The ADIFF Weekly Round-Up: Friday 30th March

This week's roundup includes: News of Ardmore Studios sale and a new short film fund from Kerry County Council.   

30 MAR 2018

The ADIFF Weekly Round-up: Friday 30th March

A weekly round-up of film news, events and cinema releases.

Some news from the week -

1. Ardmore Studios has been bought by Olcott Entertainment Limited. Ardmore was home to such production as “Braveheart”, “My Left Foot” and recently “The Tudors” and “Penny Dreadful”. See more on Screendaily

2. Ursula Meier will preside over the Camera d’Or Jury at Cannes. The Swiss filmmaker is best known for her feature debut “Home”. Meier and the jury of six will present the Camera d’Or award during the film festival’s closing ceremony. See more on Variety

3. John Hodges is to depart from A24. Hodges is a co-founder of the company and is leaving to focus on unspecified opportunities. A24’s releases included “Moonlight”, “Lady Bird” and “The Disaster Artist”. Read more on Screendaily

4. Steven Spielberg doesn’t believe Netflix films should qualify for Oscars. The director said “I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.” Read more on Variety


5. Kerry County Council has introduced a €15,000 short film bursary. The chosen applicant must shoot a 10 - 12 minute short film in Kerry. Deadline for applications is April 27th. See more on IFTN

New releases in cinemas this week -

Ready Player One - Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Ben Mendelsohn and Lena Waithe: “When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.”

Isle of Dogs - Directed by Wes Anderson and starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum: “The groundbreaking Wes Anderson returns to stop-motion animation, set in a futuristic Japan. It is a dystopian place for dogs, where canine flu has ravaged the population and dogs have been sent to a remote island off the Japanese coast to prevent the disease from spreading further. Their only hope of avoiding isolation comes in the form of Atari, a boy who ventures to the island in search of his pet.”  The film was featured at this year’s ADIFF.

Journeyman - Directed by Paddy Considine and starring Paddy Considine, Jodie Whittaker, Paul Popplewell and Tony Pitts: “Considine plays middleweight boxing champ Matty Burton, a man anxious to make as much as he can from his skills as he approaches retirement. Following a big fight against a formidable and controversial opponent, Matty suffers a delayed, devastating reaction, and faces a fight quite unlike any other in his life.” The film was featured at this year’s ADIFF.

The Bachelors - Directed by Kurt Voelker and starring Odeya Rush, J.K. Simmons, Julie Delpy and Charlie DePew: “After the early death of his wife, a mourning father moves with his teenage son across the country for a private school teaching job. Their lives begin to transform due to two unique women, who help them embrace life and love again.”

Midnight Sun - Directed by Scott Speer and starring Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle and Quinn Shephard: “Based on the Japanese film, Midnight Sun centers on Katie, a 17-year-old sheltered since childhood and confined to her house during the day by a rare disease .”

Duck Duck Goose - Directed by Christopher Jenkins and starring Jim Gaffigan, Stephen Fry, Jennifer Grey and Lance Lim: “Duck Duck Goose, the story of the most unlikely family ever. The film is directed by Christopher Jenkins (Home) from a screenplay by Christopher Jenkins and Rob Muir.”

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