Directed by Ron Howard, Thirteen Lives is inspired by true events which took place in 2018. The story follows the rescue mission of a group of young boys and their football coach in Thailand, when they get trapped in an underground system of caves that are flooding.
The film tells the tale of three young people – policeman Tom, teacher Marion and museum curator Patrick – as they embark on an emotional journey in 1950s Britain.
Flashing forward to the 1990s, the characters look back on regret, with one last chance to repair the damage of the past.
Based on the book by Bethan Roberts, My Policeman takes you on a visually transporting and heart-stopping journey of history, freedom and forgiveness.
Twickenham Film Studios, home to the production
The team used TFS as their headquarters for their production offices, art department, costume and props. TFS’s Supervising Sound Editor Dan Morgan was the Dialogue Editor on this feature release as well as Co-Supervising Sound Editor along with Ian Wilson.
When is Kingston International Film Festival (KIFF)
Kingston Film Festival will be a three-day celebration of films made by local, national and international filmmakers. Expect talks, Q&As, children-friendly events, networking events, competitions and a gala awards ceremony on the closing night.
Join the celebration which will take place between 24 and 26 June 2022.
What is Kingston Film Festival
KIFF is a major part of Kingston’s culture-led revival – aiming to bring the community together for three days of screenings, workshops and events.
This year’s festival edition is supported by BAFTA award-winning film Director Mike Newell as well as Academy Award-winning actress Dame Vanessa Redgrave. The programme for the inaugural Kingston Film Festival is available on their website, including more than 50 events such as screenings, workshops and social events.
Piers Read joins panel at KIFF
Piers Read, Co-Owner of Twickenham Film Studios, will take part in the exciting industry-expert panel ‘The urgent need to fight for the survival of our small independent producers who are the bedrock of the industry’.
The panel will take place on Saturday, the 25th of June, at 4pm, at The Rose Theatre. On the following day at 8 pm, Piers will present the Twickenham Film Studios Award for Best Feature at KIFF’s Awards Ceremony, also at Rose Theatre.
Piers has extensive experience of urban regeneration having curated and operated thriving creative neighbourhoods in London, Birmingham and Manchester, consisting of Film + TV production facilities, creative workspaces and hospitality destinations.
He has worked in Film and TV since his teenage years, resulting in producing credits on the world renowned and award-winning global hits The Inbetweeners and Peep Show.
Piers has since left his mark on the UK studio industry. Acquiring Wimbledon Studios from Thames Television in 2010 before founding The Creative District Company and TIME + SPACE Studios, which bought Twickenham Film Studios in 2020. Piers oversees growth strategies for the company, driving stakeholder engagement with a strong emphasis on enterprise initiatives for start-ups and SMEs based at our campuses.
Paramount Pictures has originally scheduled to release the film in July 2019. However, the date was moved several times to allow the re-filming of some flight sequences, but also due to the COVID-19 pandemic and tight schedules.
The film had its world premiere at CinemaCon on 28 April 2022 and a screening at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18 in an Official Selection Screening. It was one of the most awaited events of the festival with a star-studded premiere of the film. The Patrouille de France flew over the festival as the crew and actors were on the red carpet, and Tom Cruise received an Honorary Palme d’Or ahead of the screening.
Today is also the 72nd Royal Film Performance™ and UK premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in the UK. Every Royal Film Performance™ raises money for the Film and TV Charity, going towards supporting those behind-the-scenes.
Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to be released in the UK on 25 May 2022.
Top Gun Maverick Story
After 30 years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs – pioneering as a brave test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.
He finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a special mission and encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of Maverick’s late friend.
Facing an uncertain future and confronting ghosts of the past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.
The film features an all-star cast, including Tom Cruise as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, test pilot and flight instructor, Jennifer Connelly as Penelope “Penny” Benjamin, Maverick’s new love interest and Miles Teller as Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, a pilot in the mission training group.
HOLD MY HAND, top gun music
Lady Gaga released ‘Hold My Hand’, set to feature on the upcoming Tom Cruise film, due out in cinemas on 27 May.
top gun Maverick Sound mix at tfs
The final Sound Mix for Top Gun: Maverick was carried out in TFS Theatre 1 by Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor with Harry Jones, Will Miller and Tom Melling as Mix Techs.
Led by Oscar-nominated Sound Supervisor, James Mather, the Soundbyte Studios Editorial team used their base at the TFS creative campus to create a dynamic and epic Mix for this long-awaited summer blockbuster.
TFS is proud of its world-class Talent that creates our creative campus for Filmmakers. This week, we announce the promotion of three of our team members.
Dan Turner from Mix Technician to Senior Mix Technician
Dan Turner first joined TFS in 2018 as a Junior Engineer, after graduating from Southampton Solent University and completing the Dolby Internship Scheme. He joined the Sound department in March 2020 as a Sound Mix Technician. Recently, he has worked on titles such as Army of Thieves, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Operation Mincemeat and Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night In Soho’.
“The TFS Sound department is a team i’m hugely proud to be a part of. We have an exciting team of talent, world class facilities and we are grateful for the incredible clients and projects we work with. This change in role will use my experience to support our sound department, with our constant aim of pushing our technology offering forward and creating a bespoke experience for each client”
Rob Davidson from Mix Technician to Foley Editor & Recordist
Rob joined the Sound department in 2019 after graduating from Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Shortly after joining he began as a Mix Technician, working on titles such as Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci, Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho and Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile.
“Over the past three years as a Mix Technician, I’ve been lucky to have worked on a number of great projects with incredibly talented people. I’m excited to now be joining the excellent Foley team, where I’ll get to contribute to an earlier part of the Audio Post process in a creative role.”
Manav Kher from Junior Mix Technician to Mix Technician
Manav joined TFS as a Sound Runner in 2020. He quickly became a crucial part of the team and received a promotion a year later to Junior Sound Mix Technician. Recently Manav has worked on The Outfit (2022) and Ten Percent (2022).
‘The promotion to Mix Technician is an exciting and new challenge within the Sound department. It’s an opportunity to not only further my technical ability but to get the chance to work on the high profile projects that TFS has to offer.’
TFS’s Mix Tech team is now formed of Dan Turner, Harry Jones, Filipe Pereira and Manav Kher, while the Foley team is made up of Adam Mendez, Oli Ferris, Rob Davidson.
The Media Production and Technology Show has established itself as a must-attend event for media and broadcast industries since its launch in 2016. Focused at first on the creativity of content production, the event now also explores the technological side of the industry.
The Media Production and Technology Show to welcome over 7,000 visitors
Part of MPTS since 2019, the show is holding its first in-person event since then with more than 7,000 attendees expected to join. This year, the programme is made up of interactive exhibitions and seminars covering broadcast content creation and technology, from pre-production and production to virtual production, post and distribution.
MPTS is organised by Media Business Insight (MBI) Ltd, publishers of Broadcast, Broadcast Sport, Broadcast Tech, KFTV, The Knowledge, and Screen International.
TFS invited to join two exciting panels
Head of Technology and Engineering Tom Witkowski will join an exciting panel, featuring Muki Kulhan and Will Case from Creative Technology. They’ll discuss ‘TheVirtual New #Hollywood: Welcome the Golden Age of Production”. MD Cara Sheppard will speak at two panels, “The Evolution of Studios – what does a modern Film and TV Studio need to be?” and “Celebrating Women in Media”, alongside female industry leaders in a variety of media roles, including Kate Bellingham and Jennifer Mihalovic from Sky.
Following an exciting nomination event in March, Twickenham Film Studios welcomed British Film Editors (BFE) on The Terrace last week, for a red carpet event celebrating the 2022 Cut Above Awards. The annual ceremony are the only awards to exclusively recognise excellence in film editing in the UK. This year’s edition was live-streamed from TFS.
British Film Editors is a non-profit association of film and TV editors and assistant editors in the UK, with the time to celebrate the art and science of film editing, in all its forms. BFE champions the work of their established members and nurtures new talent, alongside bringing together industry professionals to share their experiences and practices. The association largely contributes to the development of inclusivity and diversity in the industry.
This year, Twickenham Film Studios have sponsored the Best Edited Series: Documentary or Non-Fiction, in which was nominated The Beatles: Get Back documentary series. Edited by Jabez Olssen, the episodic won the award.
Eight editors received more than one nomination, with productions nominated in two categories. Named in memory of BFE members who sadly passed away in 2020, two categories were peer-nominated by editors and assistants, and decided by a jury.
For a full list of winners, head to BFE’s website or watch the full live streamed event on YouTube, as it took place online this year.
Twickenham Film Studios is proud to have partnered with Celluloid Junkie to bring you a live and interactive webinar on Thursday 5 May.
Celluloid Junkie is the leading online resource focussed on the global film and cinema business. They provide the growing international community of film and cinema professionals with the latest news, insights, interviews and research on the motion picture industry.
CJ has been reconnecting the global motion picture community during the COVID-19 outbreak with the launch of Celluloid Junkie Cinema Summit – a series of live interactive webinars. Industry experts from around the world share how they tackle the crisis and recover from the pandemic, online and now face-to-face.
The next CJ webinar will take place on Thursday 5 May 5 2022, at 5.00pm BST, and will be live from multi award-winning creative campus Twickenham Film Studios. Thanks to being a true Home For Filmmakers, TFS has been the London home to many famous films and TV shows.
Patrick Von Sychowski and Sperling Reich will give a global overview before interviews and panels with key Talent from Twickenham Film Studios take place. The live webinar will be followed by an IRL drinks reception.
Written by BAFTA-award winner John Morton, “Ten Percent” is coming out on Amazon’s Prime Video on 28 April for a series of eight exclusive episodes.
TFS carried out an entire script-to-screen scenario on the series, from providing show stages and dailies, to carrying out sound editorial, foley, mixing and delivery.
Just like its French counterpart “Dix Pour Cent”, the show follows a group of agents at a fictional British talent agency – Nightingale Hart – and highlights the U.K. industry’s fierce competition with American companies.
The show features an all-star cast, with big names including Jack Davenport, Lydia Leonard, Maggie Steed, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Hiftu Quasem, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Rebecca Humphries, Harry Trevaldwyn, Tim McInnerny, Natasha Little, Edward Bluemel, Eleonore Arnaud and Jim Broadbent.
A list of cameos are also to be expected, with Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Williams, David Oyelowo, Dominic West and Clemence Poesy among others.
Watch the trailer for Ten Percent on YouTube and don’t forget to set a reminder for 28 April!