6 items from 2010
Shank BannerMo Ali's first film is a futuristic titled called Shank. The film takes place five years from now in a fantasy created London, where gangs rule the streets. The chances that London, England could fall to gang warfare is unlikely, as Britain has survived Roman, Scandanavian, Irish, Scottish, French, Spanish, German and many more invasions. However, this is a fantasy world created by first time director Ali, with support from writer Paul Van Carter.
And a deadly fantasy world this is! Death is a common occurrence in Shank, with a kill or be killed atmosphere fueling further violence. One brother must rise above the blood soaked streets to stand for a better tomorrow in this trailer for Shank below. If you are feeling the post-apocalyptic vibe of this UK shot film, then get set for the DVD launch October 5th through the Revolver Entertainment Group, with DVD special features provided. »
- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)
This coming week sees the television premiere of This is England '86, a new series from British director Shane Meadows that serves as a sequel to his BAFTA Award-winning semi-autobiographical feature This is England (2006). Financed by Channel 4, the four-part drama picks up three years after the events of the movie and revolves around the character of Lol (Vicky McClure), who is set to marry boyfriend Woody (Joe Gilgun). Meanwhile Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) finishes school and finds himself facing up to the prospect of adulthood amid the bleak economy of mid-80s Thatcher's Britain.
Co-written by Jack Thorne (Skins) and directed by Meadows and Tom Harper (The Scouting Book for Boys), This is England '86 also sees the return of Milky (Andrew Shim), Smell (Rosamund Hanson), Gadget (Andrew Ellis), Meggy (Perry Benson), Banjo (George Newton) and Harvey (Michael Socha), along with former gang leader Combo (Stephen Graham).
Check out the new trailer from Channel 4, »
It's a murky afternoon in a car park in Sheffield and two This Is England actors are lounging around in a golf buggy, eating fish and chips, gulping Coke and giggling. Joe Gilgun and Michael Socha – who play Woody, the tall, dark-haired guy who dates Lol; and his mate Harvey, who boasts an impressive blond flat top – have been drunk for three days. They abandon their lunch and, while Socha lazily drives the golf buggy around in circles, Gilgun slides into a seat on the double-decker bus that doubles up as a cafe and hangout.
- Amy Raphael
If you've seen the poster for Shank while you've been out and about, you might notice a somewhat dubious credit as its strapline. Yes, Revolver Entertainment is proudly declaring that this film is "from the distributors of Kidulthood." And, of course, if you know your stuff about what that infers, you know that has about as much value as a debut novel by your local postman being billed as "from the man who brought you the last Harry Potter book".
This wouldn't be too big a problem even amongst "from the studio/producers/best boy of..." straplines, but it's invoking Noel Clarke's work and the film has set its sights too high.
Movies over the years have become standard in the way that they’re filmed and it takes a movie like Cut to come along with a simple idea that changes that and tries something completely new. The basic premise of the movie is that rather than cutting between shots from one camera to another, like you’d seen in any feature film, it’s all taken in one, continuous, long 60 minute take. Sounds ambitious but Alexander Williams decided to take the task on directing a cast which included Zach Galligan, Michael Socha, Danielle Lloyd, Simon Phillips, River George, Dominic Burns, Eden Watson, Lauri Brewster, Nick Onsloe, Adam Dakin, Deborah Burns, Lewis Copson and Jack Lewis.
Cut is a horror movie which tells the story of a group of five friends who return from a party to their cottage buried deep inside the Peak District. As the evening goes on, they »
- David Sztypuljak
Jon and I have now been running HeyUGuys for around 16 months and throughout that time, we always try and have a benchmark of things as to when we’d have ‘made it’ in the movie industry! First came screenings, then a premiere, then getting our name on a poster. Well, the latter has now happened in the form of new British horror movie, Cut. Check it out, our name is on the poster!! Woop woop!
Cut is directed by Alexander Williams and stars Zach Galligan, Danielle Lloyd, Simon Phillips, Michael Socha, River George and Dominic Burns. The thing that makes this movie special is that the entire feature has been filmed in one take with one camera throughout.
My review of the movie will be online tomorrow so make sure you check back to view it.
Cut is released on DVD this coming Monday, 8th March and you can click the image below to enlarge. »
- David Sztypuljak
6 items from 2010
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