Wednesday 31 August 2016

Deepwater Horizon - Mini Featurette - In Cinemas Sept 29

On April 20th, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.  Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honours the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson
Directed by: Peter Berg
Based upon: An article by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul published in The New York Times
Screenplay by: Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand
Screen Story by: Matthew Sand
Produced by: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, David Womark


The Comedian’s Guide To Survival - Poster and Trailer

Out in cinemas and on digital from October 28th
Out on DVD from October 31st

Failed comedian James Mullinger comes to a crossroads in his life; no one wants to see him perform, his wife is fed up, and his day time boss has given him an ultimatum - take a promotion and never do stand up again, or stick to the comedy and lose his job.

To add salt to the wound, his boss, the editor of COQ, wants him to interview the greatest comedians in the UK and North America for an upcoming comedy special. The recollecting of his worst performances and the disasters that followed, James analyses where it all went wrong, and finds himself steering the interviews to his own interests, rather than that of the magazines. Through spending time with his former heroes, a faint glimmer of his passion for comedy that once stirred within begins to emerge.

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Sausage Party Movie Review by Carleton Rutter

Director: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon
Cast: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, James Franco and Salma Hayek

What's it all about?

Frank (Rogen) a sausage (Actually a hot dog) a product on the shelf of Shopwell’s Grocery Store strives to discover the truth about his existence. What happens to the food that is selected by the humans, is their fate as glorious as they believe or are things darker than expected?

What are my thoughts?

Sausage Party which was released earlier this month in the States, came out to mixed reviews. The movie though featured one of the funniest red band trailers I have seen in a long time. Despite, a completely different subject matter and audience, a similarity between this movie and another animated feature earlier this year, The Secret Life of Pets can certainly be drawn. Both being examples of movies that don't fully live up to their trailers. I much preferred Sausage Party though between the two. Pets was pants.

There are a lot of laughs to to be had in this movie, and there were several scenes that really had the audience laughing. I saw this on preview night and the cinema was around 80% full.

Taking centre stage is Frank voiced by Seth Rogen who leads us through his quest to make the food in the store realise what happens to them once selected. Sausage Party is raunchy, crude, politically incorrect, racist and sexist. Everything a movie in 2016 shouldn't be, and as a result it’s a delight to see a movie shove a hearty two fingers to this over PC conscious world. What do you expect an adult animated movie from Seth Rogen and team to do? Play it safe? This movie is DEFINITELY not for kids. The financial success of this movie will no doubt open the doors for other adult themed animated features, and of course it’s own possible sequel.

The raucous comedy aside, the movie has some clever touches. The super market setting in which the movie takes place, is seen in a washed out colour palette from the humans PoV. This is then washed away and replaced with a full colour world for the food. I liked that touch, to act as a distinction between the two worlds. The animation though is not of the same class of the likes of Pixar (Watch out for an Easter egg nodding to this on a bumper sticker of a car), and the humans and look of the “real” world is like a darker take on the Despicable Me kind of look. However, you’re not here though to see a ground breaking piece of animation, you’re here to have a good laugh, and laugh you will.

The movie also sends up real world rivalries past and present with a rivalry between a lavash and a bagel that takes centre stage that brilliantly sends up the Middle East conflict. What I also found to be very clever was the food's believe that everything is okay after being chosen by the humans, which brilliantly parodies some people's belief about religion.
This leads me onto the voice-over work, which is top notch. Kristen Wiig as Brenda the bun, and Edward Norton as Sammy Bagel Jr being the standout turns.

The story itself as well is engaging enough as you are with Frank, Brenda and friends on their quest.

So, what were my issues with the movie? The profanities in the movie come thick and fast (The first word of the whole movie is “Shit”) and it’s thick with foul language until the end. This for me wore me down after a little while, once I’d heard a food drop the f-bomb or even fouler language that was enough and it dragged the movie down somewhat as it felt they were just swearing for swearing sake.

Also, a lot of the jokes which are fresh at the start tend to get recycled during the movie leaving me to feel like it was like a broken record. Also, harking back to the start of my review, The Secret Life of Pet’s trailer as I said in my review of that movie was basically the first five minutes of the actual movie. With Sausage Party, arguably the funniest scene of the red band trailer - the kitchen sequence is but one scene and perhaps the funniest of the movie. I would have preferred a “Great Escape” style movie, where our main protagonists had to escape the humans and get back to the safety of the store. In it’s place though we get a movie that is largely set within the confines of the supermarket which although well done from the PoV of food, (Think the toy store from the PoV of Woody and Buzz and friends in Toy Story) it is at times a little claustrophobic.

Sausage Party though, is unlike any film that is out at the moment, scratch that. It’s unlike any film that has ever been made, and given it’s originality should be seen on this alone.

So, if you are in a need of a laugh and are not someone that will be easily offended by foul language, sexism, racism, and basically any other ism, then I recommend you check this out. Just don't take the kids.

It is released in the UK on September 2nd.

Sausage Party Movie Review by Carleton Rutter

Competition: Win Patient Z on DVD

Patient Z is released on DVD September 5th. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Lacie Donovan suffers from a problem that is all too common for college students: an empty wallet. With semester break at hand, a flyer on the campus bulletin board offering $1,000 for medical research volunteers could not have been posted at a better time.

Lacie, her friend Killian and half a dozen other participants sign up for the 3-day experiment. Unfortunately, they've unknowingly volunteered their bodies as human guinea pigs in an ongoing U.S. Military experiment aimed at developing a bioweapon...

Kirk Anderson (Actor), Daniel Baldwin (Actor), David McElroy (Director)

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Monday 29 August 2016

Competition: Win Vampyres on DVD

Vampyres is out on DVD on 5th September! and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to win.

Two beautiful women roam the English countryside, luring men to their estate for orgies of sex and blood. But when a group of campers stumble into the vampires' lair, they find themselves sucked into a vortex of savage lust and forbidden desires.

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Saturday 27 August 2016

War Dogs Movie Review

Director: Todd Philips
Cast: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Bradley Cooper and Ane de Armas

What's it all about?

Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz (Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Hill), who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.

What are my thoughts?

“War Dogs” is a movie that has been on my horizon for sometime. I saw the trailer and liked it but didn't love it. Furthermore I like Teller and Hill but equally they are not in my top tier of actors in Hollywood. I really enjoyed Teller in "Whiplash" though, but I thought he was miscast for “Fantastic Four”, he's not a comic book actor, he is more suited I feel to serious roles. As for Hill, I have enjoyed him in many roles such as the Jump Street movies, “Moneyball” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” but I've never “really” loved him.

However I decided to take the plunge and see “War Dogs”. I'm glad I did, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would based on the trailer and the lead actors. The movie is told from the standpoint of Teller’s character Packouz. He narrates the movie Wolf of Wall Street style, albeit with freeze frame narrations. I had heard that this story telling element became tiresome in this movie, but I was fine with it.

The two lead actors have very good chemistry and work well off each other. Between the two I definitely preferred Teller’s character who plays the straight man trying to keep a young family together to Hill’s douchbag two faced loner.

“War Dogs” is a biographical crime drama with comedic elements, the trailer slightly miss sells the movie making you think that it's a comedy. It's not. The humour though when used, worked well.

It's a little slow to start in the first act, as the movie spends a while getting the pieces of the puzzle together. However, as the film wore on it became more and more engrossing as these two guys got themselves deeper and deeper into trouble. It was at the latter stages of the movie that I found myself enjoying it a lot more.

Teller and Hill aside, the only other notable players were Bradley Cooper as Henry Girard a shady arms dealer (His role is very small), Sydney Pollack as an investor of Teller and Hill’s company and the devastatingly beautiful Ana de Armas as Iz, Teller’s wife.

As the summer winds down and we get ready for the more “serious” season of Autumn and beyond, you could do a lot worse than “War Dogs”.

War Dogs is out now!

Review by Carleton Rutter

Blair Witch TV SPOT - Remember (2016) - Horror Movie

Starring: Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry
Blair Witch TV SPOT - Remember (2016) - Horror Movie

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James' sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.

Sully Official IMAX Trailer (2016) Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood

The story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of his 155 passengers.

Release Date: September 9, 2016
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Todd Komarnicki (screenplay), Chesley Sullenberger (book)
Stars: Tom Hanks, Anna Gunn, Aaron Eckhart

Sully official trailer courtesy of Warner Bros.

Jack Goes Home - Official Trailer (2016) Britt Robertson, Natasha Lyonne Horror Movie

After his father is killed in a car crash, Jack travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. There, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family history, his parents, his friends and his very identity.

Release Date: October 14, 2016
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director: Thomas Dekker
Writer: Thomas Dekker
Stars: Britt Robertson, Natasha Lyonne, Nikki Reed, Rory Culkin

Jack Goes Home official trailer courtesy of Momentum Pictures.

Thursday 25 August 2016

Southside with You - Official UK Trailer - in cinemas 30 September

Inspired by accounts of the first couple’s first date, Richard Tanne’s romantic and intimate directorial debut Southside With You follows the story of the charming first-year law associate Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers), as he takes reluctant attorney Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) on a daylong trip in and around Chicago’s South Side in 1989.

Michelle, a career-oriented, Ivy League-educated attorney and the only black woman at her firm, has her guard up against even a whiff of perceived impropriety. The last thing she wants is for her superiors to judge the firm’s two African-American colleagues for unprofessional behaviour. Barack agrees in theory, but his profound attraction to Michelle trumps caution. And he’s self-confident enough to believe he can remain professional and capture her heart at the same time.

Although the pair have no inkling they will someday make history together, their date marks the first spark of romance between the future first couple, making this sweet and inspiring love story all the more poignant.

Wednesday 24 August 2016

Rappers Debuting On The Big Screen

Over the years, countless rappers have had a shot at making the transition from beats to screens. For many, it transpired into something a little far off the long and fulfilling career in acting they imagined. However, the lucky few that proved their theatrical capability against the odds have continued to become central figures within the film industry. To celebrate the release of BrOTHERHOOD in cinemas August 29th, we take a look at the top 5 that managed to effortlessly become big screen icons in addition to their reputations in the rap game.

Will Smith 
Undoubtedly one of the most celebrated movie stars…ever; there are few actors with the widespread appeal of this ex “Fresh Prince.” He refined his acting ability on the popular show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, before making a permanent hop to features with 1996 smash Independence Day. Even in the two decades since then, he’s delivered almost non-stop box office hits and earned a reputation as the crème de la crème for rappers who are trying to catch a break.

Ice Cube
This notorious founding member of American rap group N.W.A, may have followed up the release of musical masterpiece Straight Outta Compton with a immensely successful solo career, but in the early 1990s, his film career arguably blew up just as big. He made his debut in Boyz n the Hood before headlining his own knockout franchises in the likes of Friday and Barbershop. Most recently, he’s put his passion into N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, where is son stars as Cube in his younger days.

Queen Latifah
It only took her debut album “All Hail the Queen”, to prove herself a force to be reckoned with in the music world. But it certainly didn’t just stop with songs; Latifah earned an Oscar nomination for her standout performance in Chicago and has appeared in several sensation films, including Set It Off, Bringing Down the House and big-screen musical Hairspray. Not bad for someone who had little acting experience before starring in Fox sitcom Living Single.

Mark Wahlberg
Former nominal frontman for hip hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, Mark Wahlberg has come leaps and bounds since making his film debut in 1994 Renaissance Man. Presently, the rapper-turned-actor has become an indispensable instrument to many a box office hit, thanks to the likes of Boogie Nights, The Other Guys and Ted. Most notably, he earned an Oscar nomination for his role in The Departed and has established a successful run as a producer of Entourage and Boardwalk Empire.

It’s fair to say it's been a good year for the rising grime MC, but it looks as if it may take another positive turn for Stormzy, with the Thornton Heath artist set to make his acting debut in new release BrOTHERHOOD

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Guardians (aka Zaschitniki/Защитники) Official Trailer (2017) - Russian Superhero Movie

Set during the Cold War, a secret organization named "Patriot" gathered a group of Soviet superheroes, altering and augmenting the DNA of four individuals, in order to defend the homeland from supernatural threats.

The group includes representatives of the different nationalities of the Soviet Union, which each one of them have long been hiding their true identity. In hard times, they settled down to business and gather to defend their homeland.

• Genres - Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
• Director - Sarik Andreasyan
• Stars - Anton Pampushniy (Arsus), Sanzhar Madiev (Khan), Sebastien Sisak (Ler), Alina Lanina (Xenia), Valeria Shkirando (Latina), Vyacheslav Razbegaev (Dolgov), Stanislav Shirin (Kuratov)

Monday 22 August 2016

Top 10 Ingrid Bergman films

The illustrious career of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman was as diverse as it was incredibly prolific, spanning work made not only in her native Europe but in Hollywood too, where she became one of the most iconic stars in studio history. Born in Stockholm in 1915, Bergman’s first roles came in domestic Swedish films before she successfully transcended her roots, and was introduced to American audiences in the 1939 film Intermezzo. From then on, Hollywood fell in love, and filmmakers were knocking down her door.

Bergman’s most recognisable performance is perhaps the classic romance Casablanca (1942) opposite Humphrey Bogart, though she most notably turned heads through her work with Alfred Hitchcock in three films, Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), and Under Capricorn (1949). She also won Oscars for her roles in Gaslight (1944), Anastasia (1956) and Murder On The Orient Express (1974), proving her passion for her career and her devotion to her craft.

However, as immediately identifiable as she was on the silver screen for so many years, it was in the privacy of her own home where her most raw and personal appearances took place. Decades after her passing, this is finally explored in heartfelt documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2016), showcasing the actress in a new light by exposing never-before-seen home video footage, notes, letters, diaries and frank interviews with her children.

What this makes for is a personal portrait and captivating look behind the scenes her remarkable life. From her early passion for film and theatre through to her Hollywood ascent and scandalous romances, Bergman retained a fervent love for her family and adeptness for scrupulously recording her own life.

Lovingly assembled by filmmaker and critic Stig Björkman and with Bergman’s writings voiced by Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander, Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words is a remarkably insightful and intimate depiction of a woman whose strength and accomplishments continue to inspire today. To celebrate the film’s release, we’ve rounded up 10 of Bergman’s most noteworthy on-screen performances.

Intermezzo - 1939
Bergman’s Hollywood debut came in the 1939 film Intermezzo, playing Anita Hoffman. When a famous violinist (Leslie Howard) becomes charmed by his daughter’s talented piano teacher, he invites her to go on tour with him. The film was a remake of the 1936 Swedish film of the same name which also starred Bergman in the same role. It brought the young actress into the spotlight, kicking off a career that would eventually make her known to the world as a Hollywood icon.

Casablanca - 1942
A perfect mixture of cynicism and romance, Casablanca remains to this day an incredible example of a Hollywood classic. The film hardly seemed like a contender to becoming one of the best of all time. In what is Bergman’s most well known role, she plays Ilsa Lund, the wife of a famed rebel whose affections are challenged when she runs into old flame Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) at his nightclub in Casablanca. Though Bergman herself could never quite understand the film’s appeal, even after its modern-day appreciation, Casablanca moved beyond wartime propaganda that was popular during this period and became a notable peak for the film industry, and for Bergman.

Gaslight - 1944
George Cukor’s psychological thriller stars Bergman as Paula Anton, the wife to a manipulative murderer (Charles Boyer) who slowly tries to convince her she’s going mad. Set in Victorian London, Bergman’s character finds herself torn between affection for her husband and the terror he tries to inflict on her, with the actress maintaining a nervous demeanour instead of playing an ill-fated victim. This was the role that won Bergman her first best actress Oscar in a film that elevated the gothic melodrama genre, charting Paula’s progression into insanity.

Notorious - 1946
Bergman was the leading lady of three films directed by iconic director Alfred Hitchcock. Their second collaboration saw Bergman take on the role of Alicia Huberman, the daughter of a German spy who is tasked by US government agent T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant, who also starred with her in Hitchcock’s Spellbound, 1945) to go undercover to Rio to foil a Nazi plot. The thematically dark film marked a change for Hitchcock who, for the first time, created a serious love story, which sees a love triangle form between Alicia, Devlin and Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains), an old acquaintance. Hitchcock defied the censor on kisses lasting more than three seconds, creating an iconic moment for both the director and actors.

Joan of Arc - 1948
Playing the French religious icon Joan of Arc was a role Bergman had been obsessed with. She had long been lobbying to play the role, and notably considered it a dream project. The film reunited her with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1941) director Victor Fleming, recounting the life of the titular French heroine, from when she heard a message from God to her leading a campaign against the crowning of the new King of France, to her being burnt at the stake in Rouen, France. The film received mix criticism upon its release, though Bergman was still nominated for a best actress Oscar. Joan of Arc marked the beginning of Bergman’s exile from Hollywood, and she wouldn’t return until her appearance in Anastasia (1956) eight years later.

Stromboli, Terra Di Dio - 1950
Bergman moved back to Europe and found work with popular Italian director Roberto Rossellini in Stromboli, Terra Di Dio. The Italian-language film brought them together artistically and otherwise, and saw Bergman playing Karin, a Lithuanian war refugee so desperate to escape her conditions that she marries an Italian fisherman (Mario Vitale) and moves with him to the remote island of Stromboli. Rossellini explores the idea estrangement and belonging, with the film marking the start of Bergman’s relationship with the director.

Journey to Italy - 1954
In what is perceived to be his best work, Rossellini’s story of an unravelling marriage takes place in the Neapolitan Riviera, a stunningly picturesque place that finds English couple Alex (George Sanders) and Katherine Joyce (Bergman) holidaying there. Within days of their arrival, their marriage starts to deteriorate, and a mutual misunderstanding leads to jealousy on both sides. During their holiday, they take aimless trips together to art museums and nightclubs, but when they eventually come to a compromise, it’s perceived to be motivated by their devotion to one another.

Anastasia - 1956
Bergman made a triumphant return to the American screen in Anastasia, winning the best actress Oscar for the second time in her career. She played the title role of Anastasia, an amnesiac princess who is roped into a plot by an exiled Russian, General Bounine (Yul Brynner) who wants to milk his family inheritance. Anna, who has no family left and with nothing to lose, agrees to help the general, no matter the cost. Bergman’s performance finally put her back into Hollywood’s good graces as she scooped up all major awards that season.

Murder on the Orient Express - 1974
Splitting her time between Hollywood and Europe during the latter period of her career, Bergman took on the role of Greta Ohlsson in director Sidney Lumet’s Murder on the Orient Express, based on Agatha Christie’s classic murder-mystery novel. A voice coach was brought in for Bergman, who plays a Swedish woman returning to Europe after being away in Africa, because her natural accent had faded after working in Hollywood for so long. Her part was small, but she ended up picking up an Oscar and a BAFTA for her supporting role.

Autumn Sonata - 1978
Ingmar Bergman’s softly lit drama stars Liv Ullmann as Eva, the daughter to Ingrid’s concert pianist, Charlotte. The film picks up after a seven year visit between the two women; they’re both resentful. The Swedish director takes a knife to the mother-daughter dynamic, offering an insight into the bitter cycle of guilt and co-dependence. The Golden Globe winning film was the last theatrical release for Bergman, who gives an astounding performance as Charlotte.

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words is released on DVD and digital HD on 19th September
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Competition: Win Ratchet & Clank on DVD

Ratchet & Clank is released on DVD August 29. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies on DVD to give away.

Based on the legendary gaming franchise, RATCHET & CLANK follows Ratchet, a foolhardy Lombax and the last of his kind, who grows up all alone, desperate to make something of himself in the universe. Upon meeting Clank, a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn, the pair decides to band together and lead the quest to stop the evil alien, Chairman Drek, who has designs on using a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets and taking over the galaxy.

With the fate of the universe on their shoulders, this unlikely pair embarks on a whirlwind adventure through outer-space, where they learn about heroism, courage, and the importance of having a good friend by your side...

Featuring an impressive cast of voice talents including Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, James Arnold Taylor and Sylvester Stallone, RATCHET & CLANK is a hilarious, intergalactic rocket ride for the whole family to enjoy! Now, let’s get ready to KICK SOME ASTEROID!

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Friday 19 August 2016

Emma Watson Retrospective

Actress, feminist, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and all-around fantastic human being, Emma Watson has certainly raised eyebrows with her challenging role in Florian Gallenberger’s gripping and unnerving film The Colony (Colonia). Formed from the aftermath of horrifying true events, the thriller is available to buy via digital download from August 19th and on Blu-ray and DVD from August 22nd, 2016 courtesy of Signature Entertainment. Whilst Watson has continued to grow as a performer following her debut as Hogwart’s teacher’s pet, Hermione Granger, The Colony shows her in an entirely different light. To honour her exceptional and increasingly diverse work on screen, let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the starring roles she has become known for over the years:

The Colony (2015) | Lena
Playing the character of Lena, Watson embarks on a journey to liberate her lover (Daniel Brühl) from the infamous Colonia Dignidad cult, and it’s leader Paul Schafer (Michael Nyqvist). This challenging role gives fans the chance to see an incendiary Emma as she’s never been seen before, with her character showing extreme courage in the face of pure evil, attempting to expose the ugly truth about a religious cult with links to Chilean leader General Pinochet’s unflinching regime. Watson gives a dedicated performance, portraying a brave young woman in pursuit of salvaging what little justice she can.

Harry Potter (2001 - 2011) | Hermione Granger
By far the most memorable role of Watson’s career, Hermione Granger has become one of cinemas most beloved characters thanks to her fantastic performances through the eight Harry Potter films. Based on J.K Rowling’s immensely popular novels, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was Watson’s cinematic screen debut, playing the intelligent and determined young girl who we have seen grow up in the franchise over 10 years, playing a large part in many of our childhood lives. Spending time solving various magical mysteries around Hogwarts with your best friends has become a common dream amongst us muggles, but Emma Watson got to live it!

The Bling Ring (2013) | Nikki
From a child witch genius to a teenage criminal mastermind, it was hard to believe in 2013 that the sweet Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame could ever be involved in the criminal world of celebrity home theft! Wanting access to the lifestyle of the rich and famous, Nikki (portrayed by Watson), and her glitz and glamour fixated friends go ‘shopping’ in various Beverly Hills mansions, trying on everything from designer threads to the hottest shade of lipstick. But thieves never prosper, and Nikki soon finds herself well in over her Gucci shades with the law. Watson doesn’t take the easy road with The Bling Ring, challenging herself with a complex role in Sofia Coppela’s film on the grotesque celebrity culture we live in today.

Noah (2014) | Ila
Another celebrated American director that Emma Watson has had the pleasure to work with is Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan), in his biblical epic Noah. Watson plays the role of Ila, Noah’s daughter in law and fellow flood survivor (spoiler alert!), in the first in a long line of modern biblical epics that looked back to the golden-era Hollywood studio films of the 1950’s. Though this adaptation of one of the good book’s most well known tales shouldn’t be taken too seriously (it also stars ‘rock monsters’...) it did prove to be a good fit for Watson who was able to tackle a darker and grittier film than her previous projects, and introducing her fans to yet another side of her, where she shines like sunshine through biblical storm clouds!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) |Sam
In this modern fan favourite Watson plays free spirited high school teen Sam, a complicated but exciting young woman who would rather be dancing all night than studying for a final. Sam and her step-brother Patrick (Ezra Miller), take freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman) under their wing to show him the joys of being a teenager, and the art of not taking life too seriously, as tough as it seems at that age. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up with love, loss, fear and unforgettable friends, which Watson embodies perfectly.

My Week with Marilyn (2011) | Lucy
Last but not least, Emma Watson continues to stand out in this moving biopic on one of the world’s most iconic stars, which also features a Golden Globe winning performance from Michelle Williams as Marilyn.  Watson stars as Miss Munroe’s stylist Lucy, who is courted by aspiring filmmaker Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) whose account of his week on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl shows us a rare and unseen side to the beloved icon. With such a talented cast enrolled in the film, Watson does a fantastic job of holding her own and creating a memorable performance that continues to demand audiences to give her the attention she deserves as an actress in her own right.


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 The Colony is released on Blu-ray and DVD August 22. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Inspired by true events, The Colony tells the harrowing true story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple, who become entangled in a Chilean cult in 1973.

When Daniel is brutally abducted by the military's secret police, Lena embarks on a desperate search for her boyfriend. She tracks him to Colonia Dignidad an infamous compound run by a sinister preacher with an iron fist, Paul Schäfer.

Offering herself up as a follower, Lena decides the only way she can free Daniel is to infiltrate the cult. But can she herself survive Colonia s vicious regime?

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Wednesday 17 August 2016

Hell or High Water - Official UK Trailer & Poster

Starring Academy Award©-winner Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster, Hell or High Water is a tense, riveting and critically acclaimed crime thriller, from the screenwriter of Sicario and the celebrated director of Starred Up.

Two brothers (Pine and Foster) resort to a calculated bank robbery spree that puts them on a collision course with a veteran Texas Ranger (Bridges) determined to take them down.

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Exclusive image of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in Power Rangers

Photo Credit: Tim Palen 

The cast of Power Rangers includes Bryan Cranston as the mighty Zordon and Elizabeth Banks as super-powered villain Rita Repulsa. The rangers themselves are made up from singer Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy.

Arrival - New Poster and Trailer

ARRIVAL is released in cinemas on 11 November.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to  investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take  a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Monday 15 August 2016

Competition: Win Lair of the Beast DVD

Lair of the Beast is released on DVD August 22. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Four friends hike into the Pinewood forest to find evidence of the Chupacabra, a creature believed to be responsible for the disappearance of a group of experienced hikers a year earlier. As they journey deeper into the forest, they are introduced to a darkness that leaves these four victims fighting for their lives. One by one these friends are faced with the reality of survival.

Lair of the Beast is released on DVD August 22

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Don Cheadle Retrospective

Four time Golden Globe Award nominee, with wins for both best supporting actor, and best actor, Academy Award nominee for best actor, with five substantial producing credits to his name, Don Cheadle is now adding writer and director to his resume as well.  Miles Ahead, a project in development for over ten years, Cheadle’s directorial debut, who also produced and co-wrote the film.  Available on digital platforms on 15th August and on Blu-ray and DVD from 22nd August, 2016, in Miles Ahead, Cheadle delivers a career defining portrayal of legendary Jazz musician Miles Davis during one of the darkest periods of his career.  To honour Don Cheadle for perhaps his most compelling performance yet, here’s a look back at some of the actor’s best work over the years.

Miles Davis | Miles Ahead
Miles Ahead picks up on perhaps the darkest period of Miles Davis’ career.  Davis has sequestered himself in a wrecked Upper West side apt in New York City.  It’s 1979, and the musician has not performed publicly in six years, let alone picked up the trumpet in three.  His own worst enemy, Davis has struggled through severe depression and drug addiction, yet he holds on to one tape of his own music that his record company has yet to seize.  In a surprising twist, it is a Rolling Stones reporter played by Ewan McGregor (August: Osage County, Trainspotting 2) that relinquishes his own reporting agenda to help Davis save his music in what becomes an epic battle against corporate music execs to pull the musician out of his funk and back to life.  In Miles Ahead, Cheadle brilliantly exhibits the complex and mercurial character of musical genius that plagued Davis throughout his career.

Buck Swope| Boogie Nights
It is impossible not to love Don Cheadle in this movie.  A breakout role for the actor, in Boogie Nights, Cheadle portrays the geeky but loveable part time porn star, part time stereo salesman, Buck Swope.  Buck has a penchant for country music, and big dreams of opening his own stereo business.  Trusting and kind to his very core, when Buck is shot down for a loan based on his history as a porn star, the pushover suddenly gets a backbone.  After witnessing a bank robbery in which Buck is left with a chunk of cash, Buck decides not to report the crime to police, but instead take the cash as the loan he was previous denied.  He then fulfils his dream of opening a stereo store with his new wife, ex porn star Jessie St. Vincent played by Melora Walters (Sugar Mountain, Underdogs).

Montel Gordon| Traffic
From a porn star to a policeman, in Steven Soderbergh’s four time Academy Award winning film, Traffic, Cheadle takes on a far different kind of role as Montel Gordon, a key player in one of the films three subplots displaying the varying perspectives of the illegal drug trade.  Montel Gordon is an undercover cop for the office of the Drug Enforcement Agency of San Diego.  When Gordon and his partner arrest a major distributor for drug lord Carl Ayala, Eduardo Ruiz played by Miguel Ferrer (Twin Peaks, Iron Man 3), Ruiz agrees to testify against Ayala in what will be a monumental takedown for the DEA.  Ayala’s wife, played by Catherine Zeta Jones (Red 2, Side Effects), interferes, and in the process has Gordon’s partner, Ray Castro, played by Luiz Guzman (Code Black, How to Make it in America) killed.  Gordon is furious and will stop at nothing.  Though he does is not successful in arresting Ayala at the film’s climax, a bug plant leaves room for hope.

Basher Tarr | Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, & Ocean’s Thirteen
It’s hard to forget Cheadle as the explosively eccentric and winning Basher Tarr from the Ocean’s trilogy.  With a surprisingly authentic cockney accent, the dramatic munitions genius is brought in to Ocean’s missions to create city blackouts long enough for the rest of Ocean’s gang to execute large scale robberies.  In the Ocean’s trilogy, Cheadle is accompanied by an all star cast of Hollywood heavy-weights including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, and Casey Affleck.

Paul Rusesabagina | Hotel Rwanda
The role that earned Cheadle his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, in Hotel Rwanda, a historical drama based on the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Cheadle portrays Paul Rusesabagina, a Tutu hotelier married to a Tutsi woman in a time of extreme political tension between the two tribes in Rwanda.  When civil war erupted, Rusesabagina hid thousands of refugees in the Hotel des Mille Collines.  Rusesabagina eventually stood up to tyrant Hutu army general Augustin Bizimungu played by Fana Mokoena (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, World War Z) threatening to blackmail him.  Through this triumphant act, Rusesabagina successfully garnered freedom for his family and the reported 1,628 refugees that had been given shelter in his hotel.

Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes | Iron Man 2 & 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America Civil War
Proving he truly can play every kind of character, in 2010 Cheadle literally flexed his muscled to take on the role of Colonel James Rhodes, or as he is informally called, “Rhodey” in Iron Man 2, part of the Marvel Franchise.  Rhodey, or War Machine, as he is called when wearing his heavily armed battle suit is a U.S. military officer and jet pilot in the U.S. air force.  He is also best friend to Iron Man and the liaison between stark industries and the military.  Cheadle has reprised this role in subsequent Marvel films such as Iron Man 3, Avengers Age of Ultron, and most recently Captain America Civil War.

Marty Kaan | House of Lies (2011- 2016)
Last but certainly not least, we would be remiss to leave out Cheadle’s unforgettable role in the deliciously addicting Showtime series House of Lies.  In the series, Cheadle plays Marty Kaan, a cold calculated, and devious management consultant that will go to any length to get a deal done.  The comedy series alternates between Cheadle’s fast paced work life, with intermittent freeze frame scenes where the charismatic smooth talker provides entertaining social commentary, and his disastrous personal life including close relationships with his equally cold and ambitious wife, Jessica, played by Dawn Oliveri (Avengers, Entourage) and boldly flamboyant son, Roscoe.  The series concluded this year after four successful seasons.  Cheadle won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a television series in 2012 for his brilliant take on the complex role.

MILES AHEAD arrives on digital platforms on 15th August and on Blu-ray and DVD from 22nd August, 2016, courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.

6 of the Best Jazz Films Ever Made....

Given that the first ever feature length film with synchronized sound, The Jazz Singer was a film about Jazz, it’s no surprise that Hollywood has such a rich history within the genre.  The latest addition to the jazz film category, Miles Ahead is a standout.  Available on digital platforms on 15th August and on Blu-ray and DVD from 22nd August, 2016, Miles Ahead is a bio-pic that offers a deeply moving view into the darker periods that plagued the musical genius Miles Davis’ tumultuous career.  As Miles Davis and Dave Braden, a Rolling Stones journalist who foregoes his own reporting agenda to help the unstable Davis save a precious tape of original music from greedy music executives, Don Cheadle (Captain America: Civil War, Ocean’s Thirteen) and Ewan McGregor (August: Osage County, Trainspotting 2) deliver career defining performances.  To celebrate the release of this poignant account of one of the greatest Jazz musicians in history, here’s a look back at some of the best Jazz films to grace the silver screen over the years.


Miles Ahead
Don Cheadle’s directorial debut, and a pet project in development for over 10 years, Miles Ahead takes on the challenging perspective of the darkest period of legendary jazz musician Miles Davis’ career.  It’s 1979 and the prolific musician has not performed publicly in six years, let alone pick up a trumpet in three.  Secluded from the world in a wrecked Upper West Side apartment, Davis’ biggest obstacle is himself.  He is fighting severe drug addiction and depression, and trying to protect the last piece of music that belongs to only him.  Meanwhile, the outside world has caught wind of the possibility that the mercurial music genius still holds on to one tape of original music.  An eager Rolling Stones reporter, Dave Braden decides to befriend Davis with the hidden agenda to get the inside scoop on the mysterious tape.  In a thrilling turn, Braden’s loyalty to music and the respected musician overcomes his ambitions and he finds himself helping Davis save his music from unappreciative music execs eager to get their hands on new material at any cost.

The Jazz Musician
Categorized as one of the best American films of all time by the American Film Institute in 1998, Warner Brothers and Alan Crosland’s 1927 The Jazz Singer is a piece of cinematic history.   With its introduction of synchronized sound to a moving picture, The Jazz Singer is largely responsible for the turning point in cinema from silent films to “the talkie,” as they called pictures with synchronised sound in the 20’s and 30’s.  Starring Al Jolson as Jackie Rabinowitz, or as he is later called, Jack Robin, The Jazz singer tells the story of the son of a Jewish Cantor, who prefers singing Jazz to the music of the synagogue.  Disowned by his father, the young musician finds success as a Jazz performer.  The father and son are reconciled when Jack forgoes the biggest performance of his career to sing the sacred Kol Nidre at his father’s synagogue on Yom Kippur when the old man is dying.  In the final scene we see Jack performing at one of the biggest theatres in New York.  He is finally living his dream.

Stormy Weather
Starring respected dancer Bill “Bo jangles” Robinson, and the beautifully talented singer, Lena Horne, Stormy Weather is a 1943 Jazz Musical that made its mark on history as one of the first mainstream Hollywood musical productions to cast African American performers in leading roles.  The story of a soldier that returns home from World War I with ambitions to become a dancer, the charming 77 minute film features 20 impressing musical numbers from some of the top music and dance performers of the time including Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, The Nicholas Brothers, and Ada Brown.  In 2001, the film was selected for the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress for its significant relevance to the field of cultural history.

Lady Sings the Blues
Named for Billie Holiday’s 1965 album and single “Lady Sings the Blues,” and the autobiography by the acclaimed singer the same year, Lady Sings the Blues is 1972 bio-pic based on the mesmerizing singer’s dramatic life and career.  The moving film was legendary vocalist Diana Ross’ first fore into acting, yet her portrayal of the Holiday’s turbulent ascent to fame won the actress both Academy Award and Golden Globe award nominations for best actress.  The film itself was nominated for five academy awards, and the soundtrack sold over 2 million copies making it the fourth best-selling R&B album and fifth best-selling Pop album of 1973.

The Fabulous Baker Boys
A combination of sibling loyalty, a love story, and the classic predicament of every great artist: creative freedom vs. making a buck; all underscored by the beautiful melodies of classic jazz, The Fabulous Baker Boys is every bit as fabulous as the title would suggest.  Jeff (The Giver, True Grit) and Beau Bridges (The Descendents, Evel Knievel) star as Jack and Frank Baker, a jazz duo performing gimmicky jazz to sustain a living.  Frank acts as the duo’s manager, while playboy Jack, the real talent of the family, struggles to find his way between a desire to play real experimental jazz, and a life of endless partying and one night stands.  When an eccentric but strikingly talented singer with a chequered past, Susie Diamond, played by Michelle Pfeiffer (What Lies Beneath, Hairspray),  joins the band, she forces the brothers to re-evaluate their partnership.  When Jack and Susie get involved romantically, the band is ruined.  However, Jack is finally inspired to spread his wings and pursue the solo career for which is he is destined.

Winner of three Academy Awards, with nominations for two more including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, the 2014 drama Whiplash was initially planned for only domestic release in limited theatres across the U.S. and Canada.  After being selected as one of the top U.S. dramatic films at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in 2014, the indie film with a 3.3 million dollar budget expanded to over 500 theatres; grossing an estimated 49 million dollars over its 6 month run in theatres.  Starring Miles Teller (Project X, Spectacular Now), and  JK Simmons (Spiderman Trilogy, The Closer), Whiplash follows the first year of talented Jazz musician, Andrew Niemen (Teller), who has been accepted to a prestigious New York City Jazz school.  Niemen is accepted to the upper level band where he suffers under the derision of an abusively rigorous conductor, Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons).  Niemen eventually triumphs over Fletcher in the film’s memorable last scene when the talented drummer leads the entire band in a defiant performance of “Caravan.”  The defeated conductor has no choice but to follow along with his band.


Competition: Win MILES AHEAD on DVD

Miles Ahead is released on Blu-ray and DVD August 22. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Don Cheadle directs and stars as Miles Davis in this biopic about the influential jazz musician. The film begins in the late 1970s during a dark and troubled time of Davis's life in which, after giving up performing, he mostly lived as a recluse in his Upper West Side apartment in New York.

When insistent reporter Dave Brill (Ewan McGregor) from Rolling Stone magazine knocks on his door seeking an interview, Davis grants him his request and takes him on a mission to recover a new session tape from his label bosses at Columbia Records.

During their quest, Davis reminisces over significant events from his life including his relationship with his first wife Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi) and the higher points of his musical career.

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Friday 12 August 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer (Official)

Watch the official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in which a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters December 16, 2016.

War Dogs - Hustling For The American Dream featurette

War Dogs - in UK cinemas August 26 - directed by Todd Phillips and starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas and Bradley Cooper.

Based on a true story, “War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami during the first Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.

Tuesday 9 August 2016

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - New Trailer

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Written and Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson

Milla Jovovich
Ali Larter
Shawn Roberts

ARRIVAL - New Teaser Trailer

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to  investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take  a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
ARRIVAL is released in cinemas on 11 November.

Amy Adams as Dr. Louise Banks
Jeremy Renner as Ian Donnelly
Forest Whitaker as Colonel Weber
Michael Stuhlbarg as Agent Halpern
Tzi Ma as General Shang
Mark O'Brien as Captain Marks

Monday 8 August 2016

Iris Prize announces shortlist of international films competing for this year's £30,000 prize

35 films compete for £30,000 Iris Prize, the world’s largest LGBT short film prize supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation

17 countries represented including first time entry from Taiwan

Horror tales reveal the darker side of LGBT imagination

Filmmakers tackle the taboo of confronting issues of ageing

The horror of nightmares and growing old dominate the themes of this year’s short list of films that are competing for the prestigious Iris Prize in its tenth anniversary year.   Supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation, the organisers of Cardiff’s International LGBT Short Film Prize have today announced the 35 films competing for the £30,000 prize, which continues to be the world’s largest international LGBT short film prize.  Twenty-five have been nominated by the respective number of partner festivals with 10 chosen by a pre-selection jury from a record number of over 300 films entered through open submissions.

Filmmakers from Russia, UK, Australia create darkly compelling stories rooted in the horror genre reflecting the wider interest in fantasy enjoyed by the LGBT community. Equally, a sobering number of this year’s entries address the concerns for growing old and the emotional dilemmas that we face with ageing.  This year’s selection explores LGBT stories from all corners of the globe including Sweden, Italy, Ireland, Spain, India, US, Canada, and for the first time, Taiwan.

The most number of entries come from US with 8 films represented, followed by Australia with 4 films and Canada with 3 films.  The UK is one of six countries with two films in competition alongside Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Italy and Brazil.

Fittingly in this anniversary year, there are a number of Iris alumni who have been nominees in previous years and are now returning with their latest project.

Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, says “With the shortlist for this year’s Iris Prize now announced, I am thrilled by the high standard of entries for this 10th anniversary year.  Having been involved in the festival since its inception, I have been delighted to see not only the number of films being submitted increasing year on year but also the quality of the film-making itself. We get to see wide world view of the LGBT community with submissions from countries as diverse as USA, Australia, Sweden, Italy and India.

 “Furthermore”, he continues, “I am delighted that the number of partner festivals continues to expand, with five more now nominating a film for the shortlist. This is a testament to the growing reputation of the festival on the global stage and how prestigious the Iris Prize has now become”.

The films will screen during this year’s Iris Prize Festival which takes place from October 12th - 16th in Cardiff, Wales, (UK). The winner of the Iris Prize will be announced on Sunday 16 October 2016 during the Iris Awards hosted by Amy Lamé.

This year’s shortlisted films in alphabetical order are:

09:55 - 11:05, Ingrid Ekman, Bergsgatan 4B  -    Dir: Cristine Berglund & Sophie Vukovic   Country: Sweden
A Doll’s Eyes  -   Dir: Jonathan Wysocki   Country: USA
B.   - Dir: Kai Stänicke     Country: Germany
Balcony  -   Dir: Toby Fell-Holden   Country: UK
Between Us  -   Dir: Daithí Ó Cinnéide   Country: Ireland
Buddy  -   Dir: Niels Bourgonje   Country: The Netherlands
Cecil + Carl  -  Dir: Elvis León | Dir: Gaston Yvorra   Country: USA
Choke Hold   -  Dir: Robert Gray    Country: Canada
Dawn   -  Dir: Jake Graf   Country: UK
Great Escape  -    Dir: Sal Bardo    Country: USA
How To be Alone   -   Dir: Erez Eisenstein   Country: Israel
I Don’t Believe in That   -   Dir: Neil Fennell   Country: USA
Il Manichino   -   Dir: Renato Muro    Country: Italy
Kaspar X: If I Had a Soul    -  Dir: Kaspar Wan   Country: Hong Kong
Last Vestiges   -  Dir: Seth Poulin    Country: Canada
Letargo    Dir: Xavier Miralles   Country: Spain
Like a Butterfly (Wie Ein Schmetterling)  -    Dir: Sabrina Maria Roessel   Country: Germany
Little Boy Blue    -  Dir: Nathan Keene   Country: Australia
Little Doll  -   Dir: Kate Dolan     Country: Ireland
Nineteen  -    Dir: Madeline Kelly    Country: Australia
Pink Boy   -   Dir: Eric Rockey    Country: USA
Push Me  -    Dir: Tove Pils   Country: Sweden
Pytor495  -     Dir: Blake Mawson   Country: Canada
Sign   -   Dir: Andrew Keenan-Bolger  Country: USA
Submarine (Submarino)   -   Dir: Rafael Aidar   Country: Brasil
Sunday Lunch (Le Repas Dominical)    -  Dir: Céline Devaux   Country: France
Thanks for Dancing (Takk for Turen)   -   Dir: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken    Country: Norway
The Den (La Tana)  -   Dir: Lorenzo Caproni    Country: Italy
The Last Day Before Zanzibar (O Ultimo Dia Antes de Zanzibar)   -  Dir: Filipe Matzembacher & Mario Reolon   Country: Brazil
The Summer of ABC Burns  -   Dir: Dannika Horvat    Country: Australia
Tonight It’s You  -   Dir: Dominic Haxton    Country: USA
The Threshold  -   Dir: Nishant Roy Bombarde    Country: India
Vamonos  -   Dir: Marvin Lemus   Country: USA
You Deserve Everything  -   Dir: Goran Stolevski   Country: Australia
Yu and Rachel (《他好吗?)  -   Dir: Wu Ji’en    Country: Taiwan

The main festival sponsors are: The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Pinewood Studios Group, Cardiff University, Gorilla Group, Cineworld, Chapter, Gay Star News, Pride Cymru.

Further details of Iris Prize -     
Facebook: Iris PrizeFestival    twitter:  @irisprize

Competition: Win Louder Than Bombs on Blu-ray

Louder Than Bombs is released on Blu-ray and DVD August 15. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Three years after her untimely death, an upcoming exhibition celebrating famed war photographer Isabelle Reed brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family home, forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years.

With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently. A funny and poignant drama starring Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert.

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Louder Than Bombs [Blu-ray] [2016]

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Friday 5 August 2016

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk - Official Annoucement Video

We are pleased to share the official announcement for Christopher Nolan's epic action thriller, 'DUNKIRK', which comes to cinemas July 21st 2017.

"Dunkirk” features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy (“The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception”), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn,” “Hamlet,” “Henry V”) and Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead.  The ensemble cast also includes Harry Styles (One Direction) making his feature film debut.

Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy) is directing “Dunkirk” from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen.

“Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces.  Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

Wednesday 3 August 2016

MISS SAIGON: The 25th Anniversary Performance in Cinemas October 16th

On October 16th MISS SAIGON: THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE brings an all-new spectacular film production of the legendary musical to cinemas around the UK.

This acclaimed new staging of Boublil and Schönberg’s Miss Saigon was one of the most highly anticipated musical events the West End had seen in recent years; smashing box office records and winning numerous awards, it was described by The Daily Telegraph as “the most thrilling, soaring and emotionally stirring musical which speaks afresh to our times.”

Shot in front of a live audience at the blockbuster musical’s sell-out 25th anniversary performance at London’s Prince Edward Theatre, MISS SAIGON: THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE gives cinema-goers around the UK the chance to enjoy the spectacular, sell-out event which saw more than 20,000 people attempt to book seats within the first five minutes of release.

Sir Cameron Mackintosh, producer of the musical and of the film, comments: “The results were so astonishingly cinematic that it was decided that in order to create a unique cinematic/theatrical experience we would film some additional covering shots filmed in January 2016. As this was a filmed live performance, the orchestra and vocals were taken directly from the show’s sound system – one take and no overdubs! It was decided not to digitally remove the stage microphones to remind viewers this was a stage event rather than a film. Remarkably, the emotional performances of this wonderful cast in close-up seems entirely natural as if they were being shot for the cinema rather than being performed in a 1,700-seat theatre. The clarity of the sound and the sweeping music makes this passionate story even more intensely thrilling and moving on the screen.”

With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil (‘Les Misérables’) and lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr, Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s MISS SAIGON is loosely inspired by Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’.  Set in 1975 in Saigon, at the tail end of the Vietnam War it tells the dramatic tale of Kim a young bar girl orphaned by war who falls in love with an American GI only for their love and lives to be torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

The extraordinarily talented cast of MISS SAIGON: THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE includes Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Hugh Maynard as John, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi.

Cinemagoers will also witness a special finale that sees the 25th anniversary performance cast joined on stage by original cast members Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman.

For more information on the UK cinema release of MISS SAIGON: THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE, visit