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Domhnall Gleeson, Lenny Abrahamson project receives Irish Film Board funding

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Other recipients include Virginia Woolf romance Vita & Virginia and new Hong Khaou, Carmel Winters films.

Lenny Abrahamson’s forthcoming adaptation of Sarah Waters’ acclaimed wartime ghost story The Little Stranger is among the films being supported by the Irish Film Board in its latest round of funding decisions. 

Projects by Mary McGuckian, Carmel Winters and British/Cambodian filmmaker Hong Khaou are also among those given production funding support, as is a drama about Virgina Woolf’s love affair with the poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West

In a diverse and wide-ranging first quarter, Room director Abrahamson’s [pictured] adaption of The Little Stranger has received production funding of €350,000.

The novel, which centres on the strange goings on in a country house in rural Warwickshire, has been adapted for the big screen by English novelist and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl). Domhnall Gleeson is attached to the project, which will be co-produced by Element Pictures

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Pinewood CEO Ivan Dunleavy exits

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CEO set to leave Star Wars and James Bond studio after 17 years.

Pinewood Group CEO Ivan Dunleavy is leaving the company after 17 years at the helm.

The UK studio has long played host to blockbusters including the Bond franchise, a string of Marvel titles and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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In an email to all staff today, Paul Golding, chairman of Pinewood, said: “Ivan has played a huge role in the success of Pinewood. When we became owners six months ago, we were delighted that he stayed on. Now, having overseen a smooth transition from public company to private ownership and with the business in such great shape, he has suggested the time is right to move on.

“I am pleased to say Ivan will continue to bring us the benefit of his experience as a senior adviser.”

In the same email, Ivan wished Pinewood, its staff and “all contributors to the screen industries »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Netflix, E4 partner on series with Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther

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Comic book adaptation The End Of The F***ing World now filming in the UK.

Netflix and youth-focused Channel Four offshoot E4 are teaming on comic book adaptation series The End Of The F***ing World.

The show has enlisted a trio of 2015 Screen Stars of Tomorrow: Charlie Covell is writing the series, while Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther will both star.

Covell’s writing credits include Chanya Button’s Burn Burn Burn. Lawther has previously acted in The Imitation Game and Black Mirror, while Barden’s credits include The Lobster.

The 8x30 darkly comic drama will follow two teenage outsiders who embark on a road trip to find one of their estranged fathers.

John Hannah’s Clerkenwell Films, the outfit behind Misfits, are producing with Dominic Buchanan Productions. Filming is now underway in the UK and the series will air on E4 and stream globally on Netflix later this year.

Kate Ogborn is producing »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Tencent boards Fox Networks Group Asia miniseries 'The Trading Floor'

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Producer Andy Lau hopes five-part drama will have “international appeal”.

Tencent Penguin Pictures has boarded Chinese-language mini-series The Trading Floor, which is being produced by Fox Networks Group Asia and Andy Lau’s Focus Television.

The five-part series, which starts shooting this week, is written and directed by Kk Wong, whose credits include hit Hong Kong TV series The Election. The story follows a team of financial mercenaries in their attempts to conquer the financial market.

Hong Kong actor Francis Ng, Taiwan’s Joseph Chang and Chinese actress Yu Nan head that cast of the series, which also stars Poon Chang Leung, Jacky Cai, Carlos Chan and Jiang Qilin. Patrick Tam makes a special appearance.

Scheduled for release in autumn 2017, The Trading Floor will be broadcast on Fox channel Scm and also made available to viewers in mainland China on Tencent Video on a day-and-date basis.

Andy Lau said: “With its innovation in storytelling and multi-dimensional characters »

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'The Crown', 'The Night Manager' triumph at Bafta TV Craft Awards

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Big budget dramas dominate event celebrating behind-the-scenes talent.

The Crown, The Night Manager and National Treasure won two Baftas each at the British Academy Television Craft Awards, held last night (23 April).

Historical drama The Crown, starring Claire Foy and created by Peter Morgan, won awards for costume design and special, visual & graphic effects.

John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager, with Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, won in editing: fiction and sound: fiction.

Operation Yewtree-inspired drama National Treasure, starring Robbie Coltrane, picked up the director: fiction and original music prizes.

Sally Wainwright won writer: drama for Happy Valley, her third Bafta so far in this category and her fifth overall.

There were also awards for Rillington Place (photography and lighting), Black Mirror (make-up and hair design) and War & Peace (production design).

Director Mahalia Belo won the breakthrough talent category for Ellen.

Industry-renowned prop master Bobby Warans was presented with the Bafta Special Award for his contribution to the »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Amazon Japan to stream Sion Sono's 'Tokyo Vampire Hotel'

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Nine-episode series to star Kaho in first full action role.

Amazon Prime Video Japan is working with maverick Japanese director Sion Sono on original series Tokyo Vampire Hotel, which is scheduled to stream from June 16.

Sion Sono’s first drama based on an original screenplay, the series revolves around a battle to save mankind from a vampire tribe. The cast includes actress Kaho, in her first full-scale action role, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Ami Tomite, Yumi Adachi and Megumi Kagurazaka.

The nine-episode series was produced with Nikkatsu Corporation and written by Jun Tsugita and Manabu Ikarimoto. Tomohiro Kubo and Daisuke Matsuo serve as directors and writers of two episodes. Filming took place on three soundstages at Nikkatsu Studios and on location in Transylvania, Romania.

“Our focus is to work with content creators to be innovative and deliver a content experience only available on Amazon. With his unique voice and baroque style, Sono puts his mark on any genre,” said »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Road Pictures to produce Chinese version of 'Run Lola Run'

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Zhu Zhu will star in the remake of the cult German thriller.

China’s Road Pictures has unveiled a slate of new productions, including a Chinese-language remake of 1998 German breakout hit Run Lola Run.

Announced at the recent Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), the remake will star Chinese actress Zhu Zhu (Marco Polo), who will also executive produce.

Based in Beijing with an office in Los Angeles headed by Julien Favre, Road Pictures is also co-financing Andrew Niccol’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Anon, starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried, with Germany’s K5 Media Group. The film is currently in post-production for release later this year.

Road Pictures also announced several new projects at the Bjiff event including The Diamond Age, an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s cult sci-fi novel, produced in association with Lauren Selig, Barry Levine and Mike Bundlie, which is being scripted by Karl Gajdusek.

Other projects unveiled by Road Pictures include English-language TV series »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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'My Happy Family', 'Newton' win top awards at Hkiff

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Tala Hadid, Wong Chun also win prizes at Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Georgian filmmakers Nana and Simon’s My Happy Family won the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff) on Sunday night, while Amit V. Masurkar’s Newton took the Jury Prize. 

My Happy Family follows a middle-aged woman who decides to move out of the family home, while Newton, which premiered in Berlin, revolves around an election polling booth in Naxalite territory in the Indian jungle. Nana and Simon previously won Hkiff’s Firebird Award for In Bloom in 2013.

The Young Cinema Competition jury was headed by Polish director Agnieszka Holland and also included former Toronto International Film Festival programmer Colin Geddes, Le Monde’s Thomas Sotinel and Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong.

In the Documentary Competition, Tala Hadid’s Morocco-set House In The Fields won the Firebird Award, while Ma Li’s »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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