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Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJanuary 15, 2018
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 Jude Law, Julie Andrews, Ewan McGregor, Daniel Kaluuya, Harry Styles, Halle Berry & Gemma Arterton are among stars shortlisted for this year’s prestigious National Film Awards UK in 2018.

The National Film Academy today announced the nominations for the National Film Awards UK  for 2018
This year a record 2.4 million movie fans nominated across 18 categories to make up the official shortlist.  


Dunkirk is nominated in three categories including Best British Film, Best Director, and Best Newcomer for pop star turned actor, Harry styles who receives a nod for his performance as Alex.

Styles goes head to head with ‘Get Out’  star Daniel Kaluuya and an array of new talent including; Harry Gilby (Just Charlie), Harry Michell (Chubby Funny) , Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth), Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion) , Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth) and Ella Purnell (Access All Areas) all nominated for the Best Newcomer category.

Guy Ritchie’s; King Arthur: Legend of the Sword receives three nominations in the Best Drama, Best Action and Best Director categories.


Sir Elton John receives his first National Film Academy nomination for theBest Breakthrough Performance’  following his cameo appearance in Kingsman (The Golden Circle).  The film also receives a record nine Academy nominations including;  Best British Film, Best International Film, Best Comedy and Director  Matthew Vaughn picks up a nomination for Best Director.  Taron Egerton is nominated in the Best Actor category for his role as ‘Eggsy’ while American actress Halle Berry is nominated for two categories including the Best Supporting Actress & Best Breakthrough Performance for her role as ‘Ginger’ in the franchise. Keith Allen goes head to head with Colin Firth who are both nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Gemma Arterton picks up a nomination in the Best Actress category for her role as Catrin Cole in  Their Finest and competes in the same category with  Alice Lowe (Prevenge) , Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) , Tatjana Inez  (Redwood), Ruth Wilson (Dark River) , Emily Beecham (Daphne), Kristin Scott Thomas (The Party) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Fast  & Furious 8)

The National Film Awards UK is one of the few motion picture awards shows to provide a platform for movie fans to nominate and vote for their favourite films and talent. Voting goes live from the 15th of January 2018 until the 26th of March 2018. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place at The Porchester on the 28th of March with highlights televised for broadcast on Sky Showcase and syndicated across all major global territories.


Full List of  the National Film Awards UK (2018)  nominees:
Best Actress
Alice Lowe ( Prevenge)
Florence Pugh ( Lady Macbeth)
Gemma Arterton (Their Finest)
Tatjana Inez  (Redwood)
Ruth Wilson (Dark River)
Emily Beecham (Daphne)
Kristin Scott Thomas (The Party)
Nathalie Emmanuel (Fast  & Furious 8)


Best Newcomer
Daniel Kaluuya (Get out)
Harry Styles (Dunkirk)
Harry Gilby (Just Charlie)
Harry Michell (Chubby Funny)
Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth)
Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion)
Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth)
Ella Purnell (Access All Areas)

Best Supporting actress  in association with Serenity & Grace
Naomi Ackie ( Lady Macbeth)
Patricia Clarkson (The Party)
Julie Walters (Film stars don’t die in Liverpool)
Kelly Macdonald (Goodbye Christopher Robin)
Judith Roberts (You Were Never Really Here)
Halle Berry (Kingsman, The Golden Circle)
Jane Asher (Brian Pern: A Tribute)
Elarica Johnson (How to Talk to Girls at Parties)


Best Supporting Actor  in association with DeChavel Watches
Robert Webb (Back)
Sam Gillet (A Caribbean Dream)
Keith Allen (Kingsman ‘The Golden Circle’)
Jordan Stephens (Access All Areas)
Paul Whitehouse (Brian Pern: A Tribute)
Lucien Laviscount (Snatch)
Matt Lucas (Brian Pern: A Tribute)

Joseph Vijay (Mersal)


Best Drama
The Limehouse Golem
My Cousin Rachel
Breathe
I Am Not a Witch
You Were Never Really Here
Borg vs McEnroe
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A Caribbean Dream
The Hatton Garden Job
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Best TV Drama Series
Broadchurch, S3
Guerrilla
White Gold
Taboo
Howards End
Back
Halcyon
Snatch
The Cuckoo’s Calling

 

Best Thriller
Prevenge
Redwood
You Were Never Really Here
Eat Locals
The Moving Theatre
Hellriser
The Snowman


Best Foreign Language Film
Happy End (France)
Loveless (Russia)
In The Fade (Germany/France)
The Square (Sweden, Germany, France)
A Fantastic Woman, (Chile)
Vaya (South Africa)
The Insult (Lebanon)

Mersal (India)


Best Action
Antimatter
Trespass Against Us
Jawbone
Baby Driver
Essex Heist
Smoking Guns (aka A Punters Prayer)
Borg vs McEnroe
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
We Still Steal the Old Way


Best Independent Film
God’s own country
Film stars don’t die in Liverpool
The Intent
Jawbone
My Name is Lenny
Lady Macbeth
Rise of the Footsoldier 3
Eat Locals


Best ScreenPlay
Francis Lee (God’s own Country)
Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth)
Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Simon Amstell (Carnage: Swallowing the Past)
Shakirah Bourne ( A Caribbean Dream)
Oliver Veysey (Access All Areas)

 

Best Documentary  sponsored by Bank Republic
Kingdom of Us
Almost Heaven
Halfway
Williams
My Generation
Blue Planet 2
Dark States
The Moving Theatre


Best British Film
Dunkirk
T2 Trainspotting
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Victoria & Abdul
6 Days
Lady Macbeth
Journeyman


Best Actor  in association with DeChavel Watches
Jamie Bell (6 Days)
Ray Winstone (Jawbone)
Mike Beckingham (Redwood)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get out)
Bill Nighy (The Limehouse Golem)
Craig Fairbrass (Rise of the Footsoldier 3)
Matt Lucas (Brian Pern: A Tribute )
Ewan McGregor (T2 Trainspotting)
Paddy Considine ( Journeyman)
Taron Egerton (Kingsman – The Golden Circle)
Jude Law (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword)
Rupert Grint (Snatch)

Best Comedy  sponsored by Bank Republic
T2 Trainspotting
Mindhorn
The Party
Carnage: Swallowing the Past
Kingsman ‘The Golden Circle
Access All Areas
Brian Pern: A Tribute


Best Breakthrough Performance
Harry Styles (Dunkirk)
Mark Strong (6 Days)
Halle Berry (Kingsman, The Golden Circle)
Johnny Harris (Jawbone)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get out)
Margaret Mulubwa (I am not a witch)
Sir Elton John (Kingsman, The Golden Circle)
Simon Day (Brian Pern: A Tribute)
Marc Warren (Snatch)


Best Director
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Danny Boyle (T2 Trainspotting)
Rungano Nyoni (I am not a Witch)
William Oldroyd ( Lady Macbeth)
Andy Serkis (Breathe)
Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman , The Golden Circle)
Guy Ritchie ( King Arthur: Legend of the Sword)

 

Best International Film  sponsored by Invest Nation
Get Out
Bright
Girls Trip
Kingsman – The Golden Circle
Borg vs McEnroe
The Shape of Water
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
American Made, Barry Seal
The Wedding Party 2


Global Contribution to Motion Picture
Julie Andrews
Judi Dench
Sean Connery
Halle Berry
John Cleese
Rowan Atkinson
Tom Cruise
Colin Firth


Vote Live now by clicking on www.nationalfilmawards.org/voting  
Voting officially commences (15/01/18 until the 20/03/18) with winners of each category announced at the star-studded National Film Awards 2018 awards ceremony taking place on the 28th of March 2018 and televised for broadcast on Sky Showcase (Sky 261, Freesat 402, Freeview 254).

Tickets for the NFA 2018 are out on sale now at www.nationalfilmawards.org


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongFebruary 26, 2017
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He is an English film director and executive producer. He first came to public attention as a director when Leon the Pig Farmer won him the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Prize at the 1992 Venice Film Festival, the Best Newcomer award from the London Critics’ Circle and the Chaplin Award for the best first feature from the Edinburgh International Film Festival. His new film Breaking the Bank which features legendary actor Kelsey Grammer is nominated for the prestigious 3rd annual National Film Awards UK. We caught up with Vadim Jean ahead of the awards show taking place in London on the 29th of March.

How did you get your first break into the motion picture industry?

I was a runner on Mike Figgis’ first film, ‘Stormy Monday’ starring Tommy Lee Jones and Sting, which mainly involved driving a clapped out minibus up and down the M1 from Newcastle to London and back with everything from camera equipment to a Polish jazz band (with their instruments).  My finest moment was the van breaking down right in the middle of Waterloo Bridge roundabout at 5am in the morning after the tie I had used as a temporary fan belt gave up the ghost.

You are best known for your debut Leon the Pig Farmer. So what made you delve into the world of finance with Breaking the Bank ?

I’ve enjoyed directing comedy and it seemed to me that it was about time the bankers had a humorous stick poked at them.  I’ve always wanted to make an Ealing style, old school comedy and Breaking the Bank seemed the perfect vehicle to make my homage to Ealing. From the score to the old Rolls Royce driving past the Bank of England and the imagery of the Tower of London the loving nods are all there in the film.  I also didn’t really understand the 2008 crash so now, thanks to script writer Roger Devlin’s insider knowledge of banking, I do understand about as much as many bankers.  Which is not necessarily that much…

Kelsey Grammer plays  Charles Bunbury in your movie.  With Grammer having such a huge legacy. What was it like having your work brought to light by such an accomplished actor?

It’s the second movie Kelsey and I have done together and we’d been trying to work together ever since the first one so, this was a joy.  We have a real short hand with each other.  He really can play anything.  I thought he might need a dialogue coach to play Charles Bunbury, who is quintessentially English, but after about three minutes of the read through we sent the coach home.  It’s hard to believe the man who played the monstrous mayor of Chicago in ‘Boss’ can also play bumbling Charles Bunbury.  We’re looking for the next thing to do together already.

Now, you have just been nominated for this year’s 3rd annual National Film Awards UK which is fantastic as all nominations and voting are left for the public which makes it fairer than  other traditional awards ceremonies. How did you feel when you got the news that Breaking the Bank was nominated for Best Comedy?

Any nomination is an honour to start with and I do think Breaking the Bank is a film that the public will enjoy.  We’re in the company of much higher profile films on the list so my hope is that the public will seek out our independent film and then we’re in their hands.

The movie industry is fast changing with the rise of Netflix, VooVix and other similar platforms . Do you feel the cinema industry has had its day or do you believe the experience of going to watch a film still resonates amongst movie fans worldwide?

Wherever we’ve played our film in the world to a cinema audience it’s been received with lots of laughter.  Even the French laughed.  A lot.  The ‘theatrical experience’, especially with a comedy that works, where laughter is the shared experience of the audience, will never lose its great pleasure.  If it did, theatre would have died years ago.  So while the audience is finding films on a plethora of platforms now, there’s still nothing quite like being captivated by the flicker of light projected in a dark room and sharing communal laughter in front of the big screen.

What would you say is your Top 5 Best Directors of all time?

Tough question.  There are so many but I will list my favourites, not necessarily in this order:

Spielberg

Coppola

Tarkovsky

Billy Wilder

Danny Boyle

Top 5 Best Actors/Actresses you would like to work with in the future?

George Clooney

Geoffrey Rush (we have plans)

Emma Thompson

Gerard Butler

Kelsey (always)

Where would you see yourself and company Mob Film in the next 5 years?

Still directing films I care passionately about but that also find an audience and transport them to the emotional places to which only cinema can take you.

Why should our readers watch and vote for ‘Breaking the Bank’ at the National Film Awards UK ?

Breaking the Bank is a deliberately old school, very British comedy; so if that’s your cup of Earl Grey then it might tickle your funny bone; Tamsin Grieg, Mat Horne and of course Kelsey, give such great comic performances they’re worth checking out especially if it didn’t come across your radar when it was released.

To vote for Breaking the Bank as the Best Comedy at the 3rd annual National Film Awards UK . Click Here


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJanuary 6, 2017
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The National Film Awards is produced annually by the National Film Academy and is held  in 5 countries including the UK, USA, Australia, Africa and Asia.

Get your earlybird tickets now by Clicking >> Here

For more info. on the National Film Awards UK visit: www.nationalfilmacademy.org


Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerApril 5, 2016
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Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Boyega,top the list of winners at the prestigious 2nd annual National Film Awards UK 2016

Last week (31.03.15), the National Film Academy announced the winners of the 2nd annual National Film Awards UK at the prestigious awards ceremony which took place at the Porchester Hall in London.

British film, stage and television actress, Dame Helen Mirren was first to be announced as the winner for the Lifetime Achievement Award and accepted her award from New York. Mirren commented “I feel truly honoured to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Film Academy. I am proud to be a member of the National Film Awards winners list and thank you to all the movie fans for voting for me”.

Rise of the Footsoldier II, Kingsman (The Secret Service), London Road, Chasing Robert Barker, Reason to Leave, and Man UP which featured Actor Simon Pegg all received a gong at the prestigious event. Man UP won Best Comedy beating tough competition from The Lobster and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel . Best Director award was won by Stephen Fingleton for his movie ‘The Survivalist’

The nominees for Global Contribution to Motion Picture included a stellar list of stars who have excelled in their craft. Nominees included; Hugh Grant, Denzel Washington , Ben Kingsley , Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Spacey . Samuel L Jackson was voted winner and added “This is just perfect. I am incredibly honoured and thankful for this award from the National Film Academy and all the movie fans who voted for me.

A list of new breakthrough talent also made the National Film Awards 2016 shortlist; Battling it out on the Best Newcomer category are ; Taron Egerton (Kingsman- The Secret Service) , Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song), Bel Powley (A Royal Night Out), Milo Parker (Mr. Holmes), John Boyega (Star Wars- The Force Awakens), Abigail Hardingham (Nina Forever), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Slow West), Sonoya Mizuno (Ex-Machina), Karidja Touré (Girlhood) and Hermione Corfield (Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation)

Taron Egerton saw of the competition by winning the Best Newcomer category for his role in Kingsman, The Secret Service whilst John Boyega was voted winner of the Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film for his role in Star Wars the Force Awakens

Over 2.9 million movie fans nationwide voted for this year’s 2nd annual National Film Awards and the night was hosted by TV presenter Louise Gookey and featured a stellar list of celebrity guest presenters. The night ended with an incredibly heartfelt video tribute to the late, great Alan Rickman who was honoured with a National Film Academy fellowship award.

The 3rd annual National Film Awards are scheduled to be held on the 31st of March 2017 and public nominations will begin in October.

Below is a full list of winners for the 2nd annual National Film Awards UK:

Best International Film
Kingsman- The Secret Service

Best Comedy
Man up

Best Action
Chasing Robert Barker

Best Drama sponsored by Gold Collagen
A Reason to Leave

Best Independent Feature

Never Let Go


Best Documentary

The Hardstop

Best Thriller
Dartmoor Killing

Best British Film sponsored by Metcalfe’s Skinny
Rise of the Footsoldier II

Best Actor sponsored by Angel Tears Vodka
Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise)

Best Actress sponsored by Gold Collagen
Natalie Emmanuel (Fast and Furious 7)

Best Director

Stephen Fingleton (The Survivalist)

Best Screenplay
London Road

Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film

John Boyega (Star Wars – The Force Awakens)

Best Newcomer sponsored by Mokingo
Taron Egerton (Kingsman- The Secret Service)


Best Foreign Language Film
sponsored by InvestNation
Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Supporting actress sponsored by IUTTA
Alexandra Evans (Redistributors)

Best Supporting actor

Samuel L Jackson (Kingsman- The Secret Service)

Best Short Film
Above

Global Contribution to Motion Picture
Samuel L Jackson


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJanuary 29, 2016
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Cinema Made in Italy returns to London’s Ciné Lumière from 10-14 March 2016. This, the sixth edition of the festival, brings cinematic treats to the South Kensington cinema, with the crema of recent Italian productions, plus Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. The five day annual event is organised by Istituto Luce, Cinecittà’s promotional department in Rome (Filmitalia), and the Italian Cultural Institute in London. This year’s line-up comprises the following nine feature films:

ANNA (Per Amor Vostro) directed by Giuseppe Gaudino – Opening Night

CHLORINE (Cloro) directed by Lamberto Sanfelice

DON’T BE BAD (Non Essere Cattivo) directed by Claudio Caligari

FIRST LIGHT (La Prima Luce) directed by Vincenzo Marra

GOD WILLING (Se Dio Vuole) directed by Edoardo Falcone

LONG LIVE THE BRIDE (Viva La Sposa) directed by Ascanio Celestini

THE BEGINNERS (Alaska) directed by Claudio Cupellini

THEY CALL ME JEEG ROBOT (Lo Chiamavano Jeeg Robot) directed by Gabriele Mainetti

VIVA LA SPOSA (Long Live the Bride) directed by Ascanio Celestini

WONDROUS BOCCACCIO (Maraviglioso Boccaccio) directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

Opening night film ANNA (Per Amor Vostro) premiered at the recent Venice Film Festival, where lead Valeria Golino, won the award for Best Actress. Also premiering at Venice were FIRST LIGHT (La Prima Luce), LONG LIVE THE BRIDE (Viva La Sposa) and DON’T BE BAD (Non Essere Cattivo). CHLORINE (Cloro) debuted at last year’s Sundance and Berlin film festivals, whilst THEY CALL ME JEEG ROBOT (Lo Chiamavano Jeeg Robot) premiered at the Rome Film Festival.

The full programme of events plus all screening dates and times will be announced shortly. For further details on the films and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, please go to: www.filmitalia.org


Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerNovember 28, 2014
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Special guests including Bill Oddie, Alexei Sayle, Gillian McKeith, Celia Hammond and Bollywood actress Sofia Hayat are set to attend a glitzy gala screening and celebrity fundraiser in Leicester Square on Saturday December 6th for LION ARK, the multi-award winning critically-acclaimed documentary about the rescue of 25 lions from Bolivian circuses. Following sell out screenings at film festivals around the world, LION ARK is now screening in cinemas across the UK.

More action adventure style than traditional documentary, feel-good movie LION ARK charts one of the world’s most ambitious and daring animal rescues, as a team from Britain’s Animal Defenders International (ADI) swoops on eight illegal circuses spread across Bolivia following a ban.

The story begins when ADI secures a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia following a two-year undercover investigation across South America. The shocking findings lead to public outrage and calls for action across the continent. Bolivia is the first to act. Now ADI must help the government enforce the law. The team journey across a vast, hostile terrain to track down the illegal circuses defying the new law, save the animals and bring them to safety, and a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom in the US.

LION ARK Producer and rescue leader Jan Creamer said: “People have been gripped by the way Lion Ark covers a serious issue about saving animals from circuses, but in a uniquely exciting and enjoyable way. The British public can be very proud that the seeds of this historic operation were sown at Animal Defenders International’s headquarters in London, which makes Lion Ark’s West End gala screening a very special event indeed.”

A smash hit on the international film festival circuit, LION ARK is told through live action interviews, in the moment, as events unfold. This is up close and personal, in the thick of the action; you are as close as you can get to these animals and to understanding their life in the circus and feel the fear and joy of the rescuers as they journey through their incredible mission.

LION ARK is receiving rave reviews from critics, including “Lion Ark proceeds with refreshing unpredictability” (The New York Times); “Born Free with balls on… unmissable” (Britflicks); “Compelling cinema verité” (The Hollywood Reporter); “a story of passion and sensitivity; of liberation and determination” (The Telegraph); “this film should be a target for this year’s Oscars. Excellent.” (ACED Magazine); “the feel-good movie of the year!” (Reel Talk); “One of your must–see films” (The Independent Critic); “A consciousness-raising milestone of a documentary” (The Ecologist); “thoroughly rewarding” (TV and Film Review).

LION ARK Director Tim Phillips said: “The response to Lion Ark has been fantastic, receiving standing ovations, armfuls of awards and sell-out shows around the world and we are looking forward to welcoming so many celebrity supporters at the gala screening. This special event is open to the public so that everyone has a chance to enjoy the uplifting animal magic of Lion Ark on the big screen in London’s Leicester Square, and meet the rescue team directly from their latest mission in Peru.”

A similarly ambitious rescue operation – Spirit of Freedom – is now underway in Peru, where ADI is once again assisting authorities to enforce an animal circus ban, having successfully secured legislation. ADI currently has 30 lions, 9 primates and several other animals in its care, and audiences will hear the very latest news from rescue team leaders LION ARK Director Tim Phillips and Producer Jan Creamer, who have come straight from their latest mission to hold Q&A sessions following each screening across the UK.

The LION ARK rescue mission was backed by legendary and Emmy award-winning US TV ‘Price is Right’ game show host Bob Barker and CSI actress Jorja Fox (‘Sara Sidle’), whose company Seafox Productions is an Associate Producer and both appear in the film. Bob Barker’s support enabled the rescue team to empty Bolivia of its suffering circus animals and build new homes for them in the US.

LION ARK has recently been signed into distribution for television, video on demand, DVD / Blu Ray and in-flight entertainment with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, one of the world’s leading distribution companies which has its own channels in Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East, including flagship ITV broadcasting in 40 countries.

Since opening at Raindance, London and Mill Valley Film Festival, California, LION ARK has taken the film festival circuit by storm with sell out shows, six awards, official selections for 14 prestigious film festivals, and an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding International Motion Picture.

Tickets for LION ARK screenings at UK cinemas including the West End gala and celebrity fundraiser are on sale now. Tickets for the gala start at just £11: http://www.lionarkthemovie.com/news/lion-ark-in-londons-west-end



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