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U.k. Film Council Axed

The organisation behind funding for films like the LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, VERA DRAKE and BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM has been scrapped in a cost-cutting drive by the new British government.The U.K. Film Council, which...

Staunton Expected Oscar Loss

British actress IMELDA STAUNTON knew she wouldn't win an Oscar for her role in 2004's VERA DRAKE - because the abortion storyline was too harrowing for the American audience to bear. The 52-year-old scored a...

Leigh Broke Secrecy Rules For Vera Drake

Director MIKE LEIGH was forced to relax his rules of total secrecy on all his films when he made abortion drama VERA DRAKE as he felt compelled to inform star IMELDA STAUNTON of the sensitive...

Bollywood Beats Britain At Box Office

Bollywood films have become so successful at the UK box office - they are now making more money than home grown productions. KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA has already grossed more than two million since its...

Leigh's 'Secret' Play Sells Out

A new play by VERA DRAKE director MIKE LEIGH has sold out - even though its subject matter and even its real name are closely guarded secrets. The reputation of the OSCAR-nominated film-maker...

Leigh Defends His Unorthodox Directing Methods

British film-maker MIKE LEIGH is famed for treating his actors so well, they forget the harsh reality of working with less methodic directors. The award-winning VERA DRAKE director allows his actors to experiment and...

Leigh Praises The Impact Of Dvd

Acclaimed British film-maker MIKE LEIGH has hailed the success of the DVD format as the saviour of niche cinema - rather than its slayer. The VERA DRAKE director credits DVD with prolonging an independent...

Kinsey Knocks Out Million Dollar Baby At UK Awards

KINSEY director BILL CONDON has beaten out competition from CLINT EASTWOOD to walk away with the prestigious International Film Prize at the DIRECTORS GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN awards last night (20MAR05). Condon's biopic about...

Leigh Directs Prime Minister's Wife

Film-maker MIKE LEIGH has directed British Prime Minister TONY BLAIR's wife CHERIE in a new advert to raise money for breast cancer research. The VERA DRAKE creator filmed the commercials with the premier's spouse...

The Aviator Wins Big At Baftas

MARTIN SCORSESE's blockbuster movie THE AVIATOR triumphed at last night's (12FEB05) BAFTA awards in London, winning four accolades including Best Film. The Hollywood tale of maverick entrepreneur HOWARD HUGHES also won prizes at the...

Staunton Expects Oscar Glory

Movie star IMELDA STAUNTON is expecting to beat KATE WINSLET, HILARY SWANK, ANNETTE BENING and CATALINA SANDINO MORENO to be named Best Actress at this month's (27FEB05) OSCAR Awards. The 49-year-old actress says she...

Anti-abortion Protests Slam Oscar Hopeful

MIKE LEIGH's award-winning drama VERA DRAKE has been hit by protests from anti-abortion groups. The independent film, about backstreet abortion in 1950s London, has been nominated for three OSCARS at next month's (FEB05) ACADEMY...

Johansson Hopes She Loses Golden Globe

Screen siren SCARLETT JOHANSSON is backing IMELDA STAUNTON to win the Best Actress GOLDEN GLOBE even though she is nominated in the same category. Johansson, who is nominated for her role in A LOVE...

Million Dollar Baby Triumphs With Critics

CLINT EASTWOOD is celebrating after his film MILLION DOLLAR BABY and star HILARY SWANK picked up two accolades at the NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AWARDS on Saturday (08JAN05). The veteran film-maker and actor's...

Staunton Blown Away By Her Vera Drake Success

British actress IMELDA STAUNTON is amazed at how successful her role in VERA DRAKE has proved to be with US critics - because it's about a frumpy middle-aged woman who performs illegal abortions. Staunton...

Staunton Boosted By Mirren's Tears

Actress IMELDA STAUNTON feared her film VERA DRAKE wouldn't be a success - until she saw DAME HELEN MIRREN crying at a screening of the abortion drama. The English actress, 48, has won six...

Leigh Slams 'Interfering' Hollywood

British director MIKE LEIGH refuses to compromise his artistic vision in order to satisfy the demands of Hollywood studios - because to do so would be a "nightmare". Leigh, whose latest film VERA DRAKE...

Foxx + Staunton Are Clear Oscar Favourites After Seattle Wins

JAMIE FOXX and IMELDA STAUNTON lead the way as clear OSCAR favourites for the top acting prizes after picking up another set of awards in Seattle, Washington. Foxx was named Best Actor by the...

Loach Honoured By London Critics

British film-maker KEN LOACH will be honoured for his outstanding contribution to cinema by the London Critics Circle. The director will receive a special award for a 40-year career, marked by movies including KES,...

Britain To Rival America At Oscars

The UK's hopes for next year's (FEB05) OSCARS have been given a boost, after eight British actors picked GOLDEN GLOBE nominations yesterday (13DEC04). English stars IMELDA STAUNTON, JOELY RICHARDSON, KATE WINSLET, CLIVE OWEN, IAN...

Big Weekend For Sideways

LATEST: Wine-drinking comedy SIDEWAYS has come from nowhere to become a leading OSCARS contender after picking up a string of film awards at the weekend. As well as winning the LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS...

Sideways Triumphs At Los Angeles Ceremony

Road trip comedy SIDEWAYS triumphed on both of America's coastlines on Saturday (11DEC04), when it was named Best Film by the LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION and the NEW YORK FILM CRITICS ONLINE. The...

Fahrenheit 9/11 Misses Top Film Award

FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND failed to win the Best Non-European Film at the EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS last night (11DEC04), losing out to PRIX SCREEN INTERNATIONAL 2024. The joint French...

Leigh Hopes Abortion Movie Swayed Us Voters

British director MIKE LEIGH hopes his controversial movie VERA DRAKE encouraged more American voters to support Senator JOHN KERRY rather than anti-abortion President GEORGE W BUSH. Leigh ensured the VENICE GOLDEN LION-winning movie surfaced...

Leigh Shocked By Catholic Response To Abortion Movie

Celebrated director MIKE LEIGH is shocked POPE JOHN PAUL II's official radio station supported his latest movie VERA DRAKE, about illegal abortions in 1950's London. The film-maker was amazed VATICAN RADIO complimented his controversial...

Almodovar + Amenabar Lead European Film Awards Nominations

PEDRO ALMODOVAR's BAD EDUCATION, ALEJANDRO AMENABAR's THE SEA INSIDE and FAITH AKIN's HEAD ON are the films leading the way for the upcoming EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS with five nominations apiece. The trio are up...

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