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'NEDS' Director Peter Mullan Almost Helmed 'The Time Traveler's Wife' (Until He Botched The Pitch)

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 27, 2011 2:50 AM
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Says 'NEDS' Is 40% Autobiographical & Talks About His Issues With Arthouse CinemaFrom bit parts in "Braveheart" and "Shallow Grave" to winning Best Actor at Cannes for Ken Loach's "My Name Is Joe," not to mention working with Steven Spielberg on the upcoming "War Horse" and securing the role of Death Eater Yaxley for the final two "Harry Potter" films, Scottish actor Peter Mullan has come a long way in a short time. Though he's well-known for his work as an actor, he's had a passion for filmmaking ever since he was 19. His first feature, "Orphans," made rounds at the Venice Film Festival and Paris Film Festival, but it was his sophomore project "The Magdalene Sisters" that really made a splash on the circuit, playing at the Toronto International Film Festival and garnering a nomination for a BAFTA Award. The drama, following three women in an asylum, was a large step forward for the filmmaker in terms of directorial style and substance; the festival-goers that caught it were impressed and eagerly awaited his follow-up.

Tribeca Review: Peter Mullan's 'NEDS' Suggests That The Kids Aren't Alright

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 24, 2011 5:50 AM
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When young John McGill (Conor McCarron) scores a 100% score at the start of “NEDS,” the grade-schooler quietly rejoices in his seat, proud to have distinguished himself from his peers. His reward? He is singled out by his snooty instructor for being a “swot,” a sarcastic congratulations for his “embarrassing” score is the beginning of his ostracizing.

Vincent Gallo's 'Essential Killing,' Zach Braff's 'High Cost Of Living' Part Of Tribeca's 2011 Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2011 9:54 AM
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Films By Peter Mullan, Dax Shepherd & More Round Out ScheduleIt seems a new player has emerged on the indie film distribution and they will be making a big impression in 2011. Tribeca Films announced today an intriguing slate of films adding to the already includes the previously announced "Last Night" starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet.

Watch: Trailer For Peter Mullan's Acclaimed 'NEDS'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 7, 2010 2:26 AM
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Scottish actor Peter Mullan's recently been exposed to a wider audience than ever before by stealing the show in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," but the savvy have been fans of Mullan for years thanks to his outstanding performances in the likes of "Trainspotting," "My Name Is Joe," "Children Of Men," "Boy A" and the "Red Riding" trilogy. But even fans of his acting may not be aware that Mullan was responsible for a couple of very strong directorial efforts, the dark comedy "Orphans" in 1997, and the punishing, but thoroughly excellent "The Magdalene Sisters" in 2002.

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