David Yates Set For Raindance Award; Seren Jones To Host ‘Black and Blue’ Podcast; ‘Near Miss’ Begins Production In London — Global Briefs

David Yates Set For Raindance Icon Award

David Yates is set to receive the Raindance Film Festival’s Icon Award. The Harry Potter filmmaker will receive the award at the festival’s Opening Gala party on October 25. Yates grew up in St. Helens, Merseyside. He won his first BAFTA Award for the BBC miniseries The Way We Live Now, starring Matthew Macfadyen and Shirley Henderson. Yates went on to helm the last four of the blockbuster Harry Potter films. “The Raindance Festival has been part of our filmmaking landscape for over thirty years, championing and showcasing the work of emerging writers, producers, and directors, from all over the world,” Yates said. “Elliot and his team have encouraged, inspired, and helped educate so many along the way, including me, and it’s an honor to be the recipient of a Raindance Icon Award as we celebrate and enjoy the work of this year’s latest generation of storytellers.” Previous Raindance Icon Award recipients include Vanessa Redgrave, Jonathan Pryce, Gemma Arterton, Sir Michael Caine, Sally Hawkins, Jude Law, Olivia Colman, Terry Gilliam, Guy Richie, and Ken Loach.

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Journalist Seren Jones To ‘Black and Blue’ Podcast 

Blanchard House, an independent podcast company, and Corus’ Waterside Studios have partnered on Black and Blue, a show centering around corruption, violence, and racism in the police force. Hosted by Seren Jones, Black and Blue follows the story of Michael Morrison – a police officer whose career made him question everything he knew about justice, community, and himself. After joining the police force to serve and protect, he quickly realizes what he’s up against, and it goes against everything he believes in. Black and Blue will debut on October 3 on all podcast platforms. 

Romantic Comedy ‘Near Miss’ Starts Principal Photography In London

Principal photography is underway on the romantic comedy Near Miss. Written and directed by Jamie Rafn, the film is set to star David Fynn and Tahirah Sharif. The film is produced by Josephine Rose (Cinderella) of Bandit Country and Jamie Rafn of Rafn Films. Timothy Renouf (A Very British Scandal) and Remy Beasley (Steeltown Murders) also star. Shooting across West London, the rom-com follows Jim, who married the first woman who ever showed him any interest. When she leaves him fifteen years later, he is reluctantly thrust back into the dating game as his friends are determined to have him hit the dating apps and play the field. The only problem is despite all their efforts, he has now fallen in love with the second person ever to show him any interest. 

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