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Rio 50 Degrees premieres in the UK on BBC 1 on 18 May

15 May


Julien Temple’s “Rio 50 Degrees” (AKA: Children of the Revolution), in part developed and produced by Critical Divide, will screen as the first episode of Alan Yentob’s Imagine series at 22.30 on BBC One on Sunday, 18 May.

The film, produced by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor’s F&ME,  paints a picture of a city under transformation as Rio de Janeiro prepares to host two of the world’s largest and most high-profile sporting events: the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

Julien Temple had filmed previously in Rio with the Sex Pistols, Ronnie Biggs and Mick Jagger.


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‘Rio 50 Degrees’ Premieres

12 Apr
Julien Temple and Kirsty Wark

Julien Temple and Kirsty Wark

Julien Temple’s “Rio 50 Degrees”, in part developed by Critical Divide, received its world premiere screening as the opening gala of the BBC’s Art Screen Festival at the Glasgow Film Theatre on 10 April.

The film, which takes a look at Rio de Janeiro as the city prepares to host two of the world’s most high-profile events: the FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, will be broadcast on the BBC as part of Alan Yentob’s Imagine series.


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Julien Temple wraps Rio documentary Children of The Revolution

18 Dec

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17 December, 2012 | By Wendy Mitchell

Rio-themed film will be delivered in October 2013.

Julien Temple has wrapped his latest music-themed documentary Children of the Revolution, in Rio.

“Since visiting Rio with the Sex Pistols for The Great Rock and Roll Swindle in the late 70s and with Mick Jagger in the 1980s, I’ve wanted to return to make a film about the city and its music and now, as it takes its rightful place again on the world stage, the time has come,” says Temple. “Rio is an exciting and challenging prospect for any film maker. Visually the city is a gift, and through its music, and the people who make it, the soul of the city can be exposed.”

The film will be delivered in October 2013, well ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Rio and the 2016 Olympics.

“Aside from a few extreme weather issues at the end of the shoot, the whole thing went very smoothly, and our careful preparation, a prep period that was spread over a year, paid dividends,” producer Mike Downey added. “We now face the gargantuan task of sifting through the massive amount of material we have managed to shoot and the brilliant archive footage sourced by the ‘guru’ of Brazilian film archive work, Antonio Venancio.” Venancio worked on the archive footage for Senna.

DOP Steve Organ shot the film and Caroline Richards will edit it; both worked with Temple on this year’s acclaimed doc London: The Modern Babylon.

The film is produced by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor and is funded by the BBC, Arte, WDR, Filmstiftung NRW, German distributor Rapid Eye Movies and City of Rio funding entity, Sergio Sa Leitao’s RioFilmes. Associate producer is Brazil veteran Christopher Pickard. The Brazilian producing partners are Roberto Berliner and Rodrigo Letier of TV Zero. German partners are Joerg Siepmann and Harry Floeter’s Cologne-based production outfit 2Pilots co-producers are Arne Ludwig and Siepmann.

Further funding is expected from the State of Rio in addition to the production back up already received from the Rio Film Commission.

“Julien’s documentary films are not only award winning features destined for the big screen,” says F&ME’s Sam Taylor, “they also sell well in the international markets. London: The Modern Babylon, which is the most comparable of Julien’s films to the Rio project has done great business to date, and we are fortunate enough to have the same international sales agent [Ealing Metro International].”


Revolution and Football in Rio de Janeiro: The Film

17 May

German Production House 2 Pilots partners on Film and Music Entertainment’s (F&ME) Brazilian Co-Production Children of the Revolution: This is Rio

TV Zero Pacts with F&ME on Streetkids United II – Brazil 2014

Cologne-based production outfit 2Pilots has boarded Julien Temple’s music documentary feature Children of the Revolution: This is Rio, which begins shooting later this year in Rio de Janeiro. Producers Arne Ludwig and Joerg Siepmann will bring a key part of the final financing to complement the existing funding from RioFilme, world sales company Ealing Metro International, and anticipated support from a number of the official Rio based audiovisual production and promotional funds.

The documentary will look at the musical, social, political, and cultural revolutions that have taken place in Rio since the late 1960s to today; a period in which Brazil has gone from being an oppressive military dictatorship to one of the most open and vibrant democracies on the planet. With Rio and Brazil counting down to hosting two of the world’s largest and most prestigious high profile events, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games, the timing of the project is apposite.

Ludwig has also brought on board German distributor Rapid Eye Movies to release the film theatrically in Germany and is in an ‘advanced stage of negotiations with German broadcasters.’

“We are excited to be working with Fame and especially with a famous genius like Julien Temple,” says 2Pilots’ Arne Ludwig. “The tropicalismo, the history, the vibrant rhythm of Rio, will really shorten the wait until the next World Cup.”

The film, which is fully prepped and ready to go, will now start shooting in September after Temple has finished the release schedule on his London Olympic feature, BabyLon/don. Temple has already been scouting in Rio where he met and talked with Seu Jorge, Lenine, Nelson Motta, Roberto Medina, Kassin + Berna, Sanny Pitbull and B Negao, among figures from the current music scene, as well as getting reacquainted with old friends from the time he shot with the Sex Pistols and Mick Jagger in Rio. The screenplay has been developed by Temple, Helen Beltrame and Critical Divide’s Christopher Pickard.

Children of the Revolution: This is Rio is being co-produced in Brazil by Roberto Berliner and Rodrigo Letier of TV Zero. Founded in 1991, the company is one of Brazil’s most successful and dynamic production houses that in 2011 was responsible for Bruna Surfistinha that sold over 2 million admissions and grossed over US$10 million at the Brazilian box office.

TV Zero Joins F&ME for Streetkids United

TV Zero has also just joined F&ME’s Streetkids United II. The follow up to the hugely successful 2011 Berlinale Official Selection Generation film Streetkids United. The second film – in what is to become a series – will be made by Film and Music Entertainment to coincide with the second Street Child World Cup that is being organized by the Amos Trust and the ABC Trust prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

“In 2014 Rio de Janeiro will play host to the second Street Child World Cup and look to build on the success of the inaugural tournament that took place in Durban prior to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa,” explains F&ME’s Sam Taylor. “The 2014 event will bring teams of street children together from 20 countries to compete and to make their voices heard. As with the first Streekids United film – our goal is to tell the story of the children and the event – and through it draw the world’s attention to the terrible plight of street children across the globe, and the fact that these children are somebody.”

The 2014 Street Child World Cup will be hosted by the Action for Brazil’s Children’s Trust, a UK registered NGO and charity that is dedicated to helping street children and the most vulnerable young people in Brazil. The charity’s patrons include Pelé, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Fernando Meirelles, Jeremy Irons and Juliette Lewis.

“We are currently in the market with TV Zero for the right Brazilian director for the project. To get right to the heart of the issue we want a director that will become fully entrenched and deeply involved in the lives of the street child community in Rio,” says producer Mike Downey. “About the only challenge we won’t have is finding a Brazilian director with an interest and knowledge of football. It is a national passion, and a passion with everyone at TV Zero.”

The plight of Brazil’s street children has alread been touched upon in a number of Brazil’s most well known films including Hector Babenco’s Pixote, Fernando Meirelles City of God, and Jose Padilha’s Elite Squad.