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The Establishing Shot: Week 3 2012 Film News Round-up

Friday, January 27, 2012 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

This weeks our news is late. News on The Establishing Shot: James Bond Thunderball Villain Emilio Largo’s Palmyra Estate Film Location, David Fincher talks The Amazing Spider-man Spider-Man, War Horse Review It's an outrage! And Jeremy Irvine Talks about War Horse & working with Steven Spielberg,  Ridley Scott is on a global search for The World's Best Storytellers, Your Film Festival a global competition, UK Top 10 Films, This weeks Film Releases; Haywire, The Sitter,  Underworld Awakening in 3D, J. Edgar, W.E.,  X-Night Of Vengeance, Troll Hunter, Legendary Horror Studio Announces Global Restoration Project With Multiple Partners Company committed to preserving its legacy for future generations, John Le Carré comments on the awards race and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY French premiere, Drive nominated for 4 Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012, Peccadillo Cinema release their 2012 slate for Q1+Q2, Young Adult’ Pomeranian Nominated For ‘Best Dog In Theatrical Film, Sundance London Short Film Competition, Watershed's super-short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters International Film Festival, Henry Rollins Live, Sky Meanies Season on Sky Movies Drama & Romance/HD,  Acts of Godfrey, Black Gold Trailer,  Doomtree - Bangarang

2 Weeks ago on The Establishing Shot:
This week 2012 kicked off in earnest and we realised that our time management was going to fly out the window than last year’s schedule.

We continued to plow through the films we missed in 2011 to round off our best films off 2011 list including; The Descendants a sweet but sadly over rated, mediocre film. The Sitter a painfully hilarious update to Adventures in Babysitting. Jonah Hill's escapades hurting my funny bone. I also watched Kanye West’s Runaway and Steven King’s Bag Of Bones.

Highlight of the week was popping along to see exclusive  preview footage from Disney’s John Carter and QA the team. Which I have to say looked outstanding. Hopefully the momentum of the footage we saw will be maintained as I’m really looking forward to seeing John Carter.

The Establishing Shot: James Bond Thunderball Villain Emilio Largo’s Palmyra Estate Film Location
James Bond's 50th Anniversary is turning out to be as big as 2008 was commemorating Ian Fleming's Centenary year. 2012 sees the production and release of Bond 23 Skyfall, the release of the Bond 50 Blu-ray box set that includes all 22 films as well as the launch of  the BOND IN MOTION exhibition at Beaulieu National Motor Museum celebrating 50 years and 50 vehicles of James Bond.

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The Establishing Shot: Why David Fincher wanted to do Spider-Man
We are still 7 months away from Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man reboot hitting screens on 4 July, 2012 and a month away from Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance being unleashed onto screens on 17 February, 2012

But as it is a New Year and I have been assessing The Establishing Shot's current position and what I would like to achieve with it this year. After some careful consideration I have realised, what The Establishing Shot is really missing, is a piece about Auteur David Fincher's thoughts on doing a superhero film and more specifically Spider-Man. So I dug out this clip of David Fincher explaining why he wasn’t interested in doing superhero films apart from Spider-Man.

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The Establishing Shot: War Horse Review It's an outrage! And Jeremy Irvine Talks about War Horse & working with Steven Spielberg
In an effort to catch up with films that may end up on my top 10 films of the year I managed to see Steven Spielberg's War Horse last week and was suitably impressed. It is an outrage that anyone would slur this utterly beautiful piece of film making.

I could go on  about being biggest fan of Steven Spielberg's recent output for some inexplicable reason and hankering for his more adult films and intelligent exploration of less mainstream themes - but Steven Spielberg is a living legend and master film-maker with an incredible body of work that one has to appreciate regardless. But you know that already.

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The Establishing Shot: Ridley Scott is on a global search for The World's Best Storytellers, Your Film Festival a global competition
15 minutes to tell a story. Millions of people to watch it. £325,000 or $500,000 to make a new one for the world to see. YouTube has teamed up with Sir Ridley Scott, Scott Free London, the Venice Film Festival and Emirates to create Your Film Festival, a global competition that will provide one deserving entrant with £325,000 or half a million US dollars to work on their next great story.

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The Establishing Shot: UK Top 10 Films Friday 13 - Sunday 15 Jan, 2012 courtesy of Digital Cinema Media

1. War Horse
2. The Iron Lady
3. Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game Of Shadows
4. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol
5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
6. The Darkest Hour 3D
7. The Artist
8. Alvin And The Chipmunks 3: Chip-wrecked
9. Puss In Boots 3D
10. Shame

The Establishing Shot: This weeks Film Releases courtesy of Movie Preview Guide
The Movie Preview guide is a pretty handy breakdown of this weeks and upcoming releases as well as film news.Head over to to check it out.

Mallory Kane, is contracted for hazardous covert missions by the US Government. When her paymaster's point-man teams her with fellow agent (Channing Tatum) to extract a Chinese journalist held hostage in a Barcelona safe house, the mission swiftly unravels and she barely escapes with her life. During her next assignment in Dublin, with Irish assassin Paul (Michael Fassbender) Mallory is violently betrayed and pursued across the city. Now the target of an international manhunt, Mallory realises she can trust no one and is forced to flee across the US from upstate New York to the New Mexico desert. Battling with her superiors to uncover the truth behind their deception, she sets out to exact revenge on those that want her dead.

The Sitter
When the world's most irresponsible babysitter takes three of the world's worst kids on an unforgettable overnight adventure through the streets of New York City, it's anyone's guess who's going to make it home in one piece. THE SITTER is a new level of twisted and debauched hilarity from the director of Pineapple Express, starring Jonah Hill.

Underworld Awakening in 3D
Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all out war to eradicate both immortal species.

J. Edgar
As seen through the eyes of Hoover himself, 'J. Edgar' explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power.

 A two-tiered romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.

X-Night Of Vengeance
Holly is retiring, kissing her successful life as a high-class escort goodbye. She just has to get through one last night on the job. Shay is a teenage runaway, broke and alone. She just has to get through her first night on the streets. When a last minute cancellation and a twist of fate throws the two women together on a job that goes horribly wrong, they suddenly find themselves racing through Sydney's criminal underworld in an attempt to stay alive.

More UK Film release dates can be found in The Establishing Shot: Film Calendar 

The Establishing Shot: In the mail
Troll Hunter
One of the biggest hits with audiences at this year’s Film4 Frightfest and a major critical success during its subsequent UK theatrical release in September 2011. The debut feature from Norwegian director Andre Ovredal, this “original and highly assured fusion of B-movie lore and fairytale terror” (The Hollywood Reporter) combines the vision of “Where The Wild Things Are” with the faux-documentary, found-footage stylings of “Cloverfield”, “REC” and “The Blair Witch Project” to produce an “enormously entertaining” (Variety) and suspense-filled creature feature that the Daily Star rated as 'one of the finest monster movies ever" and Total Film described as being “like David Attenborough taking a stroll into Roald Dahl’s brain.”

Video: The Establishing Shot: New UK Exclusive Trailer for Troll Hunter!

Following the deaths of a couple of tourists and a spate of livestock mutilations in the mountains and forests of Norway, the government’s official line is that rogue bears are responsible. But the local hunters don’t agree and neither does a trio of college students who have been stalking an alleged poacher, Hans, with the intention of making a documentary film about him. Their persistence in pursuing Hans finally pays off when the filmmakers become victims of a night-time attack by something that is obviously much larger than a bear. In the aftermath, Hans agrees to an interview in which he reveals the truth regarding his occupation – he is actually a government employed troll hunter. Sceptical, the students volunteer to assist this unlikely hero in his work on the understanding that they will be allowed to document the proceedings and publicly reveal the heavily guarded secrets of a race of creatures thought only to exist in fairly tales.

Troll Hunter release date: On DVD and Blu-ray 9 January, 2012

The Establishing Shot: Film News
John Le Carré comments on the awards race and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY French premiere
John Le Carré's classic tale of treachery and espionage, receives its French premiere in Paris, Friday 20 January 2012.John Le Carré prepared the following statement to introduce the premiere giving his unique insight to this year's awards battle

Of course I am sorry not to be with you, but you are here to see the film, not the book.

As I write this, the French Artist is about to do battle with the British Mole, not on the field of Agincourt or Hastings, but of BAFTA, a better place altogether to settle our differences. In reality, of course, these two great films, like our two great countries, are separate works of creation that should never be compared.

Better by far to admire one another's achievements.  You offered us your Artist and we loved him.
Tonight we offer you our Mole, and I can only hope you admire him half as much as I do.

David Cornwell
17th January 2012

The spy thriller features a stellar cast including Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Konstantin Khabensky, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Roger Lloyd Pack, and Mark Strong. Directed by Tomas Alfredson ("Let The Right One In") it is a Working Title production for STUDIOCANAL.

Set in the 1970s, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY finds George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a recently retired MI6 agent, doing his best to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent reappears with information concerning a mole at the heart of the Circus, Smiley is drawn back into the murky field of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects - all experienced, urbane, successful agents - but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment.

The screenplay is by Peter Straughan and Bridget O'Connor and the film, which was shot in London, Budapest and Istanbul is produced by Working Title's co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Robyn Slovo. The executive producers are Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin, Douglas Urbanski, Peter Morgan, Olivier Courson, Ron Halpern and John le Carré.

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY will be released on DVD in UK & Ireland on 30 January 2012 through STUDIOCANAL.

Legendary Horror Studio Announces Global Restoration Project With Multiple Partners
Company committed to preserving its legacy for future generations
In a landmark collaboration, Hammer today announced that STUDIOCANAL, Anolis Entertainment (Germany), Pinewood, illuminate Hollywood fka HTV and others are coming together to undertake a major restoration of the iconic Hammer film library.  The project will bring over 30 movies into HD format for Blu-ray and new media exploitation in the 21st Century.  This represents substantial investment by Hammer and its key partner STUDIOCANAL, and is testimony to the extraordinary regard with which the Hammer legacy is held internationally, with some materials for the project being provided by Hammer’s original US production partners Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures.

Dracula Prince of Darkness is the first title scheduled for release in the global restoration project and will be released in the UK in conjunction with STUDIOCANAL in March 2012.  The partnership continues throughout the spring for the releases of The Reptile and The Plague of The Zombies, and will also include The Devil Rides Out, Rasputin the Mad Monk and The Mummy’s Shroud during the course of the year.

Hammer will also release definitive versions of its three hugely-influential original Gothic classics in the UK: The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy.

As well as featuring a fully-restored HD picture and restored sound, the remastered films will boast a host of newly-filmed extras, including interviews with cast members.  These documentary extras are being produced by Hammer expert and historian, Marcus Hearn – author of the recent “The Hammer Vault”.

Pinewood Studios carried out the restoration of the first three STUDIOCANAL titles after housing the original negatives for the films, restoring the original UK title sequence to The Plague of The Zombies as well as the UK title cards to Dracula Prince of Darkness.

Recently-discovered footage that was originally cut from the British version of Dracula has been restored by Molinare to the BFI’s 2007 restoration courtesy of The National Film Center at The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.  The Japanese footage features an extended and particularly gruesome death scene for Dracula, as well as a moment considered too erotic by the censors of the day.

Following the discovery and restoration of the Japanese footage to Dracula, Hammer is keen to unearth further “lost” scenes and on-set footage from The Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy and other titles in their library, and hope that any private collectors with viable unseen elements will contact the company.

In addition, Hammer will regularly be posting to a “Restoration Blog”, which will give a unique insider’s view on the entire process, from material selection right the way through to release. The blog can be followed at:

Other companies involved in the restoration project include Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging and Thought Equity Motion in the US and Cineimage and Deluxe 142 in the UK.

Drive nominated for 4 Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012
Best Film
Director - Nicolas Winding Refn
Supporting Actress Carey Mulligan
Editing - Matthew Newman

Speaking from Thailand, where he is in preparation for his next collaboration with Ryan Gosling, Director Nicolas Winding Refn stated; "I am very super cool happy and I love England.. Drive on..!!"

Drive - Official Redband Trailer

DRIVE is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day (Ryan Gosling), a loner by nature, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan). When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best - Drive!

DRIVE received its world premiere in Cannes where Nicolas Winding Refn was awarded Best Director.

Winding Refn and Gosling's new film ONLY GOD FORGIVES, also starring Kristin Scott Thomas, goes into production in Bangkok at the end of January 2012.

Drive is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 30th January.

Peccadillo Cinema release their 2012 slate for Q1+Q2
Beauty (Skoonheid) – In Cinemas 20th April 2012
Dir: Oliver Hermanus | Country: South Africa
Francois lives a skillfully controlled, well managed life, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. A devoted husband and father, his repressed desires find release through mutually arranged group encounters with other married men. However, when he meets Christian, the engaging handsome son of a long-lost friend, his obsessions become irrepressible and threaten to rip apart his long-maintained respectability.

Video: Beauty (Skoonheid) UK Trailer Peccadillo

Winner of the Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival 2011 and officially selected for 55th BFI London Film Festival, Oliver Hermanus' BEAUTY is a psychologically provocative examination of one man's damaging self-hatred and inner conflicts  addressing such contentious subjects as homophobia and racism with unapologetic candour. The film contains powerful scenes that recall A Ma Soeur and Mysterious Skin, challenging the viewer with its unflinching exploration of social taboos in the conservative environment of contemporary South Africa that also have universal resonance.

Angel And Tony – In Cinemas 4th May 2012
Dir: Alix Delaporte | Country: France

The award-winning debut feature from writer/director Alix Delaporte is an arresting and intimate drama about two lost souls in search of human connection.  Angel (rising star Clotilde Hesme) is a young woman falling apart. She arrives at the seaside town of Normandy fiercely determined to reconnect with her young son, yet also scared she's unfit to take care of him. Tony (Gregory Gadebois, Gainsbourg) is a fisherman who lives with his widowed mother, trapped in emotional solitude.  The two meet via a personal ad; Angel is forthright and rough, and her attempts to seduce him are met with surprise: Tony literally can't believe his luck... The two form a fractured relationship, but will the secret that Angel harbours threaten their future?  Angel & Tony was a sleeper hit at the French box office in early 2011, quickly expanding across the country on the back of overwhelmingly positive critical and public response.  With her quiet, intimate approach, Delaporte allows the actors to shine, and the pitch-perfect, wholly naturalistic performances from Hesme and Gadebois elevate this absorbing and sensitive drama, as does the magnificent coastal scenery.

She Monkeys – In Cinemas May/ June 2012
Dir: Lisa Aschan | Country: Sweden
Emma is a girl who likes to be in control. When she tries out for the local voltige (equestrian vaulting) team she meets Cassandra, a strong, attractive and vivacious girl. As they get to know each other they share a sense of wicked fun and quickly become best friends. But feelings of jealousy, competiveness and sexual attraction have them pushing each other to their limits. As Emma spends more time away from home with Cassandra, little sister Sara begins to discover her own sexual identity, all the while pining for affection from a reluctant babysitter.

Video: She Monkeys - Teaser - Peccadillo (Apflickorna)

A taboo-busting modern Western, Lisa Aschan’s She Monkeys presents to us a trio of young women for whom gender is both weapon and toy, pushing the boundaries of political correctness to breaking point.

Young Adult’ Pomeranian Nominated For ‘Best Dog In Theatrical Film
This year has seen several standout performances by dogs in Hollywood productions and on television. And now this somewhat neglected area of acting has its own Award Ceremony. Monday the 13th February will see the first annual Golden Collar Awards take place in Los Angeles.

Hummer, a 4 year old Pomeranian has been nominated for his touching performance as ‘Dolce’ alongside Charlize Theron in Jason Reitman’s lauded new comedy Young Adult.

Young Adult director explained recently how he came across Hummer; “I couldn’t find the right dog, we looked at a lot trained dogs but nothing was right. Finally my producer was in Manhattan, saw a dog on the street, took a photo of it and said, ‘What do you think of this one?’ And I was like ‘That’s the dog!’ We cast Hummer and sent it to Minneapolis.” Since his owner agreed, it allowed the non-professional mutt to make his acting debut as a loyal dog opposite Academy Award© winning actress, Charlize Theron.

Video: Young Adult - Clip: Checking In

The director also explained that he picked the Pomeranian breed because “It’s the only dog that is genetically always smiling. I thought it would be funny if Charlize was being so cruel to this dog all the time and all it could do back physically was smile. It’s in its DNA is smile back.”

Hummer’s Young Adult co-star Charlize Theron is also to receive the first Golden Collar Humanitarian Award at the February event.

The nominations were announced yesterday by The Artist co-stars Penelope Ann-Miller and Uggie the Jack Russell.

Best Dog In A Theatrical Film
Hummer as Dolce – Young Adult
Cosmo as Arthur – Beginners
UGGIE as Queenie  – Water for Elephants
Denver as Skeletor – 50/50
Uggie as The Dog – The Artist

 (The Golden Collar Awards are the creation of Dog News Daily, and will take place on Monday, Feb. 13 at the dog-friendly Hotel Palomar in Los Angeles. Proceeds benefit dog rescue organisations).

The Establishing Shot: Film Making Competitions
Sundance LonSundance London Short Film Competition
As part of Sundance London, and in partnership with Greenwich Council and Ravensbourne, we are launching a short film competition with the winning entry being shown as part of the Sundance London short film programme.

To celebrate the competition and festival links to Greenwich, the place where time began and the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the competition theme will focus on time with the title ‘Story of our Time’

The challenge is to produce a three to five minute short film around the theme of ‘Story of Our Time’.

Entrants can interpret ‘Story of Our Time’ in any way they choose and films can be in documentary, animation, live action, comedy, drama or any other format or genre.

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Watershed's super-short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters International Film Festival
Can you do it in 90 seconds? DepicT! is Watershed’s international short film competition that, since its creation by Brief Encounters in 1998, has been challenging filmmakers to create 90 second ultra-short masterpieces.

Every year we receive hundreds of films of every genre from dozens of countries all around the world all competing for our great range of prizes and industry exposure. The teams of judges who deliberate over the entries have included some superstar names – such as Peter Jackson, Pete Postlethwaite and Damien O’Donnell.

The shortlisted DepicT! filmmakers, often in that crucial early stage in their career, are invited to the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival and offered a prime industry platform. The festival is a priceless opportunity for filmmakers to promote their work and make contact with a broad range of international industry professionals from distributors and producers to funding bodies and exhibitors, as well as other filmmakers and, of course, enthusiastic short film fans.

The Establishing Shot: For your calendar
Henry Rollins Live
With his trademark mix of humour and indignation, pop culture, political commentary and personal anecdote, healthy skepticism and his own belligerent form of optimism, Henry Rollins returns to Royal Festival Hall for a night of spoken word following his sold-out 2010 date.

There are few who can match the breadth of Henry Rollins' CV. As front man for both Rollins Band and Black Flag, he became a punk icon; as an actor he's appeared in over 20 films including David Lynch's Lost Highway; and as a writer he's published travel books, music journalism, political commentary and more.

Royal Festival Hall
20 January 2012, 7:30pm

Sky Meanies Season on Sky Movies Drama & Romance/HD
Sky Movies Drama & Romance dedicates a season to Hollywood’s meanest mean girls, from catty characters who frequent the Coyote Ugly Saloon to Lindsay Lohan’s good-girl-gone-bad character Cady in smart and sassy teen flick Mean Girls, every night at 8pm.

Full schedule below:
Monday 23rd January 8pm Coyote Ugly
Tuesday 24th January 8pm Julie & Julia
Wednesday 25th January 8pm The Social Network
Thursday 26th January 8pm Against The Ropes
Friday 27th January 8pm Black Swan
Saturday 28th January 8pm Mean Girls

The Establishing Shot: Independent Spotlight - Acts of Godfrey
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.

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…

Video: Acts Of Godfrey Clip 4 - Terry and Phil

Acts of Godfrey (Guerilla Films) will be released at selected cinemas from 27th January 2012 and available to stream online from  . The unique and spirited script attracted a stellar British cast including Simon Callow, Harry Enfield, Iain Robertson, Myfanwy Waring, Celia Imrie and Doon Mackichan.

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

The Establishing Shot: Trailer of the Week – Black Gold Trailer
Under the unforgiving desert sky, two warring leaders come face to face. The bodies of their warriors litter the battlefield. The victorious Nesib, Emir of Hobeika (ANTONIO BANDERAS), lays down his peace terms to his rival Amar, Sultan of Salmaah (MARK STRONG). The two men agree that neither may lay claim to the area of no man’s land between them called The Yellow Belt. In return and according to the tribal customs of the time, Nesib will “adopt”- or take hostage- Amar’s two boys Saleeh (AKIN GAZI) and Auda (TAHAR RAHIM); a guarantee that neither man can invade the other. Years later, Saleeh and Auda have grown into young men. Saleeh, the warrior, itches to escape his gilded cage and return to his father’s land. Auda cares only for books and the pursuit of knowledge. One day, their adopted father Nesib is visited by an American oil man from Texas (COREY JOHNSON). He tells the Emir that his land is blessed with oil and promises him riches beyond his imagination.

The Establishing Shot: Black Gold Trailer

Warner Bros. are pleased to bring you the official UK trailer for Black Gold, starring Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.  Set in early 20th Century at the dawn of the oil boom in Arabia, Black Gold is released in cinemas on 24th February.

Black Gold release date: 24 February
Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Writers: Menno Meyjes, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alain Godard, Hans Ruesch (novel "Arab")
Stars: Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong and Antonio Banderas

The Establishing Shot: Music discovered this week: Doomtree - Bangarang

I got the heads up on Doomtree a Midwest hip-hop collective via my man main man and new age sex symbol Har Mar Superstar (who coincidentally stars in the video).

From  -

“Wings and teeth. No two symbols could’ve been better chosen to represent Minneapolis rap stalwarts Doomtree. The endlessly innovative crew/label has defied categorization from the start, leaving behind convention for what’s best described as aggressive transcendence. Through a tireless work ethic, take-noprisoners production, lyrics that never shy from truth, and an always shifting stylistic mix, this family has carved out an elevated corner unto itself. And like most families, as well as the imagery this one employs, Doomtree is as defined by its internal differences as its similarities: Seven artists whose diversity of tastes and consistency of character combine to make the team an unstoppable, honest, creatively vicious whole.”
Regarding their new album No Kings
“The title of the record is both a call for rebellion and respect: Obey no kings, seek no thrones. Indeed No Kings displays a gang of friends who are fearless in each other’s company and beholden to none. At times musical and lush (“Beacon”) and at times dark and clanging (“Bolt Cutter”), the beats project the radical power of P.O.S., the inventive classicism of Cecil Otter, the moving moodiness of Paper Tiger and the face-melting heat of Lazerbeak. Meanwhile, Mike Mictlan and Sims trade lithe lines with much swagger over smashing drums on “Punch-Out,” Otter and Dessa get bluesy on top of the mournful guitar of “Little Mercy,” and P.O.S. leads the amped-up charge for “Bangarang,” which celebrates “ten years in our lane.”
Doomtree - Bangarang

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The Establishing Shot: Week 3 2012 Film News Round-up
Last week on The Establishing Shot: James Bond Thunderball Villain Emilio Largo’s Palmyra Estate Film Location, David Fincher talks The Amazing Spider-man Spider-Man, War Horse Review It's an outrage! And Jeremy Irvine Talks about War Horse & working with Steven Spielberg,  Ridley Scott is on a global search for The World's Best Storytellers, Your Film Festival a global competition, UK Top 10 Films, This weeks Film Releases; Haywire, The Sitter,  Underworld Awakening in 3D, J. Edgar, W.E.,  X-Night Of Vengeance, Troll Hunter, Gary Oldman statement on his Best Actor Oscar nomination for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Legendary Horror Studio Announces Global Restoration Project With Multiple Partners Company committed to preserving its legacy for future generations, Vertigo Brings Top Cat: The Movie To The Big Screen, John Le Carré comments on the awards race and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY French premiere, Drive nominated for 4 Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012, Peccadillo Cinema release their 2012 slate for Q1+Q2, Young Adult’ Pomeranian Nominated For ‘Best Dog In Theatrical Film, Sundance London Short Film Competition, Watershed's super-short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters International Film Festival, Henry Rollins Live, Sky Meanies Season on Sky Movies Drama & Romance/HD,  Acts of Godfrey, Black Gold Trailer,  Doomtree - Bangarang