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By midlandsmovies, Jul 10 2017 05:44PM


Midlands Movies Mike uncovers an interesting new experimental feature that combines the mysticism of folklore with the modernism of an experimental soundtrack.


Staffordshire set film The Doxey Boggart is a new film from John E Smoke who is a deaf-blind filmmaker, musician and artist. Set within a nature reserve called Doxey Marshes, the film is a semi-documentary which follows a group of people investigating the local legend.


From an experimental sound artist with his guide dog to his fellow esoteric associates, they seek to uncover the truth about a ‘boggart’ (an evil or mischievous spirit) that is associated with the area.


Director John E Smoke is the aforementioned sound artist and has performed in many unusual locations including abandoned buildings and a set at Mermaid Pool in the Staffordshire Moorlands.


During one particular session of his there were claims of a ghostly image being caught on film which went viral online and featured widely in press at the time.


The film mixes a slim ‘plot’ with real-life elements as the musicians perform a set on Doxey Marshes during which a folk poem about a boggart is recited. At first nothing untoward happens but after the disappearance of a mother and child “the team are left wondering if the recital has brought something to life”.


Following their investigations the film includes field recordings and footage and borrows from 'actual' local folklore relating to 'boggarts', 'bugs' and other entities.



One of the key parts of the film is the music which assists in supporting the atmosphere of the historic locations. John E Smoke has pulled together friends in the music scene to compile a soundtrack that includes well-respected members of the experimental noise genre.


Soundtrack artists include 'Tunnels of Ah' (the solo project of the former Head of David vocalist, 'Autoclav 1.1', 'Khost' (featuring former members of Techno Animal, Final, Iroha etc), 'From The Bogs of Aughiska', 'John 3:16', 'Ian Haygreen', 'Whote', 'Satan's Bee Keeper', 'Theresia', 'Raxil4' and 'James Hoehl' alongside field recordings undertaken by John E Smoke.


With a mix of documentary, sound art and a little bit of horror, The Doxey Boggart’s eclectic combination of experimental images and dark ambient music will be released later in 2017 and also includes the release of hand printed DVD and double-CD music packs.


For more info please take a look at the trailer above and also check out further details of this Sonic Entrails production over on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doxeyboggart






By midlandsmovies, Dec 12 2016 01:47PM



Midlands Movies checks out Staffordshire based filmmaker Daniel A. Finney whose debut feature BoXed has just been released online.


Hailing from Stoke-On-Trent, Daniel A. Finney has used local talent from the West Midlands, as well as many of the region’s locations, to film his new horror-drama BoXed.


Finney describes his film as “a quiet-horror, drama and mystery” and it tells the story of a girl called Rachel whose sister, named Hope, has gone missing.


BoXed follows Rachel as she begins to deal with her loss and commitments but there is soon an unwelcome return of a face from the past. The search for Hope subsequently takes Rachel to the dark, lost moments of her life that she had hoped she had left behind.


This Midlands made film stars Jane Hamlet, Charles O'Neill and Hetty Bentley and has recently utilised new media avenues to get their local film out to international audiences. With the use of Amazon Video, the film was released for digital download and streaming on 11th November. Click here.


View the trailer above for a sneak peak into this dark and crazy world and follow the production company (Sledgehammer Film) over on Twitter to see more information about the film.


Twitter: https://twitter.com/SHFilm


A full review from Midlands Movies coming soon




By midlandsmovies, Nov 23 2016 09:46PM



Midlands Movies Mike speaks to local author and playwright Dan Weatherer from North Staffordshire. This regional born and bred creative has had four books published, with three more to hit the shelves soon. Dan speaks to Midlands Movies about his three-time festival award winner The Legend of The Chained Oak and his current film project Beige, which will hit the festival circuit next year.

MMM: Hi Dan. How did you, as a writer, end up working with the film industry?

DW: Quite by chance, actually! I’d penned my first tale The Legend of the Chained Oak during the January of 2013 and had passed it to friends who had grown up with the same legend as I. Feedback was good, but at this point, I had no idea of what to do with my story. Someone suggested I pass my story to Dean Maynard, who had always wanted to make a film based on the chained oak. For those of you not in the know, the chained oak is real, lies just outside of Alton Towers, and its origin is still shrouded in secrecy!


MMM: And what happened from there?

DW: Dean was interested in my version of the legend, and after a few months’ prep, a cast and crew were assembled, and we shot in the September of 2013. The entire shoot lasted three days, and we experienced all manner of weird occurrences and mishaps. I wish we’d documented “a making of”, as it would have made fascinating viewing!


MMM: Was sort of size was the production?

DW: The entire film was made for £500, of which I am forever grateful to Dean, and many talented individuals gave their time and expertise to the project. Since that project, many of the cast and crew have gone on to achieve further in their chosen fields.


MMM: Thank you. And how did you originally become a writer?

DW: Well, I was made redundant in the December of 2012. I became a house-husband and my time was spent looking after my two-year-old daughter. It was great getting to spend time with her, but I missed being active and turned to writing as a means to keep my mind busy. I seemed to have a knack for it and decided to make a serious go of forging a career as a writer.


MMM: What projects are you working on at the moment?

I’ve just completed the second of two novels, both of which are with my agent, meaning that my time is currently spent on a book detailing my experiences as a playwright. I’m self-taught in all aspects of my work, and felt that my experiences may be of benefit to others looking to forge a career as a playwright. The book is almost complete and ready for submission. My latest short Beige, a surreal comedy about a husband who has just murdered his wife, is complete and will be cropping up at film festivals in the new year.


MMM: Do you like to specialise in any genres or styles of work?

DW: I don’t necessarily like labels, but realise their necessity. I suppose you could classify my work as dark fiction. It’s not horror, though occasionally it contains horror elements, nor is it paranormal, though again, it’s influence can be seen/felt. My work can be gothic, dramatic, intense, surreal, even comedic -it all depends on the piece.


MMM: What has been your greatest achievement?

DW: Winning awards for LOTCO was a career highlight, and helped set me on my way as an author, and this year I managed to secure the services of two agents -which was a huge career milestone! However, my greatest achievement personally, (aside from the birth of my children, who I am rightly proud of) was returning to my primary school to host workshops on playwriting. Being able to inspire others is important in art, and I make it a point of my work to visit schools, social groups, etc. wherever possible, to share my experiences, and help encourage others to write.


MMM: And what about your favourite movies? Do you look out for any adaptations being a writer?

DW: My current favourite is The Hateful Eight – and I’ll tell you why. It appeals to me because it is almost a stage play. It could translate to stage very easily. It’s dialogue led, and that’s what I enjoy most in a piece of work.


MMM: And finally. What are your upcoming plans?

DW: I’m not actively engaged in any new film projects at present, though I intend to be in the future. Many of my readers often compliment me on my work, explaining how well it would translate to the big screen. I’m working to raise my profile so that potential film-makers take an interest in my work.


MMM: Thanks Dan. All the best and we look forward from hearing more about your work.

DW: Thank you too!


You can watch the full version of Legend of the Chained Oak and find out more information about Dan Weatherer and his work at www.fatherdarkness.com


Or follow Dan at his social media accounts:


Twitter: @dweatherer21

Facebook: FatherDarkness

By midlandsmovies, Jun 25 2016 08:14AM

After 35 years of Arts Excellence the Lichfield Festival brings the best national and international artists and performers to the West Midlands each year for a summer celebration of classical music, dance, drama, film, jazz, literature, poetry, visual arts and world music.


Not only holding a unique role in the city but within Staffordshire and the surrounding area, the Lichfield Festival has become an integral part of the region’s cultural fabric – a focal point for exciting and challenging artistic presentations of an international calibre, and a showcase for Lichfield’s own wealth of heritage, culture and creativity.


Read below to find out about this year's eclectic range of film events within its full programme for the benefit of the regions’ film fans:


Singin’ in the Rain (screening) Saturday 2nd July, 8pm, Lichfield Garrick Theatre (studio)

Comedy, romance, great musical numbers, stars at their best and a fond recreation of a bygone moviemaking era: Singin' In the Rain has so much that it ranked a lofty 10th on the American Film Institute's 100 Best American Films list. Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/2G-FILM-Singin-In-The-Rain/index.asp


Dial M for Murder (screening) Monday 4th July, 8pm, Lichfield Garrick Theatre (studio)

Alfred Hitchcock's screen version of Frederick Knott's stage hit Dial M for Murder is a tasty blend of elegance and suspense, casting Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings as the points of a romantic triangle. Kelly won the New York Film Critics and National Board of Review Best Actress Awards for this and two other acclaimed 1954 performances. Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/4I-FILM-Dial-M-For-Murder/index.asp


Charlie Chaplin Silent Films with presenter Mark Kermode and the Orchestra of the Swan

Tuesday 5th July, 8pm, Lichfield Cathedral

There will be a screening of two Chaplin classics from the era with live accompaniment from the acclaimed Orchestra of the Swan, conducted by David Curtis. Film critic and presenter Mark Kermode hosts the evening and provides an introduction to each film. Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/5C-Charlie-Chaplin-Silent-Films/index.asp


Cabaret/Circus: Hitch (live performance) Tuesday 5th July, 8pm, Lichfield Garrick Theatre

Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club pushes cabaret to new frontiers. The show has been created by a troupe of international circus and cabaret artists, veterans of NoFit State Circus and the underground live art scene of London. Fancy dress is optional but highly recommended. Come as your favourite Hitchcock character! Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/5D-HITCH-Mary-Bijou-Cabaret/index.asp


Sunset Blvd (screening) Friday 8th July, 8pm, Lichfield Garrick Theatre (studio)

The winner of 3 Academy Awards including Best Screenplay, Billy Wilder's film-noir classic stars Gloria Swanson and William Holden as Norma and Joe, and features cameo appearances from real-life silent movie stars Buster Keaton and Anna Q Nilsson as themselves. Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/8D-FILM-Sunset-Blvd/index.asp


Jazz: Hollywood Romance Friday 8th July, 7.30pm, Lichfield Cathedral

Hollywood Romance celebrates the art of popular song from the golden age of Hollywood. Expect to hear elegant, swinging settings of songs arranged by Callum Au and inspired by the legendary Songbook recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day and Sarah Vaughan. Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/8C-Hollywood-Romance/index.asp


Comedy/Drama: Dinosaur Park Saturday 9th July, 7pm, Lichfield Garrick Theatre

Superbolt Theatre's five-star production is an epic adventure of show-stopping, spine-tingling theatrics and megalithic mayhem. Direct from a sell-out London Season, and an official sell-out status at Edinburgh Fringe 2015, the show tours the UK for the first time! Tickets: http://lichfieldgarrick.com/9C-Dinosaur-Park/index.asp

By midlandsmovies, Mar 7 2016 08:36PM

The Red Carpet Cinema in Staffordshire has been providng a unique cinema, dining and event experience in the region since 2012 and now have even more great news for the area's filmgoers.


March 2016 will see two brand new Christie CP2208 IMB projector systems to replace their older models and the owners are filled with joy in order to stay up to date with the latest technology.


Back in 2008 when the opening was just a pipe dream, the cinema was fully prepared to be shipping in 35mm prints on 2,000 foot reels to show on projectors that had been designed for cinemas from the 1980s. However by the time it opened in 2012, 35mm was pretty obsolete, replaced by digital projection.


Despite 2012 being a disastrous time for getting hold of any cold hard cash from the banks, the cinema toyed with the idea of using the old 35mm projectors which were cheap but ultimately not suitable. In order to achieve a varied range of films that are up to date you need digital equipment which can be very expensive.


Like most cinemas co-owener Kate Silverwood finds that the trouble with digital projection is that nobody except for the audience is watching the film.


"Therefore it isn’t until someone kindly pops their head out of the auditorium to announce they’ve been looking at a blank screen for 20 minutes that we know anything about it. Why don’t you have someone to watch I hear you cry! Well, because 99% of the time it all goes perfectly to plan so losing a member of staff at a critical moment in the café bar 10 times a day is incredibly costly and not very practical".


Kate adds, "I’ll stop making excuses and let’s rewind for a second to the moment that a kindly customer informs us that the projector isn’t working. Behind the scenes everything goes into action overdrive. One person reboots the servers the way you would with any wayward computer. Meanwhile another person calls our service provider who can see our technical issues remotely from London via the cloud".


At this stage, Kate explains that the audience is can get restless and a bit hacked off. "The tension rises and we are quite sweaty behind the scenes but we know there’s still a person free to run in and out of the cinema to let our waiting customers know that we are working on it and all ends up well".


Despite some technical hiccups, it isn’t until they start calling people on the phone to cancel a show that they realise how many special life events are scheduled around The Red Carpet. "I don’t think we’ve ever cancelled a show and not disappointed a few people", says a sorrowful Kate.


"We damage secret birthday treats, plans with guests over from Australia, distraction before major operations, even a wedding proposal! Cancelling a show is sickening and up until now, we’ve never had to cancel a fully booked auditorium….yet, but it’ll happen if we keep the old projectors".


Although now 50k lighter in the pocket - the projectors have actually come down dramatically in price - Kate and her partner are very happy to be sharing this news today with the customers. "These bits of kit are light years ahead of the ones we are scrapping.


So….does Kate breathe a little more easily now? She asks if anyone ever really breathes easily when they run their own business? Ah well…oxygen can be highly overrated!


The Red Carpet are currently advertising for a full time cook/ chef so please apply via the contact details below to become part of The Red Carpet family.


The Red Carpet Cinema

Barton Marina

Barton under Needwood

Staffordshire

DE13 8AS


General Enquiries: 01283 716257

Box Office & Restaurant: 01283 716257


Email: contact@redcarpetcinema.co.uk

http://www.redcarpetcinema.co.uk

By midlandsmovies, Jan 10 2016 11:53AM

Midlands Movies Mike enters January by taking a look at Stoke-based filmmaker Chris Stone who has come out from his undercover mission to release his new espionage web film series “Year of Spies”.


Chris Stone’s varied background from the BBC to filming LA music videos has helped him set up his biggest project to date with the release of his Ipcress File inspired spy series. With a Royal Television Society nominated documentary also behind him, this new project compliments his previous work that has been showcased on ITV and MTV as well as being premiered at Pinewood Studios.


“Year of Spies” is the culmination of all this hard toil and Chris has turned to the internet to release this impressive 12-part thriller which unfolds over the course of a year.


Under Christ Stone Films, the director also offers custom-filmed show reel scenes for up and coming actors to show off their acting talents. Helping others to demonstrate their skills to casting directors he gives new actors and actresses a route to much needed first-hand experience of working in front of camera with a professional director.


"Year of Spies" also continues Chris’ bold visual style with Hollywood influences and larger than life heroes with Bond-esque action sequences. This major difference from his previous work is the project will be made up of individual self-contained mini stories. Chris says they are “set in the same 'universe' rather than one long continuous narrative”.


Using both his experience as a short filmmaker and finding a new route to audiences via the web, Chris has built a fanbase online and his Victorian vampire adventure 'Blood and Bone China', won 'Best Web Series of 2011' at the Indie Intertube Awards and has been viewed over 300,000 times on YouTube.


Chris also hosts seminars and practical lessons on film-making and web series production around the country, including at the UK's largest film festival Raindance and if you bring a script to Chris he is more than happy to work alongside budding writers too. So local filmmakers and actors should definitely get in touch if you want to work alongside this exciting talent from Staffordshire.


For more about Chris, his films and his future projects and local support then please check the links and watch the exciting trailer for the "Year of Spies" series via YouTube below:


Official website: http://www.yearofspies.com

Director's website http://www.chrisstonefilms.com




By midlandsmovies, Nov 29 2015 09:55AM

Tamworth set film “Just Charlie” is a brand new project telling the moving story of a Transgender teenager with a passion for football. Midlands Movies Mike finds out more about this challenging and sensitive drama.


“Just Charlie” originates from the short film, “Something Blue” which was written by Peter Machen and directed by Rebekah Fortune for Seahorse Films.


“Something Blue” was officially selected for the Vegas Film Festival, Boston Film Fest, Oregon Film Fest, Frauen Film Fest, Seattle Translations, Inside Out Toronto and was nominated for Best Short Stoke Your Fires Fest as Best Midlands Film.


In this new film, the plot sees football star Charlie, who is a girl trapped in the body of a boy, rejected by her Father and teammates the film asks if she will ever play football again?


The film is set in the market town of Tamworth, "where everyone knows everyone and where football dominates and the film shows how the characters struggle to understand many things outside of their comfort zones".


Director Rebekah Fortune set up production company Seahorse Films in 2011 to develop a slate of films that actively encourage more opportunities for women. She has completed several other shorts including, Sex Love Other, Grown Up, Mustn’t Grumble, Squidge and Violent Delights. Rebekah has recently completed her first low budget feature, Deadly Intent and has several other projects at various stages of development including The New 30, a female driven comedy, developed with Channel 4 and TV series Dalewitch.


“Just Charlie” attempts to be no ordinary coming of age tale. “Charlie is a girl divided by the wish to live up to her Father's expectations and the overwhelming need to be true to herself. An all consuming desire to embrace her true identity gives Charlie the inner strength to stand up for what she knows to be right”.


Writer Peter Manchen says much of his inspiration comes from political and social issues and his company’s first play Killing Larry was inspired by a middle aged transgender female's story. In 2012 he was commissioned to develop and write a script for young people around the issue of cyber bullying, which was screened at the Odeon.


"Just Charlie" also has an ambassador in the form of Kellie Maloney (born Francis "Frank" Maloney), the former boxing manager and promoter of Lennox Lewis who underwent a very public transition in 2014 and is passionate about raising awareness of gender dysphoria.


The lead role in “Just Charlie” is Patricia Potter who plays of Susan and is best known for her role as Diane Lloyd in the popular BBC medical drama, Holby City. Patricia plays a mother who is struggling to understand her transgender child.


Scot Williams (from the film Backbeat) plays the father in denial of his son’s gender issues whilst Harry Gilby is playing the title role of, Charlie. Taking the very challenging role of playing a transgender teenager, Harry is no stranger to the industry having already starred in the play version of The Full Monty in the West End, in the role of Nathan.


For more information about the film, follow its progress at their website: http://www.justcharliefilm.com

By midlandsmovies, Sep 4 2015 10:27AM

Top 10 exciting things to check out for West Midlands film fans


After our Top 10 covering the best of Leicester, Derby and Nottingham film-making talent we shift our focus to the West Midlands to see the best 10 things a film fan can check out in the region…


Tom Lee Rutter – Stranger

Director/writer Tom Lee Rutter bounced into the West Midlands film scene with his upcoming acid-western-horror Stranger. As an independent film-maker he has shot and completed dozens of films both short and feature length along with countless music videos. Born in Wordsley, raised in Rowley Regis and Colley Gate he eventually moved to Kidderminster about 8 years ago and worked with his brother when growing up. The two of them finished their first feature film; a shot on hi-8 “abomination” (his words) called Full Moon Massacre. Tom thinks horror is always the best place for a film-maker to begin as it can feature every other genre and gives the film-maker chance to explore all technical aspects of film in horror (SFX, lighting, camera trickery, etc). Read our full interview with Tom about his latest film here: http://www.midlandsmovies.com/blog/4558436876/Midlands-Spotlight---Interview-with-Tom-Lee-Rutter/9385416


The Hot Tub Cinema

The award winning Hot Tub Cinema events landed in the Midlands this year with their unique brand of soothing bubbles, frothy suds and film screenings. The “Tub Tropicana Tour” came to Birmingham and this unique cinematic experience has helped make Hot Tub Cinema explode into the social cinema arena by screening films in a variety of exciting spaces across the country. With tubs of up to 6 people provided, relaxation is the focus whilst waiter service provides a brilliant way to get drinks delivered direct to your tub. With a choice of films from the 80s classics of Pretty Woman and Top Gun, the music-based Grease & Rocky Horror Picture Show to the comedic Anchorman and The Hangover movie, this cinema experience is more akin to a club with bar, neon lighting and DJs spinning tunes into the night. Our review of one of their nights in Digbeth here:

http://www.midlandsmovies.com/blog/4558436876/The-life-aquatic---The-Hot-Tub-Cinema-comes-to-the-Midlands/9642824


Boz Dimond

Since heading to art college back in 1996, Boz Dimond always had an eye for detail and a passion for film. But unlike most conventional filmmakers, Boz never attended university or film school but had always felt an affinity to the industry and at the tender age of 17, penned his first screenplay. After putting his pen to one side to focus on his passion for music, Boz spent the best part of 10 years creating tunes and developing his technical and musical skills but never lost interest in film. Boz, forever a passionate film enthusiast, then found a natural move into filmmaking and his short film Jinxed became an official selection at the Beeston Film Festival whilst his other short, Our Hands Are Tied, is currently in post-production. Boz has also written his first feature called The Target which is currently in development with TestaRossa Productions. This spy thriller genre flick is set to be made in 2015-16 and Boz has many more ideas bubbling at his production company Diamond Flicks. More info on Boz and his future film projects here: http://www.midlandsmovies.com/blog/4558436876/Midlands-Spotlight---Boz-Dimond/9276869


The Electric Cinema

Established in 1909 The Electric Cinema in Birmingham is actually the oldest working cinema in the UK. It has been through many name changes and was mostly rebuilt in the 1930s. This unique cinema also runs an education programme for students of all ages covering the history of cinema, the current film industry and general film education. It was also Birmingham’s first cinema and predated the introduction of the 1909 Cinematograph Act and back then, the word 'electric' conjured up images of Van der Graaf generators and Tesla Coils. To the vast majority of the population, who were still without electricity in their homes, the mysterious invisible power source was verging on black magic. Much like the word digital is ubiquitous today, 'electric' became a common name for film theatres with Electric Cinemas and Electric Picture Palaces springing up. Back then, the cinema showed silent films with piano backing but now has a state of the art facility set within historical architecture that shows the latest independent and blockbuster films in a glorious and classy location. You can find the cinema at 47–49 Station Street, Birmingham,B5 4DY and more info is on their site here: https://www.theelectric.co.uk


Flatpack Festival

Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every March and draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent). Uniquely, it’s not confined to one time or place as the annual event was spawned from the 7 Inch Cinema and was originally a mixed-media film night at the Rainbow pub in Digbeth. This grew to embrace inflatable cinema-tents, archive detective-work and DVD compilations and ten years on they continue to produce projects and provide guest programming for others throughout the year. Recent collaborators have included Home of Metal, Green Man Festival, First Light, Birmingham International Dance Festival and the Independent Cinema Office. Director Ian Francis has clocked up fifteen years putting on film events in Birmingham and beyond and co-founded Flatpack with partner Pip McKnight in 2006. He also writes for publications including Sight and Sound and Little White Lies. Visit their website for updates here: http://flatpackfestival.org.uk


Checking In

“Checking In” is an award-winning feature from the West Midlands set in a hotel that follows the highs and lows from a number of guests' viewpoints. Filmed over 2 years the film was shot entirely at Baron's Court Hotel in Walsall, just outside of Birmingham and delves into the lives of numerous guests around the establishment over the course of a 24 hour period on a random “average” working day. Told through the eyes of maid Radka (Nici Preston) & Alec the Manager (Roger David Francis), a range of guests will make you laugh and gasp but always making you think. Bringing together a host of amazing actors and crew, the team finally got to see the movie at the Lighthouse Cinema on May 12th with feedback being overwhelmingly positive. Read our review here:

http://www.midlandsmovies.com/blog/4558436876/Feature-Review---Checking-In/8603396


Hayley Davis

Hayley Davis is an up and coming actress from Birmingham who has a wide range of talents on her CV including a portfolio career where performance and writing make up the bulk of what she does having created work for the stage and the small screen. As a member of Equity, Hayley started her journey by gaining a degree in Performance at the University of Bedfordshire before moving to London where she continued to train in her field. Developing her trade she spent time undertaking courses at the Central School of Speech and Drama and the Actors Centre, before completing a year at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Hayley has starred in a recent short film called ‘Get out Clause’ with the production being edited by Fabrice Millet and also starred Laurence Saunders last seen in Eastenders. For more info on Hayley and links to her website please click here:

http://www.midlandsmovies.com/blog/4558436876/Midlands-Spotlight---Actress-Hayley-Davis/9134779


Jason Brown – Dark Vale

West Midlands filmmaker Jason Brown’s last film A Date With Ghosts was released in the US and he has already started on his next exciting endeavour called Dark Vale. Influenced by the Blair Witch Project Jason cites his successes to date as being prepared to see the benefits of hiring great actors. When Carlton TV ran a competition, he won an award for his film The Monk which gave the filmmaker greater exposure and led to him to an encounter with Shane Meadows. Later, James Cullen Bressack, who is based in Los Angeles helped Jason get distribution for “A Date With Ghosts” in US stores like Best Buy and Target. Jason wanted to be an actor originally and has a diploma in drama but now mainly works behind the camera. Raising over £5000 through investors he’s been lucky to have a mentor who has given him help called Brad Rushing who is an LA-based cinematographer. Influenced by Robert Rodriguez, Jason takes control of many aspects of his films including writing, directing, scoring and editing and hopes to take his latest movie to festivals once he has completed post-production. Read an interview with Jason here: http://www.midlandsmovies.com/blog/4558436876/Midlands-Spotlight---A-Date-with-Jason-M-J-Brown/10085681


Brindley Place Outdoor Film Festival

With another successful event running in 2015 the Brindleyplace Film Festival is situated in the heart of Birmingham city centre. Brindleyplace is a leisure and business complex built upon once derelict land and is an architectural landmark which created around three attractive public squares – Brunswick, Central and Oozells. Alongside this estate you can find The Water’s Edge, The Crescent Theatre, the National SEA LIFE Centre and the open square at the centre of all this hosts a free summer festival showcasing a variety of blockbuster films for all ages. In Summer Frozen, The Great Gatsby and Independence Day were all shown and the schedule was decided following hundreds of votes from the general public. This saw 90’s classic Clueless, staring Alicia Silverstone, achieve more than double the number of votes than any other film. Supported by Heart FM, deckchairs and beanbags were provided to the public whilst delicious free tasters were offered by a number of the restaurants based at Brindleyplace. A great success in 2015, the next one in 2016 hopes to be an even greater achievement.

http://www.brindleyplace.com/event/brindleyplace-outdoor-film-festival-2/


Film Birmingham

Want to make a film in Birmingham? Well, this is the place to start your search for a whole host of locations in the region. Film Birmingham is Birmingham City Council’s Film Office and as part of its Film Charter, Birmingham City Council is committed to making filming as easy and efficient as possible and provides free services for the industry. This includes being a one-stop shop for filming requests as they liaise with the relevant departments at Birmingham City Council and provide permits to film in the city. In addition, they manage an online database of filming locations throughout Birmingham with a dedicated team providing information and advice about the diverse range of filming locations, production offices and unit bases available. Finally, with a wealth of highly skilled film and television talent and state-of-the art facilities in the region, Film Birmingham can put filmmakers in touch with what’s available via their online crews and facilities database. Check their official website out here: http://www.filmbirmingham.co.uk


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