I visit the BT Tower for the riveting Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 pre-premiere launch - EVENT REPORT

The Establishing Shot visits the BT Tower for the riveting Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 pre-premiere launch - EVENT REPORT Last week I went out for an absolutely ace evening, but first some preamble - sometime last year we were fortunate to crack an invite and go along to the Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Premiere hosted by AMC and BT at Millbank Tower and I have to say it was an absolutely stunning night and evening to remember, certainly one of our best industry nights out for that year - but that is a story for another time.

     In anticipation of the evenings events we caught up with Season 1 of Fear the Walking Dead, as well as the Walking Dead: Flight 462 mini web series - which leads into and crosses over with Season 2  and we were hooked.

Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 Poster Artwork
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First Look from the set of Idris Elba's directorial debut feature Yardie we get a first look - ON OUR RADAR

The Establishing Shot's First Look from the set of Idris Elba's directorial debut feature Yardie Idris Elba is on fire at the moment with a growing fan following, roles in heavily anticipated films including Nikolaj Arcel's adaptation of The Dark Tower, Hany Abu-Assad's The Mountain Between Us and Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok and Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game. 

     As well as acting he has made the transition to fully fledged Producer with projects that include the multi faceted 100 Streets shot around Battersea, Sky TV's Guerrilla and the harrowing Beasts of No Nation as well as the upcoming TV film for Luther, the role that initially garnered him a fan following.

    Elba shows no signs of slowing down as he adds another feather in cap taking over directorial duties on his first feature film an adaptation of Victor Headley's Yardie. You have to respect the guy for continually choosing projects that mean something to him.

     With Yardie not only is Elba giving some fresh talent like Aml Ameen their shot but some of my favourites are involved including the always good Stephen Graham and writer Brock Norman Brock, a character in his own right as well as the guy who gave Nicolas Winding Refn and Tom Hardy's Bronson a particular English flair.

     Based on the cult crime novel Yardie by Victor Headley, the first in a trilogy that includes Yush! and Excess. The novel itself has it's own endearing backstory - as the book was initially sold through street shops via word of mouth rather than traditional distribution channels.

     Yardie tells the story of the rise to power of Jamaican drug baron D in the back streets of London - but as we should have learnt by now these stories are as much about the heady rush and high of bucking the odds as they are - a cautionary tale of a life no one really comes to terms with as they suck everyone around them down.

Yardie (TBC)

A young Jamaican’s rise from the streets of London to the top of the drug-dealing underworld. Based on Victor Headley's iconic novel 'Yardie'.

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Victor Headley, Brock Norman Brock, Martin Stellman

Aml Ameen, Stephen Graham, Idris Elba, Shantol Jackson, Sheldon Shepherd, Everaldo Creary


STUDIOCANAL announced today that principal photography has begun on the feature adaptation of Victor Headley’s cult novel YARDIE.

Golden Globe and SAG winner Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) will make his feature film directorial debut, with Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner, The Butler) starring in the lead role as ‘D’. YARDIE will shoot on location in London and Jamaica for seven weeks.

Additionally, Stephen Graham (the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, This Is England, ‘Little Boy Blue’) will play the role of Rico, while Idris Elba will star as Piper.

The film will introduce exciting new Jamaican talent including Shantol Jackson as Yvonne, Sheldon Shepherd as King Fox and Everaldo Creary as Jerry Dread.

First Look Yardi Idris Elba on set with Aml Ameen
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First look at Lily James and Michiel Huisman in Mike Newell's upcoming big-screen adaptation of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society - ON OUR RADAR

The Establishing Shot's First look at Lily James and Michiel Huisman in Mike Newell's upcoming big-screen adaptation of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society From STUDIOCANAL, Blueprint Pictures and Mazur/Kaplan comes the big-screen adaptation of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society.

the project currently has the working title Guernsey. I hope they retain the original title, as it's both charming and tied into the tale set on the WW2 German occupied island of Guernsey.

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

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Annie Barrows, Thomas Bezucha, Don Roos, Mary Ann Shaffer

Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Michiel Huisman

Directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) from a script written by Don Roos (Marley & Me, The Opposite of Sex) adapted from the international best-selling novel of the same name, the film also stars Glen Powell (Everybody Wants Some, Hidden Figures), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, Downton Abbey), Jessica Brown Findlay (Victor Frankenstein, Downton Abbey) with Tom Courtenay (45 Years, Doctor Zhivago) and Penelope Wilton (The BFG, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).

STUDIOCANAL has released the first official photography from the big-screen adaptation of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, as principal photography wraps on the British production of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows' best-selling novel.

The two images feature the film’s lead actors Lily James (Cinderella, War & Peace) and Michiel Huisman (The Age of Adeline, Game of Thrones).

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Follow in the footsteps of James Bond, Holly Golightly, Tyrion Lannister and more with Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide - BOOK RELEASE

The Establishing Shot says check out the Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s GuideI f you are a reader of The Establishing Shot or a follow us on Flickr or Instagram you will no doubt know that we love film and we love travel and we definitely love combining our favourite past times. So we have been fortunate to be able to do a fair share of set jetting around the world visiting locations used in films.

    We have a bucket list of places we wish to visit bringing us closer to some of our favourite films, capturing a magical place in time and memory as well as get some insight into the thinking underpinning the creative decisions made to bring some of those magic moments to screen.

     We are always on the lookout for more tips and advice on visiting film related locations so were quite chuffed when Lonely Planet gave us a sneak peek of their upcoming book Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide which focuses on – you guessed it. Film locations you can visit around the world.

     Although we didn't actually get to see the completed book rather a digital version of it, the Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide is a gorgeous looking book with a focus on high quality photography.

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Brian Sanders: Selected Works - From 2001: A Space Odyssey to Mad Men - UPCOMING EXHIBITION

The Establishing Shot says visit the upcoming Brian Sanders: Selected Works - From 2001: A Space Odyssey to Mad Men ExhibitionI have only recently become familiar with British illustrator Brian Sanders' incredible body of outstanding work. It was actually through his artwork featured in Taschen's spellbinding book The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s '2001: A Space Odyssey' that I first became aware of Sanders.

     Stanley Kubrick banned photographers from the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey and wasn't keen on visitors - but he invited Brian Sanders onto the set to capture the making of 2001 through his art, anyway he wished. Quite a commendation of the man's talent.

Brian Sanders Moonpit 1, 2001: A Space Odyssey
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     His name came up again whilst on a project in which I delved into the Science Fiction and Fantasy artists and illustrators of Great Britain, many of them sadly forgotten despite their incredible conceptual abilities and their skill to help us visualise fantastic imagery.

     Whenever I pop by Taschen's London store I take a moment to admire Sanders2001 pieces on display in their Downstairs Gallery, along with many other gorgeous pieces and books.

     Sanders was most recently responsible for that great piece of Mad Men promo art, that has stuck in my mind. He is a truly incredible talent so I'm quite chuffed that Brian Sanders and his work will be featured (for the first time) in an exhibition running from May through to July, here in London at the Lever Gallery and some outstanding pieces of his work can be viewed first hand.

Royal Albert Hall reveals the UK's Top 10 Movie Soundtracks of all time & Hosts The Best Of Elmer Bernstein, Presented by John Landis - Upcoming Gig

The Establishing Shot says Royal Albert Hall reveals the UK's Top 10 Movie Soundtracks of all time & Hosts The Best Of Elmer Bernstein, Presented by John Landis - Upcoming GigAs part of their FILMS WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA series the Royal Albert Hall yesterday revealed that James Cameron's Titanic continues to be king of the world -  as composer James Horner's soundtrack for the Titanic is named the nation's favourite movie soundtrack of all time and the UK's Top 10 movie soundtracks of all time list, features music from Star Wars, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park.

     If you are a regular reader of The Establishing Shot you will know that this resonates with me as Titanic is one of my favourite films, made even more memorable as - a couple of years ago I was extremely fortunate to attend the world premiere of Titanic 3D at the Royal Albert Hall for a breathtaking evening, as not only is the Royal Albert Hall in full bloom always the most stunning setting for any event, but Titanic talent came along to present the restored 3D version of the film - but the highlight of the evening must have been Oscar-winning composer James Horner conducting the Titanic Suite accompanied by Norwegian opera star Sissel Kyrkjebo. Certainly a night to remember.

James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D gets a UK release date! See the Asia Teaser Trailer - UPCOMING RELEASE

Craig Grobler says Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D gets a UK release dateJames Cameron has proven himself not only to be a master of film but innovative technology to enhance storytelling as well.

     Since the 90s he has pioneered the use of 3D cinema with work like; his part on Terminator 2 3-D: Battle Across Time for the Universal Studios Theme Park Terminator 2 experience, his 2003 Titanic documentary Titanic 3D: Ghosts of the Abyss and 2005 documentary Aliens of the Deep both filmed in the 3D IMAX format UNDERWATER. This was all part of his journey to his landmark 2009 3D feature Avatar - shot using the 3D

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg.

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James Cameron, William Wisher Jr.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick
Fusion Camera System that Cameron and DOP Vince Pace developed together under the Cameron-Pace Group banner.

     You may not be familiar with the system but some of the most advanced 3D feature films including; Life of Pi, Hugo, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, TRON: Legacy, Speed Racer were shot with the Cameron's camera system.

     They are currently working out how to bring glassless 3D to cinemas, a while back they teamed with Dolby & Philips on glassless 3D TVs and I'm pretty sure I saw one of these back in 2013 at the London Dolby Atmos Screening Room, so I would be surprised if the technology was too way off in the future. After watching the Berlinale QA session with James Cameron it would appear that glassless 3D cinemas may not be on the table for the near future.

     Back in 2012 Cameron proved that 3D conversions given sufficient passion, time and money can be stunningly flawless when he re-released Titanic 3D.

     Later this year, 26 years after it's release we can look forward to seeing the groundbreaking special effects extravaganza and film that shot James Cameron into the stratosphere, the sequel to his 1984 cult classic The Terminator - Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Fully restored in 4k and converted into 3D. Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D

Yea! I'm thinking John Wick is back! John Wick: Chapter 2 an evening of fun and surprises as Keanu Reeves & Chad Stahelski pop in – EVENT REPORT/FILM REVIEW

Keanu Reeves surprises us at a screening of John Wick 2Last Friday I was extremely fortunate to go along to a very special gala screening of John Wick: Chapter Two but this post starts with the arrival of a mysterious gold coin in my mail. On the one side of the coin a Latin inscription - “Ens Causa Sui” above a lion and a shield with a sun emanating from it. All the hallmarks of an exciting mystery or at least engaging cinema experience. 

     The lion, the shield and the sun are all fairly well known and accepted allegorical and symbolic representations of certain qualities:

The Establishing Shot JOHN WICK 2 ENS CAUSA SUI COIN

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

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Derek Kolstad

Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo
     The lion. King of the beasts. The guardian. Valour, the fighting spirit and strength.
     The Shield. Defence and protection.
     Whilst most importantly the sun and it's rays of light. Traditional the the sun is symbolic of a supreme or higher being. Its position at the centre of the shield giving it and what is represents important prominence. The rays of the sun also have meaning, they could represent the all seeing, all knowing eye of the supreme or the rays could mean heat/arrows that purify. All very old testament.

     The allegorical imagery combined with the Latin inscription “Ens Causa Sui” meaning: “His reason for being” or “being one's own cause” or “being the cause of” or just “being his cause”. Possibly lean towards a deeper provenience that may become clear as revelations are made.

     Now I'm not prattling on about this really cool little prop because I'm a geek, well that too, but does this close up look at one of the coins used by the secret underworld of John Wick as their own currency and ingress to the closed doors of their secret society give us some insight into the bigger scheme of things that may be further fleshed out? It is clear that there is something bigger going in the world of John Wick that needs further exploration.

Matthew McConaughey introduces his latest outstanding film GOLD and tells us a little bit about the film. I love Gold! - EVENT REPORT

Matthew McConaughey introduces his latest outstanding film GOLDLast Friday I was fortunate to crack an invite to what was the hottest ticket of the week  -  an early screening of Stephen Gaghan's outstanding Gold starring Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard and Edgar Ramirez, held at the gorgeous Ham Yard Hotel.

     Look any reason to visit the Ham Yard Hotel is good (if you get the chance pop into the magnificent Dive Bar, the film themed Bollywood Spill Out Area and the Croc Bowling Alley) but this was a particularly good occasion as none other than Matthew McConaughey himself popped in to introduce his latest film Gold to the jam packed screening.


First look at Benedict Cumberbatch in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's The Current War - Now shooting in London - ON OUR RADAR

THE CURRENT WAR FIRST LOOK T he Weinstein Company’s highly anticipated drama THE CURRENT WAR is currently shooting in London and surrounding areas. 

     Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Dr. Strange) stars as Thomas Edison alongside Michael Shannon’s (Waco, Nocturnal Animals) George Westinghouse. Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Inherent Vice), Tom Holland(Captain America: Civil War, the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming), Matthew Macfadyen (‘Ripper Street’, Anna Karenina) and Tuppence Middleton(‘War & Peace’, The Imitation Game) also star with Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mad Max: Fury Road) set to play Nikola Tesla.

Set in the late 1880s, THE CURRENT WAR details the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse and the race to create a marketable and sustainable electricity system. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by Westinghouse Electric and a host of European companies.

See the UK Trailer for The Lost City of Z and explore a jungle of film stills - ON OUR RADAR

See the UK Trailer for The Lost City of Z and explore a jungle of film stills - ON OUR RADAR I have waiting for the cinematic adaptation of David Grann's Lost City of Z for what seems like ages now. The tale of explorer Percy Fawcett, a real life Indiana Jones, and his search for the mythical city Z in the Amazon rainforests of Brazil has fascinated me since I was a kid and his legendary quest has seeped into popular culture and spawned many rumours and myth whilst remaining still fairly unknown. Even in a quirky self reference Indiana Jones tried to find Fawcett in Rob MacGregor's 1991 Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils novel.

Charlie Hunnam is Percy Fawcett in The Lost City of Z
Charlie Hunnam is Percy Fawcett in The Lost City of Z   

Free Fire - UK And Ireland Exclusive Preview Screenings And Q&A Tour Announced - UPCOMING SCREENINGS

FREE FIRE QA TOURLooks like Ben Wheatley's Free Fire is getting a special screening and QA tour around the UK kicking off at the end of January and running till April.

Check out the schedule to see if the Free Fire Tour is visiting your town.

From British filmmaker Ben Wheatley comes the all guns-blazing FREE FIRE - a unique and heart-pounding tale of a brokered gun deal that takes an unexpected turn.

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BAFTA Nominated shorts to screen online and in cinemas

BAFTA Nominated shorts to screen online and in cinemasThis morning BAFTA announced their rollout of their 2017 BAFTA nominated short film viewing schedule.

     For the first time, the BAFTA-nominated shorts will be made available to watch online through Curzon Home Cinema. This marks the first time that audiences across the UK and Ireland will be able to view a compilation of all eight nominated shorts online prior to the awards ceremony.

     The nominated films, which were chosen by a jury of leading industry figures, represent the best of British short filmmaking, and showcase innovative and exciting British talent. The winners, as voted for by the wider BAFTA membership, will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on 12 February at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

     Video: BAFTA Shorts Trailer | Film Awards 2017    

xXx: Return of Xander Cage European Premiere at the O2 Arena - EVENT REPORT

xXx: Return of Xander Cage European Premiere EVENT REPORTEarlier this week the lady & I had a special date as we kicked off 2017 by heading to the O2 Arena for the European Premiere of the third film in the XXX series, which sees Vin Diesel's return to the franchise - xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

     After a delay, apparently caused by Vin Diesel's helicopter arriving late, yes, you read that correctly Vin Diesel arrived by helicopter and the rest of the cast arrived by taking a luxury speedboat out along the Thames.

     Video: xXx: Return of Xander Cage | European Premiere in London | Paramount Pictures UK    

BAFTA Nominations Announced for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2017 - UPCOMING EVENT

EE BAFTAS 2017 NominationsEarlier this week The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2017.

    The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 12 February at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD. The ceremony is also broadcast in all major territories around the world.

Writer Director Richard Kelly discusses making Donnie Darko, the new restored 4K version, talks about taking creative risks, teases his next film, ends the speculation about which was the bigger influence Harvey or Watership Down as well as how Frank came about - IN CONVERSATION

Richard Kelly talks making Donnie DarkoThis week has been a bumper week for us as continuing our lucky streak of easing into the festive season on a high note – last year I ended on a high note chatting with Quentin Tarantino and this year round, we end with chatting with Writer Director Richard Kelly about his modern cult classic masterpiece Donnie Darko.

     I must admit watching Donnie Darko for the first time there were elements that hit me right where they should but there were many that didn't - it felt a like a very sophisticated but overly engineered cult film. As much as I appreciated Jake Gyllenhaal's nuanced performance balanced between troubled teen and outright headcase I couldn't quite engage with his damaged character or familial darkness at the time.

     However through a friend who loved Donnie Darko I re-watched it and we had many discussions about the film, through those sessions I grew to love the film and began to fully appreciate the intricate layering of it complect. There are so many cultural, literary, film, musical and tonal references tied into the weave of the tale that it is truly astonishing - it is like a painting with each brushstroke perfectly placed and made from a material that mixes and combines with other rich constituent parts to reveal a portrait of humanity in the throes of existential crises and offers an alternative picture to the 80s suburbia offered up by Hollywood - but it reaches past that, tapping into a much larger sadness and darkness.

     I say modern cult classic as, well, not to labour the point, but there are precious few good cult films that can be found for our viewing pleasure (in proportion to the number of films released a year) and even fewer that have been made in the last 15 years and still even fewer hailing from the United States that have anything near Donnie Darko's cult factor.
     Perhaps unsurprising as increasingly film producers/studios test film concept to the nth degree before committing to finance to a potentially risky proposition - it is afterall Showbusiness and film marketeers have become more savvy and quick to label a film as "cult" when it doesn't have a wider demographic appeal.

     So Donnie Darko is something of an enduring anomaly and possibly the last great American cult film, in the truest sense of the definition.

     A 26 year old Kelly describing Donnie Darko as "Maybe Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick," may seem a little arrogant but it is a most apt sentiment.

     I would love to write more about the film, the brilliant performances from an outstanding cast (which merits it's own discussion), the importance of ambient tone and how Kelly creates an unsettling tone of dread or trepidation and explore its meaning but I don't have the time required to do it justice and more importantly the meaning and symbolism of Donnie Darko doesn't need to be analysed and dissected, it always felt like a personal experience to me and I appreciate it thus.

     The whole week I had been buzzing about chatting with Richard Kelly as there is so much I wanted to converse with him about, ultimately I didn't get to chat about everything I would have like to, or in as much depth. But happy for the time he could give to chat with us. And I'm already looking forward to re-watching the restored Donnie Darko as well as eagerly anticipating Richard Kelly's upcoming fourth feature film.

Wake up Donnie! Modern Cult Film Classic Donnie Darko to be re-released & 4K Restored in UK cinemas from 17 December at BFI and 23 December Nationwide! The Ultimate Alternative Xmas!

Donnie Darko 4K Re-releaseWish I could have gone back in time and got this post up sooner - as this week sees the 15th anniversary re-release of director Richard Kelly's modern cult classic Donnie Darko. 

     I say modern cult classic as, well, not to labour the point, but there are precious few good cult films that can be found for our viewing pleasure (in proportion to the number of films released a year) and even fewer that have been made in the last 15 years and still even fewer hailing from the United States that have anything near Donnie Darko's cult factor.

     Perhaps unsurprising as increasingly film producers/studios test film concept to the nth degree before committing to finance to a potentially risky proposition - it is afterall Showbusiness and film marketeers have become more savvy and quick to label a film as "cult" when it doesn't have a wider demographic appeal.

     So Donnie Darko is something of an enduring anomaly and a cult film, possibly the last American cult film, in the truest sense of the definition. I hasten to add I have as not yet seen Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Dance of Reality or completed Álex de la Iglesia's The Last Circus - both of which may well fit the bill, albe they not American.

Warriors! Come out to play! The Warriors cast comes to the UK for the first time & come out to play at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham on 1st & 2nd April 2017 - Upcoming Event

The Establishing Shot says The Warriors are coming to BirminghamWhat a time to be alive! This is absolutely phenomenal news. This year saw John Carpenter touring the UK for the first time and next year The Warriors are coming over to the UK to play. Needless to say Walter Hill's The Warriors is one of the greatest films ever made and I am a huge fan.

     There is no doubt that Producer/Writer/Director Walter Hill's work is as intense as it is versatile. He is responsible for some of the grittiest and adult action films ever released films like: Charles Bronson, James Coburn & Jill Ireland in Hard Times, Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern & Isabelle Adjani in The Driver, Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin & Elizabeth McGovern in Johnny Handsome.

     He also directed engaging modern westerns like: David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid in The Long Riders and Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe & Michael Ironside in Extreme Prejudice.

     Two of the best buddy pictures ever made: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy & Annette O'Toole in 48 Hrs. and Arnold Schwarzenegger & Jim Belushi in Red Heat.

     A slapstick comedy: Richard Pryor, John Candy & Lonette McKee in Brewster's Millions.

     As well as two great music based films: Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz in Crossroads and Michael Paré, Diane Lane & Willem Dafoe in another of one of my favourite films of all time the spectacular - Streets of Fire.

     But few of those films come close to the tightly wound grit, vigour, swagger, sheer edge of the seat compulsion and hard hitting energy of his third feature film released in 1979 - The Warriors, all set to composer Barry De Vorzon's pulsating electro score, the most synthesized music used in a film to that point. And next year The Warriors coming to the UK to play.

The Warriors are coming Promotional Poster
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Alex Zane presents the FDA guide to all the Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 film releases & Tom Conti Interview - EVENT REPORT

FDA Autumn Winter Preview Tom Conti InterviewA couple of weeks back I was fortunate to crack an invite to the FDA's Autumn/Winter Preview Event, this is where the Film Distributors Association give us a taste of upcoming releases and what we can expect from the Autumn/Winter period.

     To be honest I have missed the last couple of FDA events but was determined to make it this time around as the countdown master and presenter, not just another pretender, the real contender for film schedule mender and part time centaur sporting a new chevelure while he renders a verdict on upcoming films and that guy off the telly - Alex Zane (who you may know from such films as: Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo & Ibiza Undead amongst his many, many other endeavours ) was hosting. And he is always incredibly entertaining. I thought a post would make nice catch up of releases coming up for the rest of the year and early next year.

     The evening was as surprising as it was fun, we were greeted with refreshments and exhibition of film art from the Autumn/Winter release schedule as well as a nostalgic display of vintage cinema paraphernalia including usher's uniforms, chairs and signs on loan from The Cinema Museum.

First look at Jonas Åkerlund's music video for Metallica ManUNkind from Hardwired … To Self Destruct & his upcoming Lords Of Chaos feature film - WATCH THIS!

Watch Metallica ManUnkind Jonas Akerlund VideoT oday Jonas Akerlund's music video for Metallica's ManUNkind single made it's debut. It is the seventh music video from Metallica's upcoming double disc album Hardwired … To Self Destruct to be released this week.

     Hardwired is Metallica's 10th studio album, their most recent solo album since 2008's Death Magnetic, not including Lulu their collaboration with Lou Reed.

     Akerlund's video features the first look at the fictional MAYHEM band (featuring Rory Culkin, Jack Kilmer, and Sky Ferreira) from Jonas Åkerlund’s upcoming true-crime film Lords of Chaos.

     It would appear that the sound of Hardwired … To Self Destruct seems to hark back to St. Anger but with a darker more Black Metal edge. Which ties right in to the subject matter of      Akerlund's Lords of Chaos

Lords of Chaos 
A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1980s results in a very violent outcome.

The making of The Light Between Oceans - Director Derek Cianfrance and stars Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander chat about making The Light Between Oceans - IN CONVERSATION

Legend European Press ConferenceI have as yet unfortunately not had the chance to see Derek Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans. But jumped at the chance to sit in on a discussion about the making of the film with the Director behind the moving and visionary, or should that be, “retro-visionary”? films like Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines - as, well to steal a sentiment from leading man Michael Fassbender - they don't make them like they used to.

     Derek Cianfrance's films are beautifully shot and the humanity portrayed brings gravitas to his tales. They take a long weighty view, looking past the immediate and instant to the longer repercussions and consequences of events and decisions.

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

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Derek Cianfrance, M.L. Stedman

Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz
    I was keen to possibly gain some insight into Derek Cianfrance's vision, his thought processes and decision making when it comes to choosing material and bringing his stories to life, and how those decisions differ from more conventional directors. Especially pertinent as The Light Between Oceans is the first novel that Cianfrance has adapted. I was also hoping to explore common elements from across his work.

     Besides who would not want to hear first hand from engaging top tier talent like Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander who is exceeding her Rising Star promise bringing challenging, intense and complex personalities to life on screen - about their experiences and approach to bringing M L Stedman's best selling novel and Derek Cianfrance's vision to life.

     I have to say it was quite an experience sitting in the discussion, particularly listening to Michael Fassbender who seems to be able to communicate complex emotions and scenarios very clearly with an easy charm. It is very clear that this guy could excel at anything he chooses and that the performing arts are a better place with his contribution.

He's back! Clive Owen is The Driver for Hire See Neill Blomkamp's short film The Escape for BMW also starring Jon Bernthal, Dakota Fanning & Vera Farmiga - WATCH THIS!

Watch Clive Owen in BMW The Escape15 years ago, mid 2001 BMW Films released the first of its Hire short films Executive Produced by David Fincher and starring Clive Owen as The Driver -  Ambush, a 6 minute short film directed by the legendary John Frankenheimer, known for his action drama as much as he is for high velocity car chases, perhaps the most apt choice to kick off a series of films based around high performance vehicles.

BMW THe Hire Clive Owen
BMW THe Hire Clive Owen    
     Soon after 4 more short films followed; Ang Lee's Chosen, Kar-Wai Wong's The Follow, Guy Ritchie's Star and Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Powder Keg.

     For the second season Tony and Ridley Scott picked up the reigns to produce: John Woo's Hostage, Tony Scott's unforgettable (and perhaps the pinnacle of the Hire Series) Beat the Devil based on an original David Fincher concept and starring James Brown and Gary Oldman alongside Clive Owen.

Holy Mackerel! Baumbach & Paltrow's De Palma documentary is outstanding! A ★★★★★ revelation and one of the most engaging & insightful making of film documentaries I have ever seen as it offers a voyeuristic look into the head of Brian De Palma, the modern Master of the psychological drama - FILM REVIEW

De Palma Documentary Review Blow OutI absolutely loved Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow's De Palma. A documentary that is ostensibly about a man sitting in front of a camera and talking, telling you his story - the story of his life and the story of his passion – making films. 

I say ostensibly as much like the visual tricks De Palma employs for sleight of hand or to heighten effect and suspense – mine is a deceptively simple deconstruction as - at the heart of making film - is story telling. And Brian De Palma can tell a story.

     Look! This isn't so much a review of Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow's De Palma - it's brilliant please go see it. This is more about my surprise at rediscovering Brian De Palma's works, style and one of my favourite films of all time - Brian De Palma's Blow Out.

     There is very little that is conventional about Brian De Palma, so his films are unlikely to ever fit in an easily categorised box. He has raised as much controversy as he has accolades over his 31 feature film, 60 year career. He has made crime films, comedy, political intrigue, satire, high action, science fiction all with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and carved a distinct path for himself with psycho sexual dramas. He has the unique ability to play with film technique and deliver an engaging tale that will keep you guessing and surprised throughout. He also made one of my favourite films of all time. Yet he has remained a fairly enigmatic and private person. I do not believe he has actually even contributed to a Director's commentary on any of his DVD/Blu Rays.

     So when the opportunity came to see a documentary made by two friends of his, based on a series of ongoing conversations they have being having with him about his career, which became a feature length documentary I jumped at the chance. And was rewarded with one of the best cinematic experiences of the year and fell in love with Brian De Palma's films all over again. This is a documentary for anyone who likes Brian De Palma's films, anyone with an interest in filmmaking and anyone who loves film.

One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma’s career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, and Mission: Impossible.

In this lively, illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal and candid discussion with De Palma, exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from his early days as the bad boy of New Hollywood to his more recent years as a respected veteran of the field.

In the end, what emerges is a funny, honest, and incisive portrait of a truly one-of-a-kind artist, and an exhilarating behind-the-scenes look at the last 50 years of the film industry through the eyes of someone who has truly seen it all.ne of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma’s career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, and Mission: Impossible.

De Palma Quad poster
De Palma Quad poster [enlarge]    

For Sale 1 Unique motorcycle-ATV hybrid aka BatPod **Like New** Absolutely Stunning (Chicks dig this bike), Metallic Grey Custom Wayne Tech. 750cc. Very Good Condition. One Careful Owner. 12 Months Gotham City MOT

Real Bat-Pod for sale at the Prop Store Auction Preview ExhibitionThis is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a unique and stunning looking (chicks really dig it!) bike. Ready to ride. Starts first time every time on electric start or kick. Power and robustness is what this bike is all about with a custom-made Gotham steel chassis, carbon-fiber and kevlar body. Single seat, Brand new 31" front and rear Hoosier racing tyres,

     High performance liquid cooled single-cylinder engine. Registered as a 750cc ;;). With a top speed of 120 Mph / 193 Kmh ;;), 5 Speed chain driven.

     Excellent condition, some slight wear to the body, with very little cosmetic work could be made into an absolute beauty. Night time inspired. Metallic Grey as dark as Ra's al Ghul soul. But this is not just a stylized piece - every element has a practical function.


Fight the Man and #win an exclusive Captain Fantastic Goody Pack to celebrate the film's release Friday Sept 9th - COMPETITION

Win exclusive Captain Fantastic Goody PacksTomorrow, Friday Sept 9th, Captain Fantastic is coming to UK cinemas. To celebrate the film’s release, the marketeers have created some lovely themed merchandise and been kind enough to let us champion this film and giveaway 3 Captain Fantastic Goody Packs.

     Sadly I didn't get a chance to see Captain Fantastic but any film that stars Viggo Mortensen is going to be a quality effort, more so, when the material is as fiercely original as Captain Fantastic promises, and leans so much towards themes of humanity, a strength running through all Mortensen's role choices.

     At its Cannes Festival debut Captain Fantastic got a 10 minute standing ovation and everyone I know that has seen it loves it.. So I thinks it's fair to assume that Captain Fantastic is going to be a worthwhile viewing experience.

     As well as Viggo Mortensen, no doubt George MacKay will be putting in another fine performance to add to his growing resume alongside the legendary Frank Langella.

In the woodlands of the Pacific Northwest, Ben Cash, the fiercely independent patriarch of Captain Fantastic, is raising his family as far as he can from the influence of modern consumerist culture.

Filling the days of his six children with rigorous education, demanding physical training and intense instruction for surviving in the wild, Ben raises a tribe of "philosopher kings" with the cardiovascular and muscular endurance of elite athletes and a grasp of classic texts far beyond their years.

Release the Bats! It's Halloween! Everyone's entitled to one good scare. Legendary Director Composer John Carpenter is playing a Halloween Gig at The Troxy London - UPCOMING GIG

John Carpenter Live in London TroxyI have posted about this before, but as I said then - this is possibly the most exciting event I have heard of this year! Legendary Director (and Composer) John Carpenter the man behind films like: Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China and They Live amongst others. And yea, he pretty much created all the iconic sounds for his films  - is playing a two gigs at The Troxy in London this Halloween! And will be performing his film soundtracks and new compositions.

In conversation with horror maestro Claudio Simonetti In conversation with horror maestro Claudio Simonetti
    Carpenter embarked on his first ever live performance tour earlier this year and has been playing to sold out audiences to rave reviews. This October he arrives in the UK and will be playing live performances throughout the UK and Ireland: Brighton 20 October, Edinburgh 22 October, Bristol 23 October, Dublin 25 October, Liverpool 28 October, Manchester 29 October and as John Carpenter's Release the Bats London gig on 31st October is sold out an extra date has been added so he will be playing at The Troxy on Tuesday 1st November 2016 as well.

John Carpenter Release The Bats Live Gig in London
John Carpenter Release The Bats Live at The Troxy, London    

5 Surprising real life celebrity spies that led double lives & the one you already know Mr. Ian Fleming and my Bond 25 dream team - GUEST FEATURE

5 Surprising real life celebrity spies that led double lives and the one you already know Mr. Ian Fleming and my Bond 25 dream team - GUEST FEATUREIf you are a regular reader you will know that I am a fan of John le Carré literature, something my father passed on to me. So of course the latest adaptation of his 2010 novel Our Kind of Traitor, his 22nd novel, is of interest to me, and who isn't intrigued when a public figure is revealed to have had a secret of double life? 

     But Our Kind of Traitor is of further interest to me as it involves half of my current Bond 25 dream team:

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

A couple finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch's plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.

Susanna White

John le Carré & Hossein Amini

Stellan Skarsgård, Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis, Mark Gatiss

Anton Corbijn introduces A Most Wanted ManAnton Corbijn introduces A Most Wanted Man
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Premiere InterviewsTinker Tailor Soldier Spy Premiere Interviews
TTSS Premiere Pics & ReviewTinker Tailor Soldier Spy Premiere Photos & Review
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ReviewTinker Tailor Soldier Spy Review
Decoding Tinker Tailor with the TTSS teamTitle of Tinker Tailor sequel confirmed and decoding Tinker Tailor with the film’s makers
Tinker Tailor Circus LocationTinker Tailor Soldier Spy The Circus Blythe House Film Location
    Writer Hossein Amini who has a rich varied body of work (The Four Feathers, The Wings of the Dove, Jude, 47 Ronin, Snow White and the HuntsmanShanghaiKillshot) and intrinsically brings relationships to the fore in all his works as well as has intelligently dealt with matters of secrecy, subterfuge and intrigue in his works like Peter Kosminsky's 1992 The Dying of the Light and Diarmuid Lawrence's 1996 Deep Secrets.

     He has just adapted Norwegian bestselling Author Harry Hole's The Snowman starring Michael Fassbender, Chloë Sevigny & Rebecca Ferguson for Tomas Alfredson who previously directed John le Carré's Gary Oldman starrer Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

     Amini is probably most well known for adapting Drive for Nicolas Winding Refn, again showing his versatility but should be more feted for his rather brilliant adaption and direction of  Patricia Highsmith's The Two Faces of January starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst & Oscar Isaac. I would love to see what Hossein Amini does with a Bond story arc.

     I think Our Kind of Traitor Director Susanna White would bring all the right things to a Bond story. Not only a measured, nuanced approach to complex international intrigue but she also has an eye for action as demonstrated with her episodes, of one of the best War TV shows in recent history 2008's Generation Kill. My second choice would be the return of Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) who constantly surprises, refreshes and updates with the demands of every film he takes on.

     A Bond story written by Hossein Amini, directed by Susanna White, shot by Roger Deakins (Skyfall & everything he does is beautiful), Hoyte Van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Spectre, Interstellar, Dunkirk), Wally PfisterPhil Meheux, Roberto Schaefer or new to the list - Anthony Dod Mantle whose long list of beautifully shot films, which includes: In the Heart of the Sea, Rush, Trance, Dredd, The Eagle, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, can add Our Kind of Traitor as the cherry on top. Would be a superb combination!

      If Daniel Craig was not to return, Susanna White could bring along my current favourite choice for Bond - Damian Lewis who stars in Our Kind of Traitor and she has also worked with on the fast paced TV show Billions. Lewis sparkles with intelligence and can certainly pull off the physical side of the role with aplomb. Besides he has a fair resemblance to Ian Fleming.

     Enough daydreaming already here is a list of 5 surprising real life celebrity spies that led double lives and the one you already know Mr. Ian Fleming.

Over the years, the film industry has produced a plethora of films that capitalise on the theme of espionage and the life of a spy. Due to the illusive nature of those who work with top-secret government intelligence, a whole host of different characters have been concocted in a bid to represent the life of a person with one of the most mysterious occupations on the planet. We’ve been shown debonair men, who drive around in extravagant cars and adorn expensive suits, like the infamous James Bond, to the more unassuming and calculating spy characters such as George Smiley.

The new film Our Kind of Traitor reimagines the spy once again, this time through the eyes of an unsuspecting couple who are thrust between the Russian Mafia and British Intelligence, neither of whom are as clear-cut good and bad as one would assume.

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