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Screen International have released the first look images of feature County Lines directed by Henry Blake with cinematography by Sverre Sørdal FNF.

Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats) stars alongside Ashley Madekwe and Conrad Khan.

County Lines is about a young mother, played by Madekwe, fighting to save her 14-year-old son (Khan) from being groomed into a nationwide drug selling enterprise. Dickinson plays a gang recruiter who exploits vulnerable children and traffics them across the UK’s county lines

The film was shot on location in London and Canvey Island, Essex.

Blake wrote the original script based on his first-hand experience as a youth worker. He first explored the themes, including how urban gangs are moving into more rural locations, in a 21-minute short film of the same name, which will play in competition at the 2019 London Short Film Festival (also shot by Sverre).

“I’ve seen the devastating results of this scourge up close,” Blake explained. ”The tragedy is this can affect absolutely anyone and that’s what I wanted to explore here. These are often good kids being bullied, cajoled and lured into doing things no one should ever have to do”.

Bavister, who previously worked in development at Simon Curtis’ 39 Steps Entertainment, said: “Estimates put the number of children in London being exploited as high as 4,000, with numbers nationwide around 46,000 and whilst often perceived as targeting children in social care or trapped in poverty, the reality, as a recent article in The Guardian points out, is that children from affluent homes are just as likely to be groomed as they are less likely to be stopped by the police.”

Previous features shot by Sverre include Ilkley directed by Henry Michell and starring Derek Jacobi and Anna Maxwell Martin, and Danish feature A Very Normal Family directed by Malou Reymann… both are currently in post.

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Cinematographer Jan Richter-Friis is set to wrap The Passage in the coming weeks.

Created by Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes Reboot) and produced through Ridley Scott Associates, The Passage is a drama based on the best-selling trilogy from writer Justin Cronin.

The series is set against the aftermath of a botched U.S. government experiment, which turns a group of death row inmates into highly infectious vampires. In the ensuing crisis, an orphan girl emerges as an unlikely saviour.

Jan’s previous dramas include Sleepy Hollow, Powers and Silent Witness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Airing tonight on Sky Atlantic the final season of Fortitude, shot entirely by Gary Shaw.

Directed by Kieron Hawkes and shot on location in Bristol and Svalbard, Norway, in arctic conditions hovering around the minus 40 degree mark… Dennis Quaid, Luke Treadaway, Richard Dormer and Sofie Grabol feature.

These final 4 episodes are also available on demand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The acclaimed feature documentary Evelyn directed by the Oscar-winning Orlando von Einsiedel picked up the BIFA for Best Documentary on Sunday night.

Awarded 4 star reviews by The Guardian, Indiewire and Culture Fly, Evelyn follows von Einsiedel’s family as they go on a pilgrimage in honour of their brother, who committed suicide thirteen years earlier. An examination of one family’s grief as well as a study in addressing mental health, Evelyn is an incredibly important piece of work that encourages its audience to think, contemplate and discuss mental health.

Currently touring in cinemas across the UK, check the link here for screenings.

Franklin won an Emmy for his work on feature documentary Virunga, and also shot the Oscar winning short White Helmets, both of which were directed by von Einsiedel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The official selection for the Sundance Film Festival 2019 were released yesterday, with films featuring work by several Wizzo & Co HoDs making their world premiere.

 

Production Designer Kaet McAnneny designed The Wolf Hour, directed by Alistair Banks Griffin and starring Naomi Watts, Jennifer Ehle, as well as up and comer Emory Cohen.

Once a renowend counterculture figure, June E. Leigh now lives in self-imposed exile in her South Bronx apartment during the incendiary ’77 Summer of Sam. When an unseen tormentor begins exploiting June’s weaknesses, her insular universe begins to unravel.

A very high proportion of the film was captured on a sound stage, bringing much of designer Kaet’s work to the forefront of the film.

 

Also making its premiere is The Souvenir, the much-anticipated feature from acclaimed British director Joanna Hogg.

Featuring Production Design by Stéphane Collonge, and also Costume Design by Grace Snell, it follows a film student who begins finding her voice as an artist, while navigating a courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man. Against the wishes of her protective mother and friends she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship which comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

The Souvenir stars Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, in addition to Richard Ayoade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Production Designer Alison Dominitz this week wraps on the crime series Queens of Mystery.

Starring Olivia Vinall (The Woman in White, Apple Tree Yard), Julie Graham (Shetland) and Sarah Woodward (The Politician’s Husband, New Blood), it follows a single detective and her three aunts – renowned crime writers who assist her in solving murders as well as navigating her love life, in the picturesque English village of Wildemarsh.

Penned by New Tricks and Doc Martin writer Julian Unthank, the series will air in the U.S. and the UK as three feature-length episodes as well as six 45 minute episodes, launching in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DOP Molly Manning Walker shot the latest A$AP Rocky promo ‘Sundress’ featuring a sample from Tame Impala’s ‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?’ which dropped earlier this week.

Shot on 16mm (500T 7219) on location…

Directed by Frank Lebon with choreography by Nathan Mitchell.

It stars Kesewa Aboah. The promo is an underground club scene where time literally stands still. A$AP and Kesewa relationship plays out in flashbacks as Kesewa seeks revenge on her now ex!

View the fantastic promo HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Postcards From London screens this week in London – featuring Production Design by Ollie Tiong.

Following a long hiatus since director Steve McLean’s last feature – Postcards from America – the film charts the journey of teenager Jim from his hometown in Essex to London in search of fame and beauty. Instantly embraced by a clutch of raffish intellectual male escorts, Jim becomes the centre of a niche world of art-obsessed rent boys and their patrons, further complicated by the discovery of his susceptibility to Stendhal Syndrome.

Shot entirely on a soundstage, designer Ollie Tiong was tasked with recreating the streets, booths and corridors of Soho – realised fully in the film in all their luminous vibrancy.

Postcards From London screens at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from this Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Director of Photography Nicola Daley has begun shooting on The Letdown, its second season.

Over six episodes, the series follows the comedic highs and dramatic lows faced by new mothers. Season 2 continues to follow Audrey (played by co-creator Alison Bell) and her experiences with the local Mothers’ Group – the story picking up as the newborns have turned one.

Shot in Australia and directed by Amanda Brotchie, Sarah Scheller, Alison Bell and Trent O’Donnell, The Letdown season two will air on ABC TV and iview, and internationally on Netflix, in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The third season of Fortitude will premiere on Sky Atlantic early next month.

Featuring cinematography by lead Director of Photography Gary Shaw, the mysterious Arctic thriller returns for its final instalment, starring Richard Dormer, Dennis Quaid, Luke Treadaway, Sienna Guillory, Darren Boyd, Mia Jexen and Alexandra Moen.

Produced by Fifty Fathoms and directed by Kieron Hawkes, the first of four episodes will screen on Thursday December 6th at 9pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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