Seeing places you know on screen is some kind of special. The way it looks so familiar and just that little bit different. Now your expert eagle eyes are being called on by the BFI to crowdsource locations for Britain on Film.[Read more…] about Britain on Film mapping mission: crowdsourcing with the BFI
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The BFI has launched Britain on Film, a new project that reveals hidden histories and forgotten stories of people and places from the key film and TV archives of the UK, including South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA).
The unerring power of film is again on show with ‘The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire‘. A tax documentary which highlights how the British elite have created a network of tax havens. It also shows the lengths they take to preserve it -exemplified in a chilling scene where a Jersey police officer harasses and interrupts the filmmakers’ interview with a whistleblower. And in the spirit of the film, it is now accessible to the public on YouTube.[Read more…] about Documentary exposing Britain’s tax havens made free to public by filmmakers
One of the many great thing’s movies have the potential to do is place unknown gems on the global map, for good or for bad, transporting them to new settings and giving them the feeling of entering the movie itself. Quite often, movie producers scout real-world locations in an attempt to increase the authenticity of the motion picture, implementing the natural backdrops into scenes that can often be seen in action-adventure films.[Read more…] about The impact of blockbuster films and big budget shows on towns and cities
Cornish film The Smugglers of Mousehole is an exciting crowdfunded family adventure film – all about Cornwall, by Cornwall, for Cornwall, says the blurb.[Read more…] about The Smugglers of Mousehole: adventure film premiere
Film lovers are celebrating the 20th birthday of the UK’s foremost museum of moving image history.
80,000 extraordinary objects
Among the 80,000 extraordinary objects at The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum are the first book published in Britain describing a projected image from 1658 and a LumiÃ¨re CinÃ©matographe, the type of camera used to make and to project the first film shows.
Visitors to the museum will discover the history of moving and projected images over nearly four centuries.
A people’s history of the moving image
The museum is a people’s history of the moving image, a diverse collection united by showing the audience’s experience. It is also home to a wealth of material on Hollywood stars, as well as a constantly growing collection of merchandise produced for the blockbuster films enjoyed by audiences at the moment. The museum is free and open to all every day.
Many of the artefacts were collected over 30 years by the renowned filmmaker Bill Douglas, now acknowledged as one of Britain’s greatest directors, and his friend Peter Jewell, who shared his passion for film history and culture.
After Bill’s death Peter donated the collection, then around 50,000 objects, to the University of Exeter. The collection was catalogued and installed by experts led by Professor Richard Maltby and Dr Richard Crangle. In 1997 the museum opened its doors to the public for the first time.
Bill Douglas is best known for his trilogy of films about his impoverished childhood and his 1987 film Comrades, a powerful epic which tells the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and also references the history of pre-cinema.
The foremost museum of moving image history in the UK
Dr Phil Wickham, the curator of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, said: ‘The museum is now the foremost museum of moving image history in the UK -nowhere else can compare to its breadth, depth and accessibility.
“The museum and its collections are a unique asset for the University, and for the South West, and more and more people are discovering its delights. They delight our visitors, who range from small children to leading film critics, and eminent scholars.
‘The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is open to everybody and can be enjoyed by all. Attendances have quadrupled in the last five years as more and more people discover its delights.
“We welcome schoolchildren, pensioners and other local people as well as tourists from both the rest of the UK and around the world. The comments in our visitors’ book and on our social media reflect the thrill of discovering the collection and the stories it tells about moving images and their audiences.’
Bill Douglas, Don Boyd, Gavrik Losey, James Mackay
The collection has grown over the last 20 years thanks to kind donations by Peter and members of the public. The museum is now home to the archives of filmmakers such as Bill Douglas himself, and others working in British independent film such as Don Boyd, Gavrik Losey and James Mackay.
The museum is also used by academics for teaching and research, and film experts from around the world come to work with the artefacts and records in the collection.
Artefacts from the museum are used by around 2,000 University of Exeter students annually, with many more using the museum’s digital collection. It is used across a range of disciplines and many students who have volunteered at the museum have gained jobs in the heritage and culture sectors.
(from a press release)
What better day for a traditional horror film to be released than Friday 13, and today (take a look at the date stamp) is the release of The Ritual, which will be eaten up by connoisseurs, apparently. The Ritual was adapted from a story by Devon-based horror master Adam Nevill. (Watch at your own peril.)
A unique collection of rarely seen photographs showing stars such as Judy Garland and Laurence Olivier making some of British Cinema’s most-loved films can be seen for the first time.
A collection of rare and previously unseen historical footage of coastal life in The South West of England has been made available for all to view on BFI Player as part of BFI’s Britain on Film: Coast and Sea national project via an interactive map.
Two films that chronicle the struggle to maintain traditional ways of life in Cornwall will screen at Plymouth Arts Centre in July.
The Last Fisherman + introduction and Q&A with producer Leo Kaserer
Wed 12 July, 2.30pm & 8.30pm (with intro + Q&A)
Dir. James Stier, Austria/UK, 2017, 76 mins.
A feature-length documentary made in Kingsand and Cawsand, Cornwall, Last Fisherman tells the story of the last traditional fisherman of Rame. Still fishing like generations of fishermen before him, Malcolm Baker relies on traditional tools, techniques and knowledge of the sea.
Malcolm is the last traditional fisherman in the Rame Peninsula, fishing with handmade pots, a wooden boat and nets, keeping a tradition alive with skills passed down from generations before. The world around him has changed and his occupation, his village and his community are evolving at a rapid pace. When an unlikely friendship with an Austrian youth worker begins it has unexpected results for both of them.
This lovely documentary is a celebration of one man’s life and a poem to the strength of community.
Producer Leo Kaserer will provide an introduction to the evening screening of the film. Leo has a background in youth and social work. Leo and his partner moved to Britain as part of his work.
Through a chance meeting with the last traditional fisherman in the Rame Peninsula, he began to learn about traditional fishing methods and embraced a new, simpler way of life that relies on community spirit, hard work and determination.
Leo lives in Tirol, Austria with his family, but frequently can be found fishing of the coast of Cornwall, UK.
Dying Breed + Introduction and Q&A with director Mick Catmull
Tue 25 July, 8.30pm
Dir. Mick Catmull, UK, 2017
Dying Breed provides a graphic yet intimate record of a way of life once taken for granted but now in serious decline. The small farm has been a Cornish constant for countless generations. But for how much longer?
This is filmmaker Mick Catmull’s love letter to a disappearing way of life. Mick spent a year filming three small cattle farms in west Cornwall. 100,000 small farms have disappeared from the UK in the past decade, unable to compete in a world dominated by retail giants and agribusiness.
This is a poignant and at times tragic portrait of a way of life in steep decline -the small farm has been part of the South West landscape since time immemorial.
Director Mick Catmull will be present at the screening to give an introduction and hold a Q&A with the audience.
Tickets are on sale from 22 June from Plymouth Arts Centre’s website at www.plymouthartscentre.org
The World War II drama Another Mother’s Son (due to be released on March 22) produced by Bill Kenwright Films, filmed one of its largest scenes on Bristol’s harbourside in December 2015, supported by Bristol Film Office.
Some days just keep on getting better and better for those tireless creatives at the South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company. Just desserts for all that hard work. Here’s what they say about their latest successes
A feature film project which has been in the planning for over a year, and for which the majority of filming was completed in June, with a spin-off stage show performed in August, is already gaining success abroad.
The opening night of Chagford Film Festival will be celebrated by a showing of the new Ab Fab movie, with Jennifer Saunders introducing the film and fielding a Q&A session afterwards.
Film, fantasy, & sci fi convention ‘Excalibur’ is coming to Torquay in March to fundraise for an amazing opportunity for local actors. Mordred is a new Arthurian drama feature film and stage show announced, being made, and performed, in Devon & Cornwall.
“Dryly funny, charmingly performed and punctuated by memorably surreal grace notes,” is how Total Film has described the much-praised Indie flick Everyone’s Going To Die, which has proved its chops not only with a grassroots crowdfunder campaign, but by winning hearts and minds wherever it goes. Now EGTD (as no-one has shortened it) is about to hit the big screens and go on demand.
The short film Meet Again is set in the 1940s and centres around the character of Lily (Evelyn Rei) who goes on an emotional journey when the escalating war takes her husband Thomas (Chris Todd) away from her. Also co starring is singer Keedie Green.
The final push is on to finish shooting on the animated horror Borley Rectory, starring Reece Shearsmith. And a crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo has been set up for people to help towards the film’s completion.
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London Surf / Film Festival presented by REEF is stoked to announce that submissions to the 4th Annual Shorties short film competition are now open. While entry to the main festival is open to all, The Shorties is open exclusively to filmmakers from or based in Britain and Ireland.
The PUNY GODS! will take over the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum at the University of Exeter and turn it into a cinema playing local and international independent film, and you, or someone you know, could be part of it
If you’re not feeling the festive vibes this year, then you clearly haven’t seen Sainsbury’s Christmas in a Day yet. This cinematic experiment adds a personal touch to the Christmas TV battle, with a crowd-sourced tear-jerking window into real homes across Britain.
The full feature film is being released on YouTube on November 29th, and until then, Sainsbury’s have made short clips to act as trailers to the movie. Watch the video now or visit the Sainsbury’s website to see the themed shorter clips they have put together.
In this section I list my three greatest discoveries in the world of orchestral film scores.
2012 has come an end and so I take a look back at the cinematic year.
There’s a fair few talented surf filmmakers in Devon and Cornwall and the South West, and the London Surf/Film Festival is calling on surf filmmakers from or based in Britain and Ireland to submit films to its Shorties short film contest.