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Banished

Titles

Created by London's Momoco, the titles of Jimmy McGovern's new drama 'Banished' and stunning. Produced by Marlea Edwards, shot by Ewan Mulligan, with make-up by MJ Gotidoc, we are overjoyed to have been a part of their creation.

Momoco has created a wealth of titles content including those for films listing Ridley Scott's 'The Councellor', James Griffiths' 'Cuban Fury', andBaltasar Kormákur's 'Contraband', as well as for television series such as 'Misfits' and 'Luther'.

Bromance

Bromance

Short Film

Recently commissioned by Nowness, 'Bromance' is a short film directed by Bertil Nilsson and produced by Victoria Hutchins. Shot on RED Epic Dragon by Undercranked's Ewan Mulligan, the piece follows a trio of circus artists, Louis Gift, Beren D'Amico and Charlie Wheeller of Barely Methodical Troupe (BMT), as they move through the streets and parks and warehouses of London - through natural live spaces in a remarkable way.

The film is organic and slick, the audio uninvasive but smooth, and the content easy and cool and has received an excellent response since release.

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For the Love of Spock

News

Adam Nimoy has announced plans to produce and direct a documentary about his father Leonard Nimroy, titled 'For the Love of Spock.'

The film will be produced by David Zappone of Paramount's 455 Films and is planned for release in association with the 50th anniverary of 'Star Trek'. The series, created by Gene Roddenbury, first aired in September 1966 and has spawned several movies, books, comics, games and more.

'For the Love of Spock' will be narrated by Zachary Quinto, while William Shatner is rumoured to have agreed to feature in the film.

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BBC2's 'Wolf Hall' Sky High Ratings

Television

BBC Two has announced that the critically acclaimed flagship drama Wolf Hall is the channel's highest-rating drama series since 2002. The adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novels has become BBC Two's highest rating drama series in at least 13 years, receiving a consolidated average audience of 4.4 million viewers and 15.8 per cent share across the six episodes.

Peter Kosminsky, BAFTA-winning director, says: “I grew up in a three channel era when you really could say that a significant proportion of the population was simultaneously watching the latest TV drama. It’s therefore such a thrill to learn today that Wolf Hall has broken BBC Two’s own 'box office record’. Many millions of people made the choice to watch a difficult, challenging, highly political drama that only the BBC could make. I think that bodes well for the future.”

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Film London: Animation and US Execs Visit

Animation

Five high-profile animation executives from the US to London this week in a bid to promote the capital's animation industry, encourage co-production and boost the city's animation industry, will be arriving in the capital thanks to Film London.

Over three days the visitors from FreemantleMedia Enterprises, Marvel Television, Cinema Management Group, Tricon Kids and PBSan intimate, will enjoy an insider's view of London's animation industry. Additionally, they wil also be granted seminars highlighting UK's generous tax reliefs (up to 25% of qualifying expenditure on animated programmes) and the ease of conducting business with the capital's skilled industry.

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BFI: 2015 Dates

Film Festivals

The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express has announced that its 59th edition will run from 7-18 October 2015 at venues across the UK capital and submissions are now open.

Under the leadership of BFI’s Head of Cinemas and Festivals, Clare Stewart, the LFF continues to build on the success of recent editions with 2014 enjoying its biggest ever audience turn out with 163,000 festival goers – an increase of 7.5% on the previous year.

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Robert Stomberg: 'Maleficent'

Reviews

It’s been six years since Angelina Jolie’s last film and now she’s is back with a slick performance in Robert Stomberg’s ‘Maleficent’. This one is a full-on family feast for Disney and the movie, which was made for an alledged £180 million has been nothing short of a box office blockbuster.

And that is hardly surprising. While the feature is based on a old age, dark fairytale by Charles Perrault ('Little Briar Rose'), ‘Maleficent’ is a watch for the family. In fact it has something for everyone. It a date movie, a play movie, a fun time film, a feel good feature. It’s an easy extra viewing for any demographic.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Movies

Ah yes it’s time. Well, it's almost time. Yes, it’s only a few weeks until the release of Marvel’s much awaited and anticipated ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. This year's superhero comic caper sees stars twist into the most unlikely galaxy guardians and savers. We have something special and superb here. We have Bradly Cooper as a raccoon, AKA Rocket Racoon, Vin Diesel as a ‘tree like’ big guy called Groot, and Josh Brolin as a super human mutant. Sounds pretty cool and if the trailer is anything to go by this will be one fun film. Directed by James Gunn, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is due for release in the UK at the end of July 2014 and in America the following month.

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Art Director: Charles Whiteway

Signings

Undercranked is proud to announce that Art Director, Charles Whiteway has been added to our roster of production talents.

Whiteway was first published as a photographer at 16 and by 19 was working on film sets, taking stills, later working in production and as an Art Director. During his career, he has established himself as he man who 'gets things done' and as a strong, creative artistic lead.

Today, Whiteway has worked on films, commercials and promos in areas including Europe, Africa and Asia, for production houses, clients and talents listing Nicki Minaj, Kaiser Chiefs, Dizzie Rascal, Eliza Doolittle, Pulse Films, My Accomplice, Unit 9, and HSI, as well as campaigns for leading brands like Nissan, Honda and Stella Artois.

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Luc Besson: 'Lucy'

Movies

Oh man. Luc Besson is back. Yes he is. Finally, he's here at last. This time round with he's coming in fast at cinemas with ‘Lucy’, a sci-fi, superhero, revengeful, surefire hit.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, the film was written by Besson and shot in Paris, Taipei and New York. The story is simple but sassy; a woman living in Taipei, goes through all sorts of hell. She becomes a drug mule, gets beaten up, the drugs in her belly leak and she, well, she becomes more of a superhuman. Think ‘Nikita’ with a little of ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Johnny Mnemonic’ thrown in for good measure.