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New Stills From Xander Robin's Venice Selected Are We Not Cats

27 July 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

It was back in January that we debuted the first artwork from Xander Robin's upcoming indie Are We Not Cats and with word arriving yesterday that the film would be having its world premiere as part of the Critics Week selection in Venice - a pretty fascinating lineup that also includes Alice Lowe's Prevenge - we're pleased to present a further look at the film now. After losing his job, his girlfriend, and his apartment in a single day, a young man attempts to restart his life as a truck driver, but his plans are quickly diverted when he meets a woman who shares his strangest and most compulsive habit; a proclivity for eating hair. Take a look at the quartet of stills below for...

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Alice Lowe’s “Prevenge” To Open Venice Critics’ Week

25 July 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Prepare for “Prevenge.” Alice Lowe’s feature directorial debut will open the Venice International Film Festival’s Critics’ Week. The fest…

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- Laura Berger

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Venice Critics’ Week: New Film from Iranian Director Who Was Sentenced to Jail and 223 Lashes

25 July 2016 8:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — The Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week on Monday unveiled its lineup comprising nine international first works, eight of which will have their world premieres.

Among these is “Drum,” the feature-film debut of Iranian director Keywan Karimi, whose sentence to jail and 223 lashes for his documentary “Writing on the City,” about political graffiti in Tehran, recently sparked outrage and appeals for clemency in the international film community

The new film by Karimi, who remains free pending appeal, was described as “abstract, political, and visionary” by Giona Nazzaro, artistic director of the section which is run separately from the official selection. Shot in black-and-white, “Drum” (pictured) centers on a Tehran lawyer who receives a package that will turn his life upside-down, according to the press notes. It will screen in the section’s competition.

“Writing on the City,” a reflection on political graffiti spanning from the 1979 Islamic Revolution through Iran’s contested 2009 election, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Venice Critics’ Week to open with Alice Lowe revenge-comedy

25 July 2016 4:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The strand will be bookended by Alice Lowe’s Prevenge and Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats [pictured].Scroll down for line-up

The Venice International Film Festival’s (Aug 31 - Sept 10) 2016 Critics’ Week line-up has been revealed.

The independent section of the festival – dedicated to features from debut directors – includes seven titles from five continents.

Opening the strand with be UK director Alice Lowe’s Prevenge (out of competition), which stars Lowe as a pregnant woman on a killing spree and will have its world premiere at the festival.

Lowe was co-writer and co-star of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. The film is a Western Edge Pictures/Gennaker production and was shot in Wales last year.

Closing will be Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats, which was one of three genre titles to screen as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Marche this year as part of an inaugural partnership between genre market Frontières and the Cannes Film Festival »

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FrightFest unveils 2016 line-up

22 July 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Genre festival reveals masterclasses and film programme.

Horror Channel FrightFest (Aug 25-29) has unveiled the line-up of events and movies for its 2016 edition, set to be held at the Vue cinema in London’s Shepherds Bush.

Screen will host a panel on the future of the UK horror film industry, followed by the first Screen International Horror Rising Star Award [click here for the shortlist].

There will also be a horror writing master class with writer-director James Moran; a women in horror symposium; a special effects demo from maestro Dan Martin; and a discussion by filmmaker Paul Davis – who made John Landis approved doc Beware The Moon - marking the 35th anniversary of An American Werewolf In London.

The festival is also set to screen H.G. Lewis’ 1963 gore classic Blood Feast, which is getting a 4K restoration from Arrow. 

The FrightFest audience will be the first in the UK to see The Neighbor, directed by Marcus Dunstan (The Collection).

The festival will also »

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

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FrightFest, Screen unveil first Horror Rising Star Award shortlist

22 July 2016 7:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Winner to be announced during genre festival.

Alice Lowe, Paul Hyett, The Ford Brothers, Kate Shenton and Shaun Robert Smith have been shortlisted for the inaugural Screen International Horror Rising Star Award.

The award, celebrating the work of emerging talent in genre cinema, has been launched with Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 (Aug 25-29).

The winner will be announced on Aug 28, following a panel discussion on the future of the UK horror film industry moderated by Screen at London’s Vue Cinema in Shepherds Bush – the main hub of the festival.

Alice Lowe has been nominated for her growing stature in genre cinema, having written and directed short Solitudo as well as the forthcoming Prevenge, in which she also stars. Lowe previously co-wrote and starred in Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers.

The Ford Brothers have been shortlisted for their ambitious zombie epics The Dead and The Dead 2, shooting both films on shoestring budgets in Africa and India.

Kate Shenton is in the »

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

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Adult Life Skills review: “Smart and beautifully bittersweet”

23 June 2016 11:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Adult Life Skills review: The smart and beautifully bittersweet film arrives in UK cinemas on June 24th.

Written, edited and directed by Rachel Tunnard, Adult Life Skills is a beautifully bittersweet story that tells the tale of Anna (Jodie Whittaker), a nearly-30-something who’s living in the garden shed at the end of her Mum’s garden.

Anna offers up a somewhat dishevelled figure, spending her momentary time making a short film using her thumbs with faces drawn on as the actors in a space escapade. The thumbs are two different characters with one being a worrier about how they’ll die and the other keeping the facts straight. The only problem is she’s doing this alone and her Mum (Lorraine Ashbourne) is becoming increasingly frustrated with actions and recommends she moves out but Anna is less than enamoured with this plan.

Outside of the shelter of her shed, »

- Dan Bullock

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Movie Review – Adult Life Skills (2016)

23 June 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Adult Life Skills, 2016.

Written and Directed by Rachel Tunnard.

Starring Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Rachel Deering, Brett Goldstein, Eileen Davies, Ozzy Myers and Alice Lowe.

Synopsis:

Anna is stuck: she’s approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mum’s garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered.

Here I go again on my own, going down the only road I’ll ever know. The lyrics of 1980’s rock band Whitesnake there, sung by many millions in concert halls, festivals and yes even out of car windows. Badly. But those first few lines of power ballad goodness as particularly resonant for director Rachel Tunnard’s feature debut Adult Life Skills, mainly as they feature heavily over the closing credits and are mentioned in the film, but those powerful words are particularly apt as they are the summation of the film.

Anna (Whittaker) is the adult in question when it »

- Scott J. Davis

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Watch Jodie Whittaker in Emotional Fusebox, the pilot for Adult Life Skills

6 June 2016 11:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of the arrival of the British comedy Adult Life Skills later this month, director Rachel Tunnard’s BAFTA and Bifa-nominated pilot for the feature, Emotional Fusebox, has been released online.

Commissioned by Creative England and the BFI, Emotional Fusebox stars Jodie Whittaker as Anna, who lives a hermit’s life in her Mum’s garden shed and wants to stay there, but her Mum has other plans.

See Also: Exclusive first clip from Adult Life Skills

Anna is stuck: she’s approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mum’s garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered.

She spends her days making videos using her thumbs as actors – thumbs that bicker about things like whether Yogi Bear is a moral or existential nihilist. But Anna doesn’t show these videos to anyone and no one knows what they are for.

A week before her birthday her Mum »

- Gary Collinson

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Exclusive first clip from Adult Life Skills

2 June 2016 11:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release later this month, we’ve got an exclusive clip from director Rachel Tunnard’s upcoming comedy Adult Life Skills, which sees Jodie Whittaker and Brett Goldstein discussing the overlooked sexism at the end of Grease! Check it out here…

Anna is stuck: she’s approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mum’s garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered.

She spends her days making videos using her thumbs as actors – thumbs that bicker about things like whether Yogi Bear is a moral or existential nihilist. But Anna doesn’t show these videos to anyone and no one knows what they are for.

A week before her birthday her Mum serves her an ultimatum – she needs to move out of the shed, get a haircut that doesn’t put her gender in question and stop dressing like a homeless teenager. Naturally, Anna tells her Mum to Back The F-off. »

- Gary Collinson

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Poster for comedy Adult Life Skills starring Jodie Whittaker and Alice Lowe

28 April 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last week we brought you a trailer for Adult Life Skills [watch it here], and now a new poster has arrived online for the upcoming comedy featuring Jodie Whittaker; check it out below…

Anna is stuck: she’s approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mum’s garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered.

She spends her days making videos using her thumbs as actors – thumbs that bicker about things like whether Yogi Bear is a moral or existential nihilist. But Anna doesn’t show these videos to anyone and no one knows what they are for.

A week before her birthday her Mum serves her an ultimatum – she needs to move out of the shed, get a haircut that doesn’t put her gender in question and stop dressing like a homeless teenager. Naturally, Anna tells her Mum to Back The F-off.

However, when her school friend comes to visit, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Exclusive: UK poster for Adult Life Skills starring Jodie Whittaker & Alice Lowe

27 April 2016 6:26 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It’s always a pleasure to shine the spotlight on the independent British film scene and today we’ve got the first trailer and an exclusive look at the poster for Rachel Tunnard’s Adult Life Skills. Starring Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Brett Goldstein and the ever wonderful Alice Lowe, Adult Life Skills impressed at Tribeca recently, earning

The post Exclusive: UK poster for Adult Life Skills starring Jodie Whittaker & Alice Lowe appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Jon Lyus

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Joy; Sisters; Black Mountain Poets; Hitchcock/Truffaut; Krampus; Belgica – review

24 April 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jennifer Lawrence’s turn as the Magic Mop inventor deserves a second look, while Poehler and Fey are on good form as siblings, and Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells equally so as poetic impostors

After a hot streak with ticket buyers, critics and Oscar voters, David O Russell was frozen out with Joy (Fox, 12). Applause was muted to inaudible, while only Jennifer Lawrence scored any awards recognition for a film built as a chattering shrine to her star power. Future audiences will, I hope, remember it as a film that deserved better. Built and buffed like a multistoreyed great American novel, yet with a surging, people-watching, restlessness best suited to the cinema, Joy is a messy marvel, perhaps the most prodigious child yet of the arranged marriage between Russell’s busy, eccentric storytelling style and classic Hollywood form.

A fictionalised biopic of Long Island-housewife-turned-Miracle-Mop -inventor Joy Mangano, it is no »

- Guy Lodge

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Trailer for British comedy Adult Life Skills starring Jodie Whittaker

19 April 2016 9:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, a trailer has arrived online for writer-director Rachel Tunnard’s upcoming comedy Adult Life Skills which stars Jodie Whittaker; take a look below after the official synopsis…

Anna is stuck: she’s approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mum’s garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered.

She spends her days making videos using her thumbs as actors – thumbs that bicker about things like whether Yogi Bear is a moral or existential nihilist. But Anna doesn’t show these videos to anyone and no one knows what they are for.

A week before her birthday her Mum serves her an ultimatum – she needs to move out of the shed, get a haircut that doesn’t put her gender in question and stop dressing like a homeless teenager. Naturally, Anna tells her Mum to Back The F-off.

However, when her school friend comes to visit, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Film Review: Black Mountain Poets

6 April 2016 3:34 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ The last chapter in his 'Modern Romance Trilogy' sees writer-director Jamie Adams and a band of British talent take to the hills in quirky, sardonic comedy Black Mountain Poets. Combining a hippy writers retreat with a shambolic Duke of Edinburgh expedition, it revolves around the uncontrollably mischievous antics of sisters Lisa (Alice Lowe) and Claire (Dolly Wells). Less than successful con artists on the run after the failed theft of a Jcb digger, the reasons for which are left intriguingly unexplained, they stumble upon the Poet's Poetry Society gathering by mistake after stealing the car of renowned verse-writing duo The Wilding Sisters. It's an oddball, meandering journey where demons must be excised, navel-gazing is more important than any physical destination and pretence must be maintained at all costs, for there is an £11,000 prize at stake.

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Black Mountain Poets review – half-cocked comedy

3 April 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Neither the jabs at literary types nor the ensemble jokes quite come off in this caper about two women trying to pass themselves off as poets

This oddball bucolic romp has Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells as two sisters, con artists on the run who pose as acclaimed poets and hide out at a literary retreat in Wales’s Black Mountains. Shot in five days and improvised from an outline by director Adams (Benny and Jolene), it’s a ramshackle, low-key affair. Lowe excelled in a rather blacker back-to-nature comedy, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, while Tom Cullen was great in Andrew Haigh’s Weekend – but none of the ensemble interplay quite gels here. Jokes about pretentious poetic types are half-cocked – even Lowe’s impassioned recital of a Tesco receipt seems more like a rough run-through for a gag – and the main comic premise, three women getting in a rivalrously undignified »

- Jonathan Romney

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Black Mountain Poets movie review: rhyme and unreason

1 April 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A tasty treat of gentle but wise humor, full of as much sympathy but also tough love for its messed-up sisters as they are for each other. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Two con-artist sisters on the run from the law steal a car and figure that where its owners were headed is as good a destination as any… perhaps not the wisest of moves, but Lisa and Claire are pretty impetuous. So now they have to pretend to be the Wilding sisters, the guests of honor at a “spiritual retreat” run by the “Poet’s Poetry Society” in the Black Mountains of Wales. This, the third semi-improvised feature film from director Jamie Adams, is a tasty treat of gentle but wise humor that is forgiving of the »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Black Mountain Poets review – bickering sisters pose as poets in lo-fi comedy

31 March 2016 2:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Alice Lowe, Dolly Wells and Tom Cullen excel in this flimsy, funny tale of siblings who impersonate beat poets at a retreat in the Black Mountains

This lo-fi comedy from writer-director Jamie Adams is daft and flimsy and funny. It’s a film that follows its nose about the place, improv-style – with no great hangups about plot believability. Everything depends on the performers, who fortunately are really good: there are some big laughs, particularly from Alice Lowe. She plays Lisa, who with her sister Claire (Dolly Wells) has somehow got involved in petty crime: in the opening scene they are shown failing to break into an industrial estate to steal a Jcb. Why they want one is never clear. The bickering siblings go on the run and steal a car belonging to a couple of performance poets called the Wilding Sisters and then show up at a poetry retreat in »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Black Mountain Poets review: “A charming, entertainingly original indie”

26 March 2016 2:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Black Mountain Poets review by Dan Bullock.

Like a silhouette at sunset; Black Mountain Poets sketches out who we are

Striving for a goal; probing out an individual star

This lo-fi indie film explores the deeper meaning behind our actions

As Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells slowly break down the disliked math-related fractions.

…Of everyday life.

Jamie Adams third feature film sees us follow two sisters, Claire (Dolly Wells) and Lisa (Alice Lowe), who steal the identities of well-known fictional poets The Wilding Sisters. After trying to steal a Jcb they drive off scared, run out of petrol and end up nabbing the car of the poets, taking on their identity which leads to Claire and Lisa living the lie to extremes at a Poetry Retreat in Wales.

When they join up with the small group of devoted poets, they’re welcomed at the remote event with loving (and excited »

- Dan Bullock

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Rotterdam 2016 Interview: Director Steve Oram Talks Aaaaaaaah! "Not Everyone Would Have Wanted To Have Somebody's Testicles On Forehead"

22 March 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

While on the prowl in Rotterdam, TwitchFilm bumped into Steve Oram, the English actor who may be spotted in television series Tittybangbang, The World´s End or Ben Wheatley´s chiller Kill List. Steve Oram co-wrote Wheatley´s dark touristic comedy Sightseers where he stars alongside Alice Lowe, who was not only his acting but also writing partner. The time was ripe for Steve to complete his feature directing debut, charmingly titled Aaaaaaaah! (read Ard´s review), a family drama cross-over between Planet of the Apes and A Clockwork Orange. Oram plays with the spirit of midnight movies interweaving schlock, bleak and surreal humor and socio-evolutional musings during which is not uttered a single one word. The British director was accompanying the film in Rotterdam, where it played in...

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