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The HeyUGuys Interview: Director Adam Wimpenny on his debut feature Blackwood

31 July 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

As the release of his debut feature Blackwood edges ever closer, we had the pleasure of catching up with British director Adam Wimpenny, to discuss the brooding, psychological thriller.

Wimpenny discusses how he came to be involved in the project, and how he went about remaining faithful to the tropes of the ‘ghost story’ genre, and yet remain unique in his own right. He also tells us if he too is able to feel the suspense of the piece as an audience member, and a little about his sophomore endeavour, The Mandrake Experiment.

So how did you first get involved in Blackwood, and what was it that attracted you to the project?

I worked with Adam Morane-Griffiths the producer, and Joe Hill, the writer, ans we teamed up eight or nine years ago. We met through mutual friends and we all liked similar projects, so we made a short film with Russell Tovey, »

- Stefan Pape

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Film Review: 'Blackwood'

30 July 2014 2:37 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆The haunted house has become such a recurring trope in horror literature and cinema that it's now a bona fide sub-genre in its own right. From modern semis to labyrinthine old mansions, there's little that's more innately spooky than feeling unnerved in one's own home, while filmmakers have utilised that communal fear sublimely in offerings from The Haunting (1963) to The Innkeepers (2011). The latest British entry into this communion comes in the form of Blackwood (2013), the feature debut from director Adam Wimpenny, based on the first screenplay by artist J.S. Hill. It's a strange film with some interesting ideas that ultimately rest on perfunctory storytelling, leaving the piece short on tension.


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Phylicia Rashad, Alexis Bledel Join ‘Outliving Emily’

4 June 2014 4:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Phylicia Rashad, Andre BraugherAlexis Bledel and Kal Penn have been added to the “Outliving Emily.”

The project is produced by Josh Sugarman through the Tenafly Film Co. “Outliving Emily” is directed by Eric Weber from his own script, based on his short story about the tumultuous marriage of a couple, Tim and Emily Hanratty, over half a century.

The six vignettes are portrayed by twelve different actors, with real-life husband and wife Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich playing the couple in the final stages of their life together.

Jeremy Jordan (“Last Five Years”), Adam Rose (“Up in the Air”) and Luke Brandon Field (“Blackwood”) are also starring.


- Dave McNary

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