MICHAEL LENNOX MAKES THE NOMINEES LIST FOR OSCARS BEST SHORT FILM

The Fyzz Facility were thrilled today to see A Patch of Fog director, Michael Lennox’s short film BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM announced as one of the nominees for the Oscar’s Best Short Film category. The short has been well-received, also being nominated for a BAFTA this year, and stars Martin McCann.

We are delighted to see Michael receiving such a prestigious honour and will eagerly be watching the Oscar’s ceremony on the 22nd February 2015.

See a full list of all the Oscars nominees here



A PATCH OF FOG DIRECTOR NOMINATED FOR BAFTA

TFF were delighted today to congratulate director Michael Lennox, who recently finished shooting The Fyzz Facility, BFI and NI Screen funded A PATCH OF FOG in Belfast, on his BAFTA nomination for the fantastic short BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM which stars The Survivalist star Martin McCann.

We are thrilled that Michael’s talent is being recognised and that he has been nominated by such a prestigious award.

A PATCH OF FOG heads into the edit this month.

See the full nominations list here



SCREEN DAILY VISITS A PATCH OF FOG SET

Today, Screen Daily released their set report for A Patch of Fog in which Sarah Cooper had the opportunity to meet with screenplay writers, John Cairns and Michael McCartney, as well as with stars of the film Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire) and with Oscar shortlisted director, Michael Lennox. Producers Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones were also on set to discuss their growing relationship with Northern Ireland , “We love working here, we have a good rapport with everyone and the crews are world class.”

Lennox says of the film, “It’s a dark buddy movie, with thrillerish elements and mystery permeating under the surface. But at the core is the bond between those two people and their strange, screwed up relationship, which makes it extremely funny and touching,”

Read the full article on Screen Daily’s website here



SUPERBOB’S LEADING MAN FEATURED IN EVENING STANDARD

TFF were thrilled to see SUPERBOB in London’s Evening Standard today in a two-page spread on leading man, Brett Goldstein in order to announce the film’s UK Worldwide Premier on January 24th at the fourth London Comedy Film Festival (LOCO).

The article discusses the film’s initial development, financing and production, as well as attaching talent including Catherine Tate and David Harewood. Overall, the piece highlights the themes of the movie; ”Goldstein is well-cast as this unlikely big screen saviour. He is handsome, but like SuperBob, quite nervous and shy.”

We are delighted to see the film receiving the press it deserves, click here to read more.

 

 



A PATCH OF FOG COMMENCES PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY

A PATCH OF FOG commenced Principal Photography today in Belfast, Northern Ireland. TFF were delighted last week to announce Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire, Snatch) who will lead the cast as lonely security guard Robert alongside Conleth Hill who is attached to star as Sandy Duffy, celebrated one-time novelist and TV personality.

The film is being produced in-house by The Fyzz Facility, with backing from Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI and will be director Michael Lennox’s (Boogaloo and Graham) first feature film.

Read more about it at Screen Daily 



TFF FIRST TIME FEATURE DIRECTORS SHORTLISTED FOR OSCAR

The Fyzz Facility were delighted to see two of our first time feature director’s short-listed for the 2015 Oscar nominations in the Live-Action Short Films section today.

Michael Lennox, currently mid-Principal Photography for A Patch of Fog, was shortlisted with Boogaloo and Graham. Stephen Fingleton, currently in post-production for The Survivalisthas had his short SLR announced. SLR and Boogaloo and Graham were selected for 10 places in the short-list, out of a total of 181 submissions this year.

TFF is extremely proud to be working alongside such talented directors and we hope to see both of them in the final nominations list.

You can read the full list of short-listed titles here.



AFM: SHELBY GAINS A U.S. HOME WITH STARZ MEDIA

This month, TFF were delighted to announce via sales agent Highland Film Group, the landing of a US home for Shelby to distribution house Starz Media. The pact also includes a video distribution deal with Anchor Bay Entertainment in the US.

The heartwarming movie tells the story of a mischievous pooch who escapes the dog pound on Christmas Eve and finds himself in the home of wannabe magician Jake Parker. With a dog catcher hot on his tail, SHELBY and his new friend must pull out all the stops so they can stick together.

Directed by Brian K. Roberts  the film stars Chevy Chase, John Paul Ruttan, Tom Arnold and Rob Schneider as the voice of Shelby and was developed in-house by The Fyzz Facility and executive produced by Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones and David Gilbery.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.



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THE FYZZ FACILITY CROSSES THE POND

The Fyzz Facility is proud to announce it’s imminent expansion to Los Angles this November – the opening marks a celebration of closing our 50th trade this month and a necessary step considering the importance Hollywood has on the global film business.

Since forming the company in 2010, we have invested just shy of $40 million across 50 trades. The impending expansion reflects the company’s involvement in an increasing number of US projects and its desire to consolidate existing relationships and develop new partnerships on a global scale.

Read about our expansion in Screen Daily and Variety.



BONE TOMAHAWK

TFF has recently financed cowboy western BONE TOMAHAWK from S. Craig Zahler, whose screenplay for THE BRIGANDS OF RATTLEBORGE was featured on the Hollywood Blacklist and helped him to earn a three picture deal with Warner Bros. As well as penning the screenplay for BONE TOMAHAWK Zahler will also direct his first feature.

Press has already begun circulating in anticipation of Principal Photography with news breaking that, along with the Golden Globe nominated Kurt Russell and the Oscar nominated Richard Jenkins, both Matthew Fox (LOST) and Patrick Wilson (THE CONJURING) are now set to join the cast.

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CAKE PREMIERES AT TIFF

Hollywood Blacklist featured film, CAKE,  written by Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz premiered this month at Toronto Film Festival. The film received a standing novation, and talk of an Oscar for it’s leading lady Jennifer Aniston is already circulating.

The film follows the story of Claire (Jennifer Aniston), a woman struggling with her own trauma and in a chronic-pain support group who begins to investigate the suicide of a fellow group member (Anna Kendrick) and develops an unexpected relationship with the woman’s husband (Sam Worthington), in this highly anticipated drama also starring William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.

Aniston said earlier this month, “It’s poetic, it’s absolutely beautifully written from top to bottom – a beautiful arc, exquisite characters.”

Read more here



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