Beautiful and inspiring, Dartmoor can also be rather chilling – the dark moors, the cold wind, the isolation (not to mention the ponies!). That atmosphere of Dartmoor that has inspired Bafta winning filmmaker Peter Nicholson to set his film Dartmoor Killing on the famous South West moor.
Created by TV industry mainstay Michael Lannan, and inspired by his experiences as a gay man, new drama Looking (HBO Home Entertainment) offers an unflinching look at the complicated friendships and relationships of three men in modern-day San Francisco.
For 12 years now the Exeter Phoenix Digital has been commissioning short film projects, and if that doesn’t sound like a boast, then it should because they have helped support, nurture and encourage some top talent while creating some super short films.
Cinema’s super baddie Mark Strong leads the cast in the Young Vic’s magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold” production of A View From The Bridge, which will be live on the big screen in Exeter.
There’s been plaudits galore for the wonderful Maxine Peake’s Hamlet, and you can get to see the theatre piece on screen at the Exeter Picturehouse.
This actress was launched on the film scene at the age of 11, playing the great Dorothy Gale in Disney’s Return to Oz. As a teenager, she starred in the arthouse hit Gas Food Lodging and Milos Forman’s Valmont before joining Neve Campbell and Robin Tunney in school-based witchy thriller The Craft. Her name is Persian for ‘turquoise’, which could also describe her striking eyes.
Whiplash (Chazelle, 2014) is about a 19-year-old, aspiring drummer, named Andrew Neyman. Andrew is reaching for the stars at the fictional Shaffer Conservatory – one of America’s most prestigious music schools. It’s here that Andrew meets his overzealous music teacher Terrence Fletcher (JK Simmons). The film centres upon their unusual relationship in what is essentially a ‘buddy’ movie – with Andrew wanting to be a great musician and Fletcher constantly pushing him. But, will Andrew overcome the odds or will Fletcher push him too far?
Delight, a film about passion and pain, is calling into Exeter head of the movie’s London dates.
Tom Leins casts a critical eye over two big-name BBC dramas.
Hard-hitting BBC drama The Missing (Acorn Media) examines the toxic fallout that follows the disappearance of five-year-old Oliver Hughes, who vanishes on a family holiday in Spain. The show takes us inside the mind of Oliver’s tortured, booze-fuelled father Tony (James Nesbitt, Cold Feet, Murphy’s Law), who remains committed to finding his son long after his marriage to wife Emily (Frances O’Connor) has imploded under the pressure.
In the hard-hitting Retribution Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) stars as Hollis, a heavy-drinking father who is forced to intervene when his rebellious teenage son Jacob (Josh Wiggins) goes off the rails. Continue reading
New HBO drama Looking offers an unfiltered look at three friendships in San Francisco, one of America’s most iconic cities. The show follows the complicated love lives of Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Agustín (Frankie J Alvarez) and Dom (Murray Bartlett), whose stories intertwine as they search for happiness in an age of unparalleled choices – and rights – for gay men.