Thursday, 30 June 2016
Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry—and Ned’s panic level—escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.
Directed by John Hamburg
Starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston
The first teaser trailer for Sully: Miracle on the Hudson – in UK cinemas December 2016 – directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney.
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
DreamWorks' TROLLS is a hair-raising comedy filled with unbelievable adventure and incredible music. Known for their crazy, colourful, and magical hair, Trolls are the happiest, most joyous creatures ever to burst into song. But their world of rainbows and cupcakes is changed forever, when their leader Poppy (Anna Kendrick,) must embark on a rescue mission that takes her far beyond the only world she’s ever known.
Director: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand, Ron Founts
TROLLS is released in UK cinemas October 21
There is real bite to July’s line-up on Horror Channel, as killer sharks, a rampaging tiger, a family of cannibals, a vengeful Chupacabra and a wolf in serial killer clothing herald in a premiere-packed month on the UK’s only channel dedicated to the dark side.
There are four UK TV premieres: Jim Mickle’s brilliant re-imagining of Jorge Michel Grau’s Mexican art-house cannibal fantasy WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, Greg McLean’s WOLF CREEK 2, which sees the return of Australia’s most famed pig-shooting psycho, Carlos Brooks’ wonderful ‘Tiger in a House’ nerve-jangler BURNING BRIGHT and Alastair Orr’s Panamanian creature thriller PREY. Plus, there is the network premiere of THE REEF, the scariest shark chiller since Jaws.
As well as the four UK TV Premieres, Horror Channel is bringing you ‘Tropical Terror’ season this July. Take a slay-cation you’ll never forget with our collection of sun-drenched shockers featuring the aforementioned PREY and THE REEF, as well as David Twohy’s adventure thriller A PERFECT GETAWAY and James Cullen Bressack’s Thai-holiday-turned-nightmare horror PERNICIOUS.
Horror’s season of Tropical Terror is every Friday at 10:50pm from Friday 8th July.
Full details of premieres in transmission order:
Sat 2 July @ 9.00pm – BURNING BRIGHT (2010) * UK TV Premiere
Fri 8 July @ 10.50pm – THE REEF (2010) *Network Premiere
For four old friends it seemed like a dream come true – a week cruising the world’s most beautiful coral reef on their own yacht. But when the vessel capsizes, leaving them stranded on the over-turned hull, that dream turns into a nightmare. They take to the open water – only to learn, too late, that they are being stalked by a deadly great white shark. Director Andrew Traucki’s true-life shocker puts ordinary people in an all-too believable extreme situation, where small actions become epic tragedies.
Sat 9 July @ 10.50pm – WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (2013) *UK TV Premiere
Following the unexpected death of their mother, teenage daughters Iris and Rose Parker are ordered by their father to carry on a macabre ancestral ritual at all costs. But when a torrential storm hits their upstate New York region, the town’s river overflows and the local authorities start uncovering long-buried clues that lead them to the Parker family’s cannibalistic secret. Stunning performances from the cast add enormous weight to Jim Mickle’s superb film craft and subtle horror nuance. Stars Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Michael Parks and Kelly McGillis.
Fri 15 July @ 10.50pm – PREY (2014) *UK TV Premiere
Originally released as Indigenous, Alastair Orr’s exotic horror fantasy centres on five friends who meet in Panama for a vacation. While partying, they hear a native story about a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle. Ignoring the many warnings, they set off to find the waterfall. When they reach it, the group discovers that the stories about the mythical, blood-sucking Chupabra are not only true, but that it has now developed a taste for humans.
Sat 16 July @ 10.50pm – WOLF CREEK 2 (2013) *UK TV Premiere
The gravel-voiced, sneering maniac Mick Taylor is back with a few more days to kill! Bolder. Gorier, and placed on a far bigger canvas than the original Ozploitation classic, star John Jarratt and director Greg McLean return with an even more twisted shocker. WOLF CREEK 2 maintains the original’s savagery and nerve-jangling tension, while dazzling further with a spectacular and surprising use of Down Under landscapes and creatures. Two arrogant cops, two unwitting German backpackers and a Good Samaritan British tourist become the prey for the crazed pig-shooting psycho as the outback is drenched in rivers of blood.
TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138 | Freeview 70
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In cinemas September 16th
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey
Directed by: Sharon Maguire
Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward
Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth reprise their roles in the next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton in Bridget Jones’s Baby. Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.
Patrick Dempsey joins the cast for the third installment, and longtime collaborators Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films produce alongside Debra Hayward. Universal Pictures will distribute Bridget Jones’s Baby in North America and select international territories.
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
This exciting new TV Spot shows Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) preparing to do battle with his former brother, a gorilla named Akut and the 360º Experience (Scroll Down) shows the jungle like you've never seen it before.
Featuring an all star cast of Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, John Hurt and Djimon Hounsou, and directed by David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & Part 2), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN will be released in cinemas on 6th July 2016.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes the action adventure “The Legend of Tarzan,” starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The film also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” the “Captain America” films), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Gladiator”), with Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained”).
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
Monday, 27 June 2016
The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
Swedish drama written and directed by Magnus von Horn. Teen pop star Ulrik Munther plays John, recently released from prison for an unknown crime. He returns to his rural family home to stay with his dad (Mats Blomgren) and younger brother (Alexander Nordgren) in the hope of reassimilating into his former life. The local community and student body at his old high school struggle with his presence, and soon John is being attacked by strangers in shops and other pupils. His failure to respond to these acts intrigues new girl Malin (Loa Ek), whose curiosity draws out the details of the incident that led to his imprisonment. The attitude of the local community descends rapidly, committing hostile acts of violence and aggression against John and his family and it seems he must take action to protect his father and brother.
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Running time: 88 mins
Two Americans, Jack and Sam, unwittingly steal a drug lord’s money when they rob a series of banks in Southeast Asia, becoming the target of the gang's vengeance. But when Sam is killed, Jack teams up with the love of his life to take the fight to the gang. They become a Bonnie and Clyde bank-robbing duo and are soon at the top of the drug lord’s hit-list. Starring Steven Seagal, Michael Jai White, Damon Whitaker and Byron Gibson.
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016
LONDON – Tuesday 21 June, 2016: The 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® is delighted to announce that this year’s Opening Night gala will be Amma Asante’s A UNITED KINGDOM, the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments.
The film will receive its European premiere on Wednesday 5 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by cast and filmmakers with Asante, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike expected on the red carpet. There will be a live cinecast from the London event and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK.
A UNITED KINGDOM is directed by Asante (Belle) from a screenplay by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky), based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams. The cast is led by David Oyelowo (Selma) as Seretse Khama with Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) playing his future wife Ruth Williams. Other cast includes Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Terry Pheto (Mandela), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Arnold Oceng (Adulthood), Jack Lowden (’71) and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey).
Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, says: “Amma Asante’s A UNITED KINGDOM is testament to a defiant and enduring love story that also reveals a complex, painful chapter in British history. We are proud to be opening the 60th BFI London Film Festival with a film of such contemporary relevance, one that celebrates the triumph of love and intelligence over intolerance and oppression, and that confirms Asante as a distinctive and important British filmmaker.”
Director Amma Asante comments: “It's a great privilege that A UNITED KINGDOM has been selected as the Opening Night Film of the BFI London Film Festival. The Festival means a lot to me personally, having showcased my very first film, A Way of Life, here and been honoured with the UK Film Talent Award. I'm a proud Londoner and in A UNITED KINGDOM we've been able to film in some of the most beautiful parts of the city as well as in the wonderful landscapes of Botswana.”
The film is produced by Rick McCallum (Star Wars), David Oyelowo, Justin Moore-Lewy, Brunson Green (The Help) and Charlie Mason. The film is executive produced by Pathé’s Cameron McCracken, BBC Films' Christine Langan, the BFI’s Ben Roberts, Ingenious Media’s Eleanor Clark Windo and Guy Hibbert.
The film is a Pathé, BBC Films, BFI, Ingenious presentation with the participation of Canal + and Cine + of a Yoruba Saxon/Harbinger Pictures/Perfect Weekend/ Film United Production of a film by Amma Asante. Pathé will distribute the film in the UK and France and will handle sales throughout the rest of the world.
The 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® takes place from Wednesday 5 October-Sunday 16 October 2016. The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday 1 September 2016.
Adult Life Skills
Anna is approaching 30 and still living in her mums shed at the bottom of the garden. She has a teenager’s attitude and spends her days making videos starring her thumbs as actors. Her fed up mum gives her an ultimatum a week before her 30th birthday: move out of the shed, get a hair cut that doesn’t put her gender into question and stop dressing like a teenager. When Anna’s school friend comes to visit she tries to bring Anna to face reality. Stumbling up to her 30th birthday she somehow ends up in an unusual friendship with an eight year old boy and a somewhat awkward, not- quite-relationship with the local real estate agent who tries to seduce her. A story exploring the universal theme of being lost and finding yourself, coming to terms with who you are and gaining self-confidence.
Frances lives in New York but doesn’t really have an apartment and works as a dancer but doesn’t really dance. Her best friend Sophie is also her roommate, until Sophie decides to move to her dream neighbourhood that Frances can’t afford. Frances is left stumbling through life with a lack of money, pitiable prospect as a professional dancer and a strained friendship with Sophie.
This is what rock bottom looks like: Annie’s bakery is shuttered, she’s now working at a jewellery store her mum helped her get a job at, but then got fired, she has a repulsive flatmate that then kicks her out, and the only man in her life is Ted; an occasional sex partner that doesn’t even let her sleepover. In the midst of all this Annie’s best friend Jillian gets engaged and asks her to be her maid of honour. Annie soon finds herself competing with another bridesmaid called Helen, Julian’s beautiful wealthy friend, that can give her everything Annie can’t and more. Annie feels constantly undermine by Helen and finds herself loosing it at the cost of her best friend’s wedding.
Mavis Gary, former high school “it girl” to an alcoholic divorcee is a writer for a series of books which eventually gets cancelled once she has near completed them. After receiving an email from her high school boyfriend of his new born baby with his wife she decides to move back home. Completely unmoved by the fact that her ex-boyfriend is happily married with a newborn she embarks on a journey to win him back. Along the way she forms a friendship with a former high school class mate who was left disabled after being beaten up by the school jocks. He becomes her voice of reason and attempts to get her out of her delusional state of winning her married ex-boyfriend back and help get her life back on track.
Approaching her 30th birthday and 3 weeks before her wedding her fiancée breaks up with her. Lola’s world crumbles around her leaving her a hot mess. With no man, no apartment in NYC and writers block for her PHD she turns to her best friends. She stumbles through making bad choice after bad choice on a journey to finding herself and coming to terms with turning 30 as a single woman.
Adult Life Skills is in cinemas Friday.
Adult Life Skills is about 29 year old Anna approaching her 30th birthday and having an early mid-life crisis. She spends her days making videos using her thumbs and living like a hermit in her mums garden shed. A week before her birthday her mum gives her an ultimatum to move out of the shed, stop dressing like a teenager and get a haircut that doesn’t put her gender into question. A story about the universal themes of being lost and finding yourself, making peace with who you are, and regaining self-confidence and dignity.
Adult Life Skills hits UK cinemas and digital download on 24th June.
Monday, 20 June 2016
From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers…and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.
Based on the bestselling novel by Ransom Riggs, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson and will arrive in UK cinemas September 30 in 3D and 2D.
Alex Lightman’s post-apocalyptic dish of murder, meat and mysticism is now available to buy or rent exclusively from www.tearmeapartmovie.com
Exclusive bundles that explore the story world more are also available for pre-order now. They include the Forgotten Women novella series with prologue written by actress Jennie Eggleton, web comics, and interviews with the cast and producers. This additional content is due to be released throughout July and August.
Living in a cave in a barren part of the Cornish landscape, two brothers turn to cannibalism to survive. Although the eldest (played by Frazer Alexander) clings to the notion that their father will reappear, bringing with him the return of the ‘old world’, the younger brother (Alfie Stewart) has no such moral compass and relishes the meat he can get from the bodies of nomadic wanderers who stray into his sights. Then one day, a different kind of prey appears, in the form of a beautiful teenager (played by Jennie Eggleton). She is possibly the last girl alive and her powerful presence ignites a sexual maelstrom. A dangerous game is about to be played. Animalism versus humanity. Love versus survival. Love. Kill. Eat.
Receiving its World Premiere at Austin Film Festival 2015, the film is the first project from Cannibal Films, who are already in development with their second feature, a psychological thriller.
A 911 operator, Pamela and her estranged husband, Jeremy, a Senior Police Officer (Luke Goss) are roped into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse by a sadistic criminal who orders them to dispatch police and fire rescue teams into booby trapped locations. With the kidnapper holding their daughter hostage, they are left desperate and with no choice but to follow the mad man's rules.
Not knowing who or why, the one thing they do know is if they fail to discreetly collaborate with one another they will be solely responsible for facilitating the biggest crime in the city's history. Now they must race against the clock to make the choice of their lives - save the city, or save their daughter.
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The dark journey into insanity begins as “Batman: The Killing Joke” comes to Vue cinemas for one night only on Monday, July 25
Own it on DVD & Steelbook on August 8 and EST from July 26.
“Batman: The Killing Joke” reunites the foundation of “Batman: The Animated Series” with Bruce Timm returning as executive producer, and actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker.
Based on the acclaimed DC graphic novel of the same name, “Batman: The Killing Joke” takes a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian, to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is – setting his sights on Commissioner Gordon. It’s up to the Dark Knight to put a stop to The Joker’s latest scheme and save one of Gotham City’s finest. Following a gripping prologue introducing Barbara Gordon’s heroic adventures alongside Batman as Batgirl, “Batman: The Killing Joke” stays true to the authentic tale that has held fans’ imaginations for nearly three decades – spotlighting the birth of a Super-Villain, the fortitude of a Super Hero and the punchline that will leave you speechless.
From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes “Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (“Run All Night,” “The Killing”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”).
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC Comics, the film also stars Jai Courtney (“Insurgent”), Jay Hernandez (“Takers”), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Thor: The Dark World”), Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Scott Eastwood (“Fury”), Cara Delevingne (“Paper Towns”), Adam Beach (“Cowboys & Aliens”), and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
SUICIDE SQUAD is released in UK cinemas on 5 August 2016.
Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, travelling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colourful new characters.
From Producer Lori Forte and Directors Mike Thurmeier and Galen Chu, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE will be opening in cinemas 2016 and stars returning cast members Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes with Jennifer Lopez and Queen Latifah.
Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam Devine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE IS IN CINEMAS JULY IN 3D AND 2D
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.
Vincent is an ex-soldier with PTSD who is hired to protect the wife and child of a wealthy Lebanese businessman while he's out of town. Despite the apparent tranquility on Maryland, Vincent perceives an external threat.
Friday, 17 June 2016
STUDIOCANAL, Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films today reveal first look images of Academy Award® winner Colin Firth as amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz as his wife Claire.
The highly anticipated feature from Academy Award® winner James Marsh, the director of THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, will be titled THE MERCY opening in UK cinemas in 2017.
THE MERCY is based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first non-stop single-handed round-the-world yacht race in 1968. The story of Crowhurst's dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on the epic journey while his wife Claire and children waited for his return at home is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times
DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD sees the highly anticipated big screen debut of one of comedy’s best-loved characters, David Brent (Ricky Gervais). The film catches up with Brent twelve years on from the BBC mockumentary ‘The Office’ to find he is now a travelling salesman with Lavichem, a cleaning and ladies’ personal hygiene products company. However, he hasn’t given up on his dream of rock stardom and is about to embark on a self-financed UK tour with his band, ‘Foregone Conclusion’.
Assembling a group of session musicians who are just in it for the money, and talented rapper Dom (Ben Bailey Smith) in an attempt to gain street cred, Brent cashes in his pensions and takes unpaid leave in a bid to turn his dream into reality. Get ready to join David Brent on the road as he takes one last shot at fame and fortune.
DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD is written, directed by and stars Ricky Gervais, with original music and lyrics by Gervais, musical arrangement by Andy Burrows (Razorlight, We Are Scientists) and raps by Ben Bailey Smith.
BrOTHERHOOD follows Sam as he faces up to the new world after ADULTHOOD and realises it also comes with new problems and new challenges. Sam knows that to survive he must face his issues head on, and knows he will require old friends to help him survive new dangers. Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into Darkness, Doctor Who, Adulthood.) reprises the role of Sam Peel with breakthrough Grime artist Stormzy appearing alongside him as Yardz. The film is written and directed by Noel Clarke who also produced alongside Jason Maza, Maggie Monteith and Gina Powell.
BrOTHERHOOD showcases a supporting cast that includes Steven Cree (Brave, 300: Rise of an Empire, Maleficent), Olivia Chenery (Penny Dreadful, The Anomaly), Tonia Sotiropoulou (Skyfall), Jason Maza (Hooligan Factory, Welcome to the Punch), Nick Nevern (Mrs Brown's boys), Adjoa Andoh (Casualty, Invictus), Arnold Oceng (The Good Lie, Adulthood) and Ashley Thomas (Cockneys vs Zombies, 24, 22.214.171.124)
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Swallows And Amazons follows four children dreaming of escape from the tedium of a summer holiday in the Lake District with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone... As a desperate battle for ownership of the island ensues, the real dangers of an adult world on the brink of war encroach on their paradise in the form of a mysterious pair of Russian spies hot on the tail of the enigmatic Jim Turner. As the sleepy British summer is turned on its head, the children must learn skills of survival, responsibility, and the all-important value of friendship. Steeped in the wonder of a child’s imagination and set against the breath-taking backdrop of the Lakes, this is an exhilarating adaptation of a treasured classic.
Swallows And Amazons will be released in UK cinemas on August 19th 2016.
With work from award-winning directors, there are many familiar faces featured including Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Cucumber, Happy Valley), Tommy Knight (Sarah Jane Adventures, Waterloo Road), Nigel Havers (The Charmer, Coronation Street), comedy legend Barry Cryer, trans advocate Jake Graf (The Danish Girl), Nicholas Gleaves (Waterloo Road), Leon Lopez (recently seen as Linford Short in EastEnders), and the incomparable Julian Clary. Many of the filmmakers are planning to be in attendance at many UK cities.
CLOSETS (2015, 19 mins).
Winner of Best British Shorts, Iris Prize 2015.
Henry is a teenager struggling with his sexuality in 1986. Hiding in his wardrobe, he time travels to the present day where he meets with another teenager, Ben, with a different viewpoint. Manchester-based director Lloyd Eyre-Morgan looks at changing attitudes towards homophobia and bullying with sensitivity and humour. Starring Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street'sHayley) and Tommy Knight (Sarah Jane Adventures and ITV's up and coming Young Victoria
PUTTING ON THE DISH (2015, 6 mins).
Directed by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston. London, 1962, a time when being gay is still a criminal offence. Two strangers meet in a park and strike up a conversation using polari slang to talk about their experiences.
G O'CLOCK (2016, 11 mins)
Australian-born director Mitchell Marion gives a harsh but honest view of London's controversial chemsex scene. Having saved the life of a young boy who has overdosed on GHB, paramedic Alex discovers his caring instincts come with a dangerous price, Starring Philip Weddell (Rise of the Footsoldier) and Leon Lopez (EastEnders) who also directed the popular Soft Lad which screened during last year's Pout tour.
NIGHTSTAND (2015, 27 mins).
Directed by Charlie Parnham and executive produced by Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen, is a dark exploration of repressed yearnings and urban loneliness between a married man and the barman he picks up one night, but who has the greatest fears? Starring Amrou Al-Kadhi and Nicholas Gleaves (TV's Waterloo Road, Scott & Bailey)
SAUNA THE DEAD: A FAIRY TALE (2016, 20 mins).
Director Tom Frederic fuses a love of 80s fantasy adventure movies, Disney and zombies, this is a genre-hopping modern fable about the dangers of cruising with zombies in a sauna. Not everyone lives to see the dawn.
TROUSER BAR (2016, 18 mins)
Set in a menswear shop in 1970s London, there's more than a taste of corduroy that's on the mind of its young customers. Intended as a project for the 'Godfather of gay porn', Peter De Rome it's been finally brought to life by legendary director Kristen Bjorn and producer David McGillivray with cameo appearances from Julian Clary, Barry Cryer and Nigel Havers
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy
and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away.
Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern-day Britain.
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IN CINEMAS OCTOBER 21
30th Anniversary re-release of Alex Cox’s SID & NANCY New restoration supervised by cinematographer Roger Deakins
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this event and the beginning of 'Punk', STUDIOCANAL in association with the Independent Cinema Office will be releasing the restored SID & NANCY at cinemas from 5th August marking its own 30thAnniversary, followed by EST release on 22ndAugust and a new special-edition DVD/Blu-ray released on 29th August on the Vintage Classics label from STUDIOCANAL.
Arguably one of the most iconic figures of the Punk-era was Sid Vicious. He joined The Sex Pistols in 1977 (replacing Glenn Matlock as bass guitarist) and in his performances and personal life he embodied the hardcore punk-personality taking the vulgarity and nihilism inherent in the music to its ultimate extreme.
In 1986, Alex Cox (Repo Man, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas) co-wrote and directed SID & NANCY, a vivid and shocking portrait of the mutually destructive drug-and-sex filled relationship between Sid Vicious and his American girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The film embodied the noise and fury of Punk while at the same time revealing the intimate and heart-breaking relationship between two lost souls stuck in a situation that they couldn't handle.
It's 1977 and The Sex Pistols have taken the music world by storm with lead singer Johnny Rotten (Andrew Schofield) and bass guitarist Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman – Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy, The Dark Knight) enjoying all the spoils that fame and money have to offer. Vicious embarks on a relationship with an American groupie – Nancy (Chloe Webb – Shameless) - who has come to London to pursue him but the couple's increasing drug use frays relationships with Johnny and the rest of the band.
With Nancy in tow, The Sex Pistols embark on a chaotic tour US tour which ends in disaster with the band breaking up. Vicious attempts to start a solo career, with Nancy as his manager, but by now both are dangerously addicted to heroin. The two continue in a downward, destructive spiral until, in October 1978 at the Chelsea Hotel in New York, Nancy is found stabbed with Sid lying prostrate at her side. Arrested and accused of murder, he dies of an overdose before his trial.
With an original soundtrack featuring punk and post-punk artists such as Joe Strummer (The Clash), and The Pogues, SID & NANCY is one of the defining films of the punk era and is available to buy for the first time as a UK Blu-ray from 29thAugust (also on DVD). The 30th Anniversary Vintage Classics DVD/Blu-ray special edition of SID & NANCY features the restored film with colour correction approved by cinematographer Roger Deakins (Hail Caesar, Sicario, No Country For Old Men, The Shawshank Redemption) and a host of new special features
Jake (John Hardy) has lost his wife to the Laughing Mask killer. Recently, his daughter has been kidnapped by this same madman. Jake must work with the diligent detective, Kate O'Malley (Sheyenne Rivers), to track down this elusive man. But, where the Laughing Mask takes him, Jake is unprepared to go. Jake must deal with a strange assortment of monsters and creatures, within the Laughing Mask's darkened lair.
The film was scripted by Aguiar.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
A powerful and engaging British drama, THE VIOLATORS is the directorial debut of acclaimed writer Helen Walsh, who also wrote the film, following her award-winning work on novels including best-sellers The Lemon Grove, Once Upon A Time In England and Brass. The cast is led by rising stars Lauren McQueen (The Mill,Ordinary Lies) and Brogan Ellis (Waterloo Road) alongside Stephen Lord (Penny Dreadful,Shameless, Route Irish), Liam Ainsworth (Kajaki), Derek Barr (Pride) and newcomer Callum King Chadwick.
After testifying against her abusive father, Shelly (McQueen), finds herself rehoused on a sink estate she can barely call home. A petty thief, Shelly spends her days roaming the estate and docklands in search of opportunities. When she attracts the attention of estate loan shark and groomer, Mikey Finnegan (Lord), Shelly finds herself thrust under the watchful gaze of a mysterious stranger, Rachel (Ellis). As Shelly's relationship with Mikey develops, so does Rachel's fixation with Shelly. The shock-revelation that Shelly's father is to be given early parole forces Shelly to make a decision that will alter the fates of all three of them forever.
Set amid the desolate beauty of a post-industrial wasteland, THE VIOLATORS is a meditation on the meaning of home, and the potency and fragility of young girls' sexuality.
Delivering terrifically assured lead performances are feature-film newcomers LAUREN MCQUEEN and BROGAN ELLIS in the lead roles of Shelley and Rachel. A year before filming began, the filmmakers spotted Lauren McQueen in the TV drama Good Cop and invited her to work-shop some of the scenes from the script. They were blown away by the moving and mature performance the then 16-year old Lauren gave, and knew they had found their leading lady. Lauren got the bug for acting during the filming and has continued with her next feature Carolyn Saunders' THE WASTING to be released later this year. Local actress Brogan Ellis had similarly impressed writer/director Helen Walsh and executive producer Kevin Sampson with her transgender role in WATERLOO ROAD, and was their top choice for the supporting female role of Rachel.
HELEN WALSH was born in Warrington in 1976, and her first novel Brass, about a female sex addict, was the recipient of a Betty Trask Award and published to great acclaim around the world. Her second novel, Once Upon A Time In England,won the Somerset Maugham Prize. She has written four novels to date, all of which have been published internationally. The Lemon Grove, her most recent, was a critically acclaimed best-seller. All of her work touches upon the complexities and ambiguities of female sexuality. THE VIOLATORS marks her debut feature film as writer/director and is produced by Red Union Films, with the support of the BFI Film Fund.
UK / 97 minutes / 2015 / Cert: TBC / Released by Bulldog Film Distribution
A 13-year-old rapper (Markees Christmas) falls for a rebellious classmate (Lina Keller) after moving from the U.S. to Germany with his widowed father (Craig Robinson).
THE FOUR HORSEMEN return for their second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin-Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance. When the Horsemen are threatened into pulling off their most impossible heist yet, their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Jay Chou, Daniel Radcliffe and Michael Caine.
NOW YOU SEE ME 2 is released in UK cinemas on 4th July 2016
Monday, 13 June 2016
A trio of outrageous fairy tales all connected within an unseemly kingdom. Like every fairy tale there are mythical beasts, royal families and magical powers. Tale of Tales consists of a Queen desperate to have a child that she is willing to sacrifice anything, a King that marries his daughter off to an ogre and a pair of sisters going to extreme lengths to be youthful again. Each of the three different fairytales are filled with insanity, darkness and pure surrealism. Unlike regular fairy tales Tale Of Tales doesn't have a happily ever after, rather just an 'after'.
Into the Woods
A modern twist on the classic fairy tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel all tied together. A baker and his wife cursed by the witch next door leaving them unable to have a child they greatly want. To undo the curse they embark on a journey to gather objects requested by the witch to break the curse. On their endeavours they encounter Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood and Jack and the bean stalk. Everyone's wishes are granted, but with any wish or desire comes consequences and disaster.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events
A series focused on three siblings, the Baudelaire orphans. Right off the bat it is said that very few positive things happen to the children, misfortune seems to follow them and it is not a story with a happy ending. The children become orphans after their parents are killed in a fire in their family home and are sent to live with a distant relative Count Olaf. The series of unfortunate events stems from Count Olaf's many attempts to kill the children in order to get his hands on the Baudelaire family fortune.
The Little Mermaid
Written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1836 the original story is not like the Disney happily- ever-after version you are most likely familiar with. The similar theme of love is present in both versions but the original is a gruesome and depressing story about self-sacrifice. A mermaid meets a prince and falls in love after she saves him from drowning. Madly in love with the prince the young mermaid visits a sea witch and trades her voice for a pair of legs. Here's the twist...she will have legs but it will feel like she's waking on jagged shards of glass and will turn into sea foam if the prince rejects her. Despite these drastic circumstances she willingly trades her mermaid tail for a pair of legs. Spoiler alert, the prince rejects her and the mermaid throws herself into the sea thus turning into sea foam and dying.
Unlike Disney's version the original story of Sleeping Beauty is not quite so sincere. The beauty is woken with an innocent kiss in the story line that most people know. In the original tale the waking of the beauty is not so innocent but rather vulgar, the prince sees her asleep and rapes her. This in does not wake the beauty and nine months later she gives birth while she is still asleep. What wakes her in the original tale is the sucking of her finger by her new born child. She wakes up to find herself a rape victim and a mother.