With the pandemic and Brexit, the challenges presented to the UK film and high-end TV sector have been extremely tough. However, the industry has managed to navigate its way through, adapt its ways and has come out the other end stronger and is thriving because of it.
Last week the US streaming service Paramount+ announced a slate of fascinating new and returning original content for its launch next month. They have also revealed their plans to more than quadruple it’s spending content over the next three years.
Boris Johnson set out on Monday evening the four-step lockdown exit plan, whereas he announced that cinemas could tentatively open in step three on the 17th May. Outdoor cinemas including drive-ins are allowed to reopen from 12th April, with no curfews set in place.
China’s Lunar New Year box office smashes $1.2 billion in ticket sales, which makes a tenth of the global 2020 box office in a mere six days. This has left many big players in the movie business optimistic for the life of cinema after COVID -19, that it’s still very much alive and buzzing.
Will Eubank and Christopher Landon have teamed up for the ‘Paranormal Activity’ reboot, with Eubank directing and Landon penning the script. Jason Blum’s company Blumhouse is on to help bring the terror back to the screen.
After successfully completing its festival run, our critically acclaimed short film 'Being Keegan' receives its online premiere via Film Shortage and it’s free to stream. Not only are we receiving the premiere, the film was also "pick of the day".
Amanda Seyfried is racking up the nominations and awards this year for her role in Netflix’s feature film ‘Mank’, starring Gary Oldman. Her most recent nomination is for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ at the Golden Globes and she’s also made it onto the longlist for the same award at ‘BAFTA’.
The UK Pay-TV broadcaster Sky is set to launch 30 new Sky Original Films this year with a view to increase this to one a week in 2022 to compete with Netflix and other streaming services to become the ‘best home cinema service in the world’.
Since the 1940’s the green screen has been a major aspect for film and TV sets. It worked well, allowing filmmakers to make futuristic settings and wonderful landscapes from a blank canvas in post-production. Now Hollywood is looking to adopt a new technology.
Neil Marshall returns to his roots with a new horror movie, ‘The Reckoning’, starring one of his (and our) favourite actors, Sean Pertwee. The film also stars Charlotte Kirk, Joe Anderson and Steven Waddington.
It has been extremely tough for many industries after the year we have all encountered, although the entertainment industry is set for a healthy surge throughout 2021. As Hollywood gears up for its largest growth since WWII.
It was announced a few months back that a biopic of Whitney Houston was in the making and it has now been announced in the press that the Star Wars actress Naomi Ackie will be taking on this huge role in the movie.
Dame Barbara Windsor, perhaps best known for her roles in the Carry On films and as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders, died last night at the age of 83. Barbara who was suffering with Alzheimer’s died peacefully at her London care home.
Along with Wonder Woman 1984, the renowned American based company Warner Bros will be putting their entire 2021 theatrical movie slate on HBO Max concurrently with its first month’s global cinema release.
It has been announced in the press and media that the streaming giant Netflix will boost 2019 budget by 50% in the UK on TV and Films, making an investment of $1bn (£750m) whilst Disney also invests in production facilities at Pinewood Studios.
As films start rolling back into production, it is great to see more independent movies among the blockbusters in pre-production. Searchlight Pictures untitled murder mystery set in London in the 1950’s is locking in a fantastic cast ensemble.
Bullet Train to be directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) has attached a whole host of stars in his up-coming movie, including Brad Pitt, who recently announced he would be working on less films from now on. Bullet Train is based on the Japanese novel “Maria Beetle” by Kotaro Isaka, for Sony Pictures.
Back in August, Ben Wheatley shot a horror movie in secret, over 15 days, whilst in the middle of his coronavirus lockdown bringing the director back to his roots, like when he first hit the scene big with ‘Kill List’ and ‘Sightseers’.
It’s been a tough long haul for Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion’s production. The production process started over 18 months ago and shut down when the pandemic first hit the world, returning in July, briefly pausing when a crew member tested positive for COVID and now, they are finally over the finish line.
Italian actress Sophia Loren first won an Oscar in 1962 for her role in the feature film ‘Two Women’ (‘La Ciociara’), which made her the first actor to win an Academy Award for a foreign-language film. She received a further nomination in 1965 for ‘Marriage Italian Style’ and if she manages a nomination for her most recent film ‘The Life Ahead’, a new record could be had in 2021 as it will mark 56 years since her last nomination.
After Boris Johnson’s announcement on the 31st October that a second nationwide lockdown will begin on the 5th November until 2nd December, it has been confirmed that film and TV production can continue, whilst adhering to safety rules.
‘Demon Slayer: Mugen Train’, played to full houses and completely smashed all time opening records in the market, despite the coronavirus pandemic, taking £33.78 million at the box office in its first three days.
'Billie' is about the life of the iconic Jazz singer and has around 200 hours of never-before-heard interviews. The film will be screened at the London Jazz Festival before it's available to watch in selected UK cinemas nationwide from Friday 13th November.
The highly anticipated feature directorial debut from writer-director Rose Glass will be released in cinemas across the UK on 9thOctober 2020. Film critics have said the movie is unmissable. Glass is a graduate of the National Film & Television School and it looks like we have a great new British filmmaker to keep both eyes on.
Stephen Herman, the writer of our Sci-Fi thriller 'Blank', will see his script for 'Black Box' hit the streaming service next week as one of the new "Welcome To The Blumhouse" series of horrors made with Amazon Studios.
The five-minute trailer pays tribute to the horror legend and the full documentary includes a wide range of the Hollywood Legends, including Guillermo Del Toro, John Landis, Joe Dante, Christopher Plummer, and many more. Boris Karloff: The Man Behind The Monster sets out to show that there was a lot more to Boris Karloff than just his horror legend status, while also celebrating it.
The latest instalment will see Courteney Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette reunited as Gale, Sidney, and Dewey in Spyglass and Paramount's relaunch of the famous horror film franchise. It has been reported by Variety that the film will enter production later this month at a studio in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.
The Pinewood Studio group has announced today that they have launched a ‘Screen Industries Global Growth Hub’ at their site in Buckinghamshire, where Templeheart Films is located. The hub has a total investment value of c.£450 million.
I Am Greta, is a new documentary about the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The documentary will shine a light on how she became a global figurehead for climate action and it all began when she started a school strike for climate change at the age of 15. The trailer has just been released and it looks outstanding.
Netflix have announced that the new fictional drama series on the life and career of the Brazilian racing legend Ayrton Senna da Silva, who won the Formula One World Driver’s Championship three times, is going into production.
Berlin International Film Festival also known as Berlinale will go ahead in February 2021 as a physical event despite the Covid-19 "pandemic", whilst the European Film Market (EFM) has planned a hybrid model of virtual and on-site events and will run at the same time.
Robert Eggers, the director of ‘The Witch’ and ‘The Lighthouse’, has confirmed his cast for his next movie ‘The Northman’, as the film quietly begins shooting and it's one hell of an ensemble. It has now also been confirmed that Icelandic singer Bjork has joined the star-studded cast and will be playing a character called ‘the Slave Witch’.
The British Film Institute (BFI) has launched a new £630,000 Film Audience Network (FAN) exhibition fund to support cinemas, arts centres, festivals, and community groups to “support dynamic cultural programming and activities to engage diverse audiences.”
Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals are the first major festivals to take place physically since the Covid-19 pandemic prevented major gatherings around the world. The 77th annual Venice International Film Festival is scheduled to take place from the 2nd to the 12th September 2020 and the 45th in the TIFF series is due to be held from the 10th to the 25th of September 2020.
HBO shared a sneak peek of their series ‘Lovecraft Country’ during their virtual Comic-Con showcase on Saturday. The up and coming fantasy drama horror series based on Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name is produced by J.J Abrams, Jordan Peele and Misha Green.
It is with a deep heart we learned the very talented and dedicated Elisar Cabrera had passed away after a brave battle with Cancer. Elisar was not only a friend but a fantastic colleague, having worked with us on three movies.
French/South African Composer Arhynn Descy recently received an invite to become a member at the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Arhynn ha previously served on the film music jury for Ivor Nevello awards and the Polish Film Festival in LA. Arhynn was the composer for our horror attraction feature film ‘The Tombs’, her other credits include the soon to be released Patriot: A Nation at War and the award-winning Nine Nights.
A huge congratulations to Stephen Herman, the writer of our new Sci-Fi feature film 'Blank', which is currently in post production. Lionsgate has recently acquired Stephen's horror spec script 'The Culling' and David F. Sandberg will be directing. Sandberg & Lotta Losten will produce via their newly formed Mångata production banner, alongside Good Fear Content’s Chris Bender & Jake Weiner, with Scott Stoops exec producing.
The world’s second largest cinema chain has announced scheduled opening dates, adopting new safety measures, for its sites in 11 different countries. Subject to government confirmation, the move means cinemagoers will be able to watch movies on the big screen around the world once again, starting in June and July, with the UK and USA set for July 10th.
The trailer for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions new psychological thriller starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried, 'You Should Have Left', has just been released and it looks like a new terrifying, mind-twisting take on the haunted house genre. Amanda Seyfried, best known for Mama Mia and Les Misérables, also stars in the new Amy Koppelman drama ' A Mouthful Of Air', which Templeheart Films is proud to be working on.
The physical version of the 73rd Cannes Film Festival was cancelled in May, but an online version is going ahead this month and the line-up has been announced, which includes new films from Steve McQueen, Pixar and Wes Anderson.
Our period horror movie ‘Heretiks’, also known as ‘The Convent’, will be released in Italy on the 11th June 2020 under the title ‘Il Convento – Heretiks’ on DVD and BD and will be part of the Midnight Factory’s collection.
A record year has been reported for the global theatrical and streaming market in 2019 by The Motion Picture Association. For the first time in history the revenue for movie theatre sales and streaming surpassed $100 billion dollars.
The horror movie which was shot in Syracuse has been hailed the “scariest ghost story in years” after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s the first major acquisition of this year’s Sundance where it’s been reported to have sold for a staggering $12 million.
It’s been a busy couple of months within the most prestigious film awards. First up the Golden Globes announced their winners on Sunday 5thJanuary. Then BAFTA announced their nominees with the awards night to be held on 2ndFebruary and of course the Oscars will be held in LA on the 9thFebruary, but who are this year’s winners and front runners?
Wayne Brady, the Emmy award-winning actor and host, who’s best known for ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ and also stars in our new Sci-Fi Movie 'Blank', was named the winner of ‘The Masked Singer’ season two, after being revealed that he was Fox.
Back in August, Disney was the first studio to have five movies gross over $1 billion in a single calendar year and now the company has broken records once again due to their record number of billion dollar blockbusters, Disney is the first studio in history to cross $10 billion at the worldwide box office.
Mega giant Sky has announced plans to build a Hollywood-style film studio here in London which will create over 2,000 jobs. The 32 acre development will be used by Sky and other Comcast-owned firms, including NBC Universal and will be open to third parties.
Templeheart Films are proud to announce our support for the short film ‘Lead Belly’, which is also supported by various charities. The movie represents only our second short film, the first being the award winning ‘Being Keegan’ starring Stephen Graham.
It was announced earlier this year that Amy Koppelman had adapted her critically acclaimed book 'A Mouth Full Of Air' into a screenplay and would be directing the feature length drama. The movie stars Amanda Seyfried (Mama Mia, Les Misérables) and was shot in New York in September and October.
Saturday 2nd November, Lyndon Baldock of Templeheart Films and Marcia Do Vales of EnMar Productions will be at PitchFest, which is part of Screenwriters LSFAccelerate at Regent’s University in London, where they will also take part in the networking session after.
It’s been reported in a recent interview with Forbes, by producer Frank Marshall, that the sixth film in the epic Jurassic Park saga will begin filming at Pinewood Studios, here in Buckinghamshire in February 2020.
‘Lead Belly’ is a charity short film to help raise awareness for homeless veterans and veterans with mental health issues, starring Jamie Lomas and Sammy Winward. The film wrapped on the 12thOctober 2019 and Templeheart Films are proud to say we are supporting the film, which was shot in Manchester and Liverpool last week.
The highly anticipated (and some say controversial) ‘Joker’ film hit the cinemas at the weekend and is now Joaquin Phoenix biggest starring role movie since ‘Her’ in 2003. Joker will surpass $300 million worldwide today as audiences have headed out in their hoards to watch a film all about the origins of Batman’s greatest villain.
The Amytal Therapy, the short film directed by Valentina Caniglia, who was also the Cinematographer, is now an official selection at the prestige Chelsea Film Festival. Valentina is the Director of Photography on our exciting new supernatural thriller ‘Quail Hollow’, which we recently shot in Louisiana.
'It Chapter Two', the sequel to 'It', is another smash hit with $155 million domestic and $323.3 million worldwide in just under two weeks of global play, which has just taken the franchise over the $1 Billion mark. No other horror franchise has hit this milestone so quickly, with just two movies released and it hasn't finished yet.
Pinewood Studios have announced they’ve struck a deal with The Walt Disney Co for their long-term home in the UK. The arrangement is said to be expected in start from 2020, where it’s been reported that the giant company will take nearly all Pinewoods stages, backlots and other production accommodation at the studios here in Buckinghamshire, for 10 years.
Disney is number one when it comes to the global box office and now the company plan to take on the streaming giant Netflix with a new streaming service that includes family programming, live sports, and a huge library of television shows.
While our fabulous new Sci-Fi Drama 'Blank' is deep in post-production, Multitude Media PR are working closely with the team and have released first look pictures of our leading stars and it’s hit some great publications.
We were saddened, yesterday, to hear of the passing of Rutger Hauer, an incredibly versatile actor and true professional. Rutger is perhaps best known for his role Roy Batty in 1982’s 'Blade Runner', directed by Ridley Scott.
Avatar’s 10-year reign as the world’s highest grossing film has come to an end after Avengers: Endgame passed $2.7902bn (£2.23bn) on Sunday at the box office. Taking just 13 weeks to pass Avatar’s previous record, the popularity has not been solely kept to ticket sales either, as it has also pulled in extensive critical acclaim.
Danny Stack, one half of the writing and directing duo on the exciting new children’s adventure movie ‘Future TX’ with Tim Clague, needs your help to launch the very first issue of a brand-new film magazine that’s aimed at under 15’s and help them spread the word.
Netflix has announced signing a long-term lease at Shepperton Film Studios, owned by The Pinewood Group. Their plan is to create a new dedicated production hub in the U.K. with a 14-stage studio space, in Surrey.
The Prince of Wales Joined actors Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and director Cary Fukunaga on the set of Bond 25 here at Pinewood Studios on Thursday. Prince Charles was visiting as the patron of the British Film Institute and royal patron of all three main intelligence services.
The iconic Stephen King tale ‘The Shining’ (1980), which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, is back with a sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’. Directed by Mike Flanagan, the movie stars Ewan McGregor as an adult Danny Torrance.
Our new Sci-Fi drama/thriller Blank has completed shooting. The film was shot mostly on location in Bolsover, Chesterfield, at an old converted Water Works and two other beautiful locations near Macclesfield. It’s been a journey!
Paul Hyett’s supernatural period horror ‘Heretiks’ gets it's UK release! Retail outlets including Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, HMV and FOPP, as well as Amazon, Sky Store and all good digital platforms including ITunes.
Disney's Avengers: Endgame has broken numerous records on the way to hitting the $2 Billion milestone, also in record time. It took less than two weeks and is now the second-highest grossing movie of all time behind Avatar.
Wayne Brady one of the stars in our brand new Sci-Fi/thriller movie ‘Blank’, has been nominated for not one but two awards at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, May 5th, at the Passadena Civic Auditorium in Passadena, California.
While the film and TV industry enjoys an international boom on content, there is now urgent need for below and above the line talent, which means the industry has become more creative and adventurous in their approach to training talent to try and fill the skills gaps quicker.
Vertical Entertainment has gained distribution rights for North America and will release Heretiks under a new title ‘The Convent’ in cinemas and VOD on the 3rd May 2019. Thunderbird Releasing has also announced their release date of 27th May here in the UK under the original title ‘Heretiks’.
The first female-led Marvel movie hit the cinemas on International Women’s Day. Captain Marvel is making history in it's multiples, whilst the movie continues to dominate the UK and world box office, with a current 15-day global cume of $812.2m, so far.
The 2019 The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, took place on the 24thFebruary at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. This prestige award ceremony takes please yearly and given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognise the various achievements made in cinema, in 24 different categories.
There is a huge big-screen boom across the UK, with cinema admissions up 5% over 2017, producing the best year since 1971. Cinemas continue to defy the stay at home option of Netflix and Amazon. The rise is largely due to a more diverse film slate and the rise of boutique theatres, such as the Everyman Cinemas.
It was recently reported by the Financial Times that the streaming giant Netflix is in ‘advance talks’ with Pinewood Studios about signing a long lease and setting up a U.K. production base at the facility.
The good news keeps on coming in for 'Being Keegan'. Not only has it been accepted into BAFTA and Oscar qualifying festivals, the nominations and awards keep rolling in. Templeheart Films are proud to be a part of this high quality short film.
Fears of the UK’s post-Brexit economy and impact to industry is a regular topic. However, the British film industry is set to become a major driver for our economy, with large investments being ploughed into studios including Pinewood Studios.
It’s no trick but a treat for the Horror movie ‘Halloween’, as its opening weekend figures fly in to tasty $77.5 million from 3920 theatres in the US and Canada. The second-best R rated horror opening weekend in history behind Stephen King's movie ‘It’.
It’s been announced that our period chiller Heretiks has been added to Telluride Horror Show’s second wave of programming. The festival takes place over October 12th – 14th in the mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado.
Being Keegan has been a hit on the festival circuit over the last year and it still continues to go from strength to strength. The short has now been selected to not one but two BAFTA qualifying festivals with our official selection to the 38th Cambridge Film Festival and UnderWire Festival.
The 25th James Bond film starts filming at Pinewood Studios on 4th March 2019 with its new director. It’s announced that Cary Joji Fukunaga, best known for HBO’s True Detective and the war film Beasts of No Nation, is Danny Boyles replacement.
In the fifth instalment of the Conjuring series ‘The Nun’ tops the North American box office with their best opening weekend with a staggering $53.5 million, which is more than double its budget of $22 million.
Templeheart Films first children's movie, directed and written by Danny Stack and BAFTA nominated Tim Clague, has completed filming and heads into the editing phase. The exciting family friendly movie, starring the brilliant Griff Rhys Jones, already has some fun stories to tell.
After our Easter drone shoot, which generated a buzz about the slick Sci-Fi ambitions of Future TX, the casting for the main block of the shoot was underway and the screenplay has attracted multi award winning comedy genius Griff Rhys Jones.
Our short movie Being Keegan has officially been selected to the 14th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles., which runs from the 9th August to 18th August 2018. The festival itself has recently been named an Academy Awards Qualifying Festival, which is amazing news for our film.
We are excited to announce our supernatural chiller 'Heretiks' will have its World Premiere on Saturday 25th August, at the UK's biggest genre festival, FrightFest, in Leicester Square, London. The 5-day event runs from August 23rd to August 27th.
Lyndon Baldock, Marcia Do Vales and Paul Sandhu took part in the Tough Mudder event on the 7th of July in North London to raise funds for three very important charities, Mind, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society.
just 16 percent of feature movies were directed by women. The figures were calculated based on 651 films, inclusive of micro-budget productions. They are concerned the diversity among feature film directors remain low in Hollywood and beyond.
The Film & Television Charity announced this week the recipients of its 2018 John Brabourne Awards and Rachel Gold, the producer of Templeheart Films new movie ‘The Tombs’, is among the nine awardees which were selected from 127 applicants.