disappointingly, while the 2009 topper, "Good Luck Anthony Belcher," is still awaiting a green light.

A Look Inside The Brit List, The Best Unproduced Screenplays From The U.K.

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 8, 2010 3:57 AM
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In some ways, it's been a pretty good year for the British film industry, with the likes of "Another Year," "The King's Speech," "Down Terrace," "Skeletons," "The Scouting Book For Boys" and "The Arbor" all providing some of the great movie-going pleasures of the year, and with some good prospects for next year, most notably Paddy Considine's "Tyrannosaur," Joe Cornish's "Attack the Block" and Richard Ayoade's "Submarine." In most other ways, though, things are fairly grim, thanks to the scrapping of the U.K. Film Council, responsible for substantial funding in the industry, by the new government.
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