THE LOBSTER breaks the £1m barrier at UK and Irish box offices

 

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Landmark total comes hot on the heels of critical acclaim after leading the way with seven nominations at the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards and five nominations at the 2015 European Film Awards

 

Monday 9 November 2015: THE LOBSTER, Yorgos Lanthimos’s critically acclaimed English language debut and 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner, can now also boast of commercial success after the film passed the £1m barrier at the UK and Irish box office on Saturday 7th November.

The film, an unconventional love story starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, was released by Picturehouse Entertainment and Element Pictures Distribution on 16 October and has delighted UK and Irish cinemagoers ever since, proving to be the sure fire independent alternative to the box office blockbusters of the season.

The story takes place in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel.  There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days.  If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.

Commenting on the milestone, Clare Binns, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at Picturehouse Entertainment said: “The Lobster has certainly been an exciting film to distribute, and the team, along with our partners Element Pictures Distribution, have had a lot of fun. It is great to see audiences turning out in large numbers for such intelligent and original filmmaking. We are thrilled for director Yorgos Lanthimos whose first English language production has been so well received, clearly resonating with audiences during what is an extremely busy time at the UK Box Office.”

Andrew Lowe, director and co-founder of Element Pictures Distribution commented “Having initiated The Lobster as a project in development and seen it though to its triumph in Cannes, all the team at Element Pictures are thrilled to find that UK and Irish audiences have embraced The Lobster with the same enthusiasm and love that we have for the film.  Our distribution team have worked very closely with our friends at Picturehouse Entertainment and we are very proud of the work and results of that brilliant partnership.”

The film has also performed beyond expectations in all other international territories that have opened to date; Australia (Sony), Belgium (Imagine Films), France (Haut et Court), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Italy (Good Films), The Netherlands (De Filmfreak), and South Korea (Contents Gate). The film is due to open in further territories across the world in the coming months.

This success in the UK and Ireland comes soon after the filmmakers celebrated leading the nomination count for the 2015 British Independent Film Awards this year, with seven in total.

These included nominations for Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Lanthimos, Best Screenplay and Producer of the Year. The film also scored a Best Actor nomination for Farrell and supporting actor nominations for both Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw. The winners will be announced on the 6 December at a star-studded ceremony in London.

THE LOBSTER also counts amongst the most nominated films at the upcoming European Film Awards.  It is nominated for European Film, European Director, European Actor for Colin Farrell, European Screenwriter for Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and Sarah Blenkinsop has already been awarded European Costume Designer.  The awards will take place in Berlin on 12 December.

THE LOBSTER is produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender for Film4, Isabel Davis as the lead executive for the BFI Film Fund and Rory Gilmartin for the Irish Film Board.

ELEMENT’S THE LOBSTER JOINT LEADER IN NOMINATIONS FOR EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

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THE LOBSTER, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos has landed 5 nominations at this year’s European Film Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor for Colin Farrell, Best Screenplay and a previously announced technical win for costume design. This follows last week’s announcement the the film topped the nominations for British Independent Film Awards with an incredible seven nominations in total.

The 28th European Film Awards will be held on 12 December in Berlin where more than 3,000 EFA members will vote on the winners.

Following rave reviews, THE LOBSTER is playing in Irish & UK Cinemas where it has grossed over £1 million to date, deemed a break out figure for any independent film. The film is also currently on release in France, Benelux, Australia and Greece where it is returning strong box office figures. It will be released across the globe over the coming months.

THE LOBSTER is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel.  There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days.  If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.  A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

THE LOBSTER is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

THE LOBSTER is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and financiers include the film from the Irish Film Board.

THE LOBSTER is in cinemas now.

THE LOBSTER LEADS 2015 BIFA NOMINATIONS

The Element Pictures produced THE LOBSTER, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos leads the British Independent Film Awards race with an incredible seven nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Producer of the Year. Colin Farrell is nominated as Best Actor and Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw are up for their supporting turns. Created in 1998 by Raindance founder Elliot Grove, The British Independent Film Awards set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded filmmaking.

Lenny Abrahamson’s much praised ROOM which Element Pictures also produced is nominated for Best International Independent Film. ROOM is due for release in Ireland on January 16th 2016.

The BIFAs are held on December 6 at London’s Old Billingsgate.

Speaking on the nominations, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney commented “’We are so thrilled that THE LOBSTER has been recognised by the BIFAs with 7 nominations; it’s a huge testament to Yorgos and our amazing cast and crew. We are also delighted that ROOM has been nominated as best international film.’

THE LOBSTER is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

THE LOBSTER has become a box-office hit, grossing over 1.2 million euro in week three of release in Ireland and the UK.

THE LOBSTER is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

THE LOBSTER is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with Irish finance for the film from the Irish Film Board and qualifies as a British film for the BIFAS by virtue of the fact that it is an official European co-production, including the UK.”

THE LOBSTER PROVES A HIT AT THE BOX-OFFICE

THE LOBSTER takes over 1 Million at Box-Office

With a remarkably small 2% drop week on week, Element Pictures production THE LOBSTER will surpass the €1 million mark in its second week of release, which is deemed a break out figure for any independent film. Opening to rave reviews THE LOBSTER, released as a joint venture by Element Pictures Distribution in Ireland and Picturehouse in the UK has now expanded to over 80 sites across Ireland & the UK as audiences embrace this art-house hit.

Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos’s previous best across Ireland & the UK was Dogtooth which grossed €208,000 over its entire theatrical run.

The LOBSTER’s stellar ensemble cast – headed by Colin Farrell and featuring Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley is expected to continue its fantastic run when it’s released in France this week on 126 prints where its Cannes Jury prize win will surely boost the films performance.

Speaking on the success, Element Pictures Distribution’s Andrew Lowe commented “We are really pleased with the response of audiences in Ireland and the UK to THE LOBSTER, whose positive word of mouth has helped propel it into an independent hit. Element Pictures Distribution have worked closely with our partners in the UK, Picturehouse, to launch the film into a very competitive market on the back of THE LOBSTER’s success in Cannes, and we are delighted to see UK and Irish audiences share the Cannes jury’s enthusiasm for the film.”

THE LOBSTER is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

THE LOBSTER is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

THE LOSBTER is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with Irish finance for the film from the Irish Film Board.

ABRAHAMSON’S ROOM SCOOPS TOP PRIZE AT TORONTO

Dublin, Ireland, September 20 – Element Pictures are delighted to announce that the much praised ROOM picked up the coveted People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, considered the festival’s major prize. In what is a non competitive festival, the award is voted on by audiences and is often an indication of things to come during Oscar season. 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech all won the TIFF People’s Choice audience award and went on to win Best Film at the Oscars.

ROOM has been a huge autumn festival hit, playing to standing ovations both in Toronto and at its world premiere in Telluride earlier this month.

Beautifully handled adaptation – Variety
Unforgettable, must-witness performances- The Playlist
Exquisite and heart-breaking – HitFlix
Triumph of independent filmmaking at its very best – Deadline
Relentlessly compelling adaptation – IndieWire
Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are a wonder – The Huffington Post
Suspenseful and heartrending – Variety
One –of- a-kind, must-see experience – The New York Post

Director Lenny Abrahamson said, ‘I am so honoured that ROOM has been chosen by the TIFF audience to win the Grolsch People’s choice award. The program this year was full of extraordinary films, and for such a knowledgeable, film-loving audience to choose ours as their film of the festival is something of which I will always be hugely proud. It is a testament to the incredible talent and passion of all who made this film; cast and crew and those who backed us and had faith in us from the beginning. ‘

Producer Ed Guiney added, ‘This win is a major accolade and a huge tribute to Lenny, Emma and the rest of the amazing cast and crew. Toronto is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world with more than 300 films playing over 10 days so this award gives us great momentum as we head towards our North American release next month’.

ROOM stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international phenomenon, ROOM.

Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), ROOM is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world…. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison. Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their ten-by-ten-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation – she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (The Lobster, Frank, What Richard Did) produced ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The Lobster, Frank, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers.

ROOM will be released in the US on October 16 through A24 & in Ireland & the UK on January 29

*Previous winners include: Shine, Life Is Beautiful, American Beauty ,Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon , Amélie, Slumdog Millionaire, Precious , The King’s Speech , Silver Linings Playbook , 12 Years a Slave & The Imitation Game.

ELEMENT PICTURES CELEBRATES MULTIPLE WINS FROM THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL & THE IFTAS

There’s much to celebrate tonight for leading Irish Production Company Element Pictures as their latest feature THE LOBSTER picks up the highly coveted award for The Jury Prize  at the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

 

THE LOBSTER marks Element Pictures sixth film in official selection at Cannes in recent years and its third win with Ken Loach’s THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY taking home the Palme d’Or in 2006 and Lenny Abrahamson’s  GARAGE winning the CICAE Prize at Directors’ Fortnight in 2007.

 

Speaking from Cannes, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney commented that “It’s a complete dream to get into the main competition at Cannes but then to win this amazing award is a huge and brilliant accolade for the film, for Yorgos and for our brilliant cast and crew.”

 

Featuring an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley, THE LOBSTER is a blackly funny love story set in a near future where finding love is a matter of life or death. Irish Audiences will have the chance to see THE LOBSTER when it goes on release in the Autumn through Element Pictures Distribution.

 

Element Pictures also took home a total of four awards from the Mansion House tonight, including Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson’s FRANK with Domhnall Gleeson taking home the award for Best supporting actor also for FRANK where he plays a wannabe musician who quickly finds out he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he’s joins a band of eccentric pop musicians. James Mather picked up the best cinematography award for FRANK with Aiden Gillen scooping the award for actor in lead role in drama for CHARLIE.

 

In a joint comment, Element Pictures Producers Ed Guiney & Andrew Lowe commented that “These awards are a wonderful testament to all the brilliant film makers, cast and crew we have worked with over the last year or so. We are very proud and feel very lucky to have had the chance to collaborate with them all.”

MULTIPLE IFTA NOMINATIONS FOR ELEMENT PICTURES

Element Pictures lead the IFTA race with twenty-one nominations in total.
To date, Element Pictures has won 5 Best Film awards at the IFTAS.

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Lenny Abrahamson’s FRANK is up for an incredible nine awards on the night including Best Film & Best Director. Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson are up for Best Actor in a Lead Role & Best Supporting Actor respectively. Other nominations for FRANK include Score, Editing & Cinematography.

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GLASSLAND, which was released 2 weeks ago to huge critical acclaim, has received a total of six nominations including Best Film, Best Director & Best Script for Gerard Barrett and Actor in a Lead Role for Jack Reynor. Other nominations for GLASSLAND include international actress for Toni Collette & Cinematography.

Jimmys Hall - Written by Paul Laverty, Directed by Ken Loach, Produced by Rebecca O'Brien

Jimmys Hall – Written by Paul Laverty, Directed by Ken Loach, Produced by Rebecca O’Brien

Ken Loach’s JIMMY’S HALL also received nods for Best Actress for Simone Kirby and Costume Design for Eimear Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh.

 

CHARLIE which screened as a three-part series on RTE1 in January this year is up for three awards including Best Drama, Actor in a Lead Role in Drama for Aidan Gillen & Script for Colin Teevan, while RIPPER STREET is up for Hair & Make-up.

Producer Ed Guiney commenting on the nominations said “It’s brilliant to see so many nominations for our productions and is a testament to the wonderful talent we have been lucky enough to work with – on both sides of the camera.”

The 2015 IFTA’s will be held on Sunday May 24th in Dublin.

IRISH ACTOR JACK REYNOR HONOURED AT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL FOR GLASSLAND

Following unanimous praise for his performance in Gerard Barrett’s GLASSLAND, Jack  Reynor  was awarded a special Jury Prize  at the closing ceremony for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The Hollywood Reporter commented on his “exceptional work” and how “several close-ups of Reynor’s face as he beams with love or is fraught with worry…confirm the actor’s impressive talent for conveying emotions without using words.”

The highly influential site Indiewire highlighted Reynor’s “career-making performance…while subdued, stands out because of its naturalistic humanity.”

The Cinephile website the Film Experience describe the film as “gut-wrenching” and that “Jack Reynor (future star) ably carries the movie” while the PeopleMovies site comment that “Reynor is the heart at the rock of the narrative.”

Speaking on the award Reynor commented ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to have been considered and to have won a prize at Sundance this year. It’s definitely a reflection of the work of everybody who was part of the film and I’m incredibly proud to have worked with all of them.’

Jack’s breakout performance was in Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did (also produced by Element Pictures) which debuted at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival bringing Jack to the attention of Hollywood.

This led to parts in The Delivery Man (2013) with Vince Vaughan and  the fourth installment of the Transformer series, starring alongside Mark Wahlberg. Reynor has recently finished filming the upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel, playing the role of Malcom alongside Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender as well as John Carney’s Sing Street. He is currently shooting Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture with Rooney Mara.

GLASSLAND features a formidable cast including Jack Reynor (What Richard Did, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Macbeth), Emmy, Golden Globe award winning and Oscar Nominated actress Toni Collette (Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine, The Way, Way Back),  2014 Bafta Rising Star Will Poulter (Son of Rambow, We’re the Millers, The Maze Runner) and British Independent Film award winning actor Michael Smiley (A Field in England, Kill List, The World’s End).

GLASSLAND is written and directed by Gerard Barrett and produced by Ed Guiney (Frank, What Richard Did and The Guard) and Juliette Bonass (Get up and Go, A Date for Mad Mary) for Element Pictures in association with Barrett’s Nine Entertainment. The film is financed by the Irish Film Board and Element Pictures Distribution who will release the film in the UK and Ireland. Executive producers are Andrew Lowe and Gerard Barrett.

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (www.kaleidoscopefilmdistribution.com) are handling international sales.

Irish & UK Audiences will have the chance to see GLASSLAND when it goes on nationwide release on April 17th, 2015

To download teaser trailer please go  http://glasslandfilm.ie/media

FRANK WINS AT BIFA’S

Element Pictures were thrilled with the double- win for Lenny Abrahamson’s FRANK at last night’s British Independent Film Awards.

Abrahamson’s long-term collaborator Stephen Rennicks picked up the award for Technical Achievement in Music and FRANK also won Best Screenplay for Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan.

The star-studded ceremony was held at Old Billingsgate and was hosted by THE INBETWEENERS star, Simon Bird. Created in 1998 by Raindance founder Elliot Grove, The British Independent Film Awards sets out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded filmmaking.

FRANK follows wannabe musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

FRANK was released in Ireland & the UK earlier this year to both critical & commercial acclaim with Indiewire describing the film as “a terrific and sublime experience” with The Guardian saying “it is something rather exceptional.”

Speaking on the wins, Producer Ed Guiney commented that “I’m so pleased for everyone involved in FRANK, it was such a great project to work on and we’re honored to get such recognition from the BIFA’S.”

Producers are Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee. Executive producers are Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler and Andrew Lowe. Financiers are Film4, the BFI and The Irish Film Board.

To date FRANK  has sold to UK (Artificial Eye), USA (Magnolia), Canada (Magnolia/VSC), Korea (JinJin), Japan (Nettai Museum), Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Italy (I Wonder), Scandinavia (Non Stop),  Benelux (Wild Bunch), CIS (Cinema Prestige), Portugal (Lusomundo), Turkey (Bir Film), Israel (Lev Film), Poland (Gutek Film), Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia (ACFK/Mozinet), Belgium & Netherlands (WildBunch), France (KMBO), Spain (Alimpro), Middle East (Front Row) and Singapore (PT Parkit).

FRANK is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray, or to view on-demand on iTunes and Volta.