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DVD Review – Freehold (2017)

Freehold, 2017.

Directed by Dom Bridges.

Starring Javier Botet, Mim Shaikh, Mandeep Dhillon, Kola Bokinni, and Michael McKell.


An oily, amoral estate agent is preyed upon by one of his victims, who quietly moves into his flat and, unseen, begins a deliciously malicious campaign of revenge

Have you ever been alone in your home and felt like someone was watching you? This is the premise of Dom Bridges’ darkly comic thriller Freehold. Hussein (Shaikh) is a perfectly groomed estate agent; he has the lazy boy armchair, all the gadgets, he’s great at sales and has a seemingly perfect life. However, he is amoral and doesn’t care about screwing people over to make a sale. Unbeknownst to him, one of his victims (Botet) has secretly moved into his home and is slowly starting to destroy his “perfect” life.

From the opening montage of Hussein getting ready you know there’s something not quite right.
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Frightfest 2017: ‘Freehold’ Review

Stars: Mim Shaikh, Javier Botet, Mandeep Dhillon, Kola Bokinni, Michael McKell | Written by Dominic Bridges, Rae Brunton | Directed by Dominic Bridges

The feature debut from acclaimed commercials director Dom Bridges and written by Rae Brunton (the Outpost franchise) Freehold is a dark urban morality tale with an underlying streak of jet black comedy. Hussein, a wide-boy estate agent, doesn’t realise he’s sharing his apartment with a forgotten stranger, a master of concealment… until his malicious campaign of deranged sweet revenge starts to really hit home. A roof above our heads is a basic human need so why are we all fighting each other over it?

Originally titled 2Pigeons (a title that has more in common with the films story than you can imagine), Freehold shares a lot in common with previous Frightfest flicks Housebound and Hangman, in so much as all three films deal with homes being encroached
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Images and plot details from British psychological thriller Winter Ridge

Flickering Myth have got images and plot details from British psychological thriller Winter Ridge, which you check out below. The film stars Hannah Waddingham (Game of Thrones, Les Misérables), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Olwen Catherine Kelly (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) alongside Matt Hookings, Justin McDonald and Michael McKell.

Here’s the press release:

The film stars Matt Hookings, Justin McDonald and Michael McKell as the team of detectives on the hunt for a serial killer who appears to be preying on the elderly. The shoot, which ran for a three week period, took place around Lynton and Lynmouth, overseen by director Dom Lenoir, producer Nancy Bressolles (The Rise of the Krays) and Producer/VFX Producer Chris Hardman who has worked on films such as “Avatar” and “Spectre”.

“It was the dramatic nature of the story and the detective genre that first attracted me
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‘Outpost III: Rise of the Spetsnaz’ Review

Stars: Bryan Larkin, Iván Kamarás, Michael McKell, Velibor Topic, Laurence Possa, Ben Lambert, Alec Utgoff, Vivien Taylor, Vince Docherty, Gareth Morrison | Written by Rae Brunton | Directed by Kieran Parker

A team of fearless Russian Spetsnaz unearth details of the shocking research being taken out by the Nazis. Before they’re able to report on this discovery, the Spetsnaz are savagely captured by the Nazis and detained at an underground facility. It’s revealed that the Nazis are scientifically developing an invincible army of undead soldiers to unleash upon the unsuspecting Allies. If the Spetsnaz are to survive this ordeal, and subsequently the war, they must fight their way through a series of gladiatorial battles with the experimental undead to escape the brutal facility before the Nazis can perfect their research and send their zombie army across Europe.

The follow-up to 2012′s Outpost: Black Sun, Rise of the Spetsnaz comes once again from Rae Brunton,
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Unfriendly Fire in New Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz Stills

Kieran Parker's nazi zombie sequel 'Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz' is set to land on Blu-ray and DVD on 18 March. XLrator will release the third installment in the series and ahead of its digital liberation comes this new selection of stills from the British horror sequel. Parker helms from a script by scribe Rae Brunton who has written all chapters in the franchise to date. 'Outpost 3' stars Velibor Topic, Ivan Kamaras, Ben Lambert, Bryan Larkin, Michael McKell, Laurence Possa, Douglas Russell and Alec Utgoff. The flick is now available on VOD so if you're not the waiting around type check it out. Head below for the new pics....
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Leviathan, Saving Mr Banks, Carrie: this week's new films

Leviathan | Saving Mr Banks | Carrie | Jeune & Jolie | Marius, Fanny | Saving Santa | The Best Man Holiday | Free Birds | Day Of The Flowers | Life's A Breeze

Leviathan (12A)

(Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, 2012, Fra/UK/Us) 87 mins

An arthouse fishing-trawler documentary sounds like a practical joke, but this takes us to places we've never before – into the ocean depths and back out on to the decks with the catch. It's a series of dark, semi-abstract tableaux full of flapping fish, clanking machinery and tattooed fishermen doing wet, gory work. It's easy to forget this is real life you're watching.

Saving Mr Banks (PG)

(John Lee Hancock, 2013, Us) Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson. 125 mins

How Walt Disney came to make Mary Poppins was hardly a pressing movie mystery, and one suspects a spoonful of drama has been added, but the leads are eminently watchable.

Carrie (15)

(Kimberly Peirce, 2013, Us) Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore. 100 mins

Brian De Palma
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Movie Review - Who Needs Enemies (2013)

Who Needs Enemies, 2013.

Written and Directed by Peter Stylianou.

Starring Emma Barton, Michael McKell, Ian Pirie, Kris Johnson, Tom Carey and Vicky Donovan.


When local London gangster and ex-boxer Tom Sheridan agrees to hire his strip club out to lifelong friend and colleague Ian Levine he soon discovers the private party involves something so atrocious and unspeakable that it sparks a bloody feud between the two old friends and their foot soldiers in a story of morality, loyalty and betrayal.

When it comes to low-budget British movies, the gangster genre is always a popular route to go down. Thanks to the minimal financial requirements the genre demands, many independent filmmakers opt for narratives centred on fast-talking mobsters. With such a high quantity of these films, it takes something unconventional to set a new project apart from the crowd, and that’s precisely what Who Needs Enemies tries to do.
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Ballpark acquires Who Needs Enemies

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Ballpark acquires Who Needs Enemies
Ballpark Film Distributors takes all UK rights to British crime thriller; sets release date.

Ballpark Film Distributors has taken all rights in the UK and Eire to Who Needs Enemies, the debut feature from writer/director Peter Stylianou of Red Guerrilla Films.

The British crime thriller tells the story of strip club owner Tom Sheridan (Ian Pirie) who takes revenge on an old friend Ian Levine (Michael McKell) when he discovers he’s using his club is to entertain wealthy paedophiles.

Writer/director Peter Stylianou said: “‘Who Needs Enemies’ is an intelligent gangster drama that focuses on storytelling rather than thrills. We are excited to be working with Ballpark Film Distributors in releasing this film and many more to come.”

Ballpark will release Who Needs Enemies on Nov 15.

Sheffield-based Ballpark are currently distributing Jonathan Holiff’s Johnny Cash documentary My Father and The Man In Black and will release four more films this autumn including No Fixed
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Supernatural Soldiers Rise in Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz Trailer

The new sequel to British supernatural Nazi horror 'Outpost' is complete with XLrator set to distribute. Styd have revealed the new trailer for 'Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz' ('Outpost 3') the third installment in the series which focuses on the origins of these unworldly soliders and are pitted against the the Russian special purpose forces. The threequel is helmed by Kieran Parker, who produced both previous installments in the franchise, and directs from a script penned by trilogy scribe Rae Brunton. Velibor Topic, Ivan Kamaras, Ben Lambert, Bryan Larkin, Michael McKell, Laurence Possa, Douglas Russell and Alec Utgoff all star on the project. Check the new trailer below....
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Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz Continues a Zombie Legacy

The zombie warfare continues from Outpost (2008) and Outpost: Black Sun (2012) to Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz. Viewers of the second film, Outpost: Black Sun, might be surprised to hear of a second sequel. After all, the bunker housing zombie Nazi commandos was completely destroyed at the end of the film. However, a couple characters did survive. Now, the action shifts from German shocktroopers to the Spetsnaz, Russia' elite paramilitary group. This third story promises to explore the origins of the zombie epidemic. Now, the first poster for the film is available with some early cast and crew details also showing. Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz is currently filming. More story details to come. Director: Kieran Parker. Writer: Rae Brunton. Cast: Bryan Larkin, Iván Kamarás and Michael McKell. *Outpost: Black Sun has released in Germany with a North American release date unknown. Source: Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz at the Film
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Winward: 'I'm loving Emmerdale drama'

Sammy Winward has praised her current Emmerdale storylines, which have seen her character Katie Sugden back at the centre of drama in the village. Last month, Katie faced a dangerous situation when her home was set on fire by twisted detective Nick Henshall (Michael McKell). Meanwhile, there is more trouble in store for the blonde later this week when she finally discovers Henshall's true colours - prompting him to hold her hostage at his house as police and concerned loved ones gather outside. Speaking to We Love Telly about Katie's recent woes, Winward commented: "It's been a nerve-racking (more)
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'Emmerdale' star reveals Henshall secrets

'Emmerdale' star reveals Henshall secrets
Michael McKell has insisted that his twisted Emmerdale character Nick Henshall did not intend to hurt anybody when he started the village's recent blaze. The police detective was the arsonist behind January's inferno, which claimed the lives of long-standing residents Viv Hope and Terry Woods. However, speaking to Inside Soap, McKell explained that Henshall was trying to make amends for a tragic incident from his past when he started the fire. The actor commented: "Henshall's wife died in a blaze while he was a constable, but the attack was targeting him. Some bad guys tried to take revenge on him for an investigation and Henshall couldn't rescue his wife. "Because he felt powerless to help, (more)
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'Emmerdale' star: 'Katie will be terrified'

'Emmerdale' star: 'Katie will be terrified'
Emmerdale star Sammy Winward has discussed the latest drama in store for her character Katie Sugden, who will soon discover the truth about corrupt detective Nick Henshall. In recent weeks, fans have seen Katie continue to date Henshall (Michael McKell), unaware that he was responsible for the blaze which claimed the lives of Terry and Viv. However, speaking to All About Soap, Winward confirmed that Katie finally sees Henshall's true colours after agreeing to go away for a short holiday with him. The actress explained: "She thinks leaving the village for a few days will do them both good - especially if it means being away from Andy. But then she stops off at his house on her way home and is stunned to find press clippings (more)
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'Emmerdale' star teases "intense" scenes

'Emmerdale' star teases
Emmerdale star Sammy Winward has revealed that scenes she filmed recently are the "most intense" she has ever worked on. Speaking on ITV's This Morning, the actress - Katie Sugden in the Yorkshire soap - teased that viewers will discover more about her "bad boy" on-screen lover DC Nick Henshall's (Michael McKell) past "very soon". Katie and the villagers currently remain in the dark about Henshall's involvement in last month's tragic fire. "I've just finished (more)
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The British Soap Awards 2008: The Winners

Digital Spy presents the full winners list from this year's British Soap Awards.

Viewer Voted Categories:

Sexiest Male

Coronation Street:

Rob James-Collier (Liam Connor) - Winner

Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw)

Gray O’Brien (Tony Gordon)


Matthew Chambers (Dr Daniel Granger)

Matt Kennard (Nurse Archie Hallam)

Michael McKell (Dr Nick West)


Robert Kazinsky (Sean Slater)

Stephen Lord (Jase Dyer)

Scott Maslen (Jack Branning)


Tom Lister (Carl King)

Joseph Gilgun (Eli Dingle)

Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe)


Ricky Whittle (Calvin Valentine)

Jamie Lomas (Warren Fox)

James Sutton (John Paul McQueen)

Sexiest Female

Coronation Street:

Samia Smith (Maria Sutherland) . . .
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