Review by Ben Gummery
B&B is a new LGBT-themed thriller from writer/director Joe Ahearne (Doctor Who) in a Hummingbird Films production; funded by Creative England, Film Cymru, and Pont Neuf Productions. The film is being distributed in the UK by Pecadillo Pictures.
‘Marc (Tom Bateman) and Fred (Sean Teale) return to bait the owner (Paul McGann) of a remote Christian B&B who they had successfully sued him for not allowing them to share a bed. Events take a deadly turn when another guest arrives, who they think might have something sinister in mind’
In Pursuit of Silence is a documentary from director Patrick Shen.
“…a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives. Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s ground-breaking composition 4’33”, In Pursuit of Silence takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around the globe– from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of the loudest city on the planet, Mumbai during the wild festival season – and inspires us to experience silence and celebrate the wonders of our world”
Review by Benjamin Gummery
My Life as a Courgette is a 2016 Swiss and French Oscar-nominated stop motion animated comedy/drama feature directed by Claude Barras and based on a novel by Gilles Paris.
Following a successful festival run, the english-dubbed version of the film features a stellar cast including Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page and Amy Sedaris. While the film speaks for itself, this casting and the performances really bring it to life for the english medium. Nick Offerman’s ‘cop that cares’ is instantly lovable but also has his own depth. Continue reading
LoveTrue is a new indie documentary from Director Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach) and is executive-produced by Shia LaBeouf (Transformers). Continue reading
Written by Lewis Mainwaring
‘Space Helmet for a Cow: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who Volume 2‘ covers the behind-the-scenes history of the British science-fiction television programme Doctor Who (produced by the BBC).
This book follows on from the 2015 ‘Space Helmet for a Cow: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who – Volume 1‘ – which covered the shows original run between 1963 to it’s cancellation in 1989. Continue reading
Written by Lewis Mainwaring & Benjamin Gummery
Spoiler free !!!!
Following 2015’s continuation of the Star Wars Saga The Force Awakens comes the second Disney-produced Star Wars film.
This is the first in a new series of ‘stand-alone’ Star Wars ‘Anthology’ films which will tie-in with the existing universe but not form part of the main story saga. With that being said the events of Rogue One are set directly before Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope.
Written by Jay Kay
Based on true events surrounding the unexplained vanishing of hikers within The Ocala National Forest comes the cat and mouse thriller ONE NIGHT OF FEAR. Creating a snapshot of survival, brutality and raw emotion, this formulaic indie effort does not stray from the prototypical slasher/survival sub-genre of horror as it plays it straight, letting you know what could have happened to many of those unlucky souls out for experience in the deep and dark woods. This cautionary slaughter piece features horror performance by talent such as Jimmy Dempster (Regret), Jessica Sonneborn (The Haunting of Alice D) and Suzi Lorraine (Torment). ONE NIGHT OF FEAR does cater to a different side of the horror film fan; giving them tension, intent and brutality spread over a long road of survival. Continue reading
Review by Jay Kay
AND THEY WATCHED (2015) is Written and Directed by Vivian Lin.
We move through this world observing amazing and terrible things. We see sights that make us wonder, make us cope as well as struggle with the notion of good and evil. In the short film AND THEY WATCHED by Vivian Lin; we find that even in the service of those in pain, we learn that our ignorance can come back to haunt us. Inspired by the reinstatement of the electric chair in the state of Tennessee and an incredible part of the 2016 ETHERIA FILM NIGHT selections; we follow a janitor played by John Cianciolo completing his duties in a dark and dreadful hallway leading down to an execution chamber. This section of a prison is a grizzly reminder of the finality with this weapon of death just beyond the glass. As the janitor cleans the window, straightens up the rooms and takes meticulous care to clean the electric chair after the latest execution, through incredible use of light, tense score and eerie visual effects, we understand that something did not fully leave the chamber or this earth. With a production design mirroring the most effective and insidious ideas guiding the frights of a haunted house, we learn that a spirit has returned to re-create the injustice and terror with the one person who happens to be there not for any other reason than he was paid and he watched. Continue reading
Review by Jay Kay
RAPT (2016) is Written by Jerry Janda, Russell Hackett and Directed by Tom Ryan. Continue reading
Presented with English Subtitles.
This real-life documentary from director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami follows the every-day life of Afghan refugee Sonita Alizadeh; now living in Iran.