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Author: Presh Williams

Big Picture Film Club Co-Founder.
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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Interviews

Interview: Luke Armstrong & Johnny Sachon Discuss Sci-Fi, Space Travel & “Solitary”

July 31, 2020
Solitary Movie

‘Solitary’ is a contained sci-fi film about a man who wakes up inside a room
to discover he’s a prisoner sent into space to form Earth’s first colony, and
worse – his cellmate Alana is hell-bent on destroying everything.

Writer / director, Luke Armstrong and lead actor Johnny Sachon talk about their new dystopian sci-fi thriller on the Big Picture Film Club.

Solitary is available everywhere on August 31st on digital and disc in all major retailers.

Big Picture Film Club Podcast

Also Read: Dr Parvinder Shergill Discusses Mental Health & Movies

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News

Goldfinch Entertainment Launches A Short Film Fund

July 17, 2020
Goldfinch Entertainment

Goldfinch Entertainment’s first-time filmmaker incubator First Flights, has launched a new Short Film Fund available to Directors and Producers.

The Short Film Fund offers a new way for filmmakers to access a non-recoupable grant of up to £7,000 for creating a short film.

First Flights is, at its core, about supporting emerging filmmakers, and our new fund allows us to extend that support to short film creators” explains Nick Sadler, a Talent Executive at Goldfinch.

Keith Kehoe, First Flights Producer, adds “Together with our parent company Goldfinch, we want to build longstanding relationships with talented filmmakers and this starts with creating proof of concept short film stories that we can eventually turn into feature film versions.

Features of the Short Film Fund include:

• Submissions for live action and documentary short films of any genre
• Open to all countries but must be filmed in the UK
• Up to 3 short films selected per round
• Filmmakers will have full creative control of the project
• Awards provided are non-recoupable grants
• Distribution through our partnership with streaming platform BirdBox.Film

The Short Film Fund is now accepting submissions. The Early Bird submissions ends August 14th and the final submission date will be October 1st.

For more information on the Short Film Fund please visit https://www.first-flights.com/short-film-fund/

Also Read: Five Thought-Provoking Documentaries To Watch On BirdBox

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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.

Also Read: What Happens To Your Brain When Watching A Horror Movie

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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

Also Read: Almost 9 in 10 People in the Film & TV Industry Have Experienced A Mental Health Problem

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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

Also Read: Cinema Therapy: How Movies Can Heal

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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

Also Read: Share The Love in Lockdown

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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

Also Read: 7 Reasons Characters Die In Horror Films

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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

Also Read: Parasite and Foreign Language Films in the UK

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