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By midlandsmovies, Aug 17 2017 08:40AM



Midlands Spotlight - The Short Cinema 2017 in Leicester


Leicester's amazing The Short Cinema is now under a week away and they have a full programme of loca, national and international films to showcase over their 3-day festival line up.


Check out the full programme below:


THE SHORT CINEMA LAUNCH PARTY Wed 23 Aug, 6.30pm

To celebrate the eleventh edition of The Short Cinema, we’re launching the festival with a get-together, to give us a chance to highlight some of our partners and supporters and allow our makers to meet before their screening night. Join us for a drink from Langton Brewery and finger food from exciting, new, vegan caterers The Mystery Booth to celebrate another year of excellent short film. We will also have music from the talented Les Hayden and an outdoor screening in partnership with The British Silent Film Festival (weather dependent). This event is followed by our Opening Gala screening of our 2017 International Programme in Screen 2 from 8:45pm. Please note you will need a separate ticket for this event.

 

THE SHORT CINEMA OPENING GALA: INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME Wed 23 Aug, 8.45pm

Opening Gala: The International Programme has expanded! For the first time this will be showcased in one of our main screens following the launch party.

 

ARTIST MOVING IMAGE: THE LACEY RITUALS: FILMS BY BRUCE LACEY Thu 24 Aug, 6.45pm

This delightful programme showcases the playful, physical sense of humour and irreverent sensibility of great British artist and eccentric, Bruce Lacey.

 

THE BEST OF IRIS: QUEER FILM NETWORK SCREENING Thu 24 Aug, 7pm

A chance for audiences to watch the Best of Iris LGBTQ+ Film Festival Shorts. A post screening discussion will be hosted by Connor Winterton. [LIMITED AVALIABILITY]

 

THE SHORTISH CINEMA Fri 25 Aug, 8pm

Screening for its third year, the festival has expanded with The Shortish Cinema, a screening of Midlands-made films which need slightly longer than our usual 15 minute limit to tell their story.

 

FAMILY SHORTS: Sat 26 Aug, 10.30am

Presented in partnership with Flatpack Assemble: Join us for a morning of family friendly short stories told on the big screen.

 

THE SHORT CINEMA CLOSING: MAIN COMPETITION Sat 26 Aug, Doors 7.30pm – Screening 8pm

Now in its eleventh year, The Short Cinema is an annual short film festival showcasing established and emerging talent from across the world with a strong focus on Midlands makers.

 

More info can be found at http://www.theshortcinema.co.uk/




By midlandsmovies, Aug 1 2017 06:36PM

Hell rises at the Phoenix


On a sunny Monday night, Midlands based writer/director Steve Lawson brought hell down on the Leicester Phoenix thanks to the premiere of his latest movie 'Hellriser', produced through his own company Creativ Studios in conjunction with 88 Films, who are fast establishing themselves as the go-to label for cult and genre cinema.


Fans of independent British horror will recognise a whole host of faces, if not their names, as Hellriser stars Steven Dolton (Zombie Undead, Devil’s Tower and KillerSaurus), Charlie Bond (Strippers Vs Werewolves; Vendetta) and Nathan Head who has stared in way too many independent British horrors to name here.


The film itself follows a jaded alcoholic detective (Dolton) and his new, fresh faced partner; Detective Keyes (Bond) as they trail a mysterious killer who seems to be solving the local prostitution problem in their own bloody way.


Although things are not quite as they seem as the action soon takes an occult twist, with the introduction of the hammy German psychologist Dr. Unnseine, terrifically portrayed by Andrew Coughlan, and his patient Annie Dyer (Raven Lee – returning to her role from an earlier Steve Lawson film - however Hellriser is designed to work as a standalone film).


Some of the early scenes are evocative of several contemporary gialli, with this connection no doubt aided by the use of triggers such as black gloves and choice of lighting, while a specific murder torture scene reminded me somewhat of a similar set up in Dario Argento’s much (and rightfully so) maligned film ‘Giallo’ only here it is better executed and situated within a much better film.


Talking of the colour yellow, sorry for the poor segue, Hellriser manages to keep things fresh for the viewer with the injection of not only dark humour but also something a little brighter and eagle-eyed British viewers past a certain age will enjoy the nod to a certain author.


The ability to combine the thriller elements with the humour is why Hellriser works so well, Steve Lawson manages to pepper in intentionally humorous dialogue and moments without breaking the tonal consistency of the film and the result of this is a film that is comfortable with its limitations while maximising those areas that don't cost money - namely decent writing and great timing.


While special mention has to be made for the music by Kevin MacLeod, which on first listen came across as a mixture of Goblin (in particular Claudio Simonetti) and a less electronic Robin Coudert. Music can often make or break a film, and here it certainly plays its part in supporting a highly entertaining watch.


So it is unfortunate then that the film suffers from an anti-climactic ending; which despite being very slightly reminiscent of Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead fails to hit the mark. Perhaps part of the problem however is that we go from one terrific flesh melting death to that of a pretty easy and inconclusive final battle. Although for those that way inclined the ending is at least pretty easy on the eye.


Ultimately however, Hellriser is a highly influenced but never derivative fun film and writer/director Steve Lawson must be commended for the way in which he seamlessly weaves these references without disrupting the flow or impacting on the enjoyment of the more casual fan.


In a subgenre that is so easy to get wrong, Hellriser stands as a shining example that will undoubtedly please horror fans and hopefully will find its audience. Talking of which, before I headed off to the premiere I tried doing a bit of background research but found the title somewhat of a hindrance when I went online although I suspect that it was chosen for sales and marketing reasons as when you are browsing the shelves in their local store or the selection on a VOD service it’s similarity will peak enough interest to make this approach worthwhile.




Hellriser is available on DVD for pre-order on Amazon and will be released by 88 Films.


To keep up to date with the film and to find out more visit the Creativ Studios Facebook page.


Midlands Movies Marek

tWITTER: @cosiperversa


By midlandsmovies, Jan 9 2017 04:00PM

Quite simply, here is our ongoing and updated list of Film Festivals in the Midlands (2017):


• THE SHORT CINEMA http://www.theshortcinema.co.uk info@theshortcinema.co.uk Phoenix, Leicester - August 23rd – 26th 2017


• NOTTINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL - Hothouse Theatre’s Nottingham Film Festival. October 6th – 8th 2017 For details visit http://www.nottinghamfilmfestival.com


• ANON FILM FEST - No 2017 dates yet. Screened at Northern Light Cinema, Wirksworth, Derbys. https://filmfreeway.com/festival/anonfilmfestival


• INDIE-LINCS - March 16th – 18th 2017 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 - 2017 dates TBC. http://www.brindleyplace.com/event/brindleyplace-outdoor-film-festival-2


• WORCESTERSHIRE FILM FESTIVAL 2017 dates TBC www.worcestershirefilmfestival.co.uk Contact Lawrence Donello‏ on Twitter @Razorpost https://twitter.com/worcesterfilm


• LEICESTER DOCFILM FEST http://www.citizenseye.org Contact John Coster 2017 dates TBC


• BORDERLINES FEST http://www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk UK's largest rural film festival. Herefordshire/Shropshire - FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY TO SUNDAY 12 MARCH 2017


• BIRMINGHAM FILM FEST - November 18th – 26th 2017 https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Birminghamfilmfestival


• BIFF FEST (Black International Film Fest) http://www.vtelevision.co.uk/biff/event.html


• 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 2017


• DEAFFEST http://www.deaffest.co.uk The UK's International Deaf Film & Arts Festival Wolverhampton. Contact info@light-house.co.uk 12th – 14th May 2017.


• LEICESTER ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL - 16th - 19th March www.leicesterasianfilmfestival.com


• SHOUT FESTIVAL http://shoutfestival.co.uk Birmingham Dates soon for 2017


• DERBY FILM FESTIVAL http://www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk 28th APRIL - 7th MAY 2017


• FANTASTIQ FEST http://fantastiq.co.uk Fantasy and Horror Fest at Quad in Derby


• MAYHEM HORROR Film Fest - Halloween. Contact Broadway cinema in Nottingham http://www.broadway.org.uk/mayhem 12th - 15th October 2017


• FLATPACK FEST - Birmingham, UK. http://www.flatpackfestival.org.uk 4th - 9th April 2017


• EAST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL http://www.eastwindsfilmfest.com 2017 Dates Coming Soon


• BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL http://www.beestonfilm.com 9th - 12th March 2017


• CAN DO FEST – Nottingham http://www.can-do-fest.com Biennial Fest currently fundraising to run a new Can- Do Film festival in 2017


• ZZUB - http://www.zzubfest.co.uk Wolverhampton - 2017 Festival TBC


• SHROPSHIRE RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL http://www.rainbowfilmfestival.org.uk/midlands-zone 6th - 8th October 2017


• GRINDHOUSE PLANET - 2017 date TBC www.grindhouseplanet.com


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, Nov 15 2016 05:58PM




For the third year in a row we take a look at Leicester Comedy Festival and give our recommendations for some of the best film and movie-related shows that are occurring during 8th – 26th February 2017.


For all info on tickets and more check the events at the official festival website: http://comedy-festival.co.uk/events/


Midlands Movies Presents: Spinal Tap screening with live band

15th February

Firebug

First up is our own movie screening at Firebug on February 15th where we plan not only to show the fantastic rock-mockumentary from 1984 we are going to have a live band playing some of the hits from the infamous comedy film. From “Stonehenge” to “Big Bottom”, a band will accompany the movie alongside our usual themed fun with popcorn, food and costumes inspired by the film. Entry is FREE with a suggested donation.

www.midlandsmovies.com


CineMadness: Comedy Shorts

8th & 16th Feb

Firebug

If you're fond of the twin disciplines of 'laughing' and 'watching images on a screen' , then this is the show for you! Join FlipYou for a night of short comedy films and sketches from talented home-grown film-makers. With popcorn and pints you can sit back and enjoy our CineMadness! Free goody bags for all. (Advance ticket purchasers score amazing super goody bags!) Cert: 18

https://www.facebook.com/Cinemadness/


Comedians Cinema Club (split screen)

24th February

The Criterion

Comedians Cinema Club is a sure-fire blockbuster hit with laughs and movies which are nothing like the originals. Touted as one of the best audience participation comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Guardian, 2014); this mixes the comedic with the cinematic for an engaging experience.

http://www.comedianscinemaclub.com


The Just Us League Presents Marveled

13th February

The Exchange Bar

Gary Tro and Javier Jarquin attempt to perform as many of the characters of superhero films as possible in chaotic hour long show.

http://www.garytro.co.uk/


Aidan Goatley: 10 Films with My Dad

17th February

The Regent Sports and Social Club

For Aidan and his dad, they communicated via films and he takes you on their journey from John Wayne to 3D to show how 2 men grew up with the help of popcorn and Hollywood. This Edinburgh Fringe Show was described as “charmingly funny” by The Scotsman.

http://www.aidangoatley.com/10-films-with-my-dad.php


Commentary

9th February

The Phoenix

This show returns to the Comedy Festival with media-mashing entertainment. Watch, listen and prepare yourself as live comedians, poets, musicians and more interact with films and animations before your very eyes. Re-scripting, re-scoring, re-invented cinema. #WhatAreYouWatching?

https://twitter.com/CommentaryShow


An Hour with Woody Allen(ish)

9th February

Grays at LCB Depot

Simon Schatzberger plays Woody Allen performing his classic 1960s classic stand-up comedy routines fresh from sell out shows in London and Edinburgh over 2015 and 2016.

http://www.woodyallenish.com/Welcome.html


The Elvis Dead

12th February

The Soundhouse

In this show the cult classic Evil Dead 2 is interpreted through the songs of Elvis so what more could you possibly need to know? 2016 Comedy Fest Best Debut Nominee Rob Kemp returns with something a lot different. With changes from last year’s show this new production promises to be different but still very ‘deathly’ fun.


Hats off to Laurel and Hardy

17th February

Leicester Guildhall

This award-winning production is from Guildford based theatre company Lucky Dog Theatre Productions and has been on tour since 2013 in the UK, Berlin, Prague and Los Angeles. The show portrays and accurate and moving portrayal of the comedy film duo which experts say is the closest impersonations they have ever seen.

http://www.luckydogtheatreproductions.com/shows.html


By midlandsmovies, Nov 11 2016 05:18PM



‘A Girl in Words’ is the debut short film written and directed by young filmmaker Daisy Nicholson. It stars up and coming actors Hannah Dunlop and Elliot Woodward and the exciting production is already well underway with the team re-drafting scripts, completing full casting and rehearsing hard.


With storyboarding, shot lists and now shooting finalised Daisy Nicholson is looking to premiere the film at The Phoenix Cinema in Leicester to promote the short to a Midlands audience. Daisy believes this will be a great opportunity to share the film with others, thank all the cast and crew before she undertakes the next stage of entering the film into festivals.


Daisy explains that, “all the money raised will go towards hiring Screen 2 at the Phoenix Cinema”, and adds any further funds raised after the target will be used for a Digital Cinema Package enabling the team to show the film in the best possible quality, as well as entering the film into festivals all around the world.


After an enjoyable shoot, the film's final edit is being completed along with a fun blooper reel to showcase the great attitude felt on the set.


To assist this exciting new project, please head on over to the Kickstarter campaign here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1215425330/a-girl-in-words-0?ref=project_tweet

Please also check out Daisy and her production company One of Four over on Twitter


https://twitter.com/OneofFourProd

https://twitter.com/daisycate_

By midlandsmovies, Sep 28 2016 04:41PM



StarBase Leicester is a sci-fi and fantasy group based in Leicester who are putting on a very special double-bill at The Phoenix in Leicester’s cultural quarter. Mike takes a trip to the stars with the group and finds out how to get involved in their events.


StarBase Leicester (SBL) originated in 2005 as a great place to make new friends and enjoy everything sci-fi, fantasy and gaming related. Amongst like-minded individuals, the group accepts any fans of the genres to join – as long as they are 16+ and prepared to have a little fun!


With years of experience putting on events, the club is celebrating their 11th birthday this year with a presentation of a pair of criminally underrated sci-fi movies – both overlooked on their release.


On Saturday 22nd October the cinema screens Guillermo del Toro’s kaiju spectacular Pacific Rim followed by Groundhog Day-esque Edge of Tomorrow, where Tom Cruise’s soldier is forced to repeat a battle against aliens over and over again.


But that’s not all! There's also a quiz confirmed and a question and answer session from the creator of the Darkwave universe Darren Scales. The Lincolnshire filmmaker has been working hard on his sci-fi shared universe which even features a ship called the Phoenix. Very apt! Check the production out here: http://www.darkwavepictures.co.uk


The double-bill tickets are £10 (with individual tickets available for either film too) with the night starting with the quiz at 5.30pm, Pacific Rim at 7.15pm and Edge of Tomorrow beginning at 9.40pm. Tickets can be purchased through this link http://www.phoenix.org.uk/film/pacific-rim-edge-of-tomorrow



And if you’re interested in joining StarBase Leicester then their membership is simple – and brilliantly quirky! Attend three club events at the Phoenix cinema and you'll get a special key ring (which gives you access to many discounts) and you can then also come to the members only movie nights as well.


Meeting at least once a month for a variety of events including ‘Superhero Night’, creative writing night, roleplaying games, cinema trips, console nights and many more, the group encourages members to contribute and run ideas of their own. They meet every 3rd Friday of the month at 7pm (at the Phoenix of course) and donations are very much appreciated from members.


For more info about SBL then please contact them below:

info@starbaseleicester.co.uk

http://starbaseleicester.co.uk

By midlandsmovies, Sep 19 2016 06:07PM

Archway 0173 tells the story of Tom who is fascinated by an old telephone bought at an auction but one day the previously-broken phone rings and connects Tom with a young girl from 1940 called Isabelle. Becoming friends after sharing conversations, Tom's friend Katie doesn’t believe Isabelle is real. MIdlands Movies writer investigates this new short from Leicester where characters make frightening discoveries about each other.


Writer & Director of Archway 0173 is promising newcomer Pat Knight from Leicester. Although this film is Pat's first production she is someone who already has connections with the regional filmmaking community in the city as she explains:


“My son David attends the Pauline Quirke Academy in Leicester and through this I met Keith Allott who is their Film and TV teacher", says Pat. Pat continues, "As well as working with the PQA students, Keith offered to help any parent who was interested in film making. Having been on serval TV and Film sets when David has been filming I became fascinated by the whole process of film-making and was inspired to create my own film, accepting Keith’s offer to help".


So what came next?


"I then began to think of ideas for a film. I love science fiction and time travel and I came up with the story for Archway 0173 having re-discovered our old broken Bakelite telephone which had been stored away. I imagined it connecting people through time and the story developed from there. I am very lucky that I have a very talented young actor for a son so it seemed obvious to create the role of Tom for him and it was such a lovely experience to work alongside him on set".


With David's friends also being actors, Pat felt it was a natural progressions to tap into their talent for the rest of the cast.


"I was delighted when Eleanor Worthington Cox, who is in CBBC’s Hetty Feather with David, agreed to play the role of Isabelle. We were very lucky that her other filming schedules fitted in with our shoot, I feel very honoured to have her in my first film. Our other young actress, Jess O’Brien is a student at PQA and David has worked with her previously on several short films. Many of the other actors in the film are from a local amateur dramatic group and for our crew we were able to enlist some of the other PQA students to help behind the camera as well as help from one of the other mums and my husband".


With this being Pat's foray into film, she said their were struggles but support came from a variety of close friends.


"It was a steep learning curve but Keith (Allott) was an excellent mentor and explained each stage of the film making process before I undertook them from the treatment through to the final draft of the script, shot lists, story boards, the actual filming process then into editing and creating a trailer. Through Keith I was introduced to Javier Blanco, a professional composer who then composed the music for the film. I have learned so much but I know there is still a huge amount still to learn. We filmed over 3 days and in all it took a year from the first ideas for a script to the film being completed".


Archway 0173 had its premiere at The Shortish Cinema, part of The Short Cinema film festival at the Phoenix cinema in Leicester and Pat couldn't be more delighted with the finished film, turning out exactly as she imagined it.


"I was so lucky to have such a fantastic mentor, cast and crew on my first film who all did an amazing job. I am looking forward to Archway’s next screening which is at 5 Lamps in Derby later this month and I have started to enter it into other film festivals all over the world".


Coming off the back of such successful feedback, Pat is now currently working on a draft script based on idea from her son which he is going to take forward and direct himself.


For a review of the film please continue reading after the jump.


Kira Comerford




Archway 0173 (2016) Dir. Pat Knight


Archway 0173 is a short film with a concept that I found to be very interesting. The idea of the two periods of time being linked by one telephone threw up a lot of questions for me, and made me sort of go, ‘Ah, now there’s a good idea for a short film!’.


The two main performances were partly the reason why I felt the idea worked as well as it did. Both David Knight and Eleanor Worthington-Cox did such a wonderful job of portraying their characters and the time they were growing up in. For example, it was very easy to tell that Worthington-Cox’s character, Isabelle, was from times gone by purely by the way she spoke, and I certainly feel that this was essential for the story to work and to ensure that audiences didn't become confused at any point.


One issue the film brought up that particularly fascinated me was the idea of changing history. Of course, in Archway 0173, the characters would not just have been interfering for the sake of it – it was presented here as a matter of life and death. It left me asking myself a few questions after watching, and I'm partly guessing that this was the impression writer and director Pat Knight was hoping the film would create.


All in all, I found Archway 0173 to be a thought-provoking short that was 20 minutes well spent.


Conceptually, I thought it was very good, and I feel as though there could be a future for some of the young actors who made appearances in the film. If anybody gets a chance to see the film at any upcoming local showcases, I would recommend seeing it at one.


Kira Comerford


By midlandsmovies, Sep 1 2016 09:51AM

After a successful short film featured in the recent Short Cinema festival at Leicester’s Phoenix cinema, Midlands Movies finds out about a large group of local filmmakers who are soon to launch an online comedy series.


A team of award-winning Leicester-based filmmakers called FlipYou have written and produced a series of brand new online comedy sketches from the region to great approval. Released on both Youtube and Facebook, the shorts have picked up over 18,000 views and individually have been submitted and accepted into a number of film festivals.


The group ‘FlipYou Productions’ comprises of writers and actors who have spent over twelve months developing their work, and star BBC writer and stand-up comic Mike Yeoman, actor and ITV writer Peter James and stage actor and director Dan Thomas.


“There’s also a guy we think is called Vinnie,” says Mike Yeoman, FlipYou Productions’ CEO, who offers some insight into the characters that have made it into the final cut of sketches: “There’s the most paranoid man in Britain, survivalist Yogi Griddles and space explorer Captain McDuck,” he goes on to explain.


Yeoman is confident that the comedy collective will become a household name, “Following in the footsteps of our legendary football team, FlipYou wants to make Leicester the film and comedy champions of the UK,” he says.


“Our jokes fly in as hard and fast as Vardy’s beautiful and shiny right foot. In all seriousness though, I’m not actually joking when I say that I want FlipYou to be mentioned in the same breath as Monty Python, The Fast Show and Big Train”.


With Leicester’s annual Dave Comedy Festival going strong for over 20 years, the group have high hopes for their series. “I want every season to be ten times better than the last. We've already learnt a lot from filming season 1 so can't wait to start Season 2.”


The short films can be viewed at www.flipyou.co.uk with new sketches being released every week. The group is starting work on Series 2 in the coming months.


Further information can be found at www.flipyou.co.uk and follow the group on Twitter @flipyou_co_uk and www.facebook.com/flipyoucomedy

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