EXCLUSIVE: “When a reluctant bare-knuckle boxer and his older brother rack up a hefty debt, they are forced to chaperone an unexpected travel companion cross-country for one last fight in search of their fortune.”
That is the simple one-liner description for Jungleland, which has its world premiere Thursday night at the Toronto Film Festival. Its pretty accurate because that is the plot, but what really works about this compelling character study from director Max Winkler, who co-wrote the script with Theodore B. Bressman and David Branson Smith, is the journey of these three people in a movie that for me harkens back to some of the great actor-driven movies of the 1970s. It has smart dialogue, a terrific trio of stars and a familial sensibility that also makes you care deeply what happens to these three on their journey. Oh and their dog too. I see lots of movies, obviously, and I have seen a ton at this years TIFF, but this one — even viewed in rough-cut form in a screener, which is how I saw it — has stuck with me. Watch an exclusive clip above.
The male melodrama movies of the 70s and 60s are also what led Winkler (yes, son of Henry, whose previous features include Flower and Ceremony) to tell this tale. He mentions inspirations including Five Easy Pieces, Hud, Scarecrow, anything with Brando, and, for this one particularly, the 1973 Jack Nicholson film The Last Detail,. But in this case there is a female component in the trio. Ultimately, though, it is a moving tale of two brothers, the older Stanley played by Charlie Hunnam in his best screen outing yet as a guy in over his head, basically exploiting his scrappy boxer of a younger sibling Lion, beautifully played by Jack OConnell as he tries to get out from under.
“Those kinds of movies always kind of emotionally resonated with me,”Winkler tells me. “I love seeing these guys who were so tough on the outside really kind of emote and with the weight of the world on their shoulders, that seem like theyve got everything covered, then start to break down. And I wrote this movie probably 10 years ago, honestly.” He noted that the long gestation period was due to getting the casting, which also includes British actress Jessica Barden (The End of the F***ing World) as Sky, the girl who becomes the third component of this road trip.
“There were so many different producers and so many different iterations of it, and people really wanted me to make it a very specific way and cast very specific people, and I knew that for this movie to have any chance to work it was 100 percent cast-dependent, it was the casting that was everything, and I really kind of was patient,” Winkler said “I made another movie in between, and we ended up getting this cast of actors that I found to be truly special.”
Ridley Scotts Scott Free is the key production company that helped bring it to fruition and Scott has an executive producer credit on it. Producers are Brad Feinstein, Jules Daly, Kevin J. Walsh, Ryan Stowell.
Another inspiration was a certain classic novel that he had by his side while making it. “I had a copy of Of Mice and Men on me for the whole shoot, and that book was, as those movies were, extremely influential on the writing and shooting process because I wanted to kind of have that sort of old John Steinbeck-y feeling of these guys who just go from town to town looking for work however they can get it, kind of getting crushed at it — you know, searching for the American dream with some great difficulty even though they go about it sometimes in not the right way.” He knows full well that this kind of film might have been studio fare in the 60s and 70s but is difficult to get made these days. He points to Manchester by the Sea, on which Walsh was a producer and Howell a co-producer, as something that gave him hope for this one.
“Because theres so much fear Read More – Source
10 Coronation Street spoilers: Rape trauma, baby danger and Bethanys confession
Coronation Street is buiding up to some dramatic and heart wrenching storylines as ou..
Coronation Street is buiding up to some dramatic and heart wrenching storylines as our brand new spoilers reveal. As the devastating death of Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn) draws nearer, a confession from Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) could have huge ramifications for her dying days.
Elsewhere, a brand new crisis kicks off for David (Jack P Shepherd) as he is forced to come face to face with his rapist Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton) in prison while Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) finds herself in a drastic situation ahead of the birth of her quads.
Here, we reveal whats coming up in Weatherfield.
10 Coronation Street spoilers
- Shona blames Max when Harry is injured.
- Gemma is trapped in a turnstile during a day at the match with Chesney.
- Sinead finds herself too ill to undertake everyday tasks.
- Geoff suggests that he and Yasmeen invest in Speed Daal.
- Marion decides that she wants to fighr David and Shona for custody of Max.
- Kirk plans an early Christmas for Sinead.
- Gemma tries to turn the press over her disaster to her advantage.
- David is horrified to come face to face with Josh in prison.
- Geoff contacts Zeedan and arranges to buy his half of Speed Daal.
- James realises that Bethany is in love with Daniel.
Monday 14th October
Wednesday 16th October Part One
Gemma nets two VIP tickets to the Weatherfield County match and excitedly heads there with Chesney but disaster strikes when she tries to get through the turn stile and ends up trapped due to her pregnant stomach.
Max returns home in a foul mood and ends up in a row with Lily over the TV. When Harry is then hurt and has to be taken to hospital, Shona accuses Max who defiantly claims that it was Lily who pushed him.
Sinead is disheartened when she has to use a wheelchair to attend a family picnic and when she becomes too unwell, she has to be taken home. Geoff suggests to Yasmeen that they invest in Speed Daal while Bethany accidentally causes James to be injured.
Wednesday 16th October Part Two
Marion arrives and tells Shona that Max has been visiting her and when she spots that Shona has been drinking, she accuses her of being an unfit mother and seeks legal advice over custody. Later, Shona realises that it was Lily who pushed Harry and she feels terrible.
Gemma is mortified when the fire service have to cut her out of the turnstile while Daniel and Sinead are given a painful reminder that time is running out. Alya agrees to let Alya invest – but not Geoff while Bethany picks James brains over an article.
Friday 18th October Part One
Shona tries to contact Max and is horrified when Marion makes it clear that she plans to fight her and David for custody of Max. David is rocked by the news and his day gets worse when he spots Josh in the medical wing of the prison.
Emmerdale spoilers: Ryan Hawley reveals all on Robert Sugdens exit
Robert Sugden hasnt had an easy couple of months in Emmerdale — what with him having ..
Robert Sugden hasnt had an easy couple of months in Emmerdale — what with him having been charged for GBH with intent for brutally assaulting Victoria Bartons (Isabel Hodgins) rapist Lee — but things are set to get much worse for the beloved character before his on-screen exit arrives, and actor Ryan Hawley has all the gossip on Roberts exit.
Robert was livid when he first learned about what had happened to Victoria, and thus he set out to seek revenge on her behalf — in spite of her consistently asking him not to. After multiple failed attempts to get justice for what Lee did, Robert lost control and picked up a shovel, before hitting the rapist on the back of the head — and he was charged for the crime as a result.
He ended up pleading guilty so that he could save Victoria having to lie on his behalf in court, and since then hes been enjoying the free time hes got left with husband Aaron (Danny Miller). On Roberts current state of mind, Ryan said: Hes waiting for the inevitable.He is however, optimistic that it is going to only be a short amount of time that hes going to be away for.
I believe, worst case scenario – only a couple of years. He is quite confident in the fact that he has pled guilty so sentencing will be a bit more lenient.
Roberts circumstances are set to worsen in the coming episodes, as he learns that Lee has passed away in hospital. The ramifications that the rapists death will have on his prison sentence is the main cause of concern, as its now incredibly likely that hell be charged with murder for what he did to the young man.
Robert understandably struggles to process this information, but Liv (Isobel Steele) offers up a solution, when she suggests that he and Aaron go on the run together.
Ryan said: The news has just been broken to them so they havent really got a plan, they are going to have to take it as it comes. It means some very emotional goodbyes to some people in the village, but they have to be quick and there are some people they dont even get the chance to because Read More – Source
Holby City review with spoilers: Ric opts for the risky surgery after Darla decides to keep the baby
Ric considers his options (Picture: BBC)
First the good news on tonights Holby City – Ric Griffin (H..
First the good news on tonights Holby City – Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie)s brain tumour is benign. Unfortunately the bad news is very bad indeed. The tumour is huge, which makes surgery to remove it extremely difficult, according to Ric. The risks are very high that he could have a stroke or not survive the surgery at all. Leaving the tumour where it is could be an option, but it will probably keep on growing and compress his brain, leading to more mood swings, more forgetfulness and worse. His days as a surgeon would definitely be over very soon.
Because he had Darla (Naomi Katiyo) to worry about, he decided that he wouldnt risk the surgery and would try to manage the symptoms of the tumour with drugs. He also decided not to worry Darla by telling her about his diagnosis.
Everything changed when Darla was visited by Peter (Jordan Adene), the father of her baby, who proved to be a very mature, supportive and sensible 15 year old. Donna (Jaye Jacobs) had already detected in Darla signs of doubt that she wanted to go through with having her baby adopted and Peters arrival cemented her decision – she wanted to keep her daughter. Peter said hed get a job and theyd manage.
Ric was on board with this plan because hes always wanted whatever makes Darla happy. Then Peters father (Daniel Adegboyega), an elder of the church, arrived and kicked off a bit. He accused Darla of trying to trap his son and said the baby might not even be Peters. There was a bit of a tussle as he tried to take Peter away and Ric ended up being thrown to the ground and knocked unconscious.
Ric wasnt seriously hurt, but as everyone clustered around his bedside Cameron (Nic Jackman) said something about his serious condition in front of Darla, so Ric had no option but to tell her the truth. Peter proved that hes a keeper by smoothing things out with Darlas dad, so Darla is going to move back in with Kofi and bring up the baby, after making Ric promise that he has to do whats best for him and not delay the surgery just for her sake. And theyre naming the baby Erica, after her great-granddad – which made him fill up. She wouldnt be here now if it werent for you, Darla said. And Cameron, he reminded her, But Ericas a better name.
Ric apologised to Zav (Marcus Griffiths) and Donna for his recent behaviour and told them hes going to go for the surgery, because he wants to carry on being a surgeon himself if theres even a slim chance.
Meanwhile a small bunch of supporting artists had assembled to give Essie (Kaye Wragg) a party to welcome her new adopted baby. This was mainly a plot device so one of the cards would be found later on by Connor (Calum Lill) – Islas father. Hed come to the hospital to get Frankies phone number from Essie but he soon worked out that Essie is pretending that Isla is her legally adopted daughter. Sacha (Bob Barrett) tried to help Essie out by warning Connor off but only succeeded in making the situation worse. Essie finally resorted to good old faRead More – Source
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