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Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone Named Most Influential Person in British Theater

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Vicky Featherstone has taken the top spot in The Stage 100 Power List, The Guardian confirms. The industry newspaper releases the influential list annually.

Featherstone serves as Artistic Director of The Royal Court, and placed 39th on last year’s list. The source attributes her rise to her “swift response to industry harassment scandal. Featherstone was among the first and most high-profile in the theater community to speak out in the aftermath of allegations about disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein. She acknowledged that abuses of power are common in the theater industry as well, and “organized a ‘No Grey Area’ day of action, which was followed by the publication of a code of behavior.” Along with The Guardian’s Decca Aitkenhead, she led “a masterclass in how to channel fury about a frighteningly big problem into focused action.”

“Whereas other key industry figures have remained noticeably silent,
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Sarmad Masud’s ‘My Pure Land’ to Represent Britain in Foreign-Language Oscar Race

Sarmad Masud’s ‘My Pure Land’ to Represent Britain in Foreign-Language Oscar Race
Sarmad Masud’s debut film, “My Pure Land,” has been chosen as Britain’s submission for the foreign-language Oscar race.

My Pure Land” tells the true story of a mother and her two daughters in rural Pakistan who were forced to defend their land from a militia of 200 bandits. Its submission marks the first time an Urdu-language film has been Britain’s selection for the foreign-language Oscar.

An up-and-coming director, Masud earned critical acclaim with his short film “Two Dosas,” which was funded by Film London and was voted best film in their London Calling Plus category.

My Pure Land” was shot in Pakistan in difficult conditions. The movie’s production company, Bill Kenwright Films, said the crew had to negotiate their way through heavily armed civilian regions. The production banner described the film as “a violent contemporary Western but grounded in realism and crucially with a feminist theme.”

My Pure Land” was produced by Bill Kenwright, whose
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Former Globe director Dominic Dromgoole launches movie company and feature debut

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Exclusive: Open Palm Films launches with Dromgoole-directed drama ‘Making Noise Quietly’; first-look image.

Dominic Dromgoole, former artistic director of London’s Globe theatre, has launched film production company Open Palm Films.

The indie outfit has recently wrapped its first production Making Noise Quietly (for which Screen can reveal the first image), a drama which is directed by Dromgoole and is adapted from Robert Holman’s well-received stage play of the same name.

The triptych of war-related stories follows a conscientious objector and a roaming artist during the Second World War; a bereaved mother struggling with the loss of her son who died in the Falklands; and an ageing holocaust survivor who seeks to bring peace to a disturbed young boy in Germany.

The film stars Deborah Findlay (The Lady In The Van), Barbara Marten (Oranges and Sunshine), Trystan Gravelle (National Treasure), Geoffrey Streafeild (Rush), Luke Thompson (Dunkirk) and Matthew Tennyson who reprises his role from the stage
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Google and Sony join Vr Summit

Google will demo the Fantastic Beasts virtual reality experience at the London event on December 6.

Speakers from Google and Sony have joined the line-up for the Vr Creative Summit.

Google Daydream’s head of content and business development Greg Ivanov and the director of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s immersive technology group Simon Benson are the latest additions to the programme at the event, which is being organised by Screen publisher Mbi.

Google will also be demonstrating its latest Vr experience, which has been developed for the release of Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, at the event.

Ivanov is part of the team responsible for the web giant’s forthcoming Daydream View, a Vr headset and controller which will complement its more mainstream Cardboard offering.

Meanwhile former Formula 1 simulation engineer Benson, who joined Sony 16 years ago, heads up a team responsible for bringing immersive experiences to the PlayStation games console.

They join a
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The 10 Vr films that soared at festivals in 2016

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The 10 Vr films that soared at festivals in 2016
From Birdly to Jesus Vr, Screen’s editorial team pick 10 of the best virtual reality experiences from the festival circuit ahead of the Vr Creative Summit in December.

Having been widely dubbed the Year of Virtual Reality by industry figures and press alike, 2016 has been a watershed moment for the emerging medium.

Film festivals across the globe hosted Vr showcases this year, incorporating Vr films into their programme and markets, many doing so in a serious way for the first time.

Starting at January’s Sundance Film Festival, which hosted Vr experiences including The Martian and Notes On Blindness in its New Frontier programme, Vr remained a consistent presence through Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade in April, Cannes’ Marche Next programme in May, and Pop Vr at Tiff in September, alongside more medium-sized festivals such as Sheffield Doc/Fest, Jerusalem and Sarajevo.

Vr at this year’s Cannes Film Festival

Compiling choices from across those festivals and further
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Rufus Norris on Moving ‘London Road’ From Stage to Screen

Rufus Norris on Moving ‘London Road’ From Stage to Screen
Rufus Norris is a prominent and influential figure in the British stage scene, and one of an increasing number of London-based stage directors who are carving out a place for themselves in the movie business. Other members of this crossover coterie include Sam Mendes and Stephen Daldry, who have been recently joined by Michael Grandage with “Genius” and Benedict Andrews with “Una.”

Norris, who is director of the prestigious National Theater in London, made his movie debut with coming-of-age drama “Broken” in 2012. He has followed that with serial-killer musical “London Road,” which was released recently in the U.S. The film, starring Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman, is adapted from the 2011 National Theater stage play, also directed by Norris. It is one of the latest in a trickle of London stage plays re-emerging as films, such as “War Horse” and “Una,” based on “Blackbird,” with “The Curious Incident of the
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‘London Road’ Exclusive Clip: British Serial Killer Musical Stars Tom Hardy As Singing Cab Driver

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‘London Road’ Exclusive Clip: British Serial Killer Musical Stars Tom Hardy As Singing Cab Driver
While Damien Chazelle’s latest musical “La La Land” has garnered universal acclaim when it premiered at Venice last week, another musical is currently making the rounds now. Rufus Norris’ “London Road” tells the story of the Ipswich community’s reaction to the 2006 Steve Wright killings of five sex workers in the area. Based on Adam Cork and Alecky Blythe 2011 musical of the same name, the film is a “verbatim musical,” using the exact words of the residents of London Road as “lyrics” and setting them to an innovative musical score inspired by their actual dialects and intonations. The film stars Olivia Colman (“Peep Show”), Anita Dobson (“EastEnders”), Tom Hardy (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), and more. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: ‘London Road’ Trailer: Tom Hardy Is a Singing Cab Driver In Real-Life Serial Murder Musical

The original musical had two sell-out runs at London
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2016 Fall Movie Preview: 34 Indie Films to See This Season

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All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including offerings that span genres, a close examination of some of the year’s biggest breakouts, all the awards contenders you need to know about now and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

The Light Between Oceans,” September 2

Derek Cianfrance’s sweet spot is relationship dramas that don’t balk at showing just how damn hard it can be to love someone and to sustain that love (hi, “Blue Valentine”), and with his big screen adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name, he takes those interests and skills right to a post-World War I landscape tailormade for a sweeping,
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Us trailer and poster for London Road starring Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman

A Us trailer and poster have arrived online for London Road, Rufus Norris’ film adaptation of the hit musical of the same name which stars Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman; check them out below…

London Road documents the events that shook Suffolk in 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. The film follows the community who found themselves at the epicentre of the tragic events. Using their own words set to an innovative musical score, London Road tells a moving story of ordinary people coming together during the darkest of experiences.

London Road is set for release on September 9th in the States with a cast that includes Clare Burt, Rosalie Craig, Anita Dobson, James Doherty, Hal Fowler, Kate Fleetwood, Linzi Hateley,
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Coming Distractions: Tom Hardy is a creep in the teaser for the true-crime musical London Road

There’s something about the concept of a series of brutal murders in Great Britain that just sets the heart to singing, no? The Jack The Ripper killings have been adapted into at least two full-length musicals—once in 1974 and again in 1996 (neither of which being particularly memorable)—with god knows how many half-completed, half-hearted attempts decaying in four-track recorders in garages all over the world. And then there’s Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 Broadway hit Sweeney Todd, the gold standard for melodious Grand Guignol extravaganza. And here is the latest offering to the niche genre—Rufus Norris’ film adaptation of Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s 2011 Royal National Theatre play, London Road.

Set against the backdrop of the Ipswich serial murders that terrorized the inhabitants of Suffolk, England in the mid-’00s, this retelling uses the precise testimony of the serial killers’ neighbors on London Road ...
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Tom Hardy in Official Us Trailer for Musical Adaptation 'London Road'

"So, we got together as a community... We just want to see an end, London Road getting back to being London Road." BBC Films has unveiled a new official Us trailer for the musical adaptation London Road, the big screen version of the musical that was a big hit on stages in London in 2011 and 2012. "Using their own words set to an innovative musical score, London Road tells a moving story of ordinary people coming together during the darkest of experiences." It's about a small town that was disturbed by a murderer, and the locals who wanted to tell their story. The cast features all the same people from the original stage show, including Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Anita Dobson, James Doherty, Kate Fleetwood and many others. This film already opened in the UK last year, but is just getting its Us release this fall. Take a look. Here's the
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‘London Road’ Trailer: Tom Hardy Is a Singing Cab Driver In Real-Life Serial Murder Musical

‘London Road’ Trailer: Tom Hardy Is a Singing Cab Driver In Real-Life Serial Murder Musical
Last month BBC Worldwide North America acquired the distribution rights to “London Road” and has now released its first Us trailer. The film is directed by Rufus Norris and written by Alecky Blythe, with music by Adam Cork, and is the movie adaptation of the British National Theatre musical of the same name.

London Road” stars Olivia Colman and features Tom Hardy and the entire cast of the stage version. The story is based on real-life incidents from 2006, when the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women who were murdered by Steve Wright. When Wright was arrested and charged for the homicides, the residents of London Road were shocked and grappled with what it meant to be at the epicenter of this tragedy.

Read More: Tom Hardy Musical ‘London Road’ Lands Distributor

The musical includes recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich, used as part of the lyrics,
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U.S. Trailer: Colman, Hardy In "London Road"

Even though it's only a small role, one of the big draws of the upcoming British musical "London Road" is that we get to see Tom Hardy participate.

Based on the stage show with the entire original London cast landing roles in the movie, the true story tale ties into the real life murder of five sex workers in Ipswich in 2006. When a local resident was charged, and then convicted, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the heart of this tragedy.

The film uses the actual words of the residents of London Road, and sets it to an innovative musical score. "Broadchurch" alum Olivia Colman leads the cast while Rufus Norris helms the project which opens September 9th.
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Tom Hardy is a Singing Cab Driver in U.S. Trailer For Musical Drama ‘London Road’

After a festival and international run last year, the U.S. trailer has landed for London Road a dark, yet “life affirming” musical about a small town who try to recover after a tragedy. Adapted from the acclaimed London’s National Theater production, director Rufus Norris has assembled the entire cast of the stage version and congealed them with the likes of Tom Hardy — yes, Tom Hardy is in a musical — and Olivia Colman to create something that seems rather unique. The trailer, featuring an assortment of festival banners and rave reviews, demonstrates the blend of dark grief, levity deriving from the simplicity of humanity, and life-affirming hope.

We said in our review, “Ideally, big-screen takes on massively successful musicals will do two things. First, and most obviously, is capturing the pleasures of an original work, making clear why people flocked towards this material in the first place. Second, and more complexly,
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BBC Worldwide North America Acquires Tom Hardy’s Action Drama London Road

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BBC Worldwide North America Acquires Tom Hardy’s Action Drama London Road
Tom Hardy is examining the tragedy of Ipswich in the upcoming mystery movie, ‘London Road,’ whose U.S. rights have been acquired by BBC Worldwide North America. The action movie, which is the film adaptation of the ground-breaking National Theatre play of the same name, is scheduled to be released in theaters in September. The musically-driven ‘London Road’ marks the feature film writing debut by Alecky Blythe, who also contributed to the lyrics of the project’s songs with Adam Cork. The movie was directed by ‘Broken’ helmer, Rufus Norris. In addition to Hardy, the mystery film features an ensemble cast that includes Olivia Colman and Anita Dobson. The drama also features [ Read More ]

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Tom Hardy Musical ‘London Road’ Lands Distributor

Tom Hardy Musical ‘London Road’ Lands Distributor
You’d think with National Theater director Rufus Norris (“Broken”) and stars Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman on board, the movie adaptation of the British musical stage phenomenon “London Road” would be a cinch for a North American pickup.

Well, while you have to give Hardy points for joining this ambitious sung musical—and pulling off his role, which is small—the London subject matter may be too arcane for a crossover arthouse hit. But I am happy to report that BBC Worldwide North America is bringing the movie, which debuted at last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival, to theaters in September.

In fact this ground-breaking theater musical helped to put Norris on the map—and landed him the directorship at the National. The debut film by writer Alecky Blythe, with music by Adam Cork and lyrics by Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork, “London Road” features an ensemble mostly comprised of its original stage cast, who had the necessary chops to deliver it.

Read More: National Theater Directors Nick Hytner and Rufus Norris Hit the Movies

Astonishingly, the play used Blythe’s verbatim transcripts from people she interviewed who were involved in tracking a serial killer of prostitutes on London Road—she edited them into a sung musical, which the actors had to execute precisely. BBC Films backed the film, with the National Theatre executive producing; by the time they shot it, Norris had been appointed as the next director, in a clear vote for innovation.

The National, in one of its “experimental provocations,” threw Blythe together with composer Adam Cork in a kind of shotgun marriage in a workshop to write and compose together. And then Alecky went back to Ipswich in 2006 and started meeting people, and it built up from there. Norris decided to turn the hit play into a workable movie, altering the structure and adding one key song that performs the feat of moving the viewer into a musical.

Norris could only have pulled off the low-budget movie with actors who knew the material inside out, but they did add several cinema players to help get it made: Colman and Hardy. When “London Road” hits theaters, do check it out. You’ve never seen anything quite like it.

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‘London Road’ to Get Us Release, Features Tom Hardy in 1 Scene

‘London Road’ to Get Us Release, Features Tom Hardy in 1 Scene
The musical thriller “London Road,” featuring Tom Hardy in a single seen as a singing cabbie, will be distributed by BBC Worldwide North America. The BBC film unit acquired the U.S. rights to the film, which traces the 2006 discovery of five dead women in the sleepy rural town of Ipswich. A fall theatrical release is planned, though it’s unclear how BBC will handle distribution. Based on true events, and on the musical of the same name, the film was directed by Rufus Norris and written by Adam Cork and Alecky Blythe. Also Read: Tom Hardy Is a Very Dangerous Man in.
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Tom Hardy Musical Thriller ‘London Road’ Nabbed by BBC Worldwide North America (Exclusive)

Tom Hardy Musical Thriller ‘London Road’ Nabbed by BBC Worldwide North America (Exclusive)
BBC Worldwide North America has acquired U.S. rights to the musical thriller “London Road,” starring Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman and Anita Dobson.

The film, directed by Rufus Norris and written by Adam Cork and Alecky Blythe, is based on the National Theatre musical of the same name about the 2006 Steven Wright killings in Ipswich. “London Road,” which screened in the City to City section of last year’s Toronto Film Festival, will hit theaters in September.

The movie also features the play’s original cast members, including Clare Burt, Rosalie Craig, James Doherty, Kate Fleetwood, Hal Fowler, Linzi Hateley, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer, Nicola Sloane, Paul Thornley, Howard Ward and Duncan Wisbey.

The pic follows the residents of London Road, who struggle for years with frequent soliciting and curb-crawling on their street. When a local resident is convicted of a string of murders, the community grapples with
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Peter Shaffer, Oscar-Winning Playwright of ‘Equus’ and ‘Amadeus,’ Dies at 90

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Peter Shaffer, Oscar-Winning Playwright of ‘Equus’ and ‘Amadeus,’ Dies at 90
Peter Shaffer, the Oscar-winning playwright whose work included the award-winning drams “Amadeus” and “Equus,” died Monday, the Associated Press reported. He was 90. According to Shaffer’s agent Rupert Lord, Shaffer died while visiting friends and family in southwest Ireland. Rufus Norris, the artistic director of the National Theatre, which is reviving “Amadeus” in the fall, called Shaffer “one of the great writers of his generation,” adding, “The plays he leaves behind are an enduring legacy.” Also Read: Angela Paton, 'Groundhog Day' Actress, Dies at 86 Shaffer, who was born in Liverpool in 1926, scored his first hit with 1964’s “The Royal Hunt of.
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‘Amadeus,’ ‘Equus’ Writer Peter Shaffer Dies at 90

‘Amadeus,’ ‘Equus’ Writer Peter Shaffer Dies at 90
London — British playwright and screenwriter Peter Shaffer, who won an Oscar for “Amadeus,” has died at the age of 90. Shaffer’s U.K. agent Rupert Lord said Shaffer died Monday in Ireland after a short illness.

Shaffer wrote more than 18 plays, including “Amadeus,” “Equus,” “Black Comedy,” “Lettice and Lovage,” “The Royal Hunt of the Sun” and “Five Finger Exercise.”

Many of his works were adapted for television or the movies, including his first play, “The Salt Land,” which was written in 1951 and produced for television in 1955. Another early adaptation was “Five Finger Exercise,” which was directed by John Gielgud in London’s West End in 1958, transferred to New York in 1959, and was followed by a film version in 1962.

“Equus,” which is one of his best-known works, was first produced by London’s National Theatre, and later went to Broadway, where it ran for more than 1,200 performances, and won a Tony.
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