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Trans-Atlantic Film Collaborations

It’s no secret that the British-American love affair goes waaay back, so it’s no surprise that melding tea and biscuit nibblers with cookies and cream chompers, makes for some fantastic onscreen chemistry. This October the Sony Movie Channel will be celebrating these Trans-Atlantic collaborations, so join us as we look at some top cultural crossover movies …

Dr No
A classic British directed piece starring the Scottish Sean Connery in the titular role, supported by American actors Jack Lord and John Kitzmiller, in a brazen tale of sleuthing mayhem. A world class Brit-Yank collaboration which set the standard for all Bond films to follow.

W.E.
Madonna’s second film starred Brit actors James D’Arcy (Hitchcock, Let’s Be Cops, Age Of Heroes) and Andrea Riseborough (Made In Dagenham, Brighton Rock, Oblivion) in a story which tells the tale of lonely New Yorker Wally, fascinated by the romantic story of King Edward VIII and his lover, Wallis Simpson. Perhaps the perfect film for lovers of the British-American crossover movie?

Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
English rose Keira Knightley (Love Actually, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Atonement) teams up with American funny man Steve Carrell (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, Despicable Me) to create some beautiful but unexpected cinema chemistry. When informed there are just three weeks until an asteroid collides with Earth, the unlikely duo set out on an adventure to rekindle old flames before time runs out.

Bel Ami
Robert Pattinson (Twilight, Remember Me, Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire) stars as the greedy womaniser, taking Americans Christina Ricci (The Addams Family, Sleepy Hollow), Uma Thurman (Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, Pulp Fiction) and Cornwall’s Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Nowhere Boy) as victims. Who’d have thought RPatz could be such an out and out British rotter?

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
Another film starring Keira Knightley who plays the feisty Elizabeth Swann alongside Johnny Depp as they take part in a quest to unveil the secret of a shipment of cursed Aztec gold. American actor Depp’s critically acclaimed portrayal of Jack Sparrow was famously based on Keith Richards – but during filming, Disney executives weren’t so confident with Depp’s performance, and even proclaimed he was ‘ruining the film’.

Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock is undoubtedly one of the best directors of our time, and the Essex-born film maker created a masterpiece when he cast Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh in this haunting thriller, Leigh plays one of Hitchcock’s signature cool blonde bombshells, for whom things end badly in the gruesomely infamous shower scene.

Inception
Christopher Nolan’s modern masterpiece is a giant toy box filled with treasures from both sides of the water including Tom Hardy, Leonardo Di Caprio, Michael Caine and Pete Postlethwaite. The London director and his star-studded team tell the story of international vigilante, Dom Cobb, as he sets out to do the opposite of the very thing that he has revolved his life around – instead of stealing secrets from people’s dreams, he and his loyal specialists set out to plant an idea in their target’s mind that could make for the perfect crime.

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