Tessa Muskett is committed to telling female stories. For A Girl Alone, which is screening at the Cornwall Film Festival, that means constantly thwarted romantic expectations in Saltash. We couldn’t wait to find out how she did that and her film sensibilities[Read more…] about Constantly thwarted romantic expectations | Tessa Muskett on A Girl Alone
There are more than 50 films on show at this year’s Two Short Nights film fest. How do we know? We used science. We counted all we could and then figured in the 48 hour film comp flicks. Et voila. You’ll be pleased to know you can now take your pick of the massive short offerings, that includes screenings plus industry events. Here’s a run-down of what not to miss.[Read more…] about 50+ films covering all of life (and a little death) What not to miss at Two Short Nights
Back in 2016 Alex Falconer wowed the film world with his short Synthetica. Now he’s released the intensely personal Escape. Based on his life and inspired by his mum the film is being screened at The Poly, Falmouth in the Cornwall Film Festival.
We caught up with Alex to find out how the film came to be made, and how he approached his own story.[Read more…] about Difficult subjects, complex people and instilling empathy | Alex Falconer talks filmmaking and Escape
One of the inspirations for the Baobab team for making films was their trip to last year’s English Riviera Film Festival. How fitting, then, that this year they should pick up the first English Riviera Film Festival Award for their film Flies.
We spoke to writer Phil John about Baobab, Flies and the future…[Read more…] about The absurdity and despair of grief played out in Baobab’s award-winning Flies
Film The Ballet of the Nations ‘begins with Satan and Ballet Master Death discussing how to reintroduce chaos into a complacent society’. And if chaos in society sounds familiar, it will shiver your timbers to find out it’s based on a satire from 1915.[Read more…] about Get the feeling Satan is choreographing a diabolic dance into war? The Ballet of the Nations at Dartington
As the nightmare scenario unravels in Adam Sparks‘ Like Glass your drags closer to the screen. It was screened at the English Riviera Film Festival, and we caught up with Adam to talk pace, performance and purpose.[Read more…] about Adam Spinks unwraps his elegant nightmare horror Like Glass
With the title taken from the name of a jingoistic German hate poem, Hymn of Hate is the debut short film by Matt Kennard.[Read more…] about Propaganda, xenophobia and oppression, Hymn of Hate by Matt Kennard explores the tools of the elite from the perspective of WWI
Critically acclaimed film director Ben Wheatley will be hosting a Q&A and screening of his latest film at the Exeter’s Phoenix’s independent cinema. It will be the second time the director has appeared at Studio 74, after bringing his Q&A tour of Free Fire to the venue last year.[Read more…] about Director Ben Wheatley heads to Exeter with Q&A tour of Happy New Year, Colin Burstead
You know that feeling when you’re framed for a crime you didn’t commit? That’s the set up for Catastrophe, which is being screened at the English Riviera Film Festival. The supposed culprit is a cat, and the alleged victim, a bird.[Read more…] about Love conquers all in darkly funny animation Catastrophe
Foxes, by Tristan Taylor, is a short film which shines ‘the spotlight on a topic that most feature films have barely scratched the surface on: Black mental health and the culture of toxic masculinity in Black men,’ says Kennedy Ward.[Read more…] about Foxes – Tristan Taylor shines a light on black mental health
The uncomfortable issues of immigration, identity and morality are taken on by Eli, a film by Colin Gerrard, which is part of the English Riviera Film Festival.[Read more…] about Eli, powerful short takes on big issues of immigration, identity and morality
Sustainable organic lifestyle, or barbarism? It’s a question documentary The Grind Message asks. The film is being screened at The English Riviera Film Festival.
The Grind Message deals with the hunting of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands. It’s a tradition which has been practiced for at least half a millennium.[Read more…] about Sustainable organic lifestyle, or barbarism? Documentary The Grind Message asks questions of culture and heritage
Undoubtedly, Mike Leigh is a waaaay important director, and Peterloo could well be one of his most important flicks. It’s a testament to the importance of the Cornwall Film Fest that he’ll be attending the screening and stick around for a Q&A.[Read more…] about Peterloo at the Poly with a Mike Leigh for Cornwall Film Fest
The darkly mysterious and gruesome past of Devon has often inspired filmmakers. Now you can get up close and personal with that dark past in a new interactive quiz.[Read more…] about Devon’s gruesome history inspires interactive Witch Trial game
‘For more than 20 years Kinofilm has been celebrating the talents of emerging and established filmmakers,’ says the blurb of the Manchester-based film fest. Now the patrons at Falmouth’s Poly can enjoy them too! Kinofilm is coming on tour and popping into the Poly for two nights of top shorts.[Read more…] about Kinofilm in Cornwall! Manchester film fest pops into The Poly
Get your community film scheme up and running! Cinema For All is launching On the Ground, a new face-to-face support scheme providing regional advice and assistance to community cinemas in Devon and Cornwall.[Read more…] about Get your community film scheme going with On the Ground
The sudden, frightening and depersonalising effects of a panic attack are expressed in a new film by Alexander Warn. His micro short Paper Thin is a mixture of live action and animation. We caught up with him to find out how he’s put those experiences on screen[Read more…] about Reality reshaped | Alexander Warn on his film Paper Thin
Zombies combined with students seems a heady mix, then add in a top notch director and team with some fresh talent and you’ve got a brew that will knock you for six. That’s exactly what director Chee Keong Cheung has done as his Redcon-1 zombie flick stomps into cinemas. Chee has been working with Plymouth College of Arts students. And Redcon-1 gets a couple of special screenings in Plymouth – one with an ace and informative Q&A.[Read more…] about Zombie-infested UK comes to Plymouth | Redcon-1 screenings plus Q&A
It was the ‘scratch-and-sniff’ cinema that really caught our eye with this release about half-term creative fun for kids – and by osmosis adults… and the community at large – at the Exeter Phoenix this half-term. Here’s what’s on…[Read more…] about Scratch-and-sniff cinema, slime making, superheros and more!
Documentary can be powerful, personal and universal. It’s a great way to tell stories for a wider audience, and the Exeter Phoenix and Real Stories have got £1,000 to help you make it. Here are the details…[Read more…] about £1,000 for filmmakers to create a brand new documentary from the Exeter Phoenix
Crank up your creativity, Exeter’s annual 48 Hour Film challenge is open for registration.[Read more…] about Registration opens for Exeter’s 48 Hour Film challenge
Knowing the cinematic history or an area is sometimes a bit like finding out the middle name of one of your teachers. There’s a giddy clandestine joy to it. As part of the English Riviera Film Festival local historian Kevin Dixon will share some of the cinematic secrets of Torbay.[Read more…] about ‘Torbay was there right at the beginning of film history’
The skills of writing a haiku are similar to those for making a micro short, says Andy Thatcher whose Walks of Life explores the link between walking and wellbeing. He tells us more about making the Exeter Phoenix bursary film and the difficulty of just having a minute for each excursion[Read more…] about Wellbeing and walking the focus of Andy Thatcher’s new micro short Walks of Life
Wale Atoyegbe likes making films about losers. And his short film Desperate Lies explores an incident in one loser’s life. We caught up with Wale to uncover the odd inspiration for the film, how the idea developed and the importance of having a clued up producer[Read more…] about ‘Technology is transforming human emotions into a con’ | Desperate Lies director Wale Atoyegbe