The death of Star Trek favourite Leonard Nimoy has been announced today, and millions of science fiction fans are in mourning. He was a fixture of series television, mostly in guest roles with a few movie bit parts to his name (Them!, The Brain Eaters) when he was cast as the half-human, half Vulcan Mr Spock in American television's most celebrated sci-fi show in 1966, and his life changed forever.
So associated was he with the character, the alien whose every thought was dedicated to logic, that he struggled to be recognised as anything else, especially when he returned to the role after it was brought back for a run of movies continuing to this day. But he did win the chance to direct, and enjoyed one of the biggest hits of the eighties with Three Men and a Baby as well as other, more personal dramas. Other acting roles included Catlow (as a villain), Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (ingenious casting) and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, as well as countless TV roles and the presenter of In Search of..., the true life weird tales show. In addition to that, he pursued photography and even singing. A life well lived, long and prosperous.
[27 Feb 2015 at 19:46]
The Turning on DVD
The very best of Australian screen talent combine to recreate the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. Seventeen directors from diverse artistic backgrounds each direct a chapter from the novel, with a star-studded cast that includes Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne.
Linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people’s lives in a stunning portrait of a small coastal community. As characters face second thoughts and regret, relationships irretrievably alter, resolves are made or broken, and lives change direction forever. UK DVD release 6th April 2015.
[24 Feb 2015 at 22:09]
A Dark Reflection
Based on director/writer/producer Tristan Loraine’s own experiences as a British Airways captain, A DARK REFLECTION is a tense investigative thriller which tells the story of two British journalists that by chance, discover aviation's biggest cover-up. The film will be released in cinemas from 27 February 2015.
Director and ex-airline Captain Tristan Loraine was presented the British Citizen Award for his 14 years of global work on the issue of contaminated air on aircraft on Thursday 27th January 2015 at the House of Lords. A DARK REFLECTION is the first feature film on the issue to screen into selected cinemas starring Georgina Sutcliffe, Rita Ramnani and Marina Sirtis.
World renowned investigative journalist Helen Eastman (Georgina Sutcliffe, “The Song of Lunch”) returns to the UK after a disastrous assignment in the Middle East and takes a new job at a local paper to be closer to her air traffic controller boyfriend, Joe Forbes (TJ Herbert, “31 North 62 East”). Rather than be happy that she has finally given up her high profile career to be closer to him, he is despondent having been suspended from work following a serious JASP Air in-flight safety incident on his shift. The incident has not been released to the public, triggering Helen’s instinctive journalistic curiosity to ask. Why not?
[23 Feb 2015 at 22:50]
The Water Diviner
Something to Crowe about
Four years after the devastating Battle of Gallipoli, Arthur, Edward and Henry Connor are still reported missing in action. With no further news, their father Joshua (Russell Crowe) travels from his farm in Australia to the war-torn peninsula but finds his questions blocked by military bureaucracy.
Desperately holding onto hope, Joshua meets a Turkish war hero who becomes an unlikely ally as he struggles to find his own peace.
THE WATER DIVINER is Russell Crowe’s directorial debut and is inspired by historical events. Released in UK cinemas April 3rd 2015.
Icon Home Entertainment have today unveiled the UK trailer for MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN, a documentary by Refn’s wife Liv Corfixen. The Monday 2nd March DVD release follows the documentary’s UK premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival on Wednesday Feb 25th. The trailer is above.
MY LIFE DIRECTED is a unique insight into the life of one of the world’s most exciting filmmakers as he struggles to reconcile a fast growing international career with his role as a family man and father. Liv Corfixen documents, with uncompromising realism, her husband’s journey making ONLY GOD FORGIVES, the follow-up to the biggest film of his career to date, DRIVE.
FILMED in Samoa and based on the true experiences of Arthur Grimble – commissioner of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony in the western Pacific during the 1920s – the BAFTA-nominated
Pacific Destiny (PG) is released on DVD on 2 March 2015, RRP £9.99, as part of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.
Denholm Elliott (Trading Places, A Room With A View), Susan Stephen (Cocktails In The Kitchen, Three Spare Wives) and Michael Hordern (Gandhi, Where Eagles Dare), star in this highly engaging feature from renowned writer, producer and director Wolf Rilla (Village Of The Damned, Strange Affection).
Life is strange and worrying for Arthur Grimble when, with his bride Olivia, he arrives on an island in the Pacific as a cadet in the Colonial Service. The testy resident commissioner, who had been expecting an experienced man, soon shows his disapproval; but will Arthur and his young wife succeed in winning the hearts and minds of the island’s people?
The UK release of new offbeat romantic comedy film PLAYING IT COOL, starring Chris Evans (The Avengers, Captain America) Michelle Monaghan (Due Date, Eagle Eye), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Safety Not Guaranteed), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Million Dollar Baby), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four, King Arthur) and Patrick Warburton (Ted, Rules of Engagement), will now be digitally in the UK on March 2nd 2015.
Playing it Cool is this generation’s ‘Swingers’ meets ‘500 Days of Summer’, a fresh and quirky story of a slightly pretentious man, our ‘narrator’ (Evans), who falls for an unlikely girl, ‘her’ (Monaghan), and will stop at nothing to get her even after realizing she is already in a relationship. Like a young ‘Walter Mitty’, it tells the story of a quarter-life crisis amidst figuring out who you are and what your destiny holds.
[20 Feb 2015 at 22:23]
Snow in Paradise on DVD
Dave is a petty criminal who thrives on drugs and violence in London’s East End. When his actions kill his best friend Tariq he’s propelled into unknown feelings of shame and remorse. He discovers Islam and begins to find peace until his old life of crime comes back to test his new belief.
Based on the true story of Martin Askew, who grew up in the East End criminal underworld, Snow in Paradise is a hard-hitting debut from editor-turned-director Andrew Hulme, known for his work on Control, The Imposter, Red Riding 1974.