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The Establishing Shot News April 16 -1 Art & Cult Edition FDA focus on Easter film releases made in Britain, Secrets Of The Cinema Projection Box Revealed, Save The Curzon Soho, Art House News, Cult News, Help Fund Stephen Graham's Being Keegan, Short Film Competitions News, Richard Attenborough Events News

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The Establishing Shot Film News We are bringing back our news updates - as we have had a few requests and As I have too many incomplete posts that I lost interest in while trying to find the time to round them out. It's less time consuming to put together than some of the more requested features, besides it's fun to highlight the good stuff as well as hope for the best with others.

     It's been awhile so there are lots of little news updates. I have tried to be brief but cover some really interesting news across two updates this one focussing on the more artistic and Cult side of things and a second post more focussed on the fun and crowd pleasing side of things. Sadly as it has taken some time to put this together some of the news and events may be dated - but still worth a read.

This time: 
The Film Distributors’ Association Highlights Recent Feature Films With A Strong Focus On Those Shot In London
Secrets Of The Cinema Projection Box Revealed
The Battle To Save The Curzon Soho

Art House Film News
Peter Greenaway's Eisenstein In Guanajuato Is In Cinemas
Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups will be in UK cinemas 6 May
Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead Gets An Exciting New Clip That Demonstrates Why Don Cheadle Was Born For This Role
Paolo Sorrentino’s Critically Acclaimed, Youth Now Available On Digital Download, Dvd And Blu-ray
Eureka Entertainment To Release Edvard Munch, Peter Watkins’ Astonishing 1974 Masterpiece About The Norwegian Expressionist Painter Of The Scream, On Blu-ray In The Uk On 13 June 2016
Arrow To Release Francesco Rosi's Three Brothers On Blu-ray
Eureka To Release Robert Altman's That Cold Day In The Park
Akira Kurosawa's Masterpiece Ran Returns Fully Restored In 4k
Studio Ghibli Forever Season At The Hackney Picturehouse

Cult Film & TV News: Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight Is Coming To The Small Screen 2 May, Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon Gets A Beguiling Teaser Trailer, Details Of Claire Denis' Sci-fi Film High Life Starring Robert Pattinson & Patricia Arquette Emerge, David Brent: Life On The Road - Teaser Trailer Released!, Steve Oram's Aaaaaaaah! Is Showing At The Bfi With A Cast Q&A, Digitally Restored In Hd The Professionals: Mkiv Is Out On Blu-ray, Arrow Video To Release The - Outlaw Gangster Vip: The Complete Collection, 70s Styled Psychological Drama Mojave Starring Oscar Isaac & Garrett Hedlund On Home Release 16 May, Jeremy Saulnier's Much Talked About Green Room Will Be In Uk Cinemas 13th May 2016, Arrow Release Bride Of Re-animator On Blu-ray & DVD, Nicholas Hoult Talks Kill Your Friends, Cell The Adaptation Of Stephen King Adaptation Novel Starring; John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman & Stacy Keach To Be Released August 26th, Purge Triquel Gets A Title And Trailer, Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Gets Release Date And Trailer, William Friedkin’s The Brink’s Job Out On DVD, UK Trailer For Safelight Starring Juno Temple And Evan Peters, Men & Chicken Releases In UK Cinemas June 2016, Trailer For Blake Lively's Shark Thriller The Shallows
Arrow Video Presents New Rainer Werner Fassbinder Titles, Ip Man 3 Out In The UK This Month
The Trust Releases In UK Cinemas & On Digital HD 27th May

Help Fund This
Stephen Graham & BAFTA/OSCAR Winning Team Searches For Atonement In Unique Crowd-funded Short Film - Being Keegan

Short Film Competitions News
Submit Your Shorts: The Shortest Nights '16 - Deadlines Looming!

Photography Exhibition News
citizenM Hosts Photography Exhibition By GSA Students During Photo London - 18th May - 9th June

Upcoming Richard Attenborough Events News
BAFTA & Chelsea Football Club To Host A Celebration Gala In Aid Of The Richard Attenborough Charitable Trust

So without out further ado here is a quick round-up of trailers, posters and news of /from films that have landed in our inbox and are on our radar.

   The Film Distributors’ Association highlights recent feature films with a strong focus on those shot in LONDON


Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) celebrates the diverse line-up of films made wholly or partly in the UK which are opening for cinema audiences around Easter.

In 2015, UK films (including co-productions) achieved a high market share of 44% of cinema box-office receipts. This year to date, Dad’s Army and Grimsby have attracted a combined audience of more than a million UK cinemagoers.

The UK offers world-class film studio facilities and effects houses, a variety of unique locations, and experienced crews and support companies.

The following films took in London:

Bastille Day (opening in UK cinemas on 22 April): An action thriller starring Idris Elba, Richard Madden and Kelly Reilly, Bastille Day was shot in London and Paris. The principal London location was the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, which stood in for the streets of Paris around the Bank of France, the site of a huge riot sequence at the film’s climax.

     Video: BASTILLE DAY - Interrogation Clip - In Cinemas April 22nd               

Couple in a Hole : Written and directed by Tom Geens, this film was shot in the French Pyrenees and at London’s Three Mills Studios. It won the Audience Award and Best Film at the Dinard British Film Festival 2015. Paul Higgins and Kate Dickie star as a British couple who end up living like savages in a vast forest.

Criminal : This international thriller was filmed in London, Croydon and Camber Sands (for a beach scene). Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds and Alice Eve star in the tale of a dangerous criminal, in whose head the memories of a dead CIA agent are implanted. Gal Gadot, about to debut as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, also stars.

Desert Dancer : A biographical drama starring Freida Pinto, Tom Cullen and Reece Ritchie as Afshin Ghaffarian, who fulfils a childhood dream by starting an underground dance company in Iran – where dancing in public is forbidden. The film was shot in London and Morocco.

Eddie the Eagle : Dexter Fletcher directs Taron Egerton as Eddie, the British underdog competing at the 1988 Winter Olympics, with Hugh Jackman as his trainer. Shot at Pinewood Studios, the ski-jumping sequences were filmed in Bavaria by ace action director, Vic Armstrong.

Fan : Shah Rukh Khan stars in this thriller about obsession and identity. Its central London locations include King’s Cross and Madame Tussauds, while further location filming took place at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, and in Croatia.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War : Chris Hemsworth returns to the big screen as the Huntsman in a fantasy prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain also star. Location filming took place in Windsor Great Park, Waverley Abbey in Surrey and Wells Cathedral, Somerset.

The Man Who Knew Infinity : Dev Patel plays Srinivasa Ramanujan, who comes from a poor background in India to study at Cambridge University, where he pioneers theories in mathematics. Stephen Fry, Toby Jones and Jeremy Irons (as his university professor) also star. The London locations included Charterhouse Square in Smithfield.

The Ones Below : A psychological suspense thriller, written and directed by David Farr, and filmed entirely in London. Two couples, each expecting a baby, who live in neighbouring flats become acquainted – with ultimately terrifying consequences. Clémence Poésy and David Morrissey star.

Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE, FDA President, said:
At its best there is nothing to rival the shared, immersive experience of the movies, and it’s thrilling to see London at the forefront of our big-screen entertainment. London is a cinematic powerhouse, generating more than a quarter of the UK’s entire box-office ticket sales each year.”

Several releases were filmed in other parts of the UK, for example:

Black Mountain Poets : A comedy written and directed by Jamie Adams, starring Alice Lowe. Set in a Welsh camping retreat for poets, the film won rave reviews at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2015. It was shot in Merthyr Tydfil and Porthcawl.

High-Rise : Ben Wheatley directs Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans in this adaptation of a JG Ballard story about life in a tower block running amok. It was shot wholly in Northern Ireland.

      The Establishing Shot: BEN WHEATLEY'S HIGH-RISE TRAILER - 18 MARCH 2016                

Iona : Written and directed by Scott Graham, Iona was shot in Glasgow as well as on the isle of Iona itself. Ruth Negga plays a character named after her birthplace, Iona, who takes her teenage son there to seek atonement for his violent crime.

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Secrets of the Cinema Projection Box Revealed
This is a very cool project undertaken by the University of Warwick looking at Projection booths, the people who run them, what it takes to run them and how they have "progressed". If it's too long to read click on the link in the middle of the article to visit an online virtual projection booth and have a snoop around it is genuinely interesting and informative if you love film.

     As film reels have made way for digital files, cinema craft has changed. Researchers from the University of Warwick, working with photographer Richard Nicholson are giving members of the public privileged access to a realm most cinema-goers never venture, the projection box.

    The team are part of The Projection Project at the University of Warwick, which investigates the evolving art of cinematic projection funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. They are working to document the changing role of the projectionist, following the switch of most cinemas to digital projection.

     The University of Warwick’s Projection Project has conducted audio interviews with projectionists recounting their working lives. Recorded around the UK from Glasgow to Bristol, Newcastle to Cardiff, Birmingham to Leeds, London and elsewhere in between those interviewed include projectionists who are still working, have retired or been made redundant by the shift to digital projection. The recorded memories reach all the way back to the 1940s and cover the changes in the industry since then, from highly flammable nitrate prints and the increased safety of acetate film to the abrupt arrival of digital projectors and the sudden redundancy of many projectionists.

     The Projection Project has created a virtual projection box; where visitors can explore an interactive website, listen to interviews with projectionists as they discuss their craft, and learn about the equipment used in projection: http://projectionproject.warwick.ac.uk

     Visitors will learn from projectionists themselves about what the job entails, the projectionists' views of cinema and the aesthetics of the 'good performance', contributing to their understanding of cinema as both industry and art form.

     Their research also looks at the expansion of projection outside of the cinema. Increasingly people are making use of affordable technology taking cinematic projection into all kinds of atmospheric venues as well as people’s homes and out into the streets, sometimes known as ‘guerrilla projection’, ‘light-bombing’ and ‘projection-mapping’.

Dr Richard Wallace, University of Warwick Research Fellow said,
It is an old projectionists’ adage that the audience should not know that they are there. It is the tragedy of the projectionist that the better they are at the job, the more their labour goes unappreciated. With The Projectionists we hope to make visible some of the magic involved in making a visit to the cinema such a magical experience, before projectionist are gone forever.”

Neil Thompson, projectionist said,

You think, ‘This film’s cost so many millions to make and it’s me that’s in charge of showing it. I’m the last link in the chain’. I think this is what I think a projectionist is. From a story to a screenplay, then a crew’s got ready, and then they get the actors and it’s filmed, it’s processed, then it’s sent to cinemas for people to see. You’re the last link in the chain so it’s up to you to present it properly.”

     The Projection Project team will give a ‘Secrets of the Projection Box’ talk on Sunday 24 April, 3.45pm, in the Birmingham Museum and Gallery Gas Hall, as part of Flatpack Film Festival. In addition a Virtual Projection Box will be set up for visitors to explore.

     An exhibition of Richard Nicholson’s photography is also running throughout the Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham (20-24 April) where Richard’s images which help to capture this pivotal moment are on display for the first time.

Flatpack Film Festival: http://flatpackfestival.org.uk/

And in that vein...

The battle to save the Curzon Soho

    Jonathan Romney from The Guardian has written a great post/article about the possible loss of another landmark cinema over here http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/apr/17/fight-to-save-curzon-soho-cinema-landmark-london.

    This whole kerfuffle is a quite sad. But all is not lost yet and there is still time to save this piece of cinematic history - if you have a moment head over to http://www.curzonblog.com/savecurzonsoho/ have a a gander at how you can help and then and sign the linked petition.

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Peter Greenaway's Eisenstein in Guanajuato is in cinemas
    What can I write about Director Peter Greenway that has not been written before. He is a true genius of the visual medium an artist in every sense of the word, the type of artist that would be referred to as an old master in academic books.

     Greenway's latest film Eisenstein in Guanajuato can be seen the way it should be on a big screen in select UK cinemas right now and I'm sure it will be as deep as it is visually arresting.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato Poster
Eisenstein in Guanajuato Poster [VIEW]
     From the ICA website:

     In 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (Elmer Bäck) travels to Mexico to shoot a new film to be titled Que Viva Mexico. Freshly rejected by Hollywood and under increasing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, Eisenstein arrives at the city of Guanajuato. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino Cañedo (Luis Alberti), he vulnerably experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, sex and death, happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life.

     Awarded Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the 2014 BAFTAs, Peter Greenaway CBE, one of the most inventive, ambitious and controversial filmmakers of our time, explores the mind of one of the greatest masters of cinema (in the first of a trilogy of feature films), a creative genius facing the desires and fears of love, sex and death through ten passionate days that helped shape the rest of his career.

     Video: EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO - Official UK/Ireland Trailer               

Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups is out in UK cinemas 6 May
     Yes! Finally it is here. Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups will be out in UK cinemas 6 May. It has to be said that I have sadly seen too few trailers of late that differentiate themselves, elevate the game or mean anything. That doesn't necessarily mean that there aren't many good films on the way just that - I haven't seen many exciting trailers. But late last year I was bowled over by the trailer for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups in fact the first five shots from the trailer had me absolutely stunned as his use of sound and visuals enthralled me.

     First a little context as to how we got here may be in order Knight of Cups is the third in Malick's epical (in the true sense of the word) allegorical exploration - of modern man in the throes of existential angst as he comes to terms to modern life and moves down a path further from nature or Supernature and himself.

     We have had Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in The Tree of Life (2011) symbolically bridging the generational gap (from The Thin Red Line 1998) and heralding Malick's move into the modern era. Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem in To the Wonder (2012), Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale in Knight of Cups set for release this year followed up by his currently untitled project Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman Texas Music film. Read more here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2015/03/art-of-trailer-first-5-frames-from.html

Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups Poster
Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups Poster [VIEW]  

     Rick (Christian Bale) is a comedy writer living in present-day Santa Monica. He longs for something other, something beyond the life he knows, without knowing quite what it is, or how to go about finding it. He doesn’t know which way to turn.

     The death of his brother, Billy, hangs over him like a shadow. His father, Joseph (Brian Dennehy), bears a sense of guilt for Billy’s death. A surviving brother, Barry (Wes Bentley), down on his luck, has just moved to LA from where they grew up, in Missouri. Rick has been helping him get back on his feet.

     Rick seeks distraction in the company of women: Del­­la (Imogen Poots); Nancy (Cate Blanchett), a physician he was once married to; a model named Helen (Freida Pinto); Elizabeth (Natalie Portman), a woman he made pregnant; A stripper named Karen (Teresa Palmer); and a young woman who helps him to see his way forward, Isabel (Isabel Lucas).

     The Establishing Shot: TERRENCE MALICK'S KNIGHT OF CUPS TRAILER - 6 MAY               

     Women seem to him to know more than he does. They bring him closer to the heart of things, closer to the mystery. The highs haven’t added up. The parties, the dalliances, the career, none has satisfied. And still each woman, each man he’s met through the course of his life has served him in some way as a guide, a messenger.

     The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth? Will his courage fail him? Will he stay awake? Or will he let it all be just a dream, a hope, a passing fancy?

     The journey has just begun.

Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead gets an exciting new clip that demonstrates why Don Cheadle was born for this role

Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in Miles Ahead
Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in Miles Ahead [VIEW]

    There are few musical geniuses that stand as tall as Legendary bluesman Miles Davis and his presence is just as relevant today as it was 65 years ago when he changed music. I'm looking forward to seeing a crucial part of his life being brought to the big screen in Miles Ahead a film written, directed by and starring Don Cheadle as Miles Davis.

     Video: Miles Ahead - Clip #1 - In cinemas April 22               

     All Rolling Stone reporter Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) wants is an exclusive interview with the jazz legend himself, Miles Davis (Don Cheadle). What he gets instead is a wild and dangerous ride-along with a recording artist living at his edge, rife with shootouts, car-chases, and a tale of lost love to the singer Frances (Emayatzy Corinealdi).

     Video: Miles Ahead - Official UK Trailer (2016)               

     Inspired by events in Miles Davis's life, Academy Award® Nominee Don Cheadle boldly brings his vision, both in-front-of and behind-the-camera in MILES AHEAD, his directorial debut. A wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds-barred portrait of one of twentieth-century music’s creative geniuses.

Paolo Sorrentino’s critically acclaimed, Youth now available on Digital Download, DVD and Blu-Ray
     Paolo Sorrentino's Youth is magic. It is an absolutely marvellous and mind blowingly wonderful piece of cinema from the man behind greats like; The Great Beauty, This Must Be the Place and The Consequences of Love, in fact every one of his films is a visual and emotional narrative treat.

     I'm genuinely shocked that it never any BAFTA recognition and only 1 Oscar nomination for David Lang's song: "Simple Song #3", which in itself is an achievement. Both Harvey Keitel and Sir Michael Caine put in performances of note but Sir Michael should have been accepting some serious accolades for his role. Youth is a mesmerising mix of intellect, wit, charm, emotive visuals weved over a touching story about two old men but really everything else. Direction, Screenplay, Art Direction, Editing and Cinematography should have been up for nominations as well.

STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to announce the home entertainment release of Paolo Sorrentino’s beautiful and bittersweet film, YOUTH.

     Featuring a career-best performance from Sir Michael Caine (The Batman Trilogy, Harry Brown, The Quiet American) and from the Academy Award®- winning director of The Great Beauty, YOUTH is a warm, witty and deeply moving portrait of love and loss.

Youth Film Poster
Youth Film Poster [VIEW]

     Fred and Mick, two old friends now approaching eighty, are on vacation together in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred (Michael Caine), a retired composer, is resisting attempts to revive his greatest work, while elderly film director Mick (Harvey Keitel) is desperate to make a comeback movie starring his former, favoured actress Brenda (Jane Fonda). The two friends reflect on their past, as they look with curiosity and tenderness on their children’s confused lives, Mick’s enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests, all of whom, it seems, have all the time that they lack.

     Also starring Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano, YOUTH premiered to critical acclaim at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

     Video: YOUTH - Starring Michael Caine - In Cinemas January 29               

Eureka Entertainment to release EDVARD MUNCH, Peter Watkins’ astonishing 1974 masterpiece about the Norwegian Expressionist painter of The Scream, on Blu-ray in the UK on 13 June 2016
     Described by Ingmar Bergman as “a work of genius”, Peter Watkins’ multi-faceted masterwork is more than just a biopic of the iconic Norwegian Expressionist painter; it is one of the best films ever made about the artistic process. Focusing initially on Munch’s formative years in late 19th century Kristiania (now Oslo), Watkins uses his trademark vérité style to create a vivid picture of the emotional, political, and social upheavals that would have such an effect on his art.

     The young artist (Geir Westby) has an affair with “Mrs. Heiberg” (Gro Fraas), a devastating experience that will haunt him for the rest of his life. His work is viciously attacked by critics and public alike and he is forced to leave his home country for Berlin, where, along with the notorious Swedish playwright August Strindberg, he becomes part of the cultural storm that is to sweep Europe.

There have been countless film biographies of famous artists, but only a handful can be considered major works in their own right. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Watkins’ extended 221-minute version, in a new Blu-ray presentation.

     Video: EDVARD MUNCH (Masters of Cinema) Clip               

Arrow to release Francesco Rosi's Three Brothers on Blu-ray
     Although Oscar-nominated at the time, Three Brothers has never previously been released on any video format in the UK. Arrow Academy is proud to present it here in a brand new 2K restoration, available on dual format Blu-ray and DVD from 4th April 2016.

     Francesco Rosi established himself as one of the greatest chroniclers of Italy’s stormy postwar history with such riveting classics as Salvatore Giuliano, The Mattei Affair and Illustrious Corpses. Three Brothers (Tre fratelli) explores similarly knotty social and political territory through the seemingly straightforward story of three siblings returning to their native southern Italy to pay homage to their late mother. However, their various professions – a judge in Rome (Philippe Noiret), a spiritual counsellor in Naples (Vittorio Mezzogiorno), a factory worker in Turin (Michele Placido) – have a profound effect on their response to this reunion.

     Video: Tre fratelli - Trailer (Original Italian)               

     Francesco Rosi established himself as one of the greatest chroniclers of Italy’s stormy postwar history with such riveting classics as Salvatore Giuliano, The Mattei Affair and Illustrious Corpses. Three Brothers (Tre fratelli) explores similarly knotty social and political territory through the seemingly straightforward story of three siblings returning to their native southern Italy to pay homage to their late mother. However, their various professions – a judge in Rome (Philippe Noiret), a spiritual counsellor in Naples (Vittorio Mezzogiorno), a factory worker in Turin (Michele Placido) – have a profound effect on their response to this reunion.

EUREKA to release Robert Altman's That Cold Day in The Park
     Just prior to his career breakthrough M*A*S*H, Robert Altman made this memorably unsettling psychological thriller, which originally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

     Eureka Entertainment to release THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK, Robert Altman’s 1969 psychological gothic thriller, for the first time ever in the UK in a Dual Format edition as part of the Masters of Cinema Series on 20 June 2016.

     Just prior to his career breakthrough M*A*S*H, Robert Altman made this memorably unsettling psychological thriller, which originally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

     Frances Austen, a young, wealthy spinster, invites a mute teenager into her apartment after finding him freezing in the park next to where she lives. Despite her best efforts, their lack of communication only increases her sense of loneliness, as her possessiveness spirals into frightening new realms.

     A remarkable central performance by Sandy Dennis anchors this fascinating, haunting tale, anticipating Altman’s subsequent studies of female psychological breakdown, Images and 3 Women. Shot by László Kovács (Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces) with Altman’s trademark long lenses and drifting zooms, as well as intriguing experimentation with sound, That Cold Day in the Park is a long-neglected gem from an American master. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present its UK home video premiere in a new Dual-Format edition.

     Video: THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK (Masters of Cinema Clip)               

Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece RAN returns fully restored in 4K
     STUDIOCANAL / Independent Cinema Office (ICO) are proud to announce a nationwide reissue of Akira Kurosawa’s RAN, recently beautifully restored in 4K and 30 years on from its original release in the UK.

     The final masterpiece from legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, RAN, which translates as ‘turmoil’, is Kurosawa’s meditation on Shakespeare’s King Lear crossed with the history of Japan’s 16th century Civil Wars and the legend of Morikawa, a feudal warlord with three sons.

     Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai – Yojimbo, Kagemusha) an ageing warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom amongst his three sons, Taro (Akira Terao - Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu – The Man in White, Red Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke Ryû - Tono monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). When Hidetora’s youngest son Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father’s plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable, Hidetora mistakes these comments for a threat and banishes him. This allows Taro and Jiro to take the reigns of power unopposed, leading to a brutal and bloody struggle to win absolute power.



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Akira Kurosawa RAN 4K Restoration Poster UK Quad
Akira Kurosawa RAN 4K Restoration Poster UK Quad [VIEW]

     To commemorate 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death and thirty years on from its original UK theatrical release in 1986, RAN has been meticulously restored in digital 4K by French laboratory Éclair under STUDIOCANAL and Kadokawa Pictures' supervision. Based on an original negative, the majority of the restoration work has been done manually, image by image. An action-packed historical epic of stylistic grandeur, the new restoration amplifies the film’s visual splendour, seen first in all its glory in 2015 where it screened at Cannes, New York and Toronto Film Festivals.

     Video: RAN - New Trailer - Restored in Stunning 4K - In Cinemas April 1               

     Majestic in scope, RAN is a profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed and the insatiable thirst for power.

RAN will be back in cinemas from 1st April and then available to own on EST on 25th April and on DVD and Blu-Ray from 2nd May. The film will also screen as part of the ‘Shakespeare on Film’ retrospective, which runs at the BFI Southbank from 31st March to 31st May.

Studio Ghibli Forever Season at the Hackney Picturehouse
     In anticipation for the release of When Marnie Was There, which is possibly the last animated feature from Studio Ghibli; we take a look back at our favourites from the animation legends with Studio Ghibli Forever.

Starting this week with Nausicaä of The Valley of the Wind and ending with The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya in July, the season includes Only Yesterday which has been dubbed into English with the voice talents of Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel.

     Video: When Marnie Was There - UK Trailer - In Cinemas June 10th               

To see the full Hackney Picturehouse Studio Ghibli Forever Season programme head over to: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/Whats_On?filter=ghibli

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Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is coming to the small screen 2 May
     I had hoped to end last year with what I would consider a proverbial bang discussing a my cinematic highlight of 2015, instead I'm kicking off 2016 with that bang of a standard that will hopefully continue throughout the year.

     There are many reasons as to why it was my cinematic event of the year if you read The Establishing Shot you'll probably be aware that I am all about the immersive experience and it's unlikely that I'll have as great viewing of a film for a very long time, if ever.

     For better or worse I often struggle to appropriately articulate some of what I consider highlight or milestone experiences - words don't fail me rather I feel that these experiences are somewhat diminished when curating them for a broader audience. I have been fortunate to enjoy a number of extremely exceptional experiences that I have kept to/for myself as I have felt that in the end - they mean more to me personally than they would as just another blog post on the web. The irony being that was one of the reasons I started The Establishing Shot in the first place.

     This is one such experience... read my review of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2016/01/i-chat-with-quentin-tarantino-about-his.html

     While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man who claims to be a sheriff (Walton Goggins). Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. Greeted there by four strangers, the eight travellers soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all..

     THE HATEFUL EIGHT also stars Demian Bechir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Channing Tatum.
     Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, THE HATEFUL EIGHT is produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh. Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and Georgia Kacandes are executive producers, and Coco Francini and William Paul Clark are associate producers.

     The Establishing Shot: THE HATEFUL EIGHT UK TRAILE               

     All available versions of the home entertainment release will contain the following additional content:

     Beyond the Eight: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, including interviews with Quentin Tarantino, cast, and crew.

     Sam Jackson's Guide to Glorious 70mm
Includes the historical context of 70mm film and discusses about how & why they chose to shoot that way and the benefit of shooting with the wider aspect ratio.

Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon gets a beguiling teaser trailer
     Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Written by Nicolas Winding Refn. Music by Cliff Martinez.

     Starring Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Elle Fanning, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington.

Neon Demon Elle Fanning
Neon Demon Elle Fanning [VIEW]

     You know what my mother used to call me?

     When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

     Video: The Neon Demon - Official UK Teaser Trailer (2016)               

Neon Demon Film Poster
Neon Demon Film Poster [VIEW]

Details of Claire Denis' Sci-Fi film High Life starring Robert Pattinson & Patricia Arquette emerge
     Claire Denis is one of the most accomplished and engaging directors working in film today. Her body of work is as broad as it is deep - however the hardcore material she explores won't make her a household name any time soon, rather a master of her craft that may be discovered and appreciated later. After her last foray into dark waters with the the Taken like family thriller Les Salauds (Bastards) she is taking a foray into the Sci-Fi genre with High Life.

     For High life Denis will be bringing some of her regulars with her including Tindersticks or at least band lead Stuart Staples will be creating the sound for High Life. And she is bringing together a cast of note, which includes: Robert PattinsonPatricia Arquette and Mia Goth star (Everest, The Survivalist, Nymphomaniac: Vol. II, The Tunnel).

     Deep space. Beyond our solar system. Monte and his infant daughter Willow live together aboard a spacecraft, in complete isolation. A solitary man, whose strict self-discipline is a protection against desire – his own and that of others - Monte fathered the girl against his will. His sperm was used to inseminate Boyse, the young woman who gave birth to her. They were members of a crew of prisoners: space convicts, death row inmates.

     Guinea pigs sent on a mission to the black hole closest to Earth. Now only Monte and Willow remain. And Monte is changed. Through his daughter, for the first time, he experiences the birth of an all-powerful love. Willow grows, becoming a young girl, then a young woman. Together, alone, father and daughter approach their destination – the black hole in which all time and space cease to exist.

DAVID BRENT: Life On The Road - Teaser Trailer Released!
     "People see me and see the suit, but they know I'm rock and roll through and through. You know 'Live fast, die young'? Not my way. Live fast, sure. Too bloody fast sometimes. But die young? Die old." David Brent, 2002

     eOne are thrilled to present the first teaser trailer for DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD, which will be in cinemas from 19th August 2016. #BrentsBack, to take one last shot at fame and fortune.

     Written, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais as his much-loved, genre-defining creation, the film catches up with David Brent to see just what everybody’s favourite 'chilled-out entertainer' is up to now.


     DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD sees the highly anticipated big screen debut of one of comedy’s best-loved characters, David Brent (Ricky Gervais). The film catches up with Brent twelve years on from the BBC mockumentary ‘The Office’ to find he is now a travelling salesman with Lavichem, a cleaning and ladies’ personal hygiene products company. However, he hasn’t given up on his dream of rock stardom and is about to embark on a self-financed UK tour with his band, ‘Foregone Conclusion’.

     Assembling a group of session musicians who are just in it for the money, and talented rapper Dom (Ben Bailey Smith) in an attempt to gain street cred, Brent cashes in his pensions and takes unpaid leave in a bid to turn his dream into reality. Get ready to join David Brent on the road as he takes one last shot at fame and fortune.

David Brent: Life on The Road Poster
David Brent: Life on The Road Poster [VIEW]

     DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD is written, directed by and stars Ricky Gervais, with original music and lyrics by Gervais, musical arrangement by Andy Burrows (Razorlight, We Are Scientists) and raps by Ben Bailey Smith.

     DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD will be released in cinemas on 19 August.


Steve Oram's Aaaaaaaah! is showing at the BFI with a cast Q&A
     Too be honest I knew absolutely nothing about Steve Oram's Aaaaaaaah! before I saw it. And this is definitely one occasion where it paid off in spades. I wasn't sure what to expect but was delighted and saddened when I began to understand what was going on in, in the microcosm that Oram creates. Cutting satire that comes a little too close to close to the bone.

Aaaaaaaah! One Sheet Film Poster
Aaaaaaaah! One Sheet Film Poster [VIEW]

     Alpha Male, Smith and his Beta, Keith, make a move to take over a local community. They hook up with restless Female, Denise, igniting a deadly feud in which emotions run high and deep-seated grudges re-surface amongst the tribe. Are we not men? Or are we simply beasts?

     Steve Oram's debut feature is a celluloid primal scream in which the entire cast speak in grunts and gibberish - an anarchic, hilarious, disturbing and touching look at the human condition..

     Video: AAAAAAAAH! TEASER               

     From the BFI website:

Saturday 23 April 2016 20:45

     Sightseers co-writer Steve Oram’s astonishing directorial debut is a brutally funny Swiftian satire of contemporary Britain, starring many of our greatest comic actors all speaking entirely in an invented but beautifully observed ape-like language. It’s a spectacular showcase of primal human urges, skewering our obsessions with sex, greed and consumerism with merciless and often hilarious precision.

     AAAAAAAAH! is written and directed by Steve Oram, produced by Andy Starke and executive produced by Ben Wheatley.  Rook Films Releasing presents a Lincoln Studios production. Music by king crimson projeKcts

For more information and film listings please visit locofilmfestival.com.

Digitally restored in HD The Professionals: MKIV is out on Blu-Ray
     One of the most successful action thriller series ever made, crime-busting legends Bodie and Doyle have never looked as good as they do in this brand new, digitally restored, High Definition release of The Professionals: MkIV. This five-disc set featuring 18 episodes will be available to own from 25 April 2016 on Blu-ray.

     Video: "The Professionals: MkIV": Out on Blu-ray 25/04/2016               

     Starring Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw as hard-hitting special agent duo Bodie and Doyle, and with Upstairs Downstairs' Gordon Jackson as their single-minded boss George Cowley, the fictional exploits of law enforcement department CI5 were a massive ratings success throughout the series' initial transmission in the 1970s and '80s, and are still repeated around the world nearly four decades later.

Special features:
- Brand-new, High Definition restorations of all 18 episodes in series four and five from the camera-original negatives
- Brand-new 5.1 tracks from original sound elements
- Remastered original as-broadcast mono tracks
- Remastered music-only tracks featuring Laurie Johnson’s original scores
- HD photo galleries featuring hundreds of rare and previously unseen images
- Exclusive book of programme notes authored by TV historian Andrew Pixley, which documents the complete production history for the 18 episodes in series four and five
- All episodes are presented in their original production order
- PDF material featuring scripts and memorabilia
- English HOH subtitles

Arrow Video to release the - Outlaw Gangster VIP: The Complete Collection
     Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of Toshio Masuda’s Outlaw: Gangster VIP, a gritty yakuza yarn based on the writings of real life ex-gangster Goro Fujita. Packed with a wealth of bonus content, this exclusive box-set, limited to only 3,000 copies, will be released on 18th April 2016.

In 1968, acclaimed director Toshio Masuda (Rusty Knife, Tora! Tora! Tora!) and rising star Tetsuya Watari (Tokyo Drifter) teamed up for Outlaw: Gangster VIP. The series offers up a depiction of the Japanese underworld that was unprecedented in its realism and its sympathetic portrayal of its protagonist as a man haunted by his past, unable to escape a life of crime.

     Video: Outlaw Gangster VIP The Complete Collection - The Arrow Video Story               

The success of the initial instalment spawned five sequels, continuing the story of the lone wolf "Slasher" Goro and his quest for redemption. The films presented a new kind of realism and violence that would prefigure Kinji Fukasaku's Battles Without Honor and Humanity series, with their winning combination of brutal violence, gang warfare and sweeping romance, these films make for a unique and unforgettable viewing experience.

     The set includes six films in the Outlaw series released for the first time in the west: Gangster VIP, Gangster VIP 2, Heartless, Goro the Assassin, Black Dagger, and Kill!

Special Features
 - Limited Edition Box Set (3000 copies) containing all six films in the Outlaw series, available with English subtitles for the first time on any home video format
 - High Definition digital transfers of all six films, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation
 - High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
 - Original uncompressed mono audio
 - Newly translated English subtitles
 - Audio commentary on Outlaw: Gangster VIP by Jasper Sharp
 - Visual essay covering the entire series by Kevin Gilvear
 - Original trailers for all six films
 - Extensive promotional image galleries for all six films
 - Exclusive gatefold packaging featuring brand new artwork by Tonci Zonjic
 - Booklet featuring an interview with director Toshio Masuda by Mark Schilling, plus new writing by Schilling, Chris D and Kevin Gilvearial

70s styled psychological drama Mojave starring Oscar Isaac & Garrett Hedlund on Home Release 16 May
     I struggled a bit with Mojave but there is a great story to be told in the world that William Monahan creates populated with complicated characters. I hope to see more of this kind of film - styled in the fashion of a 70s existential drama Oscar Isaac & Garrett Hedlund go head to head as the men clash and won't stop till the other is finished.


     Video: Mojave Official UK Trailer (2016)               

     In this intense classical thriller, from an original screenplay by Oscar-winning writer William Monahan (The Departed), a violent artist, Thomas, (Garrett Hedlund, Tron: Legacy) has an ominous encounter in the desert with a homicidal, chameleon-like drifter, Jack, (Oscar Isaac, Star Wars The Force Awakens). Jack follows Thomas back to his privileged L.A. home life, holding a dark secret over his head as he attempts to infiltrate and destroy his seemingly-perfect life. Thomas must come to terms with his own insecurities and self-doubt to protect himself and his family, and go head-to-head with his nemesis in a riveting two-man clash that plays out in exciting and unexpected ways. MOJAVE also stars Mark Wahlberg (The Departed) and Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight)

Mojave Film Poster
Mojave Film Poster [VIEW]

     Written and directed by William Monahan and starring Garrett Hedlund, Oscar Isaac, Mark Wahlberg and Walton Goggins.

     Signature Entertainment Presents Mojave on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital HD May 16th, 2016

Jeremy Saulnier's much talked about Green Room will be in UK cinemas 13th May 2016
     After seeing the trailer for Green Room on the big screen at a Picturehouse - I'm really looking forward to the film from director Jeremy Saulnier the brain behind the the pretty awesome, albeit downbeat Blue Ruin. really Seems to be a fresh and intense take on the trapped in a single location genre with a great cast.

     Down-on-their-luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights agree to a last-minute gig in a backwoods Oregon roadhouse. The gig soon takes a sinister turn as the band members stumble upon a grisly murder scene and find themselves targeted by a ruthless club owner and his associates, determined to eliminate all witnesses.

     Video: GREEN ROOM - UK TRAILER [HD] - IN CINEMAS FRIDAY 13 MAY               

     From the internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier (BLUE RUIN), GREEN ROOM is a nerve shredding thrill-ride with a thick vein of dark humour, featuring a gripping ensemble performance from Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Macon Blair and Callum Turner.

Green Room UK Teaser Poster
Green Room UK Teaser Poster [VIEW]

Arrow release Bride of Re-Animator on Blu-ray & DVD
     Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of Bride of Re-Animator, coming to Blu-ray and DVD on 11th April in a stunning new 2K restoriation, featuring both the unrated and R-Rated cuts of the film. This new deluxe set comes director approved and features a wealth of bonus content.


Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of Bride of Re-Animator, coming to Blu-ray and DVD on 11th April in a stunning new 2K restoriation, featuring both the unrated and R-Rated cuts of the film. This new deluxe set comes director approved and features a wealth of bonus content.

The success of Stuart Gordon’s hit horror-comedy Re-Animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-Animator – this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead III) – would prove that there was a good deal more life (and death) left in the story of Dr Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.

It has been eight months since the bloody massacre at Miskatonic Medical School. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life – starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan’s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?

With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous “shunting” sequence of Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations, Bride of Re-Animator is a more than worthy successor to Stuart Gordon’s original cult classic.

     Video: Bride of Re-Animator - The Arrow Video Story               

Special Features
- Brand new 2K restorations of the Unrated and R-Rated versions of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Digipak packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
- Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth
- Re-Animator: Dawn of the Re-Animator – the official comic book prequel to the original Re-Animato

- Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version
- Brand new audio commentary with director Brian Yuzna
- Audio commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, special effects co-ordinator Thomas Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
- Audio commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
- Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-Animator – brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-Animator sequel
- Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-Animator – brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler
- Getting Ahead in Horror – archive making-of featurette
- Meg is Re-Animated – deleted scene with behind-the-scenes footage
- Carnival Sequence – the cast and crew discuss this excised sequence

- Brand new 2K restoration of the R-Rated version
- Behind-the-Scenes Reel

- Perfect-bound booklet containing Re-Animator: Dawn of the Re-Animator, the 1992 comic prequel to Stuart Gordon’s original Re-Animator, reprinted in its entirety

Nicholas Hoult talks Kill Your Friends
There is no doubt that Nicholas Hoult is a very talented performer and that he is pointed in the direction of super stardom, too be honest he has more acting chops and charisma than a lot of people who have garnered much more success - so I was hoping to love Kill Your Friends a lot more. It is a lot of fun aided by the great cast playing out of their comfort zone including Nicholas Hoult, Georgia King, Ed Skrein, Craig Roberts and particularly James Corden's hilarious turn as a music exec. But I felt it was lacking something and way too similar to American Psycho, which wouldn't have been a problem was I not so intrigued by Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis novel. However I know that my feeling on the film are not entirely shared as people I saw it with who have worked in the music industry and not seen American Psycho thought it was absolutely brilliant. Below is an interesting interview with Nicholas Hoult about Kill your Friends available on Home Release right now.

    A&R man Steven Stelfox (Nicholas Hoult) is slashing and burning his way through the music business, a world where ‘no one knows anything’ and where careers are made and broken by chance and the fickle tastes of the general public. Fuelled by greed, ambition and inhuman quantities of drugs, Stelfox lives the dream, as he searches for his next hit record. But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, Stelfox takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level in a desperate attempt to salvage his career

     Video: KILL YOUR FRIENDS Red Band Trailer NSFW              

    From STUDIOCANAL comes KILL YOUR FRIENDS, starring Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men franchise) as you’ve never seen him before...

Balanced against the backdrop of a cocksure 1997 London, KILL YOUR FRIENDS is the music industry depicted with razor sharp accuracy, and Steven Stelfox (Hoult) is the ultimate anti-hero: a man hell bent on success at any price in an industry that takes the highest form of art and reduces it to a Top 10 chart. Supporting cast includes James Corden (U.S. TV’s The Late Late Show), Craig Roberts (Submarine), Ed Skrein (Deadpool) and Rosanna Arquette (Boyhood).

     Video: Nick Hoult talks Kill Your Friends              

    Based on cult author John Niven’s best-selling novel, this dark, satirical and hysterically funny evisceration of the Nineties music business is not to be missed and will be available on Digital HD from 24th March and on Blu-ray and DVD from 4th April.


Interview with writer John Niven & director Owen Harris
Cast interviews with Nicholas Hoult, Craig Roberts, Ed Skrein

Cell the adaptation of Stephen King Adaptation novel starring;John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman & Stacy Keach to be released August 26th
Signature Entertainment are pleased to announce the August 26th release date of the anticipated Stephen King adaptation CELL, directed by Tod 'Kip' Williams and starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman.

CELL Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman & John Cusack
CELL Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman & John Cusack [VIEW]
In this highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling apocalyptic thriller, John Cusack (1408), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) star as one of the few survivors of a murderous epidemic fending off bloodthirsty predators who have been dangerously re-programmed to kill by a mysterious worldwide phone signal.

Also starring Stacy Keach (American History X) and Lloyd Kaufman (Tromeo and Juliet), produced by Richard Saperstein (Seven, 1408) and Michael Benaroya (Margin Call, Lawless) and directed by Tod 'Kip' Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is a frightening new story from The Master of Horror.

Signature Entertainment Presents CELL in Cinemas and on Demand from August 26th, 2016


Purge triquel gets a title and trailer
Good to see Frank Grillo back on Purge duty.

    We are excited to reveal the official title and first trailer for the next instalment in The Purge series - The Purge: Election Year. The trailer provides a look into the next terrifying chapter of anarchy when a senator looking to end the Purge becomes a primary target.

     Video: The Purge: Election Year Trailer 1 (Universal Pictures) [HD]              

    Expanding upon the explosive universe introduced in the sleeper hits that have earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR reveals the next terrifying chapter of 12 hours of anarchy that is sanctioned annually by the New Founders of America.

    Once again returning to collaborate with DeMonaco are the series’ producers: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Sinister series), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Ouija), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).

    The Purge: Election Year Releases In UK Cinemas July 15th 2016

    The Purge: Election Year Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePurgeMovieUK

Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children gets release date and Trailer
Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children looks absolutely delightful and Eva Green!

    Twentieth Century Fox are delighted to announce the theatrical release of MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, based on the bestselling novel by Ransom Riggs, in the UK and Ireland on Friday 30th September.

    Tim Burton comments, “When I was first approached to direct Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I was given a summary of the novel with all of the photos in the book. I was immediately intrigued by the haunting and mysterious pictures in Ransom Riggs' novel and knew I wanted to tell the story of those kids. A girl, lighter than air, a boy with bees living in his stomach, a woman who turned into a bird—it was a world I wanted to explore. So I made a film about them.”

    Author Ransom Riggs, who penned the #1 New York Times bestselling Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children Series adds, “For something I wrote to have inspired Tim Burton to create a doodle on a cocktail napkin would have been an honour. But to stand ringside and watch him pour his whole heart into this film -- that has been one of the great thrills of my life. I couldn't be more excited if you attached electrodes to my toes.”

    From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

     Video: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX              

    Starring Eva Green (Casino Royale, ‘Penny Dreadful’), Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, ‘Moone Boy’), Ella Purnell (Maleficent, The Legend of Tarzan), Allison Janney (Spy, ‘Mom’), Rupert Everett (St Trinian’s, My Best Friend’s Wedding), Academy Award nominee Terence Stamp (Superman, Song for Marion) with Academy Award winner Judi Dench (Skyfall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Samuel L. Jackson (Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Hateful Eight)

    The screenplay is by Jane Goldman, based upon the novel written by Ransom Riggs, published by Quirk Books.

    The film is produced by Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping.

    Part of ‘The British Film’ collection launched by Network Distributing in April 2013 as part of a five-year plan to release over 450 vintage British films through a deal with Studiocanal, one of Europe’s leading distribution and production companies. Many of the films have never been available to own and will benefit from new transfers, affirming Network Distributing's commitment to classic British cinema.

    THIS Oscar-nominated film directed by William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist) stars Peter Falk (Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles) in a stylish and witty account of the Great Brink's Robbery of 1950 – one of the 20th century's most skilful heists. The Brink’s Job (PG) is available on DVD from 7 March 2016, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.

     Video: "The Brink's Job": Out on DVD 07/03/2016              

    Hoping to break a run of bad luck, small-time crook Tony Pino and his gang target a Brink's armoured car and walk away with small fortune. When the raid goes unreported, Tony reconnoitres the firm's supposedly impregnable Boston headquarters – and finds the level of security is risibly lax. He begins to plan something a little more impressive...

    The Brink’s Job available here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

    Special features:
- Original theatrical trailer
- Image gallery

UK Trailer for Safelight starring Juno Temple and Evan Peters
    SAFELIGHT, starring Juno Temple (Killer Joe, Black Mass, Horns) and Evan Peters (X-Men: Days Of Future Past, American Horror Story), is a touching road movie centered around an unlikely burgeoning romance.

     Video: Safelight Trailer- In Cinemas & On Demand 1st April 2016             

    The paths of two desperate individuals cross in a dusty desert town in the late 1970s. Charles (Evan Peters) is a high school senior with physical challenges and Vickie (Juno Temple) is a troubled runaway. After Charles steps in to help Vickie during a fight with the dangerous Skid (Kevin Alejandro – True Blood, Red State), the pair form an unlikely relationship. But will the pair’s difficult lives allow them to find happiness? One thing is for certain – their lives will be changed forever.

    In select cinemas: Fri April 29 DVD and Digital Download: Mon May 2.

Men & Chicken releases in UK cinemas June 2016
    Two outcast brothers get to know their biological family and discover the horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.

Men & Chicken is directed by Anders Thomas Jensen and stars: Mads Mikkelsen, David Dencik, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Søren Malling & Nicolas Bro.

     Video: Men & Chicken (Maend & Hons) Trailer (English Subtitles)               

    Gabriel (David Dencik) and Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) are two very different brothers. Gabriel is a worn down university professor and Elias is a man whose only concern is women and trivial knowledge. During a lecture Gabriel receives a phone call. Their father is dead. Things take a turn when the brothers learn through a videotape recorded by their now late father, that he in fact wasn't their biological father. Gabriel and Elias discover that their biological father lives on the island Ork. They set out to the island and here they meet their real family. The brothers' first meeting with the family doesn't go as expected. Gabriel and Elias are stranded in the marshland of Ork. Here they meet the mayor of Ork and his daughter Ellen, a neurotic woman who hates her life, herself, her father and the island. Surrounded by abnormal people, Gabriel and Elias discover the truth about themselves and their relatives. A truth that while paralysing them also sets them free.

Trailer for Blake Lively's shark thriller The Shallows
    A young Woman who is dealing with the recent death of her mother is surfing on an isolated beach and gets stranded 20 yards off shore on a buoy. What lies between her and the shore is a huge great white shark.

     Video: The Shallows - Official Trailer - Starring Blake Lively               

Blake Lively
Oscar Jaenada
Sedona Legge

    Official Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Shallows

Arrow Video presents new Rainer Werner Fassbinder titles
    The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Collection available on dual format Blu-ray & DVD, 28 March & 4 April 2016.

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder died at the age of just 37 but left behind a remarkable legacy. His career as filmmaker lasted less than two decades, yet he managed to direct 40 features, two TV series and numerous stage productions. This remarkable output created some enduring classics and, alongside the works of Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Volker Schlöndorff and Alexander Kluge, brought New German Cinema to an international audience.

    Arrow Video’s The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Collection, released on 28th March, brings together ten of the director’s finest, including his feature debut Love is Colder Than Death, Katzelmacher, Beware of a Holy Whore, The Merchant of Four Seasons, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Fear Eats the Soul, Effi Briest, Fox and His Friends, Chinese Roulette and The Marriage of Maria Braun.

    Each film has been lavished a 4K restoration by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation and comes adorned with an array of extras, including commentaries, documentaries, interviews and short films. This limited edition box set also houses a 200-page hardback book containing all-new writing on the films therein.

    Alongside this limited edition set, Arrow will also be releasing each title individually, starting with Fear Eats the Soul and The Merchant of Four Seasons & Beware of a Holy Whore on 28th March and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and The Marriage of Maria Braun on 4th April 2016. The remaining titles will follow later in the year.

Fear Eats The Soul
    In March 1974 Rainer Werner Fassbinder released what would become arguably his most loved work. Fresh from the Cannes Film Festival, where it had earned its director two prizes, Fear Eats the Soul would soon delight audiences the world over with its tale of romance and racial prejudice in present-day Munich. Emmi (Brigitte Mira), a widowed cleaning lady in her sixties, meets Ali (El Hedi ben Salem), a Moroccan immigrant in his thirties. Seeking companionship, the pair marry to the outrage Emmi’s family (including Fassbinder himself as her aggressive son-in-law), her friends and her colleagues.

    Paying homage to the classic melodramas of Douglas Sirk, in particular All That Heaven Allows, Fear Eats the Soul is a beautifully performed look at intolerance and hypocrisy, and a key film for both Fassbinder and the New German Cinema.

The Merchant of Four Seasons & Beware of a Holy Whore
    Made in quick succession in 1970 and 1971, Beware of a Holy Whore and The Merchant of Four Seasons represent a key stage in the career of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the point at which he matured as a filmmaker and first began to attract an international audience. A fictional recounting of the making of Whity, Fassbinder’s take on the American West, Beware of a Holy Whore is a backstage melodrama set in a Spanish seaside hotel. Starring Lou Castel (Requiescant) as the director and Eddie Constantine (Alphaville) as himself, the film is an intriguing and often acidic look through the mirror at Fassbinder and his ‘family’ of cast and crew.

    The Merchant of Four Seasons concerns itself with Hans, a fruit seller, former Foreign Legionnaire and family man. Inspired by the discovery of Douglas Sirk’s work – and set, like those classic melodramas, in the 1950s – Fassbinder charts Hans’ downfall with a perfect blend of poignancy and high drama. The Sirkian formula worked so well it would inspire a new phase in the director’s output and produce such classics as The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and Fear Eats the Soul.

The Marriage of Maria Braun
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s penultimate film of the seventies was also his most successful. Popular with audiences and critics alike, among them Roger Ebert and François Truffaut, The Marriage of Maria Braun finally provided its director with the international breakthrough he had craved for so long. Maria Braun marries a young soldier amid the Allied bombing raids of World World II the day before he must return to the Russian front. Awaiting his return in 1945, she is informed of his death and must endure and navigate the post-war years alone. Mirroring the German Wirtschaftswunder (‘economic miracle’), she determinedly rises to prosperity as a self-made woman.

    Centred on an astonishing performance from Fassbinder regular Hanna Schygulla in the lead role, The Marriage of Maria Braun took over four million Deutschmarks in its home country and made over a million dollars in the US. Such success proved influential too – without it we would likely never have seen Helma Sanders-Brahms’s Germany, Pale Mother or Edgar Reitz’s epic Heimat.

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
    Originally written and produced as a stage play, in transferring The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant to the big screen Rainer Werner Fassbinder created another masterpiece to rank alongside a string of cinematic classics.

    Petra von Kant, with two marriages behind her and an absent daughter, is a successful fashion designer. She lives with her secretary, the repressed and subservient Marlene, who will form the second point in a tragic ménage à trois when Petra meets and falls hopelessly in love with a confident young model named Karin.

    Harking back to the women’s pictures of Hollywood’s yesteryear, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is a magnificent showcase for Fassbinder’s female stars. Margit Carstensen (as Petra), Irm Hermann (as Marlene) and Hanna Schygulla (as Karin) deliver outstanding performances, three of the finest the cinema has ever see

IP MAN 3 out in the UK this month
    Former boxing champion and the “world’s most dangerous man” Mike Tyson is back doing what he does best – FIGHT
– battling Hong Kong’s greatest action star, Donnie Yen (upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, Ip Man, Ip Man 2) – his final showdown before taking his incredible martial arts skills to the Star Wars universe in Rogue One. Expect fast, furious and hard-hitting action in this battle between two of the greatest fighters on the planet.

In this explosive third installment of the blockbuster martial arts series, when a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Mike Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.

Fists will fly as some of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed play out on the big screen in this soon-to-be genre classic.

     Video: IP MAN 3 TRAILER               

    IP MAN 3 releases on:
Digital download Monday 18th April 2016
Special Collector's Steelbook, DVD & Blu-ray Monday 25th April 2016
The Ip Man Trilogy Box Set on DVD & Blu-ray 25th April 2016


    Bad Lieutenant meets Lethal Weapon in this blackly-comic buddy cop thriller. Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Kick-Ass) delivers his best performance in years as a nihilistic cop who teams with a reluctant young officer played by Elijah Wood (Maniac, Sin City) to stage a big money heist. After premiering at SXSW, The Trust has already picked up a word-of-mouth reputation as the crime thriller to watch this year.

     Video: The Trust Official UK Trailer (2016)               

    In a department full of sleaze and corruption, Las Vegas cops Jim Stone (Nicolas Cage) and David Waters (Elijah Wood) form an unlikely team as they begin an off-the-books investigation into a bailed heroin dealer.

Discovering the dealer’s huge underground safe beneath an apartment building, they hatch a plan into the safe for their own ends…

The Trust Poster One Sheet
 The Trust Poster One Sheet [VIEW]  
    Writer/Directors: Alex & Benjamin Brewer (feature debut)

    Key Talent:
Nicolas Cage (Bad Lieutenant, Leaving Las Vegas, Kick-Ass)
Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings, Maniac, Sin City)
Jerry Lewis (The King of Comedy, The Nutty Professor)
Sky Ferreira (Putty Hill, The Green Inferno)

   Help Fund This

Stephen Graham & BAFTA/OSCAR winning team searches for atonement in unique crowd-funded short film - BEING KEEGAN

BEING KEEGAN is a psychological, coming of age short film from award winning and BAFTA shortlisted Director/Producer Stephanie Zari and Kenneth Branagh Drama Award winning playwright Jilly Gardiner, starring BAFTA nominated actor Stephen Graham (THIS IS ENGLAND, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN).

The film addresses themes of childhood Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, guilt, hope and redemption, with a narrative that take place across the 1970s, 80s and present day.

     Video: BEING KEEGAN starring Stephen Graham - Teaser               

Having attracted BAFTA and OSCAR recognised talent who have worked on the likes of LORD OF THE RINGS, THE HOBBIT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN, STAR WARS EPISODE VII, SPECTRE, THE MARTIAN and this years Academy Award winning SPOTLIGHT, the production has been a team effort of in-kind support and collaboration. Now, with 70% of the film shot – the producers are launching a crowdfunding campaign to finish the film and bring this ambitious short to the audience.

The film follows 10-year-old Jay and his best friend Sean, growing up in Liverpool Football Club's 1970’s heyday. The pair spend their days playing football in the backstreets of a marginalised Liverpool, gripped by the rise of celebrity footballer Kevin Keegan. When a tragic accident changes their lives forever, we follow Jay's journey into adulthood and explore the ramifications of childhood trauma left untreated. After escaping to the Royal Navy 25 years ago, an adult Jay (played by Stephen Graham), is forced to return home to the city he knew as a child, now a landscape for atonement.

The Producers are looking to raise £12,700 to finish the film and in return for financial support they are offering a range of perks from invitations to screenings and props from the film including items signed by Kevin Keegan, Stephen Graham plus members of Liverpool’s 1974 FA Cup final team.

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   Short Film Competitions News

Submit Your Shorts: THE SHORTEST NIGHTS '16 - Deadlines Looming!

     Short Sighted Cinema's mid-summer short film celebration is open for submissions. SHORTEST NIGHTS is our annual collection of cutting-edge programmes celebrating the best in British short filmmaking.

Inspired by the longest day of the year, THE SHORTEST NIGHTS takes place over an entire Sunday showcasing new programmes of short-form films alongside industry networking.

Entry is FREE for the first film and for a small, optional fee, you can get full feedback on your film - and help us make the festival even better! So send us your films today. bitly.com/ShortestNights16.

   Photography Exhibition News

citizenM hosts Photography exhibition by GSA Students during Photo London - 18th May - 9th June

     This May sees an exhibition of photographic works by students from the Glasgow School of Art at citizenM Bankside. citizenM has long been a passionate supporter of emerging talent in the art world, and initiated the idea of a running a photography competition with the Glasgow School of Art.

Flannery O’Kafka
 Flannery O’Kafka  

     Students on the world-renowned BA Fine Art Photography programme, founded by the celebrated American landscape photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper, were invited by citizenM to submit images for a competition focusing on the idea of Place: A particular position, point, or area in space- a location. Fifteen students have been selected and will have their work showcased at the hotel during Photo London, the international photography fair which runs from 19th – 22nd May at Somerset House.

     A panel of judges including Robin Chadha, Chief Marketing Officer for citizenM; Professor Thomas Joshua Cooper; Lesley Punton, the head of the Photography programme at the GSA; Craig Alexander, Group Multimedia Editor Herald & Times Group; Brandei Estes, Deputy Head of Sotheby’s Photography Department, and Liesbeth Williams, curator of the KRC art collection, voted to choose three winners and twelve others whose work will be shown at the hotel. citizenM has invited the three winners to come to London during Photo London, and created a programme of studio visits, talks and portfolio reviews in collaboration with Photo London.

Mia Rewitz
 Mia Rewitz  
     The overall winner was judged to be Mia Rewitz from Denmark, who says of her work:

My work is about places where I once belonged. Places that were a part of me and exploring how they disappear and become something different”.

     The second winner, Flannery O’Kafka, also a second year student, explores through photography a summer spent in the Highlands and the Isle of Skye, focusing on those places where the ancient language of Gaelic is still spoken.

Flannery O’Kafka
 Flannery O’Kafka  

     Third year student Pablo Llopis, approached the concept of place from an architectural, functional, social and psychological viewpoint.

Pablo Llopis
 Pablo Llopis  
     The other twelve students whose work will be on show are: Anne Mie Bak Andersen, Robert Mercer, Jens Masimov, Julien Richauduad, Marie Jorgensen, Jonas Jessen Hansen, Violet Patrich, Cecile Neumann Hansen, Barbara Loisch, Casper Alsoe, David Whitelaw & Louise Connor

     Photo London
     Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Founded in 2015, it has already established itself as a world-class photography fair and as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community. From the capital’s major museums, to its auction houses, galleries large and small, right into the burgeoning creative communities in the East End and South London, Photo London harnesses the city’s outstanding creative talent and brings the world’s leading photographers, curators, exhibitors, dealers and the public to celebrate photography, the medium of our time.


   Upcoming Richard Attenborough Events News

BAFTA & Chelsea Football Club To Host A Celebration Gala In Aid Of The Richard Attenborough Charitable Trust

     Lord Attenborough's life will be celebrated at an exclusive gala to be attended by some of his closest friends and admirers, as well as well-known faces from film, TV and sport. The event, taking place on 18th May 2016 at Stamford Bridge, is supported by both BAFTA and Chelsea Football Club.

     Lord Attenborough’s love of film and football were truly legendary, but every bit as important to him were the charitable causes he worked tirelessly for throughout his life. As President of both BAFTA and Chelsea FC, the Gala will not only celebrate his passions, but will also help raise vital funds for the Richard Attenborough Charitable Trust in direct support of these causes.

     Guests will enjoy a champagne reception followed by a sumptuous three-course meal and an array of entertainment on the night. There will be special auction prizes on the night for both film and football fans.

     Tables for the event are still available and start at £3,000 for a table of ten, with Silver tables available at £7,500 and Gold tables at £10,000. Tables can be purchased online at http://events.chelseafc.com/richardattenborough/.

     There is also chance to join an exclusive group of world-famous names from the worlds of film and sport, including Chelsea Football Club legends Carlo Cudicini, Paulo Ferreira, Tore Andre Flo and Eddie Newton, for a celebrity football tournament in the afternoon. Teams will battle it out in the competition with the chance to take home the coveted Richard Attenborough Celebration Cup. A team of 10 costs £17,500 and includes a Silver table in the evening.

Michael Attenborough said: I’m thrilled that BAFTA and Chelsea Football Club are putting on an event which brings together two of my father’s greatest passions. It will be wonderful to see many of his friends present to help celebrate his life. I am determined that his legacy should continue his massive contribution to people's lives, so every penny raised on the night will go towards the charitable causes he supported via The Richard Attenborough Charitable Trust."
     Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of BAFTA said: Everyone has their own personal memories of Lord Attenborough, mine are of a genuinely wonderful man, a talented actor, producer and director, who was an inspiration to all who met him. I’m thrilled that the worlds of film, television and football are coming together for a very special tribute to a true icon of the creative industries.”
     Bruce Buck, Chairman of Chelsea Football Club said: It gives us great pleasure to host an unforgettable evening in honour of our Life President Lord Attenborough. He was also one of our greatest and most passionate supporters. I look forward to sharing and hearing stories about an extraordinary man, and am delighted the worlds of film and football can unite to do so, while supporting some wonderful and worthy causes.”

Thank you and goodnight
- From the desk of Craig Grobler


Craig Grobler will flip ya, flip ya, flip ya for real
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