BRITISH FILMS IN OFFICIAL SELECTION AT TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013

BRITISH FILMS IN
OFFICIAL SELECTION AT
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL 2013
GRAVITY
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
GALA PRESENTATIONS
GRAVITY
Director Alfonso Cuarón
Producers Alfonso Cuarón & David Heyman
Screenplay Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón
Cast Sandra Bullock & George Clooney
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star in this highly
anticipated 3D space thriller from acclaimed director Alfonso
Cuarón (Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También)
Int. Sales Agent Warner Bros Pictures
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
Director Justin Chadwick
Producers Anant Singh & David Thompson
Screenplay William Nicholson
Cast Idris Elba & Naomie Harris
This epic motion picture spans Mandela’s extraordinary
life, from his childhood in a rural village through to his
inauguration as the first democratically elected President
RUSH
THE RAILWAY MAN
of South Africa. MANDELA is the thrilling story of an
ordinary man who rose to the challenge of his times
and triumphed - an intimate portrait of the making of
a modern icon.
Int. Sales Agent Pathé International
E Sophie Glover ([email protected])
RUSH
Director Ron Howard
Producers Andrew Eaton, Eric Fellner, Brian Oliver,
Peter Morgan, Brian Grazer & Ron Howard
Screenplay Peter Morgan
Cast Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde &
Natalie Dormer
Ron Howard directs this pulse-pounding true story about
hard-driving Formula 1 rivals James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)
and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), whose clashes both on and off
the racetrack made the 1976 season one of the most thrilling
and memorable in the sport’s history.
Int. Sales Agent Exclusive Media
E Gabrielle Stewart ([email protected])
THE RAILWAY MAN
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
Producers Andy Paterson, Chris Brown & Bill Curbishley
Screenplay Frank Cottrell Boyce & Andy Paterson
Cast Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine,
Stellan Skarsgård & Hiroyuki Sanada
Based on a remarkable autobiography, THE RAILWAY MAN
tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a
British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war
at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades
later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he
holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and
sets out to confront him, and his haunting past. Directed
by Jonathan Teplitzky, and starring Academy Award-winner
Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, and Academy Award-winner
Nicole Kidman, the film is a powerful tale of survival, love
and redemption.
Int. Sales Agent Lionsgate
E [email protected]
ALL IS BY MY SIDE
BELLE
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
ALL IS BY MY SIDE
Director John Ridley
Producers Sean McKittrick, Jeff Culotta, Danny Bramson,
Brandon Freeman, Anthony Burns, Tristen Orpen Lynch &
Nigel Thomas
Screenplay John Ridley
Cast Andre Benjamin, Imogen Poots & Hayley Atwell
In 1966, an unknown back-up guitarist called Jimmy James
left New York City for London, England. Twelve months later
he returned - as Jimi Hendrix. ALL IS BY MY SIDE is the true
story of how the man became the legend, and the people
who loved and inspired him.
Int. Sales Agent Content Media
E Harry White ([email protected])
BELLE
Director Amma Asante
Producer Damian Jones
Screenplay Misan Sagay
DOM HEMINGWAY
Cast Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Sarah
Gadon, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Tom Felton,
James Norton, Matthew Goode & Emily Watson
BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed race
girl raised as an aristocratic lady in England at the end of the
18th century. Half black and half white, Dido is the result of a
union between British naval officer, Sir Admiral John Lindsay,
and an African slave woman. When Dido’s mother dies,
making her an orphan at the age of six, her father comes to
claim her before returning to his family home at Kenwood
House in Hampstead. There he beseeches his uncle, the Earl
of Mansfield, to take the child into his care and to raise her
alongside her cousin, Elizabeth, with equality and privilege in
a manner befitting her aristocratic blood line.
Prevented from marrying because of the colour of her skin,
Dido must navigate her way past barriers of race and class.
Although she has the affection of a loving family, society
will place many constraints upon her which she must fight
to overcome if she is to discover the path to true love and
self-acceptance.
Int. Sales Agent Bankside Films
UK Film Centre, 9th floor Hyatt Regency, Toronto
T +44 7957 605 915 Stephen Kelliher
(Fox Searchlight is the worldwide distributor)
DOM HEMINGWAY
Director Richard Shepard
Producers Jeremy Thomas
Screenplay Richard Shepard
Cast Jude Law, Richard E Grant, Demian Bichir & Emilia Clarke
Jude Law plays Dom Hemingway, a larger-than-life
safecracker with a loose fuse, funny, profane and dangerous.
Back on the streets of London after 12 years in prison, it’s
time to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut.
Travelling with his devoted best friend Dickie (Richard E.
Grant), Dom visits his crime boss Mr Fontaine (Demian Bichir)
in the South of France to claim his reward. But Dom’s drink
and drug-fuelled ego decides that what he’s lost can’t be
replaced. One car accident and a femme fatale later, Dom
realises that his priority must be to reconnect with his longlost daughter Evelyn (Emilia Clarke).
But Dom does what Dom does best. He screws things up
for everyone…
Int. Sales Agent HanWay Films
Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King Street West
T +1 416 343 1234
E [email protected]
THE DOUBLE
HALF OF A YELLOW SUN
THE DOUBLE
Director: Richard Ayoade
Producers: Amina Dasmal & Robin C Fox
Screenplay: Richard Ayoade & Avi Korine
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska & Noah Taylor
Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence
in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned
by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He
feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of
a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James
is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s
horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. It’s a
nightmare from which he’s unable to awake.
Int. Sales Agent Protagonist Pictures
E [email protected]
HALF OF A YELLOW SUN
Director Biyi Bandele
Producer: Andrea Calderwood & Gail Egan
Screenplay Biyi Bandele, based on the novel by
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Cast Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose
& John Boyega
HOW I LIVE NOW
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
Based on the best-selling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi
Adichie, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is a sweeping love story
weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the
turbulence of war.
Int. Sales Agent Metro International
E Natalie Brenner ([email protected])
HOW I LIVE NOW
Director Kevin Macdonald
Producers Charles Steel, Alisdair Flind, John Battsek &
Andrew Ruhemann
Screenplay Jeremy Brock, Tony Grisoni & Penelope Skinner
Cast Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay & Tom Holland
Daisy, a teenage New Yorker, is sent to England one summer
to stay with the cousins she has never met. Initially resentful,
she soon immerses herself in a dreamy, pastoral idyll as she
falls madly in love. But this perfect summer is blown apart
by the sudden outbreak of a war none of them understand
- the family is separated and Daisy is forced to embark on a
terrifying journey to be reunited with the boy she loves.
Int. Sales Agent Protagonist Pictures
E [email protected]
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
Director Ralph Fiennes
Producers Stewart Mackinnon, Gabrielle Tana, Christian
Baute & Carolyn Marks Blackwood
Screenplay Abi Morgan
Cast Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas
& Tom Hollander
Nelly, a happily married mother and school teacher, is
haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse
and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her
relationship with Charles Dickens, with whom she discovered
an exciting but fragile complicity.
Dickens – famous, controlling and emotionally isolated
within his success – falls for Nelly, one of three sisters – all
actresses. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens – a brilliant
amateur actor – a man more emotionally coherent in his
work, or on stage, than in life. The nature of performance
and the life of the theatre are an important part of this film,
particularly in regards to the perception of women in theatre
and the ambivalence of their position. Nelly, in some ways a
muse for Dickens, becomes the focus of his passion.
For both of them, secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life
of “invisibility”.
Int. Sales Agent WestEnd Films
E Eve Schoukroun ([email protected])
E Maya Emsellem ([email protected])
LE WEEK-END
ONE CHANCE
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
PHILOMENA
LE WEEK-END
just that. This is the story of his journey.
Director Roger Michell
Producer Kevin Loader
Screenplay Hanif Kureishi
Cast Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan & Jeff Goldblum
From the director of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, ONE
CHANCE is the remarkable and inspirational true story
of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an
amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant
YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell
for ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’ Wowing audiences worldwide with
his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win ‘Britain’s Got
Talent’ and the hearts of millions.
A married couple (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan)
revisit Paris to revitalise their marriage, and run into an old
friend (Jeff Goldblum) who acts as a catalyst for things to
come. LE WEEK-END is a beautifully observed, funny and
poignant story about the nature of love and commitment
where husband and wife yearn to recapture their youthful
fearlessness, lack of responsibility and idealism.
Int. Sales Agent Embankment Films
E Sharon Lee ([email protected])
ONE CHANCE
Director David Frankel
Producers Mike Menchel, Simon Cowell, Brad Weston
& Kris Thykier
Screenplay Justin Zackham
Cast James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Mackenzie Crook,
Colm Meaney & Julie Walters
Most people only dream about becoming a famous
superstar, but against all odds one man from Wales did
Int. Sales Agent The Weinstein Company
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
Director Jim Jarmusch
Screenplay Jim Jarmusch
Producers Jeremy Thomas & Reinhard Brundig
Cast Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska
& John Hurt
An age-old romance reignites when Eve (Tilda Swinton),
an otherworldly beauty, travels from Tangiers to be with
her Adam (Tom Hiddleston), an underground cult musician
mired in the fading days of Detroit. But their union is
threatened by the arrival of Ava (Mia Wasikowska), Eve’s
younger “sister”, who reawakens their destructive appetites.
Int. Sales Agent HanWay Films
Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King Street West
T +1 416 343 1234
E [email protected]
PHILOMENA
Director Stephen Frears
Producers Steve Coogan, Gabrielle Tana & Tracey Seaward
Screenplay Jeff Pope & Steve Coogan
Cast Judi Dench, Steve Coogan & Anna Maxwell Martin
PHILOMENA is the true story of one mother’s search for
her lost son. Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952,
Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked
after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler,
he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America.
Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him in
vain. Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political
journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story.
Together they set off for America on a journey that would
not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son,
but also create an unexpectedly close bond between them.
Int. Sales Agent Pathé International
E Sophie Glover ([email protected])
SOUTHCLIFFE
STARRED UP
SOUTHCLIFFE
Director Sean Durkin
Producers Peter Carlton & Derrin Schlesinger
Screenplay Tony Grisoni
Cast Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Shirley Henderson, Anatol
Yusef & Eddie Marsan
A sudden inexplicable spate of shootings rips through the
market town of Southcliffe. The lives of those left behind
are torn apart. In this haunting four part drama a journalist
reporting on the tragedy finds himself back in the small
town he himself grew up in, looking for answers from the
shattered community whilst trying to reconcile dark events
from his own past.
Int. Sales Agent BBC Worldwide
E Michael L. Smith ([email protected])
STARRED UP
Director David Mackenzie
Producer Gillian Berrie
Screenplay Jonathan Asser
Cast Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn & Rupert Friend
A violent young man is thrust into the dark world of an adult
prison. As he struggles to assert himself amid its competing
systems, and against the presence of a father he scarcely
SUNSHINE ON LEITH
UNDER THE SKIN
knows, Eric learns that shame and rage can be overcome.
But there are forces at work determined to deny him his
identity, and his very life.
Int. Sales Agent Independent Film Sales
E Karina Gechtman-Harroch
([email protected])
SUNSHINE ON LEITH
Director Dexter Fletcher
Producers Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Arabella Page
Croft & Kieran Parker
Exec Producers Nigel Green & Trevor Green
Screenplay Stephen Greenhorn
Cast Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks, George MacKay, Kevin
Guthrie, Antonia Thomas, Freya Mavor & Paul Brannigan
SUNSHINE ON LEITH is the tale of one tight-knit family,
and the three couples bound to it, as they experience the
joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships. And
they do it all while singing to the euphoric music of The
Proclaimers. Dexter Fletcher directs a jubilant, heartfelt
musical about the power of home, the hearth, family and
love, which has been adapted from the acclaimed stage
musical by Stephen Greenhorn.
Int. Sales Agent Focus Features International
E Emil Elmer ([email protected])
UNDER THE SKIN
Director Jonathan Glazer
Producer James Wilson & Nick Wechsler
Screenplay Walter Campbell & Jonathan Glazer
Cast Scarlett Johansson
UNDER THE SKIN is the story of an alien in human form. Part
road movie, part science fiction, part real, it’s a film about
seeing our world through alien eyes.
Int. Sales Agent FilmNation
E Tara Erer ([email protected])
THE SELFISH GIANT
A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM
THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE
OFFICIAL SELECTION, TIFF DOCS
THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE
THE SELFISH GIANT
A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM
Director Sarah McCarthy
Producers Grace Hughes-Hallett & Sarah McCarthy
Writer Sarah McCarthy
Director Clio Barnard
Producer Tracy O’Riordan
Screenplay Clio Barnard
Cast Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas & Sean Gilder
Director Mark Cousins
Producers Adam Dawtrey & Mary Bell
An eleven year old Russian girl learns to love her adoptive
American family through a scientific programme.
A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM is the world’s first movie
about kids in global cinema. A passionate, poetic portrait
of the adventures of childhood – it is surrealism, loneliness,
fun, destructiveness and vitality – as seen through 53 great
films from 25 countries. The critical and commercial hits
such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Moonrise Kingdom to
well-known classics The Red Balloon and 400 Blows, it also
features dozens of rarely seen masterpieces.
Int. Sales Agent Roco Films
E Annie Roney ([email protected])
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
THE SELFISH GIANT is a contemporary fable about 13 year
old Arbor and his best friend Swifty. Excluded from school
and outsiders in their own neighbourhood, the two boys
meet Kitten, a local scrap dealer – the Selfish Giant. They
begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart.
Swifty has a natural gift with horses while Arbor emulates
Kitten – keen to impress him and make some money.
However, Kitten favours Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt
and excluded, driving a wedge between the boys. Arbor
becomes increasingly greedy and exploitative, becoming
more like Kitten. Tensions build, leading to a tragic event,
which transforms them all.
Int. Sales Agent Protagonist Pictures
E [email protected]
A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM is an eye opener, a
landmark film and a celebration of both childhood and
the movies
Int. Sales Agent HanWay Select, HanWay Films
Hyatt Regency, Toronto, 370 King Street West
E Fabien Westerhoff ([email protected])
FOR NO GOOD REASON
INREALLIFE
MAVERICKS SECTION
A FIELD IN ENGLAND
Int. Sales Agent Independent Film Sales
E Karina Gechtman-Harroch
([email protected]
FOR NO GOOD REASON
Director Charlie Paul
Producer Lucy Paul
Writer Charlie Paul
Contributors Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam & Patrick Godfrey
Johnny Depp pays a call on his friend and hero Ralph
Steadman and we take off on a high-spirited, raging and
kaleidoscopic journey discovering the life and works of one
of the most distinctive radical artists of the last 50 years.
Steadman rose to fame in the early 70’s when his satirical
drawings began to challenge establishments on both sides
of the Atlantic. He became known as the chief chronicler of
the Gonzo movement through his long term collaboration
with Hunter S. Thompson and his work on Thompson’s classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas has enshrined him as the
pre-eminent counter culture artist. Featuring appearances
from Terry Gilliam, William Burroughs, Richard E Grant and
intimate footage of Thompson over a soundtrack by the likes
of Slash, FOR NO GOOD REASON is a riot of stories, animations and images compiled by director Charlie Paul over the
last 15 years.
WAVELENGTHS
A FIELD IN ENGLAND
INREALLIFE
Director Beeban Kidron
Producer Freya Sampson & Beeban Kidron
Contributors Jimmy Wales, Sherry Turkle & Julian Assange
Most of us remember a time before the internet, there’s now
a generation of teens who’ve never known social interaction
before Facebook. InRealLife is an in-depth examination
of the effects of the internet on the social lives of teens,
casting a spotlight on how corporations influence the online
lives of our children for profit.
Int. Sales Agent Dogwoof
UK Film Centre, 9th floor Hyatt Regency, Toronto
E Ana Vicente ([email protected])
Director Ben Wheatley
Producers Claire Jones & Andy Starke
Screenplay Amy Jump
Cast Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, Julian Barratt &
Michael Smiley
England: The English Civil War. A small group of deserters
flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. A FIELD
IN ENGLAND is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness
from Ben Wheatley – award-winning director of Down
Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers.
Int. Sales Agent Protagonist Pictures
E [email protected]
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