Why has it taken Shane Carruth eight years to make his second feature? Perhaps he was waiting for audiences to figure out his first film, the micro-budget American sci-fi thriller Primer. Actually, scratch that. Despite a wealth of online guides it's doubtful that anyone – except perhaps the 40-year-old writer/director and co-star – understands the complex narrative that resulted when two engineers invent a device for time travel. After the festival circuit success of Primer – a science-fiction film without digital effects – Carruth worked on a project called A Topiary, which some described in awed tones as being a cross between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Pokemon. Having read this long and mind-boggling script, I would disagree: it's a mix of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Pokemon and Stand By Me.
A Topiary – franchise-like title that one – is still in development, but Carruth has returned with a new movie, Upstream Colour, which is finished and will debut at January's Sundance Film Festival; the title may refer to a term used in pharmaceutical manufacturing when impurities are discovered. Carruth again stars (one less cost), alongside no-budget American indie film veterans such as Amy Seimetz, Andrew Sensenig and Thiago Martins. There is a teaser trailer to be found here, and it's a safe bet to say that this film is not a comedy.
Potter courts Campion's daughter
English director Sally Potter, who helped bring Tilda Swinton into the mainstream with 1992's Orlando and went on to make ambitious features such as The Tango Lesson and Yes, has two teenage girls at the centre of her next feature. Ginger & Rosa is set in 1962 London, when best friends experiencing adolescence find their lives upended by the sexual revolution against a backdrop of Cold War nuclear hysteria. The pair is played by Elle Fanning (Super 8, Somewhere) and Jane Campion's daughter, Alice Englert (the forthcoming Singularity from Roland Joffe). The impressive supporting cast includes Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), Christina Hendricks (Drive) and Alessandro Nivola (Junebug).
How old do you have to be to qualify for the sequel for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? When director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) brings back his commercially successful ensemble cast of elderly Brits retired to India the likes of Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Bill Nighy look they'll be joined by 67-year-old Helen Mirren (Red) and 52-year-old Colin Firth (The King's Speech). How long until an actor fakes their age and claims that they're older so as to appeal to producers?
Will and Wiig, together again
Few comedies are more magnificent in their stupidity than 2004's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, which remains by far the best Will Ferrell film. A sequel from the star and director Adam McKay is now firmly underway, with the setting moving forward from the 1970s to the birth of cable news networks in the early 1980s. Ferrell will once again sport Ron Burgundy's fine moustache for Anchorman: The Legend Continues, with Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) and Steve Carell (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) also returning. Amongst those reporting to be joining them are Bridesmaids star and Ferrell's former SNL castmate, comic Kristen Wiig, who is also playing the love interest to Ben Stiller's grand dreamer in his version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.