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Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Sophie Fiennes — “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami”

“Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami”

Sophie Fiennes is a film director whose feature documentaries include her collaborations with the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema” and “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology,” and her 2010 portrait of German artist Anselm Kiefer, “Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow.” Her 2001 documentary “Hoover Street Revival” featured a Pentecostal church community in Los Angeles, and the sermons of its preacher, Bishop Noel Jones, brother of Grace Jones.

“Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” will premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Sf: The film is intimate and experiential and takes the viewer inside Grace Jones’ world.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Sf: “Grace Jones” exists almost as a cultural construction — a visual fetish. The film was a unique opportunity to explore the person beyond that fascinating surface.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Sf: I don’t approach making a film this way as it’s out of my control. The cinema screen is a surface that acts like a mirror and reflects the internal world of each viewer as much as the subject of the film itself.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Sf: As ever, finding the right financing partners to make it possible to make the film we wanted to make. It’s a big jigsaw and it takes time to fit the pieces together.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Sf: All the documentary footage is shot on prosumer digital video cameras so I was able to gather this material at relatively low cost without significant investment. This gave Grace and I the creative freedom we needed.

I knew I wanted to capture her performance and knew this would require substantial investment to do it justice. It took a long time, but by working with Katie Holly of Blinder Films as a lead producer we were able to partner with the British Film Institute, BBC Films, and the Irish Film Board, who were all excited by the premise of the film and have supported us throughout.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at the Toronto International Film Festival?

Sf: Toronto is a dynamic festival, both creatively and in terms of the market. I always enjoy showing films there. After many years of cooking up this brew, it’s going to be quite an experience to finally serve it up.

W&Hl What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Sf: Best advice: “Start as you mean to continue.”

Worst advice: I guess I deleted it as I can’t recall it.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Sf: Go as far creatively as you can — don’t limit yourself.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Sf: I really enjoyed Joanna Hogg’s “Exhibition” for its subtlety and quiet depth.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Sf: There are a lot of women in powerful positions in this industry, but not directors of fiction it seems. There are many female documentary directors.

In terms of fiction, it comes down to the stories we as a society want to tell. Why so much violence against women? Do women want to make these kinds of films? The tyranny of genre as a guiding industry principle seems to leave women either on a rom-com merry-go-round or laid out of autopsy.

Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Sophie Fiennes — “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Cannes Update: Joanna Hogg to Direct “The Souvenir”

Joanna Hogg: BFIEvent/YouTube

Exhibition” writer-director Joanna Hogg has a new project in the works. The British filmmaker will helm “The Souvenir,” a romantic mystery executive-produced by Sikelia ProductionsMartin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. ScreenDaily reports that the two-part movie will span the decade of the ’80s. Word of the project broke at Cannes.

Set to shoot this summer, “The Souvenir” centers on a young female film student who “tries to disentangle fact from fiction in a relationship with a complicated and untrustworthy man,” the source summarizes. The protagonist hasn’t been cast yet, but Tom Burke (“Only God Forgives”) will play her boyfriend, and Robert Pattinson (“Twilight”) has signed on to play the male lead in the second installment of the film, which will shoot in summer 2018.

The project was developed with the BFI and received backing from BBC Films.

ScreenDaily writes that “The Souvenir” is expected to be “art-house filmmaker Hogg’s most commercial prospect to date.” Her last feature, 2013’s “Exhibition,” centers on a couple who both work as contemporary artists. Her other credits include “Archipelago” and “Unrelated.” It was the former that caught Scorsese’s eye. He told Screen, “The film came my way by chance. I was in London shooting ‘Hugo’ and someone sent me a DVD of ‘Archipelago.’ I remember looking at the film on the weekend and being very surprised by it. It was a stunning experience for me,” he emphasized. “I found it moving and beautiful. I then met Joanna in London.”

Hogg explained, “This story has been in my head for a few years. After ‘Exhibition,’ I talked to Martin about what I should do next. I had two ideas: one was a ghost story. The other was this one.” She revealed, “I start from autobiography. When I investigate a story I realize what I don’t remember and the demands of fiction take over: that’s the fun part. Reality and fiction are so jumbled up. That blurring is partly what I’m exploring in this story.”

In 2015 Hogg co-curated a retrospective of Chantal Akerman’s work. Check out a tribute she co-wrote for the late pioneering filmmaker — who she says “changed what cinema is or could be or ought to be” — over at The Guardian.

Cannes Update: Joanna Hogg to Direct “The Souvenir” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Robert Pattinson to star in The Souvenir

THR is reporting that Robert Pattinson is set to star alongside Tom Burke, Ariane Labed and Richard Ayoade in the two-part film The Souvenir, which is being directed by Joanna Hogg (Unrelated, Exhibition).

The films will be set in the 1980s and follows a young film student who is involved in her first serious love affair with a complicated and untrustworthy man (Burke). Pattinson is set to portray the male lead in the second film.

Pattinson was most recently seen alongside Charlie Hunnam in The Lost City of Z, and is currently in Cannes to showcase his new film Good Time [watch the trailer here].
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Martin Scorsese to Team Up with Joanna Hogg and Robert Pattinson on ‘The Souvenir’

Martin Scorsese to Team Up with Joanna Hogg and Robert Pattinson on ‘The Souvenir’
Here’s an exciting pairing that probably never occurred to you: Martin Scorsese and Joanna Hogg. “The Souvenir,” the “Archipelago” and “Exhibition” writer/director’s latest, will be produced by executive-produced by Scorsese; Robert Pattinson is set to star in the two-part romantic mystery, which begins shooting this summer.

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Screen Daily first announced the news, as well as the synopsis: “Spanning the decade of the 1980s, the film will chart the story of a young film student, involved in her first serious love affair, who tries to disentangle fact from fiction in a relationship with a complicated and untrustworthy man.” Ariane Labed, Tom Burke and Richard Ayoade will co-star.

Read More: Meet Joanna Hogg, the British Filmmaker Who Discovered Tom Hiddleston and Deserves Your Attention

“This story has been in my head for a few years,
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Martin Scorsese, Robert Pattinson, Joanna Hogg team on 'The Souvenir'

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Martin Scorsese, Robert Pattinson, Joanna Hogg team on 'The Souvenir'
Exclusive: Tom Burke, Ariane Labed and Richard Ayoade also aboard two-part movie due to shoot this summer.

Robert Pattinson, Tom Burke, Ariane Labed and Richard Ayoade are due to star in British filmmaker Joanna Hogg’s (Archipelago) next film The Souvenir, which will be executive-produced by Martin Scorsese.

Scorsese will serve as executive producer on the romantic mystery alongside his Sikelia Productions partner Emma Tillinger Koskoff.

The Souvenir, developed with the BFI and backed by BBC Films, will be made in two parts, the first feature set to shoot this summer and the second in summer 2018.
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Movie Poster of the Week: Now Showing on Mubi

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Above: Soviet poster for The Ghost That Never Returns (Abram Room, Soviet Union, 1929). Designed by the Sternberg Brothers.Have you seen what’s playing on Mubi lately? Many of you who read my column may not often partake of the best of what Mubi has to offer, which is a beautifully curated, constantly changing selection of films which amounts to a top-notch repertory cinema on your laptop and in your living room. Now that Mubi is on the Roku app too there is even more reason to subscribe to the best film streaming deal on the internet. I know, I know, there is always too much to see and too little time, but for me what elevates Mubi over other streaming services—and I’m not just saying this because I write for them—is the 30-day model which offers you a new surprise every morning as well as the
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The Woes of the Bourgeois Woman: Joanna Hogg’s "Unrelated" and "Exhibition"

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Mubi is showing Joanna Hogg's Unrelated (2007) from January 13 - February 12 and her Exhibition (2013) from January 14 - February 13 in the United States.ExhibitionJoanna Hogg’s films, including Unrelated and Exhibition, can at least partly be viewed in the tradition of British realist films: for example, with their long, static takes, casting of non-professional actors in addition to professional ones, or discarding the classicist narrative structure in favor of a more open-ended, episodic organization. However, instead of a narrative focus on the domestic situations of the working class, Hogg’s films focus exclusively on the emotional life of the social and economical elites; while her work could perhaps be said to be linked to Mike Leigh formally, thematically it has more in common with the alienated bourgeois of Michelangelo Antonioni. In her films, especially Unrelated and Exhibition, she explores the (sometimes self-imposed) constraints of the life of upper-class women; but though
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The Silent Storm review – tempestuous drama on a Scottish island

Damian Lewis’s puritanical minister and Andrea Riseborough’s terrorised wife must deal with an unexpected arrival

Stunning views of the Isle of Mull lend much-needed beauty to this sternly overwrought tale of puritanical minister Balor McNeil (Damian Lewis) terrorising his outsider wife Aislin (Andrea Riseborough) on an increasingly deserted Scottish island. When young offender Fionn (Ross Anderson) is dumped on his doorstep, the minister’s perpetual seething enters a new register, so it’s a relief to everyone when he sets sail on a boat full of church pews, leaving wife and incomer to fend for themselves. Cinematographer Ed Rutherford, who worked wonders for Joanna Hogg on Archipelago and Exhibition, skilfully marks the tonal shift from shadowy storm clouds to hallucinogenic sunshine, leaving Riseborough and Anderson to frolic briefly in this fragile new Eden, awaiting the returning tempest. Writer-director Corinna McFarlane counterposes Bergmanesque interiors with gaping exteriors, while Alastair Caplin’s eerie,
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Women only 20% of UK production personnel, says report

Ahrc-funded report also finds that only 1.5% of key personnel on UK film productions in 2015 were Bame women.

An Ahrc-funded (Arts and Humanities Research Council) report conducted by the University of Southampton has concluded that only 20% of production personnel on UK films in 2015 were women.

Calling the Shots: women and contemporary film culture in the UK analysed the numbers of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, cinematographers and editors, and concluded that the “vast majority of key production personnel in the UK film industry are still men”.

Furthermore, the report states that of those women, only 7% were Bame (Black, Asian and minority ethnic), making Bame women less than 1.5% of all key personnel on UK film productions last year.

Of the roles analysed, women were best represented as producers (27%), while only 7% of all cinematographer were women, none of whom were Bame.

The study follows last week’s Directors UK report, which cited “unconscious, systemic bias” towards
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Asghar Farhadi regular wraps UK-Iranian drama 'Gholam'

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Asghar Farhadi regular wraps UK-Iranian drama 'Gholam'
Exclusive: A Separation and About Elly star leads Farsi-language drama.

Production is complete on UK-Iranian drama Gholam, starring Iranian leading man and Asghar Farhadi regular Shahab Hosseini (A Separation).

Iranian-born, London-based photographer and artist Mitra Tabrizian makes her feature debut on the predominantly Farsi-language drama which charts the story of an enigmatic cab driver who is haunted by his past.

The film brings together two of the most prominent Iranian actors from before and after the revolution, Behrouz Behnejad and Hosseini.

The latter shared a Best Actor Silver Bear in 2011 for his turn in Farhadi’s A Separation and will star in the director’s upcoming drama Forushande, which is currently in production. Hosseini also starred in Farhadi’s 2009 drama About Elly.

Gholam, which is among the first UK-Iranian productions to explore the UK-based Iranian diaspora, is understood to be stirring interest in sales outfits and festivals.

Inspiration for the privately-financed low-budget feature came from a real
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The Ones Below review – Polanski-esque chiller

David Farr’s tale of a young couple and their peculiar neighbours downstairs oozes anxiety and paranoia

This home-grown psychological chiller starts with an ultrasound image of an unborn baby’s face and a la-la-la theme which evokes Krzysztof Komeda’s lullaby from Rosemary’s Baby. The spirit of Polanski looms large as young middle-class couple Kate (Clémence Poésy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) find their expectant anxieties mirrored by the new couple in the downstairs flat, with whose barely repressed “otherness” they become inextricably, guiltily intertwined. Playwright and theatre director David Farr (who co-wrote Joe Wright’s Hanna and scripted TV’s The Night Manager) makes a solid fist of his big-screen debut as writer/director, generating some small-scale chills which are undiminished by the occasionally creaky dialogue. Cinematographer Ed Rutherford, who did such brilliant work for Joanna Hogg on Archipelago and Exhibition, uses woozy camera moves to capture
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Chantal Akerman's final film finds UK home

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Chantal Akerman's final film finds UK home
Exclusive: Contemporary Films inks deal with Doc & Film for No Home Movie, the final film of the late director.

UK distributor Contemporary Films, in association with screenings collective A Nos Amours, has acquired rights to Belgian film-maker Chantal Akerman’s final feature, No Home Movie.

The pioneering writer-director died in Paris in October aged 65, just months after the documentary debuted at Locarno and weeks after it played in Toronto.

The film is a portrait of the film-maker’s relationship with her mother Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence from many of her daughter’s films.

No Home Movie received its UK premiere at the Regent Street Cinema in October as the concluding film of A Nos Amour’s two year Akerman retrospective and is due to be shown at the Glasgow Film Festival (Feb 17-28), Dublin International Film Festival (Feb 18-28) and Sheffield Doc/Fest (Jun 10-15), among others, before getting
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Chantal Akerman's No Home Movie finds UK home

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Chantal Akerman's No Home Movie finds UK home
Exclusive: Contemporary Films inks deal with Doc & Film for the late director’s final film.

UK distributor Contemporary Films, in association with screenings collective A Nos Amours, has acquired rights to Belgian film-maker Chantal Akerman’s final feature No Home Movie.

The pioneering writer-director died in Paris in October aged 65, just months after the documentary debuted at Locarno and weeks after it played in Toronto.

The film is a portrait of the film-maker’s relationship with her mother Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence from many of her daughter’s films.

No Home Movie received its UK premiere at the Regent Street Cinema in October as the concluding film of A Nos Amour’s two year Akerman retrospective and is due to be shown at the Glasgow Film Festival (Feb 17-28), Dublin International Film Festival (Feb 18-28) and Sheffield Doc/Fest (Jun 10-15), among others, before getting a UK theatrical run next year. A release
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British producer Gayle Griffiths dies aged 49

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British producer Gayle Griffiths dies aged 49
Highly respected producer worked on Joanna Hogg’s Archipelago and Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother the Devil.

British producer Gayle Griffiths has died following a battle with cancer. She was 49.

Griffiths, who died on Friday (Oct 23) in London, was perhaps best known for producing Joanna Hogg films Archipelago (2010) and Exhibition (2013), which both starred Tom Hiddleston, as well as urban drama My Brother The Devil (2012).

Sally El Hosani, director of My Brother The Devil, wrote on Facebook: “I can honestly say that the film wouldn’t have been what it was without her input and wisdom. She had real vision and believed in the film when many others in the industry didn’t. She was a fighter with a truly generous heart and empathy for the underdog.

“She was never one to make a fuss about her health and all through the filming of My Brother The Devil nobody would have guessed she was also having cancer
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Universal, 'Amy' big winners at Screen Awards 2015

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The Screen Awards has unveiled its 2015 winners, recognising excellence in UK marketing, distribution and exhibition.Scroll down for full list of winnersBrowse the Screen Awards book Heregallery: Click here for pictures from the nightVIDEO: Screen Awards 2015

The awards were handed out at a glamorous ceremony at The Brewery in London last night (Oct 22), before 500 assembled guests. Broadcaster Edith Bowman hosted the event for the fourth year.

Universal Pictures UK took home the hotly contested studio distributor of the year award, having broken the record for the biggest annual box office of all time with releases including Fast & Furious 7, Jurassic World and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Curzon Artificial Eye was highly commended in the category after an “exceptional year” that included the release of Still Alice, its highest grossing title to date at £2.6m, and growing audiences through innovative approaches to releases.

Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, won a hat-trick of awards for poster design of the year
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Wftv honours Redgrave, Baines, Pike, Hogg

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Joanna Hogg dedicated her award to the late Chris Collins.

The 24th annual Women in Film and TV Awards, held at the Park Lane Hilton in London yesterday, honoured Vanessa Redgrave with its Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Eon Productions. She is pictured with David Hare, who presented her trophy. “Thank you beyond words,” Redgrave said. “Good luck to everybody who is trying to do good work in film and TV wherever they may be.”

Rosamund Pike was honoured with the Mac Best Performance Award for her role in Gone Girl. The heavily pregnant actress accepted with a charming video message that praised novelist Gillian Flynn and director David Fincher for taking a risk by casting her as Amy. She joked that she could give birth while the lunch was going on, and quipped that “it takes less time to make a human being than it does to make a film.”

Exhibition director
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News Bits: Nyfcc, Prayer, Monsters, Top 10s

New York Film Critics Circle

Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" swept the New York Film Critics Circle awards announced this morning. The feature scored best film, director, and supporting actress for Patricia Arquette's role. Also nabbing acting honors were Marion Cotillard for "Two Days, One Night," Timothy Spall for "Mr. Turner" and J.K. Simmons for "Whiplash".

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" scored best screenplay, "The Babadook" won best first film, "The Immigrant" nabbed best cinematography, "Ida" won best foreign language film, "The Lego Movie" scored best animated feature, and "Citizenfour" won best documentary. [Source: Nyfcc]

Hunter's Prayer

Allen Leech ("Downton Abbey," "In Fear," "The Imitation Game") will join Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush in Jonathan Mostow's "Hunter’s Prayer" based on Kevin Wignall's novel "For the Dogs".

Worthington plays a hired assassin sent to target a woman whom he instead bonds with and together they go on the run. Leech will play the assassin's former employer.
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Edgar Wright and John Waters Reveal Their Top 10 of 2014 Lists; Show Love to Boyhood and Maps To The Stars

The critics groups and guilds will soon be announcing their year-end picks and nominations for 2014, and individual filmmakers are chiming in as well. Edgar Wright and John Waters are the first out the gate, and their lists are both interesting. Wright went with a nice mix of blockbusters and indies with Boyhood, Interstellar, The Lego Movie, and Whiplash in his Top 10 while Waters went a bit more obscure with L'il Quinquin, Who Took Johnny, and Violette, although his favorite film of the year was David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, and also put Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 and 2 on the list. Hit the jump for the filmmakers' lists. Edgar Wright (click over to Esquire for his explanation on his unordered choices) Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel Birdman Snowpiercer Interstellar Nightcrawler Under The Skin The Lego Movie Whiplash Edge Of Tomorrow John Waters (Artforum [via The Playlist] has his comments on
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Screen Awards 2014 winners

Updated (gallery/official winners book): The Screen Awards has unveiled its 2014 winners, recognising excellence in UK marketing, distribution and exhibition.Scroll down for full list of winnersBrowse the Screen Awards book Heregallery: Click here for pictures from the night

The awards were handed out at a glamorous ceremony at The Brewery in London last night, before 500 assembled guests. Broadcaster Edith Bowman hosted the event for the third year.

Twentieth Century Fox took home the hotly contested studio distributor of the year award, while Curzon Artificial Eye won the best independent distributor prize.

Prison drama Starred Up, from Twentieth Century Fox, took home theatrical campaign of the year, with a highly commended notice for Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger By The Lake.

Twentieth Century Fox scored a further four wins including 3D campaign for How To Train Your Dragon 2 and prizes for best marketing team, online campaign for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with Think Jam
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Screen Awards 2014 winners revealed

Updated (gallery/official winners book): The Screen Awards has unveiled its 2014 winners, recognising excellence in UK marketing, distribution and exhibition.Scroll down for full list of winnersBrowse the Screen Awards book Heregallery: Click here for pictures from the night

The awards were handed out at a glamorous ceremony at The Brewery in London last night, before 500 assembled guests. Broadcaster Edith Bowman hosted the event for the third year.

Twentieth Century Fox took home the hotly contested studio distributor of the year award, while Curzon Artificial Eye won the best independent distributor prize.

Prison drama Starred Up, from Twentieth Century Fox, took home theatrical campaign of the year, with a highly commended notice for Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger By The Lake.

Twentieth Century Fox scored a further four wins including 3D campaign for How To Train Your Dragon 2 and prizes for best marketing team, online campaign for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with Think Jam
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