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Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest, the UK’s leading horror fantasy film festival, have announced the first films which will be released under the curated banner ‘FrightFest Presents’. The seven titles – Aaaaaaaah!, The Sand, Afterdeath, Landmine Goes Click, Emelie, The Lesson and Estranged – will all have their UK theatrical premieres at the FrightFest five day festival in August, before being released across the UK and Ireland via the distributor’s digital partners including iTunes, Virgin Movies, Sky, Google Amazon, Xbox , Blinkbox, Google, Wuaki, TalkTalk and Volta.
Here are the seven titles, from the official press release…
Aaaaaaaah!, the world premiere and feature directorial debut of Steve Oram, co-writer of Ben Wheatley’s cult UK hit and British Independent Film Award-winning and Cannes selection feature Sightseers. Oram also stars with Noel Fielding (The It Crowd, The Mighty Boosh), Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Lucy Honnigman (The Ex-pm), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, »
- Gary Collinson
Gavin O'Connor's Warrior was a surprise critical and box office hit back in 2011, as well as being one of the first studio films set within the increasingly popular world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting. That film pitted brothers Tom Hardy (Bronson, The Dark Knight Returns, Mad Max Fury Road) and Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, Acolytes, The Gift) against one another in an Mma battle and garnered positive notices, much to everyone's surprise. The film, rife with sibling rivalry, hatred, and melodrama, was snatched up for reevaluation and remake by India's Dharma Productions and seemed like a slam dunk for its producers, who handed the project to director Karan Malhotra, following up his surprise corker Agneepath (2012). However, sometimes things have a way unraveling in a...
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Though true-crime character study “Jack” has the nerve to call notorious Austrian killer-turned-literary-sensation Jack Unterweger by his first name, writer-director Elisabeth Scharang never lets audiences get close enough to feel such familiarly. Unterweger was and remains an enigma, elevated to celebrity status and acclaimed for his underworld-plunging poetry and fiction before being charged with the murders of 11 prostitutes in Austria and abroad. Did he commit the crimes, or was the reformed criminal unfairly typecast for earlier transgressions? No one could reasonably answer such questions of the basis of Scharang’s impressionistic portrait, a poisonous psycho-thriller guilty of distorting the facts for artistic effect without creating any semblance of a relatable human being in the process.
Surely, it would help to be Austrian — or at least relatively well versed in Unterweger’s case — in order to appreciate what Scharang is trying to do, and though festival bookings at Locarno and beyond »
- Peter Debruge
For the first time, Nicolas Winding Refn, writer, producer and director of the Pusher trilogy, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives and the upcoming Neon Demon, shares his unique collection of rare American movie posters in the lush new hardcover book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, available from the debuting Nwr imprint of Fab Press.
Available from book stores, online and at venues during Refn's upcoming international and U.S. book tour, "Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing" features vintage poster art from more than 300 classic exploitation-era titles such as Spiked Heels And B [Continued ...] »
Acclaimed Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive) has announced the release of his debut book The Act of Seeing. Coauthored by FrighFest curator and renowned horror expert Alan Jones and trawls through Refn’s unique collection of rare American film posters as it explores his which shows us Refn’s earliest visual connection with movies, stemming from a childhood spent wondering the streets of Manhattan, obsessing over art house posters that decorated the outside walls of the elusive movie theatres he was too young to go in to.
From the vintage visuals of ‘Spiked Heels And Black Nylons’, ‘Obscene House’ and ‘Alice In Acidland’ to ‘The Twisted Sex’, ‘Torture Me Kiss Me’ and ‘Zero In And Scream’ – to name just a few of the tantalizing film titles showcased – the controversial Danish icon constructs a whole new way of looking at the key artwork and shameless hyperbole thought up in »
- Gary Collinson
To date, the trailers for Brian Helgeland's Legend have made the film look like a period gangster drama along the lines of Goodfellas. But, what the marketing hasn't shown us is just how funny the movie is going to be. You read that right, Legend looks like a great dark comedy with Tom Hardy truly showing some of the blackest humor since Bronson. Based on the true story of the Kray Twins, Legend makes great use... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Tom Hardy's no secret to playing real-life criminals with a violent streak - in fact, some of his most compelling performances can be found in the 2007 TV drama Stuart: A Life Backwards and Nicolas Winding Refn's knockout movie, Bronson.
In Legend, directed by Brian Helgeland, Hardy gets to stretch his abilities further. He plays the infamous Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie, a pair of gangsters whose exploits in 60s London made them into celebrities. Each character showcases a different side of the actor's talent: the slick, witty Reggie is the more dapper of the pair, while Ronnie's prone to wild flights of fantasy and horrifying outbursts of violence.
Helgeland (La Confidential, Mystic River, »
Some were wondering where the performers in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight were when I posted my early Best Actor predictions. Well, it's often tough to tell just who will be considered a lead and who will be considered supporting in a Tarantino feature, and considering this film is a massive ensemble piece it's possible the entire cast will be supporting, or at least that's how I'm looking at it until we know otherwise as I bring you my first look at a field of 26 contenders in the Best Supporting Actor category. Truth be told, it's still too early to really open the doors on the supporting categories as these are quite often the performances we don't see coming. With lead performances it's much easier to predict which ones are more likely to knock our socks off (or, at the very least stand out in the eyes of the »
- Brad Brevet
If you're only now getting acquainted with Tom Hardy after Mad Max: Fury Road that's a shame, though I do welcome you to the adoring fold. And if you're only familiarity with Nicolas Winding Refn is Drive, then you're missing out. In fact, Drive isn't even my favorite Refn film, and Fury Road, well, it may be my favorite Hardy film, but it's definitely a close call along with Refn's wonderful 2009 release, Bronson, of which some intriguing back-story has come to light as of late concerning casting the lead and the film's script. To begin, during a Q&A at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles promoting the release of the Bronson soundtrack on vinyl (via The Playlist), Refn revealed Hardy wasn't his first choice. In fact, Jason Statham was his initial target, but the script caused The Stath to balk. "I'm a big fan of Jason, and have seen a lot of his movies, »
- Brad Brevet
Last week at The CineFamily in Los Angeles, Milan Records held an album release party for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson soundtrack. While the CD was available when the film was first released, this is the first time you can own a vinyl edition of the soundtrack that features everything from Glass Candy to Pet Shop Boys, to Giuseppe Verdi to Anton Brucker and more. The double LP is now available and has new artwork by All Media. In addition to releasing his own soundtracks on vinyl, Refn has partnered up with Milan Records for a series that’s called “Nicolas Winding Refn Presents” and the line will release limited edition soundtracks on vinyl with new artwork. They just started taking orders on Robocop by Basil Poledouris. The remastered vinyl was done from the original tapes, and will be a double LP on 180gm silver vinyl in a double tip-on »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
While he’s certainly been very busy working on his upcoming film “The Neon Demon,” Nicolas Winding Refn still found time in his schedule to attend a special screening of “Bronson” last Wednesday at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles. The occasion? The release of the “Bronson” soundtrack on vinyl via Milan Records. Refn stopped by, signed some LPs, then a Q&A was held after the film was over. The director was typically candid during the Q&A, which brought about many interesting tidbits regarding the making of “Bronson” as well as Refn’s inspirations for the soundtrack. What’s especially interesting about the “Bronson” soundtrack is its eclecticism. The film contains a seemingly disparate mix of both ‘80s electronic pop and classical music. Thankfully, Refn gave us some great insight, revealing that he’d tried to get the Pet Shop Boys to compose original music for “Bronson.” The Q »
- Ken Guidry
Last week at The CineFamily in Los Angeles, Milan Records held an album release party for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson soundtrack. While the CD was available when the film was first released, this is the first time you can own a vinyl edition of the soundtrack that features everything from Glass Candy to Pet Shop Boys, to Giuseppe Verdi to Anton Brucker. The double LP is now available and has new artwork by All Media. In addition to releasing his own soundtracks on vinyl, Refn has partnered up with Milan Records for a series that’s called “Nicolas Winding Refn Presents” and the line will release limited edition soundtracks on vinyl with new artwork. They just started taking orders on Robocop by Basil Poledouris. The remastered vinyl was done from the original tapes, and will be a double LP on 180gm silver vinyl in a double tip-on jacket with new artwork by Jay Shaw. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
“It's a very autobiographical film,” director Nicolas Winding Refn has previously said of “Bronson,” his 2008 comedy-drama that launched Tom Hardy’s career to new levels and solidified Refn as an international cinematic force, and he reiterates that point when I first meet him on the back patio of La institution Cinefamily. “I made the film at a certain time of my life where we [Refn and wife Liv Corfixen] had our first child,” Refn explains. “I had crashed financially, and creatively I went through a lot of soul searching. It was very important that I was able to do that at a young age so I could carry it on my shoulders.” After three further films and an intimate documentary made by Corfixen (“My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn”), audiences can understand Refn’s approach of “art as an act of violence” with the benefit of hindsight. He’s showing “Bronson” at Cinefamily for »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Before writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn made a name for himself in Hollywood with films like Drive and Only God Forgives, not to mention Bronson before that, Refn came out the woodwork with the Pusher trilogy, a series of film which focused intermediately on three completely different personalities intertwined in one druggie-centric universe. And as the Danish filmmaker works through post-production on his latest project, the female-centric horror film The Neon Demon, it looks as though another semi-sequel could be in the works. Talking with Collider, Refn got to talking about his upcoming slate, which will apparently include a Tokyo-centered spy film called The Avenging Silence, which the filmmaker is currently writing in the midst of editing his latest film for next year. This is apparently a project Refn's been cooking inside his mind for sometime, and it will follow a spiritual character his fans will almost certainly be familiar with. »
- Will Ashton
At this point, Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is as well-known for his musical curation as he is for embracing the sheer brutality of violence: To wit, the glistening synth-pop that soundtracked his 2011 commercial breakthrough Drive was as instantly iconic as the scorpion jacket Ryan Gosling wore in the film. So it makes sense that Refn's taken his curation skills to the next level with Milan Records' Nicolas Winding Refn Presents series, which collects some of his favorite film soundtracks on vinyl with stylish packaging. The series has already included the soundtracks to Park Chan-wook's 2003 revenge opus Oldboy and this year's surprise horror buzzmaker It Follows, with a reissue of Basil Poledouris's score for the classic dystopian sci-fi actioner Robocop set for release on July 14 — before that, though, comes the soundtrack for Refn's giddy, murderously operatic 2008 biopic Bronson, which paired Tom Hardy's violent rampages as »
- Larry Fitzmaurice
Exclusive: UK film and distribution company launches new digital platform.
Vertigo Releasing has launched new digital platform, Vertigo On Demand, offering access to the distributor’s catalogue of films, documentaries and other video content.
The transaction-based service will allow users to either download or rent.
According to the UK outfit, the platform is designed as “a launch-pad for commercially-minded independent cinema” but will also afford access to Vertigo’s back catalogue of titles including Nick Love’s The Football Factory, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson and Gareth Edwards’ Monsters.
There is also a dedicated space for family-oriented films such as Horrid Henry The Movie and the box-office hit Streetdance.
Vertigo On Demand will also offer users free access to extras such as new trailers, behind the scenes footage and exclusive interviews. »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
A certain type of vintage genre score has rightfully earned its place in film music pantheon —think the haunting pulsations of John Carpenter, the woozy dreamscapes of Tangerine Dream, the throbbing disco-synth anxieties of Giorgio Moroder —and that atmospheric spirit as such is currently being channeled by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. The director recontextualized the Pet Shop Boys for a new generation with his bruising psycho prison film “Bronson”; he's turned throwback synth artist Johnny Jewel into a kind of modern rock star in the field thanks to his “Drive” score (the film's star Ryan Gosling has turned into a devotee too); and he's also helped transform Steven Soderbergh-collaborator Cliff Martinez (“Only God Forgives,” “Solaris”) into one of the most sought after modern film composers. While Refn is creatively indebted to the mondo-exotica genre films of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s and their soundtracks, the filmmaker has used his recent cache to shine a. »
- Edward Davis
If you have any questions about how good an actor Tom Hardy is, all you need to do is interview him sometime. Trying to connect the soft-spoken guy who has trouble holding eye contact when answering questions to the wild animal you see in films like "Bronson" or "The Dark Knight Rises" or, indeed, "Mad Max: Fury Road," is nearly impossible. When we sat down to talk about his work in the film, we were joined by his personal stuntman in the film, and I wish we'd had about five times more time to ask questions and talk about the process. One of the reasons "Fury Road" is such a wild experience is because of the expert use Miller and his team made of CG, using it to simply remove safety rigging. That allowed them to use the actual actors in more scenes than you would expect. When you're talking about a "Mad Max" film, »
- Drew McWeeny
Beauty, obsession, and the sinister side of Los Angeles inhabit Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, The Neon Demon. With principal photography on The Neon Demon almost finished, two photos from the film have been revealed.
"When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by Nwr and Mary Laws, the film's principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks (Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).
- Derek Anderson
I'm not sure Tom Hardy will ever become a household name. If he were already I don't think I'd be as nervous for the box office prospects as I am for Mad Max: Fury Road, which looks balls-to-the-wall insane and a movie I'm counting the minutes until my press screening next week, though at the same time nervous general audiences won't rush to support. That said, what it would take for Hardy to become a household name is probably a career path that would result in Tom Hardy no longer being the Tom Hardy we all know and love. While Hardy may have played a major role in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, I would wager the majority of people unfamiliar with his face don't even realize he's the same actor starring in the new Mad Max film or even the actor that played Eames in Nolan's Inception, »
- Brad Brevet
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