Tuesday, July 26, 2011
David Mackenzie's "Perfect Sense" begins to open world wide as film fans in Turkey will be able to see the newest film starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green when it opens on 26 August. As such, there is a new website for the film, as well as a Facebook page, which has 15 mostly new pics in gorgeous high res for download. Terrific!
Love this photo-vintage David, and one of the reasons I consider him a true visual artist, just gorgeous
YOU INSTEAD 24, 25 August
PERFECT SENSE 27, 28 August
ps. The festival, sponsored by (UK) Screen south is doing a special tribute to the late great Pete Postlethwaithe, who was truly an A class actor; will be sorely missed.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Fear not however, as we will be able to relive that incredible first season as pre-orders for Game of Thrones DVD Season One are now available in the US via Amazon: DVD ($45.00 USD) Blu-Ray (55 USD)
UK pre-order can be found at the HBO shop, with more retailers to follow in short order. No release date is yet given (that will change soon to be certain). I also believe HBO is set to release their 2012 calendar which will feature many scenes from the series; will update this post once that becomes available online.
While I will greatly miss Jamie in this series, posts here on the show WILL CONTINUE given the great interest in the Scottish actors, including in those actors near and dear to Sigma film fans, stay tuned!
Game of Thrones will air next spring in the US on HBO and in the UK on Sky Atlantic
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Another actor very familiar to Sigma has landed a major role in the new season of HBO's acclaimed series "Game of Thrones." Actor Stephen Dillane, one of the stars in David Mackenzie's Perfect Sense, has landed the role of Stannis Baratheon. Entertainment Weekly was kind enough to email here with the news of their scoop, reporting that "Stannis believes himself to be the Iron Throne’s rightful heir and is described as humorless and authoritative, with a strict moral code, but is gradually succumbing to the power of his newfound religion."
This is thrilling news! Stephen Dillane of course wowed tv audiences with a superb turn in the mini-series John Adams for his turn as brilliant US president Thomas Jefferson (seriously if you haven't seen this mini-series and are remotely interested in two remarkable men who played such an intrinsic part in the formation of the US, I strongly recommend it). Stephen can be seen along side co-stars Eva Green, Alastair Mackenzie and Ewan McGregor in David Mackenzie's critically acclaimed film "Perfect Sense" which will be in theatres world wide later this fall. Trailer below (stephen is in it quite a bit)
You can see new shots of Ewan McGregor on the many cool sets used for Perfect Sense including those dramatic war/destruction sets on the streets of Glasgow as well as the interiors used in resteraunts such as Guys for the chef scenes.
Long time readers will recall the fabulous sets built for David's excellent Hallam Foe well documented by Sigma's own Colin Kennedy on the original GetYourPeople blog; be sure to check out the mini skyline of Edinburgh built, used for those closeup shots of Hallam (Jamie Bell) scampering over the building to peek on his beloved (Sophia Myles).
Thanks so much Tom!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Here it is, now available for everyone to see around the world wooooot!
The UK trailer for David Mackenzie's "You Instead"
The new poster can be found here via Lovefilm; be sure to read the FB page for more on the film before it opens in the UK on 9 September.
*Among the nuggets from Mackenzie were his dislike of bond companies, which he called “the Stasi of the industry” (in particular for making him cut one third of passion project Young Adam two weeks before shoot), his preference for shooting on digital and the awkwardness of shooting his brother Alastair in a sex scene (The Last Great Wilderness): “It was virtually pitch black so they were fumbling around quite naturally but the off-camera direction definitely broke the spell.”
The director also spoke interestingly about the challenge of working with three actors with very different approaches to their craft on that same film. Mackenzie described how Peter Mullan took a method approach, Tilda Swinton intellectualised and physicalised her role to a great extent, often repeating actions and movements to understand her character, while the raw Ewan McGregor took a more spontaneous approach.
Mackenzie admitted a “fundamental terror of being unemployed.” In addition to the projects already announced on ScreenDaily, Mackenzie said he is planning an “experimental piece” later in the year with brother Alastair and Gavin Mitchell from You Instead.
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS DUE TO JAMIE SIVES!!
*Jamie completed his highly acclaimed turn in The Pride which played over the past few weeks at the Sheffield Crucible theatre. Kudos cheers and BRAVO Jamie for all the great success with your return to the stage-hope it wont be too long till you return again! Congratulations! :))
*13 EMMY NOMS TO A GAME OF THRONES, which was nominated for a slew of awards, including BEST DRAMA. Well done indeed to the stellar cast & crew of this excellent HBO series, including many Scots actors in the cast
Jamie Sives, James Cosmo, Kate Dickie, Iain Glen, Richie Madden, Emun Elliot Ron Donachie & Rory McCann! Awesome job! "These nominations are great honors for the various individuals singled out, but the truth is that hundreds of people worked on ‘Game of Thrones,’ setting up lights at 5 in the morning, sewing wolf sigils on Sunday evenings, forging Valyrian steel daggers,” Benioff and Weiss said in a statement. “The crew and production staff work insane hours and their credits flash by in the blink of an eye at the end of each episode. We thank them for their passion and commitment to the show, and we thank the academy for recognizing their labors. And of course, thanks to HBO and George R.R. Martin.”
*Finally, the home town crowd will be able to catch Jamie Sives in his Best Actor turn for the short film "Tremblay-en-France" as it will be part of the French Film Festival this November in the UK. The festival will play in Jamie's home town and all over the UK including London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The program will officially be announced in September. Of making this acclaimed short film, Jamie, who lived in Paris for a while and still has friends there, wanted to make a return to that fabled city of lights. Thus when offered the chance to film there he readily took the film, and told me of making the movie: "Those three weeks were very gruelling and a bit hairy too. We filmed for 3 weeks in and around the darker reaches of Paris, mostly through the night. All along the canal and out to the suburbs. There was all manner of things going on along that canal in the wee small hours."
LOL quite! Jamie was quite honored with the best actor award earlier this year, and has nothing but high marks for the cast & crew, emphasing its often love that drives makers of short films "Short film crews work through incredibly hard conditions and invariably for free. Just for the love of it. Quite something really."
When the program is announced will update with ticket info and the like, stay tuned! PS if you are in Melbourne, Australia you can catch TEF on Thurs 28 July; info here.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
"Discussions are now at an advanced stage for an expansion of the Film City Glasgow project, which has helped produce a string of acclaimed hits including Red Road, Hallam Foe and Neds. A suitable 72,000sqft site has now been identified to house a large studio and production village.The pound(s)3 million facility is seen as the first phase of a "Scottish Hollywood" development, which would eventually boast a number of large studios to attract big-budget productions.
Film City Glasgow is actively discussing the funding of the project with its original investment partners, as well as national arts body Creative Scotland. Just pound(s)500,000 still has to be found to get the initiative off the ground...
Gillian Berrie, co-founder of Sigma Films and founder of Film City Glasgow, said a major studio was urgently required. "We are trying very hard to expand into a bigger space which will be a studio and production village. There couldn't be a better time. At Film City we turn away two or three productions away a week because we just don't have the space. Sometimes even my own films can't get in, because it is first come, first served."
Berrie declined to reveal the exact location of the new site, which is expected to house a studio nearly five times bigger than Film City's current facility in Govan. However, she said it was in an "ideal" position for both the city centre and the countryside, as well as for major transport links, including the motorway and the airport. She added: "We have identified a site and we have backing from Creative Scotland. I'm really hoping we can have a Scottish studio by the end of the year."
In Scotland, the film and television industry currently employs almost 9000 people directly. More than 80 production companies and more than 300 facilities generate a turnover of around pound(s)1.2 billion per year. Local film-makers spent around pound(s)18m last year and the ability to attract large-scale productions is seen as vital to securing the stability of the industry."
Berrie said a studio would have a huge impact on the ability to attract inward investment, adding that she was "quietly confident" the plans will go ahead."I think we need to make funders realise the true impact of having a Scottish studio. It would be huge for the industry, for tourism and for television as well as film," she said.
"Studies have been done throughout Europe which show when a country doesn't have a studio, for every pound you put into a film, there is a 400% return. But if you have a studio, that goes up to 700%. It would put us in a very strong position."
Film City Glasgow was set up three years ago after a pound(s)3.5m investment from Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.Its campus in the former Govan Town Hall brings together production and creative companies under one roof.
Tiernan Kelly, general manager of Film City Glasgow, said the proposed new site would be able to provide the large spaces required for TV and film facilities companies, alongside the studio.
"The project does not stand or fail on it being just a studio alone," he said. "The money that would be made from the other side of the business would keep it going for as long as it takes to get a big studio project in the building.It is being driven by the fact we are turning indigenous projects away, so there is a real demand for this infrastructure in the industry."
Kelly said the size of the studio was likely to be around 20,000sqft, which was on a par with what is available at most other UK studios. But he added: "We appreciate that perhaps a big Hollywood film isn't going to come unless there are four of those. So this is definitely part one of further hopeful expansion. If we had studio facilities, we would certainly have more to offer incoming feature films."
Friday, July 8, 2011
Jamie Sives Interview by sweetonsigmafilms
ps comments remain toast because I live my life under a perpetual cloud of good intentions always meant for doom.
Monday, July 4, 2011
David Mackenzie will be holding a Masterclass in filmmaking this week, Thurs. 8 July at the Galway Film Fleadh.
You can listen to the interview below or at this link (Part One), starting at the 28:00 minute mark (runs approx ten min in length)
COLIN KENNEDY Screen Daily Star of Tomorrow. In the piece we learn that FUNDING IS SO SO CLOSE for Colin's first feature length film, Atlantic Bridge. Plus we now know that EWEN BREMNER is attached to star alongside KEVIN MCKIDD. woooooooT! Filming is (tenatively) set to happen later this summer-FINGERS CROSSING ALERT FOLKS-ALL YOUR GOOD ENERGY IS NEEDED! :)) Right then, the full text
After I Love Luci, crossing Atlantic Bridge.
I Love Luci is simply irresistible Clocking in at just over 12 minutes of celluloid charm, it won hearts, minds and awards wherever it played last year — and it went to a lot of places. Chelsea College of Art graduate Colin Kennedy’s debut after years of working with Sigma Films, in particular with David Mackenzie, I Love Luci takes a Glasgow drug addict, her best friend, a dog and a missing set of teeth, and subverts everything you might have expected from such a list of ingredients. Now Kennedy, who started out making tea on the sets of his father’s corporate promos, is ready with his feature debut, to be shot this summer. Set up as a low budget (sub-$1.6m) UK independent and written by Andrea Gibb, Atlantic Bridge is a Big Chill-style romantic drama with Kevin McKidd and Ewen Bremner attached to star. It is close — so close — to being fully financed at time of going to press. “It is an ensemble piece,” says Kennedy. “which is a challenge. And the finance has been a challenge, so it’s great to have the support of Sigma behind this one as well.”
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Sunday, July 3, 2011
Update: Here's the link for the screening of PERFECT SENSE at the festival on 29 July