The Spanish Princess, from All3 Media’s New Pictures and Playground, the latest chapter in the dynastic saga of Tudor England, is described as a powerful, epic story that not only returns the audience to the world of royal court intrigue as seen uniquely through the perspective of the women, but also sheds light on a previously untold corner of history – the lives of people of color, living and working in 16th century London.
Hope has been cast in the titular role as Catherine of Aragon, alongside Stephanie Levi-John as her lady-in-waiting and confidante, Lina de Cardonnes.
Promised in marriage
Hope takes on the titular role, Catherine of Aragon, who is promised in marriage to the future King of England Prince Arthur (played by Angus Imrie). Catherine is described as “the source of curiosity, resentment and suspicion among her new family.” When Prince Arthur dies shortly after their wedding, Catherine finds her future as Queen in question and at the mercy of a divided Tudor court under the threat of enemies both abroad and closer to home.
Returning to the world of Tudor royal court intrigue, the story unfolds from the point of view of the women, which works to shed a light on a previously untold corner of history — including the lives of people of color that lived and worked in 16th century London.
Without Name Clips: Press Release: "Los Angeles, California (June 16, 2017) - Global Digital Releasing has set a distribution date for the award winning dramatic thriller Without Name. The North American release will be across multiple digital and VOD platforms, beginning Tuesday, June 20.
The story follows land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna). He travels to a remote, unnamed Irish woodland to assess its suitability for a new development project. However, the assignment it is not as simple as it could be. Intrigued by the woods’ foreboding mysticism, Eric finds himself drawn into a dangerous game that could lead to him becoming
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So trippy it makes Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England look like an afternoon at the tax office, Dublin director Lorcan Finnegan’s debut sprig of sylvan-psych makes up for its occasional heavy tread with outstanding photography. Alan McKenna is a middle-aged surveyor with a curdling home life, sent out to chart ancient woodlands in preparation for development. But his surveyor’s pendulum is acting up, he witnesses strange figures in the morning mists, and, when his assistant-cum-lover (Niamh Algar) arrives, it’s clear his spiritual compass is erring, too.
A clear subscriber to the school of the atmospheric slow build over the jump-shock, it’s a shame Finnegan is too eager to will-o-the-wisp us down predictable paths – as he does with some unsubtle plotting, and
Alan McKenna stars as Eric, a land surveyor hired for some secretive private contract. His employer won’t reveal exactly why he was chosen, but what’s the point in questioning a paycheck? Eric begins his duties alone,
Earlier this week the Irish indie film Without Name premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and Flickering Myth got to sit down with the cast and crew of this psychological horror. Without Name tells the story of Eric, a man going through a mid-life crisis as he becomes emotionally distant from his family and colleagues. His works as a land surveyor gets him hired to examine a forest, but it becomes clear that there is more to this forest than simply trees. Paranoia seeps into Eric’s life as he’s unsure of the things he sees and becomes increasingly unhinged.
Joining in the roundtable discussion are director Lorcan Finnegan, who made his directorial feature debut with this film, producer Brunella Cocchiglia, and the main cast of Alan McKenna (Eric), Niamh Algar (Olivia), Eric’s assistant, and James Browne,
Directed by Lorcan Finnegan
Starring Alan McKenna, Niamh Algar, James Browne, Olga Wehrly
A land surveyor discovers a dark secret deep within a dense forest, in this eco-horror thriller from first-time Irish filmmaker Lorcan Finnegan.
For his debut feature film, director Lorcan Finnegan presents an intriguing psychological horror that relies on the study of its characters and building the tension than traditional jump scares. Combined with Finnegan’s direction and a small but committed cast, Without Name succeeds as an examination on the many ways people isolate themselves and what that isolation can do to the mind.
One aspect Without Name does very well with is the old adage of ‘show, don’t tell’. A great amount of the film is built off watching the cast’s performances, paying attention to their facial expressions and body language. The first 10 – 15 minutes of the film itself is very silent
Director Lorcan Finnegan and writer Garret Shanley‘s feature debut Without Name opens as Eric finishes one job and begins another.
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Land surveyor Eric, alienated from urban existence and those who love him, travels to a remote and unnamed Irish woodland to assess its suitability for a dubious development project. Intangible elements are at play in this ethereal environment. The place seems to be imbued by an intelligence of sorts. A silhouette flits between trees. The place fascinates the fragmenting Eric as much as it disturbs him. Following in the psychonautic footsteps of the mysterious Devoy, Eric attempts to communicate with his surroundings,
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The Hunt For Red October (1990)
Starring: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn
Director: John McTiernan
Das Boot (1981)
Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
Starring: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre
Director: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Director: Steven Spielberg
The Abyss (1989)
Starring: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn
Director: James Cameron
The Big Blue (1988)
Starring: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette, Paul Shenar.
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole, Alan McKenna and Daisy Lowe
Director: Ron Scalpello
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Barry Levinson
To celebrate the upcoming release of Pressure on DVD, available to rent and buy from 31st August, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture readers the chance to win a copy courtesy of eOne.
Pressure is a nail-biting claustrophobic thriller set in a diving bell at the bottom of the sea, starring Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole, Alan McKenna and Daisy Lowe.
Four deep sea saturation divers become stranded 650ft below the surface of the Indian Ocean after disaster strikes their ship. With the air in their bodies compressed to withstand the depth, surfacing too fast without decompressing is unthinkable and will lead to almost certain death. With their diving bell damaged, rescue uncertain and oxygen depleting, they are forced to work together to fight for their survival.
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It’s a second go around the alphabet of fear with The ABCs of Death 2. 2012′s first installment – an anthology of 26 stories, each representing a letter of the alphabet – was the very definition of a mixed bag, with (sadly) the bad often outweighing the good. However, given that the good was Very good I still held out hope that this sequel would live up to the expectations and potential that the format has.
Thankfully this time round the good outweighs the bad, although surprisingly there are some disappointing segments from directors whose work I’ve enjoyed; and whose feature work has been hailed as some of the best in the genre – not that there’s any evidence of that here – including
Previous films to appear on the Brit List include The King’s Speech, Welcome To The Punch, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and most recently The Riot Club.
Matinee Idol is being produced by Rooks Nest Entertainment. Sentinel Entertainment is behind Gateway 6, a futuristic sci-fi project. 42, one of the UK’s most dynamic production and management companies, had two projects on the shortlist: Jay Basu’s The Pier and Outside The Wire, from screenwriting duo Rowan Athale and Rob Yescombe
There were 140 entries,
Romantic comedy Matinee Idol by writer Richard Galazka and sci-fi Gateway 6 by Malachi Smyth lead this year’s Brit List, the industry selection of hot unproduced screenplays.
Both scripts recorded nine industry votes to top the list.
Rooks Nest Entertainment are producing Matinee Idol, about a cinephile who tries to win a girl’s heart by pretending to be someone he’s not, only to learn that it takes more than grand gestures to turn fantasy into reality.
Sentinel Entertainment are behind futuristic sci-fi Gateway 6, in which on a war-ravaged Earth, four soldiers man the last bastion – an outpost in a sea-covered continent.
Jay Basu’s The Pier, produced by 42, and Krysty Wilson-Cairns’ Aether, from FilmNation, followed with eight votes.
The list is compiled by a combination of UK producers, agents, distributors and sales companies.
There were 140 entries
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