The Establishing Shot: All the July Film News worth reading


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the establishing shot film newsThis week on The Establishing Shot's all the film news worth reading: 7 Days in Havana, Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, Costume Designer Lindy Hemming talks Bane’s outfit from The Dark Knight Rises, A a close up look at Batman & Bane's costumes from The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins Review, The Dark Knight Rises Review, Ted Review, Samsara, Sky's Now TV, ICE-T's The Art of Rap, Prometheus Merchandise, The Raid Record Bag, The Spider-man Vault, To Live and Die in L.A. US One sheet movie Poster, Night Porter, The Battle of Algiers, The Message, Lion of the Desert, Zombie 108, The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan, Airborne, CHARIOTS OF FIRE, THE THREE STOOGES, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE IMAGINATION SERIES FILM COMETITION, VIRGIN MEDIA SHORTS 2012, MOFILM DUREX £31,000 FILMMAKING COMPETITION, EAST END FILM STUDENT GETS 3-D FILM TRAINING THANKS TO ROMANIAN FILM INITIATIVE, LOVEBITE AND TWISTED MINDS ANNOUNCED AS THIS YEAR’S M&C SAATCHI FILMHACK CHALLENGE WINNERS, THE GENIUS OF HITCHCOCK, DESTINATION STAR TREK LONDON - A THREE DAY OFFICIAL EVENT CELEBRATING THE STAR TREK UNIVERSE, FREE ART DRIVE! POP-UP CINEMA FESTIVAL 2 AUGUST 2012 - 4 AUGUST 2012, ST MARTIN'S COURTYARD BECOMES OPEN AIR CINEMA FOR MINI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, re:VAULT 2.0, REC GENESIS PREMIERES TO PREMIERE AT FRIGHTFEST, FUTURE SHORTS FESTIVAL, LONDON MEXFEST 2012, FILM4 FRIGHTFEST 2012, THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS CONTINUING IT'S RUN ON THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT AFTER WINNING BEST FEATURE FILM AT THE INDIE SPIRIT FILM FESTIVAL IN APRIL IN COLORADO, KAPOW! ART AUCTION TO RAISE MONEY FOR TOGETHER FOR SHORT LIVES, THE ARRIVAL OF WANG TO PLAY AT LONDON FILM4 FRIGHTFEST, TIPPI HEDREN IN CONVERSATION, THE ALIBI FILM CLUB PRESENTS A FREE SCREENING CLUB DEATH PROOF MONDAY 6TH AUG, GUILTY PLEASURES CINEMA PARTY BRINGS DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN TO THE TROXY!, FUTURE CINEMA PRESENTS GREASE, TIPPI HEDREN SATELLITE QA & MARNIE SCREENING, LIONSGATE PRESENTS THE UK PREMIERE OF THE EXPENDABLES 2 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NETFLIX, THE BFI’S SIGHT & SOUND MAGAZINE ANNOUNCE THE 50 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME, THE BFI STATISTICAL YEARBOOK 2012 HAS BEEN PUBLISHED, CHARIOTS OF FIRE - THE FORGOTTEN FACTS, MOMENTUM PICTURES PRESENT SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS A FILM BY MARTIN MCDONAGH, INTANDEM FILMS LAUNCHES UK DISTRIBUTION COMPANY, PETER JACKSON’S LONG-AWAITED FILMED ADAPTATION OF THE HOBBIT TO BE A TRILOGY, STUDIOCANAL AND BIG TALK PICTURES ANNOUNCE 22nd MARCH 2013 RELEASE FOR  ‘CUBAN FURY’, HIP HOP HEAVYWEIGHTS TAKE TO THE LONDON STAGE FOR A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME PERFORMANCE AT THE EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF ICE-T’s LANDMARK DOCUMENTARY, ZAYTOUN SELECTED AS A SPECIAL PRESENTATION AT THE 2012 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SPANISH INDIE ROAD MOVIE THE SOUL OF FLIES BY FIRST TIME FEATURE DIRECTOR TO BE SIMULTANEOUSLY RELEASED ON DISTRIFY AND IN CINEMAS, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES TAKES £1 MILLION IN ADVANCE BOOKING AT BFI IMAX, BREAKING ALL PREVIOUS SALES RECORDS, STREET FIGHTER® LIVE-ACTION SERIES ANNOUNCED AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2012, PECCADILLO TAKES UK/IRELAND FOR HIT SO HARD, BRITISH OLYMPIANS PAST AND PRESENT TO ATTEND FILM PREMIERE: SALUTE WITH THE LEGENDARY DR TOMMIE SMITH, SKY MOVIES SHINES THROUGH THE SUMMER SHOWERS - SKY MOVIES ICE CREAM VAN VISITS UK CITIES, HARRY POTTER WIZARD’S COLLECTION - Available from 10th September, THE RAID IS COMING TO DVD AND BLU-RAY, THE WALKING DEAD THE ULTIMATE POST-APOCALYPTIC ZOMBIE THRILLER RETURNS ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD FROM 27TH AUGUST 2012, ACCLAIMED COMING HOME DRAMA “RETURN SET FOR UK DVD DEBUT, JOHN CARTER ON BLU-RAY, BLU-RAY 3D AND DVD 2 JULY, THIRD WINDOW FILMS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE DVD & BLURAY RELEASE OF HIMIZU ON 6 AUGUST 2012, LOVE EXPOSURE ON DVD/BLU-RAY 6 AUGUST 2012, THE SPACE RELEASES KURSK A FILM AVAILABLE TO WATCH FOR FREE ON THE SPACE FROM WED 1ST AUG, NOW TV POWERED BY SKY GOES LIVE, THE ICO LAUNCH A FILOM INDUSTRY BLOG, THE SMALLS RE LAUNCHES, MUBI BRINGS YOU ONLINE MOVIES EVERYDAY, ANNOUNCING CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - THE MUSICAL! , MICHAEL GRANDAGE COMPANY ANNOUNCES WEST END SEASON OF FIVE PLAYS WITH OVER 100,000 TICKETS AT £10, Killing Them Softly Trailer, Official Man of Steel Teaser Trailer Russell Crowe Version, Official Man of Steel Teaser Trailer Kevin Costner Version, Cloud Atlas Epic 6 Min International Trailer, Life of Pi Trailer, Jack Reacher Trailer, The Sweeney Orange UK, Three legends - Monroe by Mailer and Stern, The gospel according to Marc, Chariots of Fire – In cinemas now, Salute –Available on DVD 30 July 2012, Searching for Sugar Man – In cinemas from Thursday 26 July 2012, Delicacy - In cinemas Friday 3 August 2012, A Simple Life - In cinemas Friday 3 August 2012, Beloved – In cinemas Monday 6 August, In Your Hands – In cinemas Fri 20 July, The Imposter – In cinemas 24 August 2012, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – In Cinemas Friday 10 August 2012, Total Recall – In cinemas  August 29, 2012, Circumstance - In cinemas 24 August 2012, 2012, The Victim On DVD & Blu-Ray 24 Sep 2012, Take This Waltz - In cinemas 17 August 2012, Trance – In cinemas 2013, I Am Bruce Lee - 23 Jul 2012, The Devils Business – 17th August 2012


This Time on The Establishing Shot:
Since our last update we have eased ourselves back into London life after a couple of weeks on and under the Mexican Riviera Maya. As well as road tripping we spent time in both Tulum and Isla Mujeres close to the whale shark migration route, but that is another story.

Since returning we popped down to the Shortwave Cinema in Bermondsey for a Cuban Night sponsored by Havana Club and sneak preview of 7 Days in Havana. The team put a lot of effort into the evening with branded goodies, Havana Club Mojitos being served up Cuban dancers, live music and a heat wave to emulate Cuba. I’ll have some thoughts on this 7 day visit to Havana telling 7 stories from 7 different Directors including; Benicio Del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, Juan Carlos Tabío and Laurent Cantet for a real mix of emotion and storytelling.

We visited the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition at the Barbican, where we had a brief chat with Oscar winning Costume Designer Lindy Hemming about Bane’s outfit from The Dark Knight Rises.

On that note we also got a close up look at Batman & Bane's costumes from The Dark Knight Rises over here

Continuing the Batman theme we popped down to Warner Bros to re-watch Batman Begins (thoughts here) and The Dark Knight in the run up to The Dark Knight Rises being released (early thoughts here, more to follow).

We also caught Ted (thoughts here!) in cinemas today, which has the best 80s nostalgia inducing house party ever. Earlier this week we managed to finally catch a 4K screening of the absolutely astounding Samsara a non verbal exploration of our out of balance life on earth. The stunning visuals were collected over 4 years from around the globe and shot on 70mm film are breathtaking. A full review will be up soon but I want to watch Baraka an earlier film from Director Ron Fricke and Writer Mark Magidson for context before committing my thoughts to pixels.

Samsara Poster
Samsara Poster
Sadly we missed two events that I was really looking forward to the launch of Sky’s new Video On Demand service Now TV (More info below) and gut wrenchingly fulfilling my desire of seeing Rap Legend ICE-T in concert (he keeps ignoring my Tweets about playing in London again) along with rap legends Public Enemy's Chuck D, Wu Tang Clan's Raekwon & Ghostface Killah and Grandmaster Melle Mel to commemorate the launch of his directorial debut – a documentary chronicling the roots and history of rap as we know it - The Art Of Rap.

ICE -T's The Art Of Rap Poster
ICE -T's The Art Of Rap Poster

THE ESTABLISHING SHOT: IN THE MAILBAG
Exclusive Prometheus merchandise (backpack, USB and tin, laptop skin and t-shirt)
No! Sir Ridley is not forgiven for the travesty that is Prometheus, but with the inevitable news that the sequel is gearing up and can only be better than the original, now that we have the overly engineered (and sold out) jump off point my anticipation is building, so the arrival of this exclusive kit was welcomed, thanks Curzon.

Exclusive The Raid Record Bag
The arrival of this rare Raid Record bag cheered me up along with the news that The Raid will be released onto DVD & Blu-ray next month (more info further below).

The Spider-man Vault
This sweet museum in a book box arrived a little while back and blew my expectations away full of Spider-man history and accompanying memorabilia it is a Spider fans must have. A full review and breakdown of contents could be up soon.


To Live and Die in L.A. US One sheet movie Poster
Back in June when Killer Joe was released onto an unsuspecting audience I had the opportunity to chat with the Legendary Director William Friedkin unfortunately I was going to be roughly 5000 miles away. I was gutted to say the least, to cheer myself up I tracked down another near mint unused To Live and Die in L.A. US One sheet movie Poster. I say another as I already have on in the archives but is is a bit tatty after being up on my wall & stored for most of my 20s.

Night Porter - On DVD & Blu-Ray 30 Jul 2012
Vienna, 1957. Max (Dirk Bogarde), a former Nazi concentration camp officer, is now employed as a respectable night porter at one of the city's most luxurious hotels. Still anguished by the guilt of his actions during the war, he attempts to relieve his conscience by devoting himself to his work while awaiting the upcoming trial of himself and his fellow Nazi officers.

The Night Porter Blu-ray
The Night Porter Blu-ray

But one fateful evening Max's disturbing past catches up with him in the form of the beautiful and alluring Lucia (Charlotte Rampling). Now the wife of a respected American classical composer, almost 15 years earlier Lucia was a teenage concentration camp inmate and Max's lover in an aberrant sado-masochistic relationship. Bound by their memories and uncontrollably drawn to each other, Max and Lucia rekindle their bizarre love affair. But their future together becomes threatened by other ghosts from the past…

The Battle of Algiers - On Blu-Ray 09 Jul 2012
Set during the 1954 to 1962 Franco-Algerian conflict, the film effectively and authentically recreates the pivotal political events that took place in the city of Algiers between 1954 and 1957.

The Battle Of Algiers Blu-ray
The Battle Of Algiers Blu-ray
In an attempt to end French colonialism, which had been in place since 1830, in 1954 the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) began a war of liberation, using terrorism to highlight the plight of the Algerian people to the rest of the world. In response to the escalating terrorist violence in the city of Algiers, the French government sent in an armed force of paratroopers to crush the uprising. Authorised to use whatever force and methods were believed to be necessary in bringing an end to the revolution, the actions of the French military led to a regrettable catalogue of atrocities being committed by those on both sides of the conflict.

Lion of the Desert - On DVD & Blu-Ray 02 Jul 2012
The year is 1929 and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini faces a 20-year-long war waged by Bedouin patriots who are resisting Italian colonisation and the establishment of “The Fourth Shore” – essentially a re-birth of a Roman Empire in Africa. Hoping to crush the rebellion, Mussolini appoints the ruthless General Rodolfo Graziani, a man who would come to be known as the “Butcher of Fezzan”.

Lion Of The Desert Blu-ray
Lion Of The Desert Blu-ray
Leading the resistance is Omar Mukhtar, a teacher by profession but a guerrilla by obligation, one who has committed himself to fighting a bloody war than he knows cannot be won in his lifetime. As tanks and airplanes are deployed in the desert for the first time, the Bedouin realize their primitive weaponry is no match for the might of the Italian Army. But, driven by courage and inspired by their leader, they continue to fight on.

Zombie 108 - DVD 30th JULY 2012
After a catastrophic accident at a top secret research lab, a deadly virus is released into the city and all hell breaks loose.

Controlled by a local crime lord, District 108 is the one place in the city the police don't want to go on a normal day. But today is not a normal day, and the crack SWAT team ordered to help evacuate the uninfected must do just that. Met with fierce resistance by the local gangs, both sides suffer heavy casualties before realising that the guys with the guns aren't the real enemy: the zombies are!

Video: Zombie 108 - Official Showbox Trailer

With ammunition running low, the two sides join forces to fight for the only thing worth fighting for: a chance to escape from the city and the zombies currently running loose in it!

Selected for the Terror-Cotta film festival in association with FILM4 Frightfest Prince Charles Cinema London

The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan - On DVD 02 Jul 2012
Unemployed and desperately seeking work, Mike Jacobs bumps into an old friend, Eddie Hill, during a post-match riot and arranges to hook up for a drink later that evening. Fortuitously, Ed’s got a business opportunity for Mike – working as a courier, cash-in-hand, no questions asked. Concerned that he might be getting involved in drug dealing, Mike’s somewhat relieved to learn that Ed’s scam involves credit card fraud and the only victims as far as they are concerned are the banks. What Mike doesn’t know is Ed is in the pocket of notorious London gangster whose choice of crime may have changed but whose methods certainly haven’t. Seduced by the money, drugs women and new life his new career delivers, Mike ignores the warning signs and, with circumstances spiralling way out of control, is eventually forced to make a life-changing decision, the repercussions of which will affect everyone close to him.

Airborne - On DVD 30 Jul 2012
As a severe storm front rapidly closes in on the UK, all flights out of East Midlands airport are cancelled – all save Atlantic Sky Airways Flight 686, bound for New York. Shortly after take-off, several passengers become concerned when one of their number inexplicably goes missing. Their anxieties are further increased when it becomes apparent that the flight has veered off course and it is revealed that the plane is carrying an interesting item of cargo: a rare and extremely valuable ancient Chinese vase. The assumption is that terrorists are responsible, but nobody on board is showing their hand – for now. With tensions rising amongst the passengers and crew, violence soon breaks out, forcing those behind the deadly plot to expose their identities.

Meanwhile, on the ground, concerned aviation chiefs and the military have together authorised the launch of fighter jets to deal with what they believe could be a deadly hijack situation. But hijacking is soon proved to be the least of anybody’s worries when the owner of the vase recounts a myth surrounding its ancient origins.


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 
A witty Dolph Lundgren delivers a punchline to @ckc1ne at The Expendables Blu Ray Launch & QA

The Expendables UK Premiere: Sylvester Stallone welcomes The Stath Jason Statham to the stage.

CHARIOTS OF FIRE - OPENING SCENE
It may have been released 31 years ago but it hasn’t lost a modicum of its power, whist Mr Bean may have had us chuckling here is the original, despite being a low quality bootleg Vangelis theme is still one of the most rousing and emotive pieces of music in film.

Video: The Chariots of Fire - movie, opening scene

Chariots of Fire tells the story of two very different men who compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics:

Eric Liddell is a devout Christian who believes that his athletic abilities are a gift from God, and that using that gift to its fullest extent - to win the gold medal - will be his way of repaying that gift.

Harold Abrahams is an English Jew, a student at Cambridge, who dreams of fame and of proving to his anti-Semitic fellow students, and to the world, that Jews are in no respect inferior.

Their motives are noble. Their commitment is total. Their integrity is unquestionable. They will both make personal sacrifices to achieve their goals. In the process, through all the obstacles and personal issues they conquer, they prove that striving for victory in their own terms is, perhaps, its own reward.

Based on a true story, CHARIOTS OF FIRE was the winner of four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, in addition to receiving nominations for three more.

Chariots of Fire will be re-released into cinemas on July 13th

www.facebook.com/Chariots2012

BONUS FILM CLIP OF THE WEEK: THE THREE STOOGES - THE FACE RINGS A BELL CLIP
I dare you not to laugh at the doughnut gag in this clip from The Three Stooges!

Video: The Three Stooges - "The Face Rings A Bell" clip - In Cinemas August 22

Left on a doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns, new-borns Larry, Curly and Moe waste no time finger-poking, nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way into trouble. Years later, and with the orphanage forced to close its doors, the three grown Stooges embark on a mission to save their former home.

The Three Stooges is released on 22nd August 2012.

www.facebook.com/The3StoogesUK


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT: FILMMAKING COMPETITION NEWS
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE IMAGINATION SERIES FILM COMETITION UPDATE
Sadly as I was away for most of June and early July I missed much of this brilliant addition to the filmmaking competition calendar and they couldn't have made it easier :(. Flying Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher into London to launch the competition and offer hands on and inspirational advice for budding directors. Geoffrey also wrote the script that was to be used as the basis for your short film and Bombay Sapphire even holding special ‘Learn How to be a Film Director' interactive work shops in London.

Unfortunately entries are now closed

In association with the Tribeca Film Festival, Bombay Sapphire is now selecting the Imagination Series winners alongside a panel of film industry luminaries from across the globe. Chaired by Geoffrey Fletcher, more news on the progress of judging will be announced soon.

http://www.bombaysapphire.com/en-GB/imagination-series.aspx

VIRGIN MEDIA SHORTS 2012 UPDATE
Again as we were away we missed much of the Virgin Media Shorts competion and entries are now closed.

Time gentlemen (and ladies) please. Virgin Media Shorts 2012 is now closed for entries, and what a lot of entries we've had! Our curators are off deliberating and we're counting up all the Lucky 13 votes, ready to crown the extra member of the shortlist. Come back on September 13th to find out which films have made the cut!

This year, we're giving a whopping 13 up-and-coming film makers the chance to show their work in cinemas nationwide for a whole year, across the Picturehouse network and independent cinemas. Plus, as the only people to offer TV, broadband, phone and mobile, we’re in the perfect place to offer film makers the biggest arena to showcase their work - online, on TV (via Virgin Media’s On Demand service and our Shorts TiVo® app) and on mobile phones (on our brand new Shorts iPhone app). We can give you a leg up in the film industry and give millions of people the chance to see your work.

On top of that, the Grand Prize winner will walk away with £30,000 funding to make their next film, along with money-can’t-buy expert mentoring from the UK’s leading film body, the British Film Institute.

http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/


MOFILM DUREX £31,000 FILMMAKING COMPETITION
Mofilm are continuing there attractive series of filmmaking competitions and have a new Durex partnered competition with a £30,000 prize.

We're over halfway through 2012 and what a year it has been! MOFILM has given away more money than ever and it just continues! The introduction of production grants has seen even more great work being submitted to our contests, and we've attracted some amazing new brands, like Durex.

Durex is the first brief open in our 2012 MOFILM London contest and there's almost £31,879 ($50,000) available for you in production grants, as well as the usual great prize line up - including a VIP trip for two to London so get working on your entry now!.

Submission Deadline: September 10 2012, 12:00 noon GMT

Head over to http://mofilm.com/competitions/london-2012/durex.html for the full brief and terms.

EAST END FILM STUDENT GETS 3-D FILM TRAINING THANKS TO ROMANIAN FILM INITIATIVE
One lucky youngster from Newham has won a place on a unique 3-D camera training course.  Jamie Fisher took part in the recent East Meets East film workshop, a joint initiative from the Romanian Cultural Institute and Four Corners centre in Bethnal Green and mentored by leading Romanian filmmakers.  As a direct result of being Director of Photography on the short documentary which screened at the East End Film Festival, he was invited to join the three-day intensive 3-D course which is intended for experienced industry professionals only.

Having lived in Newham all his life, Jamie originally studied fine art at Chelsea College of Art before pursuing his love of film at Skillset Academy London College of Communication.  He has subsequently been developing a number of genre-led films and now the 3-D training puts him at the cutting edge of the industry.

EAST MEETS EAST is a partnership between the Romanian Cultural Institute and Four Corners, with support from the East End Film Festival.

www.fourcornersfilms.co.uk and www.icr-london.co.uk

LOVEBITE AND TWISTED MINDS ANNOUNCED AS THIS YEAR’S M&C SAATCHI FILMHACK CHALLENGE WINNERS
See the winners films here: LoveBite: http://youtu.be/RmqcO2NRFJY and  Twisted Minds (Trailer): http://goo.gl/d5Exs

M&C Saatchi is proud to announce LoveBite and Twisted Minds as the winners of its first ever 48 hour Filmhack.

Filmhack, born from the success of the companies’ recent Game5hack initiative, is a unique creative challenge between M&C Saatchi, Youtube, Google, Goldsmiths University and Motorola. The challenge involved six teams making a short film across two days, with a camera phone and no budget.

There were two prizes awarded at Google HQ on Friday evening; the Grand Jury Prize, bestowed to the best overall film, and the Audience Award, presented for the film that received the highest combined TrueViews (full trailer views), full film views as well as best online sentiment. Both prizes had a £1000 prize fund.

The winner of the Grand Jury Prize was feel good rom-com LoveBite which won the judges hearts as the film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize on Friday evening. The team worked hard promoting their film across the web, successfully securing a tweet of support from Diet Coke and mentions in film forums, blogs and local media.

Alex Stoltz, Distribution and Exhibition at the BFI (British Film Institute) and FilmHack judge said: “LoveBite crammed so much heart into just two minutes with a charming central performance and good use of music. Winning in every way!”

The Audience Award was presented to Twisted Minds after reaching a huge total of 29,045 views within three weeks. The film’s promotional campaign included ambient marketing tactics such as dropping QR codes into East London copies of the Metro and Evening Standard.

Hamish Nicklin, Head of Creative Agency Partnerships at Google added: “All the films performed really well and demonstrated a true understanding of what makes an ad successful on YouTube. This is outstanding given that these films were made with 2xmobiles, limited sound and lighting kit, zero budget and in under 48 hours.”

Teams were made up of M&C Saatchi employees from across the Group, students and filmmakers of the future, from the Goldsmiths MA Filmmaking and MA Screen Documentary courses, as well as actors from the Drama and Theatre Arts course. Each team had a fair distribution of creative, technical and acting skillsets.

The judging panel included:
-       Mark Goodwin – Deputy Creative Director, M&C Saatchi                                                                                                      
-       James King – Creative Director, Motorola
-       Chris Quigly/Will Cooke – Founders Viral Ad Network/Rubber Republic
-       Robert Smith – Convenor of MA Filmmaking at Goldsmiths                                                              
-       Alex Stoltz, Distribution and Exhibition at the BFI (British Film Institute)
-       Beatrice Pembroke, Head of the Creative Economy unit of the British Council

Filmhack took place on the 28th and 29th June, with the final prize announced was on the 20th July.


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT: FILM FESTIVAL & CONVENTION NEWS
THE GENIUS OF HITCHCOCK
The BFI celebrate cinema's Master of Suspense
From August – October the BFI present a major celebration of the most influential and iconic British film director of all time with a complete Hitchcock retrospective at BFI Southbank featuring his silent films, Hollywood classics and plenty of unmissable events. Alfred Hitchcock was a genius whose films held audiences spellbound and inspired generations of filmmakers. Explore a step-by-step journey through the invention, wit and dazzling technical skill that made him cinema's master of suspense.

THE GENIUS OF HITCHCOCK season and the iconic British film director, the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, The season runs until October and showcases a complete retrospective of his films, from his early British silents, to his later Hollywood classics.

Also included in the season is a dedicated microsite - The 39 Steps to Hitchcock which is a step-by-step guide through one man's genius, featuring exclusive film extracts, interviews with close collaborators (Kim Novak, Tippi Hedren and more) and a journey through his life and career through galleries curated by Hitchcock experts 

Video: 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock


DESTINATION STAR TREK LONDON - A THREE DAY OFFICIAL EVENT CELEBRATING THE STAR TREK UNIVERSE
Destination Star Trek London beams down to ExCeL from 19-21 October with mores guests, themed parties, interactive activities, professional photo shoots, autograph sessions, original sets, props and displays, memorabilia, talks and stunt displays plus more to be announced. Plus Five captains beaming down - William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula!

So whether you have been a fan since the very first season back in 1966 or a recent convert with the 2009 movie there will be something for everyone.

Come and experience an out of this world weekend this October at ExCeL London. All guests will be signing autographs throughout the weekend and tickets will be available to purchase on the day.


FREE ART DRIVE! POP-UP CINEMA FESTIVAL 2 AUGUST 2012 - 4 AUGUST 2012
Join the ICA for three screenings at their very special pop-up cinema, part of Art Drive! The BMW Art Car Collection 1975 - 2010.

Thu 2 Aug, 9pm - Drive
A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong. Drive is a classic slice of pulp noir reimagined by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn as a stunningly violent fairy tale.
Cert: 18

Fri 3 Aug, 9pm - Wild Style
The old school of hip-hop on show in the South Bronx with, not unnaturally, a quality soundtrack featuring the likes of Grandmaster Flash and the Cold Crush Brothers.
Cert: 15

Sat 4 Aug, 9pm - Radio On
A beautifully shot British road movie about a man who travels from London to Bristol to investigate his brother's death, with a soundtrack including David Bowie and Kraftwerk.
Cert: 18

 Location: Great Eastern Street Car Park, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3ER

As this is not a ticketed event, we advise you arrive before 9pm as spaces will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.


ST MARTIN'S COURTYARD BECOMES OPEN AIR CINEMA FOR MINI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
St Martin’s Courtyard is proud to present this summer’s hottest ticket; Silent Cinema will transform the courtyard into an open air movie theatre.  A full sized cinema screen will pop-up for two days in August showing great movies for free in the heart of London.

Be transported to India on Wednesday 8th August when the mini international film festival opens with an enchanting and colourful performance from a Bollywood dance troupe to set the scene for a well-loved film set in India.  St Martin’s Courtyard’s very own Bombay café Dishoom will be serving warming naughty chai made with Baileys or whisky from a pop-up bar.

On Thursday 9th August, a charming Italian favourite will be screened at 8pm.  To complement the movie, Italian enoteca Dalla Terra will bring a taste of Italy to the courtyard with picnics of fine Italian cheeses and hams.

Silent Cinema is beautifully simple: you wear wireless headphones to watch classic films on a full size cinema screen.  100 free tickets are available for each screening - the first ever free Silent Cinema event to take place in central London.  If you’re not one of the lucky ones to win a pair of tickets, be one of the first to arrive on the night and there will be a number of tickets available for each screening on a first come first served basis.

To guarantee one of the best seats in the house, book in advance for dinner and a movie at one of the  St Martin’s Courtyard restaurants.  Contemporary Thai restaurant Suda, British café /restaurant Bill’s and Italian enoteca Dalla Terra will all be serving up special menus on their al fresco tables.  For a set price which includes a headset you can enjoy dinner and drinks whilst you sit back and watch the film.

A cinema experience wouldn’t be the same without treats to nibble on whilst watching the film.  Enjoy cones of Thai calamari from the Suda usherettes, ice cold beer and hedgerow fizz cocktails from Bill’s bar, and free gourmet popcorn for all.

St Martin’s Courtyard is Covent Garden’s newest shopping and dining destination with a unique mix of fashion, beauty and lifestyle boutiques and flagships and six international restaurants.  Many shops will be open until 8pm for a pre screening shopping spree and many of the restaurants will be offering late supper deals after the film is finished.

For a chance to get hold of a pair of tickets, visit www.stmartinscourtyard.co.uk/silentcinema.  Winners will be contacted one week prior to the screening.  For live updates, follow St Martin’s Courtyard on twitter @smccoventgarden.

re:VAULT 2.0
A night of short films, presentations and discussions from filmmakers about their next big project. With recent cut backs in arts funding, crowdfunding has become a fast growing source to fund films by the up and coming filmmakers of tomorrow and filmmakers are having to resort to increasingly inventive methods to get their films made on ever decreasing budgets.
   
Sunday August 19 - 5.30 onwards

Bruised Directed by Greg Hall
Bruised follows the Nefarious characters Mick and Ru. Mick the fighter, Ru the trainer. Greg Hall welcomes you to their underworld of illegal back street brawls and extreme behaviours. A modern-day love story with not only a black heart but a red raw bloodied fist.

Are What We Eat Directed by 16 year old Sam Toller
Nicole is bitten by her zombie boyfriend. Or is she..? We follow as she descends into a waking nightmare  that will end her life as she knows it…

Dead Pretty Directed by Sarah Peace
Dead Pretty, a stop-motion and live-action short film in which a woman’s Medusa-like hair comes alive and holds her captive.


REC GENESIS PREMIERES TO PREMIERE AT FRIGHTFEST
REC Genesis, the long-awaited and highly anticipated third instalment of the planned four-part REC saga has finally arrived, coming to DVD and Blu-ray on 3 September 2012 (after premiering at Film4 FrightFest on 24 August) - and it's more than worth the wait!

Paco Plaza, co-writer and co-director of the first two films (along with Jaume Belaguero) goes it alone for this outing, breathing new life into proceedings by taking things in a whole new direction. It's a direction I love, being much closer in tone to ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Army of Darkness’ with its zom-rom-com elements. The result is a surprisingly scary, funny and touching horror film with some seriously iconic imagery - if only all brides carried chainsaws!

Video: The Establishing Shot: [REC]³ Genesis UK Trailer Released - REC 3 Genesis

As the families and friends of Koldo and Clara gather outside the church in the bright Spanish sunshine just prior to the happy couple’s wedding, it seems that nothing could possibly cast a shadow on such a beautiful and joyous occasion. But when some of the guests start behaving oddly during the reception, it becomes apparent that all is not well. In no time at all, the party descends into a hellish scene of utter carnage as partygoers begin feeding on each other with a crazed bloodlust. Amidst the ensuing chaos, Koldo and Clara become separated as those still in control of their human minds and bodies seek whatever refuge they can find. Although apart, the newlyweds know deep in their hearts that each is still alive and set out on a desperate search for each other not fully realising that what should have been the happiest day of their lives could prove to be their last.

FUTURE SHORTS FESTIVAL  
Opens Sunday 5th August
Brought to the Phoenix by Future Cinema, creators of Secret Cinema, the world’s biggest pop-up film festival showcases the most exciting short films and filmmakers from around the globe. 

The line-up includes Grant Orchard’s Oscar-nominated and BAFTA winning A Morning Stroll (UK, 2012); recent Clermont winner Guest from South Korea and SXSW favourite and award winner Notes on Biology from the US. 

Video: FUTURE SHORTS FESTIVAL - SUMMER SEASON | Official Trailer

Full line-up: 
GUEST (2011) Dir: Ga Eun-Yoon South Korea, 20 min 
A MORNING STROLL (2012) Dir: Grant Orchard UK, 7 min 
TUMULT (2012) Dir: Johnny Barrington UK, 13 min 
FIREWORKS (2011) Dir: Victor Hugo Duran USA, 11 Min 
STREET VENDOR CINEMA (2011) Dir: Clarissa Knoll Brazil, 15 min 
WE WILL BECOME OIL (2011) Dir: Mihai Grecu Romania, 6 min 
NOTES ON BIOLOGY (2011) Dir: Will Madden USA, 6 min


The Future Shorts Festival is the world's biggest pop up film festival, showcasing the most exciting short films from around the world. Anyone, anywhere can set up a screening and be part of a massive screening network and a powerful global community.

Summer Season starts on the 1st of June and runs till 31st of August 2012. Over 35,000 people attending in over 70 countries and 180 cities. Over three million people connecting through our online community across the world.

Be part of something that is changing the way we look at the world. To host or attend a screening, drop us a line on festival@futureshorts.com

LONDON MEXFEST 2012
The inaugural MexFest runs in London in August. A celebration of Mexican film and culture, taking place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, it spans three full days, starting on August 17th with the world première of Made in Mexico (Hecho en Mexico) by Duncan Bridgeman, followed by a concert from Amandititita the Mexican queen of Anarcumbia.

Video: London MexFest 2012 Trailer


FILM4 FRIGHTFEST 2012
FrightFest the 13th begins in a blaze of gory glory with our opening world premiere attraction THE SEASONING HOUSE. So we are delighted to announce that single tickets for our amazing line-up are now on sale. With all the Weekend Passes and Friday and Saturday Day Passes sold out and the remaining nearly achieving the same status, this is your final chance to be at the epicentre of all the essential horror action. FrightFest is globally acclaimed as the most unique place for the lifeblood and genre culture of the UK and you don’t want to miss a minute of the premieres, special events, previews, retro launches, celebrity guests and surprises we have planned. 

Apart from the already announced Total Icon, the Italian legend that is Dario Argento, THE SEASONING HOUSE director Paul Hyett, TOWER BLOCK co-directors James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson and [REC]3 GENESIS director Paco Plaza we are also extending a warm welcome to the following list of directors. Drum roll please! Here goes, Jennifer Lynch (CHAINED), Matthias Hoene (COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES), Jon Wright (GRABBERS), Conor MacMahon (STITCHES), Glenn McQuaid and David Bruckner (V/H/S), Eron Sheean (ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY), Stig Svendsen (ELEVATOR), Buddy Giovinazzo (A NIGHT OF NIGHTMARES), Ricky Wood Jr (SAWNEY – FLESH OF MAN), Manetti Bros. (PAURA 3D), Federico Zamapglione (TULPA), Stuart Urban (MAY I KILL U?), Peter Strickland (BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO), Jaume Balaguero (SLEEP TIGHT), Eoin Macken (THE INSIDE), Jason Ford (COMMUNITY), Dominic Brunt (BEFORE DAWN), Steve Barker (OUTPOST II: BLACK SUN), Alex Chandon (INBRED) and Patricio Valladares (HIDDEN IN THE WOODS).

As for the stars of the movies we couldn’t be happier to be world premiering TULPA with Italian acting royalty Claudia Gerini (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST) and Michele Placido (ROMANZO CRIMINALE) in attendance along with producer Maria Grazia Cucinotta (star of IL POSTINO, THE RITE and THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH). Then there’s Rosie Day, Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth, Anna Walton, Jemma Powell, David Lemberg, Dominique Provost-Chalkley and Ryan Olivia from THE SEASONING HOUSE, Sheridan Smith, Russell Tovey, Ralph Brown and Kane Robinson from TOWER BLOCK, Leticia Dolera from [REC]3, Alan Ford, Harry Treadaway, Ashley Thomas, Dudley Sutton, Georgia King, Jack Doolan, Rasmus Hardiker and Michelle Ryan from COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES, Ross Noble from STITCHES, Kevin Bishop and Hayley Marie-Axe from MAY I KILL U?, Joanne Mitchell and Nicky Evans from BEFORE DAWN, Emmett Scanlon, Tereza Srbova and Brian Fortune from THE INSIDE, Terry Bird, Elliot Jordan and Jemma Dallender from COMMUNITY, Simon Bamford, Nick Vince and Hugh Ross from NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT and Elizabeth Henstridge, Daniel O’Meara, Sean Browne, Tom Holloway, Selina Giles and Jeff Stewart from THE THOMPSONS…. 

Not to mention our ever-popular Quizmaster, West End and TV star Andy Nyman, The Horror Channel’s Emily Booth, GRABBERS writer Kevin Lehane, COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES and TOWER BLOCK writer James Moran, SINISTER writer C. Robert Cargill, THE SEASONING HOUSE producer Mike Riley, BEFORE DAWN producers Helen Grace and Marc (COLIN) Price and MAY I KILL U? producer Alan Jay… Phew! Plus more name personalities will keep being added on a daily basis. There’s all the talent attached to the surprises we have planned and those star names who so love being part of the FrightFest atmosphere they are happy to buy their own tickets too. It really is our most film-packed, guest-packed and fear-packed FrightFest ever. So what are you waiting for? A MANIAC to stalk you to the cinema? GRABBERS chasing you to the Empire box-office? A NIGHT OF NIGHTMARES about not getting to the phone lines on time? Be a part of the FrightFest the 13th experience, you won’t regret it.

And in some news just in overnight - the Soska Sisters (AMERICAN MARY) and Katherine (GINGER SNAPS) Isabelle have also confirmed their attendance.

THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS CONTINUING IT'S RUN ON THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT AFTER WINNING BEST FEATURE FILM AT THE INDIE SPIRIT FILM FESTIVAL IN APRIL IN COLORADO. 
Things I Don't Understand was screened as part of The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival at The Franklin Institute Science Museum (located in Center City Philadelphia, at the intersection of 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway) 

First-Look: "Things I Don't Understand" from David Spaltro on Vimeo.

Special kudos to our post-production team of Carlos "Storm" Martinez, Vita Tanga & Blase Theodore for their mention in last month's issue of Post Magazine for their work on TIDU!

And congrats to actress Grace Folsom for her interview with movie site Twitch!

Please check our main website http://www.tidu-film.com or https://www.facebook.com/THINGSIDONTUNDERSTAND for updates and information on the film and festivals and help us spread the word and invite your friends to page for news and updates as well! 

KAPOW! ART AUCTION TO RAISE MONEY FOR TOGETHER FOR SHORT LIVES
Kapow! 2012 which took place in London on 19th & 20th May 2012 asked guest comic-book artists and writers to sketch a character to be auctioned to raise money for Together for Short Lives.

The framed artwork includes sketches and autographs from Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Frank Quitely, Duncan Fegredo, David Lafuente, Terry Dodson, Charlie Adlard, Sean Phillips, Doug Braithwaite, Ian Churchill, Chris Weston, Adi Granov, Becky Cloonan, Mike Carey, Steve Yeowell, Glenn Fabry, Barry Kitson, Simon Spurrier, Shaky Kane, Paul Grist, Rob Williams, Jimmy Broxton plus a signature from Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada.

Together for Short Lives is the only UK charity working to help ensure that every child and young person unlikely to reach adulthood, and their family, has the best possible care and support whenever and wherever they need it.

Barbara Gelb, Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives comments, “We are delighted to be the chosen charity for the Kapow! auction. Kapow! took place during Children’s Hospice Week, our annual fundraising and awareness week which culminated in a superhero Friday where we are ask that people dress up as their favourite superhero. Given that some of the world’s best known comic illustrators have drawn hero characters for the auction, the timing of this partnership couldn’t be better.”

She continues, “The money raised at the auction will go towards helping ensure that families make the most of the precious time they have together.”

Bidding is unfortunately now closed.

Kapow! 2011 raised over £3,800 for Yorkhill Children’s Foundation through the Guinness World Record Superior comic, in addition to £800 for Glasgow University’s Beatson Appeal and £400 for Comic Book Alliance through the sale of Charity Lunch tickets.

THE ARRIVAL OF WANG TO PLAY AT LONDON FILM4 FRIGHTFEST
Saffron Hill Films, subsidiary of up and coming UK distributor Peccadillo Pictures, are proud to announce the inclusion of the Manetti Brothers’ Italian science-fiction film THE ARRIVAL OF WANG at this year’s London Film4 Frightfest In August. Having played at Glasgow FrightFest earlier this year to great acclaim, the Manetti brothers, Marco and Antonio, are thrilled to be part of the London line-up.
In addition to THE ARRIVAL OF WANG, the Manetti Brothers will also be premiering their latest Italian box-office hit, neo-giallo PAURA 3D.

THE ARRIVAL OF WANG will be distributed in the UK by Saffron Hill Films, a Peccadillo Pictures company, with a VoD exclusive premiere early September followed by an October 8 DVD release.

 Video: The Arrival Of Wang Trailer

THE ARRIVAL OF WANG follows Chinese-language interpreter Gaia (Francesca Cuttica), who is offered a job that pays a fortune. This time, however, it’s going to be a little different. After being escorted to a secret location in Rome, she is locked inside a pitch-black room where she is asked to interpret the harsh interrogation of the eponymous 'Wang'. Who is Wang and what does he want? Disturbed by the way the interrogation is conducted by the domineering Inspector Curti (Ennio Fantastichini, Loose Cannons); Gaia demands that the lights are switched on. Only upon seeing Wang, does Gaia realise why the job has come with so much mystery and subterfuge. And that she may be in way over her head…
Inspired by audience-faithful cult Sci-Fi classics THE TWILIGHT ZONE and THE X FILES, Marco and Antonio Manetti’s THE ARRIVAL OF WANG welcomes a new and refreshing look at the genre, with unexpected twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat…


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT: FOR YOUR DIARY
TIPPI HEDREN IN CONVERSATION
True ‘Hitchcock Blonde’ Tippi Hedren takes to the stage to discuss her film career and memories of Hitch while filming The Birds (for which she won a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer) and Marnie. Hedren, who now runs a sanctuary for big cats in California, will also talk about her contributions to The Girl, the BBC production inspired by her relationship with Hitchcock. We are delighted to announce that noted Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto will host this event.

Aug 16, 2012 6:15 PM
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THE ALIBI FILM CLUB PRESENTS A FREE SCREENING CLUB DEATH PROOF MONDAY 6TH AUG
Comfy seats, popcorn, free karaoke after and specials on JAMESON...

Perfect Film Club fodder on Monday... the underrated...
DEATH PROOF (2007)
Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

Video: Death Proof - Official Trailer HD (2007)

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Kurt Russell, Zoe Bell and Rosario Dawson

Monday 6th Aug
The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High Street
8pm - 10pm

NEXT UP
13 August - Running Man (1987)
20 August - Last Boy Scout (1991)
27 August - Putney Swope (1969) As part of Scala Beyond season

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GUILTY PLEASURES CINEMA PARTY BRINGS DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN TO THE TROXY!
Guilty Pleasures - one of the UK's best-loved, and longest-running all-out fun parties - is doing something VERY special this August, with the Guilty Pleasures Cinema Party! A movie and music event like no other, with all the fun, performance, music, singing and dancing of a regular Guilty Pleasures event, and a whole lot more besides, this is going to spectacular.

Guilty Pleasures Cinema Party brings cult 1980s movie and singalong smasher Desperately Seeking Susan to the Troxy for two nights of Madonna mayhem on August 24-25. Think fancy dress, live acts, dance troupes, DJs playing pop bangers, cabaret and audience participation. It's the BIGGEST cinema party EVER!

Guilty Pleasures Cinema Party
Friday August 24th & Saturday August 25th
Troxy
490 Commercial Road, London E1 OHX
8pm-2am

http://www.guiltypleasures.co.uk
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FUTURE CINEMA PRESENTS GREASE
From the creators of Secret Cinema comes an all-singing, all-dancing cinema experience. For three special days (7, 8, 9 September), a secret London location will be transformed into the halls of Rydell High School, the fun fairs of Southern California and the drive-in movie music and nostalgic romance of the 1950s.

Video: Future Cinema presents Grease

From Friday 7th September to Sunday 9th September, successful school applicants will become Pink Ladies and T-Birds and join the Malibu beachside community."

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TIPPI HEDREN SATELLITE QA & MARNIE SCREENING
The Phoenix have a  satellite Q&A with Tippi Hedren followed by a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie,

Marnie (1964)
Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Winston Graham, Jay Presson Allen
Stars: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Diane Baker

Screen 1, Thursday 16 Aug 2012, 18:15 (Satellite Q&A + Film)

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LIONSGATE PRESENTS THE UK PREMIERE OF THE EXPENDABLES 2 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NETFLIX
Monday August 13, 2012 At The Empire Leicester Square

The Expendables are back, and this time it’s personal!
On August 13, 2012 the big guns get bigger as the legendary action heroes of the most highly anticipated sequel will storm the red carpet at the Empire Leicester Square for the UK Premiere of THE EXPENDABLES 2 sponsored by Netflix.

Video: The Expendables 2 Trailer - In Cinemas Thurs Aug 16

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) returns with Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) –¬ with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan), the first female Expendable, aboard.

Barney’s band of old-school mercenaries are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time. But that's nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. That is done the Expendables way...

The Expendables 2 Retro Poster
The Expendables 2 Retro Poster
This incredible action adventure also stars martial arts legend Chuck Norris and the inimitable Jean-Claude Van Damme. The film is directed by Simon West, written by Sylvester Stallone and produced by Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Les Weldon and Kevin King Templeton.

THE EXPENDABLES 2 will be released in cinemas across the UK from August 16, 2012.


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT: FILM NEWS
THE BFI’S SIGHT & SOUND MAGAZINE ANNOUNCE THE 50 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME
846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors have voted – and the 50-year reign of Kane is over as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo moves into the No. 1 Slot.

http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/50-greatest-films-all-time

THE BFI STATISTICAL YEARBOOK 2012 HAS BEEN PUBLISHED. 
Compiled by the BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit, this Yearbook presents the most comprehensive picture of film in the UK and the performance of British films abroad during 2011.

Aggregating useful data from across the industry, the Yearbook provides an excellent overview of current trends in box office, distribution, exhibition, production, employment, the contribution of film to the economy, the performance of British films abroad and more.

http://www.bfi.org.uk/statisticalyearbook2012/

CHARIOTS OF FIRE - THE FORGOTTEN FACTS
As Chariots Of Fire returns to cinemas in the UK this weekend, film critics & the media appear to have forgotten that without the financial involvement of Mohamed Al Fayed, Chariots Of Fire would never have been made!

Chariots Of Fire was co-produced and financed by Allied Stars, the film production company run by the late Dodi Al Fayed which also produced and financed Breaking Glass, FX, FX:2, Hook, The Scarlet Letter and Peter Pan.

Video: The Establishing Shot: Chariots Of Fire remastered new Trailer

Commenting on Dodi’s involvement in Chariots Of Fire, his father Mohammed said: “When Dodi first came across the script for Chariots Of Fire, it had been collecting dust on a shelf at Goldcrest because no-one else wanted to invest in it. But Dodi was a filmmaker of real vision and when he showed me the script, I knew it was something very special.”

“Chariots Of Fire was unlike any other film being made at the time; a story of loyalty, determination and standing up for what you believe in; refusing to be knocked down when everyone around you wants you to fail. These were principles Dodi and I shared. Principles I have lived my life by. There was no question, we wanted this story to come to life in film and put the money forward so it could be made.”

Based on a true story, CHARIOTS OF FIRE was the winner of four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, in addition to receiving nominations for three more.

Mohamed adds: “The evening of the 1981 Oscars, was one of the proudest nights of my life; it was the night that a film my son Dodi had had the foresight to back, won four Oscars, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. Chariots Of Fire would never have been made if it hadn’t been for Dodi, its executive producer.”

As an Egyptian, Mohamed understood Harold Abrahams' struggle to triumph over British racism and snobbery and warmed to Eric Liddell's refusal to compromise his conscience.

The first British film to win four Oscars would never have seen a cinema without Egyptian vision and money and as Chariots Of Fire producer David Puttnam said in his Oscar acceptance speech “ thank you Dodi and Mohamed for putting your money where my mouth was “.

20th Century Fox will bring a new digitally re-mastered version of the film to over 100 cinema screens nationwide on July 13th thanks to BFI funding.

Mohamed Al Fayed said: “I hope you will take the time to go to see it in cinemas. If you do, you will be in for a treat. Through this incredible true story you will see that with courage and character you can overcome literally anything.”

MOMENTUM PICTURES PRESENT SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS A FILM BY MARTIN MCDONAGH
Starring: Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko

 Momentum Pictures, an Alliance Films company, is proud to announce that Martin McDonagh's highly anticipated second feature film, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 7th December 2012.

From Oscar®-winning Writer and Director Martin McDonagh comes a star studded, blood-drenched, black comedy which follows a group of oddball friends who inadvertently find themselves entangled in Los Angeles' criminal underworld after stealing the beloved Schi-Tzu of one dangerous gangster.

Marty (Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, 'Seven Psychopaths'. All he needs is a little focus and inspiration. Billy (Rockwell) is Marty's best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary. Hans (Walken) is Billy's partner in crime. A religious man with a violent past.

Charlie (Harrelson) is the psychopathic gangster whose beloved dog, Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie is unpredictable, extremely violent and wouldn't think twice about killing anyone and anything associated with the theft.

Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale.

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS stars Colin Farrell (IN BRUGES) as Marty, Sam Rockwell (MOON) as Billy, with Christopher Walken (TRUE ROMANCE) playing Hans and finally Woody Harrelson (NATURAL BORN KILLERS) as Charlie. Complimenting this sterling male cast are Abbie Cornish (LIMITLESS) and Olga Kurylenko (QUANTUM OF SOLACE).

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS will receive its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September as part of their Midnight Madness line up.

Released In Cinemas Across UK And Ireland December 7th 2012

INTANDEM FILMS LAUNCHES UK DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
 Leading international sales and production group Intandem Films is delighted to announce the launch of its own UK distribution company headed up by former Walt Disney Managing Director Robert Mitchell.

Intandem Films Distribution aims to release up to five films in its first year of business alone covering films across all genres and budgets from mainstream Hollywood blockbusters through to small independent British features. The company’s first release, which is set for October, will be Grassroots starring Jason Biggs (American Pie, American Reunion), Joel David Moore (Avatar, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt) and Cobie Smulders (Marvel Avengers Assemble, How I Met Your Mother) and written and directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal (Waterland).

“Intandem Films has proven itself a major force in the international sales, finance and production market with a slate of over 40 films to its credit and films in the pipeline with budgets in excess of £100million. It’s a natural next step to form our own UK distribution company and there is no one better qualified or experienced to build our presence in UK distribution than Robert Mitchell” explains Intandem Films CEO and founder Gary Smith.

Intandem Films Distribution’s Managing Director, Robert Mitchell is one the industry’s most respected and successful figures having spent 17 years at Walt Disney setting up the international film distribution company Buena Vista before being promoted to Managing Director of Walt Disney UK. Prior to this he was Marketing Director and Deputy Managing Director at independent production and film distribution company Palace Pictures.

Says Mitchell: “Intandem Films is one of the most exciting companies in the industry today and has the experience and backing to repeat this success in UK distribution. I am thrilled to be with the company at the start of this journey and to steer the company as it becomes a major player in film distribution”.

In addition to Grassroots, other future releases include a movie version of the iconic TV series, Catweazle, to be directed by John Henderson. Intandem Films Distribution will also release 10 Things I Hate About Life starring Hayley Atwell (Brideshead Revisited, The Duchess) and directed by Gil Junger and produced by Andrew Lazar (Cats and Dogs, Get Smart) which is the follow up to Disney’s hugely successful 10 Things I Hate About You starring Heath Ledger and also directed by Gil Junger and produced by Andrew Lazar. Robert Mitchell was responsible for the successful UK release of 10 Things I Hate About You whilst he was at Disney.

Intandem Films has an impeccable reputation in the film industry with offices both in the UK and LA. Since its creation less than ten years ago, the company has continued to go from strength to strength raising finance, helping produce and sell such productions as How to Lose Friends and Alienate People starring Simon Pegg, Jeff Bridges and Megan Fox; And When Did You Last See Your Father starring Colin Firth.

Joining Mitchell in the role of Sales Director of Intandem Films Distribution is former 20th Century Fox Executive Sales Director Terry Dove, who was responsible for films such as Titanic, Star Wars, The Full Monty, Braveheart, the Ice Age franchise, Moulin Rouge, Die Another Day, Minority Report, Independence Day, the Die Hard franchise and the X-Men franchise.

PETER JACKSON’S LONG-AWAITED FILMED ADAPTATION OF THE HOBBIT TO BE A TRILOGY
New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Warner Bros. Pictures Announce Third Film in The Hobbit Trilogy

Peter Jackson will make a third film in his upcoming adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line
Cinema, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Jackson, the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker behind the blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, recently wrapped principal photography on what he originally planned to be a two-film adaptation of The Hobbit, which is set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings.

Jackson stated, “Upon recently viewing a cut of the first film, and a chunk of the second, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and I were very pleased with the way the story was coming together. We recognized that the richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, gave rise to a simple question: do we tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as filmmakers and fans was an unreserved ‘yes.’ We know the strength of our cast and of the characters they have brought to life.  We know creatively how compelling and engaging the story can be and—lastly, and most importantly—we know how much of the tale of Bilbo Baggins, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur would remain untold if we did not fully realize this complex and wonderful adventure. I’m delighted that New Line, MGM and Warner Bros. are equally enthusiastic about bringing fans this expansive tale across three films.”

Emmerich stated, “We completely support Peter and his vision for bringing this grand adventure to the screen over the course of three films. Peter, Fran and Philippa’s reverence for the material and understanding of these characters ensure an exciting and expanded journey that is bound to please fans around the world.”

“With the abundance of rich material, we fully endorse the decision to further develop what Peter, Fran and Philippa have already begun. We are confident that, with the great care the filmmakers have taken to faithfully bring this journey to the screen, the film will be welcomed by the legions of fans across the globe,” said Barber and Birnbaum.
Robinov added, “Peter, Fran and Philippa have lived in this world and understand more than anyone its tremendous breadth and scope, and the relationships that bind it together.  We strongly support their vision to bring this great work fully to life.”

The first film in the trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released December 14, 2012, with the second film releasing on December 13, 2013, and the third film slated for summer 2014. All three films will be released in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes three films based on The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The trilogy of films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.  Returning cast members from “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy also include Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis as “Gollum.”  The international ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro.  Jackson is also producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
Under Jackson’s direction, all three movies are being shot in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Additional filming, as with principal photography, is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

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STUDIOCANAL AND BIG TALK PICTURES ANNOUNCE 22nd MARCH 2013 RELEASE FOR  ‘CUBAN FURY’
Nick Frost stars in James Griffiths’ hot stepping comedy

Video: Cuban Fury / Video Blog #4

STUDIOCANAL and Big Talk Pictures today announced that CUBAN FURY will be released on 22nd March 2013 in cinemas across the UK & Ireland.  Principal photography on the film will begin on 24th June 2012, shooting for 9 weeks around London.

CUBAN FURY stars Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul), Rashida Jones (The Social Network, I Love You, Man), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The Boat that Rocked), Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz, Tyrannosaur) and Ian McShane (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Sexy Beast).
Beneath Bruce Garrett's shabby, overweight exterior, the passionate beating heart of a salsa king lays dormant.  Only one woman can reignite his Latin fire. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click - Nick Frost IS Cuban Fury.

CUBAN FURY is written by Jon Brown (Miranda, Misfits, Fresh Meat), from an original idea by Nick Frost, and marks the feature film directorial debut of James Griffiths (Up All Night, Free Agents). It is produced by Nira Park and James Biddle (Big Talk), and executive producers are Nick Frost, Matthew Justice and Rachael Prior (Big Talk), Danny Perkins and Jenny Borgars (STUDIOCANAL) and Tessa Ross (Film4).

CUBAN FURY, a Big Talk Pictures production, is co-financed by STUDIOCANAL, Film4 and the BFI Film Fund. International sales will be handled by STUDIOCANAL

HIP HOP HEAVYWEIGHTS TAKE TO THE LONDON STAGE FOR A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME PERFORMANCE AT THE EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF ICE-T’s LANDMARK DOCUMENTARY
Rap legends ICE-T, CHUCK D, MELLE MEL & RAEKWON perform together in a worldwide first at the HAMMERSMITH APOLLO on 19 JULY, 2012

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is the definitive documentary on the creative process behind rap music, featuring unique and exclusive interviews and performances from the biggest names in the business. Produced by Paul Toogood for Art Of Rap Films Ltd / JolyGood Films in association with Westmount Films and Final Level Entertainment.

Created and directed by rap legend, Ice T, Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap takes a unique look at the influential music form and how it has developed over the last 30 years into the expressive art form and positive social and cultural force
it now is.

The Establishing Shot: Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Theatrical Trailer

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ZAYTOUN SELECTED AS A SPECIAL PRESENTATION AT THE 2012 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Bedlam Productions, the Academy and multi-award winning producer behind The Kings Speech, and FAR Films are delighted to announce that their latest film Zaytoun has been selected as a Special Presentation at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed by Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree, The Syrian Bride), the film stars Stephen Dorff (Somewhere, Blade), Alice Taglioni (The Valet, Grande Ecole), Loai Nofi (Lemon Tree, ‘The Promise’), Tarik Kopty (Lemon Tree, Syrian Bride), Ashraf Barhom (The Kingdom, Paradise Now), Ali Suliman (Body of Lies, The Kingdom), Jony Arbid (For My Father, Close to Home) singer and actress, Mira Awad and features Abdallah El Akal as the Palestinian boy.

Fred Ritzenberg of FAR Films initially developed Zaytoun with Eran Riklis. Gareth Unwin, CEO of Bedlam Productions, boarded after being pitched the script during DIFF 2010.  The script was penned by first time writer Palestinian scribe Nader Rizq.  Dan Laustsen served as director of photography (Silent Hill, Solomon Kane) and Herve Schneid was the editor (Amélie, Delicatessen).

Zaytoun is the story of the unlikely alliance between a 12 year-old Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot shot down over Beirut in 1982. Their initial distrust develops into friendship as they make their way across war torn Lebanon on a journey to a place they both call home.

International sales rights are being handled by Pathé, who will also distribute the film in France. United King is handling Israeli distribution rights.  Zaytoun is the first film to take advantage of the newly ratified UK-Israel Film Coproduction Treaty.

Director Eran Riklis said, “Zaytoun is a road movie, a war movie, a buddy movie. I wanted it to be serious and yet full of humour, realistic and yet a fantasy, true to the region and yet universal. I believe the result is all of the above with my view of the fragile, explosive, pessimistic, seldom optimistic fabric of the Middle East and its never ending conflicts.”

Producers Gareth Unwin and Fred Ritzenberg said, “We are delighted to have been selected for Toronto this year.  Zaytoun has been a truly international collaboration from the beginning, and so it is fantastic to now have a platform to present it at one of the most prestigious international film festivals in the world.”  

SPANISH INDIE ROAD MOVIE THE SOUL OF FLIES BY FIRST TIME FEATURE DIRECTOR TO BE SIMULTANEOUSLY RELEASED ON DISTRIFY AND IN CINEMAS
 Spanish director Jonathan Cenzual Burley will be working with digital distribution platform Distrify to launch his directorial debut filmThe Soul of Flies (El Alma de las Moscas) from today. Distrify will allow viewers to share content via a direct purchase link. His independent Spanish film The Soul of Flies (El Alma de las Moscas) will be available for rent or download on the film’s sitewww.elalmadelasmoscas.com simultaneous to the film’s theatrical release from today, 13th July.

Video: The Soul Of Flies - Trailer - At UK Cinemas July 13th 2012

Because sharers of Distrify content are eligible for affiliate revenue, there is increased incentive to share the content as much as possible, which in turn maximizes profit for the film.

Director Jonathan Cenzual Burley said “I believe Distrify is a great way for independent filmmakers to get their films seen and shared, and also a new way to fight piracy, as viewers are encourage to share the film legally by being able to get 10% of the profits from views on their sites.”

The Soul of Flies (El Alma de las Moscas) had its World premiere at the Karlovy Vary International film Festival in 2011 and its UK Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.
Described by Sight & Sound as "undertaken with the impish spirit of Kaurismäki and Berlanga hovering playfully over the film… Splendidly entertaining" The Soul of Fliestells the story of the two sons of Evaristo de la Sierra, who never met their father, and whose mutual existence they both ignored, until their father sends them a letter inviting them to his funeral.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES TAKES £1 MILLION IN ADVANCE BOOKING AT BFI IMAX, BREAKING ALL PREVIOUS SALES RECORDS
Over 60,000 tickets bought and 43 shows sold out so far

London’s BFI IMAX cinema announces today that it has now sold 62,300 tickets for The Dark Knight Rises – The IMAX Experience, grossing £1,001,300, two days ahead of the film’s opening this Friday 20 July.
Since tickets went on sale five weeks ago, thousands of Batman fans have been snapping them up to ensure they see the film in the best possible way – on Britain’s biggest screen.
The figures for both the advance box office gross and the number of tickets sold have beaten the cinema’s previous best-ever advance sales, which were for Avatar in December 2009 (£607,000 sales for 47,000 tickets).
The Dark Knight Rises also broke BFI IMAX records for highest first day sales ever (24,754 tickets grossing £409,838) and the highest first week sales ever (38,658 tickets grossing £634,013). Both these records were previously held by Prometheus.
43 shows are now sold out, including screenings for early birds at 04.25 and 04.55 this weekend.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ The Dark Knight Rises is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Nolan is utilising IMAX cameras even more extensively than he did on The Dark Knight, which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX cameras. Over an hour of the footage from the film is in IMAX format, with the image filling the giant screen.

Dennis Laws, General and Technical Manager, BFI IMAX comments: “These figures prove that seeing The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX, to truly experience Christopher Nolan’s incredible vision for the film, is an unmissable event this summer. People are even flying in from abroad especially to see the film at BFI IMAX. We want as many people as possible to be able to see it, so we’re already adding extra shows to meet the demand.”

Tickets can be bought online at www.bfi.org.uk/imax or from the box office Tel: 020 7199 6000. This week it was announced that in a new concession agreement ODEON will take on a range of services from the BFI for BFI IMAX. From 19 July 2012 tickets will be available via www.odeon.co.uk or Tel: 0330 333 7878.

'STREET FIGHTER®’ LIVE-ACTION SERIES ANNOUNCED AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2012
Capcom USA, Inc. and Assassin's Fist Limited have signed an agreement to produce a live-action series based on Capcom®'s successful Street Fighter® game franchise.

To be called 'Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist', this thrilling, multi layered series will take the audience back to the formative years of the iconic characters, Ryu and Ken, as they live a traditional warrior’s life in secluded Japan. The boys are, unknowingly, the last practitioners of the ancient fighting style known as ‘Ansatsuken’ (Assassin’s Fist). The series follows them as they learn about the mysterious past of their Master, Gouken, and the tragic and dark legacy of the Ansatsuken style. Can their destiny be changed…or will history repeat itself?

'Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist', the brain-child of Joey Ansah, is being brought to the screen by the core team behind the hugely successful fan movie 'Street Fighter: Legacy'.

"Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist will be what fans have been waiting for. Legacy was a taster; a glimpse of what a live-action Street Fighter should be," said Joey Ansah, announcing the movie. “This takes the story right back to the start - the origins and motivations of Ryu, Ken, Gouken and Akuma. This will become the definitive back-story from which further epic adventures will follow.”

'Street Fighter: Legacy' received a rapturous reception from fans and critics, becoming one of the most successful YouTube movies of all time in the film & animation category, with over 8 million views. Christian Howard, who starred as 'Ken' in 'Legacy' and has co-written the script for 'Assassin's Fist' with Joey Ansah, said, "Our priority is to stay true to the appearance, fighting techniques and canon of the Street Fighter game. At the same time we’ve managed to make this an emotion and character driven story, which will surprise viewers who might just be expecting a super faithful fight fest!."

The series is being produced by Jacqueline Quella, whose previous projects include 'Romanzo Criminale' (Crime Novel); Academy Award nominated 'Don't Tell'; and Tobe Hooper's ‘The Toolbox Murders'.

The series will be directed by Joey Ansah who, as 'Desh’, was part of one of the most celebrated movie fight scenes of all time, in 'The Bourne Ultimatum'; and was recently at the heart of the action in 'Snow White and the Huntsman'; and is in the forthcoming ‘The Numbers Station’ with John Cusack.

The series was announced by Capcom's Producer for Street Fighter, Yoshinori Ono at Comic-Con 2012 (San Diego), and will be distributed worldwide by Content Media Corporation for a release in 2013.

PECCADILLO TAKES UK/IRELAND FOR HIT SO HARD
UK film distributor Peccadillo Pictures have acquired UK and Irish rights to P. David Ebersole’s vivacious music documentary HIT SO HARD, chronicling the life and near death story of drummer Patty Schemel from the rock band Hole.  The film is produced by Todd Hughes and Christina Soletti.

Featuring never before seen footage of the band in the early 1990s, including home videos of rock legend Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, HIT SO HARD has played at major worldwide film festivals including SXSW, Outfest, Frameline and this year’s BFI LLGFF.

Video: Hit So Hard Trailer (HD)

When Nirvana burst onto the scene in 1991, the music they played spoke directly to an angry and disenfranchised generation. Grunge took over MTV and radio overnight… but just three years later, the drug-related deaths of several musicians and the suicide of Kurt Cobain closed the books on an all too brief era. Patty Schemel, the acclaimed drummer for Courtney Love's seminal rock band Hole, was in the middle of all of it. The openly gay woman who always felt different never dreamed she would be in a multi-platinum band, touring with legends… or that, thanks to drug addiction, she could lose it all. Given a video camera just before Hole's infamous Live Through This world tour, Patty filmed everything; the shows, the parties, and startlingly intimate footage of Kurt and Courtney. This footage has never been seen... until now.

Directed by P. David Ebersole, HIT SO HARD is a harrowing tale of overnight success, the cost of addiction, and ultimately, recovery and redemption. Featuring music from Hole, Nirvana and grunge legends Sonic Youth, HIT SO HARD is an all-access backstage pass to the music that shaped a generation.

Peccadillo MD Tom Abell states that “it’s been 18 years since I worked with David on his first film, DEATH IN VENICE, CA and we are delighted to be working with David again on such a fabulous documentary about one of the most intriguing and important women in rock music history.  Peccadillo Pictures have accumulated an impressive back catalogue of documentaries, and we’re proud to add HIT SO HARD to the collection”.

Hit So Hard will screen at the Leeds Music Festival on Sunday August 26th 2012 with a theatrical release set for October.

BRITISH OLYMPIANS PAST AND PRESENT TO ATTEND FILM PREMIERE: SALUTE WITH THE LEGENDARY DR TOMMIE SMITH
Gold medallists Tessa Sanderson, Denise Lewis, Dame Tanni Grey Thompson and other medal winning Olympians such as Jamie Baulch and Mark Foster will join today’s British Olympians, Christian Malcolm and Dwain Chambers, to pay tribute to Dr Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Peter Norman for the UK Film Premiere of SALUTE.  Former World Champion boxer Chris Eubanks and former top flight footballers Garth Crooks and Paul Elliot CBE will also attend.

‘Salute’, the movie is documentary about the untold story of the three Olympians on the winning podium at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City - Tommie Smith and Jon Carlos, aided by Australian Peter Norman – who made a stand for human rights through that most iconic raised fist salute.

Operation Black Vote is hosting this UK Premiere in London’s West End in collaboration with Freshwater UK PLC, and Arrow Films.

Dr Tommie Smith who arrived for the Premiere yesterday said:
”I’m really excited about this visit to London in its Olympic year, and to attend the fiIm premiere. I’m happy to pass on the baton to a new generation of athletes and activists around the world. My message is clear: be the best not just in sports but in all aspects of your life. If that means sacrifice then so be it. You’re a better person for it.’
Organisers of the visit, and Director of OBV Simon Woolley stated:
“With just a few weeks to go before our London 2012 Games, Tommie Smith’s visit is a wonderful symbol of excellence and integrity. Whilst at the pinnacle of his career he silently yet powerfully stated:  ‘This is more than just about me, It is about social and racial injustice!’”

SKY MOVIES SHINES THROUGH THE SUMMER SHOWERS - SKY MOVIES ICE CREAM VAN VISITS UK CITIES
To celebrate the launch of the Sky Movies Summer channel during July, a bespoke Sky Movies ice cream van travelled around the UK giving out free ice creams to local residents.

Sky Movies ice cream van
Image: Sky Movies ice cream van 
Visiting London, Swansea, Manchester and Edinburgh, the Sky Movies ice cream van will show film clips and distribute ice creams to those out and about enjoying their summer while the Sky Movies Summer channel will feature a fantastic selection of blockbusters for the whole family to enjoy at home all summer long.

Favourites to watch out for on the Sky Movies Summer channel include sci-fi thrillers X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and fantasy blockbusters such as Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Toy Story 3, Mr Popper’s Penguins, The Smurfs and Puss in Boots. The season finishes with a comprehensive comic book season that includes Captain America, Thor, The Green Lantern, Megamind and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies said, “Sky Movies Summer/HD brings together all of our fantastic blockbusters and family favourites so our customers know that, all summer long – come rain or shine, there will be a movie on this channel to entertain the whole household.  And this summer – as ever – Sky Movies will be bringing customers a host of unmissable premieres, a fantastic range of films across 9 genre channels and over 600 movies to enjoy wherever and whenever with Sky Anytime+ and Sky Go.”

The Sky Movies Summer channel is available on Sky channel 303 until the end of August.
For more information visit: http://skymovies.sky.com/icecream


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT: HOME RELEASE NEWS

HARRY POTTER WIZARD’S COLLECTION - Available from 10th September  
Warner Home Video Announces Exclusive Special Features and Collectibles Available in the Ultimate Harry Potter Box Set

Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection
Image: Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection
Largest Ever Collector’s Set for Harry Potter Fans
31-Disc Collection Features 4 hours of Never-Before-Seen Exclusive Material Plus All Previously Released Content

Includes All Eight Movies in Blu-ray™, DVD and UltraViolet ™ in an Elaborate Limited-Edition Giftbox Packaging with Eight Exclusive Movie Memorabilia Items That Can’t be Found Anywhere Else

Just in time for Harry Potter’s birthday, Warner Home Video announces today the exclusive features that can only be found in the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection. The most successful film franchise in history will be available from 10th September in a limited-edition collectible box set. The most comprehensive Harry Potter movie collection yet, the set will include all eight films, exclusive never-before-seen content and must-have memorabilia for the most devoted Harry Potter fan.

The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection is a limited edition set containing over 37 hours of special features, including all previously released special features for all eight Harry Potter films. Also included are nearly four hours of exciting, never-before-seen bonus features that offer fans an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Harry Potter franchise.  Wizards and witches everywhere will enjoy the all-new  documentaries like “Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 7: Story,” in which J.K. Rowling sits down with the series’ screenwriter Steve Kloves and discusses the process of translating the books to the big screen. “Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 8: Growing Up” incorporates new and vintage interviews with the cast to understand what it was like growing up on the set of the world-famous films, and ends with Daniel Radcliffe’s emotionally charged farewell speech to the cast and crew.

Eight pieces of movie memorabilia, designed exclusively for the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection by the graphic designers from the films, give fans a unique chance to bring the artistic details of the world of Harry Potter into their own home. High-quality concept art prints and a colorful fabric map of Hogwarts and the areas surrounding it are perfect for framing. The hard-bound “Harry Potter Catalogue of Artefacts” and the artistic “Label Collection” offer fans a broad look at the intricate details of each film prop. Also included are a blueprint poster of Hogwarts castle, sketch prints from the production designer, a Horcrux locket prop replica and a certificate of authenticity.

In addition to the theatrical release of all eight films, the collection also includes the extended versions of  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; and the 3D versions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows –- Parts 1 and 2.

THE RAID IS COMING TO DVD AND BLU-RAY
The breakout, smash-hit action film of the year that blew the minds of critics and audiences alike during its theatrical release comes to DVD and Blu-ray on 24th September 2012 - featuring a host of extra features, including a director’s commentary exclusive to this UK release.

The Establishing Shot: The Raid UK Exclusive Trailer

The Raid is an intense, virtually non-stop series of unbelievable fight sequences set to an electrifying kick-ass score by Linkin Park vocalist, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda and reaffirms Gareth Evans’ reputation as a director to watch and further confirms Iko Uwais’ status as both an outstanding fight choreographer and as one of world’s most impressive new action movie stars.

Our review of The Raid can be found here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/05/raid-review-or-original-fists-of-fury.html
Our chat with Gareth Edwards Director of The Raid can be found here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/05/establishing-shot-we-chat-about-raid.html

THE ULTIMATE POST-APOCALYPTIC ZOMBIE THRILLER RETURNS ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD FROM 27TH AUGUST 2012
Including UK Exclusive Character Profiles Bonus Feature

The end of civilization was just the beginning… Join Rick Grimes and the other survivors as the fight to stay alive intensifies when The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season arrives on Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD on 27th August.

Video: The Walking Dead 20" digital spot

The second installment of the post-apocalyptic, smash hit TV series follows police officer Grimes as he continues to lead a group of survivors in the midst of a zombie epidemic.  As the group struggle to retain their humanity whilst the world implodes around them, personal rivalries are brought to the fore in a world overrun with the walking dead...

Armed with all-new special featurettes as well as deleted scenes, the new release promises to take viewers even deeper into the desperate world of The Walking Dead with a series of exclusive extras, including insights from the cast. Viewers can also hear directly from Executive Producer Glen Mazzara in the special optional deleted scenes commentary, learn more about the special effects and wardrobe and enjoy UK exclusive bonus character profiles.
The Walking Dead has received widespread critical acclaim since it debuted in 2010 and reigns as the most watched drama series on basic cable for Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 in the USA. The series has garnered an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up and a Golden Globe® Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, among other accolades.  Critics have heralded the series as “the most suspenseful show on any network” (Boston Herald) and “the greatest thriller ever produced for television” (Entertainment Weekly).  The Walking Dead airs first on FX in the UK and season three will premiere this autumn.

The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Starring Andrew Lincoln as Rick James, Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes; Laurie Holden as Andrea; Steven Yeun as Glenn; Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon; Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale, Chandler Riggs as Carl; Lauren Cohan as Maggie; Scott Wilson as Hershel; Iron E. Singleton as T-Dog and Melissa McBride as Carol. The series is executive produced by Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert with Greg Nicotero as co-executive producer.

Experience the nerve-racking thrills of a season whose finale was watched by a record-breaking 9 million US viewers as Rick Grimes and his family and friends fight to survive in a world fraught with dangers where they must overcome their differences in order to stay alive.

ACCLAIMED COMING HOME DRAMA “RETURN SET FOR UK DVD DEBUT
Liza Johnson’s understated story of a military worker returning home after a tour of duty stars an ensemble cast of Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon and John Slattery. The drama was financed by the Sundance Laboratory and premiered to high acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival 2011.  RETURN (15) is available to own on DVD on 6th August 2012

Leaving the war behind, Kelli (Cardellini) can’t wait to re-join her old life in the rust Belt town she’s always known. She is ready to experience the old feelings of everyday life again, to enjoy the most mundane smells and touches that everyone safely at home knows well. But slowly, the realisation dawns on her that what was once so familiar is now alien and disconnected and trifle. Her friends, children and husband need more focused attention than she can give. Try though he might, her husband Mike (Shannon) does not understand what she has been through. As dislocation ripples through her world, Kelli risks becoming an outsider; thrown back on her own resources, she must now try and find a new way forward…

JOHN CARTER ON BLU-RAY, BLU-RAY 3D AND DVD 2 JULY
John Carter is based on ‘A Princess of Mars’, a story crafted by Edgar Rice Burroughs the creator of “Tarzan”. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (WALL•E and Finding Nemo) breathes life into the classic science fiction action-adventure that is set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars) for its first ever film adaptation.

With stunning special effects, great characters and villains John Carter is a rambunctious family adventure that will thrill audiences of all types of ages and beyond and has been described as “thrilling and visually stunning” (David Aldrige, BBC Five Live).  John Carter is a war-weary, former military captain who’s inexplicably transported to Mars and reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict as the planet hovers on the precipice of collapse. With surprising new powers and forces, John Carter battles and rises to become a heroic warrior.

From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

The Establishing Shot: John Carter Review JOHN CARTER IS A LOT OF FUN!: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/03/establishing-shot-john-carter-review.html

The Establishing Shot: John Carter UK Premiere, Pics & video Exclusive cast introductions & Andrew Stanton in a must see talk about John Carter: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/03/establishing-shot-john-carter-uk.html

The Establishing Shot: John Carter Special 1 – An introduction to the World of John Carter and our thoughts on Disney’s upcoming adaptation: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/01/establishing-shot-john-carter-special-1.html

The Establishing Shot: John Carter Special 2 – We see 5 clips of exclusive John Carter footage and its AWESOME! Read our full analysis here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/01/establishing-shot-john-carter-special-2.html

THIRD WINDOW FILMS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE DVD & BLURAY RELEASE OF HIMIZU ON 6 AUGUST 2012
A film by Sono Sion (Love Exposure, Cold Fish, Guilty of Romance) Set after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, all 14-year-old Yuichi Sumida (Shota Sometani) wants to become is a regular boy and live a decent life. His environment though repeatedly drags him into the mud. He runs his parent's rental boat business, which is located next to a nondescript lake. His mother frequently comes home with different men and soon she leaves him entirely. His father only comes around looking for money. Whenever Yuichi's father is drunk he tells Yuichi "I wish you were dead."

Keiko Chazawa (Fumi Nikaido) is a classmate of Yuichi Sumida. She harbors a severe crush on Yuichi. Keiko's home life isn't much better than Yuichi's. Her mother builds a gallows with a noose in place for Keiko to take her own life. Her mother believes her life would be better off without Keiko.

Under these circumstances, Keiko pays a visit to Yuichi's home. A group of people are lingering nearyby who live in make shift tents on the property. Keiko tries to befriend Yuichi, but she is berated and even physically assaulted. She doesn't get deterred though and sticks around.

One day, the yakuza come by Yuichi's home. They look for Yuichi's father who is nowhere to be found. The men then tell Yuichi that he has to come up with 6 million Yen by tomorrow to pay off his father's debt. Yuichi already heartbroken by his mother's abandonment and abuse from his father nears a tipping point. A string of incidents then occurs that brings Yuichi's world to a screeching halt. Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Yuichi?

Video: Himizu (ヒミズ - Sion Sono, 2011) English-subtitled trailer

Winner of the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 68th Venice Film Festival
Official Selection: 68th Venice Film Festival, 36th Toronto International Film Festival, 16th Busan International Film Festival, 44th SITGES International Film Festival, 14th Deauville Asian Film Festival

LOVE EXPOSURE ON DVD/BLU-RAY 6 AUGUST 2012
A film by Sono Sion (Himizu, Cold Fish, Guilty of Romance). One of the most talked-about Japanese cult films of the last decade finally makes its way onto blu-ray featuring a new high definition transfer supervised by director Sion Sono along with brand new extra features!

Tokyo teen Yu Honda (Takahiro Nishijima) is the traumatized son of a widower-cum-Catholic priest (Atsuro Watabe), who begins a sexual liaison with parishioner Kaori (Makiko Watanabe). When Dad's affair comes to a halt, he begins admonishing his son to confess to so many sins that the 17-year-old takes up new ones to appease his father's increased religious zeal. One "sin" - surreptitiously taking candid photographs of panties worn by female pedestrians - becomes a vocation. Unfortunately, a deal with a porn company comes undone when Yu turns down starring roles, because he admits he's saving himself for a Virgin Mary-like ideal woman.

Love Exposure Blu-ray
Love Exposure Blu-ray
On cue, the narrative introduces feisty schoolgirl Yoko (Hikari Mitsushima), who loathes men and enjoys beating them up for their moronic attitudes. Yu falls in love and tries to win her, fully aware that exposure of his superstar status will enrage her. Observing the development of this bizarre courtship is religious cult rep Aya Koike (Sakura Ando). Aya not only wants to claim Yoko for herself but aims to convert each of the protagonists to her own spiritual cause. Pointed (and pointless) violence ensues at various intervals, beginning with Aya's castration of her comatose father.

THE ESTABLISHING SHOT: ONLINE NEWS
THE SPACE RELEASES KURSK A FILM AVAILABLE TO WATCH FOR FREE ON THE SPACE FROM WED 1ST AUG
A new film of the play Kursk, inspired by the Russian submarine disaster in August 2000, is available to watch free on digital arts service The Space from today 1 August.

The story is inspired by the devastating event in 2000 when the Russian submarine Kursk suffered a huge explosion, and sank with all on board. Set on a Royal Navy hunter-killer submarine, sent to spy on the Kursk on its final fateful mission in 2000, the play follows five British crew members who live and serve under extreme pressure, hidden beneath the waves.

Fuel has produced this adaptation in collaboration with Skins and Cast Offs director Amanda Boyle and Top Boy cinematographer Tat Radcliffe, inventively adapting this landmark production to film for an online audience.

Kursk played to packed houses and received rave reviews twice at London’s Young Vic, on UK tour and most recently at Sydney Opera House. It was nominated for Best Touring Production TMA Award, Best Off West End Production at the Whatsonstage Awards 2009 and Best Design at the Evening Standard Awards 2009.

In the stage production, Jon Bausor’s groundbreaking immersive design combined with Sound&Fury’s bold sound and Hansjörg Schmidt’s lighting placed the audience at the centre of the action in an intricately realised submarine. The team worked in close consultation with former submariners and naval psychologists to simulate the intense environment of life on board a submarine. The film, which has been shot on Bausor’s set, also places the viewer at the heart of the action, using innovative cinematography to capture the unique feel of the live play.

The cast includes Sound&Fury’s Tom Espiner as well as Ian Ashpitel, Keir Charles, Laurence Mitchell and Jonah Russell.

The Space will also be streaming four new plays live from the Edinburgh Festival on 19 August.
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NOW TV POWERED BY SKY GOES LIVE
NOW TV, the brand new internet TV service from Sky, is about to give millions more people an easy and commitment-free way to enjoy amazing movies, instantly. From tomorrow, NOW TV will open up more choice for consumers by making Sky Movies – followed later this year by Sky Sports - available across a wide range of internet-connected devices.

*More choice for consumers as brand new internet TV service – powered by Sky – launches
*Flexible & instant access to the latest Hollywood blockbusters and hundreds of classic movies on Sky Movies
*Free 30-day trial of the Sky Movies Pass

Building on the increasing popularity of watching TV over the internet, NOW TV will offer access to Sky Movies – the UK’s most popular subscription movies service – in a new way. It is easy, flexible and great value – with no contract, set-up costs or installation.

NOW TV gives you two ways to watch great movies.

For total flexibility, NOW TV customers can ‘pay & play’ for instant access to an extensive range of over 1,000 movies through Sky Store including the very latest ‘now on DVD’ releases and much-loved classics. From launch, ‘now on DVD’ titles will include recent releases such as We Bought a Zoo, The Woman in Black, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, This Means War and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. ‘Pay & play’ movies on NOW TV range from 99p for classic titles to £3.49 for the latest blockbusters.

For an all-you-can-watch experience, NOW TV also offers the monthly Sky Movies Pass with instant and unlimited access to the entire Sky Movies collection. At any time, customers with a Sky Movies Pass can choose from over 600 movies, including recent blockbusters and classics from major Hollywood studios such as Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros., and Universal. Each Friday, there are up to five new and exclusive Sky Movies premieres, at least 12 months before they are available on other online subscription services. In fact, Sky Movies offers customers access to around three-quarters of the year’s top 100 UK box office movies. At launch, the Sky Movies Pass comes with unlimited, instant access to titles such as X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids, Green Lantern, Cowboys and Aliens and many more.
All NOW TV customers signing up for the Sky Movies Pass can enjoy a free 30-day trial. Following the end of the trial period, the Sky Movies Pass is available for just £15 a month.

Available to anyone in the UK with an internet connection, NOW TV will launch tomorrow on PC, Mac and selected Android smartphones; on iPhone, iPad within the next month, on Xbox later this summer and YouView when it launches. NOW TV will continue to develop for other platforms and devices, including Sony PlayStation 3 and Roku streaming player, with further announcements to follow.
More great Sky content will also be added in the coming months, with Sky Sports due to launch on NOW TV before the end of the year. This will enable NOW TV customers to enjoy live action from the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, England Test cricket, Heineken Cup rugby, ATP tennis, the Masters from Augusta and much more. The introduction of Sky Sports will be followed on NOW TV by must-see shows from Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky Living, including home-grown drama, original comedy and US shows.
www.nowtv.com

THE ICO LAUNCH A FILOM INDUSTRY BLOG
Introducing... The Independent Cinema Office blog! Previously we've blogged from film festivals only, but our new blog will cover all kinds of news, opportunities and interesting info from the film world and beyond.

As well as general industry items we'll be covering new trends and hot topics; funding opportunities and calls for submissions; reports from training courses, conferences and festivals; top tips and inspirational case studies; with interviews with industry experts and occasional posts by guest writers... highlighting the activities and expertise of the many wonderful and varied independent film exhibitors we work with across the UK.
http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/blog/  

THE SMALLS RE LAUNCHES
That's Right – Our New Website Is Live And Kicking! Meet The Smalls 2.0
We're so excited to be able to swing the doors open to a whole new Smalls – where there are a wealth of short films, creative tools, and filmmaking opportunities to explore!

First up we want to just say thanks to everyone who has been so supportive while we have been building the new Smalls. You have all been amazing and we couldn't have done this without you cheering us on.

We also want to mention that the new Smalls is currently in beta. A beta version is a version that is almost finished and still in testing. So, please go ahead and upload, connect, and play around with all the new features – and if you hit an unexpected bump, please do get in touch so we can iron it out make The Smalls the best it can be.

Right now we are unleashing a stunning new profile page for members, completely redesigned film pages, and an updated section with numerous articles and video tutorials to feed that film beast inside all of us. And of course, The Smalls Film Festival has received its own section too.

Over the next few months you'll also be able to access our brand new Playlists, Launch Pad, Pitch Room and What's On sections. For now, you can browse to these sections to check out brief descriptions about the benefits you can expect from each one.
http://www.thesmalls.com/

MUBI BRINGS YOU ONLINE MOVIES EVERYDAY
MUBI is the fastest growing online destination for lovers of independent, foreign and classic film; an online cinema, anytime, anywhere. MUBI will give you the latest buzz from the Cannes Film Festival or a restored masterpiece personally chosen by Martin Scorsese (he's a member, too!). A social network that can let you find a visual gem that will definitely not be released in the local multiplex and allows you to find a girl in Tokyo who loves Kubrick (she actually exists, her name is Yuko and she's into Wong Kar-Wai too!). MUBI invites you to watch, discover and discuss distinctive visionary films from all over the world.

Welcome to the new MUBI! Every day we bring you a stunning film like Sin City or Fish Tank, and you get a month to watch it. It's like a curated film collection that never stops changing, all for only £2.99/month.
http://www.mubi.com


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT STAGE NEWS
ANNOUNCING CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - THE MUSICAL! 
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick Present Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY The Musical

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick today announced that their production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open at the London Palladium in June 2013 after a preview period.

The new stage musical will be directed by Sam Mendes, with a book by David Greig and new songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Set and costume design will be by Mark Thompson with choreography by Peter Darling.  Other members of the creative team include: Doug Besterman (orchestrations); Nicholas Skilbeck (Music Director); Paul Pyant (Lighting Designer); Paul Arditti (Sound Designer) and Jon Driscoll (Video and Projection Designer).
The mysterious Willy Wonka is opening his Chocolate Factory for just one day, and for Charlie Bucket it promises to be a mouth-watering chance to feast his eyes on sweets beyond his wildest imagination.  Academy Award®-winning film and theatre director Sam Mendes will bring Roald Dahl’s much-loved classic to life in this world premiere stage production.

Written by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published in 1964 in the US and in the UK in 1967. The book has been adapted into two major motion pictures: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in 1971 and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005.

Sam Mendes (Director)
Sam Mendes' work directing theatre and film spans 25 years.  In 1992, he founded the Donmar Warehouse.  Among his many lauded productions are Glengarry Glen Ross, Cabaret, The Blue Room, The Front Page, Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night. Several of the productions transferred to Broadway where he had a huge success with Cabaret (which won four Tony Awards® including Best Musical), Gypsy, The Blue Room and the world premiere of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour.

More recently he was involved in a joint venture between The Old Vic and BAM in New York, The Bridge Project, for which he directed several acclaimed productions including The Tempest, The Cherry Orchard, A Winter’s Tale and Richard III starring Kevin Spacey. American Beauty in 1999 was his first film, it won five Academy Awards® including Best Director and Best Picture, and six BAFTAs. Since then, he has directed four further films; Road To Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road and Away We Go – which garnered 10 Academy Award® nominations between them. His enormous contribution to cinema and theatre saw him awarded a CBE in 2000 and A Director’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.  He has been directing the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, which will be released in October 2012.

Tickets will go on sale to the public in October 2012.

Further information is available from the website: www.CharlieandtheChocolateFactory.co.uk.

MICHAEL GRANDAGE COMPANY ANNOUNCES WEST END SEASON OF FIVE PLAYS WITH OVER 100,000 TICKETS AT £10
James Bierman and Michael Grandage launch their new company with a season of plays at the Noel Coward Theatre spanning 15 months from December 2012 to February 2014

- Over 200 tickets per performance at £10, with over 100,000 across the entire season
- Full education programme including schools’ performances, access and job opportunities
- New work alongside classical and twentieth century plays directed by Michael Grandage
- Privates On Parade play by Peter Nichols, music by Denis King
- Peter and Alice a new play by John Logan
- The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
- Henry V by William Shakespeare
- Seven actors join company for new initiative in the West End
-- Simon Russell Beale
-- Judi Dench
-- Jude Law
-- Daniel Radcliffe
-- Sheridan Smith
-- David Walliams
-- Ben Whishaw

This season of five plays will be presented with over 100,000 tickets at £10, free performances for selected schools, a full education programme, captioned performances, audio-described performances, job opportunities for rising young directors and designers and much more. As well as offering audiences a diverse range of plays, the Michael Grandage Company is also reaching out to people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the work they are presenting in the West End.

Michael Grandage Company (MGC) is a new non-building based production company set up by James Bierman and Michael Grandage to produce theatre, film and television. Its theatre work will be seen predominantly in London and New York where it aims to reach out to new audiences through competitive ticket pricing and access. The company is currently developing film projects and commissioning new work beyond 2014.
MICHAEL GRANDAGE is Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company in London. He was Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse (2002–2012) and Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres (2000–05). He is the recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by both Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University and is President of Central School of Speech and Drama. He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011. Later this month, his book A Decade At The Donmar, is published by Constable & Robins.

His work for the Donmar Warehouse included Richard II, Luise Miller, King Lear, Red (also New York, Tony and Drama Desk Awards Best Director), Jude Law in Hamlet (also Elsinore and New York), Ivanov (Evening Standard and Critics Circle Award Best Director), Madame de Sade, Twelfth Night, The Chalk Garden (Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards Best Director), Don Juan in Soho, Frost/Nixon (also Gielgud, New York, USA tour, Tony Nomination Award for Best Director), Othello (Evening Standard and Critic’s Circle Awards for Best Director), The Wild Duck (Critic’s Circle Award Best Director), Guys and Dolls (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Grand Hotel (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and Evening Standard Award Best Director), The Cut, After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award Best Director), Merrily We Roll Along (Evening Standard Award Best Director), Passion Play (Evening Standard Award and Critics Circle Award for Best Director). For Sheffield Theatres he directed many productions including Don Carlos (Evening Standard Award Best Director).

PRIVATES ON PARADE
Play by Peter Nichols Music by Denis King
1 December 2012 – 2 March 2013
Cast includes: Simon Russell Beale
Director: Michael Grandage; Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram Lighting Designer: Paule Constable; Choreographer: Ben Wright
“Come see the privates on parade You’ll say: how proudly they’re displayed”
Private Steven Flowers is posted to the Song and Dance Unit in South East Asia where serving under the flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis he discovers it takes more than just a uniform to become a man.

World première
PETER AND ALICE
A new play by John Logan
9 March – 1 June
Cast includes: Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw
Director: Michael Grandage; Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
“Of course that’s how it begins: a harmless fairy tale to pass the hours”
When Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan. In John Logan’s remarkable new play, enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two extraordinary characters.
Judi Dench plays Alice, and Ben Whishaw plays Peter in Logan’s first new play since Red, which won six Tony Awards in 2010.

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN
by Martin McDonagh
8 June – 31 August
Cast includes: Daniel Radcliffe
Director: Michael Grandage; Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
“I shouldn’t laugh at you Billy … but I will”
Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighbouring island of Inishmore. The one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece examines an ordinary coming of age in extraordinary circumstances and confirms his position as one of the most original Irish voices to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
by William Shakespeare
7 September – 16 November
Cast includes: Sheridan Smith, David Walliams
Director: Michael Grandage; Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
“The course of true love never did run smooth”
Lysander loves Hermia and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. When Hermia’s father insists she choose Demetrius as a suitor she escapes with Lysander into the surrounding forest where Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the Fairies are having their own battle of love. As the human and magical worlds collide mischief and chaos erupt as love at first sight proves a reality for some and makes an ass of others.

HENRY V
by William Shakespeare
23 November 2013 – 15 February 2014
Cast includes: Jude Law
Director: Michael Grandage; Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram Lighting Designer: Neil Austin
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”
Can the King of England hold his nerve to embrace his duty, command his men and lead his country to victory in France? Shakespeare’s great play of nationhood investigates the bloody horrors of war and the turbulence of a land in crisis.
Jude Law and Michael Grandage continue their collaboration that began with Hamlet in 2009. Law also appeared in the Donmar’s award-winning production Anna Christie, as part of Grandage’s final season as Artistic Director.


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT: ASTOUNDING TRAILERS

Killing Them Softly
Adapted from George V. Higgins novel and set in New Orleans, Killing Them Softly follows professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game. The film also features Scoot McNairy (Monsters), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), with James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella and Sam Shepard among others.


The Establishing Shot: Brad Pitt Killing Them Softly Trailer


Killing Them Softly in cinemas 21 September 2012


Man Of Steel 
Next summer, MAN OF STEEL is coming to the big screen from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. Now, Warner Bros. Pictures is pleased to make available the official twin teaser trailers for the film.


The Establishing Shot: Official Man of Steel Teaser Trailer Russell Crowe Version 14 June

The Establishing Shot: Official Man of Steel Teaser Trailer Kevin Costner Version 14 June 2013


"Man of Steel" is from director Zack Snyder and produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. 


“Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni and Russell Crowe.


Find the film on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SupermanManOfSteelUK


Cloud Atlas
“Cloud Atlas” explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.
The Establishing Shot: Cloud Atlas Epic 6 Min International Trailer 1024 HD - 2013


Cloud Atlas will be released in cinemas in 2013. For more information, visit the official Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/CloudAtlasMovieUK


Life Of Pi
Based upon the bestselling book by Yann Martel, LIFE OF PI tells the story of a young man’s incredible survival at sea against impossible odds. A remarkable technological breakthrough in 3D epic adventure, PI is an emotionally captivating experience that will inspire, touch and transport audiences to a place of discovery that they will never forget.


The Establishing Shot: Life of Pi Trailer 1024 HD - 21 December 2012


LIFE OF PI releases December 2012 from Twentieth Century Fox
Official UK LIFE OF PI Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LifeofPiMovieUK


Jack Reacher
In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But the accused man claims he's innocent and says "Get Jack Reacher.". Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense are immensely relived; but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.


The Establishing Shot: Jack Reacher Trailer 1080 - 28 December 2012


Jack Reacher will be in cinemas 28 December 2012




THE ESTABLISHING SHOT: LAUGH OF THE WEEK
The Sweeney get more than they bargained for in the new Orange ‘Gold Spot’ cinema 
Regan and Carter (Ray Winstone and Ben Drew) as The Sweeney, face their toughest challenge yet in Orange’s latest Gold Spot ad


Video:The Sweeney | Orange UK

The Sweeney Gold Spot launches into cinemas nationwide from Friday 3 August
London, UK – 1 August 2012 – Orange today announced that The Sweeney’s crime-fighting duo, Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and George Carter (Ben Drew), are set to star in the latest instalment of the Orange Gold Spot series, which will premier in cinemas nationwide on Friday 3rd of August.

The new Gold Spot opens with Regan and Carter walking into an East End pub, ‘The Dog and Bone’, in search of a ‘potential target’. From the moment they step inside they immediately sense that trouble is brewing as a series of unusual clues unfold in front of their eyes, including Orange beer taps aptly named ‘Texters Brew’ and ‘Voicemail Ale’, a Bluetooth head set on Victorian painting of a lady, and the barmaid filing her orange nails at the bar. The Gold Spot climaxes with everyone in the pub staring at the dynamic pair, whilst singing the lyrics to the Electric Light Orchestra classic, Telephone Line. This gets all too much for Regan and Carter and they abandon their mission - fleeing the pub. As they do, a message reminds cinema goers to switch off their mobile phones before the film begins.

Regan said: “We only came in ‘cos Haskins gave us a lead on a target but we had no choice but to leave once they all started singing at us. Not a typical day for The Sweeney.”

Carter added: “Can’t believe we’ve been framed by Orange, I knew something was going down when the darts player asked me to call him.”

Spencer McHugh, Brand Director at Orange UK: “It’s been fantastic teaming up with Regan and Carter, two of Britain’s most iconic detectives in what must be one of their most bizarre stakeouts yet. The Sweeney is set to be one of the biggest British box office hits of the year, so we’re sure that Orange customers and cinema-goers alike will really enjoy seeing what would have happened if Orange had been involved”.

The Gold Spot was produced by creative agency Fallon in collaboration with Orange and Vertigo Films.

The Sweeney Gold Spot is part of Orange’s ongoing association with film, which includes the highly successful Orange Wednesdays. Previous Orange Gold Spot campaigns include stars from films such as The Expendables 2, The Muppets, The A-Team and actors Spike Lee and Jack Black. 


Sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal. Ray Winstone (The Departed) and Ben Drew (Plan B) star as part of an elite police unit in explosive action film, THE SWEENEY. Also starring Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Hayley Atwell (Captain America:  
The First Avenger), THE SWEENEY will be released in cinemas nationwide from September 12.




THE ESTABLISHING SHOT BOOK NEWS

Three legends - Monroe by Mailer and Stern
“This book is really two books. It is a biography, and it is also a pictorial retrospective of an actress whose greatest love affair was conceivably with the camera,” wrote Norman Mailer in his 1973 biography, Marilyn.


Now TASCHEN has paired Mailer’s original text with Bert Stern’s photographs from the legendary Last Sitting—widely considered the most intimate photographs of Monroe ever taken—to create a fitting tribute to the woman who, at the time of her death in 1962, was the world’s most famous, a symbol of glamour and eroticism for an entire generation. But though she was feted and adored by her public, her private life was that of a little girl lost, desperate to find love and security. Mailer’s Marilyn is beautiful, tragic, and complex. As Mailer reflects upon her life—from her bleak childhood through to the mysterious circumstances of her death—she emerges as a symbol of the bizarre decade during which she reigned as Hollywood’s greatest female star.


This book, conceived by Lawrence Schiller, Mailer’s collaborator on five works, combines the author’s masterful text with Stern’s penetrating images of the 36-year-old Marilyn. Photographed for Vogue magazine over three days at the Bel-Air Hotel, Marilyn had never allowed such unfettered access, nor had she looked so breathtakingly beautiful. Six weeks later, mysteriously, she was dead. In this bold synthesis of literary classic and legendary portrait sitting, Mailer and Stern lift the veils of confusion surrounding Monroe—the woman, the star, the sex symbol—and offer profound insight into an iconic figure whose true personality remains an enigma even today.


First published as a TASCHEN limited collector’s edition, this book is now available in a popular hardcover version, published on 50th anniversary of Bert Stern’s Last Sitting and of Marilyn Monroe’s death, August 5, 1962.


http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/photography/all/04986/facts.norman_mailer_bert_stern_marilyn_monroe.htm


The gospel according to Marc
He has designed chairs, restaurants, boutiques, cars, planes, and even a spaceship. For Australian industrial designer Marc Newson, the sky is no limit. From mass-produced objects to limited edition furniture to fashion, Newson has blurred boundaries, mapped new territories, and made himself an international superstar.


This comprehensive tome leaves no stone unturned in cataloguing all of Newson’s works to date, from early pieces such as Lockheed Lounge (which holds the world record for the highest price paid for a piece of designer furniture, at over two million dollars) through designs of household objects and more recent, large scale projects such as the interior of Qantas’s A380 and the Aquariva boat.


http://bit.ly/QLAN7X


ON THE ESTABLISHING SHOT RADAR
Chariots of Fire – In cinemas now
Chariots of Fire tells the story of two very different men who compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics: Eric Liddell is a devout Christian who believes that his athletic abilities are a gift from God, and that using that gift to its fullest extent will be his way of repaying that gift. Harold Abrahams is an English Jew, a student at Cambridge, who dreams of fame and of proving to the world, that Jews are in no respect inferior. They will both make personal sacrifices to achieve their goals. 


Chariots Of Fire Poster
Image: Chariots Of Fire Poster
Salute –Available on DVD 30 July 2012
The picture of the three men on the winner’s podium after the men’s 200 meters final at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics is still considered one of the most powerful images in modern history. 


Video: Salute The Movie: www.salutethemovie.com - International Teaser

Salute tells the true story behind this iconic image, the story of American athletes Tommie Smith, John Carlos and the Australian silver medallist Peter Norman - three Olympic competitors who, in one peaceful but inflammatory moment of political protest as they received their medals on the podium, would destroy their sporting careers and become a seminal and enduring symbol of the Civil Rights struggle.
www.facebook.com/salutethemovie
http://twitter.com/SaluteFilm


Searching for Sugar Man – In cinemas from Thursday 26 July 2012
Directed by Malik Bendjelloul. This fascinating documentary follows two South African friends as they attempt to track down Detroit singer-songwriter Sixto Diaz Rodriguez and see if rumours of his untimely death are true. Although his music languished in obscurity in America, meaning that he left the music business in the early 1970s, Rodriguez became a cult figure in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa (where his album At His Best went platinum, and where he was revered as an anti-establishment icon by the anti-apartheid movement). Rodriguez’s Dylan-esque music provides a stirring soundtrack to a moving tale of talent eventually receiving its well-earned reward.

Delicacy - In cinemas Friday 3 August 2012
Adapted from David Foenkinos’ multi-award winning novel, with over 700,000 copies sold, DELICACY is a charming, refreshingly unpredictable romance that darts between heartbreak and humour as it explores loss, love and rebirth.


Delicacy Trailer

Nathalie (Audrey Tautou: Amélie, The Da Vinci Code) has a wonderful life. She is young, beautiful and has a deeply passionate marriage with Francois. But when her husband tragically dies in an accident, it brings her world crashing down. Picking up the pieces she throws herself completely into her work, and limits her emotional life to fending off the unwanted attentions of her boss. A few years pass before a sudden attraction shakes her from her melancholy with a spontaneous and unexpected kiss with her co-worker Markus (François Damien: Heartbreaker), a hulking gap-toothed swede big on heart, but small on social skills who her friends soon make plain is more than a little ‘below her league’.  The two then embark upon their own journey of recovery, as it begins to become apparent it’s not other’s perceptions so much as their own self doubt that threatens to split this seemingly mismatched pairing apart.


Out To Own On DVD, Blu-ray & EST August 6th, 2012


A Simple Life - In cinemas Friday 3 August 2012
A Simple Life is a moving story of unsung heroism and every day love, directed by Veteran Hong Kong director Ann Hui. Reuniting Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau (House of the Flying Daggers) with his real–life godmother Deanie Ip, 
A Simple Life centres around the moving relationship between an ageing servant and her employer, now a successful film producer. The film made a clean sweep in all the major categories at the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards, and has blazed an award–winning trail since its debut at the Venice Film Festival 2011, where 
Deanie Ip picked up the Best Actress Award.


Video: A Simple Life - (2011) Trailer


Ah Tao (Deanie Ip) has served a Hong Kong household for 40 years, and now that most of the family have emigrated to the US, she remains as the dutiful maid to Roger, the youngest son (Andy Lau), sharing his compact apartment. One day Roger comes home from work to find that Ah Tao has suffered a stroke. He rushes her to hospital, where she announces that she wants to retire and move to a nursing home. As the days go by, and Ah Toa‘s health starts to deteriorate, the tables are turned and Roger slowly transforms from the detached single man to the devoted carer of an elderly servant, as if she were his mother.


Inspired by real life events, A Simple Life is a low key masterpiece that is affecting but never sentimental, in which Lau and Ip display the chemistry and restraint of two people who have known each other all their lives.


Beloved – In cinemas Monday 6 August
Starring Catherine Deneuve and (her real-life daughter) Chiara Mastroianni, this sly and exquisitely romantic musical drama spans over three decades - from Paris and Prague in the Sixties to contemporary London and Montreal - as it follows a mother and daughter's misadventures in love. With parts of the film shot at the Institut français, there's yet another good reason to enjoy Honoré's latest film at Ciné Lumière!

In Your Hands – In cinemas Fri 20 July
A woman cautiously emerges from a house in the Paris suburbs, then returns to her home and work, telling everyone she knows that she has been on holiday and that everything is normal. Surgeon Anna (Kristin Scott Thomas) clearly has a secret that she doesn't intend to reveal - but this taut thriller by Lola Doillon keeps the narrative on a slow-burning fuse until Anna walks into a police station and explains what's really been happening to her. 



The Imposter – In cinemas 24 August 2012
A gripping thriller straight out of real life, THE IMPOSTER is an original film experience that walks the razor’s edge between true-crime documentary and stylish noir mystery. 


Video: The Establishing Shot: The Imposter Trailer Subtitles 1024 HD - 24 August 2012


The twisting, turning tale begins with an unsettling disappearance – that of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year-old Texas boy who vanishes without a trace.  Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives:  the boy has been found, thousands of miles from home in Spain, saying he survived a mind-boggling kidnap ordeal.  His family is ecstatic to have him back no matter how strange the circumstances – but things become far stranger once he returns to Texas. Though the family accepts him, suspicion surrounds the person who claims to be Nicholas. How could the Barclay’s blonde, blue-eyed son have returned with darker skin and eyes? How could his personality and even accent have changed so profoundly?  Why does the family not seem to notice the glaring differences?  And if this person who has arrived in Texas isn’t the Barclay’s missing child . . . who on earth is he?  


Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – In Cinemas Friday 10 August 2012
Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. 


The Establishing Shot: Ai Weiwei Never Sorry Trailer - In cinemas Friday 10 August 2012


AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.


Total Recall – In cinemas  August 29, 2012   
For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he’s got a beautiful wife who he loves, a mind trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super spy might be just what he needs. 


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But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man, finding himself on the run from the police. The line between fantasy and rality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love and his true fate.


Circumstance - In cinemas 24 August 2012
Set in contemporary Iran in the unseen world of Iranian youth culture, filled with underground parties, sex, drugs and defiance,  Circumstance is the story of two vivacious young girls  - Atafeh and Shireen - discovering their burgeoning sexuality, struggling with their desires and the boundaries placed upon them by the world they were born into.


Winner of the Sundance Audience Award,  Circumstance is a thrilling exposé of an Iranian culture rarely seen. Maryam Keshavarz’s directorial debut has blazed a promising trail at film festivals the world over, challenging audience's pre-conceived perspectives of a society and how women can defy the rules imposed upon them, despite the dangers they face.


Video: CIRCUMSTANCE - Trailer - Peccadillo

The Victim On DVD & Blu-Ray 24 Sep 2012
During a social outing deep in the quiet woodland with close friend Mary, Annie’s life is put in jeopardy when she is witness to a violent act at the hands of two Sheriff’s Deputies. Fleeing from the attackers she stumbles across Kyle, a shady recluse living in a cabin the middle of the woods. The rugged loner stays far from civilisation, which is until a knock on the door throws his solitary life into chaos. Having been affected by Mary’s desperate bid for her life, Kyle bravely decides to take Sheriff’s law into his own hands. Two worlds collide in this psychological thriller that will make you question your trust in mankind. Who is The Victim?


Video: The Victim - Official Trailer


Having emerged from the most pivotal Sci-Fi films ever to grace our screen, Michael Biehn takes to the Director’s chair to gain ownership of the grindhouse genre having already channelled his onscreen vivacity in Robert Rodriguez's “Planet Terror” and having learnt the modus operandi from a directing mastermind in James Cameron.


Take This Waltz - In cinemas 17 August 2012.
From Sarah Polley, the director of the Sundance award-winning AWAY FROM HER, comes this summer's must-see romantic drama TAKE THIS WALTZ (in cinemas August 17th) . A funny, powerful and beautifully bittersweet story that follows Margot (Michelle Williams BLUE VALENTINE, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN), as she struggles to choose between two different types of love. As her mind and heart battle against each other, and caught in the sweltering heat of a hot Toronto summer, Margot uncovers and ignites a side to herself that she never knew existed. TAKE THIS WALTZ also features standout performances from Seth Rogen (50/50, SUPERBAD), Sarah Silverman (SCHOOL OF ROCK) and Luke Kirby (SHATTERED GLASS).


Trance – In cinemas 2013
A thriller centered around a botched art heist that pits two men against one another, though they both develop unusual relationships with the same woman.


Director: Danny Boyle
Writers: Joe Ahearne, John Hodge
Stars: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel


I Am Bruce Lee - 23 Jul 2012
Despite his tragic and sudden death on 20th July 1973 at the age of 32, Bruce Lee’s enormous influence on martial arts, entertainment and popular culture lives on to this day. Utilizing rare archive footage, photos, movie clips and brand new interviews with members of his close family, as well as with numerous stars from the worlds of sport, music and acting who have been inspired by Lee’s legacy, I Am Bruce Lee goes more deeply into the true story behind the legend than any ever before. The film also examines Bruce’s connections to the establishment of Mixed Martial Arts as we know them today, acknowledging that if Gene LeBell is considered the Godfather of MMA then Bruce is without doubt the modern-day Father of MMA.


The Devils Business – 17th August 2012
Two hit men are sent to murder an old associate of their underworld boss. But things are not all what they seem in their quarry’s house and the discovery of a make-shift black magic altar - and its shocking sacrifice - sends the uncomprehending duo into the shadowy darkness of their own tortured souls and terrifying confrontations with their worst primal fears.


Brilliantly acted, solidly crafted and exuding a palpable atmosphere of claustrophobic dread, this eerily effective gem announces the arrival of director Sean Hogan on the genre’s front-line.

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