SHORT FILM REVIEW: GRIDLOCK

Writer/Director: Ian Hunt Duff  | Producer: Simon Doyle | Cast: Moe Dunford, Peter Coonan, Steve Wall and Amy de Bhrun. 

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During a traffic jam on a narrow country road. When Eoin’s young daughter Emma goes missing from their car, he forms a desperate search party to find her. But as panic takes hold among the other drivers, the search for a missing girl quickly descends into a frenzied witch-hunt, where no one is above suspicion.

Gridlock is a thrilling ride.  

Indeed,  despite its title and baseline premise, Gridlock moves at a pace that’s consistently engaging and packed with plenty of questions of who, how and why. It has all the machinations of CLUE? without any of the superfluous character breakdown, making which is both intriguing and chilling.  

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FREE STATE (2016)

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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. 

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AMAR AKBAR & TONY | 2015

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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

PRESS RELEASE: ‘The Name’s BOND’| EXHIBITION 2015

A scene from the James Bond film 'Thunderball' with Sean Connery, Claudine Auger and Adolfo Celi. (Photo by MacGregor/Getty Images)A scene from the James Bond film ‘Thunderball’ with Sean Connery, Claudine Auger and Adolfo Celi. (Photo by MacGregor/Getty Images)

THE NAME’S BOND:

EVERYMAN CINEMA AND GETTY IMAGES LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE JAMES BOND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

First public showing for this collection of behind-the-scenes images from the famous films.

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Independent cinema network, Everyman Cinema, has partnered with the Getty Images Gallery to curate an exclusive James Bond photography exhibition, entitled The Name’s Bond, ahead of the release of franchise’s latest instalment, Spectre, next month.

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Launched at the Everyman Canary Wharf on Wednesday, 7th October, this particular exhibit has released a collection of previously un-exhibited promo shots and stills behind the scenes of one the world’s longest and beloved movie franchise and the twenty-three films that have captivated an ever-growing audience.

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Hosted in Crossrail Place, leading right into the wonderful Everyman Canary Wharf cinema itself, means that fans and movie goers can have the pleasure of getting acquainted with Bond before watching the new movie in the series. 

The free exhibition will be hosted in Crossrail Place and will continue downstairs into the Everyman Canary Wharf cinema site itself, offering Bond fans the perfect pre-film experience before heading in to watching the eagerly anticipated twenty-fourth Bond film. 

And did I mention that it’s free?

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Hoss Ghonouie from Everyman Cinema, says: “From car chases and casinos to Vespers and villains, James Bond holds a place in British film culture like no other. It has been such a joy delving into Getty’s vast image archives to compile a collection that charts the ascent of James Bond over the last fifty years into a central feature of British iconography.”

The Name’s Bond exhibition will remain open  to visitors from now, until the end of November. Visit the Everyman Cinema (click below) site  for more info.

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 Dates:   Open 10am-11pm (entry free, non-ticketed)

17th July 1968: English film star Roger Moore, well known for his roles as James Bond and the Saint, downs a martini. (Photo by Peter Ruck/BIPs/Getty Images)
17th July 1968: English film star Roger Moore, well-known for his roles as James Bond and the Saint, downs a martini. (Photo by Peter Ruck/BIPs/Getty Images)

 

RAINDANCE WATCH 2015 | HAPPY 140

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Director:Gracia Querejeta | Writer: Gracia Querejeta, Antonio Mercero|  Dop: Juan Carlos Gómez | Cast: Maribel Verdú, Antonio De la Torre, Eduard Fernández    

Synopsis: Elia is turning 40, and to celebrate she wants to bring her nearest and dearest together for a weekend in the hills of Tenerife. It’s been years since she’s seen many of them and though there are still underlying tensions and unfinished business to resolve – Elia is determined to celebrate. Around the dinner table does the story really begin to unravel.  The seemingly stable, successful group of friends begin to share the best thing that’s happened to them within the year so far – but as it turns out it’s Elia whose good fortune trumps them all, and not everyone is happy about it. 

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