Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Fred: The Movie Press Junket

Premiere Scenes's Claire Bueno had the delight of interviewing Pixie Lott and Lucas Cruikshank for their film Fred:The Movie. Find out about Pixie's film debut and how they both feel about the power of the Internet behind their success.

Fred is in love with the girl next door, Judy. But his nemesis neighbour Kevin, thwarts all attempts Fred makes to see her, and when he finally succeeds in making it over to Judy’s house – she’s moved! With the advice of his super cool dad (John Cena), Fred embarks on an epic journey full of gut-busting fun to find her. So, jump in the kiddie pool and join Fred, Bertha (Jennette McCurdy), and the whole gang for a hilarious good time in Fred: The Movie!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

The Kings Speech Charity Screening

Premiere Scene’s Claire and Anthony Bueno were delighted to attend the UK Charity Screening of The Kings Speech in aid of the Michael Palin Centre for Stuttering Children. Interviews include director Tom Hooper, Colin Firth and Michael Palin

THE KING'S SPEECH is based on the true story of Queen Elizabeth II's father and his remarkable friendship with maverick speech therapist Lionel Logue. Fascinating, moving and often humorous it charts the personal relationship that developed between England’s reluctant King, (George VI) plagued by a nervous stammer, and the irreverent Australian speech therapist.

Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children

The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children was opened in 1993 by writer and actor Michael Palin, whose support stems from his personal experience of his father’s severe stammer and his part as the stammering character, Ken, in the film `A Fish called Wanda`. The Centre provides specialist support every year for more than 300 children and young adults aged 2 – 19 years from all parts of the UK and it has attained a reputation for excellence that is both national and international.    


Sunday, 28 November 2010

Megamind 3D Gala Screening

Premiere Scene’s Claire and Anthony Bueno attend the 3D Gala Screening of Megamind starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey. Celebrity interviews include James Forde, Gillian Taylforth, Bernie Nolan, Maisie Smith, Gail Porter, Jimi Mistry, Lucy Alexander and Paul Young.

Megamind (WILL FERRELL) is the most brilliant super-villain the world has ever known…and the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way - Each attempt, a colossal failure, thanks to the caped superhero known as “Metro Man” (BRAD PITT), until the day Megamind actually defeats him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, the fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant, leaving everyone to wonder: Can the world’s biggest “mind” actually be the one to save the day?

Megamind will be out on general release 3rd December 2010

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Black Swan press conference

Premiere Scene's Anthony Bueno, Matt Stephens and William McLaughlan had the privilege of attending the press conference to Natalie Portman's new film Black Swan on day ten of the 54th BFI London Film Festival. Director Darren Aronofsky (Requime for a Dream, The Fountain), actors Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Book of Eli) and Vincent Cassel (La Haine, Irreversible) and producer Scott Franklin (Pi, The Wrestler) were on hand to speak to us and answer our questions.

View the Black Swan press conference

All four of the filmmakers seemed at ease with one another and equally confident about their film. Unlike many of the other press conferences this one was very earnest - there was less emphasis on promotion of the film and more on discussing the process. A factor that seems well placed in the presence of established filmmakers like Aronofsky and Cassel (who had an incredible presence which filled the room).

After the press conference we met briefly startling new talent Tim Barrow (director of The Inheritance) of Lyre Productions. Barrow told us about his exciting project The Space Between. Premiere Scene will be reporting on this project in greater depth on the films release so stay tuned!

To buy tickets and join the excitement of the BFI LFF visit www.bfi.org.uk/lff

Monday, 25 October 2010

Day nine of the 54th BFI London Film Festival

The Vue Leicester Square bar is often a hubbub of film chatter during the festival but it is rare to have such intimate discussions with the filmmakers. The three we spoke to had clearly had an incredible experience working on this project.

For Marc and Nia it was an extremely special time. They not only went to Patagonia (where Nia has family) but were able to take their young daughter. When planning the project they went on a recce in 2005 for three weeks with producer Rebekha Gilbertson (The Edge Of Love). There they met Matthew Rhys (Bothers & Sisters, Luster) and the four of them the conceived the idea of the movie. Marc and Laurence Croiat (Wonderland, Genova) and wrote the script together.

Patagonia narrates the journeys of two women - one looking for her past, the other for her future. The film intercuts between their stories, in which one of them travels south to north through the Welsh springtime and the other east to west through the Argentinean autumn.

We were also lucky enough to speak to the two directors of music documentary Benda Bilili, Renaud Barret (Victoire Terminus, Kinshassa,) and Florent de La Tullaye (also directed Victoire Terminus, Kinshasa), at short notice. They told us about the challenges they overcame on their mammoth six-year long production and the elation they experience with the band long the way.

Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of eight thousand people. Benda Bilili - means "See Beyond" and is the name of this Kinshasa band who have fans across the globe. Chances of success were slim at first for these homeless handicapped artists who struggled to survive on the streets of their dilapidated capital. Benda Bilili is not a music film, it's the story of a dream that became reality. And a plunge into the streets of Kinshasa without a safety net.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Aita (Father)

Claire Bueno and William McLaughlan were delighted to speak with Spanish director José María de Orbe about his film Aita (Father) premiering on day eight of the 54th BFI London film festival. De Orbe, who graduated from the Los Angeles AFI in 1985, told us he has made the film for his son who is thirteen.
Particularly unusual in this production was the lack of a script. De Orbe discussed his aesthetic desires and story concepts informally and at great depth with his cast. In speaking to him, Premiere Scene felt everything about him as a filmmaker was unorthodox, focussed and delightful.

In Aita an old empty house shows spaces, lights and shadows; as time go by and the memories are shown in its walls and in the most hidden nooks. Can these walls speak its history?

To book tickets and be a part of the festival visit 54th BFI London Film Festival at www.bfi.org.uk/lff

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Day seven of the 54th BFI London Film Festival

Last night Premiere Scene jumped at the chance to get down to the West is West premiere and speak to stars Aqib Khan and Lesley Nicol (Shameless, Downtown Abbey). Andy Oliver and William Mclaughlan also spoke with Director Andy DeEmmony (Father Ted, Canterbury Tales) who told us recreating 1976 was: "...it was very hard in the UK and the council in Manchester saved us two rows of terraces that they were knocking down, the last in that ares, until we'd shot it - and now they've bulldozed them down. So in the UK it was hard. In Pakistan it was easy."

View West is West Premiere

Sequel to East is East and taking the Khan family on a journey from Salford, England to Pakistan, West is West is the coming of age story of both 15 year old Sajid (Khan) and also of his father, 60 year old George Khan (Om Puri).

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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Day six of the 54th BFI London Film Festival

Premiere Scene’s Andy Oliver and William McLaughlan bring you a plethora of British talent as we present to you the Centrepiece Gala premiere of Another Year. Interviews include Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, The Young Victoria), Lesley Manville (A Christmas Carol, Vera Drake) and director Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake).

A gentle yet powerful story of family, friendship and aging balances humour alongside its more melancholic notes. A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

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View Loose Cannons premiere.

We also spoke with the director of Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti in Italian) Ferzan Ozpetek and actress Nicole Graudo.

The celebrated award-winning director's outrageous family comedy lifts the lid on a multi-generational household coming to terms with a rapidly modernising world, and the broadening social acceptance that comes with it.

To buy tickets and enjoy the fun visit 54th BFI London Film Festival site.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Day five of the 54th BFI London Film Festival

Premiere Scene was ecstatic to find day five of the 54th BFI London Film Festival in full swing! The crowds were out in force to support the cast of Africa United. The film has already generated a frenzy of rumors that it could be a sleeper hit with enough weight to compete against the likes of Danny Boyle's Slumdog MIllionaire (to which it is already being compared).

View Africa United Premiere.

The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the World Cup in South Africa. Using all their ingenuity and sass (and a World Cup wall chart for a map), our pint-sized protagonists set off through the endless horizons of Africa in pursuit of an unlikely dream. And as they walk they gather a tribe - a ragamuffin team - of broken and brilliant characters who help them negotiate a way through a series of glorious, dangerous, hilarious and often bizarre situations.

Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and William McLaughlan were on the red carpet at the Odeon West End to speak with director Debs Gardener-Paterson and all the main stars - including the delightful Sherrie Silver.

We headed across the Square to Vue to meet Andrew Oliver who managed to speak to first time writer/director Dan Rush who told us all about his new film Everything Must Go starring Will Ferrel (Zoolander, The Other Guys) in his first ever non-comic role.

In Rush's film alcoholic Nick Halsey (Ferrell) relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.

View Everything Must Go and Uncle Boonmee premiere interviews.

We then interviewed (partially in his own language!) Taiwanese director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Stories on Human RIghts, State of the World) about his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee chooses to spend the last of his days with his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his dead wife appears to take care of him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Meditating on the reasons for his sickness, Boonmee and his family journey through the jungle to a mysterious hilltop cave -- the birthplace of the first of his lives...

We were later joined by Anthony Bueno for our last premiere, El Ambulante. Claire put her Spanish to good use interviewing Eduardo del la Serna (El Refugio de los Caracoles) in his own language.

Filmmaker Daniel Burmeister uses a single camera, a lamp for night shoots, and his charming personality to travel around small Argentinean towns where he makes a feature film in a month with no budget - only bed and board! Burmeister takes one of his pre-written screen plays and adapts it to whatever location he finds himself blessed with and utilizes local talent to cast his projects. So boundless is Burmeister's energy that it took the combined efforts of three directors to chronicle his journey! Another not-to-be-missed film from day 5 of the 54th BFI London Film Festival.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

The American

Premiere Scene’s Claire and Anthony Bueno attended the British premiere of George Clooney’s explosive new thriller, The American, directed by Anton Corbijn (Control) whom they interviewed. They also spoke to stars Thelka Reuten (In Bruges, Lost) and Violante Placido (pictured right) who is making her Hollywood debut in this film.

Claire asked Director Corbijn about his experience of stills photography and whither it contributes to his style of direction. He said: “I find that movies can’t be only about image, but image is an important part of a film. Especially with very little dialogue so I’m very careful my films don’t look like French commercials. The visual beauty is very poetic.”

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As an assassin, Jack (Clooney) is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from the death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde (Reuten).

Saving the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Boncelli) and pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman, Clara (Placido). Jack and Clara’s time together evolves into romance, one seemingly free of danger. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

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This is Smokehouse Films second feature to play at the BFI. The first being Men Who Stare At Goats. To find out more about Smokehouse check out www.smokehousefilms.com

The American is on general UK release from the 26th November.

To book tickets and attend the 54th BFI London Film Festival visit: www.bfi.org.uk/lff


William McLaughlan and Anthony Bueno of Premiere Scene attended the press conference of Conviction and spoke with Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver and Betty-Anne Waters (the women on whom the film is based).

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Conviction is the inspirational true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters’ (two-time Academy Award winner Swank) older brother Kenny (Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction.

Convinced her brother is innocent, Betty Anne attends high school, college and law school in a quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Academy Award nominee Driver), Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor (Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo), meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny's arrest. Belief in her brother – and her quest for the truth – pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny.

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To book tickets and be a part of the 54th BFI London Film Festival visit: www.bfi.org.uk/lff

Friday, 15 October 2010

Let Me In

Claire and Anthony Bueno of Premiere Scene attended the European Premiere of Let Me In and the re-launch of classic British film institution - Hammer Horror. They spoke with Hammer chief Simon Oakes, who said: “The last Hammer film was thirty-one years ago and their last vampire film actually opened in this cinema (now Leicester Square VUE) in 1974. So thirty-six years since the last vampire film – we’re really excited about Let Me In!”

Let Me In is based on the best-selling Swedish novel Låt den Rätte Komma In (Let The Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly acclaimed film of the same name.

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Claire and Anthony also spoke with director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) who told them: “I think anyone who’s had a difficult childhood, which is most people, can relate to the story.” and Kodi Smitt-McPhee (The Road) who informed that his dad, Australian actor Andy McPhee (The Condemned, Wolf Creek) had helped him work on the script.

Chloë Grace Moretz (Hit Girl in Kick-Ass) stars as Abby, a mysterious 12-year-old who moves next door to Owen (Smit-McPhee), a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school. In his loneliness, Owen forms a profound bond with his new neighbor, but he can’t help noticing that Abby is like no one he has ever met before. As a string of grisly murders grips his wintry New Mexico town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl is actually a savage vampire.

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Let Me In is on general release from the 29th October.

To book tickets and be a part of the 54th BFI London Film Festival visit www.bfi.org.uk/lff