NOTTINGHAM TOP 10 FILM
BAFTA winning filmmaker Shane Meadows moved to Nottingham at 20 and started his own film festival to showcase his self-made short films based in the Midlands. Inspired by his own youth, Meadows was first nominated for a BAFTA for Dead Man’s Shoes (his sixth film) and the third to star Paddy Considine who he met at Burton College. His “Once Upon a Time in the Midlands” (2002) starred Robert Carlyle and was set primarily in Nottingham. So, with Shane Meadows being the county’s film hero, we take a look at 10 other up and coming things that film fans in Nottingham should also keep their eyes out for.
Based at 14-18 Broad Street in the city centre, The Broadway building has changed a lot since it opened as a regional film theatre in the 1960s. After the first screening as a cinema on 31st August 1990, it has benefited from over £8 million of redevelopment funding. Later, low-cost office space to artists and filmmakers was rented out and by 2006 the cinema opened screen 3, screen 4 (designed by regular patron Sir Paul Smith) and the Mezz bar and lounge. With a mix of blockbuster, independent and locally made films, Broadway has no online booking fee or any extra charges for 3-D films which make it an even better central hub for film fans across the Midlands.
The Home of Horror
Midlands Movies has covered a wide range of films from the region since we began in 2012 but a high percentage of the horror flicks we cover come from Nottingham. Whether it’s something in the water or a much darker reason, the county has become a focus for all things frightful. Just a few of the highlights from the region include Jason Brown (link) Sick Bunny Pics (link) Hubert’s Ghost (link) Mr Stitch (link) and Superfreak media (link) . If you’re a fan of horror or twisted tales then the good film folk of Nottingham will be right up your scary street!
From “This Is England” stars Kieran Hardcastle and Vicky McClure the BAFTA award-winning Television Workshop in Nottingham has been nurturing talent in the region for decades now. Star alumni also include Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell and Jack O'Connell and their work can help propel young actors into children's television, films and beyond. For students they offer a development opportunity through membership of a well established, respected, professionally-oriented group, with direct links to the film and television industry. For the industry, they offer a well-trained casting pool and a development resource. The Workshop’s bursary system ensures that no talented student is excluded with members striving to succeed in sessions that are fun yet professionally demanding.
Wollaton Hall is a stately home originally designed by Robert Smythson and built for Sir Francis Willoughby, being completed following eight years of building work in 1588- the year of the Spanish Armada. The building is in the English Renaissance style and its flamboyant design is considered to be a masterpiece. A programme of restoration at Wollaton Hall (with its gardens and deer park) was completed in April 2007 costing £9million. Now a museum, the building and park’s surrounding area is best known in film for being used as Wayne Manor in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Once a year for the last 2 years (and again in 2015) Wollaton Hall will once again be hosting the fabulous outdoor cinema screenings. On Sunday 30th August you will be able watch to that film at Batman’s home for just £12 per ticket. For more info see the Hall’s official page below:
Jordan McGibney is one part of the family-run McGibney Production company who have won many film awards since being founded in the Midlands in 2012. Jordan is currently editing his most recent film Stereotype which is not just a movie but also an anti-knife crime package that will go out to schools. Using film as a positive force Jordan’s slightly odd upbringing was rough but he moved away from that life and made his first film at 15 which was a comedy featuring Darth Vader as a Yorkshireman. Taking on commercial, innovative and creative work Jordan works closely with his father who is also a writer, which allows him to have more of a say in what he chooses. With heroes from his mum and dad to Spielberg and Kubrick, Jordan will be looking to work on a feature and some comedy pilots in the near future and hopes to get Stereotype out to schools and inspire the pupils to make good choices. To find out more please visit the site below:
Make-up artist Jayne Hyman
With a background in Film, Theatre and Live Events dating back to 2004 when she undertook a Media Make-up course at Shepperton Studios, Jayne Hyman has branched out from makeup into prop-making and art department work. Growing up in South Wales, Jayne wanted to be a special effects artist ever since watching horror films as a child but having lived in Nottingham since 2007, Jayne feels the Midlands city has now developed a good creative vibe which is why she has stayed here for as long as she has. Being a special effects artist and given the current trend for low budget filmmaking, Jayne often gets offered a lot of work in horror but has recently had more work in sci-fi and fantasy as well. Citing Robert Englund as one of her idols, since it was the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' films that made her realise FX makeup existed as a job, Jayne also likes the work of Dick Smith for his massive contributions to the world of FX makeup. For more about Jayne Hyman and her work please visit her website:
The Beeston Film Festival kicked off 2015 with a bang and “Nottingham’s Creative Town” had huge interest for their event at the Beeston Cinema on January 24th/25th. This new festival received submissions from independent film-makers across the globe and was organised by John Currie of Arrondissement Films and James Hall of Creative Beeston, an organisation that aims to help Beeston’s creatives and businesses develop, network and expand. With plans for another early next year, the organisers also invite film fans to their cinema every other week at White Lion Bar & Kitchen, Beeston to catch more movies and events throughout the rest of the year.
The Mayhem Film Festival is a cutting-edge event bringing you the very best in genre cinema and television. Screening the best in horror, sci-fi and cult features and shorts from around the world, the festival often has guest filmmakers in attendance too. From premieres, new releases and previews to cult classics, breakthrough shorts, midnight movies, master classes, live experiments and more - Mayhem offers a unique and exciting viewing experience for audiences across four days. The Mayhem Film Festival returns to the Broadway for all things eerie in Autumn 2015 and this year’s festival will take place on 15th – 18th October with previews, special guests and midnight screenings. Planning is currently underway for Mayhem’s 11th edition with more information and announcements coming soon.
Screen 22 is situated in Hockley, in the Creative Quarter of Nottingham and is an intimate venue hosting a state of the art cinema with just 22 seats. Screen 22 cinema is the ideal place for celebrating an intimate occasion with family and friends or even hosting a unique business conference or work social event. Catering for all sorts of events and occasions, the cinema’s low seating helps create a unique experience and is perfect for showing local films to small but appreciative audiences. Based at 25 Broad Street you can see what regular films are showing as well enquire about hiring the venue on their website details below:
Wellington Films was founded in 2000 by producers Rachel Robey and Alastair Clark and their BAFTA nominated debut feature, LONDON TO BRIGHTON (Edinburgh International Film Festival 2006, Toronto International Film Festival 2006) earned them the Best Achievement in Production award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards. They have also produced over 30 short films for festivals and TV, including ROYALTY by Paul Andrew Williams, THE GAS MAN by Matt Palmer for Rankin Films’ Collabor8te and THE DARK by Tom Hemmings starring Toby Jones.