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By midlandsmovies, Aug 26 2019 06:31AM



If you go down to the Kinema in the Woods today


Ever wanted to see great films in a cinema that’s not the multiplex experience? Well, Lincolnshire’s Kinema in the Woods may well just be the place for you. A long overdue visit, Midlands Movies headed to the rural village of Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire to find out more about their unique film-screening experiences.


Starting life as a sports pavilion from the 19th Century, that original building sat in the grounds of The Victoria Hotel, looking over tennis courts, croquet lawns and gardens. Unfortunately, that was until the hotel burnt down on Easter Sunday 1920.




But in 1922 the pavilion was transformed into a cinema with the first film intended to be shown was to be "The Lion Eaters". Yet the film failed to arrive and a Charlie Chaplin film was shown in its place.


Despite these setbacks, you’ll find no such problems these days with the family-run business playing both the latest blockbuster releases as well as a fine selection of classics from days gone by.





As we arrived, the Kinema is definitely in the woods being surrounded as it is by a dense forest but the quaint lighting gave the building a friendly exterior. Heading inside, the black and white pictures of stars such as David Niven, a chandelier hanging from the ceiling and someone in a literal box office was a great old-style vibe of cinemas from the past.




Once inside the fantastic décor continued with old film posters sitting alongside the latest blockbuster fare (a little unnerving to see classics like King Kong with IT: Chapter 2 next to it) but it all added to the charming feeling.




A glass case full of old cameras, photos and other archive memorabilia was fun to see not just the Kinema’s history but also from around the region. The largest cinema props however were a full-size Dalek from Dr. Who and a sneaky Humphrey Bogart mannequin who was guarding the door to screen 1.




The Kinema is believed to be the only full-time cinema in the UK still using rear projection but even more special is an ornate lacquered red and gold organ played regularly by The Kinema's resident organist, Alan Underwood every Saturday night.


And for us, we sat down on the classic but comfy cinema seats with a huge bag of popcorn and as the traditional ruffled curtain raised up, the bright clear screen finally reminded us that we were here to see a more recent film. The questionable quality of Angel Has Fallen (see our reviews page for our thoughts on that) didn’t dampen our spirits either. As at the intermission break – the organ rose from underneath the stage and we were treated to a fantastic rendition of a number of hits from the movies including some recognisable James Bond themes.




The Kinema caters for all ages and is also available for private hire and birthday screenings too. Their autism-friendly shows offer a relaxed environment to view films and their senior screenings take place on Thursday mornings. Non-seniors can attend to so no worries about missing out on the complimentary hot drink and biscuits!




Not content with this excellent and varied programme of screenings, the Kinema also runs outdoor shows in the beautiful grounds of Jubilee Park. Film fans can bring a chair to sit on and enjoy their favourite flicks in the great outdoors but don’t forget to pack a coat and/or sunglasses depending on the ever-changing Midlands weather.


For further info check out the cinema's website here: https://thekinemainthewoods.co.uk


For full details of what is currently on and how to purchase tickets click here: https://thekinemainthewoods.co.uk/KinemaInTheWoods.dll/WhatsOn


Michael Sales




By midlandsmovies, Jul 26 2019 02:00PM

Movies shot in the Midlands


The Midlands with its mix of industrial cities and town centres and its swathes of picturesque countryside and regal-like manors and houses can provide film-makers with a wide range of locations for their shoots.


We take a look at some of the films that were made in the region and recommend that you go and check them out as most of these places are open to visitors too!


“Morning film fans - We'll be tweeting Midlands movie locations you can visit over the sunny weekend around the region...”


Cult classic The Princess Bride (1987) was shot on location at Haddon Hall #Derby which represented Humperdinck's Florin Castle in the film


#Jadoo (2013) is a comedy starring Harish Patel (from Run Fatboy Run) and filmed entirely in #Leicester @JadooMovie


Tom Hooper directed The Damned United (2009) with Michael Sheen as Brian Clough & Chesterfield FC stood in for Wembley in the film #Derby


Another football movie Goal 3 was filmed around the #Midlands including in #Nottingham and at #Leicester's King Power stadium


I visited Snake Pass, Kedleston #Derby few years ago which is in 2007's "And When Did You Last See Your Father?" http://t.co/mOablgizfM


Snake Pass was on way to Hadfield #Derby where I visited locale of The League of Gentlemen (2005 film from TV series) http://t.co/oswgfuV7Wj


The coastal marshes from Atonement (2007) are at Gedney Drove End, a beach on the Wash in #Lincolnshire #Midlands


The Upper Derwent Valley in #Derbyshire (the test area for the real raids) doubled as the Ruhr valley for the film The Dam Busters (1955)


In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) when Snape arrives at ‘Malfoy Manor’ it is actually Hardwick Hall in #Derbyshire #Midlands


And last year, Midlands Movies visited @WollatonHall #Nottingham for @OutdoorFilm in this #DarkKnightRises get up http://t.co/7sjyMNNHQ8


Les Misérables (2013) depicted the family estate of Marius using Boughton House, Kettering in #Northampton #Midlands


The Italian Job (1969) - Although the entrance was filmed in Turin, the length of sewer used was a new pipe being installed in #Coventry


Jan De Bont's The Haunting (1999) was filmed both at Harlaxton Manor (Great Hall) in Grantham #Lincolnshire & at Belvoir Castle #Leicester


Felicia’s Journey (1999) - The rainy street scene and cinema exteriors in the Bob Hoskins movie were filmed in Station Street outside the Electric Cinema, where a plaque was later erected.


Thunderball (1965) used RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire for the film's Airforce base runway scene #Midlands #Lincolnshire


Bolsover's local pit fitting workshop and the Empire were used as locations for the film The Full Monty (1997) #Derby #Midlands


Four Feathers (2002) starring Heath Ledger was partly filmed at Burley House in Oakham #Leicestershire #Midlands


Goodbye Mr Chips (1939) had the exterior shots of Brookfield School filmed at Repton School near Burton #Derby #Midlands


Midlands director @ShadyMeadows 2002 Once Upon a Time in the Midlands starred Robert Carlyle and was set primarily in Carlton #Nottingham


The Old Bailey in Scandal (1989) is actually Shire Hall in High Pavement #Nottingham and stood in for the infamous courts during the movie


Nicholas Winding Refn filmed 2009's Bronson (Tom Hardy) around the St. Ann’s, Sherwood, Worksop & Welbeck Abbey areas of #Nottingham


Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) starred Albert Finney and was shot at the Raleigh Bicycle factory in Radford #Nottingham


Shadowlands (1993): Among the locations used in the Anthony Hopkins movie were Hole-in-the- Wall, Capler Woods and historic Goodrich Castle.


#Leicester's Great Central Railway is a pivotal location in Buster (1988), Phil Collins’ Great Train Robbery movie and The Hours (2002)


Control (2000) about the life/death of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis was partly filmed in #Nottingham around places Curtis was known to frequent


Belvoir Castle #Leicester is home to the Duke of Rutland & seen in Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) + Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code #midlands

John Cleese 80s classic farce Clockwise had scenes filmed at Edward’s School, Edgbaston & Menzies High School in West Brom #midlands


Brassed Off (1996) actually saw the band play in #Birmingham Town Hall which stood in for the Royal Albert Hall in the movie #Midlands


Ralph and Cedric argue at "Windsor Castle" in King Ralph (1991) which starred John Goodman but it is actually great hall and state rooms of Warwick Castle, Warks.


#Derby hero Alan Bates starred in Women in Love ('69) which featured Kedleston Hall as his & Eleanor Bron’s house #midlands #film


#Derby's historic Chatsworth House was turned into Mr Darcy’s home “Pemberley” in Pride and Prejudice (2005) #midlands


Haddon Hall, Bakewell, was used as Hatfield House, Elizabeth (1997) & doubled as Thornfield Hall in Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre (1996) #Midlands


The Da Vinci Code was partly filmed in Lincolnshire including Burghley House, Stamford and "Westminster Abbey" was in fact Lincoln Cathedral


The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) by Justin Chadwick starred Scarlett Johansson & Natalie Portman as Mary Boleyn and sister Anne Boleyn. Parts of the film were shot in Dovedale, Cave Dale in Castleton and Haddon Hall, as well as at North Lees Hall.


"Thor's Cave, Manifold Valley, Staffordshire and the Peak District in Derby were both used for locations in The Lair of the White Worm (1988)


I've saved the best until last - Top Secret! (1984) - Fleurgendorf prison exterior filmed at Rockingham Castle, Corby #Northamptonshire


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By midlandsmovies, Jun 13 2019 08:50PM

Quite simply, here is our ongoing and updated list of Film Festivals in the Midlands (2019 edition):


• THE SHORT CINEMA http://www.theshortcinema.co.uk info@theshortcinema.co.uk Phoenix, Leicester - August 20 – 24, 2019


* NOTTINGHAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL http://www.nottiff.com/ 14th - 17th November 2019


• 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/ July 15th - 21st 2019


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


• BIRMINGHAM FILM FEST - 1st - 10th November 2019 https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Birminghamfilmfestival


• BIFF FEST (Birmingham Black International Film Fest) https://www.biffestival.co.uk 26th October 2019


• SHOCK AND GORE FESTIVAL Electric Cinema in Birmingham https://twitter.com/shockgore July 2019


• 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 21st June - 1 July 2019


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


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


• DERBY FILM FESTIVAL http://www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk 14 - 17 November 2019


• 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 10th October - 13th October 2019


• FLATPACK FEST - Birmingham, UK. http://www.flatpackfestival.org.uk 11th-16th 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 November 2019 TBC


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


* WIRKSWORTH 3-MINUTE FILM FEST https://wirksworth3minfilmfest.co.uk Derbyshire15th Sept 2019


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


* THE BLACK BIRD FILM FEST Wolverhampton https://ajayhackett2113.wixsite.com/bbff Wolverhampton 2020 Dates TBC


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


* NEXUS FILM FESTIVAL https://twitter.com/NexusEastMids Nottingham 2020 Dates TBC


* NOTTZ FILM FESTIVAL Hothouse Theatre Nottingham https://twitter.com/NottmFilmFest Sat 6th July 2019


* 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 2020 Date TBC


* PARACINEMA - Derby https://twitter.com/ParacinemaDerby May 1st -3rd 2020


* THE BLACK COUNTRY HORROR SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL - Stourbridge https://www.weepingbankproductions.co.uk/horror-film-festival Saturday 25th January 2020


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 1 2018 12:23PM



Him (2018)


Directed by Scott Driver


4am Pictures


Scott Driver returns after the success of his Midlands Movies Awards nominated film Restroom (our MM review here) with a new short drama called Him.


The 6-minute film opens on the slow running of water in a bathroom as we are shown a man (Michael Muyunda as Daniel) showing signs of stress as he rubs his neck in apparent frustration.


The audience soon hear two voices as Daniel stares into the bathroom mirror and as he begins to undress, a voice asks, “Why are you here Daniel?” and he immerses himself into a full bath.


His response to his this conscience-like voice is simply “I don’t know”, suggesting a conflicted man struggling with his demons. The director uses long deliberate shots to slowly create an atmosphere of anxiety and as Daniel takes a deep breath – we inhale at the concerns about to unfold along with him.


We hear the words “don’t forget me” which hints upon a terrible act to unfold and director Driver shows Daniel rifle through the bathroom cabinet in a frenzy. It is here that the shocking revelation we are witnessing a possible suicide becomes apparent and no punches are pulled with the inclusion of an upsetting shot of a razor blade drawing blood from a forearm.


Sweat, tears and spit pour from Daniel, who seems reticent but genuinely anguished, before he dives head first into the water of the bath. Here the film uses the bathroom as a place of male privacy. But it’s also a representation of cruel cold isolation. With suicide currently the leading cause of death in men under the age of 50 across the UK, Him tackles this dilemma head on.


Between 70-75% of all suicides across the UK are by men and the social and clinical dangers are not clear cut but the film suggests that silence and solitude are observable factors as people become increasingly fragile. The impressive buzzing atonal sounds from composer Erick McNerney also builds a suitable menace without overplaying or oversimplifying the real terror.


From The Shining to Psycho the bathroom has often been presented as a place of disturbing death but unlike the horror genre splatters, this film avoids clichés with a disturbing drama that presents a more harsh authenticity.


As the film cuts to a family dinner, the filmmaker plays with time and space as we ask ourselves if this scene is leading up to the events or set afterwards. With small talk of work and school we soon discover it is afterwards as Daniel’s partner questions how his day has gone. His unconvincing response “It’s been good” leads us to a final shot framed by a window that gives us a glimpse into his troublesome and lonely world.


A short sharp shock of a film, Him has a fantastic central performance from Michael Muyunda who channels a complicated and despondent character with nuance and sensitivity. Feeling like a subject matter that is close to the director’s heart, Him ends up being a superb dark study of despondent males who are still hiding their individual anxieties from the world, and loved ones, around them.


Midlands Movies Mike


By midlandsmovies, Aug 18 2017 06:29PM



Interview with Lincoln Filmmaker Lewis Coates


Midlands Movies meets Lewis Coates, a filmmaker currently based in Lincoln who has just completed his most recent short film 'When Voices Unite' for Channel 4's 'Random Acts'.


Being filmed and edited in the Midlands, the short film has just been shortlisted for Danny Boyle's Shuffle Film Festival in London and editor Mike Sales chats to this rising filmmaking star.


Midlands Movies Mike: Hi Lewis. Hope you are well. Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

Lewis Coates: Well, I’m a 24 year old filmmaker and graduate of The University of Lincoln and I moved to the Midlands from down South a few years ago for University. I’ve been based here throughout my degree and for 3 more years working as a videographer and editor. I’ve written and directed a number of short films and creative projects whilst being here, but When Voices Unite is my first professionally funded and distributed film for this year’s season of Channel 4’s 'Random Acts’.


MMM: Great stuff. Did you get into filmmaking at all before University?

LC: I remember picking up my mum’s digital camera when I was very young and just started making videos with my friends. Stupid stuff - horror movies with fake blood, Jackass-stunts - the normal stuff kids do, I’d just want to film it all. By the time I’d finished education and got into Uni, I’d watched hundreds of great independent & foreign cinema, and really found my love for making it too!


MMM: And how did you get involved in Random Acts?

LC: I sent a script to Channel 4 back in January and they got back to me pretty quickly, asking if I’d like to direct it. The only problem, they wanted it complete by April ready for the next season of ‘Random Acts’ - so we actually went from first draft script to screen in less than a month! We filmed and edited in one weekend. The production team were very helpful getting most of the leg-work done, which allowed me to concentrate on perfecting the final script and assembling everything else for the shoot!


MMM: Wow! That timescale is very tight. Were there any more issues with the filmmaking process given that issue?

LC: There's quite a funny story actually - we found a great location, these big underground tunnels that used to be a disused nuclear bunker. We paid the owner to use them for the evening, but we’d been double-booked with a Ghost Tour. So at about 8pm we were interrupted by 50 ghost-hunters with torches and hiking gear, walking round doing seances. There were times where we were filming and we’d hear footsteps and “Hello…. Is anyone there…?” and we’d all freeze and wait for them to pass by. They probably all claimed they'd seen an undead film crew on multiple occasions! But this pushed our filmming back through the night and we ended up finishing around 4am!



MMM: The film covers a whole host of topical issues. How did this subject matter come to be of interest to you?

LC: The film includes social media, government surveillance, fake news - and with the current social climate being very volatile, there’s a lot of fear and emotion to play on; and technology & fears of the future are a good starting point that gives a lot of creative scope. Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’ does a similar thing where technology and social unrest plays a large factor in the narrative. I think if the audience can relate to the character or understand the emotions conveyed in the piece, they usually enjoy it more.


MMM: And have you made many films before this one?

LC: I’ve made a few self-funded student short films before, but When Voices Unite was my first professional short. My first was called ‘Pin’ about a crime scene cleaner that gets caught up in the criminal world, the second was ‘Synoptica’, a slight-futuristic drama about a couple that get interactive contact lenses, starring Nathalie Cox (Jumper, Kingdom of Heaven), which first ignited my interests in the ‘negative technology’ theme. Both films were for University, so had to be between 20-30mins, where I found that shorts for consumption online usually have more chance of success the shorter they are.


MMM: Coming back to your latest film, what are your plans for this project?

LC: ‘When Voices Unite’ is currently being distributed online via ‘Random Acts’ channels - there’s a chance it will be broadcast on Channel 4, but nothing confirmed just yet. It’s also doing a festival run from now until March; currently shortlisted at Danny Boyle’s ‘Shuffle Film Festival’ in London and hopefully more to be announced soon.


MMM: You mentioned Charlie Brooker earlier. Are there any other films or filmmakers whose work interests you?

LC: I watch a lot of foreign and independent cinema to really get a variety of filmmaking and storytelling techniques. I enjoy the work of Park Chan-Wook, Michael Haneke, Denis Villeneuve - but it’s hard to say which filmmakers directly influence my work, as it’s probably an organic culmination of many. I’m proud to represent the UK film industry, I love the work of Ben Wheatley, Charlie Brooker, Edgar Wright, but my favourite films of the last few years would be Victoria (Sebastian Schipper’s tense one-shot masterpiece), Moonlight (Barry Jenkins beautiful LGBT Oscar-winner) and Whiplash (Damian Chazelle’s enigmatic musical drama).


MMM: Thanks Lewis. And finally, do you have any films/filmmakers from the Midlands region our readers should check out?

LC: There's definitely not enough Midlands filmmakers out there! A few Ben Wheatley & Shane Meadows films are set here, but we really need to encourage the film industry to utilise this region of the UK more.


We couldn't agree more! Thanks to Lewis for his time and check out the film via YouTube below.







By midlandsmovies, Mar 12 2017 12:52PM



The 2017 Indie-Lincs Film Festival


INDIE-LINCS runs over the weekend of 16th – 18th March 2017 at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and is a non-profit organisation that shows inventive and challenging films from drama, documentary and animation.


Championing both local and international filmmakers, Indie-Lincs helps showcase original work that helps to embody a low and micro-budget filmmaking ethic.


Prizes will be presented at the event’s conclusion with Big, Little. Baby and Angry IMP awards up for grabs for features, shorts, student and challenging films. The Lincoln Imp is the emblem for Lincoln City and a statue on the city’s gothic Cathedral resides high on a stone pillar.


The reason for that particular mascot is explained by the organisers who say, “the mischievous Imp is the perfect embodiment of the independent filmmaker's spirit, someone who dares to upset the equilibrium and do things their own way”.


There will be over 40 film screenings over the weekend with question and answer sessions from filmmakers, networking opportunities and the final ceremony itself.



Full Indie-Lincs Programme 2017
Full Indie-Lincs Programme 2017

A FREE opening event takes place at 7pm at the Stephen Langton Theatre before the main event kicks off on Friday and Saturday.


Now in their second year, access to the festival is more than reasonable with day passes available for £6 (£4 concessions) whilst a full weekend pass is £10 (£6 concessions). All tickets are available from the LPAC box office at www.lpac.co.uk

The full programme is available below along with the IMP Award Nominees.


Also check out the official website and social media pages below:


http://www.indie-lincs.com


https://www.facebook.com/indielincs






By midlandsmovies, Jan 2 2017 09:53AM




Midlands Movies finds out about a new sci-fi film from the region called Rogue which is set to land in the Midlands in 2017.


Rogue is the story of an under-siege Earth after the catastrophic results of a rogue planet passing by. Without its own star, the planet is left to roam in space and although most of the world celebrates its passing without collision, one professor may be the only man with the knowledge to truly save life as we know it.


Envisaged by Lincolnshire writer-director Hannah Smith, the film is a student project aiming for high professional standards of production and a passion project for the entire crew who are giant fans of science fiction. The pre-apocalyptic narrative asks question about what people would do if a catastrophe strikes and what to do if you were given a second chance.


After an intense and well supported crowd funding campaign, the filmmakers have raised over £1000 to help cover their production costs


For many years, this film has been in the back of the director’s mind with Hannah explaining that “now is the perfect time to create Rogue and let people into the mind of Quinn, our odd yet compellingly relatable protagonist”.


“Our crew is made up of four hard working and successful students who have created a variety of projects in the past, spanning from the documentary form to a fictional world such as the world of Rogue”, explains Hannah.


“With this experience, we hope to bring an entertaining story forward with Rogue, something that you, as our backers will be proud to have helped us achieve”.


As well as Hannah, her close team is made up of Natasha Cooke as producer and VFX artist, William Gee as director of photography and film editor, and Lois Carr as the sound recordist.


With the fundraising total surpassing expectations at £1,220, Hannah and her team enter 2017 with their plans afoot and with a step into space that they hope we can all relate to.


Follow Hannah on Twitter on her accounts below:


https://twitter.com/rogue_film


https://twitter.com/ReelHannah


By midlandsmovies, Sep 9 2016 09:42PM

Midlands Spotlight - Discover the truth with the X-mas Files


Lincolnshire filmmaker Liam Holland calls on his festive bell to speak to Midlands Movies about his first ever feature length animation due for release this upcoming Christmas.


As an avid amateur filmmaker based in Lincolnshire, Liam Holland began his career by studying media at Boston College until 2007. Yet during his childhood and teen years, he had already written, directed and edited several independent films, both short and feature length, with the help of his friends and family.


But now the Midlands animator is about to launch his new film which asks the audience if the they have ever considered if Santa’s sleigh flies owing to alien technology. With that set-up, The X-Mas Files promises a bumpy snow ride with aliens and the CIA and has been influenced by a number of Liam's passions.


"I've been making films since I was 12, but this is the first animated feature I have produced. I love all things Christmas and am very interested in the paranormal too", says an enthusiatic Liam.

"One day I was discussing conspiracy theories with my girlfriend when I joked about if the government knew Santa existed then adapted the story from that idea".


Liam goes on to add, "I have included as many conspiracy theory elements into the movie as possible, for example, the Bermuda triangle and all those unanswered questions. I felt it was important that, just because it's a cartoon, it should not be limited to those expectations that moviegoers have for casual animated movies. I wanted to break boundaries and treat it like a proper live action film".


A Christmas tale in the same dark-yet-light-hearted vein of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, The X-Mas Files is about a young boy called Neil who doubts the existence of Santa Claus.

But after coming across top secret government files in his military father's office, he discovers Santa does exist and aliens are supplying him with very advanced space technology which allows him to fly his sleigh.




Aimed at a family audience in a similar all-ages style to Dreamworks’ Shrek, Liam hopes there is something for everyone to enjoy but states that it's not the traditional style of Christmas movie with the inclusion of extra terrestrials and grown up themes.


"The reason I made it as an animation – besides wanting to try a new route in creative production – is because, with animation, if you can imagine it, it is possible. You are unlimited as to what you can create through the means of animation", says Liam.


Liam's pet project has been supported by a varied crew including freelance animator Julie Hubbard, film composer Thomas Ward and a wide range of voice actors including Jake Dudman, C. Martin Croker, Daniel Ferri and Gabrielle Stein.


With summer sadly now over, the season greetings start early with this charming children's tale with Liam and the rest of the cast and crew looking forward to the film's premiere which takes place in October at the Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa.

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