Thursday, 23 February 2012

Deviation World Premiere

Danny Dyer
Premiere Scene’s Claire and Anthony Bueno attend the World Premiere of Danny Dyer’s new thriller Deviation. Writer / director J.K. Amalou and producer Lara Greenway confide to us how filming their actors in a confined space really helped build drama and tension to the film. Actor David Fynn  talks about his part Justin, the ill-fated fan; Hellboy II actress  Anna Walton tells us about her character’s own emotional roller coaster ride and Dyer himself reveals that there were scenes in the script that really made him shudder.

Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan

Also making a surprise appearance Tamer Hassan drops by to support his old mate and fellow player!  

DEVIATION in cinemas and on Digital February 24th and on Blu-ray and DVD February 27th

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Photography with thanks to Mike Jonas

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Simon Oakes CEO Hammer Interview

As The Woman In Black starring Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe is set to take the world by storm and have audiences leaping out of their seats with fright, Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno snatched an opportunity to speak to Hammer CEO Simon Oakes about the much loved brand and how it's been lovingly brought back to life!

CB: You've used some big names like Hilary Swank, Christopher Lee obviously and now Daniel Radcliffe; was that a conscious decision that as a brand you mean business?

SO: Well yes and no. As you know Let Me In with Chloe (Grace Moretz) who is beginning to become a huge star but she really wasn't really known then. Matthew Vaughan very kindly let me look at an assembly of kick Ass. That's when I saw Chloe and thought she'd be amazing to be our young vampire in Let Me In and so the answer is where ever the material fits the bill; you know you'd be crazy not to cast a marquee name in it. But for example we're announcing a project tonight (The Quiet Ones) which is a poltergeist movie based on a true story about a group of scientists who are basically taken off campus by a maverick professor and they create a poltergeist, create an ectoplasm poltergeist and it's an ensemble piece so it won't be star driven, because in a sense the star of the movie is the movie itself in that situation. The thing about The Woman In Black is that Arthur Kipps is pretty much on screen pretty much all the time and therefore you're going to need to have some one who can grab people’s imagination and attention which I think Daniel does very well.

CB: And be able to carry it as well?

SO: Yeah, Yeah of course

CB: Would you like to encourage new comer actors and try to help launch new names?

SO: Sure, I think there are so many new young actors and actresses around and I wish that we did live in a world where you had a repertory group like Hammer used to have in the '50's '60's and '70's where you saw the same actors reprising roles like Cushing (Peter) and Lee (Christopher) and all these people. It's very difficult to do that now, it was great to have Christopher come in and do one of our first Hammer films (The Resident) and yes we'd like to think that actors that we work with come back and do stuff with us again. I don't think any of the British young actors in America or England need encouragement; I think if you find the right material then you know we'll cast them. There's some amazing talent coming through, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, the young boy who was in Great Expectations; all these young women, phenomenal actress; yes, absolutely.

CB: What creative input do you have? Or do you want to have in the films that you are making?

SO: A lot, as much as possible and as much as I’m allowed. There's a great team we have who often don’t get mentioned. My colleague Tobin Armbrust whose the Head of production, very involved, very cinema literate, very savvy; Ben Holden, Development, Shira Rockowitz these are all names I would love you to mention everyone is really involved they give copious script notes, we get involved with all aspects of casting, we really are involved; absolutely. So then if things work you take the benefit and if they don't you take the downside, but you can't be involved in this business and say here's a cheque go off and make your movie, otherwise it's a disaster.

CB: One of the failings sadly of Hammer in the beginning was that it didn't embrace the future, what are you doing to future proof the brand of Hammer?

SO: Such a tough question, I don't think you can future proof anything, I think what you have to do is to keep on, stick to your guns, stick to your philosophy. You know the world has changed in terms of the amount of space there is for content you have to think very laterally. The thing about Hammer is that there is no question that they simply didn't see what was coming and remember it was basically a congregation of American movies, movies coming from different parts of the world and they were sort of in this little time warp, I think the fact is since we started we've made two movies in the US, we made a movie in Ireland and the UK, we're doing another picture soon possibly in South Africa that you know it's a global industry now. I think Hammer was very much the plucky Brit in the mid '70's and it wasn't seeing what was coming. So I don't know, we've just got to work hard and make successful movies I guess.

At the World Premiere of The Woman In Black see what Daniel Radcliffe, screenwriter Jane Goldman and not forgetting the phantomous femme fatale Liz White have to say about their contribution to film.

Premiere Scene's first encounter with Simon was at the UK Premiere of Let Me In.

Hammer is part of the Exclusive Media Group

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Friday, 10 February 2012

A Dangerous Method Review

Directed by David Cronenberg (The Fly, Eastern Promises), A Dangerous method is set during early 19th Century Europe, and long before the start of the World War one. The film focuses on the strained friendship between two of Europe’s better known Professors, only to later become bitter rivals in the field of what today is referred to as Psychoanalysis.

Driven by the fascinating methods and theories practiced by Austrian Prof Freud (Lord of the ring’s Viggo Mortensen), Prof Jung (Shame’s Michael Fassbender) unknowingly embarks on a dark journey of his own into the human psyche. This leads to the bizarre sexual attraction and entanglement with mentally disturbed patient Sabina (Pirates of the Caribbean's Keira Knightley) who is dealing with her own demons of hysteria.

Other than the typical great performances you'd except from Fassbender and Mortensen, Keira's portrayal of Sabina with its insightful depth probably has to be the most surprising of the three characters, which i can only recommend that you go and see. This role delivers a side never seen before from the British actress in previous roles, relieving her of any sweetness and innocence we've grown to adore over the years, but proving she still has much more to offer in the future.

The film itself is an interesting period piece you can't help to admire for Cronenberg's vision and attention to detail. Once again his obsession towards discovering the darkness within has proved to be most effective and a intriguing experience that will leave you scratching your head as you leave.

My prognosis is that you visit your local cinema 10th February for its nationwide release and judge the symptoms for yourself.

Words by Mike Jonas

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D

Premiere Scene’s Claire & Anthony Bueno swapped their microphone for a lightsaber as Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace reaches London in 3D.  At the Gala Screening  celebrities Kevin Adams, Lucy Alexander, Maverick Sabre, Laura Whitmore and Corey Feldman shared with us their eager anticipation of being transported into the third dimension as the first of George Lucas’s epic films makes it’s  way back to the big screen.

 The night was still young as the delightful Anthony Daniels who has thrilled generations of movie goers  with his portrayal of C-3PO the much loved protocol droid tells us what is was truly like working on all six films.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D
is released nationwide 9th February 2012

The fun was never ending as Corey Feldman an actor who himself has experienced a lengthy film career speaks to us about his admiration for George Lucas as a filmmaker and he tells us about the skill that is really required to work with the green screen.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Premiere Scene’s Catherine Whale and Anthony Bueno jetted off to The Curzon Mayfair for the World Premiere of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Director John Madden talks of working on a worthy script for a worthy cast; actors Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson, Diana Hardcastle, Celia Imrie, Dame Judi Dench and Bill Nighy speak of an issue that faces all of us; growing older and singer Matt Cardle tells us about his  song Starlight which features in the trailer.


Words by Nicola Johnston

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a British Comedy with a serious under tone.

The film follows a group of retirees who begin the film as strangers and for their own individual reasons are enticed to travel to India to the retirement hotel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) which offers an idyllic setting for relaxation and happiness.

The strangers are quickly brought together, the hotel is not as glossy as advertised and is full of hidden charms and surprises. The characters all face different scenarios which force them to look deep within themselves and ask the big life questions, they each in turn have to face up to their pasts, their mistakes and in time have to be brave and let go to sore free learn to be happy and content in who they really are and what its is that truly makes them happy. A journey of self discover is what is in store.

The film not only offers up a steller cast and plenty laugh out loud moments but also makes us question how we as a society treat and talk to our elders. It looks at the human spirit and the kindness that someone can offer another, it deals with bravery, friendship, forgiveness, kindness and love.

A wonderful film asking a big question who and what are you and what makes you truly happy?

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