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Author: Presh Williams

Big Picture Film Club Co-Founder.
Interviews

Batman Fan Film Director, Rob Ayling, Discusses “Living in Crime Alley” & Memorabilia

December 8, 2019
Living In Crime Alley

Writer / director, Rob Ayling sat down with Big Picture Film Club to talk about his love for Batman, his Batman memorabilia and his latest short film, Living In Crime Alley.

Living In Crime Alley is available online Friday 13th December 2019.

Rob Ayling, writer / director of “Living In Crime Alley” (credit: Big Picture Film Club)

Also Read: Holy Fan Films, Batman

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Interviews, News

Big Picture Film Club & Silver Screen Dudes Discuss Their Favourite Directorial Debuts

December 4, 2019
Big Picture Film Club & Silver Screen Dudes

Big Picture Film Club Co-Founders, Presh Williams & Urvisha Patel, joined the Silver Screen Dudes on their Movie Mount Rushmore Podcast, where they discussed their favourite directorial debuts.

You can listen to the podcast via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Spreaker & IHeartRadio & more.

Silver Screen Dudes (with Big Picture Film Club) – Movie Mount Rushmore Podcast

Also Read: Academy Awards 2020: Five New categories That Should Be included In The Oscars

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Interviews

Danny Steel Discusses His Role In “Invasion Planet Earth”, Sci-Fi & Crowdfunding

November 20, 2019
Invasion Planet Earth

Invasion Planet Earth (formerly Kaleidoscope Man) is a crowdfunded British Sci-Fi film from writer / director Simon Cox. The film follows Thomas Dunn (played by Simon Haycock) a man who has lost his faith, following the death of his young daughter. On the day he finds out his wife is pregnant again, aliens invade the Earth. We caught up with Danny Steel, who plays Floyd, in this Sci-Fi adventure to let us know what to expect and more about the film’s remarkable journey from a crowdfunding campaign to the cinema screen.

Presh Williams: The Kickstarter for the film campaign received phenomenal support (backed by almost 200 people). As an independent film production, how does that support make you feel about the public wanting to see this story come to life?

it’s so amazing to see the phenomenal amount of public support for the project – it shows there’s a huge audience for Sci-Fi and independently made cinema and encourages me to want to do more. There have been waves of support from all around the world, ever since I was involved I’ve met people passionate about this project! Simon (Cox) and I were talking about this and we spoke of how countless times we’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of people wanting to see the film to fruition.

PW: A lot of the film, as is the case with Sci-Fi films, relies on CGI. How was is it like working with writer/director, Simon Cox, to act out those scenes without actually knowing how the final cut of the film would look like?

I’ve worked in CGI previously and knew how it worked, however, I had, and have, a lot of faith in Simon and his vision. I knew from the moment we met over a coffee and he spoke of how he wanted ‘Invasion’ to look, I had 100% trust in him – I had a fair idea of how it could end up and having seen the final film, it has over achieved my own expectations!

PW: What was your favourite scene to film?

DS: I’d have to say the part where Europe is slowly being destroyed – we are watching it happen high up from the Spacecraft. None of us spoke, there was no dialogue in the scene and as the camera pans across all of us watching this horror down on Earth, in instinct I reached out and held Samantha’s (played by Sophie Anderson) hand. It wasn’t in the script that I do that but felt absolutely right to do that. There is an eerie silence as this was happening. We did this several times and I was allowing myself to go deeper each time. I was thinking about how relevant the scene is now in this awareness era of climate change and political uncertainty to show how it affects us all from a macro to a micro level has never been more important.

Danny Steel
PW: Invasion Planet Earth does draw a lot of influence from 70s/80s Sci-Fi, what can people expect when they see the movie?

DS: Ha! I think people can expect to see homage’s to certain well-known films both in the style and narrative of ‘Invasion’. If you love these certain films (not mentioning any names here, you’ll love this one basically). Like any good story, ‘Invasion’ is a story of connection, of resilience and the power of a shared collective.

PW: You’re follow up film that you are co-starring is quite different to Invasion Planet Earth, it’s called L’age D’or and based on 60s St Tropez. Can you tell us more about that film?

DS: In L’Age D’Or I play a French-speaking British musician who arrives in St Tropez in 1967 wanting to set up a band and explore life in the South of France. My character is an essential part of the narrative.
The film is very big on the musical numbers and 60’s cover songs feature heavily throughout the film – as a huge music fan, this was great to film and be a part of (although no CGI was used this time!)

I’m also very excited to be in pre-production on a new horror ‘Creaks’, directed by award-winning director Joe Camereno and written by Anne-Sophie Marie, I play an eccentric Ghost Hunter we are looking at making this next year..watch this space!

Invasion Planet Earth (Official Trailer)

Invasion Planet Earth will be in cinemas on 5th December 2019 at select cinemas within the U.K.

More: Actors / Filmmakers, Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe Discuss Their Film “Greener Grass”

Also Read: Advice For First Time Independent Feature Filmmakers

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Interviews

Actors / Filmmakers, Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe Discuss Their Film “Greener Grass”, National Lampoons & Social Etiquette.

November 19, 2019
Greener Grass

Writers, directors and stars Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe create a hilariously deadpan hellscape of competitive suburbia with a boldly stylized absurdist chain of events that unfurls with increasing fervour after one soccer mom gifts another her infant daughter just to be polite.

We sat down with the hilarious duo to discuss their latest film Greener Grass. watch the full interview below:

Interview with Dawn Luebbe & Jocelyn DeBoer

Also Read: 7 Reasons Characters Die In Horror Films

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News

Short Film | Cursed Words

November 15, 2019
Cursed Words

In a small British pub, all hell breaks loose when a man reads three words from a mysterious, bloodstained letter.

Starring: Ryan Lane, Olivia Newton, Michael Muyunda, Martin Valentine, Ben Galler, Helen Booden, Tom Stas, Lilou Stas & Chewie

Writer / Director: Joe & Lloyd Stas

Watch “Cursed Words” via the link below

Cursed Words (Short Film)

Also Read: Game of Thrones Fan Films

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News

Short Film | Meat Is Murder

October 31, 2019
Meat Is Murder

Patrick is a young filmmaker investigating a group of vigilante vegans. At first, they seem harmless, but when their de facto leader Steven faces a leadership challenge from hardliner Julie, the group starts to head down a much darker path.

Starring: Tracy Wiles, George Potts.

Writer: Matt Hynds

Director: Max Sobol

Watch “Meat is Murder” via the link below

Meat is Murder (Short Film)

Also Read: Sorry We Missed You: Film and the North

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Interviews

“Sorry We Missed You” – UK Premiere Highlights – Interview with Ken Loach, Cast & Crew

October 23, 2019
Sorry We Missed You UK Premiere

Following the success of “I, Daniel Blake”, director, Ken Loach and writer, Paul Laverty team up once again for their latest film. We joined them and the rest of the cast and crew at the UK Premiere of Sorry We Missed You.

The film, starring Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone and Katie Proctor, tells the story of Ricky and his family who have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver.

Sorry We Missed You will be released in UK cinemas 1st November.

Sorry We Missed You – UK Premiere

Also Read: The Representation of UK Social Class In Film

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Reviews

Rachael RNR reviews “The Day Shall Come”

October 19, 2019
Rachael Review The Day Shall Come

YouTuber & Presenter, Rachel RNR reviews The Day Shall Come

What’s it about?

From writer/director, Chris Morris (Four Lions), The Day Shall Come follows Moses (Marchánt Davis) on his revolutionary dreams, but gets caught in the twisted FBI terrorist prevention schemes that in fact create the threat.

The Day Shall Come Review (Rachael RNR)

Also Read: #Cancelled: Being Offended and Offensive in the 21st Century

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LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY

October 7, 2019
Lunchtime Film Society

Liberate your lunch hour!

LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY is a new collab between RADIANT CIRCUS, Lunchbox Theatre (St. Bride Foundation), Big Picture Film Club, Cheap Cuts Documentary Film Festival, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, and Women Over 50 Film Festival.

The pop-up film festival will project a bitesize film programme, every lunch hour, at 1pm from Tuesday 22nd October to 1st November at the Bridewell Theatre (St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ – Tuesday – Friday  – For audiences aged 18+ only).

Festival Programme

[TUE 22 OCT] BETTER UNITED: At a time of national disunity, these short films explore the value of community to find common ground, work together & get stuff done (or simply have a good natter over a decent pint!).

[WED 23 OCT] ABOUT US: The stories we tell about people & places reveal a lot about us. But how do our stories get out there & who gets to tell them? These shorts show how stories can both define us & set us free.

[THU 24 OCT] FRAME BY FRAME: There’s more to animation than princesses & talking animals (well, we’ve got a cute ninja deer, but you know what we mean?). These animated shorts tell bold stories of both fact & fiction.

[FRI 25 OCT] UNCONVENTIONAL U: A celebration of difference for everyone who has ever come out, come of age or simply come alive. These shorts channel the fierce spirit to be yourself in an age of increasing conformity.

[TUE 29 OCT] SMARTPHONE: These shorts were all made on smartphones, showcasing the potential of the camera in your pocket to create a mini-masterpiece (& we don’t mean your cat “playing” the piano…).

[WED 30 OCT] LONDON STORIES: Life in London is a collage of constant choice & change. These shorts look at how the city is evolving & how the choices we make affect our lives & (possible) futures.

[THU 31 OCT] HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Join us this Halloween for a lunchtime lineup of short films with extra bite. These twisted tales will send shivers down your spine…

[FRI 01 NOV] THAT FRIDAY FEELING: Start your weekend early – & celebrate the end of our first pop-up! – with a flip-out fantastic programme of joyous shorts that will lift your spirits & send you back out with a smile.

Tickets

Tickets are available now at sbf.org.uk/whats-on or they can be booked over the phone (020 7353 3331 MON – FRI) and in person at the Bridewell Theatre box office.

Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door. Every ticket comes with some free popcorn and a limited edition movie zine (while stocks last).

Getting There

LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY pops up at the Bridewell Theatre in the City Of London (St. Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 8EQ) from Tuesday 22nd October OCT to Friday 1st November. Film programmes screen on Tuesday – Friday at 1pm and last 50 minutes.

Bring your own lunch and / or buy a drink and snacks at the venue bar 30 minutes before each film begins. Please note that latecomers cannot be admitted.

All audience members must be aged 18 or over as some of the films address adult themes. Audience members are encouraged to bring some photo ID if they look younger than 20, just to be sure.

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Short Snacks

Fry-Up (Directed by Charlotte Regan) | Short Snacks #13

August 26, 2019
BIG PICTURE FILM CLUB'S SHORT SNACKS #13 - FRY-UP

“An intimate portrayal of what could be a family’s last day together.”

Big Picture Film Club’s Short Snack series makes its return with the fantastic short film, Fry-Up directed by Charlotte Regan.

Writer / Director: Charlotte Regan

Producer: Jack Hannon

Starring: Alfie Stewart, Sian Clifford, Martin Askew and Cameron Goodchild.

Big Picture Film Club’s Short Snacks series is a collection of interesting, thought-provoking and creative short films from filmmakers.

Fry-Up (Directed by Charlotte Regan) | Short Snacks #13

Film: Fry-Up (Directed by Charlotte Regan) | Short Snacks #13Description: An intimate portrayal of what could be a family's last day together.Writer / Director: Charlotte ReganProducer: Jack HannonStarring: Alfie Stewart, Sian Clifford, Martin Askew and Cameron Goodchild.Big Picture Film Club's Short Snacks series is a collection of interesting, thought-provoking and creative short films from emerging UK-based filmmakers.

Gepostet von Big Picture Film Club am Montag, 26. August 2019
Fry-Up Short Film – Short Snacks #13

Also Watch: Short Snacks #12 – Listen To Me

News

Diverse Creative Talent is Invited To Apply for B3 Media’s 2019 TalentLab

August 18, 2019
Talentlab 2019

Now in its sixth year, B3 Media is looking for artists for its 2019 edition of TalentLab – an innovative creative development programme aimed at BAME artists, writers, creative producers, and filmmakers in the UK who are ready to take their careers to the next level.

They are calling for applications from individuals with a strong story to tell, and a track record in film, visual arts, theatre and digital storytelling. B3 Media is hoping to find 20 candidates with ideas to participate in a series of development labs in September 2019. From this initial group, up to 6 projects will be commissioned. The selected filmmakers and artists will receive mentorship and development support between October – November 2019 with an opportunity to present their work at B3 Futures creative showcase in central London in November 2019.

TalentLab is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme, and the University of Nottingham’s Horizon / Mixed Reality Lab. B3 Media is a leading media arts network that understands the importance of representative storytelling. TalentLab helps diverse artists take their careers to the next level by transforming raw ideas and stories into outstanding projects capable of garnering widespread acclaim through a programme of workshops and bespoke support. The programme also enables participants to gain greater exposure and recognition in their fields via carefully curated networks with a list of industry mentors.

For more info & to apply click here: www.b3media.net/talentlab

(closing date for applications is Midday Tuesday 27th August)

Recent industry reports by Directors UK and ScreenSkills have highlighted ongoing challenges with increasing ethnic representation in creative fields, particularly media. Directors UK notes that no major broadcaster made a significant improvement on diversity from 2013 to 2016 while only 2.2% of UK television programs were made by BAME directors. ScreenSkills (formerly Creative Skillset) 2012 Census found that just 5.4% of the creative and cultural workforce come from BAME backgrounds making up over 10% of the population. By nurturing BAME talent, B3 is helping to remove those barriers and create new role models for the next generation.

Also Read: Lenny Henry Leads A Call For Change

Reviews

Rachael RNR reviews Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

August 14, 2019
Hobbs & Shaw Review

YouTuber & Presenter, Rachel RNR reviews the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw.

What’s it about?

Fast & Furious franchise’s Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) must put their differences aside and join forces on a mission to save the world!

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw Review

Also Read: Top 10 Films at the UK Box Office in 2019 (So Far)