Five Australian women, including actress Rose Byrne and The Last Impresario director Gracie Otto, have formed production company The Dollhouse Collective.“The core aim is to develop theatre, film and television together and tell stories with a strong female presence,” Otto told ScreenDaily. “This formalizes what we are already doing. Sitting around the dinner table we have always been sounding boards for each other.”Another partner is Shannon Murphy, best known in theatre and opera circles but who has directed short films and is developing feature When All The Water.Also on board are publicist and emerging producer Jessica Carrera and actress Krew Boylan, who recently received development support from Screen Australia for the feature Seriously Red, produced by Matt Reeder and featuring a protagonist obsessed with Dolly Parton.“It’s a mystery, a puzzle film, that unravels through time zones and hotels,” said Otto of Girls In Hotels, the third … [Read more...] about Rose Byrne helps launch all female production company
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The China-UK Film Fund, backed by Zhongze Asset Management and Varcale Capital Management, has formed strategic partnerships with four UK companies, including Duncan Heath’s Independent Talent Group (ITG).The new fund – which has closed seed funding of $72m (£50m) – has also pacted with media technology company Distrify Media and UK production companies BB88 and Youniverse.With the fund’s support, ITG is planning to establish an office in Beijing that will manage Chinese talent and provide a platform to elevate Chinese stars to a wider global audience.“We’ll be looking at management of TV writers, music and sports talent in addition to film,” Heath told Screen at an event in Beijing to announce the partnerships. “We’re also here to learn and find it reassuring that a Chinese entity has invited a British company to get involved in the local talent business.”Among other investments, the fund has signed a three-picture deal … [Read more...] about China-UK Film Fund partners with Duncan Heath’s ITG
In January, one of the UK’s most experienced and respected location managers took his own life.Michael Harm, who worked on franchises including Harry Potter, Pirates Of The Caribbean and The Fast And The Furious, had been battling depression due to personal issues. However, according to those who knew him, he had also experienced bullying behaviour from a handful of colleagues.Harm, who was passionate about his work, did not feel able to share his burden with co-workers, even if he had wanted to. In a letter sent shortly before he died to friend and fellow location manager Sue Quinn, Harm wrote: “Just an afterthought: being a location manager is very lonely. It is one of the loneliest jobs on a film. There is no HR department and there is no structure such as in an art department.”In recent years, the industry’s culture of long hours and lack of pastoral care had prompted Harm — an active member of the Guild of Location Managers and the Production Guild … [Read more...] about How the UK film sector is trying to improve workplace conditions
Festivalgoers were not the only ones floored by La La Land on the Venice Lido last August.“I remember talking to Patrick Wachsberger [Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman] back in Venice,” recalls Lionsgate UK and Europe CEO Zygi Kamasa. “I said that I thought the film could do $150m in North America, to which he almost fell on the floor.”Wachsberger’s reaction was understandable, as the film was by no means a certain slam-dunk. Since it bowed as Venice’s opening film, however, Damien Chazelle’s musical-romance has dominated the awards season, grossing more than $200m worldwide and scoring 14 Oscar and 11 Bafta nominations.“This movie could do more than $400m worldwide off a $30m budget,” predicts Kamasa, who joined the company in 2005 following Lionsgate’s acquisition of UK distributor Redbus.Kamasa’s London division stuck its neck out come the UK release, making it the company’s biggest to date, even ahead … [Read more...] about Lionsgate UK talks ‘La La Land’, bold ‘Valerian’ plan and ways to boost UK film
“There is a storm coming,” warned UK talent agent Femi Oguns towards the end of 2015. He was talking about those decision-makers who may be unwilling to take the adequate steps to improve the number of ethnically diverse faces on screen and working in the film industry. He was talking even before Star Wars: The Force Awakens - which co-stars his client, London-born John Boyega - opened and swiftly broke a multitude of global box-office records.And he was right when one considers how quickly the conversation around diversity in the industry has reached fever pitch in reaction to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, with Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs taking decisive action to address the ethnic and gender composition of voting members of the US Academy, and everyone from Charlotte Rampling to Spike Lee voicing an opinion. “There’s a massive problem,” claims Oguns, CEO of the London-based Identity Agency. “We are steadily moving towards the … [Read more...] about Can the UK film industry meet the diversity challenge?