DAILY NEWS: British Indie Winners and indieWIRE: Buzz
by Brian Brooks and Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE
>> "Bloody Sunday" and "Sweet Sixteen" Among Big Winners at British Independent Film Awards
(indieWIRE: 11.01.02) -- "Sweet Sixteen" by director Ken Loach took home two big prizes this week as the winners were announced at the fifth annual
British Independent Film Awards in London. The film, about a Scottish teen
who sets out to raise money to buy a home before his mother returns from
prison, won the most promising newcomer award for its lead actor Martin
Compston as well as the best British independent film prize. "Morvern
Callar" by Lynne Ramsay also won two awards with its lead Samantha Morton taking the best actress prize while the film's director of photography,
Alwin Kuchler, won the best technical achievement award. "Bloody Sunday" also won big with star James Nesbitt taking the best actor award and
director Paul Greengrass receiving the coveted best director prize.
The best foreign film (foreign language) award was presented to Mira Nair's
"Monsoon Wedding," about a family preparing for an arranged marriage, while
the best foreign film (English language) went to Ray Lawrence's mystery
"Lantana." Tom Hunsinger and Neil Hunter won best screenplay for "The Lawless Heart," while best achievement in production went to "24 Hour Party People" by Michael Winterbottom.
In other awards, cinematographer Brian Tufano ("Once Upon a Time in the
Midlands," "Alien Love Triangle") won a special jury prize and the late
actor Richard Harris ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "The
Pearl") received a posthumous award for outstanding contribution by an
actor. The Variety UK Personality award went to actor Ewan McGregor and the Douglas Hickox award (debut director) prize was presented to Lindy Heymann and Christian Taylor for "Showboy." [Brian Brooks]
>> indieWIRE: BUZZ for Friday, November 1
indieWIRE presents its weekly column focusing on recent items on the radar
in the indie film community.
Gabriele Caroti has left his freelance stint at Palm Pictures and RESFEST and is now the Director of Publicity for indie DVD label/film studio
Plexifilm. He's working on projects including the DVD releases of
skateboarding doc "Fruit of the Vine" and the Edie Sedgwick film "Ciao!
Jenni Olson has left her position as a producer Planet Out Partners. Olson
pioneered the Queer movie site, PopcornQ, and is now set to start work on
a new 16mm experimental feature documentary, entitled "The Joy of Life."
ANGRY WHITE MAN: Michael Moore is spending the next month in London
performing a one-man show at the Roundhouse Theatre. "This is something that
I have been wanting to do for sometime, so I'm going to give it a go in
Britain first before bringing it to the States," he said in an email to
fans. "As the British have been good sports/guinea pigs in the past,
allowing me to try out my TV shows on them ('TV Nation' was co-produced by
the BBC and 'The Awful Truth' by Channel Four UK), I thought it was best that they be the first ones ever subjected to my attempt at live theatre."
The show runs November 8 to December 8; for details visit
michaelmoorelive.com. Other parts of Europe are welcoming him as well:
Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" has set a French box office record for a
WATERS MEETS WARHOL: Filmmaker John Waters has been elected to the board of director of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Foundation
president Joel Wachs called Waters an "ideal fit," noting in an
announcement that the director has made a career of bucking convention in
pursuit of his own vision.
JACKASS ON THE ROAD: Hmmm...stealing a dead guy's body? Sounds "Jackass"
enough for us. Riding on his number-one hit "Jackass the Movie," Johnny
Knoxville has signed on for the comedic film "Grand Theft Parsons," in which
he will play Phil Kaufman. Kaufman was the road manager of alt-country
pioneer Gram Parsons who steals Parsons' body in order to
cremate the singer at Joshua Tree National Park. The film also stars
Christina Applegate, Michael Shannon, Marley Shelton, and Robert Forster. David Caffrey ("Divorcing Jack") is directing from a screenplay by Jeremy Drysdale. Frank Mannion of Swipe Films is producing, and Morty-Stevie G Productions and Helkon SK are executive producing and providing financing. Filming will start before the end of the year.
"GEORGE" JOURNEY TO BIG SCREEN: Alexandra Pelosi's doc "Journeys with George," shot by Pelosi on the campaign trail with candidate George W. Bush, has been optioned to be adapted into a feature film by Sid Ganis' Out of the Blue Entertainment. Pelosi is the daughter of Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and her grandfather, Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., was a five-term Democratic Congressman from Maryland.
EURO-SMASH: If you can't afford to go to Europe, let Europe come to you.
There are a slew of Euro events in the U.S. in the next two months. San
Francisco Film Society is hosting its seventh annual New Italian Cinema
program from November 18-24. In Chicago, the sixth Festival of New French
Cinema will be held December 6-12. In New York, the Film Society of Lincoln
Center welcomes the New Faces of Swedish Cinema from today through November
7, kicking off with a special preview screening of Lukas Moodysson's "Lilya
4-Ever" tonight. The FSLC will also host Transcendent Realism: New and Old
Cinema from Belgium from November 7-27. And look for the Museum of Modern
Art, at its new Gramercy Theatre home, to present Kino 2002: New German
Films, from November 8-17. Finnish director Mika Kaurismaki and Icelandic
director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson will also be in New York in November for
the Scandinavia House's Directors from the Edge series. Lastly, the American
Museum of the Moving Image will host this weekend's East European Women: The
Films of Judit Elek and Nana Djordjadze.
"I must have come across the show once or twice when I was in college. I
find it somewhere between unfunny and offensive."
"Auto Focus" director Paul Schrader, telling Time Out New York about his opinion of "Hogan's Heroes," the TV show about a World World II POW camp that starred "Auto Focus" subject Bob Crane.
Next week in indieWIRE, Matthew Ross talks with Scott McCaulay for his
monthly industry spotlight column, Wendy Mitchell reports on the recently
wrapped Viennale, Howard Feinstein reviews "Far From
Heaven," and Anthony Kaufman delivers his biweekly World Cinema Report well
as an interview with director Tim McCann of "Revolution #9." [Wendy