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Fest offers early look at upcoming dramas

The Chicago International Film Festival offers early looks at four dramas -- "The Machinist," "Dear Frankie," "P.S." and "Sideways" -- expected to open soon in local art houses. The dialogue is in English, if you're one to avoid subtitles. And if you want to take...

Frankie speaking with movie writer

ANDREA GIBB: Film writer says Inverclyde has a special hold on her imagination.GREENOCK writer Andrea Gibb is getting ready for one of the biggest weeks in her career with the UK premiere of her second feature film, Dear Frankie. In an exclusive interview with the...

New dark stars are born

Edinburgh is dominated by brooding, homegrown talent with an ability to turn from the comic to the violent Film festivals tend to be about directors, countries or genres, but sometimes they are also about a new star. In Cannes, it was the young Mexican actor Gael...

‘Sprung’ finds a home

NEW YORK -- Miramax has sealed a pact with Pathe Pictures Intl. to acquire distribution rights to animated feature "Sprung! The Magic Roundabout" for North and South America. In post-production and set to be completed in January, "Sprung" is based on the vintage U.K....

Interview with Dear Frankie Director

Shona Auerbach is an award-winning short film director whose first feature, Dear Frankie, had its UK premiere at Edinburgh. The film got a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, and it won the audience award for best international feature at the LA Film...

US studio snaps up British tearjerker

A GENTLE low-budget British film could be one of the surprise hits of the year after being seized by Miramax, the American movie giant, for initial screening in the United States rather than Britain. It is extremely rare for a British film to be shown in America...

Dance card fills up with star vehicles

A diverse assortment of American and international pictures fills out the star-laden Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival, while some new works from seldom-represented nations dot the extensive World Cinema and World Documentary categories. The Jan. 15...

Emily tips Glasgow as top UK film spot

ACTRESS Emily Mortimer is tipping Glasgow as a potential film capital of Britain. Emily, star of hits such as The 51st State, is in the city filming the family drama Natural History. It's her second film in a row here - last year she starred opposite Ewan McGregor in...

SCOTS’ CANNES-DO ATTITUDE

ALTHOUGH it is not necessarily a strong year for British film at Cannes, there will be a Scottish presence in the south of France this week, determinedly keeping the country's film industry foremost in the minds of distributors and directors. One Scottish filmmaker...

Miramax picks up rights to Scottish Drama!

LONDON- - Miramax Films has aquired Shona Auerbach's Scottish drama "Dear Frankie" for distribution in North and South America, Spain, Italy and Australia. The Pic, starring Emily Mortimer and Gerard Butler, is the story of a single mother who writes letter's to her...

Tribeca festgoers cross the party line

NEW YORK --- Tribeca bashes finished off with full downtown flair this past weekend, with slick back-to-back soirees at some of the neighborhood's grooviest destinations. Friday night featured a 20th anni bash for U.K.-based indie Working Title ("has it really been 20...

Notting Hill star filming in to

Emily Mortimer on location filming Natural History WELL-KNOWN actress Emily Mortimer is shooting a film in Greenock, Gourock and Port Glasgow over the next seven weeks. In the movie, called Natural History, she plays a single mother who bizarrely hires a father for...

‘Windows’ needled

SEATTLE -- The 30th annual Seattle Film Festival wrapped its 25-day run Sunday with the North American premiere of Patrice Leconte (news)'s "Intimate Strangers," followed by the event's closing gala. In a ceremony held earlier that day, at their vertiginous namesake...

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