WEEK 48 FILM NEWS ROUND-UP


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The Establishing Shot Film NewsThis week on The Establishing Shot: UK Top 10 Films, Hugo Review - A film lovers gift from Martin Scorsese, At the Hugo Press Conference, The Sony 4K and 3D projector showcase Event, Chris O’Dowd announced as Done in 60 Seconds ambassador for the 2012 Jameson Empire Awards, Hugo 3D Review, Miss Bala Review, The Thing Review, One Life Review, Kapow! 2012 Tickets Go On Sale, The London Comedy Film Festival are looking for comedy films, Elstree Props "Design Our New Logo" Contest, Create Announce Launch of Monthly Photography Exhibition - The Photocopy Club 2011, LoCo presents The London Comedy Film Festival In partnership with the BFI, British Academy Children's Awards 2011 - Winners Announced, Hammer website opens official print-on-demand on-line store for iconic artwork, UK's Film Minister Arrives in LA to Promote the UK as the First Choice for Film-making, Cross Creek Pictures And Exclusive’s Hammer Films To Co-Produce Adaptation Of Cherie Priest Novel “Boneshaker”, Trailer of the Week – Goon


UK Top 10 Films Friday 25 - Sunday 27 November, 2011- from Digital Cinema Media
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
2. Arthur Christmas 3D
3. My Week With Marilyn
4. The Adventures Of Tin Tin: Secret Of The Unicorn
5. Immortals 3D
6. 50/50
7. Dream House
8. In Time
9. Desi Boyz
10. Moneyball


This Week On The Establishing Shot:
This week apart from test driving the Sony Tablet S and ignoring spam emails to Christmas and New Year parties has been all about Martin Scorsese's Hugo.

The Establishing Shot: Hugo Review - A film lovers gift from Martin Scorsese
This week sees the release of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo we has the distinct pleasure of seeing Hugo earlier this week and I was completely and utterly reduced to a child marveling at the magic on the screen in front of me.

Hugo is possibly the only family orientated that is in my top 10 films of 2011 as well as in my favourite films of all time. We absolutely loved it. Read our review over here!

The Establishing Shot: At the Hugo Press Conference
Really the title of this post should be: We sit in the same room as a modern master (or more correctly, Maestro) and get to hear him in conversation about his love for the medium of film, and respect as an art form. But that would not be very catchy title in this day and age. We were lucky enough to pop along to the Hugo Press Conference and hear Mr Martin Scorsese, Sir Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield and Chloë Grace chat about their first film memories, working on Hugo, working with 3D, a possible resurgence of silent film, and Martin Scorsese speaks about this generations obligations to the youth, working with 3D, as well as his thoughts on the future of cinema.

Initially I was just going to highlight key points from the discussion and get it up quickly but as I listened to the audio I thought it merits to be on-line in it's entirety. As there may be bits that would be of interest and use to readers so I’m transcribing the whole discussion and it will be online shortly. Read it here!

The Establishing Shot: At the Sony 4K and 3D projector showcase Event
As we sadly missed the Sony screening of Stanley Kubrick’s restored masterpiece Dr Strangelove on their seriously high resolution 4K Projector we pushed the boat out and attended the Sony AVForums Projector Showcase. Where we got to see the Sony VW1000 the world’s first 4K home cinema projector demo’ed (mind blowingly awesome) but more entertainingly got to experience the 3D awesomeness of the Sony VPL-VW95ES as we dominated played 3D games. A full write up should be up soon with our thoughts.

The Establishing Shot: Chris O’Dowd announced as Done in 60 Seconds ambassador for the 2012 Jameson Empire Awards
Chris O’Dowd has been building up a respectable (and hilarious) CV since he was in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake. Most notably his hilarious turn in The IT Crowd and most recently the sisters can do it for themselves/Hangover with depth Bridesmaids. It was just announced that he is up for an Orange Rising Star BAFTA award as well as will be competing in the 2012 Olympics, but our post is about his role as Jameson Empire the Done in Sixty Seconds (DISS) Ambassador. Read more here!


The Establishing Shot: This week’s recommended viewing
Hugo 3D Review
We loved Hugo 3D. The down side to having seen the marvelous Hugo is that we are now of the opinion that all films should now be as thoughtful, entertaining and respectful as Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. Read our review here!


Miss Bala ReviewMiss Bala Review
We really enjoyed Gerardo Naranjo’s Miss Bala. This Mexican tale of guns, gangsters, corruption and the Miss Mexico beauty pageant has a gritty world cinema feel whilst being incredibly technically proficient. The characters and story are engaging but the real star of the film is the camera work particularly the sweeping single takes. Which bring a feeling of voyeuristic dislocation to the brutal shoot out, crime and abuse on the screen.


Reminiscent of Alejandro González Iñárritu's brilliant Amores Perros but is entirely its own film. Recommended viewing.


Miss Bala is currently showing in cinemas and will be released on DVD February 20, 2012.


Miss Bala
The story of a young woman clinging on to her dream to become a beauty contest queen in a Mexico dominated by organized crime.

Director: Gerardo Naranjo
Writers: Gerardo Naranjo, Mauricio Katz
Stars: Stephanie Sigman, Noe Hernandez and Irene Azuela


The Thing ReviewThe Thing Review
We thought we were going to hate the prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing, but we didn’t. It is not a touch on John Carpenter’s original. But Director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. fairs better with The Thing than he did with his abysmal Nightmare On Elm Street remake.

Van Heijningen Jr must be a bit of a masochist taking on such much loved and revered material as John Carpenter’s The Thing. But he rises to the challenge and is respectful to the original whilst bringing some ingenuity to the screen. The MTV pacing really doesn’t allow the characters to develop (squandering the talent involved) or allow  the suspense to build but it could have been far worse. The upside is a new audience may discover the terror that lies within. I did however absolutely love the post climax ending and I immediately made time for a viewing of John Carpenter’s original.


The Thing release date: 2 December 2011


The Thing
At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Writers: Eric Heisserer, John W. Campbell Jr.
Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen


One Life ReviewOne Life Review
I’m in two minds about sharing my thoughts on One Life. I like Daniel Craig & he has a distinctive voice and I love nature and nature documentaries, particularly the astounding high quality stuff the BBC has been doing recently with David Attenborough. But I struggled with the first half of One Life. The rehashed visuals are fine, all the footage has previously been seen in the BBC's exceptional Life series and it is incredible footage) but Daniel Craig’s narration is lifeless, it literally sounds like he was handed some quickly written notes to read out. Thankfully during the latter stages of One Life music is brought in to support him and with it some atmosphere is added. It’s great that Daniel Craig could make the time to help raise awareness of nature. But I think One Life has been created to be marketed to a fairly niche audience of Daniel Craig fans’ and their kids. Sadly letting the team down.

One Life is available for download, DVD and Blu-ray now.

One Life
BBC Earth Films bring the most astounding stories from the natural world to the big screen. Audiences are invited to join us on a journey of new discovery, meeting extraordinary characters and following their incredible adventures. BBC Earth Films combine great storytelling with awe-inspiring HD film footage and moving scores from the world's greatest composers to connect audiences with their planet.

Directors: Michael Gunton, Martha Holmes
Writers: Michael Gunton, Martha Holmes
Stars: Daniel Craig


The Establishing Shot: Film News
Kapow! 2012 Tickets Go On Sale
After the sell-out success of Kapow! Comic Convention 2011, the website and ticket sales for this annual event are now available through the website www.kapowcomicconvention.com. Returning to the bright and beautiful Business Design Centre in Islington on 19th & 20th May 2012 this event is looking to expand on its triumphant first year.

The comic-book, film, TV and gaming guests and events are being announced in a series of waves over the coming months, with the first 24 comic-book legends being publicised with the website going live and more to be announced in February - the TV and film guests will be start being announced from 3rd May. C.B. Cebulski, Talent Scout for Marvel Comics, explains “Marvel are really excited about coming back to London for Kapow! 2012, we had a fantastic time last year and have some great ideas to build upon this and make Kapow! a ‘must’ event”.

Kapow! 2011 saw a whole host of activities taking place over a packed weekend with over 20 panels, and more than 40 free signings from the biggest comic book creators in the world including Dave Gibbons, Frank Quitely, John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel, Mark Millar, Paul Cornell, Kieron Gillen and many more.
Kapow! 2011 events included:

  • Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, the two lead stars of Thor answered questions and brought along exclusive footage from blockbuster
  • Exclusive Green Lantern footage and the Emerald Knights premiere
  • UK premiere of summer hit Super
  • World premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies
  • Q&A’s with hot directors and writers Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Duncan Jones (Source Code), Noel Clarke (Doctor Who), Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who), James Wan and Leigh Whannell (Insidious), Danny McBride (Your Highness), James Watkins (Woman in Black), Toby Whithouse (Bring Human)
  • Setting of two Guinness Worlds Records; Most Contributors to a Comic Book and Fastest Produced Comic Book
  • Jonathan Ross’ Comic Pros v Comic Fans Game Show

Mark Millar, Kapow!’s ambassadors explains “The groundwork for Kapow! was laid in year one, but the plans we have for year two are just spectacular. This is going to be amazing. More details as we get closer to the event itself, but basically you need to book this weekend off work immediately.”

Tickets for Kapow! are only available in advance and through the website www.kapowcomicconvention.com. Ticket for Kapow! 2011 sold out ahead of the event, so get your tickets now.

The London Comedy Film Festival are looking for comedy films
One of the most important strands of the London Comedy Film Festival is called Discoveries. They are looking for new British comedy features that do not currently have distribution, which will be shortlisted for a screening at the Festival in January.

We are accepting submissions from 1st October – 1st December, after which the submissions will be narrowed down to a shortlist of 3-5, which will be announced at the beginning of January. One of the shortlist will then be screened at the Festival. Features must be 70 minutes or more in length, and should have been completed (if not shot) in 2011.

If you’d like us to consider your feature film please email jonathan (at) locofilmfestival.com. We’re very happy to return screeners; just include a SAE and we’ll send it back to you. Please note: we’re not currently accepting submissions for short films.

Elstree Props "Design Our New Logo" Contest
Richard, the new owner of Elstree Props has teamed up with the Replica Prop Forumn and are holding a logo design competition for members of the RPF.

Elstree Props is mainly a movie memorabilia store. We aim to bring home a piece of the movies to you. Because we work with industry professionals in order to bring customers genuine props we also provide a custom prop making service for personal and professionals alike. We use industry partners to make props and costume to suite all levels of the market.

The Challenge is to design a new logo for Elstree Props to appear on the website, COA's etc. There are no restrictions. Any style, any colours etc.

All entries must be in by 11.59pm GMT on 31st December 2011, all images used in the design must be copyright free and entries must be submitted in JPEG format.

Head over to http://www.therpf.com/f9/elstree-props-design-our-new-logo-contest-133435/ for full details of the competition.

Create Announce Launch of Monthly Photography Exhibition - The Photocopy Club 2011
New Brighton arts hub Create is to launch The Photocopy Club, a monthly photographic exhibition of Xeroxed photographic work from all over the world, called Xerography for Photography.

The Photocopy Club, fresh in ideas as well as in approach, will be held on alternative months in Brighton and London - with the launch exhibition taking place at Brighton’s upcoming studio and exhibition space, Create, on 7th December 2011 from 6:30pm - 9pm

The Photocopy Club will be showcasing the work of hundreds of photographers who have been submitting Xeroxed signed and dated copies of their work from all over the world.

The aim of the exhibitions is to raise awareness and interest in purchasing contemporary photography that is readily accessible to the public.

Create is a recently launched studio in Brighton and set to be the biggest combined photographic studios & training centre in the South East, outside of London. Create has already received a huge amount of photographs worldwide with more still arriving each day for The Photography Club. The exhibition will showcase 100 works and you can see the development online by going to www.thephotocopyclub.com

LoCo presents The London Comedy Film Festival In partnership with the BFI
Friday 27th January
Special Preview: THE MUPPETS
Preview: THE FAIRY

Saturday 28th January
LoCo is delighted to welcome EDGAR WRIGHT as our first annual LoCo Hero. Edgar will be introducing a special double bill of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and Mike Leigh’s LIFE IS SWEET.

Followed by … The LoCo Discovery Screening
As part of our commitment to developing new British comedy talent, the Discovery screening is an annual screening of a new British comedy feature film that does not yet have distribution. It will be partnered with the winner of the first LoCo Short Comedy Film Award from the London Short Film Festival.

Sunday 29th January
50th Anniversary Screening: GO TO BLAZES

World Premiere Performance: THE DAY OFF, the legendary lost script for Tony Hancock, by kind permission of RAY GALTON and ALAN SIMPSON, who will be interviewed on stage after the performance.

Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January
LoCollege presents KICKSTART YOUR CAREER IN COMEDY, a two-day workshop for new and emerging comedy film-makers.

LoCo’s SCHOOL OF SLAPSTICK will be teaching kids aged 8-12 how to make their own silent comedy films. We will also be showing two silent classics with live piano accompaniment: Charlie Chaplin’s THE CHAMPION and Buster Keaton’s SHERLOCK JR. More information at www.schoolofslapstick.com

Thursday 26th January
Domino Publishing party with Domino performers and DJs in the Benugo Bar and Kitchen.

Friday 27th January
Secret party … to be revealed.

Saturday 28th January
LoCo Hero party in the Benugo Bar and Kitchen.

Sunday 29th January
Film-makers Brunch in the Riverfront Bar and Kitchen.

For full details and booking, please visit the BFI website www.bfi.org.uk from 1st December.

British Academy Children's Awards 2011 - Winners Announced
Harry Potter wins a BAFTA and the Kids’ Vote. Double-wins for Peppa Pig, Deadly 60 and The Amazing World of Gumball. Newsround receives the Special Award

London, 27 November 2011: The British Academy Children’s Awards took place earlier today, celebrating the very best in children’s film, television, games and online media of the past year and the talent behind their successes. A top line-up of presenters including Jack Whitehall, Martin Kemp, Warwick Davis, Heidi Range (Sugababes) Tanya Byron, Sam Branson, Ronni Ancona, Sam Claflin, Richard Fleeshman, Laura Hamilton, Anthony Horowitz, Sebastien Izambard (Il Divo), Dakota Blue Richards and Ted Robbins joined host Barney Harwood at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The final Harry Potter installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, took the Feature Film Award and the BAFTA Kids’ Vote in the ‘Film’ category. This comes as a fitting climax to a year in which the franchise received the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards earlier in 2011.

There were three other double-winners on the night: Peppa Pig won for the second time in the Pre-School Animation category, its first win since 2005 (it has been nominated for the past four years) and also won the Performer Award for nine year-old Harley Bird, who voices Peppa; Deadly 60 won Awards for Factual programme and Presenter, for adventurer Steve Backshall; and Cartoon Network’s new hit show, The Amazing World of Gumball, took the Animation and Writer Awards.

Hammer website opens official print-on-demand on-line store for iconic artwork also,Exclusive online content from The Woman in Black to tie in with launch of new official book “The Hammer Vault”
Hammer has launched an official print-on-demand online store today, featuring iconic UK quad artwork from legendary horror titles including One Million Years B.C. and The Devil Rides Out.

The store features high-quality reproductions of UK quads from the extensive Hammer library including the latest titles Let Me In and Wake Wood, along with newly-restored posters for such beloved horror classics as X The Unknown, The Abominable Snowman and Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell, all of which are reproduced for the first time and exclusively available.

Each classic poster featured on the site will be available in two styles; "restored", appearing as new, and "aged", subtly weathered to create a retro aesthetic.

Designed by renowned film poster artists Bill Wiggins, Mike Vaughan, Vic Fair and the legendary Tom Chantrell, and curated by Marcus Hearn, Hammer's official historian, the artwork will be available as posters (paper or canvas; framed or unframed), prints, greeting cards and postcards.

To celebrate the launch, Hammer will be giving 15% off all orders through 10th December 2011 at www.hammerfilms.com

Additionally, to coincide with the release of Marcus Hearn’s new official book “The Hammer Vault” which hits stores on 2nd December 2011, Hammer is releasing online exclusive content from The Woman in Black at www.hammerfilms.com at Noon on the same day.

As the Prime Minister Extends Film Tax Relief, the UK's Film Minister Arrives in LA to Promote the UK as the First Choice for Film-making
Ed Vaizey MP, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries on US Mission to Boost Inward Investment. Visit Aims to Stimulate Further Growth in an Industry which Continues to Deliver for UK Economy

MP Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, arrives in LA today to promote the UK to the US film industry. On the back of the UK Prime Minister David Cameron's recent announcement that the UK film tax relief has been extended until at least 2015, the trip aims to boost inward investment.

Vaizey, joined by British Film Commission (BFC) CEO Adrian Wootton, will meet with senior representatives from LA's top studios and production companies over two days. The Film Minister will also be a special guest at the LA BAFTA's annual Britannia Awards. The visit aims to further develop relationships between the US and UK to increase the number of American productions shooting in the UK. It will also allow Vaizey to personally observe the thriving US film industry ahead of the publication of a comprehensive film policy review, due shortly.

The UK is home to world-class talent, in front and behind the camera, state of the art facilities and fantastic locations. In recent years it has been increasingly popular with big budget US productions for both its production and post production services. The BFC, the national body responsible for attracting, encouraging and supporting the production of international feature films in the UK, reported record breaking figures for inward investment in 2010 at almost £1bn.

Productions which have recently shot in the UK include Snow White and the Huntsman starring Charlize Theron, Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Killer, Gravity starring George Clooney, Ridley Scott's Prometheus, World War Z starring Brad Pitt, while the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, is currently in production.

Cross Creek Pictures And Exclusive’s Hammer Films To Co-Produce Adaptation Of Cherie Priest Novel “Boneshaker”
Brian Oliver, President of Cross Creek Pictures, Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media Group and President & CEO of Hammer Films and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media Group (“Exclusive”) announced today that Hammer has acquired the rights to the novel “Boneshaker” by Cherie Priest for adaptation to the big screen. Project will be co-produced by Hammer and Cross Creek Pictures and co-financed by Exclusive and Cross Creek Pictures.

John Hilary Shepherd, a 2010 WGA Award nominee for his work on the first season of the Showtime series, “Nurse Jackie,” is writing the screenplay. Tobin Armbrust, Head of Production is overseeing the project’s development for Hammer Films.

An example of “steampunk” science-fiction, which incorporates futuristic innovations into a Victorian setting, Priest’s novel is set in an alternate version of 1880s Seattle, where the city has been walled in and a toxic gas has turned many of its remaining residents into “Rotters,” more commonly known as zombies. A young widow hunts for her teen son in the Seattle underworld, while dealing with airship pirates, a criminal overlord and heavily armed refugees. “Boneshaker” was nominated for a 2010 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and won the 2010 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

The novel, published in 2009 by Tor Books, is the first in a series set in the same Civil War-period, alternate-world Priest has dubbed “The Clockwork Century.” The series’ second novel “Dreadnought” was published in 2010 and the third novel titled “Ganymede” was recently released online and in bookstores on September 27th.

“Boneshaker is a classic zombie movie with a modern twist which is quintessentially Hammer so it’s a perfect fit for us,” said Simon Oakes. “Cherie Priest’s steampunk series are fantastic with a distinct, unique style and we’re really looking forward to bringing her ‘Rotters’ to the big screen.”

“It’s like Jules Verne meets ‘Resident Evil,’ and we’re thrilled to have such a fun, commercial potential franchise in Boneshaker,” says Oliver. He continues: “John’s an exciting screenwriter and we see this being a real crowd pleaser.”

This is the latest in a number of projects Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive have teamed on, including George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” which opened nationwide on October 7th through Sony Pictures, the upcoming “The Woman in Black” starring Daniel Radcliffe, which CBS Films has set to release February 3rd, 2012 and Ron Howard’s Formula 1 film “Rush” starring Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth with production partners Imagine, Revolution Films and Working Title.


Lorry Driver Given Delivery Of A Lifetime Tesco lorry ‘transformed’ for happy HGV driver
On 24th November, Tesco HGV driver Paul Tremaine, made a very special delivery in his newly transformed Optimus Prime lorry.


transformers Optimus Prime lorry

As a massive fan of Transformers, long serving HGV driver Paul Tremaine, 45 of Chelmsford, Essex asked his Tesco bosses if he could pimp his lorry, and they obliged as a Christmas treat for him and the team at his Harlow depot. Tesco then teamed up with Paramount Home Entertainment to arrange for one of the lorries to be transformed.

Paul, who has worked as an HGV driver for Tesco for 23 years, now has the task of using the transformed lorry – which the team have dubbed Tescoptimus Prime – to deliver the first batch of Transformer: Dark of the Moon DVDs to stores.

Commenting on his transformed lorry Paul Tremaine said: “I am really excited to get Tescoptimus Prime on the road. It’s great that the hard work that us HGV drivers put in has been recognised by Tesco and Paramount Home Entertainment giving us a bit of fun and excitement in the run up to our busiest time of year.”

Tesco trade planning manager Joy Baish said: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon is likely to be a huge hit this Christmas. The lorry will help to raise awareness about this fantastic release. It’s great that long-serving lorry driver and Transformers fan Paul will have a chance to enjoy all the fun of driving this impressive-looking vehicle.”

The transformed lorry will be on the road from November to January next year and will be making its first delivery of Transformers: Dark of the Moon DVDs when it is released on Monday 28th November.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be available on Blu-ray Triple Play (Blu-ray, DVD + Digital Copy 28 November 2011


The First Ever Biker Ride-In Screening for TT3D DVD Launch at the Ace Café London
The Ace Cafe London has made Motor Sport History by hosting the first ever Biker Ride-In Screening to mark the Blu-ray and DVD release of the stunning TT3D: CLOSER TO THE EDGE, starring Guy Martin

Entertainment One is proud to announce that the first ever Biker Ride-In Screening at the Ace Cafe London was a brilliant success with over 50 bikers in attendance. The London Bikers joined other sports and bike fans to be a part of motor sport history, marking the release of TT3D: Closer to the Edge, out on 3D Blu-ray and DVD 28th November 2011.

Taking inspiration from classic drive-in cinema, those lucky enough to attend had the chance to drive their bikes straight into the specially built outdoor screening area. There they were able to enjoy the stunning fast paced action of the TT races as Guy Martin and others raced to become King of the Mountain.

Following the exhilarating action of the world-famous Isle of Man TT Races as the film tracks the competitors of the 2010 race as they speed at up to 200mph in search of the ultimate thrill ride and examines their need to go to the extreme to feel truly alive.

Directed by Richard de Aragues, and produced by Steve Christian and Marc Samuelson, TT3D: CLOSER TO THE EDGE puts this elite band of brothers in the spotlight, where the pursuit of glory is the pursuit of freedom and can often lead to the ultimate sacrifice; especially when you have to risk everything to win.

Director: Richard De Aragues
Stars: Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness

TT3D: Closer to the Edge out on DVD & Blu-ray 28 November 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 out on 2 December
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 releases on Blu-ray Triple Play, DVD and Digital Download in the UK next Friday 2nd December.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts.
In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 releases on Blu-ray Triple Play, DVD and Digital Download on Friday 2nd December

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord.

Director: David Yates
Writers: Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel)
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint


Goon - Released January 6th
Goon [goon]
Noun
1. A hired hoodlum or thug
2. A stupid, foolish or awkward person

Meet Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott).
He may not be the sharpest blade on the rink, but he’s got a killer right hook.

When his permanently wasted best friend Pat (Jay Baruchel) runs into trouble, Doug’s ability to beat the crap out of everyone and everything impresses a sports coach who signs him up to annihilate the opposition and a feisty female fan (Alison Pill) who digs dangerous sports

Sometimes it takes an unlikely hero to unite a team and soon Doug finds himself recruited by the flailing Halifax Highlanders, who desperately need a goon to protect their screwed up ex-star player, La Flamme. In between packing punches and breaking bones, the team bond and find their place in the big league.

But when Doug comes fist to face with notoriously violent pro player Rhea (Liev Schreiber) who is hell bent on putting on a show for his retirement fight, the gloves are well and truly off….

From the creators of Superbad and Pineapple Express comes an ice cool comedy that proves that it’s not the winning, it’s the taking apart of the other team that counts.

Get F*cked Up This New Year
Goon Release Date: 6 January, 2012

Goon
Labelled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

Director: Michael Dowse
Writers: Jay Baruchel, Adam Frattasio, Evan Goldberg, Doug Smith
Stars: Jay Baruchel, Seann William Scott and Alison Pill


Arrietty on DVD and Blu-ray on 9th January 2012 courtesy of STUDIOCANAL.
Discover an amazing adventure that’s unlike any other. From Studio Ghibli, the creators of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, ARRIETTY is an enchanting tale of “little” people with a big heart, released on DVD and Blu-ray on 9th January 2012 courtesy of STUDIOCANAL.

Beneath the floorboards of a sprawling mansion set in a magical, overgrown garden in the suburbs of Tokyo, tiny 14-year-old Arrietty lives with her equally tiny parents. The house is occupied by two old ladies, who are absolutely unaware of the existence of their miniature tenants. Arrietty and her family live by “borrowing”. Everything they have, they borrow or make from the things they have borrowed. Essentials like gas, water and food. Tables, chairs, cooking utensils. And treats - a sugar cube here, a scrap of material there. But only a little each time, so the ladies do not notice.

A 12-year-old boy, Sho, moves into the mansion while he waits for urgent medical treatment in the city. Arrietty’s parents have always warned her: “Never let humans see you.” Once seen, little people always have to move on. But the adventurous Arrietty doesn’t listen, and Sho discovers her. The two begin to confide in each other and, before long, a friendship begins to blossom...

Based on Mary Norton’s much-loved children’s classic ‘The Borrowers’, ARRIETTY is a beautiful story of childhood and friendship from the Academy Award® winning anime master Hayao Miyazaki, and the directorial debut of Studio Ghibli’s star animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

Featuring the voices of Olivia Colman (Rev, Tyrannosaur), Mark Strong (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Green Lantern), Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), and Tom Holland, with its stunning animation and captivating storytelling, ARRIETTY will enthral children and adults alike.

Arrietty (Kari-gurashi no Arietti) on DVD, Blu-ray Double play & Limited Edition Collector’s Edition - 9th January 2012

Arrietty (Kari-gurashi no Arietti)
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Writers: Mary Norton, Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa
Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett


Made in Chile: Two films by Pablo Larrain - Post Mortem & Tony Manero available on DVD 23 January, 2012
Network is proud to announce the DVD release of both MADE In Chile: Two Films By Pablo Larrain and Post Mortem on 23rd January 2012. Made In Chile: Two Films By Pablo Larrain includes not only the critically acclaimed Post Mortem but also Larrain’s astonishing directorial debut Tony Manero.

Post Mortem
Santiago, 1973. Mario Cornejo (Alfredo Castro) works at a morgue, typing out reports on autopsies performed by the coroners. On the days leading up to the military coup resulting in Salvador Allende’s death, he gets involved in a love affair with Nancy (Antonia Zegers), a dancer from the cabaret Bim Bam Bum. The story of this apparently charmless and insignificant couple is Chile’s story during the infamous military coup. Larrain uses Mario’s ideal of conquering the impossible love of a woman as the ideal of a nation trying to conquer a noble but unattainable political model (socialism). All this amid the bodies of those who died as a result of military ideals imposed with no care for their cost or consequences.

Tony Manero
Chile, 1979. Fifty-something Raul Peralta is obsessed with John Travolta’s character from Saturday Night Fever and will do anything, including mindless, gruesome murder of the innocents, to win the national Tony Manero impersonation competition.

Made In Chile: Two Films By Pablo Larrain & Post MortemAre Network Releasing Titles
Release Date: 23rd January 2012

Life, Above All on DVD 23rd January 2012
When 12 year-old Chanda and her family learn of an unpleasant rumour that spreads through their village like wildfire, her mother is forced to seek refuge from the prejudice of her superstitious neighbours. Chanda soon begins to suspect, however, that things might not be as they seem: fearing for her mother’s safety and unable to trust even those closest to her, she sets out on a journey to uncover the truth.

'Life, Above All' is a resonant and emotional drama about a young girl (stunningly performed by first­time-actress Khomotso Manyaka) who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart. Directed by award-winning South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz ("Mapantsula", "Paris, je t´aime"), it is based on the international best-selling novel “Chanda’s Secrets” by Allan Stratton.
‘Life, Above All’ premiered in 2010 at the Cannes Film Festival in ‘Un Certain Regard’ followed by the BFI London Film Festival. It played at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in March and was released in UK cinemas during the summer of 2011.

Life, Above All on DVD 23rd January 2012

Life, Above All
A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.

Director: Oliver Schmitz
Writers: Dennis Foon, Allan Stratton
Stars: Khomotso Manyaka, Keaobaka Makanyane and Lerato Mvelase

Acts Of Godfrey Opens In UK Cinemas 27 January 2012
Simon Callow And Harry Enfield Star In A Devilishly Dark Comedy Acts Of Godfrey is a truly original new British film from writer/director Johnny Daukes which began as a poem, progressed into a story and then a full-length screenplay, making it the first feature film written entirely in verse. Described as a modern twist on Shakespeare, Acts Of Godfrey mixes humour with revenge, betrayal, love and magic. The result is a sharp and witty black comedy full of clever word play.

Opening at cinemas in January 2012, the unique and spirited script attracted a stellar British cast including Simon Callow, Harry Enfield, Celia Imrie and Doon Mackichan.

When Godfrey decides to improve the flagging prospects of Vic, by pairing him up with the unprincipled and sexually predatory Mary, through the creation of a wager and the addition of the sexual wonder drug ‘Poke’, he reckons without the interference of a psychotic geriatric, a long-dead twin and a terrible case of mistaken identity.

A country house hotel is the setting for a motivational course for successful selling ‘Win! Only Win!’. Godfrey (Simon Callow), sets the tone by informing us that we have no control over our lives and are merely his pawns in his own elaborate game.

The hapless Vic Timms (Iain Robertson), has been sent on this course by his employers in the hope that he’ll develop some killer instinct. Godfrey has decided that he’s going to reverse Vic’s losing streak with the ladies and get him to seal the deal with Mary MacDalen (Myfanwy Waring) the gorgeous and predatory estate agent.

Also on the course (run by one of Godfrey’s emissaries, Brad Angel) are the medical reps Terry (Ian Burfield) and Phil (Jay Simpson) who are pushing a drug that’s a combination of Viagra and coke called ‘Poke’. We also meet the geriatric conman Malcolm (Harry Enfield) and unwilling partner in crime, his dowdy Indian assistant Gita (Shobu Kapoor).

As night falls and drink is consumed, Godfrey makes Mary strike a wager with the blonde bombshell Jacqui (Doon Mackichan) that the two women can seduce Vic and the young boy-band manager Jamie (Michael Wildman).

The conference progresses, and like a twisted Agatha Christie novel, a web of connections is revealed and past actions crowd in on an increasingly suspenseful present. The morning after however, brings a truly terrible surprise and a final twist that is literally devilish…

Acts of Godfrey (Guerilla Films) will be released at cinemas throughout the UK in January 2012.

Acts of Godfrey
Director: Johnny Daukes
Writer: Johnny Daukes
Stars: Simon Callow, Celia Imrie and Harry Enfield

Drive comes to Blu-ray & DVD on January 30th
Without question the coolest movie of 2011, Icon Home Entertainment is pleased to confirm the highly anticipated Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download release of DRIVE on January 30th 2012.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson), DRIVE features one of the hottest young casts ever assembled, starring Academy Award Nominees Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March, Blue Valentine) and Carey Mulligan (An Education, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps) alongside Golden Globe Winner Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy), Emmy Nominee Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), and Academy Award Nominee Albert Brooks (Taxi Driver).

Since its worldwide premier at the Cannes International Film Festival in May 2011, where Winding Refn claimed the prestigious “Best Director” award, DRIVE has wowed audiences and critics alike, not since Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction has a film been made with such an assured sense of direction, and knowing respect to its legacy of modern classic cinema.

Adapted from James Sallis’ 2005 novel of the same name, DRIVE is the story of a Hollywood wheel-man for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day, and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. After a job spins unpredictably out of control and our Driver finds himself as a target for some of LA's most dangerous men, the only way he can keep himself, Irene, and her son alive is to do what he does best - Drive!

With a star-making turn from Ryan Gosling in the lead-role and many memorable performances from a phenomenal supporting cast, DRIVE delivers an original style and substance all of its own. Already being hailed as a modern masterpiece, the Blu-ray & DVD release of DRIVE will contain the following special features: a Q&A with director Nicolas Winding Refn from the BFI; 2 x Poster Galleries - “Capturing Drive: The Anatomy of a Film Poster” & “Reflecting Drive: Alternative Poster Designs”; Stills Gallery; “Drive in 60 seconds” TV spot; and the UK Theatrical Trailer.

Drive
A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writers: Hossein Amini, James Sallis
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston

Man On A Ledge Release Date Change
The release date For Man On A Ledge has moved to Friday February 3rd, 2012.

MAN ON A LEDGE is the upcoming heist thriller starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Anthony Mackie, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ed Burns and Genesis Rodriguez.

Man on a Ledge
As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion...

Director: Asger Leth
Writer: Pablo F. Fenjves
Stars: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell


The Holy Flying Circus to be released on DVD 6th February 2012
In 1979, Monty Python’s “Life Of Brian” became one of the most controversial films ever to be released in British cinemas, causing outrage amongst religious groups, members of the public and politicians, most of whom hadn’t even seen the film. Accusing it of being blasphemous, many called for the film to be banned. Now, the brand-new, critically acclaimed comedy-drama Holy Flying Circus revisits that period and delivers a witty, entertaining and affectionate homage to the Pythons and the film that, today, has become accepted as one of the greatest comedy movies of all time. Garnering Five Star reviews in Heat and TV Times (“Anarchic and witty with post-modern flourishes that the Pythons themselves would be proud of”) and Four Star reviews in the Daily Express and the Daily Mail (which praised it for being “batty and exceptionally well made”), it was hailed by the Sunday Telegraph for being “cheeky, fantastical… [and] very funny,” acclaimed as “a triumph” by The Sunday Times and considered “one of the most insanely creative, joyous, electric, ridiculous, heartfelt, ballsy and unique dramas I have ever seen” by Caitlin Moran on The Saturday Times.

Holy Flying Circus presents a fantastical, Pythonesque re-imagining of the events leading up to and including the riveting TV debate and the eventual release of “Life Of Brian” in British cinemas. A brilliant and very funny work on its own merits, it is a must-see for Monty Python fans and all those with an interest in the vagaries of comedy.

Holy Flying Circus will be released on DVD on 6th February 2012.

Holy Flying Circus
Tells the story of the outraged, and sometimes violent, response to 'The Life of Brian' the Monty Python movie that satirized the life of Jesus.

Director: Owen Harris
Writer: Tony Roche
Stars: Ben Crispin, Steve Punt and Charles Edwards

Tomboy to be released on DVD & Blu-ray February 27 2012
Peccadillo Pictures presents a film by Céline Sciamma – Tomboy. Ten year old Laure isn’t like most girls. She prefers football to dolls and sweaters to dresses. When Laure, her parents and little sister Jeanne move to a new neighborhood, family life remains much the same. That is, until local girl Lisa mistakes Laure to be a boy. Indulging in this exciting new identity, Laure becomes Michael, and so begins a summer of long sunny afternoons, playground games and first kisses. Yet with the school term fast approaching, and with suspicions arising amongst friends and family, Laure must face up to an uncertain future.

Tomboy On DVD & Blu-Ray February 27 2012

Tomboy
A 10-year-old girl, settling into her new neighborhood outside Paris, is mistaken for a boy and has to live up to this new identity since it's too late for the mistake to be clarified.

Director: Céline Sciamma
Writer: Céline Sciamma
Stars: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana and Jeanne Disson


The Establishing Shot: Trailer of the Week – Goon
Not to be mistaken for the in development hell David Fincher adaptation of Eric Powell’s The Goon comic but rather what looks to be an absolutely hilarious sports film that hits all the right notes. Co-adapted by the vastly talented Jay Baruchel and starring the very entertaining Seann William Scott & Jay Baruchel – this looks like comedy gold.


Goon is out on 6 January, 2012

Goon
Labelled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

Director: Michael Dowse
Writers: Jay Baruchel, Adam Frattasio, Evan Goldberg, Doug Smith
Stars: Jay Baruchel, Seann William Scott and Alison Pill

This week on The Establishing Shot: UK Top 10 Films, Hugo Review - A film lovers gift from Martin Scorsese, At the Hugo Press Conference, The Sony 4K and 3D projector showcase Event, Chris O’Dowd announced as Done in 60 Seconds ambassador for the 2012 Jameson Empire Awards, Hugo 3D Review, Miss Bala Review, The Thing Review, One Life Review, Kapow! 2012 Tickets Go On Sale, The London Comedy Film Festival are looking for comedy films, Elstree Props "Design Our New Logo" Contest, Create Announce Launch of Monthly Photography Exhibition - The Photocopy Club 2011, LoCo presents The London Comedy Film Festival In partnership with the BFI, British Academy Children's Awards 2011 - Winners Announced, Hammer website opens official print-on-demand on-line store for iconic artwork, UK's Film Minister Arrives in LA to Promote the UK as the First Choice for Film-making, Cross Creek Pictures And Exclusive’s Hammer Films To Co-Produce Adaptation Of Cherie Priest Novel “Boneshaker”, Trailer of the Week – Goon


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