Last week, a true titan of the cinema world left us. Ray Harryhausen, the man behind the iconic stop-motion beasts of 1950s, 60s and 70s cinema, sadly passed away at the age of 92.
Writer and director Nichola Tetlow picked up Best Bursary Film at the Exeter Phoenix Two Short Nights Film Festival 2012, with her film Watch Me Dance. It was only her second film, and she’s in preproduction for her third.
Craig Zobel’s indie flick has generated a storm of controversy around the world, with multiple reports of walk-outs at screenings. But sadly it doesn’t have the courage of its convictions.
One of the more exciting and interesting trends of early 2013 is the migration of South Korean directors to the world of English-language cinema.
The release of Flight got me thinking – what are the scariest plane-crashes on film?
The master of outrageous genre mayhem is back – Quentin Tarantino shocks, confounds and astounds once more with his new pulp epic, Django Unchained.
Two recent documentary releases make for an interesting comparison – and both are already candidates for best film of 2013.
The subjective message of a given film is the lifeblood of cinema, especially in this age of moodily complex Christopher Nolan blockbusters. Life of Pi however is the real deal.
Peter Jackson transports audiences back to the incredible world of Middle-earth in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
In Thomas Vinterburg’s agonising film The Hunt, a child’s lie, one intended without malice, is blown out of all proportion by the adults who interpret it.
Writer/director David Ayer applies the blues and twos once again in End of Watch, his latest police procedural following the likes of Dark Blue and Training Day (which he scripted and for which Denzel Washington won an Oscar).
One of the most important aspects of any Bond movie is the opening song but several have been unfairly neglected.
Those fabled Roman Candles about which Jack Kerouac wrote so eloquently have faded into weak luminescence in the big-screen adaptation of his classic novel, On the Road.
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.
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.
Forget Prometheus. Samsara proves the greatest spectacle is to be found on Planet Earth.
The Naughty Room is local musician/film-maker Cosmo Jarvis’s film debut.
Never heard of obscure 70s musician Rodriguez? Don’t worry – because according to the brilliant documentary Searching for Sugar Man, his two albums were consumed by approximately 10 people in America.
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…
David York is searching for his wife. Only one clue is left open to him: two words, ‘They’re Coming’.
Harper Lee’s only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is still, 52 years after release, one of the most powerful evocations of childhood ever written. Capturing the transient nature of youthful innocence perfectly, it scooped the Pulitzer Prize for its incisive, cutting yet beautifully humane story, one which centres around a small-town lawyer named Atticus Finch who takes a controversial case defending a black man accused of rape. The narrative unspools through the eyes of his children, Jem and Scout, so adult scenarios take on a otherwordly feeling, with the growth to self-knowledge a slow, puzzling process.
Co-written by James Ellroy, the self-styled ‘demon dog of American crime fiction’, Rampart (StudioCanal) follows a typically damaged Ellroy protagonist in the form of Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson, Natural Born Killers) a boozy, racist cop with a pronounced violent streak.
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.
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.