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The critically acclaimed film We Are X will be available on DVD and Exclusive Mondo Edition Blu-ray Steelbook on 22nd May, and to coincide with the release we have three DVDs to give away.
From the production team behind the Oscar winning Searching for Sugar Man comes We Are X, a transcendent rock & roll story about X Japan, the world’s biggest and most successful band you’ve never heard of…yet. Under the enigmatic direction of drummer, pianist, composer, and producer Yoshiki, X Japan has sold over 30 million singles and albums combined––captivating such a wide range of admirers as Sir George Martin, Kiss, Stan Lee, and even the Japanese Emperor––and pioneered a spectacle driven style of visual rock, creating a one of akind cultural phenomenon.
Chronicling the band’s exhilarating, tumultuous and unimaginable history over the past three decades––persevering through personal, physical and spiritual heartache »
- Paul Heath
Fabien Riggall believes his company can boost arthouse film distribution in the UK.
Curzon Artificial Eye’s release of The Handmaiden brought in £548,000 at the UK box office over the four-day Easter weekend. Of that total, nearly a third came through Secret Cinema, which reported £159,295 for six preview screenings of Park Chan-Wook’s period mystery.
Secret Cinema founder Fabien Riggall says his company plans to do more preview events.
“We want to do three or four preview runs a year. Festivals are a key part of a release strategy and we also have a lot to offer. We can get people to engage with films that are increasingly hard to release such as foreign-language titles such as Victoria and The Handmaiden.”
Secret Cinema launched in 2007. Secret Cinema X is the strand of the company that previews an upcoming release with participatory evenings where the audience come in costume and interact with actors impersonating their on-screen counterparts on a set »
Secret Cinema X: Tell No One is returning to London for six new dates next month. We’ve just received the official release about the new show, which teases the return to a hidden London location with a secret new release from Sunday 9th until Friday 14th April. Dreamers, lovers, secret lovers, and thrill-seekers are invited to take part in this sensual adventure, it read, along with this tease of a poster:
Secret Cinema’s latest experience is a return to its beginnings with a shorter run and an undisclosed, new film. Secret Cinema X experiences are the more intimate secret worlds, including the 1942 classic Casablanca and the successful UK pre-releases of Victoria, Amy, The Imposter and a spectacular Searching for Sugar Man, with special musical guest Rodriguez himself.
In this new experience, audiences will become part of an unfamiliar, hidden world layered across beautiful landscapes and a sheer untouchable scenery. »
- Paul Heath
Joe Richards Mar 24, 2017
Need to find a bit of movie happiness? Here are 25 films that might just do the trick...
Let's face it, we could all probably do with a little bit of cheering up right about now. Times are scary and times are tough, so it's perfectly natural to look for some kind of reassurance that everything will indeed be all right in the end.
Film is perhaps one of the most powerful and effective tools in doing this. It can be a transportative experience, an escape from reality, and, most importantly, it can act as a reminder of all that is good in the world.
With that in mind, here’s a list of 25 movies that are almost-guaranteed to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity...
In truth, any of Charlie Chaplin’s films are perfect for those times when you just need to smile. »
3 February 2017 12:23 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
God is – finally – getting the feature documentary treatment.
Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, described as an unflinching and deeply personal journey into the life of one of music's all-time legends, is in the works, with Lili Fini Zanuck, director of 1991's Rush and the Oscar-winning producer of Driving Miss Daisy, directing.
Altitude Film Sales has boarded the project for international sales and will be showing the first footage to buyers in »
- Alex Ritman
Rush director Lili Fini Zanuck (who also won an Oscar for producing Driving Miss Daisy), Searching For Sugar Man producer John Battsek and BAFTA-winning Amy editor Chris King are collaborating on the film.
Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales with Altitude Film Distribution taking the film for UK distribution.
The filmmakers have been given access to performance clips, backstage footage, letters, and diary entries from the personal archive of Clapton (pictured above, credit: David Wedgbury).
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Lili Fini Zanuck, the Oscar-winning producer of “Driving Miss Daisy,” is to direct documentary feature “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars,” partnering with producer John Battsek, whose credits include Oscar-winners “One Day in September” and “Searching for Sugar Man.”
Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales, and Altitude Film Distribution has taken U.K. rights. First footage will be unveiled to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market.
“Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days,” said Zanuck, who previously directed 1991 crime drama “Rush.” “He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.”
The film will also examine Clapton’s personal life, which »
- Leo Barraclough
Music documentaries are a genre unto their own – sometimes they give you a glimpse behind the scenes of your favourite band, and sometimes they’re about someone you’ve never heard about who become your favourite band. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the Top 10 Best Music Documentaries of all time:
Anvil! The Story Of Anvil
An opening of Heavy Metal icons such Slash, Lemmy and Lars Ulrich singing the praises of a band you’ve never heard of makes you think it’s all just a Spinal Tap style spoof. But no, after never quite hitting the big time in the early 80s, Canadian Metal band Anvil have still been plugging away despite the lack of success – at the beginning of the film frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow is having to make a living delivering school dinners in Toronto! It’s a heart-warming underdog tale of never giving up your dream. »
- Phil Wheat
Exclusive: First look image of Unstoppable Entertainment comedy about a 90s Britpop singer.
London-based sales outfit Amp International has boarded world sales on UK comedy Songbird, starring Cobie Smulders (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back), Noel Clarke, Jessica Hynes (Bridget Jones’ Baby), Griffin Dunne (After Hours) and Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners).
Currently in post-production, the film follows the lead singer of a 90s Britpop band whose star has fallen considerably since her glory days.
When on a drunken night out she accidentally enrolls at a university she is shocked to discover that her fellow students have no idea who she is and are far more into yoga and kale smoothies than wild parties.
Songbird was written and directed by Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets) and is produced by Jason Maza and Noel Clarke of Unstoppable Entertainment (Brotherhood) and Maggie Monteith (Searching For Sugar Man) of Dignity Film Finance.
Rising actress Smulders, pictured above in »
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From “Once” to “20 Feet From Stardom,” “Searching for Sugar Man,” and “Whiplash,” Sundance has long been a key launchpad for music features and docs, and this year’s edition is primed with a slew of music-infused entries, from documentaries to features.
Even though Lucy Walker’s follow-up to “The Buena Vista Social Club” was forced to withdraw from the program at the start of the fest, one Sundance music doc managed to make ripples before films had even started screening, as Amir Bar-Lev’s four-hour Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” was picked up for distribution by Amazon. Singers Adam Levine and Mary J. Blige will both be in town as castmembers for “Fun Mom Dinner” and “Mudbound,” respectively, and L.A.’s electronic music wizard Flying Lotus makes his directorial debut with “Kuso,” in Sundance’s Midnight section. Documentaries touch on everything from early rock icon Link Wray (“Rumble: »
- Andrew Barker
Donovan Chan.. . The Australian International Documentary Conference (Aidc) and Singapore-based production company Beach House Pictures have announced the six mentees selected for the 2017 Access@Aidc Early Career Mentorship Program. . Chosen by Beach House.s creative director Donovan Chan, the participants are: Adam Finney (Qld), Bridget O'Shea (Vic), Charby Ibrahim (Vic), Jeff Hann (Act), Marleena Forward (Vic), and Viviana Petyarre (Nt). . The six early-career factual filmmakers will learn directly from established Australian and international pros through mentorship sessions during Aidc 2017. . .We were very impressed with calibre of the Access Applicants and look forward to meeting the successful candidates at Aidc,. said Chan.. . As well as Chan, this year.s Access Mentors include Sherpa director Jennifer Peedom; John Battsek, the producer of One Day in September and Ep of Searching for Sugar Man; ABC TV.s head of Indigenous, Kelrick Martin; executive director of the Tribeca Film Institute and producer of What Happened, »
- Staff Writer
Sundance 2016 will always be remembered for the record-breaking $17.5 million sale of Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” to Fox Searchlight, on the heels of the #oscarsowhite backlash — and for the massive marketing fallout that followed in light of Parker’s rape-trial acquittal. With a domestic gross under $16 million, it led to one of the bigger failures among Sundance sales relative to expense.
Netflix outbid Searchlight for “The Birth of a Nation,” but the producers favored the theatrical route (including that company’s proven awards expertise and commercial success) and accepted less money. One wonders if it had been a high-profile Netflix film if the post-Sundance controversy about Nate Parker’s college days would have had the same impact or effect. It will be curious to see if any producer this year is as quick to turn down a high offer from Netflix or similar non-theatrical buyer.
Those memories could temper bidding wars, »
- Tom Brueggemann
12 items from 2017
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