Women put themselves in the picture

TheSundayTimes.co.uk has a featured article on Maxine’s film ‘Run & Jump‘ which was released in 2014. Unfortunately, we only got the beginning of the paper but enjoy reading anyway:

FEMALE film-makers have launched a lobby group to campaign for gender balance on the big and small screens.

Women in Film and Television Ireland plans to petition funding bodies and research the number of women working in the sector. Members include Lesley McKimm, producer of Stella Days and Happy Ever Afters; Katie Holly, producer of The Savage Eye and Shrooms; and Aoife Kelleher, director of One Million Dubliners.

Just two of 17 Irish feature films released last year were directed by a woman, according to research by The Sunday Times.

Only one film was written by a woman. Run & Jump, an Irish-German co-production starring Maxine Peake and Will Forte, was the only 2014 release to be both directed and written by women. Ailbhe Keogan co-wrote the script with the American director Steph Green. One Million Dubliners was the only other film directed by a woman.

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Maxine Peake and Matt Lucas to star in Russell T Davies’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This sounds absolutely brilliant!

Peake will play the fairy queen Titania with Lucas taking on the part of self-important Bottom in the former Doctor Who showrunner’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy

Silk and Shameless star Maxine Peake has been cast as the lovelorn fairy queen Titania in Russell T Davies’ reworking of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

She will be joined by Sliding Doors and Rebus star John Hannah who takes on the role of King Theseus in the former Doctor Who showrunner’s 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of love and magic in an around a fantasy Athens.

Little Britain star Matt Lucas has been called on to play the part of Bottom, the Athenian weaver who organises a troupe of actors to venture into the wood to rehearse their play – only to fall prey to the mischief of the fairies who rule the forest.

Bottom’s troupe will be played by a diverse range of performing talent. One Foot in the Grave actor Richard Wilson will star as Starveling, with former Doctor Who star Bernard Cribbins playing Snout. Comedian Javone Prince has been cast as Snug and Fisayo Akinade as Flute.

The part of Mistress Quince – the wife of Peter Quince who wrote the play performed by the so-called Rude Mechanicals of idiotic actors – will be taken by singer Elaine Paige.

Eleanor Matsuura – Bev in Channel 4’s drama Utopia – plays Queen Hippolyta with the part of Oberon’s messenger fairy Puck played by relative newcomer Hiran Abeysekera.

The play starts with two sets of lovers eloping to the forest where they encounter a magical world overseen by Theseus and Hippolyta’s other-worldly counterparts Titiania and Oberon, who are themselves engaged in a quarrel.

Russell T Davies said of his cast: “This is such an exciting range of actors from stage and screen, from wild comedy to high drama, and some making their first ever appearance on camera. The Dream is coming to life like never before.”

Davies has promised a “bold and accessible” 90-minute version of the play which BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore says will be a “truthful version of the play – the original play, the original words, the original Shakespeare”.

She added that it would be “warm and funny” and “will have as much attitude and invention as any theatrical interpretation.”

When the drama was announced last month, Davies said: “I’ve wanted to make this for the BBC for my entire adult life – and only the BBC can put on a play like this, for all the family, smack-bang in the heart of primetime. With a riot of prosthetics, CGI, magic and action, it needs the brilliant Doctor Who team in Cardiff to bring it to life.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be filmed in Cardiff’s Roath Lock studios and will air in 2016.


Thanks to Gemma for the heads-up!

Who’s that redhead in the shades? Maxine Peake on the set of ‘The Comic Strip Presents . . . The Red Top!’

With her flowing red locks, leather boots and gloves, and no-nonsense grey raincoat, newspaper boss Rebekah Brooks appeared to have moved to Plymouth at the weekend.

Maxine Peake on set as newspaper boss Rebekah Brooks for new TV satire The Comic Strip Presents . . . The Red Top! which is being filmed in Devon

Hiding behind huge sunglasses, the woman was, in fact, actress Maxine Peake, 41, who plays Brooks, 47, in TV satire The Comic Strip Presents . . . The Red Top!, which is filming in the city.

Brooks was cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking trial and the comedy will tell the story of ‘an innocent and beguiling Northern girl . . . caught up in a Watergate-style scandal’.

Her boss, Rupert Murdoch, 84, may be flattered to learn he’s being played by Nigel Planer, The Young Ones actor 22 years his junior.


Abramorama picks up ‘Hamlet’ from Little Film Company

Good news for American fans, Hamlet is heading to the US! 🙂

The New York-based distribution outfit plans to release the film theatrically in Q1, 2016.

Abramorama has picked up US distrbution rights to the newly-filmed stage version version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starring Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything) and directed by Margaret Williams.

Abramorama acquired from The Little Film Company, who picked up worldwide sales rights out of this year’s Cannes Marche.

The production was filmed at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and also stars John Shrapnel, Barbara Marten, Gillian Bevan, Katie West and Thomas Arnold. Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange Theatre, directed the stage play.

Picturehouse Entertainment opened Hamlet in the UK in March on more than 300 screens.

The film is executive produced for Genesius Pictures by Julian Gleek, Quidem Productions by Ralph Bernard and Simon Cooper, Royal Exchange Theatre by Fiona Gasper, and produced by Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray.

Richard Abramowitz, president of Abramorama, negotiated the deal with Robbie Little, co-president of The Little Film Company.


Maxine Peake to star in ‘The More You Ignore Me’

The Little Film Company and Genesius Entertainment have set principal photography dates for two of their latest feature film projects, after previously teaming on Hamlet and Northern Soul.

First film The Ladykiller, set to be the first of a trilogy, has Tim Fywell (Ice Princess) attached to direct John Hales’ adaptation of Martina Cole’s novel of the same name.

The film’s story follows a man who takes the law into his own hands after his daughter falls prey to a serial killer. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Spring 2016 in the UK.

Producers are Debbie Gray, Martina Cole and Chris Whiteside.

Second film The More You Ignore Me is based on comedian Jo Brand’s novel about mental illness, written using her experiences as a psychiatric health worker.

Keith English will mark his feature debut with the film, which will star Maxine Peake (The Theory Of Everything) in the lead role.

Debbie Gray is producing the project, while Brand is acting as executive producer. Principal photography will begin in October 2015 in the UK.


Win 1 of 3 copies of Maxine as Hamlet DVD

Maxine Peake as HAMLET, the film of Sarah Frankcom’s acclaimed stage production of HAMLET at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, is out now on DVD and digital platforms.

Shown in over 300 UK cinemas, the film received 4 and 5 star reviews, and regularly played to sell-out audiences – as did the original theatre production. Filmed with eight cameras by an expert team, the film captures the intensity of the stage production with all the polish and care of a feature film.

The strong, poignant production depicts intense family drama and the power of grief. Maxine Peake’s fierce and textured Hamlet imbues the role with anger, indignation and purpose.

To celebrate the DVD and digital release of Maxine Peake as Hamlet, we are giving away a copy of the DVD.

Buy it here and here.

To enter just send an email with HAMLET in the subject line to comps@film-news.co.uk Please list your name, EMAIL, home address and telephone number. Winners will be notified by phone/email.

It’s that simple! Best of luck!


Win a copy of HAMLET featuring Maxine Peake on DVD

To mark the DVD and VOD release of Maxine Peake as HAMLET in Sarah Frankcom’s acclaimed stage production at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Britflicks is delighted to have 3 copies to give away.

The compelling stage-to-screen film, directed by Margaret Williams(Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach, One Man Walking), sees Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, The Village, Silk) in the title role of Shakespeare’s iconic play, in which Hamlet, consumed by despair, struggles to exact revenge for his father’s murder, with devastating consequences.

The strong, poignant production depicts intense family drama and the power of grief. Maxine Peake’s fierce and textured Hamlet imbues the role with anger, indignation and purpose. Filmed with eight cameras by an expert team, the film captures the intensity of the stage production with all the polish and care of a feature film.

Directed by award-winning Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre Sarah Frankcom (Masque of Anarchy, Punk Rock, The Skriker), HAMLET played to sell-out houses throughout its run at the Royal Exchange. A stripped-back, fast-paced version, with moments of humour which rebalanced the gender casting, HAMLET received four and five-star reviews across the board.

Sarah Frankcom comments: “As a director I think you can only begin to think about doing HAMLET if you are absolutely passionate about a particular actor. Right from the beginning of this production it felt like a thrilling opportunity to explore, excavate and interrogate something with Maxine Peake, the most fearless and most courageous actor that I’ve ever worked with.”

Maxine Peake was BAFTA-nominated for her performance in Hancock and Joan and is hugely respected for her performances in Red Riding and as Myra Hindley in See No Evil. She has a long relationship with the Royal Exchange Theatre and is now an Associate Artist. In 2014, her play Berylwas performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of HAMLET on DVD answer the following question.

HAMLET is played by what actress?

a) Maxine Evans

b) Maxin Trough

c) Maxine Peake

Email your answer to competitions@britflicks.com with HAMLET as the subject. Competition closes at midnight on Monday 21 September 2015.

HAMLET is available on DVD & VOD from 7 September 2015.


Maxine Peake as Hamlet – DVD & Digital Release on Monday 7th September!

In case you haven’t heard, ‘Hamlet’ with Maxine Peake in the leading role will be released on DVD THIS MONDAY!

It’s a fantastic production and not to be missed!

In March, the film was shown in over 300 cinemas across the UK, selling out in many screens and gaining 4 and 5 star film reviews. You can buy your copy in shops or online via amazon UK.

Watch the official trailer here:

Photo Credit: Jonathan Keenan

Thanks to Jess for emailing us about it!