FIVE CAME BACK
28/02/2017

Spielberg, Coppola, Del Toro, Kadsan & Greengrass. Our new Netflix docuseries, FIVE CAME BACK, about Hollywood and WWII lands on March 31st!

The series tells the story about how Hollywood impacted World War II and vice versa. It examines the actions of five filmmakers who left their careers to serve during the war — John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens — and then came back to inform the world of what was happening through their craft.

With narration by Meryl Streep and interviews with some of the best directors of our generation — Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass and Lawrence Kasdan — this is Netflix Originals three-part docu-series adapted from Mark Harris’ best-selling book, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War.

 

Read more about it on Screen Crush here.

And watch the trailer on our main page.

Sundance Film Festival 2017
17/01/2017

For our 12th consecutive year launching films at the festival, Passion are thrilled to announce our latest premiere at Sundance Film Festival – Legion of Brothers.

Greg Barker’s ‘LEGION OF BROTHERS’ received a several-minute standing ovation at its 2017 Sundance Film Festival world premiere.

Barker’s evocative, moving film reveals the ‘secret’ story of the fewer than 100 U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers deployed to Afghanistan immediately following the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Barker (Manhunt, 2013 Sundance Film Festival) drew upon unprecedented access to several of these Green Berets, who, driven by a sense of justice, set off to serve as Afghanistan’s liberators in 2001, only later to confront the tragic and brutal realities of war. The film draws upon their extraordinary battlefield valour and their complex and powerful emotional experiences as American warriors when they returned.

“We’ve lost, in this generation, our own internal storytelling, and [‘Legion of Brothers’] kind of became the first [to help us do] that.” Former Green Beret master sergeant Scott Neil.

LEGION OF BROTHERS is produced by John Battsek and Greg Barker of Passion Pictures, and Peter Bergen and Tresha Mabile. The film is executive produced by Amy Entelis of CNN Films and Vinnie Malhotra. The supervising producer for LEGION OF BROTHERS is Courtney Sexton, vice president for CNN Films.

FEATURED IN SCREEN DAILY
22/12/2016

Take a peek behind the curtain on how Passion Pictures make documentaries in this interview with John Battsek for Screen International.

Read all about it here.

THE SUNSHINE MAKERS – US CINEMA RELEASE
08/12/2016

THE SUNSHINE MAKERS will open in U.S. theatres – on January 20, 2017 at the Village East Cinema in New York City, and on January 27 in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Monica Film Center, other select cities, and on digital VOD (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu).

TWO WARRIORS FOR PEACE, A VAT OF CHEMICALS AND AN LSD COOKBOOK…WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? 

 

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

WINNER FOR BEST SERIES – EARTH: A NEW WILD
14/10/2016

EARTH: A NEW WILD was awarded Best Series at Wildscreen festival 2016, the world’s biggest festival of natural history storytelling – often described as the ‘Green Oscars’.
EARTH: A NEW WILD is an ambitious 5 part series exploring the extraordinary ways in which we humans are interwoven into every aspect of the planet’s natural systems. We filmed in over 40 locations in 29 countries to create a stunning visual journey encompassing the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species. The intrepid crew enjoyed some extraordinary close encounters, from overloading on cute in a baby panda nursery, to dodging man eating tigers and swarms of sharks…even joining in the ancient Sami tradition of castrating reindeer with their teeth…some of the weird and wonderful reasons we love this job.
DVD available here: PBS SHOP

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2016
05/10/2016

SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER | PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA | 21:00
SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER | VUE7 | 18:00
WE ARE X The startling story of X Japan, the most influential rock band you may never heard of!
FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER | VUE7 | 18:00
SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER | EMBANKMENT GARDEN CINEMA | 17:45
GEORGE BEST: ALL BY HIMSELF The acclaimed team behind Hillsborough and The Imposter deliver an epic biopic of George Best, whose football genius was decimated by alcohol and fame.
FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER | PICTUREHOUSE CENTRAL | 21:00
SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER | HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE | 13:00
I CALLED HIM MORGAN A moving portrait of great jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and the woman whose overwhelming love for him proved fatal.

 

 

INDIEWIRE: “HOT DOCUMENTARY TITLES AT TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL”
12/08/2016

FOREVER PURE

“FOREVER PURE – Maya Zinshtein is focusing on an Israeli soccer controversy,” said Thom Powers. “This film made its debut at the Jerusalem Film Festival, where it was well-received. Beitar is a Jerusalem soccer team that has fiercely nationalist prejudiced fans who are proud of the fact that their club had never signed an Arab player before. The team surprised fans by recruiting two Muslim players from Chechnya. Maya gets into this club and follows them over a season as fans defect against their own team…on ‘Forever Pure,’ Maya was in the middle of real mob violence. We‘ve recently talked about closing the gender gap for female directors. You can see with these directors that these films were a long time coming — making your first feature project is not something you do quickly. But it was notable to me to see this work rise to the top of our very large pile of submissions.” FOREVER PURE | TIFF WEBSITE

I CALLED HIM MORGAN

Part jazz history, part true-crime tale, Kasper Collin’s new documentary employs extensive archival footage and new interviews to tell the tragic story of the magnificently talented trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who murdered him in a New York bar in 1972. TIFF WEBSITE

“I CALLED HIM MORGAN – The film is about the jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan,” said Powers, “who was shot and killed by his wife in 1972. Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin uncovers an audiotape of his wife Helen Morgan telling her story. It’s a beautiful dual bio of Helen and Lee Morgan.” I CALLED HIM MORGAN | INDIEWIRE
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