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RED & BLACK HITS CANNES MARKET Welsh production company Red & Black Films presented supernatural horror Don’t Knock Twice at the Cannes Film Market. Written by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler, the film follows a mother desperate to reconnect with her troubled daughter and becomes embroiled in the urban legend of a demonic witch. The film stars Lucy Boynton, one of the stars of John Carney’s Sing Street that is currently on release, Katee Sackhoff and Nick Moran. Director Caradog James and producer John Giwa-Amu, the team behind 2013 indie hit The Machine that sold across the world and was commissioned for a spin-off television series by NBC Universal, are behind Don’t Knock Twice as well. The film was fully financed in Wales and partners include Ffilm Cymru Wales, Pinewood Pictures, the Welsh Government and Altara. After the success of The Machine Content Media is on board again to handle international sales. Next up on Red & Black’s slate is a science fiction thriller about time travel titled Hindsight. The film will be directed by Caradog and produced by GiwaAmu. The film will move into production in 2017 and is being pitched to financiers during the Market. Red & Black’s The Silent Storm, written and directed by Corinna McFarlane, best known for BIFA-nominated and Göteborg Film Festival winning documentary Three Miles North of Molkom, follows an enigmatic outsider living on a remote Scottish island who finds herself caught between her minister husband and the delinquent who is sent to live with them. It stars Damian Lewis and Andrea Riseborough, and was released in the UK on 20th May. The film is coproduced with Neon Films, The British Film Company, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Corniche, HW Buffalo & Co, New Sparta and Eon Films, with international sales being handled by Sony Pictures and WestEnd. Also released on 20th May was The Call Up, where a group of online gamers are invited to try a state-ofthe-art virtual reality video game but things take a turn for the sinister. Written and directed by feature debutant Charles Barker, the film stars Parker Sawyers, who played Barack Obama in Richard Tanne’s Sundance 2016 Grand Jury Prize nominated Southside With You, Christopher Obi and Morfydd Clark. The film premiered at the Brussels International Film Festival and closed Sci-Fi London last week. Red & Black coproduced with the UK’s Stigma Films and the film was financed by Creative England, Pont Neuf and Marzipan and is being sold by Altitude.
B ROADCH U RCH DIR E CTOR ’ S D E B U T FILM TO PR E MI E R E AT E DI N B U R G H Y Llyfrgell is one of three Ffilm Cymru Wales-supported films selected for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival Adapted from Fflur Dafydd’s award-winning novel, the Welshlanguage tale of revenge sees twin daughters set a trap for their mother’s murderer in the National Library of Wales. The film marks the feature debut of director Euros Lyn, who has forged an impressive career on hit television shows such as Broadchurch, Doctor Who and Marvel’s Netflix phenomenon Daredevil. Produced through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme, Y Llyfrgell stars Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who, Stella) and Dyfan Dwyfor (Pride, The Passing), and will be released in cinemas this August through Soda Pictures. Downton Abbey director Philip John’s new film Moon Dogs has also been selected to screen at the festival. The comingof-age comedy-drama features a host of fresh screen talent as two teenage brothers and the enigmatic girl they both fall for. Produced by Kathy Speirs, Moon Dogs was co-funded by Ffilm Cymru Wales, Creative Scotland and the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann. Another Celtic co-production, between Ireland’s Venom Films and Wales’ Bulb Films (a part of Boom Cymru), Ken Wardrop’s documentary Mom and Me will also feature at the festival. This intimate insight into masculinity and motherhood premiered at last year’s Telluride film festival to critical acclaim. Mom and Me is due for release in the UK and Ireland through Element Pictures this summer, and was also co-funded by the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann. Edinburgh International Film Festival showcases the most exciting, original and challenging new films and the most promising new talent. Each year EIFF welcomes over 1,400 industry delegates, filmmakers and members of the press. The 70th EIFF will take place from 15th to 26th June 2016.
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Ffilm Cymru Wales partner with BAFTA Cymru and more to present the first cinema at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. A strategic partnership of key Welsh film organisations has come together to provide a film experience on the Eisteddfod Maes for the first time in 2016. “Sinemaes” will offer film-related activities, screenings, premieres and masterclasses for week in Abergavenny this summer. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Wales, BAFTA Cymru, has announced that it is leading on the development of a special new tent for the National Eisteddfod, the largest peripatetic cultural festival in Europe. Working in partnership with Film Hub Wales, Chapter, Into Film, Ffilm Cymru Wales, The Royal Television Society, BFI NET. WORK, Wales Screen, ITV Cymru Wales, S4C and TAC, BAFTA Cymru and the National Eisteddfod have confirmed that the first cinema offer will be made available at the Abergavenny event from 30 July – 6 August. The Sinemaes tent will be located in the drama village area of the Maes, and will offer a full programme of screenings from the National Screen and Sound Archive, new feature films from Ffilm Cymru Wales and S4C; masterclasses and workshops for all ages and the chance to find out more about working in the film and television industry in Wales. Elfed Roberts, Eisteddfod Chief Executive said, “This is an exciting development at the Eisteddfod, and certainly it will be a valuable addition to the Drama Village. We look forward to working with everyone in the coming months to ensure the success of the project in Monmouth and District.”
Further partners are being confirmed as the partnership seeks sponsorship for the week-long event. The Sinemaes partnership is being supported by post production company Gorilla and translation company Trosol. Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru said “The National Eisteddfod of Wales - the annual peripatetic cultural festival which attracts 150,000 visitors over 6 days - will host a celebration of Welsh film, media and games for the first time this year. “As BAFTA celebrates 25 years of the British Academy Cymru Awards, the programme we are planning will celebrate the BAFTA Cymru winners of the past and encourage young people to consider a future in the creative media industry.” Strategic partners Into Film Cymru, Film Hub Wales and Ffilm Cymru Wales will be using the opportunity to promote their work to the public attending, as well as celebrating the educational, production and exhibition opportunities that film offers Wales. Pauline Burt, Chief Executive of Ffilm Cymru Wales, comments “We’re delighted to be part of Sinemaes, providing the opportunity for new work from Welsh film talent to reach new audiences, while celebrating the language and culture of Wales.” The full programme for the Sinemaes tent will be made available as part of the promotional schedule of the National Eisteddfod over the coming months - keep up-to-date by liking Sinemaes on Facebook. Read more at www.ffilmcymruwales.com
DIR E CTORS U K P U B LISH G E N D E R I N E Q U ALIT Y R E PORT We welcome Directors UK’s new report into gender and inequality among directors in UK film, which brings further transparency and awareness to the sector and helps to provoke further ideas around specific actions that can be taken. With a growing body of evidence, think-pieces and in-depth research, including the Building Bridges: Diversity in European Film report that Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Chair, Michael Gubbins authored for Cineregio – a network of 45 European film funds - we have never had a better opportunity to collectively learn and provoke change in the sector. This collective approach involves working with a wide array of partners from Cineregio and film funds across Europe, to the BFI, Diverse Cymru, union representative Cult Cymru, and many others. Ffilm Cymru Wales’s focus is and has been on taking action. Following our own research and consultation, we are implementing a refreshed, anonymised, and compulsory data collection system, and are developing a new entrant pilot programme, co-funded by Creative Skillset, to test the effectiveness of altered working practices in supporting inclusivity. This involves developing peer group networks and mentoring, to exploring more flexible working hours and childcare measures. We also provided a Women in Film programme partnering aspiring women directors and producers with mentor filmmakers such as Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Johnson, Destiny Ekaragha and Corinna McFarlane (whose debut feature, The Silent Storm, is released on 20th May and was co-funded by Ffilm Cymru Wales). The practical focus of the programme supported participants to film content that could add to their show-reels and test ideas they were working on, alongside workshops, screenings, and discussions featuring prominent women working in the UK film industry. The programme spun out an on-going network of female filmmakers that we are continuing to fund. The group has an open membership for others who are interested to join. Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Chief Executive Pauline Burt comments that “Improving the inclusivity of the sector is at the heart of our work - and the results are starting to show, as 49% of the awardees to our BFI NET.WORK new and emerging talent programme across 2015-16 are women. It’s crucial to cast the net wide, and discover and nurture talent that offer the full range of experience and stories that in turn provides a rich offering to audiences across Wales, the UK and internationally. This goes for people of all backgrounds of course – and we are equally working to improve inclusivity across language, race, sexuality, disability and socio-economic disadvantage, addressing distinct challenges and interventions in each area. While it is important to set targets, we must also identify and address the barriers to entry.”
Hannah Thomas, who heads up the talent team for Ffilm Cymru Wales adds “We have reaped the rewards of working with many fantastic, inspirational women over the years including funding the films of Jeanie Finlay (Orion: The Man Who Would Be King), Isabel Coixet (Another Me), Louise Osmond (Dark Horse), Hattie Dalton (Third Star), Deborah Perkin (Bastards), and projects that are currently coming through such as Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not A Witch and Catherine Linstrum’s Resolute. Their stories represent all genres and varied, rich experience. Our door is open and we encourage you to come through.”
FFILM C Y MR U WAL E S APPOI N TS N E W B OARD M E M B E RS We have announced two new appointments to our Board Suzie Norton and Christina Macaulay - whose extensive creative and business experience will help drive an innovative and inclusive film culture in Wales. With more than 18 years’ experience in film and television, as well as expertise in politics, journalism, education and technology, Suzie Norton is keen to support the development of new partnerships and business models. As the former CEO of Screen West Midlands, Norton forged pioneering cross-sector business programmes, giving her a comprehensive appreciation of Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Magnifier approach to building networks, audiences and revenue streams. As the current Commissioning Executive Producer at BBC Wales and Channel 4’s former Deputy Commissioning Editor, Nations and Regions, Christina Macaulay has an extensive understanding of the indie sector, the talent base and opportunities to broaden production, distribution and exhibition alliances. She also shares Norton’s commitment to developing opportunities for young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. Macaulay has just completed eight years as trustee of the National Museums of Wales and is on the Board of It’s My Shout; whilst Norton is an ambassador for UK charity, Uprising, promoting leadership opportunities for young people. Welcoming these two exciting new appointments, Ffilm Cymru Wales Chair Michael Gubbins said “I am really excited about what these two appointments will bring to the board. They will both bring new ideas and considerable experience to what is already a forwardthinking and dynamic group.” Read more at www.ffilmcymruwales.com
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