December 21, 2014

‘Doctor in the House’ to be revived

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Following the semi-successful reboot of the St Trinian’s franchise, Ealing Studios chief Barnaby Thompson is next hoping to revive the Doctor in the House series for modern audiences. It has been 56 years since cinemagoers were enchanted by the antics of student Simon Sparrow as he struggled through medical school. The 1954 Rank film transformed Bogarde into a heartthrob and made household names of many of its stars, including Donald Sinden and Donald Houston. The films also showcased the … [Read more...]

‘St Trinian’s Versus The World’ to be third St Trinian’s instalment

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Following the success of St. Trinian's and it's weaker sequel, St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, Ealing Studios are now developing a third instalment of the rebooted franchise based on the cartoons of Ronald Searle. Filming on St Trinian’s Versus The World will begin late in 2010, as yet no cast and director have been announced. … [Read more...]

Black Jack (1979)

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On 21 June, the BFI is proud to present the world premiere of Ken Loach's director's cut of Black Jack (1979). Available for the first time on DVD in the UK, this ‘lost’ Loach also features a director's commentary recorded exclusively for the BFI. Based on Leon Garfield’s popular novel, this long-unseen film adaptation from the celebrated British filmmaker is an adventure story which will capture the imagination of adults and children alike. It features Chris Menges’ beautiful photography, … [Read more...]

Nick Hornby’s “A Long Way Down” adapted for the bigscreen

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"An Education" producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey are developing Nick Hornby's bestselling novel "A Long Way Down" for the bigscreen. Backed by Film4, the pic is set to shoot in the U.K. next spring. Screenwriter Jack Thorne has nearly completed adapting the screenplay. The dark comedy follows two women and two men who meet on New Year's Eve on the roof of a tall building called Topper's House with the intent of killing themselves. Eventually their thoughts of suicide subside as they … [Read more...]

David Tennant and Kelly MacDonald pair up in Decoy Bride

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Scottish stars David Tennant and Kelly MacDonald are pairing for romantic comedy Decoy Bride. Also cast is Alice Eve. The Decoy Bride tells the story of a superstar actress, Lara (Eve), who just wants to marry her cute British boyfriend James (Tennant), and believes the sleepy Scottish Island of Hegg is the one place the world’s press won’t find them. But when an ingenious paparazzo tracks them down, the diva must find a decoy bride and thinks local girl Katie (MacDonald) will be an ideal … [Read more...]

Whatshisname: The Life and Death of Charles Hawtrey

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Though Hawtrey’s face and voice are familiar to anyone who has even flicked past a Carry On, few are familiar with his personal history or private life (ergo the title, Whatshisname) or the length and depth of his career. In truth the actor’s seedy and quite miserable private life are a great contrast to his charming onscreen persona and modestly impressive achievements in an acting career which started young, though never reached the heights he so desperately craved. These contrasts and … [Read more...]

Ewan and Blunt go Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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Lionsgate U.K. is producing its second British feature, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," alongside BBC Films and Paul Webster at Kudos Pictures and is selling the title at the Cannes market. Lasse Hallstrom will direct the romantic comedy, which stars Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. "Slumdog Millionaire" screenwriter Simon Beaufoy penned "Fishing," which follows an ordinary Englishman's path of self-discovery as he becomes involved in a project that makes Yemen a new home … [Read more...]