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Bleecker Street Buys Emma Mackey’s Emily Brontë Biopic From Frances O’Connor

Bleecker Street has bought the U.S. rights for writer-director Frances O’Connor’s directorial debut, “Emily,” which tells the story of author Emily Brontë’s real-life romance in the lead up to her seminal novel, “Wuthering Heights.”Bleecker Street is planning a 2023 theatrical release Stateside, while Warner Bros. will open the film wide in U.K. cinemas.Promotional materials for […]

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The Outrun: Saoirse Ronan To Lead Memoir Adaptation From The Unforgivable Director

Despite establishing herself multiple times over as one of the most talented young actors around, one glance at Saoirse Ronan’s filmography suggests she has carefully gone out of her way to pick and choose her projects in recent years with an eye on only the most interesting and promising roles. After the one-two-three punch of […]

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‘Benedetta’ Review: Paul Verhoeven’s Erotic Lesbian Nun Drama Won’t Reward Your Faith

You probably won’t be shocked to hear that Paul Verhoeven’s erotic drama about the relationship between two horny nuns in a 17th century Italian convent — a sacrilegious affair that became one of modern Western civilization’s earliest documented instances of lesbianism after a parish scrivener wrote about it in his diary with curiously exacting detail […]

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Vanessa Kirby and Katherine Waterston’s frontier romance: ‘She let me be more full-bodied’

The north-eastern US is not the only uncharted territory explored in the pair’s 19th-century period drama. They discuss becoming friends, learning how to act and sexism in showbizAfter the release this year of Ammonite, with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan as 19th-century fossil hunters who fall in love in inclement weather, Saturday Night Live ran […]

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Why are historical figures presumed straight? Francis Lee on causing outrage with Ammonite

The Yorkshire director sparked a storm by portraying fossil-hunter Mary Anning as a lesbian. He explains why the film, which stars Kate Winslet as the lead, is his most personal yetThe love story Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet as the 19th-century fossil-hunter and palaeontologist Mary Anning, was chosen to close last year’s London film festival, but […]

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Neil Patrick Harris Says It’s ‘Sexy’ for Straight Actors to Play Gay Roles

The notion of straight actors playing gay roles has been a controversial topic in Hollywood in recent years, especially surrounding high-profile LGBTQ films like “Call Me By Your Name” or “Ammonite.” But Neil Patrick Harris, who is currently starring in Russell T. Davies’ AIDS drama miniseries “It’s a Sin” now on Channel 4, thinks that […]

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‘Ammonite’ Trailer: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan Find Fossils (and Love) on the Beach

Maybe it’s because many of our traditional activities are still verboten due to the pandemic, but there’s a bit of a heightened thrill in seeing two movie characters engage in a forbidden romance right now. God’s Own Country director Francis Lee was able to entice two of the film industry’s best working actresses – Kate […]

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Ammonite to get Neon’s first PVoD release in US

AFM keynotes hear from Neon distribution head Elissa Federoff, Solstice Studios head Mark Gill.Neon will release Francis Lee’s awards contender Ammonite theatrically on Friday (November 13) in the US followed by the company’s first PVoD release on December 4.“This is our first PVoD release that we’ve done and we’re really excited about it,” said Neon […]

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Hybrid BFI London Film Festival achieves record attendances

Across online and physical events, the festival recorded 315,000 admissions.The BFI London Film Festival has announced record attendances for its 2020 edition, which combined physical and virtual screenings and events.Total attendance was 315,000 across the UK and internationally. In 2019, the festival achieved 178,000 London admissions, and 190,000 including screenings across the UK.Francis Lee’s Ammonite, […]

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