News and Events
MannIN Shorts Announce Screenplay Competition winners - Submitted Sunday 16th March
A panel of industry experts from best selling authors to Emmy nominees chose three short film projects to go into production this year, with finance from Isle of Man Film and production support and training from Island based film scheme MannIN Shorts. Six finalist writers - shortlisted by Hollywood reader Julie Gray last month from an original 46 entries - paired up with Producers and, after a series of workshops run by the training scheme, the teams presented their projects to a panel chaired by Mike Reaney of Isle of Man Film.
The successful films, which can now apply to receive up to 50% of each of their budgets from Isle of Man Film, are:
• “The Battle of Ronaldsway” by James Franklin, Produced by Mark Brabbs
• “Breathless” by Shawn Sturnick, Produced by Angela Campbell and Jennifer Chance; and
• “Muck” by John Craine, Produced by Bev Lawley
The full panel included best selling author Chris Ewan, whose ‘Good Thiefs Guide’ series is being developed by ABC Network. Also on the panel were Emmy nominated props master and set dresser Sally Black, award winning writer and independent producer Alistair Audsley, International Sales Executive at Stealth Media Distribution Ewan Dunbar and Manx Arts Development’s Emma Callin.
Mike Reaney said that he was surprised by “..the diversity in tone and style, but all teams presented strong ideas, clear identity and originality and it was a closely fought race. All the panel agreed that the six teams should all pursue their goals to raise the budget and get their films made, and I think they’ve all learned enough about writing and producing to achieve that – thanks in no small part to the MannIN Shorts scheme.”
Alistair Audsley added: “It is a very real-world aspect of producing that you have to continually pitch to different sources. As such, I hope that for the films which did not achieve finance here, the teams will persevere and get their films made.”
The results were announced as news came in that MannIN Shorts film 'Closet', shot in 2012, has been accepted to be screened at the prestigious Boston LGBT Film Festival, and shortly after Sonya Quayle - who first Directed on the MannIN Shorts film 'I Do' - completed filming of her award winning screenplay 'Him Upstairs' in Liverpool with Ricky Tomlinson and Gwen Porter.
The Christmas Candle lights up local screens - Submitted 10th December 2013
The Christmas Candle, the latest Manx-made film by Isle of Man Film and Pinewood Pictures, has arrived to the Island’s cinemas. The Broadway Cinema at the Villa Gaiety Complex showed a special preview screening on Sunday 8th December, and will be showing more matinee screenings on Sat 14th December and Sunday 15th December. Ring the Villa Marina Box Office for more information on (t) 01624 600555 or visit www.villagaiety.com.
Films in Peel will be screening the magical Christmas story for one night only at Peel Centenary Centre on Wednesday 18th December – tickets have now sold out.
The Christmas Candle is a timeless and inspirational story based on the novel by bestselling author, Max Lucado. Starring Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) and Susan Boyle, the film tells the story of a sceptical young priest (played by Hans Matheson) who learns that miracles do exist, during the most astonishing Christmas the town of Gladbury has ever seen. Filmed at Island Studios in Jurby in March of this year, The Christmas Candle has a wonderful supporting cast including Lesley Manville (Maleficent, Midsomer Murders), James Cosmo (Braveheart, The Chronicles of Narnia), and John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and a Funeral).
Isle of Man Film’s Mike Reaney said: “The Christmas Candle will be a seasonal classic. The film has a universal message and a lot of heart which audiences will love, especially during the holiday season.”
Film Festival Winner Goes to Pinewood - Submitted 14th November 2013
Filmmaker Rory Dorling has received a personalised tour of the Pinewood Studios facility in Buckinghamshire. The visit was part of the top prize awarded to Rory at this year’s Isle of Man Film Festival, organised by Mannin Shorts.
Rory Dorling, whose film Paper Journey won prizes for the Non Fiction and Best Overall categories was personally escorted around the state of the art film facilities and TV stages by Pinewood’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager Mark Hamilton.
During the visit Rory was introduced to Ian Tapp (AMPS), Pinewood’s rerecording mixer and BAFTA and Academy Award winner for Slumdog Millionaire. Ian demonstrated to Rory Dolby® Atmos™, a revolutionary new audio technology, at Pinewood’s Powell Theatre. This was followed by a visit to the 007 Stage, Europe’s biggest soundstage at 60,000 square feet to see crew rigging the set builds for Cinderella, Disney’s first-ever live action feature directed by Academy Award®-nominee Kenneth Branagh. Finally Rory visited the Underwater Stage, Europe's first studio-based underwater filming stage and which was used for some of the incredible underwater shots in mega-blockbuster Skyfall starring Daniel Craig. Rory said about his visit:
“To have the opportunity to see the world’s best studio in action was incredible. To see some of the amazing facilities was inspiring and re-iterates my desire to make it in this competitive industry.”
Mike Reaney, Isle of Man Film said: “Rory has consistently demonstrated his talent and determination for filmmaking, having twice won the Young Filmmaker of Mann award previously and with the awards at this year’s Isle of Man Film Festival. Rory is destined for a major career in the industry, so to be able to visit the UK’s leading studios close-up is invaluable experience for him. We thank Pinewood Group for organising this very special opportunity and Mannin Shorts for running the festival competition.”
Free screenings for schools at the Broadway Cinema as part of the National Youth Film Festival 2013 - Submitted 27th September 2013
Two screenings, free to schoolchildren classes and their teachers, are to be held at the Broadway Cinema Douglas on Tuesday October 22nd 2013 as part of the National Youth Film Festival (NYFF). They are:
THE GRUFFALO (Cert:U) Shown at 10:00 hrs, and;
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (Cert:U) Shown at 13:00 hrs
Both screenings are held as part of the National Youth Film Festival (NYFF) 2013 which takes place across Britain during October. Sponsored by the British Film Institute and Film Nation, a UK based charity, the National Youth Film Festival aims to:
• Encourage and develop young audiences for cinema
• Provide young people with new and exciting opportunities to watch, understand and make film
• Give young people a strong voice and involve them in the process
• Celebrate young people’s film making and engagement
• Have a long-term impact of increasing paid-for admissions
• Build respect for intellectual property (IP), explore IP issues and communicate IP messages
• Grow film skills amongst young people and adults
Mike Reaney, Isle of Man Film said:
"Film is an integral part of Manx culture, and a very important part of our economy so we need to engage our young people as early as possible. Isle of Man Film are proud to support film education initiatives for our schools.” Teachers should reserve seats as soon as possible at http://www.www.nationalyouthfilmfestival.org. The reservation system is open now and spaces are limited.
Filming Belle on location in the Isle of Man - KFTV article - Submitted 26th September 2013
Isle of Man based Location Manager Sian Sutherland was interviewed recently by KFTV about Damian Jones' period drama Oct 2012 shoot on the Island. Check out the piece here: http://www.kftv.com/news/2013/09/25/Belle-through-the-eyes-of-the-location-managers
Filmclub on the set of The Christmas Candle- Submitted 15th July 2013
Local high school student Michael Smedhurst visited a film studio on the Isle of Man in March 2013 during the filming of The Christmas Candle, where he interviewed the stars of the film and toured the set. Michael got his opportunity as a member of Filmclub, which operates across most schools in the Isle of Man. See his report video here: http://www.filmclub.org/behind-the-scenes/details/419/the-christmas-candle-set-visit
IOM Location Manager interview in the Location Guide - Submitted 24th June 2013
Isle of Man based Location Manager Sian Sutherland was interviewed recently by top industry magazine The Location Guide. Read the full interview here: http://www.thelocationguide.com/blog/2013/05/ma-interview-filming-on-the-isle-of-man-with-location-manager-sian-sutherland/
Young FilmMaker of Mann Competition 2013 now open - Submitted 29th May 2013
This year's Competition is open to anyone 18 years and under to demonstrate their talent for filmmaking. Category winners receive £100 and the overall winner receives £200 and trophy. Application forms available at http://www.gov.im/artscouncil/events.xml and more information from Jan Cowan on 694596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pinewood signs Chinese Joint Venture Agreement - Submitted 17th April 2013
Pinewood Shepperton plc, a leading provider of services to the global film and television industry, today announced that the Group has entered into a 50:50 Joint Venture Agreement with Seven Stars Media Limited (“Seven Stars”), part of one of China’s leading private media groups which provides content creation and distribution, media services and events. The joint venture, to be called “Song Lin”, initially will assess a number of business proposals in the growing entertainment market in China. Under the terms of the joint venture, Pinewood will provide its expertise with limited capital investment.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said: “It’s great to see Pinewood Studios expanding its business with the announcement of its joint venture with Seven Stars Media. The creative industries are a rapidly growing area of China’s economy and will increasingly provide huge opportunities for UK companies competing in the global race. Pinewood is leading the way, taking advantage of China’s thriving entertainment and media sector and building on Britain and China’s growing trade relationship."
Sam Barks starts work on The Christmas Candle - Submitted 4th March 2013
Filming commenced last week on The Christmas Candle, due to arrive on the Isle of Man in late March. The Christmas Candle is a charming festive story about miracles both ordinary and extraordinary, set in rural England 1890.
A lead role had been landed by Samantha Barks, the talented young Manx woman who shared the stage at this year’s Oscars with the rest of the Les Miserables cast, including Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. Other cast in The Christmas Candle are Susan Boyle, John Hannah, Hans Matheson, Lesley Manville and Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who). The film will be directed by John Stephenson, who visited the Island in 2003 to make Five Children and IT starring Eddie Izzard and Kenneth Branagh. Samantha’s profile has been on a steady rise since making her name on BBC’s I’d Do Anything.
Samantha said: “Having just landed from the Academy Awards I had an hour to unpack and repack and get to set. I’m very excited to be part of The Christmas Candle and I’m loving every second.” The Christmas Candle is a timeless and inspirational story based on the novel by bestselling author, Max Lucado. Nothing out of the ordinary ever happens in the small village of Gladbury -- except at Christmas. Legend has it that every twenty-five years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights the Christmas Candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the modern age, all that is about to change. With the arrival of David Richmond, a skeptical, young minister, Gladbury's humble candlemaker, Edward Haddington must fight to preserve his family's legacy. When the Christmas Candle goes missing, the miraculous and the human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the town of Gladbury has ever seen.
Laurence Skelly MHK, Member for Department of Economic Development with responsibility for Film and Media said: “I’m pleased our recent partnership with Pinewood Shepperton continues to deliver quality productions to the Island. We all know that every film made here uses our local talent and skills, but on this occasion we are extremely proud that the Manx talent will be on-screen as well as off-screen! More importantly, it offers local businesses another opportunity to benefit from local spend – accommodation, retail, transport, facilities – towards the end of the off-peak tourist season.”
Isle of Man Film’s Hilary Dugdale added: “The Christmas Candle marks our 102nd production made since 1995. It is a truly uplifting story which has the makings of a seasonal classic and we hope it will be ready for December 2013.”
UK Government announces extension of film tax relief to 2015 - Submitted 10 December 2012
The Prime Minister has today announced the extension of film tax relief, the Government’s targeted tax break for the British film industry, until the end of December 2015. The film tax relief scheme promotes the sustainable production of culturally British films and in 2009/10 provided around £95 million of support to the British film industry, supporting over £1 billion of investment in 208 films.
Recent productions certified as British under the cultural test include films such as Brighton Rock, Attack the Block, StreetDance3D, Gnomeo & Juliet, Clash of the Titans, Horrid Henry 3D, Coriolanus and Harry Potter Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 and 2).
Prime Minister, David Cameron said: "I am delighted to announce the extension of film tax relief to the end of 2015, guaranteeing millions of pounds of support for the British film industry. The last year has seen massive success, both at home and abroad, for a whole host of UK films. I look forward to seeing the UK film industry continue to thrive over the coming years, supported by the Government's film tax relief."
‘Rocket’s Island’ Screening on CBBC This Month - submitted Monday 3rd December 2012
A children’s drama series filmed on the Island in August this year will be broadcast on CBBC on December 4th, 5th and 6th screening at 6.15pm each evening with repeats on BBC1 At 4pm on December 18th, 19th and 20th. Rocket’s Island, previously known as ‘The Knot’ features a host of well-known faces including Debra Stephenson, Mark Moraghan and Kelle Bryan as well as some break through talent.
With a story set in the heart of the Isle of Man, Rocket’s Island centres on a farm called The Knot, a special place where raw and rugged nature plays host to a stream of kids with complex lives, all fostered by Peter (Anthony Flanagan) and Sarah Boulsworth (Debra Stephenson) and their kids, Rocket aged 11 (Joseph Gallucci) and Alli aged 14 (Helen Smith). Filmed largely in the west of the Island, Rocket’s Island showcases the beauty of the Island perfectly and involved a considerable number of local people, both in front of and behind the camera, during production.
Laurence Skelly, political member of the Isle of Man Government with responsibility for the continuing development of the Island’s film industry said, “It’s was a genuine pleasure working with the BBC (again) and with Lime Pictures on Rocket’s Island during the Summer. It’s a wonderful story, set on the Isle of Man, and it gives us an excellent opportunity to show the off the unique beauty of the Island on television screens all across the UK and beyond. I’m sure the series will be something that all of us here on the Island will be proud of.”
Dom Hemingway and Film Number 100 Rolls into Town - Submitted 20th November 2012
The landmark 100th Isle of Man film arrives on the Island this week. Starring Jude Law and Richard E. Grant, along with a host of other great acting talent, Dom Hemingway promises to be a timely boost for the Island.
Helmed by British producer Jeremy Thomas and his Recorded Picture Company along with partners BBC Films, Pinewood Films and Lionsgate, Dom Hemingway commenced shooting last month on location in the South of France and at various locations around London and will be completing production on the Island throughout this month, based mostly at Island Studios, Ramsey.
Written and directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador) and described as a London set black comedy of revenge sweet and regrets deep, the film also stars Demian Bichir (Che, A Better Life), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jumayn Hunter (Quartet, Eden Lake) and newcomer Madalina Ghenea. Jude Law plays the title role of Dom Hemingway, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse, funny, profane, and dangerous. Back on the streets of London after twelve years in prison, it’s time to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut. Travelling with his devoted best friend (Grant), Dom visits his crime boss (Bichir) in the south of France to claim his reward. But Dom’s drink and drug-fuelled ego decides that what he’s lost can’t be replaced. One car accident and a femme fatale later (Ghenea), Dom realizes that his priority must be to reconnect with his long-lost daughter (Clarke). But Dom does what Dom does best. He screws things up for everyone…
Jeremy Thomas said: “With these great players in addition to Jude Law and Richard E. Grant, the cast promises acting fireworks. I am so pleased that I have the honour to be producing the Island’s milestone 100th film. The Isle of Man has been an important and integral part of the British Film Industry over the past 17 years and has uncovered some unique talent over that time. We are delighted to be here and look forward to making Dom Hemingway a huge success”.
Laurence Skelly, Department of Economic Development member with responsibility for Isle of Man Film said, “To say we’re thrilled to have Dom Hemingway with us as our 100th film would be something of an understatement. Oscar winning producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) and the cast and crew of the production are the crème de la crème of the British film industry. We have worked very hard over the last seventeen years to ensure that the quality and standards of the productions that work on the Island are the very best in the industry and Jeremy and his team are exemplary practitioners to partner Isle of Man Film.”
“The 100th production is certainly something for everyone on the Island to be very proud of. To mark this remarkable milestone, Isle of Man Film will be staging an exhibition of images of some of our past 100 productions in the Strand Shopping Centre in Douglas, commencing on the 20th November. We will also be contributing to the Douglas Christmas lights extravaganza by mounting a ‘100 Manx-made Movies light-show’ in Strand Street, running for four nights beginning on November 29th. We hope everyone will enjoy the classic clips and images that tell the remarkable story of the Isle of Man’s 17 year journey in the world’s film production industry.”
That's a wrap for Belle- 12th October 2012
Lavish period feature Belle has completed its Isle of Man portion of filming which commenced 24th September. Following a three-week shoot on the Isle of Man, the crew has now moved to Oxford and London to complete production. Producer Damian Jones said he discovered several "perfect" locations for the movie. Shooting for the film, which stars Gugu Mbatha, Tom Wilkinson, Tom Felton and Miranda Richardson, is due to finish around the middle of October.
Q&A and Screening with top UK Film Producer to open MannIN Shorts Isle of Man Film Festival 2012 - Submitted 3rd September 2012
MannIN Shorts have recently taken over the organisation of the Isle of Man Film Ffestival. This year there will be a wealth of screenings, competitions and workshops over the weekend, all listed in the attached document. In addition MannIN Shorts have invited Isle of Man Film to host the Friday evening, which will be a screening of modern classic The Heart of Me starring Paul Bettany and Helena Bonham-Carter followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer Martin Pope and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon.
Hilary Dugdale, manager of Isle of Man Film said: “I am delighted that Martin is able to join us at this year’s festival and share some of his experience and advice with aspiring filmmakers in the Isle of Man. Martin’s skill as a producer is second-to-none and it was a hard choice as to which of his films to revisit at this year’s festival. The Heart of Me is a great study in what can be achieved on the Island in terms of exterior locations, set-build and quality production design.”
For further information about the festival, with regular updates visit www.iomff2012.wordpress.com or contact Christy DeHaven at email@example.com. To purchase tickets for the event, contact the Villa Marina Box office on 01624 600555 or visit the IOM Welcome Centre at Douglas Sea Terminal. Tickets cost £5 for the Friday 14th screening, or £12 for all weekend screenings.
CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film Tied Up With The Knot - Submitted 4th August 2012
BAFTA award winning indie Lime Pictures has been commissioned to produce original children’s drama The Knot for CBBC. The three part drama is currently filming in the Isle of Man and will transmit on CBBC later in the year. The series features a host of well-known faces including Debra Stephenson, Mark Moraghan and Kelle Bryan as well as some break through talent.
Set in the heart of the Isle of Man and surrounded by the Irish sea, The Knot is a special place – where raw and rugged nature plays host to a stream of kids with complex lives, all fostered by Peter (Anthony Flanagan) and Sarah Boulsworth (Debra Stephenson) and their kids, Rocket aged 11 (Joseph Gallucci) and Alli aged 14 (Helen Smith).
The Knot is an original drama from Lime Pictures and will be executive produced by Creative Director Tony Wood. The three part series was commissioned and will be executive produced by Sue Knott for CBBC.
The Knot is being filmed in association with the Island’s well established indigenous film production and finance company CinemaNX (NX) and with the support of Isle of Man Film. Laurence Skelly, political member of the Isle of Man Government with responsibility for film and media said, “It’s a genuine pleasure working with the BBC (again) and Lime Pictures on The Knot. It’s a wonderful script, set on the Isle of Man, and it offers many opportunities to showcase the unique beauty of the Island. I’m really looking forward to watching the series when it airs on CBBC in the autumn. I’m sure it will be something that all of us here on the Island will be proud of.”
Lesley Douglas, Chief Executive for Lime Pictures comments, “The location for The Knot is at the heart of the whole story, and the Isle of Man has provided the perfect setting, combining beauty and an aura of mystery. The relationship with Cinema NX and Isle of Man Film has been an important factor in helping us to bring this production to television. We are delighted to be working with them on such an exciting BBC project”.
Director Hugo Blick wins BAFTA for The Shadow Line – submitted 14th May 2012
Yet another Isle of Man production claimed a prestigious media award over the weekend. Hugo Blick received the Best Fiction Director award for crime drama series The Shadow Line. The British Academy Television Craft Awards honour the very best behind-the-scenes talent working in TV over the past year. This year’s ceremony was held on Sunday 13 May 2012 at The Brewery in East London.
The other nominees in the Best Fiction Director category were Julian Jarrold for Appropriate Adult, John Alexander for Exile and Yann Demange for Top Boy.
See the full list of 2012 winners here: http://www.bafta.org/television/craft-awards/nominees-winners-2012,3236,BA.html
FILMCLUB visits Isle of Man Schools - Submitted 5th March 2012
This academic year saw the launch of FILMCLUB across eighteen participating schools in the Isle of Man. Supported by Department of Education and Children, Isle of Man Film and CinemaNX, FILMCLUB is a fun and educational in-school club scheme which seeks to educate, engage and develop schoolchildren through the study and enjoyment of films. From March 5th to Friday 9th March, nine Island schools will play host to FILMCLUB on the Road, a mobile interactive cinema experience.
FILMCLUB on the Road brings together over 1000 young members to watch films such as Time Bandits, ET The Extra Terrestrial, Whistle Down the Wind and Big Fish amongst other amazing films. Children from participating schools will be given the chance to win prizes and, after much healthy debate about the stories, will be given a chance to be film critics for the day when they post a review on the FILMCLUB website!
During the week the youngsters will also enjoy two CLOSE ENCOUNTER sessions with special industry guest Steve Christian, Chairman of CinemaNX. Steve has produced many Manx films including box-office smash TT3D: Closer to the Edge and the Oscar-nominated Chico & Rita.
At the hosting schools FILMCLUB will install a state-of-the-art cinema-sized screen and speaker system, bean bags, popcorn and giant cut-outs of famous filmstars to make the experience unforgettable. Each screening will be followed by an interactive discussion hosted by a FILMCLUB presenter, and a review writing session.
John Gill, Head of Legal and Administrative Support Services at the Department of Education and Children, said:
“I’m delighted that so many schools have got on board with FILMCLUB. It is important that children are given an opportunity to reflect on issues, develop opinions and learn about matters outside of their experience. We look forward to an action-packed week of films and debate about the issues raised.”
Hilary Dugdale, Manager at Isle of Man Film, said: “Isle of Man Film and CinemaNX are very proud to support this scheme. FILMCLUB is valuable as it provides schoolchildren with a fun, social and accessible learning experience, regardless of academic background.”
Children are invited to help decide their own individual film programmes, and to debate/review the films and issues they raise. Schools interested in participating during the next academic year can find out more at www.filmclub.org.
Save The Manxman! A charity appeal from Shooting People - submitted 9th February 2012
Shooting People, a network of film makers who seek to learn from each other currently have a campaign to raise £5,000 to restore and protect one of Alfred Hitchcock’s last silent films, The Manxman. The money will go to the British Film Institute who are tasked with the painstaking restoration. To see more information on the project please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/shootingpeople.
TT3D Interview on Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show
TT3D Interview on BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show 31st January 2012
See above clip of Steve Christian’s contribution to this morning’s Chris Evans Radio BBC2 breakfast programme. The interview, where Steve featured as the ‘mystery guest’ came about when Chris was inundated with supportive texts on yesterday’s show when he mentioned TT3D: Closer to the Edge in the course of the programme. Steve’s interview went out just after 8.30am this morning and it proved to be a huge boost, not only for the highly successful film, but also for the TT Races and the Island itself. The show has a weekly audience of over 8 million listeners and is currently the most popular radio show in the UK.
As with the recent Oscar nomination received by the Isle of Man co-financed and co-produced animated feature film Chico & Rita, Steve’s interview on the United Kingdom’s most listened to radio programme is a wonderful example of positive and far-reaching country branding that the Isle of Man can achieve through its film industry.
Chico & Rita (Cert 15) screening at Broadway Cinema Sat 4th and Sun 5th Feb at 5pm - Submitted 31st January 2012
Don’t miss this opportunity to see our beautiful animated love story on the big screen before Oscars night. And if you’ve already seen it, here’s a chance to enjoy it again!
Story - Cuba 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.
Screening times 17:00: Sat 4th & Sun 5th Feb Booking information Broadway Cinema Tickets: Adult £7 Children £5 (Under 16) Certificate: 15 Running Time: 1hr 34 minutes
Chico & Rita receives nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 2012 Oscars - Submitted 24th January 2012
Isle of Man Film and CinemaNX are proud to announce that Chico & Rita has been nominated for the Best Animated Film Award at the 84th Academy Awards (The Oscars®). CinemaNX co-financed Chico & Rita and distributed the film in the UK in November 2010 to outstanding critical acclaim. The nomination marks the culmination of the film’s award success, following a number of accolades including the Best Animated Film at the 2011 European Film Awards and a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 2011 Annie Awards (ASIFA – Hollywood).
Chico & Rita is directed by Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (La Belle Epoque) and world famous designer Javier Mariscal, alongside Tono Errando. Steve Christian, Chairman of CinemaNX said, “We’re absolutely thrilled that this labour of love has been recognised and congratulate the directors Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando as well as the producers Martin Pope and Michael Rose.”
DED Minister John Shimmin said: “This project has been a labour of love for Isle of Man Film and CinemaNX for some considerable time. Over a period of 16 months, 10 young Manx artists were fully trained in the art of colouring the feature so the Isle of Man contribution to the overall project is considerable. I am very proud of the dedication and commitment our local crew gave to the project and would like to be the first person to congratulate everyone on the Island who played a part in the creation of such a wonderful film. It has certainly enhanced the Island’s position in the overall global film industry.”
CinemaNX’s TT3D: Closer To The Edge Sells Over 100,000 DVDs In Less Than 2 Weeks - Submitted 13th December 2011
CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film are delighted to announce that the TT3D: Closer To The Edge DVD has sold over 100,000 DVD units in less than two weeks. After an outstanding two day debut which sold 34,000 copies, DVD sales remained strong and crossed the 100,000 mark over the weekend of December 10th. The film is firmly on the way to becoming one of the most successful sports films and British documentaries of all time.
Entertainment One are releasing the DVD as the first in a new Home Entertainment relationship with CinemaNX Distribution.
Department of Economic Development Minister John Shimmin said, ‘I am thrilled that TT3D continues to reach new audiences across the world. By portraying the Isle of Man TT races in an honest and exhilarating way, the movie is recruiting a new legion of TT fans.”
Steve Christian, Chairman of CinemaNX said: ‘We were thrilled with the DVD and Blu Ray success of TT3D: Closer To The Edge over the first few days of release, and to then have sold 100,000 copies in less than two weeks only reaffirms TT3D as one of the biggest British documentaries successes of all time. It’s a fantastic start to an ongoing relationship with Entertainment One.’
Chico and Rita wins 2011 European Film Award, earns Best Animated Feature Nomination at Annies 2012 - Submitted 6th December 2011
Chico and Rita, an animated feature film co-funded by Isle of Man Film and CinemaNX, won the Best Animated Feature Film award at the European Film Academy awards ceremony in Berlin on Saturday 3rd December 2011. In addition the film has just received a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category for the Annie Awards, regarded as the most prestigious international awards event for animation. The winners of the Annie awards will be announced at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday February 4th 2012.
Film critic Mark Kermode has described the film as “breathtaking”.
John Shimmin, Minister for the Department of Economic Development said, “I am simply delighted. This award, plus the many other recent award nominations demonstrate that filmmaking in the Isle of Man is going from strength to strength. I congratulate the local artists who worked on Chico and Rita, they should be extremely proud of their contribution to the film.”
CinemaNX’s TT3D: Closer To The Edge Sells Over 34,000 DVDs In Just 2 Days - Submitted 1st December 2011
CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film are delighted to report that box office sensation TT3D: Closer To The Edge, only released on DVD and Blu-ray last Monday, sold over 34,000 copies in just two days. The title has sold in excess of 34,000 units through traditional distribution (and not including very strong sell through via non-traditional outlets), with demand across retail exceeding all expectations. TT3D: Closer to the Edge is on the way to becoming one of the most successful sports films and British documentaries of all time.
The DVD release follows a tremendous theatrical run that has so far grossed £1,256,795, making it the third highest grossing British documentary ever. The DVD has clearly captivated the core audience with strong word of mouth and support from the biking community and the overwhelmingly positive reviews have helped the film cross over into the mainstream audience.
Department of Economic Development Minister John Shimmin said, ‘This is an absolutely brilliant result and is a total endorsement of all the hard work put in by everyone at CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film whose total dedication to the project has brought about this success. The film has raised the profile of the Island in such a positive way all across the globe. This is a success that we can all be very proud of.’
Entertainment One are releasing the DVD as the first in a new Home Entertainment relationship with CinemaNX Distribution.
Steve Christian, Chairman of CinemaNX said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled with the DVD and Blu Ray success of TT3D: Closer To The Edge which follows an impressive theatrical run and confirms its status as one of the biggest British documentary successes in recent history. It’s a fantastic start to an ongoing relationship with Entertainment One.’
Jon Bourdillon, Director of Home Entertainment at Entertainment One said ‘We are truly delighted by the consumer interest in this great film across DVD and iTunes this week. Sales have been far in excess of all our forecasts and the film will be one the best selling documentaries of all time!’
TT3D: Closer to the Edge available on DVD and Blu-ray this week - Submitted 23rd November 2011
TT3D: Closer to the Edge dvd and Blu-ray will be in the shops later this week – perfect timing for Christmas! The documentary feature film has enjoyed a hugely successful theatrical run and now ranks as one of the top 10 performing documentaries at the UK Box Office. In the film, the past and present is linked with innovative use of 3D technology to bring the most intriguing battles and captivating stories of the past 100 years to the screen.
Department of Economic Development Minister, John Shimmin said, “What a fantastic achievement this has been for the Isle of Man. This is the film that everyone said was impossible to make and yet, here we are with a major success on our hands. The amount of positive media exposure TT3D has generated for the Isle of Man cannot be overestimated and will benefit the Island for many years to come”.
Legendary commentator Murray Walker commented: “Closer to the Edge captures the history, the drama, the humour and most of all, the humanity of this unique event. Watching this film, for me, was a very moving and humbling experience.” The film, which is narrated by Hollywood star Jared Leto, has received a number of glowing reports and previews from journalists.
Motor Cycle News’s Gary Pinchin believes that “the film is an honest representation of what the TT is all about... it pulls no punches, it’s a story about the enduring strength of the human spirit and the will to win”, while respected Times journalist and author Rick Broadbent commented: ‘the last great race is celebrated in a documentary that brilliantly realises the attraction’. Market leader film magazines Empire and Total Film have both given four-star reviews.
Get your copy from all good retailers, including HMV in The Strand Shopping Centre or from Duke Video at their shop in Tromode (behind the driving test centre) from Monday 28th November. Alternatively you can pre-order your dvd or Blu-ray right now from www.dukevideo.com or www.hmv.com .
CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film Announce Next Film Production - Submitted 4th November 2011
CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film, together with Julie Lebedev’s Code Red Productions have announced the start of principal photography on their new feature film Honour. Produced by Newscope and Parti Productions, the film is a contemporary thriller that will shoot on the Island for three weeks commencing on November 8th, followed by a further three weeks production in Glasgow. Honour is the debut feature from Bafta nominated writer-director Shan Khan.
Honour will see a return to front of camera for Paddy Considine after his award-winning directorial debut Tyrannosaur. Considine’s acting credits include acclaimed performances in Submarine, My Summer of Love, In America, The Last Resort, and A Room For Romeo Brass.
DED Minister John Shimmin said, “"Paddy Considine is a brilliant talent. We are thrilled we have secured him for this production, particularly after his recent directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Tyrannosaur. Honour is sure to repeat the success we have enjoyed with recent releases and will no doubt strengthen our reputation for making top quality, independent, commercial films. During their three week stay on the Island, the production will spend approximately £500,000 in the local economy. In excess of 1,200 bed-nights, around a dozen local crew positions and a minimum of 4 very valuable trainee positions will be generated by the production during their stay with us. These film generated benefits are always welcome, particularly at this out-of-season time of year."
The film is being produced by Nisha Parti and Jason Newmark. Executive producers are Steve Christian and Marc Samuelson of CinemaNX and Leonid Lebedev and Julie Lebedev of Code Red Productions. The script has been developed with the assistance of the UK Film Council.
Chico and Rita Nominated for 2011 European Film Award - Submitted 23rd September 2011
Chico and Rita, an animated feature film co-funded by Isle of Man Film and CinemaNX, has received a nomination in the European Film Academy’s Animated Feature Film 2011 category. The globally prestigious awards ceremony will be held in Berlin on 3rd December 2011.
The 2011 committee consists of EFA Board Members Per Holst (producer, Denmark) and Antonio Saura (producer, Spain) as well as representatives of CARTOON, the European Association of Animation Film, Patrick Caradec (France), Heikki Jokinen (Finland), and Thilo Rothkirch (Germany).
Also nominated were Le Chat Du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat) from France directed by Antoine Delesvaux & Joann Sfar, and Une Vie De Chat (A Cat in Paris), from France/Belgium directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol.Set in Havana in 1948, Chico & Rita is the story of Chico, a young Cuban pianist who dreams of making a place for himself in the jazz world. Rita is a singer with an extraordinary voice which captivates everyone. Music brings them together and they embark on a passionate and tormented love affair. With a soundtrack of latin jazz as background to their love story, we’re immersed in the world of Cuban passion, sensuality and music.
Ten young Manx artists received full training and worked on the film for sixteen months as colourists, in collaboration with other studios based in Hungary, Spain and the Philippines.
Allan Bell, Minister for the Department of Economic Development said, “We are so very proud of this nomination and are totally delighted that Chico & Rita has been recognised as a work of art by its peers and colleagues. It really is the most exquisitely crafted piece of animation and all of the young local artists who worked on the film should be very proud of their contribution to the film.” You can watch the ceremony live at www.europeanfilmawards.eu.
Pre-order TT3D: Closer to the Edge on Blu-Ray and DVD - submitted 12th September 2011
You can pre-order the rip-roaring motorcyle documentary now on the Amazon website in advance of the release on 28th November by clicking here. TT3D is now in the top 10 grossing documentary UK box office hits of all time, and recently became the most successful ever sports documentary release at the New Zealand box office.
Albatross receives critical acclaim - submitted 24th August 2011
The next film to be released by Isle of Man Film and our partners CinemaNX is Albatross, starring Jessica Brown-Findlay and Felicity Jones. The film garnered praise at the 2011 Edinburgh Film Festival and is currently scheduled for UK theatrical release on 14th October 2011. Click here to preview the official film poster
Call to screenwriters across UK and Ireland - Collabor8te Initiative - submitted 28th July 2011
Launched at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2011, Collabor8te is an exciting new platform for short filmmaking. This unique collaboration combines script development from The Bureau, production from Rankin Film and distribution on DazedTV.com. Collabor8te will develop, finance and produce new British short fiction, creating an online distribution platform that celebrates the best short filmmaking talent, old and new.
Collabor8te are looking to champion new writing talent from the UK and Ireland by opening a call for short film scripts (up to 15 pages) on 1st August 2011. They will then develop 10 short listed scripts, and out of those 10 they will produce up to 8 short films during 2012 with budgets up to £10,000 per film. A call for short film script submissions will open late summer 2011 and will close on 3rd October 2011. To find out more visit www.collabor8te.com for further details.
CinemaNX choose Entertainment One as TT3D Distributor - submitted 4th July 2011
Entertainment One are pleased to announce the signing of a new deal with CinemaNX, for the Home Entertainment release of TT3D: Closer to the Edge. The film has enjoyed a hugely successful theatrical run and now ranks as one of the top 10 performing documentaries at the UK Box Office.
CinemaNX Chairman Steve Christian said: ‘We know that Entertainment One will do the best job of getting TT3D to its audience. The film’s incredible theatrical performance has set it up to be a brilliant home entertainment release. The DVD and BLU-RAY discs are going to be something really special that every film (and bike) fan will want to own. We’ll have some astonishing additional material on there. I have full confidence that their team will deliver this title with the enthusiasm and dedication that we put into releasing it in UK cinemas.”
Entertainment One’s UK Director for Home Entertainment, Jon Bourdillon, said: "We’re thrilled to be releasing such an exciting film, one of the most successful within its genre of all time. We welcome this opportunity to work with an innovative company like CinemaNX."
Department of Economic Development Minister, Hon Allan Bell MHK, said: “We are delighted that Entertainment One are working with us on the home entertainment release of TT3D. They are a leading international company specialising in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content, with a comprehensive global network that extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. I am certain the film will enjoy the same phenomenal success on DVD and BLU-RAY as it has at the box office. ”
The DVD and BLU-RAY will be released Autumn 2011.
CinemaNX’s TT3D: Closer To The Edge is highest grossing documentary opener since Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 - submitted 28th April 2011
TT3D: Closer To The Edge has smashed box office records to become the UK’s highest weekend box office documentary opener since Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, grossing £312,998 over its opening weekend. Financed, produced and distributed by CinemaNX, the film follows key riders as they embark on the thrilling 2010 TT race on the Island, and explores what motivates these men and women to do what they do - to feel truly alive.
Word-of-mouth seems to be a big factor, and daily box office is steadily growing - Tuesday’s box office was the highest daily figure since the start of the bank holiday weekend. Supported by the UK Film Council, the exit polls from last week show a groundbreaking 96% top level favourable rating for the film from audience members.
CinemaNX chairman Steve Christian says, “This is a really good result that we’re all proud of at NX and Isle of Man Film. A smart distribution campaign carefully targeting both the core audience and a wider documentary-loving demographic is working. From our online Facebook and iPad/iPhone game which had over 3 million interactions and boosted early awareness, to careful guerrilla marketing to pretty much anyone who has ever had anything to do with a motorbike, we’ve managed to get the attention of cinemagoers and get them into cinemas on the hottest weekend of the year so far.”
The film was screened on 70 screens across the UK during its opening week. That number will almost double from Friday, bringing the total number of screens showing TT3D Closer to the Edge to 135.
Isle of Man Gets Red Carpet Treatment With TT3D Premiere - submitted Tues 5th April 2011
The Isle of Man is getting the red carpet treatment with the London premiere of the film TT3D Closer to the Edge, produced by Manx based film company CinemaNX.
The UK premiere will take place on 14th April at the Vue Cinema, Westfield, site of Europe’s leading shopping centre. The Westfield also has the UK’s leading 3D screen, the new ‘3D Xtreme’. Legendary commentator Murray Walker will host the VIP event, which will see celebrities rubbing shoulders with the leading TT riders including Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, Michael Dunlop and local racer Conor Cummins. Many of the leading figures in the film, business and motorcycle industry have also been invited. Murray, who has already seen the film at an earlier press preview commented: “Closer to the Edge captures the history, the drama, the humour and most of all, the humanity of this unique event. Watching this film, for me, was a very moving and humbling experience.”
The event will also feature a ride out by around 250 bike riders, who will be setting off from iconic biking meeting venue ‘The Ace Café’ in North London to the Westfield. The prestigious Getty Collection of TT images will be on display for two weeks at the Westfield Centre and the Senior and Junior TT trophies will also be travelling to London under the watchful eye of G4S for the Film’s Premiere night.
The Belfast Film Festival on the 13th April will also be premiering TT3D Closer to the Edge with TT riders such as Ryan Farquhar, Michael and William Dunlop and many of the Irish based teams attending. The film, which is narrated by Hollywood star Jared Leto, has already received a number of glowing reports and previews from journalists who have attended press screenings. MCN’s Gary Pinchin believes that “the film is an honest representation of what the TT is all about... it pulls no punches, it’s a story about the enduring strength of the human spirit and the will to win”, while respected Times journalist and author Rick Broadbent commented: ‘the last great race is celebrated in a documentary that brilliantly realises the attraction’. Film titles Empire and Total Film have both given four-star reviews. The film is supported with a major poster campaign in city centres including London Underground advertising and will also be heavily promoted in press and through media partnerships with the London Evening Standard and Motorcycle News.
Steve Christian, Producer of Closer to the Edge, commented: “We are delighted with the early reviews of the film that bode well for the documentary’s success. We believe that the film is an excellent showcase for both the Isle of Man and the TT Races and will significantly raise the profile of both worldwide.” The film will also be premiered on the Isle of Man on the 18th April as part of the launch of TT2011 and will be shown nightly from 9.15pm at the Villa Broadway from the 22nd April to the 5th May, the same date that it goes on general release in the UK.
CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film announce next production Ashes - Submitted 18th March 2011
CinemaNX, the film financing and production company backed by the Isle of Man Government, has announced a March 21st start of principal photography on its next feature film. Co-financed by Merzbau and the band Coldplay and produced by Fiesta Productions, the film is a contemporary film noir written by Paul Viragh and Mat Whitecross, which will shoot on location around the Isle of Man. The award-winning director, Mat Whitecross’s previous credits include Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, with Andy Serkis as Ian Dury and the documentaries Moving to Mars, The Shock Doctrine and The Road to Guantanamo, the last two of which he co-directed with Michael Winterbottom.
Clare Christian MLC, DED member with responsibility for Film & Media says, “We are very happy to welcome Ashes to the Island, particularly at this time of year when the holiday traffic has yet to materialise. The exceptionally talented cast and crew will be filming at various locations around the Island for four weeks which will get our 2011 production schedule off to an excellent start.”
Ray Winstone’s film credits include Cold Mountain, King Arthur, The Proposition, The Departed, Beowulf, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Edge of Darkness. He has won a number of awards in particular for his performance in both Nil By Mouth and Sexy Beast. Jim Sturgess’s credits include Across The Universe, 21, The Other Boleyn Girl, Fifty Dead Men Walking, The Way Back, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and NX’s Heartless. He has just wrapped on One Day, based on the best-selling novel by David Nicholls co-starring Anne Hathaway. Award winning actress Lesley Manville’s credits include Another Year (2011 Bafta nomination), Vera Drake, All or Nothing, Topsy-Turvy, High Hopes and Cranford (TV). Jodie Whittaker (Attack the Block, Venus, Perrier’s Bounty) and Luke Evans (Tamara Drewe, Clash of the Titans, Robin Hood and the forthcoming The Raven, Immortals and The Three Musketeers) will also star.
The film is being produced by Esther Douglas and Fiona Neilson of Fiesta Productions. Executive producers are Steve Christian and Marc Samuelson of CinemaNX, Phillip Keir of Merzbau and Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin of Coldplay. The script has been developed with the assistance of Northern Film and Media, UKFC VISION and MEDIA programme.
TT3D: Closer to the Edge to be released in UK Cinemas in 3D on 22nd April 2011 - Submitted 16th March 2011
CinemaNX announce that actor and lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jared Leto will narrate upcoming feature film TT3D: Closer to the Edge. The film will be released in cinemas nationwide in 3D on 22 April 2011.
Having seen an early cut of the film Jared Leto said, “I'm proud to be a part of this groundbreaking film that celebrates this famous event and the legendary spirit of the men and women who push themselves beyond the limit to places few could even imagine.”
Minister for the Department of Economic Development, Allan Bell, MHK says, “After many, many months in development and production, we are truly delighted to finally get this unique and thrilling documentary film finished and ready for release to audiences around the world. There will undoubtedly be huge interest in the film and we feel sure that it will enhance future TT events and will increase visitor numbers to TT meetings in the years to come. The film is a credit to everyone who helped in its creation. The Isle of Man premiere of the film is currently being organised and it is anticipated that the film will screen in Douglas throughout this year’s TT fortnight.”
CinemaNX Chairman and Producer of Closer to the Edge, Steve Christian said, “it is really very satisfying to hear everybody’s very positive reaction to the film. Jared’s reaction echoes perfectly the response we have had so far. To hear people talk about our film as humbling and life affirming is incredible. Jared’s admiration for the characters in our film is clear and he will add to what I hope will be a great viewing experience.”
TT3D: Closer to the Edge is a film about the TT, the world-famous motorcycle race that takes place on the Isle of Man every year. Racing along public roads on bikes just inches apart - with speeds hitting 200mph - drama, tension and tragedy all combine to thrill the audience and tell a very moving human story. Every rider knows that each race might be his or her last. Riders pit their skills against each other with a determination to win and push themselves beyond their limits in their bid to become "King of the Mountain".
The film follows the leading riders in the 2010 race – modern day gladiators who live and breathe road racing – and meet some of its biggest stars: in particular Guy Martin and Ian Hutchinson. Martin is a lovable rogue with a unique point of view on life who doesn’t play by the rules. A true maverick, he’s regarded as the “People’s Champion” and his off -road antics continually exasperate his sponsor and race officials. His determination to win his first race pushes him to the limit. Hutchinson, on the other hand is dedicated, focused and works hard to stay at the top.
A story about freedom of choice and the strength of human spirit; it’s also an examination of what motivates those rare few, this elite band of brothers who risk everything to win. Filmed in stunning 3D, Closer to the Edge is a story of about what it means to be truly alive.
The film also features music from Thirty Seconds To Mars, including hit song Closer To The Edge.
TT3D: CLOSER TO THE EDGE is directed by Richard de Aragues, produced by Steve Christian and Marc Samuelson and was shot and will be released in 3D.
Chico and Rita wins Best Animation at Spain's top Film Awards Ceremony - submitted 14th February 2011
Last night saw the ceremony of the 2011 Goya Awards, awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain. Chico Y Rita, made in the Spanish language by Isle of Man Film, CinemaNX, Magic Light Pictures and Estudio Mariscal won the award for Best Animation. This year’s overall winner, Pa negre secured Villaronga Agustí a total of 9 awards.
BBC's Dragon's Den on the hunt for 2011's entrepreneurs - submitted 9th February 2011
Will 2011 be the year to turn your business dream into a multi-million pound reality? The Dragons are back and ready to invest. After its record breaking series in 2010, Dragons’ Den is open for business once again, giving entrepreneurs from across the country the opportunity to pitch for investment and fulfil their business ambitions. Are you a film-maker seeking investment for an exciting new project or looking to put a brilliant script into production? Or maybe you have an idea or innovation that could revolutionise how the industry works? If so, then the BBC would like to hear from you. Last year saw the multi-millionaire investors offer their own money to 17 worthy entrepreneurs.
The rules are simple: entrepreneurs can ask for cash investment in return for equity in their business. However, they must get at least the amount they ask for or they will walk away with nothing. The Dragons want to invest in the very best that British business has to offer. They're prepared to listen to a pitch for any type of business but they have to believe that it requires investment and will make money before they'll back it with their own cash. If you’re genuinely seeking investment for your business idea or invention, we’d like to hear from you. For an application form please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bbc.co.uk/dragonsden/apply for details on how to apply.
Ride the Isle of Man TT Course... online! - Submitted February 4th 2011
Check out the Facebook fan page for TT3D: Closer To The Edge. You can play our fun little game and compete with your friends for high scores! Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/TT3DMovie
UK Film Council news - Submitted January 26th 2011
Cultural and Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey has announced that the BFI will take over the majority of the UK Film Council's activities including the distribution of National Lottery money. Film London will assume responsibility for promoting the UK as a filmmaking destination. For more information click here. The BFI will take over on 1 April 2011. More about their plans and the recruitment of new Governors click here. News updates will be published on the websites of all three organisations.
Stereoscopic 3D training offered by Skillset - Submitted January 26th 2011
Skillset is offering up to £800 towards stereoscopic 3D training for film or documentary professionals who are likely to be working on a 3D project within the next 12 months. This scheme will support structured 3D training short courses for; post-production – editing and VFX; digital imaging; animation; and CGI. Full eligibility and application details can be found on the Skillset website.
Local filmmaker secures funding for Dark Peak – Submitted December 10th 2010
Local writer and producer Alistair Audsley has secured full finance from Stealth Media Group for his first feature film, a thriller called Dark Peak. The film is being described as The Philadelphia Experiment meets The Descent. Dark Peak follows a group of hikers on Dark Peak, an area in the Lake District UK, who encounter a terrifying mysterious force. The one surviving member must convince his rescuers that something is very wrong, so wrong that he cannot conceive of its full impact until it is too late. The film is being produced by Paul Tucker on behalf of Belief Films, and John Adams of Angry Badger Pictures. Ben Jagger is in line to direct and pre-production begins in April 2011 for a delivery of first quarter. A number of crew from the Isle of Man will be given a chance to work on the project.
Belief Films Ltd, who are producing the project, are shooting on location at the actual Dark Peak area for authenticity. Since WWII there have been over 50 unexplained air crashes on the Dark Peak area.
Latest announcements regarding British Government's plans for UK film industry - Submitted 29th November 2010
Further to July's announcement by the UK's Department of Culture, Media and Sport that the UK Film Council is to be dissolved, more details about the alternative structure have been announced today.
The UK Government has decided to make the British Film Institute the Lottery distributor for film in the UK. All Lottery-funded activity, together with some Grant-in-Aid activity, that has until now resided in the UK Film Council will transfer to the BFI. Reaffirming its commitment to the current Film Tax Relief, the UK Government has decided that inward investment work will transfer to Film London in a public/private partnership with the Production Guild, UK Screen, Pinewood Shepperton Studios and others in the industry.
A number of important areas of film activity which are currently funded by the UK Film Council – including film exports, research, statistics and market intelligence, work on intellectual property and combating film theft, co-production support and diversity initiatives – have not been mentioned in the DCMS announcement today. All current Lottery activities and schemes will continue through 2011/12 at the BFI.
Tim Cagney, Managing Director of the UK Film Council said that he wanted to "..recognise the outstanding professionalism and commitment to the film industry that the UK Film Council staff have shown throughout this incredibly difficult and uncertain time for us all. "
Save Our Scripts offering courses for aspiring writers and producers - Submitted 12th November 2010
SOS is an opportunity for writers and producers to meet and collaborate in a uniquely creative environment. As well as developing specific scripts, and building development skills the scheme aims to connect emerging writers and producers from all over Europe. SOS will run from April to December 2011 and contains three residential workshops in different European countries, and virtual script meetings. Download the leaflet here or visit www.saveourscripts.com
Chico & Rita official website now online -Submitted 22nd October 2010
Chico & Rita official website now online Chico & Rita, a beautiful animated feature co-financed and produced by CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film, is to be released in cinemas across the UK on November 19th 2010. Please visit the official website: www.chicoandrita.co.uk
Last Chance to See Me and Orson Welles on the Big Screen - Submitted 5th October 2010
Were you one of the 600 extras who spent an enjoyable but very long hot Sunday in the Gaiety Theatre back in 2008 during the making of Me & Orson Welles? If so, you may be interested to hear that there will be a handful of matinee screenings for the very last time at The Broadway Cinema this month.
For drama students or for those with an interest in Shakespeare, Orson Welles or drama in general, the film is backed up by the UK Film Education Council and there is a wealth of support material to open up the film to a much broader audience. Visit the resources available at http://filmeducation.org/meandorsonwelles/. Further information available from Isle of Man Film on tel: 687173
The film will be screening at The Broadway Cinema, Monday 11th to Friday 15th October at 2.30pm each afternoon with the exception of Wednesday 13th October when the movie will commence at 11.00am. Tickets available from the Villa Marina Box Office on tel: 600555
The Disappearance of Alice Creed available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD – submitted 28th September 2010
The tense thriller starring Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston is available to buy from 4th October. Grab some popcorn and prepare yourself for a rollercoaster ride! Available from play.com, amazon.com, hmv.com and major retail stores. Check out the official website: www.alicecreed.com
Chico and Rita UK Theatrical Release set for November – submitted 26th September 2010
Following on from wide critical praise at the Toronto International Film Festival 2010, the feature-length animation will be in UK Cinemas from 19th November 2010. Chico & Rita is a love story set across Havana, Paris and New York and features music by pianist Bebo Valdes. The Hollywood Repoter describes Chico & Rita as “visually hypnotic” and “musically electric”. See the full article here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film-reviews/chico-and-rita-film-review-1004114524.story
Heartless wins Best Film at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival - submitted 27th August 2010
Philip Ridley’s Heartless, starring Jim Sturgess, Clemence Posey and Noel Clarke recently beating Eli Roth's The Last Exorcism to win the 2010 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. This is the third Best Film Award for Heartless (previous were the Leeds Film Festival and the Porto Int Film Festival). The film has now won three of the seven festivals needed to become automatically nominated for the Best European Fantasy Film at Sitges in October 2010. Heartless has also received some 100% rave 5 star advance reviews across Canada and parts of the US.
Heartless is currently available on DVD and VOD networks.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston, Sir Anthony Sher and Stephen Rea Filming on the Island in BBC Two’s The Shadow Line - submitted 6th July 2010
The latest CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film production has started shooting on the Island this week, hot on the heels of The Decoy Bride which will shortly be departing our shores to continue filming in Scotland. Chiwetel Ejiofor (American Gangster, Endgame, Talk To Me), Christopher Eccleston (Lennon Naked, Doctor Who), Sir Anthony Sher (The Wolfman, God on Trial) and Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Breakfast on Pluto) are announced to star in The Shadow Line, BBC Two’s landmark noir thriller written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick (Sensitive Skin, Marion and Geoff). They are joined by Rafe Spall (Desperate Romantics, He Kills Coppers), Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank, Five Daughters), Lesley Sharp (Playing the Field, Clocking Off), Sean Gilder (Shameless), Freddie Fox (Worried About the Boy), Malcolm Storry (The Knock), Richard Lintern (The Bank Job) and David Schofield (The Bill).
The esteemed cast play Jonah Gabriel (Ejiofor), Joseph Bede (Eccleston), Peter Glickman (Sher), Gatehouse (Rea), Jay Wratten (Spall), Lia Honey (Wareing), Julie Bede (Sharp), Robert Beatty (Gilder), Rattalack (Fox), Maurice Crace (Storry), Chief Superintendent Patterson (Lintern) and Sergeant Foley (Schofield) – diverse individuals whose worlds become interwoven after the murder of drug baron Harvey Wratten. From the cop with a bullet in his brain, whose amnesia leaves him doubtful of his own moral compass; to the drug-lord driven by a profound personal tragedy, risking it all on one last deal; to the brilliantly lethal puppet-master who gradually emerges from the shadows to bring the story to its shocking climax – The Shadow Line explores the morality of these characters as they negotiate the repercussions of Wratten’s death, and attempt to navigate the fine line between right and wrong. As the thread around Wratten’s operation begins to unravel, the web of intrigue becomes more complex – and the question of which side of the line they stand on becomes increasingly blurred.
An intelligent and gripping conspiracy thriller that delves to the heart of human morality, The Shadow Line will have audiences enthralled over six taut and thrilling episodes. Faced with similar dilemmas, on which side of the line would you stand? Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning, says: “As we continue our drive to build a bold and exciting drama story on BBC Two with commissions like Crimson Petal and The Hour, I am thrilled that we have attracted such world class talent to Hugo Blick's thrilling scripts. Chiwetel and Chris are two of our finest actors and we couldn't be more excited to have them, and the rest of the amazing cast, on board for this original and epic six hour series.” The Shadow Line is a Company Pictures/Eight Rooks/Baby Cow production in association with CinemaNX. It begins filming in the Isle of Man at the beginning of July, with location shoots also taking place in London. Mrs Clare Christian MLC, Department member with responsibility for film and media said, “We are thrilled to welcome the wonderfully talented cast and crew of The Shadow Line to the Island. This week sees the culmination of many months of hard work and collaboration between Cinemanx, Isle of Man Film, Company Pictures and the BBC. The production will be filming at various locations around the Island over the next ten weeks and we’re very much looking forward to working with the production throughout their stay on the Island.”
The series is written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick, with Johann Knobel (Shameless, Inspector George Gently) co-producing. Executive producers are George Faber and Charlie Pattinson for Company Pictures (Shameless, Skins, The Devil’s Whore, Generation X), Henry Normal and Lindsay Hughes for Baby Cow, (Sensitive Skin, Marion & Geoff, Gavin & Stacey), Marc Samuelson and Steve Christian for CinemaNX (The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Me and Orson Welles) and Polly Hill for the BBC. The Shadow Line was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning, and Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two. The series will TX in 2011.
Shooting Starts on The Decoy Bride – submitted 25th June 2010
CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film in association with Scottish Screen and HanWay Films present an Ecosse Films production The Decoy Bride which starts filming at various locations around the Island on Sunday 27th June, for two and a half weeks.
A contemporary romantic comedy, The Decoy Bride stars David Tennant (Dr Who), Kelly MacDonald (No Country For Old Men, Gosford Park) and Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2). Written by Neil Jaworski and comedienne Sally Phillips (Smack The Pony), who also takes a supporting role, The Decoy Bride is directed by Sheree Folkson, whose credits include Casanova, one of Tennant’s earliest hits, and Ugly Betty. Michael Urie, who plays Marc the acerbic assistant in Ugly Betty joins the supporting cast of The Decoy Bride, along with Federico Castelluccio (Furio Giunta in The Sopranos) and stage and television actress Maureen Beattie.
Allan Bell MHK, Minister for the Department for Economic Development said, “I am extremely pleased to welcome the cast and crew of The Decoy Bride to the Island. CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film have worked hard to get this next production up and running, hot on the heels of documentary feature film TT3D. It’s shaping up to be a very good year for the Island in terms of film production days and positive media exposure.”
A brief synopsis of the film follows: ‘When the wedding of internationally famous film star Lara (Alice Eve) to tweedy British author James (David Tennant) is sabotaged by a paparazzo, they decide to relocate the event to the one place where the world’s press won’t find them: the sleepy Island of Hegg, as featured in James’ best selling novel. But the reality of the island is different from the romanticised picture James has created (without ever visiting) and to the shock of Lara’s manager Steve (Urie) who has less than 24 hours to transform this fantasy world before the superstar arrives. However, dilapidated buildings and greedy islanders are the least of the problems that the wedding party and their Hollywood entourage have to deal with, when the ingenious paparazzo tracks them down in his mission to photograph the celebrity wedding of the year. Lara must find a decoy bride and thinks local girl Katie (Kelly MacDonald) will be an ideal replacement. But when Katie meets James, sparks fly, dresses get ruined and love gets complicated. Will Katie be able to fool the awaiting media and live up to being a stand-in for the world’s most famous movie star?’
Wild Target in UK Cinemas June 18th – submitted 4 June 2010
The comedy, starring Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt and Rupert Grint, is showing nationwide from Friday. Nighy plays a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who prides himself on his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency but finds his professional routine is interrupted by being drawn to one of his intended victims (played by Emily Blunt). The film has also been acquired in the US by Freestyle Releasing, who have set a Oct 8th release for US theatres.
Company Pictures, Stormdog Films, Film4 and CinemaNX Developing Movie of Cult E4 Series Skins - 25 May 2010
Producers Company Pictures and Stormdog Films, feature film financiers and distributors CinemaNX, and Film4, have today announced that they are jointly developing a feature film version of the E4 hit television series, SKINS. Scripted by SKINS writer Jack Thorne, working closely with SKINS creator Bryan Elsley, the film is scheduled to go into production later this year, and follows four hugely successful seasons on E4. The latest of these has just finished its run, with the highest ratings of any series so far.
Director of Company, Charlie Pattinson, believes that bringing a film version to the big screen is the obvious next step for SKINS – “given the huge amount of support from the ever expanding fan base of the series, we feel that we can go much further and produce yet another unique SKINS experience”, remarked Pattinson.
A number of familiar characters from the four series are expected to feature in the film, which will be directed by long time SKINS director Charles Martin. Shooting in Bristol and the Isle of Man later this year, the film is scheduled for a summer 2011 release. Company Pictures have a long history of working with both Film4 and CinemaNX individually but this project will be the first collaboration between all three parties.
“The sheer depth in quality that SKINS has delivered over the years makes it perfect for the big screen and we are delighted to be back in business with Company,” said chairman of CinemaNX, Steve Christian. Tessa Ross, Controller of Film4 and Channel 4 Drama, said: "It is very exciting to be migrating across from E4 to Film4 this extraordinarily talented team from SKINS, who have successfully grown such a wonderfully loyal audience over the course of the last four series.”
Isle of Man TT Races to be filmed in 3D - submitted 13th April 2010
CinemaNX, the film financing and production company backed by the Isle of Man Government, has announced that principal photography has started on its eighth feature film, TT3D. TT3D will follow the riders and rivals as they battle to conquer the infamous Isle of Man TT circuit. With unique behind the scenes access, TT3D promises to be a unique insight into the lives and minds of modern day road racers.
To be filmed in the Isle of Man, Ireland, England and Los Angeles, TT3D will examine what it takes, from both man and machine, to tame the TT. Department of Economic Development Minister Allan Bell MHK is delighted that his arrival at the Department responsible for physical production on the Island will co-incide with the making of this most-appropriate Manx film-documentary. “I am thrilled to see this project coming to fruition,” said Mr Bell. “I know it’s something that both Isle of Man Film and CinemaNX have been determined to get up and running for some time. TT3D heralds what looks like being a busy year for the Island’s film industry.”
Directed by acclaimed Motor Sports and Commercials Director Richard De Aragues, the film utilises a range of archive footage along with the latest 3D technology and high definition equipment to capture this unique and visually stunning festival of motorcycle road racing.
“The TT has been filmed before, however, not until now have the tools existed that could do justice to those that have competed over the 37¾ miles that make up the legendary Mountain Circuit”, said Director, Richard De Aragues.
Scheduled for release in 2011, NX have already secured 3D screens from their theatric partners at Vue Cinemas. Vue CEO, Tim Richards commented, “I saw the NX mood reel for TT3D and thought the spectacle was truly awesome – this just has to be seen on a 3D screen”.
The film is being produced by NX Directors Steve Christian and Marc Samuelson.
The Disappearance of Alice Creed released in UK Cinemas 30th April 2010
Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston star in The Disappearance of Alice Creed, showing in cinemas across the UK from the 30th April 2010. Filming of the tense thriller took place at Island Studios in early 2009. The story revolves around two masked men who seize a young woman and take her to an abandoned, soundproofed apartment. She is Alice Creed, daughter of a millionaire. Her kidnappers, the coldly efficient Vic and his younger accomplice Danny, have worked out a meticulous plan. But Alice is not going to play the perfect victim – she’s not giving in without a fight. In a tense power-play of greed, duplicity and survival we discover that sometimes disappearances can be deceptive… Visit the website for further information: www.alicecreed.com
‘A proper nail-biter’ – Empire
‘An ingenious British thriller..’ – The Times
‘A grippingly twisty thriller’ – Total Film
‘Gemma Arterton’s best performance to date’ – The Daily Mail
Congratulations to Magic Light Pictures on BAFTA nomination for The Gruffalo – submitted 22nd January 2010
Isle of Man Film wish to congratulate Magic Light Pictures on their 2010 BAFTA nomination for The Gruffalo, which was broadcast on Christmas Day 2009 on BBC 1. The programme was nominated in the Best Short Animation category. Magic Light Pictures are currently partnering with Isle of Man Film, CinemaNX and Estudio Marascal on the feature length animated film Chico Y Rita. The project is set to be completed in Spring/Summer 2010.
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