ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?

ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?

30.11.2012

Island Pictures is delighted to announce that it has optioned the rights to ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? – the acclaimed memoir of travel writer Ben Hatch.

Island is developing the project with writer/director Kirk Jones (WAKING NED, NANNY McPHEE) who approached them immediately after reading it:

“I really think it’s a special book and I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t connected with it. Its full of drama and comedy carefully wrapped up in very familiar circumstances.”

Jones and Island Pictures’ Dominic Minghella will collaborate on the script.

ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? is the story of a family embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime trip around Britain – with two pre-school children crammed in the back of their Vauxhall Astra. Ben and Dinah are travel journalists who have blagged free hotels and dinners all the way from Cornwall to Cumbria, but even the best laid plans can go awry.

Producer Sarah Beardsall says that it was not just the comedy which drew her to the story, but also its surprising emotional underpinning:

“There’s a real warmth that shines through the chaos, and we hope that you’re rooting for Ben and Dinah even when you have your head in your hands. As a parent, there was so much that was recognizable and incredibly funny in the story. It’s a film about being a father but it’s also a film about being a son. Beneath the comedy there’s an incredibly heartfelt and tender film about Ben’s reconciliation with his own father.”

Ben Hatch added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Island Pictures and Kirk Jones. It’s wonderful to know the book is in such safe and talented hands. I am a huge fan of Kirk’s movies and I love the work of Island Pictures. It feels a winning combination to me.”

No date has been set for production, but avid fans of the book are already asking if we’re there yet. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you posted.

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THE SCAPEGOAT SET FOR US PREMIERE

29.11.2012

Calling all American friends!

Weinstein-owned arts network Ovation has secured the rights for the US premiere of THE SCAPEGOAT.

Ovation is dedicated to the arts and contemporary culture, and The Scapegoat adds to its growing portfolio of UK content. The film will air on January 22 at 8pm.

Kris Slava, senior VP of the network’s programming, said: “We’ve had our eyes on The Scapegoat for some time. This film is compelling from beginning to end and really masters the art of cinematic anticipation.

“Matthew Rhys gives a sensational performance as his character wrestles with the moral dilemma of assuming another’s life. Charles Sturridge is one of the legendary British writer/directors of our time and this film is beautifully shot and artfully told – a great fit for Ovation.”

Melissa Wohl, senior VP of worldwide distribution for Content Television, added: “We are very pleased to sign this major deal for The Scapegoat in the US, following its international launch at MIPCOM. We are sure it will prove a must-see for Ovation’s discerning audience in early 2013.”


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WIN £1,000 CASH & 2 WEEKS’ WORK EXPERIENCE

14.11.2012

Young, gifted and broke?

Calling all young film-makers aged 16-30!

Win £1,000 cash and two weeks’ work experience at Guardian Multimedia or Island Pictures.

Film your own 3-minute story and get your voice heard.

The judging panel includes Christopher Hird, Island Pictures’ Dominic Minghella, and the Guardian’s Becky Gardiner.


 
Island Pictures is proud to support The Intergenerational Foundation, a charity helping to transform the lives of the next generation.

 

Terms and Conditions apply.  See www.if.org.uk for full details.

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LE SCAPEGOAT

13.10.2012

DINARD FILM FESTIVAL

We were proud to have taken part in the 23rd Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard, in Bretagne, France, where Island Pictures’ film The Scapegoat played to packed houses.

Island Pictures’ producer Sarah Beardsall, and writer/director of The Scapegoat, Charles Sturridge, were in glorious Q&A attendance. No wonder the good folk of Dinard queued in the rain.

There was even a scuffle for tickets!  Qu’est-ce qu’on va faire?

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TONIGHT! PLEASE WATCH THE SCAPEGOAT ON ITV1

TONIGHT! PLEASE WATCH THE SCAPEGOAT ON ITV1

9.11.2012

“The Scapegoat is magnificent.”
THE TIMES

“A vintage Rolls Royce of a production.”
THE TIMES

“a fantasy of wish fulfilment with a profound moral core”
THE TIMES

“magnificently produced and performed”
THE TIMES

“Rhys delivers a tour de force of duality.”
TIME OUT

Matthew Rhys in The Scapegoat (Photo Nick Briggs) (c) Island Pictures LLP

“Sturridge’s script is beautifully contained and his direction nimble. It’s a hugely satisfying two hours of television.”
TIME OUT

“sweeps you along”
THE TIMES

“The Scapegoat creeps up on you … until you realise that you’re gripped and even though it’s after your bedtime there’s no possibility of turning off until you find out how it all turns out.”
THE LADY

“When ITV pulls off period drama like this, accept no imitations.”
TIME OUT

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PLEASE WATCH – THE SCAPEGOAT ON ITV1, SUNDAY 9PM

PLEASE WATCH – THE SCAPEGOAT ON ITV1, SUNDAY 9PM

7.9.2012

Open a bottle of red, put your feet up and tune in to ITV on Sunday night at 9pm.

“Matthew Rhys puts in a stunning performance… Captivating drama.”   * * * * * FIVE STARS

TV TIMES MAGAZINE


“When ITV pulls off period dramas like this, accept no imitations.”

TIME OUT

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THE SCAPEGOAT BFI BAFTA PREVIEW

THE SCAPEGOAT BFI BAFTA PREVIEW

6.9.2012

Sarah Crompton (the Daily Telegraph) Sarah Beardsall (producer) Alice Orr-Ewing (actor) Andrew Scott (actor) Jodhi May (actor) Charles Sturridge (writer/director)

Members of the public and industry colleagues attended a special preview of The Scapegoat last night, and were treated to the film in all its glory on the BFI’s wonderful new 4k projector.

The film was introduced by ITV’s chief, Peter Fincham, and the Q&A afterwards was chaired by Sarah Crompton, Arts Editor of the Daily Telegraph.

Island Pictures were delighted to welcome to the stage some of our stars – Andrew Scott, Jodhi May and Alice Orr-Ewing – alongside writer/director Charles Sturridge and producer Sarah Beardsall.

BFI/BAFTA Preview Q&A

We extend our thanks to all who attended, to the BFI, BAFTA and ITV, and to all the behind-the-scenes people who made the evening so successful.

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