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The Govnors (15)

 

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 The Guvnors is both love letter and hate mail to the alpha male. This story’s alpha is Mitch (Doug Allen) who lives buried in suburban London, having turned his back on his previous life of casual violence and intimidation as part of a legendary South East London firm. In the modern day he’s the doyen of respectability and quiet confidence, until a young upstart (Harley Sylvester one half of hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks) attempts to drag him back in. As events escalate around them, secrets are revealed, blood is spilt and lives are shattered. Gabe Turner’s violent thriller explores the sinister, inescapable legacy of a life of crime.

Starring: Harley Sylvestor, David Exxex, Doug Allen, Jay Simpson, Vaz Blackwood, Richard Blackwood, Charley Palmer Merkell, Jumayn Huner, Martin Hancock, Melanie Gutteridge, Tony Denham & Paul Reynolds.

 Produced by: Cass Pennant, Leo Pearlman & Danny Potts.

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Busy, busy, Its going to be an exciting 2014!

21.03.14

Hello Film Lovers,
I hope all is well and good,
Do we have some good film news for you!

Good to be finally communicating with you as it’s been such a busy 2014 already and wow it’s almost the end of March already – this year has just raced along and we here at Kush have just about noticed; as right now we are in film heaven and work overload.

We are currently working on the marketing for two big new films which we want to tell you all about and hopefully you will decide to go and see them yourselves and also give us your feedback once seen.

The first film is STARRED UP (18) a very, very serious new British film depicting a startling view of prison life and how it affects young people (our young people), watching this film made me suddenly become thoughtful about all the young men and women now growing up angry without adequate or in some cases no parental guidance at all and finding themselves incarcerated.

Prison life is brutal and vicious and somewhat not geared to rehabilitation, it’s a miracle that some do find their way in life after incarceration.

Did you know that at the end of June 2013 there were 6,262 prison inmates in prisons in England aged 18-20 (7%).  10% of the prison population are aged 18-25 and 21-24 yr olds made up 15% of the prison population (12,822).

Black and Black British people made up 2.8 percent of the population but 13.2% of the prison population.

STARRED UP depicts prison life plainly, thrillingly and of course shockingly but in such a real-to-life way that the deeper you go into the film you really begin to understand the young lead characters PrisonWalkangry need for violence and you even absolutely feel sorry for him at the end.  Many young children in jail are products of their environment and know no better and only know one way of how to protect themselves and their fragile vulnerability.     

 

At the beginning of this week Kush organised a press screening and invited all the hot influential young entrepreneurs running media business along with a few older media & press personnel and as far as I know everyone that has seen the film young and old has been totally gripped, startled, excited and finally praising of the film (women and men alike), it’s also quite funny in places. It’s a must see – I say!

It is one of the best British films I have seen in a very long time and the star turn performance by young Jack O’Connell (Skins) is worthy of a rising star tag!  The supporting cast of David Ajala, Ashley Chin, David Avery, Rupert Friend  & Anthony Welsh

Starred Up is In UK cinemas from today: Friday 21st Marchtry it you may like it!
I Loved it!

You can find out more info on the film on our New Releases and Film Review pages.

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The other film we are working on is “Half Of A Yellow Sun”, a new epic super-dooper Nigerian film starring Oscar Winner Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton (Crash), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls)  & young John Boyega (Attack The Block). I know many of you are familiar with the story through the award winning novel written by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who has again recently won an American literary award for her new novel Americanah, which allegedly Lupita Nyong’o is in talks with her to make into a film.

Half Of A Yellow Sun directed by Nigerian Biyi Bandele known for his theatre work may be the film that takes Nollywood to Hollywood, this is no low budget film it’s a sprawling epic piece of filmmaking that has great performances from the cast and I think this is easily one of Thandie Newton’s best career performances.

I will be letting you all know all about the upcoming premiere which we are working on where Chiwetel and others from the cast will be present.

Half Of A Yellow Sun will arrive in UK cinemas on 11 April 2014.

I am expecting the African and African-Caribbean communities to unite and come out in force to support this film and give it great box office figures upon release confirming the arrival of larger budget size black films from the continents of Europe and Africa.

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lanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (John Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises herself when she falls in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer.

Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire country and the world.

Based on the award-winning best seller by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is the feature film debut from London based Nigerian playwright, novelist and screenwriter Biyi Bandele. Starring Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), BAFTA-winner Thandie Newton (Crash), BAFTA-nominee Joseph Mawle (Birdsong), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) and John Boyega (Attack the Block).

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is an epic love-story weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war, produced by Andrea Calderwood of Slate Films (The Last King of Scotland).

A FILM BY BIYI BANDELE | BASED ON THE BESTSELLING NOVEL BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

STARRING: THANDIE NEWTON | CHIWETEL EJIOFOR | ANIKA NONI ROSE | JOSEPH MAWLE | JOHN BOYEGA |GENEVIEVE NNAJI | ONYEKA ONWENU

Release date: 11 April 2014

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Well that’s me for another month; got lots of work to do which includes the continued development of kushfilms.com so be prepared to see some new changes happening to the site over the course of the next two-three month with new pages & sections that we hope you will like and enjoy using.

If there is anything I can do to help you in your film industry career then please let me know?

advice on best career routes, how best to promote and market your film, where to look for government funding, film exhibition etc then please feel free to send me an email: info@kushfilms.com

Best

Marlon Palmer
Director

Starred Up: Film Review

 

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Written by Leslie Pitt
20.03.14

Starring: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend, David Ajala, Anthony Welsh & Ashley Chin

One of the reasons Alan Clarke’s Scum remains in the British psyche, is down to how relentlessly unyielding the film is. Like so much of Clarke’s work, the film details a broken social system and its disparate underclass with a potency that has become difficult to match. Texts such as NEDS (2011) and the works of Shane Meadows have come exceedingly close. We’ve also seen the London gangster movie (and football hooligan sub-genre) cumbersomely littering supermarkets everywhere yet do little to penetrate the consciousness further. Clarke’s film remains a constant reminder of the some of the sordid crevices we like to ignore.

Starred Up enforces itself upon the viewer like a 35 year old update of Clarke’s original texts. Infused with a fierceness sparked by Jack O’Connell’s savagely raw central performance, Starred Up does well to pose difficult questions to current justice system without resorting to easy answers. Despite the grimness of the subject matter, the portrayal of such a difficult protagonist is a riveting one.

Based on screenwriter Jonathan Asser’s own experiences as a volunteer for HM Wandsworth, Starred Up illustrates the difficulties of rehabilitation which was seen with Clarke’s earlier Scum.  Higher-ups clash over their convictions of how to deal with the prisoners. O’Connell’s Eric is powder keg waiting to blow, but the screws can only envision cruelty as discipline. Oliver (deceptively played by Rupert Friend) spies the possibility of reformation but is held-back by red tape.  Eric’s father Neville (Mendelsohn) is a particularly dangerous part of the equation, as he is the epitome of the institutionalised man.

As with such narratives, Eric has  demons and angels on either flank pushing him towards the side they favour, highlighting the films main theme – control. Through the complicated prison hierarchy, -Jack O Connell playing Eric and Ben Mendelsohn playing Nevilleto the anger management tasks given during the group therapy, nearly every scene is an example of combating or maintaining control over masculinity and aggression.  David MacKenzie and cinematographer Michael McDonough encompass this by encasing the film in tight, cagey close ups.

It’s O’Connell that is the main draw here, with a snarling performance that is reminiscent of Tim Roth’s teeth gnashing display in Made in Britain. O’ Connell’s Eric doesn’t hold the same intelligence as Trevor, but inhabits a ferocity that’s no less intense. O’ Connell, whose best known as mouthy delinquent James Cook in TV’s Skins, continues his impressive work here, balancing his aggression with the same devil may care swagger that made him the most memorable characters of the Skins series.  Ben Mendelsohn once again delivers his own particular brand of manic energy to a father role that could have been a lot more typically conveyed. Much like the films plot – which comes across more like rugged vignettes than a conventional plot – Mendelsohn adds an unpredictability to scenes that ratchets the tension to formidable levels.

MacKenzie’s film also delivers wise choices with the lesser known supporting cast. David Ajala and TheGroupAnthony Walsh (My Brother the Devil) invigorate supporting roles that are often considered as thankless. Their characters are not just lip service to a white anti-hero, but well formed secondary characters. The suggestion that these characters have benefited from therapy is a factor of importance when we place their ethnicity into consideration. The sight of urban characters providing an alternative to violence, while not being nurtured themselves is an important and welcoming element.

At its lesser moments Starred Up comes off as slightly televisual and those well versed in British film may wonder why we need another grim and gritty feature. However, the film at its best is a tense and authentic drama with a surprising amount of dark humour. Starred Up observes the limits of control being pushed to breaking point with effectiveness.  MacKenzie never takes his eyes off the prize, dealing ideas of civility along with the rattled cages of the snarling dogs. Many bemoan the British fixation on grit and grime. The thing is, it’s tough when we make them quite well.

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New Much Talked About British Prison Drama STARRED UP hits UK Cinemas: 21 March 2014

 

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When Eric, a young man whose native language is violence, is prematurely moved to an adult jail (“starred up” in prison speak), he enters an environment where secret lines exist between different strata of the pecking order and a careless glance or a word can lead to bloodshed.

When Eric tries to assert himself by going on the attack, the prison kingpin assigns an older man, Nev, to watch over him. Nev, whom Eric has not seen since the age of five, is Eric’s father. Behind bars, Nev has created a new kind of family in the narrow world of the prison wings. He wields considerable authority, but not over his son, who resents Nev’s attempts to control, influence and protect him.

Eric battles to assert himself against the prison officers. He goes through territorial conflicts with other inmates and is forced to challenge the unfamiliar and unwelcome paternal authority of his own father. Through these struggles, he learns that there are smart options beyond hidden razor RupertFriend_smllblades and brutal force. A lone prison psychotherapist, Oliver (Rupert Friend), brings Eric into his therapy group comprising a small, tight unit of inmates who are learning to confront and control their anger and murderous impulses.  They share their pasts in therapy and spar with each other in boxing training and workouts. They offer Eric something he has never experienced before: the promise of trust and maybe even friendship. Oliver and the group help turn a mirror on Eric’s anger and expose its origins in parental abandonment.

Hope and change are strange new forces for Eric: his years coming up through Care, Secure Units and then a Young Offenders Institution have taught him to trust no-one and to attack rather than to listen. Can Eric complete his journey of transformation through the rivalries and hatreds, the visible and invisible barriers that dominate prison life? Can the boy learn enough to save himself and reconcile with his father in any way? As Eric smashes the rules – first with the prison officers and then with the prison kingpin – he becomes marked as “trouble” by both sides, putting himself in grave danger since the officers and the prison mafia are secretly in cahoots, and have ways of making prisoners who are trouble disappear.

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Starred Up” is a powerful film that turns an unflinching eye to the cruelty depicted within the fictional prison walls, while at the same time revealing hidden layers of camaraderie and hope amidst the violence. The focus is on emotional truth not stylization or glamorization. Also woven into the narrative are details about prison life that we have not often seen before, details which are revealed here with authority. Despite the tensions within the film, director David Mackenzie’s perspective is ultimately a compassionate one.

Rising star Jack O’ Connell gives Eric an edgy, unpredictable energy that carries much of the story, and his plight is framed by two opposing forces: his father and his therapist. Australian veteran actor Ben Mendelsohn creates an explosive picture of a man twisted by the system and unable to prove himself as a father. Mendelsohn, who gave a terrifying performance in the multi-award-winning “Animal Kingdom”, shows STARRED-UP_Father&Songreat sensitivity beneath the violent façade. At the other extreme is Eric’s therapist, portrayed by Rupert Friend, a character who might just crack, and who may have a secret history of violence. In a way that reflects the protagonist’s own experience, we the audience don’t know who to trust – father, therapist, or neither. 

In an attempt to capture the tension and raw immediacy of the story, Mackenzie shot the film in sequence and edited with a two-editor crew – including long term collaborator Jake Roberts – to get results almost immediately after they were shot.  This energy is amplified by Mackenzie’s careful preparation with the cast who were given the freedom to explore the material and inhabit their characters, producing performances that are alive and unpredictable. 

This, along with the use of an almost fully intact former prison (with subtle and detailed production design by Tom McCulloch) creates a picture of a real environment. This is complemented by cinematographer Michael McDonough ASC, who worked closely with director and cast to capture the atmosphere and nuances of the story, giving it an unexpected human warmth.

With “Starred Up”, we see a filmmaker achieving maturity, paradoxically through his embrace of greater simplicity. We also see the emergence of a new energetic and important talent with O’Connell creating what may be his signature role in years to come. 

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TheGroupAnthony Welsh (“My Brother the Devil”, “Red Tails”, “Comes A Bright Day”), who plays Hassan, Ashley Chin (Victim) who plays Ryan and rising actor David Ajala (“The Dark Knight”, “Fast and Furious”), who plays Tyrone, are in the therapy group set up by Oliver and joined by newcomer Eric.

Anthony and David hadn’t previously worked together but “we did a screen test together,” says Anthony, “and pretty soon we were finishing each other’s sentences. There’s only one scene in which we don’t appear together. That was actually quite emotional.” That instinctive bond is vital to the dynamic of the prison therapy group of which they are key members.

“The whole essence of that group,” says David, “is ‘I won’t give you the answer, you have to find the answer for yourself.’ It’s tough love for Eric. That world is really heightened, claustrophobic. There’s no outside world, which means that every little thing is important. Something that wouldn’t be noticed on the outside just erupts in that environment. You can never switch off.”  Says Anthony: “With all the characters in the film, there’s an outer life, how you carry yourself on the wing and in the group, and then there’s an inner life as well. You see Tyrone and Hassan in their cell, drinking tea, having a little smoke, or working out. That’s intimate. It’s the opposite of how you have to be the rest of the time.”

Director Mackenzie’s plan that the actors should practically live in the prison had benefits says Anthony: “It really took time to think of that place as a film set. The first time I stepped into a cell and the door closed I just stood there for five minutes, trying to take it in, thinking about the people who’d been in there, the writing on the wall… You have to be match fit for this kind of filmmaking. David doesn’t do many cuts; it’s just ‘go again, go again, go again’. I think that keeps it real. You watch this and you think, ‘these guys are serious’.”

GET TO KNOW ‘PRISON SPEAK’ – A GLOSSARY

  • ACKI – fellow Muslim BACON – any type of sex offender BAG HEAD – heroin addict CLUMP – hit
  • CSU (Care and Separation Unit) – solitary confinement DOUBLE BUBBLE – two for one
  • FRAGGLE – vulnerable prisoner
  • GWAP – money
  • KANGA – prison officer
  • KICK OFF BACK DOOR – anal sex
  • MUG OFF – show disrespect OFF – kill
  • STARRED UP – premature transferral from juvenile to adult jail
  • STRAIGHTENER – pre-arranged fist fight
  • TECH – mobile phone TOP – kill

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Turmoil as Michael B Jordan Given Role of Johnny Blaze in Fantastic Four Reboot

Written by Lamar Fergus-Palmer
03.03.14


Michael B Jordan is Johnny Blaze in Fantastic Four Reboot.

MICHAEL-B-JORDAN_HUMAN-TORCH_JOHNNY-STORM_FANTASTIC-FOUR_It’s a story that has continued to rumble on since it was announced, and one that has caused uproar among die-hard comic book, superhero movie fanatics.

The news that has caused controversy is that Michael B Jordan, previously known for his roles as Wallace on The Wire, Alex in Parenthood and Steve Montgomery in the 2012 supernatural movie Chronicles has been handed the role of Johnny Blaze (aka the Human Torch) in the Fantastic Four reboot, which is due to be released in 2015.Fantastic-Four-marvel-comics-5205641-1280-960-650x400

But what has caused the uproar? Is it that because up until this point Michael B Jordan hasn’t had many film roles? Is it that he’s only 27? No, what’s causing an issue among die hard comic book fans is that Michael B Jordon is African-American, and Johnny Blaze (The Human Torch) has always been played by white actors he is also white in the comic books.

So with the above in mind, is an African-American actor cast into a role that was previously seen as a Caucasian role, good news or bad news for the fans of the comic books?

Should the race of the Human Torch matter at all? White, Black, Asian, Hispanic; well I don’t think it should matter at all, after all isn’t this all fiction – in the world of fiction anything can happen cant it?

What’s the real issue for fans?

Die-hard fans of the F4 series are arguing the following:

·         The Human Torch has always been a white character, so why change now?

·         Audiences might be confused by the change.

·         But the ‘main’ point that is being argued; is that with a black Johnny Blaze, you cannot have a fantastic-FF-18R_fwhite Sue Storm (who has already been cast as Kate Mara in the new reboot, a white actress) as the two are historically brother and sister.

Of course, the counter-argument to all the above points is:

·         Many films have made the same change without any issues. For instance, Heimdall, the fictional character, based on the Norse god Heimdallr has been portrayed stoically excellently by Idris Elba in the Thor movies.

·         Furthermore, the family argument makes it sound like there isn’t a mixed-race family in existence? There has never been white & black twins born to the same mother, it’s just impossible by any means. Even more so when you take into account that the film is about four people who go into space and gain superhuman abilities, isn’t everything possible!

Therefore, when logic is applied to the arguments, the change should cause no issues at all. However, that would be far too simple for some.

On the other side of the coin…black super hero fans have finally seen….

The rise of black characters as superheroes and the transformation of original black comic book heroes onto the big screen in recent years.

There have been a number of previously white roles cast to black superheroes over the past few years.

Samuel L Jackson portrays Nick Fury brilliantly.
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Don Cheadle has a lead role in Ironman. In fact, for a short time in Ironman 2, he wore the suit and engaged in the action. Anthony Mackie is soon to be seen as Falcon, the sidekick to Captain America in the new Winter Soldier movie due for release on 28th March 2014. Perry White is played brilliantly by Laurence Fishburne in the Superman reboot.

Last but not least, Jamie Foxx spider-man-2-electrowill be Max Dillon/Electro in the new Spiderman 2 reboot, which is due to be released in April 2014.

Even with the above characters and several others, many comic book and superhero film fans are arguing that there are still; not enough black characters in superhero/comic book adaptations on the big screen.

Ultimately, with any movie role, not just in this genre, colour shouldn’t be a controlling factor. Still we understand that black superhero fans may not be too happy to see the Black Panther cast as a Caucasian superhero, but with all the recent changes could black comic-book fans still complain – probably!

As with any film role it should always be that the man or woman cast into a role; should be the person best suited to play that role as chosen by casting, regardless of their race.

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This is why there is no doubt in our minds (at Kush Films) that Michael B Jordan will make a fantastic Human Torch, and hopefully he will spur on a new generation of black superhero movie characters for the future.

We here they are looking at making a movie version of the Black Panther, which has been discussed for a number of years and hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later.

 

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Anthony Mackie as Falcon

12 Years A Slave on the March towards the Oscars

By Marlon Palmer
21 February 2014

The_Bafta_Film_AwardsFacesTo say that 12 years a slave was one of the success stories of the recent BAFTA awards would be an understatement. Nominated for ten of the major awards, the film won arguably the two most competitive; best picture and best actor, awarded to a jubilant Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The BAFTAs was once again a star-studded event with world-famous actors and actresses lining the red carpet. Names like; Angelina Jollie, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio and arguably the most famous of them all, the President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Prince William turned out for another memorable evening.

With the nominations released back in early January people had been speculating for a little over a month about what films they thought would win the major awards. With 11 nominations, Gravity, staring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, who missed the awards as she was looking after her ill three-year-old son, was expected to clean up, and with six BAFTAs to its name by the end of the night that was the case.

American Hustle with arguably the most household names in the same film received ten Barkhad Abdinominations and three awards in what many would consider a good night, taking into account the competition. Unfortunately, for the cast and crew, critically acclaimed Captain Philips starring Tom Hanks, which had received nine nominations, picked up just the one award; best supporting actor, which was awarded to Somalian new-comer Barkhad Abdi.

 


A night that belonged to 12 Years a Slave

bafta awardsWhile 12 Years a Slave picked up one less award than American Hustle, many film critics believe that it had a more successful night. The film, which has also been nominated for nine Academy Awards, had been named film of the year by a number of the biggest critics in the British media.

However, quite possibly the most prestigious award Best Picture still came as a shock to the majority of people involved with 12 Years a Slave as Gravity, which broke box-office records, was almost expected to win.

As well as best picture, 12 Years A Slave star 36-year-old Chiwetel Ejiofor from Forest Gate won best actor over stiff competition in the form of Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street, Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips and Christian Bale for American Hustle.

12 Years a Slave was also nominated for the following acting and directing awards, best:

  •      Supporting actor (Michael Fassbender)
  •      Director (Steve McQueen)
  •      Supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o)

12 Years a Slave was undoubtedly one of the biggest success stories of the BAFTAs. With the black historical theme of the film; black director Steve McQueen directing, and a number of very talented black actors in the main leading roles its surprising this film hasn’t been categorised as a black or urban film, as so often happens with other films with that make up of cast and crew conveying the black life experience. 12 YAS could now potentially go on and win a few Oscars.

At Kush Promotions, we are proud of the role that we played in the marketing campaign of a hugely successful film, a film which once again bought back vivid memories of the horrors and inhumane treatment of one branch of the human family, which should never been forgotten and should be once again use to highlight the continued present day trafficking of human life.

12 Years A Slave is still in selected cinemas – go see it if you haven’t!

Hey; spread the word: Kush hopes to confirm soon that we will be working on a new major black film based on an award winning Nigerian book that will be released in the UK entitled “Half of A Yellow HOAYS_Intl_QuadC_Awards_v5BSun” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and John Boyega (young star of UK urban film “Attack The Block”), this film will be coming to cinemas soon in March 2014.

Oh don’t forget to go see new comedy “Ride Along” starring my favourite comedian Kevin Hart and fellow star Ice Cube in cinemas on general release starting next weekend Friday 28th February.

 

Barkhad Abdi wins Best Supporting Actor at the BAFTAs

Director Steve McQueen & 12 Years a Slave wins Best Film BAFTA

BAFTA Highlights

Lets Support CRIME & Help Them Change The Lives of Disadvantaged Young People

CRIME stands for Creating Role Models a London based organisation whose aims are to support young people and their efforts to leave gang life, highlight issues around the abuse of young people and ultimately provide development opportunities towards new life-changing careers in the media industry.

If you pay to watch this new short film you will then be contributing to changing the lives of our disadvantaged young people through the work ‘Creating Roles Models’ does in the community – without your support they will not be able to do the work they do as funding through government agencies is hard to come by these days and when it is gained, its often very restrictive.

You can also gain a small percentage of profits by sharing this video with as many friends as you can – so please also share.

A film by Fredi Nwaka & the Gridlock Team

50% of the proceeds from sales will go towards the ‘IM A SURVIVOR’ campaign, giving young people who have been abused a voice and help with both physical and mental healing.

medium_some_things_one_sheet_web_resSOME THINGS… is an independent, short film written and directed by Fredi ‘KRUGA’ Nwaka and produced by GRIDLOC FILMS.

The world can be a cruel place and inner city London is no exception. When an innocent young girl becomes caught up in a world of sexual abuse and emotional blackmail her life quickly spirals out of control.

What happens when you feel betrayed by the very person whose supposed to protect you? What do you do? Who do you turn to?

WE ALL HAVE SECRETS!

SOME WE TAKE WITH US TO THE GRAVE and others….TAKE US TO THE GRAVE!

Inspired by true events this film is about when hope, courage, determination and faith just isn’t enough.

SOME THINGS… can’t be fixed!

This is not just a film… its a journey…

One that will not only touch every one who watches it but also may help save a life or two and encourage other young people to talk up.

www.creatingrolemodels.com

Two Winners at Producers Guild Association (PGA) – ‘Gravity’ & ’12 Years a Slave’

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First tie in PGA history

“Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” have wound up in a dead heat as both won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for top feature film — the first tie in the PGA’s 25-year history for the trophy.

Ben Affleck announced the awards Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton back-to-back — first to “Gravity” producers Alfonso Cuaron and David Heyman and then to “12 Years a Slave” producers Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner.

The PGA, which has 6,000 members, does not reveal its vote totals. The guild uses the preferential balloting system employed for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Oscars.

Cuaron gave extended thanks and made fun of himself as the director of the cutting-edge space tale — “he can be stubborn, uncompromising.” He also singled out his son and co-writer Jonas Cuaron for energizing him through the film’s lengthy development process.

Brad Pitt said of the searing historical drama “12 Years” represented an opportunity “to contribute brad_pitt_03something to the yearly narrative, to culture, and that is fucking cool.”

An emotional McQueen, who also directed, said, “Thank you so much for opening your hearts and minds to this film.”

The PGA also selected “Frozen” as the top animated film and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” as the winner of its documentary prize. “Breaking Bad,” “Modern Family” and “Behind the Candelabra” won the key TV awards with “Modern Family” taking the comedy series trophy for the fourth year in a row.

“Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” topped what was regarded as a highly competitive field — “American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

The twin wins spread the wealth for the weekend award winners, which saw “American Hustle” win SAG cast ensemble award while “Dallas Buyers Club” took the two male acting awards and “Blue Jasmine” and “12 Years” won the female acting trophies. A week ago, “12 Years a Slave” won the Golden Globe for best drama and “American Hustle” won for best comedy.

The PGA’s Zanuck award has become a strong indicator of Oscar sentiment in recent years, matching the Oscar for best picture in 17 of its 24 years — including the last six, with “Argo,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “No Country for Old Men.” The PGA winner last diverged from the Oscar best picture for the 2006 award when “Little Miss Sunshine” won while the Academy opted for “The Departed.”

Affleck, who won the award last year for “Argo” joked when he revealed that two films had won the Zanuck that it was “a legitimate mathematical numerical tie — but it was the producers who told me so.”

The producers branch of AMPAS constitutes about 8 percent of the AMPAS membership.

“Gravity” has grossed $677 million worldwide for Warner Bros. while Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years” has cumed $53 million.

The next major milestone in this year’s awards race comes Saturday when the Directors Guild of America presents its top feature film award. Both Cuaron and McQueen are up for the award along with Paul Greengrass for “Captain Phillips,” David O. Russell for “American Hustle” and Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Kevin Spacey received the top laughs of the night with a dead-on impersonation of the late Johnny Carson before presenting “Modern Family” with its trophy. “Of all the awards shows, this is the one to be at because it’s not on TV,” he said.

“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” tracks the organization founded by Julian Assange, and people involved in the collection and distribution of secret information and media by whistleblowers. Alex Gibney wrote and directed the film, which debuted at Sundance and was released this summer by Focus with a $166,000 gross in the U.S.

Here is the list of PGA winners:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

“GRAVITY” (Warner Bros. Pictures) Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

“12 YEARS A SLAVE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures); Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

“FROZEN” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures); Producer: Peter Del Vecho WINNER

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

“WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS” (Focus Features); Producers: Alexis Bloom, Alex Gibney, Marc Shmuger

Television Programs:

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

“BEHIND THE CANDELABRA” (HBO); Producers: Susan Ekins, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Polaire, Jerry Weintraub

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

“BREAKING BAD” (AMC); Producers: Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

“MODERN FAMILY” (ABC); Producers: Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeffrey Morton, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Chris Smirnoff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

“ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN” (CNN); Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment and Talk Television:

“THE COLBERT REPORT” (Comedy Central); Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen T. Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Matt Lappin, Emily Lazar, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

“THE VOICE” (NBC); Producers: Stijn Bakkers, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Nicolle Yaron, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:

“SPORTSCENTER” (ESPN) WINNER

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:

“SESAME STREET” (PBS)

The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:

“WIRED: WHAT’S INSIDE” (http://video.wired.com/series/what-s-inside)

In addition to the competitive awards, the Producers Guild presented special honours to Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Robert Iger (Milestone Award), Peter Jackson & Joe Letteri (Vanguard Award), Chuck Lorre (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Chris Meledandri (Visionary Award) and FRUITVALE STATION (Stanley Kramer Award).

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12 Years A Slave: The Interviews

Lupita Nyong’o (Character: Patsy)

Lupita Nyong’o & Alfre Woodard discuss their roles in 12 Years a Slave (Character: Ms Shaw)

Michael Fassbender Interview (Character: Slave Master Epps)

Brad Pitt talking turning 50 and 12 Years A Slave (Character: Canadian Carpenter liberator)

Steve McQueen ITN Interview (Director)

Chiwetel Ejiofor Interview (Lead Character: Solomon Northfolk)

Benedict Cumberbatch Interview (Character: Slave Master William Ford)

Academy Conversations: “12 Years a Slave”

Watch Behind The Scenes Footage of 12 Years A Slave


Director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave won Best Drama at the 2014 Golden Globe awards, but it looks like recognition for the movie won’t end there—critics name Slave as a strong contender for multiple Oscars, including Best Film, Best Actor and Best Director. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look from the studio of McQueen interacting with actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch and others.

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