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Last but not least in our series of Alice in Wonderland interviews is the Mad Hatter himself, Johnny Depp. Rumoured to be heading down to Cornwall for the Pirates of the Caribbean film, and actor of choice for the Dartmoor Zoo people for Cameron Crowe’s film adaptation of We Bought a Zoo, Johnny is also thought to have a home hereabouts. And that’s on top of the Alice in Wonderland Torpoint connection.
Alice in Wonderland was filmed, at least in part, at Antony House, Torpoint Plymouth, with plenty of extras from our Devon and Cornwall stomping ground. And to big up the release of the DVD on June 4, we’ve got our hands on a series of interviews with the mover shakers from the film. It’s always good to start at the top, so here’s the big man himself, director Tim Burton.
The Down on the Farm documentary film commission project from North Devon Moving Image supports filmmakers and highlights the real stories of what it’s like to be a farmer. We caught up with filmmaker Michael Balsdon, who is making a film about his family of farmers, and it’s opened his eyes to the work they do.[Read more…] about Farm doc filmmaker Michael Balsdon gets a new level of respect
South West filmmakers can get to dip their filmy hands in a pot of £4,000 to pull out some filmmaking support.[Read more…] about Film commissions of £4,000 to support South West filmmakers
Heaps of creativity, dedication and personality goes into creating a local, community radio station. Christ Jones captures the essence of Exeter’s Phonic FM in his documentary This is Phonic. We spoke to him about getting to what’s behind the airwaves[Read more…] about This is Phonic: Creativity, dedication and a wealth of human experience (interview)
Combine a demanding job with a top-class sports career and you’re approaching the world of Babies and Bellyboards. The living-life-to-the-full documentary follows veteran midwife Naomi Perkin and World Champion bellyboarder as she prepares to quit her 30-year career.
There are more than 50 films on show at this year’s Two Short Nights film fest. How do we know? We used science. We counted all we could and then figured in the 48 hour film comp flicks. Et voila. You’ll be pleased to know you can now take your pick of the massive short offerings, that includes screenings plus industry events. Here’s a run-down of what not to miss.[Read more…] about 50+ films covering all of life (and a little death) What not to miss at Two Short Nights
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[Read more…] about Well being and walking the focus of Andy Thatcher’s new micro short Walks of Life
‘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.[Read more…] about See the world in short film from Torbay with The Manhattan Short Film Festival
“If you could die to save your wife, I’m sure you would,” ends the eerie and compelling trailer to Winter Ridge, which was dug into the darker side of an Exmoor setting and is getting a cinema run that kicks off in Somerset on September 7.[Read more…] about Winter Ridge | South West opening for tense psychological thriller filmed on Exmoor
Brace yourself for The Knockout, a new feature film being shot in Devon, which promises to jab at the emotions through a punchy, kicky, boxy journey (… it features kickboxing).
With mistrust the in media and the main news churn abounding, it feels right that the reporters get drawn into the spotlight. Another News Story, a documentary about the ‘migrant crisis’ and the reporting of it is getting a screening and panel discussion at Studio 74 at the Exeter Phoenix as part of Refugee Week.
“We are used to seeing the stirring images televised by the ratings-driven TV networks, but how are these fragments of life captured, and what really happens behind the camera?” asks Cineeuropa.
“Amid the current widespread popular move to the right and a world of ‘post truth’ Orban Wallace’s stunning documentary serves as an eye-opening account of how the news is created, and a reminder that for many this was much more than another news story,” says the blurb on the Exeter Phoenix site.
“Sadly because of the media cycle that exists at the moment, and because of our appetites and interest as consumers of news, once people get ‘refugee fatigue’ the stories stop being reported even though the situations still exist,” director Orban Wallace told The Big Issue.
“The stories that are considered ‘newsworthy’ now have changed considerably in the past few decades and the amount of time given to a leading story has been cut by many minutes.
“This often leads to a lack of intelligent and comprehensive coverage of a story unless longer form documentaries are made, and often these are not seen by the same amount of people who may watch the News at Ten, etc.
“There is a larger debate to be had around this as to how and why this has happened and who is to ‘blame’ -it is for a myriad of reasons. There is no black and white in our complex world!”
You can catch Another News Story at Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20. Following the Tuesday, June 19 screening there will be a panel discussion.
The Exeter Phoenix film commissions have been announced, when filmmakers will celebrate getting dosh and support for making their film and then slowly embark on a joyous and creative ‘journey’. For us at D&CFilm, there’s always an element of wide-eyed wonder from now until after the Two Short Night screenings. So without further how-do-you do, here’s the list of filmmakers along with some words.
The three-minute poem Beard Envy by Robert Graham is the inspiration for the John Tomkins directed short film Beard Envy. And 2018 is the Year of the Beard, apparently.
When we caught up with filmmaker Owain Astles about his Exeter Phoenix bursary micro short The Hardest Fight, we took the opportunity to ask about another of the films, Sleeping Rough, which is set to get its first airing.
A young boxer fighting depression in the run-up to his first fight is Owain Astles’ Exeter Phoenix bursary winning short The Hardest Fight.
The Hardest Fight is Owain Astles’ film about ‘a young boxer struggling against depression in the lead up to their first fight’. To help get the short made, the filmmakers are looking to crowdfund some extra finance.
When we caught up with Owain Astles about his new micro short, an Exeter Phoenix bursary film, he was telling us how impressed he was with the work experience people he was mentoring.
Torbay can now count itself officially on the movie map, following a successful week for the English Riviera Film Festival and the inaugural English Riviera Film Awards.
Plymouth College of Art has appointed BBC Producer/Director Hannah Mattison as a Lecturer on the college’s recently launched BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice degree.
It seems fitting that a documentary about artist Banksy would be made from found footage gathered over three years and pieced together to create a unifying whole, and that’s what filmmaker Dominic Wade has done with his film docoBANKSY, which is getting a special festival airing at Grinagog in Torquay.
Because he says Donald Trump is an asshole and also bigs up Miranda July’s No One Belongs Here More Than You book of short stories, we figured we’d include the trailer to and info about Max Joseph’s new film series, beginning with the film called ‘Dicks’.
Paignton Picture House is confirmed as one of the new partners in the ‘bigger and better’ English Riviera Film Festival 2017, bringing Torbay’s historic cinema into play alongside the acting and directing hopefuls of the film industry of tomorrow.