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12 items from 2016


Set the Thames on Fire review – plenty of retro London, but no recognisable plot

15 September 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The river has flooded in this comic fantasy, which has stellar production design but little sense of higher purpose

Purloined Jane Austen quote for a title, fog-wreathed wharves, smoke-spewing factory stacks, greasy spoons and, for those old enough to remember the Primrose Hill set, Sadie Frost’s acting career – no variety of antique Londoniana is unresurrected in Ben Charles Edwards’s comic-fantasy debut. The river has flooded his retro-unfuturistic capital, as Michael Winder’s piano player and Max Bennett’s sailor form a chance friendship and dream of escape to Egypt. But there’s a rising tide, too, of precious romanticism that swamps these “pilgrims not making any progress”, James Hatt’s stellar production design putting a fire under moon-dilated vistas but weighing down Edwards’s direction. There are moments of Guy Maddin-esque vim – like the crayfish that draws tarot cards – but even cameos such as Noel Fielding’s »

- Phil Hoad

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Ex-Python Eric Idle and Brian Cox to take on The Entire Universe for the BBC

23 August 2016 6:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Christmas special will feature an ‘explosion of comedy, music and dance’ choreographed by former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips

Former Monty Python star Eric Idle will star alongside Professor Brian Cox, Warwick Davis and Noel Fielding in a BBC Christmas special “depicting the birth of the entire universe”.

Written by Idle, the one-hour show will feature the return of Rutland Weekend Television, the haphazard station depicted in Idle’s sketch show of the same name during the 1970s.

Related: Strictly Come Dancing 2016: full lineup revealed

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- Press Association

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Robin Ince interview: science, Brian Cox and Jason Statham

18 August 2016 4:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Aug 19, 2016

From Quest For Wonder and Infinity Monkey Cage, to Game And Watch and books - we chat with the brilliant Robin Ince...

Robin Ince was on tour with Brian Cox in Australia when I had the pleasure of speaking with him, about Quest For Wonder, about Infinite Monkey Cage, and about – y’know – Statham.

That said, I also learned that he’s not one of those who checks into hotels under fake names – unlike Brian Cox, it seems – and after a lengthy bout of Australian on-hold music, we got chatting. Nerdiness lies ahead…

Let’s start with technology. What was your home computer growing up? I reckon you’d have been a Zx Spectrum person.

Do you know what, we didn’t have a home computer! I am so old, because I’m 47…

… that’s not old!

But for computers, the most computer-y thing I had was a Game And Watch. »

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Catalyst exec joins Sadie Frost-Emma Comley’s Blonde To Black Pictures

16 June 2016 1:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Former Catalyst and Matador exec joins as company secures Us deal.

Former Catalyst Global Media and Matador Pictures executive Mat Wakeham has joined Sadie Frost and Emma Comley’s production outfit Blonde To Black Pictures as a producer.

Wakeham’s credits as a development executive include recent Netflix series Residue and Cannes 2014 thriller Snow In Paradise.

Wakeham wrote 2008 BAFTA Scotland-winning TV special Phoo Action and produced 2012 feature The Facility starring Aneurin Barnard.

He will work across Blonde To Black’s film and TV slate and will bring a number of his own projects to the company.

On the appointment, »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Dark comedy 'Set The Thames On Fire' sets UK release date

1 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sadie Frost, Noel Fielding and Sally Phillips star in twisted comedy.

Dark comedy Set The Thames On Fire has set a UK theatrical release date of September 16 and will be available on digital platforms from September 19.

The film, directed by Ben Charles Edwards, has a cast that includes Sadie Frost (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie), Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh), Sally Phillips (I’m Alan Partridge) and Morgana Robinson (The Windsors).

Set the Thames on Fire follows struggling piano player Art (Michael Winder) and compulsive liar Sal (Max Bennett) as they embark on a string of ludicrous escapades through a dystopian London, ruled over by a grotesque and tyrannical Impresario.

On their adventures they encounter a deranged Magician, played by performance artist David Hoyle, an anarchist witch (Phillips) and the Impresario’s twisted right-hand man (Fielding) leading to a final showdown with the despotic ruler himself.

The film is produced by Blonde to Black Pictures, the company »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Edinburgh Film Festival Chief Mark Adams Unveils 70th Edition

25 May 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival, which runs June 15-26, will showcase 161 feature films from 46 countries, including 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 U.K. premieres. Artistic director Mark Adams, unveiling the selection Wednesday, said there was “something for everyone,” and the festival would “challenge, provoke and entertain audiences.”

Highlights include the U.K. premiere of Disney-Pixar animation “Finding Dory,” In-Person events featuring the likes of Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of “Tommy’s Honor” and “Whisky Galore!” Classic include “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” with John Williams’ score performed live by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic “Highlander,” celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.

The Best of British strand includes David Blair’s heart-wrenching drama “Away,” starring Timothy Spall and Juno Temple as »

- Leo Barraclough

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Sadie Frost: 'Sometimes I eat hundreds of sandwiches'

27 April 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The designer and actor on her return to film in Set the Thames on Fire, floods, fashion and Mars bars

Hi, Sadie. You’ve produced and star in a new film, Set the Thames on Fire. What’s it all about?

It’s set in a dystopian, futuristic London, where London has flooded and the dark, toxic, crazy dregs of society are left behind. I play a disgusting, foul-mouthed landlady who’s got an eye for young boys. It’s got a great cast, including Sally Phillips and Noel Fielding.

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- Rich Pelley

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Sadie Frost: 'Sometimes I eat hundreds of sandwiches'

27 April 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The designer and actor on her return to film in Set the Thames on Fire, floods, fashion and Mars bars

Hi, Sadie. You’ve produced and star in a new film, Set the Thames on Fire. What’s it all about?

It’s set in a dystopian, futuristic London, where London has flooded and the dark, toxic, crazy dregs of society are left behind. I play a disgusting, foul-mouthed landlady who’s got an eye for young boys. It’s got a great cast, including Sally Phillips and Noel Fielding.

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- Rich Pelley

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Julian Barratt: 'I have trouble keeping a lid on the self-hatred'

24 April 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Mighty Boosh star is back in Flowers, a sitcom about a dysfunctional family. He talks about fatherhood and why he’s too grumpy for panel shows

“Depressive”, “intense” and “awkward” are the most common adjectives used by the press to describe the comedian, musician and actor Julian Barratt. But none of those words actually fits the sweetly shambling man I find having a pot of tea on his own in the Highgate pub near his home in London. Instead, the adjective that comes to my mind upon spotting him in his high-waisted cotton trousers, mismatched jacket and skew-whiff hair is “gentle”.

Unlike his comedy partner Noel Fielding – with whom he made the surreal TV series The Mighty Boosh – Barratt has never seemed all that comfortable in the spotlight, which explains the slightly bemused descriptions of him. It’s true that, after he realises the photographer and I are already »

- Hadley Freeman

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The Mighty Boosh: celebrating BBC Three originals

16 February 2016 10:38 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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BBC Three put Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding’s wilfully shambolic live act and radio series, The Mighty Boosh, on TV…

Part of The Mighty Boosh’s delight comes from its unlikelihood as a TV sitcom. Its boundless Day-Glo imagination isn’t an immediate fit with the constraints of the form. A sunshine simpleton and his awkward, jazz-obsessed colleague meet mythic monsters and talking animals while performing expertly observed musical parody? It’s not exactly My Family.

As comedian, writer, and director of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding’s 1999 Edinburgh show Arctic Boosh, Stewart Lee, put it, “No television exec would ever have gone ‘What we need is a kind of purple head with tentacles coming out of it which speaks like a member of the Small Faces’”.

And yet a television exec did. Granted, probably not in those exact words. After Danny Wallace opened the door »

- louisamellor

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Blu-ray Review – Aaaaaaaah! (2015)

18 January 2016 3:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Aaaaaaaah!, 2015.

Directed by Steve Oram.

Starring Steve Oram, Toyah Wilcox, Noel Fielding, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lucy Honigman, Julian Barratt, Tom Meeten and Holli Dempsey.

Synopsis:

I’m not sure…

A quick look at the detailed plot synopsis above won’t give away anything but it also says a lot about Steve Oram’s directorial debut, because Aaaaaaaah! – as well as having the most awkward title to say to somebody when they ask you what you are watching – is one of those films that needs to be seen because a description, however detailed or vague you want to be, will never do it justice.

This is because Aaaaaaaah! doesn’t really have a plot as such, but rather it has an approach that is entirely unique amongst films that aren’t nature documentaries. In a nutshell it is an experimental film that has human beings going about their everyday business (sort of »

- Amie Cranswick

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Watch an exclusive clip from Aaaaaaaah!

15 January 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its home-entertainment release this coming Monday, we’ve got an exclusive clip from Steve Oram’s (Sightseers) directorial debut Aaaaaaaah!. Check it out here…

See Also: Win Aaaaaaaah! on Blu-ray

Steve Oram writes, directs and stars in this low-budget surreal horror comedy set in a world where human beings behave like wild apes. When Smith (Oram) upsets Ryan (Julian Rhind-Tutt), the alpha male of a fellow tribe, by engaging with a younger female member of his group, a battle for dominance begins of which only one man can win… The film also stars Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt of ‘The Mighty Boosh’ (2003) fame.

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- Gary Collinson

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