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Eiff 2014: ‘Hyena’ Review

5 July 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham ,Neil Maskell, Richard Domer, Myanna Burring | Written and Directed by Gerard Johnson

Review by Andrew McArthur

In the past years the Edinburgh International Film Festival has been opened by some excellent features (William Friedkin’s Killer Joe) and some less exciting fare (Breathe In). Settling somewhere towards the latter of these two extremes is the 2014 opener, British crime thriller, Hyena.

Gerald Johnson (2009′s Tony) writes and directs Hyena which follows corrupt cop Michael (Peter Ferdinando) who leads a special task-force that tackles London’s biggest drug traffickers. Michael turns a blind eye against the illegal activity of the Turkish and Albanian criminal community of the city, however the reappearance of an old colleague from his past threatens to expose he and his unit’s corruption.

From its opening the visceral style of Hyena hits like a sledgehammer. We see Michael and his crew in a silent, »

- Guest

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Film4 FrightFest's Amazing 2014 Line-up Announced! New Images Revealed!

27 June 2014 9:52 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.

Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!

This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.

All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.

Here's the full list of goodies:

Main Screens (5, 6, 7)

Thursday Aug 21

Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)

Director: Adam Wingard. Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser. USA 2014. 99 mins. »

- Gareth Jones

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Frightfest 2014 – Full Line-up Announced

27 June 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.

Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.

From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »

- Phil Wheat

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Utopia series 2 episodes 1 & 2 spoiler-free review

24 June 2014 2:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Utopia’s second series will satisfy and surprise fans in equal measure. Here are our spoiler-free thoughts on the first two episodes…

Review

Utopia’s stylish, surprising second series opener makes few concessions for newcomers; everything it does, it does for its fans. That’s your first nudge to catch up on series one before the second run starts on Channel Four in mid-July.

After some pleasing disorientation, the first episode places its audience securely back in the world of The Network and Utopia’s unwieldy central dilemma: what should humans do about impending bloodshed caused by overpopulation?

The Network’s answer to that question was the first series’ hidden conspiracy, and it’s one Utopia hasn’t finished wrestling with yet. Series two gets stuck in to the philosophical scrap immediately, staging ethical debates between characters asking the difficult questions.

Dotted amongst the speeches on moral philosophy, there are »

- louisamellor

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“We’re more interesting as we get older” – Maxine Peake talks to HeyUGuys on set of Keeping Rosy

23 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Maxine Peake feels like one of Britain’s best kept secrets – as the immensely talented performer still remains in lower-budget, independent productions, shining in everything she’s in, be it comedy or drama. There is always the danger that as she gets older the roles will start drying up – but she’s been given the chance to show off her credentials in the forthcoming feature Keeping Rosy – and Peake told HeyUGuys on the set of the harrowing thriller, that she believes characters of this ilk are actually more interesting.

“Women and men are far more interesting as they get older,” she said. “All that wisdom and experience is fascinating, and I don’t know why we don’t tap in to that more in Britain. We get trapped in what is quite an American thing, where it all has to be about youth and beauty, which is fine to look at, »

- Stefan Pape

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Eiff 2014: Hyena Review

18 June 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Gerard Johnson

Starring: Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, Elisa Lasowski, MyAnna Buring, Richard Dormer, Gordon Brown, Tony Pitts

Certificate: Tbc

Running Time: 112 minutes

Synopsis: Good policing doesn’t necessarily mean doing everything by the book. But as the business of crime in London turns to favour the Albanians and Turks, how does a “good” policeman survive?

Gerard Johnson’s Hyena opened the 2014 Edinburgh Film Festival tonight ahead of 12 days of a range of national and international premieres and feature films for festival-goers to enjoy. His previous feature Tony screened at the festival in 2009 to mixed reviews and his latest addition to the crime drama genre will not likely earn him many fans.

A run-of-the-mill plot sees undercover policeman Michael (Peter Ferdinando) sent to investigate the murder of a Turkish drug dealer for which Michael already has connections to the alleged killers, try to help a woman being used »

- Victoria Bull

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Eiff 2014: Hyena Review

18 June 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Opening to the coolest title card you’ll see all year, hopes are initially high that Gerard Johnson’s sophomore effort is on track to be a stylish British crime thriller. Drenched in blue (both neon and officers), soon after an early slo-mo drug bust set to The The’s eerie, pulsating electronic beats, it becomes clear this is not the case.

Detective Sergeant Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando) has long been scratching the backs of drug traders, much to his financial advantage. But when one of his contacts is brutally murdered before his eyes, the rules change and Logan is no longer calling the shots. To add to the copper’s newfound paranoia, he also finds himself investigated for corruption as David Knight (Stephen Graham) turns up to run the show – and boy do this pair have history.

Considering Logan heads up the drugs squad, his team don’t appear »

- Emma Thrower

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Eiff 2014: Hyena Review

18 June 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Opening to the coolest title card you’ll see all year, hopes are initially high that Gerard Johnson’s sophomore effort is on track to be a stylish British crime thriller. Drenched in blue (both neon and officers), soon after an early slo-mo drug bust set to The The’s eerie, pulsating electronic beats, it becomes clear this is not the case.

Detective Sergeant Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando) has long been scratching the backs of drug traders, much to his financial advantage. But when one of his contacts is brutally murdered before his eyes, the rules change and Logan is no longer calling the shots. To add to the copper’s newfound paranoia, he also finds himself investigated for corruption as David Knight (Stephen Graham) turns up to run the show – and boy do this pair have history.

Considering Logan heads up the drugs squad, his team don’t appear »

- Emma Thrower

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Eiff 2014: ‘Hyena’ is a brutal example of British nihilism

18 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hyena

Written and directed by Gerard Johnson

UK, 2014

Hyena, the second feature from London-born director Gerard Johnson, opens with a slow motion raid on a neon-blue nightclub. The four men who carry it out are inebriated – a mixture of drink and drugs – and meet wordlessly en route in a small, plain car. When they park in an alleyway and pull on police gear, your first instinct is that they’re faking it, putting on masks. But it transpires that they really are policeman, just the kind that employ violence indiscriminately and abuse their authority to take a cut from local gangs. As one character later comments, you’d think policemen like them wouldn’t exist.

This opening sequence is filmed with a measured sense of detachment. The club is all light and movement; the blows, slowed down, don’t seem to connect, even as the bodies fly across the floor. »

- Rob Dickie

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Game Of Thrones: the things Jon Snow does know

10 June 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Game Of ThronesJon Snow isn’t as clueless as Ygritte would have us think. Here’s our spoilery tribute to the show’s bearded pup…

Feature

Warning: contains major spoilers for Game Of Thrones seasons one to four.

He’s not the clever short one, the slinky blonde one, or the whippersnapper kid with her skinny sword, so he’s probably not your favourite Game Of Thrones character. He’s Jon Snow, a curly-mopped cocktail of Yorkshire vowels, high-maintenance facial hair and puppy dog eyes. He’s spent the last four seasons struggling to follow his moral compass faced with a conveyor belt of bereavement and hardship. He’s joined the Night’s Watch, killed a Wight, braved the Wildling camp, met a giant, and had it off with a red-headed sort, and he did it all whilst balancing a high pile Ikea Vitten rug on his shoulders. That’s some kind of man. »

- louisamellor

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Line-up announced for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

28 May 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hyena

The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 29th June. In total, 156 features from 47 countries will be screened, with 11 world premieres, 7 European premieres and 95 UK premieres.

The festival opens with the world premiere of British drug trafficking thriller Hyena from writer-director Gerard Johnson, starring Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, and MyAnna Buring. The closing night gala is the international premiere of romantic comedy We’ll Never Have Paris, directed by husband and wife team Jocelyn Towne and Simon Helberg (best known for The Big Bang Theory). Written by and also starring Helberg, it features Melanie Lynskey, Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto, and Alfred Molina in its cast.

We’ll Never Have Paris

The American Dreams strand highlights cutting-edge new works from American independent cinema. Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring featured last year, and now Gia Coppola »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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New International Poster for Edinburgh Film Festival Opener Hyena

16 May 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

A few days ago we reported that Hyena had been chosen as the opening film for this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. Now here's the first poster for the film, giving a nice spin to that title and its relationship to lead character Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando).The story sees corrupt copper and high-functioning addict Logan pushed to the limit by the arrival of increasingly ruthless gangs of Albanian gangsters. We're told that, "Michael's razor sharp instincts have always kept him one step ahead, but now his increasingly self-destructive behaviour and the sheer brutality of the new gang lords find Michael in a spiralling descent of fear and self-doubt." Sounds dangerous.The film also stars Kill List's Neil Maskell and MyAnna Buring, as well as Stephen Graham and Richard Dormer. It's all directed by Gerard Johnson, making a return to the Festival after his debut, Tony, did well there »

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Win a Double Shot of Terror on DVD - Zombinator and Piggy

15 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

What's better than scoring a free horror movie on DVD? Scoring two of them of course! That being said right now we have your exclusive chance to take home Both Zombinator and Piggy on us! Read on for details.

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 Am Pt on June 1st.

Synopsis

A town relies on one man to save them from planned destruction in The Zombinator, coming to DVD and VOD May 13 from Inception Media Group.

While filming a documentary in a small Ohio town, a group of college students come face to face with the undead, turning the class project into an horrific nightmare.

Behind the zombie takeover is an evil corporation intent on lowering the town’s population, »

- Steve Barton

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Gerard Johnson’s Thriller ‘Hyena’ to Open Edinburgh Film Festival

12 May 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Gerard Johnson’s thriller “Hyena” will open the Edinburgh Film Festival on June 18.

The film stars Peter Ferdinando (“Starred Up”) and Stephen Graham (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), MyAnna Buring (“Downton Abbey”), Neil Maskell (“Wild Bill”), Elisa Lasowski (“Somers Town”) and Richard Dormer (“Good Vibrations”).

Pic revolves around anti-hero Michael Logan (Ferdinando), a natural predator, and a complex mix of high-functioning addict and corrupt police officer, whose dark world is evolving. A recent influx of ruthless Albanian gangsters is threatening to change London’s criminal landscape. Logan’s razor sharp instincts have always kept him one step ahead, but now his increasingly self-destructive behavior and the sheer brutality of the new gang lords find him in a spiraling descent of fear and self-doubt.

Chris Fujiwara, Edinburgh’s artistic director, said: “It’s a powerful and beautifully directed thriller that clearly establishes director Gerard Johnson as a major talent in British filmmaking. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Hyena Will Open The Edinburgh International Film Festival

12 May 2014 7:27 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (or Eiff, if you're into the whole brevity thing) begins on June 18, and the opening film has just been named as Hyena, described as a "provocative thriller" and crime drama from director Gerard Johnson and producer Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen and Joanna Laurie.The film stars A Field In England's Peter Ferdinando - who also starred in Johnson's debut film Tony back in 2009 - as Michael Logan, a high functioning addict and corrupt cop faced with an influx of incredibly ruthless Albanian gangsters. The combination of the gang's brutality and his own increasingly self-destructive behaviour pushes Logan into a spiral of fear and self-doubt, away from his natural predatory instincts.The film also stars Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Elisa Lasowski and Richard Dormer, and will hit UK screens in October after its Edinburgh bow.In other exciting Eiff news, Empire will be partnering »

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Hyena to open Edinburgh Film Festival

12 May 2014 5:04 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

British crime thriller Hyena will have its world premiere as the opening night gala of the 68th Edinburgh Film Festival on Wednesday, June 18.

It will join eight other British films in competition for the Michael Powell Award - six of which are world premieres.

The film reunites director Gerard Johnson with Peter Ferdinando, who played the lead in his debut feature Tony which received its world premiere at Eiff in 2009.

Ferdinando plays Michael Logan in the film - which has already been picked up by Metrodome in the UK - as an anti-hero for our times: a natural predator and a complex mix of high-functioning addict and corrupt police officer. But his dark world is evolving thanks to a recent influx of ruthless Albanian gangsters.

The film also stars Stephen Graham, MyAnna Buring, Neil Maskell, Elisa Lasowski and Richard Dormer.

Eiff artistic director Chris Fujiwara said: “We’re excited to be opening. »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Hyena to open Edinburgh

12 May 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gerard Johnson’s follow-up to Tony to receive world premiere as opening film; contenders for Michael Powell Award also revealed, including six world premieres.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has revealed that corrupt cop drama Hyena will open the 68th edition of the festival on June 18.

The film reunites director Gerard Johnson with Peter Ferdinando, who played the lead in his debut feature Tony which received its world premiere at Eiff in 2009.

Producers include Stephen Woolley (Made in Dagenham, The Crying Game, Mona Lisa), Elizabeth Karlsen (Great Expectations, Ladies in Lavender) and Joanna Laurie. Hyena was developed by Film4. Sam Lavender and Katherine Butler exec produced the film for Film4 which was co-financed by Film4, BFI, Ingenious and Lipsync and will be released by Metrodome in the UK and distributed internationally by Independent.

Set in London, Hyena revolves around corrupt police officer Michael Logan (Ferdinando) who has to deal with an influx of ruthless Albanian gangsters »

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

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Here Piggy, Piggy! Come to DVD!

10 April 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

What is it about the visage of a dude wearing a pig snout that just screams horror movie psycho? Hopefully the latest slasher flick Piggy will be able to answer that question and much more! Read on for details!

Synopsis

A grieving brother takes justice into his own hands with the help of a new friend in the bloody revenge thriller Piggy, slashing up DVD and VOD May 13 from Inception Media Group.

When John (Neil Maskell; Kill List, Atonement, Basic Instinct 2) is brutally murdered, his shy, mild-mannered brother, Joe (Martin Compston; The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Red Road), finds solace in Piggy (Paul Anderson; The Sweeney, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), one of John’s long-time friends.

Taking the reclusive, grieving brother under his wing, Piggy teaches Joe his gritty, vigilante ways. As their friendship grows, Joe finds himself in an increasingly dangerous, murky world of violence and »

- Steve Barton

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Full Schedule Unveiled for The Stanley Film Festival

3 April 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!

From the Press Release

The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).

The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado »

- Steve Barton

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The Stanley Film Festival Announces Full Program, Including The Sacrament, Dead Snow 2

3 April 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Stanley Hotel launched its first annual Stanley Film Festival last year and put together an impressive group of horror films and guests. After initially announcing Doc of the Dead as their opening film, we now have the full programming list, which includes screenings of The Sacrament, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, and much more:

“The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its full line-up and schedule. As previously announced, Doc of the Dead will open Sff. The festival, taking place April 24-27, will close with the mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do In The Shadows, about a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society. Throughout the four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, »

- Jonathan James

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