9 items from 2011
I recently watched a two part documentary, Harry’s Arctic Heroes which screened on BBC 1 (9pm on 22 August and 30 August repeated on BBC1 HD, still available on iPlayer and for an additional 7days). The documentary follows the extraordinary attempt by four severely injured Afghan veterans to complete the first unsupported trek by wounded soldiers to the North Pole. Prince Harry joins them for the first leg of their journey.
The documentary was filmed over the course of a year and followed the soldiers; Captain Martin Hewitt (29), Captain Guy Disney (28), Sergeant Steve Young (28) and Private Jaco Van Gass (26) whilst they undertook gruelling training in the UK and Norway before embarking on the expedition to the Arctic which provided a stunning backdrop for their longer journeys towards physical and psychological recovery.
The documentary itself was impressive and inspiring throughout this was helped in large part by the fantastic score composed by Lorne Balfe »
- Scott Ronan
Blood or Water is being described as “a contemporary film noir about disconnected family and unwitting incest”.
Scottish filmmaker Justin Molotnikov is attached to direct, with production scheduled to begin early next year.
Source: THR »
- Jamie Neish
You know what I think is depressing? For as much time as I spend watching trailers, I can't remember the last time Juliette Lewis was predominately featured or at least had a line of dialogue. Though she has multiple titles on her resume that show off just how good she can be, she's largely been relegated to the background in recent years. Part of it could be that in 2007 and 2008 she didn't make any films, but now it looks like she's finally back and now, according to Variety, she'll be headlining her next film. Juliette Lewis is now set to star in Blood or Water, a new thriller from writer/director Justin Molotnikov. The feature will be Molotnikov's first since his 2009 feature film debut Crying With Laughter. The trade doesn't provide a plot or character description, but Lewis will be co-starring with Stephen McCole, Greta Scacchi, Kate Dickie and Gary »
Scottish director Justin Molotnikov has rounded up the cast for his follow-up to 2009’s Crying with Laughter. He’s locked in Juliette Lewis, Stephen McCole, Kate Dickie, Gary Lewis and Greta Scacchi for modern noir Blood Or Water. There’s precious little out there about the plot right now, aside from one tiny nugget that talks about its noirish nature and a brief mention of “unwitting incest.” Which sounds almost like a BBFC caution phrase than anything else.Despite that, Lewis seems enthused to be taking part: “I am excited by Justin Molotnikov’s unconventional, completely organic approach to storytelling and filmmaking," she said in a statement picked up by The Hollywood Reporter. "He creates one of a kind, totally engrossing stories with characters that jump off the screen." Molotnikov will shoot early next year in Scotland.Lewis was last seen in Due Date, and has the likes of Hick, »
This is a serious little casting break that follows either movies with serious intent (there's one below about 'unwitting incest,' which I hope isn't a comedy) or serious filmmakers like Kelly Reichardt. So, after the break, you'll find: Juliette Lewis stars in the 'unwitting incest' movie Blood or Water, Ted Levin is in an indie inspired by secret CIA programs, and Peter Sarsgaard is going to be in Kelly Reichardt's new film, Night Moves. We don't have a lot of info about Blood or Water, which Justin Molotnikov will direct, but Juliette Lewis has just signed to play the lead role in the Danish/Scottish co-production. It will shoot in Spring 2012 in Scotland, with Stephen McCole, Greta Scacchi, Kate Dickie and Gary Lewis taking other roles. The director's first feature, Crying With Laughter, won best film in the Scottish BAFTAs in 2009. The basic plot description of Blood or »
- Russ Fischer
Justin Molotnikov has directed his fair share of television — particularly a series of several episodes on both Shoebox Zoo and High Times — but in 2009 he jumped into the medium of feature filmmaking with his debut, Crying with Laughter. I know next to nothing about the film, though I’ve since learned that it not only took home a Scotland BAFTA for Best First Film, but that it also caught the eye of the well-known American actress Juliette Lewis — enough of her eye, in fact, that she’s agreed to star in Molotnikov‘s follow-up feature, a contemporary noir titled Blood or Water. [The Hollywood Reporter]
“I am excited by Justin Molotnikov’s unconventional, completely organic approach to storytelling and filmmaking,” said Lewis about the up-and-coming Scottish director. “He creates one of a kind, totally engrossing stories with characters that jump off the screen.” Stephen McCole, Kate Dickie, Gary Lewis, and Greta Scacchi are »
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From the idiot hicks to the dog-molester, Angry Boys is excruciating – and very, very funny
Today I was crying. Crying with laughter and crying with crying. The laughter first; it came uncontrollably, in Angry Boys (BBC3), new creation of Summer Heights High's Chris Lilley. He's amped things up a little, pushed boundaries to the point where some people might start to get a bit uneasy, cross even.
We're in Dunt, which is, as it sounds, a shithole somewhere – nowhere – in Australia. Seventeen-year-old identical twins Daniel (who's not deaf) and Nathan (who is) live here on a little farm with their mum and her new boyfriend Steve (who's "a dickhead"). Steve's got a dog called Marcos – or Fuckos, as Daniel calls him – who's a fag dog, you can tell by the way he walks. Hey, don't get cross with me – I don't call him those things. And if Marcos was »
- Sam Wollaston
Crying with Laughter, 2009.
Written and Directed by Justin Molotnikov.
A rising stand-up comedian finds himself taking a bad trip down memory lane after a chance meeting with an old school friend.
Imagine Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy directed by Shane Meadows from an Irvine Welsh screenplay and you’d probably have something similar to Crying with Laughter, a promising first feature from Scottish writer-director Justin Molotnikov. The winner of the BAFTA Scotland Best Feature Film Award back in 2009, Crying with Laughter is really a film of two halves, starting out as an engrossing character study before taking a sharp turn into sinister stalker territory to deliver a decent psychological thriller that manages to add something fresh to its somewhat familiar plot.
The film centres on aspiring stand up comedian, Joey »
Stalker films were all the rage in the 90s after Fatal Attraction’s bunny-boiler antics astounded audiences. Hand That Rocked the Cradle, Cape Fear, Single White Female and One Hour Photo all followed a standard set pattern. Creep appears, ruins decent person’s life and then is dispatched much to the audience’s relief. Placing a stand-up comedian at the heart of one such story might be misleading, but director Justin Molotnikov knows exactly what he’s doing in this surprise Scottish BAFTA winner which treads a fine line between darkly comic and just plain dark.
When comic Joey Frisk (Stephen McCole) befriends ex-school buddy Frank (Malcolm Shields) during a turbulent week, he little suspects just what an impact old demons between the two might have on the unhinged former marine. On the surface Frank offers Joey some much-needed help when he’s suspected of a nasty GBH charge and made homeless, »
9 items from 2011