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Loach’s anti-austerity film wins him a 2nd Palme d’Or

Loach’s anti-austerity film wins him a 2nd Palme d’Or

The British director Ken Loach has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the second time. Ten years after winning the Palme d’Or for his story of Irish nationalism, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, the jury – this year led by the Mad Max director George Miller – chose I...

Woody Allen to open Cannes for a record 3rd time

Woody Allen to open Cannes for a record 3rd time

The Cannes Film Festival has picked one of its most regular visitors – and one of the most prolific directors – to open this year’s event, with Woody Allen returning to take centre stage on the first night for a record third time. His 1930s depiction of Hollywood, Cafe Society, wil...

Star Wars dominates Empire Awards

Star Wars dominates Empire Awards

Star Wars: The Force Awakens won the most awards at the Empire Awards, being honoured as the Best Sci-Fi, for its visual effects, for director JJ Abrams and for its lead actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who took the best male and female newcomer awards. But regarded as the top awards of the nigh...

Oscar spoils shared between Revenant, Spotlight, Mad Max – & SPECTRE

Oscar spoils shared between Revenant, Spotlight, Mad Max – & SPECTRE

At an Oscars ceremony where there was as much talk about who was not nominated as about who was, there were a number of big surprises, not least in the top category. Spotlight was a surprise Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight, about the Boston journalists who exposed the scale of child sex abuse w...

HFPA suspends Russian member Nellee Holmes over extortion

HFPA suspends Russian member Nellee Holmes over extortion

The organisation behind the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has suspended a member for bullying a journalist applying to join the organisation. Nellee Holmes, who covers the film industry for Russian media organisations, is understood to have admitted harassing a Ukrainian ri...

Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs to close LFF 2015

Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs to close LFF 2015

Danny Boyle is to close the London Film Festival for the third time, with his eponymous biopic of the Apple founder, Steve Jobs. The British director has previously had the honour with Slumdog Millionaire in 2008 and 127 hours two years later – both films featuring prominently at the Oscars, f...

Venice and Toronto pave the way for awards season

Venice and Toronto pave the way for awards season

The starting gun has been fired on the 2016 film awards season, with the announcement of the line-ups of two of the most prestigious festivals. The overlapping events in Venice and Toronto are often used as launch-pads for films that distributors hope will feature among the nominees for awards from ...

Rampling repeats Berlin success

Rampling repeats Berlin success

The Edinburgh Film Festival has honored Berlin nominee 45 Years with its Best British Feature Film award, and honoured its lead actress Charlotte Rampling as one of two Best Performances in a British Feature Film. The jury said 45 Years – a drama about a couple approaching their forty fifth we...

Suffragette to open London Film Festival

Suffragette to open London Film Festival

The London Film Festival has announced its opening film – more than four months before the start of the event. Suffragette – about women fighting for the vote in the early twentieth century – will receive its European premiere in Leicester Square on 7th October, attended by many of...

Cannes 2015 ends with Palme d’Or for Audiard

Cannes 2015 ends with Palme d’Or for Audiard

A Cannes Film Festival that opened with one French director has ended with another taking the top prize; at the fourth time of asking, Jacques Audiard, who most recently impressed at Cannes with A Prophet and Rust and Bone, has finally won the Palme d’Or for Dheepan, a gritty drama about Sri L...

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