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.
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.
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.