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Author: Presh Williams

Big Picture Film Club Co-Founder.
Interviews

Full Q&A: Running Man – BirdBox Film Club

March 7, 2021
BirdBox Film Club

Rewatch debut BirdBox Film Club. In association with Big Picture Film Club.

The Film Club’s mission is to encourage a simultaneous viewing experience and provide a forum to discuss the film amongst like-minded film fans.

For their debut film, BirdBox premiered the short ‘Running Man’. A dark yet comedic short film set in the South East of England in 1991 – the heyday of illegal raves. Soundtrack by High Contrast!

The live Q&A and discussion featured Producer Sadie Frost, Director Chris Turner, Writer Johnny Cooke, and starring actor Raff Law. Watch the full Q&A below.

BirdBox Film Club – 3rd February 2021

Also Read: Five Thought-Provoking Documentaries On BirdBox

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Editorials

BirdBox Film Club: Running Man

February 1, 2021
BirdBox Film Club

Come join us at 7:30pm (GMT) on Wednesday the 3rd of February for the first Bird Box Film Club.

The Film Club’s mission is to encourage a simultaneous viewing experience during the global lockdown, and provide a forum to discuss the film amongst like-minded film fans.

The debut film will be Sadie Frost’s “Running Man”, a story set in 1991 about a clinical drugs trial that goes horrifyingly wrong for a group of young ravers, starring Raff Law.

The film premiered this week on BirdBox.Film which you can watch now here: https://birdbox.film/movie/running-man/

The live Q&A and discussion will feature Producer Sadie Frost, Director Chris Turner, writer Johnny Cooke and lead actor Raff Law. Please ensure you have watched the film before Q&A!

Proudly hosted by The Big Picture Film Club.

Running Man (Official Trailer)

Sign up for the BirdBox Film Club here.

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Podcast

R Paul Wilson Discusses Movies, Magic, The Real Hustle & More

January 15, 2021
R Paul Wilson - Big Picture Film Club Podcast

R Paul Wilson is a filmmaker, magician, author and former writer/presenter on the hit TV show “The Real Hustle”. More recently he has gone onto write/direct Feature Film “Isolani” and short film “Trilemma”. He joined the Big Picture Film Club podcast where he discusses how he got his start, The Magic Castle, making of The Real Hustle and combining his love of film and magic.

Watch the full episode below

Episode 18 Big Picture Film Club Podcast

Also Watch: Episode 17 – Vanessa Oliveira

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Interviews

Aml Ameen Discusses Working On Yardie With Idris Elba

January 9, 2021
Aml Ameen - Yardie Interview

In this retrospective look at Idris Elba’s directorial debut “Yardie“, Aml Ameen, who plays the lead role of Dennis “D” Campbell discusses how he prepared for the role, the film’s impact since its release and working alongside Idris Elba.

Aml Ameen Interview // Big Picture Film Club

Related: Yardie (Review)

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News

Odeon & Big Picture Film Club Present: Yardie – featuring Q&A with Aml Ameen.

December 15, 2020
Yardie Film Poster

Join us at participating Odeon Cinemas across the U.K & Ireland on Tuesday 22nd December for a special screening of Idris Elba’s directorial debut, Yardie. The screening will also include a Q&A with lead actor Aml Ameen (Kidulthood, Maze Runner).

Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he’s not seen since she was a baby.

Tickets can be purchased from the official Odeon Cinema website by clicking this link.

Yardie (Official Trailer)
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Interviews, Podcast

Vanessa Oliveira Discusses Documenting Afro-Brazilian Culture

December 12, 2020
Vanessa Oliveira

Vanessa Oliveira began her documentary filmmaking journey following the killing of her mother, child and grandfather. Speaking from her native Brazil, Vanessa Oliveira discusses her own journey in filmmaking, both as a way to discuss Afro-Brazilian culture, and also allowing her to process and understand more about life events she has been through. (A special thank you to Professor, Marcos Verdugo for interpreting this interview.)

Watch the full episode below

Episode 17 – Big Picture Film Club Podcast

Also Watch: Episode 16 – Big Picture Film Club Podcast

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Interviews, Podcast

Fiona Whitelaw Discusses The Need For More Representation For Neurodivergent Actors

December 4, 2020
Fiona Whitelaw

Fiona Whitelaw has more than 20 years experience within the arts, including acting, screenwriting and theatre-making. For her latest project Fiona Whitelaw service as the screenwriter, producer and supporting actor in Acceptable Damage. Inspired by real-life events, Acceptable Damage, follows Aspergic teenager, Katy (Elinor Machen-Fortune) who looks to pursue her creative dreams, but faces harassment from a local gang.

Episode 16 // Big Picture Film Club Podcast

Also Watch: Episode 15 // Big Picture Film Club Podcast

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Interviews, Podcast

Anthony Vander & Nathan Hannawin Discuss Their Film “Scales”, Indie Filmmaking & More

November 27, 2020
Anthony Vander & Nathan Hannawin

Scales is a thriller, detailing a chaotic night between a boxer, his PR manager, an entrepreneur and a drug dealer. This episode of the Big Picture Film Club Podcast features the film’s director, Nathan Hannawin and the film’s co-lead / producer, Anthony Vander.

Scales is available to buy/rent on all major VOD platforms from Friday 27th November

Watch Episode 15 of the Big Picture Film Club Podcast below

Big Picture Film Club Podcast – Episode 15

Also Watch: Big Picture Film Club Podcast – Episode 14 with Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

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Interviews, Podcast

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe Discusses the British Urban Film Festival, BAFTA & More

November 20, 2020
Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe - British Urban Film Festival

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe, MBE is the founding director of the British Urban Film Festival having started it in 2005. In that time, the festival has awarded 63 actors, actresses, writers, producers & directors and has delivered 7 annual industry programmes. The festival has screened over 500 films, including its’ own feature film ‘No Shade’ which Emmanuel executive produced in 2018.

Check out episode 14 of the Big Picture Film Club Podcast below

Episode 14 – Big Picture Film Club Podcast

Also Watch: Oliver Murray – Episode 13 – Big Picture Film Club Podcast

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Interviews, Podcast

Oliver Murray Discusses His New Documentary About Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

November 13, 2020
Oliver Murray

Oliver Murray is a writer/director, his latest documentary “Ronnie’s” tells the story behind the historic London Jazz club Ronnie Scott’s. The jazz club was founded in 1959 and has played host to a variety of legendary musicians such as Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Van Morrison, Chet Baker, Jimmy Hendrix and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few.

Ronnie’s will be available to UK viewers from Sunday 15th November on BBC4 and iPlayer. The film is available to US audiences when it screens as part of this year’s Doc NYC (virtual) Film Festival from 11th -19th November 2020.

Oliver Murray joins the Big Picture Film Club Podcast

Also Watch: Nuakai Aru Discusses Documentary Filmmaking, Muay Thai & African History


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Editorials

Step Inside “The Actors Gym” – A New Online Acting School

October 3, 2020
The Actors Gym

The Actors Gym, an online acting school launched by agent and CEO of The Reel Scene, Alex Fidelski, has exploded in popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Actors Gym, launched in February this year, is an online branch of Fidelski’s London, UK based acting school The Reel Scene.

The Actors Gym are masters at connecting and supporting members with their online community, offering self-tape feedback, Q&A sessions with special guests, exclusive training and zoom workshops with key industry experts from a variety of fields.

Actors are encouraged to send off two self tapes a month, from which they receive a page of written feedback. Self-taping is the process of recording an audition for a film or television role from home and then sending the resulting video to an agent to be submitted for a role, rather than attending an audition in person.

Fidelski comments on the importance of practising this new virtual way of auditioning, “The film and television industry cancelled most in-person auditions and moved to requiring self-tape auditions sent in by actors. Productions ground to a halt but acting is like any other profession. Actors need to keep training, to keep acting, to keep their skills sharp for when productions re-open.

The Reel Scene was created in 2015 by actor Alex Fidelski, who also runs associated agency and production company, RS Talent. The RS Talent works with top UK production companies in Film, TV and Commercials such as ITV, BBC, Netflix, Sky and more. Many of the graduates from Reel Scene courses go on to be represented by RS Talent.

Find out more about The Actors Gym by visiting www.actorsgym.co.uk

The Actors Gym

Also Read: 5 Captivating Performances From Method Actors

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Interviews

Nuakai Aru Discusses Documentary Filmmaking, Muay Thai & African History.

August 11, 2020
Nuakai Aru Podcast - Big Picture Film Club

Nuakai Aru is a documentary filmmaker, Muay Thai teacher (Kru), actor and model. His latest film Warrior Spirit: Forged In The Fires of Muay Thai is a documentary film about the amazing martial art known as Muay Thai or Thai Boxing – often referred to as the science of 8 limbs, 9 elements. Muay Thai itself originated in Thailand yet because of its popularity has spread around the globe becoming recognised as one of the world most effective fighting systems.

Warrior Spirit: Forged In The Fires of Muay Thai is available now on Amazon Prime.

Check out Muay Thai Masters Academy: www.muaythaimastersacademy.com

Watch the full interview below

Also Watch: Dr Parvinder Shergill Discusses Mental Health & Movies

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