Friday, 26 October 2012

Skyfall Review



Worlds by Andy Oliver

Bond is 50 and what better way to celebrate than a movie that not only enthrals you but pays homage to the films that have kept us on the edge of our seats for years. Skyfall does not disappoint from the opening scenes where Bond chases a villain via car, motorcycle and train to the ending where well that's top secret.

The main ingredients for a great bond movie are here, girls, gadgets and a nasty piece of work trying to bring down MI6. Daniel Craig is for many the best Bond and here he does nothing to harm his credentials as he's shot, beaten and emotionally scarred but of course like Bond, comes back fighting.

The girls come in the form of Bérénice Marlohe (Sévérine) and Naomi Harris (Eve) and provide the glamour that is guaranteed to turn Mr Bond's head .One of the most iconic gadgets in Bond History returns (along with Q),and the John Barry Bond theme is used sparingly but nonetheless in the just the right places.

Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva shows us that you don’t need steel jaws or a flying hat to be a menacing Bond villain. Possibly the best since those Connery, Moore days.

Directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, this Bond is sure to leave you shaken and very stirred.

The Bond franchise is 50 years old and just like a good wine, it gets better with age.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

56th BFI LFF Awards Day Eleven

Join Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and William MacLaughlan as we attend the 56th BFI London Film Festival Awards.

Arrivals 














Winners






Tuesday, 23 October 2012

56th BFI London Film Festival Day Ten



At the 56th BFI LFF Premiere Scene’s William MacLaughlan and Anthony Bueno interview Seven Psychopaths writer / director / producer Martin McDonagh and Producer Colin Broadbent as we talk about filmmaking process and the importance of casting strong actors which in this film include Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell.



Movie magic continues at the 56th BFI LFF as Premiere Scene’s William MacLaughlan and Anthony Bueno interview festival regular producer/ director / writer / editor Pablo Trapero as he screens his new film Elephante Blanco (White Elephant). Join us as Trapero shares with us how he loves the variety of working with actors from different backgrounds and how moved he’s been of the success of the film on his home soil of Argentina.
 

The evenings penultimate film at the 56th BFI LFF Premiere Scene’s William MacLaughlan and Anthony Bueno interview writer / director Paul Andrew Williams about his departure from horror and what inspired this film Song For Marion. Actors Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Orla Hill  speak of their enjoyment of working with such a great cast.



We finish of the evening at the 56th BFI LFF Premiere Scene’s William MacLaughlan and Anthony Bueno interview joint directors Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa tell us why they wanted to be attached to the film Good Vibrations the story of Terri Hooley and the Good Vibrations record store. Actor Richard Dormer talks about the joy of playing such an inspirational man and Terri Hooley himself tells us how it took eight years to finally get the project off the ground and the dangers of being a punk in Belfast in the 70’s.

56th BFI London Film Festival Day Nine

At the 56th BFI London Film Festival Premiere Scene’s Catherine Whale and Mike Jonas interview The Reluctant Fundamentalist director Mira Nair as she enlightens us on her approach to directing the screenplay adapted from the novel and the importance to her of making a contemporary piece about Pakistan.





The 56th BFI LFF hosts the World Premiere for Village At The End Of The World and Premiere Scene’s Catherine Whale and Mike Jonas where there to interview director Sarah Gavron as they find out what inspired the film about a traditional community fighting for survival in Greenland.


56th BFI London Film Festival Day Eight

At the 56th BFI LFF festival favourite Michael Winterbottom speaks to Premiere Scene’s Nicola Johnston and Mike Jonas about his new feature film Everyday. The film that was shot over a five year period covers a story of love, survival and separation. Interviews also include actors Shirley Henderson and  the Kirk family (Katrina, Stephanie, Shaun and Robert) who give us a real insight to the organic approach to Winterbottom’s filmmaking.




Across the square at the 56th BFI LFF Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and William MacLaughlan interview Executive producer Graham King  and  Breaking Bad lead actor Brian Cranston about working on ARGO a story that is based on true events.



Rounding off the evening at the 56th BFI London Film Festival Premiere Scene’s Nicola Johnston and Mike Jonas interview writer / director Ana Piterbarg and producer Mariela Besuievski  of Everybody Has A Plan starring Viggo Mortensen. Find out about filming in Iceland and how the first director was able to not only enlist such a high profile actor for her debut film but also bring him on board as a producer.
 


 

56th BFI London Film Festival Day Seven

Day 7 of the 56th BFI London Film Festival  was in full swing as Premiere Scene's Rachel Mullins and William MacLaughlan interview  screenwriter / director Rama Burshtein and actors Ido Samuel and Irit Sheleg about the coming of age story of an Orthodox Jewish girl.


Critically acclaimed film My Brother The Devil premieres. Premiere Scene’s Rachel Mullins and William MacLaughlan interview cast members James Floyd, Fady Elsayed, Anthony Welsh, Ashley “Bashy “Thomas” and Aymen Hamdouchi about how they prepared for their parts.  Set in Hackney, London the actors revealed to us the reasons why this film stands out from other East End gangster movies.


Across Leicester Square at the 56th BFI LFF Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview director Roger Michell as he enlightens us on adapting the radio play Hyde Park On Hudson to a screenplay and actors Bill Murray and Samuel West give us an insight into how they prepared for their historic roles as Franklin D. Roosevelt and King George VI.


Meanwhile Premiere Scene’s Rachel Mullins and William MacLaughlan  had the pleasure of interviewing the delightful John Hawkes for his new film The Sessions. Join us as we find out how he emotionally and physically he prepared for the role of a man who was a victim of polio.





The evening draws to a close at the 56th BFI LFF as Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Monty Python and childhood heroes Michael Palin and Terry Jones who were accompanied by Carol Cleveland and directors Ben Timlett, Jeff Simpson and Bill Jones as they attend the Premiere of A Liar’s Autobiography 3D . Join us as we discuss the uniqueness of the Python humour, the freedom of expression within animation and the tribute played to their sadly departed chum Graham Chapman.

Friday, 19 October 2012

56th BFI London Film Festival - Day Six

There were high expectations and it didn't disappoint at the 56th BFI LFF as Australian comedy based on true events Sapphires receives a UK Premiere and Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno were keen to interview the stars Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell, Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens, Chris O’Dowd and director Wayne Blair to find that being a part of this film was so important because it had so much so Soul!


and the glittering assortment of stars didn't end there as the BFI LFF celebrated Dustin Hoffman making his directorial debut for his new film Quartet. Hoffman accompanied by a staggering ensemble cast included Sir Tom Courtenay, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Sir Ronald Harwood, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins as they all shared with Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno their wonderful experience working on the film and how it made it from play to screenplay.


56th BFI London Film Festival - Day Five


Day five of the 56th BFI London Film Festival saw Premiere Scene's William McLaughlan and Anthony Bueno head over to Odeon West End to speak to the actors from Rowan Athale's (A Good Life) breakthrough feature film Wasteland.  We were lucky enough to speak with star Luke Treadaway (St. George's Day, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding) who told us about his decision to take the part.  Vannesa Kirby (About time,The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman), Matthew Lewis (The Syndicate, Night of the Loving Dead) and Gerard Kearns (Shameless, Honeymooner) were on hand to discuss their role in the production.


The next film screening was Broken and we spoke to the even younger cast.  Eleven year old Skunk played by newcomer Eloise Laurence witnesses a violent crime - the film focuses on her loss of innocence.  We also managed to have a very brief word with busy British director Rufus Norris (Cutting Horse, Dalva) and actor Denis Lawson (New Tricks, In The Mix).


The late film this evening was Zaytoun, starring Stephen Dorff as Israeli fighter pilot Yoni.  Zaytoun is a film examining the conflict in 1982 Lebanon.  We spoke to producers Gareth Unwin (The King's Speech, Exam) and Frederick A. Ritzenberg (Confession, Callow Bandits) and also caught up with director Eran Riklis (Play Off, A Soldier and a Boy).


Day five of the 56th BFI London Film Festival was awash with new British talent.  Premiere Scene will be watching all the filmmakers' futures with anticipation and wishes all of them the greatest success.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

56th BFI London Film Festival - Day four


Day four of the 56th BFI London Film Festival saw Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and William McLaughlan on the red carpet once again to speak to the filmmakers attending the festival.

Ginger and Rosa, a film about the friendship between two teenage girls in London during the 1960's, was the first to screen.  Claire spoke to both Ginger played by Elle Fanning and Rosa played by Alice Englert.  Producers Andrew Litvin and Christopher Sheppard discussed making the film and what interested them in working on the film.  We also had a chance to speak with the film's director Sally Potter.


Claire caught up with Thomas Vinterberg director of the stunning Dogme film Festen.  This is Vinterberg's first film in ten years.  The Hunt features actor Mads Mikkleson in a tour deforce performance as a teacher accused of inappropriate behavior to a child.


Finally we stepped into Room 237 and spoke with Rodney Ascher and Tim Kirk about their stunning documentary on master-filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's magnum opus The Shining.  Room 237 features conversations with five Kubrick theorists on the analysis and meaning of The Shining.


Roll on day five!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

56th BFI LFF - Day Three


Day three of the 56th BFI London Film Festival and Premeire Scene's top reporters were back on the red carpet covering the premieres for For No Good Reason, Lore, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Grass Roots.

Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno were at the Leicester Square Vue bar to speak with director Charlie Paul (Cherrywood Cannon) about his Ralph Steadman documentary - For No Good Reason.  The film stars Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands) and features a substantial amount of Steadman style animation.  Claire also spoke with producer Lucy Paul (Cherrywood Cannon) and artist Ralph Steadman himself.



While the Bueno's were finding out all about For No Good Reason, Premiere Scene's Nicola Johnston and William Mclaughlan were talking to a fellow Scot - producer Paul Welsh.  Welsh was producer on Cate Shortland's second film Lore.  Lore focusses on the children of Nazi Party members who are captured at the end of the Second World War.  We also spoke with director Cate Shortland about her adaptation of the book, The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert.  Finally Nicola managed to speak with young actors Nele Trebs and Saskia Rosendahl about their participation in the project.



Claire and Anthony dashed over to speak with young star Quvenzahné Wallis, the young star of Beasts of the Southern WIld.  Writer/director Benh Zeitlin (who also composed the score) spoke about his experiences making the film.



Nicola then met up with Mike Jonas to speak with director Stephen Gyllenhaal (Girl Fight) and star Jason Biggs (American Pie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) about their political slacker movie Grassroots.



Day three was filled with intense conversations about producing and getting your film made... exactly the sort of stuff we want to hear at Premiere Scene!


Monday, 15 October 2012

56th BFI LFF - Day Two


Premiere Scene's Nicola Johnston, Mike Jonas and William McLaughlan braved the rain to attend day two of the 56th BFI London Film Festival.  We spoke to the actors and filmmakers behind four big movies being featured here at the BFI's London FIlm Festival.

Upandcoming British director Nick Murphy (The Awakening) spoke to us about his new film Blood.  The thriller charts the moral collapse of a police family. Two cop brothers (Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham), smothered by the shadow of their former police chief father (Brian Cox), must investigate a crime they themselves have committed.  Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham and Zoe Tapper were on hand at the Odeon West End premiere to tell us all about their film.



Producer John Lesher arrived to the premiere of his intense cop flick End of Watch, directed by David Ayer (Street Kings, Harsh Times).  Lesher and star MIchael Peña (Shooter, Crash) told us the two young officers (Peña's partner's played by Jake Gyllenhaal) are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop.



We spoke to Bollywood writer/director/producer Prakash Jah who's film Chakravyuh received a Gala Premiere launch at the Leicester Square Empire.  Despite the miserable weather fans were out in droves to see the two superstar leads Arjun Rampal (Inkaar, Ajab Gazabb Love) and Abhay Deol (Shanghai, Zindagi Ne Milegi Dobara).  There is a war raging in India. A war whose end can't be seen.  A war that isn't being waged by outsiders.  The enemy is our own!  The youth of the country are rebelling.  Against injustice, against tyranny, against exploitation.  Inequality will not be tolerated forever.  There is anger, and there is deep social unrest. 



Rushing back over to Odeon West End Nicola Johnston caught up with star Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, The Box) and the producers of kids' movie Robot & Frank.  Set in the near future, an ex-jewel theif recieves a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him.  The two companions try their luck as a heist team.  



Premiere Scene had a blast at day two of the 56th BFI London Film Festival indulging in a galimaufry of stunning films from a range of exciting new talent.

Friday, 12 October 2012

On The Road Review


ON THE ROAD

Words Nicola Johnston


Does the film capture the essence of Jack Kerouac’s book? I don’t know the answer to that, as I myself, have not read it but I am sure it will divide many peoples opinion, on whether or not they like the film or not. The book has been considered to be the defining novel of what is known as the Beat Generation, young people who identified themselves through sex, drugs, poetry and Jazz music, they did not have the time to conform, to having jobs or for responsibilities. For many years the book has been waiting to be transformed onto the big screen, with plenty attempts failing, perhaps due to the plot structure of the novel being famously unconventional. 

The Coppola family admit too trying to develop a screenplay of the book, with Roman Coppola slated in to direct, they set to work in 1979, this project has haunted the family for decades, with Frances Ford Coppola buying the movie rights, well he actually managed to buy the book, so it was his and no one could take it off him, he always believed it would make a wonderful film, it was just a matter of timing. It passed through the hands of Jean-Luc Godard, Gus Van Sant and Barry Glifford but with no follow through. 

Then Walter Salles came along eight years ago. Frances Ford Coppola had been very impressed with The Motorcycle Diaries. Walter had already travelled the route taken by Kerouac and met all the figures involved in the Beat adventure and the book, he was in a way possessed by On The Road and in a way the film already existed through him, everyone gathered to discuss the plan of action and they gave themselves one week to reach an agreement. They succeeded in turning the novel into a film.

The film follows the character of Sal (Sam Riley) as he attempts to find ‘it’ in his travels across America, he dreams of writing a meaningful work of art. He is fed up with life, and is fascinated by all things mad, he meets Dean (Garrett Hedlund) who is the epitome of cool, with all around him looking up to him, in a god like fashion. They set out on their adventure, putting life on hold, trying to find out who they are and what life has to offer them, we meet many characters on the way including a strong performance by Tom Sturridge as Carlo Marx and  Marylou who is played by (Kristen Stewart)Camille, (Kirsten Dunst) gives a beautifully crafted and heart breaking performance. We also have Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi, all turning in wonderful and weird cameo roles.

The film focuses on character development, with a real desire to reveal what is going on inside each of the individuals, dealing with their inner conflicts, it also has an urgency to explore the generation, through all the senses and it achieves this in bucket loads. With the soundtrack of improvisational Jazz which, is another character in itself, creating genius moments of happiness, doubt, joy, despair, loss and loneliness and underlines the images on the screen perfectly. The film is raw, on edge, full of crazy energy, you feel the heat, the cold, the claustrophobic atmosphere of the indoors and the wonderful freeing sore of the outdoors, the chaos, natures elements fly off the screen, you are on the road, with the characters on their journey, moving forward with them. It is a film bursting with colours.

However, the problem I found is that none of the characters are very likable, they leave you cold, you cant find any sympathy for them, perhaps only Dunst character achieves this up to a certain point, her struggle becomes extremely real, when she becomes a young mother having to make the right decisions, not only for herself but for her children, you relate to her and feel her pain. The rest of the characters are very self indulgent and when Sal manages to move on with his life and Dean turns up looking for help, looking for his friend, Sal walks away and discards him, Sal was able to grow up, Dean’s character is completely lost, trapped, unable to grow up, as everyone around him moves on and accepts responsibilities he cannot. You as an audience member are forced to ask the question, who took advantage of who?  Sal in the end finds his responsibility in writing down his story and in return is given his piece of art. The film is beautifully shot and full of humour, with an incredible original soundtrack and the cast, each and everyone of them are fantastic. Walter Salles should be extremely proud of his achievement.


UK Premiere Interviews



ON THE ROAD in cinemas now

Photography with thanks to Mike Jonas

Thursday, 11 October 2012

56th BFI LFF Opening Night - Frankenweenie European Premiere Interviews

Tim Burton

The 56th BFI LFF got off to a great start as Tim Burton’s stop motion animated movie Frankenweenie launched the film festival fun as it receives its European Premiere. Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno were eager to interview director Tim  Burton,  executive producer Don Hahn,  producer Allison Abate and actor Martin Short who share with us the process of 3D and how stop motion animation benefited the story so close to Burton’s heart.








Martin Landau




FRANKENWEENIE – UK Release 17 OCTOBER











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Photography with thanks to Mike Jonas

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Private Peaceful - George Mackay & Alexandra Roach - Junket Interviews

Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno had the joy of sitting down to interview rising stars George Mackay and Alexandra Roach as they attended the press junket for their new film Private Peaceful. Adapted from the book by War Horse author Michael Morpugo the talented actors speak of their delight in participating in such wonderful story telling, with such poignant dialogue and how making this movie taught them that war affects not just the men in the front line but the people back home as well.



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Monday, 8 October 2012

Hotel Transylvania - Gala Screening Interviews


Premiere Scene's Rachel Mullins and Anthony Bueno had a pre Halloween celebration as they take a trip to Hotel Transylvania as it receives a Gala Screening. Join us as we interview a host oh UK TV celebrities including Kevin Adams,  Linda Lusardi, Camilla Rutherford, Lindford Christie,  Kate Garraway and  Ollie Proudlock as they share with us what they're most looking forward to about the film.


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Friday, 5 October 2012

Pusher Gala Screening Interviews



Premiere Scene’s Rachel Mullins and Anthony Bueno attended the Gala Screening of Pusher. Join us as we interview actors Agyness Deyn, Richard Coyle, Mem Ferda, Zlatko Buric, Daisy Lewis, Director Luis Prieto and Executive Producer Nicolas Winding Refn about the 1996 action / thriller remake of the same name and how setting the film in London gives the film a new dynamic.


PUSHER is released in UK Cinemas 12th October 2012

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

LOL Review



Words Nicola Johnston

LOL (Laugh Out Loud) is a remake of the 2008 French coming-of-aged drama. It was shot in 2010 with Lionsgate releasing it in the United States in May 2012.

The film follows Lola and her friends as they deal with the pressures of high school, friendship, romance, broken hearts, teen sexuality, drug experimentation, divorce, family, but ultimately finding out who they are and what they want.

The director (Lisa Azuelos) draws parallels between the daughter’s life and the mother’s life. The mother (Demi Moore) and the daughter (Miley Cyrus) both have problems with the men in their lives. They enjoy a close and loving relationship, which is tested in the film, showing the struggles between parent and child, as they begin to grow slightly apart, as they try hard to understand one another and keep communicating.

 It’s not just the teens having sex and doing drugs, there are adults are doing it too, which might suggest that we never truly grow up.

The film also deals with the language used between parents and their children, as they try to relate to one another and keep the bond between them strong, adolesance is a tough time for all involved.


LOL is ultimately a teenage chick flick, with many subplots dealing with both the teenage problems and adult problems too; it’s a coming of age tale. It has humour, it is touching at times and has a credible cast, giving some good performances, including Douglas Booth, and Ashley Green. It is shot well, with some stunning locations and a toe-tapping soundtrack. The prefect film for a girl’s night in.

LOL is released on DVD 15th October 2012

Monday, 1 October 2012

Headley Court Medicinema official opening - Nick Frost & Simon Pegg Interviews


The healing power of medicinema arrives at Headley Court (Defence Medical Rehabilitation centre) as patrons Nick Frost and Simon Pegg attend the cinema’s official opening. Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno were honoured to attend and interview the actors to find out more about their involvement in the charity. We also speak to NAME & TITLE of The Royal British Legion who felt the benefits of the cinema to the long term sick was cause enough to ensure this project came to fruition.





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