Events: Panic

Posted November 7th, 2016 by Mark Ryan

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Small notice about a SP filmmaker’s film, one that’s had considerable festival success, and now has a limited cinema run. Support SP filmmakers!

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Ben’s Blog: Lies.

Posted November 5th, 2016 by Ben

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Awards: BAFTA Breakthrough Brits 2016

Posted November 4th, 2016 by Nicole Rutkowski

The BAFTA, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has, once again, created a professional network and masterclass programme designed to connect emerging talent to BAFTA-winners and nominees. This year they have selected 18 talented newcomers across film, television, and games. These “Breakthrough Brits” are selected by an international jury which, this year, included actors Joe Dempsie and Rosamund Pike, director Sarah Gavron and game designer Mike Bithell.

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Scream Pitch 2016

Posted November 2nd, 2016 by Matt Turner

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SCREAM PITCH: Our annual round-up of the best horror projects in town.

Yes. They’re back. And this time no one gets out alive. It’s SCREAM PITCH!!!!

To read complete pitches and to contact any of the writers, please email Andy.

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Film of the Month: Alexander Dinelaris

Posted November 1st, 2016 by Nicole Rutkowski

Alexander Dinelaris is a producer, playwright and screenwriter best known for his work on Alejandro Iñárritu’s last two features. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Revenant. Dinelaris, along with the other three credited screenwriters, won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Birdman in 2015. His smart stories offer a peek into his rocky beginnings.

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2Spooky4Me: Our Own Personal Horror Canon

Posted October 28th, 2016 by Matt Turner

Next up in our 2Spooky series, some favourite horror films from some of the SP staff members. A cross-section of genre films, recent treats and veritable classics. Watch one this weekend.

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2Spooky4Me: SP Filmmakers To Watch This Halloween

Posted October 26th, 2016 by Matt Turner

To coincide with our Halloween themed Horror Promo, we’re highlighting five films directed by SP members and patrons in recent years. Five unique and exciting horror films that challenge the genre’s conventions, and subvert expectations, in the way only independent film can.

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Guest Blog: Promises Promises…

Posted October 25th, 2016 by Ben

Last week I picked out my personal favourites from the BIFA Most Promising Newcomer Long List. The list is long and full of brilliance so this week I’ve asked my fellow BIFA brain’s trust member, the magnificently gifted Myanna Buring to share the performers from the list who shined brightest for her…

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2Spooky4Me: 5 Film Events Happening This Halloween

Posted October 24th, 2016 by Mark Ryan

With Halloween approaching on the horizon, and our promo underway, here’s a list of the best spooky gatherings going on around the capital to get your skin crawling in excitement.

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Festival Focus: London Film Festival 2016 – The Death of Louis XIV, Porto

Posted October 24th, 2016 by Matt Turner

The latest in Albert Serra’s series of imaginative retellings of the legends of historical or literary figures might be his best yet, and is certainly his most accessible. The Death of Louis XIV was conceived initially as a performance piece, commissioned by the Centre Pompidou and due to take place over 15 days there, and elements of this form remain. Starring a 71-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud as the near-terminal Sun King, Serra’s film takes place entirely within the royal chamber, ensuring the “unity of location, space and time” that the director insists – alongside multiple-camera setups, a refusal to rehearse scenes and an insistence on recording massive amounts of material whilst in production – is essential to producing fruitful artistic results.

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