Issue 3: What’s New? (22 June)

No time to keep up-to-date? No problem. Every issue, RSL rounds-up relevant goings-on in the world of fact-based cinema, such as trailers, films in the works, new releases to look out for, and relevant events/training. We start with a gentle stroll in New York…

One to watch!

the walk Robert Zemeckis directs The Walk, a dramatization of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the man with a real head for heights and Ben Kingsley as his mentor.

Written by Zemeckis and Christopher Browne, the script is based on the real Philippe Petit’s book, To Reach the Clouds.

The Walk wobbles on to US/UK screens on 2 October after a showing in September at the New York Film Festival. The film promises to be a 3D thrill. Take a deep breath and don’t look down…

 

More trailers…

Out later in the year, The Program, tells of an Irish journalist’s efforts to expose Lance Armstrong, after he becomes convinced the cyclist’s Tour de France victories aren’t as triumphant as it first appears.

Ben Foster pulls on the lycra shorts to portray the disgraced cyclist, while Chris O’Dowd is the scribe out to uncover the truth. The Program is directed by Stephen Frears and written by John Hodge. Here’s a first look…

 

Here’s an interesting one. Paul Dano and John Cusack both star as Beach Boy Brian Wilson in this music biopic that promises to be a little different from usual efforts in this genre. The film switches between the 1960s – where a young Wilson (Dano) struggles to make his mark in music while battling his emerging psychosis – and his downward spiral the 1980s – where the older Wilson (Cusack) finds himself under the watch of Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

Love & Mercy was directed by Bill Pohlad and written by Oren Moverman and Michael A. Lerner. It’s interesting to note the filmmakers strove for accuracy throughout, with Pohlad commenting: “We tried to make it as genuine as we could and to be straightforward about it and not back away.” It’s on limited release in the US and arrives on UK screens on 10 July 2015.

 

Based on a real life study, The Stanford Prison Experiment dramatizes the psychological experiment in which college students were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison. Take a look at the trailer…

 

News…

In the works: The Guardian reports that the story of labourer John Humble is to be turned into a film. In 1978, Humble sent police red-herring tapes and letters allowing notorious killer Peter Sutcliffe (the Yorkshire Ripper) to continue his spree. I’m Jack will be based on Mark Blacklock’s novel of the same name.

In the works: From birds to burgers. Variety reports Michael Keaton is bringing the story of Ray Kroc to the screen. Who’s he? Only the man responsible for turning McDonald’s into a global fast food empire.

Quick hit: Watch out for Set Fire to the Stars, which tells of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ week-long jaunt to New York. Read more about it here.

Quick hit: Frederic Auburtin, director of ‘FIFA-propaganda’ film United Passions, has talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the $30m flop (which has grossed a mere $918 in the US – no, we haven’t missed any numbers off!)

Recently out to rent/buy…

Selma: David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King in Ava DuVernay’s film, which tells of events surrounding King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights, culminating in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Read more about Selma in this issue’s analysis.

Difret: Available in the UK from 29 June, this Ethiopian film tells the true story of a young girl kidnapped for marriage who ends up shooting her would-be husband. Set in the 1980s, the film offers a look at the country’s move toward equal rights.

On screen…

The Face of an Angel: Out in the US on 19 June, the backdrop to the story is the murder of British student, Meredith Kercher, in Italy in 2007. In this fictionalised account, a documentary filmmaker is drawn towards the lurid murder and the subsequent trial. It’s based on Barbie Latza Nadeau’s non-fiction book, Angel Face: Sex, Murder, and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox. Read the New York Times‘ less than flattering review here.

Events and training…

How to Write Based on a True Story (online), Screenwriters’ University, 2 July-13 August 2015 (details here)

If you’ve got any news/events etc. you’d like us to include in future issues, drop us a line at: news@reelscreenlife.com.

You can also find us on Twitter (@reelscreenlife) where we’ll be posting between-issue updates of relevant news and other goings-on.

(Image: “A stack of newspapers” by Daniel R. Blume)