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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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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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The Philippines, Pinoys in coming Oscars race

JM RODRIGUEZ in “Metro 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.

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