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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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Kodak Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Posted Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Eastman Kodak Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York early Thursday morning, after the struggling photography icon ran short on cash needed to fund a long-sputtering turnaround. The storied former blue chip said it had secured $950 million in financing from Citigroup Inc. to help keep it afloat during bankruptcy proceedings. The company also named Dominic Di Napoli, a vice chairman at FTI Consulting Inc., as its chief restructuring officer to help steer the company through bankruptcy

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It Begins With…

Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

No misty eyed plans to create a rain sodden British Hollywood, a Brolly-Wood set out to solve all our problems with the glamourous hammer of production… How I Learned To Love The Smith Report…

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World Cinema.

Posted Friday, January 13th, 2012

By imagining we are locked in an entirely fictional battle with Hollywood we turn ourselves into the drunk outside the tube, still trading blows with an opponent who was never there.

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Thanks For That Dave.

Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

It is annoying to be given advice on success by the man who failed to win the last election even though his opponent toured the country insulting old women but by hearing calls for commercial sense as those for dumbed down dross we insult the intelligence of our audience.

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The Curator Is King.

Posted Monday, January 9th, 2012

Hooray for @LSFF and Phil Ilson, one of the best film curators we have. If there’s any truth to the doomy predictions of the death of TV and newspapers then the role of curator is going to become increasingly prominent.

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