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Ray Winstone plays Frank, an Alzheimer's-afflicted shadow of his former self - a onetime hard man who is now reduced to eking out the days in a residential care home. However, his institutionalised life takes a major swerve when he is sprung from his virtual prison by his son James (Jim Sturgess) and the pair of them embark on a ramshackle road trip together. Director Mat Whitecross follows up Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll with this switch-backing British noir. »
We travel back in time for Mat Whitecross’ new film and the Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll director continues the musical theme in his film Spike Island, telling the story of a group of kids who travel to Spike Island, Cheshire for the now famous concert by The Stone Roses.
The film is a coming of age tale wrapped up in love letter to a band and an era which, desipte the reunion of the band only last year, seems a world away. Whitecross and his cast were in town last weekend for the London Film Festival premiere of Spike Island and our guys Ben Mortimer and Colin Hart were on the red carpet to meet them.
You can see their interviews with the cast and crew below.
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Tim Burton's Frankenweenie – a stop-motion, black-and-white ode to the horror films of his youth – opened the 56th BFI London film festival last week. It was bursting with every horror reference you could think of, as young Victor Frankenstein brings his dead dog Sparky back to life with an experiment for the school science fair.
Burton has lovingly crafted his references – doesn't everything in stop motion require hours of planning and thought? – but a little bat told me that he has actually overlooked one crucial aspect of film-making. In one scene the boy's parents are watching a horror movie on TV as he creeps back from the pet cemetery having dug up his dead pup. The parents (voiced by Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short) are cuddling »
- Jason Solomons
★★☆☆☆ The 90s were great, weren't they? You had Oasis, Blur, Pulp, and of course The Stone Roses, who are given near mythical status in Mat Whitecross' love letter to band frontman Ian Brown, in Spike Island (2012). A group of lads from Manchester spend their days rehearsing together in their unsigned band, covering their school in graffiti and listening to their favourite band, The Stone Roses. When they hear that their guitar heroes are performing on Spike Island, the boys try everything in their power to get into the gig.
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Written by Chris Coghill
Directed by Mat Whitecross
Are you ‘mad’ for it? Up for getting on ‘one’, boshing a few pills, caning a few spliffs and tripping the light fantastic? That’s the nostalgic premise of Spike Island, the new film of Mat Whitecross (previously known for the admired Ian Dury bio-pic Sex & Drugs & Rock N Roll) and writer Chris Coghill’s revisit to the second summer of love of 1990, in their minds the apotheosis of the Madchester Indie music movement in the UK which saw The Stone Roses play their biggest ever gig a mere twelve months after their self titled, alchemical guitar rock album first blazed a trail to underline a Thatcherite decade of fiscal greed, social self interest and industrial decay. In terms of full disclosure I’m probably the ideal candidate for this faintly charming and rushing debut, given that I’m »
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Charming scallywags and great music can often mean a great night at the cinema, but the second narrative feature from Mat Whitecross (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) feels undernourished and overly indebted to the subjects of its inspiration; The Stone Roses. In Manchester in the Summer of 1990, four schoolmates, affectionately referred to as Tits, Dodge, Zippy and Little Gaz, are endlessly devoted to the Roses, and have become obsessed with obtaining tickets to their huge gig in the Mersey Estuary at Spike Island. Hoping that they can get a demo tape of their four-piece outfit, Shadow Caster, into the hands of Roses’ frontman Ian Brown, while weathering the usual teenage quandaries, Spike Island is a mixture of Stone Roses fandom and coming-of-age tropes.
The fawning, however, is so strong in this one that even hardcore Roses fans will struggle with it; its joviality feels so artificial, and »
- Shaun Munro
Speakers include Col Needham, founder and head of IMDb.com, who grew up in Denton and worked in Curry's at Stockport
"Build it and they will come". That was very much the philosophy that led to the creation of Screen Stockport Film Festival around two years ago. What started out as making a short film with my friends, turned into a desire to create a film festival in Stockport to give fellow young filmmakers an opportunity to share their films with an audience.
Screen Stockport was then born, with the ambition of it becoming an inclusive, grassroots film festival for filmmakers of all ages and experiences. I wanted to give young people who aspired to have a career in the media an environment to share their passion and enthusiasm with other creatives and connect with industry professionals from the North West.
This year we're at the Plaza Super Cinema in »
The children of the James Bond producers play happy families at the Everything or Nothing premiere, while a student animator prepares to kickstart the London film festival
The Broccolis and the Saltzmans used to play together. So Monday night was a bit of a reunion as the children of the James Bond producers "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman gathered again at the premiere of Everything or Nothing, Stevan Riley's doc on the Bond phenomenon.
Despite the squabbles chronicled in the greatly enjoyable documentary, relations are now such that families even got together on stage for an emotional Q&A afterwards. Steven Saltzman, Harry's son, now living in Monaco, could hardly contain his thrill at finally getting to tell his dad's story, although there's more beside that thread in Riley's film. "The thing that nobody knows is that Harry was a spy himself," he told me. "So here was this man, »
- Jason Solomons
On Wednesday, the British Film Institute held the press launch for the 56th London Film Festival, with BFI CEO Amanda Nevill and incoming Festival Director Clare Stewart taking to the stage to unveil an extensive programme for a 12-day celebration of international cinema that begins on October 10th with Tim Burton's stop motion animation Frankenweenie and concludes on October 21st with the Closing Night Gala screening of Mike Newell's Charles Dickens adaptation Great Expectations.
Take a look at the following press launch video, which includes comments from Nevill and Stewart, along with Mat Whitecross (director, Spike Island), Sally El Hosaini (director/screenwriter, My Brother the Devil), Sarah Gavron (director, Village at the End of the World), Ben Timlett, Jeff Simpson and Bill Jones (directors, A Liar's Autobiography), Alice Lowe (actor/screenwriter, Sightseers), and be sure to check out our London Film Festival preview here...
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The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival launched yesterday under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, Clare Stewart, bringing a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema. The Festival will screen a total of 225 fiction and documentary features, including 14 World Premieres, 15 International Premieres and 34 European Premieres. There will also be screenings of 111 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes, and other special events. The 56th BFI London Film Festival will run from 10-21 October 2012. This year sees the introduction of several changes to the Festival’s format. Now taking place over 12 days, the Festival expands further from its traditional Leicester Square cinemas – Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square »
Announced yesterday, the programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival brings a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema. The Festival will screen a total of 225 fiction and documentary features, including 14 World Premieres, 15 International Premieres and 34 European Premieres. There will also be screenings of 111 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes, and other special events.
This year sees the introduction of several changes to the Festival’s format. Now taking place over 12 days, the Festival expands further from its traditional Leicester Square cinemas – Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square and Empire – and the BFI Southbank to include four additional new venues – Hackney Picturehouse, Renoir, Everyman Screen on the Green and Rich Mix, which join existing London venues the Ica, »
One of the clear victors emerging out of Telluride was Ben Affleck‘s The Town follow-up, the political hostage thriller Argo. Featuring a great ensemble including Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman, the film received top-notch reviews for its mix of thrillers and comedy and now we’ve got word it’ll be showing at another prestigious festival.
BFI London Film Festival announced their promising line-up today, which includes Argo, as well as Michael Haneke‘s Amour, Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday, Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa, Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone and much more. Check out the complete line-up below, as well as WB’s first TV spot for Argo.
London, Wednesday 5 September: The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, »
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I’ve just literally walked out, not in disgust I must add, of the official press launch of the 56th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon In Leicester Square in London.
Immediate stand outs are Ben Affleck’s Argo, Bill Murray’s Oscar tempting drama Hyde Park On Hudson, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet, Sightseers, The Sessions, The Sapphires and Robot And Frank, starring Frank Langella, all of which will debut at the festival.
I’m still trying to process the amount of films thrown at us, and indeed while I do that, here’s the full release.
London, Wednesday 5 September: The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, Clare Stewart, bringing a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and »
- Paul Heath
The line-up to the 56th London Film Festival has just been announced and you can see the list of movies coming to the greatest city in the world below. We already knew that Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Mike Newell’s Great Expectations would open and close the festival respectively but now we have the rest of the movies coming to London Town.
Let us know your thoughts on the line-up below in our comments section.
The Festival itself runs from October 10th to October 21st and we’ll be doing our best to bring you reviews from as many films as we possibly can!
London, Wednesday 5 September: The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, Clare Stewart, bringing a rich and diverse programme of international films and »
- David Sztypuljak
One of the big successes of the 2010 indie world was "Monsters," the ultra-low budget sci-fi picture which became a sensation after it premiered at SXSW. Made on a miniscule budget, with hugely impressive effects created on an off-the-shelf computer, it followed two Americans trying to travel across an area of Central America devestated by huge alien creatures. It was an off-beat, original take on the genre, and marked the arrival of some major new talents -- and indeed, helmer Gareth Edwards was picked out to direct a new reboot of "Godzilla," which remains in development, while star Scoot McNairy has gone on to major roles in "Killing Them Softly," "Argo" and "Twelve Years A Slave."
The film wasn't a huge crossover hit (we'd argue that it got a rather botched release stateside), but made some impressive coin internationally and on home video, and as such, talk of a sequel has »
- Oliver Lyttelton
After the positive reception in Cannes for Rufus Norris' acclaimed Broken which opened Critics Week, BBC Films has unveiled their new slate, reaffirming their commitment to nurturing relationships with filmmakers and developing new talent.
BBC Films is thrilled to be welcoming back former collaborators on a number of exciting projects this year. Following An Education and most recently Dustin Hoffman's Quartet, BBC Films will be working again with Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey of Wildgaze on two projects. Based on Colm Toibin's best-selling novel, Brooklyn will star Rooney Mara and has been adapted by Academy Award nominated Nick Hornby. Hornby's novel, A Long Way Down, has been adapted by Jack Thorne and will be directed by Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker). It will star Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, and Emile Hirsch.
With the band gearing up for a brief reunion run this June, a couple of filmmakers have developed some newfound fixation with English rock band The Stone Roses. We told you about the most notable just a few months ago, that being This is England director Shane Meadows‘ rock concert/documentary endeavor — but that’s not all. A straight narrative, Spike Island, has been trying to get off the ground these past couple of years; what better time to announce its main cast than right now?
ScreenDaily (via ThePlaylist) informs us that Lesley Manville — who you may know for her work in various Mike Leigh films — has, along with Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, signed on for the film, which has Mat Whitecross (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) attached to direct. Leading the cast is Elliott Tittensor; Jordon Murphy, Nico Marallegro, Oliver Heald, and Adam Long also star.
Right now, our »
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For a band who only ever released two albums, one of which was rubbish, The Stone Roses continue to maintain a prominent place in pop culture, in the U.K. at least. And the Manchester favorites, behind tracks like "I Am The Resurrection" and "She Bangs The Drum" are cementing their place in 2012 with a long-awaited reunion, playing three sold-out hometown gigs this June (which will be filmed by Shane Meadows) ahead of festival apperances later in the year. Which is fortuitous for the makers of "Spike Island." The comedy-drama, which follows a group of 16-year-old bandmates traveling to the Roses' seminal May 1990 gig, has been in the works for a few years, firstly with "Misfits" director Tom Green at the helm, and more recently with "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll"'s Mat Whitecross. But with filming starting any day now, the band's reunion couldn't have come at a better time, »
Extras of all ages (over 16) / shapes / sizes are required to be part of the upcoming Feature Film ‘Spike Island’.
Spike Island is being filmed all over the North West from Greater Manchester to Liverpool.
If you would like to be considered as an extra please email the below email address for an application form.
When you submit the application form you will also be required to submit the following non-professional, up to date photographs:
1 x Close-up head shot, 1 x Close-up head profile shot and 1 x Full-length body shot.
A coming of age drama set in Manchester in May 1990.
School is nearly out for summer (and forever) for our lads - five Stone Roses fans from Manchester.
Nothing will stop our boys from seeing their heroes on stage. This is the story of their journey to Widnes and the 72 hours across which their friendships are »
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Coldplay seem to be secret movie fans to some degree. Their new album Mylo Xyloto was apparently originally going to be the soundtrack to a movie they were writing, but never finished. And you might have forgotten, but last spring the band got into the film production game, co-finacing the film "Ashes" starring Jim Sturgess, Ray Winstone and Lesley Manville. That film has at the helm "Road To Guantanamo" co-director and Ian Dury biopic "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" helmer Mat Whitecross -- and he's been with with Chris Martin and the boys since day one. Whitecross was behind their first video "Bigger Stronger" and while the group have dabbled with other filmmakers over the years -- Anton Corbijn, Shynola, Grant Gee, Sophie Muller -- Mat has become a regular collaborator. The band have dropped "Charlie Brown," another single and video from the album, directed by Whitecross. But little did we know, »
20 items from 2012
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