Colman was the winner of the MAC Best Performance Award for her portrayal of Carol Thatcher, daughter of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in 2011's The Iron Lady, as well as her comedic turn in British TV series Twenty Twelve, at the annual Sky Women in Film and Television Awards (WFTV Awards).
Ramsay received the Deluxe Digital London Director Award for her movie adaptation of hard-hitting novel We Need To Talk About Kevin, which starred Tilda Swinton.
Previous WFTV award winner Julie Walters returned to the event to hand the EON Productions Lifetime Achievement prize to British producer Ruth Caleb, who boasts a long list of TV and film credits, including A Short Stay in Switzerland and Last Resort.
Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle also attended the gala to present The Envy Producer Award to Tracey Seaward for her work on his Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in the summer (12).
Steve Knight's Hummingbird has a home. According to Variety, the thriller has been optioned by Shine Pictures and will be financed by New Regency Productions. 20th Century Fox plans to distribute. Knight plans to make his directorial debut with the film, which follows an ex-special services soldier turned criminal. Hummingbird will also reunite Knight with Paul Webster and Tracey Seaward, the same team that brought his novel Eastern Promises to life.
No one is yet cast, but Shine Pictures chairman Stephen Garrett seems excited about the project.
"Steve Knight's Hummingbird is as classy a project as they come," he said. "His screenplay is clever and compelling, and there is no better way for Shine Pictures to celebrate its role as a champion of the best of British and European talent than for us to be hosting Steve's directorial debut. I believe the story is timely and the characters are drawn from a city full of broken lives and sudden opportunities."
Anyway, this seems to be a whole bunch of positive talk for a movie with details as sparse as this. That said, Hummingbird's are pretty damn cute, so you know, the film has that going for it regardless.
All of Britain is abuzz as "E-Day" approaches. The day when the pound will be converted into euros and the former will no longer be accepted as a valid form of currency. Enter two brothers: wide-eyed 7-year-old Damian (Alexander Nathan Etel) and his 9-year-old fiscally precocious and shrewd brother Anthony (Lewis Owen McGibbon) who stumble upon a million pounds and are split on what to do with it in the short time they have. They are in agreement on one thing: They will not tell their father (James Nesbitt) about the money. Anthony just wants to spend it on material things but Damian believes the money has been delivered to them by some sort of divine osmosis a miracle from their recently deceased mother. Through the saints he claims he sees and talks to he thinks it is should be given exclusively to the homeless--or anyone deemed worthy by meeting Damian's rigorous criteria…admitting they are poor. He is later crushed to discover that the money's true origin is a heist gone awry as he crosses paths with the obligatory villain posing as a homeless man and threatening Damian to hand over the money or else pay the consequences.
There's a kind of freedom in releasing an indie film in which the biggest name belongs to the guy behind the camera. Rather than worrying about watching mega movie stars it shifts the audience's attention so they can get involved in a complex storyline. Millions is no exception to this rule. The acting is superb all the way around but undoubtedly the two biggest stars of the film are also its smallest. The interplay between two brothers--played by Etel and McGibbon in their feature film debuts--makes the viewer feel like a fly on the wall in any family's home. For such young kids they display an amazing skill at being able to capture the subtle nuances generally present in sibling relationships. Throw in the dynamic of their father--played well by Nesbitt a veteran of the British-indie circuit--and his new girlfriend (Daisy Donovan) who threatens to disrupt the family harmony and you feel like a genuine intruder on a family in crisis. But Damian's naive musings help keep the story essentially light vibrant and flowing.
Millions marks a complete about-face for director Danny Boyle. With his previous films he followed along a general path of the same moods and tones: his harrowing take on drugs and decadence in England in the groundbreaking Trainspotting; his hostage-falls-for-kidnapper caper A Life Less Ordinary; his disappointing attempt at a mind trip with The Beach; and his zombie take-off 28 Days Later. It's safe to say that a feel-good family film would not seem the logical next step. But Boyle executes Millions brilliantly showing not only his sensitive side but his flair for the whimsical. Parts of the movie even suggest hints of Tim Burton complete with sinister-sounding choral hymns in the background. With Millions Boyle establishes himself as a force to be reckoned with one of the most versatile directors around today.