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Written by James Cheetham on 30th May 2014

The latest Searchlight Newsletter is in and in it we've covered this year's Cannes Film Festival and the British talent represented! 

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Timothy Spall with his Best Actor Award. 

Image courtesy of Guardian. Photograph by Julian Warnand/EPA

Many say that Cannes is the epicentre of the Film industry, as Filmmakers, Screenwriters, Producers and the stars of the films descend upon the French Riviera to show off their latest productions. And if Cannes is the epicentre, then British film talent is having a good 2014.

Focusing upon the highest prize, the Palme d’Or, a couple of this year’s nominees came from our isles with a range of Brit talent populating the credits.

Ken Loach’s latest film Jimmy's Hall follows the story of Jimmy Gralton, the Irish political activist and his deportation to the United States in the 1930s. As a familiar face at Cannes, Loach previously won the Palme d’Or in 2006 for his feature The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Mike Leigh also returned to Cannes this year with Mr Turner, starring our own Timothy Spall and his portrayal of the 19th Century painter J.M.W Turner, which won Spall the Best Actor award.

The film that scored the Palme d'Or however was Turkish drama, Winter Sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which follows a family who open a hotel in the mountains which soon becomes a shelter. Winter Sleep stars Turkish actor Haluk Bilginer, who surprisingly has Eastenders down on his resume along with a range of British theatre productions.

Cronenberg’s most recent A Map to the Stars was also up for the prize, and while it’s an American production, British Twilight poster boy Robert Pattinson has a starring role as he continues to try and elude his Glittery Vampire past. This could be the year he achieves this as he continues to gather positive reviews for his performance in Australian drama The Rover.

Speaking of poster boys, Doctor Who’s very own Matt Smith seems to have taken a different route from the time-space continuum by starring in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River, which is a step away from his quiff and bowtie-d alter ego. Unfortunately Lost River seems to have been tagged as this year’s big Cannes flop.

Further British talent can be found in the festival with the Nicole Kidman vehicle Grace of Monaco starring Tim Roth and Sir Derek Jacobi and the Gay Pride drama set in the 80’s Pride, whose cast is headed up by Dominic West, Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy.

May the British invasion continue!

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