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This month saw the premiere of the much-anticipated TV drama The Passage.

Featuring cinematography by Director of Photography Jan Richter-Friis DFF, the series is based on author Justin Cronin’s trilogy of the same name.

The action-drama is centered on a young girl chose to be a test subject of the secretive ‘Project Noah’ – a medical facility where scientists experiment with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all diseases, but with potentially disastrous consequences. The federal agent tasked with bringing her in instead becomes her surrogate father, determined to protect her at any cost.

Produced through Ridley Scott Associates and with Jan’s episodes directed by Allison Liddi-Brown, Jessica Lowry, Ty West, and Mark Tonderai, The Passage is now able to be viewed on FOX TV UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAN RICHTER-FRIIS | CV | WEBSITE

Cinematographer Adam Barnett joined director Jade Jackman to shoot a spot entitled The Future is Fluid, sponsored by Gucci and produced through Black Dog.

This incredibly important piece of work explores the worldwide thoughts and values of the Gen-X, non-binary / genderqueer community, interviewing 13 individuals who are working together to support and in turn protect those who identify as non-binary.

Production travelled across the globe to garner a variety of views and experiences, from Brazil to Italy to India and beyond.

The piece tells a story of blurred lines and borders, a story that lives in the space between – between languages, cultures, time zones and binaries. One told by the voices of the next generation that are (re)defining our world through a prism of fluidity.

This February is LGBTQ+ History Month, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York. The event was started by Marsha P Johnson, who identified herself as gay, as a transvestite, and as a queen (referring to drag queen). According to Susan Stryker, a professor of human gender and sexuality studies at the University of Arizona, Johnson’s gender expression was called gender non-conforming in absence of Johnson’s use of transgender, which was not a phrase used broadly during her lifetime.

Johnson founded the Gay Liberation Front and the Street Transvestites Action and from this the Pride celebration was created on a worldwide scale – one action leads to re-action and, consequently, progression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADAM BARNETT | CV | WEBSITE

Joanna Hogg’s future sequel to feature The Souvenir Part 1, which is playing in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance this weekend, has been picked up by A24 for distribution ahead of Part 1’s worldwide premiere which takes place this Sunday, 27 January 2019.

Designed by Hogg’s long term collaborator Stéphane Collonge, with costumes designed by Grace Snell. The feature, set in the 1980s, features Honor Byrne Swinton in her debut film role.

The Souvenir Part 2 is scheduled to go into production in the Summer, with Martin Scorsese acting as Executive Producer on both features.

The Souvenir Part 1 next screens at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

Grace’s most recent work includes feature Vs. directed by Ed Lilly, and she is attached to an embargoed feature set to go into production in a few weeks.

Stéphane is currently working on an original drama that will air the latter end of 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STÉPHANE COLLONGE | CV // GRACE SNELL | CV | WEBSITE

Tonight sees the return of the acclaimed TV drama Tin Star, now in its second season.

Featuring cinematography by Director of Photography Dale McCready NZCS (who also acted as lead cinematographer on Season 1), the series continues to focuses on the trials of police sheriff Jim Worth (Eric Roth) and his family who -recently emigrated to the fictional mountain town of Little Big Bear – struggle with their past, and integrating with the community.

Set in the Canadian Rockies against a backdrop of embedded crime and corruption, as well as the influence of multinational oil corporations, pollution and suicide, the series centres on Worth’s fight with the status quo and the conflicts that arise in search of the truth.

Tin Star Season 2 screens tonight on Sky Atlantic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DALE McCREADY NZCS | CV | WEBSITE

Recently Netflix released viewing figures for 2 dramas currently streaming worldwide on their platform, the Penn Badgley drama You being one of them, which was shot by Mott Hupfel.

Both the BBC and the New York Times reported that You was on track to have been viewed by 40 million accounts by the end of this month.

Directed by Marcos Siega, You centres on a Manhattan bookstore manager named Joe (Badgley) who becomes obsessed with a young woman who stops by his shop. He plumbs her social media channels. He follows her home. He begins reading her text messages. The series examines internet privacy and youth culture and the New Yorker called it “a scary, delicious snack of a show.”

The show was created by Greg (Riverdale, Arrow) Berlanti.

Recent short form work shot by Mott includes Ottro directed by Hank Perlman (Hungry Man) – he also shot the documentary feature Eating Animals, recently released and produced by Natalie Portman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTT HUPFEL | CV | WEBSITE

Netflix have released the first trailer for its upcoming comedy series Sex Education.

Featuring cinematography by Director of Photography Oli Russell, the series stars Gillian Anderson as an imperturbable sexual therapist and mother of Otis – Asa Butterfield – who unwillingly finds himself performing a similar role to his high school peers. Also starring are actors Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Aimee-Lou Wood, and Connor Swindells – recently of VS. fame.

Created and written by Laurie Nunn, the eight part series was directed by Taylor and Kate Herron – set to be released on January 11th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLI RUSSELL | CV | WEBSITE

Tomorrow sees the launch of the London Short Film Festival, with a number productions including work from Wizzo & Co HoDs:

 

County Lines, from director Henry Blake, centres on Tyler, a fourteen year old who is sent to a small British coastal town in order sell Class A drugs, on behalf of drug dealers in the capital. The short features cinematography by Director of Photography Sverre Sørdal FNF. County Lines has subsequently been commissioned as a full length feature film, also shot by Sverre, and currently in post-production.

Tue 15th Jan, 18:30 – Curzon Soho (Competition: Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
Sun 13th Jan, 14:30 – Rich Mix (Competition: Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)

 

Londonstani, directed by Nirpal Bhoghal, is set in 1990s London, where British Asian teenager Jas deals with a daily barrage of racism by hoping he’ll disappear.
Londonstani was shot by Cinematographer Nicola Daley ACS, and also features Hair & Make Up by Designer Bethany Swan.

Sun 13th Jan, 16:00 – Curzon Soho (New Shorts: London Lives)

 

Teeth & Pills features Production Design by Lucie Red, and Hair & Make Up by Natasha Lawes. Directed by Andrea Vinciguerra, the vibrant short follows the eight year old Randy, who on losing a tooth discovers, instead of money, a Barbie beneath his pillow, and subsequently seeks to lose as many as possible.

Sat 12th Jan, 13:00 – ICA (New Shorts: Surreal Worlds)

 

Beast from director Leonora Lonsdale and shot by cinematographer Patrick Meller, is set in a remote country manor, where young girl Alice begins to question who she really is, after her mother Grace explains her father has become a “beast”. The short features Costumes from designer Grace Snell, and also Hair and Make Up Design by Dorita Nissen.

Mon 14th Jan, 20:00 – BFI Southbank (New Shorts: Gothic!)

 

Little Monster centres on a an prison inmate, getting his first phone call to his daughter after being incarcerated. Directed by Charlotte Regan, the short was captured by Director of Photography Franklin Dow.

Fri 18th Jan, 18:30 – Curzon Soho (New Shorts: Acting The Part)

 

My Mother centres on a deeply religious teenager struggling to move forward after witnessing a sin – directed by Charlie Manton, the short features cinematography by Molly Manning Walker.

Wed 16th Jan, 20:30 – ICA (New Shorts: Obsessions)

 

Leash featuring cinematography by Director of Photography Diana Olifirova – directed by Harry Lighton – takes place in a small town of South Wales, where a semi-final championship gives rise to friction somewhere between patriotism and xenophobia.

Wed 16th Jan, 18:30 – ICA (New Shorts: Death Is Not The End)

 

Beasts sees a handy man and wrestling enthusiast turn vigilante, challenging the ‘undesirables’ who pose a threat to his community. Directed by Chris Lee, Sam Pilling & Paul Storrie, the short was shot by Director of Photography Charlie Goodger.

Fri 18th Jan, 18:30 – Curzon Soho (New Shorts: Acting The Part)

 

Not With Fire But With Paint – Directed and also shot by Cinematographer Molly Manning Walker – this passion project is a documentary exploring the impact of the murder of Diego Felipe Beccera. Killed in 2011 by a police officer while painting on the streets of Bogota, the film explores the subsequent cover up, and Diego’s parents’ efforts to change the laws and perception of graffiti in the city.

Thu 17th Jan, 18:30 – ICA (Documentary: World News Revisited)

 

Nasty – a thriller set in 1982 – sees a young Doug pulled into the world of VHS horror as he explores his fathers disappearance. With Production Design by Damien Creagh, the short was directed by Prano Bailey-Bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SVERRE SØRDAL FNF | CV | WEBSITE
NICOLA DALEY ACS | CV | WEBSITE
BETHANY SWAN | CV | WEBSITE
LUCIE RED | CV | WEBSITE
NATASHA LAWES | CV | WEBSITE
PATRICK MELLER | CV | WEBSITE
GRACE SNELL | CV | WEBSITE
DORITA NISSEN | CV | WEBSITE
FRANKLIN DOW | CV | WEBSITE
DIANA OLIFIROVA | CV | WEBSITE
CHARLIE GOODGER | CV | WEBSITE
MOLLY MANNING WALKER | CV | WEBSITE
DAMIEN CREAGH | CV | WEBSITE

THE SOUVENIR will have its World Premiere at Sundance, and European Premiere at Berlinale 2019.

The feature, directed by Joanna Hogg stars Honor Swinton Byrne in the lead role alongside her mother Tilda Swinton, who is also playing her on screen mother, and Tom Burke.

Set in the early 1980s, Honor plays Julie, a young film student who becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

Wizzo & Co.’s Production Designer Stephane Collonge and Costume Designer Grace Snell both collaborated on the project.

STEPHANE COLLONGE | CVREEL

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