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Meryl Streep is Maggie Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Posted on February 8th, 2011 in Celebrity PR,Film PR.

LONDON, Tuesday 8th February 2011: Pathé announces that principal photography has begun on The Iron Lady.  Written by award-winning writer Abi Morgan (Sex Traffic, Brick Lane, White Girl), directed by Phyllida Lloyd CBE (Mamma Mia) and produced by Damian Jones (The History Boys, Adulthood).

The film will be executive produced by Francois Ivernel and Cameron McCracken for Pathé, by Tessa Ross for Film4 and by Adam Kulick for Goldcrest.

The Iron Lady tells the compelling story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.

Meryl Streep said; “The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and exciting challenge.  I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses – I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own!”

Tessa Ross, Channel 4 controller of film and drama, said, “We’re all very excited at Film4 to be involved in The Iron Lady. Abi Morgan’s script is a wonderful and truly original portrayal of this extraordinary woman and to be working with the exceptional talents of Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent and Phyllida Lloyd amongst many others is a privilege.”

The film stars Academy Award-winners Meryl Streep as Lady Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher.  Their young selves are played by Alexandra Roach and Harry Lloyd.   The rest of the cast of family and friends, politicians and advisers, is made up of the very best of British acting talent, including: Olivia Colman, Nicholas Farrell, Susan Brown, Roger Allam, Anthony Head, Julian Wadham, Pip Torrens, Nick Dunning, Richard E Grant, David Westhead, Angus Wright and John Sessions.

The film is a Pathé, Film4, UK Film Council presentation with the participation of Canal+ and Cine Cinema in association with Goldcrest Film Production LLP of a DJ Films Production.

Pathé will distribute the film in France and Fox will distribute the film in the UK on behalf of Pathé. Pathé International will handle International sales.

Stop press >> Film4 Wins at London Evening Standard British Film Awards.

Film4-funded productions NEDS and Never Let Me Go were the big winners at this year’s London Evening Standard British Film Awards.

Claiming Best Film was the gritty, quasi-autobiographical drama NEDS, which revisits the Glasgow of director Peter Mullan’s youth. The compelling and often poignant film was led by a cast of unknown talent and has revelled in critical acclaim since its release.

Andrew Garfield’s mesmerising performances in the psychological thriller Never Let Me Go and The Social Network made him a popular winner in the Best Actor category.

Meanwhile Ben Wheatley, whose highly-anticipated new film Kill List is funded by Film4, won Best Newcomer for his direction on Down Terrace.

Tessa Ross, Controller of Film4 and Channel 4 Drama, said: “We are delighted that some of the bold and brilliant talent we have recently been working with at Film4, namely Peter Mullan, Andrew Garfield and Ben Wheatley, have all been so deservedly recognised at these awards.  We warmly congratulate them all.”

Film4’s reputation for nurturing new talent and building on its family of returning talent in the UK is now well established. Directors such as Danny Boyle, Shane Meadows, Michael Winterbottom, Andrea Arnold, Kevin Macdonald, Ken Loach, Sam Taylor-Wood and Mike Leigh have all benefited from Film4’s unflinching support of their particular vision.

Photo credit: Alex Bailey

Film 4 press enquiries to Elly Lacey at Taylor Herring PR +44 208 206 5151

Film4 Wins Top Award at London Film Festival

Posted on October 29th, 2009 in Film PR.

LONDON, Thursday 29th October – Film4 has won an inaugural Star Of London Award at the London International Film Festival, where The Scouting Book For Boys’ screen screenwriter Jack Thorne picked up the Best Newcomer prize.

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Film4 is also nominated for nine prestigious British Independent Film Awards (BIFAS), for Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy, which receives its World Premiere at the London International Film Festival tonight, Paul King’s Bunny And The Bull, which is released in November and Ken Loach’s Looking For Eric. The BIFAS will be held in London on Sunday 6 December.

Nowhere Boy about the life and times of the young John Lennon has been nominated for six awards. Besides nods for Best Actor (Aaron Johnson), Best Supporting Actress (Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff) and Best Screenplay (Matt Greenheigh), filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood has been nominated for the Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director, and the picture is in the running for the Best British Independent Film Award.

Bunny And The Bull Paul ‘Mighty Boosh’ King’s absurd comedy has scored two nominations – Best Production Design and Best Achievement In Production.

Looking For Eric Ken Loach’s cracking comedy-drama has also been recognised. John Henshaw is up for Best Supporting Actor.

About Film4
Film4, headed by Tessa Ross, is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. The company develops and co-finances film productions and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established. Film4 is a founding partner of the Warp X digital studio.

Film4’s latest release was Ken Loach’s Cannes competition film, Looking for Eric. Other 2009 releases include Danny Boyle’s, Slumdog Millionaire; Steve McQueen’s Hunger; Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges; Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky and Michael Winterbottom’s Genova.

Upcoming Film4 releases include Paul King’s Bunny and the Bull; Xiaolu Guo’s She, A Chinese, winner of the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival earlier this year; Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones; Chris Morris’ Four Lions and Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy.

Currently completing post production are Kevin Macdonald’s Eagle of the Ninth; Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go; Peter Mullan’s Neds, Hideo Nakata’s Chat Room and Mike Leigh’s 09 Project.

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Film4 Appoints Katherine Butler As Senior Commissioning Executive

Posted on September 7th, 2009 in Film PR.

LONDON, Monday 7th September 2009: Katherine Butler, Head of Development at Film4 has been promoted to the position of Senior Commissioning Executive, replacing Peter Carlton who recently left the company to join Warp Films.

In her new role, Butler will be responsible for overseeing Film4’s low budget films and will work closely with new talent, continuing to back bold and distinctive films.

Butler has a wealth of development expertise both in the UK and overseas. She joined Film4 as Head of Development in January 2005 and has worked on a broad range of films including the award-winning Slumdog Millionaire, Hallam Foe and How To Lose Friends And Alienate People. She was Associate Producer on Brick Lane and Executive Producer on Sam Taylor Wood’s short film Cannes contender Love You More.

Butler is currently involved in upcoming features Nowhere Boy (Sam Taylor Wood), Submarine (Richard Ayoade), Attack The Block (Joe Cornish) and Chatroom (Hideo Nakata), which she is also Executive Producing.

Prior to joining Film4, Butler was Head of Development and Executive Producer at the New Zealand Film Commission for four years where she developed and executive produced a broad slate of films including multi-award winning Whale Rider and Rain. Returning to the UK in 2002, Butler became Head of Development at Ruby Films where she worked on a variety of projects including Brick Lane.

Commenting on the appointment, Tessa Ross, Controller of Film4 and Channel 4 Drama, said: “Katherine has been an extraordinary Head of Development and I’m over the moon that she has proved herself so wholeheartedly committed to Film4 by taking on this great new role. I congratulate her on this promotion and am sure she will continue to be a wonderful asset to the filmmaking community and to Film4.”

Butler, added: “I am thrilled to be taking on the challenge of this exciting role within Film4, especially at such a dynamic time of change and opportunity for low budget film-making and distribution.”

About Film4

Film4, headed by Tessa Ross, is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. The company develops and co-finances film productions and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established. Film4 is a founding partner of the Warp X digital studio.

Film4’s most recent release was Ken Loach’s Cannes competition film, Looking for Eric. Other 2009 releases include Danny Boyle’s, Slumdog Millionaire, winner of 8 Academy Awards; Steve McQueen’s Hunger, winner of the 2008 Cannes Camera D’Or; Martin McDonagh’s Oscar nominated, In Bruges; Mike Leigh’s Oscar nominated and Golden Globe Best Actress winner, Happy-Go-Lucky and Michael Winterbottom’s Genova.

Upcoming Film4 projects include Paul King’s Bunny and the Bull; Xiaolu Guo’s She, A Chinese, winner of the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival; both of which have been invited to screen at the Toronto Film Festival, Alexis Dos Santos’ Unmade Beds; Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones; Chris Morris’ Four Lions; Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy; Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go; Mike Leigh’s next project and Kevin Macdonald’s Eagle of the Ninth.

Press contact: Taylor Herring PR 0208 206 5151

Film4 Scoops 8 Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire

Posted on February 23rd, 2009 in Film PR,Uncategorized.

5843Film4’s phenomenal success this awards season continues with 8 Oscars for Danny Boyle’s Film4 funded Slumdog Millionaire including Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score.

Tessa Ross, Controller of Film4 and Channel 4 Drama said: “We are over the moon that the Oscars have acknowledged and rewarded British independent film this year. It is hugely important for the talent to see their work recognised internationally and is a great reassurance that it is worthwhile taking creative risks. At a time when the future of public service broadcasting, and therefore Film4’s own future is being debated as never before, it is wonderful to see films, that would not exist without Film4’s continual support, garner global recognition. Britain needs these break out films to show the international film industry that there is a huge appetite and audience for independent British film.”

Slumdog Millionaire, which was originally optioned and developed by Film4 and subsequently co-financed with Celador also picked up Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song) for Jai Ho, Achievement in Film Editing and Achievement in Sound Mixing.

Slumdog Millionaire is currently storming the international box office and has taken £21million at the UK box office since opening on January 9th. Recently it picked up 7 BAFTA awards, following four wins at the Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director – Motion Picture.

The full details of the Oscar awards are as follows:

Best Motion Picture – Slumdog Millionaire (Christian Colson, Producer)
Achievement in Directing – Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Adapted Screenplay – Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Achievement in cinematography – Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Achievement in film editing – Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (original score) – A.R. Raham, Slumdog Millionaire
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (original song) – “Jai Ho”, Slumdog Millionaire. Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
Achievement in sound mixing – Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty, Slumdog Millionaire

Film4 has had a spectacular awards season scooping an impressive 9 awards at the BAFTAs including Best Film and Director for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Original Screenplay for In Bruges and The Carl Foreman Award For Special Achievement By A British Director, Writer Or Producer For Their First Feature Film for Hunger. Film4 also won six awards at the Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director – Motion Picture for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.

Previous Oscar wins for Film4 include Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland in 2007 and Best Live Action Short Film for Six Shooter in 2006. Visit www.channel4.com/film

Film4 Press contact: Taylor Herring PR 0208 206 5151

Film4 Picks Up 9 BAFTAS

Posted on February 9th, 2009 in Film PR.

bafta_awardsFilm4’s spectacular awards season success continues after scooping an impressive 9 awards at last night’s BAFTAs including Best Film and Director for Danny Boyle’s Film4 funded Slumdog Millionaire, Original Screenplay for Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges and The Carl Foreman Award For Special Achievement By A British Director, Writer Or Producer For Their First Feature Film for Steve McQueen’s Hunger.

Tessa Ross, Controller of Film4 and Channel 4 Drama said: “It is wonderful that the BAFTAs have recognised and rewarded so many British films this year – it’s an incredibly exciting time for the UK film industry. Film has always been core to Channel 4’s DNA and I can only hope as the Channel’s future is debated the value of Film4’s contribution to the landscape of British film is acknowledged and protected. At Film4 our mission is to support and develop new and established talent and we are thrilled that they are being celebrated on a global scale. Creatively it’s important to take risks and to strive to achieve something exceptional and when those risks pay off it is immensely gratifying.”

Slumdog Millionaire picked up a total of 7 awards including Adapted Screenplay for Simon Beaufoy’s script based on the novel Q&A and Music for A. R. Rahman’s original score.

Slumdog Millionaire, which was originally optioned and developed by Film4 and subsequently co-financed with Celador, has already picked up 10 Oscar nominations and four Golden Globes, and has held the no.1 slot at the UK box office for the past four weeks taking over £15 million.

Film4 co-funded In Bruges won 1 award for Original Screenplay for Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges.

Steve McQueen’s Hunger, an original C4/Film4 co-commissioned by Jan Younghusband in Channel 4 Arts and Peter Carlton at Film4 and which took Cannes by storm last year, picked up 1 award – The Carl Foreman Award For Special Achievement By A British Director, Writer Or Producer For Their First Feature Film for Steve McQueen’s Hunger.

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