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Carey Mulligan Feels ‘The Fury’ For Women’s Rights

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2013 10:27 AM
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There are few faster rising UK writers at the moment than Abi Morgan. Under her impressive belt already is Steve McQueen’s “Shame," the Meryl Streep starring biopic “The Iron Lady,” the already missed Brit series “The Hour” and the movie which arguably kicked it all off for her career, “Brick Lane.” And her career continues to grow in leaps and bounds with her latest getting a pretty top shelf actress to lead the project.

Director Phyllida Lloyd Says She Thought Of 'The Iron Lady' As 'King Lear' For Girls

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 29, 2011 10:03 AM
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Meryl Streep's latest film "The Iron Lady" -- in which she portrays Margaret Thatcher -- isn't without controversy, not least of which because she's playing one of the most polarizing figures of the 20th century.

‘Shame’ Screenwriter Abi Morgan Talks Ralph Fiennes’ ‘Invisible Woman’ Project, Joe Wright’s ‘Little Mermaid, ‘Suffragettes’ & More

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 17, 2011 9:30 AM
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Three of screenwriter Abi Morgan's projects were honored by Golden Globe nominations Thursday -- the first season of her much-acclaimed BBC miniseries "The Hour," as well as the lead actors from her films "Shame" and "The Iron Lady," Michael Fassbender and Meryl Streep. And Morgan is already hard at work on her next round of projects, including the second season of "The Hour," which is in the middle of shooting now.

Steve McQueen Discusses His Short-Hand With Michael Fassbender, The Influence Of Pasolini On 'Shame' And His Fela Kuti Biopic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 1, 2011 12:03 PM
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Not every filmmaker has a background as a controversial, award-winning artist. But film has always been intrinsic to Turner Prize-winner Steve McQueen's work  -- 1997's "Deadpan," for instance, recreated Buster Keaton's legendary collapsing building stunt in "Steamboat Bill Jr." -- so his movement into feature filmmaking always felt like a natural shift, and it was no surprise that when it came with 2008's "Hunger," it would be one of the most indelible films of that year.

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.

Film4 & Focus Developing 'Suffragettes' With 'Shame' Writer Abi Morgan & Director Sarah Gavron

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 7, 2011 1:18 AM
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One of the reasons we get frustrated with political apathy -- the "I'm not going to bother voting, because it won't affect anything" mentality -- is because of the lengths that people went to in the past to ensure that they, and their descendants, would have the rights to have a say. Along with the civil rights movement, one of the most famous such campaigns were the Suffragettes, in early 20th century Britain. Initially used as a derogatory term (by the ever-sympathetic Daily Mail), their members -- women campaigning for the right of their gender to vote, which was finally fully granted in 1928 -- reclaimed the term, and have become inspirations to generations of activists in the years since.

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