Happy New Year everyone! I have to admit I enjoyed my time away from the routine of office life, especially given the fact I don’t live on the east side of America, or anywhere near the sea or a river.
Already nearly the middle of January as I type, and it looks like a busy start to the year for UA talent.
Hong’s feature debut LILTING, charting a mother’s emotional journey to discover who her son was after his untimely death, stars Ben Whishaw and opens the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival next Thursday.
Jonathan’s debut feature STARRED UP, which tells the story of a young man’s struggles to survive as a young offender in adult jail, screened at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and won him the Best British Newcomer Award at last year’s BFI London Film Festival.
Sophie starred in Stephen Frear’s critically acclaimed PHILOMENA, co-written by Jeff Pope, and will next appear in Lars Von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC.
The BAFTA’s are just over a month away and UA has four nominees: Lea Seydoux for the EE Rising Star Award (she is amazing in BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR), Jeff Pope Best Adapted Screenplay for PHILOMENA, Barry Ackroyd for Best Cinematography, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS and writer Sarah Woolner for Best British Animation, SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES. The Awards take place on February 16th so watch this space.
And here’s something to keep you occupied for 5 minutes: vote for your favourite UA stars on this year’s National Television Awards which are announced live on the 22nd January.
How could you not cast your vote for the brilliant MICHELLE KEEGAN who is nominated for Best Serial Performance for her on-going role in Coronation Street as Tina McIntyre?
Plus hilarious DEREK is nominated for Best Comedy; BROADCHURCH directed by James Strong, featuring Olivia Colman, David Bradley and many more, is nominated for Best Drama. OLIVIA COLMAN herself is nominated for best TV Detective for her role in Broadchurch and AN IDIOT ABROAD is nominated for Best Factual Entertainment.
Better get voting!