Strap on your scary boots, Exeter is set to be the venue for a free, underground horror film fest.[Read more…] about Exeter horror pop up: Nightmare on Queen Street
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” said Ben Franklin in the off-broadway Hamilton (it was cut in the final version, inevitably). With something so universal, the experience of death in other cultures has hardly been the key subject-matter of film get-togethers.[Read more…] about Explore the culture of death at an Exeter screening event
Prepare for lumpy throats and celebrations. Fort Box, Dom Lee’s touching story about childhood, has gone online after an extensive festival run.[Read more…] about Fort Box film, touching story of childhood, goes online
There was a buzz throughout the Two Short Nights Film Festival in Exeter. And plans for a second screening of the local talent programme have already been made.[Read more…] about Two Short Nights film festival celebrates local talent
The Plymouth Arts Centre screen was the only independent cinema in the biggest city in the South West. It closed at the start of December. But dry your eyes, there’s still work to be done! To help its phoenix-like rebirth at Plymouth College of Art they’ve set up a crowdfunder. And they need your help…[Read more…] about Independent cinema in Plymouth needs your support
The local talent screening at the 17th annual Two Short Nights fest was so popular it’s getting a second screening.[Read more…] about So good they screened it twice: local talent encore in Exeter
As far as modern fairy tales go, the charming short Two Feet Tall sets new highs. It’s a tale that focuses entirely on feet but still manages to tell a story of deft emotion. Now the almost silent film will put its toe into the international market with its internet release. We spoke to director Andy Robinson about how to give direction to feet, puddle wrangling, and making a movie with soul [sorry!][Read more…] about Two Feet Tall: short film sets new high for modern fairy tales
Secret Cinema is certainly that. We asked Mark Gatiss for a tantalising tidbit about his forthcoming hush-hush selection for Dartington’s Wonderland event.[Read more…] about Secret cinema from Mark Gatiss at Scandi Dartington event
A Devon Star Wars model, peeking over the hedges by the side of the A38 near Ashburton, is coming under fire from a council attack. But there’s a petition to save it.[Read more…] about Devon Star Wars model under fire from council
A premiere at the power film fest that is Fantasia in Montreal, followed by 90 other festival screenings world-wide, while picking up 12 awards, Transmission has had a pretty successful festival run. Now the film is going online to reach out to an even more worldly wide audience.[Read more…] about Transmission goes online after successful festival run
Christmas is around the corner – the perfect time to nestle in to your local cinema with family or friends for some yuletide joy.[Read more…] about Give the love of cinema this Christmas with a special Picturehouse Gift
This December, a pop-up 1950s Christmas cinema is coming to Greenway, the holiday home of Agatha Christie now cared for by the National Trust.[Read more…] about Classic crime shines in 1950s pop-up cinema at Greenway
BillyCock is a fascinating exploration into a much-forgotten Cornish diaspora, combining memory and belonging.
Devon-based actor and film facilitator Julian Seager could be on his way to the Oscars with the short film Baghead. He just needs a little help for the route there.[Read more…] about This Devon-based actor could be going to the Oscars, but first there’s Buried Alive, and he needs your help
Braunton filmmaker, Nicholas Agnew’s debut feature film Seat 25 is released today [that’s Tuesday, November 6], following a string of awards at international film festivals and screenings at the world’s largest Mars conventions in the US.[Read more…] about From Devon to Mars: award winning local filmmaker reaches a global audience with debut film
Been So Long, the neon soaked musical starring Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene, is calling into Plymouth Arts Centre for a special one-off screening followed by a Q&A.[Read more…] about One-off screening of hit modern musical Been So Long at Plymouth Arts Centre (plus director Q&A)
Guilt and grief are central to Grace Fox’s film Serpentine set in a coastal community. We chatted about collaborative filmmaking, colour palettes and bagging top actors.[Read more…] about Love, loss and grief | Grace Fox on her film Serpentine
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.
The film is the debut of Bristol-based dance troupe Impermanence. The Ballet of Nations screens Dartington followed by a Q&A with directors Roseanna Anderson and Joshua Ben-Tovim.
You could ask what resonance they find with then and now. Or how they stumbled upon The Ballet of the Nations. Or what inspired a dance troupe to take on a story with the world ‘ballet’ in the title.
The Ballet of Nations
The original The Ballet of the Nations was written by Vernon Lee in 1915 and was illustrated by Maxwell Armfield as a response to the outbreak of war.
This promises to be an energised, re-imagining of the satire. It was conceived at a time when there was a culture of experimental performance that was against the grain of mainstream theatre and in sympathy with the wartime peace movement.
Archives, art works, footage and photographs
‘Impermanence’s production reanimates that world of movement, sound and design, using the evidence of archives, art works, footage, photographs and illustrated books to develop a richly-textured evocation of the wartime artistic response,’ says the Impermanence site.
Narrated by Billy Zane, the film was shot in the atmospheric cavernous tunnels beneath Bristol Temple Meads. With the dance sections ‘evocative of the choric elements of classical Greek tragedy’.
Original, intricate and stylised
Impermanence’s film incorporates original dialogue inspired by Lee’s text, among intricate and stylised dance pieces, with production design by Pam Tait and an original soundtrack by composer Robert Bentall.
The Ballet of the Nations takes place at Studio 1, Dartington on November 1, 8pm. Shuffle your shivered but excited timbers to the Dartington site to book tickets
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
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.
Since its premiere, which Kennedy wrote about on The Greens site, Foxes has bagged top prize as Best Narrative Short at the St Louis Filmmakers Showcase 2018. But more importantly, Foxes has managed to make a positive addition to the debate about mental health.
We caught up with Tristan and found out about the inspiration and the impact of the film.
D&CFilm: What inspired you to make Foxes?
Tristan Tailor: Foxes is a story that was sitting with me for a while, that I didn’t really feel like I wanted to share with people. Then giving the way the climate has been changing, and a need for black men to discuss mental health issues. I felt like right now was the perfect time to make the film.
D&CFilm: It says on your ‘about’ page that you decided to make films after finding you were dealing with depression. How biographical are your films?
Tristan Tailor: Foxes is nearly 100% biographical, as are most of my short films.
What I shared with Foxes, was based on a real-life conversation with an older friend of mine. I was sitting with this feeling of loneliness, and just hopeless, and needed to find a way to speak to somebody. That’s the pool scene in Foxes.
All my films come from portions of my life that I want to share with black men like me, who don’t necessarily fit the mold of who society thinks we should become.
D&CFilm: How important is film to highlight on issues like depression?
Tristan Tailor: Film is extremely important for highlighting issues of depression.
I think what the benefit of showing depression in a film does, is it allows the audience to deal with/realize their problems without actually having to outright address them. It allows you to see somebody else go through, and attempt to salvage their lives and gives you the motivation to do so.
What’s been really awesome, is the way people have approached me after the screenings. You usually expect to hear “I loved your film” “Good job” “Nice work”, and those don’t really mean too much.
But people have been approaching me and giving testimonies from both sides of depression. Saying “I made them feel seen” “This made me feel like I’m not alone.” and from the other side I’ve gotten “This made me realize the conversations when people were reaching out to me.” “This made me see my friend that needs help, and doesn’t know how to ask.”
D&CFilm: Tristan, thanks for your time!
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.
Diversity is what makes Britain so great
“I grew up in North London and my neighbourhood was very culturally diverse, and I loved it, because I think that’s what makes Britain so great for music, and film, and television. It’s because we are a diverse country,” director Colin Gerrard told Laura Potier on The National Student.
“But the fact that people have a problem with that is the fact they have a problem with the human race, that they have the problem with the colour of somebody’s skin or their religion.”
Eli was very much recommended by Critical Popcorn. They called it ‘intensely real’ and ‘incredibly touching whist still remaining clever and subtle’.
The film follows an elderly man (David Gant), who has survived harrowing events, and his encounters with a group of disillusioned strangers in a doctor’s waiting room.
Issues which echo through the ages
For the film Colin interviewed Holocaust survivor Danny Wollner. Danny had been to Auschwitz, Dachau and Birkenau. And issues Colin raise echo through the ages and resononant today.
Short film is a form that Colin is eager to push, what with its powerful immediacy.
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.
Up until the second half of the 20th century the hunts of pilot whales have been a vital part in the survival of the Faroese people. Today it is source of up to one-third of the nation’s meat consumption.
However the long-lasting tradition is subject to criticism. The Grind Message – or Grindaboð – follows the arguments of six locals on the matter.
“I think there was a lot going on in the issue that Grindaboð or The Grind Message addresses,” director Niels Christian Askholm told D&CFilm.
Pollution, animal ethics, and sustainability
“It deals with some pressing issues about pollution, animal ethics, and sustainability, but also touches deeper (philosophical and ethnographical) questions about cultural heritage, human identity and national identity and the different ways we perceive the world and the creatures and resources in it,” he said.
Neils is half Faroese and making the film allowed him to get deeper into his own cultural roots to find out more about how his ancestors lived and survived.
The Grind Message (Grindaboð ) is at the English Riviera Film Festival opening day extravaganza on Saturday, October 27.
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.
Can You Survive the Witch Trials? asks a series of questions to determine your level of guilt and then reveals one of 15 excruciating punishments
Created by Stay In Devon, the quiz was inspired by the Bideford Witch Trials in North Devon. Those trials resulted in the last ever hangings for witchcraft in England.
By asking questions based on your physicality, personality and lifestyle, Can You Survive the Witch Trials? assigns you one of 15 punishments. Each one is more chilling and cruel than the last.
You also have the chance to change your answers and try to escape without punishment – or potentially increase your guilt and suffer an even worse fate…
Using information from extensive historical research, the quiz assesses your physical and personality traits and assigns a punishment based on how likely you were to be considered a witch between the 15th and 17th centuries.
The piece gives historical accounts used to determine a person’s level of guilt and also reveals horrific facts about the Witch Trials, like what witch-like characteristics led to accusations.
It’s a great way to get inspired and step into the reality of the past. Perhaps there’s even a film or two in it.
Check it out over on the Stay In Devon site
‘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.
Five programmes from Kinoflim International Short Film Festival 15th edition will be on show to stick your toes into (or preferably a leg).
The action starts on Friday, October 19 with a selection of Women in Film.
And if that evening of mind-stretching, thought-provoking flicks is enough to fill your thoughts, take a breath, because Saturday, October 20 is jam-packed.
There’s a selection of Animation (at 11am); LGBT (2pm); Documentary (5pm) and finally Comedic British New Wave closing the fest (7.30pm).
Couple this with a chance to hobnob with Kinofilm’s South West correspondent George Green (they have a South West correspondent!)
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.
The launch takes place at The Clay Factory, who can provide kit for your community cinematic journey.
Practical film magic
At the launch, you’ll be able to gain practical skills through some tech training and Audience Development and Film Programming Masterclasses.
And you’ll meet other local organisations that can offer support in the region, including Film Hub South West and Cinema For All South West.
And once all that’s out the way, you can settle down to a special screening of The Rider!
Oh, and did we mention, it’s free!!
Cinema For All – On The Ground Launch takes place at The Clay Factory, Ivybridge on October 20, from 1-7pm. Register for your free ticket over at Eventbright.