THE VERONICA LAKE STORY - THE PLAY
Over the last few months, Little Dude Films’ director and scriptwriter Ian Beaumont and co-writer Donald Bain, who was a friend of and collaborator with actress Veronica Lake, have developed her life story as a stage play, entitled The Lost Blonde: I Was Veronica Lake.
Don and his literary agent Bob Diforio are currently talking to a number of American theatre companies and stage producers, mainly in New York and Los Angeles, to gauge interest in the script as the basis for a theatrical production.
Please watch this space for more news and updates.
DEATHLESS ON iTUNES
Little Dude Films' short film Deathless is now available to buy on iTunes, in both SD and HD formats. The film features Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall) and Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones, Ripper Street).
The availability of Deathless on iTunes follows its highly successful global screening by Shorts International, as part of their Stars of Game of Thrones series.
Little Dude Films is also currently working with acclaimed script editor Kate Leys (Babylon, Slow West) on the feature length version of Deathless. Watch this space for more information.
DEATHLESS ON SHORTS INTERNATIONAL AND iTUNES
Little Dude Films' short film version of Deathless was very well received when it was screened globally by Shorts International recently, as part of their Stars of Game of Thrones season. Joseph Mawle, who plays Max Serloom in Deathless, played Benjen Stark in the first series of Game of Thrones.
Shorts International is the world's leading short movie entertainment company, bringing the best short movies to audiences in the United States, Europe and Asia, through cinemas, cable/satellite television, iPads and online.
Simon Young of Shorts International says: "We were delighted to screen Deathless on Shorts HD in the USA and Shorts TV in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) as part of our Stars of Game of Thrones season. The season was a great success and got us some of our highest ratings to date. We'll definitely be screening Deathless again in the future."
Deathless will also be available for sale on iTunes from July 2015. Another Little Dude Films produced short film, Shades of Beige, starring Michelle Dockery, is already for sale on iTunes.
Challenge Alexa selected short film, Drift, had its cinema screen premiere on Wednesday 27th May 2015, at the prestigious Ham Yard Hotel in London's Piccadilly. Around 150 people attended the screening, which was hosted by Directors UK and Arri Rental and also featured three other short films and an advert they had selected for the Challenge Alexa project.
Many of Drift's cast and crew attended the premiere, including director Aimee Powell, producer Rebecca Ioannou, director of photography Luke Bryant and executive producer Ian Beaumont of Little Dude Films.
The film will now be submitted into a number of leading film festivals.
Please watch this space for Drift updates, including sight of the film's poster and trailer and details of future screenings and film festival appearances.
To view some of official photographer Luke Varley's stills from the set of the film Drift, click here.
Ian Beaumont and Little Dude Films are executive producers on the film, which is written and directed by Aimee Powell and produced by Rebecca Ioannou.
Drift is currently in post production. Please watch this space for more news about the project.
DRIFT CASTING CONFIRMED
The cast for Drift has now been confirmed: Sebastien Sisak plays Henrik; David Avery plays Bisher; Holli Dempsey plays Courtney; and Frankie Wilson plays Tommy.
Drift, which is about modern day slavery and highlights the trafficking of vulnerable, homeless men, is being filmed in March 2015, after being selected by Directors UK and ARRI as this year's Challenge ALEXA project.
Ian Beaumont and Little Dude Films are executive producers on the film, which is written and directed by Aimee Powell and produced by Rebecca Ioannou.
DRIFT: THE TRILOGY IS COMPLETE
Ian Beaumont and Little Dude Films are reuniting with the team that made Portobello Film Festival winner Shades Of Beige and BAFTA-screened Deathless, to make a third short film together called Drift.
Drift is written and directed by Aimee Powell, produced by Rebecca Ioannou and has Luke Bryant as Director of Photography, along with many of the other crew members who made Shades of Beige and Deathless. Ian and Little Dude Films are executive producers on the project.
Aimee Powell has been selected by Directors UK and ARRI for this year's Challenge ALEXA project and we will be shooting Drift in March 2015 with state of the art ALEXA XT cameras and ARRI's anamorphic master prime lenses.
Ian says: "It's a real delight to be working again with Aimee and Luke and also with Rebecca and the rest of the Drift team on this Challenge ALEXA project. I look forward very much to doing so and to seeing this exciting and thought provoking film on the screen."
Drift is currently in pre-production and its casting is being finalised, so please watch this space for more information.
LITTLE DUDE FILMS DEVELOPING VERONICA LAKE PROJECT
Little Dude Films is developing a feature film project, entitled The Lost Blonde, about the life and career of legendary Hollywood actress Veronica Lake.
Ian Beaumont is currently co-writing the screenplay with American author Donald Bain, who co-wrote Veronica Lake's self-titled autobiography with her in the late 1960s. Donald is the author of more than 120 books in a variety of genres, including 43 bestselling Murder, She Wrote novels.
Talking about the project, Ian Beaumont says: "Veronica Lake was an iconic American actress of the 1940s and 1950s and yet she's been nearly forgotten today. It's a real thrill to be working with Donald Bain on this screenplay and film about her life. Hopefully, The Lost Blonde will lead to her being rediscovered and bring her to the attention of a whole new audience of fans and admirers."
Commenting on the creative collaboration with Ian Beaumont, Donald Bain says: "Ian's vision of a feature film based upon the saga of Veronica Lake, focusing both on her days as a Hollywood star and her tumultuous post-Hollywood life, is inspired as well as sensitive and insightful. Veronica and I were friends and I treasure working with him on bringing her story to the big screen."
MILK BEING DELIVERED
Ian Beaumont and Little Dude Films have come on board as producers of the short film Milk, written and directed by Amelia Hansson, with James Butler as cinematographer, and starring Annette Bettè Kellow. The film depicts a deceptively perfect 1950s-style world, which eventually reveals a darker side and secret. The film is currently in production and should be completed in early 2015. Talking about the project, Ian Beaumont said: "I'm delighted to be involved in this exciting and distinctive film and look forward to helping Amelia and James bring their unique vision to the screen."
RED SHADOWS STEPS INTO THE LIGHT
Little Dude Films' animated Second World War drama, Red Shadows, has gone into production. Directed by Fursy Tessier, produced by Ian Beaumont and written by Ian Beaumont and Sophie Decroisette, the film is based upon the true story of Paul Ogorzow, a serial killer on the rampage in Nazi era Berlin. Ian Beaumont says: "Developing Red Shadows has been a labour of love for Fursy Teyssier and myself over several years and we are both very excited to be bringing this powerful story to the screen." More details about Red Shadows will be added to the Little Dude Films website over the coming weeks.
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LITTLE DUDE FILMS SUPPORTS NEW INDEPENDENT FEATURE
Little Dude Films has lent its support to independent feature film Up The River, written and directed by Ben Greenblatt and produced by Nick Shore, son of photographer Stephen Shore, and Brendan McHugh.
Up The River is about Rebecca, a young woman who finds herself in flux. Searching for a job after her graduation, she leaves the city for a quick getaway with her fiancé, Thomas, his best friend, Willy, and Willy’s girlfriend, Laura. As the weekend unfolds, Rebecca struggles through emotional uncertainty, doubtful of her relationship with Thomas and intrigued by Willy's advances.
The film stars Lindsay Burdge (A Teacher, First Winter), Will Brill (Not Fade Away), Adam David Thompson (A Walk Among Tombstones, Martha Marcy May Marlene, +1), and Nathalie Love (Somewhere, Palo Alto, Promises Written In Water). It also features acclaimed writer Luc Sante (You Are Not I, Blue In The Face).
For more information on Up The River, please visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/1572222469/up-the-river
LEADING FRENCH FILM COMPANY TO CO-PRODUCE RED SHADOWS WITH LITTLE DUDE FILMS
Leading French film production company, Les Films d'Ici (Waltz With Bashir, Michael Kohlhaas) has come on board as co-producers of Little Dude Films' animated short film, Red Shadows, written by Ian Beaumont. The film, which is due to be directed by Fursy Teyssier, tells the true story of a serial killer who was active in Nazi era Berlin, during the Second World War. The teaser/trailer for Red Shadows was shortlisted in the prestigious Golden Trailer Awards in Los Angeles earlier in 2013.
Les Films d'Ici producer, Sébastien Onomo says: "I am very enthusiastic about working with Little Dude Films on this project. Red Shadows is exactly the kind of movie we like to produce at Les Films d'Ici, because it combines drama with a unique history, as shaped by a new, talented director whom we expect to hear a lot more about in the years to come."
Ian Beaumont of Little Dude Films adds: "Little Dude FIlms is delighted to be working as co-producers with Sébastien Onomo and Les Films d'Ici on Red Shadows and to be working once again with director Fursy Teyssier. Red Shadows is a rare and special project: a dramatic and powerful Second World War era story that hasn't been told on film before. We look forward to working with our French colleagues and partners in bringing it to the screen."
LITTLE DUDE FILMS TO MAKE SECOND WORLD WAR DRAMA AS FIRST FEATURE
Little Dude Films has come on board as co-producer of feature film The Final Leaves Of Winter, in partnership with Audere Films, led by producer Taryn Poole.
The film, which is based in part on a true story, is a drama about a young British soldier in the Second World War, who falls in love with the wife of his sergeant, with tragic and unforeseen consequences.
The Final Leaves Of Winter was originally planned as a short film and has already been partially shot with that in mind. However, the overwhelmingly positive response to the film has led to the decision to make it into a full length feature.
The film will be completed later this year, with a planned 2014 release date, subject to distribution.
NEW LITTLE DUDE FILMS SHOWREEL
Little Dude Films’ Director Ian Beaumont and the highly regarded and much in demand film editor Matthew McKinnon (email@example.com) have joined forces to create a five minute showreel showcasing the company’s completed films and projects in development.
The showreel features clips from the award winning drama Shades of Beige (Portobello Film Festival 2012), starring Michelle Dockery, which Matthew also edited; the award shortlisted animated teaser/trailer Red Shadows (Golden Trailer Awards 2013); the BAFTA and LA Indie Film Festival screened film noir Deathless; and the Deathless animated teaser.
As Ian Beaumont explains, “I hope our new showreel gives people a flavour of Little Dude Films’ commitment to making high quality films across a range of genres and styles, including film noir and animation, and to working with the very best actors, crew and technicians in the business. Now is an exciting time for the company as we develop a range of new live action and animated projects and we look forward to updating people about what we're doing over the coming months.”
Please note - the showreel contains strong language and scenes of a violent and disturbing nature and is not suitable for children.
The showreel can be viewed on various devices and is available in three formats. Just click on the preferred option:
RED SHADOWS SHORTLISTED IN PRESTIGIOUS U.S. GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS
Little Dude Films' animated teaser/trailer, Red Shadows, has been shortlisted in this year's Golden Trailer Awards, GTA14, which takes place on Friday 3rd May 2013 at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA 90211.
Red Shadows has been selected in the category Best Trailer - No Movie, which, in the festival's own words "is for fundraising trailers, where the filmmaker’s intent is to make his or her feature film, and has shot a trailer in order to raise funds for the production of that film."
The Golden Trailer Awards is a well established and highly competitive festival. Trailers in a range of categories this year include those for films such as Argo, Lincoln, Iron Man 3, Skyfall, The Place Beyond the Pines and The Hobbit.
The Red Shadows teaser/trailer was directed by French animators Fursy Teyssier and François-Marc Baillet, written and produced by Ian Beaumont for Little Dude Films and co-produced by Tony Rogers.
DEATHLESS OFFICIALLY SELECTED FOR LEADING L.A. FILM FESTIVAL
Little Dude Films' short film, Deathless, has been officially selected to be screened in the Los Angeles Indie Film Festival (LAIFF), which is happening between 14th and 24th March 2013. This is the official film festival premiere of Deathless and its first screening in America. The screening date for Deathless is Saturday 16th March and the awards ceremony is on Sunday 24th March.
The festival is being held at the Let Live Theatre in West Hollywood. For more information about the festival, please go to their website at laindiefilmfest.com. For the festival's event guide and schedule, please visit laindiefilmfest.com/event-guide/ and for their page on Deathless specifically, including stills and the trailer from the film, please visit laindiefilmfest.com/schedule/shorts/deathless-2/.
Update - Deathless was very well received at the Los Angeles Indie Film Festival, both at the screening and at the Q and A afterwards, with a capacity audience in the Let Live Theatre. Please click here for photographs of Little Dude Films at the Los Angeles Indie Film Festival.
MICHAEL X IS NOW THE KING OF NOTTING HILL
The King of Notting Hill is the new title of the Little Dude Films co-produced feature film Michael X, a biopic about the controversial 1960's and 1970's British black power leader. The feature, which is scheduled to begin filming later this year, is a UK/South African co-production by four companies: Ten10 Films, Third Eye Films, Secret Channel Films and Little Dude Films. It is being directed by Kolton Lee, with Clint Dyer as Michael X.
SHADES OF BEIGE SHORTLISTED IN PRESTIGIOUS UNITED STATES FILM FESTIVAL
Little Dude Films produced short film Shades of Beige has been shortlisted in the prestigious annual Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, now in its seventh year and held in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA in November 2012. In the SOAPIFF guide, a reviewer is quoted as saying that “the film’s challenging subject matter left the audience in silence until the very last credit scrolled.” Shades of Beige was also screened in the 5th Rob Knox Film Festival in London in June 2012.
DEATHLESS LEAD ACTOR JOINS CAST OF DOWNTON ABBEY
Deathless lead actor, Ed Speleers has joined the cast of ITV's multi award winning Downton Abbey in its third series, as new footman Jimmy Kent. Michelle Dockery, who plays the lead role in Little Dude Films’ award winning short film, Shades of Beige, is Lady Mary Crowley in the series. To see Ed Speleers, and Joseph Mawle (Birdsong, Game Of Thrones), in Deathless, please email Little Dude Films' Director, Ian Beaumont, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEATHLESS WOWS AUDIENCE AT BAFTA SCREENING
Little Dude Films' short film Deathless was one of the big hits at BAFTA in London’s Piccadilly on Thursday 27th September 2012, when it was screened as part of A Night Of Emerging Talent, along with three other short films. Over 175 people attended the event, which was compered by Little Dude Films' Director, Ian Beaumont. Click here to see some of the photographs from the evening.
RED SHADOWS TEASER/TRAILER GOES LIVE
The teaser/trailer for Little Dude Films’ animated Second World War thriller/drama/film noir, Red Shadows, set in Berlin, is now available for viewing on our website and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redshadowsfilm. If you like the Red Shadows teaser/trailer, please share this video and Like the Facebook page!
SHADES OF BEIGE WINS BEST DRAMA AWARD
Shades of Beige was voted Best Drama at the 2012 Portobello Film Festival (see below). Now in its 17th year, the UK’s biggest independent film competition screened over 600 films in total. Please click on this link for the full list of Portobello Film Festival award winners and some photographs from the festival: www.portobellofilmfestival.com/
DEATHLESS TO BE SCREENED AT "A NIGHT OF EMERGING TALENT"
Little Dude Films' written and produced short film, Deathless, starring Ed Speleers and Joseph Mawle, is being screened at BAFTA in London's Piccadilly on Thursday 27th September as part of a showcase of four short films, each lasting between 10 and 15 minutes long. The screening will be held between 8.45 and 9.45 PM, with a cash bar available before and afterwards. Please click here for more details.
SHADES OF BEIGE SELECTED FOR 2012 PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL
Little Dude Films' produced short film, Shades of Beige, starring Michelle Dockery and Edward Hogg, has been selected for the 17th Portobello Short Film Festival and was screened at the Pop Up Cinema in London, W10 in September 2012. This is the eighth festival Shades of Beige has been selected for. See below for details of the other festivals.
3RD EYE FILMS ATTACHED AS MICHAEL X CO-PRODUCERS
Production company 3rd Eye Films are now attached as co-producers of the Michael X feature, working alongside Little Dude Films and Secret Channel Films on the project. 3rd Eye Films is led by Clint Dyer, who plays the title role in the film, and his partner, Victoria Wood.
Little Dude Films is bringing together members of the key team who made the highly regarded Deathless short film to make the feature length version of the film. We'll be making more announcements about progress with the project and further cast and crew attachments over the coming weeks and months.
LITTLE DUDE FILMS CO-PRODUCING TWO NEW FEATURE FILM PROJECTS
Little Dude Films is attached as co-producer on two more feature film projects with Secret Channel Films: satirical drama Kingdom Come and contemporary film noir Force Majeure. Both companies will be promoting the films at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Little Dude Films and Secret Channel Films are already working together on the biographical drama Michael X. The screenplays for all three films have been written by William Dingli.
SPIKE LEE'S EDITOR ATTACHED FOR MICHAEL X FEATURE
Legendary film editor Barry Alexander Brown is now attached to edit the Little Dude Films/Secret Channel Films feature film co-production of Michael X. Barry Alexander Brown is best known for his work with director Spike Lee, including such films as Malcolm X, Summer of Sam, Inside Man and Do The Right Thing. He also edited the documentary In Bed With Madonna/Madonna: Truth Or Dare and co-directed the Oscar nominated The War at Home documentary. Michael X stars Clint Dyer in the title role.
DEATHLESS LEAD ACTOR CAST IN DOWNTON ABBEY
Ed Speleers, the lead actor in Little Dude Films' short film Deathless, has been cast as a footman named Jimmy in the forthcoming third series of Downton Abbey. Ed is the second actor in the multi-award-winning TV series to appear in a Little Dude Films production. Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, is one of the lead actors in our short film Shades of Beige. The third series of Downton Abbey is currently being filmed and is due to air in the UK later this year and in the US in early 2013.
SHADES OF BEIGE SELECTED FOR 2012 LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Little Dude Films' produced short film, Shades of Beige, starring Michelle Dockery and Edward Hogg, has been selected for the 9th London Short Film Festival and was screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London in January 2012. The film has also been shortlisted in a growing number of other film festivals around the world, including the 17th International Short Film Festival in Drama, Greece, September 2011; the 34th Starz Denver Film Festival in Colorado, USA, November 2011; the 17th International Short Film Festival in Leuven, Belgium, December 2011; the 9th International Film Festival in Tirana, Albania, December 2011; the 15th Bermuda Film Festival, March 2012; and the 13th Newport Beach Film Festival, USA, April 2012.
MICHAEL X LEAD ACTOR WINS MAJOR AWARD
Actor Clint Dyer, who is on board to play the lead role in the Little Dude Films/Secret Channel Films co-production of
DIRECTOR AND LEAD ACTOR ON BOARD FOR MICHAEL X
Director Kolton Lee (Freestyle, Cherps) and actor Clint Dyer (Unknown, Sus, Agora) are both on board to respectively direct and star in the Little Dude Films/Secret Channel Films co-production of Michael X, which is due to commence pre-production in 2012. We are currently approaching actors for the other roles in the film, so watch this space for more news updates.
FIRST TWO COMPLETED FILMS FEATURE STARS OF
Little Dude Films’ first two completed projects are two short 35mm films: Deathless and Shades of Beige. Both films are directed by Aimee Powell and feature established, award-winning screen, stage and television actors and rising stars. Deathless stars Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey, A Lonely Place To Die, Eragon), Joseph Mawle (Birdsong, The Awakening, Game of Thrones, Made in Dagenham, The Passion) and Jane How (Miss Potter, Poirot, Midsomer Murders). Shades of Beige stars Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey, Hanna, Cranford, The Turn of the Screw) and Edward Hogg (Anonymous, Bunny and the Bull, White Lightnin', Our Class).
The initial response to the Deathless short film has already been very positive. In the words of Martin Poultney, Head of Feature Film Sales at Ascent 142, who did the post production on the film: "We at Ascent 142 are very impressed with Deathless. The production values are incredibly high and it is an extremely well crafted piece on all levels. We look forward to the feature length version with anticipation."
Shades of Beige has also been very well received and has been shortlisted in several film festivals, including the 2012 London Short Film Festival. See above for more details.
LITTLE DUDE FILMS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING
We are currently developing a number of feature films, including a full length version of Deathless; biopic Michael X, with writer/producer William Dingli of Secret Channel Films; and Second World War drama Red Shadows, set in Berlin, with French animators Fursy Teyssier and François-Marc Baillet.
We'll be attending the American Film Market in Los Angeles in November 2011, to promote our feature film projects. For more information on all our films in development, please visit our recently updated Films pages.
RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE
Here's some recent coverage from PR Week magazine: click here.
NEW PROJECTS/NEW TALENT
Little Dude Films is also dedicated to promoting exciting new talent. We are working again with French animator Fursy Teyssier, who created the Deathless teaser, on our historical drama Red Shadows. We are also working with Dutch actress Latoya Rafaëla, who appears in the Deathless short film. Both of their websites are also accessible from our Links page.