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Opening Raindance film festival has to be virtually every up and coming filmmakers dream, (well that and actually getting their film funded). For director Kai Barry (Stem, Splinter) that dream came true, opening this yes festival with his latest, nitty, gritty spy-thriller, Newcomer. Newcomer follows many twists and turns after rookie agent Alex (James Floyd)
- Gloria Daniels-Moss
London — Extraordinarily for an opening-night film — and extremely heartening for aspiring filmmakers everywhere — Kai Barry’s first feature “Newcomer” came to the Raindance Film Festival programmers’ attention though open submissions. But after his film’s debut at the festival, Barry won’t be under the radar for much longer.
Filmed in Belgrade and starring “My Brother the Devil’s” James Floyd, “Newcomer” tells the story of Alex, an apparently bright young man who finds himself over his head when he applies for a job with a private firm protecting secret information.
Barry says: “The original thing was, I read a stat that said, in the U.S., 70% of the intelligent budget goes on independent contractors. Just reading that statistic, I thought, ‘There’s got to be a lot of confusion here, right?’ And I started to wonder: what is that world? Obviously there’s the James Bond world, but what about this world, »
- Damon Wise
British spy thriller Newcomer has received a new trailer ahead of its premiere at Raindance Film Festival tonight in London. Check it out below…
Rookie Alex Hark (James Floyd, My Brother The Devil)’s tireless determination has earned him a spot on one of the most elite industrial espionage teams in the world. His mentor Daniel Frost (Anthony M. Lapaglia, Without A Trace) believes he is destined for greatness if he can just trust his eyes and ears.
On his first mission Alex serves as a lookout. He must keep the street clear. Alex softens when a woman needs help into the building, but moments later Alex listens over the radio as his entire team is killed. When he returns to the safe house his superiors listen to the recording of the mission and assume Alex is the killer. Escaping torture, Alex finds himself on the run in a foreign »
- Kat Kourbeti
World premiere of Us spy thriller to open independent film festival.
Raindance Film Festival (Sept 23 - Oct 4) has unveiled the programme for its 23rd edition, with 90 features and nearly 200 short from 48 countries set to screen at London’s Vue Piccadilly.
Raindance’s international programme this year includes the world premiere of Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire, a portrait of the poet-musician and rock star; the UK premiere of Mexican film Alice in Marialand, starring new Bond girl Stephanie Sigman; and new titles from upcoming British filmmaking talent.
Films dealing with the digital age feature prominently throughout the programme, with highlights including Alex Winter’s Deep Web, narrated by Keanu Reeves; Digital Dissisents, a documentary looking at the “warriors of the digital age” featuring »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London — London’s Raindance Film Festival, which runs Sept. 23-Oct. 4, will include a master class by Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, who was Oscar nominated for “Babel.” The festival will open with the world premiere of Kai Barry’s spy thriller “Newcomer.”
Mexico-born Arriaga, whose credits include “Amores Perros” and “21 Grams,” will discuss his craft during two sessions on Oct. 3 and 4. The master class ties in with the festival’s Co-Production Forum, which focuses this year on Mexico.
“Newcomer” stars James Floyd, who won best newcomer at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, and Anthony Lapaglia, who won a Golden Globe for his role as FBI agent Jack Malone in “Without a Trace.”
The movie follows rookie spy Alex, who becomes the subject of an »
- Leo Barraclough
The film, which stars James Floyd (“My Brother the Devil”), Anthony Lapaglia (“Without a Trace”) and Noemie Merlant, centers on Alex, the newest member of a special ops team working for the U.S. government. When his first mission goes disastrously wrong, his bosses think he has betrayed them. He is forced to go on the run, and try to find out what really happened.
Raindance runs from Sept. 23-Oct. 4.
- Leo Barraclough
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