Over the past two days the Exeter Phoenix have shown international shorts, documentaries and even award winning contemporary short films.
Each year the team behind Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights film festival go out of their way to put together an eclectic mix of contemporary cinema’s finest shorts.
Devon actors Sam Morgan and David Rees reunite for Ghosts.
Torbay Film Club continue their new season with a screening of The Italian on Tuesday 6th of November at 7.30PM. The movie screens at Torquay Museum.
As part of an (occasional) ongoing series for D&C Film, I interview directors from around Devon, in order to raise awareness of the vibrant film-making community in the area. This month, I interview Tom Hutchings and Ben Tallamy.
Two years of incredible hard work boiled down to just 55 minutes on Thursday 27th September … For this was the day that Torquay-based director, John Tomkins, premiered his new thriller, They’re Coming.
Torbay Film Club’s new season continues apace with A High Wind in Jamaica: showing on Tuesday 2nd October at 7.30PM in Torquay Museum.
The Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to The Blue Walnut Cafe and Cinema in Torquay from the 1st to the 5th of October 2012.
It’s always a thrill when a filmmaker makes a complete u-turn from their previous project, and Torquay-based Ed Chappell has certainly done that with Clive.
After a summer hiatus, Torbay Film Club hit the ground running with the first screening of their new season on September 11.
Do you have a favourite film that you’ve never seen on the big screen? Would you like to pick a film to be screened at Dartington’s Barn Cinema? Of course you would, and the good folks at Dartington are making that a reality. Yes, you, the lovely cinema-goers have the opportunity to choose what film is screened at the Barn Cinema’s, Facebook Film Lover’s Night, on Sunday, October 21 at 8pm.
If this summer is anything to go by then we’re in for a wet and windy autumn, so it’s a good thing that Dartington’s Barn Cinema, have a cracking autumnal line-up.
“The Lite Blues” is an ongoing web series centred on the efforts of two protectors of justice to keep their heads above water in the fight against crime and authority. Warning: this short film contains strong language.
On Friday, August 24, a select group of people, myself included, had the privilege of attending the premiere of Lost Hearts, the first solo project by Torquay filmmaker Ed Chappell.
The Naughty Room is local musician/film-maker Cosmo Jarvis’s film debut.
At 10:03AM on the 20th March 2012, Amanda York is reported missing. On receiving a mysterious note from an old friend that says “They’re Coming”, her husband David begins the search for his wife aided by their mutual friend Sarah…
The chilling trailer for Ed Chappell’s Lost Hearts is now available to watch online.
Film fans will no doubt have been made aware of the recent, distressing news that Martin Scorsese has announced his permanent move from film to digital. Is it a harbinger of unpleasant things within the industry? Is cinema as a whole becoming more mechanised, and do we risk losing any sense of its heritage?
David York is searching for his wife. Only one clue is left open to him: two words, ‘They’re Coming’.
It takes a while for Thomas Lawes’ documentary The Last Projectionist to tap the melancholy undertones inherent in the title. For the most part, it’s an ambling, amiable and fascinating examination of Birmingham’s Electric Cinema, the oldest working cinema in the UK (it first opened in 1909). As the documentary proceeds, the history of The Electric effectively acts as a microcosm for the birth of cinema in the UK.
Widely considered one of the finest and most influential ghost story writers ever to have lived, MR James revolutionised the genre, drawing the reader into portrayals of banal British life which are then undercut by horrifying encounters with the supernatural. Now, Torquay-based filmmaker Ed Chappell is adapting one of James’ most famous, and gruesome, stories, Lost Hearts, into a film.
Life to Come is Ed Chappell’s short film about a woman who finds a life-changing letter on her doormat.
Believed to be the oldest, purpose-built cinema in Europe, the Paignton Picture House on Torbay Road next to Paignton Train Station first opened sometime between 1907 and 1910, and closed its doors in 1999. Over those 90 odd years, the cinema was at the heart of the local community, and was patronised by the likes of Agatha Christie. An adaptation of Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence starring Donald Sutherland was even filmed in the building.
We Bought a Zoo is so sickeningly wholesome that one’s teeth threaten to fall out when watching it. Bouncing back from his 2005 flop Elizabethtown, director Cameron Crowe drenches proceedings in syrup but, without a sharp, zesty script to back up the honey inflected visuals, the film comes across as too soft for its own good.
Production on John Tomkins’ paranoid thriller They’re Coming is well underway in Torbay. Torquay-based filmmaker John has assembled a plethora of local talent from around Devon to work on his latest project– the story of an ordinary man who finds himself caught in extraordinary circumstances. I recently attended fight rehearsals for the film at the Riviera Centre Lifestyle Gym in Torquay, and caught up with both John and leading man Tom Menary (of Plymouth-based Wingless Films).