Film of the Month: January’s Finest

Posted Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

This month’s patron is American Screenwriter and Director, Desiree Akhavan. Best known for her web series ‘The Slope’ and more recently, her 2014 feature film debut ‘Appropriate Behaviour’. She won the Grand Jury Prize for Appropriate Behaviour at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. This month’s top 10 continue the comedy streak, with some quite notable short filmmakers in the running. Voting ends midnight on Saturday, so make sure you take a look because members would appreciate your feedback. 1.

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Film of the Month December Shortlist

Posted Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

A variety of films made the leader board this month, all racing for the opportunity to be seen by the UK’s leading documentary distributor Dogwoof. The Act of Killing and Blackfish are only two of the sensational features Dogwoof have on their resume. We caught up with the lucky ten on the shortlist for a little bit about themselves and their films. Round 2 voting is now well underway. SP, take a vote and decide who deserves to win. A Tragedy

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Peculiar Locations

Posted Monday, December 15th, 2014

The idea that filmmaking can take you around the world is extremely attractive. Sampling the delectable delights of South East Asia… or getting drunk on air (or lack of), standing atop and looking over the Argentinian mountain range. I would never have thought, personally, filmmaking would take someone somewhere like Bulgaria; to the communist monument of Buzludzha. SP member Michael Garrett made his first fiction short, ‘Last Contact’, out here and had some interesting experiences. The film has just finished a few

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Just another Saturday night…

Posted Thursday, December 11th, 2014

A Dark and stormy chain of events from the minds of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez are back for DVD, Blu-Ray and On Demand release in Sin City 2 : A Dame To Kill For (starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba, Eva Green and Lady Gaga) on Monday the 15th December. Shooting People and Lionsgate are giving you the chance to win a framed Frank Miller print and a Sin City deluxe box set for the best 1 minute short themed around

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The Penalty Q&A: Docs Docs and more Docs.

Posted Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

I went down to Reel Nice Studios, in the depths that is the maze of London Bridge, to speak to the lovely One for Ten team about their upcoming feature The Penalty. This documentary explores the criminal justice system in the U.S  on a deeper level than has been before; lifting the lid on the human cost of the death penalty. They are currently crowdfunding for their feature on Kickstarter here – where you can watch the trailer and find out more

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Last Goodbye: Nichols through the ages

Posted Thursday, November 20th, 2014

 ‘Any good movie is full of secrets.’ – Mike Nichols Certainly a statement that rang true to me when I first watched ‘Closer’ (2004). Nichols definitely knew how to portray the nature of secrecy – and how enticing that was. On the evening of Wednesday 19 October, Hollywood said goodbye to one of their most recognised directors Mike Nichols. At 83, he died suddenly after suffering a heart attack. Nichols has quite a reputable career, with a portfolio of classic and memorable

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Future Artists article : Activism and new UK Film: How The Underground Recreated The Hero

Posted Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Activism and new UK Film: How The Underground Recreated The Hero : Written By Jane Mcconnell     Jane McConnell @janemcconnell  and @futureartists May 8th 2012, Salford, UK   In Emily James’ Just Do It, we watch news packages from major news outlets interlaced with POV footage from protestors scaling the giant cooler chimneys at the Ratcliffe Power Station. For a UK audience, a film like Just Do It is particularly subversive – even controversial. The protests were decade-defining – it

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#Occupymedia – Project Lost Generation – Film + experience

Posted Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

#OCCUPYMEDIA.   One Film Versus The World. The Lost Generation. They occupied Wall Street. NY. DC, Chicago. London. …What if they occupied the media? #occupymedia New Manchester film The Lost Generation is the UK’s newest feature film to be released independently – at the end of the world – on the 20th December 2012, which takes a searing look at freedom, cyberwarfare and our idea of celebrity.         FILM SYNOPSIS “Think of a law. She’s broken it. Think of

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Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal wins major indie film award

Posted Monday, February 13th, 2012

Shooting people member Naomi Smyth’s UK street art film “Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal” has won the first place as winner of the Dynamite Dynamo Doc Award 2012.   The documentary movie tells the underdog story of guerilla art performers – The Invisible Circus – and No Dress Rehearsal is set in Bristol, home to several major street artists (and reputedly once being the home of Banksy). Smyth takes us on a 4 year journey as the group takes over

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Life Is Major.

Posted Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Perhaps it is purely a result of paying less and less attention to bad science-fiction the older I get but my own sense of the distant present is fixed at a point which is rapidly because the actual present.

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