I Am Belfast sees celebrated filmmaker, writer and curator Mark Cousins (The Story of Film: An Odyssey, A Story of Children and Film, Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise) cast his painterly eye on his hometown, the port city of Belfast.
After its recent cinema opening, I Am Belfast will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in a Dual Format Edition by the BFI on 20 June 2016. Special features include a making-of documentary and interviews with Mark Cousins, actress Helena Bereen and renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle.
Beautifully shot by Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, Rabbit-Proof Fence) and with a powerful soundtrack by the great Northern Irish musician and composer David Holmes (Ocean's Eleven, '71, Hunger), Cousins' film takes viewers on an emotional journey through the complex and sometimes tragic history of the Northern Irish capital, which is embodied as a 10,000-year-old woman, compellingly portrayed by Helena Bereen (Hunger, Mo).
Interspersing archive material (often detailing the horrors of the Troubles) with newly filmed footage, I Am Belfast is an impassioned and politically engaged love-letter to Cousins' hometown. The trailer is above.
Picturehouse Entertainment is pleased to announce the UK release of Mikkel Nørgaard’s (Klown, Borgen) The Absent One on Digital from 30 May. The Absent One is the follow-up to 2013’s critically acclaimed The Keeper Of Lost Causes. Both films are based on the international bestselling Department Q crime novels written by Jussi Adler-Olsen. The Absent One stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Angels & Demons, The Whistleblower, The Killing, Child 44), Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty, Safe House, Child 44) and Pilou Asbæk (Game Of Thrones, Lucy, A Hijacking).
In 1994 two young twins are found brutally murdered in a summer cottage. A number of clues point in the direction of a group of young upper-class students from a nearby boarding school, but the case is closed as a local outsider pleads guilty and is convicted of the murders.
When the case ends up on Carl Mørck’s desk 20 years later, he soon realises that something is terribly wrong. As Carl and Assad start investigating the case, they are led to an old emergency call from a desperate girl who seems to know the secret of the murders. Soon they are plunged into an intense search for the girl, Kimmie, who has been missing since the murders happened. But Carl and Assad are not the only ones trying to track her down, as her testimony poses great danger to a group of influential men who will do all they can to keep her silent. The Keeper Of Lost Causes is available on DVD and Digital now.
In the mid 1990s a new wunderkind appeared on the literary scene, and took the world by storm. JT LeRoy (Jeremiah ‘Terminator’ LeRoy) was a young writer, from a very troubled background, with tales of abuse, prostitution and a life on the streets. This fascinating new voice started making waves with articles appearing in magazines such as Nerve and Shout NY and when his first novel Sarah was published in 1999, and he began to make public appearances, his fame ascended at a rapid pace. The showbiz world took LeRoy into their fold, and everyone wanted to be seen with the “it” person of the moment…But all was not what it seemed.
Now a brand new film Author: The JT LeRoy Story, which arrives in UK cinemas on 29 July 2016 from Dogwoof following its UK Premiere at Sundance London on 4 June 2016, takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how one woman —like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids—breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. This epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation. Finally the person behind the enigma recounts an astonishing odyssey.
The film features stars such as Shirley Manson, Winona Ryder, Courtney Love, Billy Cogan, Bono, Asia Argento, Gus Van Sant and many more.
George, a pretty teen girl, falls in love with Alex. To get his attention, she initiates a game with their friends, discovering, testing and pushing the limits of their sexuality. When the nature of their activities is revealed, they each deal with the scandal in radically different ways. Faced with the implosion of their value systems, they move on by reassessing their priorities, finding love and their real desires. BANG GANG (A MODERN LOVE STORY) is the feature debut from French Filmmaker Eva Husson.
Release date: 17th June 2016. The trailer is at the link above.
[18 May 2016 at 23:01]
The Wicked Lady on DVD
Winner's wayward woman
Michael Winner’s (Death Wish) classic bawdy romp The Wicked Lady finally gets a UK DVD release in its full uncensored glory on 4th July 2016, courtesy of Second Sight Films.
This boisterous caper features screen legend Faye Dunaway (Chinatown) as the titular lead, who appears alongside an all-star cast including Alan Bates (Far from the Madding Crowd), John Gielgud (Chariots of Fire) and Denholm Elliot (Raiders of the Lost Ark).
After seducing and marrying the already betrothed Sir Ralph Skelton (Elliott), Lady Barbara Skelton (Dunaway) finds life very dull, despite her wealth and good fortune. Desperate for excitement and danger she is thrown into the arms of infamous highwayman Jerry Jackson (Bates). Every evening she slips away from home, to join him in his criminal exploits. But how long before her perilous nighttime escapades are discovered?
Ahead of its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, Icon Film Distribution today unveils the teaser poster for Nicolas Winding Refn’s THE NEON DEMON. The film will be released nationwide in UK cinemas on July 8, 2016.
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has.
Starring Elle Fanning (Somewhere, Malificent), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games), Abbey Lee (Max Max: Fury Road), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Drive), The Neon Demon sees Refn reunite with Drive and Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez and editor Mat Newman. The trailer is above.
[17 May 2016 at 23:55]
Every Home Should Have One on Blu-ray and DVD [read more]
The eyes have it
COMEDY genius Marty Feldman (Young Frankenstein) delivers a virtuoso performance in this uproariously risqué comedy about an advertising executive whose life becomes unnecessarily complicated when he's selected to run a campaign to sex up porridge!
Every Home Should Have One (15) is released on Blu-ray RRP £14.99, and DVD RRP £9.99, on 6 June 2016, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.
Written by Feldman, Barry Took (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In) and Denis Norden (Looks Familiar) – and also starring Shelley Berman (The Aristocrats), Judy Cornwell (Wuthering Heights) and pneumatic Scandinavian sex symbol Julie Ege (The Amorous Milkman) – Every Home Should Have One is featured in a brand-new High Definition transfer from original film elements, in its original theatrical aspect ratio.
Poor Teddy has several problems on his plate. His colleague's advice to 'think dirty' seems to have resonated worryingly with his young son, while the vicar's 'Clean-Up TV' campaign has gained unexpected support from his wife; and with Teddy's ineptitude mistaken for talent by his boss, he's been tasked with finding an erotic angle on McLaughlin's Frozen Porridge!
[17 May 2016 at 23:52]
Buster Keaton, The Complete Short Films 1917-1923 [read more]
Eureka Entertainment is to release BUSTER KEATON, The Complete Short Films 1917-1923, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on 18 July 2016.
Containing thirty-two films – with a running time of over 740 minutes – this collection documents Buster Keaton’s short films between 1917-1923.
Capturing Keaton’s first steps in front of a camera this box set charts his early association with ex-Keystone Kop Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle through to starring in, headlining, and directing his own box office smash hits. Using Chaplin’s old Hollywood studios in 1920, Keaton’s sophisticated technical inventiveness coupled with his haunted-yet-handsome ‘Stone Face’ persona, created a succession of the most timeless, classic comedy shorts ever realised. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the following films in a luxurious four-disc box set, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. Click above for a clip.