10 items from 2012
It Always Rains on Sunday, 1947.
Directed by Robert Hamer.
An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house but she has since married and is far from keen on the idea.
It’s easy to get wistful about 1940s Britain. Just look at the re-emergence of Lindyhop dance classes, or those done-to-death ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ poster variations that everybody suddenly has to have all over their tea-towels and t-shirts. True, Ealing Studios did its fair share of flirting with doe-eyed sentiment, but happily, director Robert Hamer was quite another kind of film-maker, showing a whole new side to the studio’s output.
This film is shifty, in every sense of the word. The pacing is perfect, hopping from one story arc to another, »
As you may or may not know, WhatCulture is launching the British Film Registry, an annual event to celebrate the best in British film that is based on the American ‘National Film Registry’ model. Each December we will be inducting five British Films and two British Film Personalities into a fictional vault (basically a Hall of Fame) based on your votes.
To celebrate this inaugural induction, over the next few months we will be bringing you an array of featured articles based on British Cinema to inform, entertain and stimulate the British Film Fan within and of course, to fly the flag of that glorious institution that makes us so proud to be British.
What greater time to launch such a celebration of British Film than the year which has seen The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and of course the London Olympics. Our inaugural induction this December will bring to »
- Curtis Evans
Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Rises The Dark Knight Rises will have more IMAX footage than any other Hollywood movie in history. As per a Wall Street Journal report, Christopher Nolan’s third and last installment in his Batman trilogy will offer more than one hour of scenes filmed with those cumbersome IMAX cameras. For comparison’s sake, The Dark Knight, the biggest 2008 blockbuster at the domestic box office, had 40 minutes of IMAX footage. But what’s the big IMAX deal? After all, movies such as Tim Burton / Johnny Depp / Mia Wasikowska’s Alice in Wonderland, James Cameron / Sam Worthington’s Avatar, Gary Ross / Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson’s The Hunger Games, and Bill Condon / Robert Pattinson / Kristen Stewart’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 were all shown on IMAX screens. And upcoming IMAX releases include Joss Whedon / Chris Evans / Chris Hemsworth’s The Avengers, Ridley Scott / Noomi Rapace / Michael Fassbender’s Prometheus, »
- Zac Gille
Tom Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises got a nice plug when six minutes of footage premiered before IMAX screenings of Paramount’s Tom Cruise blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. (One could also say that MI4 got a boost from the Tdkr footage as well.) On May 4, The Dark Knight Rises trailer 3 will premiere before screenings of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, a Marvel production to be released by Walt Disney Studios. But Batman is a DC comics character, how could that be? Well, good business sense. That’s it. And remember, as MTV.com explains, back in 2008 The Dark Knight trailer was shown before Marvel’s Iron Man. And it gets better for fanboys, fangirls, and fanseniors: the new The Amazing Spider-Man trailer will also be screened before The Avengers. The rebooted Spider-Man has been much less buzzed about than either The Avengers, which »
- Zac Gille
Chopped my finger off while preparing dinner – strange, I didn't hear a big, dramatic chord in the background. Whispered sweet words in my wife's ear – strange again, I couldn't hear the beautiful sound of harps trilling in the background. And stranger still, when I tripped over in the street, I didn't once hear silly whaa-whaa-whaaaaa comedy music. Just deafening laughter from passers by.
Yet whenever I see most TV programmes and films these days, there's musical cues ahoy to be found in the background. TV, in particular, can't seem to get through a programme without striking up the band. Even In EastEnders – although music is strictly limited to a pointedly chosen classic hit from years gone by. Say that furious hard nut Derek Branning is threatening hapless cheeky chappie Alfie Moon in the Queen Vic over a packet of pork scratchings, the cunning producers will heavily signpost the scenario with »
Tom Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises The Dark Knight Rises has been rated PG-13 "for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language," according to various online reports. Now, that Christopher Nolan's upcoming Batman movie will get a PG-13 rating is totally expected, but at this point in time the only PG-13-rated The Dark Knight Rises listed on the Motion Picture Association of America's website is The Dark Knight Rises' Prologue. That's it. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20. A few weeks ago, Nolan reportedly screened a rough cut of the film to Warner Bros. executives. No word on whether or not the film is actually ready to be rated. The purported source for this news is a "Warner Bros. exhibitor's" site. So, either the MPAA will release an official rating to The Dark Knight Rises on Monday, or … this is another "Gary Ross is »
- Zac Gille
The Dark Knight Rises fan-made poster You know a movie is hot when talented people spend their time creating unofficial posters and/or trailers for them. On YouTube, you'll find countless fan-made Twilight trailers, for instance. And above you get an explosive (quite literally) The Dark Knight Rises poster, initially found at Shockya. The most notable difference between this poster by DevianArt's visuasys and the Dark Knight Rises materials released thus far is the color scheme: whereas the poster has lots of yellow, orange, and red, official Tdkr images and videos have emphasized blue and gray tints. Last week, Christopher Nolan reportedly screened a rough cut of the film, the last installment in his Batman trilogy, to the suits at Warner Bros. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20. Directed by Nolan, from his own screenplay with brother Jonathan Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises stars Batman Begins / The Dark Knight's Christian Bale, »
- Zac Gille
It is the end of an era in British filmmaking. Twickenham Film Studio — the 99-year-old suburban London sound stages that have played home to films like Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Roman Polanski’s Repulsion, and this year’s Oscar-nominated The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn — will be closed and sold by June of this year, reports the BBC. An official at the studio does not expect that any potential buyer for the facility will use it as a location for filming again.
Founded in 1913 on the site of a one-time ice rink, Twickenham was also where director »
- Adam B. Vary
Twickenham Film Studios, which have been used for films as diverse as Roman Polanski's Repulsion, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and current Oscars hopeful My Week with Marilyn, are to be closed just one year ahead of the facility's centennial anniversary.
Administrator Gerald Krasner said the business was losing money and would be wound down between now and June, with half of its 17 employees having already left. It was unlikely to be maintained as a film studio by new owners, he said. "We are selling it on," Mr Krasner told the BBC News website. "Everyone will then be paid in full."
Twickenham opened in 1913 as St Margaret's Studios and was given its current moniker in 1929 by one of its most famous owners, British film magnate Julius Hagen. Built on the »
- Ben Child
Go to Blazes, 1962.
Directed by Michael Truman.
Three robbers plan a heist using a fire engine as a getaway vehicle, but their scheme begins to unravel when they are mistaken for real firemen.
British cinema has had many memorable eras during its time. It’s often American cinema that is seen as the leading light in film. That may be because of the glitz of Hollywood and where the money is, masking the fact that often, much has been pilfered from European and Asian cinema over the years. In certain periods of time, Britain has threatened to run side by side with its American cousin without ever looking like overtaking. The 60s was a defining era for British film. We had the launch of Michael Caine, and the beginning of some gritty, grounded, »
10 items from 2012
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