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      SUSANNE BIER & CHRISTOPHER KYLE TALK SERENA

    Last week Director Susanne Bier and Screenwriter Christopher Kyle were in London to preview their latest film... read more

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      ANTON CORBIJN INTRODUCES A MOST WANTED MAN

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      MICHÔD, PEARCE & PATTINSON TALK THE ROVER

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Susanne Bier & Christopher Kyle talk the noir darkness of Serena, Shakespeare, Madea, Strong women, love, obsession, human nature and clear up the rumours of Serena's production history - In Conversation

Susanne Bier & Christopher Kyle talk SerenaLast week Director Susanne Bier and Screenwriter Christopher Kyle were in London to preview their latest film Serena (as well as Bier's A Second Chance) to London Film Festival audiences and I was fortunate enough to be invited along to a roundtable chat with them - an opportunity I quickly snapped up and happily so, as it was a privilege to be in the company of such talented creators and as Serena has had as almost as much written about it as speculation on its history this only added to my eagerness to hear directly from the film-makers about the making of Serena.

I'm not going to sweeten it - I struggled a bit with Serena. There is no denying that it is very much its own film a throwback to dark noir and doesn't pander to any expectations that may arise from the casting of a Hollywood golden couple as its leads. But wait! Maybe I should rewind a bit - let me start earlier - possibly my feeling towards Serena has more to do with my only frame of reference for the works of Susanne Bier her 2006 Mads Mikkelsen starrer - After the Wedding (Efter brylluppet).

It is a remarkable and subtle piece of filmmaking wherein Bauer eschews technique to rely on her casts performances to tell an utterly compelling and original tale of; well optimism and hope - but even more surprising it that it is told in an unsentimental and realistic way. Something sadly lacking in modern film rosters. Even my wife who bears the brunt of my experimental cultish tastes was pleasantly surprised at how human and wonderful After the Wedding is.

Serena UK Quad Poster
Serena UK Quad Poster
This is possibly part of the reason as to why I struggled as much as I did with Serena as it heads in the other direction, completely the other direction, so much so it took me by surprise. Possibly I'm a little more forgiving than some as Serena is dark and as close to the real spirit of Film Noir that we have seen on screen in a long time. And I have a strong affinity with the genre. Possibly my feelings about Serena have much to do with the fact that I have been waiting for it – ever since I heard Darren Aronofsky was helming it, creating certain expectations. But then Susanne Bier sat down in the Directors seat and all that changed and I was very interested to see what she made of it. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper coming on board in roles playing against type made Serena one of my most anticipated film of the year and this year.

Arrow Video Club presents Night of the Comet & QA with Catherine Mary Stewart at The PCC London 16 Oct. - UPCOMING CULT SCREENING

Night of the Comet & QA with Catherine Mary Stewart at The PCC LondonTo celebrate the recent home release of Night of the Comet on Blu-ray and DVD Arrow Video Club are holding a special screening of Night of the Comet at the Prince Charles Cinema this Thursday 16 October AND QA session with the star of the film (and many teenage's favourite crush) Catherine Mary Stewart !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Arrow Video is excited to announce the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of Night of the Comet, the 80s cult-classic which since its initial release in 1984, has gone on to amass a legion of loyal fans with its hugely entertaining riff on the apocalyptic sub-genre of movies, paying homage to such classics as The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth. In fact this might be the most purely entertaining depiction of the aftermath of a catastrophic event, not just in movie history but possibly... well, ever."

Night of the Comet Catherine Mary Stewart Prince Charles Cinema 16 Oct.
Arrow Video Club presents Night of the Comet  & QA with Catherine Mary Stewart at the Prince Charles Cinema Thursday 16 Oct.

Hammertime! Entertainment One secures first-look film production & distribution deal with hammer

Hammer Films Entertainment One DealIn the run up to the much anticipated release of (the currently in post production) The Woman in Black: Angel of Death which continues the story of  The Woman in Black story forty years on. Entertainment One and Hammer have announced it's HAMMERTIME! with a deal that will see Hammer's films getting a production boost and wider distribution.

The Establishing Shot: EXCLUSIVE! HAMMER HEAD SIMON OAKES TALKS THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Not content sitting on their laurels (The Woman In Black, took over $130m worldwide making it one of the biggest indie horror films ever) not only are Hammer teaming up with eOne but Hammer is also in the process of developing a Hammer visitor attraction. Hammer recently diversified into live theatre, launching Hammer Theatre of Horror.  Hammer’s first theatre project was 'The Turn of the Screw' production, based on the classic ghost tale by Henry James, which ran at London's Almeida Theatre until March 2013 starring Anna Madeley and Gemma Jones.

In spring 2011, Hammer formed a literary partnership with Arrow, part of the Penguin Random House Group, to form Hammer Books. Recent titles include Helen Dunmore’s The Greatcoat, Jeanette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate, Sophie Hannah’s The Orphan Choir, Julie Myerson’s The Quickening, Joanna Briscoe’s Touched, and Breakfast with the Borgias by Booker Prize winner, DBC Pierre.

Hopefully this latest development will see cult steampunk novel Boneshaker that Hammer have been developing closer to release as well as Simon Oakes' passion project the remake of The Devil Rides Out. A personal favourite of mine that I have been waiting for since he mentioned the possibility of a remake - and not just because Christopher Lee's Duc de Richleau is a Doctor Strange prototype.

The Devil Rides Out / Official Theatrical Trailer (1968) HD


Entertainment One (eOne) and Hammer have entered into an exclusive multi-year first-look film agreement, which includes production, financing and distribution.


The Establishing Shot: HAMMER CEO & PRESIDENT SIMON OAKES HINTS AT THE FUTURE OF HAMMER FILMS
The Establishing Shot: HAMMER CEO & PRESIDENT SIMON OAKES HINTS AT THE FUTURE OF HAMMER FILMS
Founded in November 1934, Hammer is one of the oldest film companies in the world. Creating a robust multi-genre portfolio, Hammer has truly built a brand for itself by producing well-known genre fare, including recent critically acclaimed Let Me In and The Quiet Ones, as well as the worldwide box office smash The Woman in Black and its upcoming sequel Woman in Black: Angel of Death, co-produced with eOne.

NEW The Woman in Black - Angel of Death (2015) Official Teaser Trailer

We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with Simon Oakes, Marc Schipper and the innovative Hammer team,” said Xavier Marchand, eOne’s President, Film Production. “As we continue to expand our production business, it’s rewarding to build on our shared success with Woman in Black and attach one of the industry’s most sought-after independent producers to our global network in order to access great projects in new ways. It’s very exciting for our teams around the world to add crowd-pleasers to the lineup in our territories and add them to our international sales slate for our partners around the globe.

eOne will distribute the Hammer films in Canada, the UK, Benelux, Spain and Australia/New Zealand. The company’s international sales arm, eOne Films International under Harold van Lier, will handle the rest of the international territories.

We’re delighted to have eOne as our distribution, financing and production partner, which provides us with wide global reach while maintaining the creative and commercial flexibility of an independent.  This deal, which we view as a rare opportunity for an independent producer, will allow Hammer to significantly increase its production output,” - said Oakes and Schipper.

London-based Marchand will oversee the deal for eOne.

About Hammer Films
Originally founded in 1934, legendary British film studio Hammer has delivered a hugely successful run of films over the years including Dracula, Frankenstein Created Woman, One Million Years B.C. and The Vampire Lovers.  Since 2008, the company has been reinvigorating this beloved global brand through investment across both traditional and new media.

Not in production since the 1980s, Hammer marked their return to features in 2010 with the release of the critically acclaimed Let Me In, an adaptation of the highly praised Swedish film Låt den rätte komma in.  The film was written and directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and stars Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road).

Let Me In / Official Trailer (2014) HD

In 2011, Hammer released Antti Jokinen’s The Resident starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby), Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hammer legend Sir Christopher Lee, as well as the critically lauded Wake Wood directed by David Keating and starring Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle and Timothy Spall.

February 2012 saw the theatrical release of Hammer’s first ever feature ghost story The Woman In Black, directed by James Watkins, adapted by Jane Goldman from the book by Susan Hill, and starring Daniel Radcliffe.  The film has taken over $130m worldwide making it one of the biggest indie horror films ever.

The Woman In Black / Official Trailer (2012) HD

Hammer's latest film The Quiet Ones starring Jared Harris (‘Mad Men’, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal) was released in April 2014.

The Quiet Ones - UK Theatrical Trailer (2014) HD

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death which is a continuation of The Woman in Black story forty years on, is currently in post-production. Starring Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), Helen McCrory  (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows) and rising stars Phoebe Fox (War Book, ‘Switch’) and Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible), the film is directed by Tom Harper (The Scouting Book For Boys, War Book, ‘Peaky Blinders’).   Jon Croker (Desert Dancer) wrote the screenplay based on an original story outline by Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black.

In addition to its upcoming films, Hammer recently diversified into live theatre, launching Hammer Theatre of Horror.  Hammer’s first theatre project was 'The Turn of the Screw' production, based on the classic ghost tale by Henry James, which ran at London's Almeida Theatre until March 2013 starring Anna Madeley and Gemma Jones.

In spring 2011, Hammer formed a literary partnership with Arrow, part of the Penguin Random House Group, to form Hammer Books. Recent titles include Helen Dunmore’s The Greatcoat, Jeanette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate, Sophie Hannah’s The Orphan Choir, Julie Myerson’s The Quickening, Joanna Briscoe’s Touched, and Breakfast with the Borgias by Booker Prize winner, DBC Pierre.

Hammer is also in the process of developing a Hammer visitor attraction.

Hammer is backed by Dasym.

For further information about Hammer, please visit www.hammerfilms.com.

The Establishing Shot: HAMMERTIME! ENTERTAINMENT ONE SECURES FIRST-LOOK FILM PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH HAMMER


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Anton Corbijn introduces A Most Wanted Man and discusses why it was an important film for him - Event Report

Anton Corbijn introduces A Most Wanted ManE arlier this week I was fortunate to go along with several Establishing Shot readers to a gala screening of Anton Corbijn's latest (and third) film, an adaptation of John le Carré's 21st novel A Most Wanted Man. At a certain point in the film I was unexpectedly shocked - it felt like the cinematic version of a cold slap or a punch in the gut. This would not have been possible had Corbijn not carefully and meticulously seduced me into the world of his lead character Günther Bachmann, masterfully played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

A Most Wanted Man puts a human face to politicking in our post 9/11 world a world that has sadly become closer to the vision that the engineers and perpetrators of heinous terrorism would like, a world in which decency slowly ebbs away as it becomes more polarised with punitive cookie cutter solutions being attempted to address dynamic and nebulous issues.

The Establishing Shot: ANTON CORBIJN AT THE A MOST WANTED MAN GALA SCREENING - CHARLOTTE STREET HOTEL LONDON

If you read the Establishing Shot you will no doubt be aware that I am a fan of master of the spy genre John le Carré's works and that I have been eagerly awaiting Anton Corbijn's version of  A Most Wanted Man.

So going along to the screening and introduction by Anton Corbijn was a real treat, as was briefly chatting with one of the stars of A Most Wanted Man - Daniel Brühl whose performance as Niki Lauda in Ron Howard's Rush absolutely blew me away and is up there in one of the most outstanding and electric performances in recent years and made Rush one of my top 10 films of last year.

The Establishing Shot: DANIEL BRÜHL AT THE A MOST WANTED MAN GALA SCREENING - CHARLOTTE STREET HOTEL LONDON

A Most Wanted Man Poster
A Most Wanted Man UK Poster

A Most Wanted Man

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

Director:
Anton Corbijn


Writers:

Andrew Bovell & John le Carré

Stars:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Daniel Brühl, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright


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But A Most Wanted Man is very much Philip Seymour Hoffman's film as he breathes life into the complex character of Günther Bachmann the sharp, slightly broken, cynical but ever hopeful head of a non existent anti terrorist organisation based in Hamburg. A city that the 9/11 attacks were planned in and hawkishly makes sure that it never happens again.

But as this is a John le Carré tale, a man who worked for several years in the British Intelligence service and is loosely based on actual events - nothing is straightforward or black and white - even our heroes employ questionable tactics to get the job done as the net from internal governmental competition, politics and larger external forces draws tighter on them.

This is the world in which Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) along with the audience are dragged into as the young Muslim, a suspected Chechen terrorist climbs out of the Elbe river and into the Hamburg shadow world.

I believe to truly appreciate A Most Wanted Man you have to go in knowing nothing, unless you have read the book in which case you know what to expect, and even then Corbijn's approach needs much thought or at least a second viewing to catch up with events portrayed – as A Most Wanted Man shares much with Tomas Alfredson's earlier adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and eschews the Hollywood mainstream emotional touchstone tropes of sex, violence, nudity, expository flashbacks and the obligatory romance to lure us into the story.

A Most Wanted Man is a pot boiler as Günther Bachmann's detective work slowly reveals each piece of the puzzle and builds to its conclusion.

And whilst some of the dialogue may seem a bit stilted and reactions arbitrary, when contrasted with the clever or witty Don Draper like intelligence we have come to expect from our self referential culture – the characters in A Most Wanted Man are more like authentic people caught in a fraught filled world where there is a constant threat of sorts at their heels and they think and react more like real people without some grand master plan that is going to save the day (apart from Günther Bachmann that is) and are in genuine fear of consequences.

Anyway that is a long way around of saying don't read the synopsis below or even watch the trailer just go see the film and let the the story roll out for you.

Below is a clip of Anton Corbijn introducing A Most Wanted Man and explaining why this film was important for him on the evening.

The Establishing Shot: DIRECTOR ANTON CORBIJN INTRODUCES A MOST WANTED MAN

Hamburg, the present day. The city - where the 9/11 bombers lived and plotted - remains on high alert. When a brutally tortured immigrant, identified by Interpol as a possible terror suspect, turns up and lays claim to his father's ill-gotten fortune, he attracts the interest of a secretive anti-terror unit headed by Gunter Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Working with the CIA and forming an uneasy alliance with spy Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright), Bachmann must uncover the truth about the man's identity and his possible connections to high level terrorists. As the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true motives – is he an oppressed victim or a militant jihadist bent on destruction? Based on the novel by the master of the spy genre, John le Carré, A Most Wanted Man is a gripping espionage thriller that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene.

There are further similarities to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as the central character Gunter Bachmann is pivotal to the narrative, as is the charismatic performance needed to bring him to life in this world and Philip Seymour Hoffman is absolutely mesmerising in the role. So much so that I wondered what the characters life was like when not on screen, thankfully we see glimpses of this life as well.  Bachmann rivals George Smiley's esoteric knowledge and sparkles with intelligence but has one up on him as he lives in our post modern world - I can only marvel at the possibilities of how Philip Seymour Hoffman would have brought him to screen in further tales - that in my opinion are very much needed.

As with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy the cast is made of a formidable talent in smaller roles most notably Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe. Sadly I feel that whilst Robin Wright shines in her role as US diplomat Martha Sullivan, Dafoe isn't given enough to set his banker Tommy Brue, a critical role, apart with his customary aplomb. Possibly I was hoping for so much more as Dafoe crackles with an energy that needs more space and could have fleshed out Brue into one of, if not the most interesting character of the film.

A Most Wanted Man is a film about issues, ideologies and personalities in a post 9/11 world and should at the very least make us think about the world we live in, if not spark debate on where we are going as a people.

The Establishing Shot: A MOST WANTED MAN UK TRAILER - 12 SEP 2013

The A Most Wanted Man cast is led by Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master, Capote), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes, Midnight In Paris), Willem Dafoe (Shadow of the Vampire, Platoon) and Robin Wright (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Moneyball).

A Most Wanted Man is in UK cinemas from 12 September 2014.

For more information about A Most Wanted Man head over to their Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/MostWantedManUK or Twitter here: @MostWantedManUK information about John le  novel can be found on his site here!

Slideshow: A Most Wanted Man

The Establishing Shot: ANTON CORBIJN INTRODUCES A MOST WANTED MAN AND DISCUSSES WHY IT WAS AN IMPORTANT FILM FOR HIM - EVENT REPORT


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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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Join the hunt and WIN! Tickets to an exclusive screening of A Most Wanted Man & QA with Director Anton Corbijn - this Monday in London!

A Most Wanted Man TicketsI have to say that Anton Corbijn's adaptation of Mr. John le Carré's A Most Wanted Man is one of my most anticipated film of 2014! I have been busy of late, hence (and sadly) my blogging has been somewhat lacking and I would not been running a second competition in such quick succession were it not for my eagerness for all things A Most Wanted Man.

Not only are we going to delve back into the murky world of international intrigue from the mind of master spy writer John le Carré but acclaimed photographer turned music video and film Director Anton Corbijn is in the driving seat. Since Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy's release I have been hankering to revisit George Smiley's world and was overjoyed to hear that Corbijn would be adapting le Carré's contemporary novel - as his 2010 low key thriller The American, starring George Clooney was one of my favourite films of that year. Beautifully shot it captured the day to day complexities of a man at the top of his game that can only makes it through the day by watching his back.

A Most Wanted Man subject matter couldn't be more topical and will hopefully delve into the on the ground cause and effects of faceted political issues with increasing social relevance as only John le Carré can.

If that isn't enough to Anton Corbijn is also bringing a powerhouse of talent to bring his story to life that includes the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles, as well as the scene stealing Daniel Brühl (Rush), Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams and the walking legend - Willem Dafoe.

I for one cannot wait for A Most Wanted Man to hit the big screen and I'm very excited to be able to offer Establishing Shot readers the chance to go along to an exclusive screening of A Most Wanted Man this Monday in Central London AS WELL AS what is sure to be a fascinating Q&A session with director Anton Corbijn after the film. Details on how to enter below.

The Establishing Shot: A MOST WANTED MAN UK TRAILER - 12 SEP 2013

WIN! Tickets to an exclusive screening of A Walk Among the Tombstones & QA with talent from the film - this Monday in London!

A Walk Among the Tombstones & QAAre you ready for the return of Matt Scudder and a little stroll through the tombstones? If you read the Establishing Shot you'll no doubt be aware that I have been waiting a long time for A Walk Among the Tombstones.

I enjoyed his first venture onto the big screen when Jeff Bridges played him in the 1986 crime thriller 8 Million Ways to Die. Ever since I heard there was a script kicking around that would bring Scudder back to the screen I have been eagerly awaiting his return - and Scott Frank's A Walk Among the Tombstones does not disappoint. Until the week of it's release I'm not supposed to delve into opinion on it - but it's fair to say that I was sitting on the edge of my chair the whole way through the film and loved it! It was a real visit to the Noir side of town with the cast bringing the characters of author Lawrence Block's dubious underworld to life.

Comparatively speaking I would say it shares much with Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs but rather than focus on the horror film aspects it plays out in the tradition of a classic Film Noir narrative. Don't get me wrong its chilling but without having to be explicit. On an emotional man seeking redemption level it didn't quite work for me but as a hard boiled detective tale I was all over it and Liam Neeson was born for these type of roles. I can't wait for him to collaborate with Scott Frank again and bring another Frank Scudder tale to the big screen if he survives A Walk Among the Tombstones, that is.

A Walk Among the Tombstones is sure to please fans of the crime genre. So we are proud to be able to bring our readers the chance to go along to an exclusive screening of A Walk Among the Tombstones this Monday in Central London AS WELL AS a QA session with talent from the film after the screening. Who'll be there? Well your guess is as good as mine but I'm hoping for Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Astro and Director Scott Frank.

The Establishing Shot: A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES UK TRAILER - 19 SEPTEMBER

David Michôd, Guy Pearce & Robert Pattinson discuss and dissect The Rover and chat storytelling - In Conversation

David Michod Guy Pearce Rob Pattinson talk The RoverThe first thing that struck me when watching David Michôd's The Rover is the chilling bleak, edge of your seat atmosphere that pervades every aspect of the film - most noticeably the personalities of the characters that fit into Michôd's dystopian not too distant future. The Rover's world is void of empathy and filled with a dog eat dog mentality where brother turns against brother.

Michôd is no stranger to this type of world and the title of his brilliant 2010 debut feature Animal Kingdom even alludes to it. In an odd quirk or projection this is something I have been thinking about a lot recently - whilst watching a new TV show that takes place in a world where a chunk of the population simply disappears and those left behind deal with it in different ways - but ultimately everyone is angry, confused and the world forever tragically altered. Sadly the synchronicity with events rolling out in the Middle East and the effects seemingly bringing out the worst in many people. Highlights the condition of desensitization that people undergo after catastrophic events. This condition and its effects after the big one, the war to end all wars, Vietnam and the Gulf conflict are well documented and have changed the world as we knew it and this is something Michôd taps into.

The Establishing Shot: DAVID MICHÔD, GUY PEARCE & ROBERT PATTINSON TALK THE ROVER IN LONDON ROB PATTINSON HAVING A LAUGH
The Establishing Shot: DAVID MICHÔD, GUY PEARCE & ROBERT PATTINSON TALK THE ROVER IN LONDON ROB PATTINSON HAVING A LAUGH
Whilst The Rover's world is its not to different from our own albeit a lot more broken and the effects have damaged man, further exacerbated by the unforgiving and barren setting of The Rover. The story Michôd tells is that of people pushed to the extremities of the human condition and whilst it is in essence a road or chase movie, for me it is more of a wild ride into the dark heart of man, that could have just as easily fit into a Western setting or sadly even contemporary times.

Being able to transport your audience to another world with enough credible hooks into our own is a hallmark of a great cinematic experience, it is also the hallmark of my favourite type of film – Film Noir. Which brings me to the second thing that struck me about The Rover – the performances. Like the great anti hero characters of noir Guy Pearce's Eric is broken, tough as nails and fiercely driven against the odds for his own reasons.

Video: THE ROVER - FIRST FIVE MINUTES [HD]

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Presents The Marvel Exhibition in Shoreditch - UPCOMING EXHIBITION

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Marvel ExhibitionFor me Captain America: Winter Soldier was by far the most intelligent and relevant Marvel film we have seen so far and proves that Marvel can do subtext as well as be highly entertaining. Winter Soldier is not only a throwback to the Cold War but it also reminds us that the shades of grey that have always pervaded politics and war still exist in this modern age of enlightenment.

Did I mention the many subtle hints and references to Star Wars yet? Like the sounds the ships and weapons make, the aerial battles, the scene where a one armed youth fights his father figure in the depth of a large ship and lets' not forget Nick Fury's entrance - all that was missing was the Imperial March theme tune. Worth a re-watch to see if you spot more or even disagree.

To celebrate the home release of Captain America: Winter Soldier on Marvel are putting on a free CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER PRESENTS THE MARVEL EXHIBITION in Shoreditch and visitors will be able to see artwork featuring the " from artists inspired by Marvel as well as other select items from the Universe. The exhibit will also display for the first time MONDO/MARVEL art in the UK." Sounds pretty exciting. Anyway below are all the details for the exhibition.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier

WIN! TICKETS TO THE RED CARPET EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF JON FAVREAU’S CHEF (IN LONDON) WITH STELLA ARTOIS

Win Chef premiere tickets with Stella ArtoisOh! You lucky, lucky readers. The Establishing Shot is extremely proud and pleased to team up with the beer (or Cidre) of Summer 2014 - Stella Artois and offer one reader a pair of tickets to the European premiere of Jon Favreau's new film Chef here in London. And with the critics giving Chef the nod and its 7.9 IMDB score you want to see this heartfelt and hilarious film soon.

In another of its ongoing a dedicated film bursary programme raising awareness of good film Stella Artois are bringing Jon Favreau's new film Chef to London audiences with the European VIP red carpet premiere of Chef on Monday 9th June at London’s Old Truman Brewery and one lucky reader can win tickets to the gala event. Guests will be greeted by the best street food London has to offer, with a colourful outdoor food-topia from KERB to evoke the Cuban and South American themes and flavours from the film.

This exclusive event will take place at the Old Truman Brewery, Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury St, London, E1 6QR on Monday 9th June, and we have one pair of general admission tickets up for grabs! See how further below.

Win Chef premiere tickets with Stella Artois
CHEF UK Poster - from Chef

May the 4th be with you! Special Star Wars Day messages from R2-D2 & NASA. Celebrate by listening to the Rdio Star Wars Day Playlist & watch the 10 best Star Wars Adverts. Happy Star Wars Day!

Star Wars Episode VII NewsHappy May the 4th! With the Star Wars machine starting up again it would be remissive of me to ignore May the 4th this year. So below are some special May the 4th be with you messages, a Rdio Star Wars playlist and the 10 best Star Wars related adverts. Enjoy and may the 4th be with you.

Who are all the people in the Star Wars: Episode VII cast read through pic?

Star Wars Episode VII NewsBy now you are aware that a new Star Wars is on the way. For awhile rumours had been bubbling but if you were eagle eyed last year - you may have suspected that some of the original cast may be involved. Over the last week those suspicions were confirmed and culminated in starwars.com making an official announcment and releasing a photo of some of the cast from Star Wars: Episode VII in a script read through at Pinewood Studios.

Star Wars 7 Cast read through
Star Wars VII Cast read through ZOOM
No doubt you spotted some of your favourite performers back but Substance have just released an interactive image naming everyone in the inner circle.




Star Wars: Episode VII
A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set 30 years after Return of the Jedi.

Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Andy Serkis, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill

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I got a preview of the 5 Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition winners short films - You can see them right here - FILMMAKING COMPETITION

2014 BOMBAY SAPPHIRE IMAGINATION SERIES: FILM COMPETITION PREVIEW EVENT REPORTAs I sit here gently sipping a delicious Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic ® I'm reminiscing back to last Wednesday, when I was invited along to Soho House for an exclusive early look at the five winning short films from the 2014 Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition - ahead of their world première today, Tuesday 22 April at Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

If you are a regular reader you may know that I went along to the London launch of the first Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition hosted by Bombay Sapphire's Lindsey Charlesworth and Oscar winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher.


We are all born with imagination it's just that life gets in the way a lot of the time,”
                                                             - Geoffrey Fletcher



The Establishing Shot: BOMBAY SAPPHIRE THE IMAGINATION SERIES: FILM COMPETITION LAUNCH - ACADEMY AWARD WINNER MR. GEOFFREY FLETCHER

Fortunately in London there are many film making competitions that anyone wanting to pursue film making and willing to put some work in - can find, but much like their brand the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition is a premium competition. It has the fewest barriers to engaging your imagination and requires very technical know how of filmmaking to enter - allowing aspiring filmmakers to focus on the things that matter. You see all you need  to enter the prestigious Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition is to apply your imagination as half the work is done for you already.

To enter the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition all you have to do is get hold of the skeleton script written by Oscar winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, you can see this year's script below, and flesh it out into a short film story.


If your story is chosen you'll work with Bombay Sapphire creative partner Gravity Road to bring it to life as a six minute short film. Simple! Or as UK winners Anthony Khaseria and Chris Cornwell let us know in a short QA afterwards it really isn't all that easy.





On the judging criteria... the brief was to just pick the most imaginative project,”
                                                             - Mark Boyd - Gravity Road



After Cocktail and canapés we headed into the screening room for a short introduction to the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series from Gravity Road Founder Mark Boyd hosted by film critic James King.

MARK BOYD ON THE GENESIS OF THE BOMBAY SAPPHIRE IMAGINATION SERIES: FILM COMPETITION
When we sat down with the Bombay Sapphire team nearly 2 years ago we discussed how we would communicate this idea of imagination to a wider group and there was a feeling that we could do something more interesting than saying it through the usual advertising channels



Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition Imagination Distilled
Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition Imagination Distilled
Imagination was important to the Bombay Sapphire brand and product because it has always been part of its long history. From the original vapour infusion process to make gin through to how they package their bottles in it always been a key value.

So the thought developed along the lines of why couldn't we create a competition that would spark the imagination of people who were interested in film? So that was the origin of the project.

MARK BOYD ON PREVIOUS ENTRANTS OF THE BOMBAY SAPPHIRE IMAGINATION SERIES: FILM COMPETITION
James W. Griffiths one of last years winners, couldn't be here tonight because he is working on a big budget ad campaign.

James' career has taken off in a big way, last year he was shortlisted and then went on to win a BAFTA for Room 8. He is doing fantastically well, he took this opportunity and was able to give up his job and is now a fulltime director and doing really well.


Room 8 - Winner of the BAFTA for Short Film 2014


MARK BOYD ON THE BOMBAY SAPPHIRE IMAGINATION SERIES: FILM COMPETITION JUDGING CRITERIA
We had a panel in Tribeca made of great directors, writers and producers and talented actors - the panel included Academy Award winning actor, Adrien Brody; screenwriter and film director, Lucy Mulloy; screenwriter, Naomi Foner; actor, Peter Facinelli; and senior curator at Vimeo, Sam Morrill.

The brief was to just pick the most imaginative project and we would work out the production solution after, so they weren't constrained. It was really tough and it was like that scene from 12 Angry Men

There were 20 films at the end with very vocal champions that had to filter it down to these last 5. It was really exciting to be honest to get a sense of what people came up with with a limited amount of stimulus, just a springboard really.



But before settling in to watch the shorts Bombay Sapphire had one more surprise to get us in the mood Bombay Sapphire UK  Brand Ambassador (and master Mixologist) Sean Ware introduced us to a pleasure? a mix? of Gin based cocktails, each bespoke to enhance the mood and flavour of the unique short films.

 DRINKS TIP:  Sean Ware assures us that Campari and the warm red drinks will be making a comeback this season.


I'm not sure of how much an influence the delicious cocktails had on the evening but I was summarily blown away by the 5 short films. It is truly astounding to grasp the scope and variety of the films imagined all derived from the same source - Geoffrey Fletcher's skeleton script. Especially when you consider that these are the 5 finalist chosen from 1,300 entries from across 64 countries.


Exclusive First Look -- The Imagination Series 2014 Films

The 2014 Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition winning films we saw are:

The Other Side of the Game from Kiara Jones
A newly married couple are battling to get out alive from an unfamiliar hostage situation in this taut
psychological thriller. You won’t expect what happens next.


The Other Side of the Game by Kiara Jones -- The Imagination Series


Graffiti Area from Maite Fernandez
A mesmerizing look at the inexplicable and unpredictable nature of our own fears. When two young
graffiti artists start painting, the graffiti takes on a monstrous life of its own. Can they escape their own creation, or even themselves?


Graffiti Area by Maite Fernandez -- The Imagination Series



Need for Speed (Dating) from Allyson Morgan
Need for Speed (Dating) from Allyson Morgan poster by ilovedust The Imagination Series: Animated film posters

Need for Speed (Dating) from Allyson Morgan
Nate and Polly have the perfect relationship. A nice house, a white picket fence. There’s just one problem – the relationship is just a dream. In this light hearted comedy, Polly tries to find her dream date at a speed dating event. But will anyone live up to her dream boyfriend?


Need For Speed Dating by Allyson Morgan -- The Imagination Series


Reflections from Anthony Khaseria
A beautiful couple in beautiful surroundings - it should have been the start of the ultimate love story. But a romantic meal turns dark and fantastical when they discover a hidden mirror which shows their true reflection.


Reflections by Anthony Khaseria -- The Imagination Series


Exit Log from Chris Cornwell
In 2249, two space engineer’s journey through deep space takes a dramatic turn when they discover an emergency message from the past. They’ll have just three minutes to decipher the message and decide their fate forever.


Exit Log by Chris Cornwell -- The Imagination Series



To choose one favourite would be difficult as each clearly had merits of its own. I enjoyed the dark wit of Kiara Jones' The Other Side of the Game. The streetwise special effects employed in Maite Fernandez's Graffiti Area were a winner on their own.

Allyson Morgan's Need for Speed (Dating) brought the emotion whilst Reflections from Anthony Khaseria is twisted and a neat riff off an Tales of the Unexpected or The Twilight Zone style darkness. Chris Cornwell's taut sci-fi Exit Log is reminiscent of Heavy Metal or early 2000 AD Future Shocks which enthralled throughout.


In the short QA afterwards James King explored the London based winners experience of the competition as well as their process process to come up with the stories.

Anthony Khaseria, who had just seen his film Reflections for the first time on a big screen said:
I really want to say no and just be cool. But I had nothing for ages as you can see there isn't much to go on - but it is oddly deceptive as there is clearly drama in the dialogue, there is a location and there are two people that aren't getting on with each other or the situation they're in. I used that as a starting point and worked backwards from there. Once the mirror idea came to me I figured out that A must be the one that doesn't want to be doing this, so for me it was more that persons story. So in the situation I made that was Alice and it was more her journey. Yeah but it was tough.

I did I sat with a pot of coffee and I had nothing man. I nearly didn't enter. But something happens, there a little bubbles, suddenly one pops up to the surface and you want to grab it . You don't want to destroy it so you watch it for a while. And then it fell into place.

I also drew little diagrams of the mirror and the two characters to make sure it made sense.
Chris Cornwell the man behind Exit Log explained:
I found it kind of scary, but it's actually liberating to have certain parameters to work within.

So it was kind of fun to have these few lines which are open to interpretation. When you have something you can kind of enjoyed pushing it and having as much fun with it is possible I think with short film you can have an idea that is imaginative and can run with it for six minutes and have great fun with it. I think when you are trying to get 90 minutes out of an idea it might lose steam but with a six minute short you can go at a breathless pace."
Mark Boyd added: We had a wave of almost every genre you can imagine and every time period from romantic comedies set in ancient Rome through to futuristic sci-fi themes. I'll go back to a comment Geoffrey made about imagination - "We are all born at imagination it's just that life gets in the way a lots of the time".

We we felt that if we made it a competition about creating a theatrical feature it would appeal to a much smaller group. It's hard to carve out the time to apply yourself ...  but a short film of only six minutes long - then that's the kind of thing people could tackle in a much achievable period of time.

In the first year we had entries from 34 countries this year we had we had more than 1300 entries from 64 countries!

Thousands of people registered online, downloaded the script and considered it, they took their own journey of imagination and  they didn't necessary enter but we had people from all over the world engaging with it.


For more info and to view the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition short film winners head over to:

www.bombaysapphire.com
https://twitter.com/ImaginationSRS
https://www.youtube.com/user/BombaySapphire

The Establishing Shot: I GOT A PREVIEW OF THE 5 BOMBAY SAPPHIRE IMAGINATION SERIES: FILM COMPETITION WINNERS SHORT FILMS - YOU CAN SEE THEM RIGHT HERE - FILMMAKING COMPETITION


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