HORROR ‘ITSY BITSY’ TO BE RELEASED ON DEMAND FROM 14th OCTOBER

ITSY BITSY weaves a character-driven story of responsibility, love and loss set against a terrifying backdrop of chilling scares and monstrous legends. When Kara (Elizabeth Roberts) a single mother struggling to raise two children in New York City, receives a job offer to work as a private nurse in the mid-West, it’s an opportunity she can’t refuse. So, she uproots her family, moving them to the remote farm owned by Walter (Golden Globe®-winner Bruce Davison), a semi-retired antiquities appraiser who has multiple sclerosis. At first, things seem normal enough. But what Kara doesn’t know is that doom preceded their arrival in the form of a mysterious ancient relic. And, if her family are to survive the horrific nightmare now lurking in the shadows, they will need to confront their deepest fears and personal demons.

A fearless and smartly character driven story has echoes of 'Aracnaphobia' mixed with films like 'Sinister', with the trailer being both creepy while also being intense. Not one for those afraid of spiders and even if you are not it still offers scares from jumps to all out unnerving scenes.

Director/Producer Micah Gallo said: “We hope this film is a fun ride for the audience! We worked extra hard to make a film that delivers on our Spider character and the thrills and chills you'd expect with our title Itsy Bitsy. Our treatment of the Spider was to make sure it was as plausible and thought out as any other actor in our film. We did everything possible with practical effects to enhance the realism of the film so that when people leave the theatre, they saw a living creature. It's vindicating to have this film come out now and we hope audiences enjoy our love letter to mothers and feel the excitement of the fun creature popcorn movies we recall from younger years.”

Kew Media Distribution will be releasing the new horror feature ITSY BITSY on UK digital platforms from 14th October. Directed and produced by Micah Gallo (Wick - short) alongside special effects master Dan Rebert (True Blood), ITSY BITSY stars Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion, X-Men), Elizabeth Roberts (Old Fashioned, CSI), Denise Crosby (Pet Sematary, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Arman Darbo (And Then I Go, Kung Fu Hero) and Chloe Perrin (Mary, Single Parents).

Be a part of 'Playhouse' an all new horror from the Watts Brothers

 'Playhouse' is a creepy story shot in the beautiful landscape of Caithness at Freswick Castle in the far north of Scotland where Fionn and Toby grew up and their family still lives. Relativly remote the setting is unique and attractive but offers the mystique of the classic Hammer horror movies of the 60's and 70's and is a key backdrop to this unique story.

When Jack Travis, a playwright known for scaring audiences, and his daughter arrive at the castle to work on his latest project. As he rapidly becomes drawn deeper into his desire to scare a nightmarish force within the castle begins to plague his daughter. Both Travis and his daughter face a darkness they never saw coming.

From the minds of the Watts Bros and their company Far North Film,  'Playhouse' is a smart innovative film that plays like a love letter to old school horror. "Playhouse is the culmination of childhood experiences, an unusual upbringing, inspirations from other films mixed with our own imaginations. The film is really about parental responsibility set against creative obsession and what happens when things get badly out of balance. It's not so - called 'cynical horror' but more a tale of morality in a gothic setting", Fionn Watts (Producer/Director). Built from both experiences and imagination this film is everything you want from original cinema "Playhouse is the thrilling tale of a writer whose personal obsession with his work takes over his life in da rk ways he couldn't imagine. The backdrop of a Scottish castle with 'an intriguing past' and a lonely and vulnerable teenage daughter is a perfect recipe for horror atmosphere and emotional tension!" Toby Watts (Writer/Producer/Director). The brothers developed the story over a period of time making the jump to features after years developing the skills with corperate videos and short films. But while alot of filmmakers are intimitated by making the jump with features both Fionn and Toby knew what they wanted and have gone after it, something that just has to be admired.

Be a part of this film and support the hard work of the team behind it on their Kickstarter campaign with this link: http://bit.ly/2ZnWoie . This is an opportunity to be a part of a film and even pick up some one of a kind perks. Support British film and help this film to where it belongs on the big screen.

STARRING: Grace Courtney William Holstead , Grace Courtney, Helen Mackay, James Rottger, Rebecca Calienda, Eilidh McLaughlin, Mathilde Darmady

 A Film by the Watts Brothers. Story by Fionn and Toby Watts. Written by Toby Watts. Produced and Directed by Fionn and Toby Watts 90min / UK / COLOUR / 2019 / ENGLISH

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The Watts Brothers are forging their own path to their filmmaking dream

As children we all grew up watching films, some more than others but to children films were a magical escape to worlds only seen in dreams. For some the dream becomes being a part of this infront of the camera, the bright lights and magic of cinema but their are those that didnt just want to be a part of the magic they wanted to create their own and form their own dream worlds for the big screen. But for all the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood idea there are more stories of tried and failed aspirations. For every success story from people working in film there are more that didnt quite make it.

Film for the most part is a shared social experience, a bonding wave of emotions that flies off the screen pulling audiences in. It is these experiences that feed the aspirations of wannabe filmmakers/storytellers. Up and coming filmmaker brothers Fionn and Toby Watts found both escape and shared passion in the art of creating cinema. Most who have tried to break and find their way into the film industry have stories of rejection and very little positivness but at times there are those with the brave enough to push through and force their own path to succeeding in this near impossible industry. The Watts brothers have worked hard and sacrificed alot and are still learning and forging their way to the career they dream of, making films.

Artistic skills were a factor as the pair grew up with a Dad who is a writer, working on varying projects from plays to film scripts and their Mother an actress. From their relatively modest beginnings the pair found their escape in the 'VHS era' this became a cornerstone of their younger years.

An 18th birthday present would become the basis for Fionn's future successes, his own video camera. Using his brother Toby as an actor he began to experiement and work out his own approach to film. Fionn began studying film and media at Stirling University, finding and honing a skillset with the aim that he wanted to understand producing video content and the assets needed to get from concept to finished product. After a move to Newcastle Fionn set up as a freelancer making use of his growing skillset while also learning valuable lessons that would benefit him later in life and shape his career. His passion speaks volumes and there is almost a feeling that he didnt enjoy the learning  and preferred to be more practical in that actions speak louder than words. The idea of storytelling as a visual form began to solidify in his own mind as he was in the process of developing an idea for a thriller story as a novel but in his head he was mentally storyboarding it as he went along. His drive to succeed and his growing love for creating began to make him question if he could actually do this for a living. What started as a hobby had now flared into a full grown passion, but as with any person starting out on a path into artistic ventures it was a tough road paved with lows and very little highs even at times being financially supported by brother Toby who was at the time at University.

Toby's path was different, to him filmmaking was more a hobby rather than a passion. He started out studying natural science in Cambridge but as time passed he found himself relatively unfulfilled and needing more from life.He talked of spending weeks at a time in labs just wandering what he was doing and if it was for him. Already with a basis of video editing and production skills, Toby took to creating small videos while he was at University, he talked openly about this time being defining for him as he reassessed what he was doing and what he really wanted to do. For the most part a more self taught filmmaker who seems to draw on skills he has learned and developed his own approach from them. There is nothing but admiration for the bravery shown for Toby to switch careers and this only strengthens his commitment to the path he has now chosen. 

In 2011 the pair formed Far North Film with a view to establish producing opportunities using the skills and existing experience they had already. With a strong brotherly bond the pair set out to define their style by creating short films and other video projects their own way. Contracted on a retainer the pair were hired to run a filmmaker project in schools up and down the country making video content while also giving their own lessons to students. A difficult and testing but rewarding period as the pair gained valuable transferable skills to assist them in the challenges that were yet to come. Following the end of this the brothers set out developing corperate videos for local companies of varying sizes and styles, it was a period of growth for the pair but rewarding as it offered up various challenges they had to overcome. But as with freelancing in any industry work can at times be hard to come by. With bills to pay and families to support the down times were both hard and testing but determination and a stubbornness not to quit something the loved carried them forward.

It was at this point Fionn and Toby decided to take the leap and look at developing their own feature film, a choice the caould define their career, future and live's in general. They are both talented storytellers and down to eath guys but it is their bond and understanding that makes them unique and only strengthens their will to succeed.

Diverse creative talent is invited to apply for B3 MEDIA's 2019 TalentLab: application deadline is 27th August

A unique and one of a kind opportunity for storytellers looking for a platform, the talenlab offers showcase and development opprotunities. Whether you know your artistic voice or are looking to develop on it dont miss this chance.

Now in its sixth year, B3 Media is looking for artists for its 2019 edition of TalentLab – an innovative creative development programme aimed at BAME artists, writers, creative producers, and filmmakers who are ready to take their careers to the next level.

They are calling for applications from individuals with a strong story to tell, and a track record in film, visual arts, theatre and digital storytelling. B3 Media is hoping to find 20 candidates with ideas to participate in a series of development labs in September 2019. From this initial group, up to 6 projects will be commissioned. The selected filmmakers and artists will receive mentorship and development support between October - November 2019 with an opportunity to present their work at B3 Futures creative showcase in central London in November 2019.

Author and filmmaker Nelson George is one of this year’s mentors. George produced the critically acclaimed documentary 'The Black Godfather' that recently premiered on Netflix. He also wrote and directed ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’, a documentary about the world-famous African-American ballerina Misty Copeland. He was also Executive Producer & co-writer on the successful Netflix series ‘The Get Down’, created by director Baz Luhrmann and Pulitzer-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Additionally, Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in George’s HBO directorial debut, ‘Life Support.’

Nelson George said "I had an incredibly fulfilling creative experience working with the emerging talents at the TalentLab last year. It was a diverse and forward-thinking group of content creators. Looking forward to meeting a vibrant new group of talented writer/directors."

TalentLab is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme, and the University of Nottingham’s Horizon / Mixed Reality Lab. B3 Mediais a leading media arts network that understands the importance of representative storytelling. TalentLab helps diverse artists take their careers to the next level by transforming raw ideas and stories into outstanding projects capable of garnering widespread acclaim through a programme of workshops and bespoke support. The programme also enables participants to gain greater exposure and recognition in their fields via carefully curated networks with a list of industry mentors.

Jane Saunders, ScreenSkills Mentoring Manager, said: “Mentoring can help professionals at every career stage, but we know that is particularly beneficial for emerging talent without a strong network of personal contacts in the industry. “ScreenSkills is committed to building a more diverse and inclusive UK workforce. We are pleased to support the TalentLab, which gives a voice to talent from BAME backgrounds and are under-represented in our workforce.”

TalentLab 2019’s application closing date is 27th August 2019 at Midday Applicants can visit www.b3media.net/talentlab for more information.

A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE World Premiere at FrightFest on Saturday 24th August

From acclaimed director Staten Cousins Roe comes this Coen Bros esque dark comedy. Staten’s first short as writer & director, black comedy This Way Out, won international awards, including the Prix Decale (Offbeat Award) at the 30th Festival du Cinema European, Lille, and was BAFTA long-listed for Best Live Action short. This Way Out has been screened across the world including on HBO & The Sundance Channel Europe. Staten trained originally as an actor, before attending numerous development courses, including the NFTS Emerging Producers course and the LOCO mentor scheme led by Sky Comedy. Staten’s first feature film, jet-black comedy thriller A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life, will World Premiere at Arrow Video Frightfest on 24th August 2019.

A jet-black comedy thriller in the same vein as Sightseers, A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life is a frenetic Thelma and Louise guaranteed to satisfy the self-help generation, and the modern human’s blood lust.

Starring Katie Brayben (Doctor Who, King Charles III, This Way Out), Poppy Roe (This Way Out, Drawn, The Leisure Class), Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Divergent, Me Before You, Malevolent) and Emmy-nominated Sian Clifford (Fleabag, Vanity Fair, Dodgy Dave), the film follows Lou Farnt: a 30-something, self-help addict who wants nothing more than to escape her overly controlling mother and the dead-end seaside town where she grew up. So when strange and strikingly confident new life coach Val suddenly arrives on the scene and invites her on a road trip of alternative therapies, Lou finds the perfect opportunity to leave, and the perfect person to become. Unfortunately for Lou, Val’s a serial killer.

A very modern insight into the darker inner workings of the human mind and the view into the mindful life viewpoints of a more sinister mind.

 

New Documentary on How Medical Safety Revolutionised Motorsports Speeds into UK Cinemas 6th Sept

Showing a side of motorsports little seen and the heroes giving everything to save the lifes of competitors. Like gladiators motorsport racers put their lives on the line pulling of high octane races in the name of entertainment and at the best of times it is adrenaline filled and at the worst it is real men cheating death and it is due to the mediacl support that they of ten can.

The film is based on the acclaimed book ‘RAPID RESPONSE: My inside story as a motor racing life-saver’ by Dr. Stephen Olvey, which is the compelling story of the author’s often tragic, sometimes funny, and frequently frustrating journey through the volatile world of professional motorsport.

Rapid Response is a fast-paced documentary that tells the story of medical and safety professionals who refused to accept the high mortality rate among American race car drivers, fundamentally altering the history of motorsports.

“Rapid Response has been a passion project of mine as both a documentary filmmaker and motorsports fan for years. My partner, Roger Hinze, and I could not be anymore proud of the film. This is a movie not only for motorsports fans, but for all audiences. This a true story told by the men who changed the culture of an entire sport through the application of science. They are true heroes who saved countless lives. Dr. Olvey and Dr. Trammell, are men that any parent would be proud to have their child emulate.” said: Co-director Michael Miles

“Rapid Response follows their lives’ work in motorsports to the scene of the accident, to the operating room, and to the labs where they did research that changed racing and pioneered safety methods that have trickled down into the cars we drive today.”

In 1966 Medical student and racing fan Stephen Olvey gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is asked to volunteer at the Indianapolis 500 on their medical team. What started as a fun insider view of a sport he loved quickly devolves before his eyes as he sees the level of medical support given to the drivers, whom he has befriended, is terrifyingly non-existent. After feeling helpless at the scene of what turns out to be a fatal accident, Dr. Olvey sets off on a mission to build a team to apply science to transform motorsports from the most fatal form of sport to one of the safest. Over the next 30 years they succeed and the science that they develop influences modern trauma medicine, the United States military, NASA, and the passenger cars we drive today. This is the true story of the most fatal era in Motorsports and the Indy 500 doctors who pioneered safety and helped the drivers to cheat death.

www.rapidresponsemovie.com

Calling all Cult and Indie Movie Lovers: Film Ahoy Launches First Ever Independent Film Streaming Platform

Calling all Cult and Indie Film Fans Film Ahoy Launches First Ever Independent Film Streaming Platform

In a world of unoriginal storytelling and predictable box office Film Ahoy is championing the 'little man', films that have slipped under the radar but deserve to be seen. While the big boy studios in cinema dominate with sequels, reboots and comic book movies there are films that may never be seen on a cinema screen but are full of heart and originality that made film the magical tool it is. Indie cinema is brimming with talent that deserves to be seen and given a chance will blow you away.

The platform was created to celebrate excellent films from all genres and cultures. Titles range from Luke Goss's all American action film, Interview with a Hitman, City Rats, starring Danny Dyer as a British gangster and The Man Inside (Peter Mullan, David Harewood and Michelle Ryan) to Kung Fu royalty in the Wu Tang collection's Super Dragon (Bruce Lee). For the Film Ahoy creators, it seemed wrong that these cinematic masterpieces and many others didn't get the exposure they deserved simply because they weren't picked up by distributer giants Netflix, Amazon or Sky.

With the ever rising volume in SVOD and streaming services, consumers may struggle to subscribe to multiple subscription only platforms at once. With many of these platforms being unable to service all of the consumer's requirements, Film Ahoy is able to provide a high quality streaming service, without yet another costly monthly subscription. Headline talent that can be found in Film Ahoy's extensive library include Christopher Walken, Oliver Reed and Kirstie Alley. They have just taken on 50 martial arts films from the Wutang collection in recent weeks and are currently working on securing up to 300 new titles to add to this. Film Ahoy is a service where you can enjoy films from across the world with standout casts for free, with adverts every twenty minutes, or for £1 without adverts. The premise behind the initiative is to perpetuate the reach of independent films from across the world, as well as those that are showcased at independent film festivals and and fade into an abyss just weeks after. The Film Ahoy platform also gives filmmakers from all over the world, specialising in multiple genres, a collective base where they can direct traffic to view their creations and generate revenue.

They hope to raise the profile of independent filmmakers by tapping in to niche fan bases through the website and social media. Contributing filmmakers will be sent quarterly reports of their film's performance so they can monitor the new revenue that comes in every three months. Film Ahoy is bought to you by British filmmaker Dean Fisher of Bow Street Media who strives to support his industry by offering other filmmakers a direct route to their audiences with real monetised return. Fisher is confident that this non-subscription platform is different to what is already on the market; 'It gives me great pleasure to launch Film Ahoy after three years of development. We wanted to create an additional revenue stream for independent filmmakers and free content for consumers to enjoy. By combining great content with short commercial breaks and a low purchase price of £1 makes our model attractive to the consumer. Why would you want to pirate a film when you can watch for free legally?' The creation of this platform comes from a position of understanding, as Fisher wanted to create a community where he could showcase his own independent films. Ultimately, he has ambitions to produce films especially for the platform.

www.filmahoy.com

 

‘THE BIG MEETING’ CELEBRATES UK FILM PREMIERE Documentary on one of the World’s Longest Standing Annual Public Meetings Released in UK Cinemas 6th September

 

With the political world as it is right now 'The Big Meeting' feels like a pivotal release that will capture the imagination of everyone even the most politically opposed people. It plays out almost theatrically like a live play unfolding infront of your eyes with the characters to match.

Every second Saturday in July the city of Durham is taken over by miners, trade-unions and the public for a major event known locally as THE BIG MEETING. The Durham Miners' Gala is an annual celebration of noise, colour and solidarity, of class culture, creativity and endeavour. Attracting 200,000 people, banners and brass bands parade through the streets to honour their heritage. THE BIG MEETING reflects the past, present and future of the Gala and labour movement, whilst following four protagonists over the course of this impressive working-class occasion.

In December 2017, Shut Out The Light's documentary about Labour stalwart Dennis Skinner, Nature of the Beast, played to a sold-out audience at Redhills - The Miners' Hall in Durham. Having filmed at the Gala for Nature of the Beast and exposed to the history and aura of Redhills, Shut Out The Light approached the Durham Miners' Association (DMA) about the possibility of making the first official feature-length documentary about the Gala. Shut Out The Light received unprecedented access to the Gala, allowing them to capture it from all angles.

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the DMA making the timing of this documentary particularly relevant. 55 years since the first documentary on the Gala, THE BIG MEETING offers a fascinating look into the world’s most significant annual public meeting.

Director, Producer and Writer Daniel Draper said: “Visiting and filming the Gala in 2016, I was exposed to the colour, noise and environment for the first time. It’s something I’ve struggled to articulate into words to people ever since. I don’t think words can do justice to such an occasion - I feel like the Gala is a living and breathing organism, something not static, but immovable - a celebration of working-class life, not just today, but almost as if it takes place in the past and future simultaneously. I suppose this film is an elaborate explanation of something wonderful and beyond words.”

Contributors: Jeremy Corbyn, Dennis Skinner, Ian Lavery, Richard Burgon, Angela Rayner, DBC Pierre, John Irvin, Paul Mason, Margaret Aspinall, Selina Todd, Robert Colls, Ross Forbes, George Robson, Heather Wood, Heather Ward, Stephen Guy, Charlotte Austin, Laura Daly, Lynn Gibson, Mike Jackson & Brett Haran (LGSM), Ben Sellers, Liam Young, Emma Shankland, Robert McManners, Jake Campbell-Morris

 

First Look images of new Alan McGee biopic Creations Stories!

25 June 2019, London, UK - Burning Wheel Productions are excited to share the first official images from the new Alan McGee biopic CREATION STORIES, written by Irvine Welsh and exec produced by Danny Boyle. The images feature the film's leading man Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), who plays Alan McGee, as well as a behind the scenes look at one of the sets with Director Nick Moran.

Starring an all star british cast lead by Ewen Bremner and including Suki Waterhouse. Leo Flanagan (Hanna, Waterloo Road) has been confirmed to play young Alan McGee in his feature film debut. Recently confirmed additions to the ensemble include some british legends from Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter Film Series), comedian Ed Byrne as well as Paul Kaye (It's All Gone Pete Tong), Perry Benson (You Rang M'Lord?), Thomas Turgoose (This is England) to Steven Berkoff (Octopussy), Rufus Jones (W1A) and Mel Raido (Legend). 

Produced by cinematic legend Danny Boyle and directed by Nick Moran, Creation Stories tells the unforgettable tale of infamous Creation Records label head Alan McGee; and of how one written-off young Glaswegian upstart rose to irrevocably change the face of British culture.

'SHE’S MISSING' will be released on iTunes and On Demand from 1st July on Sky Store, Virgin Media, Google Play, Youtube and Amazon

Produced by TW Films and Ripple World Pictures and financed by Screen Ireland and GCI Films, SHE’S MISSING follows Heidi and Jane who are best friends living in a small town in the desert. When Jane, a Rodeo Queen contestant and military wife goes missing Heidi, now alone in the world, must begin a search across the desert for her friend. She digs up secrets and encounters the violence of life on the road, crossing paths with a series of unusual men and women in her search for an honest connection in a dishonest world.

Described as a complex portrait of female friendship and small-town yearning, the film stars LUCY FRY (Godfather of Harlem, Bright), EIZA GONZALEZ (Hobbs & Shaw, Godzilla vs. Kong), JOSH HARTNETT (Oh Lucy!, Penny Dreadful) and CHRISTIAN CAMARGO (See, Days and Nights) and is written and directed by Alexandra McGuinness (Lotus Eaters, Riders) and produced by Anna O’Malley, Dominic Wright and Eamonn Cleary.

After premiereing at the Edinburgh Film Festival on June 22nd Director Alexandra McGuinness acclaimed story 'She's Missing' will be available July 1st on digital services.

Director Alexandra McGuinness said, “I’m thrilled She’s Missing is having its International premiere at Edinburgh. I’ve always wanted to have a film screen there. Edinburgh has such a history of supporting artists and helping audiences discover cinema. I think Edinburgh’s identity as a festival is perfect for She’s Missing which is a personal film that can straddle a line between being a crowdpleaser and an art film.”

 

Released 1st July widely on:iTunes, Amazon, Sky Store, Virgin Media, Google Play and Youtube

‘ANIARA’ SWEDISH SCI-FI FILM – TO BE RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS AND ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS FROM 30th AUGUST

The visually stunning ANIARA is written and directed by Pella Kågerman (The Swedish Supporter, Stormakstiden) and Hugo Lilja (The Unliving, The Swedish Supporter), produced by award winning Annika Rogell (The Black Power Mixtape, Concerning Violence, My Skinny Sister) and Executive Produced by Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen (Antichrist, Melancholia, The Wife). It stars Emelie Jonsson (Gentlemen & Gangsters, Gentlemen), Arvin Kananian, Bianca Cruzeiro, Anneli Martini, Jennie Silfverhjelm, Peter Carlberg and Emma Broomé.

Based on a concept by Nobel prize-winner Harry Martinson, ANIARA is the story of one of the many spaceships used for transporting Earth’s fleeing population to their new home-planet Mars. But just as the ship leaves the destroyed Earth, she collides with space junk and is thrown off her course. The passengers slowly realize that they’ll never be able to return.

The Swedish Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson wrote ANIARA as a poem in 1956 affected by the Cold War and the test detonations of the Hydrogen Bomb. Translated into different languages and developed into opera and stage productions, this is the first film adaptation.

Directors Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja said, “We both felt the necessity to make this film. There’s a risk that ANIARA might become our future and the questions the film deals with are extremely relevant today. We want the audience to reflect on the spacecraft they’re already onboard, called Earth and the extremely short period of time we have on it.”

ANIARA will be released from 30st August in cinema and digital platforms including iTunes, Sky Store and Amazon.

 

 

SWEDISH SCI-FI FILM 'ANIARA' – TO BE RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS AND ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS FROM 30th AUGUST

Jim Jarmusch's Zombie flick 'The Dead Don't Die' arrives in cinemas July 12

After making its premiere at Cannes the star studded zombie film arrives in cinemas July 12. Lead by Bill Murray the cast is a whos who of indie darlings and A-listers under the direction of Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Only lovers left alive).

While Jarmusch is not an A list director, it is his eye for a unique story and a style many have tried and failed to imitate and his arrival in the zombie genre had fans buzzing. Over the years he has developed a strong cult following much like the followings of Wes Anderson and Spike Jonze, they create films you love but prefer not to fully comply with the 'Hollywood' way.Bill Murray is a long time collaborator with Jarmusch and the pair seem to complement each other artistically. 'The Dead Don't Die' might be the most off the wall film of the director's career bringing a more direct approach to the zombie genre and more often than not avoiding the generic cliche points you get with most films.

Murray is joined by another Jarmusch regualr in Tilda Swinton and along with the likes of Danny Glover, Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi and Chloë Sevigny its possbibly the most star studded zombie film made to date.

Jim Jarmusch is an aquired taste but his film as are always unique and original making him one of the few true storytellers in cinema. While his mainstream appeal is unlikely to grow his cult following will never disappear.

 Catch 'The Dead Dont Die' in cinemas July 12 

 

'The Dead Don't Die' A zombie story like nothing you have seen before arrives July 12

Director Jim Jarmusch with a zombified Iggy Pop

Cops and Monsters: Uprising

Want to become a Monster or Exec Producer in the second Season of the award-winning Amazon Prime TV show?

A unique opportunity to be a part of a one of a kind fantasy project. Cops and Monsters is an on-going, award winning supernatural police thriller set in a near-future Scotland. When vampires, werewolves and zombies come out of hiding, the country breaks out into war and riots with both sides fighting for control. Eventually the First Minister and the heads of the vampire and werewolf societies meet and form a treaty that will allow humans and supernaturals to co-exist. As such a police team, the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland, are put into place to police and protect both sides.

Series 1 featured guest stars such as Sophie Aldred (Doctor Who), Rachel Teate (Wolfblood), James Mackenzie (Raven), Leona Kate Vaughan (Wolfblood), James Payton (Harry Potter), Caitlin Blackwood (Doctor Who) and Katrina Bryan (Nina and the Neurons), working alongside upcoming actors including Simon Weir (Trainspotting 2) and Chris Bain (Shooting Clerks). Moving ahead with series 2 the team have secured Debbie Moon (BAFTA winning Wolfblood creator), Philip Lawrence (Big Finish) and Simon Underwood (Wolfblood) to join James T Harding (Broadway Baby), Laura Anne Anderson (BAFTA winning team member of CBeebie’s OOglies) and series creator Fraser Coull to pen 6 x 20 minute episodes, which will stream directly on Amazon Prime UK, US and Amazon Instant Video.

The team have set up a several crowdfunding accounts to raise funds to shoot the brand new series, which will consist of 6 x 20 minute episodes, focusing on a “story of the week”. Once complete, the episodes will be streamed from Amazon Prime UK, US and Amazon Instant Video.

To support the TV Series, go to Patreon ($) or Drip (£) to make your donation! People can also donate via PayPal. Details are at https://copsandmonsters.co.uk/support-the-show/.

A one of a kind opportunity to be a part of a cult favourite project, support this incredible team in bringing this project to life:

Crowdfunding Packages include (but not limited to)

£1000 - Be an Executive Producers! As well as being credited as an Executive Producer for series 2 on the episodes, you'll also be given an IMDb credit for the series, listed on the end credits on Amazon Prime UK and US. You'll receive a blu-ray and DVD copy of Volume 1 and 2, signed script from volume 2, a signed A3 poster, a Cops and Monsters t-shirt, personalised PITS badge and a digital copy of the soundtrack.

£300 - Be a Producer! We'll credit you as a producer on the IMDB entry for Cops and Monsters series 2, along with a signed copy of a series 2 script and a copy of series 1 on DVD! We'll also give you a DVD copy of episode 1 and 2 of series 2.

£150 - Be Our Sponsor! In return for buying this perk we will feature your company's logo and website on our official website, plus a credit on the end titles of this episode. We can also feature your product or branding in our new episode.

£100 - Be An Associate Producer! We'll credit you as an associate producer on the IMDB entry for Cops and Monsters series 2, along with a signed copy of a series 2 script!

£40 - Be a Monster! Buy this perk and you can be a vampire, werewolf or zombie in an upcoming episode of Cops and Monsters: Uprising. We'll also take your photo with the cast and crew, providing a digital copy for you. Travel and accommodation is not provided. Dates to be confirmed. Filming will take place in Glasgow, Scotland.

Your money will be spent on the following:

Hiring actors to star in each episode

Hiring professional TV and film crew members to work on the show

Book locations for each episode

When required, travel and accommodation for guest stars Film and camera equipment

Regular and special effects makeup

Costumes for each episode

Props to be made and bought

Expenses for travelling to locations

Catering for each shoot date

Editing of each episode

Visual effects for each episode

Sound design

Music compositions for each episode

Subtitles for each episode

Season One of Cops and Monsters is available on Amazon Prime To support the TV Series, go to Patreon ($) or Drip (£) to make your donation! People can also donate via PayPal. Details are at https://copsandmonsters.co.uk/support-the-show/.

 

 

Leader of Buddhist Faith in Mongolia, Khamba Lama Natsagdorj, to attend UK Premiere of Award-Winning Documentary THE MEDICINE BUDDHA on 31st May

Shot over 4 weeks in temperatures falling to minus 35 degrees, this one-of-a-kind documentary is an extraordinary cinematic portrait of the renowned Mongolian Buddhist leader, Khamba Lama Natsagdorj and the beauty of Mongolia. Both faith and science are explored as the viewers are immersed in Lama’s eclectic, relentless humanitarian efforts. These include his work in the Manba Datsan Traditional Medicine Central Hospital, his Manba Datsan Monastery and the Otoch Manramba University. This depiction of the Lama’s life of focused charity reaches beyond geographical barriers to address humankind itself.

Narrated by Ben Kingsley this cinematic feature documentary looks at the life and work of a Mongolian national treasures. He is on a life long mission to heal all the patients under his care , all Mongolians and all humanity. A smart insight into a world little known now to a society over reliant on technology. It is a breathtaking voyage into a tranquil life viewpoint which can enrich each person with every viewing.  

Director Benjamin Johns says:

“Shooting this film was an incredible experience, and it is a great honour to be the first British filmmaker to win this award. It has been a privilege and pleasure to tell the story of such a remarkable man’s life. I am looking forward to the film reaching audiences around the world." He added: "It was a very challenging film to make, shooting in temperatures down to minus 35 degrees and working with my Cinematographer, Gerry Vasbenter (Lord of the Rings camera operator) to ensure that the equipment could function as well as the crew! The road trip to Lama’s remote homeland Zaykhan Province was incredible and we were in the hands of local drivers and Lama’s powerful prayers to keep us safe on our journey. Mongolia is a wonderful country and the people are very friendly warm and welcoming. The Nomadic Mongolian lifestyle is one of the purest forms in existence today. “ Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, THE MEDICINE BUDDHA was written and directed by Bafta-nominated Benjamin Johns (Traveller, Nuestro Abuelo and Uncle Max), produced by Seis Content and financed by Premiere Picture, with David Rogers, Marcus Searancke and Alena Walker serving as Executive Producers.

THE MEDICINE BUDDHA will be celebrating its UK Premiere at the Regent Street cinema on 31st May.

Buy your tickets here: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/the-medicine-buddha/

THE MEDICINE BUDDHA will be released on DVD & VOD in June, date TBC, in the UK, Canada and the USA. Further details to follow shortly in a seperate release.

 

Burning Wheel Productions and Dan Hubbard Casting are looking for their Liam Gallagher for the feature film, Creation Stories, shooting in June 2019.

Role Criteria:

Do you have the swagger?

Do you have the look?

Do you have the voice?

Male aged 18 – 23

We are looking for more than just a haircut and a parka. Please self-tape your audition using the dialogue from the video link below  from 0:47 copy and paste the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uq8o0QLH1I

Creation Stories is a screenplay by Irvine Welsh, Directed by Nick Moran and Exec Produced by Danny Boyle. The film is based on the autobiography of Alan McGee, Riots, Raves and Running a Record Label: The Story of Creation Records. Confirmed members of the cast include Rupert Everett, Jason Flemyng, Suki Waterhouse and Ewen Bremner, who will be playing Alan McGee.

Send applications to: IWANTTOBELIAM@gmail.com **All videos must be received by 6pm Friday 31st May**

 

‘FREE MEN’ FOLLOWING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND INJUSTICE OF A MAN ON DEATH ROW – TO BE RELEASED ON iTUNES AND ON DEMAND WORLDWIDE FROM 11TH JUNE

'FREE MEN' - TO BE RELEASED ON iTUNES AND ON DEMAND WORLDWIDE FROM 11TH JUNE

In solitary confinement for the last 25 years, Kenneth Reams has pushed back the walls of his cell to become a painter, a poet, the founder of a non-profit, and an art event organizer – while fighting at the same time for justice. At age 18, Kenneth Reams was convicted for capital murder for a shooting he did not commit. He became the youngest inmate on Arkansas death row.

The story is both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time offering a narrative of a man who though down trodden by society he finds a personal release to win back some part of his life. Told through Reams own charasmatic voice, FREE MEN is a film about human resilience. Sentenced to death, Kenneth Reams has served decades of imprisonment in complete isolation. Love and art have freed him from his chains and he found a purpose in life when all signs of hope seemed lost.

While Arkansas rushes to execute eight inmates in ten days – an absolute American record –  with unprecedented access to his daily battle, and raises universal questions – How can we continue to move forward and find a sense of purpose in life? How strong is the human spirit? FREE MEN is a film for all those who have thought, one day, of giving up. Offering an unbelieveable insight into one mans daily struggle to find meaning in his life 'Free Men' shines light on injustice and the concequences of it.

KENNETH REAMS – CASE SUMMARY: At the age of 18, Kenneth Reams who is African-American was sentenced to death as an accomplice in a botched robbery that resulted in the death of a white man. Alford, the trigger man, was sentenced to life. Kenneth Reams' case epitomizes the injustices associated with the administration of the death penalty in America. He was represented by a part time public defender who did not properly investigate the case, did not retain the necessary experts, and did not properly challenge the government's case against him. During the trial, his attorney did not even solicit Alford’ testimony that he, not Reams, shot the victim. The trial prosecutor excluded black potential jurors on the basis of race and withheld from the defence critical evidence that would have undermined the state's case against him.

Director Anne-Frederique Widmann said: “Despite being on death row, Kenneth Reams is one of the freest people I have ever met. His journey underlines the incredible strength of human beings.”

For more information please visit:

https://www.journeyman.tv/film/7490 #FreeKennethReams https://www.facebook.com/FreeMenMovie/ https://www.instagram.com/freekennethreams/ https://twitter.com/hashtag/freekennethreams?lang=en https://vimeo.com/channels/freemenmovie

 

Acclaimed short film 'Deep Clean' to premiere on DUST on May 23rd after a special sneak peek at the SCI-FI London Film Festival

Starring Paul Kaye the film tells the story of 16-year-old Alex who is kicked out of school and forced to spend the day with his estranged Uncle on a work placement. What he doesn’t know is that Deep Clean is a secret council unit whose real job is… blocking up inter-dimensional portals!

Watch films under the stars this summer with Pop up screens

From cult classics like Grease and the breakfast club to audience favourites like Baby Driver and Greatest Showman and including award winning films like Bohemian Rhapsody the Pop up cinemas 2019 programme has something for everyone.

Pop Up Screens founder Dave Leydon said: "Outdoor cinema is a little bit different, and that’s why it’s brilliant! After 8 years of doing this I can still say outdoor cinema is brilliant. When I go to one of the chains to watch a movie, I’m rarely excited by the experience, and when I am it’s like being a kid again and that’s what I would liken outdoor cinema too, it makes going to the cinema feel like it used to feel when you were a kid. It’s exciting and an adventure and you never quite know what you’re going to get."

for more information on Pop up Screens and the 2019 programme visit www.popupscreens.co.uk

Bishops Park – Fulham

Catered by Family Cookout

Friday 19th July 10 Things I Hate About You 

Saturday 20th July Grease 

Sunday 21st July The Greatest Showman

Ruskin Park – Denmark Hill

Catered by Massimo Pizza

Friday 26th July The Breakfast Club

Saturday 27th July Dirty Dancing 

Sunday 28th July The Greatest Showman

Canbury Gardens – Kingston

Catered by Boaters Inn

Thursday 1st August Labyrinth

Corams Fields – Russell Square

Catered by Big Dogs

Friday 2nd August Baby Driver

Saturday 3rd August The Greatest Showman

Sunday 4th August The Breakfast Club

Canbury Gardens – Kingston

Catered by Boaters Inn

Thursday 8th August Moulin Rouge

Ravenscourt Park – Hammersmith

Catered by Family Cookout

Friday 9th August Dirty Dancing

Saturday 10th August 500 Days of Summer

Sunday 11th August Notting Hill

Canbury Gardens – Kingston

Catered by Boaters Inn

Thursday 15th August Ghostbusters

Manor House Gardens - Hither Green

Catered by Family Cookout

Friday 16th August Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Saturday 17th August The Greatest Showman

Sunday 18th August Bohemian Rhapsody

Guildhall Yard - City of London

Monday 19th August Jurassic Park

Tuesday 20th August Good Will Hunting

Wednesday 21st August 500 Days of Summer

Thursday 22nd August Back to the Future

Friday 23rd August First Man

Saturday 24th August WALL-E

Priory Park – Hornsey

Catered by Massimo Pizza

Friday 30th August A Star Is Born

Saturday 31st August Mary Poppins Returns

Sunday 1st September Top Gun

Bishops Park – Fulham

Catered by Paolo Pizza

Friday 6th September Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Saturday 7th September Bohemian Rhapsody

Sunday 8th September The Favourite

Corams Fields - Russell Square

Catered by Massimo Pizza

Tuesday 10th September Spider-man: Into The Spiderverse

Wednesday 11th September Anchorman

Thursday 12th September Get Out

Ravenscourt Park – Hammersmith

Catered by Prairie Fire BBQ

Friday 13th September A Star Is Born

Saturday 14th September The Greatest Showman

Sunday 15th September Pretty Woman

Greenwich Peninsula

Catered by Forcella Pizza

Friday 20th September Four Weddings and a Funeral

Saturday 21st September Grease

Sunday 22nd September Bohemian Rhapsody

South Park – Fulham

Catered by Big Dogs

Friday 27th September Incredibles 2

Saturday 28th September Back to the Future

Sunday 29th September The Little Mermaid

 

'The Last Faust' a fantasy drama set in the year 2059 starring Steven Berkoff

"The Last Faust transposes Goethe’s epic saga of damnation to the year 2059. Faust’s successor, Dr. Goodfellow is the CEO of Winestone, the world’s largest and most secretive tech firm. His predecessor Dr. Faust sold his soul, traded for the creation of the first Superhuman, to the devil Mephisto, in the manifestation of a Hedge Fund manager. However in the process, he unleashes a much darker force on to the world."

Co- directed by  Dominik Wieschermann and Philipp Humm the film is the world’s first cinematic adaptation of Goethe’s medieval masterpiece Faust 1 & 2. The adaptation is a key element of Humm’s Gesamtkunstwerk ‘A Total Works of Art’. 

The movie has transposed the 500-year old allegorical tale of Faust’s pact with the Devil to Silicon Valley in the year 2059. Humanity is on the brink of extinction as Artificial Intelligence (AI) heralds a new dawn of technological superiority.

Director Humm said "The story of Faust has more significance today than possibly any other time in history, our voracious thirst for technology means we’re sleepwalking into a dystopian future where artificial intelligence, unfettered by human concepts of empathy, reshapes the planet in its own image. The fact that we’re complicit in our own inevitable demise makes this tragedy all the more apposite. Before the Devil steals your soul, he’ll first steal your password.’’

The Last Faust is a fragment of Humm’s Gesamtkunstwerk or ‘Total Works of Art,’ that includes:

- Illustrated novella

- A series of Fine Art photography

- A series of watercolours - Oil paintings and sculptures

The Last Faust feature film is scheduled for international release in November 2019.

 

 

Steven Berkoff stars in 'The Last Faust'

Bond 25 as yet untitled but cameras set to roll with Cary Joji Fukunaga at the helm

25th April a presentation was held to announce the start date (28th April) of production and the cast for the 25th Bond film and Daniel Craig's final outing as the iconic character.

Set for domestic release April 8th 2020 it will bring back a number of original cast members, of the Daniel Craig era, like Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright with newcomers Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Oscar winner Rami Malek as the new Bond villain. 

The story will revolve around Bond who has now left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica.  His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

 Cary Joji Fukunaga is a smart story teller who isnt afraid to think outside the box and uses a very grounded approach to storytelling and the inclusion of Malek as the new villan indicates a fresh approach to the Bond stories. After the mixed reception of the last outing 'Spectre' the franchise seemed to need that back to basics approach it originally had with 'Casino Royale (2006)' and again achieved with 'Skyfall (2012)' it feels like this has the ingredients to be something special. Fukunaga has developed his skills with shows like 'True Detective' and films like 'Beasts Of No Nation' stories which create both a tension but also a hypnotizing appeal like the thrillers of the 70s. This being Craig's last outing it feels like it needed a director capable of taking the groundwork already set and creating a fresh narrative and visual approach. His approach is almost indicated by the team he has developing the story with him from regualr Bond contributors Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to Scott Z.Burns, a man who wrote 'The Bourne Ultimatum' but the suprise inclusion has to be Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Bridge, hot off the back of the acclaimed comedy show 'Fleabag', is a better writer than she gets credit for and while she might add a little more of a comedic element she can also contribute to the depth of the stories narrative.

The start of production launch of Bond 25 was streamed live on the official James Bond channels: 007.com, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and the video is now available on demand on all of these sites.

 

 

Rami Malek to star opposite Daniel Craig in the as yet untitled Bond 25

Applaudience reveal startling numbers for Endgame box office

"Sold out" showtimes for Avengers: Endgame Below are showtimes that are 95%+ sold out (only corner / front-row seats are left to book)

Regional occupancy percentages for cinema chains

Most popular times: Friday: 17:00 - 21:00 | Saturday: 13:00 - 20:00 | Sunday: 13:00 - 16:00

Applaudience reveals, Avengers: Endgame set to dominate the 2019 box office

After surpassing £22 million in advanced ticket sales Avengers: Endgame is set to be the biggest film of 2019. With the wether declining for the upcoming weekend after the sunshine of the easter holiday cinemas prepare for an influx of audiences with numbers rising.

As of midday today, 1,177,613 tickets have been bought for Fri-Sun screenings and 2,148,092 sold over all dates. This means that Avengers: Endgame has already made £12.1m in advanced ticket sales over the Box Office weekend and a further £10m across additional dates (based on an average opening weekend ticket price of £10.28 and all dates of £10.24). Overall 3.25% of the entire UK had already purchased advanced tickets.  

Applaudience have confirmed that Avengers: Endgame will beat predecessor Avengers: Infinity War's hefty £29m Box Office opening weekend in 2018. This will propel Avengers: Endgame to 2019's No.1 and will take some feat to replace before the end of the year.

Applaudience have uncovered that the most popular time to head to the cinema for Avengers: Endgame this weekend is 7pm this Friday (26th April), with 80 cinemas reporting screenings that have sold-out or reached 95% capacity, with only corner and front-row seats left to book. However, time seems to be no obstacle for Marvel fans this opening weekend with 95% capacity sold out screening being reported every hour from 8am to 11pm across the opening weekend, with 904 screenings reaching this capacity in total over the weekend.

Regional Statistics

Cinemas in the East of England have sold out of the greatest amount of Avengers: Endgame tickets in UK, with 34.3% of the total seats available in the region being pre booked. This high percentage is closely followed by cinemas in the South East (28.9%) and East Midlands (28.5%). More rural regions of the UK such as Northern Ireland and Wales are less taken by Marvel madness, with only 15.3% of total seats available being sold out in Wales and 18.5% in Northern Ireland. Cinemas in Yorkshire are up to 23.7% occupancy.

Rule changes are made looking towards the 92nd Oscars

The Academy board of Governors have implemented some new rule changes for the 92nd Academy Awards. There are some notable changes some of which could be viewed as debatable by some.

In the Animated Feature category, the theatrical release of eight eligible animated features in the calendar year is no longer required for the awards category to be activated. In addition, nominations voting will be automatically open to all active members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. Other active voting members of the Academy must opt-in to participate in the nominations round.

The Foreign Language Film category name has been changed to International Feature Film. “We have noted that the reference to ‘Foreign’ is outdated within the global filmmaking community,” commented Larry Karaszewski and Diane Weyermann, co-chairs of the International Feature Film Committee. “We believe that International Feature Film better represents this category, and promotes a positive and inclusive view of filmmaking, and the art of film as a universal experience.” The category name change does not change any existing category rules, the submission process, or eligibility requirements. An international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. Animated and documentary feature films are permitted. Only one film is accepted from each country as the official selection. In addition, the shortlist for the International Feature Film award is expanding to ten films; seven to be chosen by the Phase I International Feature Film Committee, and the additional three to be voted by the International Feature Film Award Executive Committee.  

In the Makeup and Hairstyling category, the number of nominated films is increasing from three to five, and the shortlist is increasing from seven to ten. In addition, the bake-off reels for the films shall not exceed seven minutes in total running time.

In the Short Film categories, Animated and Live Action Short Films now have the option to qualify theatrically in either the City of New York or Los Angeles County to be eligible for submission.

The Academy’s Board of Governors voted to maintain Rule Two, Eligibility for the 92nd Oscars. The rule states that to be eligible for awards consideration, a film must have a minimum seven-day theatrical run in a Los Angeles County commercial theater, with at least three screenings per day for paid admission. Motion pictures released in nontheatrical media on or after the first day of their Los Angeles County theatrical qualifying run remain eligible. "We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions,” said Academy President John Bailey. “Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration. We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues.” 

Other amendments to the rules include standard date changes and “housekeeping” adjustments. Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees. The Awards and Events Committee then reviews all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Board of Governors for final approval.

The complete 92nd Academy Awards rules are available at oscars.org/rules.

The clear discussion point is the advancing state of streaming platforms and the in some ways thret to the cinematic experience but the development of platforms like Netflix, who had major awards sucess with 'Roma' The Academy are having to adapt their approaches aswell as their standpoint. The Oscars remain the pinacle for the film industry and those who work in and around it.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.