The Selfish Giant (2013)
The contemporary British love story follows Ava (Rushbrook), a respected matriarch on a predominantly white Bradford estate masking the scars left by an abusive ex-husband, and Ali (Akhtar), a charismatic son, brother, boss and landlord, still living with his estranged wife but hiding their separation from his family. Both lonely for different reasons, Ava and Ali forge an intimate bond with each other, despite their own fears about intimacy and the expectations of their families and communities.
Pic is produced by Barnard’s long-term producer Tracy O’Riordan of Moonspun Films, with financing from BBC Films, BFI, and Screen Yorkshire. Altitude is handling world sales and U.K. and Irish distribution.
Shooting recently took place on location in Bradford, the setting for Barnard’s previous films.
The cast and first details of Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava have finally been revealed, following a wrap on principal photography in the UK.
The fourth feature from the award-winning writer-director will star Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions) and Claire Rushbrook (Secrets & Lies) in a contemporary British love story that explores the intricacies of age, class and race.
It shot for six weeks in various locations around Bradford, in the north of England. A first-look image from the film has also been released, shown above.
Ali & Ava is
The film follows Ava (Claire Rushbrook) a respected matriarch on a predominantly white Bradford estate, and Ali (Adeel Akhtar), a charismatic son, brother, boss and landlord, an avid music and book lover and moon watcher. Both lonely for different reasons, Ava and Ali find each other and sparks fly, despite their own fears about intimacy and expectations of their families and communities.
Pic was produced by Barnard’s long-term producer Tracy O’Riordan of Moonspun Films, with finance from BBC Films, BFI and Screen Yorkshire. Shoot took place on location in Bradford.
Altitude is handling world sales and will distribute in the UK and Ireland.
As we wrote in December, the film received the second-highest BFI production award last year with $1.2m.
The pic from The King’s Speech outfit See-Saw Films was awarded $1.74m (£1.3m) in production finance. It tells the story of Mary Anning, an infamous fossil hunter who develops an intense relationship with a young woman after being sent to convalesce by the sea, and was shot on location in West Dorset in spring this year.
The pic was absent from the Sundance list, where Lee’s God’s Own Country debuted to acclaim, likely because it wasn’t ready in time, though it’s expected to pop up at a significant festival this year. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Lionsgate and Transmission have all boarded distribution in key markets.
Second on the list is Ali & Ava,
As well as the three films at Toronto directed by female German helmers, there was also German filmmaker Thomas Heise’s documentary film essay “Heimat Is a Space in Time.” Then there were the many German-funded films directed by non-Germans, including “My Zoe,” by France’s Julie Delpy, and “Guns Akimbo,” by New Zealander Jason Lei Howden.
The country is one of the world’s leading coproduction nations, which was much in evidence in Toronto – with 30 German films in the festival, including coproductions such as U.S. helmer Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life,” Swede Roy Andersson’s “About Endlessness,” and “Proxima,” by France’s Alice Winocour.
It is hard to make generalization about German cinema, a point the filmmakers make themselves. Since the heyday of the Berlin School,
After garnering international attention with his debut film Lilting in 2014, UK-based director Hong Khaou’s follow-up Monsoon is making its world premiere in the international competition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival today.
Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding plays as a young man living in the UK who returns to his native Vietnam for the first time since he was a small child to scatter his parent’s ashes. The trip forces him to confront difficult questions about his personal and cultural identity.
Currently in production in Wales, this is the true story of Jan Vokes (Hereditary star Collette), a cleaner and bartender, who decides on a whim to breed and rear a race horse in her village. She eventually persuades her neighbors to invest in her crazy scheme, and together they name the new foal ‘Dream Alliance’. With little experience but a lot a heart, the collective of townspeople follow ‘Dream’ as he rises through the ranks against all the odds, ultimately pitting all of them against the racing elite in a nail-biting race for the national championship. Billions star Lewis plays Howard Davies, the local accountant Volkes persuades to join
Euros Lyn, director on Sherlock, Happy Valley and Black Mirror, is helming the true story about a woman’s dream to breed and raise a champion racehorse on the allotment of her modest Welsh village. Little Miss Sunshine star Collette will take the lead role of Jan Vokes, a middle-aged barmaid at a working men’s club who recruits her initially reluctant husband Brian and local accountant Howard Davies (Lewis) to help her bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal – which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million pound racehorses he comes up against, transforming the lives of those around him.
Script comes from
In 2017, the BFI — the UK’s lead organization for film — awarded seven movies £1M or more from its Film Fund. This year, Potter’s feature was the only one to cross the £1M mark. Other leading recipients in 2018 included Liam Neeson starrer Normal People and Keira Knightley pic Misbehaviour.
There is a healthy gender balance to the top ten awards this year with five male and five female directors in the mix. Two are feature debuts. Of course, different films will receive different amounts of money from different BFI funding strands, but this list gives a snapshot of
With documentaries “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Focus Features) and “Rbg” (Magnolia) both expanding well, the specialized market is improving this summer. However, it’s still difficult for most leading titles playing in a few hundred theaters, even backed by great reviews, to get over the modest $3 million mark. It is critical that a few break through.
Three Identical Strangers (Neon) – Metacritic: 79; Festivals include: Sundance, Seattle 2018
$163,023 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $32,605
Although they aren’t well-known icons like the smash “Rbg” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Rose Garnett, the head of BBC Films, Lizzie Francke, senior development and production executive at the BFI, and Tessa Ross, the former head of Film4 and now an independent producer at House Productions, are among the leading UK figures invited to join AMPAS on Monday June 25.
The Us Academy said this is its most diverse membership drive with a record 928 people invited to join the Academy from 59 countries. The invitation list comprised 49% females and 38% people of colour.
Further international executive invitees included renowned sales people Sharon Harel-Cohen,
After the death of her father, Alice (played by Golden Globe-winner Ruth Wilson) returns home for the first time in fifteen years. Originally planning to reclaim her rightfully owned family farm, she first reconnects with her alienated brother (played by Game of Thrones star Mark Stanley) and is forced to face the implications of their distant relationship. The trailer, showing off the muted cinematography of Adriano Goldman, suggests a layer of mystery and deceit.
Dark River will begin its limited theatrical run in Los Angeles and New York beginning June 29th. If you’re still on the fence about this one,
The third film from Clio Barnard (following The Arbor and The Selfish Giant), Dark River sensitively explores the way a traumatic memory can seep through a life in the same way that poisoned groundwater can taint a piece of land. Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson, compelling and uncomfortably raw) returns to her family farm for the first time in 15 years. The tenancy, she believes, is hers to claim. But what she finds is a failing business, skittering vermin and a brother who is not about to hand over his home.
Joe (Mark Stanley) has his own troubles: a rage that is released the moment he uncorks the booze, which is most of the time. But for Alice it’s deeper. The ghosts of her past – specifically of
Directed by Clio Barnard.
Starring Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean, and Dean Andrews.
Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to the family farm after the death of her father. It’s 15 years since she left, the farm is falling apart and brother Joe (Mark Stanley) is barely managing to keep it going. But when Alice decides to apply for the tenancy, Joe has other plans and the rift between them becomes a chasm.
A regular on last year’s festival circuit, Dark River arrives in cinemas with high expectations, mainly because of its director. Clio Barnard made a name for herself and her uncompromising style with documentary The Arbor (2010) and then searing drama The Selfish Giant (2013). She stays in her native county of Yorkshire for film number three, Dark River, a fiercely emotional drama in a bleakly beautiful rural landscape.
While the setting is crucial, it could also
Based on Rose Tremain’s Trespass, the film is an intense study of tradition, family relationships and the effects of abuse. For Barnard herself, the biggest challenge in making the film was to tell a story “about something unspoken.” Talking to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper, she reveals how she approached this, as well offering her thoughts on the reasons behind the recent upsurge in British films set in farming communities.
Actress Ruth Wilson, relished the opportunity of “getting mucky on the farm” when she was offered the pivotal role of Alice in Dark River. It meant three weeks hands-on
Written and directed by Clio Barnard.
Starring Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley and Sean Bean.
After the death of their father, two siblings engage in a power struggle for control of the dilapidated farm their parent left behind.
The first two features from Yorkshire-born filmmaker Clio Barnard marked her out as a real talent to watch in British cinema. Experimental documentary The Arbor and kitchen sink drama The Selfish Giant both made an impact, with the latter especially boasting an impactful emotional punch. Her latest movie, Dark River stays true to her rural English roots, with the tale of two siblings struggling over the ownership of a farm previously run by their father. That might sound like an Emmerdale B-plot, but it’s the starting point for a potent work of purely emotional filmmaking.
Ruth Wilson plays Alice, who has returned to the secluded farm where she once
After premiering at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, we have an exclusive first look at the poster for Clio Barnard’s Dark River.
Related: Read our review of Dark River from Tiff 2017
Directed by the filmmaker behind The Arbor and The Selfish Giant, Clio Barnard, the film boasts of cast of Golden Globe and two-time Olivier winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Saving Mr Banks, The Lone Ranger), Mark Stanley (Mr Turner, Kajaki, Game of Thrones) and award-winning Sean Bean (Lord Of The Rings, The Martian).
Dark River opens in cinemas across UK and Ireland 23rd February 2018.
Dark River Official Synopsis
Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Once there she encounters her older brother Joe (Mark Stanley) a man she barely recognizes,
A UK trailer has dropped for Clio Barnard’s Ruth Wilson-starrer “Dark River.” “I haven’t seen you for 15 years,” Joe (Mark Stanley, “Game of Thrones”) tells his sister Alice (Wilson). Despite the fact that well over a decade has passed since they’ve been in the same room, neither rushes to greet the other with a hug, or even a smile. Alice’s welcome is chilly, to say the least. “I’m here now,” she tells Joe. But he wonders — aloud — “what good is that?”
Inspired by Rose Tremain’s novel “Trespass,” “Dark River” sees Alice returning home to Yorkshire “to claim the tenancy of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers,” the film’s official synopsis details. “Joe is thrown by Alice’s sudden arrival, angered by her claim, and finds her presence increasingly impossible to deal with. Battling to regain control in a fraught and fragile situation,
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