"That’s a Wrap" For Albatross – submitted 15th December 2009
Albatross completed its six week shoot on the Island on 13th December 2009. Directed by Niall MacCormick, Albatross is the story of Emelia, an aspiring teenage writer who becomes involved with the dysfunctional Fischer family. Emelia is a vulnerable girl who protects herself with her quick wit and sharp tongue, and Jonathan Fischer, husband and father of two, finds himself attracted to her. The two bond over a love of literature, but it quickly leads to complication as Emelia’s friendship grows with Jonathan’s daughter Beth..
The film was shot entirely on location in the Isle of Man, and stars Sebastian Koch, Julia Ormond and Peter Vaughan. Jessica Brown-Findlay debuts as the precocious Emelia.
Hollywood Descends on the Gaiety Theatre - submitted 27th November 2009
Red carpet. Bright lights. Hordes of fans. A thrilling evening took place last Saturday as the director, producers, writers and lead cast of Me and Orson Welles returned to the Gaiety Theatre for a special screening of the film they made there just over a year ago. After attending a VIP Drinks Reception in the beautifully refurbished Villa Marina Arcade next door, the ensemble spoke to the audience on the Gaiety Stage prior to the screening. In particular there was an overwhelming demand for actor Zac Efron, whose mere presence reduced many to tears! Efron is famous for his heart-throb role in the High School Musical franchise.Ticket holders also got a sneak peek at forthcoming features from CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film, including Albatross which is currently filming on the Island.
To view a photo slideshow of the evening, click here
Zac Efron to attend Isle of Man Premiere of Me and Orson Welles! - submitted 17th November 2009
Hollywood glamour returns to the Island once again! Me and Orson Welles will premiere at the beautiful Gaiety Theatre on Saturday 21st November. It promises to be a truly special event; the Gaiety is the main location used in the film and the cast and director are thrilled to return to the venue once again! In attendance will be lead cast Zac Efron, Christian McKay,Claire Danes and director Richard Linklater.
Tickets for the screening are still available from the Ticket Hotline on 600555. Tickets are £25.
£75 tickets are also available on the hotline which include a VIP drinks reception with very special guests at the Villa Marina Arcade. Both the reception and the Gaiety doors open at 7pm. The film screens at 8.30pm.
Win tickets to see the UK Premiere of Me And Orson Welles! - submitted 20th October 2009
CinemaNX are offering two lucky participants the chance to attend the London screening on the 18th November 2009 which will be attended by the lead cast Zac Efron, Christian McKay and Claire Danes. Director Rick Linklater will also be in attendance.
If you would to enter the competition, visit meandorsonwellesthemovie.com to read the terms and conditions and fill in the online form.
"The Disappearance of Alice Creed"Director nominated for Best British Newcomer at London Film Festival 2009 - submitted 7th October 2009
On Tuesday 6th October 2009 organizers of the Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival announced J Blakeson as a nominee for best British newcomer. J has previously penned several screenplays including The Descent: II but The Disappearance of Alice Creed, his first feature film as director, has garnered praise as an intelligent and assured debut at the Toronto and London Film festivals this year. This year's jury for the best film award is chaired by Anjelica Huston and comprises John Akomfrah, Jarvis Cocker, Matthieu Kassovitz, Charlotte Rampling and Iain Softley.
December release for “Me And Orson Welles" in UK Cinemas – submitted 31st July 2009
The period film, starring Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay and Ben Chaplin, has been anxiously awaited by fans and movie buffs alike. The official UK release date has been confirmed as December 4th 2009. Directed by Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Dazed and Confused), the film's IOM shoot was completed entirely within the Gaiety Theatre and has had excellent critical reviews in pre-screenings.
CinemaNX has announced plans to capture footage from the 2009 TT races with hope to include in a feature documentary. The production will use innovative new 3D camera technology, aiming to give audiences a truly adrenaline-fuelled experience like never before! Further details can be found on The Hollywood Reporter’s news site. The Hollywood Reporter is one of the film industry's most respected and widely-read publications.
“Isle of Man is a truly widescreen, cinematic experience” – Manchester Evening Standard – submitted 18th May 2009
In his holiday review journalist Lee Swettenham gives the thumbs-up to the Isle of Man both as a destination for film fans and for tourists in general. All of the film locations Lee mentions in the article can be found in our Isle of Man Movie Map found here. Lee says that: “The Isle of Man can do more than just motorbike races – it can now rightly claim to be one of cinema’s most sought-after film sets.”
Claire Danes praises Zac Efron's performance in Me and Orson Welles – submitted 11th May 2009
Danes, Efron's co-star in the forthcoming picture, describes Zac as: 'a performer capable of great subtlety and vulnerability.' She also mentions the local frenzy over Zac's visit, saying the Island should be called the 'Isle of Teenage Girls'! The film's release date is to be confirmed in the near future. View the Times' full article here:
Work continues on Chico and Rita – submitted 2nd April 2009
Now several months underway, Chico and Rita is an exquisite animated feature film scored by Bebo Valdes (popular Cuban musical arranger and composer). The epic love story about a Cuban jazz pianist and a club singer is told over decades and set across many romantic locations including Havana and New York. Magic Light Studios have employed nine local workers full time to learn the craft of digital animation and have set up a fully functional studio in Douglas. Chico and Rita is to be a blend of 2D and 3D animation; the Manx studio is working in conjuction with Estudio Mariscal in Spain and Budapest making the film a truly international project.
The Disappearance of Alice Creed - submitted March 11th 2009
Principal Photography has been completed for the tense thriller which stars Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia), Eddie Marsan (Vera Drake, Me and Orson Welles) and Martin Compston (The Damned United). Filming took place entirely on the Island with the majority of it at Island Studios near Ramsey. With Isle of Man workers totalling more than half of the crew, The Disappearance of Alice Creed has been a great opportunity for local crew to take on challenging roles and enhance their skills.
Freefonix ratings success - submitted February 20th 2009
The children’s futuristic animated show has proven extremely popular on its TV broadcasts. Set in a world where heroes and villains battle through musical ‘sound clashes’, Freefonix was rated as the most viewed show on the CBBC channel between 1st January and 4th February 2009. The official soundtrack is available for download via iTunes or fans can buy the CD from the official Freefonix website. The site is crammed with fun downloads and interactive games for kids – check out www.freefonix.com.
New production is announced - submitted 28th May 2008
Our next production, Heartless due on the Island on the 30th June stars up and coming British actor Jim Sturgess (The Other Boleyn Girl), well established Brit actor Timothy Spall (Harry Potter series) French actress Clemence Posey (In Bruges), Noel Clarke (Doctor Who), and Joseph Mawle (Foyle's War). Directed and written by Philip Ridley, it tells the story of Jamie Morgan (Sturgess) who makes a deal with a demon in order to start his life afresh.
Filming underway on Me and Orson Welles - submitted 25th February 2008
Whilst 'A Bunch of Amateurs' leave the Island, the cast and crew for our next production, Me and Orson Welles have now arrived bringing Zac-mania with them! Me and Orson Welles has just started shooting in Douglas for three weeks and tells the story of a young actor's (Zac Efron) chance encounter with Orson Welles (Christian McKay) and his subsequent acting role in Welles' Julius Caesar at the famous Mercury Theatre. Claire Danes, Ben Chaplin and Kelly Reilly also star.
Our next Production - Bunch Of Amateurs - submitted 10th January 2008
The New Year will get off to a great start for the Island’s film industry with the arrival of US superstar Burt Reynolds who will be leading a fabulous ensemble cast of British actors in the comedy drama feature film “A Bunch of Amateurs”.
As well as starring Burt Reynolds, A Bunch of Amateurs cast list also includes some of the best of British acting talent – Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Cranford) Sir Derek Jacobi (The Golden Compass, Gladiator) and Samantha Bond (Tomorrow Never Dies etc, Fanny Hill) have already confirmed their participation.
A Bunch of Amateurs is due to start filming at various locations around the Island from early February.
Freefonix to be screened on BBC One and CBBC - submitted 2nd January 2008
Freefonix, the exciting new 3D CGI animated children’s cartoon series produced on the Isle of Man by Balley Beg Studios is due to be screened on CBBC and BBC One from Friday 4th January.
Part financed by Isle of Man Film, Freefonix features some very special guest stars who voice characters, sing and play instruments in the show. R'n'B superstar Jamelia plays the singing part of Sugar Che, mentor and funky fairy godmother to Freefonix. Justin Hawkins from The Darkness sings and lends his unique guitar playing skills to Kurtz, lead singer of Mantyz. Throughout the series other guest stars appearing include pop star Chico, cricketer Alistair Cook, actor Joseph Fiennes and musician Hayley Ecker – plus a whole host of other names will be announced as the series progresses.
It was created by Magnus Fiennes, brother of Joseph and Ralph – a renowned music producer (who co-wrote and produced the first All-Saints album) and has worked with many international artists including Lenny Kravitz, Morcheeba, Spice Girls, Sugababes and Tom Jones.
Freefonix have discovered a sophisticated way of fighting their battles against rival band Mantyz, by using the power of the Thirteenth Note, an awesome force that can bend space and minds when the perfect sound is created. When the two rival bands meet, the result is an explosive Soundclash, where the opposing forces do battle as all the energies of the Thirteenth Note are released. The action continues each week as the Freefonix protect the guardians of the Thirteenth Note and begin to understand its magical properties.
Freefonix will run weekly for 40 half-hour episodes starting on 4th January on CBBC and BBC One at 1620. Freefonix is the largest commission by the BBC for an animation aimed at 7 to 11 year olds. The show is a combination of sophisticated storytelling, incredible music and amazing characters and graphics.Plan your Christmas viewing! - submitted 20th December 2007
Many of our films made it onto the TV schedules this Christmas, for a complete list please click here.
Chromophobia is released - submitted 27th November 2007
Chromophobia is premiering in the UK on the 14th December. Filmed on the Island in 2004, it closed the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 and has a quality British cast including Kristen Scott Thomas, Ralph Fiennes, Damien Lewis and Rhys Ifans. Penelope Cruz also stars in the film, directed by Martha Fiennes and described as a darkly comic urban drama.
Who Gets the Dog to be screened - submitted 27th November 2007
Isle of Man Film production, Who Gets the Dog will get its premiere screening this weekend when it is broadcast on ITV1 at 9pm on Sunday 2nd December. Shot in the Island last year and produced by Island-regulars Company Pictures, the 90 minute comedy drama starring Kevin Whately, (Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Lewis) Alison Steadman, (The Dinner Party, Gavin and Stacey) Stephen Mangan, (Green Wing, Confetti) and Emma Pierson (Hotel Babylon, Talk to Me) tells the story of married couple Jack and Jenny.
Your property as a film location - submitted 15 October 2007
Have you ever thought about using your property as a film location? We are currently developing a searchable online locations database, set to be live before Christmas, and would like to encourage local property owners to register their property with us. Using your property as a film location can provide you with extra income and a chance to see film-making live in action. We are in particular need of farmhouses and farm buildings, contemporary interiors, historic Manor houses and Pubs and restaurants, although a location can be anything a script calls for. If you would like to register your property, you should read the guidance notes first before filling in the entry form and sending it back with some pictures (preferably digital).
Japanese adore Miss Potter - submitted 27 September 2007
The Beatrix Potter biopic Miss Potter has taken Japan by storm grossing $2,525,500 in it's first week. Released on 292 screens, the film attracted Japan's huge Beatrix Potter fanbase ,who have made her books and related merchandise strong sellers. Miss Potter has grossed $28 million to date.
Films on Sky this month - submitted 17th September 2007
Many of our films are screening on Sky this month; please download the September list for detailed information.
Under the Stars event a success - submitted 10th September 2007
The weekend's outdoor screenings of Grease and Casino Royale were extremely successful, with a great turnout and beautiful weather to boot! The stunning backdrop of The Nunnery grounds added further ambience to the event. The Friday night sell out screening of Grease attracted families and groups who were all keen to sing along and dance during the film, creating a fantastic atmosphere (that was further propelled by the glasses of wine!). Saturday night's screening of Casino Royale was slightly more demure, although the females in the audience seemed to enjoy Daniel Craig emerging from the sea...
As this was our (and the Island's) first public outdoor film screenings, we would appreciate feedback from those who attended the event to see how we can improve for next year. All suggestions are welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sparkle to be released in the UK - submitted 10th August 2007
The romantic comedy Sparkle, is being released in the UK on the 17th August, following its premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival the night before. It was filmed in the Island last year and has its own dedicated website http://www.sparklethemovie.co.uk
Finley the Fire Engine on CBeebies - submitted 23rd July 2007
Finley the Fire Engine, Isle of Man Film's first animation project, will be screening nightly on CBeebies at 5pm on week nights and 4pm during the weekend. The 39 episode series tells the tale of Finley and the residents of Friendlyville.
Talk to Me to be televised this Sunday - submitted 6th June 2007
Talk to Me aka Is This Love? is to be shown on ITV from the 10th June at 9.30pm. The 4 part series was shot in the Island in January this year and written by Danny Brocklehurst, who has previously written for the critically acclaimed TV series Shameless. Directed by Dearbhla Walsh and produced by Matt Jones, who also both worked on Shameless, it stars Max Beesley, Laura Fraser, Joseph Millson, Kate Ashfield, Emma Pierson and Adrian Bower.
Early reviews are extremely positive with the Radio Times describing it as 'well written, classily made and at times even sexy'.
Miss Potter released on DVD - submitted 23rd April 2007
Miss Potter, the tale of the life of prolific children's story writer Beatrix Potter, is released on DVD today. The film stars Renee Zellwegger as Beatrix Potter and Ewan McGregor as Norman Warne, her publisher.
Big Nothing released on DVD - submitted 16th April 2007
Big Nothing starring Simon Pegg and David Schwimmer has been released on DVD to buy today. Shot on the Island in 2005 the film tells the tale of a bungled blackmail plot.
Isle of Man Film Announces Next Production - submitted 26th March 2007
Isle of Man Film's next production entitled 'The Cottage' will begin shooting on the Island from Tuesday 27th March.
'The Cottage' will star Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen) and Jennifer Ellison (The Phantom of The Opera) and will be executive produced by Island regular Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures (Sparkle, Lawless Heart). Directed by Paul Andrew Williams and Produced by Ken Marshall, the team behind the mulitple award winning hit 'London to Brighton', the £2.6million feature film is described as a British comedy-horror along the lines of Severance, a recent Isle of Man Film success.
Isle of Man Movie Map tops government download charts - submitted 21st March 2007
The Isle of Man Movie Map was the most popular download for the entire Government website for the month of February 2007
Isle of Man Movie Map Released - submitted 9th February 2007
Trace the steps of the stars with the new Isle of Man Movie Map released today.
Miss Potter gets local release - submitted 22nd January 2007
Miss Potter gets UK release - submitted 8th January 2007
Miss Potter was released in cinemas last Friday (5th January) and has received some great reviews, with the Mail on Sunday describing it as 'A Triumph for British Charm'.
Is This Love? starts today - submitted 8th January 2007
Isle of Man Film's next Production titled 'Is This Love?' will start shooting on the Island from today. Produced by Island-regulars Company Pictures, who most recently shot Who Gets the Dog? on the Island, it stars Max Beasley (Hotel Babylon), Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead) and Emma Pierson (Who Gets the Dog?).
The four-part television drama is described as ‘Cold feet with tough edges’ as it tells the story of a love triangle between a couple and their best friend. Directed by Dearbhla Walsh (Shameless) and produced by Matt Jones (Shameless), filming is set to continue through January till the 2nd of February.
Miss Potter makes it through the first round of BAFTA voting - submitted 8th January 2007
Miss Potter has made it through the first round of voting by BAFTA members in the Orange British Academy Film Awards, appearing in seven categories; Original Screenplay, Make-up & Hair, Costume Design, Cinematography, Film Music, Actress in a Leading role (Renee Zellweger) and Actress in a Supporting role (Emily Watson).
The second round of voting is open now and will close on the 10th January whereupon the shortlist of five films will be decided. The BAFTAs take place on February 11th at London’s Royal Opera House.
Severance is released on DVD - submitted 8th January 2007
Comedy Horror film Severance, filmed on the Island back in 2004, is released on DVD to buy from today. The film attracted great reviews with James King, the Radio 1 Film critic describing the film as ‘Absolutely Brilliant – Scary and Hilarious’.
Miss Potter nominated for Golden Globe - submitted 15th December 2006
Isle of Man Film is delighted to announce its first Golden Globe nomination for Renee Zellweger's portrayal of Beatrix Potter in the film Miss Potter. Nominations were announced yesterday and Renee's competitors for Best Actress (Musicical or Comedy) include Annette Bening for "Running with Scissors" Toni Collette for "Little Miss Sunshine" Beyonce Knowles for "Dreamgirls" and Meryl Streep for "The Devil Wears Prada". The awards will be presented on 15th January 2007 in Hollywood.
Miss Potter premieres in London - submitted 5th December 2006
Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor braved the cold weather on Sunday night to attend the World Premiere of Miss Potter, the film telling the story of the much-loved Children's author Beatrix Potter. It was filmed partly on the Island during April this year and is set for a UK general release in Cinemas on the 5th January 2007. View the stars arriving on the red carpet and clips of the film at the Reuters website. Also released is a beautifully illustrated 'Making of Miss Potter' movie companion book written by Garth Pearce and a novel of the film written by Richard Maltby which are available to buy now.
Big Nothing gets UK release - submitted 29th November 2006
Starring Simon Pegg and David Schwimmer, Big Nothing hits UK cinemas this Friday, 1st December. Empire magazine have described the film as 'beautifully shot..mixing humour and horror in equal mesaure'.
Stormbreaker released on DVD - submitted 10th November 2006
Perfectly timed for Christmas presents, Stormbreaker is released on DVD in the UK on Monday 13th November. It was shot on the Island last year and is based on the novels of the same name by Anthony Horowitz. The film was positively received by critics with The Times describing it as 'a British action hero to rival Bond'.
Severance nominated for BIFA - submitted 7th November 2006
Comedy Horror film Severance has been nominated for Best Acheivement in Production at the British Independent Film Awards which are due to be presented on 29th November at London's Hammersmith Palais. It was released eariler this year and received great reviews.
Manx Films showing at AFM - submitted 7th November 2006
Four Manx films are showing at the American Film Market which is taking place in Los Angeles this week. Fade to Black, Big Nothing, Sparkle and The Deaths of Ian are all screening during the Market which is one of the biggest film events in America and attracts more than 8,000 industry leaders.
Downturn in UK Film Production Impacts on Island - submitted 9th October 2006
Autumn has got off to a quieter start than usual in terms of on-Island film production activity this year. Changes in the relevant UK tax relief legislation, shortly to be ratified by the European Union, have left a number of productions, both on and off-Island, awaiting news of the revised structure before filming can commence. For the full press release click here .
Things to do Before You're 30 released on DVD - submitted 18th September 2006
The British comedy drama Things to do Before You're 30 is released on DVD today. Starring Billie Piper, Dougray Scott, Emilia Fox and Jimi Mistrey, it was filmed on the Island in 2003.
The Dark is released on DVD - submitted 12th September 2006
Supernatural thriller The Dark is released on DVD today. Starring Sean Bean and Maria Bello, the film was shot in the Island in 2004 and tells the story of a bereaved mother who becomes convinced that her lost daughter is trying to communicate from beyond the grave. The film was described by the Guardian as 'An atmospheric and rather creepy supernatural thriller'
Manx-funded films screen at Toronto - submitted 12th September 2006
Both Christopher Smith's Severance and Geoffrey Sax's Stormbreaker are screening at the Toronto International Film Festival which runs from the 7th to the 16th September . Both recently released in the UK, Stormbreaker has been a Summer mainstream release at the box office whilst Severance, a fresh new British comedy-horror written by Christopher Smith and James Moran has received great reviews and has grossed £1.3 million in its first ten days of release in the UK.
Lassie gets US Release - submitted 4th September 2006
Filmed in the Island last year, Lassie opened in the US last Friday (1st September) after its New York premiere was held a week earlier, where Lassie gave away 'pawtographs'. The Film, which stars Samantha Morton and Peter O'Toole was also commended by the New York Times who described it as 'beautifully orchestrated' and described the locations used as 'breathtaking'. Lassie is still available to buy on DVD in the UK.
Severance cuts it with critics - submitted 23rd August 2006
The latest Isle of Man Film to be released has received great reviews from film critics. Due to be released this Friday (25th August) in both the UK and the Isle of Man, Severance – described as ‘The Office meets Deliverance’, first started receiving attention at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then, positive reviews have been circulating on the Internet and more recently James King, the Radio 1 Film critic described the film as ‘Absolutely Brilliant – Scary and Hilarious’ whilst Lad’s Mag Loaded said it was ‘The best British horror-comedy you’ll see this year’. The film is further commended by the BBC who describe it as ‘a slick mix of satire and splatter’ whilst Total Film carried a 4 page feature on the film in their September issue resulting in a 4 star review with the quote ‘A rare horror-comedy, one that’s scary, brutally funny and frequently brilliant’.
Severance will be showing at The Broadway Cinema from Friday 25th.
Mistress of Spices to be released on DVD - submitted 9 August 2006
Filmed in the Island last year, Mistress of Spices is released on DVD in the UK on the 14th August. Starring Aishwarya Rai and Dylan McDermott, the film is based on the popular book by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Written by Gurinda Chadha and directed by Paul Mayeda Berges - who collaborated on BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM and BRIDE & PREJUDICE--the film focuses on how much immigrants should try to assimilate into a new country and how much of their traditions they should keep.
Colour Me Kubrick showing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival - submitted 7 August 2006
Colour Me Kubrick, shot in the Island in 2004, has been selected for this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival which celebrates its 60th birthday from 14 to 27 August. The film stars John Malkovich as Alan Conway, a British conman who masqueraded as reclusive director Stanley Kubrick in the 1990s. For more information, please visit the EIFF website.
Our next Production - submitted 31 July 2006
After a busy week following the successful release of Stormbreaker, Isle of Man Film is expecting its next Production, Deaths of Ian to arrive on the Island on 31st July. Starring Christina Cole (‘Casino Royale’, ‘Hex’) and Mike Vogel (‘Poseidon’, ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’) the film tells the story of an all-American guy who is murdered each day by horrifying pursuers, only to wake up in slightly different lives to experience the terror of being murdered again.
London Premiere goes down a Storm - submitted 18 July 2006
Renowned film stars paid tribute to the Island at the premiere of Island-made movie Stormbreaker, held in the baking heat of Leicester Square in London on Monday night. Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Alicia Silverstone, Sophie Okenodo and the star of the film Alex Pettyfer were amongst those walking the red carpet to promote what is expected to be the biggest British movie of the summer.
British Actor Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean) who plays MI6 agent, Alan Blunt in the film said ‘I’ve been to the Island lots of times on many different films and Thank God for the Isle of Man. Virtually all British films under a certain budget would not get made if it was not for the Isle of Man and Isle of Man Film. I like [the Island] very much’.
Bill also praised the Island in an interview with The Guardian at the weekend in which he spoke about his time on the Island whilst filming Stormbreaker ‘I’m always very happy to be [on the Island]. It’s a sort of cross between Cornwall and Ireland’
American Actress Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman & Robin) who plays nanny Jack Starbright remarked ‘We had so much fun, it was ridiculous, it wasn’t really a job. Missi Pyle and I would ride our bikes everywhere and we went to a lovely vegetarian restaurant and really good health store. It was very nice’
The film is based on the Alex Rider series written by Anthony Horowitz, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. He said ‘The Isle of Man is a great film location, I mean it’s everything, England, France Germany...it’s a chameleon of an Island. The great chase scene that opens the film, I’m not sure we could have shot that anywhere else’
Director Geoff Sax praised Isle of Man Film for their help with the film, in particular Hilary Dugdale and Steve Christian who he described as ‘very film savvy and delightful to work with’ He continued ‘If it was not for Isle of Man Film, the British movie industry would not be able to produce the kind of films it does’
Stormbreaker's premiere and release date - submitted 13 July 2006
Our biggest film to date is due for nationwide release on the 21st July following its London Premiere on the 17th July. There has already been plenty of publicity surrounding the film, which is based on Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series. The film will also have a local premiere on the 23rd July, which has been arranged by the Isle of Man Children's Centre and will include some of the key cast and Anthony Horowitz himself. Bill Nighy will also be attending.
Anthony Horowitz will also be signing copies of his books at Ottakar's in Douglas on the 23rd July at 2pm.
Work for Isle of Man Film! - submitted 28 June 2006
We are looking for a temporary member of staff for a year's contract to work in the busy office at Isle of Man Film. Previous experience in Customer Service and working in the office environment is essential. You must be reliable and resilient as the role is admin based and will involve filing, scanning and answering telephone calls. If you are interested, please contact Kate at Miracles on 620297.
Keeping Mum to be shown on Sky Box Office - submitted 7 June 2006
From 14th June, Keeping Mum will be showing on Sky Box Office. It will be shown at various times and has a 15 rating. It is also available to buy on DVD.
Piccadilly Jim released on DVD - submitted 25 May 2006
Piccadilly Jim has been released in the UK on DVD. Filmed on the Island in 2003, it stars Sam Rockwell, Brenda Blethyn and Tom Wilkinson. It is based on the book of the same name by P G Wodehouse.
Things to do Before You're 30 released in the UK - submitted 17 May 2006
Things to do Before You're 30 is due to be released in the UK on 2nd June. It was filmed on the Island in 2003 and stars Billie Piper, Dougray Scott, Jimi Mistrey and Emilia Fox. It will be shown at The Broadway Cinema, Douglas from 23rd June.
The Libertine out on DVD - submitted 20th April 2006
The Libertine, starring Johnny Depp and Rosamund Pike, is due to be released on DVD on the 24th April. The film received good reviews with Channel 4 describing it as 'a beautifully grimy period film'.
Mistress of Spices released in the UK - submitted 20th April 2006
Mistress of Spices, a fairytale about an Indian woman and her magical spice shop and filmed in the Island in 2005, is due to be released in Cinemas this Friday (21st April).
Our next film - submitted 20th April 2006
Production continues to be busy on the Island with our next film, The Walker due to start filming today. The Walker is produced by Deepak Nayar who has already filmed Mistress of Spices (which is due to be released on 21st April) and The Thread on the Island. It is to be directed by Paul Schrader (‘Taxi Driver’) and stars Woody Harrelson (‘Cheers’, ‘Indecent Proposal’), Island regular Kristin Scott Thomas (‘Keeping Mum’, ‘The English Patient), Lauren Bacall (‘The Big Sleep’, ‘Dogville’), Ned Beatty (‘Deliverance’, ‘Superman’), Moritz Bleibtreu (‘Munich’), Willem Dafoe (‘Spiderman’, ‘Body of Evidence’) and Lily Tomlin (‘The West Wing’, ‘Tea with Mussolini’).
Filming on The Walker has already taken place in London and cast and crew will be on the Island until 5th May when they will leave to shoot in Washington DC.
Stars pay tribute to their time on the Island - submitted 20th April 2006
Sparkle leaves the Island - submitted 20th April 2006
Sparkle has also left the Island to shoot in Liverpool. Starring Bob Hoskins, Stockard Channing and Shaun Evans, Sparkle is a comedy from acclaimed writing and directing team Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger and is about an opportunistic young Liverpudlian who comes to London and decides to sleep his way to the topThe Dark is released in UK cinemas - submitted 4th April 2006
The Dark is due for UK release this Friday, 7th April. Starring Sean Bean and Maria Bello, the supernatural horror was filmed on the Island in 2004. A trailer for the film can be found at http://www.thedark.film.de/
Lassie out on DVD - submitted 4th April 2006
Lassie, filmed on the Island last year, is due out on DVD this Friday 7th April. The film was released last year with Screen International describing it as 'Hansomely crafted, full of lively performances from both animals and humans, and with far more satirical bite than might have been expected'.
Stormbreaker trailer online - submitted 17 March 2006
The latest release of the Stormbreaker trailer is now on their website http://stormbreaker.com/ . It features some good shots of the Island, particularly the action sequence that was filmed in Port Erin. The film is due for release on 21st July and was filmed on the Island last year.
Keeping Mum released on DVD - submitted 17 March 2006
Keeping Mum is due for release on DVD on Monday 20th March. Filmed in 2005, the film received great reviews with the BBC describing it as ‘Waking Ned meets Serial Mom in the genial and genuinely funny British black comedy’.
Our new films - submitted 17 March 2006
Miss Potter and Sparkle begin their shoot on the Island next week. Miss Potter is the much talked about story of Beatrix Potter and stars Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Cold Mountain), Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Moulin Rouge) and Emily Watson (Punch Drunk Love, Gosford Park). Filming has already taken place in London and cast and crew are coming to the Island to film on the 22nd March.
Meanwhile, our second film, Sparkle is due on the Island on the 21st March and stars Bob Hoskins(Mrs Henderson Presents, Vanity Fair), Stockard Channing (Grease, The West Wing), Shaun Evans (Boys from County Clare, The Virgin Queen) Anthony Head (Little Britain, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Amanda Ryan (The Forsyte Saga, Murphy’s Law) and Leslie Manville (Poirot, Vera Drake). It is being produced by Martin Pope and Michael Rose who have already produced Lawless Heart and The Heart of Me on the Island. It is to be directed by Lawless Heart Directors Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger.
Crew and Facilities Search goes live - submitted 15 February 2006
Isle of Man Film are pleased to announce the launch of their online Crew and Facilities search. The online Directory can be used to search by primary area of expertise or by name to help locate local crew and facilities. If you would like to appear in our Directory, please see our FAQs page.
Further Miss Potter details announced - submitted 2 February 2006
In addition to Oscar winning actress Renee Zellweger, both Ewan McGregor and Emily Watson are to appear in Miss Potter, due to the Island in March. Watson will play Millie, the sister of McGregor's character, Norman Warne, Potter's publisher and lover. The film, which marks Director Chris Noonan's first feature since his Oscar-nominated work on Babe in 1995, is being produced by Phoenix Pictures alongside David Kirschner Productions.
Kristen Scott-Thomas nominated for Award - submitted 6th January 2006
Kristen Scott-Thomas has been nominated for Best British Actress at this year's Film Critic Awards for her role in Keeping Mum. The 26th Awards of the London Film Critics' Circle are being held in aid of the NSPCC on February 8. The awards are voted for by over 100 members of the Critics Circle who write for newspapers and magazines in the UK.
The Libertine wins a BIFA award - submitted 5th December 2005
Rosamund Pike won the award for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a British Independent Film for her role as Elizabeth Malet in The Libertine. The awards were held last week in London.
Our next film - submitted 25th November 2005
The next film due to film on the Island is entitled Big Nothing. It stars David Schwimmer (best known for his role as Ross in Friends), Simon Pegg ("Spaced" and "Shaun of the Dead") Mimi Rogers ("Lost in Space" and "Austin Powers") and Natascha McElhone ("The Truman Show"). It's due on the Island on the 4th December and will finish around the 22nd.
Miss Potter to be filmed on Island next year - submitted 18th November 2005
We are delighted to announce that that terms have been agreed to film Miss Potter in the Isle Of Man next Spring. The film tells the story of the life of Beatrix Potter, the author of children’s classics such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Miss Tiggy-Winkle. Starring Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Cold Mountain, Cinderella Man), the US$25m film is anticipated to be one of Britain’s biggest independent films of 2006. Principal photography is due to start in March 2006.
Quest III to be repeated on ITV - submitted 18th November 2005
Quest III, directed by and starring David Jason is due to be repeated tonight on ITV at 9pm. Quest III is the follow up drama to Quest II and follows the stories of Dave, Ronno and Charlie during their teenage years as they pay a nostalgic visit to their favourite coffee bar
Three of our movies are due to get their local premieres on the Island. The Libertine (starring Johnny Depp) is released today and has already attracted a significant amount of publicity with eight British Independent Film Award nomiations already. Johnny Depp plays John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester, who received posthumous acclaim after living a drunken and debauched life. All Isle of Man filming took place within Island Studios in April last year. Approximately 300 local extras took part in the film, working alongside cast members Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton and John Malkovich.
The second of the three films to screen locally is Keeping Mum, starring Rowan Atkinson, Dame Maggie Smith, Patrick Swayze and Kristin Scott-Thomas. The plot revolves around the life of Reverend Walter Goodman (Rowan Atkinson) who is determined to write the perfect sermon but he comically and frustratingly ignores his family in the process until Grace Hawkins (Dame Maggie Smith) arrives to put everything in order in her own unorthodox fashion. The comedy drama will be screening at the Broadway from December 2nd.
Finally, Lassie starring Peter O’Toole and Samantha Morton, will be released on 16th December in time for the Christmas market. Based on the original story, Lassie is a wonderful family film which features an extensive amount of the beautiful Manx Countryside. For further information on booking tickets please contact the Broadway Cinema Box Office on 694555.
On A Clear Day wins 2 BAFTA Awards - submitted 17th November 2005
On A Clear Day has won 2 of the 3 Scottish BAFTA awards that it was nominated for including Best Film. Alex Rose also won the Best Screenplay award. The film has received some excellent reviews, with Empire magazine describing it as 'an inspiring, uplifting tale'. On A Clear Day is nominated for 3 Scottish BAFTA Awards - submitted 4th November 2005 Gaby Dellal's On A Clear Day has received 3 nominations at this year's Scottish BAFTA Awards, to be held in Glasgow on November 13th. Gaby is up for Best Director, whilst Screenwriter Alex Rose has been nominated for Best Screenplay. On A Clear Day is also up for Best Film. For further information on the awards, please visit BAFTA Scotland's website.
The Libertine is nominated for 8 BIFA Awards - submitted 27th November 2005
The Libertine, filmed on the Island in April 2004, has been nominated for 8 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), with Johnny Depp competing for the best actor prize. BIFA 2005 will take place on Wednesday November 30th at The Hammersmith Palais, London.
The Libertine is based around the life of the 17th Century poet John Wilmot (played by Johnny Depp), who received posthumous acclaim after living a debauched life. The film was shot in Island Studios, Ramsey after the UK Government closed its tax break and the film nearly cancelled before Isle of Man Film stepped in to fund production. It is due for UK release on 18th November.
Full details of the nominations for The Libertine follow:
Best British Independent Film – The Libertine
Best Director of a British Independent Film – Laurence Dunmore
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor or Actress in a British Independent Film – Rosamund Pike and Tom Hollander
Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film – Johnny Depp
Best Technical Achievement – Ben van Os (Production Designer)
Most Promising Newcomer – Rupert Friend
The Douglas Hickox Award – Laurence Dunmore (Gaby Dellal is also nominated for this award for On A Clear Day)
For further information on the film, please see the British Independent Film Awards website
On A Clear Day gets local premiere - submitted 3rd October 2005
Manx Movie, On A Clear Day will be screening at The Broadway Cinema from 7th October. It was released in the UK on 2nd September and has so far attracted good reviews, with Empire Magazine describing it as ‘an inspiring uplifting tale’ and rating it with 4 stars. For booking details, please contact the Broadway Box Office directly on 694555.
Manx Films nominated for the Irish Film and Television Awards - submitted 3rd October 2005
Three of our films, Boy Eats Girl , The Boys and Girl from County Clare and On A Clear Day have been nominated in various categories for the Irish Film and Television Awards, due to be held on 5th November 2005.
Boy Eats Girl is up for Best Production Design (Anna Rackard), Best Costumer Design (Susan Scott), Best Supporting Actor Film (Tadgh Murphy) and Best Supporting Actress Film (Deidra O'Kane). Meanwhile, The Boys and Girl from County Clare is up for Best Music for Film (Fiachra Trench), Best Actress Film (Andrea Corr) and Best Supporting Actress Film (Charlotte Bradley). On A Clear Day has one nomination in the Best Supporting Actor Category (Sean McGinley). For further information, please see the Irish Film and Television Awards website.
The Thread - our next film - submitted 15 September 2005
Whilst filming on Fade to Black is coming to a close, preparations are being made for our next film, The Thread, due to start filming on the Island at the end of September. Deepak Nayar, who previously produced Bride and Prejudice and Bend it Like Beckham, is producing. The film is about a half-Indian Englishman who is haunted by a mysterious woman from his past who he doesn’t remember. Linus Roache, Saffron Burrows, and Andrea Corr star. Our last production produced by Deepak, Paul Mayeda Berges’ Mistress of Spices starring Aishwarya Rai and Dylan McDermott, premiered on September 11 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
ITV1 screens Marian, Again - submitted 30 August 2005
Marian, Again one of our TV productions shot on the Island in May is due to be shown on ITV1 on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September 2005 at 9pm as a two-part series.
Release dates - submitted 22 August 2005
Fade to Black - our latest film - submitted 22 August 2005
Now that filming on Severance and Stormbreaker has finished on the Island, our next film Fade to Black has started shooting on the Island. The film is set in 1940's Italy and tells the story of Orson Welles following the break-up of his marriage to Rita Hayworth.
Severance - our latest film - submitted 13 July 2005
Severance has started production on the Island after filming the first half of their shoot in Hungary. The film tells the story of a group of colleagues whose team-building weekend goes horribly wrong.
On A Clear Day, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year is due to premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival as part of a host of UK, International and World Premieres to grace this year’s festival which runs from the 17th - 28th August. The film, which also opened the 17th Galway Film Festival along with another Isle of Man Film production, Boy Eats Girl, is set in Scotland and tells the story of unemployed Frank who decides to combat depression by swimming the English Channel. For more information, please see the EIFF website.
Stormbreaker - cast announced - submitted 29 June 2005
Alex Pettyfer has landed the year's hottest role as Alex Rider in Stormbreaker. The action-adventure film’s stellar cast includes: Sarah Bolger, Damien Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Sophie Okenedo, Missi Pyle, Alicia Silverstone, Ashley Walters and Mickey Rourke. It is due to start shooting on the Island Sunday 3rd July. For further information, please see the press release.
Manx films showing on TV - submitted 25 May 2005
Four Manx films are showing on Sky over the course of the next month. Blackball is premiering on Friday 10th June at 8pm and Suzie Gold is premiering on Monday 13th June at 8pm on Sky Movies One. Meanwhile Five Children and IT and Churchill: The Hollywood Years are showing on Sky Box Office from 8th June.
Our recent productions - submitted 25 May 2005
Filming for Marion, Again is coming to a close whilst Lassie is due to commence filming on the Island on 17th June. The cast of Lassie has recently been announced with Peter O'Toole and Samantha Morton both starring in the Charles Sturridge movie. For further information, please see the press release. Meanwhile, pre-production is ongoing for Stormbreaker - our biggest budget production to date due to start filming on the Island in the Summer. Stormbreaker is the the eagerly-awaited big-screen debut of 14-year-old special agent Alex Rider, hero of Anthony Horowitz’s chart-topping series of novels about a reluctant teenage superspy. For further information please see our press release or the Alex Rider website.
Chromophobia selected for closing gala at Cannes - submitted 21 April 2005
Martha Fiennes’ film Chromophobia, shot on the Isle of Man in August and September last year, has been selected for the prestigious closing gala screening at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Chromophobia is the only UK film to be selected by the Cannes selection committee for the 2005 Festival. Cannes selection traditionally features the work of classic filmmakers and it is therefore, a huge honour for an Isle of Man film to be selected against massive competition, not just from the UK but from worldwide submissions. For more information, please see the press release
Finley the Fire Engine - submitted 1 April 2005
As part of the continuing development of the Island’s film and media industry, a major pre-school animation series is currently being created at Balley Beg animation studios in Douglas. Balley Beg Studios is currently in production on 78 episodes of Finley the Fire Engine – a 3D computer animated television series to be broadcast throughout the world. The studio has employed world-class staff, mainly from Los Angeles, all of whom are well positioned to educate children both in the animation process and in relevant career prospects.
The Heart of Me - submitted 7th March 2005
Owd Bob - submitted 24th February 2005
Owd Bob will be showing at Waterloo Methodist Church in Ramsey at 7.30pm, tomorrow night, 25th February 2005.
Our new films - submitted 16th February 2005
Mistress of Spices has just started filming at Island Studios and is being directed by Paul Berges and Gurinder Chadra, the directors of Bend it Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice. It is based on the book by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni of the same name.
Meanwhile, Keeping Mum is expected to start filming on the Island in early March and stars Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith and Patrick Swayze.
Sons and Lovers -submitted 26th January 2005
Sons and Lovers, the adaptation of the D H Lawrence novel of the same name, is showing on Sky Movies 1 at 4pm on Thursday 10th February and Sky Movies 2 on Friday 11th February at 5pm.
The Rotters' Club - submitted 24th January 2005
The Rotters’ Club, one of our productions filmed over the Summer, is to be screened on BBC2 this Wednesday 26th January at 9pm as the first of a three-part series. For further information, please visit BBCs Website
Best - submitted 10th January 2005
Best is showing on Sky Movies 9 on Tuesday 18th January at 8pm. For more information about the film please see our Past Productions page.
Plan Your Christmas and New Year Viewing! - submitted 15th December 2004
The following Isle of Man productions will be screening on UK terrestial television over the Christmas period:
The Final Quest - ITV1 9pm Monday 27th December
I Capture The Castle - BBC2 6.10pm Tuesday 28th December
Tom Brown's Schooldays - ITV1 9pm New Year's Day
On A Clear Day- submitted 6th December 2004
On A Clear Day is being premiered at the Sundance Film Festival as their opening film. For further information, please see the press release.
Relative Values - submitted 22nd November 2004
Relative Values is being shown in Ramsey at Waterloo Methodist Hall tonight at 7.30pm. Entrance is free but donations can be made to The Ramsey Cottage Hospital League of Friends. No booking is necessary, please turn up on the night.
Island At War - submitted 27th October 2004
The Minister for the Department of Trade & Industry, Alex Downie has confirmed that there will be no further collaboration with Granada Television on the drama series Island At War.
“Although the series was very popular and was pulling in an average of 5 million viewers per episode, ITV has a number of Second World War drama projects in hand or under consideration” said Mr Downie. “We will be working with ITV again on future projects, as well as collaborating with the BBC drama and film departments on a variety of other material.”
Waking Ned - submitted 21st October 2004
Waking Ned will be shown on ITV2 on Tuesday 26th October at 8pm.
5 Children and IT - submitted 19th October 2004
BBC North West are featuring an article on the filming of 5 Children and IT to be shown on Thursday 21st October at 6.30pm on BBC1.
The Tichborne Claimant - submitted 12th October 2004
The Tichborne Claimant is being shown on BBC 2 at 12.20am on 15th October.
I Capture The Castle - submitted 4th October 2004
I Capture The Castle is being shown in Ramsey at Waterloo Methodist Hall on Friday 8th October 2004 at 7.30pm. Entrance is free but donations can be made to The Ramsey Cottage Hospital League of Friends. No booking is necessary, please turn up on the night.
Suzie Gold - submitted 4th October 2004
Suzie Gold is to be screened tonight at the Palace Cinema by the Isle of Man Arts Council. For further information please contact the Palace directly.
Toronto Film Festival - submitted 1st September 2004
The Libertine and 5 Children and IT are being premiered at the Toronto Film Festival which runs from 9th - 18th September 2004. For more information, please see the offical Toronto Film Festival website or our official press release.
Our next Production - submitted 26th August 2004
Our next Production, Chromophobia has started shooting on the Island and will be here until the 15th September.
Release dates - submitted 13th August 2004
Four of our films are due to be released this year as follows:
- Trauma - 27th August
- Churchill : The Hollywood Years - 2nd December
- 5 Children and IT - 22nd October
- The Libertine - 29th October - Please note that this release date has since been put back and we are still awaiting confirmation of the official date
Our next Production - submitted 9 August 2004
Beginning the 16th August 2004, our next production is an Irish co-production entitled Boy Eats Girl. Shooting will last 3 weeks.
Our next Production - submitted 23 July 2004
Our next production will be a Television project entitled The Rotters' Club. It is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Coe. Shooting will start on 9th August 2004 for 3 weeks.
Gypsy Woman on Sky - submitted 2 July 2004
Island At War - to be screened in July - submitted 16 June 2004
Island At War, the TV production filmed by Granada on the Island last year, is due to be screened from 11 July on ITV, with six episodes in total. The production, which was mostly shot in Castletown, is based on the fictional Island of St Gregory during the Second World war.
Our next Production - Tom Brown's Schooldays - submitted 30 April 2004
Our next production will be a television production based on the book written by Thomas Hughes. Filming on the Island should commence on 10th May. Filming on The Libertine has now finished and the crew have left the Island.
The Libertine - submitted 27 April 2004
The Second Quest - viewing figures - submitted 23 April 2004
The Second Quest was fifth out of the week's most viewed programmes with an audience of 7.7 million.
Behind the Scenes on Kubrick - submitted 31 March 2004
'This Morning' will show behind the scenes filming from Colour Me Kubrick tomorrow (1st April) on ITV from 10.30am. Please click here for further information.
Manx Productions on TV - submitted 29 March 2004
The Quest II will be shown on Monday 5th April on ITV at 9pm. It is directed by and stars David Jason. Also showing on TV is The Legend of the Tamworth Two which is due to be screened on Easter Monday (12th April) at 6.30pm on BBC1.
Blackball showing at Palace Cinema - submitted 26 March 2004
The Libertine - submitted 27 February 2004
Isle of Man Film, production company Mr. Mudd and First Choice Films, the equity film partnership, have agreed terms to co-finance the feature film The Libertine enabling the UK shoot to go ahead as planned next week. The film which stars Johnny Depp, John Malkovich and Samantha Morton will shoot on the Isle of Man in April. The Libertine faced the prospect of immediate closure and the loss of 150 crew jobs following the announcement on 10th February of UK government changes in the tax laws.
For further information, please see our official press release.
Our next film - On A Clear Day - submitted 11 February 2004
Suzie Gold - UK release 5th March 2004 - submitted 5 February 2004
The UK release date for Suzie Gold has been announced as the 5th March 2004. The film stars Summer Phoenix and was filmed at Island Studios in Ramsey.
Paul Bettany receives award for The Heart of Me - submitted 2 February 2004
Paul Bettany received the Best Actor award last night at the Evening Standard Awards in London for his role in The Heart of Me and Master and Commander. The Heart of Me was filmed on the Island in 2001 and also stars Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Williams, who has already won an award at the British Independent Film awards for her part in the film.
New members of staff - submitted 21st January 2004
The Film Commission has expanded with two new members of staff. Gill Young, our new Contract and Productions Support Officer and Sam Christian, our Film Officer have both started in the past two weeks and will work with exisiting staff in supporting existing production and new projects. One of Gill's main duties will be Production liasion with local authorities and residents.
Manx Movie Series at Erin Arts Centre - submitted 16th January 2004
Erin Arts Centre is showing a series of Manx Films as part of its Films for the Community programme. Films such as Relative Values and Gabriel and Me will be shown on the second Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and are open to all.
Manx Movies on Sky - submitted 6th January 2004
The Lawless Heart is to be shown on Sky Movies 1 at 8pm tonight. It was filmed on the Island in 2000 and stars Bill Nighy and Tom Hollander. Before You Go, starring Julie Walters is to be shown on Tuesday 13th January at 8pm
Thomas airs on New Years Day - submitted 5th January 2004
Thomas and the Magic Railroad aired on BBC1 on New Years Day. The Children's film starring Alec Baldwin and Peter Fonda, was filmed on the Island in 1999. For more information, please visit the official website.
Our next Production - Colour Me Kubrick- submitted 22nd December 2003
Plans for our next Production, 'Colour Me Kubrick' have now been finalised and the Production Company is due to start filming on the Island in February 2004. The film is based on the true story of Alan Conway, the middle-aged Londoner who assumed Stanley Kubrick's identity over a period of years. The lead role is being played by John Malkovich and also stars TV's Jim Davidson, Prunella Scales, and Leslie Phillips.
Trauma to premiere at Sundance - submitted 5th December 2003
Trauma, the film starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari and co-produced with the Isle of Man Film Commission, is due to premiere at Sundance Film Festival in January 2004. Sundance is held annually in Utah, USA. For more information, please visit their site.
Our next Production - Piccadilly Jim - submitted 20th November 2003
We have now received Treasury approval for Piccadilly Jim, which is due to be filmed on the Island between 24th November to the 19th December 2003. Filming will take place at Island Studios in Ramsey for the most part. The film is based on the P G Wodehouse novel of the same name. The principal cast is Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile, Charlie's Angels) Brenda Blethyn (Secrets and Lies, Little Voice) Tom Hollander (Gosford Park, Enigma) and Tom Wilkinson (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Shakespeare in Love)
Actress in The Heart of Me Wins Award - submitted 6th November 2003
Olivia Williams has won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film for her role in ‘The Heart of Me’, which was produced in conjunction with the Isle of Man Film Commission. The award was presented at the British Independent Film Awards held at Hammersmith Palais, Hammersmith, London on 4th November.
‘The Heart of Me’ was filmed on the Island in 2001 and also stars Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Bettany. The story follows two sisters in the 1930’s.
Change of Staff - submitted 5th November 2003
We are currently recruiting for two new members of staff in the Film Office. Kim Fletcher is leaving the film office after 4 years, after having been promoted. We are therefore looking for a Film Officer to take her place. We have also developed a further new role for a Contracts and Production Support Officer. For further details please see the Isle of Man Civil Service website. (Positions now closed)
Release date for The Gathering - submitted 24th October 2003
The release date for the film shot on the Island has still not been set. It was filmed on the Island in 2001 and stars Christina Ricci. Marc Samuelson, the producer of the film, explained that the film had been sold to US film giant Miramax, which he said had a backlog of films waiting for release.
Next production - submitted 22nd October 2003
We are hoping to have another production before Christmas, please come back within the next month for more information.
Everyone’s gone! - submitted 21 October 2003
Our most recent productions Island at War, The Legend of the Tamworth Two and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me have all finished filming on the Island. Island at War were on the Island filming for about two months and will continue shooting in the UK until December 2003. The Legend of the Tamworth Two were here for about 3 weeks but had to keep their pig unit here for longer than expected when the pigs wouldn’t do as they were told! Feature film You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me was here for 3 weeks.
We will update the site with dates and times of showings for the two TV productions once we have received them.
Prince Andrew visits set of Island at War - submitted 9 October 2003
Whilst HRH Prince Andrew was on the Island he made a trip to the set of Island at War which was based at Kentraugh House in Gansey. Whilst there, he also met the producer of the drama, John Rushton, along with MHKs Alex Downie, Leonard Singer and the Isle of Man Film Commission’s Hilary Dugdale and Nick Cain.
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me- submitted 29 September 2003
Filming commenced on the latest movie to be made in conjunction with the Isle of Man Film Commission with a cast list including Dougray Scott, Emilia Fox, Jimi Mistry and Billie Piper.
Written by Patrick Wilde, the movie is based on Dutch film All Stars, which was adapted into a TV spin-off and went on to win the International Emmy in 2000. It is centred around a group of young people ‘trying to avoid adult life and responsibility’.
Award Nomination - submitted 23 September 2003
Actresses Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Williams have both been nominated for Best Actress by the 2003 British Independent Film awards for their role in ‘The Heart of Me’ which was produced in conjunction with the Isle of Man Film Commission.
In addition to this, Romola Garai has been nominated as Most Promising Newcomer for the her role in ‘I Capture the Castle’, which was also produced in conjunction with the Isle of Man Film Commission.
Created in 1998, the British Independent Film Awards set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, to honour new talent, and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public. Last year, Manx film ‘The Lawless Heart’ was nominated for five awards, including best film and won one for best screenplay.
The British Independent Film Awards will take place on November 4th 2003 at Hammersmith Palais, Hammersmith, London.
Blackball at No. 5 - submitted 9 September 2003
Blackball entered the UK box office charts at number 5 in its opening weekend. It was beaten by Pirates of the Caribbean, American Pie : The Wedding, Jeepers Creepers 2 and Lara Croft : The Cradle of Life.
Trial and Retribution VII is ratings winner - submitted 8 September 2003
Night one of Trial and Retribution VII pulled in 7.56m viewers with a 35% audience share, winning the nights ratings. Night two also won the overnight ratings with 6.21m viewers and 29.14% audience share.
Blackball in cinemas - submitted 5 September 2003
Produced in conjunction with the Isle of Man Film Commission, Blackball is released to cinemas around the UK today. It was filmed in November 2002 and stars Johnny Vegas, Bernard Cribbins, Paul Kaye, Alice Evans, Imelda Staunton and Vince Vaughn. The comedy is based on an anarchic young bowls player.
Trial and Retribution VII Airs on ITV - submitted 1 September 2003
Presented in association with the Isle of Man Film Commission, this Lynda La Plante drama is to be aired on ITV in two parts, with the first showing tonight, and the second showing tomorrow night, both at 9pm.
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