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Three Billboards leads nominees for Critic’s Circle Film Awards

Martin McDonagh’s drama earned seven nominations from UK critics, who also singled out smaller films like Lady Macbeth, God’s Own Country, Phantom Thread and Call Me By Your Name, alongside Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Paul King’s Paddington 2.

The UK’s leading film critics today announced the nominations for the 38th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards presented by Dover Street Entertainment. Martin McDonagh’s drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was out front with seven nominations, including Film, Director, Screenwriter, Actress for Frances McDormand, and Supporting Actor for both Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson. In addition, as a British production the film is nominated for British/Irish Film of the Year.

Following close behind with six nominations each are William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. Four films earned five nominations each: Luca Guagadino’s Call Me By Your Name, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, Paul King’s Paddington 2, and Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country. The 10 films contending for Film of the Year are Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, The Florida Project, Get Out, God’s Own Country, Lady Bird, Loveless, Phantom Thread, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The nominations were announced today at The May Fair Hotel by actors Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Maze Runner trilogy, Game of Thrones, Godless) and Morfydd Clark (The Falling, Love & Friendship, The Man Who Invented Christmas). Multiple nominees today include Sally Hawkins, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, Florence Pugh and Daniel Kaluuya, nominated as actresses and actors for specific performances as well as for their body of work as British/Irish performers.

The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Sunday, 28th January at The May Fair Hotel. Actor-filmmakers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram will return to host the ceremony, at which Kate Winslet will receive the critics’ highest honour, The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.

“Because our critics see everything that’s released, they nominated more than 150 titles in the Film of the Year category alone,” says Awards Chair Rich Cline. “This year we seem to have skewed toward more independent titles, but there was also love for blockbusters from Blade Runner 2049 to Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok alongside foreign-language gems like Tom of Finland, In Between and My Life as a Courgette. With such a wide range of titles on the ballots, getting a nomination is a real achievement.”

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

Full List of Nominations:

Call Me By Your Name
The Florida Project
Get Out
God’s Own Country
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Handmaiden

Human Flow
I Am Not Your Negro
The Work

God’s Own Country
Lady Macbeth
Paddington 2
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sean Baker – The Florida Project
Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water
Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk

Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
James Ivory – Call Me By Your Name
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jordan Peele – Get Out

Annette Bening – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Florence Pugh – Lady Macbeth

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Hugh Grant – Paddington 2
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name

Emily Beecham – Daphne
Judi Dench – Victoria & Abdul/Murder on the Orient Express
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water/Maudie/Paddington 2
Florence Pugh – Lady Macbeth
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird/Loving Vincent

Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Colin Farrell – The Killing of a Sacred Deer/The Beguiled
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Josh O’Connor – God’s Own Country
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour/The Space Between Us

Harris Dickinson – Beach Rats
Tom Holland – The Lost City of Z/Spider-Man: Homecoming
Noah Jupe – Suburbicon/Wonder/The Man With the Iron Heart
Dafne Keen – Logan
Fionn Whitehead – Dunkirk

Alice Birch – Lady Macbeth
Simon Farnaby – Paddington 2/Mindhorn
Francis Lee – God’s Own Country
Rungano Nyoni – I Am Not a Witch
William Oldroyd – Lady Macbeth

The Cloud of Unknowing – Mike Hannon
The Dog and the Elephant – Mike Sharpe
Tuesday – Charlotte Wells
We Love Moses – Dionne Edwards
Your Mother and I – Anna Maguire

Baby Driver – Darrin Prescott, stunts
Blade Runner 2049 – Dennis Gassner, production design
Dunkirk – Hans Zimmer, music
God’s Own Country – Joshua James Richards, cinematography
Lady Macbeth – Holly Waddington, costumes
The Lost City of Z – Darius Khondji, cinematography
The Love Witch – Emma Willis, hair & makeup
Paddington 2 – Pablo Grillo, visual effects
Phantom Thread – Mark Bridges, costumes
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Ben Morris, visual effects

EXCELLENCE IN FILM: The Dilys Powell Award
Kate Winslet

Winners will be announced Sunday, 28th January 2018



(Source – Rich Cline, The Critics Circle – 19/12/2017)

Final shoot for The Last Hope takes place in Milan

In December 2017, The Last Hope team visited Emergency’s head offices in Milan and were able to interview the organisation’s founder, Dr Gino Strada, along with other key members.

After arriving in Milan, the team were given a tour of their offices, gaining insight into the heart of Emergency and what it takes to run such a successful global humanitarian organisation. They were also able to showcase footage of The Last Hope from previous shoots to Emergency founder Gino Strada, allowing him to hear stories from various Emergency employees as they describe their passion for humanitarian work and their mission to create a better world.

Having explored the lives of the those doctors, nurses and other medical staff living away from home to complete a mission in one of Emergency’s projects in Iraq, Afghanistan or the coast of Libya, the crew now had the chance to find out more about the people who sent them there. By speaking to Gino Strada and Emergency’s new president, Rosella Miccio, the team were able to learn more about all of Emergency’s individual projects, each one with a different goal, all striving towards creating a sustainable environment where patients can receive the highest quality healthcare free of charge, or in Dr Strada’s words, their basic human right.

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.