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).
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
Saturday, 23 October 2010
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Wednesday, 20 October 2010
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."
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).
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
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.
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.
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Sunday, 17 October 2010
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).
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.
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...
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
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.”
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.
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.
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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.
To book tickets and be a part of the 54th BFI London Film Festival visit: www.bfi.org.uk/lff
Friday, 15 October 2010
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.
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.
Let Me In is on general release from the 29th October.
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Thursday, 14 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
The films sees an all star cast Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis and Mr Hammer House of Horrors himself Christopher Lee.