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.
As thoughts turn to Father Christmas lists and ideas to fill those stockings, the Picturehouse Online Gift Shop offers the perfect gift for the cinema-lovers in your life: a Picturehouse Membership or Gift Card.
Treat someone special with a Picturehouse Membership. What better gift than free cinema tickets as awards season peeks over the horizon?
Discounts and more…
A Picturehouse Membership also includes additional ticket discounts, 10% off food and drink plus lots more. As there’s no better time for sharing, consider Member Plus, which gives you eight free tickets, ticket discounts for guests and an additional Membership card for a significant other (maybe that’s you).
Members’ Bar and Rooftop Terrace
Go the extra mile and opt for a Picturehouse Central Membership, which includes access to the Members’ Bar and Rooftop Terrace in London’s most desirable cinema.
Why not give someone a special lazy weekend brunch, a Friday night out at the cinema or any Picturehouse experience they desire. Gift Cards can be used to pay for any items at all Picturehouse Cinemas.
Gift Cards to suit all budgets
Tickets, Membership, drinks, popcorn – the lot! The Online Gift Shop offers a range of Gift Cards to suit all budgets that can either be packaged and delivered to a postal address or sent electronically to you or a friend. There’s no need to sweat on those last minute purchase ideas.
Online Gift Shop: gifts.picturehouses.com
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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.
There will even be some songs from the show in the bar afterwards ‘to shake your tailfeathers to’.
Birds’ Eye View’s Reclaim The Frame
What’s more, this is the fifth in the Birds’ Eye View’s Reclaim The Frame series.
Romance, rage and revenge, says the blurb for this flick directed by Tinge Krishnan. It’s been adapted from Ché Walker’s hit stage play and retains Arthur Darvill’s original songs.
Hit stage play
Set in Camden, the story follows Simone (Michaela Coel), a dedicated single mother who, on a rare night on the town is charmed by a handsome yet troubled stranger, Raymond (Arinzé Kene), igniting old and new feelings.
“Set against the backdrop of an ever-changing city, Been So Long is a fresh take on love, life and moving on. The film was developed by the BFI and supported through production by the BFI, using funds from the National Lottery and Film4.”
The film is followed by a Q&A with director Tinge Krishnan, producers Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks, and hosted by the curators and agency-for-change Birds’ Eye View’s Mia Bays (producer of Oscar-winning and multi-BAFTA nominated films) and Jo Duncombe (BEV curator and creative producer Influencer Programme). Plus cast and other special guests TBC.
Reclaim the Frame: Been So Long plus Director Q&A takes place at Plymouth Arts Centre on Wednesday 7 November 2018 at 7pm. Book now.
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.
Not wanting to break with tradition Ben Wheatley’s seventh feature film, Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, will follow up its hugely successful BFI London Film Festival premiere earlier this month by going on tour.
There will be preview screenings with Q&A’s around the country in November and early December ahead of its Christmas release on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, in a unique partnership with BBC Films, BBC Comedy and BBC Two.
A fantastic British ensemble cast
The film has a fantastic British ensemble cast including Wheatley regulars Richard Glover, Peter Ferdinando, Neil Maskell, Mark Monero and Sam Riley along with Asim Chaudhry, Joe Cole, Charles Dance, Alexandra Maria Lara, Doon Mackichan, Sinead Matthews, Bill Paterson and Hayley Squires.
Not so happy New Year
The film centres around Colin Burstead (Neil Maskell) who hires a lavish country manor for his extended family to celebrate New Year. Unfortunately for Colin, his position of power in the family is under serious threat from the arrival of his estranged brother David.
Political and social commentary
Shot earlier this year the film holds a mirror to the political and social situation of the country and its place in the world. Ben is currently writing an extended TV series featuring the same characters for future broadcast.
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead + Q&A with Ben Wheatley takes place on Sunday 25 November 2018 at 1pm
Tickets for the Q&A screening cost £7 (£5 for students and under 25s) and can be purchased by visiting exeterphoenix.org.uk or from the venue’s box office (01392 667080).
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.
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.
Students from Plymouth College of Art’s pre-degree campus for 16 to 19-year-olds have teamed up with director Chee Keong Cheung and Intense Productions to help out on the marketing campaign for Redcon-1, an ambitious new zombie film that is being described as “The Raid meets 28 Days Later”.
Directed by Chee Keong Cheung, Redcon-1 is executive produced by Carlos Gallardo (El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico), Stephen L’Heureux (Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) and Kevin Eastman (co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
In Redcon-1, eight Special Forces soldiers are sent on a suicide mission into the zombie-infested remains of the UK, to find a scientist who may hold the key to ending the viral outbreak that has turned the population into flesh-eating undead.
Plymouth College of Art low-budget zombie film
Following a talk and workshop from Chee and his production company, the students from Plymouth College of Art were given an opportunity to create their own low-budget zombie film, Not You Too, to promote the release of Redcon-1 .
Directed by Ceri Prowse, who recently graduated from the college’s UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Film, Animation & Media Production), Not You Too was created by a group of filmmakers from the college and local area, including Jacob Harris, Callum Benjamin Burdett, Sam Pain, and Extended Diploma Film Lecturer Billy Abbott.
The film can be viewed online as part of Redcon-1’s promotional tour, currently confirmed for 90 screenings across 43 UK cities, including screenings at Plymouth Vue cinema on 14th and 15th October 2018.
Redcon-1 Plymouth Screening plus director Q&A
At 6:45pm on Sunday 14 October Redcon-1 will screen at Plymouth Vue cinema in a special event including including post-screening Q&A with the director, Hollywood actor/ producer Carlos Gallardo, and actor/producer Mark Strange, who also acted as fight coordinator on the film.
Ceri told D&CFilm: “Creating Not You Too was an experience worth remembering, both for what I learned and the enjoyment of producing it.
“Working with everyone at Intense Productions was a rewarding challenge and I’ve come away from this with experience as Production Executive and Head Editor.
“I’m proud to have directed Not You Too and am thankful for the hard work of everyone involved.”
A unique and captivating experience
Plymouth College of Art Extended Diploma Film Lecturer, Billy Abbott, said: “The opportunity for our Extended Diploma Film, Animation & Media Production students to work with Intense Productions on the promotion of Redcon-1 has been a unique and captivating experience for all involved.
“The expertise provided by Chee and his team nurtured the talents of the production team, helping to craft a considered short film that will sit alongside the main promotional campaign for a UK feature film.
“Intense Productions are innovating distribution and promotion strategies by reaching out to students across the UK to start local and regional grassroots campaigns.
“This type of interaction and fresh-thinking is exactly what our film industry needs – a heavy focus on community, creativity and shared learning.”
Dean Cross, Film Content manager, Vue UK & Ireland commented “We’re delighted to be working with Chee to bring Redcon-1 to a number of our venues across the UK and look forward to welcoming customers to enjoy the film on the big screen.”
For a list of all dates and to pre-order/ book tickets and see the trailer please visit – www.redcon1film.co.uk
Local Redcon-1 Screenings include –
● Vue Plymouth – Sunday 14 October @18:45 (including post-screening Q&A with the director Chee Keong Cheung, Hollywood actor/producer Carlos Gallardo, and actor/producer Mark Strange).
● Vue Plymouth – Monday 15 October @18:00 and @20:50
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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…
Looking for creative ways to keep the kids entertained this half-term? Exeter Phoenix will be holding a jam-packed week of family film, theatre, filmmaking and arty courses for creative kids.
‘Scratch and sniff’ cinema screening
Get ready for fun for all the family and prepare to experience Wallace + Gromit like never before, as Studio 74 hosts a special ‘scratch and sniff’ cinema screening of The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.
Become a superhero animator
Save the day and star in your own superhero movie, or learn to become a superhero animator with adventurous workshops for heroic 7-15 year olds. Creative 12-16 year olds can experiment with a marbling and bookmaking workshop, or kids aged 5+ join the slime craze with a beginners slime making course.
Blast off into space with Sensory Circus, a theatre show particularly designed for children with ASD or PMLD and stick around for a sensory play session after the show. Plus the venue will also be host to a range of Exetreme Imagination events, including a performance of Paddleboat Theatre Company’s interactive family adventure show, Rustle.
In the run up to Halloween, things are starting to get spooky! Create some monster toy mash-ups, learn to code a Halloween lantern or haunted house game, or even become a zombie for the day!
All this and more takes place in the city-centre arts venue throughout half term.
Visit the website (www.exeterphoenix.org.uk) or call the box office on 01392 667080 to book events and find out more.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (U)
Scratch & Sniff Cinema
Sat 20 Oct: 4pm
Wed 24 Oct: 1.30pm
£7 / £5 for under 25s
2D Animation: Superhero Switch (ages 7-10)
Tue 23 Oct: 10.30am-12.30pm | £14
Paddleboat Theatre Company: Rustle (ages 4+)
Wed 24 Oct: 11.30am & 2.30pm | £8 (£6) or family ticket £25
Kids Coding: Design A Haunted House (ages 8-14)
Wed 24 Oct: 2pm-4pm | £14
Star In Your Own Superhero Movie (ages 10-15)
Wed 24 Oct: 10am-4pm | £80
Kids Coding: Make A Halloween Lantern (ages 8-14)
Wed 24 Oct: 10am-12pm | £14
Marbling and Bookmaking (ages 12-16)
Thu 25 Oct: 10.30am-4pm | £30
Monster Toy Mash Up (ages 5+)
Thu 25 Oct: 11am-12pm | £7
Zombie Special Effects: Become A Zombie For The Day (ages 13+)
Fri 26 Oct: 10.30am-3pm | £40
Beginners Slime Making – One Hour Session (ages 5+)
Sat 27 Oct: 1.30pm | £7
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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
Walks of Life is a documentary following three different walks, around St. Thomas, up the River Otter from Budleigh Salterton, and along the Cornish coast at Penlee Point. Each follows different walkers for who the walk is central to their general wellbeing, something they discuss throughout the short.
Walking and wellbeing
I’ve always been a keen walker, and as someone who has experienced difficult times at various stages, a particular walk has often been crucial in getting through them. These days, it’s Woodbury Camp I’ll head to. My parents similarly have a walk on the Ashdown Forest which they’ve been returning to for almost 40 years, and we’ve sometimes gone there as a family when times have been hard. While there are plenty of TV shows and films about walks, I felt this was an underexplored, but very rich subject.
Drawing together diverse areas
I’ve got a bit of a colourful background and have tried my hand at lots of things over the years. I’ve a keen interest in writing fiction and in psychology, both of which I’ve studied as a postgraduate, and I love photography, having twice been published in The Guardian. Walks of Life draws together all these diverse areas, so it’s been a real pleasure to make. Right now, I’m studying for an MA in Film & TV at Bristol Uni, so the commission was very timely indeed. I hope to continue some of the areas I’ve explored in this short as my dissertation, and these are also central to a PhD application.
A steep learning curve
Making Walks of Life has been a very steep learning curve – I’d not actually shot video before July, nor edited it. Fortunately, I had brilliant help through Exeter Phoenix, who gave me advice, sent me on a couple of courses, and found me some really useful hands-on help before, on and after my first shoot. The background with photography was helpful in setting up and choosing shots, and weaving everything together in the edit reminded me a bit of writing techno on Cubase in the 90s. The psychology was really useful in selecting themes from the interviews, writing fiction was useful in stringing these together, and a teaching background helped me plan and run each shoot.
Discipline in editing
Making such a short film was a considerable challenge. I’d initially anticipated following just one walk, but it was recommended I followed three – making it one minute per walk! Editing hours of audio and video down to a minute was tough, but doing so gave me the discipline to identify what really mattered, both in the interviews, and in location footage. I’m an occasional haiku writer, and this wasn’t so very dissimilar. I’d love the chance to make a longer documentary in the future, though, with more time to plan, shoot and leave room for ambient noise and the long-take long-shots I have a real fondness for at the cinema.
Celebrate important places
Walkers like to share their favourite walks, and I hope some of this comes across to an audience – I’ve tried to balance giving a taste of each walk, with giving voice to the walkers. I also hope Walks of Life will prompt audiences to reflect on important walks they might have, and give them space to celebrate these sometimes small, sometimes infrequently visited, but often very important places.
I’ve already mentioned I’d like to develop Walks of Life further, and it would be great to embark on a feature-length project. There’s a great deal of interest in walking as a practice supporting wellbeing, including initiatives from Ramblers, the NHS, the National Trust, and many others, and there has been a proliferation of films and series about walking and walkers. I hope to tap into this, add my voice in whatever way I can, and keep on growing, exploring, sharing and collaborating as a film-maker.
Walks of Life will get its premiere at the Two Short Nights film fest.
Dedicated to development, the new Filmmakers Lab in Exeter is delivery networking and skill-building opportunities for filmmakers in Devon and the South West.
Membership with benefits
The membership-based organisation (£25 per year, with a load of benefits) is ‘open to all, but targeted at early-career filmmakers who have an aspiration to develop themselves further’.
The first meeting, which took place in September outlined the plan for the monthly events, featuring a selection of guest speakers, alternating with ‘in house’ workshops, training and networking events.
Attendees were also asked what they would like to see included in the programme.
“This provoked some lively discussion and at the end of it we felt we had a better understanding of how best to take the project forward,” said Jeff Sleeman, one of the organisers.
A wealth of talent
“Having been involved in a number of Devon-based film projects, both behind and in front of the camera, I know what a wealth of talent there is in this part of the world – not to mention some spectacular film locations, excellent technical resources and a very supportive creative arts community,” said Jeff.
“As well as helping aspiring new filmmakers, our mission is to raise the profile of Devon as a desirable location to make films and create more opportunities for everyone involved in the industry here.”
The next meeting, taking place on October 8, will focus on how to pitch and develop your film idea, guided by Bristol-based award-winning writer-director, Rob Brown. Rob’s film Sixteen won Best Film at the 2017 Royal Television Society West Awards.
Following that will be a Two Short Nights film festival special on Wednesday 28 November, which will include a talk on how to obtain funding for your project by Alice Cabanas from the British Film Institute.
There will also be a Q&A session with director Dean Puckett, together with a screening of his new short film, The Sermon.
A long-term ambition
‘Our long-term ambition,’ says the Filmmakers Lab site, ‘is to support a growth of regional filmmaking talent and increase the quality of locally produced films.
‘We also aim to raise awareness of the South West as a central hub for film production, to ultimately attract more productions to the region and create local job opportunities.’
How many of you watch TVs and films, see where the characters live and say to yourself ‘how much would that be in today’s money’? Well, now you don’t have to ponder, because a new website can provide you with the answer.[Read more…] about Pop culture property: find out how much Ross Poldark’s house would set you back
As part of the English Riviera Film Festival’s extended exploration of all things film, animator and poet Jamie Harry Scrutton will perform at the Blue Walnut cafe. We caught up with him to ask some serious questions about whimsy
D&CFilm: How did you get the idea to combine projections of your stop motion animation with your live recitals?
Jamie Harry Scrutton: Having a live recital of my Animations was a concept that my Auntie suggested to me.
Audiences at the open mic events which I perform at, knew of me as a poet and not as an animator, whereas showcasing my animations on the film circuit, they knew of me as both, a film maker and animator. So marrying the two artistic forms together allowed me to present both mediums as an interesting perspective of myself as an artist.
My first event of my live animation recital, was back in September 2017 at a Torquay spoken word event called Stanza Extravaganza, which inspired me to continue with this, at specific events.
D&CFilm: As well as the animations of your own whimisical anecdotes, you’ve animated a poem about Grenfell. What is it about stop motion animation that can cover such wide subject matter?
Jamie Harry Scrutton: The reason behind Grenfell, was to immerse myself out of my comfort zone, and really involve myself within such a heartfelt, tragic incident, that allowed me to challenge my practice with a political message and giving justice to Grenfell and the victims.
Daren Peary was the poet behind the piece. He has seen my previous work. Daren decided to approach me, to see if I could adapt his narrative in to an artistic interpretation which would resonate and speak out to the abominable government which govern us.
I was a little skeptical at the beginning due to the nature of the Spoken Word, but I wanted to show our support and love for the spirits and survivors, involved in such a catastrophic event.
D&CFilm: Where do you get your inspiration from? Creatively, who do you admire?
Jamie Harry Scrutton: I see Pam Ayres as an inspiration for my whimsical anecdotes. Her take on observational life, allowed me to examine the everyday world we live in and adapt humorous stories in to my own wittyful way. My family are the predominant characters which I base the poems on.
D&CFilm: A quick scroll down your Twitter feed shows how widely you travel. What’s life like as a touring poet and what’s the creative landscape like ‘out there’?
Jamie Harry Scrutton: I love travelling about! Especially to various open mic and film festivals. I am in the process of distributing my work to different fresh audiences.
The creative landscape is an interesting scope, as it allows me to travel on this journey and connecting with artists and creatives alike.
The journeys are stories and life experiences which I religiously write down in my Journal. My Journal is full of writings of the events I have screened or performed at, amongst other material.
I am yearning to screen outside the United Kingdom. I have submitted my animations to festivals in Berlin.
D&CFilm: Whimsy is a serious matter. What do you want people to take from your performances?
Jamie Harry Scrutton: Whimsy is an extremely important focal materially. It is the only form that my voice fits with. A very serious political poem wouldn’t suit my voice, as it is a Yorkshire, slightly camp sound, so I just try to pull off elderly women with my performances, and hope for the best! Writing specifically about married elderly couples is extremely heavy within my material. Again, the stories are primarily based on my grandma and grandad. I just hope that people will enjoy what I perform and have a good time as much as I do when behind the mic!
D&CFilm: Thanks for your time, Jamie!
Jamie will join other poets on November 8 at 8pm at the Blue Walnut, doors open 7.30pm, entry price £6. For seat reservations, contact email@example.com
‘The Manhattan Short Film Festival takes audiences on a thrilling global journey’ is how we pitched the Manhattan Short Film Festival once upon a time. And it keeps on keeping on, taking people on that ride from its South Devon home of the Blue Walnut cinema.
Unique Blue Walnut
The Blue Walnut ‘boasts a unique, peaceful identity all of its own, complete with 23 tiered seats’ was how we described this gem of a venue. Back then it was only one of three in the UK to host the international film fest. Now it’s just one of two.
Oscar eligible films
Over 300 cities on six continents take part in screening the 9 short flicks selected from the 1565 entries from 73 countries. And each of the 9 will be eligible for an Oscar nomination.
The final 9 films come for 8 countries: Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, the USA, and two films from the UK.
An extraordinary range of film genres
“This year’s finalists bring together an extraordinary range of film genres including intimate dramas; fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War 11 epic; a film shot entirely underwater and a dark comedy,” says the blurb.
You can still catch the films at the Blue Walnut on Monday, October 1, Wednesday 3 (limited availability), Thursday 4 and Saturday, October 6. Go to the Blue Walnut site to get the times and book your tickets.
Nobody, but nobody talks like Cary Grant. Not even Captain Scarlet or Tony Curtis. The way nobody talks like that is the central theme to the Bill Douglas Memorial Lecture on the magic of cinema in the 1920s and 1930s.
The principal lecture will be given by Dr Mark Glancy, Reader in Film History at Queen Mary College at the University of London.
Mark’s talk is entitled: ‘Nobody Talks Like That: Voices, Accents, and the Arrival of the Talkies in Britain’.
Mark’s a bit of a Cary Grant expert, with a new book – Cary Grant: The Making of a Hollywood Legend – coming out in 2020.
Mark was also editorial consultant to the documentary Becoming Cary Grant. And he has a whole load of other books to his name (pop over to the Bill Douglas site to find out what they are so you can put them on your Christmas wish-list).
As a side-order that is equally as fascinating, Polly Rose (a Buster Keaton boffin) will be the ‘new scholar expert’ providing the supporting talk: ‘Keeping Up with the Talmadges’ or ‘Does Margaret have the X Factor?’: how Hollywood’s search for a star in 1920s Britain took an unexpected twist thanks to Buster Keaton’s famous in-laws.
‘It’s a fascinating tale,’ says the Bill Douglas museum site. Which is where you can get more details on the talks, what else the talkers have done and most importantly book your place on this free and fascinating event.
Bill Douglas Memorial Lecture takes place on Wednesday 3 October. It will start at 6.30pm and will finish around 8pm. Get along, and tell us what you think.image: By Grant,_Cary_(Suspicion)_01.jpg: RKO publicity photographer.derivative work: Crisco 1492 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Not only does the English Riviera Film Festival have a full to overflowing opening day at Paignton’s Palace Theatre on Saturday, October 27, but the film-related fun continues for two weeks, exploring the depth and breadth of film in the English Riviera cultural enclave.
Sound and vision are so distinct, but often work hand in glove, which is why the photo exhibition by audio artist Lee Fletcher offers a new approach. Lee has had ‘an extensive career as a producer, arranger, songwriter, musician, mix / mastering engineer, and occasional filmmaker’, and this debut exhibition at Torquay’s Artizan Gallery from October 28–31, is a preview to a longer-running show planned for 2019.
Torbay in the Movies
Blink and The Bay doesn’t half resemble the French Riviera, and with such a dramatic back drop it’s hardly surprise it’s been the quiet star of many a show. And that’s not all, local history boffin Kevin Dixon will take a look at those great… and not so great movies film in the English Riviera. Kevin’s talk will be part of Artizan Gallery’s Cocktails and Conversation series on Thursday, November 1.
Day of the Dead
Visually striking and culturally evocative, the Day of the Dead has featured in many a flick. Explore the essence of it at Torquay Museum with mask making, puppets, paper flowers, fancy dress competition and a film on Saturday, November 3.
All activities included in price of entry to the Museum.
South Devon College students have been working with LA-based director Ra Dreyfus and DP Bayan Joonam to create a new thriller. The film is getting its world premiere at Torquay Museum on Wednesday, November 7.
Torbay performance poet Robert Garnham has seen two of his poems turned into short films so far (with possibly a third in the pipeline). He’ll be part of an evening of wordplay and whimsey along with Samantha Boarer, with the special headliner, poet and an animator Jamie Harry Scrutton.
The show starts on November 8 at 8pm at the Blue Walnut, doors open 7.30pm, entry price £6. For seat reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing feature Daddy’s Letter
The closing feature film of this year’s English Riviera Film Festival, on Friday, November 9, will be a charity screening of Daddy’s Letter. The captivating film musical and moving story is inspired by an event in the life of stage and television actress Liz Smith.
The stage musical, screenplay and original score was written and produced by Les Veale of LVM Productions, filmed on location in The English Riviera with actress Di Davies alongside a cast of experienced and talented local actors.
The venue is The Lucky 7 Club. An atmospheric ‘Speakeasy’ Club tucked away in Paignton with a unique interior. Guests will experience a nostalgic trip to ‘The Pictures’ complete with usherette, interval choc ices and one or two extra surprises.
The English Riviera Film Festival runs from Saturday, October 27 to Friday, November 9.