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Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” is nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language at the EE British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) Awards. “Metro Manila” joins “The Great Beauty,” “Blue is the Warmest Color,” “The Act of Killing” and “Wadjda” on the list. The Bafta rites will be held Feb. [...]
Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” was declared the surprise winner at the British Independent Film Awards, bagging three major honors: best British independent film, director and achievement in production. Filipino actors John Arcilla and Jake Macapagal (nominated for best supporting actor and most promising newcomer, respectively) attended the event held in London on Sunday night.
Last Nov. 28, Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” had charity screenings in the United Kingdom for the benefit of Supertyphoon “Yolanda’s” survivors. The Oscar-nominated British filmmaker reported on Facebook: “We raised £3,540 (P252,471.38) from the charity screenings last night. Thank you to everyone who helped support this great cause.” Bayani San Diego Jr.
Vue Entertainment will hold charity screenings of Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” for survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” The British film, which stars Filipinos Jake Macapagal, Althea Vega and John Arcilla, will be shown at 12 Vue cinemas in the United Kingdom, starting Nov. 28. All proceeds will go to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s Philippines Typhoon appeal. Bayani San Diego Jr.
Filipino actors John Arcilla and Jake Macapagal are nominated for British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) honors, for Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila.” Arcilla got a best supporting nod, alongside Jeff Goldblum (“Le Weekend”), Eddie Marsan (“Fifth”) and Rupert Friend and Ben Mendelsohn (both of “Starred Up”). Macapagal’s bid is for most promising newcomer. Bifa has invited Arcilla to the Dec. 8 awards show in. “I’m happy,” Arcilla said simply. “Metro Manila” got a best film nod. Bayani San Diego Jr.
By Rica Arevalo
Recently, we listened to UK-born director Sean Ellis and his actors, Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla and Althea Vega, as they discussed their acclaimed thriller, “Metro Manila,” at its British Embassy-sponsored screening.
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
It all started with a beach holiday in 2007 and, since then, there seems to be no end in sight for the incessant travels of British director Sean Ellis.
Filipinos get top billing in three foreign language film nominees in no less than the prestigious Academy Awards.Britain’s nominee as best foreign language film for the Oscars features an all-Filipino cast and a story that traces the sacrifices and hopes of an impoverished family from the countryside that tries its luck in the dark and squalid ghettos of Manila.
By Dolly Anne Carvajal
John Arcilla is like family to me. His late Auntie Erly was one of my mom’s “loyalists.” John was also the acting coach of my dala-gay, IC, during his child actor days. That’s why I’m mighty proud of John, who’s making waves in the international scene.
By Rito P. Asilo
A Cannes winner, a Sundance favorite and a Cinemalaya topnotcher—each tackling different aspects of the Filipino diaspora—are set to slug it out for one of five slots in the 2014 Foreign Language Oscar derby: Anthony Chen’s “Iloilo,” Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila,” and Hanna Espia’s “Transit” have been chosen to represent Singapore, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, respectively.
The Philippines and Filipino actors are featured in two foreign films vying for the Oscars. British filmmaker Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” was chosen to represent the United Kingdom in the Academy Awards’ best foreign language film category of the Oscars. Shot in the Philippines, “Metro Manila” top-bills Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega, JM Rodriguez and other Filipino actors. It won the audience award at the last Sundance fest.
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
The Filipino cast of Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” considered their victory at the recent World Cinema competition of the Sundance Film Festival “special” because the award came from the audience members. “Having a Sundance-winning film validates our work,” Jake Macapagal, one of the film’s lead actors, quipped. “We have connected to a ‘world’ audience [...]