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Kajaki gets charity previews

27 October 2014 in Press, Screen Daily

Revenue from premiere and previews of Aghan war film to go to military charities. Afghan war thriller Kajaki. The True Story will get four preview screenings at Vue cinemas, which will raise money for four military charities supported by the production. The film will get its London world premiere on November 12 before the filmmakers will direct-distribute the film under the banner of Alchemy Releasing. All revenue from ticket sales for the premiere and pre-release screenings, and a portion of the profits from the film’s subsequent release, will go to military charities Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion, Walking With the Wounded...

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Rome Film Festival: Spandau Ballet to Present New Documentary

22 September 2014 in Hollywood Reporter, Press

The Italian event will coincide with the band's new album launch. British group Spandau Ballet will walk the red carpet in Rome to promote George Hencken's documentary Soul Boys of the Western World at the ninth edition of the fest on Oct. 20. The film takes a look at the rise of the band throughout the 80s and their successive decline. Featuring archive footage and interviews with the band, it tells the behind-the-scenes story of the group that has over 23 hit singles and sold 25 million records worldwide. Soul Boys of the Western World had its premiere earlier this...

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Dylan Thomas adaptation Under Milk Wood wraps shoot

29 August 2014 in Screen Daily

First image released of Rhys Ifans in the new film adaptation of the iconic work by poet Dylan Thomas. Principal photography on a feature film version of Dylan Thomas’s iconic work Under Milk Wood has wrapped in West Wales, it has been announced by Ffatti Ffilms, S4C, Goldfinch Pictures and Ffilm Cymru Wales. Based on Thomas’s classic radio drama, the film stars Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as First Voice/Captain Cat, an old sea captain who dreams of his deceased crew members and lost love. Directed by Kevin Allen, who made Ifans’ breakthrough film Twin Town, the six-week shoot took place in...

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Spandau Ballet Live at European Premiere

18 August 2014 in Press

EUROPEAN PREMIERE WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE VIA SATELLITE ACROSS CINEMAS IN THE UK & IRELAND FOLLOWED BY A Q&A HOSTED BY LAUREN LAVERNE AND SPECIAL LIVE PERFORMANCE BY SPANDAU BALLET DATE: Tuesday 30 September VENUE: The Royal Albert Hall GUESTS: TONY HADLEY, GARY KEMP, MARTIN KEMP, STEVE NORMAN, JOHN KEEBLE & director GEORGE HENCKEN ***Tickets go on sale at 9.00am on Tuesday 19 August HERE!*** SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD will be launching in cinemas across the UK & Ireland with a special live satellite premiere screening event on Tuesday 30 September, and will then go on general release from 3 October. After the European...

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Landmine drama Kajaki begins shoot

11 August 2014 in Screen Daily, Uncategorized

The King’s Speech producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin on board British soldier drama, which will be released as troops return from Afghanistan later this year. Shooting began last week on Kajaki, a battlefield drama based on the true story of British soldiers who became trapped in a minefield in Afghanistan. The film will shoot on location in Jordan for six weeks. Paul Katis will make his feature directorial debut with the film, which has been written by Tom Williams (Chalet Girl), and Gareth Ellis-Unwin, producer of The King’s Speech, is executive producer for Bedlam Productions. Based on first-hand accounts, the film depicts an incident involving...

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‘King’s Speech’ Producer Signs On for Explosive Afghan War Drama

11 August 2014 in Hollywood Reporter

The independent film executive produced by Gareth Ellis-Unwin is crowdfunded in part and will be released later this year to support military charities. Kajaki, an independently produced Afghan war drama, has just begun production in Jordan. Gareth Ellis-Unwin, who won an Oscar for The King's Speech, is an executive producer. The film was developed by Paul Katis, who is making his directing debut, and Tom Williams (Chalet Girl), who wrote the screenplay. Other executive producers are Alexa Jago (Waterworld) and Alec Mackenzie. The film recounts the true story of a three-man unit on patrol in Afghanistan in 2006 that, in an effort to...

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‘Rob Roy’ Director Michael Caton-Jones to Take on ‘Urban Hymn’

02 July 2014 in Hollywood Reporter

The coming-of-age drama is set against the backdrop of the 2011 British youth riots. Michael Caton-Jones, director of Rob Roy, The Jackal and This Boy's Life, is taking on Urban Hymn, a coming-of-age drama set against the backdrop of the 2011 British summer youth riots. He recently directed World Without End, the follow-up to 2010 miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. The eight-part series is based on a best-seller by Ken Follett. Producers Dashishah Universal Film Production and Eclipse Films, in association with Powderkeg Pictures, on Wednesday announced that Caton-Jones would direct the film from a script written by Nick Moorcroft, who previously...

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Under Milk Wood begins shoot

25 June 2014 in Screen Daily

Principal photography on an adaptation of Under Milk Wood, starring Rhys Ifans, has begun in Wales. Based on Dylan Thomas’s classic radio drama, Under Milk Wood stars Ifans as First Voice/Captain Cat, an old sea captain who dreams of his deceased crew members and lost love. Directed by Kevin Allen, who made Ifans’ breakthrough film Twin Town, the shoot in the tiny harbour village of Solva, in Pembrokeshire, will last six weeks. Singer Charlotte Church will co-star as Polly Garter, a woman pining for her lost lover. Other roles are taken by a host of Welsh actors with guest appearances from rugby legend...

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Brian Cox, Martin Freeman join American Hangman

18 May 2014 in Screen Daily

Metro International’s thriller is written and directed by Wilson Coneybeare. Brian Cox and Martin Freeman will star in American Hangman. Metro International’s US-based thriller is written and directed by playwright and documentarian Wilson Coneybeare, and centures on a kidnap plot that exploits the dark side of social media. The Canadian/Irish co-production is being produced by Coneybeare, Meredith Fowler, Jeremy Tebbett and Colin Tebbett for a 2015 release. Coneybeare commented: “I am thrilled to be able to work with talents as formidable as Martin Freeman and Brian Cox. The two will be together in every scene, playing off one another in a very tense situation,...

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Spandau stays ‘true’ to Cannes crowd

17 May 2014 in Screen Daily

Famed ’80s English band Spandau Ballet arrived in Cannes to support their film Soul Boys of the Western World. Following the film’s market screening, Tony Hadley belted out sing-along favourites including ‘True’ and ‘Gold’ to a packed house at Plage Royal. Guitarist Steve Norman rocked it out on stage with Hadley while Martin Kemp was there ‘in support’, which involved standing around in the back and signing autographs. The recently formed Metro International sells the project (which debuted at SXSW). At Friday’s party they capably managed a house full of potential distributors and other industry friends, who were singing along en masse...