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By midlandsmovies, Aug 12 2018 07:00AM



A Quiet Place (2018) Dir. John Krasinski


Set in the year 2020 where the population has been decimated by an unknown but deadly foe, a family attempts to stay alive in A Quiet Place – the directorial debut of The Office’s John Krasinski.


The film introduces us to the Abbott family which comprises of Lee (Krasinki), his pregnant wife Evelyn (Krasinki’s real-life partner Emily Blunt) and their deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and son Marcus (Noah Jupe). We are shown how youngest son Beau is killed by creatures which hunt by sound after he plays with a noisy toy given to him by his sister and, as we jump forward many years, the guilt still plays on her mind.


Very quickly establishing the rules of the world, the creatures are hyper-sensitive to noise yet the family are safe if a louder sounds masks their clamouring. All the while Lee attempts to contact potential survivors by radio but even the smallest clatter sends the family into a panic as they survive as pilgrims using what they can scavenge from abandoned shops and the surrounding forest.


Given sound plays such a prominent part in the film – or a lack of – the film is almost entirely without spoken dialogue and uses subtitles and a mix of sign-language to convey the expressive communication between the family members. Krasinski therefore demonstrates fantastic cinematic flair to create images, sequences and development all without verbal cues.


Action scenes are built to a crescendo of tension as the absence of sound focuses the audience on the tiniest of details. And in one particular scene, just an upturned nail on a stair. When a foot inevitably comes to stand on said rusty protrusion the slow accumulation of dread is what makes A Quiet Place so engaging. But the film doesn’t let up with all this pressure. The arrival of a nearby creature sees Blunt’s wife suddenly go into labour and we’re thrown into another life or death sequence.


Millicent Simmonds, who is deaf in real life, is excellent as the troubled but resourceful youngster and is involved in another nerve-wracking scene atop a grain silo where noise, suffocation and nail-biting terror continue the remarkable twitchy sequences. Her scenes also have their sound removed which puts a greater focus on the visual elements whilst the alien creatures’ clicking mixes a bat’s echolocation with insectoid creepy crawly effectiveness.


With echoes of 2016’s horror-stalker film HUSH, A Quiet Place also uses sound brilliantly as we are sometimes thrust into the situation alongside our characters – whilst also being aware of sounds they are not. Krasinski brings his strong everyman persona to a father who risks everything to protect his children yet his technical expertise in managing diegetic sound with a cinematic score is masterfully balanced as to keep viewers right on the edge of their seat.


The unique creature design uses hard plates with muscular appendages and (mostly) avoids the bland Cloverfield-style computer game horde style of a Chitauri warrior. Which give them real menace even when finally revealed up close. But it’s the tremendous performances from the entire clan who give believability and emotion to what could be standard b-movie scares than really engages.


People have compared this to previous annual horror highlights The Witch and The Babadook but A Quiet Place’s style is far more accessible than those. It harks back to the visual language of early cinema so well it has an almost universal appeal.


Mostly avoiding jump scares, the real silent success is Krasinski himself who has taken an original idea and created a script and debut film with hugely entertaining results. Throwing in scenes of real anxiety, unease and boldness, Krasinski’s virtuoso film uses each of these elements to create a satisfying blend that delights but has more than its share of frights.


9/10


Midlands Movies Mike


By midlandsmovies, May 16 2018 04:21PM



Midlands Spotlight - Phoenix Access Cinema


As part of Deaf Awareness Week 2018 Midlands Movies catches up with Josh Senior who is the Cinema Programme Assistant at Phoenix Leicester. We talk to Josh about their recent crowd-funding campaign to assist those with hearing impairments as part of their Access Cinema programme.


In December 2017, Phoenix Leicester launched a fundraising campaign to buy 26 new amplified headsets to help more people with sight and hearing loss enjoy films at the cinema.


Phoenix Leicester has an infrared system in both their main screens which allows people with a sight or hearing loss to use a personal headset to hear the film audio described alongside the action in the film or to hear an amplified dialogue track.


Midlands Movies were proud to donate £200 towards the Phoenix’s campaign and the target goal of £2000 was reached in January 2018 with the support of Leicester City Council and a host of other generous donors.


With the success of the campaign they have increased the number of headsets so can now cater to even more people including guide dog groups, social groups and special educational needs school groups.


Josh Senior explains, “As part of our regular programme we build in films that audio description tracks and subtitles. As well as that, the headsets can be used for amplification also”.


“We are building upon this in the future whereby our website will be able to highlight even more films where the technology is available”, continues Josh. “This all ties in with the expansion of the Phoenix in 2020 where two new screens will be available to allow greater access for those with additional needs”.


Phoenix Leicester has regular subtitled films on Tuesday evenings and also provides Autism-friendly screenings on a regular basis. Josh goes on to say the cinema works closely with others in the region, especially with Film Hub Midlands.


“Staff attend workshops and training around accessibility for cinema which keeps us up to date of the current challenges. And the BFI shares knowledge to help us find ways to provide solutions”.


Through Access Cinema, Phoenix Leicester hopes to bring people with differing access needs together to watch the best in world cinema and socialise with friends and family.


Asked about Oscar-winning Midlands film The SIlent Child Josh adds, "There's a great package called the Lives in Sign Language which covers a wide range of genres and experiences and we hope we can bring that to the Phoenix in late Summer".


Striving to keep up to date with social policy, advancements in accessible technology and best practice, the cinema also aims to provide all customers with the most enjoyable cinema experience possible. And with these new headsets they are another step on the way.


All the headsets are readily available at the Phoenix box office with additional help on hand to assist customers as required.


To find out more about Access Cinema at Phoenix Leicester then click on the What’s On section of their website:

https://www.phoenix.org.uk/access-cinema/


And for information on the appeal please click below:

https://www.phoenix.org.uk/blog/phoenix-access-cinema-appeal/


By midlandsmovies, Apr 17 2018 07:56AM



Derby Film Festival 2018 – special guests, film previews and events in QUAD 4th to 13 May

Derby Film Festival returns from 4th to 13 May with a host of special guests, film previews and events as well as over fifty feature films.


Guests include actress and singer Toyah Willcox will discuss her career in film and television, from her debut in the television play Glitter in 1976, to Derek Jarman’s seminal punk film Jubilee and his version of The Tempest. She has also featured in films including Quadrophenia and Quatermass, and on BBC TV in Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde and Tales Of The Unexpected. Toyah Willcox will be in Conversation in QUAD on Saturday 5th May at 5:00pm. Both Jubilee (15) and The Tempest (15) will be screened as part of the festival on 8th & 9th and 9th & 10th May respectively.


Sir John Hurt's widow Anwen Hurt will introduce a preview screening of That Good Night – Hurt’s final leading role. Sir John Hurt was QUAD’s first Patron and Derby Film Festival’s Guest Of Honour in 2014. That Good Night (12A) Preview introduced by Anwen Hurt, takes place in QUAD on Wednesday 9th May at 6:30pm.


And Mandie Fletcher who will discuss her career in film and television, directing classics of British television, from Butterflies in 1983, to Blackadder, Only Fools And Horses, Desmond’s, Absolutely Fabulous and Miranda, and the big screen, with Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in 2016. Mandie Fletcher will be in Conversation in QUAD on Sunday 13th May at 2:00pm


Exclusive film Previews include:

Redoubtable from the Oscar winning director of The Artist on Friday 4th May at 8:40pm. L’Amant Double, the latest release from French auteur Director François Ozon on Monday 7th May at 9:00pm. Jeune Femme the debut film of director Léonor Serraille on Tuesday 8th May at 6:30pm. Edie starring Sheila Hancock on Wednesday 9th May at 2:00pm. Ismael’s Ghosts starring Marion Cotillard and Mathieu Almaric on Thursday 10th May at 6:30pm. On Chesil Beach adapted from the novel by Ian McEwan on Friday 11th May at 6:30pm. The Suffering Of Ninko, from Japan, is a unique tale which blends live action and animation on Friday 11th May at 8:45pm. The Bookshop starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy on Saturday 12th May at 7:00pm.


Festival films with a local interest include:

Portrait Of A Village is an affectionate portrayal of a semi-rural village in the East Midlands – Spondon - by local filmmaker Mark Rivers. Portrait Of A Village is a snapshot of life in modern Britain and explores the themes of home, community and belonging. Portrait Of A Village screens in QUAD on Saturday 12th May at 12:30pm.


A programme of short films, specially curated and tailored specifically to the needs of D/deaf cinema-goers, will include the Oscar-winning The Silent Child. Lives In Sign Language has been curated by London Short Film Festival’s young Deaf programmer Zoë McWhinney and shows the richness of D/deaf culture and experience. A mixture of comedy, romance, horror bring the stories of D/deaf characters to the screen in a selection of contemporary short films inclusive for all. The films include: Nonsense,


The Silent Child, My House, Imagine, Deaf, A Love Divided and Dawn Of The Deaf. Lives In Sign Language (Advised 15) will screen in QUAD on Saturday 12th May at 5:00pm. There will be Hard Of Hearing subtitles and BSL Interpretation.


Derby Based screenwriters Darrell Buxton and Steve Hardy will be on hand to introduce a Premiere of their film Ouijageist. In the film a young single mum moves to her new flat, and adds to the pressures of finding employment and meeting the rent when she and a friend begin dabbling with a Ouija board found at the property, consequently evil powers are unleashed and mysterious deaths begin to occur. Ouijageist (Advised 15) and Screenwriters Q+A takes place in QUAD on Sunday 6th May at 2:00pm.



This year welcomes a new strand called Paracinema, as part of the main festival. Including horror, sci-fi and fantasy films, it will also be exploring other genres outside the mainstream with special guests, previews and talks on a whole range of unusual genres and subgenres. Paracinema screenings, as part of Derby Film Festival, take place from 4th to 7th May. A Paracinema takeover will include a whole night of screenings on the opening weekend of the festival. The Paracinema All Night Takeover! (18) takes place in QUAD on Saturday 5th May, from 10:25pm to dawn.


Among the special events for Derby Film Festival, Derby Cathedral will host a screening of silent classic accompanied by a live score on the Cathedral’s Compton organ. The score will be performed by Richard Hills, organist of St Mary's, Bourne Street, who was named 'Organist of the Year' in 2010 by the American Theatre Organ Society. F.W. Murnau’s classic vampire tale Nosferatu, from 1922, stars the legendary Max Schreck in the title role. Nosferatu + Live Score (PG) takes place in Derby Cathedral on Saturday 5th May, doors open from 7:30pm.


Closing the Festival is the unique Five Lamps Films 24 Hour Challenge. Returning for its ninth year, the Five/24 24hr film challenge entrants will make a three-minute short in just twenty-four hours, over the weekend of 5th and 6th May. The following weekend the public are invited to a screening of all the entries and announcement of the winners. Five Lamps Films 24 Hour Challenge Screening & Prize Ceremony takes place in QUAD on Sunday 13th May at 8:15pm. For more information on how to take part, please see: www.fivelampsfilms.co.uk

For full information on Derby Film Festival films, screening times and ticket prices please go to https://derbyfilmfestival.co.uk

FULL LISTINGS


FRIDAY 4TH MAY

12:00 LEON MUST DIE (ADVISED 18) S - UK PREMIERE

12:00 SOMETHING (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

13:35 BODIES (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

13:50 ALL LIGHT WILL END (ADVISED 18) - UK PREMIERE

15:30 OUT OF THE CORNER OF THE EYE (ADVISED 15) S - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

15:35 HI-DEATH (ADVISED 18) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

17:45 IMAGES OF APARTHEID (ADVISED 15) - WORLD PREMIERE + DIRECTOR Q+A

18:00 CHARISMATA (ADVISED 18)

19:45 ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES (ADVISED 18) + DIRECTOR & CAST Q+A

20:40 REDOUBTABLE (15) S – PREVIEW

21:00 THE PARACINEMA SOCIAL


SATURDAY 5TH MAY

10:00 THE PARACINEMA DEALERS ROOM

12:30 DEATH LAID AN EGG (18) S + NUCLEUS FILMS RESTORING CLASSICS INTRO

15:00 BORLEY RECTORY (ADVISED 15) + DIRECTOR Q+A

17:00 TOYAH WILLCOX IN CONVERSATION

18:45 ALL LIGHT WILL END (ADVISED 18) - UK PREMIERE

19:00 JUBILEE (15)

19:30 NOSFERATU (PG) + LIVE SCORE AT DERBY CATHEDRAL

20:45 HIPPOPOTAMUS (ADVISED 18)

22:25 THE PARACINEMA ALL NIGHT TAKEOVER! (18)


SUNDAY 6TH MAY

13:00 AN INTRODUCTION TO PINK CINEMA BY JASPER SHARP (ADVISED 18)

14:30 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE OF SACHIKO HANAI (ADVISED 18) S

14:30 PARACINEMA SHORTS (ADVISED 18)

16:20 THE ENDLESS (15) - PREVIEW

16:40 A TASTE OF PHOBIA (ADVISED 18) - WORLD PREMIERE

18:30 THE ASCENT (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

18:30 SOMETHING (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

20:30 THE LEGENDARY PARACINEMA QUIZ

20:30 REVENGE (18) - PREVIEW


MONDAY 7TH MAY

12:00 HI-DEATH (ADVISED 18) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

14:00 HIPPOPOTAMUS (ADVISED 18)

14:00 OUIJAGEIST (ADVISED 15) - WORLD PREMIERE + SCREENWRITERS Q+A

14:00 A.I. STUDIOS MAKE UP EFFECTS DEMONSTRATION

15:35 CHARISMATA (ADVISED 18)

16:25 ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (15)

17:30 LEON MUST DIE (ADVISED 18) S - UK PREMIERE

19:05 BODIES (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

21:00 L'AMANT DOUBLE (CERT TBC) S - PREVEW

21:00 OUT OF THE CORNER OF THE EYE (ADVISED 15) S - EUROPEAN PREMIERE


TUESDAY 8TH MAY

12:00 EAT MY SHORTS 1 (ADVISED 18)

12:10 JUBILEE (15)

14:20 MARISA IN THE WOODS (ADVISED 15) S

16:10 HUNTER'S CROSSING (ADVISED 15)

18:15 THE MAN WHO ALWAYS DID HIS PART (ADVISED 15) S

18:30 JEUNE FEMME (15) S - PREVIEW

20:35 BACKSTAGE JAZZ MYSTERY (ADVISED 15) S

20:35 JUBILEE (15)


WEDNESDAY 9TH MAY

12:00 THE TEMPEST (15)

12:00 EAT MY SHORTS 2 (ADVISED 15)

14:00 EDIE (12A) - MIDWEEK TREAT PREVIEW

14:15 JUBILEE (15)

16:25 VISMRIT (ADVISED 15) S

18:00 THE TEMPEST (15)

18:30 THAT GOOD NIGHT (12A) - PREVIEW

20:00 MUSIC ON THE RUN (ADVISED 15) S

20:45 JUBILEE (15)

21:10 HUNTER'S CROSSING (ADVISED 15)


THURSDAY 10TH MAY

13:30 THE TEMPEST (15)

15:00 THE MAN WHO ALWAYS DID HIS PART (ADVISED 15) S

16:00 EAT MY SHORTS 3 (ADVISED 15)

17:00 MUSIC ON THE RUN (ADVISED 15) S

18:30 ISMAEL'S GHOSTS (CERT TBC) S – PREVIEW

20:45 THE TEMPEST (15)


FRIDAY 11TH MAY

14:50 THE KURODIANS (ADVISED 15) S

16:30 BACKSTAGE JAZZ MYSTERY (ADVISED 15) S

18:30 ON CHESIL BEACH (15) - PREVIEW

18:45 MARISA IN THE WOODS (ADVISED 15) S

20:35 LEAVE NOW (ADVISED 15)

20:45 SATORI SCREEN: SUFFERING OF NINKO (ADV 18) - UK PREMIERE S


SATURDAY 12TH MAY

12:00 PORTRAIT OF A VILLAGE (ADV 12A) – WORLD PREMIERE

15:00 QUAD YOUNG ADVOCATES PRESENT SHARKNADO (15)

17:00 LIVES IN SIGN LANGUAGE (ADVISED 15)

18:30 EAT MY SHORTS 1 (ADVISED 18)

19:00 THE BOOKSHOP (PG) - PREVIEW

20:40 EAT MY SHORTS 2 (ADVISED 15)

21:15 THE KURODIANS (ADVISED 15) S


SUNDAY 13TH MAY

14:00 MANDIE FLETCHER IN CONVERSATION

14:00 LEAVE NOW (ADVISED 15)

16:25 VISMRIT (ADVISED 15) S

18:00 EAT MY SHORTS 3 (ADVISED 15)

20:15 FIVE LAMPS FILMS 24 HOUR CHALLENGE SCREENING & PRIZE CEREMONY




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