The nominees for the British Independs Film Awards were announced yesterday by Ewan McGregor, and James has been nominated for Best Actor for his leading role in Filth. The film is also nomined for Best Director (Jon S Baird), Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Marsan), Best Supporting Actress (Shirley Henderson) and Best Achievement In Production.
Jim Broadbent for Le Week-end
Steve Coogan for Philomena
Tom Hardy for Locke
Jack O’Connell for Starred Up
James McAvoy for Filth
This year’s ceremony takes place December 8th. Good luck to the cast and crew!
James has featured in Empire yet again this month, this time looking at his upcoming film Filth. As ever, these scans were done by me specifically for the site so if you do post them elsewhere please credit james-mcavoy.org. Enjoy!
Filth, the film based on the novel of the same name by Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh is set to be released in Scotland ahead of the rest of the UK and Ireland.
Directed by Jon S. Baird, the film, starring James McAvoy as corrupt Edinburgh cop Bruce Robertson, will open in Scotland on September 27th this year, a week prior to its general release, and features a star-studded cast including Jamie Bell as fellow policeman Ray Lennox and Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent as Robertson’s psychiatrist Dr Verme Rossi.
Facing a promotion, Detective Sergeant Robertson stops at nothing to ensure his success, including turning his colleagues against each other, sleeping with their wives and ignoring everyone but the tapeworm that grows inside him.
The explosive ‘red-banded’ trailer for the film offers a brief glimpse of the dark and grimy world inhabited by Robertson, including (but not limited to) snorting cocaine and downing vodka in his car. It’s a far cry from the clean-cut Robbie Turner, portrayed by McAvoy in Atonement opposite Keira Knightley.
Despite the film’s ties with Edinburgh – part of it was filmed in the capital – there is no place for a premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Benefiting from Welsh’s input in both the screenplay and the production, Filth is the fourth work by the Leith-born novellist to be made into a film, following Trainspotting, the Acid House and Ecstasy.
Danny Boyle’s version of Porno – the long-awaited sequel to Trainspotting – is rumoured for release in 2016.
In a recent interview about his new book Skagboys, a prequel to the infamous Trainspotting, author Irvine Welsh briefly metions Filth and how he thinks it will be a truly iconic role for James:
So do you think the directors of the movies have captured the stories well?
Filth — and I’m not just saying this because I’ve had a lot of direct involvement — but I think Filth is going to be such an amazing film. I think [James] McAvoy in this is better than De Niro in Taxi Driver. He’s got all that kind of menace, but much more pathos and depth. It’s beautifully shot and it’s done in this Kubrick-esque symmetrical design and rich colour palette to play off his increasing madness. He just gets crazier and crazier. It’s very funny as well as very dark. If we get a nice iconic poster I think it’s going to be on every student’s wall, same as the Trainspotting one.
Principal photography on feature film Filth, written and directed by Jon S. Baird (Cass) is officially announced today. James McAvoy (Arthur Christmas), Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin), Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), and Imogen Poots (Jane Eyre) star.
Shooting the film based on the best-selling novel by Irvine Welsh has commenced in Glasgow, Scotland as well as on location in Sweden, Belgium and Hamburg.
McAvoy plays the leading role of Bruce Robertson, a corrupt Scottish police officer and cocaine addict who has to solve a brutal murder case with an ambitious colleague, mentee-cum-sidekick, Ray Lennox (Bell). Bruce flees from, his sexual endeavors eventually backfiring and his various short or long-termed schemes and plots against his colleagues in order to secure the hoped-for promotion to Detective Inspector.
Poots will be playing Amanda Drummond, a colleague of Bruce’s.
Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh, best known for his novel Trainspotting, also co-wrote a script with Baird. Baird commented:
Filth is filled with irreverent comedy and some extremely surreal moments, but ends with a sharp twist of poignancy. The character of Bruce Robertson has to show such a wide range that it could only take an actor as talented as James McAvoy (pictured) to pull it off with the necessary charm and humanity.
Producer Marshall added:
Bruce Robertson is not only a guilty pleasure, but a character edgier than all the other characters from Irvine Welsh’s works combined. With Filth we have the chance to make a bold and outrageous film that I have no doubt will be unique, darkly funny and ultimately commercial.”
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