Press

Filming of ‘Elephant angel’ film Zoo starts on Belfast streets

21 September 2016 in Films, News, Press

STREETS around Belfast city centre were transformed into the Blitz era on Tuesday as filming took place for a movie about a Belfast zoo keeper. The cameras were rolling in Union Street and Little Donegall Street for the film Zoo, a new movie based on one of Northern Ireland's most famous wartime stories. Zoo is based on the true story of Denise Austin, a keeper at Belfast Zoo during the Blitz in 1941 known as the 'elephant angel'. Denise secretly walked Sheila from the zoo each evening to the backyard of her terraced home on the Whitewell Road in the north of the...

Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson Join Max Irons & Glenn Close For Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’

13 September 2016 in Films, Press

  EXCLUSIVE: Agatha Christie is finally headed back to the big screen. Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, Stefanie Martini, Terence Stamp and Honor Kneafsey are joining Max Irons and Glenn Close to star in an upcoming adaptation of Christie’s whodunit Crooked House, which has started shooting in and around London. Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) will direct the ensemble cast from a script written by Downton Abbey and Gosford Park writer Julian Fellowes, Tim Rose Price and Brenner. Joe Abrams at Brilliant Films, James Spring at Fred Films and Sally Wood produce. Crooked House, one of the few of Christie’s books that hasn’t been adapted for...

Zoe Saldana on Nina Simone backlash: ‘There is no one way to be black’

20 June 2016 in Films, News, Press

The actor has responded to critics who claim that she performed in ‘blackface’ for her role in biopic of the legendary singer. Zoe Saldana has responded to criticism over her performance in the Nina Simone biopic, saying there is “no one way to be black”. The casting of the Guardians of the Galaxy actor in musical drama Nina led to anger from some who believed she had performed in “blackface”, including the singer’s daughter who said “appearance-wise this is not the best choice”. “There’s no one way to be black,” Saldana told Allure. “I’m black the way I know how to be. You...

Michael Caton Jones’s ‘Urban Hymn’ scores UK deal

15 May 2016 in News, Press, Screen Daily

EXCLUSIVE: Metro International inks UK deal for coming-of-age drama. Metro International has secured an all rights deal for Michael Caton Jones’s (The Jackal) Urban Hymn with UK distributor Bull Dog for UK and Ireland. The redemptive, coming of age drama stars Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting), Screen International Star of Tomorrow Letitia Wright (My Brother The Devil) and Isabella Laughland (Chubby Funny). The story follows a neglected, wayward teen whose singing talent offers her an escape to a better life until she finds her loyalties torn between her inspiring, unconventional care worker and her possessive and volatile best friend. Bull Dog is planning a theatrical release this autumn with a...

‘Game Of Thrones’ star to lead family-adventure ‘Zoo’

11 May 2016 in Films, News, Press, Screen Daily

EXCLUSIVE: Art Parkinson, Toby Jones, Penelope Wilton lead feature based on true story. Art Parkinson (San Andreas), who plays Rickon Stark in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, is set to star in family-adventure Zoo, which Metro International will launch in Cannes. Parkinson will be joined by Toby Jones (Dad’s Army) and Penelope Wilton (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) in the feature, which is based on a true story of a 12-year old and his misfit friends who enlist an older woman in the fight to save Buster the baby elephant during the air raids on Belfast in 1941. Shoot is due to get underway mid-July. Producers...

The Banksy Job will receive it’s World Premiere at Tribeca 2016

08 March 2016 in Documentary, News, Press

The historical satire Elvis & Nixon, the street art documentary The Banksy Job, and the drama A Hologram For The King starring Tom Hanks are among the titles announced today that round out the Tribeca Film Festival’s 2016 slate. The organization unveiled 58 films total as part of the festival’s Spotlight and Midnight selections, the Centerpiece Film, special screenings, and works in progress selections as well as the 10th annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. RelatedTribeca Film Festival Releases Competition Slate Elvis & NixonElvis & Nixon has been selected as Tribeca’s Centerpiece Film. Set in 1970, it details the near-legendary meeting between President...

‘The Banksy Job’ to get Berlin art gallery screening

10 February 2016 in Documentary, Films, Press, Screen Daily

EXCLUSIVE: Art heist documentary to be sold by Metro International. Metro International will give a premiere screening in Berlin to long-in-the-works art heist documentary The Banksy Job, which is due to be shown at one of the city’s art galleries. The film charts the story behind an incident in London in 2004 when a sculpture by street artist Banksy was stolen by a group of eccentric ‘art terrorists’. Ian Roderick Gray and Dylan Harvey direct, Christine Alderson (Snow In Paradise) and Alex Hurle of Ipso Facto Productions produce. Will Machin, CEO of Metro International said: “We are really excited to be part of this...

Brendan Gleeson to topline crime-comedy ‘Mr Cranky’

08 February 2016 in Press, Screen Daily

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) to direct feature heading to EFM with Metro International. Metro International has boarded sales ahead of the EFM on crime-comedy Mr. Cranky, which has Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) on board to star as a crime boss debt collector with a raging temper who is saddled with an orphaned seven year old in the middle of a gangland war. The Railway Man director Jonathan Teplizky is due to direct Chris Nyst’s (Crooked Business) script which is to be produced by Chris Brown (The Railway Man). The film reunites Teplitzky with Nyst after the two collaborated on 2003 Australian...

IAG’s Letitia Wright announced as BAFTA Breakthrough Brits for 2015

11 November 2015 in Press, Screen Daily

IAG are proud to announce that our clients Letitia Wright and Charlie Covell have been announced as BAFTA Breakthrough Brits for 2015. Letitia Wright An alumni of The Identity School of Acting, Letitia’s credits include soon to be released feature film Urban Hymn directed by Michael Caton-Jones and Glasgow Girls for BBC. Her TV credits include Banana for E4 and Cucumber for Channel 4. Charlie Covell Charlie’s credits include Cucumber for Channel 4, for which she also wrote two episodes, Banana for E4 and Critical for SKY. Charlie is about to film a series regular role in ITV‘s Marcella opposite Anna Friel....

Coixet’s recut Berlin opener re-enters market

07 November 2015 in Press, Screen Daily

EXCLUSIVE: Metro International takes over from Elle Driver on Juliette Binoche drama. UK sales outfit Metro International has taken over sales rights from Elle Driver to a refashioned version of Isabel Coixet’s Berlinale opener Nobody Wants The Night. The film is understood to have been “significantly” cut by the filmmakers and now includes a voiceover narrated by the film’s star Juliette Binoche. Metro described the new version as “a leaner, revitalized final cut.” This is the version that got its Spanish premiere last week at the Valladolid Film Festival and will be released in Spain at the end of this month through Filmax. Few distribution...