Free State of Jones is an epic drama set during the American Civil War and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight (Academy Award®-winner Matthew McConaughey), and his extraordinary rebellion against the Confederate States Army. Bringing together an unlikely band of poor white farmers and runaway slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi, to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) and starring Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards).
Free State of Jones will be released in UK cinemas this FRIDAY. There's a preview clip at the link above.
[28 Sep 2016 at 22:57]
The Eyes of My Mother
Ever so lonely
Arts Alliance Distribution announces its acquisition of the critically acclaimed American gothic horror THE EYES OF MY MOTHER, directed by Nicolas Pesce. Arts Alliance will release the film in UK cinemas early 2017 through Park Circus under their Future Classics label. The film will also celebrate its UK festival Premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival 2016 on the 9th and 10th October, with the Director in attendance.
The hauntingly beautiful and shockingly original debut from filmmaker Nicolas Pesce stars Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill, Clara Wong, Flora Diaz and Joey Curtis-Green, is produced by Jacob Wasserman, Schuyler Weiss, Max Born, and executive produced by Borderline Films’ Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Josh Mond. The film fuses classic horror ingredients with gothic black-and-white imagery and was called the “discovery of this year’s Sundance” by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn, where it was in the Official Selection category.
Francisca (played by Kika Magalhaes in a breakout performance) has seemingly been unfazed by death from an early age - her mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, imbued her with a thorough understanding of the human anatomy. When tragedy shatters her family’s idyllic life in the countryside, her deep trauma gradually awakens some unique curiosities. As she grows up, her desire to connect with the world around her takes a distinctly dark form.
The critically acclaimed documentary We Are X a new film about Japan's most iconic rock band X JAPAN, will celebrate its UK Premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival on the 8th & 9th October 2016.
We Are X was produced by the team behind the Academy Award-winning film Searching For Sugar Man and The Imposter: producer John Battsek (Passion Pictures) alongside renowned director Stephen Kijak (Stones In Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, Backstreet Boys: Show’em What You’re Made Of).
We Are X explores the evolution, groundbreaking history and hopeful future of the land of the rising sun's most legendary rock group. X JAPAN have sold 30 million singles and albums combined and continue to tour the world performing sold-out shows to massive arenas in 16 countries throughout the US and Europe.
From X JAPAN's massive success (over 30 million albums, singles and videos sold) and sold-out tours worldwide, We Are X chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of this legendary quintet who will never give up.
[28 Sep 2016 at 22:51]
Looking for Richard on DVD
Made glorious summer by Al Pacino
Hollywood icon Al Pacino (The Godfather) unravels the mysteries and challenges of portraying Shakespeare’s most intriguing villain, King Richard III, in the star-studded documentary Looking for Richard, which is set to arrive on DVD on 17 October 2016 courtesy of Odyssey Video.
Written, starring, directed and presented by Pacino, this labour of love features a jaw-dropping cast including Kevin Spacey (American Beauty), Winona Ryder (Heathers), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Kenneth Branagh (Wallander), Derek Jacobi (Last Tango in Halifax), John Gielgud (Chariots of Fire), Vanessa Redgrave (Howards End) and James Earl Jones (Star Wars).
Scored by the award-winning composer Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings), the movie combines performances of scenes from Richard III and interviews with leading Shakespeare scholars and actors on both Richard III and Shakespeare’s relevance to the modern world. Pacino won a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for the film, which is a remarkable directorial debut.
[28 Sep 2016 at 22:47]
The Electric Horseman on DVD
Home on the range
Sexual chemistry crackles between double Oscar® winners Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and Jane Fonda (Nine to Five) in The Electric Horseman, a romantic comedy adventure directed by acclaimed director Sydney Pollack (Tootsie), which is set for a DVD release on 17 October 2016 thanks to Odyssey Video.
Sonny Steele (Robert Redford) has swapped his previous life as a rodeo champion for a corporate gig as a brand spokesman in a garish electrified cowboy suit. Everything changes at a Las Vegas convention when, appalled that the racehorse he is riding has been doped, he gallops away into the desert to restore the horse to freedom. In hot pursuit behind him are the state police, his employers, and not least, investigative journalist Hallie Martin (Jane Fonda).
The film features a stunning score by Academy Award-winning composer Dave Grusin (The Fabulous Baker Boys), and stars country music legend Willie Nelson, of supergroup The Highwaymen, in his feature film debut.
[28 Sep 2016 at 22:46]
Two Women and A Special Day on Blu-ray
A lorra Loren
CultFilms is a brand new independent label merging two of the original world cinema specialist distributors, Nouveaux Pictures and Argent Films, which will be incorporated into the new label. CultFilms will create luxury releases of quality foreign and arthouse films. Every title will be a high end, collectible product, and extras will feature one or more in-depth documentary.
CultFilms will launch with two award-winning masterpieces starring screen siren Sophia Loren – Two Women, directed by neo-realist master Vittoria De Sica and A Special Day from revered director Ettore Scola. These masterworks of world cinema are Loren’s two highest rated films on IMDB and will be presented for the first time ever in pristine HD, sourced from a restored negative, they will be released in October 2016.
CultFilms will sponsor a screening at London’s ICA of Ettore Scola’s award-winning A Special Day with a panel discussion on 23 October 2016.
THE FIRST live-action television series from the legendary creators of Thunderbirds Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, UFO is to be released in a new HD restoration, courtesy of Network Distributing.
UFO - The Complete Series (12) will feature all 26 episodes and be available to own on Blu-ray from 14 November 2016, RRP £89.99.
The series remains a benchmark sci-fi production, featuring mature storylines and ground-breaking special effects. Long-awaited on Blu-ray in the UK, it is presented here with original mono or 5.1 soundtracks, alongside a wealth of new special features.
1980. After ten years development in top secrecy, "SHADO" - Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation - goes live. Its aim: to combat the threat of an alien invasion from a dying race who abduct humans to repair their own decaying bodies. SHADO's dedicated operatives fight a secret war against Earth's terrifying new menace: on land, sea, air - and in space!
The cinema advertiser's cinema advertiser pays tribute to the movies
Created by London advertising agency, Brothers and Sisters, Tumbleweed Trainer is presented as a spoof 1950s documentary film about the making of a western. The two-minute long film, which was shot in Almeria, Spain, follows the tumbleweed trainer on the set of a western called Duel of Desire as she goes through the arduous and often solitary task of whipping her tumbleweeds into shape. She is described by the narrator as "a lady no self-respecting director could do without".
Tumbleweed Trainer is inspired by a long lost behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of The Searchers, the 1956 John Ford western starring John Wayne.
Brothers and Sisters ensured that a high level of authenticity was applied to every aspect of the Tumbleweed Trainer shoot. Playing homage to the classic era of the Western film genre, the ad is shot in 16mm and 35mm film and the team used vintage recording equipment, including microphones from the 1940s, to make the voiceover. The score was recorded by a real orchestra and the 1950s set workers were allowed to smoke on screen.