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Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE FAVOURITE nominated for Golden Globe Awards

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, THE FAVOURITE has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE FAVOURITE Success at the BIFAs

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, THE FAVOURITE has won ten British Independent Film Awards including Best British Independent Film and Best Director.

Dawn Shadforth’s THE BIG DAY wins a BIFA

Directed by Dawn Shadforth, THE BIG DAY won Best British Short at the British Independent Film Awards.

THE FAVOURITE Nominated for Independent Spirit Award

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, THE FAVOURITE has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film.

James Rogan Nominated for RTS Award

James Rogan has been nominated for Best Director for STEPHEN: THE MURDER THAT CHANGED A NATION at the RTS Craft & Design Awards.

STEPHEN: THE MURDER THAT CHANGED A NATION wins Grierson Awards

Directed by James Rogan, STEPHEN: THE MURDER THAT CHANGED A NATION won Grierson Awards in the categories Best Historical Documentary and Netflix Best Documentary Series.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE FAVOURITE nominated for BIFAs

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, THE FAVOURITE has been nominated in twelve categories at the British Independent Film Awards including Best British Independent Film and Best Director.

Fateme Ahmadi’s BITTER SEA Nominated for a BIFA

Written and directed by Fateme Ahmadi, BITTER SEA has been nominated for Best British Short at the British Independent Film Awards.

Dawn Shadforth’s THE BIG DAY nominated for a BIFA

Directed by Dawn Shadforth THE BIG DAY has been nominated for Best British Short at the British Independent Film Awards.

THE QUEEN AND I

Based on the novel by Sue Townsend, THE QUEEN AND I is currently in production.

Harry Lighton is one of 2018’s Stars of Tomorrow

Now in its 15th year, the annual talent showcase spotlights up-and-coming actors, writers, directors and producers from the UK and Ireland who are primed to make their mark in the industry in the years to come.

OUT OF BLUE at BFI London Film Festival

Written and directed by Carol Morley, OUT OF BLUE will screen as a special presentation at BFI London Film Festival.

THE FAVOURITE at BFI London Film Festival

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, THE FAVOURITE has been selected as the American Express Gala at BFI London Film Festival.

Ian Rankin’s REBUS: LONG SHADOWS

Ian Rankin’s stage debut, written exclusively for the stage with playwright Rona Munro opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 20th September before going on to tour the UK.

THE FAVOURITE Wins Grand Jury Prize at Venice

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, THE FAVOURITE won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Olivia Colman also won the Volpi Cup, the prize for Best Actress.

STRANGERS

Adam Gyngell and Fred Armesto have written episodes five, six and seven of the new eight-part ITV series STRANGERS.

YARDIE Written by Martin Stellman

We are delighted that YARDIE, written by Martin Stellman and directed by Idris Elba, is in cinemas now.

DOCTOR WHO

Thrilled to announce that Vinay Patel has written an episode for the next series of DOCTOR WHO.

Toronto International Film Festival 2018

Sayle Screen is delighted that Carol Morley's OUT OF BLUE, Annabel Jankel's TELL IT TO THE BEES, Chanya Button's VITA AND VIRGINIA, and Camilla Strøm Henriksen's PHOENIX will all be debuting at TIFF.

George Mann’s NO KIDS at Edinburgh

Directed, written and performed by George Mann and Nir Paldi, NO KIDS will be at Edinburgh Fringe Festival until the 27th August.

STEPHEN: THE MURDER THAT CHANGED A NATION Nominated for Grierson Awards

Directed by James Rogan and produced by Rogan Productions for BBC One, STEPHEN has been shortlisted for Grierson Awards in the categories Best Historical Documentary and Best Documentary Series.

SILK ROAD written by Alex Oates

Alex Oates’ play, SILK ROAD opens at Trafalgar Studios on 7th August and runs until 1st September.

STICKS AND STONES the new play by Vinay Patel

Vinay Patel’s new play, STICKS AND STONES will be at Summerhall in Edinburgh from 1st to 25th August, following a successful run in June at Theatr Clwyd.

TO PROVIDE ALL PEOPLE written by Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers’ has written the film poem in the voice of the NHS, TO PROVIDE ALL PEOPLE. It celebrates the 70th anniversary of the NHS by telling the story of one day in the NHS, from dusk to dawn, with a single hospital at its heart.

Paul Unwin’s monologue part of THE GREATEST WEALTH

THE GREATEST WEALTH, commissioned by and performed at The Old Vic, will celebrate 70 years of the NHS. Paul Unwin’s monologue is one of eight specially-commissioned monologues which form a response to each decade since Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS at Park Hospital, Manchester on 5 July 1948.

Shooting begins on Victor Buhler’s new feature RUNNING NAKED

Directed by Victor Buhler, RUNNING NAKED tells the story of two men that first met as teenage cancer patients. Twenty years later Mark is a successful womanizing doctor whilst Ben has become a neurotic recluse. After a dramatic piece of news upends their lives, Mark stakes everything he – and Ben – has on breaking Ben out of his shell, dragging him on an adventure that will change both their lives.

UNICORNS, ALMOST written by Owen Sheers

Written by Owen Sheers, UNICORNS, ALMOST is a new one-man play about the life and work of World War II poet Keith Douglas.

Stuart Hepburn’s CHIC MURRAY: A FUNNY PLACE FOR A WINDOW

CHIC MURRAY: A FUNNY PLACE FOR A WINDOW is written and directed by Stuart Hepburn.

STEPHEN: THE MURDER THAT CHANGED A NATION

James Rogan directs BBC One’s new three-part documentary which examines the 1993 death of Stephen Lawrence.

TO PROVIDE ALL PEOPLE

Written by Owen Sheers, TO PROVIDE ALL PEOPLE celebrates the 70th anniversary of the NHS by telling the story of one day in the NHS, from dusk to dawn, with a single hospital at its heart.

REARED the new play by John Fitzpatrick

John Fitzpatrick’s new play, REARED, will be at Theatre 503 from the 4th to the 28th April.

Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith’s SAVE ME now on Sky Atlantic

SAVE ME - written by Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan, Marlon Smith and Lennie James - is now available to watch on Sky Atlantic.

Kit de Waal’s monologue part of ONE HAND TIED BEHIND US at The Old Vic

On Sunday 11th March, following International Women’s Day, The Old Vic is putting on a one-off performance of brand new monologues.

RUNGANO NYONI’S I AM NOT A WITCH WINS A BAFTA

Written and directed by Rungano Nyoni, I AM NOT A WITCH won the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

MARC EVANS’ TRAUMA

Directed by Marc Evans, TRAUMA will air on ITV on the 12th, 13th and 14th February.

HARRY LIGHTON’S WREN BOYS NOMINATED FOR A BAFTA

Directed by Harry Lighton and written by Harry Lighton and John Fitzpatrick, WREN BOYS has been nominated for a BAFTA for British Short Film.

BIFA wins for Rungano Nyoni’s I AM NOT A WITCH

Written and directed by Rungano Nyoni, I AM NOT A WITCH has won the BIFA for Best Director, The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director) and Breakthrough Producer.

Casting announced for Anoushka Warden’s play MY MUM’S A TWAT

Patsy Ferran has been cast in MY MUM’S A TWAT, the debut play written by Anoushka Warden.

Vinay Patel’s play AN ADVENTURE on at the Bush Theatre in 2018

Vinay Patel’s play AN ADVENTURE will be on at the Bush Theatre from 6 September to 20 October 2018.

Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith’s feature RED STAR picked up by Warner Brothers

Warner Brothers have picked up Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith’s sci-fi feature pitch RED STAR.

Rungano Nyoni’s I AM NOT A WITCH nominated for BIFAs

Written and directed by Rungano Nyoni, I AM NOT A WITCH is nominated for BIFAs in thirteen categories.

Jonathan Schey’s THE ENTERTAINER nominated for a BIFA

Written and directed by Jonathan Schey, THE ENTERTAINER has been nominated for a BIFA for Best British Short.

James Rogan directs LIFE AT 100

James Rogan and Angie Mason direct LIFE AT 100, the new BBC Panorama Special looking at the enormous ramifications of our nation’s rapidly ageing population.

BAFTA Cymru Wins for Owen Sheers and Marc Evans

Owen Sheers and Marc Evans win Best Writer and Best Director at Bafta Cymru Awards 2017

London Film Festival 2017

Yorgos Lanthimos, Clio Barnard and Rungano Nyoni will all be showcasing their films at London Film Festival 2017.

Production continues on Annabel Jankel’s TELL IT TO THE BEES

TELL IT TO THE BEES’ production continues. Directed by Annabel Jankel, TELL IT TO THE BEES chronicles a lesbian romance in 1950s Britain between a single mother who is dealing with the breakdown of her marriage and a doctor, returning to her small hometown to take over her late-father’s practice.

Production continues on SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ

Production continues on Henry Fitzherbert’s Feature Film SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ which is the first project under Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s new production company Stolen Picture.

Congratulations to Owen Sheers, James Rogan and Sue Townsend doc for Grierson Awards 2017 nominations

Congratulations to Owen Sheers, James Rogan and THE SECRET LIFE OF SUE TOWNSEND (AGED 68 ¾) who have all been shortlisted for the Grierson Awards.

Tim Prager’s A LEGENDARY ROMANCE will be at Williamstown Theatre Festival in August

Written by Tim Prager, directed by Lonny Price and with music and lyrics by Geoff Morrow, A LEGENDARY ROMANCE delivers audiences to the intersection of loyalty, love and ambition.

Annabel Jankel to direct TELL IT TO THE BEES

Annabel Jankel will direct TELL IT TO THE BEES, which chronicles a lesbian romance in 1950s Britain between a single mother who is dealing with the breakdown of her marriage and a doctor, returning to her small hometown to take over her late-father’s practice.

Filming begins on TRAUMA, directed by Marc Evans

TRAUMA, the brilliant new contemporary drama directed by Marc Evans has begun filming. Written by Mike Bartlett, the three-part drama revolves around two fathers, Jon Allerton (Adrian Lester) and Dan Bowker (John Simm), whose lives collide when Bowker’s teenage son is fatally stabbed, dying in Allerton’s trauma unit.

ADRIAN MOLE The Musical comes to London

Sue Townsend’s THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 ¾ - The Musical makes its London debut at Menier Chocolate Factory as Adrian Mole celebrates his 50th birthday

BORN A KING

Henry Fitzherbert's debut feature BORN A KING is now in production. The film is being directed by Agusti Villagronga and stars Hermoine Corfield, Ed Skrein and Laurence Fox. Andrés Vicente Gómez's Lola Films is producing.

Carol Morley’s OUT OF BLUE

Carol Morley will begin production on OUT OF BLUE in Atlanta, Georgia, in autumn 2017. OUT OF BLUE is based on Martin Amis’ neo-noir detective novel NIGHT TRAIN and is to star Patricia Clarkson in the lead role of homicide detective Mike Hoolihan.

Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series to be adapted by Eleventh Hour Films

Eleventh Hour Films have acquired rights to Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series of detective novels and have attached Gregory Burke to write a contemporary TV drama adaptation.

Rungano Nyoni’s I AM NOT A WITCH went to Cannes

I AM NOT A WITCH, Rungano Nyoni’s first feature, will premiere at the Cannes Director’s Fortnight this year.

Bruce Goodison’s BORN TO KILL premieres on Channel 4

Directed by Bruce Goodison, BORN TO KILL will premiere on Channel 4 on Thursday 20th April at 9pm.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER wins at Cannes

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Efthimis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER is in Competition at Cannes Film Festival.

MURDERED BY MY FATHER nominated for a BAFTA

Directed by Bruce Goodison and written by Vinay Patel, MURDERED BY MY FATHER has been nominated for a BAFTA for Best Single Drama.

ABERFAN: THE GREEN HOLLOW nominated for a BAFTA

Written by Owen Sheers, ABERFAN: THE GREEN HOLLOW has been nominated for a BAFTA for Best Single Drama.

Directed by George Mann, MEDEA to open at the Bristol Old Vic in May

Performed by an all-female cast and using the cathartic power of song and the visceral power of movement by director George Mann, this retelling of Euripides’ tale will attempt to reclaim Medea as a powerful female character who fought against injustice, at all costs.

Directed by Marc Evans, TRAUMA goes into Pre-Production

Pre-production has started on TRAUMA, directed by Marc Evans. TRAUMA is written by Mike Bartlett and produced by Tall Story Pictures for ITV.

Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole Turns 50!

On 2nd April 2017, Adrian Mole will be turning 50. To mark this celebration, Adrian’s poetry was published on the 21st March in one collection for the first time and the full backlist reissued with a beautiful new series design.

Vinay Patel is nominated for a TV Craft Award as a Breakthrough Talent

Vinay Patel, writer of MURDERED BY MY FATHER, has been nominated as a Breakthrough Talent in the TV Craft Awards 2017.

Production underway on MARADONA with Chris King to edit

The team behind Oscar and BAFTA-nominated AMY, and SENNA, reunite for new feature documentary MARADONA, the story of footballing icon Diego Maradona.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE FAVOURITE goes into production

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara and produced by Element Pictures, THE FAVOURITE has gone into production.

MURDERED BY MY FATHER, ONE NIGHT in 2012 and ABERFAN YOUNG WIVES nominated for RTS Awards

MURDERED BY MY FATHER, written by Vinay Patel and directed by Bruce Goodison has been nominated for RTS Awards for Best Single Drama and Best Actor for Adeel Akhtar.James Rogan's ONE NIGHT IN 2012 (BBC Studios/Rogan Productions for BBC One) has been nominated for the Arts Award.

Stephen Walker’s SHOCKWAVE to become a film

Stephen Walker’s non-fiction book SHOCKWAVE: COUNTDOWN TO HIROSHIMA is set to be made into a film, produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER nominated for an Oscar

Congratulations to Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou for THE LOBSTER’s Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay.

Owen Sheers’ PINK MIST returns to the Bristol Old Vic

Following its sell-out seasons in London and Bristol in 2016, Owen Sheers’ PINK MIST is returning to Bristol for seven shows before it starts a national tour of the UK.

Andrea Arnold’s AMERICAN HONEY nominated for a BAFTA

Congratulations to Andrea Arnold, whose feature film AMERICAN HONEY has been nominated for the EE British Academy Film Awards in the Outstanding British Film category.

Andrea Arnold’s AMERICAN HONEY wins four BIFA Awards

Congratulations to Andrea Arnold, whose feature film AMERICAN HONEY has won four BIFA awards this year.

THE LOBSTER wins Best Screenplay at the LA Film Critics Association Awards

Written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, THE LOBSTER has won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay.

Bruce Goodison wins Best Drama Director at the 2016 RTS Craft & Design Awards

Bruce Goodison has won Best Drama Director at the 2016 RTS Craft & Design Awards for MURDERED BY MY FATHER.

ENTEBBE goes into production

ENTEBBE, the dramatised adaptation of David Saul’s OPERATION THUNDERBOLT, goes into production November 2016.

Shooting commences on adaptation of Lottie Moggach’s KISS ME FIRST

Shooting on the adaptation of Lottie Moggach's bestselling novel KISS ME FIRST began on 21 November 2016.

BORN TO KILL goes into production

BORN TO KILL, directed by Bruce Goodison, goes into production November 2016.

Patrick Barlow’s Dr Desmond Olivier Dingle is back with a reading from SHAKESPEARE: THE TRUTH

Dr Desmond Olivier Dingle will be doing a deeply probing, semi-performed and extremely graphic READING from his virtually best-selling, controversial yet highly academic ouevre SHAKESPEARE: THE TRUTH on Friday 18th November 2016.

Bruce Goodison 2016 RTS Craft & Design Awards Nomination

Bruce Goodison has been nominated for Best Drama Director in the 2016 RTS Craft & Design Awards for MURDERED BY MY FATHER.

BIFA 2016 Nominations

Andrea Arnold, James Rogan and Fyzal Boulifa receive BIFA 2016 nominations.

Toby Fell-Holden is Screen International Star of Tomorrow

Toby Fell-Holden has been named one of Screen International Stars of Tomorrow 2016. Screen's annual Stars of Tomorrow spotlights the hottest upcoming actors and filmmakers.

BURN BURN BURN in cinemas 28th October

Chanya Button’s debut feature BURN, BURN, BURN will be released in UK cinemas on 28th October.

Aleem Khan and Toby Fell-Holden take part in NET.WORK@LFF

Aleem Khan and Toby Fell-Holden are two of fifteen participants chosen for NET.WORK@LFF 2016, the professional development programme at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

Shooting has begun on Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE KILLING OF THE SACRED DEER

Filming began in Cincinnati on Monday morning. The psychological drama is Yorgos’ second English language feature and follows Cannes Jury Prize winning THE LOBSTER, released earlier this year.

Marc Evans has begun shooting on the second season of SAFE HOUSE

The second season of the ITV drama sees a new cast and a new crime...

Clio Barnard is in post-production on DARK RIVER.

DARK RIVER is Clio’s third feature film following the critically acclaimed THE ARBOR and THE SELFISH GIANT. The film stars Ruth Wilson and Mark Stanley and Sean Bean. The film follows Alice (Ruth Wilson) as she returns to her home …

Bernadette Murphy’s VAN GOGH’S EAR

Jeremy Paxman joins dedicated art lover and author of ‘Van Gogh's Ear: The True Story’, Bernadette Murphy

Shooting has begun on Clare Kilner’s new Sky 1 drama DELICIOUS

The four-part drama, directed by Clare Kilner and written by Dan Sefton is an “honest and compelling story of love, sex, lies and betrayal.” Dawn French will star alongside Iain Glen, Emilia Fox and Sheila Hancock.

Chanya Button wins at Odessa

Chanya Button’s debut feature BURN, BURN, BURN has won the Grand Prix Golden Duke at the Odessa International Film Festival.

One Night in 2012 – BBC1, 17th July

Rogan Productions and BBC Studios are pleased to present their latest collaboration 'One Night in 2012'. In this Olympic Imagine Special, director Danny Boyle is reunited with the Opening Ceremony creative team to explain the thinking, ambition and challenges that went into creating “The Greatest Show on Earth”.

Paramount acquire pitch from Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith

Paramount Pictures has acquired an original pitch from RUN writers Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith. Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Adam Kassan will produce the feature through 6th & Idaho, with Reeves attached to direct.

AMERICAN HONEY going to Cannes

Andrea Arnold’s AMERICAN HONEY will compete for the Palm d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival

MURDERED BY MY FATHER

Written by Vinay Patel and directed by Bruce Goodison, MURDERED BY MY FATHER will become available on 29th March on BBC3 at 6pm. MURDERED BY MY FATHER is the story of the ‘honour’ killing of a 16-year-old girl by her …

IONA

Scott Graham’s feature IONA will be in cinemas nationwide from Friday 25th March. It is Scott’s second feature film following his award-winning debut SHELL. The film follows the eponymous lead (Ruth Negga) and her son Bull (Ben Gallagher) as they …

AMY wins Oscar

AMY, edited by Chris King, has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary.

AMY wins Best Doc BAFTA

Editor Chris King's documentary AMY has won the BAFTA for Best Documentary.

PINK MIST Nominations

Owen Sheers' PINK MIST has received 4 Off West End Theatre Nominations for Best New Play, Best Director, Best Male Actor, and Best Sound Designer.

Margaret Forster

It is with sadness that we write of the passing of Margaret Forster, who died yesterday, aged 77.

Chris King wins ACE Eddie Award

Chris King has won the prestigious ACE Eddie Award for Best Edited Documentary Feature for AMY. Chris accepted the award at the ceremony in January saying “Cutting Amy was a bit of an unusual film-making experience. We had no rushes, we had …

AMERICAN HONEY

US Rights for Andrea Arnold's new feature AMERICAN HONEY have been acquired by A24.

The 39 Steps UK Tour

Patrick Barlow’s hit show THE 39 STEPS celebrates its tenth anniversary by touring the UK in 2016

Patrick Barlow’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Patrick Barlow's new stage adaptation of Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL opens in the West End

THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES

Mike Walden’s episode of THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES will tx Wednesday 2nd December on ITV Encore.

John Forte joins COLD FEET.

John Forte will write for BAFTA-winning COLD FEET which returns to our screens next year. The series will mark his reunion with the show’s creator Mike Bullen whom he co-wrote with on British Award-winning comedy LIFE BEGINS.

14 BIFA NOMINATIONS

Sayle Screen clients have been awarded a total of 14 BIFA nominations this year including 7 nominations for Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER, 5 nominations for AMY edited by Chris King, and nominations for Chanya Button’s debut feature BURN, BURN, BURN and Jeanie Finlay’s documentary ORION.

Christopher Monger to adapt best-selling novel ORPHAN TRAIN

Christopher Monger is set to adapt Christina Baker Kline's best-selling novel ORPHAN TRAIN for Broad Green Pictures.

BEN HUR at The Tricycle

The greatest book ever penned is brought to the stage in an adaption by Patrick Barlow (author of the smash-hit show THE 39 STEPS) starring a towering team of just four actors, turning the Tricycle stage into one of the most authentic versions of ancient Rome ever seen.

Chanya Button’s BURN BURN BURN at LFF 2015

Chanya Button's debut feature BURN, BURN, BURN will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October.

Fyzal Boulifa’s RATE ME wins Cannes Illy Prize

Fyzal Boulifa's Short Film RATE ME wins at Cannes