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Alessandro Nivola, Gemma Arterton Head Killer Cast For BBC One/FX 3-Part Adaptation Of Rumer Godden Steamy Lit Classic ‘Black Narcissus’

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Alessandro Nivola, Gemma Arterton Head Killer Cast For BBC One/FX 3-Part Adaptation Of Rumer Godden Steamy Lit Classic ‘Black Narcissus’
Exclusive: Alessandro Nivola and Gemma Arterton head a killer cast for a three-part adaptation of the 1939 classic Rumer Godden literary novel Black Narcissus, a tale of sexual repression and forbidden love. BAFTA-winning writer Amanda Coe wrote the three hourlong episodes and renowned Dp Charlotte Bruus Christensen makes her directing debut.

BBC One is producing with DNA TV and FX Productions. The exec producers are Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich and Coe for DNA TV and FX Productions and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Filming starts in October in Jomsom, Nepal and Pinewood Studios, UK.

Black Narcissus was previously adapted for screen in 1947 by Powell and Pressburger and subsequently won two Oscars for Cinematography (Jack Cardiff) and Art Direction (Alfred Junge).

Arterton plays Sister Clodagh, the leader of the nuns of St Faiths, who travel to Nepal to
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David Wenham, Ahmed Malek to Star in West Australia-set ‘The Furnace’

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David Wenham, Ahmed Malek to Star in West Australia-set ‘The Furnace’
Veteran actor, David Wenham and rising star Ahmed Malek are set to star in “The Furnace.” The adventure drama is by first time feature director Roderick MacKay, with production by Timothy White (“I Am Mother”) and Tenille Kennedy (“H Is For Happiness”).

Set in Western Australia’s 1890s gold rush, “The Furnace” is an unlikely hero’s tale, navigating greed and the search for identity in a new land. It illuminates the forgotten history of Australia’s ‘Ghan’ cameleers, predominantly Muslim and Sikh men from India, Afghanistan and Persia, who opened up the country’s desert interior, and formed unique bonds with local Aboriginal people.

Malek, an Egyptian actor who was named one of the Rising Stars at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018, will play a camel driver who teams up with a bushman, played by Wenham. Together, they must outwit zealous troopers in a race to reset gold bars at a secret furnace.
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Mubi buys UK rights to Bertrand Bonello’s ‘Zombi Child’ (exclusive)

Film premiered in Cannes this year.

Streaming service and theatrical distributor Mubi has taken UK and Ireland rights to Zombi Child, Bertrand Bonello’s Haiti-set horror that premiered in Cannes this year.

Starring Louise Labèque, Wislanda Louimat, and Katiana Milfort, the film explores the legacy of French colonialism in the Caribbean country Haiti.

The film recently had its North American premiere at Toronto and will have its UK debut at the upcoming BFI London Film Festival.

Mubi picked up the film from sales agent Playtime. The company said its release plans have not yet been worked out but it will be this year.
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Vertigo Releasing takes UK rights to Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Nightingale’ (exclusive)

Film will be released day-and-date in November.

Distribution outfit Vertigo Releasing has picked up UK and Ireland rights to Jennifer Kent’s thriller The Nightingale, an award winner at Venice last year, from FilmNation.

Vertigo is planning to release the title day-and-date in cinemas and online on November 29.

Set during the colonisation of Australia in 1825, the film follows a 21-year-old Irish convict, played by Aisling Franciosi. Having served her seven-year sentence, she is desperate to be free of her abusive master, played by Sam Claflin who refuses to release her. Michael Sheasby and Baykali Ganambarr also star.

The project was
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Thirty-four features to compete for Aacta Awards, including Netflix’s ‘The King’

‘Top End Wedding’, ‘Hearts and Bones’ and ‘The King’ are among the 34 longlisted films.

Some 34 feature films will compete for nominations for this year’s Aacta Awards, and the longlist covers a diverse range of titles, from box office earners like Top End Wedding and Storm Boy, through to critically lauded films like The Nightingale and micro budget indies such as Suburban Wildlife.

However, perhaps the most notable inclusion in the longlist is David Michôd’s Netflix Original The King, which premiered at Venice Film Festival last week to an eight-minute standing ovation.

Typically, to be eligible for Aacta Awards, a film – even when made for a streaming platform – must have paid cinema screenings in Australia or local festival play.

Aacta has made an exception for The King, which is not due to play in Australian cinemas or in festivals before its release on Netflix later this year, because of
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Toby Wallace wins Venice prize for ‘Babyteeth’ performance

Toby Wallace.

Toby Wallace’s turn as a small-time drug dealer in Shannon Murphy’s debut feature Babyteeth has won him the Venice Film Festival’s Marcello Mastroianni Award for best young actor.

It is the second year in a row that the prize has been won by an Australian, with last year’s gong going to Baykali Ganambarr for his debut performance in Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale.

In Babyteeth, Wallace stars as Moses, the love interest of Eliza Scanlen’s Milla, a terminally ill teenager. Their relationship is a nightmare for Milla’s parents, played by Ben Mendelsohn and Essie Davis, but Milla teaches those in her orbit how to live like there is nothing to lose.

Produced by Alex White and based on Rita Kalnejais’ Belvoir Theatre play of the same name, the film was critically lauded after its debut in competition at Venice last week.

Variety
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Bo report: ‘It’ sequel bites while ‘Angel of Mine’ and ‘The Naked Wanderer’ struggle

‘It Chapter Two.’ (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)

Warner Bros/New Line’s It Chapter Two and Roadshow’s Chinese-American dramedy The Farewell gave the flagging Australian box office a much needed jolt last weekend while two new Oz releases struggled.

Kim Farrant’s psychological thriller Angel of Mine and Alan Lindsay’s romantic comedy The Naked Wanderer faced the same challenge which has bedeviled most Australian films this year: Opening on limited screens with minimal P&a, which means low visibility in the marketplace. So relying primarily on reviews, publicity and word of mouth is no guarantee to draw audiences.

Starring Noomi Rapace, Yvonne Strahovski, Annika Whiteley, Finn Little, Luke Evans, Richard Roxburgh and Rob Collins, Farrant’s follow-up to Strangerland grossed $26,000 on 42 screens and $43,000 including festival screenings for R&r Films.

As If reported, the movie co-funded by Screen Australia and Film Victoria has been sold by Fortitude International to
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Jennifer Kent’s career soars after ‘The Nightingale’

Jennifer Kent.

Jennifer Kent’s dance card is filling up after The Nightingale: Amazon Studios is angling to distribute her next film worldwide and the filmmaker is set to write and direct an episode of a horror anthology for Netflix and the pilot for a Us sci-fi series.

Kent aims to start shooting Alice + Freda Forever, a feature based on the true story of two teenagers who fell in love in conservative 1890s Memphis, in mid-2020.

Producers Greg Berlanti, Sidney Kimmel, Sarah Schechter and John Penotti are finalising a deal for Amazon to finance and distribute the film, according to Deadline.

The writer-director has been attached to the project since Sidney Kimmel Entertainment bought the rights to Alexis Coe’s novel in 2015.

Coe drew on research from more than 100 love letters, maps, artifacts, historical documents, newspaper articles and courtroom proceedings to tell the story of Alice Mitchell and Freda Ward.
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Toronto acclaim for ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ and ‘I Am Woman’

‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ (Photo credit: Memento Films International/Ben King).

IFC Films’ acquisition of North American rights to Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang before the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival now seems savvy in light of the rave reviews.

Meanwhile Unjoo Moon’s debut narrative feature I Am Woman was lauded by some critics for Tilda Cobham-Hervey’s breakout performance as Helen Reddy after it opened the festival’s special presentations section.

IFC Films distributed Kurzel’s debut Snowtown, also penned by Shaun Grant, and currently is handling Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, which is playing on 79 screens in its sixth weekend in the Us and has grossed $US383,000.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the assured IFC Films in North America and very excited to see the film go out in the world now,” says Porclight’s Liz Watts,
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The Nightingale’s Jennifer Kent to direct Alice + Freda Forever

The Babadook and The Nightingale director Jennifer Kent is teaming with Amazon Studios for an adaptation of Alexis Coe’s non-fiction book Alice + Freda Forever.

Taking place in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1890s, the thriller will tell the story of Alice Mitchell and Freda Ward, two teenage girls who fell in love, only for jealousy and outside forces to turn their romance into an unstable obsession that led to “a very unnatural crime” – one that captivated the nation.

Amazon is eyeing a summer 2020 production start for Alice + Freda Forever, with Greg Berlanti, Sidney Kimmel, Sarah Schechter and John Penotti serving as producers.

Via Deadline

The post The Nightingale’s Jennifer Kent to direct Alice + Freda Forever appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Let's Spend Forever With Kent

by Jason Adams

I don't know how you guys all felt about The Nightingale -- that is if you've gotten the chance to see The Nightingale -- but Jennifer Kent's divisive second film has been, for me, a 2019 favorite. Add it up with The Babadook and I'm ready to follow Kent anywhere now, and it looks like we know where she's taking us next -- to 1890s Tennessee to be precise. 

She'll be adapting Alice + Freda Forever, Alexis Coe's 2014 true-crime retelling of a story that captivated / horrified the unprepared nation, involving two teenage girls who fell in love and whose sapphic obsession quick turned to violence and most unsavory murder...
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Jennifer Kent’s Lesbian Murder Thriller ‘Alice + Freda Forever’ Nears Deal With Amazon Studios

Jennifer Kent’s Lesbian Murder Thriller ‘Alice + Freda Forever’ Nears Deal With Amazon Studios
Following the success of “The Babadook” and “The Nightingale,” Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent is close to locking a deal with Amazon Studios to finance her next project, the true crime thriller “Alice + Freda Forever.” (Via Deadline). Based on the book by Alexis Coe, the thriller tells the true-life story of two teenage girls whose intense romance turns into an unstable and violent obsession. Dubbed “A Very Unnatural Crime” at the time by the sensationalist press, the 1892 Memphis, Tennessee case captivated the American public and was largely responsible for launching the murderous lesbian trope in literature that persists in pop culture today.

Kent is set to write the adaptation as well as direct. Greg Berlanti, Sidney Kimmel, Sarah Schechter and John Penotti are producing, with a summer 2020 production planned. Negotiations are ongoing for Amazon Studios to finance the project and gain world distribution rights.

Berlanti is a powerhouse out gay producer,
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Toronto Film Festival: Amazon Studios Buys Jennifer Kent’s ‘Alice + Freda Forever’

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Amazon Studios has snapped up global rights to the big screen adaptation of “Alice + Freda Forever,” Variety has confirmed.

The deal for the film comes as the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off and could signal that the streaming service will be an active buyer. That should be welcome news for agencies, who are looking for some deep-pocketed content companies as they hustle to kick off some bidding wars.

The big attraction here is Jennifer Kent, the Australian filmmaker who scored a low-budget horror hit with “The Babadook.” She followed that up with “The Nightingale,” a revenge thriller that earned a largely positive reception from critics. Kent will write and direct the film, which is adapted from Alexis Coe’s book.

The film is based on the true story of Alice Mitchell, who inspired a media frenzy after she murdered her lover, Freda Ward. Here’s the official logline: “In 1890’s Memphis,
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‘Nightingale’ Director Jennifer Kent Teams With Amazon Studios For Her Next Film ‘Alice + Freda Forever’

In only two films, director Jennifer Kent has established herself as one of the best voices in modern film. Though her most recent film “The Nightingale” hasn’t received the rapturous reception that her debut “The Babadook” might have, the new thriller proved that Kent isn’t willing to ever take the safe route with her films and can still disturb and move audiences without a fairy tale monster.

Continue reading ‘Nightingale’ Director Jennifer Kent Teams With Amazon Studios For Her Next Film ‘Alice + Freda Forever’ at The Playlist.
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Amazon Studios Closing World Rights Deal For Jennifer Kent-Directed ‘Alice + Freda Forever’ – Toronto

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Exclusive: Amazon Studios is negotiating to finance and distribute the next film by Jennifer Kent, the Australian filmmaker who followed the sleeper horror hit The Babadook with the shocking period revenge tale The Nightingale, which was part of last year’s Toronto Film Festival. Kent will write and direct an adaptation of Alice + Freda Forever, based on the book by Alexis Coe.

Greg Berlanti, Sidney Kimmel, Sarah Schechter and John Penotti are producing. A summer 2020 production start is planned.

The studio is in advanced negotiations to finance and gain worldwide distribution rights. Kent changes locales from The Nightingale‘s 1825 Tasmania to 1890s Memphis, Tennessee.

Two teenage girls, Alice Mitchell and Freda Ward, fell deeply in love, until jealousy and outside forces turn their romance into an unstable obsession. The result was a crime story that captivated the U.S. for a time.

Kent is repped by Wme, Exile Entertainment and Sloane Offer Weber Dern.
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Bo Report: ‘The Nightingale’ opens while ‘The Australian Dream’ rallies

The Nightingale.’

While Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale has achieved an 86 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes since the world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, many critics have described the tale of rape, murder and revenge as harrowing and bleak.

So in that context the film’s opening in Australia last weekend via Transmission Films was quite respectable – and some exhibitors expect it will have a leggy run.

Meanwhile Madman Entertainment’s The Australian Dream had a buoyant second weekend, helped by word-of-mouth and the two-for-one ticket offer to Afl members.

Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach advanced to $3.8 million after nabbing $305,000 in its fourth weekend, easing by 31 per cent for Universal Pictures. Kriv Stenders’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan dipped by just 16 per cent to $250,000 in its fourth, delivering $2.5 million for Transmission Films.

The Nightingale grossed $98,000 on 32 screens, bringing the total including festival screenings to
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Venice 2019 Line-Up Reminds Us Gender Equality Has a Long Way to Go (Commentary)

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Since the #MeToo movement began sweeping across the entertainment industry nearly two years ago, few corners of the film world have made as many significant strides in gender equity in film as the festival circuit.

As Hollywood studios move at a pace slower than melting glaciers to hire female filmmakers, curators and organizers have stepped in to give women a platform to screen their movies, find mentors, network with industry insiders, compete for prizes or distribution and so on. Major players like Sundance, Berlin and next week’s Toronto International Film Festival have pushed their programming toward gender parity in percentages never seen at the studio level.

That’s not the case for the Venice Film Festival, whose organizers seem to have washed their hands of the equality agreement they signed just last year. That was when Jennifer Kent was the only woman in the main competition with her film,
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Review: Jennifer Kent's "The Nightingale"

by Ben Miller

In the world of Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, no one is safe unless they've won the lottery. If you lucked into being born as a white English male in 19th century Tasmania, you can rest easy in the knowledge you are powerful. If you are a woman, of another race, or from another country, that same luxury is not afforded to you. Death and misery looms around every corner.

The titular Nightingale comes in the form of Clare (Game of Thrones Aisling Franciosi) as she serves as a maid and singer for a group of British officers. She is held there as penance for her crimes of thievery, being Irish and being a woman. She is overseen by Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin), who is procrastinating processing her release, due to his infatuation with her. Clare’s husband Aidan (a wonderfully warm Michael Sheasby) tries to persuade Hawkins to release her,
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The Conversation: 10 Most Anticipated Films – Venice 2019

There’s much to be excited for in the upcoming 2019 Venice Film Festival, the 76th edition of the world’s oldest major film festival. Of course, there’s also room for improvement, given the festival’s timing, nestled as it is in primetime fourth quarter Awards campaign season, making it a lucrative platform for American studios dependent upon industry buzz, of which this program is not an exception. Likewise, conversations about women directors and their overwhelming lack of participation in the main competition is still a sticking point, though at two this year (Haifaa al-Mansour and Shannon Murphy) that doubles last year, of which only Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale held this distinction.…
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‘Nightingale’ and ‘Babadook’ Director Jennifer Kent Withdraws From Venice Jury

‘Nightingale’ and ‘Babadook’ Director Jennifer Kent Withdraws From Venice Jury
Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent will no longer be able to serve on the competition jury this month for the Venice International Film Festival, where last year she was the only woman in the competition lineup with her film “The Nightingale.”

IndieWire reached out for comment from Kent’s representatives, who said that Kent is dealing with an urgent family matter in Australia. “Due to pressing family matters in Australia, Jennifer regrets that she is unable to attend this year’s Venice Film Festival. As she loves the Venice Festival, which presented two prestigious awards to ‘The Nightingale’ last year, Jennifer has been very much looking forward to serving on the Competition Jury and hopes to return to the Lido to participate in a future edition of the Festival,” the statement said.

On the Biennale website, it was noted that Kent’s name was replaced with “American Psycho” director Mary Harron,
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