Visit London and find the 5 Paddington fun pop-up book installations at iconic landmarks and attractions across London from Monday 23 October – 3 December 2017 - UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

The Establishing Shot says Visit London and find the 5 Paddington fun pop-up book installations at iconic landmarks and attractions across London from Monday 23 October – 3 December 2017 - UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS To celebrate the release of our favourite Peruvian bear jamming his way back onto the silver screen in Paddington 2 from Friday 10 November - Studiocanal and VisitLondon.com have launched “Paddington’s Pop-Up London”. An installation of five fun pop-up book sculptures focused on Michael Bond’s much-loved bear Paddington and London.

The 5 installations can be seen across London at iconic landmarks and attractions from Monday 23 October – 3 December 2017.

Paddington 2 Pop Up Poster
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THE JUSTICE LEAGUE EXPERIENCE opens to the London public 9 November - UPCOMING EXHIBITION

Justice League Experience Batman Room
Justice League Experience Batman Room [+]

“THE JUSTICE LEAGUE EXPERIENCE,” A CELEBRATION OF THE ORIGINAL SUPER HERO TEAM AND ITS FIRST BIG-SCREEN ADVENTURE, JUSTICE LEAGUE, TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON 9 NOVEMBER


     The London installation of “The Justice League Experience,” a global celebration of the original Super Hero team and the much-anticipated, epic big-screen adventure, Justice League, will open to the public on 9 November and 10 November, at The College, in Southampton Row.

First look at Rafe Spall in Denmark as Principal Photography Wraps - ON OUR RADAR

BBC Films, Ffilm Cymru Wales and WestEnd Films today release a first look at Rafe Spall (The Big Short, The BFG, upcoming Jurassic World sequel) as “Herb” in Denmark. Principal photography has now wrapped on the comedy movie directed by Adrian Shergold (Funny Cow, Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, Mad Dogs TV series), which filmed on location in Wales and Denmark.

Denmark

A bittersweet comedy about one man's pursuit of a dream no more ridiculous than the times we live in, "Denmark" sees a down-on-his-luck Welshman without a job or access to hot water, who makes a decision to change his life for the better. With nothing to lose, and everything to gain, he travels across Europe with one crazy goal: to get himself arrested and sent to a Danish prison where the beds are warm and the water is hot..

Director:
Adrian Shergold


Writers:

Jeff Murphy

Stars:
Rafe Spall

Herb (Rafe Spall) can fix pretty much anything, a broken clock, a radio, the only thing he can’t fix is his own life. He’s out of work, he can only just afford a birthday card for his son, the loud neighbours keep him awake day and night, the local kids have just mugged him for his trainers – and it’s raining. Herb has had enough.

Sitting in his cold flat in soggy socks, physically and mentally bruised, he knows he has to do something to turn his luck around. When he stumbles on a TV programme about the luxury of Danish prisons Herb finds the answer he’s been looking for: organic food, a flat screen TV, healthcare, a dentist, peace and quiet. It will be hard to leave behind his friends and the green valleys of South Wales, but now he knows what he has to do to find his second chance in life. Herb needs to make it to Denmark… and get arrested.

The first look still features Rafe Spall in front of Danish sculpture Men at Sea (by artist Svend Wiig Hansen) in Esbjerg where the Danish portion of filming took place. The film also stars Simone Lykke (Hundeliv, A Funny Man), Thomas Gabrielsson (A Royal Affair), Benedikte Hansen (Borgen TV series), Paul Barber (The Full Monty), Joel Fry (Game of Thrones, 10,000 BC), Steve Spiers (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace), Russell Gomer, Ri Richards and Ifan Huw Dafydd.

Rafe Spall in Denmark
Rafe Spall in Denmark [+]

Full BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2017 Nominations, breakdowns by film and Distributor and Host announced - AWARDS SEASON

Yesterday BIFA or the British Independent Film Awards announced their 2017 award nominations. And if anything this has highlighted how many great films I still have to see - and after watching the trailers for Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and  Armando Iannucci's The Death of Stalin they are on my must see list along with: Johnny Harris' Jawbone, Paul McGuigan's Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Emily Beecham's Daphne, Sally Potter’s The Party and Paddy Considine's Journeyman. Additionally I can't wait to hear Carter Burwell's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Paul Weller's Jawbone soundtracks.

     Below is the official press release, full nominations list as well as an interesting breakdown of nominations by film and distributor. The winners will be announced at the British Independent Film Awards Ceremony on Sunday 10 December

BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2017 Logo
BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2017 Logo [+]

NOMINATIONS & HOST ANNOUNCED FOR BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2017

         35 British feature films nominated. Lady Macbeth leads with 15 nominations, The Death of Stalin, I Am Not a Witch take 13 nominations apiece, God’s Own Country and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri each nominated 11 times

     Award-winning actor and writer Mark Gatiss will host the ceremony on Sunday 10 December, 2017

Lady Macbeth topped the list of nominations for the 2017 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) announced this morning by Maisie Williams and Hayley Squires at The London EDITION.

     Video: LADY MACBETH - UK TRAILER [HD] - ON BLU-RAY & DVD AUGUST 21

The Hunt is back on as Predator stalks back on to the big screen this November for it's 30 Anniversary - CULT NEWS

Sadly whilst the home re-release date of Arnie's restored Terminator 2: Judgment Day's may have been pushed back, it look like his genre bending all out man vs creature action fest - John McTiernan's Predator's re-release is still on for 9 November 2017.

     Ahead of next year Shane Black's new Predator film will be hitting cinemas so this announcement is timely - I am stoked with the announcement that to celebrate it's 30 Anniversary - John McTiernan's Predator will be getting a limited theatrical re-release this November as it is one of my favourite  action films, of all time as a hardcore elite military team go toe to to toe with an unknown foe - to discover that man may not be at the top of the pecking order.

     It certainly seems as if we are having an Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback fest this year as two of his major classic action flicks Terminator 2 and Predator are being re-released - so new audiences can see them as they were meant to be seen and enjoy them as much as existing fans. The full announcement, images and trailer can be found below.

John McTiernan Predator Film Poster
John McTiernan's Predator Film Poster [+] Photographs © 1987 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. 

William Friedkin's masterpiece SORCERER returns to cinemas November 3 2017 & Blu-Ray 6 November - CULT NEWS

Yes! On it's 40th Anniversary William Friedkin's masterpiece SORCERER has been restored, I believe in 4K high definition, and returns to the big screen, so you can see experience this thriller the way it was meant to be. SORCERER will also be released in high definition on Blu-ray as well.

“In 1971, William Friedkin directed the French Connection.
It received 5 Academy Awards including best picture.

In 1973, he directed The Exorcist it made history.

After that, Friedkin spent over two years in five countries
on three continents creating his next film.

40 years later, this lost masterpiece, a courageous adventure
into the heart of darkness, returns to cinemas... “

William Friedkin's SORCERER 2017 Film Poster
William Friedkin's SORCERER 2017 Film Poster [+]

Sorcerer (1977)

Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerine across dangerous South American jungle.

Director:
William Friedkin


Writers:

Walon Green, Georges Arnaud

Stars:
Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou, Ramon Bieri
Rediscover SORCERER... as William Friedkin’s hidden gem from 1977 is released back into cinemas and onto Blu-ray for the first time. This tense thriller starring Roy Scheider (Jaws, The French Connection) is a brutal exploration of fate and destiny.

Exiled from their home nations, four strangers from separate corners of the earth agree to undertake a dangerous mission to transport unstable dynamite through the hot, dense jungle of South America in order to earn their passage home.

When the slightest bump in the road could equal instant death, the real question is not whether these men will survive this nerve-shredding ordeal but who will they have become if they return at all?
Now, 40 years since its release, SORCERER is regarded by critics and filmmakers alike as a true lost cinematic masterpiece – a triumphant feat of filmmaking that encapsulates the revolutionary artistry of 1970s American cinema and not to be missed.

William Friedkin's SORCERER returns to cinemas November 3 2017 & Blu-Ray 6 November





The Establishing Shot: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN'S MASTERPIECE SORCERER RETURNS TO CINEMAS NOVEMBER 3 2017 & BLU-RAY 6 NOVEMBER - CULT NEWS

The Establishing Shot says William Friedkin's masterpiece SORCERER returns to cinemas November 3 2017 & Blu-Ray 6 November - CULT NEWS
Craig is a retired superhero, an obsessive hobbyist, comics fan, gadget lover & flâneur who knows an unhealthy amount about Ian Fleming's James Bond.

When not watching or making films he takes pictures, eats, drinks, dives, tries to connect to nature whilst mentally storyboarding the greatest film ever made. He also  & sometimes utilises owl-themed gadgets to fight crime. 

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Cult Auteur Nicolas Winding Refn announces the imminent roll-out of a new free digital film based platform - byNWR.com - CULT NEWS

The Establishing Shot says Cult Auteur Nicolas Winding Refn announces the imminent roll-out of a new free digital film based platform byNWR.com - CULT NEWSAlittle while back I was very fortunate to go along to an exceptional talk by leading practitioners in the film sector hosted by the FDA. One of the experts on the panel was Alan Jones of Frightfest, who gave us some insight into the inner workings of what has made FrightFest the success it is. When pressed he revealed that one of the projects he is working on is another collaboration with Nicolas Winding Refn called “NWR”, they had previously worked on a The Act of Seeing -  a journey through Nicolas Refn's collection of rare American film posters and how the imagery evokes a certain response in the eye of the beholder.


#Update: Apologies I have checked my recordings from the panel discussion and Jones clearly states that amongst other projects that include a TV Show with Eli Roth his next collaboration with Nicolas Winding Refn is in fact another book called Discomania.
Jones was clearly reluctant to go into any detail but said that this new project was similar, I had imagined it was another book focused on a different sub genre's posters. But with this week's exciting announcement it is possible that the project he was referring to could be part of something much bigger and more ambitious in in scope.

byNWR.com
byNWR.com [+]


Nicolas Winding Refn announces the launch of ‘byNWR.com’

         An unadulterated cultural expressway for the arts

     Lumière Film Festival, Lyon: Film Director Nicolas Winding Refn announced today the launch of his new digital project byNWR.com - An ever expanding content platform inspired by quarterly themes.

Launching online in February 2018, byNWR shares Nicolas Winding Refn’s passion for the rare, the forgotten and the unknown, breathing new life into the culturally intriguing and influential. Quarterly volumes of content divide into three monthly chapters, each featuring a fully-restored film. These revived cinematic gems inspire a wealth of original content, curated by special Guest Editors.

Nicolas Winding Refn by Kia Hartelius
Nicolas Winding Refn by Kia Hartelius [+]
From essays, music, video, and photography to cultural ephemera, the diverse content created by an array of contributors reflects the themes expressed in each volume’s chosen films. The fluidity of the site as it evolves and expands will encourage exploration of a wide range of avenues by curators, writers and the engaged creative public, building a community of contributors beyond the Guest Editors.

And, importantly, the content and films will be entirely free.

Volume 1, entitled ‘Regional Renegades: Exploitation Gems from the Southern USA’, is guest-edited by author and journalist Jimmy McDonough, and highlights the 1965 Bert Williams film THE NEST OF THE CUCKOO BIRDS, a previously lost low-budget gothic horror from the Florida Everglades, now restored and premiering to the public for the first time in more than 50 years. It also features a restored version of the notorious backwoods potboiler SHANTY TRAMP (1967) and a feature dedicated to the unhinged camp of Texas director Dale Berry (HOT THRILLS AND WARM CHILLS, also from 1967).

The Nest of The Cuckoo Bird Film Poster
The Nest of The Cuckoo Bird Film Poster [+]

Missing Links: ‘Restored and Rediscovered Classics of American Independent Cinema’ comprising Volume 2, is guest edited by film magazine Little White Lies, and includes Curtis Harrington’s 1963 debut avant-garde classic NIGHT TIDE in a new restoration from its original 35mm camera negative for the very first time. An early touchstone of independent American filmmaking, NIGHT TIDE showcases Dennis Hopper’s first starring role.

Night Tide Film Poster
Night Tide Film Poster [+]
This quarterly volume will also bring to light the impossibly rare SPRING NIGHT, SUMMER NIGHT (1967), a gorgeous piece of Appalachian neorealism never given wide release until now, and the long-hidden 1970s evangelical Christian “scare” films of Rev. Estus W. Pirkle (IF FOOTMEN TIRE YOU, WHAT WOULD HORSES DO? and THE BURNING HELL). Highlights of Volumes 3 and 4 are to be revealed later in fall 2017.

Presentations of these restored cinematic works will also screen in selected theatres and other venues around the world, and byNWR will work with key partners to curate and produce new original music projects, as well as merchandise to complement the volumes.

London-based agency Bureau has been closely working with Nicolas Winding Refn since conception as publishers and activators of the byNWR vision. Working with key partners including Harvard Film Archive (film restoration), MUBI (streaming film on demand), and label Milan Records (music production and promotion) helps round out this digital proposition. byNWR has joined forces with online platform MUBI to deliver world-class streaming technology and MUBI members will have exclusive early access to the restored films.

Nicolas Winding Refn will present byNWR, followed by a double bill screening of the new 4K restoration by Hiventy Lab in France of NIGHT TIDE, and the world premiere of the new 2K restoration by Illuminate in California of THE NEST OF CUCKOO BIRDS, on Monday 16 October at the Lumière Festival in Lyon.






The Establishing Shot: CULT AUTEUR NICOLAS WINDING REFN ANNOUNCES THE IMMINENT ROLL-OUT OF A NEW FREE DIGITAL FILM BASED PLATFORM - BYNWR.COM - CULT NEWS

Craig Grobler says Cult Auteur Nicolas Winding Refn announces the imminent roll-out of a new free digital film based platform byNWR.com
Craig is a retired superhero, an obsessive hobbyist, comics fan, gadget lover & flâneur who knows an unhealthy amount about Ian Fleming's James Bond.

When not watching or making films he takes pictures, eats, drinks, dives, tries to connect to nature whilst mentally storyboarding the greatest film ever made. He also  & sometimes utilises owl-themed gadgets to fight crime. 

A list of his 133 favourite films can be found hereIf you would still like to contact Craig please use any of the buttons below: 
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I really enjoyed Johannes Roberts' gripping & taut shark attack thrill ride 47 Metres Down - FILM REVIEW

The Establishing Shot loves Johannes Roberts' gripping shark attack thrill ride 47 Meters Down - FILM REVIEWThis is a fitting review as shark week has just kicked off. I loved Johannes Roberts' 47 Metres Down it is a real popcorn edge of your seat film. 


Ok, let's get it out of the way I scuba dive and have an interested in marine life – blame Jacques Cousteau's fantastic TV series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau and my Gran for making sure we watched the show every Saturday afternoon. I have been fortunate to travel to some of the most incredible dive spots in the world seeking to explore and communion with nature. Amongst those travels I ended up in a cage under a boat whilst the most feared apex predator in the oceans chased a tuna head towards the cage I was in.

47 Metres Down Poster UK Quad
47 Metres Down Poster UK Quad [+]

    The four things I learnt that early morning were –

1. I can still get sea sick.

2. As many sharks as I have encountered underwater there is nothing as terrifying as the deep dark soulless pits that are the eyes of  a Great White Shark.

    Many shark species have eyes that are identical to our eyes and approximate the look of the human eye, however some species like the Mako and Great White have completely black orbs. Great White's have pigment cells that act as sunglasses and cover reflective crystals at the back of their eyes. In low light or at night time the pigment cells retract and the crystal plates activate, reflecting light back onto the retina amplifying and enhancing their night vision.

    Amongst my discussions with professional shark Wranglers, one summed it up quite neatly –
When you encounter a animal in the wild it's only natural to search for behaviours, movements and expressions that you can read to understand the creature before you. With some sharks you can read their eyes - in combination with their movements - this gives an indication of what they are going to do next.

With Great Whites you can't. They give no indication at all and move too quickly to be able to understand what is happening at close quarters. They are too unpredictable.”
47 Metres Down Mandy Moore & Claire Holt cage diving with Great White Sharks
47 Metres Down Mandy Moore & Claire Holt cage diving with Great White Sharks [+]
3. It is difficult for the human brain to fully appreciate how quickly this million + year evolved creature can move and change direction without seeing it first hand.

Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas introduce their modern classic DUNKIRK and answer some questions about DUNKIRK - EVENT REPORT

The Establishing Shot Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas introduce their modern classic DUNKIRK and answer some questions about DUNKIRK - EVENT REPORTSo last week I was very privileged to go along to an early preview screening of Dunkirk with an extended introduction from Christopher Nolan.

I have to say a large part of the draw for me was the “extended introduction” bit, for me there is some frustration when a filmmaker pops up to introduce their film and doesn't really give any insight into their vision or the thinking behind their involvement in the creation of film. So I'm glad to report that the BFI and Christopher Nolan over-delivered in this respect.

     The world premiere of Dunkirk was held at Odeon Leicester Square with an annex screening at the British Film Institute IMAX, which I passed by on my way to the preview screening at the BFI itself.

The Establishing Shot: HARRY STYLES AT THE DUNKIRK WORLD PREMIERE AT THE BFI IMAX, SOUTHBANK, LONDON

     Outside the green room a den of autograph hunters had gathered hoping to get something signed by the talent that makes fantasy reality. There was some irony in the moment, when I noticed BAFTA winning cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema casually sitting across the way soft drink in hand occasionally greeting industry types breezing by - but not being recognised at all. Van Hoytema is now a Nolan regular and responsible for the look of both his Dunkirk and Interstellar as well as Sam Mendes' Spectre, Her, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Fighter and Let the Right One In amongst others.


Well I take care, of course in accordance with Chris [topher Nolan], of the images, the pictures, the light, the way the camera moves and some of the visual storytelling, that's my job"
- Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition interview with Cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema for Interstellar


     Hoyte is known for his naturalistic camera work, soft focus and warm textures all of which are ideal for a period or vintage film like the film Dunkirk hinted at being.

     Before the final call to take our seats Kenneth Branagh walked by as well as Dua Lipa.

Dunkirk Quad Film Poster
Dunkirk Quad Film Poster  Courtesy of Warner Bros.[+]

     BFI Creative Director Heather Stewart welcomed us, spoke glowingly of Dunkirk and then welcomed Director Christopher Nolan and co- Producer (and wife) Emma Thomas on to the stage to introduce Dunkirk and for what became a short QA session which I was stoked about.

The Establishing Shot: CHRISTOPHER NOLAN & EMMA THOMAS INTRODUCE DUNKIRK AT THE BFI, LONDON

First Look at Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick in the Amazon Original Series Trailer - ON OUR RADAR

The Establishing Shot's First Look at Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick in the Amazon Original Series Trailer - ON OUR RADAR To be fair I was never a big reader of Ben Edlund's The Tick comics I was however a huge fan of the 2001 Tick TV Show with Patrick Warburton in the lead role, with his wit and dry delivery he was born to play the role, in fact he is very much,  much born to play any role he gets. I can't get enough of his original and unique droll comedy.

     So since first heard Amazon's upcoming version of The Tick I have been very curious. I was sad to discover that  Patrick Warburton would not be involved but stoked to hear that our very own  Peter Serafinowicz would be suiting up for the role of The Tick.

     You may know him as Darth Maul or Supernova Denarian What a bunch of a-holes Saal or Cut-Rate James Mason but his numerous roles in many, many, many, many productions from Spitting Image, Spaced, World of Pub, Shaun of the Dead, Little Britain, Doctor Who, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Spy, through his eponymous The Peter Serafinowicz Show, Parks and Recreation, South Park, Guardians of the Galaxy, Mr. Sloane, to his recent cameo in John Wick: Chapter 2 have seen him deliver his his own brand of comedic stylings making him a fan favourite and me looking forward to Amazon's The Tick.

Amazon Original The Tick Logo
Amazon Original The Tick Logo [+]
     Since viewing the original series of The Tick the character's creator Ben Edlund, who came up with The Tick whilst at high school, has gone on from strength to strength and not only involved with various genre favourites including; Firefly, Angel, Gotham, Powers and one of my favourites Jackson Publick's outrageously hilarious The Venture Bros. which has much in common with The Tick and he will also be executive producer on The Tick so we can hopefully expect something special.

     I received some stuff about The Tick a little while back but didn't get a chance to post it – but when we received a first look heads up at the brand-new trailer for The Tick I thought I would get this up.

Peter Serafinowicz's The Tick is coming!
Peter Serafinowicz's The Tick is coming! [+]

Yes!! Behold! The Game of Thrones: Touring Exhibition is coming to London - UPCOMING EXHIBITION

The Establishing Shot says Yes!! Behold! The Game of Thrones Touring Exhibition is coming to London - UPCOMING EXHIBITIONI'm pretty sure I don't need to tell you what The Game of Thrones is - the immensely addictive, engaging, shocking, sexy, twisting, tragic, bloody, exciting and uplifting TV adaptation of novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones (part of his A Song of Fire and Ice series) has become a worldwide phenomenon and HBO's most watched series ever.


     The eagerly anticipated Season 7 of Game of Thrones arrives on 16 July (10 days from now) and we have just received this very exciting news. To support GOT Season 7 The Game of Thrones Touring Exhibition is coming to Europe, more specifically to London and it looks very immersive - hopefully we'll get to sit on the Iron Throne but it is still a little while before the tour kicks off.

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
Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 Poster Artwork [+]

FIRST LOOK from the set of IDRIS ELBA's directorial debut feature YARDIE - 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'.

Director:
Idris Elba


Writers:

Victor Headley, Brock Norman Brock, Martin Stellman

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

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS ON IDRIS ELBA’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT YARDIE

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
First Look Yardi Idris Elba on set with Aml Ameen [+]

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.

Director:
Mike Newell


Writers:

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

Stars:
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).

First Look The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society Lily James as Juliet Ashton
First Look The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society Lily James as Juliet Ashton [+]

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.

Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide Cover
Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide Cover © 2017 Lonely Planet [+]

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
Moonpit 1, 2001: A Space Odyssey [+]
     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: Judgment Day 3D gets a UK release date! Special previews event & a new UK trailer - UPCOMING RELEASE

The Establishing Shot Craig Grobler says James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D gets a UK release date! Special previews event & a new UK trailer - UPCOMING RELEASEJames 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.

Director:
James Cameron


Writers:

James Cameron, William Wisher Jr.

Stars:
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: Judgment 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.

Director:
Chad Stahelski


Writers:

Derek Kolstad

Stars:
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.

The Establishing Shot: MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY INTRODUCES HIS LATEST OUTSTANDING FILM GOLD TO US AND TELLS US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FILM - THE HAM YARD HOTEL, LONDON

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.

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Legend of the East End Exhibition

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London The Making of Harry Potter

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Bond in Motion Exhibition

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