Weekender (2011) - News Poster



Weekender movie poster - Presented by Kevin Smith

Catch the new poster for Kevin Smith Presents Weekender, starring Jack O'Connell, Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Emily Barclay. Karl Golden directs from the screenplay by Chris Coghill. 1990. The rave scene has arrived from Ibiza and warehouse parties are exploding across the UK bringing phenomenal wealth to the organisers. In Manchester, best mates Matt and Dylan are in their early 20's and long to be more than just punters. As the government moves to outlaw the scene, it's now or never and they quickly rise through the ranks to join the promoting elite. They are taken on a wild journey from the exclusive VIP rooms of London clubs to the outrageous parties in Ibiza super-villas and the hedonism of Amsterdam. It's everything
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Exclusive: Get Ready For An Acid House Party With Clip & Poster For 'Weekender' Presented By Kevin Smith

As long as there's drugs, good music, attractive people to hook up with and the opportunity to dance, kids will find a way to party. And as long as they find a way to party, there will be filmmakers looking to capture that vibe, which brings us to "Weekender" from director Karl Golden. While the U.K. film dropped in cinemas overseas two years ago, it's now getting a bit of fresh life coming stateside, arriving under the wing of none other than Kevin Smith who is presenting the picture. Starring Jack O’Connell (who you'll next see in "300: Rise of an Empire"), Emily Barclay, Sam Hazeldine and Henry Lloyd-Hughes ("The Inbetweeners"), the film follows best friends Matt and Dylan, who are in their early 20s and eager to break into the thriving Manchester music scene of the 1990s. And while their rise includes VIP rooms and parties in Ibiza,
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Henry Lloyd-Hughes to star in Madame Bovary

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Henry Lloyd-Hughes is set to star alongside Mia Wasikowska in a new film adaptation of the Gustave Flaubert novel Madame Bovary.

28 year old Henry (represented in the UK by Curtis Brown) will play Charles Bovary, the provincial doctor husband of Emma (Mia Wasikowska) who endeavors to love her despite her revolt against the ordinariness of her life.

He's best known to TV audiences as Mark Donovan from The Inbetweeners, and played Kenneth Hume opposite Ruth Negga in the Shirley Bassey biopic, but after starring in British indies Weekender and period time-travel drama Dimensions, this is his first major leading international film role.

This new adaptation of the classic novel by Rose Barreneche is described as a period piece that will remain faithful to Gustave Flaubert’s original story, but will be "a fresh retelling, emphasizing the more youthful and contemporary themes."

Madame Bovary will also star Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller.
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Why we're watching… Henry Lloyd-Hughes

The 25-year-old rapper-turned-actor and star of the film Weekender

Who's this handsome devil then? David Miliband, Shirley Bassey's husband, and the bully from The Inbetweeners. It's Henry Lloyd-Hughes, rapper turned excellent actor.

Rapper? I know, so clean cut, so James Dean-esque, but he has a damn fine singing voice and he also plays the drums, hence the guns.

Phwoar. Stop it. You've seen him in Miliband of Brothers and the BBC's Bassey biopic, but look forward to seeing a whole lot more of him in the future – the "period sci-fi drama" Dimensions, co-starring Camilla Rutherford and Patrick Godfrey; Roland Emmerich's Anonymous, on the life of Shakespeare; and Anna Karenina, opposite Jude Law and Keira Knightley. Our favourite role so far is as a 90s raver in the film Weekender.

He says: "I wish I looked a bit more like Bruce Springsteen – I'd love to play him in a biopic of his life.
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DVD Releases: 'Weekender'

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★★★☆☆ Weekender (2011) - the latest film from director Karl Golden and starring Zawe Ashton, Jack O'Connell and Henry Lloyd-Hughes - takes us back to the manic highs and crashing lows of the 1990s rave scene. The film follows two happy-go-lucky crooks, Matt (Lloyd-Hughes) and Dylan (O’Connel), who we see attempting to steal a cigarette machine at the beginning of the film.

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This week's new films

Kill List (18)

(Ben Wheatley, 2011, UK) Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Michael Smiley, Emma Fryer. 95 mins

Who knew there was a missing link between Mike Leigh, Andy McNab and The Wicker Man? That's how unpredictable this macabre and outlandish tale is, but it unfolds in a credible modern-day Britain scarred by foreign wars and domestic recession. Circumstances lead a blokey hitman and his partner to accept a dodgy new assignment – and by the time they start asking questions, it's too late.

Attenberg (18)

(Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2010, Gre) Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelina Randou. 97 mins

Fans of Dogtooth will be ready for another prime dose of Greek oddness. Beneath the animal impersonations, silly walks and bad sex lies an intelligent, intimate study of human behaviour.

Fright Night (15)

(Craig Gillespie, 2011, Us) Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant. 106 mins

A teen vampire horror remake that benefits from superior effects, a shrewd Las Vegas setting, and some lively comedy.
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Scifi and period drama blend in intriguing Dimensions

Science fiction and period costume drama rarely mix, which is strange because I think the latter can add a sumptuous new layer that we rarely see in scifi. We saw it with The Prestige and on some level I think we see it in Andrew Niccol's films like Gattaca.

A new scifi film from the UK called Dimensions is blending the two genres in a unique story that seems to involve time travel. The film's husband and wife directing duo, Ant Neely & Sloane U.Ren, describe the film as "a cross between H.G. Wells. Time Machine and A Beautiful Mind".


Stephen is a brilliant young boy who lives in Cambridge, England, in what appears to be the 1920s . but nothing in Stephen.s life is quite as it seems. His world is turned upside down upon meeting a charismatic and inspirational professor at a garden party who demonstrates
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Check out the beautiful trailer below for Dimensions, the first feature film from husband and wife writer/director team Ant Neely and Sloane U’Ren who sold their house to finance the period/sci fi drama.

Taking the lead role of Stephen is The Inbetweeners actor Henry Lloyd-Hughes (represented by Curtis Brown), who can also be seen this year in Weekender.

The film also stars Camilla Rutherford, Patrick Godfrey, Olivia Llewellyn and Sean Hart.

The film also introduces three new child actors from Cambridgeshire: Sam Harrison as the young Stephen Hannah Carson as Victoria and George Thomas as the young Conrad. Ant Neely said of their casting process:

"As for the children - they are all relative new comers (ranging from no experience to a bit of theatre and a short film). We did see about 75 kids, but these three had something very special and very natural. Of course, child
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Eiff 2011 - Weekender Review

This is a reprint of a review first published at BlogCritics.org. Weekender is one of those films which will play a lot better to fans of the particular subject matter, in this case it's the rave music scene of the late '80s and early '90s.  At the centre of this trip through that particular world is a fairly decent crime story about two friends who get in way over their heads with some dangerous people, but overall it is hampered with a frantic tone which evokes that type of music it's about and the lifestyle often associated with it.  We specifically follow two friends, Dylan (Jack O'Connell) and Matt (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), who decide to throw an illegal rave party. When it becomes an instant hit and...
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Eiff 2011 – Weekender Review

Best mates Matt (Henry Lloyd-Hughes, The Inbetweeners) and Dylan (Jack O’Connell, Skins) are looking for alternative working arrangements.

Tired of stealing cigarette machines from naked and overweight pub landlords, the duo instead decide to throw a massive party and stake a claim to the thriving rave scene of 90′s Manchester. Earning a small fortune on their first night, and quickly learning as they go along, Matt and Dylan endeavour to turn their love for a good party into a lucrative business venture, enlisting the help of their friends and local pirate DJ Captain Acid (Tom Meeten) to make it happen. When their success attracts the attention of local kingpin John the Rat, however, their friendship begins to unravel as competing priorities are forced to the surface.

I don’t know who was asking for a 90′s rave movie, but director Karl Golden has certainly risen to the challenge with
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Exclusive: First images from ‘Weekender’

Weekender, which is scheduled for a July 15th release by Momentum, follows exploits of two friends who make the move from partying at illegal warehouse raves to becoming successful promoters at the peak of the Manchester, Amsterdam and Ibiza rave scene in the early 90′s.

The movie stars Jack O’Connell, Emily Barclay, Zawe Ashton, Dean Andrews, Sam Hazeldine and Richard Riddell, and thanks to the folks at Momentum Pictures we have your first look at the film with these seven exclusive images:

1990. The rave scene has arrived from Ibiza and warehouse parties are exploding across the UK bringing phenomenal wealth to the organisers. In Manchester, best mates Matt and Dylan are in their early 20′s and long to be more than just punters. As the government moves to outlaw the scene, it’s now or never and they quickly rise through the ranks to join the promoting elite. They
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"The Makioka Sisters," "Extraordinary Stories," More

Updated through 5/5.

A new 35mm print of Kon Ichikawa's The Makioka Sisters opens today at New York's Film Forum, playing through May 12. Nick Pinkerton in the Voice: "The setting is the wartime precipice of 1938; the synthesizer score is distinctly 1983. When he finally succeeded in filming Junichiro Tanizaki's novel, Kon Ichikawa was 68 years old — a living link to Japan's cinematic Golden Age, taking on a self-consciously throwback prestige production. The Makioka Sisters details the interlocked emotional lives of four Osakan siblings, orphaned young and left as caretakers of the once-prestigious Makioka name. Observing each woman meeting this duty, The Makioka Sisters is a Whartonian work of compassionate nostalgia tinctured with irony."

"Make no mistake," adds David Fear in Time Out New York, "The Makioka Sisters is a melodrama, complete with public scandals, petulant ingenues, interclan power struggles, unrequited love and consummated love affairs. But Ichikawa plays everything cool without seeming cold,
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65th Edinburgh International Film Festival Reveals First Programme Details

The 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival has revealed the first titles from this year’s British section of the programme, including several world premieres.

Nine British and Irish films were announced in the press release ahead of the full programme launch later this month, and represent how the Edinburgh International Film Festival will continue to be a cutting-edge platform for UK film.

James Mullighan, director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, said of the films selected:

“The Edinburgh International Film Festival has long been regarded as the ideal launch pad for important new British cinema and the place at which UK emerging talent is nurtured. The films announced today confirm that those twin traditions continue into 2011. Of the nearly 3000 films submitted to Eiff, 58 were British feature fiction films and we’re delighted to be in a position to showcase some of them to Edinburgh audiences in June.”

The titles receiving
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Edinburgh film festival announces initial lineup

David Hare's all-star political thriller Page Eight and Ewan McGregor sci-fi film Perfect Sense among highlights at 2011 festival dogged by negative publicity

The first film in 20 years to be directed by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Hare and a sci-fi thriller starring Trainspotting alumni Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner will be among the highlights of this year's Edinburgh film festival, organisers have announced.

The troubled event, which has been at the centre of suggestions that it bungled a recent revamp, today revealed a swath of films ahead of the festival's official launch later this month. Organisers said the aim was to continue showcasing the work of British directors while also providing a platform for first-time film-makers.

Hare's film is the political thriller Page Eight, featuring an all-star British cast including Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes. The film-maker, whose screenplays for The Hours and The Reader both picked up Oscar nods,
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Interview: Karl Golden Spills His 'Pelican Blood'

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The Irish Film and Television Academy (Ifta) will host an exclusive screening of Ecosse Films' 'Pelican Blood' on Thursday, October 21st. Academy Members are the first audience in Ireland to view the film, which is the latest from Dublin-born director Karl Golden (The Honeymoners, Belonging to Laura). The director will attend the screening and, alongside 'Pelican Blood' producer John McDonnell (Zonad), will participate in an informative Q&A session with the Academy. In the run up to the event Iftn spoke with Karl Golden about the film and his newest project 'Weekender' which he recently wrapped.
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Three added to 'Weekender' cast

Three added to 'Weekender' cast
London -- Jack O'Connell, Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Emily Barclay have packed their bags for Karl Golden's "Weekender," joining a burgeoning cast that already boasts Ben Batt, Stephen Wight and Tom Meeten.

Golden's movie is the story of two friends' adventures, played by O'Connell and Lloyd-Hughes, set against the backdrop of the hedonistic world of warehouse parties during the U.K.'s acid house explosion in 1990.

Penned by actor and writer Chris Coghill, the film is produced by Benchmark Films/Foundation Films' Ian Brady and Stephen Salter and Alliance Films' Robert Walak and executive produced by Xavier Marchand, David Hayman and Mark Jaffray.

DJ and producer Terry Farley is aboard as a creative consultant on the film.

The film will be distributed here by Momentum Pictures, Alliance Films in Canada and Aurum Producciones in Spain.
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