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Kate Winslet to receive top accolade at London Critics’ Circle Film Awards presented by Dover Street Entertainment

Kate Winslet to receive the top accolade at London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

The London-based media group Dover Street Entertainment is announced as headline sponsor for the event, which will be held at The May Fair Hotel in late-January.

LONDON, 11 DECEMBER 2017: As voting gets underway for the 38th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards presented by Dover Street Entertainment, the UK’s top film critics have announced that Kate Winslet will be awarded their highest accolade, The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, at the awards ceremony on Sunday 28th January.

Kate Winslet made her screen debut in 1991 in the BBC sci-fi series Dark Season. Her first film performance was in Peter Jackson’s iconic 1994 thriller Heavenly Creatures, a lead role she won after an audition process that involved nearly 200 actresses. She went on to star in Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility (1995), Michael Winterbottom’s Jude (1996) and Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet (1996) before bursting onto the international scene with her iconic role in James Cameron’s Titanic (1997). Since then, her career has featured a varied range of strong female roles in comedies, dramas, thrillers and animation. She has been nominated for nine Critics’ Circle Film Awards, winning four: for Heavenly Creatures, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2005), The Reader and Revolutionary Road (2008), and Steve Jobs (2015).

Winslet has also been nominated for seven Oscars, winning for her role in The Reader, and she has received eight Bafta nominations, winning three. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2012. This past year, Winslet appeared in Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel, The Mountain Between Us and as the voice of Madam Mumblechook in Mary and the Witch’s Flower. She has recently filmed a role in James Cameron’s forthcoming Avatar sequel.

Dilys Powell was an iconic British author and film critic who pioneered a new style of cinematic journalism. The British Film Institute famously described her as “open to new directions in cinema … not constrained by the middle class shibboleths of ‘good taste’.” Her final review, of Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, was published in The Times on the day of her death in June 1995.

Recent Dilys Powell Award honourees include Kristin Scott Thomas, Kenneth Branagh, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter, Miranda Richardson and last year’s recipient Isabelle Huppert. The award has been given out annually since 1991, when it was presented to Dirk Bogarde.

The 38th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards is presented by Dover Street Entertainment, the London-based media group. In addition to Dover Street, the red carpet event is sponsored by The May Fair Hotel, Sacred Gin, Remy Martin, Voss and talent agencies Millbank and Cooper Searle. Audi is the official car of the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.

Nominations will be announced at a lunchtime event on Tuesday 19th December at The May Fair Hotel by actor-producer Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Maze Runner trilogy, Game of Thrones, Godless) and actress Morfydd Clark (The Falling, Love & Friendship, The Man Who Invented Christmas).

The awards ceremony will be held at The May Fair Hotel on Sunday 28th January 2018, hosted by actor-filmmakers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.

 

Notes for Editors:
For further information, please contact: londonfilmcritics@gmail.com

Media Contact: Julia Boccanera at DDA: 020 7932 9800 / julia.boccanera@ddapr.com

About The Critics’ Circle:
Established in 1913, The Critics’ Circle is the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, with more than 400 members who work in the UK media as critics of drama, art and architecture, music, film and dance. Chaired by Anna Smith, who also currently serves as the Circle’s President, the Film Section membership is made up of more than 145 UK film critics, broadcasters and writers, including Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, the BBC’s Mark Kermode and Metro’s Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, and has presented its awards annually since 1980. www.criticscircle.org.uk
About Dover Street Entertainment:
Founded by producers Graeme A Scott and Kathy A LoPrimo, the Dover Street Entertainment team has delivered films to cinema screens across the globe and produced television series with broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Showtime, HBO and PBS. With each production, Dover Street works with internationally recognised and talented professionals, from Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers to Emmy-nominated television producers, ensuring that when a story is told it is told right. Current projects include the television documentary series Warriors Code, featuring IBO super-middleweight boxing champion Chris Eubank Jr, and An Irish Heartbeat, a feature-length thriller based on the Paul Ferris novel. www.doverstreet.xyz
About The May Fair Hotel:
The luxury May Fair Hotel, opened by King George V in 1927 and owned and operated by Edwardian Group London, is located in the heart of London and boasts over 400 luxury bedrooms, including 40 of the capital’s most memorable signature suites. The residence encapsulates its Mayfair locality throughout, with the meat and seafood restaurant, May Fair Kitchen; The May Fair Bar; The May Fair Terrace and the relaxing May Fair Spa. The May Fair Hotel has an established partnership as the official hotel partner for both London Fashion Week and the BFI London Film Festival. www.themayfairhotel.co.uk
About the 38th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards:
Britain’s top film critics vote annually for the Critics’ Circle Film Awards, with eligible films having been released in UK cinemas between mid-February 2017 and mid-February 2018. Nominations ballots are due on 15th December, with the nominees announced on Tuesday 19th December. Final-round votes will be due on 9th January. In addition to the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film and citations for Technical Achievement, the members of the The Critics’ Circle Film Section will vote in the following categories:
• Film of the Year
• Foreign Language Film of the Year
• Documentary of the Year
• Director of the Year
• Actor of the Year
• Actress of the Year
• Supporting Actor of the Year
• Supporting Actress of the Year
• Screenwriter of the Year
• The Attenborough Award: British/Irish Film of the Year
• The Philip French Award: Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker
• British/Irish Actor of the Year
• British/Irish Actress of the Year
• Young British/Irish Performer of the Year
• British/Irish Short Film of the Year

 

The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film:
1991 Dirk Bogarde
1992 Freddie Young
1993 Christopher Lee
1994 Richard Attenborough
1995 Wendy Hiller
1996 John Mills
1997 Michael Caine
1998 John Hurt and Albert Finney
1999 Mike Leigh
2000 Richard Harris
2001 Charlotte Rampling
2002 Lewis Gilbert
2003 Tom Courtenay
2004 Ken Loach
2005 Bryan Forbes
2006 Leslie Phillips
2007 Julie Walters
2008 Judi Dench
2009 Quentin Tarantino
2010 Kristin Scott Thomas
2011 Nicolas Roeg
2012 Helena Bonham Carter
2013 Gary Oldman
2014 Miranda Richardson
2015 Kenneth Branagh
2016 Isabelle Huppert

 

The Last Hope features in ARRI’s 100th Anniversary film

The Filmmaker’s View

Capturing documentaries

Buddy Squires ASC, DP

The Last Hope Co-Director and Cinematographer Buddy Squires was recently interviewed by ARRI as part of their Filmmakers View Series celebrating 100 years of ARRI.

“My work is about conveying truths that become obvious to my eye on location, making these revelations palpable and tactile for an audience – that is what cinematography allows me to do. Moving images of the world we inhabit have an incredible ability to reach across cultural boundaries, connecting our common humanity. Still, there are times I wish I was a writer and only had to have a pen and a pad with me, instead of carrying all this gear around.”

Click here to watch Buddy Squires interview with ARRI for their 100 anniversary in film.

Warriors Code in Stuttgart

On October 7th 2017, Chris Eubank Jr retained his IBO super middleweight title against Avni Yildirim at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart. The spectacular 3rd round knockout has sent Eubank safely through to the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series taking place in January.

The Warriors Code team were on location in Stuttgart to capture the build up to the fight and speak with those involved in the event, learning more about the inner workings of a boxing team and the mental challenges faced by the fighters and their trainers during the lead up to the fights.

Eubank will next fight George Groves in London.

Warriors Code Team Visits Las Vegas

In August 2017, the Warriors Code team travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada, to witness history being made at the year’s biggest sporting event: Mayweather Vs McGregor.

The team were given media access to the events leading up to and surrounding the fight, capturing the immense build up and atmosphere of such a large scale event.

In order to further understand the inner workings of the world of boxing and the unique mindset of those who take part, the team carried out interviews with some of the world’s most exciting up and coming boxers, as well as their trainers and other members of their team. These unscripted, uncensored accounts provide an insight into what it takes to be a fighter, the fearless, unforgiving attitude that must be adopted in order to perform in such a way on the world’s largest stage.

While on location, the team were able to capture the madness of the city of Las Vegas, the sheer number of fans that are drawn to the world of boxing and those who had travelled thousands of miles to bear witness what was promised to be an unforgettable experience.

Warriors Code

Dover Street Entertainment present a Working Title production: Warriors Code, a documentary about the warrior’s code between fighters all around the world. The film will feature appearances from current IBO super-middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr.

Emergency in Kabul

Following the catastrophic attack in Kabul’s diplomatic ‘green-zone’ which left over 150 dead and 413 injured, The Last Hope team traveled to Afghanistan to document the response by Emergency’s surgical centre, located in the heart of Kabul. Will full access granted, the crew were able to capture the chaos and confusion during the aftermath of one of the biggest mass-casualties this hospital has ever seen. Riots and further violence ensued, but despite their fatigue, the Emergency staff continued to provide care for all those who needed it.

Academy Award winning director and cinematographer, Buddy Squires, once again teamed up Dover Street Entertainment to provide a vision that would represent the extreme lifestyle of those working for Emergency, allowing their bravery and determination to shine through.

By spending 3 days in the hospital, The Last Hope team were able to get a unique and profound insight into the inner workings of this organisation, and the day to day lives of those individuals who have made that choice to give up normality and make a difference. By conducting in-depth interviews with the Emergency staff, we can begin to understand the power of their strong humanitarian beliefs and the morals that they live by as they continue to strive for a better world.

The Last Hope: A Preview

Take a first look at footage from The Last Hope. This feature length documentary follows Italian NGO Emergency across the world on their mission to provide free medical assistance to the victims of war. For many people who have lost their homes, lives, family and friends to war, Emergency is their last hope.

Dramatic shoot off the coast of Libya

Dover Street Entertainment’s feature length documentary The Last Hope wrapped up a successful second shoot in Sicily and off the coast of Libya this week. Graeme Alistair Scott was on location with multiple Oscar and Emmy winning Cinematographer Buddy Squires along with award winning sound man David Hocs.

The team followed the committed staff of Italian NGO Emergency on board MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) search and rescue ship Topaz Responder in the Mediterranean, travelling to the Dead Zone, an area 12 miles off the coast of Libya, where migrants and refugees from war torn countries in the Middle East and Africa are being smuggled in unseaworthy wooden boats and large rubber dingis to Europe in the hope of a better future.

During an emotional, heartbreaking, yet ultimately inspiring shoot the team filmed the doctors, nurses and logisticians of Emergency, hearing their experiences dealing with the migrant crisis. We discovered stories and events that define humanity with a backdrop of incredible situations that not only offer hope, but deliver on the commitment by Emergency to save lives and provide the human right to high quality healthcare, focussing on those that need it most, the victims of war and poverty.

 

The Last Hope Team Visits Iraq

In May 2016, The Last Hope team visited Sulaymaniyah in Iraq. Whilst there, they met with the Emergency teams working in the Arbat IDP and refugee camps, the Ashti IDP camp and the Rehabilitation and Social Integration Centre.

Our award winning cinematographer and director Buddy Squires teamed up with esteemed sound mixer David Hocs, and together they managed to capture the chaotic world of the the Emergency clinics against the quiet backdrop of the Kurdish mountains.

While in the camps, the team interviewed members of staff who’s work is paramount to the survival of the IDPs and refugees who have fled their homes in search of peace and safety for their families. Seeing the number of children who will grow up in this camp, some without knowing any life outside, is heartbreaking. However, while living in the tent is hard and war is still not so far away, there remains a never-ending sense of hope, this became clear when speaking to members of the Emergency staff who are living in the camp themselves having escaped the dangers of ISIS.

The team spent 5 days exploring the camp and hearing some of the incredible and heroic stories from various IDPs and Emergency staff members. Learning about their pasts and finding out how and why they ended up working in the camps has lead to a better understanding of the conflict in that area of the world, and how far the devastation of war can spread. This further enforces the Emergency mission to provide healthcare to all those to deserve it, especially when their worlds have been torn apart by violence.

In order to further understand what life is like in the camp, the team visited individual individual tents, speaking to the IDPs and observing their daily routines. Buddy and the team captured the struggle that a family of five or more faces everyday having to live in such simple conditions, even witnessing an entire family meal cooked on one electric stove in the darkness. The realisation that they may never be able to return to their homes and the crossing to Europe may be too dangerous further proves the need for hope, which without the work done by Emergency may not have been within reach.

When visiting the Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration Centre in Sulaymaniyah, the team were able to speak with land mine victims whose limbs had been amputated as a result of stepping on a hidden IED. They spoke with them to understand the effect that this not only has on their lives, but the lives of their families and others around them. This footage captured reminds us of the determination in human nature, and the difference you can make by remaining strong and having hope.

Buddy’s unique vision enabled him to capture the emotion of the story. This emotion creates a connection to those on the screen, allowing us to feel the everyday struggles faced in this area of the world.

The Last Hope Team Visit Khartoum

In December 2015, The Last Hope team flew to Sudan to visit the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery and the Paediatric Clinic in the Mayo Refugee Camp. The team were shown around the various hospitals and saw first hand the incredible work carried out every day by the Emergency staff who have given their lives to care for those in need. The hospitals are sterile and safe environments that act as a haven in these poverty-stricken areas. The state of the art equipment and highly trained staff help to save lives every day, from malnourished children to open heart surgery.

The Salam Centre, located just outside Khartoum, provides highly specialized and free of charge treatment to patients with either congenital or acquired heart diseases. The Salam Centre provides services on a humanitarian basis, without any political, ideological, or religious discrimination. The services are totally free of charge for all patients and include medical and surgical treatments, drugs, follow-up, food and clothing for all the admission period. Specialized international staff have been appointed to ensure a high standard of surgical care and to carry out a proper training program for national personnel. Cardiac diseases of surgical interest are extremely common in Sub-Saharan Africa. Current estimates for cardiovascular diseases in Africa amount to 300,000 deaths every year. The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery is the only facility in this region offering free-of-charge, qualified cardiac surgical care.

The Paediatric Clinic in Mayo provides primary healthcare for the children in Mayo IDP Camp, on the outskirts of the capital city, Khartoum. The main facilities of the Paediatric Centre include 2 consultation rooms, laboratory, pharmacy, six-bed observation ward, and a veranda that serves as waiting area. The Centre is equipped with an ambulance to refer the children in need of hospitalisation to Bashair hospital in Khartoum. Emergency has started an outreach program in different areas of the IDP camp: the staff of the Paediatric Centre organizes health education sessions, screening for malnutrition and prenatal care for pregnant women, as well as vaccination programs in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.