Sex-abuse film not yet seen by cen­sor

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Ir­ish film cen­sor John Kelleher tells Reel News that Mur­der-Set-Pieces, which was re­cently banned out­right in Bri­tain, has not yet been sub­mit­ted to his of­fice. Di­rected by Nick Palumbo, it stars Sven Gar­rett as a se­rial killer, a Ger­man fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher who is the grand­son of a Nazi of­fi­cer.

Re­leased in the US three years ago, Mur­der-Set­Pieces was re­jected as a DVD re­lease by the Bri­tish Board of Film Clas­si­fi­ca­tion, which de­scribes it as “a fea­ture with a sin­gle­minded fo­cus on the ac­tiv­i­ties of a psy­cho­pathic sex­ual se­rial killer, who, through­out the film, is seen rap­ing, tor­tur­ing and mur­der­ing his vic­tims. Young chil­dren are among those ter­rorised and killed, and their in­clu­sion in this abu­sive con­text is an added con­cern. In re­la­tion to the adult vic­tims, there is a clear fo­cus on sex or sex­ual be­hav­iour ac­com­pa­nied by non-con­sen­sual pain, in­jury and hu­mil­i­a­tion.”

Non­rom­com from Richard Cur­tis

The re­mark­ably ver­sa­tile Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man plays a pi­rate ra­dio DJ in The Boat That Rocked, which is set in the 1960s when il­le­gal ra­dio sta­tions were moored off the coast of Eng­land and pro­vided round-the-clock pop mu­sic. Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans and Nick Frost also play DJs in the film, with Ken­neth Branagh as a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial in­tent on clos­ing down the sta­tions.

Now shoot­ing in a rusty fish­ing trawler, The Boat That Rocked fol­lows Love, Ac­tu­ally as the sec­ond film as writer-di­rec­tor for Richard Cur­tis, who scripted Four Wed­dings and a Funeral and Not­ting Hill. This is his first ven­ture out­side of ro­man­tic com­edy.

World’s first on­line film fest

Ba­bel­gum, the Dublin-based interactive web TV por­tal, has launched the first-ever on­line film fes­ti­val, with Spike Lee head­ing the jury. It has re­ceived more than 1,000 en­tries from 86 coun­tries. The first phase is an on­line vot­ing process whereby in­ter­net users may log on to www.ba­bel­gum. com to view and rate the en­tries. The top 10 films from that vote will be as­sessed by Lee’s jury. He will an­nounce the win­ner at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in May.

Scar­lett stays in cos­tume

Hav­ing played a se­cret lover of King Henry VIII in The Other Bo­leyn Girl (re­leased here to­day and re­viewed on page 13), Scar­lett Jo­hans­son will next take on the ti­tle role in Mary, Queen of Scots, which starts shoot­ing shortly. Its di­rec­tor, Philip Noyce (Rab­bit-Proof Fence), has been mulling the op­tions of shoot­ing it in Ire­land, Eng­land and Scot­land.

The screen­play is by Jimmy McGovern, whose many no­table cred­its in­clude the movies Priest and Liam, and, for TV, Cracker, Hills­bor­ough and The Lakes. He scripted the 2004 TV mini-se­ries Gun­pow­der, Trea­son and Plot, which fea­tured Cle­mence Poesy (from In Bruges) as Mary, Queen of Scots, a role most re­cently played by Sa­man­tha Mor­ton in El­iz­a­beth: The Golden Age.

Coens see funny side of CIA

While Joel and Ethan Coen’s Os­car-win­ning No Coun­try for Old Men is still play­ing in cine­mas, the brothers are in post-pro­duc­tion on their next movie, Burn Af­ter Read­ing, which has been set for Septem­ber re­lease in the US.

Based on an orig­i­nal screen­play by the Coens, the com­edy-drama re­volves around an ousted CIA of­fi­cial whose mem­oirs fall into the hands of two bum­bling Wash­ing­ton DC gym em­ploy­ees. The for­mi­da­ble cast in­cludes Ge­orge Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swin­ton, Frances McDor­mand and John Malkovich.

Spike: judg­ing on­line films

Burn Af­ter Read­ing

Ge­orge Clooney reteams with the Coens for

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