The intriguing exhibition Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic exhibition at Exeter’s RAMM has spawned a series of gothic film screenings, accompanied by introductory talks.
Monday night movie experiences have to be one of the best ways to start the week. And when you see a film about the blurry lines between a real and imagined life at the end of mystery tour, the rest of the week will fade into a drab mire of a purely constructed reality.
It starts with climate change confusion and ends with intergalactic triumph, the sci fi camp of 1980’s ‘gliterball of day-glo lunacy that is Flash Gordon’ is a pleasure to behold. Especially when the Mondo Monday crowd are pulling the levers and twisting the dials as they circle to land their cinematic showdown on your psyche.
A replica of the titular maze in The Maze Runner is due to be created entirely out of chocolate fingers and built to the actual size of the model featured in the film to celebrate the film’s DVD and Blu-ray release.
Othello (which we’re unreliably informed was called The Big O by some geezer from Stratford) will be screened live via satellite from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s in Statford Upon Avon onto the big screen at the Exeter Picturehouse.
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?