“We believe that young people are the future… of film,” croon those tuneful buffs at Plymouth Arts Centre, but the words don’t stop there.
Scissor Sisters’ musical director and keyboard player John (JJ) Garden has composed a new semi-improvised score for the innovative stop-motion dinosaur picture of 1925, The Lost World at the Exeter Phoenix.
Barry Hines’ story has shaped generations both in book form -Barry Hines’ A Kestral For a Knave -and as Ken Loach’s film, Kes. Now on a re-release 42 years after first coming onto the screen, the movie -which is in the British Film Insitute’s top ten films to see before the age of 14 -seems even more poignant.
What to look for in a film that features in the Interrogate! social justice conference? A movie set in LA which focuses the Hispanic community and echoes the Neo-realist classic The Bicycle Thieves, perhaps? Well that’s just what they’ve got in the form of A Better World.
Interrogate! the UK’s first social justice festival is at taking place Dartington, Devon. And in the venue’s Barn Cinema they’ll be running a number of social justify type movies
The documentary about comedy and oppression, This Prison Where I Live, is being screened by Transition Town Totnes at its TTT film night.
Tom Leins trades bullets for boards as he checks out new documentary Rio Breaks, which is playing in cinemas across the West Country this month.
As film fans know from watching violent thrillers such as City of God, life in the slums of Rio De Janeiro can be tough, with few viable distractions to keep youngsters on the straight and narrow. Surprisingly, just a stone’s throw away from the notorious Favela do Pavao -an enormous slum dominated by the violent Commando Vermelho drug gang -is Arpoador Beach, the unlikely training ground for a generation of top surfers.
There an evening of exciting and diverse short films by Devon filmmakers at the Tavistock Wharf as part of the Tavistock Music and Arts Festival on Tuesday, April 26 at 7.3pm.
Desire explores the link between sex and creativity through the story of a screenwriter struggling with a character who threatens to take over not just his creative and sexual life but his sanity.
Go bebopping and scatting with James Franco as he reanimates Allen Ginsberg and the performance poem Howl -which caused a furore and obscenity trial at the time -in the film Howl.
Ran, one of the last films of cinema legend Akira Kurosawa, is loosely based on the King Lear, and getting a one-night only slot at the Exeter Picturehouse.
Michelle Rodriguez has punched an action niche for herself since her knockout debut in Girlfight, way back in 2000. Her latest outing is in sci fi flick Battle: Los Angeles.
The Farrelly brothers (There’s Something About Mary, Me Myself & Irene, and Shallow Hal) are getting older, which is possibly why Hall Pass deals with the supposed angst of the ‘older’ man.
What’s left to say about Avatar, other than the 3D special edition has nine more minutes, which is good, because one of the complaints about the record-breaking movie is that it was too short
Never Let Me Go is based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s Booker short-listed tale of the same name. An unnerving story set in the future, it’s directed by Mark Romanek, who was writer and director of that unnerving tale of the early noughts, One Hour Photo.
Since his first feature, Pi, director Darren Aronofsky was always one to turn up the intensity, and with Black Swan he’s aided and abetted by cracking performances, most notably from Natalie Portman.
In Blue Valentine Michelle Williams teams up with Ryan Gosling (he lived in Cornwall that’s Cornwall Ontario, before we get too excited) for the grown-up love story. The pair of them picked up Oscar nominations.
The world of Philip K Dick was one that was fuelled with paranoia, and The Adjustment Bureau, based on the short story Adjustment Team, certainly has the ‘they’re watching you’ vibe going on.
With a referendum on the way as to how we vote, spare a thought for the barons in Ironclad. The film tells the story that King John was so miffed at being force to sign Magna Carta -the first, and only, bill or rights for the English -he exacted bloody revenge
It’s always good to see Aidan Quinn and he’s in Liam Neeson blockbuster Unknown, originally called Unknown White Male. According to some reviews though it’s Liam who steels the show in this tale of twists and turns.
Catch the penultimate Potter again, or for the first time, as it pops up again around Devon and Cornwall.
Torquay’s Roger Deakins comes up trumps again for his visual skill in helping the Coen brothers tell their tales in True Grit.
Because we latch onto any connection to the South West, however slim, we’re heralding Paul as one of our own -co-writer and co-star Simon Pegg is from Gloucester, after all.
David O Russell was one of those directors who hustled in a new age of US filmmaking, and taking a look at his back catalogue -Spanking the Monkey, Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees -it’s hardly surprising The Fighter has been treated with such acclaim.
Torquay’s famous son, and top DOP, Roger Deakins had a hand in the visual Ã©lan of Rango, the new animated movie from Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski. Roger may well have used some of the Western styling he picked up on True Grit to add to the atmosphere and effervescent performance of Johnny Depp as the voice of the main character Rango.