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By midlandsmovies, Mar 6 2018 08:09PM


New female film group Cinesisters is launching its new branch covering the Midlands area along with a

showreel showcasing the work of women film directors. The group aims to highlight highlighting the breadth of female talent available whilst addressing the industry gap in knowledge of the work of female directors.

Cinesisters is a collective of directors dedicated to supporting the creation of more films by and about women. The group currently has more than 100 members who meet in London once a month to offer each other hands-on advice and share relevant experience.

Due to many members struggling to get to London, but wanting to be part of this group a Midlands branch has now been started by Cinesister and award-winning director Rebekah Fortune.

Cinesisters was formed in response to the barriers female directors face in the film and TV industry. According to ‘Cut Out of the Picture’, the report commissioned by Directors UK in 2016 to look at female participation in the industry, just 13.6% of working film directors in the past decade were women.

Cinesisters confronts this fact. The collective supports and promotes members work and offers a place to share practical problems and successes. Members include BAFTA winners, Screen Stars of Tomorrow, Broadcast Hotshots, Breakthrough Brits and Emmy nominees.

Its members have also worked with big-hitters including BBC Films, Film4, Pathe, Canal Plus, Channel 5, Film London, Netflix and Sky.

The launch of the Cinesisters showreel is intended to showcase this incredibly talented group of women. The Cinesisters website also offers a database of members’ work as a direct response to an industry switching onto the previously untapped talent of female directors.

Any Female Director of Film, TV or Animation who is interested in doing this wonderful collective should contact wearecinesistersmidlands@gmail.com

Co-founder Claire Oakley says, “Directors don’t often meet each other but we all have a wealth of experience, it seemed crazy not to share it. Through the group we can learn from each other and support each other to get our films funded, made and released.”

The unique set up of the group is a key factor in it’s success as co-founder Nicola Mills points out. "I’ve found nothing as inspiring as this kind of peer to peer mentoring and support - the sheer amount of information and energy you can access through the Cinesisters network never fails to make me grin. Change is definitely now.”

Cinesisters members work and showreels can be seen at www.cinesisters.com

By midlandsmovies, Apr 8 2016 08:42AM

Midlands Movies chats with Steve Green from Birmingham Horror, a collective of horror and fantasy fans from the region who meet regularly to discuss the genre and more. Mike finds out more..

Steve Green is one of the founding members of new horror and fantasy club “Birmingham Horror”. From the dark fiction of such writers as MR James, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King to the horror films of George Romero, Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro, the group offers a relaxed forum for all fans of the genre to meet and discuss their favourite writers, artists and film-makers.

As well as that, diverse films such as Bride of Frankenstein, It Follows, The Haunting of Hill House, The Books of Blood, The Twilight Zone and Ash vs Evil Dead are big favourites of the group and those who join can also enjoy the occasional special guest appearances from leading creators as well.

Now a regular fixture, the group meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Spread Eagle pub, Warwick Road, Acocks Green in Birmingham. Their next gathering is on 7th May at 7pm and at April’s meeting they were joined by the fantasy author and genre journalist, Stan Nicholls who is most famous for the acclaimed Orcs: First Blood series.

The Group’s launch featured in the 3rd December edition of the Solihull Observer and Steve is excited about the future plans for the group going forward with honorary president Ramsey Campbell.

Acclaimed author, editor and critic Ramsey Campbell has been described as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer,” and has received numerous British Fantasy Awards for both novels and short fiction. Wins include the Bram Stoker Award, the World Fantasy Award, the World Horror Convention’s Grand Master Award, the Horror Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the International Horror Guild’s Living Legend Award. In addition to his prolific fiction output, Ramsey also reviews films for BBC Radio Merseyside and the leading cinema journal Video Watchdog.

Last but not least, Steve explains that he also works with Rose of Eibon which carries news and reviews, as well as an online store carrying a range of horror-themed t-shirts. One of its more recent side projects is Ghostwords TV, a genre-themed YouTube vidcast.

All of Steve’s projects can be found on the links below and Midlands Movies recommends that the region’s horror fans should check out this close-knit community for more dark terror pleasures.

Twitter: @steveghostwords

Group: http://www.birmingham-horror.co.uk

Reviews: www.roseofeibon.co.uk

Website: www.ghostwords.co.uk

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