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By midlandsmovies, Nov 26 2018 02:38PM

Birmingham Cathedral hosts Christmas screenings this festive season


On Saturday 8th December, Birmingham Cathedral is hosting a festive film double-header with two classic films on the same day.




First up is The Shop Around the Corner (Dir: Ernst Lubitsch, USA 1940, 99 mins) starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan.


Stewart and Sullavan play two gift shop employees that simply cannot stand each other. But over the course of the Christmas season however, they accidentally fall in love through letters they exchange as each other's anonymous pen pal.


Sound familiar? Well, the film actually served as the inspiration for the 1998 Hanks and Ryan schmaltz-fest You've Got Mail. Doors open at 4.00pm with the film starting at 4.30pm.




The second film will be this year's edition of Flatpack’s popular Silent Night series. This year, they are celebrating the career of original Hollywood starlet Mabel Normand, with four of her best short films (USA 1913 - 1927, 78 mins) featuring contemporaries such as Chaplin and Arbuckle and a live score performed by The Meg Morley Trio.


This screening takes place later the same day with doors opening at 8.00pm with the film starting at 8.30pm.


For more info on both films please click these links for tickets and more:


The Shop Around the Corner

https://2018.flatpackfestival.org.uk/event/the-shop-around-the-corner?perf_no=1491


Silent Night

https://2018.flatpackfestival.org.uk/event/silent-night-the-marvellous-mabel-normand?perf_no=1490





By midlandsmovies, Aug 25 2018 12:24PM



Fright Club in Derby screens cult classics in September


Fright Club is Derby QUAD's mix of brand new terrors from home and abroad and the pick of the archives which has a reputation of dragging audiences kicking and screaming towards the midnight hour!


Every month, Cult Film Historian Darrell Buxton introduces some of the best horror films around and in September they have a whole host of chillers coming to the cinemtaic screen.


Fright Club are screening (to much controversy it seems - see BBC coverage here) British horror classics Don't Look Now and The Wicker Man at Derby Cathedral on September 7th and 8th.


At QUAD, there are screenings of local horror comedy Crispy's Curse with a Q&A with director John Williams on September 28th.


And during the following month on October 11th, there will be a preview screening of British zombie epic Redcon-1 with a Q&A involving director Chee Keong Cheung, executive producer and actor Carlos Gallardo (El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon A Time in Mexico), and actor, producer and fight co-ordinator Mark Strange (Batman Begins).



For more information and to purchase tickets for each screening check out the links below:


Don't Look Now (15)

September 7th 2018

Derby Cathedral

Click here


The Wicker Man (15)

September 8th 2018

Derby Cathedral

Click here


Crispy's Curse (18)

September 28th

QUAD

Click here


Redcon-1 (18)

October 11th 2018

QUAD

Click here





By midlandsmovies, Jul 19 2018 02:29PM




Midlands Spotlight - Them Pesky Kids launch new Nottingham film Ariella


Local film producer Ryan Harvey is one of the founders of Nottingham-based film production company, Them Pesky Kids who are about to unveil their new and upcoming projects in a new Midlands based event later this month.


On Friday 27th July, an industry audience will join Them Pesky Kids at the Nottingham Contemporary to celebrate another year of successful filmmaking plus an official premiere screening of their brand new crowdfunded short film Ariella.


Them Pesky Kids are a video production company based in Nottingham with a passion for storytelling and in Ariella a seemingly innocent waitress is told to keep an eye on two thugs hiding out in her café. But her own motives get in the way of her professionalism. A short crime-thriller by The Jobling Brothers, Ariella is part of a series of films the company are set to release in the coming months.



“We create films that focus on narrative and the way that a journey through the story, is what holds the audience’s attention. We love what we do, and we find passion and excitement in each project we decide to take on and develop”.


Collaborating with a talented network of filmmakers around the East Midlands, they have a track record of turning a variety concepts into marketable and effective productions.


Ryan Harvey adds, “Over the past year, we've been working extremely hard on building our business and creating a variety of short films to build into larger projects. And take to festivals around the world. Now we have a fantastic selection complete we're ready to release and so we're holding an exclusive screening for the cast, crew and key members of the local industry to share them”.


Following the momentum of their first sell-out showcase which lead to their successful Kickstarter campaign, the whole team are looking forward to their evening showcase in the run up to bigger things.


To find out more about Them Pesky Kids and their exciting new projects please check out their official website at www.thempeskykids.co.uk


By midlandsmovies, Jul 15 2018 08:06AM



Movie makers shine bright at Leicester charity film gala


Saturday 14th July saw a fantastic evening of films, fun and fundraising as Rajnish Sharma Films and Whatsername Productions presented a collection of some of the newest short films and local filmmakers at the Leicester Short Film Gala.


With red carpet glamour, all proceeds from the night would be donated to Leicester’s YMCA charity. The gala was hosted at their Y theatre which is the oldest and only surviving Victorian theatre in the city and the evening began with a reminder of the great work they do to help with homelessness in the area.


As well as the money raised tonight, they are currently running a Challenge 135 campaign where they are asking 135 local businesses to donate £135 in honour of their 135 year-old anniversary. (Find out more about this great cause on their site by clicking here).


However, the full film showcase quickly began and was hosted by Dean Presto. He stirringly introduced a night of five separate films which was followed by question and answer sessions after the screenings to discuss the productions with each of the films’ directors.





First up was Fabletown that was a black and white drama with a hint of fairy tale lore about it. With a Sin City-esque monochrome palette populated by flashes of bright colour, it mixed a dark film noir aesthetic with fantasy influences. With hints to the big bad wolf and Little Red Riding Hood via Dorothy’s adventures in Oz, the mix of light and dark was a great tonal choice and set the mood for the rest of the night.




Up next was Rajnish Sharma’s Ascension which we have covered on Midlands Movies in the past. This post-apocalyptic thriller shows a barricaded man who is haunted by past demons as he tries to save himself from a dangerous world outside.


Covering themes of selfishness, regret and survival the director explained the difficulties of filming with a low budget during his interview segment. But he also highly praised the hard work and passion of local film crews to get such fantastic projects finished at all.




Following this was comedy sketch Parenthood from Flip You Productions. We had also come across Parenthood before at The Short Cinema screening in 2016.


This story about the joys of taking your child to the park twisted a simple tale into something much darker and the audience responded to its short 2-minute runtime with howls of laughter. With a great atmosphere and appreciative crowd we headed into the interval on an entertaining high with people anxious for the final two films coming up.


At the break, the filmmakers and fans were encouraged to network and fellow organisers Kelly McCormack and Charlotte Roper showed no signs of nervousness given the strong audience reactions to the show’s first half.



Midlands Movies Mike, Charlotte Roper and Rajnish Sharma
Midlands Movies Mike, Charlotte Roper and Rajnish Sharma

After buying tickets to the event’s charity raffle and wetting our whistles, we returned to the auditorium and took our seats ready for the second half which started with dramatic mood-piece Thursday.




The longest of the evening, Thursday is from Leicester’s GM Finney Productions who won Best Special Effects for their film The Rockman at this year’s Midlands Movies Awards. Switching from their sci-fi success to a more sombre drama, the film told the story of a young woman who, after suffering a personal loss, finds herself in a life or death situation in order to keep her family legacy alive.


With an orchestral score, flashes of violence and some terrific performances, Thursday’s director Glenn McAllen-Finney described how the shooting was surprisingly easy. This was despite the frustrations of difficult weather and the ‘less-than-regular’ route to gain a suitable location for the film’s hostage sequences.




Last but certainly not least was Eve from Rajnish Sharma Films, a dark psychological horror showing a young woman getting ready for a night out to meet friends. Starring the talented Leicester actress Eve Harding, her character finds herself excitedly preparing for her evening, only to be caught in a metaphorical loop that is frustrating and frightening in equal measure.




With huge rounds of applause the screenings ended with all the filmmakers given credit for their hard work and the night properly concluded with the draw of the charity raffle. With exciting prizes to be won including tickets to Leicester’s well known The Short Cinema event coming up in August – and our very own Midlands Movies Mystery Box (!) – the night was a fantastic success for all those involved.




An evening of laughs and thought-provoking shorts, the night showcased not only some tremendously creative films but proudly demonstrated the strong film community prevalent in my home town. With strong support from cast and crews across all the productions, Leicester’s low-budget filmmakers showed a great level of cooperation and it was encouraging to witness an audience with an appetite for independent shorts.


Finally, with a good cause at its heart and a whole host of shared enthusiasm between the organisers and attendees, the adoring film fans meant that the Short Film Gala was a huge success from start to finish.


Midlands Movies Mike


Please check out more about the films on the links in the article




Midlands Movies Mike and Kelly McCormack
Midlands Movies Mike and Kelly McCormack

By midlandsmovies, Apr 13 2018 07:58AM

Flatpack Film Festival 2018


The 2018 Flatpack Film Festival kicks off on Friday 13th April so get ready to experience over 100 events and screenings across venues across Birmingham.


Running until 22nd April, there are plenty of options for all kinds of cinema fans and we take an overview look at some of the best the festival has to offer over the full 2 weeks of fun.




Colour Box

This is a fabulous film lucky dip with a focus on “doing” as much as on “viewing”. This year’s creative playground includes smartphone projectors, Moomin puppets, VR adventures and a massive zoetrope, while in the screening programme you can find the best new family shorts and features from around the world. Colour Box is suitable for all ages, although even more fun if you’re 11 and under!




Birmingham 68

A landmark year internationally, 1968 was also a turbulent time for Birmingham. This eye-opening, city-straddling programme will take you from Digbeth bikers to Erdington psychedelia, from black masses in Solihull to the lost streets of Balsall Heath. On 13-15 April a host of special guests will join us for a weekend of walks, talks and screenings tapping into a range of subjects that still resonate today. Flatpack welcome a range of guests including writer Dilip Hiro and Oscar-winning cinematographer Chris Menges and there's a very rare chance to see a psychedelic Cilla Black satire set in Ladywood.




Optical Sound

Optical Sound explores the love affair between sound and image through a packed weekend of live events and screenings. Expect AV artistry, music documentaries and ingenious gadgets.




Unpacked

A chance to poke around under the bonnet and explore the creative processes behind some of the work on show at Flatpack. At the heart of Unpacked is a day of talks and demonstrations with a fantastic line up of artists, inventors and filmmakers, while at Film Camp the focus shifts from making to showing. Film Camp is designed to gather together film exhibitors from across the Midlands to share their wealth of experience, and to explore fresh approaches to programming and audience development. The event is open to everyone from multi-screen venues and festivals to community cinema organisers and student film groups.




Special Events

Check out Flatpack’s full complement of theatre, performance, live soundtracks, daft parties and a quiz. Highlights include live animation troupe Paper Cinema and a night at the circus to remember.




Features, Shorts and Documentaries

based at the Electric and the Mockingbird, this year's survey of the best new films from around the world is a fantastic trip. For those who don’t know, Flatpack started life as a film night in a pub and the short films are an end in themselves, overflowing with great ideas and indelible images. In 2018 the competition expands to six programmes and will include a bumper crop of UK premieres. Flatpack’s international documentary selection is by turns playful, provocative and strange.


Short Film Competition Pass

The short film competition is the shining jewel in our crown each year and audiences can pick up a pass wo view Is This Some Kind Of Joke, Little Wonders, Signal To Noise, Artefacts, Memory Lane and Breaking Point for just £32.



To buy tickets and to check out the full programme go to the festival's official website - http://flatpackfestival.org.uk


By midlandsmovies, Nov 1 2017 09:04AM



Atmospheric Films presents The Blair Witch Project


Getting the scares in early for Halloween, Films in a Flash once again took cinema screenings to unique and sometimes, all too realistic locations. October the 28th saw a sold out crowd converging on Haughmond Hill in Shrewsbury, in search of the Blair Witch. They found it. In the middle of the woods.


Unless you jetted over to Burkitsville, (formally Blair) USA, you'd be hard pressed to find a better location. The three minute walk from the car to the screening set the tone, as with torches in hand, eager film fans followed the trail through the woodland with many undoubtedly thinking…is this actually a good idea?


Victim, an independent short from Eddie Adamson, kicked off proceedings, skilfully selected for its scenes of the nefarious Slenderman stalking his victim through a not-too-dissimilar forest. It was genuinely nerve-wracking and an ideal appetizer.


Adding to the authenticity, Burkitsville residents sent a personalized video detailing the journey of the Blair Witch twig dolls which were available on the night. That’s genuine Burkitsville twigs dolls. Good idea, or tempting fate? Ask again in a few days. Attendees were also treated to a specially recorded video introduction from co-director and writer Dan Myrick, which got a cheer of approval from the audience.



Initial issues with the sound caused by the wind during the short film were quickly put right and the main feature sounded superb. As for the film itself, its impact has certainly diminished through the sheer amount of times it’s been emulated and parodied. Luckily this is exactly where such special surroundings make all the difference. The creaks of the woods and the snapping of twigs (whether jiggery-pokery from the organisers or (un)happy coincidence), beat any Dolby Surround. Was that leaf-rustling behind you caused by the Blair Witch? Or someone looking to crack open another can of Kestrel? Either way, dare you look around to find out?


Such elements create a completely individual screening: a live Special Edition, if you will. Forget 4DX: this is the immersive cinema experience you’ve been searching for.


Films in a Flash’s next movie event is a 30th Anniversary screening of Robocop, details of which are right here


Robb Sheppard

Twitter @redbezzle





By midlandsmovies, Oct 19 2017 06:50AM



I am Not a Witch at Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema


A fearless debut from Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni, the film will be showing in cinemas across the UK including Broadway Cinema in Nottingham and on demand from Friday 20th October.


When eight-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp.


There, she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.


Watch the trailer above and follow on their social media pages below


Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IAmNotAWitchFilm/


Twitter https://twitter.com/NotAWitchFilm


Full show times are here:


Fri 20 Oct 16:45 20:45

Sat 21 Oct 16:45 20:45

Sun 22 Oct 16:45 20:45

Mon 23 Oct 16:45 20:45

Tue 24 Oct 16:45 20:45

Wed 25 Oct 16:45 20:45

Thu 26 Oct 16:45 20:45


To book, please head to http://www.broadway.org.uk/events/film-i-am-not-a-witch




By midlandsmovies, Sep 15 2017 02:03PM



Midlands Spotlight - Witchfinder General screening

 

The National Civil War Centre is screening Witchfinder General in the fantastic chilling atmosphere of its authentic Tudor Hall on Halloween night. With a great night promised the night has been arranged by the Palace Theatre and National Civil War Centre on 31st October in truly unique surroundings.


A horror evening awaits at the National Civil War Centre on Halloween night as the Tudor Hall plays host to one of cinema’s most horrifying cult classics, Witchfinder General.


Set during the anarchy and chaos of the Civil War, the 1968 film follows witch hunter Matthew Hopkins (horror icon Vincent Price at his malevolent best) as he conducts a vicious reign of terror in puritan East Anglia. But his persecution of an innocent village priest sets in motion a trail of revenge that escalates to a brutal, bloody denouement.


The sinister old world ambience of the Tudor Hall is the ideal setting for this 17th century fright night. Having stood through the turbulence of the Civil War when Newark was a melting pot of mayhem and violence the building is also said to be haunted by the ghosts of Lady Ossington and ‘the boy in the dorm’ and, during restoration work, a suspected witch bottle was unearthed from its foundations.


This unique and ominous atmosphere paired with the film’s unnerving horror is sure to be the perfect cocktail for a blood-curdling Halloween night. 


The screening begins at 8pm with the bar open from 7pm and will be introduced by Civil War historian and film aficionado Adam Nightingale. Tickets, costing only £5, are limited for this exclusive event so make sure to book early.


You can book online by clicking here or phone for tickets on 01636 655755.


Please note - This film is rated 15 so ID may be required and entry will be refused to any underage guests


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