Two favourites from Werner Herzog, courtesy of the BFI
Nosferatu is Werner Herzog’s masterful contribution to the vampire canon, both a discerning tribute to FW Murnau's 1922 silent classic and a singularly atmospheric and thoughtful horror film in its own right.
It comes to Blu-ray for the first time on 19 May 2014, released in a Limited Edition SteelBookTM ahead of its inclusion in mammoth Herzog Blu-ray and DVD box-sets in July. Click on the link above for the trailer.
Also out that day is a visceral, ambitious exploration of megalomania and savage beauty, Aguirre, Wrath of God, which remains one of Herzog's most brilliant achievements and one of German cinema’s totemic masterpieces.
Coming to Blu-ray for the first time in a Limited Edition SteelBookTM, it will also be included in mammoth Herzog Blu-ray and DVD box sets released in July. The SteelBookTM contains both English and German versions of Aguirre, four other Herzog films, including Last Words and Fata Morgana, and feature-length audio commentaries with the director for both Aguirre and Fata Morgana.
Marking Zach Braff’s first film behind the camera since Garden State in 2004 , Kickstarter-funded WISH I WAS HERE tells the story of a mid-thirties man whose life has become directionless, but is forced to change drastically on learning of his father’s terminal cancer. Combining hard life lessons with warmth and humour, the comedy drama also sees Zach in the lead role, with a stellar supporting cast including Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons (‘The Big Bang Theory’), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga) and Mandy Patinkin (‘Homeland’).
They are delighted to share with you the film's teaser trailer. Out of respect for the film's numerous backers, this was released to the Kickstarter Wish I Was Here community yesterday, so they are now pleased to bring you the UK teaser trailer, see the link above.
Zach Braff's WISH I WAS HERE will be in cinemas from 19th September 2014.
[10 Apr 2014 at 22:04]
The British Film Collection reaches a landmark [read more]
Many happy returns for many happy rediscoveries
APRIL 2013 was the start of something special for Network Distributing. With the launch of ‘The British Film’ it cemented its commitment to classic British cinema and a year on, as well as celebrating its first birthday, the 100th title in the collection will be released.
From B-movies with giant apes climbing Big Ben, to high-class drama from the vaults of the Ealing Studios, ‘The British Film’ range is home to the titles that make up our collective film history but have been neglected and all but forgotten.
Tim Beddows, Network MD said “There's something very gratifying in opening a can of film that has been locked away for decades, ignored, unloved, forgotten. Always a sense of anticipation of what the contents might reveal because in the majority of cases no-one really knows.
“It's like mining for gold and just as dirty but a year on from the launch of ‘The British Film’ and we’ve still got more than 300 titles to liberate from the archives. The range so far has been a great success and we're as excited now as we were with the very first release to continue filling in the gaps in the history of British Film.”
Dan Zukovic's "THE LAST BIG THING", called the "best unknown American film of the 1990's in the film book "Defining Moments in Movies" (Editor: Chris Fujiwara), was recently released on DVD and Netflix by Vanguard Cinema, and is currently debuting on Cable Video On Demand, including Fandor. Featuring an important early role by 2011 Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee Mark Ruffalo ("The Avengers", "Shutter Island", "The Kids Are Alright"), "THE LAST BIG THING" had a US theatrical release in 1998, and gained a cult following over several years of screenings on the Showtime Networks. The trailer is above.
The Brazilian Film Festival of London is back again for its 6th edition celebrating the best of the most recent productions from the Brazilian cinema.
This year, the festival is bringing to Odeon Covent Garden, a riveting collection of Brazilian culture on and off screen, including the feature films:
• BOLD MOUNTAIN (dir. Hector Dahlia) one of the most celebrated Brazilian films in 2013, the film follows the story of two men in Serra Pelada, one of the largest mines in the world.
• TATTOO (dir. Hilton Lacerda) a feature film about the leader of a theatrical troupe and the Brazilian comedy.
• THE DOGNAPPER (dir. Pedro Amorim) a Brazilian comedy recounting the life of a couple and their dog.
• NEVER TOO OLD TO MEOW (dir. Rafael Primot) a story discussing the insane creative process of writers, starring Brazil's most-widely acclaimed actress Regina Duarte in the lead role.
• FIRST DAY OF ANY YEAR (dir. Domingos Oliveira) a story starting at a New Year´s eve party hosted at a journalists´ home with interesting plots developing during the event.
• CITY OF GOD, TEN YEARS LATER (dir. Cavi Borges & Luciano Vidigal) a documentary showing what has changed in the lives of the actors from the 2002 feature film, City of God.
• REVEALING SEBASTIAO SALGADO (dir. Betse de Paula) the first Brazilian documentary about one of the world´s most admired photographer, Sebastião Salgado.
• THE INVISIBLE COLLECTION (dir. Bernardo Atal) a drama about a young men in search of a collection of rare drawings.
• RIO DE FÉ, UM ENCONTRO COM PAPA FRANCISCO (dir. Carlos Diegues) a documentary about Pope Francis' visit to Brazil during the 28th World Youth Day in 2013.
As every Brazilian Film Festival edition in London, the public will choose the best long features and short films and the winner will be awarded the Cristal Lens Awards, on the closing night of the festival, 13th May. Click on the link above for more details.
[9 Apr 2014 at 22:06]
Marmalade sandwiches at the ready
From the producer of Harry Potter and Gravity, Paddington comes to the big screen for the first time in an epic new adventure. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington.
Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young bear with an endearing talent for comic chaos.
Paddington will be released in UK cinemas on November 28th 2014.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in the title role alongside an impressive ensemble of Britain's finest actors as well as some of the most exciting up and coming international stars, including: Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Tom Felton, James Norton, Matthew Goode and Emily Watson.
BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the colour of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
BELLE is written by Misan Sagay, produced by Damian Jones and directed by BAFTA Award Winner Amma Asante. Jones' previous credits include the Academy Award-winning The Iron Lady, BELLE is Asante's second feature following the award-winning A Way of Life in 2004, and Sagay's other writing credits include the 1994 feature film, The Secret Laughter of Women.
BELLE will open in the UK on 13 June 2014, distributed by Twentieth Century Fox. The trailer is above.
Click on the link above for a competition to win a copy of an eBook myself, Andrew and Jason contributed to, albeit with stuff you can read on this site. It's a selection of articles about Steven Spielberg, some previously published material and some new, all compiled in one handy guide. To win, just guess who the contributors are in the video (hint: one of them is Andrew, but one of them isn't me, because I didn't send in a photo). Good luck!