It’s that time of year every year – but I’m talking the autumn months – that’s when biggest film festivals come to the publics doorsteps and we get to bask in marvel of diverse, innovative and painstaking hard work that has gone in to every single film entered. I mean it. I write this blog, not to put films down but to share films that will always have an audience but rarely be given a platform or realm to be discussed and shared. Hence the sporadic nature of my posts. I tend to be busy during festival season, on here, but all year round I will keep you all updated with unknown, obscure and new cinema.
Independent cinema in particular, because I feel the stakes are higher yet limited for the array of struggling and unestablished filmmakers just trying to make work they (hopefully) love.
Hence why you’ll find most (if not all!) reviews on here written about fairly not judged and demeaned. I appreciate the art of film, the thrill in making and sharing film – the sometimes excruciating efforts in making something come to life on whatever budget.
I don’t believe in critiquing with nothing positive to say – I have never seen something so awful that there was nothing – absolutely not a single positive (even my number one hated Movie43 had at least one funny part…I’m sure…and I appreciated the concept) – So I celebrate the good the bad and the very ugly, because I think that’s important.
– The Trash Bash.
Writer/ Dir:Balazs Juszt | DOP: | Cast Francois Arnaud, Ana Ularu, Jordi Mollà and Mark Ivanir
The Man Who Was Thursday is a metaphysical thriller chronicling Father Smith’s Faustian descent into the Roman underworld. Following a disgraceful turn at his local parish Father Smith is called to Rome for spiritual rehabilitation. Upon his arrival, Charles, the man who introduced him to the faith, reveals the real reason Smith was brought to the Eternal City; to go underground and ascertain the mysterious leader of an anarchist group of renegades, whose leaders are each code-named after the days of the week. Smith accepts this mission and ultimately unearths the true leader of the group, but not before experiencing a litany of mind-bending twists and turns.
DOP: Art Eng | Cast: Angus Macfadyen, Taylor Roberts, Harry Lennix and Kevin McNally.
Synopsis: MACBETH UNHINGED is a modern retelling of the classic Shakespeare play, set in a stretch limousine, which marauds through an abandoned modern American city, as its ambitious queen and increasingly isolated King lose their minds behind the tinted windows of elitist opportunity, and as the fabric of society becomes unhinged and falls apart before our eyes. Continue reading
New Film Production Company ‘PiaPressure’ submissions now open
Lack of funding is a problem many filmmakers come up against, leaving them with the problem of not being able to share their vision and creativity. Award winning filmmaker Pia Getty’s passion of finding the next generation of filmmakers and supporting creative talent, led to the start of ‘Pia Pressure’. A production company set up to support emerging talent and new voices to make exciting, poignant and original films.
Together with producer James Durrant and award winning director Johnny Kenton, both a notable supporters of the creative arts, Pia Pressure will act as a film and television production company with the aim of elevating emerging talent, female filmmakers and filmmakers from under represented backgrounds.
Last night, Pia Pressure was officially launched with a reception held at Covent Garden’s Hospital Club with industry professionals in attendance. The successful evening not only brought a number of creative people together, but also celebrated the birth of a company dedicated to providing support and creating a network within an ever growing industry.
The company has introduced the Pia Pressure Awards, which offers the opportunity to receive investor funding and support. Each award winning team will receive up to £25.000 to fund their project and guide them as well. The winners will benefit from becoming life peers, joining Pia Pressure’s network. They will also be expected to give a small amount of time to help first timers, female filmmakers and filmmakers from under represented backgrounds.
Applicants can apply here www.piapressure.com and submissions will be open until June 21st 2016.
Writer/Director: Sallas De Jager | Producer(s):Terwadkar Rajiv, Piet De Jager, Sallas De Jager | Dop:Tom Marais | Cast: Nicola Breytenbach, Andrew Govinder, Leleti Khumalo, Hemali Juta-Pillay, Mangesh Desai and Deon Lotz.
Free State plays at the Garden State Film Festival, 3rd April at 12.30pm
Ambitions and dreams lock horns with rules and expectations in this beautifully constructed South African film.
Director: Atul Malhotra | Cast: Rez Kempton, Sam Vincenti, Martin Delaney, Karen David, Laura Aikman with Meera Syal and Nina Wadia
With over 1.4 million indian Punjabis in the UK, Indian cinema was always destined to thrive on British shores. But it’s been close to three decades that the British Indian-diaspora of filmmakers have taken hold of western audiences and gained consistent critical acclaim for being able to open its doors to film lovers from various backgrounds. Indian cinema in the UK, unlike other subcultures, has managed to successfully navigate the line between what it means to be British whilst staying authentically Indian.
Cinematic wonders such as East is East, Bend it Like Beckham, Anita and Me et al are to name a few – but it’s been close to a decade since the real big Brit-Indian flick took ahold of the nation’s audiences. Continue reading