Friday, 31 August 2018

The Predator - Brand New Trailer


From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

Starring Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey and Yvonne Strahovski, THE PREDATOR arrives in cinemas and IMAX 3D on September 12.

Making Coco The Grant Fuhr Story - First Official Trailer


Upstream Flix is partnering again with Award winning producer Adam Scorgie (Ice Guardians, The Culture High, Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo) in conjunction with Oilers Entertainment Group VP Don Metz and Co-Producer Shane Fennessey for Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story.  Upstream Flix plan to release the film in late 2018.

Don Metz directs this captivating cinematic chronicle on one of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic goalies in the history of the NHL. The feature has been announced as the closing Gala film at the Calgary International Film Festival.

Featured contributors in the documentary include Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Martin Brodeur, Brett Hull, Chris Pronger and many more of the NHL’s royalty.

Fuhr, along with a number of his teammates, will provide a never-before-seen exclusive look into the high-flying Oilers dynasty of the 80’s, what made them so successful, and the infamous challenges that they faced. All-time rivals will speak to what it was like playing against the greatest goalie on the greatest team in the NHL’s 100-year history. Those closest to Grant will take the audience on a journey behind the mask to understand who the mixed-race superstar truly is.

Barely 19, Grant ‘Coco’ Fuhr became starting goalie for the most exciting team in NHL history. In his mid-30’s, he played 76 consecutive and 79 total games in an 82-game season to set two league records, then followed that ironman performance by playing 73 the following season on a completely rebuilt knee. During the decade and a half between, he employed his acrobatic style and cat-like reflexes to backstop five Stanley Cup champions and two Canada Cup winners, cementing a reputation as the ultimate “money goalie”. He also got himself demoted to the minors for calling the hometown fans jerks, announced his retirement at the age of 26 in an attempt to force a famously hard-nosed general manager to renegotiate a long-term contract, and was suspended for an entire NHL season for conduct deemed “dishonourable and against the welfare of the league” for substance use, only to return and redeem himself as one of the game’s true greats.

“I think he’s the best goaltender in the history of the NHL.” - Wayne Gretzky


My Pet Dinosaur - New Trailer


Spielbergian fantasy film My Pet Dinosaur, from Emmy winner Matt Drummond, premieres on Demand this October from Uncork'd Entertainment.

A cross between E.T and Monster’s Inc, My Pet Dinosaur fixes on the unlikely friendship between a boy and a dinosaur.  Cast includes Jordan Dulieu, Annabel Wolfe, Christopher Gabardi (The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years) and Tiriel Mora (Farscape).

Featuring state-of-the-art visual effects, a heart-warming tale of friendship and the beautiful Australian countryside, My Pet Dinosaur is the perfect family treat.

My Pet Dinosaur on Digital 10/2 and DVD 11/6 from Uncork'd Entertainment.

Official Synopsis :  When a boy finds the remnants of a failed military experiment his troubled town is plunged further into chaos as he accidentally makes a new friend.


Film4 scores three Gala slots at BFI London Film Festival


Six Film4 productions will receive their UK premieres as part of the BFI London Film Festival, which unveiled the line-up for its 62nd edition this morning. UK audiences can look forward to their first glimpse of new work from regular Film4 filmmakers Steve McQueen, Yorgos Lanthimos and Mike Leigh, following prestigious berths elsewhere on the autumn festival circuit.

Academy Award® winner Steve McQueen’s Widows, a complex thriller about a group of women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, had already been announced as the Festival’s Opening Night Gala. The film’s star-studded cast includes Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson. Widows receives its World Premiere as a Gala Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival and is Film4’s fourth collaboration with McQueen following Hunger, Shame and the multi-award-winning 12 Years a Slave.

The Favourite, directed by Academy Award® nominee Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, had already been announced as this year’s American Express Gala. Film4’s third collaboration with Lanthimos following The Lobster and last year’s LFF Headline Gala The Killing of a Sacred Deer receives its World Premiere tonight at the Venice Film Festival and has also been selected at Telluride and as Opening Night Gala of the New York Film Festival.

Newly announced this morning as the LFF’s Festival Gala is Wild Rose. Featuring a star-making turn in the lead role from Jessie Buckley, alongside Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo and James Harkness, the film from director Tom Harper and writer Nicole Taylor tells the story of Rose-Lynn Harlan, a wannabe country singer fresh out of jail balancing her dreams of stardom with the needs of her young family. Wild Rose receives its World Premiere at Toronto.

Also announced this morning is the World Premiere of Been So Long, a neon-soaked, modern-day musical set on the streets of Camden Town starring Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene. Directed by BAFTA winner Tinge Krishnan and based on a stage play by Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill, the film features a diverse soundtrack of RnB and Nu Soul music and a supporting cast that includes Ronke Adekoluejo, Joe Dempsie, Luke Norris and George MacKay. The film is a LFF Special Presentation.

Mike Leigh’s Peterloo had already been announced as the LFF’s first ever premiere outside London. The UK Premiere (Special Presentation) will take place at HOME in Manchester on Wednesday 17 October, followed by a Q&A with Leigh and members of the cast which will be simulcast to cinemas around the UK, offering audiences in Manchester and nationwide the opportunity to preview a major release with Manchester’s history at its forefront. Film4’s ninth film with Mike Leigh screens at Venice, Telluride and Toronto en route to London.

Finally from Film4, short film Naptha from writer/director Moin Hussain will premiere in the festival’s London Calling strand. The film tells the story of Faraz, who lives and works in a petrol station with his ageing father Malik, whose increasingly bizarre behaviour is causing them to drift apart.

Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek comments: “We’re incredibly proud to see these films, which embody so much of what Film4 stands for, selected in prominent slots by the prestigious autumn film festivals. We look forward to supporting our filmmakers through the festival season and onwards towards release.”

Three films commissioned by Channel 4’s experimental short form strand Random Acts have also been selected to screen at the BFI London Film Festival: Entitled, a fantasy documentary from director Adeyemi Michael starring the director’s mother Abosede Ajao screens in the festival’s Create short film programme; Right Place, Wrong Tim from writer/director Eros Vlahos starring Asa Butterfield, Adam Buxton and Ella Purnell will show in the Cult section; and Taking Stock from Duncan Cowles, about the perils of freelance filmmaking will play in Laugh.

The final Film4 production on the autumn festival circuit is Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War. Fresh from its Best Director win at the Cannes Film Festival and a huge box office success already in Poland, the film has been selected to screen at Telluride, Toronto and the New York Film Festival. Cold War opens at UK cinemas tomorrow through Curzon.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

The Hate You Give - Trailer


Synopsis
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighbourhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.  Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

THE HATE U GIVE stars Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, with Common and Anthony Mackie.

THE HATE U GIVE is released in UK cinemas November 2nd.

The Predator - New Feature - Who would win in Predator Vs... say, The Rock? Or The Punisher?


On the set of THE PREDATOR, the cast took some time to address a question that many have pondered - who would win in Predator Vs... say, The Rock? Or The Punisher? See how the debate went down in this fun featurette, revealed today by Twentieth Century Fox.


THE PREDATOR is brought to you by director Shane Black and stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey and Yvonne Strahovski.

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

THE PREDATOR arrives in cinemas and IMAX 3D on September 12

First clip from 'e-DEMON' - in theaters and On Demand this September


Jeremy Wechter’s e-Demon goes viral September 14 in select theaters and On Demand.

The pic, produced by Wechter, Michael Gonzalez, PJ Starks, and Emily Pojman, tells of an escaped demon on a dark and twisted mission that manipulates a group of friends hanging out on a video-chat. The film is craftily structured – it takes place completely on a computer screen via the webcams being shown.

Kendra, AJ, Mar and Dwayne are old college friends who find themselves growing apart. Attempting to hang on to their good old Ohio State days, the gang gets together online for a night of stories, pranks and drinking via web-cam. As the evening progresses, they unknowingly release a deviously clever demon that had been trapped for centuries in Salem, Massachusetts. Since the demon can possess multiple people at once, the group of friends must determine who they can still trust in order to survive the demon’s dark and twisted mission.

A division of Petri Entertainment, an independent production company focusing on genre driven films, distribution arm Dark Cuts is headed up industry veterans Warner Davis and Andy Palmer. Past and present releases include Butcher the Bakers, Karate Kill, and the Volumes of Blood horror series.

e-Demon is in theaters and On Demand September 14.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Johnny English Strikes Again - Official Trailer - In Theaters October 26


The game has changed. Unfortunately, he definitely hasn’t. Johnny English Strikes Again is in theaters October 26th!

JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN is the third installment of the Johnny English comedy series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the much loved accidental secret agent. The new adventure begins when a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The Intent 2: The Come Up | New Trailer and Poster


Following the underground 2016 hit, The Intent, THE INTENT 2: THE COME UP will release in cinemas on Friday 21st September 2018.

Starring Nicki Slimting Walker, Femi Oyeniran, Adam Deacon, Ashley Chin, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Dylan Duffus, Ghetts, Krept & Konan, Fekky, Popcaan and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

SYNOPSIS:
THE INTENT 2: THE COME UP centres on Jay (Ghetts) who has big dreams; but his ambitions are crippled by his allegiance to both his crew and Hackney crime boss Beverley (Sharon Duncan-Brewster). Jay sets about laying the foundations for his own organised crime ring with the help of Mustafa (Adam Deacon). Things are going well until Beverley discovers his disloyalty, and an ill-fated robbery in North London and a trip to Jamaica tears the crew apart. All the while, their actions are being monitored by an undercover Met Police officer Gunz (Dylan Duffus), who has been deployed to integrate himself into the crew.

In cinemas September 21.


Competition: Win Redoubtable on DVD


Redoubtable is out on DVD on September 3rd.
And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to give away.

Synopsis
Academy Award winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) returns with this wildly funny and deeply moving tribute to classic cinema. In 1960's Paris, Jean-Luc Godard (Louis Garrel, The Dreamers) is the leading filmmaker of his generation. He's shooting La Chinoise with the woman he loves, Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin, Nymphomaniac Vols I and II), 20 years his junior.

They are happy, attractive, in love. They marry. But the film's reception unleashes a profound self-examination in Jean-Luc. The events of May '68 will amplify this process and the crisis that shakes the filmmaker. Deep-rooted conflicts and misunderstandings will change him irrevocably and the revolutionary, destructive, brilliant filmmaker will pursue his choices and beliefs to breaking point.

Starring Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin and Berenice Bejo


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Sunday, 26 August 2018

BlacKkKlansman - Movie Review


From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out.

Initial release: August 9, 2018

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Chris Stuckmann reviews BlacKkKlansman, starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace. Directed by Spike Lee.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Aaron Paul & Emily Ratajkowski to star in tense psychological thriller Welcome Home


Available on VOD from 12th November
24th August: London, UK - The Movie Partnership have announced that the tense psychological thriller, Welcome Home, will be available on VOD from 12th November. The film stars Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, Gone Girl actress Emily Ratajkowski, and the promising talent of Riccardo Scamarcio (The Woman in White, Master of None & John Wick: Chapter 2).

Desperate to reignite the spark in their once passionate relationship, Bryan (Aaron Paul) and Cassie (Emily Ratajkowski) rent a secluded villa in the Italian countryside.

However, their romantic weekend is immediately threatened when Cassie befriends a handsome local stranger, Federico, filling Bryan with jealousy. As Federico gets closer to Cassie, he begins to take advantage of the young couple’s growing mistrust, turning them against each other.

Soon Bryan and Cassie find themselves caught in a deadly and voyeuristic game of cat and mouse, discovering that the person you love the most may be the person you can trust the least.

Trailer for Matthew Holness' POSSUM


POSSUM is the debut feature film from writer/director Matthew Holness, co-creator and writer/star of the cult TV series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.  Following its successful World Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Irish Premiere at the Galway Film Festival, POSSUM will screen at Frightfest in August and will be released in UK cinemas on 26 October. 

Starring Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible, Southcliffe) and Alun Armstrong (Frontier, Get Carter), POSSUM is a distinctive psychological thriller which pays homage to the British horror films of the 70s.  The film’s unique and stylish exploration of a man’s isolation and abandonment is accompanied by a compelling soundtrack from the legendary electronic BBC music studio The Radiophonic Workshop.

The story follows disgraced children’s puppeteer PHILIP (Sean Harris), returning to his childhood home of Fallmarsh, Norfolk, intent on destroying Possum, a hideous puppet he keeps hidden inside a brown leather bag. When his attempts fail, Philip is forced to confront his sinister stepfather MAURICE (Alun Armstrong) in an effort to escape the dark horrors of his past.

“For the film” Matthew says “I chose to concentrate more fully on the story’s true ‘monster’, a real-life horror more frightening than any supernatural presence.  My desire was to make a modern ‘silent’ horror, with little dialogue or connection with the outer world. This is, after all, a film about silence. Philip’s isolation and abandonment. His loneliness. His terror of speaking out.”


Thursday, 23 August 2018

The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl - Movie Review


Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (夜は短し歩けよ乙女) is a Japanese animated romantic comedy film directed by Masaaki Yuasa.

The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Tomihiko Morimi, Japanese editions of which are illustrated by the film's original character designer, Yūsuke Nakamura.

The story focuses on an unnamed male university student called "Senior" ("Senpai" in Japanese) and his junior ("kohai"), "The Girl with Black Hair" ("Kuroi Kami no Otome"). He has finally decided to confess his feelings to her while she is having a lively night out. He chases her through the mysterious night that seems to last for a whole year, and through many mishaps they end up tangled up with many eccentric people along the way.

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Chris Stuckmann reviews The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, starring Gen Hoshino, Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya. Directed by Masaaki Yuasa.

Crazy Rich Asians - Movie Review


Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised to learn that Nick's family is extremely wealthy and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse, Nick's disapproving mother.

Release date: September 13, 2018

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Chris Stuckmann reviews Crazy Rich Asians, starring Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng. Directed by John M. Chu.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Mile 22 - Movie Review


CIA operative James Silva leads a small but lethal paramilitary team on an urgent and dangerous mission. They must transport a foreign intelligence asset from an American embassy in Southeast Asia to an airfield for extraction -- a distance of 22 miles. Silva and the soldiers soon find themselves in a race against time as the city's military, police and street gangs close in to reclaim the asset.
Release date: August 16, 2018

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Chris Stuckmann reviews Mile 22, starring Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey, John Malkovich. Directed by Peter Berg.


Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Competition: Win I Vitelloni on Blu-ray


I Vitelloni is out NOW on Blu-ray dual format. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and a copy to give away.

Synopsis
Considered Fellini’s absolute masterpiece, I VITELLONI directly influenced films like ‘Mean Streets’, ‘American Graffiti’, ‘Diner’ and other bunch-of-guys-hanging-out, coming of age movies. Autobiographical and set in the director's seaside hometown of Rimini, it shows a clique of male friends who won’t or can't grow up. Close to their 30s, mostly unemployed, they are the Vitelloni of the title, killing time from bar to beach, as they seek to spice up their uneventful provincial lives.

One of them, Moraldo (Franco Interlenghi), serving as Fellini's alter ego, finally breaks free and leaves for Rome. The concluding farewell sequences considered one of the most poignant in cinema. Rooted in Italian neo-realism, Fellini is already announcing his fantastical, carnivalesque cinema of weirdness! I VITELLONI is the springboard of his career and his future worldwide reputation - yet rarely revived until this new HD restored and re-graded CultFilms special edition for the 1st time on Blu ray.


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Monday, 20 August 2018

Interview with Emanuel L. Isler

Producer Emanuel L. Isler had a desire to creature a “highly quality horror film with a small budget”. The result, Dead Love, is released this month.


Why this film? Where did it all begin?
I was introduced to Colin Floom – who had made his mark doing music videos and working on shows for MTV – and we immediately clicked.  We had a mutual desire to create a high quality horror film with a small budget.   

And did your writers go through several drafts before ending on your final shooting script? Much change along the way?
I’m not only the co-producer of “Dead Love” but I’m also the co-writer.  Yeah, my writing collaborator, Chad Israel, and I went through numerous drafts of the script until we came up with something that was pretty decent.  Nathan Trumbull helped come up with a story line that was more punched up and we continued to tweak the material right up until filming began.


Was it an easy movie to get up? Can you talk about the process involved in getting this film ready?
I don’t think there’s any movie that’s easy to get up and “Dead Love” was no different.  From the onset we were plagued with endless challenges – budgeting costs, talent, crew and even weather.  Once we ended up with a script that we were happy with, we immediately went into budget mode.  We did everything we could to cut down costs, length of the shoot, etc.  We then brought together the best crew we could find. Next, we broke down the costs and went out looking for investors.  Surprisingly, the financing side was the least stressful. Our executive producers were enthusiastic about our project and I suppose their believing in me played a big part. 

The next step was location scouting.  We decided on Georgetown – an incredibly scenic town situated in the beautiful mountains about an hour west of Denver. 

Somehow, luck was on our side throughout the process.  Casting was an exciting experience and we were able to sign actors who were hungry to participate and were highly talented as well.  The last piece was signing Kate Linder to star.  We were incredibly humbled and appreciative that an actor of her stature would agree to star in our little film. 

The final step was finding a solution for the movie’s sound.  We were blessed to get the team of Malgorzata Wacht & Alexander Seminara to create the original score of “Dead Love”.  While they have built a long term fan base with their band The Siren Project, this is the first time they’ve worked on a movie.   Their score is both haunting and compelling.  Most important, their music furthers the eerie theme and European-type vibe that was our collective vision. 

Do you know what the inspiration for the script was?
Yeah, it all centered on our fascination with death…particularly the role mortuaries play in what they do.  It’s not necessarily what they do for the dead but, rather, what they do for the living.  This formed the basic bones of our story. 

They don’t make movies like these anymore do they?
In a nutshell, no.  Horror is a very difficult genre, especially now.  The audience has pretty much seen everything – from monsters and ghouls, boo scares, to gallons of blood and gore, and everything in between.  With “Dead Love” we wanted to do something new, fresh and compelling. With that said, we concentrated more on the elements of the classics, i.e. a character driven storyline with an eerie and even macabre atmosphere.  The movie has a slower build than what modern audiences are used to but the result is well worth it and people are really digging it.  The movie is beautiful yet strangely disturbing and that’s what we set out to do. 

How did you get the film invested?
We were able to garner the interest of four financiers who loved the concept and personally believed in me. 

Did you have much say in casting?
Yeah, every step.  Colin Floom did a great job in reaching out to talented actors and we shared each casting decision.  Every role is believable and their performances come off truly organic.  Kate Linder, Grayson Low, Nicole Elizabeth Olson, and Bob Buckley create an awesome ensemble cast.  We were so fortunate to have them involved. 

If one of the actors ends up a breakout star as a result of the movie, who do you predict it’ll be?
It won’t be a breakout because she’s already a star, but I predict Kate Linder will surprise a lot of people with her performance.  Her role is something we’ve never seen her do before and it’s amazing.  I have no doubt this will open new doors for her, and she clearly deserves it. 

I also predict that big things will happen to our team of music composers – Malgorzata Wacht & Alexander Seminara.  They are incredibly talented musicians.  Their band – The Siren Project – has been around for many years and “Dead Love” was the first opportunity they had to score a movie.  Their phenomenal work played a significant role in making this movie the best it could be. 

Lastly, I predict big things for our director of photography, Luke Askelson.  I believe he’ll become a hugely successful cinematographer. He’s a true artist genius. 

And what do you hope the film does for your producing career?
Who knows? I’m hoping it will lead to new opportunities to explore new projects and even new genres.  I’m particularly fascinated with the growing influence of high quality, super original digital episodic television. 

What’s the best piece of independent filmmaking advice you can offer others reading this article?
As an independent filmmaker you have to check your ego at the door.  See yourself as a collaborator and form the right team that will get you where you want to go.  Don’t be afraid to ask your crew for advice and input. Likewise, don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes and be first to apologize if needed.  Lastly, when it comes to working on location, be prepared for the proverbial Murphy’s Law; assume everything will go wrong, especially when it comes to budgeting.  Give yourself plenty of leeway because its scary how fast money is spent once filming starts. 


Interview with Kosta Nikas - Director of Sacred Heart


Kosta Nikas, director of the critically acclaimed new Australian thriller Sacred Heart (out now on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray), gives us the 411 on how the film was hatched and how hard it was to get the movie going.

Where did the idea for the film come from, sir?
I came up with the story in 2013 but the idea of theodicy and the peripheral issues that arise in the story have been troubling me for some time.

What about the script? How did it change, if it all, in the time between that initial draft and the shoot?
I had to cut down a lot of dialogue. Went through about 20 odd drafts before I settled on the final version.

Did you have your actors onboard first or did financing fall into place first? I guess it’s a bit of a chicken or the egg scenario, that one?
Financing started first. As an indie filmmaker I had to rely on the script and with it approached private investors to raise the budget. I never imagined I would’ve had David Field on-board when I started out, so I was very grateful when he accepted to play the Priest.

Who of the cast do you think are closet to their characters? 
Good question. Naughty question. Lol. I had some concerns and doubts and concerns along the way and then when I finished the cut, I realised everyone was perfectly cast.

Is there a particular moment in the film you really, really enjoyed shooting?
Arriving on location on the first day of my first feature was….well, terrifying. I was so nervous. I enjoyed every day after that. The last day of shooting had a special meaning of course… I enjoyed that the most, knowing that we had well and truly pulled it off!

What’s the message of the movie?
I respect the audience’s intelligence enough not to try and be pedagogic and preachy. There is no message. Just a struggle. Just a contemplation they we might all be able to relate to.

What’s next for you?
I’m working on my next feature, romantic comedy, Crooked Chef


Friday, 17 August 2018

HOPE GAP - First Look Images


London, 17 August: Principal photography wrapped last week on family drama HOPE GAP, directed by William Nicholson, and starring Annette Bening, Bill Nighy and Josh O’Connor. Nicholson, a two time Oscar nominated British screenwriter (Gladiator, Shadowlands), OBE, FRSL, director, playwright and novelist, directs from his own script. The film shot for 5 weeks across the UK, in the eponymous Hope Gap, Seaford in Sussex and Leeds and Doncaster, in Yorkshire.

HOPE GAP is financed by Screen Yorkshire, Sampsonic Media and Creative Media with LipSync on board as a production partner. It is produced by David M. Thompson (The Sense of an Ending, Woman in Gold, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and Sarada McDermott (Tolkien, Fighting with My Family, Finding Your Feet). Executive Producers include Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire, Nicolas D. Sampson and Arno Hazebroek for Sampsonic Media, Gavin Poolman, Alex Tate and Peter Gould for CMI, Norman Merry and Peter Hampden for LipSync. LipSync Post is also on board to complete full post production.

Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy) have been married 29 years. When their son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) comes to visit for the weekend at their seaside home, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace. The next day.

Just another breakup. Everyone’s been there, in person or through friends. Hope Gap tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief and anger, to a resolution, of sorts. It’s tender, it’s funny and above all, true. There are no easy answers, no simple paths to redemption, but in the end, it is a story of survival. A story of hope.

Bening is a four-time Oscar nominee (The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are All Right). She recently starred in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and 20th Century Women.

Nighy’s credits include the recent highly acclaimed BBC 1 drama Ordeal by Innocence, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Their Finest and Love Actually.

O’ Connor is best known for his portrayal of Johnny Saxby in God’s Own Country (2017), for which he won a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Actor. He was also nominated in 2018 for the BAFTA EE Rising Star Award. He will play a young Prince Charles in the upcoming series of The Crown.

Nicholson is best known as the Oscar nominated writer of Gladiator and Shadowlands. Other writing credits include Breathe, Unbroken, Everest, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Previous feature directing credits include Firelight (1997).

Nicholson says: “Ever since Shadowlands I’ve been obsessed by the collision of love and pain: HOPE GAP is the most intense, most painful, and most loving story I’ve ever told. I’m so proud to have Annette Bening, Bill Nighy and Josh O’Connor to tell it for me.”

Producer David Thompson, Origin Pictures adds: “Bill has written a truly moving and witty script and we could not have asked for a stronger cast. I am delighted that Annette, Bill and Josh are going to star in what is sure to be a really powerful, distinctive and captivating film. We’re very pleased to have the support of Screen Yorkshire, Sampsonic, CMI and LipSync to bring this project to screen.”


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

First look image released as Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne reunite for THE AERONAUTS


Amazon Studios announce that principal photography has begun across the UK and in London for the feature film THE AERONAUTS.

The film reunites Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Danish Girl) following their successful collaboration on The Theory of Everything, where Jones received an Oscar nomination and Redmayne went onto win the Oscar for his performance of Stephen Hawking.

THE AERONAUTS is directed by BAFTA nominee Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders) and is written by BAFTA winner Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Wonder, Radioactive).

Set in 1862, THE AERONAUTS follow wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and ambitious scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. This is a journey to the very edge of existence, where the air is thin and the chances of survival are slim. As their perilous ascent reveals their true selves, this unlikely pair discover things about each other - and themselves - that help them find their place in the world they have left behind.

The film is produced by Harper, with Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman for Mandeville Films (Wonder, Stronger, Beauty and the Beast); and executive produced by Richard Hewitt. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.

“A top priority for us on The Aeronauts is authenticity.  With that in mind, we intend to do as much balloon filming in the sky as the weather will allow. This image was taken after we launched Felicity and Eddie 2,000 feet in the air, performing their scripted scene, while a helicopter captured it all.  We’re fortunate that Felicity and Eddie have the nerve to do these stunts themselves as it authenticates our entire approach” explains Lieberman.

Additional cast joining Jones and Redmayne include Oscar nominee Tom Courtenay (45 Years), BAFTA nominee Anne Reid (The Last Tango in Halifax), BAFTA winner Rebecca Front (The Thick of It), Vincent Perez (Riviera), Tim McInnery (Game of Thrones), Phoebe Fox (The Hollow Crown) and Himesh Patel (forthcoming Danny Boyle, Richard Curtis project).

Director of Photography is BAFTA winner George Steel (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders), with costumes by Alexandra Bryne (Oscar winner for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Oscar nominated for Finding Neverland, Elizabeth and Hamlet) and hair and make-up by Jenny Shircore (Beauty and the Beast, Macbeth).  Production designers are David Hindle (The Death of Stalin, The Theory of Everything) and Christian Huband (Edge of Tomorrow, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). Louis Morin (Arrival, The House with a Clock on its Walls) is the VFX Supervisor.

A New Breed of PREDATOR is coming! New trailer for THE DAWNSEEKER released!


Before we meet The Predator, come face to face with The Dawnseeker!

Premiering September 4 On Demand from Uncork’d Entertainment, Justin Price’s explosive new sci-fi horror actioner pits five mercenaries against a dangerous alien creature.

2245, the Earth's sun has dwindled and no longer provides the energy needed to sustain human life. Five hired mercenaries travel to an uncharted planet to collect a rare mineral known as stardust to replenish the dying star. After their spaceship crashes on the alien planet, they are stalked and hunted by a creature far more advanced than anything they have ever encountered before. 
                                             
Starring Franziska Schissler, Alexander Kane, Jason Skeen and Khu, The Dawnseeker marks the fifth feature film from director Justin Price (Alien : Reign of Man).

Blindspotting - Movie Review


Collin must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning in his Oakland, Calif., neighborhood. His bond with his volatile best friend soon gets tested when Collin sees a police officer shoot a suspect in the back during a chase through the streets. Things soon come to a head when the buddies attend a party at the upscale home of a young and wealthy tech entrepreneur.

Initial release: July 27, 2018

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Chris Stuckmann reviews Blindspotting, starring Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Wayne Knight. Directed by Carlos López Estrada.

Interview with Nicole Olson – DEAD LOVE


Nicole Olson juggles a career in marketing with that of an acting star on the rise; the star of the new horror film Dead Love (out this month from Wild Eye Releasing) gives us the 411 on the movie that’s likely to see offers pour in for her.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty. How hard is it to make it as an actor? 
Well, I work in marketing now so..?
Hah, just kidding (but I do work in marketing at the moment.) Dead Love is my first movie, so who knows what opportunities may open up once it’s released. I definitely think it’s easier to get auditions as an actor once you have some momentum going, otherwise it’s hard to know where to start.

I suppose you have to be a pretty strong, resilient person to choose it for a career?
Determination is a pretty big factor.


What’s your typical audition like? I imagine many actors are going up against many, many others?
I can’t really say! This was filmed three years ago, and I’m exploring another career at the moment. But from my past experience, it just depends on the project. Sometimes you see a select few who are cherry picked for an audition, other times it’s an open call with a line around the block.

Is there a part you’ve lost that you so dearly wanted – and the disappointment has never left you?
Not really, I try to just go with the flow. The parts that you’re really meant for will find you.

The roles you’ve gotten though are wonderful. What’s been the favorite?
Since Dead Love is my silver screen debut, I would have to say Fiona.

And which of the parts opened the most doors for you?
As I previously mentioned, this is my first feature. But, I’m excited to see what the future holds!


How did this one come about? 
Kind of a wild story. I responded to a Facebook post in a group for Colorado filmmakers, and one self-tape later, I found myself doing a chemistry read in Denver. I heard that I got the part that same night.

And is it any different working on an indie to a larger budgeted project? I imagine there’s more creative freedom?
As stated earlier, Dead Love is my first movie. From what I gather, the biggest difference is the amount of time you have to get the perfect shot. We filmed this movie within twelve days, and had to reshoot it six days in. I can’t imagine a large budget movie pulling that off.

Did you get a lot of say in terms of dialogue and improvements you might have had for the character?
Right before the reshoots I definitely had a hand in shaping Fiona’s story a little bit, but as an actor who started in theatre, I tend to stick to the script in terms of dialogue. 

How did you wind down at the end of the day after shooting some of those more gruelling scenes?
Unfortunately for me, I’m a method actor, so there wasn’t a lot of winding down until we wrapped the production. Plus, we were filming in the middle of the Rocky Mountains in a small town, so there weren’t a lot of opportunities to seek out distractions.

When is a movie a success for you?
I don’t really know what success for the movie looks like yet, and I can’t wait to find out! Maybe if I see Dead Love fanart...then I’ll really know it’s taking off.

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GREEN BOOK - Official Trailer and First Look Images


Synopsis
Set in America in 1962, Green Book tells the heart-warming true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a highly-educated African-American classical pianist. The mismatched pair embark on a two-month tour of concert venues in the racially charged deep south and discover they’re on the road to a meaningful and unique friendship.


Green Book will be coming to UK & Irish cinemas soon

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Five Fingers for Marseilles - Poster and Trailer


Pistol-packing acclaimed South African western Five Fingers for Marseilles, a thrilling tale that takes its place alongside classics such as Once Upon a Time in the West and contemporaries like The Proposition and No Country for Old Men, stares down the barrel of a national theatrical release Friday, September 7, 2018.

From filmmaker Michael Matthews and screenwriter Sean Drummond comes a thrilling western set against the backdrop of post-Apartheid South Africa. Five Fingers for Marseilles takes place in a small town “governed” by dubious local officials, living in fear of a lawless mob; when an exiled outlaw returns home in search of solace and redemption, brotherhood and loyalty are fused with vengeance.

Starring Vuyo Dabula, Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo, Lizwi Vilakazi, Warren Masemola, Dean Fourie, Anthony Oseyemi, Brendon Daniels, and Jerry Mofokeng, Five Fingers for Masrseilles opens September 7 across the US via Uncork’d Entertainment.

Synopsis: 
The residents of the colonial town of Marseilles are under the thumb of police oppression and only the young rebels known as the Five Fingers are willing to stand up to them. Their battle is just, until Tau kills two policemen and flees the scene. The remaining rebels disband while the banished Tau resorts to a life of crime.  Twenty years later, now known as feared outlaw The Lion of Marseilles, he is released from prison. He returns home, desiring only peace and to reconnect with those he left behind. The battle for South Africa’s freedom has been won, and former comrades-in-arms are in prominent positions as mayor, police chief, and pastor. But it quickly becomes clear to Tau that Marseilles is caught in the grip of a vicious new threat — and he must reconstitute the Five Fingers to fight frontier justice. Standing against former allies and new enemies, the re-formed Five Fingers saddle up and ride out, and put their lives at risk to save their beloved Marseilles.

PARTICIPATING CITIES (MORE TBA!)
New York 9/7/14
Los Angeles 9/14/18
Columbus, OH 9/14/18
Atlanta, GA 9/21/18
Phoenixville, PA 9/21/18
Baltimore, MD  9/28/18

Sacred Heart, - Poster and Trailer


AFI Winner David Field (The Inbetweeners 2, The Rover, Chopper) “goes brilliantly against type”* in Kosta Nikas’ critically acclaimed Sacred Heart, out from Gravitas Ventures.

Sacred Heart chronicles the journey of a religious man, who rejects God and his faith, after the tragic death of his pregnant wife and then challenges the Devil. He receives a visit from his priest, who pushes him to question his own beliefs. The Priest turns out to be a mirror of his own insanity, pushing the boundaries between heaven and hell.

David Field, Kipan Rothbury (‘’Water Rats”) and Lizzie Schebesta (Sleeping Beauty) star in a Kosta Nikas film.


“A hard-hitting journey of revenge and redemption”**, Sacred Heart is available on VOD/DVD and BluRay from Gravitas Ventures from 8/14.


Monday, 13 August 2018

Competition: Win The Last Warrior on DVD


The Last Warrior is out on DVD on 20th August. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to give away.

Synopsis
Described as ‘Game of Thrones meets Braveheart’ this violence-fuelled clash of the clans, sees fearless warriors fight to the death in a bid to save their tribe from extinction. With mind-blowing battle scenes, a shocking body count and blood and guts galore, The Last Warrior is not for the faint hearted.

A new era is about to begin in Eastern Europe. Scythians, the proud warriors, have almost been wiped out and most of the remaining few descendants have become ruthless mercenary assassins.

Lutobor, a brave and fearsome warrior becomes embroiled in brutal conflict with another tribe. When his wife and son are snatched he must venture on a perilous journey, risking life and limb to save his family. Taking his enemy, a captive Scythian, along as his guide - they brave the treacherous wilds, moving toward the last haven of the Scythians - to what seems to be their inevitable demise. Who will prevail in this epic fight for survival?

The Last Warrior arrives on DVD in its original Russian version with English subtitles and includes a dubbed English language version


For your chance to win just answer the question below.

COMPETITION CLOSED

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 27-08-18
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Competition: Win Ciao! Manhattan on Blu-ray


Ciao! Manhattan is out on Blu-ray on 20th August. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies to give away.

Synopsis
Muse to Andy Warhol, actress, model, socialite and the original ‘It Girl’ Edie Sedgwick was a true Icon whose style still has an influence today.

The legendary Ciao! Manhattan, which sees the iconic Superstar take centre stage in her crowning – and only major role – a film that took years to make and was finally released in 1972 after her tragic death, has long been unavailable in the UK. But now, courtesy of Second Sight, the film is receiving its first ever Blu-ray release, arriving on 20 August 2018 complete with fascinating special features, including commentaries, interviews and ‘the lost Ciao! Manhattan reels’.

Written and directed by Factory regulars John Palmer and David Weisman this cult film is a semi-biographical take on Sedgwick’s life and captures a seminal time in history,  the groundbreaking 1960s New York art scene. 


For your chance to win just answer the question below.

COMPETITION CLOSED

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 27-08-18
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Slender Man - Movie Review


Small-town best friends Hallie, Chloe, Wren and Katie go online to try and conjure up the Slender Man -- a tall, thin, horrifying figure whose face has no discernible features. Two weeks later, Katie mysteriously disappears during a class trip to a historic graveyard. Determined to find her, the girls soon suspect that the legend of the Slender Man may be all too real.

Initial release: August 10, 2018


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Chris Stuckmann and John Flickinger review Slender Man, starring Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, Javier Botet. Directed by Sylvain White.

The Meg - Movie Review


A massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. With time running out, rescue diver Jonas Taylor must save the crew and the ocean itself from an unimaginable threat -- a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.
Release date: August 23, 2018

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Chris Stuckmann reviews The Meg, starring Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Sophia Shuya Cai. Directed by Jon Turteltaub.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

The Darkest Minds - interview with producer Shawn Levy, director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and star Amandla Stenberg.


THE DARKEST MINDS stars Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech and Patrick Gibson, and is adapted from Alexandra Bracken's bestselling series of novels.

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

A Stork's Journey - Trailer Launch


Exclusively at Vue nationwide from 31st August, 2018

Finding your wings is hard-enough for a young sparrow like Richard; especially when you’ve been brought up thinking you’re a stork! But Richard is a plucky chick who won’t be defined by others’ expectations of him. A STORK’S JOURNEY is the exciting family adventure of heroic little birds who aim high and dream big, available exclusively at Vue nationwide from 31st August, 2018 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Richard, an orphaned sparrow, has been raised by a loving family of storks for as long as he can remember. He would never even dream of himself as anything else but a stork. However, when his adoptive family start preparing for their epic migration to the warmer climes of Africa, they have to level with him: A little sparrow isn't made for such a long journey. Left behind by a flock of heavy hearts, Richard perseveres. Initially setting off to Africa on his own to prove he is a stork after all, Richard meets a vast array of quirky and determined friends, who help him come-of-age and realise it’s the size of your heart that counts.

Join Richard on his journey to Africa, as he learns the importance of friendship and the value of having faith in your own abilities. A STORK’S JOURNEY is an uplifting story of courage and exceptional friendship guaranteed to give families visiting Vue cinemas a warm start to the Autumn!

KING COHEN - Trailer, Poster and Full Release Details


The highly anticipated King Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen,  will hit VOD August 14 from Dark Star Pictures.

Cohen, best known for resourceful low-budget horror and thriller films that combine social commentary with prerequisite scares and welcome humor, is responsible for celluloid classics including Black Caesar, It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, and The Stuff. He was also a major player in the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s, as well as a prominent Hollywood screenwriter (Phone Booth).

The acclaimed film features interviews with such industry luminaries as Martin Scorsese, J.J Abrams, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, John Landis, Fred Williamson as well as Cohen himself. Cohen’s remarkable one-of-a-kind career, from 60’s TV series creator (Branded, The Invaders), to 70’s and 80’s independent film icon and beyond, is chronicled with freewheeling and insightful verve.

Winner of the 2017 Fantasia Fest Best Documentary Feature Audience Award, King Cohen hails from Rondo Award-winning writer/director Steve Mitchell, whose film and television credits include co-writing the beloved cult horror/comedy Chopping Mall. King Cohen is a La-La Land Entertainment production, in association with Big And Tall Pictures and Off The Cliff Productions. It is directed and produced by Steve Mitchell and produced by Matt Verboys and Dan McKeon.

Synopsis: Buckle up for KING COHEN, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen. Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, J.J. Abrams, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American film auteur. Few can boast of a career as remarkable or prolific, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST - UK Poster and Trailer


THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival where the film garnered positive critical acclaim and won the Sundance Grand Jury prize. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, John Gallagher Jr., Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck and Jennifer Ehle.

Writer/director Akhavan and co-writer Cecilia Frugiuele sensitively adapt Emily Danforth's acclaimed coming-of-age novel, which centres on Cameron Post (Moretz) who is sent to a gay conversion therapy centre after being caught with another girl on prom night. The facility is run by Dr. Lydia Marsh (Ehle) and her brother Reverend Rick (Gallagher Jr.), and aims to treat teens "struggling with same-sex attraction." This unusual setting provides Cameron with an unlikely gay community, including the stoner amputee Jane Fonda (Lane) and her friend Adam (Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family to fight and survive.

UK & Ireland Release date: 7th September 2018
Certificate 15 / Running time 91 minutes



WILDLIFE | UK and Irish Release Date Announced


Directed by Paul Dano
Written by Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp

WILDLIFE, the acclaimed directorial debut from Paul Dano, has been set for a 9 November 2018 release date in the UK and Ireland by distributor Kaleidoscope Entertainment.

Based on a novel of the same name by Richard Ford and adapted for the screen by Dano and Zoe Kazan, WILDLIFE stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan as husband and wife Jerry and Jeanette, who face marital crisis in 1960’s small town Montana when Jerry loses his job and leaves Jeanette and their only son, Joe (Ed Oxenbould) to cope on their own.

When the separation ignites a spark between Jeanette and wealthy car salesman Warren Miller (Bill Camp), Joe must bear witness as his mother embarks upon a relationship that will change all of their lives.

The film premiered in Sundance before screening to critical acclaim as the opening night film of the Critics’ Week section of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Interview with Vito Dinatolo - Director of The Infectious


Filmmaker Vito Dinatolo talks about his new movie, the infectious – no pun intended – thriller Face of Evil, now available on VOD and DVD.

How did the film come about, and can you tell us about the script – was it inspired by anything in particular?
I was always into horror movies, and horror movies can be placed in a realistic scenario, with causes justified by topical events. So my inspiration about the look of the infected came from a real nightmare I had when I was a kid, and that stuck to my mind. When I decided to make a horror movie, a few years ago, I adopted that look, but I thought it would be pointless to make just another genre movie about zombies... So I wrote the first draft in one month, a plain zombie action script, but it took me over one year to turn it into a psychological thriller that would make sense from the lead character's point of view. And yes, there are a few topical messages.

The movie touches contemporary issues like epidemics paranoia, vets PTSD, big brother conspiracy, any mass shooting rampage in recent history. Yet, it never loses focus on entertaining, which is why we really watch movies! It’s about the inner journey of a person on the run from his demons, real or not, from an unknown enemy, who may attack anywhere, anytime. Or perhaps it’s just the story of a victim, a scapegoat in a devious system. It’s a contemporary tale of realistic madness. And since we live in this world, we are somehow involved. It could read like the headline of any recent news: "Breaking News! Another war vet with post traumatic stress goes on a shooting rampage among the crowd and then he shoots himself!" Maybe he saw the enemy, monsters, zombies and whatnot… Maybe he was just fighting his demons… From a directorial standpoint, I think with horror or thriller you can express yourself better, show your style, leave your footprint on the product, while with comedy or action you heavily rely on actors, their charisma. You hear of horror movies directed by such or such, but for most genres, you need a star. Plus low budget horror is safer since it always sells.

The movie has been likened to Body Snatchers. How accurate is the comparison?
Body Snatchers is a fanta horror, it has supernatural/fantasy premises. Though we do not know whether such aliens exist indeed - they might - we are aware or viruses and parasites which behave as body  snatchers. Face of Evil is a Psychological horror/thriller. You may argue everything is going on through the movie, but by the end, you know that the all elements to the story are real/realistic, there is nothing absurd. Enough said, spoiler alert, you should watch the movie now!

Is it fun coming up with new ways for characters to die? Ha!
If you are writing a plain horror where gore is the main elements, I would come up with crazy ways to die, even more than you have already seen in Saw, Hostel and all the so called "porn/horror" or "sexy/horror" wave, meaning, torture/death arouses and thrills you (and please gimme a break if you deny it or else you would not watch them :) Face of Evil is not about that. Deaths have a specific mechanical cause inherent to the story. It is a pure function of the action, which is dictated by the motivation of the character. Bottom line, it's not like you already know people are going to die just because it's a horror movie with a bunch of expendable boys and girls. I cut out a lot of blood not just for budget reasons, but for story focus, in order not to digress and distract with useless, already seen, bloody murders, but stay focused on the story. If you see a gruesome death, you expect more, and more, and you lose the focus and the point of the film, and you might even be disappointed if there is no more. This film instead changes even genre as it transitions to the second/third act...

How tough is it for not only you as a filmmaker, but for your cast, to shoot such scenes?
To me it was tough mostly to plan the action, the blocking, and the sequential, mechanical, cause-effect deaths, basically the justification of a regular death vs a destined, predetermined death, just because the character is expendable. To the cast, I guess it's hard to identify in it, to feel pain and experience that moment right before dying. Or at least, that's how I would play that. The cast was great not only to play, but also to die. I'm not going to say who dies, but my cast includes talents like Jamie Bernadette, who has mad herself a name in the horror genre, the multi-talented Janet Roth, the ex hardcore star Charmane Star, and the two awesome leads Scott Baxter and Chad Bishop.

What do you use for blood on a movie set?
Pig blood. No, really, fake blood, you know, Halloween stuff, fake blood is easy to find in any makeup store. I still have half a gallon left...

And the look of the film, based on the trailer, suggests a colour palette and even similar tone to the classic zombie movies. Was that intentional?
Yes, it was intentional, the way it was shot (I don't believe in the "fix it in post" philosophy) and in color correction. Depending on the scene, the shade would change, but overall, darkness and blue/green tones prevail. Light high contrast lighting, a littler noir touch. Exterior metropolitan night shots are inspired to Carpenter, like the soundtrack vibe.

What is it about this topic that fascinates audiences, you think?
Emotions, as I said before, the thrill of being chased, or of chasing (depending on whom you identify with :) and the fact that blood is sexy in a way to those interested in this genre. That also goes back in a way to the dark/goth wave and the fetish world... but that's another story.

When did you watch your first cut? 
Since I shot the film in two parts, I watched the fist cut of the first part about three-four years ago, and the following years I watched the second half, after shooting it. Then, I watched it together...

When’s the release?
The film has been released on June 19th. You can now watch it on VOD and DVD on the links on the official website FOEmovie.com/shop. You can also find the great soundtrack there. Music by famous Gram Rabbit, Kid Hustle, Raven Hughes and, of course, filmmaker Vito Dinatolo, haha! Yes, me. It ranges from Electronica to Ambient, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop and whatnot.


Burt Reynolds is 'The Last Movie Star' coming to digital on 20 August 2018


Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds is The Last Movie Star, a wry and witty take on the film industry through the eyes of a washed up star and his enduring fans.

Movie legend Vic Edwards (Reynolds – Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights) is a hard drinking, long in the tooth star whose glory days are behind him. When he's approached by a Nashville film festival to receive a Lifetime Achievement award his first instinct is to say no. But on the advice of his old buddy Sonny (Chevy Chase – National Lampoon's Vacation, Caddy Shack), he reluctantly decides to take the trip…what could possibly go wrong?

He soon discovers a whole new meaning of small time…The venue is a dive bar, the accommodation a 'rathole', the organisers inexperienced fanboys and his driver is a rebellious teen with an attitude, played in a stand out performance by Modern Family's Ariel Winter.

From a less than promising start Vic embarks on an expected adventure with an unlikely companion
in this heart-warming and moving comedy.

Directed by Adam Rifkin (Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy) and starring Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time
Machine) and Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), as the festival organisers, The Last Movie Star arrives exclusively on-demand and download on 20 August 2018.

Interview with Kate Lister


Though Australian, most of Kate Lister’s most recent work has been in the UK. We caught up with the rising star to chat up her projects – including Drive me to the end – both at home…. and away.


So many Australian actors are doing amazing things in the US. Is their anyone from your home country whose career you especially admire? 

Absolutely – there are so many incredible Australian actors who are making waves in the US if they have not already taken it over. A couple of obvious ones are Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne and Heath Ledger was one of a kind! The dark horse for me is Ben Mendelsohn, I think he is so intriguing to watch from Australians Animal Kingdom to his brilliant role in Beyond the Pines and of course his beautifully messed up character in Bloodline (TV show).


Why do you think Australian actors are so high in-demand stateside? Is it their training?

I think Australian actors are so high in-demand because of our attitudes, dedication and persistence. Australia is so far away from the US and the UK so when Australian Actors decide to ‘take a chance’ and move overseas for acting we have no choice but to give it our all. We are over the other side of the world from our family and friends and just living is so expensive that when we get an opportunity we grab it and run like the wind.


Did you train?

Yes, I have trained at a hand full of incredible schools with fantastic teachers. I recently trained at The Atlantic Acting school in New York – that was a mind blowing experience.  I have also trained at Margie Habers school in LA, The Actors Centre in London and some Australian Schools like 16th Street, Film & Television International and Brave Studios.


And did you cut your teeth on TV shows and shorts? Is that the normal training ground in Australia, to?

 I most definitely did, it is a great way to learn and see what being on set is like. I started off doing guest roles on shows like Neighbours, Thank god you’re here & The Warriors and I then got the fire in my belly to create my own stories and projects. I joined forces with the incredibly talented Phoenix Raei and we started our own production company ‘Little Fish Films’ , we have been creating content together for the past 2 years.


Was there a role over there that really set your career alight and led to more doors being opened?

My character Connie in Fox Trap was lots of fun and one of my favourites.  I do feel like that role lead me to other project with the same production company.


You’ve shot a few films in the past few years – is there a part that’s really resonated with you?

I have just finished filming ‘Drive me to the end’ in the UK, it’s a dark comedy that touches on themes/ topics such as Humanity, Communication, Autism, Disabilities, Death.

My Character Sunny was on the Autistic spectrum and I must admit I completely fell in love with her. She is the character I have learnt the most from and to date is my favourite. I resonated with Sunny more than I could have imagined so I do feel like lucky that I got to take on such a scary role.


Drive Me To The End sounds like it’d have been especially hard but inspiring. Is that correct to say? 

The Autistic spectrum is such a large one so when I received this role I did have a slight panic attack due to the importance of portraying the spectrum in the correct light. I felt extremely overwhelmed yet very inspired to give the character a voice. I researched Autism a lot and was lucky enough to meet up with a woman on the spectrum who helped me with my character development. The film is now in the hands of the editor and I do pray that my character translates in the right light on screen.