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US filmmaker: Manila is sexy

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At roughly the same time that the Hollywood movie “The Bourne Legacy” and the British film “Metro Manila” were filmed in the country two years ago, another foreign production wrapped up work—US filmmaker Nathan Adolfson’s “A Thief, A Kid & a Killer (TKK).”

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Filipina in red on the Bafta red carpet

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FILIPINO actress Althea Vega got to talk with Lupita Nyong’o (left) who went on to win the Oscar Best Supporting Actress trophy a few days later.

Although it was extremely chilly, Filipino actress Althea Vega felt warm all over on the red carpet of the EE British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) awards ceremony, where her movie “Metro Manila” was nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language.

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‘Metro Manila’ gets Bafta nod

JOHN Arcilla in “Metro Manila”

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. [...]

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‘Metro Manila’ tops British indie awards

JOHN Arcilla (foreground) and Jake Macapagal star in the British production.

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.

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Sean Ellis film screened for ‘Yolanda’ victims

A scene from British director Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila.” INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

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‘Metro Manila’ for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

A scene from British director Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila.” INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

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Filipinos get British awards nod

JOHN Arcilla in “Metro Manila”

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.

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Sean Ellis finds his way to ‘Metro Manila’

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ELLIS. Saw three Filipino film classics before shooting his award-winning drama. Photo by Daniel Tan

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.

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‘Metro Manila’ goes places

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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.

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Filipinos headline 3 films nominated for Oscars

Briton Sean Ellis, second from left, writer-director of ‘Metro Manila’ - Britain’s nominee to the Oscar Awards’ best foreign language film, poses with his actors, from left, Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla and Althea Vega, prior to the premier screening at a cinema in Taguig City on October 3. AP

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.

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John Arcilla spectacular in ‘Metro Manila’

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JOHN Arcilla in “Metro Manila”

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.

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Filipino migration tales vie for Oscar honors

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BAYANI AND KOH. Forge unlikely friendship in Cannes-winning drama.

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.

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