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By midlandsmovies, Feb 21 2020 10:30AM

Quite simply, here is our ongoing and updated list of Film Festivals in the Midlands (2020 edition):

• THE SHORT CINEMA http://www.theshortcinema.co.uk info@theshortcinema.co.uk Phoenix, Leicester - August 2020 (TBC)

*CINE-EXCESS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Birmingham School of Media Birmingham City 4th - 7th November 2020

• NOTTINGHAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL http://www.nottiff.com/ 13th - 15th November 2020

• INDIE-LINCS - Feb 13th - 15th 2020 Based at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, and run in partnership with The School of Film and Media at the University of Lincoln http://www.indie-lincs.com

• BRINDLEY PLACE OUTDOOR FEST - http://www.brindleyplace.com/event/brindleyplace-film-festival-2018/ DATES TBC

• BORDERLINES FEST http://www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk UK's largest rural film festival. Herefordshire/Shropshire - 28th February to 15th March 2020

• BIRMINGHAM FILM FEST - 13th - 22nd November 2020 https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Birminghamfilmfestival

• BIFF FEST (Birmingham Black International Film Fest) https://www.biffestival.co.uk 2020 TBC

• SHOCK AND GORE FESTIVAL Electric Cinema in Birmingham https://twitter.com/shockgore 2020 TBC

• DEAFFEST http://www.deaffest.co.uk The UK's International Deaf Film & Arts Festival Wolverhampton. Contact info@light-house.co.uk 2020 date TBC

* BIRMINGHAM INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL http://birminghamindianfilmfestival.co.uk 2020 dates TBC

• THE UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL LEICESTER - http://tonguesonfire.com/ 2020 dates TBC

• SHOUT FESTIVAL http://shoutfestival.co.uk Birmingham 2020 dates TBC

• DERBY FILM FESTIVAL http://www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk 19th - 23rd November 2020

• FANTASTIQ FEST http://fantastiq.co.uk Fantasy/Horror Fest at Quad in Derby (part of Derby Film Fest)

• MAYHEM HORROR Film Fest - Halloween. Contact Broadway cinema in Nottingham http://www.broadway.org.uk/mayhem 15th - 18th October 2020

• FLATPACK FEST - Birmingham, UK. http://www.flatpackfestival.org.uk 5th - 10th May 2020

• BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL - https://twitter.com/BeestonFilm 25th-29th March 2020

• SHROPSHIRE RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL http://www.rainbowfilmfestival.org.uk/midlands-zone on hiatus for 2019 - TBC 2020 dates

• GRINDHOUSE PLANET - www.grindhouseplanet.com 2020 dates TBC

* BOTTLESMOKE FILM FESTIVAL - https://www.facebook.com/BottleSmokeStoke Stoke on Trent - September 8th 2019

* WIRKSWORTH FILM FEST https://wirksworth3minfilmfest.co.uk Derbyshire 2th - 31st July 2020

* HEART OF ENGLAND FILM FEST - https://www.heartofenglandfilmfest.com Coventry 2020 Dates TBC

* HIGH PEAK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL Derbyshire https://www.highpeakindie.com 6th - 9th August 2020

* NEXUS FILM FESTIVAL https://twitter.com/NexusEastMids Nottingham 17th - 21st May 2020

* NOTTZ FILM FESTIVAL Hothouse Theatre Nottingham https://twitter.com/NottmFilmFest 2020 Dates TBC

* THE SHORT STACK FILM FESTIVAL Nottingham Bi-monthly screening night at Broadway Cinema https://www.facebook.com/groups/841340665914084 (Various dates)

* 5 LAMPS FILMS - Bi-monthly short-film screenings at Derby Quad (various dates) + annual 24hr film challenge https://twitter.com/fivelampsfilms (Various dates)

* PARACINEMA - Derby https://twitter.com/ParacinemaDerby 7th - 10th May 2020

* THE BLACK COUNTRY HORROR SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL - Stourbridge https://www.weepingbankproductions.co.uk/horror-film-festival Saturday 27th February 2020

* CINEQ - Birmingham Queer Film Festival - https://www.cineqbirmingham.co.uk 26th - 29th March 2020

* LEAMINGTON FILM FESTIVAL - Temperance Bar, Leamington Spa http://www.temperance.bar/film-festival.html 10th - 12th January 2020

* NORTHAMPTON FILM FESTIVAL - various locations across Northampton http://www.northamptonfilmfestival.co.uk/ 13th – 20th May 2020

* WORCESTER FILM FESTIVAL - Royal Porcelain Works, Worcester https://filmfreeway.com/WorcesterFilmFestival 15th – 17th October 2020

Other useful Film Festival information can be found at these links:




By midlandsmovies, Oct 4 2018 08:59AM

Midlands Spotlight - Mayhem Film Festival

The Mayhem Film Festival was founded in 2005 by filmmakers Steven Sheil and Chris Cooke and screens the best in contemporary horror, science-fiction and cult cinema from around the world right here in the Midlands.

And their forthcoming 2018 festival is no different. Featuring premieres, previews, masterclasses and international special guest filmmakers - as well and unique live cinema events - the festival has developed a reputation as one of the most innovative horror genre festivals in the country.

Running from 11th October to 14th October the event is based at Nottingham’s Broadway – one of the UK's leading independent cinemas and creative hubs.

Festival Co-Director Chris Cooke has an illustrious career by writing and directing Film 4/BFI funded comedy feature One For The Road whilst fellow Co-Director Steven Sheil is also a screenwriter and director. His first feature film, the microbudget Mum & Dad (2008) was described by Total Film as 'one of the defining British horrors of its generation'.

And with something for every fright fan, please check out the full line up for the 4-days below!


7.30PM - ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE + Q&A // Dir. John McPhail

10PM - NIGHTMARE CINEMA // Dirs. Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Alejandro Brugués, Ryûhei Kitamura & David Slade


2.15PM - THE WHITE REINDEER // Dir. Erik Blomberg

3.45PM - PIERCING // Dir. Nicolas Pesce

6.15PM - NIGHTSHOOTERS + Q&A // Dir. Marc Price

8.30PM - PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH // Dirs. Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund

10.30PM - MANDY // Dir. Panos Costamos


12PM - ONE CUT OF THE DEAD // Dir. Shin'inchiro Ueda

2PM - PROSPECT - UK Premiere // Dirs. Chris Caldwell & Zeek Earl

4PM - NUMBER 37 - UK Premiere // Dir. Nosipho Dumisa

6.45PM - SHORT FILM SHOWCASE // Dirs. Various

9PM - THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY + Q&A //Dir. Aislinn Clarke

11PM - DEMONS + CHOWBOYS (UK Premiere) // Dir. Lamberto Bava


12PM - INUYASHIKI - UK Premiere // Dir. Shinsuke Sato

2.30PM - THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL // Dirs. Ashim Ahluwalia, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe, Calvin Reeder, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Peter Strickland & Yannis Veslemes

4.45PM - THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW //Dir. Andy Mitton

6.15PM - The Flinterrogation in Cafébar

7.15PM - THE NIGHTSHIFTER //Dir. Dennison Ramalho

9.30PM - WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE // Dir. Colin Minihan

Check out the festival's official website here:


By midlandsmovies, Oct 19 2017 06:50AM

I am Not a Witch at Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema

A fearless debut from Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni, the film will be showing in cinemas across the UK including Broadway Cinema in Nottingham and on demand from Friday 20th October.

When eight-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp.

There, she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.

Watch the trailer above and follow on their social media pages below

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IAmNotAWitchFilm/

Twitter https://twitter.com/NotAWitchFilm

Full show times are here:

Fri 20 Oct 16:45 20:45

Sat 21 Oct 16:45 20:45

Sun 22 Oct 16:45 20:45

Mon 23 Oct 16:45 20:45

Tue 24 Oct 16:45 20:45

Wed 25 Oct 16:45 20:45

Thu 26 Oct 16:45 20:45

To book, please head to http://www.broadway.org.uk/events/film-i-am-not-a-witch

By midlandsmovies, Mar 29 2016 10:13AM

Midlands Spotlight - Crossing Paths Premiere

On 26th March Midlands Movies had the great honour of being asked to host the cast and crew premiere for the Derby short film Crossing Paths which was being shown at the Broadway cinema.

Nottingham’s Broadway cinema is in the heart of the city’s creative quarter and was the perfect venue for the first big-screen showing of this exciting Midlands-shot short film.

We have already reviewed the film (read here) so knew what to expect but the added support from those involved in the making of the film including the actors, writers and musicians made the screening all the more special for its inaugural presentation.

Director Ben Bloore was the first to arrive and had with him a brand new banner with the film’s artwork printed on. The poster uses a shot from the film which centres around the lives of two intersecting souls whose circumstances lead them to question guilt, responsibilities and family matters.

Also in attendance was writer Ben Fowkes and after a test of the sound and projector, Screen 4 was all set to receive the first guests on this bright Saturday morning.

The actors arrived first and with a variety of different experiences had fun meeting up again and before long, guests were invited down to have photos taken and then subsequently took their seats in the auditorium.

A warm welcome was given by Ben before he explained that today’s showing was the culmination of a year long journey and that the audience would have a chance to ask questions of the cast and crew once the film had ended.

The lights dimmed and the film began and although under 10 minutes long, the serious themes of the film came across with power and a few gasps were heard as well as many tears shed.

Once the lights came up, a huge round of applause erupted before the cast were asked to come to the front to discuss their involvement.

First up was film and TV actress Michelle Darkin-Pirce who is currently recording 'Breaking In' for radio, a play by writer Adrian Reynolds. She has also appeared in Emmerdale on ITV and plays Alison in the film. The audience were surprised to hear her love for physical roles and had people laughing when she exclaimed that she is often cast as a drug user, although she made clear SHE wasn’t – and more recently, had been cast as the mother of a drug user.

Next up was the experienced Mark Tunstall as Sean who has also appeared in Doctors on BBC1 and explained that his background helped him come to the brief role with a fully formed idea of what was required and enjoyed the chemistry with his fellow actors.

Phil Molloy was praised by Ben for only coming aboard a week before shooting after another cast member dropped out. Phil plays Matthew in Crossing Paths and has also starred in the films Soft and Dysnomia. He felt the tough themes of the film contrasted with the lovely atmosphere on set, especially the park-shoot which was filmed on a glorious day but had some problems with public passer-bys.

And the final cast member to take the stage was the exceptional Tina Harris as Lorraine. Tina is known for her wide range of roles in films on The Regiment, Northern Soul and Happy New Year as well as coming from a stint from sci-fi TV series Red Dwarf.

And last but not least was the man who had thrown his own heart and soul into creating, filming and completing Crossing Paths, Ben Bloore himself. Thanking the enormous support from those involved, Ben also explained that film was soon to be released on the festival circuit with them waiting to hear from 5 exciting possibilities in the coming months.

A few questions from the audience were thrown out about the superb music from the film before the event finished on a high note from Ben who recommended anyone trying to get a project off the ground to get out there and do it no matter how long, and sometimes frustrating, it takes to achieve.

And with that a final good bye was said and a hugely proud and supportive audience congratulated both Bens for all their hard work and wished them success on their ongoing career and journey with the film.

A few photos can be seen on the film’s Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1530286923938232/

Midlands Movies Mike

By midlandsmovies, Dec 8 2015 08:37PM

"You seem 'life' sad, like you've been sad for a long time... the kind of sadness which learns to live with itself."

Indie filmmaker and freelance costume designer Sophie Black brings more attention to the Midlands with her latest short film 'Night Owls'. Midlands Movies Mike stays up late to uncover this nocturnal gem.

Sophie Black’s BA in Film Production from the University for Creative Arts has come in handy over the years as the Nottingham based filmmaker jumps from producing to directing and back again. Over the last 24 months her recent credits include producing award-winning 'Stop/Eject' which screened at Raindance 2014 which was also longlisted for a BAFTA. In addition, Sophie also directed 'Ashes' which was available to view at Cannes 2013 and won 'Best Thriller Short' at Festigious 2015.

Midlands Movies has covered Sophie and her production company Triskelle pictures before (see link) but we catch up over a weekend in December as Sophie premieres her brand new short.

On the morning of 5th December Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema played host to the first ever screening of Sophie's 'Night Owls'. As well as the film itself, the event was followed by a live performance from the film’s soundtrack. The film features original music by Simon Andrews, Emmie Chadwick, Mike Hardy, Radioboy and Scribble Victory and Sophie has high hopes entering 2016.

Sophie explains the film is set over just one night, with Night Owls telling the story of teenage runaway Mari who breaks into the house of a reclusive thirty-something called Kent. Together they discover that they both have a mutual disdain for their lives and build an unlikely friendship they sorely need.

Originally written as a feature script, Sophie brought award-winning screenwriter Tommy Draper on board to collaborate on the shortened script for Night Owls.

Mari is played by the up and coming talented Holly Rushbrooke who stepped in just 3 days before filming after an unforseen casting change. Kent is played by Jonny McPherson who is most well known as Dr Cavanagh in ITVS Emmerdale soap opera. Neil Oseman was added on board as the Director of Photography who won the Channel 4 Ideas Factory Creative Class in 2005.

Although the weekend's premiere was more of a private screening for the cast and crew, the official public premiere is confirmed with Night Owls screening at the London Short Film Festival in January - more information about the screening can be found here: http://shortfilms.org.uk/events/2016-01-10-new-shorts-girlhood

For more information on the film’s progress and screenings follow Sophie at her social media sites:

Official Site: http://www.triskellepictures.co.uk/#!night-owls/c1btn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/triskellepictures

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sophieblackfilm

By midlandsmovies, Mar 17 2015 11:55AM

Midlands Movies Mike talks to “This Is England” and “Beverley” star Kieran Hardcastle about his role in the new short film, made and shot in Leicester that is currently receiving rave reviews around the region.

Back in 1997, Kieran successfully auditioned for the BAFTA award-winning Television Workshop in Nottingham, (alumni includes Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell, Jack O'Connell, Vicky McClure). Much work in children's television during the late nineties propelled Kieran to parts in BBC prime-time drama series and educational programs, before a two-year daily stint in ITV's 2001 daytime soap 'Crossroads'. 2006 saw Kieran as part of the main ensemble in Shane Meadows's 'This is England' and I chatted to him directly after the first cast and crew red-carpet screening of this new Two-Tone short...

Hi Kieran. Congratulations on your performance in "Beverley”. Can you tell our readers a bit about how you found about the short film?

Thank you. Well, I’m from Nottingham and am currently heavily involved in the Television Workshop there. I heard about the auditions for this interesting short film and normally I don’t do that many short films but if truth be told when I heard about Vicky’s involvement (Vicky McClure, also a This Is England alumni), it was that which first attracted me to audition for the project.

What happened next?

Well, then I found out that there were a lot of people involved but more importantly a lot of talent. Plus once we got going it had a real family feel to the production which was great.

Aside from This Is England, had you worked with Vicky before on other film projects?

Well aside from that film, we both train at the same place in The Television Workshop. It’s a very creative environment and helps develop and promote lots of local talent. In addition, as an actor it’s great to have something like this film this locally as the acting jobs can sometimes be centred on Manchester or Central London. Going back to Vicky though, I don’t think she knew i was going to be in it!

You look very different with a shaved head if you don’t mind me saying

Ha ha. I get that a lot funnily enough.

[And on cue as we laugh about this, one of the audience members from the Beverley screening walks by and says, “Oh, I almost didn’t recognise you. You look very different with hair”]

Just like that!

Ha ha! Exactly!

Going back to the film, there’s a heavy television workshop presence in the film overall wasn’t there?

Yes, very much so. As well as myself, there’s Vicky as we mentioned, who by the way is VERY believable as a mum, I have never seen her play that kind of role before. Also, from there was ‘Chucky’ (Tom Cowlin) who plays Dean, the National Front character, who is a very good friend of mine and I am very proud of him in Beverley. Finally, there was also Lewis Bacon. Also, I can’t forget to mention Sennia Nanua (as Jess) who for me stole the show!

What were their feelings on the film?

Well, I reported back to the workshop that we’ve all come off well in this, you know. Our mentor Ian is always casting his eye on the world and asking how his “little babies” are doing and I explained to him that in this one we are doing alright.

What’s up for you next then, Kieran?

I am often down in Leicester and have recently appeared in shows at The Curve Theatre. I’m really keen to keep the connections within the region such as Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. At the moment I am part of a production company (Sheep Soup) who are perorming our hit sell out show called "Mrs Green".

That sounds great

It will be! We’ve had lots of fantastic support from The Curve in terms of establishing ourselves which is great considering I think it’s one of the best theatres outside of London in my opinion. After the theatre work I’m very keen to maintain the relationships with Leicester Phoenix and Nottingham Broadway as well.

Finally, what was your favourite experience working on Beverley?

The night I spent with Cass Pennant!

[Cass walks by: “You got the water bed, didn’t ya?]

Ha ha! In fairness, it was a night where shooting overran and everyone was tired yet even though there was no money involved in this for the actors, everyone bent over backwards to help. With this level of low budget filmmaking people worked so hard to get stuff done. As I said, “Chucky” (as Dean) is one of my best mates and it doesn’t get much better than me and a mate coming down to work on a film as good as this and that’s no bad thing.

Thank you. Find out more about Kieran and his involvement in the NTW as well as his theatre work below.

For more info on the BAFTA Award winning Television Workshop


More info on Mrs Green The Musical is here:


Midlands Movies Mike

By midlandsmovies, Mar 3 2015 08:30PM

Catch Me Daddy (15) is being shown at The Broadway in Nottingham between Tue 3 Mar and Thu 12 Mar - and guest writer Tom Humphrey reviews this new British film below...

The Yorkshire moors has always held a sinister place in the English imaginary. You only have to think of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights to get a sense of how synonymous they are with alienation, reclusion and misanthropy. The terrible murders carried out by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in the 60s then added an ever darker significance, and it is this world into which music-video legend Daniel Wolfe brings his first feature, Catch Me Daddy. A world where even a soul-warming cup of Bovril can become a vicious weapon of self-defence…

Written with his brother Matthew, the Wolfes’ debut begins with an almost otherworldly, post-apocalyptic feel. The initial voice over describes a sort of mythic destruction of the world in a harsh dialect, and fierce vernaculars often keep you at arm’s length throughout. So viewers should certainly prepare themselves for an active experience, because the opening half-hour even feels almost as if it’s told in defiance of us. The result, however, is a triumph. Almost every shot in this fascinating section captures an oddity in the Yorkshire landscape, and lets you dwell on its strange, ethereal bleakness.

In these beautiful landscapes motivation and meaning is repeatedly revealed retrospectively, meaning Catch Me Daddy could almost be described as a rollicking British homage to Terrence Malick’s masterly free Badlands. Particularly given the American-sounding title and the influxes of country and western music here and there. This new narrative also centres round a young couple, and similarly they just, “do what they do,” without overt rationalising by the director. And the result is enigmatic, creative joy.

The plot soon darkens, though. The couple is made up of well-rounded, Pakistani protagonist Laila, and a Scottish lad named Aaron (who feels a bit like a metonym for ned culture). Between them arises an interesting, subtle blend of cultures, which unfortunately ultimately culminates in a tragic piece of chase fiction. The couple (who have retreated to an isolated mobile home on the moors) are sought by two gangs made up impressively troglodytic males. Brilliantly cast, these thugs include the ever-brilliant Gary Lewis, and they sadly turn out to have been sent by Laila’s own father.

Thus Wolfe’s feature explores a fear in British culture that Muslims therein are mistreating their daughters, and carrying out honour killings on them for trying to attain the same freedom their peers enjoy. Whether this is an important topic to discuss or something which is unfairly sensationalised is something you’ll perhaps have to decide for yourselves. But Catch Me Daddy definitely shows how cleverly, constructively and ambiguously you can talk about these issues, without being formulaic. Coupled with its visual merits, this certainly makes Catch Me Daddy a remarkably compelling debut.

Thomas Humphrey

Showtimes at The Broadway


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