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Sergio Corbucci’s Western masterpiece The Great Silence comes to Blu-ray

To my shame I must confess I only got around to seeing Sergio Corbucci’s The Great Silence back when it was mentioned as an influence on Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and I am glad I did. It's well worth a watch for any aficionado of the Western genre, anyone who appreciates good cinema or anyone who appreciates incredible sound and composition. Did I mention the score is by Il Maestro himself - Ennio Morricone

Il Grande Silenzio harks to a time when you had a variety of films to choose for your entertainment. Not the same story slightly altered

With the upcoming joint Sky and Canal+ production of a new television series version of Sergio Corbucci's Django starring our favourites Matthias Schoenaerts and Noomi Rapace, let's hope Matthias Schoenaerts Django doesn't die in the first episode with Noomi Rapace's character having to reluctantly pick up his guns to dispense justice for the remainder of the series (transporting the coffin would be a mission all of it's own) Sergio Corbucci came back on to my radar as did Eureka Entertainment's restoration and release of his classic of the genre The Great Silence this November.

One of the best and most influential Westerns ever made

Eureka Entertainment is to release Sergio Corbucci’s Western masterpiece, THE GREAT SILENCE, presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK from a 2K restoration in a Limited Edition Set as part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 22 November 2021.

Sergio Corbucci’s The Great Silence Blu-ray
Sergio Corbucci’s The Great Silence Blu-ray


It is 11 days until the No Time To Die Gala Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 28th September. This year proving to be the most difficult year to get tickets for what surely must be a once in a lifetime event, saying goodbye to Daniel Craig's run as James Bond.

In a stunning move the producers have set the bar high and made it possible for health care workers to share in this incredible event by including them in premiere events around the UK as well as fittingly, proceeds from the premiere will benefit current and former members of the services protecting the United Kingdom.

Fortunately No Time To Die will be going general release in the UK and Ireland 2 days later from 30th September 2021.

The Iconic Bat-Signal will light up cities across the UK to celebrate DC’s Caped Crusader on Batman Day 2021

If all goes to plan we are less than half a year away from seeing Matt Reeves interpretation of The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson on screens. Fortunately we have a stop gap in the form of Batman Day this Saturday 18th September.

Similar to the event that took place 2 years ago (and hopefully will take place annually) the iconic Bat Signal will be shone into the night sky, or at least 5 buildings at secret locations in London, Liverpool and Glasgow to alert Batman that his presence is required. As well as signal an Easter Egg hunt with Batman related prizes.

The secret locations have been chosen for their Batman connections. Notably, Glasgow, Liverpool and London have all been used as prominent filming locations for much anticipated The Batman, which will be released in 2022. Glasgow was used as a filming location for The Flash - also set for a 2022 release - which sees Michael Keaton reprise his role as the Defender of Gotham.

Introducing the new Agents of ‘No Time To Die’ Featurette

We are 17 days away from seeing Daniel Craig's last outing as James Bond in No Time To Die. Fans hopes and expectations have been sent awry due to Covid delays, but we are, as they say, in the end game now for what surely should be a spectacular climax to Craig's finale as Bond.

On the heels of the final, final trailer released last week, earlier today we received a heads up on a featurette introducing Bond’s new allies agents Nomi (Lashana Lynch) and Paloma played by Ana de Armas.
No Time To Die - Ana de Armas as Paloma
No Time To Die - Ana de Armas as Paloma

You’ve Got Red on You - new book reveals full story on making of Shaun of the Dead

In the 2004 horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead a group of Londoners battled zombies in a London pub. The result was a box office hit that, almost two decades on, claims an ever-expanding fan base. How did a low-budget British movie become a beloved global pop culture phenomenon? Entertainment Weekly’s senior writer Clark Collis’s authoritative new book You’ve Got Red on You: How Shaun of the Dead Was Brought to Life reveals the previously untold story behind the making of the film.

‘Being James Bond’ Daniel Craig’s 007 adventure to stream for free

Bond fans Can Stream the Special Film as a Free Rental on the Apple TV App Only from September 7 through October 7 Ahead of the Theatrical Release of ‘No Time To Die’
Being James Bond The Daniel Craig Story Poster
Being James Bond The Daniel Craig Story Poster

Being James Bond, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), will be exclusively available to stream on the Apple TV app as a free rental ahead of the theatrical release of the upcoming 25th film in the James Bond franchise, No Time To Die.* In this special 45-minute retrospective, Daniel Craig candidly reflects on his 15-year adventure as James Bond. Customers in over 30 countries and regions around the globe can rent the film for free and stream it exclusively on the Apple TV app from September 7 to October 7.

Party Store Pizza launches first bricks and mortar site in Bermondsey

Detroit-style pizza has landed in the UK and has quickly become one of the hottest food trends in London. After gaining a huge following across the pond where “Detroit-style is the fastest-growing trend in pizza”*, Party Store Pizza has single-handedly proved that it’s here to stay with the launch of their new restaurant. The Party Store Pizza team have been behind some of the most exciting pizza pop-ups in London and off the back of this success, Party Store Pizza is now opening its first ever bricks-and-mortar site on Maltby Street in Bermondsey. The doors officially open on Wednesday 1st September after a month long soft launch and walk-ins are now being welcomed with open arms and mouth-watering fresh pizza.

So what is Detroit-style pizza?

First, while traditional slice-joint pizza is topped with mozzarella (or burrata, if you're eating somewhere fancy with actual silverware and Haim is playing over the stereo), Detroit-style pizza is usually made with Wisconsin brick cheese. This cheese has a stronger, more cheddar-y flavor than mozzarella and a higher fat content. Since Detroit-style pies typically have cheese all the way out to their square edges, the melted fat gets infused into the dough. The result is a crust that's crunchy and tender all at once, with a lacy strip of crisp cheese around the edges.

It's also constructed in a different order from New York pizza—instead of dough as the base, then sauce, then cheese, Detroit-style pies have cheese directly on top of the dough, then sauce on the very top. Which means that depending on where you're eating them, the toppings may be underneath the sauce. I know this may be hard to wrap your head around, so please take some cleansing breaths before we keep going.

That dough-cheese-sauce order is the same way Chicago pizza is layered, but pies in the Windy City are round and baked in much deeper pans, for a result that's way heavier and denser than the stuff from Detroit. (The word "pie" is actually pretty accurate—from the side, Chicago slices have that lofty look of an old-school piece of apple pie, only with cheese and pepperoni where the apples should be.) And finally, instead of a flat, ultra-chewy crust like New York's, Detroit-style is more focaccia-esque: As light and fluffy as an episode of Bridgerton.


This spontaneous success story has simple and humble roots. When the hospitality industry ground to a halt during the pandemic summer of 2020, a group of pizza heads identified a gap in the London pizza market and decided to bring Detroit-style pizza here from the U.S. The plan was to keep things simple, affordable and delicious. Initially from a pop-up pub kitchen at Market House in Brixton, the team served walk-ins and made local deliveries. Everyone started talking and the kitchen sold out most nights. A pop-up at Lit Bar in Clapham soon followed and locals from both boroughs continue to enjoy unrivalled square slice pizza for dine-in and delivery. Now the hard work pays off with the launch of Party Store Pizza’s first restaurant on Maltby Street.

Says Head Chef Sam Langford,
2020 was an immensely difficult year for small businesses, in particular for the food industry. Thousands of pubs, cafes and restaurants had to close their doors; in many cases permanently. But for us it was a chance to take stock and plan ahead. We asked ourselves what could launch and thrive during a pandemic and what was London missing. The answer was Party Store Pizza where we created what we think is the best Detroit-style pizza in London. Bring on the square slice revolution!”
The new restaurant is a suitably stylish setting for this square slice revolution. Nestled in a railway arch and perched at the end of Maltby Street Market, the space boasts a chic industrial look with graffiti art on exposed brick and steel, an open kitchen and a DJ booth with full Funktion-One sound. As normality returns, Party Store Pizza - the clue is in the title - will become a fun space with carefully selected DJs programmed by co-founder and esteemed London party promoter Fred Letts (Percolate, Waterworks Festival).

The all-important menu was created by accomplished Executive Chef Richard Falk, former Head Chef at The Dairy, Clapham and YBF Chef of the Year 2016. It includes a full vegan offering and applies authentic dough and baking techniques. After going through a 24 hour fermentation process, the dough is tray-baked to create a focaccia-like light and airy base, then baked a second time for a perfect rise and irresistibly crispy cheese crust.

Toppings include the finest Mutti San Marzano tomatoes, Shipton Mill heritage flour from the UK and high-grade Italian mozzarella. Pizzas include the Top Boy with vodka sauce (tomato sauce with cream), mozzarella, ricotta, nduja, pepperoni and spicy honey, and Smacks of Mac with ground seasoned beef, pickled gherkin, white onion and burger sauce.

The fully realised ‘vegan mode’ includes the likes of the Bianca with béchamel, marinated courgettes, basil, dried chili and Max’s green sauce, and Bombay Bad Boy with curried aubergine, vegan mozzarella, green chili, pickled red onion, raita, coriander and Bombay mix.

The pizza can be washed down with a selection of natural wines, beers on tap (including a Party Store Pizza brew from their friends at Signal Brewery) and an extensive range of canned beers from Siren, Beavertown and Tiny Rebel, amongst others.

Party Store Pizza is a pizza shop for the people. It's about good food and good times, so make sure you're a part of the square slice revolution. Find out more at:

More information:

The doors officially open on Wednesday 1st September after a month long soft launch and walk-ins are now being welcomed with open arms and mouth-watering fresh pizza.

Party Store Pizza
35 Maltby St, London SE1 3PA

Party Store Pizza Pop Up at Market House, Brixton
Market House, 443 Coldharbour Lane , Brixton, London, SW9 8LN

Party Store Pizza Pop Up at Lit Bar, Clapham
15-16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, London, SW4 7UX

Duran Duran Announce intimate shows to launch new album FUTURE PAST

Legendary British band Duran Duran were meant to celebrate their 40th Anniversary together by closing the British Summer Time Hyde Park 2020 festival, however the show was postponed until July 11, 2021 where instead they would be headlining BST Hyde Park 2022. Sadly a global pandemic had other ideas - I sadly as Simon Le Bon had explained that it means something for Duran Duran to play in an iconic London stage like Hyde Park as all the greats have including The Rolling Stones.

It has been confirmed that Duran Duran will play next year's BST Hyde Park 2022on Sunday 10th July 2022 at 2pm and will be joined by Nile Rodgers & CHIC. Hopefully Grace Jones will make it and we'll get an ultimate rendition of A View to a Kill.

July next year seems a long, long way off - so it's good news that:


The iconic multi-platinum and award-winning British band, Duran Duran, announce two intimate performances in their hometown of Birmingham, at the O2 Institute. Duran Duran will play on 14th and 15th September 2021 ahead of the release of their highly anticipated album ‘FUTURE PAST’, due 22nd October. Tickets go on sale for their September performances at 9am Friday 27th August at

Duran Duran Future Love Album Cover
Duran Duran Future Love Album Cover

Enrolling the help of some of the biggest and most successful names of the past 50 years, with ‘FUTURE PASTDuran Duran have produced another incredible genre-spanning piece of work that once again sets them apart from the pack. Working alongside legendary producers Erol Alkan and Giorgio Moroder, the band have also enlisted the help of some of the most exciting names in pop at the moment - including Swedish hit-maker Tove Lo, ‘Queen of Drill’ Ivorian Doll and Japan’s CHAI on ‘MORE JOY!’; alongside Blur’s Graham Coxon who lends his guitar to several tracks on the record and David Bowie’s former pianist Mike Garson on album closer ‘FALLING’. The album, which was recorded across studios in London and LA over lockdown, also features Mark Ronson who co-wrote and played on ‘WING’, and was mixed by long-term friend and collaborator Mark ‘Spike’ Stent.

FUTURE PAST will be available on all digital platforms. As well as the standard CD, a limited edition Deluxe hardback book CD format will be available featuring three additional tracks. The album will also be available on coloured vinyl. The official album store will offer exclusive vinyl and cassette formats. [PRE-ORDER/ADD/SAVE 'FUTURE PAST']

The band also continue the trend of being trailblazers across both technology and music with a special collaboration with 360 Reality Audio, a new immersive music experience using Sony’s spatial sound technologies. A separate version with 360 mixes will be released of ‘FUTURE PAST’, together with new 360 versions of their back catalogue. 360 Reality Audio is on supported streaming services Amazon Music HD, TIDAL HiFi, and Deezer HiFi.

More information:

General tickets on-sale for Duran Duran live at the O2 Institute Birmingham will be 9am Friday 27th August at

Members of the Duran Duran VIP Community will have first access to tickets on Tuesday, August 24th at 9am local venue time. For more information members should log in and click the pre-sale page at

14th September 2021 O2 Institute Birmingham
15th September 2021 O2 Institute Birmingham

Later in September, the band will play their own show at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre, on Friday September 17th, and headline the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday September 19th.
Ticket details at

Blade Runner in Concert

Experience Ridley Scott’s multi-Academy Award-nominated cult classic, Blade Runner (2007 Final Cut), on a vast HD screen accompanied by The Avex Ensemble performing Greek composer Vangelis’ original synthesiser led score in sync with the film.

Blade Runner in Concert

The 1982 motion picture will come to venues across the UK, with an 11-piece musical ensemble featuring synthesizers, strings, woodwinds, bass, and percussion, bringing the film’s stunning soundtrack to life.

In this stylish noir thriller, detective Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) must continue as Replicant Hunter following the escape of 4 Replicants from colonies who’ve returned to earth. His mission however is complicated when he falls for Rachel (Sean Young); a Replicant based at the Tyrell Corporation.

Vangelis’ iconic soundtrack was nominated for ‘Best Original Score’ in 1983 at both the BAFTAs and Golden Globes, and has become influential both in the world of film scores, as well as wider electronic music in general.

More information:

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Saturday,04 September 2021 at 19:30

Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Sunday,05 September 2021 at 19:30

Birmingham Symphony Hall
Monday,06 September 2021 at 19:30

For full details and more information head over here:

Tickets here:

Joker - Live In Concert: See Todd Phillip's acclaimed film accompanied by a live orchestra

On 26 September, Todd Phillips’ ground-breaking, award-winning film Joker will be screened with the accompaniment of a live orchestra playing composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s award-winning score for the first time ever at London’s Eventim Apollo, followed by a UK & Ireland Tour.
Joker - Live In Concert
Joker - Live In Concert

Central to the emotional journey of Joaquin Phoenix’s character Arthur Fleck in the film is Guðnadóttir’s beautifully haunting Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning score. The fusion of looming industrial soundscapes with raw, emotive string-led melodies - led by a lone cello - creates a melancholic shroud marked with moments of hope, which unfolds gradually to become a fever pitch of disquieting tension. 

This extraordinary music will be brought to life by a full orchestra to create a vivid, visceral and entirely new Joker viewing experience. Performed live, Guðnadóttir’s inimitable score illuminates further the emotional weight, texture and atmosphere of Phoenix’s captivating portrayal. 
The London opening of Joker - Live In Concert will be conducted by Jeff Atmajian - the conductor and orchestrator of the original soundtrack - with SENBLA’s Dave Mahoney conducting the rest of the UK Tour dates. 

One of the most acclaimed young composers of her generation described by The Times as “music to Hollywood’s ear”, and the first-ever solo female winner of the BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for Best Original Score, Hildur Guðnadóttir is also known as the Grammy-winning composer of HBO’s celebrated miniseries Chernobyl. 

On Joker - Live In Concert, Hildur Guðnadóttir said: 
“I'm thrilled to get to see and hear Joker in the cinema with a live orchestra. When we recorded the music, the orchestra brought such depth and detailed attention to the performances that we were all literally holding our breaths during most of the recording sessions. It was a beautiful trip. I’m so happy to get to go there again and for an audience to experience that too.” 

Director Todd Phillips said: 
“I speak for the entire Joker team when I say how thrilled we are to be working with SENBLA and Ollie Rosenblatt on Joker - Live In Concert. I think its a wonderful way for audiences to experience Hildur Guðnadóttir‘s haunting and immersive score while bearing witness to Joaquin Phoenix’s descent into madness as Arthur.”

Joker - Live In Concert is produced and promoted worldwide by Senbla and following its London opening and UK and Ireland tour will embark on an international tour. More dates to be announced soon.

Joker - Live in Concert

UK & Ireland Tour 26th September – 9th November 2021

Tour Dates
Sunday 26th September 2021 - London Eventim Apollo
Thursday 14th October 2021 - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Friday 15th October 2021 - Edinburgh Usher Hall
Sunday 17th October - Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Tuesday 19th October 2021 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wednesday 20th October 2021- Bath Forum 
Monday 25th October 2021 - Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Wednesday 27th October 2021 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Thursday 28th October 2021 - Brighton Dome
Monday 1st November 2021 - Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 2nd November - Liverpool Philharmonic
Tuesday 9th November 2021 - Cardiff Millennium Centre


Directed, co-written and produced by Todd Phillips, “Joker” stars Joaquin Phoenix in this character study of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham City’s fractured society. Longing for any light to shine on him, he tries his hand as a stand-up comic, but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty and, ultimately, betrayal, Arthur makes one bad decision after another that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events.

Phoenix stars in the titular role alongside Robert De Niro, stars Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, Marc Maron, Douglas Hodge, Josh Pais and Leigh Gill. Phillips directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Silver, based on characters from DC. The film was produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It was executive produced by Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Aaron L. Gilbert, Joseph Garner, Richard Baratta, and Bruce Berman.

Behind the scenes, Phillips was joined by director of photography Lawrence Sher, production designer Mark Friedberg, editor Jeff Groth, and costume designer Mark Bridges. The music is by Hildur Guðnadóttir.

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, in Association with BRON Creative, a Joint Effort Production, a Film by Todd Phillips, “Joker.” It is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Ringo Lam's FULL ALERT arrives on Blu-ray October 2021

Eureka Entertainment to release FULL ALERT, the raw, intense & gritty psychological crime thriller from Ringo Lam, presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as part of the Eureka Classics range from 18 October 2021. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet.

Ringo Lam's Full Alert Blu-Ray Packshot
Ringo Lam's Full Alert Blu-Ray Packshot

A late career highlight from Ringo Lam, an action-packed tale of cops and robbers presented in the director’s inimitable style.

Perfectionist, workaholic Inspector Pao (Lau Ching-wan, Running Out of Time) finds himself up against Mak Kwan (Francis Ng, The Mission), a seasoned criminal intending to use his explosive skills to pull off a huge heist. Pao must use his own resources to stop Mak and prevent heavy civilian casualties.

With heart-stopping car chases on the streets of Hong Kong and brilliant performances by the two leads, Full Alert is an intelligent, high velocity action movie considered to be one of director Ringo Lam's finest works.

Federico Fellini's 8 ½ and Four Film Box Set coming to Blu-ray

Born on 20 January 1920, this month marks the centenary of Italian director Federico Fellini, one of the most original creative minds of the twentieth century. To celebrate this landmark, the director’s incredible body of work is being appraised across the United Kingdom with a series of events and theatrical releases of his greatest works.

On this 100-year anniversary, CultFilms is proud to present two new Blu-ray releases, giving audiences the opportunity to revisit and rediscover his most influential films in sparkling restorations.

8 ½  (1963)
Regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, Federico Fellini’s landmark 8 ½ is the story of filmmaker Guido (played by long-time Fellini collaborator Marcello Mastroianni) who, embarking on his next film, discovers he has director’s block. Hassled by his producers, his wife (Anouk Aimée) and his mistress (Sandra Milo), Guido retreats into a world of memories, dreams and fantasies - personified by a heavenly beauty (Claudia Cardinale) - to escape his tormentors.

Following its release in 1963, 8 ½  won two Oscars including Best Foreign Film and has stood the test of time with the BFI ranking it the twelfth best film ever. To celebrate the centenary of the master director’s birth, CultFilms are proud to release his most cherished work in a ravishing new 2K restoration.

Special features
- New intimate interview with actor, and Fellini’s off-screen companion, Sandra Milo
- New interview with Lina Wertmuller, Fellini’s assistant director on 8 ½
- ‘Lost Sequence’ documentary on the making of 8 ½ featuring interviews Fellini and cast and crew. The documentary examines one of the film's great mysteries, where a massive sequence was shot with all the cast, but not included in the film, and never seen again
- New, improved English subtitles

Four essential Fellini films in one must-have collection: 8 ½, La Dolce Vita, Juliet of The Spirits and I Vitelloni.

8 ½ (1963)
In 8 ½, Fellini's most acclaimed work, Marcello Mastroianni plays Fellini’s alter-ego, Guido, a director struggling with creative block who he retreats in dreamy recollections of his life and lovers.
Presented here in a brand new 2K restoration.
Also starring: Sandra Milo, Anouk Aimee and Claudia Cardinale

Special features
- New intimate interview with actor, and Fellini’s off-screen companion, Sandra Milo
- New interview with Lina Wertmuller, Fellini’s assistant director on 8 ½
- ‘Lost Sequence’ documentary on the making of 8 ½ featuring interviews Fellini and cast and crew. The documentary examines one of the film's great mysteries, where a massive sequence was shot with all the cast, but not included in the film, and never seen again
- New, improved English subtitles

La Dolce Vita (1960)
La Dolce Vita is Fellini’s most popular masterpiece, presented here in a 4K restoration. Filled with mesmerising images such as Anita Ekber frolicking in Rome’s Trevi fountain, it is one of the most influential and truly iconic films of all time.
Also starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anouk Aimee

Special features
- Interview with star Anita Ekberg
- New, improved English subtitles

Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
Juliet of the Spirits is Fellini’s first colour masterpiece. Presented here in full-HD finally doing justice to the director’s dazzling vision. This idiosyncratic paean to women is a breathtakingly beautiful and fantastical carnival ride.
Starring: Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo and Mario Pisu

Special features
- ‘Understanding Fellini’: an audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger
- ‘Dazzling Spirits’: an exclusive video essay by Italian cinema expert Prof. Guido Bonsaver
- New, improved English subtitles

I Vitelloni (1953)
Rooted in neorealism, I Vitelloni is a pivotal Fellini masterpiece, observing the mores of 1950s Italy where a clique of idlers, the ‘Vitelloni’ of the title, try to avoid adulthood.
Starring: Alberto Sordi and Franco Fabrizi

Special features
- ‘Becoming Fellini: an exclusive video essay by Italian cinema expert Prof. Guido Bonsaver
- New, improved English subtitles

See a one of a kind film series curated by Quentin Tarantino

In the run up to the release of his ninth feature film Quentin Tarantino has personally curated a collection of 9 films from the Columbia Pictures library to get you in the mood for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.

The nine films collection entitled the “Swinging Sixties, A Movie Marathon” will allow viewers to immerse themselves into the world that influenced Tarantino when creating Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.Swinging Sixties, A Movie Marathon will be screened on the Sony Movie Channel from Monday 5 through to Monday 12th August.
Once Upon A Time in... Hollywood Film Poster - Quentin Tarantino, 2019
Once Upon A Time in... Hollywood Film Poster - Quentin Tarantino, 2019  [+]

Everything you always wanted to know about Sergio Leone's masterpiece revealed in Sir Christopher Frayling's Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece - BOOK RELEASE

The Establishing Shot says Everything you always wanted to know about Sergio Leone's masterpiece revealed in Sir Christopher Frayling's Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece - BOOK RELEASE I must confess to some shame on my part, despite many posts knocking on about great books delving into the making of film I discovered that I have only included mention of Sir Christopher Frayling only once.

     That was in relation to a talk he was giving as part of a Sir Ken Adam Retrospective, as Sir Christopher is an authority on Ken Adams along with film, culture and history.

     He is the man who who explained that Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is actually pronounced Dr Jeekle and Mr Hyde as in Hide and Seek. An English professor, who when knighted (for Services to Art and Design Education) decides that his badge is a Saguaro Cactus and the motto to adorn his coat of arms will be:

Perge, Scelus, Mihi Diem Perficias"

     Translated by the College of Heralds to mean:

"Proceed, varlet, and let the day be rendered perfect for my benefit"

     - a man with such wit and deep passion for film should be blogged about every day. But a man who can so succinctly deliver insight into a challenge of the arts that has been on my mind a lot lately, should surely be revered?
I explained that my teaching and my writing were crucially concerned with the ‘neogeneration’ of artists, designers, writers, and filmmakers: at a time when most commercial filmmakers are concerned with making films about films about films, I try to ask why there is this obsession with referring to other peoples' work in an explicit way.

Could it be that the artist's experience is increasingly limited to experience of other artists? Was it always like this?”
- Sir Christopher Frayling
     Christopher Frayling's career is immense; spanning academia, consulting, broadcasting and presenting. He epitomises the word doyenne.

     Yet he has found the time to author a staggering number of insightful books (between 18 – 20 depending on who you ask) across a vast variety of interests including translating the stories of Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon Wrote Fiction) through Strange Landscape: A Journey Through the Middle Ages via On Craftsmanship: Towards a New Bauhaus up to Ken Adam Designs the Movies: James Bond and Beyond and landing with The 2001 File: Harry Lange and the Design of the Landmark Science Fiction Film.

     Frayling has written 3 books about Sergio Leone and the Italian Western genre; Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone (1981), Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death by Christopher Frayling (2000), Sergio Leone: Once Upon a Time in Italy (2005) as well as a Clint Eastwood biography (1993).  So he knows something about the Western genre, the Italian spin off and particularly the great  Sergio Leone.

     With Leone's Dollars or the Man with No Name Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)) having just passed it's 50th anniversary and Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West turning 50 this year.


The Establishing Shot: THE DESIGN MUSEUM ANNOUNCE THE STANLEY KUBRICK: THE EXHIBITION 2019 - UPCOMING EXHIBITION AA little while back I was incredibly fortunate to go along to the unveiling of the Design Museum’s 2019 exhibition programme, on its own this was a thing of wonder but this was where the Design Museum was to announce that the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition was finally coming to London. This is kind of a huge deal for film fans.

     Since 2004 a Stanley Kubrick Exhibition has been touring the globe, engaging Kubrick aficionados, film lovers and film makers from Germany, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, France, Amsterdam, USA, Brazil, Poland, Canada, Mexico, Korea and Denmark. (Yes, I have been tracking it)

     But, now for the first time ever the exhibition - will be on public display here in Kubrick's adopted home - the UK at the Design Museum, next year.

     Additionally this was a rare opportunity to hear first hand from people that knew Stanley Kubrick and worked with him, as well as discuss details of the upcoming Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition.

The announcement will include an exclusive panel discussion, featuring long-time Stanley Kubrick collaborator Jan Harlan in conversation with Alan Yentob from the BBC, Deyan Sudjic Director of the Design Museum and Stuart Brown Head of Programme and Acquisitions at the BFI

The Establishing Shot™ : Stanley Kubrick filming in the Centrifuge set, 2001 A Space Odyssey
The Establishing Shot : Stanley Kubrick filming in the Centrifuge set, 2001 A Space Odyssey [Full Design Museum 2019 Announcement Gallery]

First Look at Wonder Woman 2 entitled Wonder Woman 1984 as production starts

The Establishing Shot First Look at Wonder Woman 2 entitled Wonder Woman 1984 as production startsLooks like the team is getting back together. We know very little about the sequel to Wonder Woman as yet. But bringing the same team back together that created Wonder Woman can only bring good things to the fore.

So far we know that Kristen Wiig will be Cheetah, Wonder Woman's arch nemesis. Whose evil side is brought forward by her jealousy of Wonder Woman's achievements - whether this is the case for the film is unknown.

     Chris Pine is returning as Steve Lombard. But whether he is the Steve Lombard we know from the first film or someone or something that just resembles him is unknown as yet.

     The imagery so far presented does seem to allude to an Orwellian element to the year 1984. Given the Cheetah's comic origin there may be reactionary parallels drawn between the current state of politics and her rise to infamy.

     Below is the Warner Bros. release with first look imagery, confirming some bits.

Wonder Woman 1984 Production Logo
Wonder Woman 1984 Production Logo [+]

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 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
Paddington 2 Pop Up Poster [+]


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


     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.


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..

Adrian Shergold


Jeff Murphy

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


         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.


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.

William Friedkin


Walon Green, Georges Arnaud

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 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 - - CULT NEWS

The Establishing Shot says Cult Auteur Nicolas Winding Refn announces the imminent roll-out of a new free digital film based platform - 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. [+]

Nicolas Winding Refn announces the launch of ‘’

         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 - 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.


Craig Grobler says Cult Auteur Nicolas Winding Refn announces the imminent roll-out of a new free digital film based platform
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.