October 1, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
A trio of British rising stars will headline TV director Joe Stephenson’s feature film debut “Chicken”, according to Screen Daily.. “Weekend” star Chris New and “uwantme2killhim?” star Scott Chambers will play brothers in the indie drama, while “Submarine”‘s Yasmin Paige will play the new girl who comes into their lives.
In the film New co-adapted along with Freddie Machin based on Machin’s play of the same name, New and Chambers play a pair of brothers who live in a caravan on someone else’s land, whose lives are turned upside down with the arrival of new land-owners. Paige will play the new owners’ daughter. Filming is slated to begin in early 2013.
New and Paige are both previous Best British Newcomer nominees at the British Independent Film Awards, Paige in 2010 for “Submarine” opposite Craig Roberts and New in 2011 for “Weekend” opposite Tom Cullen. Paige recently wrapped up filming on “The Double” opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Chambers recently made his feature film debut in thriller “uwantme2kilhim?” opposite fellow British up and comers Jamie Blackley and Toby Regbo.
October 26, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Troubled teens were the big winners of the 55th annual BFI London Film Festival, which announced its winners this evening. “We Need to Talk About Kevin”, Lynne Ramsay’s searing vision following the mother of a homicidal teenager, won Best Film. Tilda Swinton, an Oscar hopeful, plays the mother while rising star Ezra Miller gives an unforgettable performance as the teenage killer.
Said Jury chairman John Madden: “This year’s shortlist for best film comprises work that is outstanding in terms of its originality and its stylistic reach. It is an international group, one united by a common sense of unflinching human enquiry and we werestruck by the sheer panache displayed by these great storytellers. In the end, we were simply bowled over by one film, a sublime, uncompromising tale of the torment that can stand in the place of love. We Need to Talk About Kevin is made with the kind of singular vision that links great directors across all the traditions of cinema.”
The Best British Newcomer Award, which saw nominees that also included newcomer Aimee Kelly for her role as a gang member in “Sket”, and co-stars Chris New and Tom Cullen of “Weekend”, went to Candese Reid of “Junkhearts.” The 19 year old makes her screen debut in the indie psychological thriller alongside Eddie Marsen, Tom Sturridge, Romola Garai and “Attack the Block” breakout star John Boyega. She plays Lynette, girlfriend to Sturridge’s drug dealer. When he needs a new base for his operations, she targets Frank (Marsen). The bond that forms between them becomes a catalyst for Lynette to attempt to break away from her destructive and dangerous lifestyle. Best British Newcomer jury chairman Andy Harries said, “Candese is a fresh, brilliant and exciting new talent. Every moment she was onscreen was compelling.”
First time director Pablo Giorgelli took home the Sutherland Award – for the most original and imaginative feature debut – for “Las Acacias” while “Into the Abyss”, from celebrated director Werner Herzog, won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary.
October 4, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
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So green the only images available are their headshots (and not even a headshot to be found yet for one), the BFI London Film Festival has shot four completely unknown young actors into international spotlight by nominating them for the Best British Newcomer Award at this year’s event.
They are as new to us as they are to the world, but we can’t wait to see more from: Candese Reid of “Junkhearts”, Aimee Kelly of “Sket” and Tom Cullen and Chris New of “Weekend.” Click below to learn more about each actor and their respective movies playing at the festival.