Monday, 5 October 2015

Laurie Anderson to speak at BFI London Film Festival

Heart of a Dog
American musician and performance artist will present her film Heart of a Dog at the 59th BFI London Film Festival at the BFI Southbank on Wednesday 14 October.

Anderson will also participate in LFF Connects the Festival’s new series of talks intended to stimulate new collaborations and ideas by exploring how film engages with other creative industries. LFF Connects: Performance/Music with Laurie Anderson will take place at BFI Southbank on Thursday 15.

Best known for her Top 10 hit single in 1981 with ‘O Superman’, Anderson is an writer, director, visual artist and vocalist who has created works that span the worlds of art, theatre and experimental music. Heart of a Dog is her first feature since the 1986 concert movie Home of the Brave.

Laurie Anderson
Her new film is a cinematic journey through love, death and language. Centering on Anderson’s beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, Heart of a Dog is an essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and her tribute to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her.

The film uses a collage of hand-drawn animation, 8mm home movies and artwork culled from exhibitions past and present to examine how stories are constructed and told.

Written and directed by Laurie Anderson and produced by Dan Janvey and Laurie Anderson, Heart of a Dog is a Canal Street Communications Production in association with ARTE France – La Lucarne, HBO Documentary Films and Field Office Films. International Sales are being handled by Celluloid Dreams.

Jarvis Cocker to host BFI London Film Festival Awards

Jarvis Cocker
Musician and presenter Jarvis Cocker host the BFI London Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony on Saturday 17 October at Banqueting House.

Prizes will be presented for the festival’s competitive sections – The Best Film Award is presented to the winner of the Official Competition; the Sutherland Award is presented to the winner of the First Feature Competition and the Grierson Award is presented in partnership with the Grierson Trust, to the winning film in the Documentary Competition.

This year sees the inaugural presentation of the Short Film Competition, which recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content, presented to one of a shortlist of 12 films selected from across the programme. Each of these sections is open to international and British films. 

The BFI Fellowship, awarded each year at the BFI London Film Festival Awards ceremony, will be presented to actress Cate Blanchett.

Jarvis Cocker said: “Having served on the jury back in 2009, it is a great pleasure & honour to be invited back to host the 59th BFI London Film Festival Awards. This year’s selection may very well be the most wide-ranging yet – I will be working on my pronunciation skills as we have films from over 38 countries in the competition. It is sure to be a very memorable evening – now, if only I could remember who I lent my dinner suit to…”

As previously announced Pawel Pawlikowski will preside over the First Feature, Documentary, Short Film and Official Competition juries respectively. The full jury line-up is drawn from across the creative industries, including Fine Art, multi-disciplinary artists and filmmakers, connecting with the Festivals commitment to expanding the future of film by building knowledge and understanding of film’s engagement with other art forms, technologies and disciplines.

First Feature Competition
The Sutherland Award for the First Feature Competition has been recognising original and imaginative feature debut directing talent for decades. Presiding over the jury is director/screenwriter Desiree Akhavan, whose feature debut, Appropriate Behaviour featured in the Love strand last year. She is joined by: BAFTA-nominated director and fine artist Clio Barnard, who won the Sutherland Award in 2010 for her feature debut The Arbor; James Kent, the director of last year’s Centrepiece Gala, Testament of Youth; Irish actor Allen Leech, whose credits include last year’s Opening film The Imitation Game; and chief film critic of The Times, Kate Muir.

The First Feature Competition selection
  • Mai Masri - 3000 Nights (European Premiere)
  • Eva Husson - Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
  • Magnus von Horn - The Here After
  • Trey Edward Shults - Krishna
  • Yared Zeleke - Lamb
  • Esther May Campbell - Light Years
  • Ariel Kleiman - Partisan
  • Eugenio Canevari - Paula
  • Bentley Dean & Martin Butler - Tanna
  • Piero Messina - The Wait
  • Nitzan Gilady - Wedding Doll (European Premiere)
  • Robert Eggers - The Witch

Documentary Competition
The Grierson Award presented for the Documentary Competition, presented in partnership with The Grierson Trust, recognises cinematic documentaries with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance. This year’s jury is presided over by documentary filmmaker and ex-director of EIFF Mark Cousins, whose I am Belfast appears in this year’s Love strand (Oct 14 at Curzon Soho). Cousins’ fellow jurors are: documentary filmmaker Brian Woods, who since producing The Dying Rooms (1995) has won BAFTA and Emmy awards; Guardian head of documentaries and previous deputy director of Sheffield DocFest, Charlie Phillips; Grierson trustee and documentary filmmaker Alex Cooke. Completing the jury are Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, London-based artists and filmmakers whose first documentary feature 20,000 Days on Earth, won directing and editing awards at Sundance last year, as well as nominations for the Spirit Awards and BAFTA and the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director at the BIFAs.

The Documentary Competition selection
  • João Pedro Plácido - (Be)longing
  • Mor Loushy - Censored Voices
  • David Sington - The Fear of 13 (World Premiere)
  • Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli - Frame by Frame (European Premiere)
  • Alexander Sokurov - Francofonia
  • Frederick Wiseman - In Jackson Heights
  • Walter Salles - Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenhyang
  • Tomer Heymann - Mr Gaga (International Premiere)
  • Patricio Guzmán - The Pearl Button
  • Sarah Turner - Public House (World Premiere)
  • Jennifer Peedom - Sherpa (European Premiere)
  • Hanna Polak - Something Better to Come

Short Film Competition
The festival has previously screened early short works from filmmakers such as Andrea Arnold, Peter Strickland, Destiny Ekaragha and Sean Durkin, and this year has launched a dedicate Short Film Award.  The jury is presided over by Academy Award nominee, Daisy Jacobs, whose The Bigger Picture featured in last year’s festival and won the BAFTA for Best Short Animated Film, the multi-media conceptual artist. The jury comprises: filmmaker Shezad Dawood, short film producer and senior film programme manager at British Council Will Massa; director Tom Green, whose Monsters: Dark Continent marked his feature debut at last year’s festival; and British visual artist, filmmaker and Turner Prize nominee Runa Islam.

The Short Film selection
  • João Paulo Miranda Maria - Command Action
  • Till Nowak - Dissonance
  • Nina Gantz - Edmond
  • Peter Tscherkassky - The Equisite Corpus
  • Mees Peijnenburg - A Hole in My Heart
  • An van Dienderen - Lili (International Premiere)
  • Maïmouna Doucouré - Mother(s)
  • Shai Heredia & Shumona Goel - An Old Dog’s Diary (European Premiere)
  • Caroline Bartleet - Operator (European Premiere)
  • Jörn Threlfall - Over
  • Vivienne Dick - Red Moon Rising (World Premiere)
  • Ziya Demirel - Tuesday

Official Competition
The Best Film Award recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, providing an important platform for films to break-through in the UK and internationally. The shortlist was drawn up by LFF festival director Clare Stewart and her programming team. The president of the Official Competition jury is Pawel Pawlikowski, whose Ida won the LFF Best Film prize in 2013 and garnered him both the BAFTA and Oscar for Best Foreign Film. His jury comprises producer Christine Vachon (whose film Carol is this year’s American Express Gala), the BAFTA-winning and Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, the BAFTA-winning and Oscar nominee Kristin Scott-Thomas, and Chinese director and screenwriter Mabel Cheung whose A Tale of Three Cities, based on the lives of Jackie Chan’s parents, features in this year’s Love strand (Oct 15).

The Official Competition selection
  • Jerzy Skolimowski - 11 Minutes
  • Cary Fukunaga - Beasts of No Nation
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Cemetery of Splendour
  • Athina Rachel Tsangari - Chevalier
  • Simon Stone - The Daughter
  • Jonás Cuarón - Deseirto (European Premiere)
  • Lucile Hadžihalilović - Evolution
  • Johnnie To - Office (European Premiere)
  • Lenny Abrahamson - Room
  • László Nemes - Son of Saul
  • Terence Davies - Sunset Song
  • Sean Baker - Tangerine
  • Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya - Very Big Shot (European Premiere)

London Film Festival to showcase Stars of Tomorrow

Faye Marsay, Joe Alwyn, Adelayo Adedayo and Charlie Heaton (Screen)
Screen International has revealed its 2015 UK Stars of Tomorrow, a showcase of the UK and Ireland’s most exciting young actors, directors, writers and producers, eagerly-anticipated by the international film industry. They will be presented at an industry event during the BFI London Film Festival (LFF), which runs from 7-18 October.

The young filmmakers and actors will be introduced to leading lights from the international film industry in London for the LFF, including US casting directors, European and US producers, festival programmers and international filmmakers.

Check of the Stars of Tomorrow microsite by clickinghere

Screen’s chief film critic Fionnuala Halligan curates the annual Stars of Tomorrow selection, considering hundreds of names and consulting with industry experts including casting agents, talent agents, managers, producers and directors.

Matt Mueller, editor of Screen International's editor, said: “Now in its 12th year, Stars of Tomorrow continues to serve as a great showcase for young talent, and we are delighted to be presenting them for the first time at the BFI London Film Festival. The young actors, directors, writers and producers we have chosen are a real testament to the amazing talent that exists in the UK and Ireland.”

Clare Stewart, director of the BFI London Film Festival said: “New talent is the lifeblood of the creative industries and this year’s Stars are testament to the vibrancy of British film.”

The Stars of Tomorrow, who feature in a special photoshoot at BFI Southbank, published in industry trade magazine Screen International, will be guests at an industry dinner during the LFF, hosted by British Council and the Casting Society of America (CSA).

The 2015 UK Starts of Tomorrow
  • Adelayo Adedayo, actor, made her mark in ITV’s Some Girls and appeared in feature films including Gone Too Far! (LFF 2013) and Unlocked
  • Aleem Khan, writer-director, shortlisted for a BAFTA award for his short Three Brothers is currently working on his first debut feature After Love
  • Alex Lawther, actor, a UK Critics’ Circle young British performer of the year award-winner as the young Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, which opened last year’s Festival, has landed his first lead in the independent feature Departure which screens in this year’s Festival Love strand
  • Andy Brunskill, producer, has a number of projects in the works, including Phone Book, for the BFI and Film4, Wondervogel to be directed by Nima Nourizadeh and the Girl at the Lion d’Or to be directed by Anand Tucker
  • Barry Keoghan, actor, seen in’71 (LFF 2014), directed by Yann,  Martin Radich’s Norfolk, the upcoming Trespass Against Us directed by Adam Smith, and is currently filming in Konstantin Bojanov’s I Want to be Like You
  • Bebe Cave, actor, seen in Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales, which premiered at Cannes, has played on stage opposite Helen Mirren in The Audience, and the BBC One drama Cider With Rosie
  • Ben Aston, director, was nominated for the Short Film Jury Prize at Sundance for Russian Roulette and is currently working on a feature John Moves In
  • Ben Hardy, actor, will be seen opposite Michael Fassbender and Oscar Isaac in X-Men: Apocalypse
  • Billy Howle, actor, was cast as the young Jim Broadbent in The Sense of an Ending, was the lead in Jack Thorne’s cult drama, Glue for E4 and appears opposite Saoirse Ronan and Annette Bening in The Seagull
  • Brian Vernel, actor, seen in BBC One’s The Casual Vacancy, is fresh off the run of the Matthew Warchus directed Future Conditional at London’s Old Vic and set to lead the cast of Barbarians at the Young Vic later this year;
  • Charlie Covell, writer, is seeing her first feature, Burn, Burn, Burn have its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, is writing Murky Water with Iain Weatherby for artist/director Charlotte Colbert
  • Charlie Heaton, actor, has just filmed opposite Naomi Watts in Shut In and next films with Winona Ryder in As a Friend
  • Charlotte Spencer, actor, was BAFTA-nominated for her role in TV’s Glue, played Christine Keeler in the West End production of Stephen Ward and starred opposite George Mackay in Duane Hopkins’ BFI-supported Bypass  (LFF 2014) and which premiered in Venice 2014
  • Dan Kokotajlo, writer-director, has two projects in development, Apostasy to be made under the iFeatures banner for Creative England, BBC Films and the BFI, and The Prefect
  • Daniel Emmerson, producer, working in-house at DMC Films on projects including Assassin’s Creed for Justin Kurzel and Garagistas with BBC Films, as well as his own projects including the animated short Robot & Scarecrow, The Kitchen and Calm with Horses
  • Ellie Bamber, actor, makes her film debut with Pride and Prejudice And Zombies and will be seen in the Tom Ford-directed Nocturnal Animals
  • Emily Morgan, producer, is in-house with Soda Pictures after making the co-production Invention (Brazil-Canada-France-UK) which screens in the BFI London Film Festival this year;
  • Farhana Bhula, producer,works for Hilary Bevan Jones’ Endor Productions on current projects, including Mr Chartwell, The Indian Job and Strays
  • Faye Marsay, actor, currently shooting in BBC One’s Love, Nina has also appeared in TV’s Doctor Who and Game of Thrones as well as Matthew Warchus’ Pride
  • Jess Barden, actor, won a major role in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster which is screening in the BFI London Film Festival as the Dare Gala, sponsored by Time Out and has appeared in Tamara Drewe, Hanna and Far From the Madding Crowd
  • Joe Alwyn, actor, has landed his first screen role in Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk opposite Kristen Stewart and has just wrapped on BBC Films’ The Sense of an Ending
  • Jorn Threlfall, writer-director, won the Grand Jury Prize at Palm Springs with Over, which screens in the new Short Film competition at the BFI London Film Festival is working on his first feature script
  • Joy Wilkinson, writer, made the 2014 Brit List for unproduced screenplays with the thriller Killer Résumé and the 1970s Manchester-set Enter the Dragons;
  • Marnie Dickens, writer, has seen her five-part BBC3 series Thirteen start shooting in August and is working on Forty Elephants, Kit and Nim, Seacole for Harbinger Pictures and a commission for the BBC
  • Matthew Orton, writer, saw his first feature script Clean set up with Qwerty Films, is working on a spec script and has a commission for the political thriller Reason of State with Wildgaze Films
  • Naomi Scott, singer, songwriter and actor, starred in Lemonade Mouth for Disney, Terra Nova for Fox TV and appears in the Chilean miners drama The 33
  • Nicholas Galitzine, actor, drew rave reviews at the Berlin Film Festival this year for The Beat Beneath My Feet, and will be seen as the lead in High Strung and Handsome Devils
  • Nick Rowland, writer-director, has seen his shorts – Dancing in the Ashes, Out of Sight, Slap and Group B - nominated for several awards, has directed episodes of Cuffs for the BBC, and is now working on Calm with Horses with Daniel Emmerson, also a Star of Tomorrow
  • Oscar Sharp, writer-director, scored a BAFTA nomination with The Karman Line starring Olivia Coleman (LFF 2014), is attached to the Blacklist script Randle is Benign and is currently writing a script for Tobey Maguire and developing The Robber with producer Andy Brunskill
  • Osy Ikhile, actor, appeared in Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea, starred opposite Robert Sheehan in Jet Trash, with Rachel Hurd-Wood and Iain Glen in Beautiful Devils and most recently in David Yates’ Tarzan
  • Rachna Suri, director, finished the short Playing Ball, for the BBC’s Original Drama Shorts strand earlier this year after Our Lad a BAFTA-longlisted short backed by Channel 4
  • Rick Galazka, writer, topped the Brit List last year with Matinee Idol which is in pre-production with Rooks Next Entertainment.