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Author: Presh Williams

Big Picture Film Club Co-Founder.
Editorials

Five Thought-Provoking Documentaries To Watch On BirdBox

June 3, 2020
BirdBox.Film Documentaries

Bird Box is a brand new video-on-demand platform, focused on curating worthwhile, thought-provoking, conversation-starting, award-winning, critically-acclaimed films. They handpick titles worthy of your attention and send them to your inbox once a week.

Here are five 5 must-watch documentaries to get you started.

Deep Web

Deep Web is a 2015 documentary film directed by Alex Winter, chronicling events surrounding Silk Road, bitcoin and politics of the dark web. The feature documentary that explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralised, encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law; with particular focus on the FBI capture of the Tor hidden service Silk Road, and the judicial aftermath.

Elián

Elián recounts the story of a Cuban boy named Elián González who, on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, was found floating on an inner tube in the Florida Straits, an event that set in motion a bitter custody battle between Elián’s Cuban father and US relatives. Set to the backdrop of a tense and acrimonious relationship between the US and Cuba, the documentary features a wealth of contemporary news archive and gives unprecedented access to key players in the saga, including an exclusive interview with the boy himself, now a 23-year old man.

Project Nim

Project Nim is a 2011 British documentary film. It focuses on Project Nim, a research project that was mounted in the 1970s to determine whether a primate raised in close contact with humans could develop a limited “language” based on American Sign Language. Equal parts hilarious, poignant, and heartbreaking, Project Nim not only tells a compelling story masterfully but also raises the flag on the darker side of human nature.

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

In Gore Vidal’s America, the political coup has already happened. In this film, Gore Vidal’s acerbic, opinionated and informed approach rips away at the facade of the new America. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia is a 2013 documentary film about the life and career of author Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism.

The Last Animals

The Last Animals is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to incredible lengths to save the planet’s last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and criminal networks to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. From Africa’s front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets to the United States, the film takes an intense look at the global response to this slaughter and the desperate measures to genetically rescue the Northern White rhinos who are on the edge of extinction.

Visit www.BirdBox.Film to check out more thought-provoking films, critically-acclaimed films.

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Interviews

Interview: Dr Parvinder Shergill Talks Mental Health & Movies

June 1, 2020
Dr Parvinder Shergill - Big Picture Film Club

Dr Parvinder Shergill is a psychiatrist working within the National Health Service, she is also an actor, writer, producer & director. In her interview with us she discussed mental health portrayal in films, the Covid-19 pandemic, her acting journey and upcoming projects.

Watch the full interview below

Dr. Parvinder Shergill (The Secret Psychiatrist) Discussess Mental Health & Movies

Dr Parvinder Shergill (The Secret Psychiatrist) is a psychiatrist working within the National Health Service, she is also an actor, writer & producer. In her interview with us, she discussed mental health portrayal in films, the Covid-19 pandemic, her acting journey and upcoming projects.(apologies for any issues with sound)

Gepostet von Big Picture Film Club am Montag, 1. Juni 2020
Dr Parvinder Shergill (The Secret Psychiatrist)

You can support Dr Parvinder Shergill’s next film “Phantoms” via the film’s Indiegogo Campaign

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News

Cinema Showtime Indiegogo Campaign – A Multi-Media project to reunite film fans.

May 23, 2020
Cinema Showtime

Cinema Showtime, an Indiegogo crowdfunding multi-media project designed to reunite film fans following the Coronavirus lockdown, has launched. They will be working in partnership with MediCinema, the charity that brings the magic of film to hospitals.

Cinema Showtime is a project that is looking forward to a time when restrictions are lifted further and we can start doing what we love again; going to the pictures. It is looking forward to a time when we can watch re-scheduled movies that we have been waiting to see for months on the big screen with our mates. The current guidelines suggest that we can expect to see cinemas reopen to the public on July 4th – perhaps that will be our own Independence Day.

What the Cinema Showtime project involves:

  • Production and distribution of a free glossy magazine, written by film experts and packed with the ultimate preview of every movie being released between November 2020 and August 2021. This will include the latest release dates, info, features, interviews and more.
  • Staging a one-off, live event in a prominent London venue called Cinema Showtime Live! that fans and contributors will be invited to attend. This will include a fan lottery with incredible prizes and money can’t buy merchandise and experiences.
  • Creating an online site and newsletter that celebrates the return of cinema with up-to-the-minute news and info.
  • Producing unique and exclusive merchandise to tie in with the event and film releases.
Cinema Showtime
Cinema Showtime

10% of all contributions and money raised will go to the charity MediCinema to assist with their work.

Click here to support Cinema Showtime’s Indiegogo Campaign

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Podcast

Big Picture Film Club & Friends Podcast | Featuring Rachael RNR & Silver Screen Dudes

May 16, 2020
Big Picture Film Club & Friends, Featuring Rachael RNR & Silver Screen Dudes

Big Picture Film Club’s Presh & Urvisha shoot the breeze with the Silver Screen Dudes (AJ & Nico) and Rachael (from Rachael’s Reviews) to talk about upcoming films, going to the cinema, what we’re all watching during lockdown and more!

Watch the full podcast below (via YouTube)

Big Picture Film Club & Friends Podcast

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Dreamland | Available On DVD & Digital HD 13th April

April 6, 2020
Dreamland directed by Bruce McDonald

A unique, stylish, genre-bending neo-noir adventure from cult Canadian indie filmmaker Bruce McDonald (Pontypool, Weirdos) starring Stephen McHattie (Mother!), Henry Rollins (Lost Highway) and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers). Dreamland immerses the viewer into a diabolical underworld, where doppelgängers, vicious child-traffickers and a creepy vampire cross paths and tells the story of a gang who hires a hitman to cut off a finger from a heroin-addict trumpet maestro. Dreamland is a hypnotic descent into a violent and corrupt world ruled by madness, and yet the evil chaos boiling at the surface is deftly tamed by its elegant cinematography and cool, haunting jazz score.

Watch the trailer below.

Dreamland (Official Trailer)

Dreamland is available on DVD & Digital Download on Monday 13th April 2020

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Interviews

Jenna Suru (The Golden Age) | Behind The Scenes | Interview

February 27, 2020
Jenna Suru - Big Picture Film Club

We sat down with the Jenna Suru, writer, director and lead actor in The Golden Age (L’Âge d’Or), a French-language period film about two lovers who head to St Tropez, France in the ’60s to embark on an artistic project.

The Golden Age will be opening the London Independent Film Festival on Friday 13th March 2020. Tickets are available now.

Jenna Suru Interview

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Editorials

Behind The Scenes: When The Screaming Starts

February 21, 2020
When The Screaming Starts Mockumentary

When The Screaming Starts is a comedy-horror mockumentary about an aspiring, inept serial killer at the beginning of his “career” and a fledgeling documentary filmmaker willing to do anything to achieve his ambition. We sat down with the cast and crew of mockumentary film.

When The Screaming Starts | Behind The Scenes

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“The Circle” Returns For Season 2

January 9, 2020
The Circle - BWNG & The British Blacklist

A year on from the release of the pilot season, BWNG Ltd & The British Blacklist returns with Season 2 of The Circle. Executive produced by the respective company’s founders Leon Mayne & Akua Gyamfi, the roundtable series brings together a dynamic group of British Black & Asian visionaries across Television, Film, Streaming & Audio to discuss their journeys, their creative process, the highs and lows, and the future of TV, Film & Digital.

Talent across the new season have current credits on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, CW, Audible, Film4, National Geographic and more.

The Circle (Season 2)

The Circle (Season 2) is available now on YouTube.

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WatchAUT Film Festival 2019

December 17, 2019
WatchAUT Film Festival 2019

We went to the inaugural WatchAut Film Festival in London, UK celebrating the best in Austrian filmmaking, where we caught up with cast and crew from some of the film movies being screened.

WatchAUT Film Festival 2019

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Living In Crime Alley [Batman Fan Film]

December 13, 2019

Living in Crime Alley is the Batman fan film from writer / director, Rob Ayling. The short film follows a single father as he struggles to bring up his child, a huge fan of the dark knight, in downtown Gotham, known to citizens as Crime Alley.

Living In Crime Alley [Fan Film]

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Star Wars: Origins [Fan Film]

Star Wars: Origins

Star Wars: Origins takes a unique look at where it all began. A thrilling action-adventure, this film draws inspiration from both STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES to tell an epic story based on Earth during WWII.

The film described as “the epic fan film that will change the game” comes from award-winning team and life-long Star Wars fans; writer/director Phil Hawkins and Executive Producer Gary Cowan of Velvet Film Production.

Filmed in the Sahara Desert, Morocco, Star Wars: Origins is the culmination of three years’ work and stars Marie Everett (What Happened To Monday, Netflix), Jamie Costa (Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade), Hadrian Howard (The Mummy, Mi Rogue Nation) and Philip Walker.

Star Wars: Origins [Fan Film]

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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)

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