‘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:

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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.