Erin Arts Centre is showing a series of Manx Films as part of its Films for the Community programme. Films such as Relative Values and Gabriel and Me will be shown on the second Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and are open to all.
Thomas and the Magic Railroad aired on BBC1 on New Years Day. The Children’s film starring Alec Baldwin and Peter Fonda, was filmed on the Island in 1999. For more information, please visit the official website.
Plans for our next Production, ‘Colour Me Kubrick’ have now been finalised and the Production Company is due to start filming on the Island in February 2004. The film is based on the true story of Alan Conway, the middle-aged Londoner who assumed Stanley Kubrick’s identity over a period of years. The lead role is being played by John Malkovich and also stars TV’s Jim Davidson, Prunella Scales, and Leslie Phillips.
Trauma, the film starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari and co-produced with the Isle of Man Film Commission, is due to premiere at Sundance Film Festival in January 2004. Sundance is held annually in Utah, USA. For more information, please visit their site.
We have now received Treasury approval for Piccadilly Jim, which is due to be filmed on the Island between 24th November to the 19th December 2003. Filming will take place at Island Studios in Ramsey for the most part. The film is based on the P G Wodehouse novel of the same name. The principal cast is Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile, Charlie’s Angels) Brenda Blethyn (Secrets and Lies, Little Voice) Tom Hollander (Gosford Park, Enigma) and Tom Wilkinson (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Shakespeare in Love)
Olivia Williams has won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film for her role in ‘The Heart of Me’, which was produced in conjunction with the Isle of Man Film Commission. The award was presented at the British Independent Film Awards held at Hammersmith Palais, Hammersmith, London on 4th November.
‘The Heart of Me’ was filmed on the Island in 2001 and also stars Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Bettany. The story follows two sisters in the 1930’s.
We are currently recruiting for two new members of staff in the Film Office. Kim Fletcher is leaving the film office after 4 years, after having been promoted. We are therefore looking for a Film Officer to take her place. We have also developed a further new role for a Contracts and Production Support Officer. For further details please see the Isle of Man Civil Service website. (Positions now closed)
The release date for “The Gathering”, shot on the Island, has still not been set. It was filmed on the Island in 2001 and stars Christina Ricci. Marc Samuelson, the producer of the film, explained that the film had been sold to US film giant Miramax, which he said had a backlog of films waiting for release.
Our most recent productions Island at War, The Legend of the Tamworth Two and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me have all finished filming on the Island. Island at War were on the Island filming for about two months and will continue shooting in the UK until December 2003. The Legend of the Tamworth Two were here for about 3 weeks but had to keep their pig unit here for longer than expected when the pigs wouldn’t do as they were told! Feature film You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me was here for 3 weeks.
We will update the site with dates and times of showings for the two TV productions once we have received them.