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PREMIERES

Film London has unveiled its line-up for London Screenings, which boasts eleven feature premieres including “The Almond and the Seahorse” (pictured above) starring Rebel Wilson.

International buyers will also be able to watch “Silver Servers,” “Manfish,” “There’s Always Hope,” “Hamlet Within” and “Giantland” at Picturehouse Central, where the screenings will take place.

Meanwhile “Winners” and “Zero” are set to play in the Breakthrough strand while a new documentary strand has also been introduced, which will include “La Sagrada Familia,” “My Everest” “The Oil Machine” and “One Bullet.”

Doc Society have join London Screenings as a partner for the first time, a move that will include a Doc Society special presentation. London Screenings will also include a Coming Soon showcase.

FORMATS

Image Nation Abu Dhabi has snapped up the rights to “Million Dollar Listing” for the United Arab Emirates. The NBCUniversal Formats reality TV show will be available on streamer Starzplay and treated as a Starzplay Original show in the region.

Image Nation Abu Dhabi will co-produce the eight-episode offering, which is set to air in early 2023.

“Image Nation is delighted to have acquired the rights to this phenomenally popular reality entertainment series – working with our partners at Starzplay to show audiences the lives of realtors and the properties they are representing in the constantly evolving UAE market,” said Ben Ross, Image Nation’s chief content officer. “Part of our mission at Image Nation is to continue to showcase our region and culture, we’re excited to share an insight into some of the homes and personalities associated with selling those properties to audiences around the world.”

COMPETITION

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The winner of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) black card design competition for “Jurassic World Dominion” has been announced.

Aaron Larway was selected the winner by a judging panel including “Jurassic World Dominion” Bryce Dallas Howard who reviewed 1,100 entries.

“There were so many stunning submissions to choose from, but one design stood out from the rest,” said Howard, adding: “Congratulations on being a part of cinematic history. Thank you for your vision, creativity, and to everyone who submitted their designs.”

Larway’s winning design will be projected onto the screen before every showing of the film in U.K. cinemas.

FILM FESTIVAL

The Galway Film Festival has unveiled the first films in its 34th edition line-up, which include two world premieres as well as a number of Irish premieres.

The world premieres include “Joyride,” starring Olivia Colman, and “Lakelands,” featuring Éanna Hardwicke (“Normal People”) and Danielle Galligan (“Shadow and Bone”).

“It’s exciting, the whole industry is looking forward to return to the first ‘proper Fleadh’ in three years, and we’re not going to disappoint with a record number of new Irish film premieres in this year’s programme,” said the festival’s director of programming William Fitzgerald. “Stay tuned for more to come.”

The festival is set to run from July 5-10 in Galway, Ireland. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com.

RENEWED

“Breeders,” the Sky Original comedy series starring “Sherlock’s” Martin Freeman and “Black Mirror’s” Daisy Haggard has been renewed for a third season. It’s set to return to screens on July 13 with the addition of Sally Phillips (“Bridget Jones”) as a guest star.

All 10 episodes will be available on NOW and Sky Comedy from July 13.

The show is produced by Avalon and FX Productions. “Breeders” co-creator Simon Blackwell is back as showrunner and executive producer. Co-creators Chris Addison and Freeman also EP alongside Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, David Martin, Jon Thoday, Toby Welch and Michael Wiggs. The producer is Jim Poyser while Addison directs the first five episodes. Ollie Parsons will direct the remaining five. Sky commissioning editor Tilusha Ghelani executive produces for Sky.

STUDY

A new study from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Equimundo has found that television shows portray male caregivers as “as incompetent, abusive and often completely absent.”

An analysis of 225 shows from 2013-2020 found that while men and women are shown as caregivers at a similar rate, most are white and a third more female than male care-givers are shown doing domestic tasks such as cooking and laundry. Where men are shown to do household tasks, it is stereotypically male. They are also two times more likely than their female counterparts to be shown as incompetent, 1.5 times more likely to be emotionally abusive and four times more likely to be physically abusive as well as less affectionate and supportive.

“Although we see both male and female characters as caregivers, female characters are shown providing over a third more of the tasks while in reality, men are more willing to take on caregiving responsibilities as well as enjoying more time spent with their children,” said Geena Davis, the Institute’s founder and chair. “Fictional portrayals in TV can be an immediate force for good to inspire and influence our views, and be more reflective of the real world.”

The report made six recommendations to writers and showrunners to balance the scales, including:

  • Break down gender stereotypes around housework
  • Disrupt the male breadwinner model
  • When male caregivers get knocked down, help them back up, again
  • Model male accountability
  • Pay attention to diversity among male caregivers
  • Embrace more storytelling about care and caregiving

CASTING

Casting agent Rob Kelly (“Flowers in the Attic”) has boarded the upcoming feature film “Bardot,” inspired by the French actor. Eva Lanska is directing the feature and has charged Kelly with the task of casting the perfect Bardot.