Visionary writer/director Alex Proyas’s studio production outfit Heretic Foundation with his IP development company Mystery Clock Cinema have announced a co-production/financing partnership with UK-based 108 Media and will officially launch worldwide sales for Proyas’ latest feature-film project, 'SISTER DARKNESS'.

Proyas’ (The Crow / Dark City / I, Robot / Knowing / Gods of Egypt) returns to his mainstream-independent roots following a string of big budget studio features. 'Sister Darkness' is set in 1930s UK at a time when women were marginalised and exploited. It follows the newly wed but unhappy Alice who stumbles across her doppelganger Isla, whose existence is a mystery seeped in a tale of bloody retribution against her oppressors, the hellish supernatural nightscape, and a dread uprising against the deceitful aristocracy. Proyas’ primary vision is inspired by UK horror movies of the 60s and 70s with deep reverence to legendary films such as The Innocents and The Legend of Hell House.

The estimated USD35M production is based on an original script by Proyas and will be shot in his homebase of Australia in late-2022 into mid-2023, using a unique, fully virtual production process specially developed and refined by his VFX studio Heretic Foundation, which has been developing revolutionary approaches to filmmaking in this space since 2020. Proyas stated “We are excited to be embarking with 108 Media on what we genuinely believe will be the first step of a long and fruitful journey together. Sister Darkness will be a milestone in the use of virtual production at this scale and Heretic’s talented team will allow us to establish production values at much higher levels in this budget range than ever before thought achievable. This is the future of filmmaking.”

British Filmmaker aims to sell all 130,000 frames of debut film Lad: A Yorkshire Story as NFTs in industry first

Making a film is a difficult task and selling a film is even harder. Independent filmmakers are always on the lookout for creating unique selling points for their projects and in an ever growing market they are having to become more and more creative.

Filmmaker Dan Hartley has confirmed that all 130,000 frames of his film 'Lad: A Yorkshire Story'  will be available to be purchased as NFTs via the new platform, Rubric. For the first time fans will have the opportunity to own a piece of celluloid history and then be able to trade these assets as their rarity increases their value. This is the first time a film has been sold in this way with every single frame being uniquely numbered and each being the the one and only copy making them highly collectable and rare.

After a low key release back in 2013 but was largely ignored by distributors but found its audience after being released via Amazon Prime hitting over 500,000 streams to date.

Talking about the new platform 'Rubric' Hartley said "What we’re seeing in filmmaking is exactly that which we saw in the music industry, in which the tiny percentages shared by the streaming giants mean only the biggest actors can survive, so we want to broaden the options available to the filmmaker by giving them a platform to create their own merchandise so that smaller more personal stores can continue to thrive. The aim of Rubric is two-fold; To empower content creators to keep ownership of their media as part of a new revenue stream and to give audiences the opportunity to become stakeholders in films they love and to then have the opportunity to trade these assets as rare and unique collectibles."

But what is an NFT? NFTs are “one-of-a-kind” assets in the digital world that can be bought and sold like any other piece of property, but which have no tangible form of their own. The digital tokens can be thought of as certificates of ownership for virtual or physical assets.

Hartley said '"I see NFT’s as a huge game changer in the industry, on the same scale as home video and I think they will start to play a prominent role in the way that films are funded and distributed and I want Rubric to be at the forefront of that."

'Lad: A Yorkshire Story' will be coming to My5 early 2022 and NFT film frames are available to purchase at  https://rubric.media/

Reel Cinemas have confirmed that their Movie Madness offer has been extended until December 10th as they celebrate their 20th Birthday.

The independent cinema chain has 15 locations nationwide. Across the chain, Reel Cinemas offer state of the art screens, sound, leather seats and sofas, and are offering cinema-goers tickets from just £2.50 before 1 pm and £3.50 after, every day of the week. That’s cheaper than when the Reel first opened their doors 20 years ago.

 It is a beautiful gesture  as cinemas look to bring back the magic and power of film following the covid pandemic. With some incredible films coming in the run up to christmas it feels like an early christmas present for the Reel Cinema audiences. 

#LoveFilm #SupportCinema #ReelCinema

Ahead of its grand opening on September 30, 2021 Academy Museum of Motion Pictures offers a selection of pre opening programmes

Begining in April the Academy Museum will launch a series of virtual conversations, screenings, and education programs. Conceived as digital prologues to the Academy Museum’s core exhibition, Stories of Cinema, these programs will dive deep into the artists and magic behind cinema. It will also open a door into the world of film from the technology to the social impact it has on its audiences and the world.

Creatives from behind and infront of the camera will share eye opening insights and their own experiences as well as stories of their inspirations and collaborations. Driven by their own individual passion for filmmaking and story telling, names like Spike Lee, oscar winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir speak openly and candidly showing a side audiences dont get to see. As well as this there is a conversation with four women who achieved significant Oscars® milestones—Sophia Loren, Whoopi Goldberg, Marlee Matlin, and Buffy Sainte-Marie—is hosted by Academy Museum trustee Diane von Furstenberg and moderated by the museum’s chief artistic and programming officer, Jacqueline Stewart. Candid and intimate, the virtual event will celebrate their historic Academy Award wins while also allowing the opportunity to discuss past and future challenges from their perspectives as actors, musicians, comedians, and activists.

There will also be acreenings of specially selected films. In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the cast and crew of African-American screenwriter and director Dee Rees’ groundbreaking coming-of-age film Pariah (2011) reunite to discuss their unique journey from script to screen with the museum’s chief artistic and programming officer Jacqueline Stewart. Rees’ fiction debut is a nuanced portrait of Alike, a Brooklyn teen whose journey of self-discovery brims with humor, poetry, heartbreak, and resilience. Joining Rees are actors Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell, and Kim Wayans as well as producer Nekisa Cooper, editor Mako Kamitsuna, production designer Inbal Weinberg, and cinematographer Bradford Young.

This will all be topped off by specially selected educational programmes details of which, along with more informationon everything on offer, can be on the official website:



Eye Of The Storm - a feature documentary film about the late great British landscape painter James Morrison is to receive an innovative UK wide theatrical release despite cinemas remaining closed.

For three decades, Morrison produced stunning Scottish landscapes, prized in collections around the world. The Duke of Edinburgh and JK Rowling are among those who own his works. 'Eye of the Storm' follows the last two years of the artist’s life as he battles fading eyesight while aiming to create one final landscape and will receive its World Premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival on 28 February. A UK wide theatrical release immediately follows from Friday 5 March ahead of a broadcast of the film on the BBC Scotland Channel this spring.

However, with many cinemas remaining closed due to lockdown restrictions, thanks to National Lottery funding from Screen Scotland, distributor Cosmic Cat has teamed up with art galleries and independent movie theatres to ensure the film can be seen widely through a unique online experience. In addition, Scottish company Screen Language has created a special alternative audio experience for those with sight impairment, with guidance from national sight loss charity RNIB.

'Eye of the Storm' will be available to viewers through the websites of the following cinemas and art galleries from Friday 5 March :

Virtual Cinemas:

Arthouse, Crouch End, London

Barbican, London

Birmingham Art Gallery

Broadway Cinema, Nottingham

DCA, Dundee

Depot Cinema, Lewes

HOME, Manchester

Kinokulture, Owestry

Plymouth Arts Cinema

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Showroom, Sheffield

QFT, Belfast

Quad, Derby


Sadie Frost's Running Man, starring Raff Law to launch on BirdBox.Film from 7.30pm Feb 1st

Today Birdbox.Film launches it’s shorts channel with a selection of Oscar and BAFTA award-winning titles and the premiere of Sadie Frost’s Running Man, starring Raff Law which will be available for 48 hours from 7.30pm this evening.

Running Man also marks the launch of Birdbox.Film’s first monthly ‘Film Club’. At 7.30pm on Wednesday 3rd February, users will be able to tune into a live discussion with the Producer Sadie Frost, star Raff Law and Director Chris Turner, hosted by The Big Picture Film Club. The next ‘Film Club’ will follow later in February with a premiere of Sylvia and discussion with Director Richard Prendergast plus other guests.

Running Man, a story set in 1991 about a clinical drugs trial that goes horrifyingly wrong for a group of young ravers. Speaking about the film, Sadie Frost remarked “I wanted to make a film about the 90’s rave scene...I wanted it to be authentic and dark. With Johnny Cookes brilliant script and Chris Turner’s spot on direction, along with a stellar cast and a unique rave soundtrack, we have achieved something very exciting! It has been brilliant that so many festivals have reacted so well to it, and ultimately that people are drawn to it and find it an exciting and fun watch.”

Birdbox.Film is a very unique and dedicated platform for storytellers from all walks of life. It has been the starting point for a number off acclaimed films since its inception and continues to grow its talent pool. It continues to champion the cause and promotion of indie film and the talented storytellers looking to share their voice.

The shorts channel is priced at 99p per award winning short. Since the start of 2021, BirdBox.Film have brought in a subscription option for £2.99 watch unlimited content, or £1.99 to rent a single feature. Current channels on the platform include Documentary, Festival and Drama with a plan to launch at least another 4 channels by summer, bringing on board brand and media partners to support this.

The changing face of Cinema

 A short while ago Warner Bros announced they would be releasing a number of their 2021 releases on streaming service HBO Max and in cinemas at the same time. Cinemas had been hit hard due to the impact of covid throughout 2020 and it continues to haunt the big screen experience. 

2020 saw a number of films delayed to 2021 with the hope that things may be better or at least safer to re open cinemas and welcome back audiences  but it is still hard to see but we do hope. Possibly the biggest delay was that of Daniel Craig's final Bond outing 'No Time To Die', no due April 2nd 2021 but the changing times meant studios had to adjust and the first to move in the biggest way was Warner Bros releasing 'Wonder Woman 1984' in cinemas and on HBO Max on the same day. While you understand and appreciate this move you do have to feel for the people behind the Wonder Woman sequel as it is films like this that really benefit from the big screen experience and you feel like a large audience will miss out on the opportunity to fully appreciate it. Back in the summer it was again Warner Bros under the microscope as they released the delayed Christopher Nolan epic 'TENET'. Originally slated for a july release it was pushed back a month to try to reach the best audience possible within a cinema setting. Nolan's 'TENET' is a film that is made for the big screen and the Director has always stated his position on streaming films often speaking out against them, unfortunately it hit the films box office hard. Positive or not Warner Bros seems to be the first studio to really make moves to adapt to these changing times, other studios had tested the waters releasing films via streaming Disney had their live action 'Mulan' and Universal had ' Trolls 2' but Warner's had already prepared for the coming year.   

With the rise of streaming services like Netflix and more recently Disney plus cinema had already been fighting against rising tides but can home entertainment really compare to the big screen experience? It depends on what the individual takes from it. With tecnology now you can buy quality home cinema products to enhance how you view films and rising cinema prices make watching from home a more than enticing prospect. Growing streaming services are becoming more attractive not only to audiences but also to filmmakers, Martin Scorsese and David Fincher have recently collaborated with Netflix on high profile projects 'The Irishman' and 'Mank', meaning studios are having to really dig deep to find unique projects to draw audiences back to cinemas. Streaming from home has a high number of benefits the biggest being the on demand nature of the things you view but at the same time you could also say comfort of being at home. But the magic of cinema cannot be beaten or replicated. Being in a cinema is a very social experience, even if you dont know the people around you there is still a shared emotional roller coaster of the film you are watching, the tears of a hard hitting drama or the scares of an impactful horror. There will be those that disgree with opinions shown here but that is the benefit of free choice, everyone can decide for themselves.  But I think the big screen experience needs to be preserved, it could even be a nostalgic view point, but certain films just remind you why cinema is so important and still the best place to be immersed and forget about the world even just for 90 minutes. 

Covid has changed the face of cinema, or some believe just sped up what was already happening, in more ways than one bringing streaming and cinema together. Like it or not it was coming and is happening  there is not much more we can say about it but as cinemas struggle now to find a way back I know I will always support cinemas in anyway I can and I will always treasure the big screen experience and what it gives. But then I do have to admit 202 had opened my eyes to films I might not have seen had cienmas been open and it does open your eyes and make you realize sometimes there are some very beautfiul films that can easily slip by relatively unseen. Support Cinemas and especially you local independent ones as they are there to entertain you but they do need your support to help keep them going.

'I Made This For You' Available for Free from World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th

Mental health is an issue that every person deals with at one point or another in their life and more and more in this ever changing world the willingness to talk about it. Mental health issues can plague anyone, Robin Williams is just an example of how things are not always what they seem. Behind what seems like a normal everyday life can be a hidden pain.

'I Made This For You' is a searingly honest British feature film that tackles mental health, depression and suicide head on. To highlight World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, the film will be available to watch for free for a month on Youtube until World Mental Health Day on October 10th. 'I Made This For You' follows a man, played by Gary Grant (Enemy Lines), who cuts himself off from his friends and family and has recently attempted suicide. He is pulled back from the edge by a documentary made about his life by a friend, played by director Cristian Solimeno (Guilt, Rush, Footballers Wives). His friends also include Alison Newman (Eastenders, Footballers Wives) , Dermot Murphy (Animals, The Drummer and The Keeper), Francis Magee (Star Wars: Rogue One, Game of Thrones) and West End star Siobhan Dillon (Cabaret, Grease, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon).

Following the film, Director Cristian Solimeno also created the #imadethisforyou social campaign. The campaign invites people to take a moment out from their lives to try and make something for someone who is going through a hard time and share these acts of kindness for the week of World Suicide Prevention Day.

I Made This For You will be available for FREE on Youtube from 10th September on this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhN3zGArX-bvoEP3NplTvQ



UK Production underway on Goldfinch’s pandemic inspired 'ALONE'

'ALONE', the directorial debut of Goldfinch CEO Kirsty Bell, has begun production in London and  was prepped throughout the last few months when Kirsty and the Goldfinch team went to work preparing logistics and COVID-19 safety measures for when filming could begin. It is set to complete mid-August, in time for an early 2021 release.

The story was inspired by the lockdown and the uncertain times it brought with it with Bell developing the story from the first week and lockdown and developing it throughout. The film stars stars Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, Gosford Park), Jeff Fahey (Lost), Julie Dray (Cradle to Grave), Sophie Kennedy Clark (Nymphomaniac, Philomena) , Sadie Frost (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors), Camilla Rutherford (Yesterday, Gosford Park), Michael Winder (Set The Thames on Fire) and Frances Barber (The Split, Cold Feet). Ben Charles Edwards Produces and Sergio Delgado (Bulletproof) is Director of Photography. Philippe Martinez Executive Produces.

Shot in black and white in a cinema verité style, the film itself tells the story of when lockdown is imposed, and the cast and crew of a film are taken from the set and sent home – alone. Actors without an audience. Directors without a script. Couples who fall apart. While others come together. A feature film composed of six interlinked narratives, 'Alone' explores what happens when we are freed from external distractions and forced to find the meaning in our lives and loves. The use of black and whaite offering up an almost isloated contrast to the changing emotional states Lockdown brings with it.

Kirsty said, “As with most people, lockdown came with its challenges and constraints. It also created opportunities for me personally and for our business. Creating and producing ALONE, and having the opportunity to direct my first feature, has provided a much-needed focus and challenge for both myself and our team. We had to find new ways of working in these unprecedented circumstances and do things we wouldn’t normally. It is great to be back in production on ALONE and a number of other projects.” “We are immensely proud of the fact that we have managed to get up and running so quickly. We have enabled over 70 cast and crew to get back to work and the atmosphere on set has been overwhelmingly positive and assuring.”

Kirsty Added “Our Goldfinch team and each production team have been fantastically resourceful, positive and hardworking to come up with solutions to work within the new COVID protocols. It’s the can-do attitude of our people that will ultimately get us back up and running as quickly as possible”, she added.

Greenlit Productions Launches Fundraising Campaign for Pandemic Documentary 'Start.Stop.Repeat'

This 'essential' feature length documentary directed by NHS frontline doctor, Nidhi Gupta, will examine the history of pandemics in interviews with scholars, activists and political figures and extrapolate positive ways we can move on from COVID19.

Greenlit Productions are thrilled to officially launch the fundraising campaign for Nidhi Gupta's feature length documentary on pandemics, Start.Stop.Repeat. Nidhi will be drawing on her expertise as a frontline NHS doctor, filmmaker and someone who has been personally affected by Coronavirus to produce and direct the film with the backing of Greenlit. Start.Stop.Repeat will delve into the history of global health catastrophes and follow a series of interviews with scholars, activists and political figures to try and make sense of how the world will move on from the global pandemic.

The aim of the feature will be to answer some of the most pressing questions in our current climate; what does the future hold? Will we learn from the past? Will the pandemic change anything about how we live, and our society looking forward? Importantly, Start.Stop.Repeat will uncover some of the positive effects of past pandemics and examine how we can use these findings to cultivate a less dystopian post COVID19 outlook.

Working on the frontline of medicine when Coronavirus hit, treating patients suffering from the most deadly symptoms, Nidhi herself contracted the disease and found herself admitted to a COVID ward as a patient. Months later, recovery is still ongoing. Nidhi experienced the pain and suffering caused by COVID-19 both professionally and personally.

The film will be non-profit and will guarantee that any income generated will go to Food Bank charities. With the Coronavirus hitting every aspect of society hard, the team are asking for your help, to be part of the solution and find a positive post-Covid19 world. Please follow this link to join the fundraising campaign: https://greenlit.fund/project/start-stop-repeat

Within this ever changing world people are constantly looking for answers but people dont know who to trust,what is right and who can be trusted. But the only people who can offer up any real information is those who are face to face with this virus and the people it is affecting. It is these frontline workers who can outline the reality and how it has changed the way we are living.


Calling all filmmakers! Goldfinch’s 'First Flights' launches New Short Film Fund

Goldfinch’s first-time filmmaker incubator, First Flights, today announced a new Short Film Fund, available to Directors and Producers. The Short Film Fund offers a new way for filmmakers to access a non-recoupable grant of up to £7,000 for creating a short film.

“First Flights is, at its core, about supporting emerging filmmakers, and our new fund allows us to extend that support to short film creators” explains Nick Sadler, a Talent Executive at Goldfinch. Keith Kehoe, First Flights Producer, adds “Together with our parent company Goldfinch, we want to build longstanding relationships with talented filmmakers and this starts with creating proof of concept short film stories that we can eventually turn into feature film versions.”

Features of the Short Film Fund include:

Submissions for live action and documentary short films of any genre

Open to all countries but must be filmed in the UK

Up to 3 short films selected per round

Filmmakers will have full creative control of the project

Awards provided are non-recoupable grants

Distribution through our partnership with streaming platform BirdBox.Film

The Short Film Fund is now accepting submissions. The Early Bird submissions ends August 14th and the final submission date will be October 1st. For more information on the Short Film Fund please visit https://www.first-flights.com/short-film-fund/

This is a huge opportunity to be a part of an ever growing company as it expands its talent base with new filmmakers and storytellers.


Park Circus are using the magic and escapism of film to draw audiences back into cinemas. After a testing few months cinemas are now on the verge of reopening but in need of support. Park Circus are set to support the reopening of cinemas when it is safe to do so, they will be presenting cinema programmers with a specially curated, highly flexible selection of some of the very best-loved classic films from across the decades.

Passion for cinema and film is the driving force behinf Park Circus ambitious move.From absolute classics like 'Casablanca' to mainstream family favourites like 'Paddington' Park Circus are offering a massive range of beloved films. In addition, Park Circus is also offering a deeper dive into cinema history with a wider list of two hundred and fifty selected classic films from Buster Keaton’s silent comedies and Universal Studios’ monster madness to surreal stories and counter-culture classics from the summer of ’69 and beyond.

The Full List:

Casablanca (1942) (Warner Bros)

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) (ITV)

Some Like it Hot (1959) (MGM)

Roman Holiday (1961) (Paramount)

The Sound of Music (1965) (Disney)

Taxi Driver (1976) (Sony Pictures)

Grease (1978) (Paramount)

The Evil Dead (1981) (Sony Pictures)

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982) (Warner Bros)

Back to the Future (1985) (Universal)

When Harry Met Sally (1989) (MGM)

Do The Right Thing (1989) (Universal)

Ghost (1990) (Paramount)

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) (StudioCanal)

A League of their Own (1992) (Sony Pictures)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) (MGM)

Trainspotting (1996) (Film4)

Billy Elliot (2000) (Universal)

Gravity (2013) (Warner Bros)

Paddington (2014) (StudioCanal)

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) (Warner Bros)

Get Out (2017) (Universal)

Call Me by Your Name (2017) (Sony Pictures)

Mark Hirzberger-Taylor, CEO of Park Circus said: “We are so very honoured to play our part – standing proudly alongside our studio partners - in helping our exhibitor colleagues to rebuild audience trust in the magic of cinema, just as soon as it is safe to do so. Park Circus is also committed to working alongside other industry partners to bring a wider range of stories from film history to audiences as they return to cinemas, helping us all to understand how that history can help us to build a more inclusive future.”

All these films will be available in DCP and easily bookable on terms to support exhibition, as well as being supported by artwork, trailers and promotional materials. A genuinely broad choice of programming options for cinemas to license quickly and easily.

British Horror Sci-Fi title 'The Ascent' to debut on BirdBox.Film and have VR premiere on June 12


As times change so do audiences and filmmakers are looking for new and more innovative ways to tell stories.From 3D, which James Cameron is almost reinventing for his Avatar sequlels to the more new 4Dx an advancement of the 3D format. Virtual Reality, although reativly new with regards film is a very innovative format which would offer a new dimension to the way audiences can immerse themselves in a story. 'The Ascent' offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in a gripping reality of a well told thriller, whether it be using the VR format or just the good old fashioned style of being part of an audience and just getting drawn in by the storytelling on offer. 

BirdBox.Film, the UK streaming platform of choice for the premiere, is a branch of Goldfinch and recently started life with three channels of curated content for TVOD. It works to support young filmmakers and talent and this exclusive digital screening of The Ascent will mark the beginning of their expansion into horror and Sci Fi.

'The Ascent' follows a group of mercenaries, who are sent to Eastern Europe in the middle of a civil war to retrieve intel. Shortly after the mission, the unit find themselves trapped on a never-ending stairwell; forced to climb or die. To survive, they must revisit their past sins if they ever want to get off. It blurs the lines of action and horror, creating a visually unique cinematic experience. Practical effects, bone crunching fight sequences and existential dread are combined with time travel and big questions about the repercussions of violence and consequence. This was Tom Paton’s third film to premiere at the prestigious FrightFest film festival in London in August 2019.

The film, directed by Tom Paton, features an all British cast and marks the feature film debut of National Television Award Winning actor and former X-Factor winner Shayne Ward, alongside Toby Osmond (Game of Thrones), Sophie Austin (Call The Midwife), Alana Wallace (Black Site), Samantha Schnitzler & Bentley Kalu (Wonder Woman).

Coventry based production company Mosley Studios and London production financiers Goldfinch have joined forces to bring this British Indie film to audiences in a groundbreaking yet safe way during the pandemic. With distributors and filmmakers seeking ways to keep their release schedules on track, and festivals such as We Are One are seeking to unite film lovers during this difficult time, VR may offer a new alternative. Despite the technology itself not being new, designing cinemas in virtual reality could allow those who aren’t able to walk the red carpet in person to share the experience as part of an online community. This will invite some of the 171 million active users of VR (February 2020 stats) to meet like-minded fans, chat freely and enjoy the social experience together.

On June 12, British indie title The Ascent (known as “Black Ops” in the US) will be available exclusively on BirdBox.Film on June 12th from 7pm BST. Alongside the exclusive launch it will be the first film in history to have its premiere in virtual reality. This will be part of AltspaceVR's “The VR Film Festival”, with film fans being able to tune in at 7pm BST via the AltspaceVR app.

This groundbreaking premiere will include a Q&A with director Tom Paton, cinematographer George Burt and IndieWire’s executive editor Eric Kohn. To access the premiere on 12th, film lovers simply need to log into the AltspaceVR app and have access to an Oculus headset or similar.

Ever wanted to be part of a film?

The team behind recent cult sci-fi sensation 'Invasion Planet Earth' are excited to share with you an opportunity to be a part of their next project, 'Of Infinite Worlds'.

 Crowdfunding for the film has already reached over a third of its goal, and allows you to be a part of the filmmaking process in a variety of ways, including becoming an Associate or Executive Producer.

The story  is set in the near future when humans discover a giant oak tree growing all alone on Europa, one of Jupiter's Moons, a team of astronauts are sent out to investigate. Here the astronauts discover that the tree offers a link to a neighbouring galaxy and a gift that will enable all humans to travel anywhere in universe. However, when the astronauts are hurled into a futuristic war between an alien race called Babanthians and deadly robots called Illonians, the survival of the human race is suddenly at risk... 

Following  a positive and fulfilling experience making 'Invasion Planet Earth' Director Simon Cox was eager to reconnect with the community he had found so positive and supporting as he pressed forward with his new sci fi epic. 

With the Coronavirus hitting every industry hard, the team are asking for your help to give the film industry a kick start with the help of some extremely talented freelancers. From set designers to concept artists, the 'Of Infinite Worlds' team are keen to give opportunities to some of those who may have been hit the hardest by the lockdown and get them starting to make movie magic again! From designing costumes to building the spaceships these will be integral team members.

For more on how you can be a part visit https://igg.me/at/OfInfiniteWorlds/x#/

Filmmaker and story tellers that will keep you entertained through lockdown

With the world suffering at the minute the best thing you can do is stay at home as much as you can, this has helped me rediscover my love and passion for film.

Social media has been flooded with must watch film lists to get you through lockdown, I toyed with doing one myself but found myself not being able to stop once I had started. Instead I looked at the people behind the magic so I made a list of filmmakers and storytellers who's work really impacted my love of film and are worth looking at if you are after something a little different to watch while you are home on lockdown.

Corin Hardy

After making his name with music videos Hardy switched to feature films with his acclaimed 2015 horror 'The Hallow'.Hardy approached his feature debut with a very unique visual style and an almost poetic and artistic approach to telling this story.

Ava DuVernay

DuVernayis a modern filmmaker with a very classical approach to storytelling. Probably best known for the acclaimed  2014 film 'Selma' but it is the powerful TV mini-series 'When They See Us' that really shows her at her best.

Edgar Wright

Probably best know for the cornetto trilogy (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End) but it is his 2010 adaption of 'Scott Pilgrim Vs The World' where Wright seems to be at his most creative using his skills to create a visual masterpiece.

Eli Roth

Roth is an underrated filmmaker who does not get enough credit for what he does. No matter what the budget he approaches every film with the passion and drive of a film student. 'Hostel' still stands as Roth's masterpiece, brutal but at the same time genre defining.

Christopher Nolan

Nolan makes studio films look easy. His work is never what you expect and always challenges the audience. Back in 2010 'Inception' was a box office hit with an ending that left people talking and debating to this day. 

Denis Villeneuve

One of the most respected filmmakers working today with a catalogue of acclaimed films. Villeneuve took on the impossible making a sequel to Ridley Scotts legendary sci-fi film 'Blade Runner'. While 'Blade Runner 2049' wasnt a box office hit, much like the original its legacy has come after.

Ridley Scott

Scott is responsible for some of the most iconic moments in film history. From Blade Runner to Gladiator his films are some of the most acclaimed of all time. 'Alien' remains his legacy film and to this day one of the best sci-fi horrors ever made.

David F. Sandberg

He started out making short films with his wife each one with their own unique quality and visual magic and can be found on his youtube channel. 'Lights Out', an adaption of one of his shorts marked his feature debut and is packed with some of his trademark visual trickery.

Patty Jenkins

She will now be best known as the director who brought 'Wonder Woman' to the big screen but Jenkins is an acclaimed story teller who isnt afraid to take risks. Working mostly in TV Jenkins will be most remembered for her work with Charlize Theron on the acclaimed 'Monster'.

Gareth Evans

Making his debut with the Indonesian action Film 'The Raid' Evans gritty style made him an instant cinematic hit. Evans is now redefining gritty action thrillers on the big and small screen.

Gret Gerwig

Gerwig has recently become a hit with critics after her acclaimed adaption of 'Little Women'but it was her award winning feature 'Lady Bird' that defined her as both a storyteller and filmmaker.

Takeshi Kitano

Kitano redefined how violence can be shown onscreen within arthouse films. His work constantly blurs the lines of genres always with a backbone of comedy. 'Hana Bi' is the plain definition of Kitano as a filmmaker and artist.

Christopher McQuarrie

McQuarrie remains one of the best thriller writers working today, his defining work as a writer stands as being his award winning script for 'The Usual Suspects'. Cuurently responsible for the Mission Impossible franchise McQuarrie's directorial effort 'The Way of the Gun' stands as an underrated masterpiece.

Peter Jackson

Before the sweeping fantasy epics of the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' Jackson made his name with some innovative mini epics like 'The Frighteners'. Jackson's strength for storytelling is in his characters check out Jackson's feature debut 'Bad Taste' where his storytelling flair really began.

Soska Sisters

Filmmaking sisters Jen and Sylvia create horror films with stories that will grab you and not let you go. The pair have a stripped back approach to directing which creates a stronger focus on story which remains their biggest strength. 'American Mary' is a gritty and disturbing story with a central character that will keep you debating after the credits roll.

This is just a select few filmmakers whose work you should check out I could easily have named more but come back soon and I may have another list to share.

You decide your fate in first ever interactive sci-fi film The Complex by The Handmaid's Tale Emmy winning writing team - Available now Worldwide on PC, PS4, Xbox One & Nintendo Switch

Following Black Mirror ’s ‘ Bandersnatch ’ and BAFTA - winning game L ate Shift – THE COMPLEX is written by Lynn Renee Maxcy , part of the Emmy award - winning writing team from The Handmaid’s Tale and is the very first live interactive Science Fiction film and one of only a small number of interactive films in existence .

THE COMPLEX is directed by visionary new talent Paul Raschid ( White Chamber) and stars Michelle Mylett (Letterkenny, Bad Blood), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones, The Witch) , Al Weaver (Grantchester) and Twitch streamer and former Xbox UK presenter, Leah Viathan . The film’s award - winning team includes Oscar - nominated Production Designer Guy Thompson (Black Sheep) and internationally acclaimed DOP Matthias Pilz (Top Boy).

The interactive film is highly unique in that it offers m ulti - optional storytelling with 8 different outcomes ; a r eal - time Relationship Status Tracking that influences the story as you play and a r eal - time Personality Trait Tracking that evolves based on your choices.

The story takes place in the wake of a major bio-weapons attack on London, two scientists find themselves locked down in a laboratory racing against time to stem the outbreak of a potentially devastating pandemic. A leader in the advancement of Nanocell technology, Dr Amy Tenant (Michelle Mylett) must jump into action to contain the threat, but with a series of life or death decisions to be made, the fate of the nation will ultimately rest in your hands alone. With 8 separate outcomes available within this interactive doomsday tale – will you make the right choice?

'The Complex' is if anything unique. A better than expected storyline with outcomes the player decides and alot of suprising twists mixed in. The idea of choosing the narratives path might be a growing idea at this point but 'The Complex' biggest strength is story. A very James Cameron esque style film that is suprisingly grounded within a believable future sci-fi setting. 

One key factor within a film like this is the performances as they are a deciding factor in its appeal and also relatability. A very measured performance from Michelle Mylett really sets the tone for the cast. Her charter carries the emotional core of the film as you help her make the tough choices throughout the film and you cant help but imagine how hard pulling this performance off actually was having to explore different routes throughout. The same could be said for the rest of the cast too the idea of exploring every possible emotional and physical outcome for the choices in the film.  Kate Dickie is both sinister and at times scary as she flirts with that fine line of is she good or bad and she does so with confidence but subtlety.

The film/game is visually striking without being flashy. Director Paul Raschid paces the film quite slowly but it plays to the advantage of its playability. The stylish and slick tone really opens up the story which Raschid allows to unfold organically even with the gameplayers choices. Raschid's ambition is clear and he is fearless is how he goes about executing his vision.

While I am not persoanlly much of a gamer I found myself totally invested in the story and characters. I have an admiration for the creatives behind this,the idea and execution are way above expectation and you will find yourself lost and immersed in this sci-fi epic.

'Bombshells and Dollies' available now on demand

'Bombshells and Dollies' looks at the growing contemporary Pinup Girl Lifestyle and The Miss Viva Las Vegas Pinup Contest - 'Celebrating every woman's right to total body acceptance, to be self-confident and to be gorgeous!'

This insightful documantary is full of character and is suprisingly engrossing. Showing a various array of people from all walks of life as they come together to celebrate their love of a very unique but ever growing way of life. While the style may still seem a little off the wall to some the passion of the people involved in the lifestyle is undeniable and in the current social climate of continuing discrimination the empowerment it creates for the women is admirable.

The Miss Viva Las Vegas Pinup Contest has become a larger than life contest that attracts contestants from all over the world. The competition is fierce but it is the love and shared passion the shines through and is clear to see. Their are women of all shapes and sizes a number of them speak of how discovering the style helped them discover themselves and gave them the confidence to believe in themselves too. The bright colours and standout characters around the competition create an atmosphere unlike anything else in the world. As the love of retro and alternative fashions and other things such as vinyl shows like The Miss Viva Las Vegas Pinup Contest become more appealing to a wider audience.

Director Daniel Halperin's 'Bombshells and Dollies' is  a very different sort of documentary but is a very eye opening account of a growing but unique style. It is worth a look even for people who knowing nothing about the subject matter. 


Joe Begos’ latest horror, 'VFW' available on Digital Download now

From acclaimed horror filmmaker Joe Begos (Almost Human, Bliss) and producers Amanda Presmyk (Dragged Across Concrete) and Dallas Sonnier (Bone Tomahawk) comes 'VFW', an insane off the wall  gore fest with an sll star cast. The films core cast is made up of cult legends Martin Kove (Karate Kid), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn) & William Sadler (Die Hard 2). 

The film is set in the near future where the city has been reduced to a dystopian wasteland due to the scourge of "Hype," a powerful narcotic that induces a simultaneous euphoric and aggressive state in its users. Kingpin Boz (Travis Hammer) impulsively asks a hyper to commit suicide for his own amusement; later, the girl's teenage sister, Lizard (Sierra McCormick), slips into Boz's lair and steals his Hype supply in revenge. Lizard flees across the street to a decaying VFW hall, where she encounters Vietnam veteran Fred Parras (Stephen Lang) and a contingent of ageing soldiers who spend their days reminiscing about their lost youth, growing irrelevancy, and impending deaths. Presented with a final battle and opportunity to go down fighting rather than pass away ignominiously from old age, Fred and his men decide to protect Lizard and wage a final war against Boz, his henchmen, and the hypers.

With a feel of the old school 80's style horror 'VFW' is a cult film fans dream with a slick and stylish script. The ever brilliant Stephen Lang is solid and leads the ensemble like a captain, his fearless performance is central to carrying the super slick narrative. William Sadler, for me a very under appreciated actor, gives an almost darkly comical performance in a role you wouldnt really expect him to excel in. There is a believeability to this cast and the characters they play, mainly thanks to their on screen chemistry but their well developed roles are smartly laid out for the audiences.

Begos directs this film smartly with a simplistic approach but maintaining a focus on story. With elements of 'The Purge' and even the original 'Robocop', Begos clearly has his inspirations but maintains his own visual style.The film at times feels almost steam punk like but with a filtered visual making it look like a graphic novel comic book. The films music remains an effective aspect of its overall appeal creating an intense atmospheric creepy vibe to the pace of the story.

On a personal not I loved this film as I am a fan of 80s horror but I understand this film may not be for everyone. While it is not perfect the film is entertaining and maintains a fun like atmosphere from start to finish. Suprisingly the film is also very smart both in its execution as well as its story. The film will become a cult classic.


To celebrate the release of 'TRAUMA CENTRE' we look at the the films lengendary leading man Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis is a man that has done it all from acclaimed roles in 'Pulp Fiction' and 'The sixth Sense' to his action man roles in films like 'Armageddon' and 'The Fith Element', but it is role as John McClane in the 'Die Hard' series that has really cemented his A list status. Willis's CV is packed with action film roles and even now in his 60's does not seem likely to be slowing down any time soon. 

But what keeps Bruce Willis at the top of his game? Well Willis has one big thing in his favour, his character. Even from his original 'Die Hard' role back in 1988 he was believeable as the regular man caught up in a bad situation thanks to his quick wit  and likeable charm but throughout he maintains that this guy is a survivor.  Wilis's barefoot scenes in the action classic remain a standout cinema moment . Who can forget those bloody footsteps -- the dragging, but ever forward motion of a hero? Whether DIE HARD was intentionally incurring some slightly Holy imagery or just helpfully pointing out that Willis’s beloved John McCLane nerves were to full of steel to transmit pain – the impressive affect was the same.

But while cinema may now be littered with McClain-esque fighters with steady expressions, Bruce Willis has also proved that cool-headedness can also be compassionate. In 'MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN', his detective Frank Minna takes on a protegee with such a severe case of Tourettes that it threatens the concentration of crime scenes. But Willis uses his steeliness as a soft-touch -- doing the gentle thing by barely batting an eye. He has an oddly cool head and controlled expressions that create an extra dimension to his characters and even in interviews he remains a cool and calm kind of guy. Such is the case in LOOPER. Willis, as Joe, faces the terror of being a time-travelling executioner who is flung back to die at his own feet. And even when he faces the barrel of his younger-self’s gun, he keeps his unflinching calm,  in PULP FICTION, when Willis doesn’t stop to take his Pop-Tarts out of the toaster before killing John Travolta’s Vince Vega. 

Willis's character is probably the basis of the action stars of the 80's and 90's particularly the most iumportant ingredient of success... the one liner. 'Die Hard' maintains one of the ultimate one liners, ‘Yippie Kai Yay, Motherfucker’ which is fun to say at office parties, but in Bruce Willis language it is but a poetic short-term of an indictment of terrorist tactics – it implies ‘Yay – enemies of culture and life, I laugh in the face of your power-hungry totalitarianism’…or something like that.

Despite his A list status Willis remains the ultimate 'real guy' and the guy we root for in the roles he plays. From David Dunn in 'Unbreakable' to Frank Moses in 'Red', Willis's persona always shines through on screen and audiences just relate to his situation and his overall appeal.

And so, Bruce Willis still has it. He is the leading man of today because the leading man of today isn’t the youngest, or the biggest, or the spandex-iest – is it simply what audience have always wanted – a man trying his best to do something good.

Nowhere is this more evident than in his latest thriller TRAUMA CENTRE. As the lifeline of a woman stuck in a hospital facility with the criminals behind a murder she witnessed – Willis returns to screens as Lt Wakes to beat up institutional corruption itself. His latest work only cements his place as the one man walking justice system, and the best action-hero and leading man to watch when the going gets tough.


TRAUMA CENTRE is available on Digital Download 17th February and DVD 24th February 2020

TRAUMA CENTRE starring Bruce Willis is available now on Digital Download and DVD 24th February!

Screen legend Bruce Willis plays Lt. Wakes, a vengeful police detective determined to solve the murders of his partner and an informant. Wakes joins forces with Madison (Nicky Whelan) , a witness injured during the shootings. After the killers pursue Madison across the abandoned floor of a hospital, she confirms Wakes 's worst fears: the two men are actually corrupt vice cops covering up a crime. As Wakes vows revenge, this heart - pounding action - thriller reaches an explosive climax.

With a clever somewhat 'Die Hard' inspired concept 'Trauma Centre' is a gritty but stylish thriller that is simple but effective. The idea of very limited number of locations and even characters adds to the films appeal. It carries a very almost nostalgic feel of a 90s action movie that is aimed to entertain audiences, as films should be and not aimed at pleasing critics as too many try to. Willis himself always carries with him both character and experience as well as A list appeal.

Nicky Whelan gives what feels like a mentally a physically draining performance as she carries the weight of the story almost solely on her shoulders. Her performance again feels very old school but works in both execution and effectivness. Whelan works well with Willis and the chemistry is there but they do lack screen time together and feel like more scenes between the pair might have benefitted the characters development. 

Director  Matt Eskandari smartly uses the stories simplicity to his advantage allowing the location to work as an extra dimension creating intensity to the pace of the story. Eskandari, clearly has a vision for the story and from the start lays out the narrative in a relativly predictable fashion but uses pacing to create a flow that audiences buy into. Much like 90s thrillers such as 'Con Air' or 'Face Off' they are predictable as a premise but it is the execution and end product that sells it.

'Trauma Centre' is a basic action thriller and for the most part wont be for everyone but it is entertaining and at times intense. Fans of Bruce Willis will appreciate this but also fans of 80's and 90's action movies will also feel fulfilled. 

'APPARITION' will be available on Digital Download from 10th February

Terrifying horror 'APPARITION', based on the tragic events of The Preston School of Industry, will be coming to digital download from 10th February. 'APPARITION' follows a group of young people, guided by an app which connects living with the dead, find themselves at an abandoned castle. A place with a horrific history tied to each of them, for reasons they'll soon discover. Starring Mena Suvari (American Pie), Kevin Pollak (The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel) & Jon Abrahams (Scary Movie), it is a story gothic like tale that has a feel of a traditional ghost storymixed within the modern world.

Films like this are both creative and brave but often dont find the audiences that will appreciate them for what they are. 'APPARITION' is a smartly paced story that lends itself well to the genre of horror and ghost stories. It is a style of horror started by Ridley Scott's 'Alien' where the scares are more a feeling of impending doom rather than straight out in your face scares. The film does lack a real effective score sometimes which does play on the narrative and makes some scenes feel a little off. One very positive point from this film is the stylish look, some very dream like camera work gives it an extra depth and creates an almost third person viewpoint.

APPARITION has a very capable cast and is backed with some real experience like Suvari and Pollack and the experiencedoes show with them holding together alot of the scenes. Some performances do feel at little lost and misguided at times but it can be down to some characters that do feel a little underdeveloped but this can often be put down to runtime where you have to fit as much in as you can  to the budget you have, this is where ambition can be a down fall.

Director Waymon Boone clearly has an ambitious vision for this which is both positive and negative. While you want ambition it can often mean you over reach and lose sight of your limits but Boone does still smartly create an effective story with his rather superb visuals.

Digital Download Release Date: 10th February

Quezon's Game - The incredible story of Philippine President Manuel Quezon's rescue of European Jews in 1938

'Quezon's Game' stars Raymond Bagatsing, Rachel Alejandro & Kate Alejandrino and is directed by Matthew E. Rosen who makes his feature-length directorial debut. The film has received acclaim at numerous festivals, including 12 awards at the Cinema WorldFest Awards in Canada and four at The WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. In 1938, Philippine President Manuel Quezon, future U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, and several other notable figures set out to rescue Jewish refugees from the ghettos of Germany and Austria. What seems within their power at first, turns out to be fraught with astronomical obstacles. On top of this, Quezon must battle a relapse of tuberculosis. In his final days, Quezon asks the question "Could I have done more?" before recollecting one of the least known, but most uplifting stories in Philippine history.

A beautiful and powerful film that really packs a punch. Not knowing much about this story it opened my eyes to the true story of a man who made a plan to rescue Jewish refugees during one of the most darkest times in history. That man being Manuel Quezon, portrayed with a powerful performance from Raymond Bagatsing. Bagatsing is both powerful and emotional in his portrayal and carries the plot on his shoulders showing Quezon to be both brave and daring but at the same time vulnerable.

Director Matthew E. Rosen, smartly creates a tone that feels like a 70's thriller from his stylish cinematography to the more minimalist music. The films biggest success lies in its art direction. The costumes are stunning are clearly well thought out, this again is more of a old school cinema approach where there is real coverage of even the finest of details. Rosen handles the narrative well considering the mutiple strands of the story from racial bigotry to out right hate. These subjects though can often create unrest with audiences as it can make uncomfrtable viewing but relatable characters and entrancing performances maintain a thriller like back bone to the narrative.

'Quezon's Game' is a powerful account of a little known true story that is both informative and gripping but at its core it accutely uplifting. 

'Quezon's Game' will be in UK Cinemas nationwide from 31st January. Tickets can be bought at www.quezonsgame.com

There will also be a special 'Film In Concert' Screening at the Troxy on the 28th January with Cast and Crew, with a special performance from Shulem. Tickets can be bought here


Willem Dafoe stars in 'My Hindu Friend'

Willem Dafoe is an actor who is often underappreciated and overlooked. 

From director Hector Babenco comes 'My Hindu Friend' featuring a stellar performance from Dafoe. It is the story of Diego (Dafoe), His father has died, he hasn't spoken with his brother for about 10 years and has a serious cancer. Diego is a talented film director with difficulty to deal with his sickness, which is making him lose his friends and family. His best friend and doctor Ricardo gives him the news that he needs a bone marrow transplantation, otherwise he'll die. He gets married to a beautiful woman, Livia, just before going to Seattle to get treatment. There, he undergoes numerous medical procedures. During treatment, he meets an Hindu boy, with whom he plays and whom he tells amazing stories. Odds are against him and when stakes are the highest, Diego gets a visit from a very uncommon man.

A beautiful and oddly inspiring story 'My Hindu Friend' strikes a nerve as it offers up a grounded reality with a narrative that feels so very real. A more simple approach makes this more appealing as it means it is free from reliance on CGI etc and is totally down to the performances of the cast and its leading man. Dafoe is a beacon here guiding the cast around him with one of his best and probably most demanding performances. Stories like this always come with issues as it can often be a little slow and in ways predictable. Its saving grace is its narrative, an emotionally charged story that has a beautiful heart at its core. Subject matter like this can often be draining and can become depressing but between the writing and the appeal of Dafoe's performance the film hold's the viewers attention well. A beautiful film that will make you view life and consider death from a whole new stance.

Co-writer/director Hector Hector Babenco smartly handles this story using the films more inspirational central theme of companionship and self realization carry the narrative rather than allowing it to be predictable. It is visually beautiful but with a feel of a more gritty edge thriller in its style and execution. This is a very different sort of film to Babenco's usual offerings but it feels like a risk he took with confidence.

'My Hindu Friend' is a film that wont appeal to all but it is worth checking out. Beautiful, inspirational, disturbing and something you wont forget.

See the film during its limited weeklong theatrical beginning 1/17 (NY, LA, Cleveland, Detroit, Boston, Minneapolis, ATL, Phoenix, Houston, Chicago).Th film will also be released digitally that day (Amazon, iTunes, inDemand, DirecTV, Vudu, Google Play, FANDANGO, Vimeo on Demand, FlixFing, Hoopla, AT&T, Xbox, Sony & Sling/Dish).



Sci-Fi Thriller 'Invasion Planet Earth' will land on DVD from 30th December!

A passion project from director Simon Cox, 'Invasion Planet Earth' is an achievement to be proud of. It is a film packed with ambition which could at times be accused of being over ambitious but sometimes that is what you want from a filmmaker and his work, you want it to be bold and unafraid to try new things. 

The film follows Tom Dunn a broken man after the death of his young daughter. When his wife falls pregnant again, he cannot believe their luck. However, his joy is short lived, as on the very same day, the people of Earth become plagued with terrifying visions of the end of the world. When a gigantic, all-consuming alien mothership appears in the sky and launches a ruthless attack on Earth’s cities, chaos and destruction follow! Tom must find the strength and wisdom to save his wife and unborn child. However, first he must confront a shocking truth. A truth which threatens the key to the survival of the human race. The ultimate war for Planet Earth is about to begin…

Think 'Independence Day' but add a more grounded story and more imaginative artistic design and you get 'Invasion Planet Earth'. At times the film feels like a throw back to the cinema of the 90s where CGI and technology was used to enhance the story rather than being the defining aspect of it. A smartly paced script allows the film to carry suspense from the start rather than losing its way as the film progresses as is the issue with alot of scripts. 

Nicely cast with relatable characters but some do feel a little under developed and under used but the main characters hold both the screen and the story well. There are some intense set pieces with well choreographed action that can at times feel too set up but still manage to hold their own. One key strength to this film is the excellent score that manages to have an originality yet at the same time feel retro.

While 'Invasion Planet Earth' does have faults, no film is perfect, it does have a charm to it. The film is a low budget triumph but this does not often mean it will connect with audiences. Alot of people scoff at low budget films and enjoy picking them apart but as with most films now you have to forget the outside world and just immerse yourself in the story for the duration of the film. Allow yourself to be swept up and follow the characters along their journey.

Fall in and prepare for Invasion.

'Invasion Planet Earth' is available on Digital Download and will be available on DVD from 30th December 

FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES in cinemas 13 December

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles is the first in-depth documentary film that chronicles the story of Fiddler On The Roof, exploring the unexpected richness of its themes as well as its long reach across time and cultures. Fiddler On The Roof is the story of all immigrants and refugees trying to escape persecution in their homeland, of the Jewish immigrant coming to America, of the fraying of tradition, generational tension, and the loss of roots. It is a universal tale of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons trying to maintain some order in their lives amidst the rapid changes that every generation must forge. It is a spectacle that is at once awe-inspiring and accessible, a cultural landmark like no other. And more than ever, it is relevant to today. And yet, the story of how this treasure came to be and the significance it has had on our culture has never been told on film. This is the story of Fiddler On The Roof.

Whether you have seen it or not the title 'Fiddler on the roof'is probably one of the most well known in the world. From its opening show in 1964 'Fiddler' has found and entertained audiences all over the world and in everything from broadway to smaller shows like community theatre but the story behind the show is just as hypnotic. 'FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES' tells the story behind the story charting the creation and origins of one of broadways most beloved musicals.

With insights from some very important figures including writers and musical contributors like Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, Joseph Stein and Harold Prince as well as insight from some legendary musical figures like Stephen Sondheim and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The documentary is both captivating and beautiful and in varying ways important quite gripping. 

Documentaries are rapidly becoming more cinematic and deserve their place on the big screen and 'Fiddler: A miracle of miracles' earns its place with its epic and often immersive dimensions. From the start you will be drawn in by the intriguing and informative backstory and yet you will also come to realize the importance the story and the show actually played in a time where society had ever growing divides and was constantly changing.

Lying and Stealing - Available on Digital Download from 11th November

From director Matt Aselton 'Lying and Stealing' starring Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski. A Steven Soderbergh style caper with a slick and smart script that unravels slowly and gives nothing away until the suprising ending.

Lying and Stealing follows Ivan (Theo James), a successful art thief, who inherited his father's life of crime, but unlike most thieves, Ivan loves the art as much as the art of the steal. He longs to break free from the criminal world, but he is in so deep that he may never get out. It isn't until he meets Elyse (Emily Ratajkowski) an actress and a con-woman with her own chaotic past she wants to escape from, that they team up to pull off the ultimate heist which won't make them rich, but will set them free.

The film offers up a feel of 'The Thomas Crown Affair', with the chemistry of the two leads playing a large and pivitol role in the overall appeal, and 'Oceans Eleven' with the slick and comedy caper narrative running through it. The story does at times feel a little forced as if there are some sections acting more like a filler to make up running time but the chemistry of the two leads and the well paced layout benefits and saves it from being just another generic heist film. Some intense set pieces in the film give it an extra dimension and it definetley becomes the stories defining character.

Director Aselton creates a bright and colorful visual edge to his film smartly using beautiful locations to bolster his vision. The film is paced to allow you to maintain both entertained and gripped from start to finish but also using a more grounded and witty approach to its execution.

Starring Theo James and Emily  the cast is bright and entertaining and there is clear chemistry, something not all casts have. Both James and Ratajkowski are the films backbone with giving strong performances, Ratajkowski in particular is excellent with Bond girl like sex appeal but also showing more of an emotional range than she has shown before. 

A heist film like the best of the 60's and 70's 'Lying and Stealing' is the slick and sexy thriller that will brighten up your saturday night. Check it out and enjoy the ride.


British folk-horror feature, 'The Village In The Woods' will be available On Demand and download from October 14th

From director  Raine McCormack comes this atmospheric horror 'The Village In The Woods', starring Richard Hope (Poldark, Broadchurch), Rebecca Johnson (The Trip, The Flood) and Therese Bradley (Tommy’s Honour, Peaky Blinders). 'The Village In The Woods' tells the story of Coopers Cross, a remote, murky village, whose inhabitant’s survival relies on luring unsuspecting guests. A rising tension climaxes in a dark, twisted ending. Director Raine McCormack said: “This is my dark, love letter to 70’s cinema and I’m really excited to finally share this unique, atmospheric folk-horror. ”

Much like the Hammer Horror films of the 60's and 70's, the story is smart and simple but becomes more and more effective as the story and narrative unfolds. It is smartly laid out to allow the audience to take the trip and does not give anything away this makes for a more gripping tension that most horror stories lack these days. There is a cold and almost over hanging atmosphere throughout this film much like the essence of films like the original version of 'The Wicker Man'. 

The story plays out allowing the cast to carry individual often smaller but impactful roles meaning even the smaller characters in the film have an effect on the narrative in one way or another. Some excellent performances though do enhance the nature and emotional realism of the film allowing it to feel more grounded which does in turn add to the films atmosphere.

Director and co-writer Raine McCormack handles the material smartly approaching it more as an urban myth story rather than just another film this in turn does again add to the stories credibility and realism. 'The Village In The Woods' is a beautiful film with a dark tone that will keep you on the edge from start to finish  but it does also smartly leave you wanting more and wandering if there might be more to this story than meets the eye. Again much to the credit of McCormack it will keep you questioning and debating what you have watched.

A perfect little creepy tale for halloween.




World Premiere of'The Witcher' trailer to launch at Lucca Comics And Games 2019

Lucca Comics & Games Festival is back.

Film, TV, games, sci-fi, Fantasy whatever your passion is this is the place to be. Like a pleasure palace for pop culture lovers the Lucca Comics and Games festival has everything you could wish for. With festival exclusives including the Italian  Premieres of some big budget studio films the festival is bigger than ever.

Some of the headline exhibitions, showcases and guests this year include a trailer world premiere of Netflix’s next original production and tv series The Witcher. Stars from the Netflix Original production Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan are attending, as well as writer of the eponymous bestseller, Andrzej Sapkowski. Producer and showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will be in attendance. Netflix’s Money Heist, the best performing non-English language series on the platform, will occupy one of Lucca’s main squares.

 The largest convention of its kind in Europe, and second largest in the world after Comiket (Tokyo), Lucca Comics & Games brings together fan communities from the worlds of comics, games, TV series, film, illustration, art and fiction. A massive event in the pop culture calendar, the 2018 edition saw an amazing 793,818 admissions. 2019 is the 53rd year since its inception, with exhibitions running from October 12th. The main festival all set in the ancient walled city of Lucca, Italy, will begin from October 30th through to November 3rd.

The Italian premieres of tentpole film releases Terminator: Dark Fate (20th Century Fox), which will open the festival, and Zombieland: Double Tap (Warner Bros. Entertainment Italia) will also be shown and accompanied by zombies invading the ancient city.

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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.


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.



‘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


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.




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

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

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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**




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.