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The Toronto International Film Festival has revealed the line-up for this year’s edition – scheduled to take place from 9-18 September – and, to our collective happiness, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain will make its Canadian premiere there as part of the Gala Presentations programme. Here’s the official announcement:
The festival’s full schedule will be released only on 24 August but we can already see in its website that the movie is 111 minutes long.
Will Sharpe’s UK drama The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy will have its Canadian premiere as a Gala Presentation, suggesting it may be bound for a world debut at Telluride in August.
So, hopefully, we have more exciting news coming our way!
The Bookseller has revealed Benedict’s written the foreword for the book Louis Wain’s Cats by Chris Beetles, set to be published by Canongate on 4th November 2021!! The article also states “the book will publish alongside” the release of The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, so now we have more of an idea of the movie’s possible release date, that is yet to be announced. More from the piece:
The publisher said: “The Louis Wain cat is arguably the last century’s most recognisable image in cat art. During their heyday, in the time before the First World War, Louis Wain’s cats, dressed as humans, portrayed that stylish Edwardian world having fun: at restaurants and tea parties, going to the races and the seaside, and celebrating Christmas and birthdays. This is a world of cats at play, uninhibited and slightly dangerous, with most group activities likely to turn into mishap, mayhem and catastrophe.
“This is Wain’s world, funny, edgy and animated: a whole cat world. The first comprehensive exhibition of Wain’s work was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 1972 and, since then, Louis Wain has steadily become more fashionable, and collected worldwide. This biography contains 300 plates of richness and variety, all of which are reproduced faithfully from the original artwork.”
Jamie Byng, c.e.o. and publisher of Canongate, acquired world rights in the book direct from the author. He said: “Nick Cave introduced me to Louis Wain’s work many years ago via his extensive collection of Wain’s art and I was immediately struck by its distinctive character and Wain’s remarkable draughtmanship. When I heard subsequently that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Wain in a feature film based on his life, I wondered whether there were any substantial books on Wain in print. There weren’t, but thankfully Chris Beetles had published a sumptuously illustrated and beautifully designed monograph that also doubles up as a biography. And I am delighted that we are now reissuing Chris’ superb book with an insightful foreword from Benedict, as it is not only a great book but this forthcoming movie is bound to generate a lot of interest in this overlooked and brilliant artist.”
Cumberbatch has also praised the book, saying: “Chris Beetles’ book is a joy, an inspiration and as thorough a document into understanding the life and times of Louis Wain as one could hope to read.”
The nominations of this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards have been revealed earlier today. The Mauritanian received five nods, include Best Film and Best Actor for Tahar Rahim. See all the nominations below:
BEST FILM The Father The Mauritanian Nomadland – WINNER Promising Young Woman The Trial of The Chicago 7
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM Calm With Horses The Dig The Father His House Limbo The Mauritanian Mogul Mowgli Promising Young Woman – WINNER Rocks Saint Maud
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY The Dig – Moira Buffini The Father – Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller – WINNERS The Mauritanian – Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven Nomadland – Chloé Zhao The White Tiger – Ramin Bahrani
LEADING ACTOR Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Adarsh Gourav – The White Tiger Anthony Hopkins – The Father – WINNER Mads Mikkelsen – Another Round Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian
CINEMATOGRAPHY Judas and the Black Messiah – Sean Bobbitt Mank – Erik Messerschmidt The Mauritanian – Alwin H. Küchler News of the World – Dariusz Wolski Nomadland – Joshua James Richards – WINNER
The EE BAFTAs take place the weekend of 10 and 11 April 2021, and will be broadcast on the BBC. This post will be updated once the winners are announced. Congratulations to everyone involved in The Mauritanian!!!
On the next three Mondays, several performances, including Benedict’s, will be streamed on YouTube on behalf of the WOW Foundation and Choose Love. Read more:
The Shows Must Go On series will return from Monday to present a variety of streamed performances.
From 8 March, the channel will work with Letters Live to present a series of readings on its YouTube channel for seven days, free of charge. All donations will be going to The WOW Foundation, which runs the global movement that is WOW – Women of the World Festivals.
The streamed shows will feature women such as Olivia Colman, Adwoa Aboah, Gillian Anderson, Rose McGowan, Daisy Ridley and Caitlin Moran reading letters by women, about women and to women.
Another project by SunnyMarch has just been announced. Besides being the star and the executive producer of the new series, Benedict will be reuniting with Patrick Melrose director Edward Berger. Read more below:
EXCLUSIVE: Benedict Cumberbatch will star in the Anonymous Content limited series update of the classic thriller The 39 Steps. Series is created by The Revenant scribe Mark L. Smith and directed by Edward Berger. Berger teamed previously with Cumberbatch in Patrick Melrose, and was a director and EP of the just completed Showtime limited series Your Honor.
Anonymous Content takes the limited series to networks and streaming platforms immediately.
Anonymous Content, Chapter One Pictures and SunnyMarch are producing the limited series inspired by John Buchan’s novel, which was turned into the 1935 film classic by Alfred Hitchcock. Cumberbatch is set to star, Berger to direct, and the scripts are by Smith, who most recently scripted the George Clooney-directed The Midnight Sky.
Benedict, alongside Dame Judi Dench Joe Lycett, Mo Gilligan, Shappi Khorsandi, Sir Lenny Henry and others, appears in a video titled “Funny is Power” to lauch this year’s Red Nose Day, which will take place on Friday March 19. Watch it below:
I think laughter is a panacea, it’s always been a national medicine. I think people reached out for it in lockdown. It was a comedy rather than a tragedy that people first went for.
I think it’s a way of getting through life’s difficulties and also, when you make light of something often, then it can just release the tension enough to breathe, to just have a moments respite from it; and that relief is much needed right now. There’s a reason why this is called Comic Relief.
Check out some screencaptures from the video, as well as the photoshoot for the campaign:
Great news! Alter months of wait and several delays, Lionsgate has finally announced a release date for The Courier (formerly known as Ironbark). The movie is now set to hit the UK cinemas on March 19.
80’s icon Quilloughby is back now with a brand new song featuring no one else other than Lisa Simpson!
“Everybody Is Horrid Except Me (And Possibly You)” is a song performed by Benedict Cumberbatch and Yeardley Smith off “Panic on the Streets of Springfield”, an episode from the 32rd season of “The Simpsons.”
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