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‘Empire of Light’ Star Micheal Ward on His Dramatic Ascent and Prophetic Vision for His Career

In a story likely to be repeated numerous times as his star continues its upward trajectory, when he first met his agent, a 19-year-old Micheal Ward was asked what sort of project he’d love to be a part of if it was possible. “Something like Top Boy,” he said, referring to Ronan Bennett’s cult crime series — about […]

How ‘Banshees of Inisherin’ and ‘Empire of Light’ Production Designer Crafted Two Period Locations

In recent years, British production designer Mark Tildesley has earned credits on such films as No Time to Die, The Two Popes and Phantom Thread. This season, he created two distinct period looks for a pair of movies from Searchlight that are generating awards buzz. Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light is set largely in a […]

Sam Mendes Honored at Camerimage: “Cinematographers Always Have Been My Guide”

Sam Mendes spoke of his collaborations with cinematographers from Conrad Hall to Roger Deakins, while also voicing support for Ukraine, during the opening ceremony of the 30th EnergaCamerimage international cinematography film festival. Saturday in Toruń, Poland, the Academy Award-winning helmer accepted the Special Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for a Director while acknowledging that “it’s difficult to speak […]

Sam Mendes to Be Honored at 2022 Camerimage Festival

Sam Mendes will accept the Special Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Director during the 30th edition of the EnergaCamerimage international cinematography film festival, which is slated to be held Nov. 12-19 in Toruń, Poland. Additionally, Mendes’ new drama Empire of Light, lensed by Roger Deakins and starring Olivia Colman and Michael Ward, will be the opening night film and one of the main […]

Sam Mendes to Receive Stockholm Film Festival Visionary Award

Oscar-winning British director Sam Mendes will be honored at this year’s Stockholm Film Festival with the 2022 Visionary Award for lifetime achievement. Mendes, who won a best director Oscar for his feature debut, American Beauty (1999), and picked up three Oscar nominations — for best film, best director and best original screenplay — for war […]

Telluride Awards Analysis: For ‘Empire of Light,’ Olivia Colman Poised to Land Fourth Nom in Five Years

Empire of Light, a drama set in the early 1980s within and against the backdrop of a grand old British seaside cinema, had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival’s Herzog Theatre on Saturday afternoon, and proved to be the fest’s biggest crowd-pleaser so far. A smart, understated, old-fashioned movie that doesn’t aim to […]

Toronto: Sam Mendes Tapped for Ebert Director Award

Sam Mendes, the filmmaker whose directorial debut American Beauty had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 23 years ago en route to bringing him the best director Oscar, will be the recipient of the Ebert Director Award at the fourth annual TIFF Tribute Awards, TIFF announced on Tuesday. The 57-year-old Brit, whose […]