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Breathe – Umphefumlo // Mark Dornford-May

Breathe – Umphefumlo

directed by Mark Dornford-May
Street Kids United II – The Girls from Rio // Maria Clara Costa

Street Kids United II – The Girls from Rio

directed by Maria Clara Costa
The President // Mohsen Makhmalbaf

The President

directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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‘Tom of Finland’ Biopic Lands at Kino Lorber Ahead of Tribeca Premiere

// 13th of April, 2017

The Constitution wins Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and the Audience Award at the 18th European Film Festival

// 8th of April, 2017

The Award for Best Screenplay was attributed to Rajko Grlić and Ante Tomic for The Constitution (Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, 2016) directed by Rajko Grlić, for the following reason: "a wonderful example of a complex story that plays with various kinds of prejudices. A heavy topic that becomes accessible through irony and light tones."

Press release: The Constitution (Ustav Republike Hrvatske) directed by Rajko Grlic, picked up for US Distribution by Synergetic. Plans to release theatrically later in 2017.

// 9th of March, 2017

The Constitution has been picked up by Synergetic for release in all media in the USA beginning with a theatrical release later this year. The deal was closed by Antonio Saura’s Latido Films World Sales at this years’s Berlinale.

Latido inks US deal for Rajko Grlic's 'The Constitution'

// 9th of March, 2017

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) boosts 2016/2017 Production Slate to 12 features looking to complete by the end of 2017

// 24th of February, 2017

London-based production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) has consolidated its position as one of the key players on the European independent production scene, expanding its 2016/2017 active production slate to 12 pictures including debuts from such major international talents as German documentarist and author Rudolph Herzog, Gomorrah scribe Maurizio Braucci and writer of the Academy Award winning feature IDA, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

F&ME Continue Producing with CEE Countries

// 24th of February, 2017

Film and Music Entertainment reveals 12-feature production slate

// 24th of February, 2017

Light Thereafter selected in Official Hivos Tiger Competition at Rotterdam

// 15th of January, 2017

Directed + produced by Konstantin Bojanov, Mike Downey and Sam Taylor at Film and Music Entertainment also produce the film alongside Left Field Ventures (BE) from a screenplay by Bojanov.

Schlöndorff’s Return to Montauk selected in Official Competition in Berlin

// 15th of January, 2017

Volker Schlöndorff, who won a Cannes’ Palme d’Or and an Oscar for "The Tin Drum," has had his latest feature "Return to Montauk" selected in Official Competition at the 2017 Berlinale.

Tom of Finland to open 40th Goteborg Film Festival

// 13th of January, 2017

"Tom of Finland" has been selected to open the 2017 Goteborg Film Festival.
Directed by Dome Karukoski the picture stars Pekka Strang (Kites Over Helsinki), and the screenplay is written by Aleksi Bardy based on a idea by Dome Karukoski. Protagonist Pictures are handling international sales, and Finnkino will release the film theatrically in Finland.

First teaser for Tom of Finland now available

// 1st of December, 2016

Based on the true story of Touko Laaksonen, iconic gay artist and human rights activists, Tom of Finland offers a compelling insight into post-WWII Finland, in a time when homosexuals were classified as mentally ill, weak and feminine.

Albania’s KKoci Productions in partnership with Film and Music Entertainment completes principal photography on Elvis Walks Home from an award winning screenplay by Welsh author Jonathan Preece

// 30th of September, 2016
Albania’s KKoci Productions in partnership with Film and Music Entertainment completes principal photography on Elvis Walks Home from an award winning screenplay by Welsh author Jonathan Preece

Prolific production outfit, Film and Music Entertainment led by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor have joined forces with Albania’s Kkoci Productions on Elvis Walks Home, based on an original screenplay by Welsh author Jonathan Preece and directed by Fatmir Koci.

Elvis Walks Home – Shooting Completed

// 30th of September, 2016

Elvis Walks Home wraps shoot in Albania

// 30th of September, 2016

Film and Music Entertainment’s Co-production heading for Academy Award Nomination

// 27th of September, 2016
Film and Music Entertainment’s Co-production heading for Academy Award Nomination

Film "The Liberation of Skopje", directed by Rade and Danilo Serbedzija has been selected as Macedonian’s Oscar candidate for the Best Foreign Film category.

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Mike @ Hollywood Reporter: A Tribute to Producer Don Ranvaud: "Cinema Loses One of Its Heroes"

// 9th of September, 2016

The Constitution (Ustav Republike Hrvatske) directed by Rajko Grlic, wins big at the 40th Montreal World Film Festival by taking home the prestigious Grand Prize of the Americas worth $100,000

// 8th of September, 2016
The Constitution (Ustav Republike Hrvatske) directed by Rajko Grlic, wins big at the 40th Montreal World Film Festival by taking home the prestigious Grand Prize of the Americas worth $100,000

The Montreal World Film Festival closed its doors this evening by awarding the prestigious Grand Prize of the Americas, the top award of the festival to the film The Constitution (Ustav Republike Hrvatske) directed by Rajko Grlic along with its $100,000 prize money.

Mike Downey @ Variety: An appreciation of a life: Donald Ranvaud, A True Man of the Cinema

// 8th of September, 2016

Film and Music Entertainment will be teaming up with Georgian based Lakumi and 20 Steps Productions to bring Shindisi to fruition. A true story that occurred within the Russia- Georgia War of 2008.

// 26th of May, 2016
Film and Music Entertainment will be teaming up with Georgian based Lakumi and 20 Steps Productions to bring Shindisi to fruition. A true story that occurred within the Russia- Georgia War of 2008.

The UK’s Film and Music Entertainment and Albania’s Kkoci Productions pact to produce Elvis Walks Home from a screenplay by Welsh author Jonathan Preece

// 26th of May, 2016

Production begins shooting August 15th. US-based actor Nick Shreli to play the title Role.

Prolific UK production outfit, Film and Music Entertainment led by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor have joined forces with Albania’s Kkoci Productions and Zagreb’s Propeler Films on Elvis Walks Home, based on an original screenplay by Welsh author Jonathan Preece and directed by Fatmir Koci.

F&ME Locks up Sales Companies for DeDe and The Constitution

// 26th of May, 2016

Film in Georgia: UK-Georgia filmmakers begin new project

// 17th of May, 2016

Elvis Walks Home to Film in Bosnia

// 17th of May, 2016

Cannes: Film and Music Ent. Pacts with Independent Film Studio for U.K.-Georgian Co-Production ‘Shindisi’

// 16th of May, 2016

F&ME readies UK-Albania co-pro 'Elvis Walks Home'

// 16th of May, 2016

Georgia an UK Team up on Shindisi

// 15th of May, 2016

Nick Agiashvili to direct Shindisi

// 15th of May, 2016

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) Close sales deal with WIDE Management

// 11th of May, 2016

Cannes: F&ME partners with WIDE, Latido

// 11th of May, 2016

Film and Music Ent. Ink Deals for ‘Dede’ and ‘The Constitution’

// 10th of May, 2016

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) Close sales deal with WIDE Management for Dede Fame/20 Steps co-production - as well as with Latido on Rajko Grlic’s The Constitution

// 8th of May, 2016

The company is bringing a dozen active projects films to Cannes Market from their 2016 Slate. More acquisitions to be announced during the festival.

London-based production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) and georgia’s 20 Steps have closed a deal for international sales for their Georgian co-production Dede.  In addition the company is bringing a dozen active projects to Cannes in varying stages of pre-production, post production and production. 

They Called It Filth. It Became A Revolution: Tom of Finland Website is Launched

// 5th of May, 2016

Shooting starts on Volker Schlöndorff ‘s Return to Montauk, written by Colm Tóibín and starring Stellan Skarsgård and Nina Hoss, in association with Film and Music Entertainment

// 5th of May, 2016

F&ME unveils 10 film slate at EFM

// 15th of February, 2016
F&ME unveils 10 film slate at EFM

London-based production outfit introduces 10 films to the market, including Mariam Khatchvani’s Dede.

Lost in Karastan review – crazy caper with social-realist plausibility 

// 1st of February, 2016
Lost in Karastan review – crazy caper with social-realist plausibility 

Matthew Macfayden is a convincingly conceited director on the rocks who is seduced by a dictator’s offer of another shot at success.

Life is a Trumpet World Premiere at Warsaw Film Festival 2015

// 5th of November, 2015

Antonio Nuic’s film, Life Is A Trumpet, world-premiered recently at the Warsaw Film Festival and will be released in Croatia on 1st December. It is a co-production between Croatia's Propeler Film, Slovenia's Staragara, Serbia's Baš Čelik, Montenegro's Artikulacija, and UK’s Film and Music Entertainment.

Film and Music Entertainment and 20 Steps Lauch first Kickstarter Campaign For the Film Dede by Mariam Khatchvani

// 5th of November, 2015

F&ME is supporting our great Georgian friends in finding the final part of funding for their amazing feature film Dede

Film and Music Entertainment and 20 Steps Lauch first Kickstarter Campaign For the Film Dede by Mariam Khatchvani

After Mariam made her short film Dinola in 2013, which was hugely successful winning many awards around the world, she and producer Vladimer Katcharava were invited by the Sundance Institute to attend their 2015 Screenwriter’s Lab. Where with lots of help and inspirational tutoring from famous film-makers such as Tobias Lindholm and Catherine Hardwicke, they finished the full length screenplay and started shooting.

I WANT TO BE LIKE YOU - WRITTEN BY Ida scribe Rebecca Lenkiewicz starring rising Irish Actor Barry Keoghan - begins shooting in London this week

// 1st of October, 2015

Antonio Saura’s Latido Films Takes on World Sales. Production moves on to Bulgaria and Belgium later in September.

I WANT TO BE LIKE YOU - WRITTEN BY Ida scribe Rebecca Lenkiewicz starring rising Irish Actor Barry Keoghan - begins shooting in London this week

In her first film outing since penning the Academy Award Winning screenplay of IDA, British writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz and AVE director Konstantin Bojanov’s feature film I Want To Be Like You, has begun shooting on location in London , prior to moving to Bulgaria, Belgium and back to London in October.

Surfing legend Robby Naish narrates PAUL – in Official Selection in San Sebastian

// 14th of August, 2015
Surfing legend Robby Naish narrates PAUL – in Official Selection in San Sebastian

Produced by JaJa Film Productions in co-production with Arteffects, and executive produced by UK producer Mike Downey from Film and Music Entertainment. PAUL is a documentary film about a 13 year old boy from the Dunoon township in Cape Town, South Africa, named Paul. Paul has a dream, a dream he thinks about all day; he wants to be surfer. But boys from Dunoon township don’t surf.  There is no transportation to the beach and there is no money for equipment. Fortunately, there is a non-profit organization that picks up Paul to go surfing at the white beaches of Blouberg.

Pula Film Festival 2015

// 6th of August, 2015
Pula Film Festival 2015

The Pula Film Festival took place from 18 to 26 July 2015 in the ancient roman city of Pula. The documentary film Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio was selected for the Dizalica program (youth program) and the Street Child World Cup Photo Exhibit, shown at Galerija Makina, was also part of the official festival program. Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio was also selected for the HT VOD platform MaxTV in Croatia and both the film and the exhibit received a fair share of publicity.

LOST IN KARASTAN RELEASED IN GERMANY AND IN GEORGIA

// 3rd of June, 2015


"If You Love me" by Gigi Dedalamazishvili
 
"Lost in Karastan" released on 14 May in Georgia: http://www.gnfc.ge/eng/news/552
 
"Lost in Karastan" released on 21 May in Germany
 
"Ben Hopkins has achieved an incisive film about the joys and pains of an auteur filmmaker" (programmkino.de)
 
"A well-made culture-clash comedy, in which director Ben Hopkins pokes fun at the quirks of his line of work" (kunst + film)

LONDON'S FILM AND MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT PACTS WITH GEORGIA'S 20 STEPS PRODUCTIONS FOR A TRIO OF FEATURES

// 19th of May, 2015

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) have pacted with Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Productions and The Caucasian Film Service on a three picture deal to be shot in the 2015/16 period.

'Lost in Karastan' picked up for UK release

// 12th of May, 2015

Political satire starring Matthew Macfadyen co-written by Ida’s Pawel Pawlikowski.

'Lost in Karastan' picked up for UK release

Black comedy Lost in Karastan has been picked up by Bulldog Films for a UK theatrical release this autumn alongside a simultaneous digital rollout.

Ida Scribe, Rebecca Lenckiewicz joins with Cannes alumnus Konstantin Bojanov on I Want To Be Like You

// 8th of May, 2015

Starring rising Irish Actor Barry Keoghan and Golden Globe/Academy Award Nominee Klaus Maria Brandauer

Ida Scribe, Rebecca Lenckiewicz joins with Cannes alumnus Konstantin Bojanov on I Want To Be Like You

Ida Scribe, Rebecca Lenckiewicz joins with Cannes alumnus Konstantin Bojanov on I Want To Be Like You, starring rising Irish Actor Barry Keoghan and Golden Globe/Academy Award Nominee Klaus Maria Brandauer.  Antonio Saura’s Latido Films Takes on World Sales. Shooting summer 2015.

The ‘bright future’ of Oleg Sentsov

// 19th of February, 2015
The ‘bright future’ of Oleg Sentsov

F&ME’s Managing Director Mike Downey is the deputy Chairman of the European Film Academy. This is an article he wrote on behalf of the board of the Academy for Open Democracy on 17th February 2015. It was written to help raise awareness and draw attention to Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker accused of terroism and currently being detained in prison whilst he awaits trial in April this year.

Breathe — Umphefumlo at the Polish Film Institute’s 10th anniversary celebration at the 2015 Berlinale

// 9th of February, 2015

Mandisi Dyantyis, Mhlekazi

Mandisi Dyantyis, Mhlekazi "Wha Wha" Moseia, Mike Downey, Mark Dornford May - the team of Berlinale Special movie "Breathe - Umphefumlo" attend the Polish Film Institute’s 10th anniversary celebration at the 2015 Berlinale.

Isango Ensemble, Film and Music Entertainment, Advantage pact to for next movie – The Beggar’s Opera to shoot in August in Cape Town

// 7th of February, 2015

The South African/UK-based trio screen Breathe-Umphefumlo in Official selection Berlinale Special tomorrow

Cape Town-based Isango Ensemble and Advantage Entertainment have joined forces once again with London’s Film and Music Entertainment on a brand new project, as well as a development slate for further films. The news comes hard on the heels of the announcement last week that Fortissimo Films have taken on international sales for their most recent co-venture Breathe-Umphefumlo an adaptation of Puccini’s La Boheme, which has its world premiere in Official Selection - Berlinale Special tomorrow.

Lost in Karastan opens LOCO London Comedy Film Festival

// 30th of January, 2015
Lost in Karastan opens LOCO London Comedy Film Festival

The screening took place on Thursday 22 January at the BFI Southbank’s NFT1, and was the UK Premiere for the film starring Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice, Ripper Street), MyAnna Buring (Twilight, Kill List) and Noah Taylor (Submarine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

FORTISSIMO FILMS ADDS F&ME’S BREATHE UMPHEFUMLO(LA BOHÈME) TO ITS IMPRESSIVE 2015 BERLIN SLATE

// 28th of January, 2015

THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED FILM WILL HAVE ITS WORLD PREMIERE – IN OFFICIAL SELECTION- AT NEXT MONTH’S BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Fortissimo Films has acquired world- wide rights (outside of South Africa) to Mark Dornford-May’s highly-anticipated BREATHE UMPHEFUMLO, which will have its World Premiere as an Official Selection at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival where it will also screen in the EFM.

Isango’s/F&ME’s adaptation of La Boheme - Breathe - Umphefumlo Selected for the main programme of the Berlin International Film Festival 2015

// 19th of January, 2015

Mark Dornford May’s latest film to screen in Official Selection – Berlinale Special

Isango’s/F&ME’s adaptation of La Boheme - Breathe  - Umphefumlo Selected for the main programme of the Berlin International Film Festival 2015

We’re very please to announce that our partnership with the Isango in Cape Town on LA BOHEME - UMPHEFUMLO has been selected in Official Selection - BERLINALE SPECIAL - the main programme for "extraordinary productions...honouring great cinema personalities..films by or about outstanding persons of film whom the festival feels especially attached to".

The President picks up a Trio of Prizes in Chicago, Beirut and Tokyo after opening the Venice, Goa and Tbilisi Festivals

// 12th of December, 2014

Film and Music Entertainment's co-production with Georgia's 20 Steps and Germany's Herzog und Bruemmer Filmproduktion has picked up a hat trick of awards at a series of Autumn festivals.

First off it won the prestigious Grand Prix (Golden Hugo) at the Chicago International Film Festival, as well as the Audience Award in Beirut and the Audience award in Tokyo.

South Africa’s Isango Company Pact with Advantage, F&ME and Propeller and Begin Shooting A filmed version of Puccini’s La Boheme entitled BREATHE – Umphefumlo

// 1st of October, 2014

Directed by Golden Bear winner Mark Dornford May under the Musical Direction of Pauline Malefane and Mandisi Dyantyis

South Africa’s Isango Company Pact with Advantage,  F&ME and Propeller and  Begin Shooting A filmed version of Puccini’s La Boheme entitled BREATHE – Umphefumlo

Shooting began in Stellenbosch yesterday on the Isango Company’s version of Puccini’s La Boheme: BREATHE - Umphefumlo, adapted for the screen by Pauline Malefane and Mark Dornford May, under the musical direction of Malefane and Mandisi Dyantis. Isango’s Dornford May produces with Vlokkie Gordon of Advantage Entertainment. The film is a partnership between Isango Advantage, and the UK’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) and Germany’s Propeller Film.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President selected for Venice’s Sala Web

// 28th of August, 2014

Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President is the opening film of the Orizzonti section

// 28th of August, 2014

Five International Features for Film and Music Entertainment Roll Out at Major Summer Festivals

// 15th of August, 2014

Five International Features for Film and Music Entertainment  Roll Out at Major Summer Festivals: Hopkins/Pawlikowski’s  Lost in Karastan,  Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President,  Julien Temple’s  Rio 50 Degrees and Fatmir Koci’s Amsterdam Express, and Darko Lungulov’s Monument To Michael Jackson. Two further films, Angels and Streetkids United II - The Girls from Rio are finishing post.

F&ME’s production of Peter Greenaway’s Goltzius and the Pelican Company opens to rave reviews in the UK

// 11th of July, 2014
F&ME’s production of Peter Greenaway’s Goltzius and the Pelican Company opens to rave reviews in the UK

The film opens with a Premiere Screening at Britain’s National Gallery with a lecture and discussion on Goltzius led by Betsy Wieseman, the Gallery’s Curator of Dutch paintings, with Colin Wiggins, Special Projects Curator.

RIO 50 DEGREES World Premiere in Glasgow: acclaimed filmmaker Julien Temple returns to BBC Imagine screens with an exhilarating look at Rio de Janeiro

// 16th of April, 2014

Rio is on the cusp of hosting two of the world’s most high-profile events: the FIFA World Cup later this summer and the Olympic Games in 2016. Rio is a journey through the best and worst of an extraordinary city, powered and narrated by the music and voices of this Brazilian metropolis.

F&ME, JaJa Kick Off Lensing on ‘Streetkids United II’ in Rio

// 2nd of April, 2014

Feature documentary "Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio," the sequel to the 2011 Berlinale entry, has kicked off lensing in Brazil.

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Streetkids sequel shoot kicks off

// 2nd of April, 2014

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) and Dutch producer JaJa Film Productions begin shooting in Rio.

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Film & Music Entertainment co-production “Lilet Never Happened” won Best Actress Award for Sandy Talag at Jaipur International Film Festival

// 20th of February, 2014

The Dutch film "Lilet Never Happened", the drama about a street girl who works as a child prostitute in Manila directed by Jacco Groen, received the award for Best Leading Actress at the Jaipur International Film Festival in India. Sandy Talag was eleven when she played the title role.

Makhmalbaf begins President shoot

// 8th of February, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Mohsen Makhmalbaf started pre-shooting Wednesday in Tbilisi, Georgia, on his first fiction feature in 5 years, The President. Principal photography starts Feb 13.

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) announce their biggest annual slate ever, with 8 features totalling $21 million in production budget

// 28th of January, 2014

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) announce their biggest annual slate ever, with 8 features totalling $21 million in production budget - as well as close out their successful 2013 slate comprising of six features including Ben Hopkins’ and Pawel Pawlikowski’s EPIC and Julien Temple’s Rio 50 Degrees. Combined production budgets of 2013/14 slates is $33 million.

European Film Academy Elects Fame's Mike Downey to Deputy Chairmanship of European Film Academy

// 25th of January, 2014

Downey and Antonio Saura replace Volker Schloendorff and Nik Powell.

UNOGUMBE selected in Competition at the 2014 Berlinale

// 25th of January, 2014

UNOGUMBE - a version of Benjamin Britten's most loved and popular piece Noye's Fludde, directed by Mark Dornford May with Pauline Malefane in the lead role of Noah, has been selected for Official Competition in this years' Berlinale further to its international world premiere in Toronto earlier in the year.

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U.K.’s F&ME Preps ‘Streetkids United II’

// 2nd of October, 2013

Daldry to godfather Brazil-set Street Child World Cup docu-feature.

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Top UK production outfit Film and Music Entertainment commit to Polish Cinema with long term plans to produce more films in the region

// 18th of September, 2013

UK sales outfit Stealth Media join Belgrade’s Delirium and London’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) to Handle International sales on The Porcupine by Booker Prize Winning Author Julian Barnes. In addition the Polish Film Institute (PISF) confirms Production Finance. 

Unitel Classica boards Noye's Fludde

// 23rd of August, 2013

Unitel Group’s Unitel Classica label has boarded world sales for Unogumbe-Noye’s Fludde.

UNOGUMBE SELECTED FOR TORONTO WORLD CINEMA SECTION

// 20th of August, 2013

Isango Company’s latest adaptation of Benjamin Britten’s NOYE’S FLUDDE heads for Toronto following its selection in the World Cinema Section.

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) pact with London-based Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to make The President, the first in a slate of projects written and directed by the director in exile

// 20th of August, 2013

The film will be his first English-language feature and will shoot in Georgia in early 2014.

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) pact with London-based Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to make The President, the first in a slate of projects written and directed by the director in  exile

Long-time London resident Mohsen Makhmalbaf is joining forces with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor’s UK-based Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) group to produce his first fiction feature in four years.  Entitled The President, the film will shoot in Georgia in early 2014 and will be the Iranian director’s first English language feature film.

Makhmalbaf to shoot first English-language feature

// 20th of August, 2013

F&ME to produce The President, set to shoot in Georgia in early 2014.

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) will produce Award-winning Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s first English-language feature.

First UK-Albania co-production now shooting

// 13th of August, 2013
First UK-Albania co-production now shooting

The UK’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) pact with Albania’s Act Triangle Productions (ATP) and the Netherland’s Popov Film, on Fatmir Koci’s Amsterdam Express - the first ever  UK-Albania co-production.

F&ME + uCarmen group sails with Noah story

// 16th of May, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Dornford-May has now finished Unogumbe, a filmed opera based based on Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s

Epic shoot nearing completion

// 7th of March, 2013

The first ever Georgia-UK co-production just wrapped its six week shoot in Georgia and is now in Frankfurt, Germany for the final leg of principal photography. Film and Music Entertainment co-founder and producer Mike Downey spoke to Maria Sell about the project.

Film and Music Entertainment begin shooting EPIC

// 17th of January, 2013

Ben Hopkins' Epic is a major International co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. Principal Photography begins in Georgian Capital Tbilisi on Sunday 13th. EPIC was developed by the British Film Institute (London), and is supported by the HessenInvestFilm Fund (Frankfurt), Metra Films and the French-German Cultural Channel Arte as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

Julien Temple Wraps “Children of the Revolution” for Film and Music Entertainment in Rio de Janeiro. BBC, Arte, WDR and Filmstiftung NRW Confirm Participation.

// 18th of December, 2012

Veteran music documentarist Julien Temple, whose London: The Modern Babylon" was one of the big documentary hits of 2012, has wrapped his latest "musical city" feature documentary, Children of the Revolution, in Rio de Janeiro as the year came to an end.

The Parade Marches On

// 4th of December, 2012

Srdjan’s Dragojevic and Film & Music Entertainments co-production The Parade continues its award ceremony march and has recently picked up the audience award at Switzerland’s Lausanne Cine Festival.

Film and Music Entertainment ranked as UK's 2nd most active film company

// 13th of August, 2012

British Indie 'Film and Music Entertainment' have been ranked second most active production company in the UK between 2009 and 2011 according to the British Film Industry.

The Parade wins "Best International Feature" at the Galway Film Fleadh

// 16th of July, 2012

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) Launch Bumper 2012/2013 Production Slate headlined by Isango Ensemble’s township adaptation of LA BOHEME directed by Mark Dornford-May

// 23rd of May, 2012

Produced in Collaboration with Stephen Daldry, leading an impressive Sixteen-Film line-up

As Khayelitsha Township-based theatre company Isango Ensemble prepare for the world premiere in London this week of their latest production of Puccini’s La Boheme - Abanxhaxi, Mike Downey and Sam Taylor have pacted with the group to created a film version of this operatic event, ‘very much along the lines, and in the style of Dornford May’s Berlinale Golden Bear winning version of Rossini’s Carmen - uCarmen eKhayelitsha.’ Says F&ME principal, Mike Downey.

Black comedy EPIC to become first co-production between Georgia and UK, support for co-productions with France, Germany, Ukraine and Norway

// 21st of May, 2012

Tbilisi-based 'Producer on the Move' Vladimer Katcharava of 20 Steps Productions will partner with Film and Music Entertainment for the first co-production between the UK and Georgia on their next feature Epic.

Matila Rohr Productions of Finland Partner with the UK’s Film and Music Entertainment and Denmark’s Nordisk Film (world sales TrustNordisk) on the latest installment of the Rolli Franchise

// 21st of May, 2012

‘Rolli and the Golden Key’ – a musical adventure for children of all ages

The Finnish Rolli franchise has taken on yet another lease of life with the announcement this week that a musical live action version of the latest Rolli story will go into production later this year. The film has just received funding from the new Finnish Film Foundation 50/50 fund a scheme supporting feature productions that have already secured 50% of their finance.

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson lines up Reykjavik shoot for Staying Alive

// 18th of May, 2012

LEADING ICELANDIC PRODUCTION HOUSE, LJOSBAND TO PRODUCE NEW FRIDRIK THOR FRIDRIKSSON DRAMEDY STAYING ALIVE (MAGNY) LONDON-BASED FILM AND MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT JOIN AS CO-PRODUCTION PARTNERS.

Dutch producer Spring Film and Film and Music Entertainment bring on MEDIA LUNA as World Sales Agent for the film Lilet Never Happened

// 17th of May, 2012

Netherlands - based production house Springfilm and London production house Film and Music Entertainment have signed up German international sales agent Media Luna to handle worldwide distribution of their latest international feature film "Lilet Never Happened" by Dutch director and producer Jacco Groen.

Revolution and Football in Rio de Janeiro: The Films

// 17th of May, 2012

Cologne-based production outfit 2Pilots has boarded Julien Temple’s music documentary feature Children of the Revolution: This is Rio, which begins shooting in mid-September in Rio de Janeiro. Producers Arne Ludwig and Joerg Siepmann will bring a key part of the final financing to complement the existing funding from RioFilme, world sales company Ealing Metro International, and anticipated support from a number of the official Rio based audiovisual production and promotional funds.

Film and Music Entertainment’s Co-Production multiple award winner at Berlinale 2012

// 20th of February, 2012

Srdjan Dragojevic’s Parada (The Parade), which tell the story of the lengths a gay couple, vet Radmilo (Milos Samolo) and designer boyfriend Mirko (Goran Jevtic), must go to in order to stay safe during the Parade march in Serbia, has won multiple awards at this year’s Berlinale.

"The Parade: Berlin Film Review" by The Hollywood Reporter

// 20th of February, 2012

The Parade press conference at Berlinale 2012

// 18th of February, 2012

Belgrade’s Delerium and Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) pact with Slovenia’s Forum Film and Macedonia’s Sektor Film on a Feature Adaptation of The Porcupine

// 15th of February, 2012

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) Launch its 2012 International Co-Production Seven Film Slate alongside UK Distributor HB Films’ “Cinema Without Frontiers” Box Set

// 14th of February, 2012

Dragojevic's The Parade becomes a hit in Serbia, ready for regional rollout

// 20th of December, 2011

Serbia's hit The Parade hits regional theatres

// 20th of December, 2011

Srdjan Dragojevic’s Parada (The Parade) Number One in Home Territories

// 14th of December, 2011

There has been massive box office success for F&ME’s co-production Srdjan Dragojevic’s Parada (The Parade) making it the number one box office hit in Serbia and Montenegro for 2011 and one of the top grossing Serbian films of all time breaking the $1 million box office barrier this week.

Film and Music Entertainment in Screen

// 12th of September, 2011

F&ME producers Mike Downey and Sam Taylor talk about the new projects on their slate, plans for expansion and why having an international outlook is the key to their success.

JULIEN TEMPLE RETURNS TO RIO DE JANIERO

// 30th of August, 2011

SHOOTING BEGAN LAST WEEK ON CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION A HYMN TO THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY MUSIC TO THE POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION OF BRAZIL FROM THE MILITARY JUNTA TO FIRST WORLD SUCCESS STORY.

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Enthusiasm for "Turtle" Film Sparks Merchandising and Licensing Opportunities for Hannover House…

// 17th of July, 2011

SeaWorld Sets Turtle: The Incredible Journey for Summer Release...

// 17th of July, 2011

London and Rio sign Agreement

// 17th of July, 2011

Film London and Filme Rio-Rio Film Commission today (16) signed a partnership agreement at the Cannes Film Festival, pledging to develop the exchange of trade, talent and culture within their film industries…

Rock in Rio vai virar filme dirigido por Julien Temple

// 17th of May, 2011

O cineasta Julien Temple, que ficou conhecido por dirigir um documentário sobre a banda inglesa Sex Pistols, anunciou em Cannes que vai gravar um documentário no Rio de Janeiro chamado 'Children of the Revolution'.

Cannes diary: Stanley Kubrick, Penelope Cruz and Julien Temple

// 17th of May, 2011

Cannes film festival news in brief

BFI, Film London make major announcements

// 17th of May, 2011

British Film Institute (BFI) Chair Greg Dyke announced at Cannes that Oscar and BAFTA-winning The King's Speech [trailer, film focus] director Tom Hooper has been appointed to the BFI’s Board of Governors.

Pampa, Conspiracao, Globo team on 'Bresil': F&ME + TV Zero on ‘Children of the Revolution’

// 17th of May, 2011

Nicolas Traube's Paris-based Pampa Prods. and Brazil's Conspiracao and Globo Filmes are teaming on one of the biggest Franco-Brazilian co-productions to date, "Rouge Bresil," an €8 million ($11.5 million) theatrical movie and two-part telepic.
Entering its first TV deal, RioFilme, a Rio de Janeiro town hall equity investment film fund, has put up a minimum guarantee against international sales.

ANDRZEJ JAKIMOWSKI, director

// 17th of May, 2011

Jakimowski won has built a reputation for well-observed, psychologically true human dramas. Both "Squint Your Eyes" in 2002 and "Tricks" in 2007 looked at relationships through the eyes of children. "Tricks," about a 6-year-old boy trying to manipulate fate to bring a man he thinks is his father back home, was sold by Berlin-based M-Appeal to more than 30 countries.

Julien Temple Returns to Rio for Music Film Series

// 16th of May, 2011

Julien Temple, who accompanied the Sex Pistols (or rather, the bastardized post-Rotten version of them) to Rio de Janeiro for his debut feature The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, will return to the Brazilian megalopolis this year for the first in a series of city-themed music documentaries.

London and Rio Sign City to City Agreement

// 16th of May, 2011
London and Rio Sign City to City Agreement

MoU Sees Film London and Rio Film Commission Working Together to Boost Film Business in their Regions

The director begins shooting Rio de Janeiro-centric "Children of the Revolution" this year followed by "This Is London."

// 16th of May, 2011

Director Julian Temple is readying a series of documentaries based around looking at cities and their music. The series kicks off with a Rio de Janeiro doc, followed by films about London and Tijuana.

Ealing Metro nabs Julien Temple docs

// 15th of May, 2011

'Children of the Revolution,' 'This is London' to lense this year

Ealing Metro International has snapped up sales rights for five of Julien Temple's "cities and music" docus.
The first two pics, "Children of the Revolution" and "This Is London," are both skedded to lense this year.

Julien Temple, F&ME head to Brazil for rockumentary

// 15th of May, 2011

UK-based Film & Music Entertainment teams with Julien Temple for rock doc.

Manila-set Snow White finishes shoot, gets new supporters

// 15th of May, 2011

Dutch Production house Springfilm and UK producer Film and Music Entertainment have completed shooting on Manila-shot fiction feature Snow White (aka Lilet Never Happened).

Julien Temple To Direct City-Based Music Documentary Series; First Up, Rio

// 15th of May, 2011

Julian Temple will direct a series of city-based music documentaries, with the first, "Children of the Revolution," focused on the annual Rock in Rio concert in Rio de Janiero.

Principal Photography began on May 12 in Portugal on Andrzej Jakimowski’s Blind Watching

// 14th of May, 2011
Principal Photography began  on May 12  in Portugal on Andrzej Jakimowski’s Blind Watching

Principal Photography began on May 12 in Portugal on Andrzej Jakimowski’s Blind Watching. Former Cannes Jury Member Alexandra Maria Lara and Brit actor Edward Hogg Lead a Cast of 20 Young Blind Actors in Evora and Lisbon.

Snow White (aka Lilet Never Happened)

// 14th of May, 2011
Snow White (aka Lilet Never Happened)

Dutch Production house Springfilm and UK producer Film and Music Entertainment announce end of shooting their Manila-shot fiction feature Snow White (aka Lilet Never Happened). Internationally known Dutch Star Johanna Ter Steege joins all local cast. Post production to take place in the Netherlands and Norway. Campaigning organisations Salinlah, Pinay Sa Holland, Small Voices for Change: An International Campaign to STOP Child Prostitution and Gabriela join the project as campaign partners.

EALING METRO INTERNATIONAL AND JULIEN TEMPLE GET READY TO ROCK IN LONDON, TIJUANA AND RIO DE JANEIRO

// 14th of May, 2011

CITIES AND MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES TO BE PRODUCED BY FILM AND MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (F&ME), B&W FILMS AND NITRATE FILM

Ealing Metro International have signed on to handle international sales rights to a series of Julien Temple ‘cities and music’ documentaries, in the first instance featuring Rio de Janeiro, London, Tijuana with a number of other key music metropolises in the pipeline.

Julien Temple Readying City-Specific Music Documentary Series (Cannes)

// 14th of May, 2011

The director begins shooting Rio de Janeiro-centric "Children of the Revolution" this year followed by "This Is London."

PRODUCTION: Blind Watching Begins Filming

// 13th of May, 2011

Polish director Andrzej Jakimowski began principal photography on Blind Watching in Portugal on 12 May 2011. The €2.05 million film is his first English language film. Jakimowski directed the acclaimed 2009 Polish Oscar entry, Tricks.

Snow White

// 15th of March, 2011

Spring, F&ME to shoot Manila Child Prostitution story http://www.screendaily.com/news/production/spring-fme-to-shoot-manila-child-prostitution-story/5023735.article

Director Jacco Groen has acquired an int'l cast for the dark film about the underbelly of child prostitution in Manila, which begins production in April. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/real-life-child-prostitution-tale-99048

Blind Watching

// 15th of March, 2011

Edward Hoff, Alexandra Maria Lara join Andrzej Jakimowski’s ‘Blind Watching’ (Berlin) http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/edward-hogg-alexandra-maria-lara-98278

Lara, Hogg join cast of Jakimowski’s Blind Watching http://www.screendaily.com/news/production/lara-hogg-join-cast-of-jakimowskis-blind-watching/5023662.article

3D The Mortician Emotionally Engaging

// 15th of March, 2011

Antonia Bird’s Cross My Mind to shoot in May

// 15th of March, 2011

uCarmen gang heads back to film with F&ME deal

// 15th of March, 2011

Macgowan Films Backs Screenwriter Judy Morris ‘Needlepoint’ (Berlin)

// 15th of March, 2011

Rock in Rio

// 15th of March, 2011

Peter Greenaway and F&ME

// 15th of March, 2011

StreetKids United press releases

// 15th of March, 2011

Press articles about StreetKids United.

F&ME has two films selected to the Berlin Film Festival 2011!

// 11th of February, 2011

Film and Music Entertainment’s two recently complete films, feature documentary STREETKIDS UNITED and THE MORTICIAN 3D (co-produced with Full Circle Films) have been selected for the Berlin Film Festival.

Flying Blind

// 20th of December, 2010
Greenlight for Flying Blind (working title) the much Awaited Follow up to Tricks, from multi Award winning Director Andrzej Jakimowski – a co-production between KMBO (France), Filmes do Tejo (Portugal), ZAiR (Poland) and Film and Music Entertainment (UK). Casting currently underway in Germany, the UK and France for a spring shoot in Lisbon.

Cassandra at the Wedding

// 20th of December, 2010

Murphy to direct 'Cassandra at the Wedding'
Bruno Heller to adapt rom-com

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F&ME Boards Child Prostitution Exposé

// 14th of October, 2010

Film and Music Ent. boards 'Lilet'

// 14th of October, 2010

Groen to direct UK-Dutch co-pro Lilet Never Happened

// 14th of October, 2010

Greenaway Producer Signs 4 Film Deal

// 14th of October, 2010

Kasander, F&ME announce pact including $17.5m initial slate

// 14th of October, 2010

F&ME, Kasander ink four-pic deal

// 14th of October, 2010

F&ME, Kasander team on 4 film slate

// 14th of October, 2010

F&ME EXPANDS 3D ACTIVITIES

// 18th of May, 2010

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) expand their 3D activities and make TURTLE: The Incredible Journey available in 3D to International Distributors in Cannes Following Russian Release at the End of April. The Mortician 3D completes editing in London. Other projects in the pipeline.

F&ME BOOSTS DOCUMENTARY ROSTER

// 18th of May, 2010

Film and Music Entertainment to Bolster Expanding Documentary Roster with New Feature Documentary If You Accept (working title) currently starting production - whilst Wales-based Production Outfit Elfin Productions boards South African world cup soccer documentary Streetkids United.

F&ME embarks on biggest project yet

// 18th of February, 2010

JUDY MORRIS PENNING MUSLIM SPY SCRIPT

// 18th of February, 2010

EUROPE'S SEARCH FOR THE NEXT DANIEL CRAIG

// 18th of February, 2010

F&ME - TEN years old in 2010

// 4th of February, 2010


In celebration and commemoration of F&ME‘s 10th anniversary, Screen International published a special supplement to coincide with the 60th Berlinale and distributed worldwide and at the festival.

White Lightnin' listed in Mark Kermodes Top 10 Films of 2009

// 1st of February, 2010

2 F&ME actors nominated as EFP Shooting Stars 2010

// 24th of December, 2009

UK actor nominated as EFP Shooting Star for 2010

// 24th of December, 2009

Twilight gives new Brontë films wings

// 8th of December, 2009

Success of the Twilight saga books and films inspire new productions of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

Read more @ guardian.co.uk

New European co-production event launches in the Alps

// 25th of November, 2009

New projects from Julien Temple (pictured) and Paul Andrew Williams are among those being presented at the inaugural European networking event in the French Alps, Co-Production Village Arc 1950.

Read the whole article

If the kids are united

// 25th of November, 2009

UK production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) is to produce Street Kids United, veteran filmmaker Tim Pritchard’s feature documentary about a group of British and African kids preparing for next year’s Street Child World Cup in South Africa.

Read the whole article

Iain Banks backs film version of sci-fi story

// 23rd of November, 2009

F&ME To Venture once more into Feature Documentaries

// 16th of November, 2009

White Lightnin’ takes top prize at Dinard

// 16th of November, 2009

Donkey chosen as Croatia’s entry to the foreign-language Academy Award.

// 30th of September, 2009

UK Film Council Annual Statistical Yearbook Names Film and Music Entertainment Britain’s Number Two Production Company after Working Title

// 30th of September, 2009

"Over the three year period between 2006 and 2008, Working Title came top of the list with 10 films followed by Film and Music Entertainment and Vertigo with nine each....."

http://www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/yearbook

Media and Film and Music Entertainments Turtle: The Incredible Journey to open in 7 European territories following North American Premiere in Toronto. Miranda Richardson in Toronto.

// 30th of September, 2009

E1 Snaps Up UK Distribution Rights to Horror/Slasher/Thriller Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (RWWM)

// 30th of September, 2009

White Lightnin’ Opens in the UK via Momentum Pictures

// 30th of September, 2009

Dominic Murphy’s psychobilly thriller goes wide in UK plus follows up Sundance and Berlin with competition screenings in Dinard, Warsaw and Sitges.

http://www.momentumpictures.com/flash#main

Film and Music Entertainment bag Major Slate Development cash to Add to their Development Funding Pot. The MEDIA Programme of the EU to fund F&ME 2010 Development Slate.

// 30th of September, 2009

Turtle premieres in Toronto

// 30th of September, 2009

Brit distribs focus on production

// 27th of September, 2009

Companies favor creative control over acquisitions

When indie Brit distrib Revolver announced it was launching a standalone production arm earlier this September, it became the latest U.K. distrib to move into the world of film production.

Read the whole article

Film and Music Entertainment’s Buick Riviera Selected for Variety Critic’s Choice 2009

// 17th of June, 2009

Event marks the 12th collaboration between Variety and European Film Promotion, which now groups national orgs from 29 countries. Program is selected by Variety crix and coordinated by senior international critic, Derek Elley.

See full story @ www.variety.com

Turtle film set to become Hollywood blockbuster

// 16th of June, 2009

The story behind Turtle: The Incredible Journey, a film tracking the journey of a loggerhead turtle as she travels across the Atlantic Ocean and narrated by twice Oscar-nominated actress Miranda Richardson.

Read the whole story @ telegraph.co.uk

UK's F&ME joins sci-fi comedy Iron Sky

// 21st of May, 2009

London-based Film and Music Entertainment has boarded Blind Spot Pictures’ Iron Sky as co-producer.

The $7.2m (€5.5m) project, directed by Timo Vuorensola, is also produced by 27 Films Production, Energia Productions and Cinet.

Read the full article @ www.screendaily.com

White Lightnin' team sign with WME for worldwide

// 21st of May, 2009

The team behind Sundance hit and Berlin Panorama title White Lightnin' - UK director Dominic Murphy and producers Mike Downey and Sam Taylor - have signed a worldwide representation deal with William Morris Agency for themselves and their associated companies.

Read the full article @ www.screendaily.com

Isabella Films and F&ME go Dutch

// 21st of May, 2009

Zagreb Film Festival Retrospective to be dedicated to Film and Music Entertainment’s Mike Downey and Sam Taylor

// 21st of May, 2009

Zagreb Film Festival Retrospective to be dedicated to Film and Music Entertainment’s Mike Downey and Sam Taylor.

Start of Post Production on three features: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre, Donkey and A Congregation of Ghosts

// 21st of May, 2009

Film and Music Entertainment buck UK Co-Production Trends and Announce Start of Post Production on three features: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre, Donkey and A Congregation of Ghosts - with three further co-productions readying to shoot in 2009. Total budgets amount to $17,000,000.

Post production Begins on Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre at Molinare in London

// 19th of March, 2009

Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre is an epic tale about a group of whale watchers, whose ship breaks down and they get picked up by a whale fishing vessel...

White Lightnin' scores a hit in both Sundance and Berlin

// 3rd of February, 2009
White Lightnin' scores a hit in both Sundance and Berlin

Before the first midnight screening of "White Lightnin' " Sundance programmer Trevor Groth noted that "sometimes we show films that defy categorization" and this film certainly lived up to that. A rollicking, terrifying trip through good-times Americana and nightmares of madness and revenge, the film tells the not-entirely-true story of Jesco White.

White Lightnin' earns Berlinale Panorama spot

// 17th of January, 2009

Dominic Murphy's Sundance-bound directorial debut White Lightnin' is among the first titles to win a place in the 2009 Panorama section at Berlin.

SUNDANCE BOUND “WHITE LIGHTNIN”SNAPPED UP BY BERLIN’S PANORAMA. JESCO WHITE BIO-FANSTASY STRIKES A CHORD WITH GILMORE AND SPECK

// 16th of December, 2008
White hot commercials maestro Dominic Murphy's directorial debut, White Lightnin',  which tells the tragi-comic story of the life of Appalachian mountain dancer Jesco White, is one of the first  titles selected by the Berlin Film Festival's  Panorama chief Wieland Speck, after the Berlinale's traditional December screenings in London this weekend.

F&ME, Murphy team for MASS prod'n

// 9th of December, 2008

Upcoming British director Dominic Murphy is teaming with veteran finance and production house Film & Music Entertainment, headed by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, on a slate of projects under the resurrected banner MASS Prods.

Read the full article @ www.hollywoodreporter.com.

UK's F&ME lines up slate deal with Dominic Murphy

// 9th of December, 2008

Dominic Murphy, whose debut feature White Lightnin' will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, is to team up again with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor of Film and Music Entertainment on a slate of projects.

The films will be produced by their newly revived MASS Productions label.

Read the full article @ Screen Daily.

F&ME Launch New Production Label

// 9th of December, 2008

"White Lightnin'" Director Dominic Murphy and Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) Kickstarts MASS Production as Long Term Multi Picture Production Partnership

Upcoming British director, Dominic Murphy, whose debut feature White Lightnin' will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, is to team again with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor of Film and Music Entertainment on a slate of projects to be produced by their newly revived MASS Productions label.

F&ME signs Filmbank pact

// 12th of November, 2008

U.K. company also agrees Content deal

U.K. production house Film & Music Entertainment, which is chaired by helmer Stephen Daldry, has struck a series of distribution pacts.

Filmbank Distributors, a joint venture company owned by Warner Bros. Ent. and Sony Pictures Releasing, will distrib the F&ME catalog across all media in the U.K.

Read the article @ Variety.com

Downey and Taylor's F&ME launches new $1m development fund

// 12th of November, 2008

UK-based Film And Music Entertainment s initially backing a slate of five projects for 2008, including Keith English's The Enemy with Pathe and Silverlight.

You can read the full story here.

UK 's F&ME secures deals to exploit catalogue across all media

// 12th of November, 2008

Production house F&ME allies with Filmbank, Content Film and Content Republic in separate deals to exploit catalogue.

You can read the full story here.

Ed Blum signs on for two $15m F&ME features

// 12th of November, 2008

Scenes Of A Sexual Nature director ready for two new features, FAKE! and The Laughter Clinic with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor's Film and Music Entertainment.

You can read the full story here.

F&ME goes fishing for English-language Icelandic horror film

// 12th of November, 2008

The film will start shooting in August with director Julius Kemp. Financing was closed here in Cannes.

You can read the full story here.

F&ME kicks off shoots for three new UK co-productions

// 12th of November, 2008

Mike Downey and Sam Taylor's UK production company starts shoots of Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre, Donkey and Beneath The Surface.

You can read the full story here.

F&ME adds to co-production slate

// 12th of November, 2008

'Debt,' 'Iceland,' 'Mission' join lineup

U.K. production shingle Film and Music Ent. has added a string of European co-productions to its lengthy slate.

Finnish director Joona Tena’s psychological thriller "The Debt," his follow-up to local hit "FC Venus," is limbering up for a spring shoot in Wales on a Euros 2 million ($2.9 million) budget.

Read the article @ Variety.com

F&ME, HB Films agree U.K. deal

// 12th of November, 2008

Agreement covers at least a dozen films

London-based shingle Film and Music Entertainment has signed a distribution deal with U.K. indie distrib HB Films, which will see HB release at least a dozen F&ME co-produced pics.

Initial releases under the deal will be a re-release of Milcho Manchevski’s Oscar-nommed "Before the Rain" and Danish thriller "Murk."

Read the article @ Variety.com

HB FILMS/MAIDEN VOYAGE PICTURES PACT WITH FILM AND MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

// 7th of October, 2008

HB FILMS/MAIDEN VOYAGE PICTURES PACT WITH FILM AND MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT IN A DISTRIBUTION VENTURE TO RELEASE A DOZEN F&ME CO-PRODUCTION TITLES . FIRST FILMS SLATED FOR NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

London-based film distributor HB FILMS and leading UK independent film production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) have joined forces to release a slate of F&ME’s co-productions as well as third party acquisitions from their European and US production partners. Initial films to be released in 2008 include a re-release of Milcho Manchevski’s Academy Award Nominated and Venice winner Before the Rain and Danish thriller Murk written by Thomas Jensen.

Film and Music Entertainment buck UK Co-Production Trends and Announce Start of Principal Photography on three features: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre, Donkey and Beneath the Surface

// 24th of September, 2008

Two further F&ME projects White Lightnin’ and The Turtle’s Song in last phase of delivery and another three readying to shoot early 2009.

Prolific London indie production house, Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) , run by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor announced this week start of principal photography on three feature film projects, all European co-productions shooting in Iceland, Croatia/Herzegovina and China/Sudan. Post production on all three will take place in London.

Notorious hoaxer helps to create picture of art forger

// 27th of May, 2008
Notorious hoaxer helps to create picture of art forger

Read full article at entertainment.timesonline.co.uk.

F&ME strikes three-film deal with Finland’s MRP

// 20th of May, 2008

The UK’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) has struck a deal with Finland’s MRP Matila Rohr Productions for three feature films over the next two years.

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) Pact with Finland’s MRP Matila Rohr Productions for three feature films over the next two years

// 19th of May, 2008

3D Epic Underwater Iceland, psychological thriller The Debt and classic police noir, The Priest of Evil

Finland's leading producer, distributor and facilities provider MRP Matila Rohr Productions and London-based production house F&ME have joined forces to replicate the success of their 2007 animation collaboration Quest for For a Heart to produce three feature films over the next two years.

Film and Music Entertainment Pact with Icelandic Film Company on slasher/horror/thriller Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (RWWM)

// 16th of May, 2008

Shooting starts in August

Leading Nordic producer and studio owner The Icelandic Film Company have joined forces for the third time with London-based producers Film and Music Entertainment to produce the English-language Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (RWWM) directed by Julius Kemp following the closing of finance in Cannes yesterday.

Film and Music Entertainment and Lumina Films Announce Shooting Begins on White Lightnin’ a collaboration with the UK Film Council and Vice Films of New York

// 23rd of November, 2007
Shooting has just got underway on White Lightnin’ - the feature film debut of leading international commercials director Dominic Murphy. The film was developed by Film and Music Entertainment and Vice Films, and is being produced by Mike Downey and Samantha Taylor for Valley Films/Mountain Productions, their UK producing co-venture with Vice Films.

Spain's S2 sings for The Turtle Song

// 25th of May, 2007
Spain's S2 sings for The Turtle Song
Stephane Sorlat's Madrid-based S2 International has rights in Spain and Portugal to Nick Stringer's documentary The Turtle Song from Sola Media.

Polyband takes German rights to The Turtle's Song

// 16th of May, 2007
Munich-based Polyband Medien, a subsidiary of Splendid Medien, has acquired German rights to Nick Stringer's The Turtle's Song, a documentary following the epic journey of a baby loggerhead turtle.

Border Post unites former Yugoslav states

// 27th of April, 2007
Border Post unites former Yugoslav states
Croatian director Rajko Grlic has scored a highly significant hit throughout the former Yugoslavian states with Border Post (Karaula).

Border Post in Competition San Sebastian

// 11th of September, 2006
Border Post (Karaula) will screen in competition at this year's San Sebastian International Film festival. The announcement comes hard on the heels of the enormously successful box office results in its home territories and its award winning turn at the Croatian National festival in Pula in July.

Son of Man scoops top award at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival

// 11th of September, 2006
Son of Man scoops top award at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival
Mark Dornford-May's township-based life of Christ, Son of Man, which screened in world cinema competition at Sundance earlier this year, and picked up the best film prize at the Los Angeles Pan African Film festival, has added another award to the list when it garnered the prestigious Founders Award at the Traverse City Film Festival.

F&ME Completes Two New Films

// 4th of September, 2006
F&ME Completes Two New Films
Completion has now taken place on two of the latest films on the F&ME slate in time for the winter festival season. The first is Anastezsi, directed by Miguel Alcantud produced in co-production with Mate Producciones in Madrid and Sintra in Rome.

Downey and Taylor become partners in Shotgun Pictures

// 31st of August, 2006
F&ME principals; Mike Downey and Sam Taylor have become partners in Shotgun Pictures, an investment vehicle for low budget films. The first three films completed are Adrift, which has sold worldwide via Summit and opens in the UK at the beginning of September via Pathe...

Son of Man and the Festival Circuit

// 7th of July, 2006
Son of Man and the Festival Circuit
Son of Man (Jezile) by Mark Dornford-May has proved as popular with worldwide festivals as Mark's first film U-Carmen ekhayelitsha and is so far to be screened at 15 festivals with yet more to be confirmed. The film made its worldwide debut at Sundance Film Festival where it was invited to compete in the World Cinema section.

Eleven Men Out – Nation Wide Tour

// 5th of July, 2006
Eleven Men Out – Nation Wide Tour
Eleven Men Out is currently on tour with the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival across the UK having proved popular at the London venue. It is due to screen at several venues including the Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Edinburgh, Cambridge and Glasgow.

F&ME website redesigned

// 16th of May, 2006
We are happy to present you our new, freshly redesigned website!

Guy X competes in Montreal

Having just returned from Edinburgh, where the UK premiere took place, Guy X will now compete at the new Montreal film festival – Festival International de Films de Montreal held from the 18th – 25th September.

Strings release - 28/06/2005

Strings release - 28/06/2005
The magical film 'Strings' by Anders Ronnow Klarlund is now out on general release across the UK. F&ME co produced this feature with the Scandinavian BOB Film Sweden AB, Bald film and Nordisk Film. This mythological tale of a young prince on a quest to revenge his father’s death is told through crafted puppetering...

Guy X: UK release - October 14th

Guy X: UK release - October 14th
Guy X tells the story of young recruit Rudy Spruance (Jason Biggs), an American solider who ends up in a military hospital in Greenland, a hospital that according to the files doesn’t exist.