BFI London Film Festival adds trio of titles
The BFI London Film Festival (October 5-16) has added Luca Guadagnino’s film bones and all to their 2022 line-up as a special presentation. Other late additions include Bros, Billy Eichner’s hit LGBTQ comedy TIFF, and Jafar Panahi. no bears. The festival has also revealed the first batch of high-profile speakers booked for its talk show which will include Noah Baumbach, Mia Hansen-Løve, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Janelle Monáe, Bill Nighy and Aubrey Plaza.
Talent Group YMU expands into gaming and sports marketing
Already representing a wealth of talent in film, television, literature and music, global talent agency YMU Group has expanded its reach into the world of gaming and sports marketing with the acquisition of a majority stake in Digital Sports Mgmt (DSM ). DSM was founded by Rob Wadsworth and Tom Henderson in 2016 with a focus on sports marketing, entertainment, and the gaming industry. His clients include EA Sports, Sorare, Avery Dennison and Warner Bros and he also represents gaming talent such as Danny Aarons, ShaunaGames and AJ3. “Entering gaming and esports has been one of YMU’s key strategic goals. With the acquisition of DSM, I am pleased to be able to offer an exceptional experience and personalized insight to our current and future global sports clients,” said Mary Bekhait, CEO of YMU Group.
Swipe Films Posts Bids on ‘Quintessentially British’ Documentary Feature
UK independent production, sales and distribution company Swipe Films has presented sales in key territories on a documentary feature film. quintessentially british. The work features a host of public figures, including Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, speaking about what he calls quintessentially British. The film was sold to Australia and New Zealand (Rialto Films), the UK and Ireland (Signature Films), while Vision Films picked up North America and all other available international territories. Vision will release the title in the United States in theaters and on VoD on October 12
Apple TV+ sets release date for ‘Selena Gomez: My mind and I’
Apple TV + has announced that it will premiere a documentary feature worldwide Selena Gomez: My mind and I on November 4. The Apple Original Movie is produced and directed by Alek Keshishian, best known for the 1991 documentary Madonna: truth or dare, and follows the singer and actress over the course of six years as she deals with the ups and downs of her immense fame. The short synopsis for the platform reads: “After years in the spotlight, Selena Gomez achieves unimaginable stardom. But just as she reaches a new peak, an unexpected turn leads her into darkness. This exceptionally raw and intimate documentary covers her six-year journey into a new light. This film marks Apple’s second project with producers Lighthouse Management + Media and Interscope Films following their collaboration on the Emmy Award-nominated documentary. Billie Eilish: The world is a bit of a blur.
UK Raindance Unveils 30th Anniversary Line-up
The UK’s Raindance Film Festival (October 26-November 5) will open with the international premiere of Joachim Back’s comedy corner office, starring Crazy men actor Jon Hamm as a man trying to climb the corporate ladder, who discovers a secret room at his company headquarters. The festival. which marks its 30th anniversary this year will close with Austin and Meredith Bragg’s pinball- TThe man who saved the game. “For the last 30 years, UK moviegoers have come to Raindance and joined us in discovering some of the best independent films ever made,” says Raindance founder Elliot Grove.. “Raindance was launched in 1993 with the world premiere of What is eating Gilbert Grape. Tarantino’s iconic pulp fiction made its UK debut in Raindance in 1994. In 1999, Raindance hosted the UK premiere of a groundbreaking found-footage mockumentary. The Blair Witch Project.” Several of these titles will be screened as part of the anniversary program.