There may be few British films in the Cannes lineup again this year, but British government financiers BFI, Film4 and BBC Film have joined the British Council to launch the fourth edition of their G8 program, which will feature aspiring British filmmakers. international distributors and festival programmers. Scroll down for a complete list.
In previous years, the G8 launched during the physical Cannes Film Festival, but this year the event will be televised on June 17 in front of Cannes’s virtual marketplace at the end of the month. Festival buyers and programmers will have exclusive access to invisible footage from each of the games, which will be presented by their creators and available in five different time zones.
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All books are currently in post-production and are available to customers during the Cannes Marché online fair, which will take place on June 21-25. Among the films selected in previous years is the musical by Michaela Coel. It was so long ago, which was snapped up by Netflix in a flashy deal following the 2017 BAFTA-nominated horror film festival. Saint Maud…
Here is the list for this year:
UK / Ireland
Director: Prasanna Puvanaraja
Writer: Stacy Gregg
Producers: James Bierman, Nick Bauer
Cast: Seana Kerslake, Patrick Kilty
Production – Empire Street Productions / Riverstone Pictures / Cowtown Pictures
Sales – Bankside Films
Synopsis: Eileen is a sarcastic, stubborn college dropout whose dreams of a successful life in London have dashed. Back home with her mom, she makes ends meet by working as an unlicensed driver in her ex-boyfriend’s mini-cab. Shane banished himself to Balliolter after the breakup of his marriage, but he is trying to get his life back on track by enrolling in a stand-up comedy course. When Shane calls a taxi to take him to class, Eileen answers and an unexpected connection emerges. As they spend time together, moving back and forth, a wonderful friendship develops.
Director: Ruth Paxton
Writer: Justin Bull
Producers: Leonora Darby, Mark Lane, James Harris, Nick Bauer, Lor Weiss
Cast: Sienna Guillory, Jessica Alexander, Ruby Stokes, Kane Zajaz, Lindsay Duncan
Production: Tea Shop Productions / Riverstone Pictures / REP Productions 8
Sales: Hanway Films
Synopsis: Widowed mother Holly is subjected to a radical test when her teenage daughter Betsy experiences deep enlightenment and insists that her body no longer belongs to her, but serves a higher power. Associated with her newfound faith, Betsy refuses to eat, but does not lose weight. In a harrowing dilemma torn between love and fear, Holly is forced to confront the boundaries of her own beliefs.
Director: Aml Amin
Writer: Aml Amin, Bruce Purnell
Producers: Matthew G. Zamias, Damian Jones, Aml Amin, Dominic Telson, Joy Garoro-Akpoyotor
Cast: Aml Amin, Aja Naomi King, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Lee-Ann Pinnock, Tamara Lawrence
Production: DJ Films, Studi0 113, BFI, Film4, Warner Bros UK
Sales: rocket science
Summary: Boxing Day is a celebration of love and family through the prism of black British people, inspired by director Amla Amin’s own life. The film follows Melvin, a British writer living in America, who returns home to London for Christmas to introduce his American fiancée Lisa to his eccentric British Caribbean family. Their relationship is put to the test as she discovers the world left by her fiancé.
BRIAN & CHARLES
Director: Jim Archer
Writer: David Earle, Chris Hayward
Producer: Rupert Majendi
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 remote Welsh valley. An outcast, he spends his free time inventing different things, and one day he decides to build a robot for the company. Charles is not only Brian’s most successful invention, but he also seems to have a personality of his own. However, this creates more problems than Brian expected, and the timid inventor has to face several challenges in his life: his eccentricity, the local bully, and the woman he always loved but never had the nerve to talk to her. …
THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN
Directors: Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Writers: Oliver Kindeberg, Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Producers: Ben Limberg, John Butzeck, Mike Brett, Steve Jameson, Jo-Joe Ellison
Production: Archers Mark, Passion Pictures, Smaller Biggie, BFI, Film4, Showtime
Sales: Selling films at altitude
Synopsis: From the award-winning creative team behind Notes on blindness as well as Listen to me Marlon it is a modern take on the most iconic figure in cinema. In a groundbreaking combination of newly discovered audio recordings, dramatic reenactments and personal archives, the film traces Charlie Chaplin’s meteoric rise from the slums of Victorian London to the pinnacle of Hollywood superstar to his scandalous fall from grace. Reflecting his life through a kaleidoscope of previously unheard voices and views, the film sheds new light on the many sides of the innovative, controversial and visionary artist.
VISIT THE WAVE
Director: Martin Robinson
Producers: Martin Robinson, Louise Storrie
Production: Blackhouse Films
Sales: MetFilm Sales
Synopsis: 14-year-old Scottish champion Ben Larg, who has been competing in surfing since the age of 11, is not afraid of problems, and what could be more difficult for a young surfer than one of the biggest and most dangerous waves of cold water in the world? in Mallahmore, Ireland. If he does it right, he will join the elite group. If he is wrong, the consequences are dire.
SHE WILL BE
Director: Charlotte Colbert
Writer: Kitty Percy, Charlotte Colbert
Producers: Jessica Malik, Bob Last
Cast: Alice Creed, 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 travels to an asylum in rural Scotland with her young nurse, Desi. They have an unlikely bond after mysterious forces have given Veronica the opportunity to get revenge in her dreams.
Director: Harry Wootliff
Writer: Harry Wootliff, Molly Davis
Producers: Tristan Goliger, Ruth Wilson, Ben Jackson, Jude Law
Cast: Ruth Wilson, Tom Burke
Production: The Bureau, Lady Lazarus, Riff Raff UK, BFI, BBC Film
Sales: Sales Bureau
Summary: Kate walks through life in a dream when she is awakened by casual sexual contact with a charismatic stranger. A heady car accident follows under the intense infatuation.