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By midlandsmovies, Sep 17 2017 10:54PM



Midlands Professional - Film Event Organiser John Currie


Midlands Movies speaks to event manager and festival organiser John Currie as part of our Midlands ‘Professional’ series. In this latest feature John talks to us about his experience and career arranging one of the best festivals in the Midlands film calendar - the Beeston Film Festival.


At age 53 and the father of 5, Beeston Film Festival director John Currie is originally from Liverpool but has lived in Beeston now for the best part of 20 years and (in his words) now very much regards it as his home. Firstly, alongside raising his children, John explains that far from being solely local, his festival is now both local AND global with entries from 37 different countries.


“At our last event we ended up screening films from 22 countries and we have an award panel from America, Africa, Asia and Europe! The point of the festival is to connect, to reach out and bring global stories to Beeston and in return celebrate filmmakers and honour them with B’Oscars”.


Inspired to set up the BFF when he attended the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival, John was there for the screening of the first film he produced called ‘Go with God’.


“And guess what? It was an international short film festival held upstairs in a pub! A model we’ve replicated at the White Lion thanks to our awesome host Sergio”.


And what has been the most difficult hurdle John’s overcome as the organiser?


“We have overcome so many problems but the biggest problem was finding a venue. Unsurprisingly Beeston doesn’t have a cinema of the scale of Showcase, Cineworld or even Broadway (in Nottingham City centre). Luckily one of our friends mentioned that Sergio at The White Lion was interested on setting up a cinema in his upstairs function room. The room has a wonderful retro feel with lush red velvet chairs and benches surrounding the room. Getting the projector and sound to good standard was challenging on a low budget but proved to be successful. Not only has the festival been hosted their but many other events adding to the joy of Beeston”.



In the past John has hosted a number of other film events such as showcase nights, taking part in the D H Lawrence festival and Scarlarama as well but is more than happy to pass on his experiences with others.


“Clarity of vision and determination to succeed [are skills needed] plus the help of loads of talented filmmakers otherwise there would lots of people staring at a blank screen”.


“We are also blessed by finding some great partners such as the B’Oscar sponsors, who are local Beeston businesses; the fabulous review team of Beestonians who review entries and make selections; our awesome global award panel who decide B’Oscar winners; Sergio at The White Lion and of course the students from New College Nottingham who volunteer their hard work enthusiastically to make audience and filmmakers as welcome as possible. So appreciation of those who share your vision is vital”.


John goes on to explain that there are two keys challenges faced by film festival organisers:


“You need to appeal to filmmakers and appeal to the audience, without these people excited by what we are doing there would be no festival. For filmmakers we offer a platform, an audience to industry judges, and of course the chance to win a coveted B’Oscar. For the audience we need to provide an exciting programme, in a convivial atmosphere rubbing shoulders with as many filmmakers as we can attract”.


And how does John balance the financial aspects with the creative side?


“Well, we are self-funding, and get great support from local businesses, so each year to grow the scope of the festival to ensure that we are sustainable. We are also aware that festival audiences are looking for surprises! Short film festivals are the platform for filmmakers to take risks, develop their skills and surprise the audience! So far we have had plenty of surprises and that’s why our audience numbers keep on increasing year on year”.


And what advice would John give to like-minded people thinking of setting up their own festivals?


“Ensure you clarify your vision, be certain sort your festival should be, so once that is honed, work incredibly hard to make it happen because it is an amazingly rewarding process”.


“For us, in 2018 we are expanding by adding a section dedicated to Women’s Voices. This is a very open definition: films made by men but tell a woman's story in a good way, with a great leading female actor, can still be considered; as long as the film has a good mix of women and men working on the crew, and as long as they tell a good woman's story, it can be submitted”.


In the festival’s first year they screened 70 films over two days and in 2018 John plans to run the event over 4 days with hopes to screen 130 films making it the biggest international short film festival in the Midlands.


Finally, we ask John if he has any final words to give to fans/organisers of regional film festivals. “Well, a short film festival offers 2 hour programs that are constructed from a mosaic of cinematic genius rather than a single overarching storyline. This provides a platform to emerging filmmakers from Beeston to Bangkok and enriches the lives of everyone involved”.


Big thanks to John Currie for his time and check out the Official Festival website here and also our coverage of 2017’s event.





By midlandsmovies, Sep 15 2017 02:03PM



Midlands Spotlight - Witchfinder General screening

 

The National Civil War Centre is screening Witchfinder General in the fantastic chilling atmosphere of its authentic Tudor Hall on Halloween night. With a great night promised the night has been arranged by the Palace Theatre and National Civil War Centre on 31st October in truly unique surroundings.


A horror evening awaits at the National Civil War Centre on Halloween night as the Tudor Hall plays host to one of cinema’s most horrifying cult classics, Witchfinder General.


Set during the anarchy and chaos of the Civil War, the 1968 film follows witch hunter Matthew Hopkins (horror icon Vincent Price at his malevolent best) as he conducts a vicious reign of terror in puritan East Anglia. But his persecution of an innocent village priest sets in motion a trail of revenge that escalates to a brutal, bloody denouement.


The sinister old world ambience of the Tudor Hall is the ideal setting for this 17th century fright night. Having stood through the turbulence of the Civil War when Newark was a melting pot of mayhem and violence the building is also said to be haunted by the ghosts of Lady Ossington and ‘the boy in the dorm’ and, during restoration work, a suspected witch bottle was unearthed from its foundations.


This unique and ominous atmosphere paired with the film’s unnerving horror is sure to be the perfect cocktail for a blood-curdling Halloween night. 


The screening begins at 8pm with the bar open from 7pm and will be introduced by Civil War historian and film aficionado Adam Nightingale. Tickets, costing only £5, are limited for this exclusive event so make sure to book early.


You can book online by clicking here or phone for tickets on 01636 655755.


Please note - This film is rated 15 so ID may be required and entry will be refused to any underage guests


By midlandsmovies, Sep 9 2017 07:48AM

BIRMINGHAM ON FILM II

9 - 17 SEPTEMBER 2017

 


Birmingham on Film returns this week with a celebration of the city’s waterways.

 

Last year Flatpack: Assemble launched a month-long season of Birmingham-related archive film, screening the best (and worst) films made in and about the city. Birmingham on Film II takes place from 9-17 September, with a focus on Birmingham’s 35 miles of canals.

 

Expect retro kids TV, Cliff Richard, Midlands alien sightings and everyone’s favourite disc jockey Alan Partridge….




STARMAN

Saturday 9 September, 7.45-10.00pm, Stirchley Baths, FREE

The John Carpenter classic, Starman (cert: PG) stars Jeff Bridges as an alien visitor to Earth who is knocked off course and must take an interstate road trip to rendezvous with a mothership from his home planet. 

 



DIY DRIVE IN CINEMA

Saturday 16 September, 2.00-4.30pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, £3

The chance to build your own mini-car out of scrap material and then park up for some Birmingham-based kids TV including Brum and Tiswas.

 

TAKE ME HIGH

Saturday 16 September, 6.00-7.30pm, Gas Street Basin, £10

Take Me High stars Cliff Richard as a self-absorbed banker who moves to Birmingham, buys himself a narrowboat and invents the Brumburger. This neglected musical oddity aboard a canal boat and a Brumburger is included in the ticket price. 

 

WATERWAY TO HAVE A GOOD TIME

Saturday 16 September, 4.30-5.30pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, FREE

Sunday 17 September, 2.00-3.00pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, FREE

A selection of canal related archive shorts curated by the Media Archive for Central England followed by a special screening of I’m Alan Partridge.



MADE IN BRUM

Sunday 17 September, 12.00-5.00pm, Gas Street Basin, FREE

Hop aboard the floating cinema and catch a wonderful selection of family-friendly shorts made in Brum.

 

COLOUR BOX SHORTS: NATURE’S TALES

Sunday 17 September, 12.00-2.00pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, FREE

An assortment of Flatpack family favourites from our Colour Box short film programme.

 

THE BARGEE

Sunday 17 September, 3.30-5.00pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, FREE

Harry H Corbett – better known as Steptoe the younger – is a bargee who ferries boats and goods up and down the Grand Union canal, wooing various women while his mate Ronnie Barker keeps an eye on the tiller.


Birmingham on Film II is part of Birmingham Heritage Week, which runs from 7-17 September.


For ticket information go to http://flatpackfestival.org.uk/2017/08/birmingham-on-film-2/


By midlandsmovies, Aug 8 2017 09:41AM



Flatpack presents - Dudley Castle After Dark: An American Werewolf in Dudley


John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London brought packs of film fans out to a special screening of the highly influential horror-comedy.


Unlike last year's Bride of Frankenstein screening, the surrounding animals in Dudley Zoological Gardens were ominously quiet throughout. Perhaps with the werewolf in town, they were worried about their place on the food chain. Perhaps not. Although in recompense, there was a baby somewhere screaming with a mixture of terror and tiredness.


The evening opened with Howl, an eerie animated short detailing a true enfant terrible in the shape of a werewolf toddler. This was fittingly followed by the full length video for Michael Jackson's Thriller vanity project. Directed by John Landis after The King of Pop saw An American Werewolf in London, its balance of laughs, scares and nostalgia set the tone perfectly for the main feature.



After a personalised video greeting by the director himself ("On the way home, stay on the road"), we were straight onto the Moors. We join two American tourists as they walk into The Slaughtered Lamb, a pub which the residents of The Wicker Man’s Summerisle would probably regard as “a bit rough.” A swift exit sees them stranded in the back end of beyond, with something creepy closing in...


The film itself sees Rick Baker's 36 year old practical effects still looking surprisingly impressive on the big screen, no doubt holding up better than the many CGI efforts that have followed it. Besides the ground-breaking transformation of David (David Naughton), there's true horror to be found in the lycanthropic mauling and subsequent undead appearances of Jack (Griffin Dunne).


There are also genuine laughs to be had, as Jack’s incarnations become increasingly comical and gruesome throughout. The camaraderie between the male leads is infectious and the humour still stands up in front of a modern audience. Having said that the downbeat ending is still a shock to the system, but how could it all end happily?


After the moon rose and the darkness fell, projected pentagrams and candle flames crept along the castle walls, creating a sinister setting for the leaving audience. Such details, alongside Landis’ intro, thoughtful shorts and an inspired film selection, has seen Flatpack’s ‘Dudley Castle after Dark’ become an unmissable event in the Midlands' movie calendar.


Robb Sheppard


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By midlandsmovies, Apr 2 2017 04:55PM



Midlands Movies Mike heads to The Warriors UK Conclave Event in Birmingham.


About ten to fifteen years ago I was in London one night with my good friend Ralph Sinclair when, after a heavy night out, we grabbed some dirty takeaway and headed back to his flat to see out the night. “Have you seen this?” he asked as he held up a DVD copy of The Warriors. “No”, I replied and he shoved it in the player.


Well, 90 minutes later and I had found one of my favourite cult films of all time. Maybe because we had staggered our own way back across London but Walter Hill’s 1979 classic will always have a special place in my heart.


And I’m not the only one by any means. The film is loved by fans all over the globe and is one of the few films (not yet) saddled with a “modern” remake or reboot. With this worldwide affection, it was therefore great to see that the cast were heading to the Midlands for a convention in Birmingham.


Organised by Victor Wright of UK Conclave, a local fan-group, the event was scheduled to start on April 1st and this was no joke.


So I decided to head down. And who should come with me? None other than the kind friend who introduced me to the film in the first place. Grabbing my partner in crime Ralph Sinclair, we met at Birmingham’s Bullring before navigating the short bus ride out to Edgbaston cricket stadium for the event.


The cricket ground was slightly a strange location but its large function rooms provided much space for the attendees and from the outset the fans gathered. Maybe cricket aficionados at the ground could taunt certain visitors with “Warwickshire – come out to play-ay!!” Joking aside, we got there early around 10am and after sorting tickets we entered the venue to see what was on offer.




Even though the doors had been open for a mere hour the friendly and helpful crew informed us that the Warriors jackets merchandise had already sold out. Already sold out? It was 10am! And as we walked in we could see why. The Warriors fans are obsessed and I’m proud to be one of them. It feels like you’re in an underground gang and like Ralph did to me all those years ago, you only show the film to those you trust and think would like it.


After a walk around we saw the main cast which included Michael Beck (Swan), Dorsey Wright (Cleon), David Harris (Cochise), Thomas Waites (Fox), Terence Michos (Vermin), Brian Tyler (Snow), Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Mercy) and Kondrad Sheehan (from The Punks – the roller-skating gang). I went to speak to the organiser Vic who was a difficult man to track down. Being the fan I am a decided to buy a t-shirt. The guy who sold me it was incredibly passionate about the event, explaining that fans from all over Europe had been here. I thanked him and later find out the man is none other than Vic himself!


So how did such an event come to be I asked?


“Well, I was at another convention and met Michael Beck. He kindly signed my collections of Warriors comics”, explains Vic. “We got chatting and stayed in touch and after years of planning various events myself, I spoke to him about the possibility of a get together in England. This was their first ever visit as a group and I was inspired by their recent reunion in Coney Island in 2015.”


The lines for signatures and photos were long but moved swiftly and those sold-out jackets were getting a pummelling from the stars’ pens. As we moved around the convention there were plenty of stalls, fans and cosplayers enjoying all the delights. From cupcakes to posters, the event even had a smattering of people getting the Warriors logo as a tattoo! We watched as one fan headed to http://www.bigwillstattoos.co.uk (based locally in Lichfield) to get the wings added to his back. A huge fan indeed!




The costumes were great and Vic had secured original Warriors vests used in the movie as well as a selection of original, foreign and alternative posters designed for the movie’s promotion, anniversaries and by fan artists as well. The crowd had their own costumes and not just Warriors wannabes too. We saw a Baseball Fury, a couple of folk from the Electric Eliminators (with appropriate yellow jacket and patches) and two brave folk as the purple waistcoat-wearing Boppers. One guy could have been in The Orphans with his green t-shirt and ripped blue jeans but I suspect that was just coincidence. With my hairline I suggested we should have got hold of a motorised cart and gone as the Turnbull ACs but our prep time was short.


What else was there? Well there was a full 2-day programme of sessions and although we couldn’t attend them all we decided to head across to an actor’s workshop hosted by Thomas Waites. The workshop was already underway when we arrived and we entered the room to find all the participants lying on the floor with the lights out. The room was the size of a leisure centre hall and we lay down with them to find out what it was all about. I thought it may have been a mix of tales from the set alongside helpful hints about staying focused, night-shooting and how to approach action. However, Thomas focused more on relaxation techniques and being “at one” with yourself. As the participants fed back their experience of his meditation technique, the “cult circle” he had created was certainly one of the weirder experiences of the day.


Funnily enough we later saw him practising the same meditation techniques at his signature stand. We noticed his head popping out from behind his desk as he lay on the floor with his eyes closed. Certainly an eccentric character, it should be noted that this is the actor who fell out so badly with the director he was booted off the film. He’s certainly calmer today, that’s for sure!


During a break, we returned to the stalls and Ralph decided to experience the “3-D Parrot” – a company that scans your body and creates a lifelike statuette of yourself. After stepping into what looked like a time-displacement chamber from Quantum Leap, Ralph returned to find a perfect model of himself captured in 3 dimensions. Taking a few weeks to render the model in sandstone, Ralph suggested that when he got his miniature model he could recreate a scene from Honey I Shrunk the Kids.




But the highlight of day 1 were the panel sessions. This first hour-long talk included Michael Back, Terry Michos and Brian Tyler with the audience getting to hear some behind-the-scenes trivia and stories not shared in public before.


Michael Beck explained how extras in the large conclave gathering scene were often bored by the constant waiting around and often failed to show up on later nights. Filming at 1am with long periods between set ups, the gangs looked different from night to night so to maintain consistency, the film company offered regulars the chance to win prizes through a raffle if they kept showing up. He added he wasn’t sure that any of them were actually handed out though! Beck continued by saying he enjoyed filming the fight scenes – especially the bathroom brawl – but the set-ups, as with all movies, were a little time-consuming.



Brian Tyler added that he was adamant there should be no sequel or reboot (which received a HUGE round of applause from the agreeing audience) and after asking what he thought his character would be doing after that night, he joked he would probably have to work in social services.


Beck said he thought Swan and Mercy would be surfers on the West Coast then went on to explain how he came to get the part. After training in London, Beck gave details about how that very un-New York City background meant he couldn’t get an audition for a role. He was described as that “British theatre guy” but the director then came across the film ‘Madman’ in which Beck starred with a little known actress (at the time) called Sigourney Weaver. This fruitful bit of luck then saw him securing the lead role for which he said he was eternally grateful for.




Further trivia included the fact that Mercy wore her hair over her eye during scenes after Beck caught the actress with a baseball bat in one of the scenes in the subway. And not just that, a further injury occurred when the actress then broke her arm. Now you know why she wears the coat in the second half of the film too!


The panel explained that the infamous clinking bottles by was conceived by David Patrick Kelly when the actor saw a man who hung out on the emergency stairs of his apartment block who often berated passer-bys “when he was loaded”. He would clink the bottles on his fingers and the actor believed it would fit perfectly as the Warriors’ villain taunted the film’s heroes.


Finally, Beck’s favourite scene was the subway car sequence when the prom guests get on. “A favourite part of any actor’s career is often when no words are said and that was a joy”.


Terry Michos’ favourite line was Vermin’s “How much longer we gotta wait? We might be here forever, I'm sick of waiting for trains!” and he said his favourite scene was filming with the Lizzies as he “got to spend the day kissing pretty ladies”. However, he hinted it was the “other guys” who got the real off-screen action. We didn’t dare probe further. He also explained his casting which, like Beck, was down to some luck as well after Tony Danza pulled out to film the 70s TV show Taxi. We’re so glad he did!


And with that we headed back to the main hall to chat to some of the locals fans of the film. We met AMK paintings who do cult canvases whilst Mark and John at Future Chronicles were doing Warriors-related photo sessions. An amazing photo-realistic painting of Swan was created by Martyn Rotherham of Square Orange Art and finally we talked writing with horror author Mark Cassell.





And so we departed yet fans were still enjoying everything including more panels, deleted scenes screenings, director’s cut shows, photo sessions and even some singing (!) throughout both days.


On the way home with our energy levels high we discussed Birmingham-based gang names (my best was The Brum Dingers whilst Ralph’s The Aston Villains clearly trumped that) and I can only add a big congratulations to the organisers for getting such a much-loved film and its stars over to the Midlands for people to enjoy.


Many regional fans of the film did indeed come out to play and Cyrus would be proud of the coming together of different people to enjoy the cult classic. Did they dig it? Definitely.


Midlands Movies Mike

By midlandsmovies, Mar 20 2017 05:33PM

If the Oscars have left you in a lull and blockbuster season seems a million miles away, there’s plenty going on in Birmingham to whet your cinematic appetite.




The Cinematic Time Machine


The Cinematic Time Machine at Birmingham’s Electric Cinema always piques the curiosity of any self-respecting film fan. This season showcases the 40’s and 50’s and provides the opportunity to experience those pictures in the way they were intended: on the big screen! Are you a Kubrick completist but have never seen Paths of Glory? Heard of Howard Hawks but have no idea where to start? Then this could be the season for you. Other highlights include Robert Mitchum in The Night Of The Hunter, the 75th Anniversary of Casablanca and Akira Kurosawa’s highly influential Seven Samurai.


The Cinematic Time Machine runs from the 29th of March to the 29th of April. Head to The Electric Cinema for the full programme.





Flatpack Film Festival


The Flatpack Film Festival takes over venues across the city in early April and the only cliché applicable here is that there’s something for everyone. There’s plenty of Lynchian inspired weirdness on offer with a screening of Mulholland Drive and the iconic Eraserhead, which features a reworking of the score by French synth duo Cercuil.


There’s the Colour Box with screenings for younger film fans and the festival also sees a homecoming screening of Christine Franz’s documentary Bunch of Kunst, which focuses on Nottingham Punk Hop duo Sleaford Mods’ foray into the music industry.


Flatpack Film Festival runs from the 4th till the 9th of April. Further details are available here and the launch event will feature on Midlands Movies in the coming weeks.


Is there anything else movie-related going on across the Midlands that you think we should know about? If so, be sure to let us know.


Robb Sheppard


By midlandsmovies, Dec 5 2016 03:28PM



Midlands Movies Mike speaks to Victor Wright, the organiser of the 2017 UK Conclave event that will be bringing the stars of cult classic The Warriors to the Midlands in April of next year.


MMM: Can you tell me a bit about yourself? Are you from the Midlands?

VW: Sure – I’m from a place called Kings Norton in Birmingham. I have two incredibly cool jobs, firstly I organise events around the UK and secondly I own Geeky Comics. The latter I write for as an author of both books and comics. I’m blessed with a very understanding partner, who also enjoys the conventions and my work as an author. It’s a good thing really as I can be away from home lots of weekends.


MMM: Cool. So how did you get into arranging this Warriors event?

VW: UK Conclave came about from being a lifelong fan and the desire to do something awesome for the convention scene in the UK. I met Michael Beck a few years back and thought then, how awesome it would be to bring the Warriors to our turf, so I am. And I have to say I’m not alone in my thinking – I’ve had a lot of feedback from fans across Europe saying this type of event was long overdue.


MMM: You’ve got a lot of the stars. How did that come about?

VW: Michael Beck (Swan in The Warriors) arranged it for me. After contacting him and discussing my plans, Michael agreed that the UK Conclave would be an event for UK fans not to miss. He spoke to some the cast on my behalf including James Remar and David Patrick Kelly who will hopefully be at the show too, subject to availability and working schedules!


MMM: What has been the most difficult hurdle you have had to overcome as the organiser?

VW: There’s not really (touch wood) been any major hurdles apart from committing to additional budget for more of the cast. That will depend on ticket and table sales, if both go well, I’ll throw more budget at the show to enable more guests to come to the event. I’d really love for all of the gangs to be there – now that would be awesome. Sadly a couple are no longer with us, but it would be possible to get some of the others of that I’m sure.


MMM: Have you/do you arrange any other film events?

VW: I do. I run lots of comic cons and horror cons across the UK. We have all kinds of stars coming to our events including Tony Moran (Michael Myers from Halloween), Jsu Garcia and Ken Sagoes (Nightmare on Elm Street), Zara Phythian (Doctor Strange) and Tonya Pinkins (Gotham). The list is extensive!


MMM: Regarding the UK Conclave. How many people help support you?

VW: If you mean our staff then there are about 15 of us who regularly work the events and then we usually have about 5 to 8 volunteers helping too. Some are working with me on a daily basis and others are just as and when we need them.


MMM: For a bit of fun, what names would you give to Birmingham Warriors gang(s)?

VW: A Birmingham gang, oh tough one. We already have the Peaky Blinders, The Zulu’s & Villains. I think I’d go for an analogy of my own gang from my next book ‘The Lawless Ones’ – there is a gang in that story called the Brooklyn Blades, so my gang would be the Birmingham Blades.



MMM: What attracted you to the film The Warriors in the first place? Do you have a favourite scene?

VW: I first saw the film when I was 16 years old. A girlfriend got hold of a VHS copy (I think) of the film and played it to me in 1980. I loved the grittiness to it. Throughout the 70s and early 80s, Birmingham (as much of Britain) was taken over with Punks, Skinheads, Teddy Boys, Mods and many other types of gangs – made up mainly from local kids who all shared similarities in either music or clothing tastes. I was one of those kids, so I associated with the film on a personal level and could feel the anguish and closeness of The Warriors. As for favourite scene, I think the bathroom and the Furies scenes were and still are my personal favourites.


MMM: Do you have any future plans?

VW: As an entrepreneurial type, I’m always formulating the next plan. If this event works, I’d like to make it a regular yearly convention, possibly take them on tour of the UK. As for other events with other personalities, I have some great ideas, but I won’t let the cat out of the bag until I’m sure I can pull it off.


MMM: Have you met the stars before and how do they feel about the continued love for the film?

VW: Only Michael Beck, who bizarrely enough was in Birmingham about 5 years back at an event. The cast feel the same way we do about the film – they formed a bond with it and each other that can’t be broken. David Harris summed it up for me recently; he said they all became real friends and still are today. What they never planned or thought about back then, was that they were about to create a cult classic, that 37 years later would still be growing in popularity.

MMM: Thanks Victor and we wish you and your “gang” of organisers all the best with the event.


The Warriors come out to play at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham on 1st & 2nd April 2017


Tickets and Official Pages:


www.ukconclave.com

www.facebook.com/UKConclave

www.twitter.com/UKConclave

By midlandsmovies, Dec 3 2016 11:03AM



Can you dig it?


One of my personal favourite cult films is The Warriors and the Midlands is lucky enough to be hosting an amazing event in 2017 as the cast of The Warriors comes to the UK for the first time.


In April 2017, Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium will host a celebration event that honours the stars (and the fans) of the 1979 action thriller. Directed by Walter Hill and based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel of the same name, the film follows a New York City gang who return to their home turf after being framed for the murder of a respected gang leader.


Some of the exciting events Midlands Warriors fans can expect include meeting many of the stars and will feature Michael Beck (Swan), David Harris (Cochise), Terry Michos (Vermin), Brian Tyler (Snow), Deborah van Valkenburgh (Mercy), Thomas Waites (Fox), Dorsey Wright (Cleon) and more to be announced soon.


The event takes place on April 1st and 2nd (and no, it’s not part of an elaborate April Fool’s) and as well as the film’s stars, the lovingly crafted exhibition will feature exhibits, panels, cosplay, stalls and a variety of other fun surprises.



Edgbaston Stadium’s exhibition hall will host 5,000 visitors from across the breadth of the UK and Europe to welcome the cast, many of whom are making their UK debut.


Traders and stalls will also be selling a diverse range of merchandise, publications, rare books, original art, clothing and convention exclusives which will ensure that collectors and fans of all ages will find something to put a smile on all their faces.


And it doesn’t end there! There will be panel discussions and more over two full days of Warriors film fun and tickets can be bought here with the organisers hoping you’ll come out to play-ay!


For more information check out the event's social media pages below:


www.ukconclave.com

www.facebook.com/UKConclave

www.twitter.com/UKConclave



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