This 12 months’s Cannes Film Festival lineup could but once more be skinny on British motion pictures however UK public financiers the BFI, Film4 and BBC Film have joined with the British Council to launch the fourth version of their ‘Great 8’ program, which can showcase rising Brit filmmakers to worldwide distributors and fest programmers. Scroll down for the complete record.
In earlier years, the ‘Great 8’ was launched through the bodily Cannes pageant however this 12 months the occasion can be streamed on June 17 prematurely of the Cannes digital market on the finish of the month. Buyers and pageant programmers can have unique entry to unseen footage from every of the titles, which can be launched by their filmmakers and made obtainable throughout 5 totally different time zones.
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All titles at the moment are in post-production and can be found to patrons through the online Cannes Marché, which takes place June 21-25. Movies chosen in earlier years embrace Michaela Coel’s musical Been So Long, which was snapped up by Netflix in a splashy deal after the pageant in 2017 and BAFTA-nominated horror Saint Maud.
Here’s this 12 months’s record:
Director: Prasanna Puwanarajah
Writer: Stacey Gregg
Producers: James Bierman, Nik Bower
Cast: Seána Kerslake, Patrick Kielty
Production – Empire Street Productions/Riverstone Pictures/Cowtown Pictures
Sales: Bankside Films
Synopsis: Eileen is a caustic, unrepentant college drop-out whose desires of a profitable life in London have fallen by the wayside. Back at dwelling along with her mum, she makes ends meet by working as an unlicensed driver in her ex-boyfriend’s minicab. Shane has exiled himself in Ballywalter following the break-up of his marriage, however he’s making an attempt to get his life again on monitor by enrolling in a stand-up comedy course. When Shane calls a taxi to get him to his courses, Eileen solutions and a shocking connection is made. As the 2 spend time collectively shuttling forwards and backwards, an attractive friendship develops.
Director: Ruth Paxton
Writer: Justin Bull
Producers: Leonora Darby, Mark Lane, James Harris, Nik Bower, Laure Vaysse
Cast: Sienna Guillory, Jessica Alexander, Ruby Stokes, Kaine Zajaz, Lindsay Duncan
Production: Tea Shop Productions/Riverstone Pictures/REP Productions 8
Sales: Hanway Films
Synopsis: Widowed mom Holly is radically examined when her teenage daughter Betsey experiences a profound enlightenment and insists that her physique is now not her personal, however in service to a better energy. Bound to her newfound religion, Betsey refuses to eat, however loses no weight. In an agonising dilemma, torn between love and concern, Holly is pressured to confront the boundaries of her personal beliefs.
Director: Aml Ameen
Writer: Aml Ameen, Bruce Purnell
Producers: Matthew G Zamias, Damian Jones, Aml Ameen, Dominique Telson, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor
Cast: Aml Ameen, Aja Naomi King, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Tamara Lawrence
Production: DJ Films, Studi0 113, BFI, Film4, Warner Bros UK
Sales: Rocket Science
Synopsis: Boxing Day is a celebration of affection and household by a Black-British lens, impressed by director Aml Ameen’s personal life. The movie follows Melvin, a British writer residing in America who returns dwelling to London for Christmas to introduce his American fiancé Lisa to his eccentric British-Caribbean household. Their relationship is put to the check, as she discovers the world her fiancé has left behind.
BRIAN AND CHARLES
Director: Jim Archer
Writer: David Earl, Chris Hayward
Producer: Rupert Majendie
Cast: David Earl, Chris Hayward, Louise Brealey, Jamie Michie, Nina Sosanya
Production: Mr Box, BFI, Film4
Sales: Bankside Films
Synopsis: Brian lives alone in a distant Welsh valley. Something of an outcast, he spends his spare time inventing issues and in the future decides to construct a robotic for firm. Charles is just not solely Brian’s most profitable invention, nevertheless it seems to have a persona all its personal. However, it creates extra issues than Brian bargained for, and the timid inventor has to resist a number of points in his life: his eccentric methods, an area bully, and a girl he’s at all times been keen on however by no means had the nerve to speak to.
THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN
Directors: Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Writers: Oliver Kindeberg, Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Producers: Ben Limberg, John Battsek, Mike Brett, Steve Jamieson, Jo-Jo Ellison
Production: Archers Mark, Passion Pictures, Smaller Biggie, BFI, Film4, Showtime
Sales: Altitude Film Sales
Synopsis: From the award-winning inventive workforce behind Notes On Blindness and Listen To Me, Marlon comes a recent tackle cinema’s most iconic determine. In an revolutionary mix of newly-unearthed audio recordings, dramatic reconstructions and private archive, the movie traces Charlie Chaplin’s meteoric rise from the slums of Victorian London to the heights of Hollywood superstardom, earlier than his scandalous fall from grace. Refracting his life by a kaleidoscope of beforehand unheard voices and views, the movie sheds new mild on the various sides of a ground-breaking, controversial and visionary artist.
RIDE THE WAVE
Director: Martyn Robertson
Producers: Martyn Robertson, Louise Storrie
Production: Blackhouse Films
Sales: MetFilm Sales
Synopsis: Having participated in competitors browsing since he turned 11, 14-year-old Scottish champion Ben Larg is just not afraid of a problem, and what greater problem for a younger surfer than one of many greatest and most harmful chilly water waves on the planet at Mullaghmore, Ireland. If he will get it proper, he joins an elite group. If he will get it flawed, the results are terrifying.
Director: Charlotte Colbert
Writer: Kitty Percy, Charlotte Colbert
Producers: Jessica Malik, Bob Last
Cast: Alice Krige, Kota Eberhardt, Malcolm McDowell, Rupert Everett
Production: Popcorn Group, Rocket Science, Intermission Film, Pressman Film
Sales: Rocket Science
Synopsis: After a double mastectomy, fading star Veronica Ghent goes to a therapeutic retreat in rural Scotland along with her younger nurse Desi. The two develop an unlikely bond after mysterious forces give Veronica the facility to enact revenge in her desires.
Director: Harry Wootliff
Writer: Harry Wootliff, Molly Davies
Producers: Tristan Goligher, Ruth Wilson, Ben Jackson, Jude Law
Cast: Ruth Wilson, Tom Burke
Production: The Bureau, Lady Lazarus, Riff Raff UK, BFI, BBC Film
Sales: The Bureau Sales
Synopsis: Kate is sleep-walking by life when an opportunity sexual encounter with a charismatic stranger awakens her. High on infatuation, what follows is an intoxicating automobile crash.