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Creative England head of film steps down after four months

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Exclusive: Brek Taylor departs in latest blow to UK funding agency.

Creative England’s head of film Brek Taylor is to leave the UK funding agency this week after four months in the role.

The former director and Film London executive was appointed at the end of September 2016 following the departure of Caroline Cooper Charles, who herself served only six months in the position.

Creative England confirmed the exit but declined to comment on the reason for Taylor’s departure or a succession plan.

The 45 Years and Notes On Blindness backer had been looking to build stability in 2017 following cuts to its film operation last year.

On revealing its five-year plan for film in November, the BFI described a “refocused” role for the agency and a review of its production services operation.

At the time the BFI confirmed that the valued agency would continue to deliver popular low budget movie scheme iFeatures, which produced
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Emily Blunt Can't Wait For Her Kids to See Her Movies - Except This One

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Emily Blunt Can't Wait For Her Kids to See Her Movies - Except This One
It seems unavoidable that Emily Blunt's daughters will stumble upon The Devil Wears Prada - after all, their father, John Krasinski, has seen it over 70 times - but Blunt is lining up plenty of other movies she can't wait to share with her girls as well. For starters, she's already got a few animated films to her name, but there's also Into the Woods, and, of course, her upcoming starring role in Mary Poppins Returns. I recently sat down with Blunt in New York, where we discussed how being a mom has affected the projects she chooses, working with her husband, and what film she hopes her children never find. Image Source: Getty / Mireya Acierto Popsugar: How much, if it all, are your kids a factor into the actual roles you choose now? Emily Blunt: Mary Poppins! What a gift to my girls! I would've done Mary Poppins
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'Lady Macbeth' funder Creative England appoints head of film

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Exclusive: Former Film London executive joins UK funder which is riding high following Toronto successes.

UK funder Creative England, whose previous credits include 45 Years and Spooks: The Greater Good, has appointed former Film London executive producer Brek Taylor as its new head of film.

Taylor, who joined the organisation last week, takes over from Caroline Cooper Charles.

Taylor co-directed 2011 Glasgow Film Festival feature The Island, which starred Natalie Press, Colin Morgan and Janet McAteer. The title, made under Taylor’s production banner Tailormade Productions, was acquired by Soda Pictures for the UK.

Having started out in theatre, she has worked on documentaries for National Geographic’s ‘Explorer’s Journal’ and a 24-hour international Shakespeare theatre event involving 35 countries.

Caroline Norbury MBE, chief executive of Creative England, said in a statement to Screen: “We’re delighted to welcome Brek Taylor to Creative England as our new Head of Film, bringing her 15 years experience directing and producing in theatre
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Andrea Arnold’s 'Wasp' Now Screening for Free Online in the Wake of Triumphant 'American Honey' Premiere

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Andrea Arnold’s 'Wasp' Now Screening for Free Online in the Wake of Triumphant 'American Honey' Premiere
Andrea Arnold's "American Honey" is one of the most acclaimed films to emerge from Cannes this year, with the writer/director winning raves for her latest film. To tide yourself over before the film hits theaters, Le CiNéMa Club has made Arnold's Academy Award–winning short film "Wasp" available for free online. Read More: Cannes Review: 'American Honey' Proves Andrea Arnold is One of the Best Working Filmmakers and Finds a Breakout Star in Sasha Lane Clocking in at 26 minutes, it follows a single mother of four who struggles to take care of her children; in an attempt to rekindle her relationship with an ex, she claims to only be babysitting them. "Wasp" won the Sundance Short Film Prize in 2005 before going on to take home the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film. Natalie Press stars as the mother in question. Read More: Cannes: Andrea Arnold
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Goteborg Works In Progress find suitors

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Celluloid Dreams handles Valley of Shadows; Media Luna boards Little Wing; Indie Sales represents The Giant.

The old adage of ‘leaving them wanting more’ was certainly on display at the Works In Progress pitches at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market this year (full line-up below).

The most-anticipated pitch of the session was Johannes Nyholm’s feature debut The Giant. The director showed several scenes from the film, but refrained from showing footage of the fantastical Giant as he said the VFX was still being worked on.

Also holding back were the producers of Cold Case Hammarskjold, the latest provocative documentary from Mads Brugger (of The Ambassador and The Red Chapel fame), about the death of Swedish diplomat and author Dag Hammarskjold.

Co-producer Andreas Rocksen said the filmmakers had a new theory about how Hammarskjold’s plane went down in 1961, but he said the theory won’t be revealed until the film is ready.

Several of the
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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: January 18-24

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Straight Outta Compton" Yeah, the Oscars snubbed it for major awards, but who cares what the "Academy" thinks? Bye, Felicia! Critics and audiences loved this bio-drama about the creation of N.W.A., and it's available on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand January 19. The Blu-ray (and Digital HD, which is already out) includes the Unrated Director's Cut, with 20 additional minutes of the film. Bonus features exclusive to Blu-ray include deleted scenes, feature commentary with director/producer F. Gary Gray, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the film.

"Everest"

"Everest," which documents two different expeditions challenged by one of the fiercest snowstorms encountered by man, is out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand January 19. The film's all-star cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley,
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Suffragette – The Review

By Cate Marquis

In the years just before World War I at the start of the 20th century, British women had been campaigning peacefully for the right to vote for about 50 years, to no avail. When aristocrat Emmeline Pankhurst, along with her daughters, joined this struggle and formed the Women’s Social and Political Union (Wspu), all that changed. The label “suffragettes” originated as an insult but the Wspu embraced the term as they took to the streets in violent protest to force government to give women the vote.

This nearly-forgotten struggle is the subject of Suffragette. The bold, emotionally-raw and worthy drama focuses more narrowly on a particular moment in that movement for women’s suffrage in Britain. While Emmeline Pankhurst, played by Meryl Streep, is a character in this story, the real focus of Suffragette is on some of her followers, “foot soldiers” in this fight – Maud (Carey Mulligan
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Win Passes to An Advance Screening of Suffragette

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Enter here for your chance to win run of engagement passes to see the new film Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep.

For your chance to receive a complimentary pass for two to see Suffragette on Monday, November 2nd at 7:00pm at the AMC Livonia 20 theater in Dearborn, Michigan, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because the contest ends early Monday morning!

About The Film

Suffragette: Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of a powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. The stirring story centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.
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Suffragette | Review

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Female Misbehavior: Gavron’s Noble Depiction of British Women’s Suffrage Movement

There’s much to admire in Sarah Gavron’s sophomore directorial effort, Suffragette, a turn-of-the-century snapshot of the British Women’s suffrage movement as the struggle for the right to vote considerably intensified against the patriarchal code. Enhanced by some superb performances from its talented cast, there’s a surprising degree of dramatic potency for a vehicle specifically calibrated to convey a cumbersome and obvious message, even as it stacks an overwhelming amount of tension on the back of its lead protagonist, balanced magnificently by its star, Carey Mulligan.

Reuniting with the screenwriter of her 2007 debut Brick Lane, Abi Morgan (who penned McQueen’s Shame, as well as The Iron Lady in 2011), Gavron concocts a rather conventional snapshot of a struggle for equality still being exacted, to varying degrees, across the globe.

In 1912 London, laundrywoman Maud Watts (Mulligan
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59th BFI London Film Festival Opening Gala Review: Suffragette (2015)

Suffragette, 2015.

Directed by Sarah Gavron.

Starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep.

Synopsis: In 1913 London, a young laundress (Mulligan) is swept into the Women’s Vote movement just as it begins to boil into militant activism.

Deliberately not a biopic of Emmeline Pankhurst or indeed of any of the key figures of the Women’s Suffrage movement, Suffragette follows everywoman Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan, Far From The Madding Crowd) on her journey from reluctant onlooker to full on militant activist as the violence escalates between the government and the Suffragettes during 1913 in London. It is “inspired by true events”, meaning that the history and the women who shaped it are in there somewhere, but the narrative is a constructed, fictional one which allows certain artistic liberties to be taken–something that the film can count as both a strength and a weakness.
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Lff 2015: ‘Suffragette’ Review

Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Natalie Press, Brendan Gleeson, Geoff Bell | Written by Abi Morgan | Directed by Sarah Gavron

Two of the most violent and disturbing films of the last year are both period dramas about voting rights. The first is Selma, the story of the march to that town during the civil rights movement in 1960s America. The second is Suffragette, a rousing, anger-inducing account of working-class British women’s battle for the right to vote. The reason the violence in these films is so much more effective than that of the average disaster movie or tentpole superhero flick is that it’s borne out of reality. When police beat a crowd of women into submission for voicing their protest at a heartless parliamentary ruling or a suffragette turns up to a meeting covered in bruises, it doesn’t feel like fiction.
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Watch: 2 Clips & New Character Posters For ‘Suffragette’ Starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep & More

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So what’s up with that Oscar race? Well, as Oli just outlined in his piece on the contenders for Best Actor and Best Actress, Focus Features’ women’s right drama, “Suffragette” was sort of cooly received by audiences in Telluride (read our review). But as he also noted, the film is arriving right as the topic of feminism and equal rights is hitting the zeitgeist once again and its classicism could strike a major chord with Oscar voters who don’t care what critics think. Backing up, “Suffragette” centers on the struggle for women’s voting rights in 1910s Britain and it has a hell of a cast. The always terrific Carey Mulligan stars (and she’s great) and the ensemble also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Natalie Press and Meryl Streep. Here’s the official synopsis: Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter,
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Review: Carey Mulligan is the highlight of a familiar feeling 'Suffragette'

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Review: Carey Mulligan is the highlight of a familiar feeling 'Suffragette'
Telluride – There is a lot about “Suffragette” that shouldn’t be rare in the movie business. A film with a female director (Sarah Gavron), a female screenwriter (Abi Morgan) and two female producers (Alison Owen, Faye Ward) should be the norm and not the exception. Unfortunately, it’s not. As star Meryl Streep noted during the film’s Q&A on Saturday, in 2014 women directed just 1% of movies released by Hollywood studios. That fact, along with a recent resurgence equal rights for women in the either has made “Suffragette” something of a cause célèbre at Telluride this year. If only the actually movie was something to celebrate as well. Set in 1912, the film takes place at a key moment in British history. After 50 years of peaceful protest Suffrage societies led by the Women’s Social and Political Union (Wspu) decide only more aggressive action can spur the government to grant women the right to vote.
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Telluride Film Review: ‘Suffragette’

Telluride Film Review: ‘Suffragette’
“Deeds, not words,” goes the refrain of “Suffragette,” a stolidly well-meaning tribute to the handful of brave women who realized that polite, law-abiding protests weren’t going to get them very far in the battle for voting rights in early 20th-century Britain. But while it boasts no shortage of dramatic activity as it lays bare the challenges and consequences of civil disobedience, this collaboration between director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan doesn’t exactly uphold that mantra, insofar as it never seems to deviate from a neatly pre-packaged script of its own. As a lowly wife and mother slowly grabbing hold of her difficult destiny, Carey Mulligan gives an affecting, skillfully modulated performance that lends a certain coherence to this assemblage of real-life incidents, composite characters, noble sentiments, stirring speeches and impeccable production values — all marshaled in service of a picture whose politics prove rather more commendable than its artistry.
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Fall 2015 Movie Preview . Films I.m Dying to See

From big blockbusters to small independent films, here are the movies I.m dying to see this Fall. (Official synopsis provided by studios)

September 18 (Friday)

About Ray When a young woman (Elle Fanning) decides to transition from female to male, her announcement is met with both opposition and support from her mother (Naomi Watts) and her lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon).

Black Mass In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. -- (C) Warner Bros

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials In this next chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien
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Wamg’s 2015 Fall Movie Preview

As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.

The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.

Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!

September

The Visit (Sept 11)

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal PicturesThe Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip.
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Suffragette Releases Poster And Video For Women’s Equality Day

To help celebrate Women’s Equality Day, Suffragette has released their official poster, and a special video. It’s something of a no-brainer as far as marketing efforts go, and it conveniently fits with the films release (October 23rd limited), but it’s also a pretty cool effort.

This one might have a built-in, PC shield against critics, but everything that has come out so far seems to indicate that it’s also a legitimately solid film. While a lot of people will obviously cite Meryl Streep as a surefire indicator that we’re working with a quality effort, I would suggest that Carey Mulligan, who has to carry a fair amount of the film, is going to be the real test. She’s done a lot of good work before, and if she delivers here, this one is going to be good.

Take a look below, and keep this one on your radar.
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Suffragette Movie Honors 95th Anniversary Of Women’s Equality Day With New Poster

Every daughter should know this history, every son write it on his own heart. – Meryl Streep

I come to ask you to help to win this fight. If we win it, this hardest of all fights, then, to be sure, in the future it is going to be made easier for women all over the world to win their fight when their time comes. – Emmeline Pankhurst (1913)

On August 26, 1920 the United States government accorded women the right to vote.

Each year, the President of the United States designates August 26 as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate this landmark decision.

In celebration of the 95th anniversary of the historic moment for equal rights, Focus Features has released the U.S. theatrical poster for Suffragette.

The moving and powerful Suffragette shines a light on women who risked everything for the right to vote, in early-20th century Britain.

The cast includes Academy Award
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Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter Are Rebels In New Suffragette Poster

Today is Emmeline Pankhurst Day in the U.K. Each year, this day pays tribute to the fight for women’s suffrage (the right to vote) and equal rights for women led by activist Emmeline Pankhurst.

Beginning in the early 20th century, the tireless work from Mrs. Pankhurst and the thousands of women she rallied as suffragettes had a ripple effect that reached across the globe, helping to eventually gain women equality in numerous other countries, including the U.S.

To celebrate the day, Focus Features has released the brand new Suffragette poster of Ms. Streep, Ms. Mulligan, and Ms. Bonham Carter.

Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of a powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain.

The stirring story centers on Maud (played
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'Suffragette' Posters Celebrate Mothers, Daughters and Rebels

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'Suffragette' Posters Celebrate Mothers, Daughters and Rebels
Today is Emmeline Pankhurst Day in the U.K. Each year, this day pays tribute to the fight for women's suffrage (the right to vote) and equal rights for women led by activist Emmeline Pankhurst. Beginning in the early 20th century, the tireless work from Mrs. Pankhurst and the thousands of women she rallied as suffragettes had a ripple effect that reached across the globe, helping to eventually gain women equality in numerous other countries, including the U.S.

Three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep portrays the women's rights activist in Suffragette, a powerful film about the ordinary women who risked their very lives in the name of equality. Suffragette stars Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and is directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron. And it is sure to be a major contender at this year's Academy Awards race.

In celebration of Emmeline Pankhurst Day,
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