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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!


THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER

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


FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER

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


SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER

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


SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER

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:

http://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com


By midlandsmovies, Aug 20 2018 09:09PM



Midlands Spotlight - Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival


Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival showcases classic and new films from the 1930s to the present day in a new regional cinema event in the area.


A wide selection of films will be shown at community cinemas and village halls around the county as part of the events programme to remember poet and soldier Wilfred Owen and the centenary of Armistice Day at the end of World War I.


The Film Festival runs from 10th October to 23rd November and includes classics like ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Hell’s Angels’ and ‘La Grande Illusion’ as well as new movies like ‘Journey’s End’, ‘The Burying Party’ (about Wilfred Owen) and ‘The Long Way Home’ about a fictional Shropshire pals’ regiment, filmed in the county.


See Midlands Movies coverage of The Long Way Home by clicking here.



Tim King, the Festival Organiser, says, “We now have 24 screenings of 13 films at 15 venues with more in the pipeline. We have received great support from the venue managers and organisations like Flicks in the Sticks."


Tickets for most films are now on sale online or from the venues and the full programme can be viewed at www.firstworldwarfilmfestival.com and most films are listed in the Wilfred Owen 100 events brochure available at www.shropshireremembers.org.uk


Selected highlights include:


10th October 8.00pm The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

Shrewsbury Film Society presents: – ‘La Grande Illusion’ Tickets: £6


15th October 11.00am The Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH

‘Regeneration’ Tickets: £8/concs £7


20th October 7.30pm Trefonen Village Hall SY10 9DY

Flicks in the Sticks presents: ‘Journey’s End’ Tickets: £4, child £2.50


24th October 7.30pm Kinokulture, Oswestry SY11 1JN

‘Hell’s Angels’ Tickets: £7, under 16s £5


25th October 6.30pm SpArC Theatre, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5AY

Flicks in the Sticks presents ‘War Horse’ Tickets: £5, under 18’s £4


5th November 1.30pm Wem Town Hall SY4 5DG

‘Oh! What A Lovely War’ - A dementia friendly screening Tickets: £5, carers free


8th November 5.00pm Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery SY1 1LH

‘The Burying Party’ & ‘The Long Way Home’ A double bill with Q & A with the film makers chaired by Carl Jones, BBC Shropshire film reviewer. https://thelongwayhomefilm.com


16th November 8pm The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

Shrewsbury Film Society presents ‘A Very Long Engagement’ Tickets: £6



By midlandsmovies, Aug 20 2018 07:24AM



Midlands Spotlight - The Short Cinema 2018


Kicking off even earlier in the summer holidays this year is Leicester’s The Short Cinema film festival. So early in fact, that we were away on holiday when the amazing festival, which started in a local pub many moons ago, began its full summer programme!


As regular attendees, the festival has been a hotbed of local talent in 2017, 2016 and even further back but this 12th edition is bigger than ever before.


Running from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 25th August the festival has expanded beyond its early “local shorts” remit to include the finest short films from across the globe as well as features and specific evenings based around varied topics.


With the launch incorporating an evening screening of Pin Cushion with Q & A from the film’s director – we also spoke to Deborah Haywood here – the festival is off to a positive start and highlights of the week’s events are listed below:


Film / The Short Cinema: International Programme Mon 20 Aug, 7pm – Tickets £4

See some of the best short films from across the globe in our international programme. This year, our International Programme will bring with it another fascinating selection of world cinema.


Film / The Short Cinema: Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Shorts Tue 21 Aug, 7pm – Tickets £4

The international renowned festival, held in Cardiff each October, has become known as the most prestigious LGBTQ+ specialised film event in the world.


Film / The Short Cinema: Lives in Sign Language Tue 21 Aug, 6.30pm | Tickets £4

In partnership with London Short Film Festival we present a selection of thought provoking archive and contemporary short films which bring stories about D/deaf culture and experience to the big screen.


Free Event / The Short Cinema: BFI NETWORK Talent Mixer Wed 22 Aug – Free Event

BFI NETWORK brings together the UK's film agencies to discover, develop and fund new and emerging writers, directors and producers. Join us for drinks and networking.


Film / The Short Cinema: BFI Network Shorts Wed 22 Aug, 8pm – Free

BFI Network brings together the UK's film agencies to discover, develop and fund new and emerging writers, directors and producers. Check out the competition by attending this free screening of BFI NETWORK funded shorts.



Film / The Short Cinema: Intersectional Feminism + Panel Thu 23 Aug, 6.30pm – Tickets £4

In a time when #metoo and #timesup are so heavily in the public conscious, we explore the concept of intersectional feminism through the medium of short film. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including curators, creatives and filmmakers.


Film / The Short Cinema: British Shorts Fri 24 Aug, 7pm – Tickets £6

What does it mean to be British in 2018? Comedy, drama and horror come together to showcase individuals, communities and stories from our nation.


Film / The Short Cinema: Family Shorts - There's No Place Like Home Sat 25 Aug, 10.30am – Free

A collection of stories about kinship and belonging, curated by Flatpack Festival. Suitable for ages 4 and above, the programme showcases the best of international animation.


Closing Gala / The Short Cinema: Midlands Showcase Sat 25 Aug, 7pm – Tickets £6

The big kahuna, bringing you the best in shorts from the Midlands and celebrating the talent who made them. We’ll announce the 2018 award winners before our annual “wrap party”.


For full information on each night and to buy tickets for this fantastic selection of local film delights, please go to the festival website here: https://www.phoenix.org.uk/event/the-short-cinema/





By midlandsmovies, Aug 19 2018 09:03AM



Midlands Spotlight – New film festival for Telford 50th anniversary celebrations


To celebrate Telford’s 50th birthday Telford & Wrekin Council is organising a range of 50th anniversary celebrations and events including a new film festival for the region’s cinephiles.


From 14th September to 31st October the council have joined forces with Flatpack Projects to create and promote a varied programme for the 1st ever edition of the new Telford Film Festival,.


As part of a year-long celebration for Telford’s 50th birthday, the event will treat audiences to a jam-packed month of screenings and special events in venues all over the town.


Highlights of Telford Film Festival 2018 include:


Legendary silent comedian Buster Keaton in the classic comedy THE CAMERAMAN (14 September, 7.00pm, All Saints Church), presented in partnership with Wellington Orbit and featuring live musical accompaniment from pianist Meg Morley.


Poet and novelist Mary Webb is perhaps Shropshire’s most famous daughter, and Gorge Film Club will be paying homage to Webb with a screening of Powell & Pressburger’s GONE TO EARTH (17 September, 7.30pm, Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge Community Centre), a gorgeous adaptation of her 1917 novel about a woman choosing between two admirers.


Enjoy a trip down memory lane with the TELFORD ON FILM (22 September, drop in all-day, Ironbridge Gorge Museum) a celebration of the town using newly digitised film from the Media Archive for Central England - from coracles on the Severn to the world famous cast-iron bridge plus a nostalgic visit from football legend Billy Wright.


RAF Museum Cosford will play host to two spectacular screenings as part of their outdoor film season - the seventh instalment of the epic Star Wars franchise STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS (21 September, 6.00pm, RAF Cosford) and the Tom Cruise 80s thrill-ride TOP GUN (22 September, 6.00pm, RAF Cosford).


Cineworld Telford will screen an eclectic mix of features - the iconic Studio Ghibli family classic MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO (23 September, 2.00pm), a special preview of SKATE KITCHEN (24 September, 6.15pm) an atmospheric tale of female skaters in New York City, the cult-classic THE BIG LEBOWSKI preceded by a 90s-themed movie quiz (1 October, 6.30pm) and the Kubrick masterpiece 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (8 October, 7.30pm) digitally remastered for its fiftieth anniversary this year.


Two engaging archive films that glimpse into Telford’s past - A SPLENDID PLACE TO LIVE and THE NEW LIFE (23 September, 4.30pm, Dawley Town Hall) will screen ahead of a brand-new documentary TELFORD NEW TOWN: DREAM & REALITIES (23 September, 6.00pm, Dawley Town Hall) from director Nick Boy that looks at the remarkable urban planning project that began in the 1960s.


Telford Stream Railway will provide a fitting location for Kenneth Branagh’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (29 September, 3.00pm), kicking off with a wine-tasting session on board a vintage train before the feature presentation at nearby Horsehay Village Hall.


Fancy dress is absolutely encouraged for BARBARA NICE PRESENTS THE SOUND OF MUSIC (9 October, 7.00pm, Oakengates Theatre @ The Place) when Midlands legend Barbara Nice (aka stand-up comic Janice Connolly) hosts a screening of the Julie Andrews classic, supported by Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival.


The festival will round off with one of the most compelling and entertaining zombie films ever made, DAWN OF THE DEAD (20 October, 8.30pm, Telford Centre) screening in the shopping centre in the dead of night and a Halloween screening of James Cameron’s nail-biting blockbuster ALIENS (31 October, 8.00pm, The Wakes).


Telford Film Festival is the result of a collaboration between Telford & Wrekin Council and Flatpack Projects (the team behind Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival) and is part of BFI Film Hub Midlands’ mission to develop film culture across the region.


Ian Francis, Director of Flatpack Projects, said “For the inaugural Telford Film Festival we were keen to offer a fun and varied programme - everything from railway adventures and zombie attacks to camp singalongs and silent classics. Hopefully, there’s something for everyone!”


Full details of Telford Film Festival 2018 and ticket information can be found here:


http://www.telford50.co.uk/filmfestival



By midlandsmovies, Aug 5 2018 11:54AM



Midlands Spotlight – West Midlands filmmaker David Knight


With his new film Suicide Blonde selected for a prestigious new regional film festival, Birmingham filmmaker David Knight made a big change when younger to find a new career in the film and TV industry. Midlands Movies Mike caught up with his latest and future filmmaking plans.


David Knight started his journey to be a filmmaker at the age of 21. Walking away from a bar management career of 3 years, David took the big plunge to forge a new path in film and television.


With lofty ambitions and a love of all films he quickly enrolled at Solihull College on a Media and Production Course. And after just 6 months his first short film Rendezvous was already handpicked to be part of the official selection of the 2004 Stourbridge film festival.


As well as receiving favourable reviews, David used this acknowledgement to successfully complete his course and received a HND with distinction.


Moving to the University of Gloucestershire to study a degree in video production, David wrote and directed two short films in his final year. The first, 2’s Company was a romantic comedy and part of the official selection at the Viewfinder Film Festival in 2006.


After working on a separate project as editor to hone his skills, he then went on to make his final film Hit or Miss, a dark drama which won him the Screen Writers Festival Award for Best Writer / Director 2007.



And now his latest film, Suicide Blonde, tells the story of a young woman on a self-destructive path who tries to piece together the events of the previous night.


Cast members include the talented Kerry Sirrell, Joe Clarke and David Pritchard with Pocket Pictures taking responsibility for the post production and grading of the film while the audio soundtrack is being produced by Matt Shaw.


The Bottle Smoke Film Festival celebrates filmmakers from all budgets and comprises of wo days of industry talks with day one ending in a feature film with a Q & A, whilst day two will be ending with a short film award ceremony.


The event runs from Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th September 2018 at the Stoke Film Theatre, College Road, Stoke on Trent. For more information check out their Facebook page and to grab tickets click here at Eventbrite.


Check out some of David’s previous work on his Vimeo page here





By midlandsmovies, Jul 11 2018 02:00AM

Quite simply, here is our ongoing and updated list of Film Festivals in the Midlands (2018 edition):


• THE SHORT CINEMA http://www.theshortcinema.co.uk info@theshortcinema.co.uk Phoenix, Leicester - August 20 – 25, 2018


• NOTTINGHAM MICRO FILM FESTIVAL Twitter @FilmNottingham http://www.nimfestival.com/ 8-10 March 2018


• INDIE-LINCS - March 15-18 2018 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/ July 16 -22 2018


• LEICESTER DOCFILM FEST https://twitter.com/docfilmfestival Contact John Coster November 2018


• BORDERLINES FEST http://www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk UK's largest rural film festival. Herefordshire/Shropshire - 23rd February - 11th March 2018


• BIRMINGHAM FILM FEST - November 22 – 25 2018 https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Birminghamfilmfestival


• BIFF FEST (Black International Film Fest) https://www.biffestival.co.uk 2018 dates TBC


• SHOCK AND GORE FESTIVAL http://www.shockandgore.co.uk The Electric Cinema in Birmingham, July. Contact david@theelectric.co.uk or https://twitter.com/shockgore July 27 to Aug 5 2018


• DEAFFEST http://www.deaffest.co.uk The UK's International Deaf Film & Arts Festival Wolverhampton. Contact info@light-house.co.uk Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2019


• THE UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL LEICESTER - http://tonguesonfire.com/ 15 March - 31 March 2018


• SHOUT FESTIVAL http://shoutfestival.co.uk Birmingham Dates TBC for 2018


• DERBY FILM FESTIVAL http://www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk 4th - 13th MAY 2018


• 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 11 October - 14 October 2018


• FLATPACK FEST - Birmingham, UK. http://www.flatpackfestival.org.uk 13 - 22 April 2018


• EAST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL http://www.eastwindsfilmfest.com May 2018


• BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL - https://twitter.com/BeestonFilm 8th - 11th March 2018


• SHROPSHIRE RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL http://www.rainbowfilmfestival.org.uk/midlands-zone 5th - 7th October 2018


• GRINDHOUSE PLANET - www.grindhouseplanet.com November 2018 TBC


* BOTTLESMOKE FILM FESTIVAL - https://www.facebook.com/BottleSmokeStoke Stoke on Trent, 8th - 9th September 2018


* POCKET FILM FESTIVAL (Unseen cinema) http://www.unseencinema.co.uk/pocket-film-festival-2018/ Stafford 12-17 March 2018


* BIRMINGHAM HORROR GROUP - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-horror-group-mini-movie-marathon-25-march-2018-tickets-41683231668 Mini-Movie Marathon Mini-Movie 25 March 2018


* SHROPSHIRE'S FIRST WORLD WAR FILM FESTIVAL https://twitter.com/wilfredowen100 8th October to 23rd November 2018


* THE BRAVE BLACK BIRD FILM FEST Wolverhampton https://ajayhackett2113.wixsite.com/bbff Wolverhampton 25th Feb 2019 (submissions until July 2018)


* HIGH PEAK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL Derbyshire https://www.highpeakindie.com 12th to 16th June 2019. #HPIFF18


* NOTTINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL Hothouse Theatre Nottingham https://twitter.com/NottmFilmFest 8th July 2018


* THE VENUE LINCOLN FILM FESTIVAL Lincolnshire https://www.thevenuelincoln.co.uk 6th - 8th July 2018


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


* THE TELFORD FILM FESTIVAL Telford & Wrekin - various venues across Telford as part of the twon's 50th anniversary http://www.telford50.co.uk/filmfestival 14th September to 31st October 2018


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

http://www.festivalfocus.org/festival

http://film.britishcouncil.org/festivals-directory/festivals-map

http://www.thefilmfestivaldoctor.co.uk

By midlandsmovies, Jun 22 2018 10:51AM


Presented by the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, the Birmingham Indian Film Festival is the UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival and returns for a fourth year with an entertaining and thought provoking line-up of independent films.


With one of the most diverse film offerings in the UK film calender, BIFF is proudly supported by the BFI’s National Lottery Audience Fund and runs from 22nd June to 1st July 2018.


This year’s highlights include a sparkling opening night red carpet Midlands premiere of Love Sonia – a compelling story of two teenagers’ fight for freedom starring Freida Pinto, Demi Moore, Rajkummar Rao and Richa Chadda amongst others. The closing night Gala features must-see Canadian family comedy Venus.


Their themed strands kick off with Female Eye, premiering the work of women directors. British filmmaker Sangeeta Datta’s gorgeous film Bird of Dusk is followed by a panel discussion looking at independent Indian cinema.


In collaboration with Birmingham City University, director Rima Das gives a Q&A with her uplifting mother daughter hit Village Rockstars and the innovative style of debut filmmaker Dar Gai’s Teen Aur Aadha breaks new ground.


Another strong festival theme is Fathers & Sons, premiering dramas exploring masculinity and the enduring complexity of father and son relationships, including In The Shadows, a dark secret story, helmed by virtuoso actor Manoj Bajpayee.


Meanwhile raucous British comedy Eaten By Lions has an Asian boy searching for his dad.


True to the festival’s mission to screen films about real people’s journeys, dive into their Extra-Ordinary Lives strand with amazing documentaries, dramas and shorts from across India’s far-flung regions.


From the South is Tamil drama My Son is Gay while Doob (No Bed of Roses) is a co-production between India and Bangladesh.


For full details and tickets head to the main festival website below and for the full line-up check out their online programme brochure (click here)


Official Festival Website: http://birminghamindianfilmfestival.co.uk/


Twitter: https://twitter.com/weLoveBIFF





By midlandsmovies, Jun 14 2018 11:05AM



"They sometimes say real life is scarier than horror movies. Those people just aren't watching the right movies!"


So say the organisers of Shock & Gore, a local festival that launched in July 2011 and looks to bring together audiences and film-makers who have a love of horror, science fiction and fantastic films at the oldest working cinema in the UK.


Returning this summer to The Electric Cinema in Birmingham from Friday 27th July to Sunday 5th August, a host of genre screenings make up the brunt of the festival but they also programme stand-up comedy, Q&As, live choirs and all-night events.


Classics like The Old Dark House and the original Cape Fear are accompanied by new films such as Under The Tree and A Prayer Before Dawn. Cult favourites like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The Prisoner will also be shown, plus their annual party night marks 20 years of Blade and 50 years of Night Of The Living Dead.


Shock & Gore are also hosting a special screening of Ben Wheatley's anarchic High-Rise at the top of Birmingham's iconic Rotunda building and the popular Trash Film Night will be taking to the seas (or, more accurately, Birmingham's canals) for a floating screening of Shark Attack 3: Megalodon.


And on Thursday 2nd August, Conjurer's Kitchen will be presenting the classic movie The Silence Of The Lambs. Master food artist Annabel de Vetten will be cooking up some devilishly sweet treats to accompany a screening of one of the greatest thrillers of the last thirty years.


With a commitment to celebrating not only the work of established genre filmmakers, but also those looking to get their first break and national exposure, the focal point of the festival is always the official Shock & Gore competition. This is where entries from across the globe will be viewed and awards will be given for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film.


The Shock & Gore 2018 short film showcase takes place on Sunday 29th July at 2pm and offers opportunities for snappy jump scares, extreme set pieces and brief snippets of terror. Previous years have featured films from Japan, Dubai, Canada, the US, France and Italy, as well as a number of home-grown shorts.


And you still have time to enter via FilmFreeway at this link: https://filmfreeway.com/ShockGore


Full listings and the special events programme is online at www.shockandgore.co.uk


Plus you can find the festival on Twitter @ShockGore



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