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By midlandsmovies, Sep 26 2017 03:47PM



Midlands Spotlight - New drama short from Chilli Rose Productions


Midlands Movies finds out about the latest short film from Chilli Rose Production who are soon to launch their new drama “Who’s There”.


Shot entirely in Kidderminster and directed by local talent Fernando Antonio Maffei, Chilli Rose Productions are launching their film with an official screening event night in just a few months time.


The official screening will take place at Kidderminster Town Hall on 7th December at 7.30pm with a £2 entry fee and with DVDs of the film itself available after the show.


Who’s There stars Antonio Magro (Blood Orange, The Alienist), Amy Shepherd (WPC 56)

Greg Hobbs (The Truth), Grace Valloriani (Harry Brown), and Sophie Canare (ARTICHOKE)


Chilli Rose Productions are a local film production company based in Worcestershire UK and, on Facebook, Fernando had plenty to say about the support he’s received about the film so far on.


“I'm so proud of what we have achieved with ‘Who's There’. My cast and crew all worked very hard to achieve something so stylish and we shot the film using the RED EPIC camera”.


Fernando adds, “There is so much talent around here, I believe there are some great filmmakers around Kidderminster and the Worcestershire surrounding areas, the more we work together the stronger the local industry will become”.


For more information follow the film on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/chilliroseproductions


Watch the trailer for Who’s There below:




By midlandsmovies, Aug 6 2017 07:15PM



Who Put Bella in the Wych-Elm: The Untold Secrets


Pre-release Screening, 4th August 2017, Stourbridge Town Hall


The question of who put Bella in the Wych-Elm has both baffled and captivated the public since 1943, when the body of an unidentified female was found in the innards of a tree in Hagley Woods in the West Midlands.


Director and paranormal investigator Jayne Harris set about trying to solve this long-standing mystery and uncovered some shocking revelations along the way. Stourbridge Town Hall sold out early with four hundred people wanting to be the first to see the film that documents her findings.


A director’s introduction detailed the evolution of the project, from YouTube clip to documentary feature before the audience was introduced to the case. Harris opened the introduction with claims that she isn’t a filmmaker. This is an assertion which needs to be reassessed.


The sheer wealth of material that has been excavated and created is staggering: Soaring aerial expositional shots of Hagley and its surrounding areas situate the audience slap-bang in the middle of the crime scene; ‘misplaced’ post-mortem documents were dug up and acted recreations were used effectively, never once evoking that unintentional ‘Horrible Histories’ feel that hampers some documentaries. Seamlessly put together, exhaustively researched and passionately presented, this wouldn’t look out of place under the Documentaries tab on Netflix.


Talking heads interviews with case experts and witchcraft aficionados translate as authoritative and impartial and are all the more engrossing for it. However, the medium’s insight does ask a lot of the audience, leaving this pragmatist somewhat sceptical and wishing the film was five minutes shorter.


However, depending on your inclination this and the eyewitness accounts of ghostly figures in the area will either send you running for the Wychbury hills…or running for the hills.


Although a few audio issues with the venue detracted from the presentation, it was inspiring to hear so many audience members discussing their thoughts and theories in the lobby after the film. This is clearly a case which captures the imagination and to see it in such an environment (a stone’s throw or two from the crime scene) separates this from your run-of-the-mill multiplex experience.


That the story invites such engagement is unsurprising; it’s delightfully dark and rich for exploration. Who was Bella? A prostitute, a traveller, a German intelligence agent? What about the actual killer? Was it ritualistic witchcraft, a local cover up or even Mi5 influenced? You’ll have to see it to find out for yourself.


Bella will haunt Stourbridge Town Hall again at a further screening on the 31st of October. Links to tickets will soon be available here


The DVD of Who Put Bella in the Wych-Elm is available to order here with bonus features which include copies of the original police files/photographs and an interview with Director & Producer Jayne Harris.


Robb Sheppard

https://twitter.com/RedBezzle

By midlandsmovies, Jun 19 2017 01:27PM



Who Put Bella in the Wych-Elm? – The Untold Secrets


First Official Screening. Friday August 4th at Stourbridge Town Hall.


Have you heard of the Wych-Elm legend? Nearly 75 years ago, the remains of an unidentified female were discovered in a hollowed-out tree in Hagley, giving birth to a murder mystery which captivated the West Midlands and soon spread much further afield.


Addressing questions left unanswered since 1943, local Director Jayne Harris attempts to solve a mystery that eluded the authorities, unearthing Nazi Espionage, Witchcraft, and the Supernatural along the way.


You can see the trailer here:




With previously classified MI5 and police information uncovered for the first time and local residents breaking their silence, maybe the mystery of "Who put Bella in the Wych-Elm?" can finally be put to rest.


The first official screening takes place at Stourbridge Town Hall: a venue the director chose for its Victorian elegance and its proximity to the site of the Wych-Elm.


Tickets cost £3 and are available here.


http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=DUDLEYMBC&organ_val=21216&perfcode=3ABA02&perfsubcode=2017


Keep your eyes on Midlands Movies for a review soon.


Robb Sheppard


By midlandsmovies, Mar 29 2016 10:13AM

Midlands Spotlight - Crossing Paths Premiere


On 26th March Midlands Movies had the great honour of being asked to host the cast and crew premiere for the Derby short film Crossing Paths which was being shown at the Broadway cinema.


Nottingham’s Broadway cinema is in the heart of the city’s creative quarter and was the perfect venue for the first big-screen showing of this exciting Midlands-shot short film.


We have already reviewed the film (read here) so knew what to expect but the added support from those involved in the making of the film including the actors, writers and musicians made the screening all the more special for its inaugural presentation.


Director Ben Bloore was the first to arrive and had with him a brand new banner with the film’s artwork printed on. The poster uses a shot from the film which centres around the lives of two intersecting souls whose circumstances lead them to question guilt, responsibilities and family matters.


Also in attendance was writer Ben Fowkes and after a test of the sound and projector, Screen 4 was all set to receive the first guests on this bright Saturday morning.


The actors arrived first and with a variety of different experiences had fun meeting up again and before long, guests were invited down to have photos taken and then subsequently took their seats in the auditorium.


A warm welcome was given by Ben before he explained that today’s showing was the culmination of a year long journey and that the audience would have a chance to ask questions of the cast and crew once the film had ended.


The lights dimmed and the film began and although under 10 minutes long, the serious themes of the film came across with power and a few gasps were heard as well as many tears shed.


Once the lights came up, a huge round of applause erupted before the cast were asked to come to the front to discuss their involvement.


First up was film and TV actress Michelle Darkin-Pirce who is currently recording 'Breaking In' for radio, a play by writer Adrian Reynolds. She has also appeared in Emmerdale on ITV and plays Alison in the film. The audience were surprised to hear her love for physical roles and had people laughing when she exclaimed that she is often cast as a drug user, although she made clear SHE wasn’t – and more recently, had been cast as the mother of a drug user.


Next up was the experienced Mark Tunstall as Sean who has also appeared in Doctors on BBC1 and explained that his background helped him come to the brief role with a fully formed idea of what was required and enjoyed the chemistry with his fellow actors.


Phil Molloy was praised by Ben for only coming aboard a week before shooting after another cast member dropped out. Phil plays Matthew in Crossing Paths and has also starred in the films Soft and Dysnomia. He felt the tough themes of the film contrasted with the lovely atmosphere on set, especially the park-shoot which was filmed on a glorious day but had some problems with public passer-bys.


And the final cast member to take the stage was the exceptional Tina Harris as Lorraine. Tina is known for her wide range of roles in films on The Regiment, Northern Soul and Happy New Year as well as coming from a stint from sci-fi TV series Red Dwarf.


And last but not least was the man who had thrown his own heart and soul into creating, filming and completing Crossing Paths, Ben Bloore himself. Thanking the enormous support from those involved, Ben also explained that film was soon to be released on the festival circuit with them waiting to hear from 5 exciting possibilities in the coming months.


A few questions from the audience were thrown out about the superb music from the film before the event finished on a high note from Ben who recommended anyone trying to get a project off the ground to get out there and do it no matter how long, and sometimes frustrating, it takes to achieve.


And with that a final good bye was said and a hugely proud and supportive audience congratulated both Bens for all their hard work and wished them success on their ongoing career and journey with the film.


A few photos can be seen on the film’s Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1530286923938232/


Midlands Movies Mike

By midlandsmovies, Feb 15 2015 09:33PM

The team behind new Leicester-set film Beverley have arranged a full-on weekend of screenings of the film along with a wonderful 'Behind The Scenes’ insight into the making of the movie.


The film will be shown in Nottingham Friday 6th March, Leicester Saturday 7th March and Coventry Sunday 8th March, with each event being very different with the White Lion Bar Beeston being a free private screening for all arranged by Nottingham Alternative Film Network. Stars Vicky and Jonny Owen will be there too.


In Leicester, the film will be shown at Phoenix Square, which will be a red carpet premiere and should serve as a great reunion with everyone - cast, crew and all the help the production had last Easter during filming. Then for the Sunday, the team are lucky to have Neville and Christine Staple who have helped arrange with the crew an event at the amazing 2-Tone Village in Coventry. This day-long event will involve music and DJs and the team hope that people who enjoy the ska scene to turnout for a screening of Beverley for this daytime event.


The 3 events are all in the Midlands with strong links to those involved in the making of Beverley and tickets are limited so but producer Cass Pennant is looking to share his pride in what they have all made.


Beverley is a Midlands-centric short with great performances staring Laya Lewis, Vicky McClure, Kieran Hardcastle and Winston Ellis. The local talent that were cast came from the Television Workshop and Young Urban Actors with local film extras also chosen after an appeal made in the Leicester Mercury Newspaper.

NOTTINGHAM

Nottingham Alternative Film Network screening Beverley at The White Lion Bar & Kitchen cinema evening of Friday 6th March in Beeston at 7.30pm.

Address: 24 Middle Street, Beeston, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG9 1FX


LEICESTER RED CARPET PREMIERE

Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre

Cinema Art house cinema showing indie, family-friendly and retro films, plus exhibitions, food and drink.

BEVERLEY plus Behind The Scenes – Screen 2 at 5pm, Cast arrive 4pm

Address: 4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG


COVENTRY

Come to the 2-Tone themed café, Caribbean restaurant, clothes and memorabilia shop and visit Coventry's wall of fame. Forth-coming events include exclusive screening of Beverley with a ska music party with Neville and Christine Staple on Sunday 8th March at 4pm - 9pm.

Address: Unit 7, The 2-Tone Village Courtyard, rear of 74-80 Walsgrave Road, Coventry CV2 4ED

By midlandsmovies, Feb 13 2015 12:20PM

Local writer/director Paul Gosling leaps from the stage to the movie world for a Leicester Premiere on his new film in February. Midlands Movies finds out more about this exciting jump...


Leicester theatre company Crooked Hand Productions are premiering their first ever film production on the big screen next month as part of De Montfort University's Cultural Exchanges Festival in Leicester.

Their first film is a new comedy-thriller called The Monochrome Spy and stars local actors Rob Leeson, Emma Bamford and Karen Gordon. Leicester independent cinema Phoenix Square will be showing the film on Thursday 26th February at 3.00pm with the screening to be followed by a discussion of cult 60s TV. This conversation will be between the Leicester-based writer and co-director of the film Paul Gosling and Tim Beddows (of Network DVD) and Dick Fiddy (of the BFI).

Set in 1966, the film is an homage to cult British TV shows and the James Bond movies of that era. Making it proved a real challenge for the film-makers given the historical aspects of the film.


"Most people make a short film with a contemporary setting for their first attempt at film-production, but we took a lot of time to try and recreate the 60s wherever possible," said Gosling.


"It was amazing to find all our locations in and around Leicester and we enjoyed support from Athena, Curve and The Little Theatre in the filming process."

Co-director Carolos Dandolo also added, "We have been very lucky to have so many talented local people in our production - from make-up artists, to actors and crew and we're very proud to be presenting the premiere in our home town of Leicester."


Tickets are free for the showing and can be booked here via Ticket Source on this link:

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/search/searchPerformance.asp?performance_id=142915

Or call the box office on (0116) 250 6229


For more information about Paul Gosling and Crooked Hand Productions then please see the contact details below:


Email crookedhand@hotmail.co.uk

Official website: www.crookedhandproductions.com



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