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BBC Film celebrates three films at Cannes Film Festival and one at Tribeca Film Festival

BBC Film celebrates three films at Cannes Film Festival and

BBC Film is pleased to have backed three selected for this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May, and another selected for the Tribeca Film Festival in June:

Ruben Östlund‘s Triangle Of Sadness will have its world premiere in Competition at Cannes as part of the Official Selection; God’s Creatures, directed by Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer, will premiere in Directors’ Fortnight; and Aftersun, the debut feature of Charlotte Wells, will premiere in Competition in Critics’ Week.

Additionally, Frank Berry’s Aisha will premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in the Spotlight Narrative section.

Eva Yates, Acting Director of BBC Film, says: “We’re thrilled that Ruben Östlund’s brilliant and biting Triangle Of Sadness has been selected to premiere in Competition in Cannes. It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with partners across Europe on Ruben’s first film in the English language. Our warmest congratulations to Ruben, his producers, including UK producer Mike Goodridge, and the entire filmmaking team.

“God’s Creatures is an incredibly powerful film and it is a testament to the talent and collaboration of directors Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer, screenwriter Shane Crowley and producer/co-writer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly that the film has been recognised by Directors’ Fortnight.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for a debut feature to be selected for Cannes Critics’ Week, recognition which is richly deserved for Aftersun, a profoundly moving film by writer/director Charlotte Wells, producers Adele Romanski and Amy Jackson and their collaborators.

“Frank Berry’s Aisha is a moving and timely film that we’re proud to have supported. We’re thrilled that it will premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.”

About the films (in alphabetical order)

Aftersun

Francesca Corio and Paul Mescal

Written and directed by Charlotte Wells.

Sophie (newcomer Francesca Corio, and Celia Rowlson-Hall as adult Sophie) reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father (Paul Mescal) 20 years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between miniDV footage as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.

Produced by Adele Romanski, Amy Jackson, Barry Jenkins and Mark Ceryak, Aftersun is a Pastel/Unified Theory production presented by BBC Film, BFI and Creative Scotland in association with Tango. The film was developed with BBC Film and was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Directors and Screenwriters Labs in 2020. Sales are being handled by Charades.

Aisha

Aisha Osagie (Letitia Wright)

Written and directed by Frank Berry.

Aisha charts the experiences of a young Nigerian woman as she seeks international protection in Ireland. Caught in limbo for years in Ireland’s immigration system, Aisha Osagie (Letitia Wright) develops a friendship with former prisoner Conor Healy (Josh O’Connor) who she meets at one of the accommodation centres. Aisha and Conor’s growing friendship soon looks to be short-lived as Aisha’s future in Ireland comes under threat.

A Subotica production, Aisha is produced by Tristan Orpen Lynch, Aoife O’Sullivan, Donna Eperon and Park Pictures’ Sam Bisbee. The film was developed and financed by Screen Ireland, BBC Film, RTE and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland in association with Park Pictures, Wavelength and World of Ha Productions. Cornerstone has worldwide sales rights.

God’s Creatures

Paul Mescal and Emily Watson

Directed by Saela Davis & Anna Rose Holmer, their debut feature as a directing team, with a screenplay by Shane Crowley from a story by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and Shane Crowley.

In a windswept fishing village, a mother (Emily Watson) is torn between protecting her beloved son (Paul Mescal) and her own sense of right and wrong. A lie she tells for him rips apart their family and close-knit community in this tense, sweepingly emotional epic.

The Nine Daughters production is produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, following her award-winning and critically acclaimed films Ammonite and Lady Macbeth, both backed by BBC Film.

God’s Creatures was developed with the support of Screen Ireland, BBC Film and A24. It is co-financed by A24, BBC Film, Screen Ireland and the Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund/WRAP. A24 controls worldwide rights.

Triangle Of Sadness

Written and directed by Ruben Östlund, winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2017 with his comedy The Square.

Triangle Of Sadness is an uninhibited satire where roles and class are inverted and the tawdry economic value of beauty is unveiled. Models Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean Kriek) are navigating the world of fashion while exploring the boundaries of their relationship. The couple are invited for a luxury cruise with a rogues’ gallery of super-rich passengers, a Russian oligarch, British arms dealers and an idiosyncratic, alcoholic, Marx-quoting captain (Woody Harrelson). At first, all appears Instagrammable. But a storm is brewing, and heavy seasickness hits the passengers during the seven-course captain’s dinner.

The cruise ends catastrophically. Carl and Yaya find themselves marooned on a desert island with a group of billionaires and one of the ship’s cleaners. Hierarchy is suddenly flipped upside down, as the housekeeper is the only one who knows how to fish.

Triangle Of Sadness is produced by Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober. Among the co-producers are Marina Perales Marhuenda, Giorgos Karnavas, Per Damgaard, Julio Chavezmontes and Mike Goodridge.

Pictured top: Triangle Of Sadness: Fredrik Wenzel Plattform Produktion

Partner credits: Imperative Presents, in association with Film i Väst, BBC Film, 30 West, a Plattform Produktion production in co-production with Essential Films, Coproduction Office, Sveriges Television, Arte France Cinéma and TRT. 

In association with Heretic, Bord Cadre & Sovereign Films, Piano Films, with the support of Svenska Filminstitutet, Eurimages, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, The Danish Film Institute, Hamburg Film Fund and the BFI. With the participation of ZDF/Arte, Nordisk Film & TV Fond and DR. With the participation of Canal+ and Cine+

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BBC Three and BBC Northern Ireland ‘Made Up’ to announce new co-commission for series set in Belfast

BBC Three and BBC Northern Ireland ‘Made Up’ to announce

BBC Three and BBC Northern Ireland have co-commissioned a glamorous new series, Made Up In Belfast which follows the lives of the charismatic young team behind a local cosmetics brand.

This 10 part series made by Afro-Mic Productions goes behind the glitz and glamour of the cosmetics industry, to focus on the employees of a Belfast-based company who are chasing their dreams and building their lives – one makeup palette at a time.

The series invites viewers into the lives of these fun-loving and inspiring young people as they work in the high-pressured head office, the lively warehouse and the customer-facing stores.

It follows the cast as their lives entwine both in and out of work and the relationship they have with inspiring boss Brendan, revealing the not-so-luxurious hard work that goes on behind-the-scenes in the beauty industry.

Viewers can connect with the cast as they launch the latest big product, race to meet stressful deadlines and follow their journeys as they hope to find friends and love.

This series is the latest commission from the collaborative partnership between BBC Three, BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen with past series from this scheme including The Fast And The Farmer-ish, which has been recommissioned for a second series and Stitch, Please! presented by Blu Hydrangea.

Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three says: “Made Up In Belfast is the next brilliant series for BBC Three borne from our incredibly fruitful creative partnership with BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen. After tractors and cosplay we’re looking forward to digging into the world of cosmetics and meeting the young team striving for success in the beauty industry.”

Eddie Doyle, Head of Commissioning at BBC Northern Ireland says: “Our partnership with BBC Three and Northern Ireland Screen has already produced some fantastic local content for audiences around the UK.

We are delighted to announce Made Up In Belfast as the latest venture with Afro-Mic Productions and this 10 part series showcases a group of young and vibrant people offering a unique insight into their lives in Northern Ireland.”

Emma-Rosa Dias, Managing Director of Afro-Mic Productions says: “I’m so proud to be bringing such an inspirational, energetic slice of Northern Ireland to BBC Three. Our cast are so full of life and ambition. Northern Ireland has changed a lot since I was in my 20’s – there’s more opportunity, more acceptance and there’s a buzz about the place. I’m excited to showcase this new generation from Northern Ireland as they work hard and play hard to navigate life’s twists and turns.”

Made Up In Belfast was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three and Eddie Doyle, Head of Commissioning, BBC Northern Ireland. The Commissioning Editors for the BBC are Clare Mottershead, commissioning editor popular factual and factual entertainment and Beejal Patel, commissioning editor documentaries and Mary McKeagney, commissioning executive, BBC Northern Ireland. It is produced by Emma-Rosa Dias for Afro-Mic Productions and made with support from Northern Ireland Screen.

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Line up revealed for BBC’s Platinum Party At The Palace

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The BBC and Buckingham Palace today unveiled a glittering group of performers from the worlds of music and dance set to perform at the Platinum Party At The Palace concert which takes place on Saturday 4 June at Buckingham Palace – and live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio 2.

Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow and George Ezra will share the three-stage set up with the likes of Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Mimi Webb, Sam Ryder, Jax Jones, Celeste, Nile Rodgers, Sigala and Diversity – all performing their biggest hits in a star-studded tribute to Her Majesty’s unprecedented anniversary.

Stars from the stage and screen, and the sporting world appearing at the event and on film will include Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Dame Julie Andrews, The Royal Ballet, Ellie Simmonds, and a specially recorded performance from Sir Elton John. Sam Ryder, the United Kingdom’s Eurovision hero, will also perform live, fresh from his success in Italy.

The evening will pivot around global themes that have been born, or evolved, during the breadth of Her Majesty’s reign due to extraordinary British and Commonwealth contributions including Fashion, Sport, The Environment, 70 Years of Pop Music and Musicals – the latter curated by legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, featuring a special appearance by Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda plus performances featuring casts and special guests from The Phantom Of The Opera, Hamilton, Six, The Lion King and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Queen + Adam Lambert will open the concert with a very special one-off production which will no doubt summon memories of Brian May’s historic appearance on the Palace roof at the Golden Jubilee Concert in 2002.

Closing the two-and-a-half hour show will be legend Diana Ross, with her first UK live performance in 15 years.

Hosts Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp will lead live coverage of the Platinum Party At The Palace, to be broadcast live across the BBC. Twenty-two thousand people will attend the event, including 10,000 tickets allocated in a public ballot and over 7,500 tickets for key workers, members of the Armed Forces, volunteers, and charities.

The unique Platinum Party stage design consists of three stages, linked by walkways, which create a 360-degree experience in front of Buckingham Palace and The Queen Victoria Memorial. Linking the stages together into one overall design are 70 columns representing Her Majesty’s 70-year reign that can be illuminated to provide a full formation of lights and beams. For the first time, two of the three stages sit immediately in front of Buckingham Palace, framing the iconic home of The Queen.

Speaking for Queen + Adam Lambert, Brian May says: “Twenty years after playing The Queen’s glorious Golden Jubilee we’re very happy to be invited again. Then there was a moment when I wondered… after Buckingham Palace roof where can you go? Well … you will see!”

Diana Ross says: “I have had the honour of meeting The Queen many times throughout my life, including when I was with my family. Her Majesty has and continues to be such an incredible inspiration to so many across the world and I was absolutely delighted to receive an invitation to perform on such a momentous and historic occasion.”

Sir Rod Stewart says: “Queen Elizabeth has given incredible service to the United Kingdom over the last 70 years and I’m delighted to be able to join her in celebrating her Platinum Jubilee with the Party At The Palace. She has demonstrated to the world what a special person she is and how lucky we are to have her. This will be a momentous occasion.”

Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s Chief Content Officer, comments: “We are thrilled to be bringing the nation together for this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime event, broadcast live across the BBC with an amazing star-studded line up of performers to celebrate The Queen’s momentous 70 years on the throne.”

Further details and additional artists will be confirmed closer to the event – with some surprises left for the evening itself.

BBC Studios Productions are staging the event and producing the live broadcast on behalf of the BBC and Buckingham Palace.

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BBC Three announces new gay dating show hosted by Dannii Minogue

BBC Three announces new gay dating show hosted by Dannii

BBC Three has announced I Kissed a Boy (working title), a brand new dating show produced by Twofour and hosted by singer, TV star and LGBTQ+ ally Dannii Minogue.

This eight-part reality event follows ten single men as they head to Europe to find their Mr Right, and it all starts with a kiss. Before they arrive, the guys will be paired up with their strongest match and as soon as they meet, they kiss. No small-talk, no ‘flanter’, just one rom-com worthy moment that might just take their breath away.

But, in this show where preconceptions will be challenged and dramatic decisions made, everyone is a possible love interest. Over the course of the series we’ll find out whose spark will ignite, whose eyes might wander, and who will end up together in the ultimate summer of love.

Dannii Minogue says: “There are millions of people in the UK looking for love. And I believe love is for everyone. So I am so thrilled for a gay dating show to be entering the sea of other dating shows that have existed on TV for years. I have been a staunch ally of the LGBTQ+ community for as long as I can remember. My close friends know that my dream job title would be ‘Cupid’ – so this gives me that flutter-of-love feeling inside too, just to be a part of it. Let’s hope there is love, sealed with a kiss!”

Two men kiss at the centre of a composite image, which also features one man staring down the camera and another looking joyful while holding a mobile phoneDavid Brindley, Chief Creative Officer, Twofour, says: “We’re thrilled to be bringing this exciting reality event to BBC Three and iPlayer, and to shine a bright light on gay dating. This series will revel in telling stories we don’t always hear of, witness heart-warming new relationships blossom and celebrate inclusivity from start to finish.”

Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three, says: “I Kissed a Boy is a brilliant new show in the dating space that we think has huge potential for BBC Three. We hope our audience will love the heady mix of drama and heart-warming romance that we know the series will bring.”

The series is commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three, Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, Catherine Catton, the commissioning editor is Max Gogarty. The executive producers are Louise Hutchinson, David Brindley and Dan Gray. The Production Executive is Francesca Kybert. Twofour is part of ITV Studios. Global distribution is being handled by ITV Studios.

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