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  Dusty & Me
  One man and his dog
  Goldfinch Studios have announced that Dusty & Me, the heartwarming tale of the bond between man and beast, will be released in selected UK cinemas from 28th September and VoD from 1st October.

Dusty & Me, directed by award winning director Betsan Evans Morris, boasts an impressive cast of Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone & Finding Neverland) and Lesley Sharp (The Full Monty & Common As Muck). Rising star, Genevieve Gaunt, plays the female lead in her second appearance since Harry Potter and BAFTA nominee Luke Newberry puts in a stunning performance as Dusty.

Autumn 1977. Derek 'Dusty' Springfield (Luke Newberry) is an 18-year-old misfit, who five years earlier was plucked from his home in the industrial outskirts of Leeds to attend Public School on a scholarship. He has just returned home at the end of his studies to wait for his Oxbridge results that he's hoping will result in his permanent escape. Life at home is awkward for the brainy lad and embarrassing for his working class family who can't relate: his feckless dad, no-nonsense mum and two older brothers; one a football hopeful and the other a distinctly dodgy acquirer of flash consumer goods.

In the wait for his university exam results, Dusty befriends a lightning fast Greyhound, comically named Slapper by his older brother and the two become inseparable. When two bumbling thieves attempt to kidnap Slapper, Dusty must do all he can to protect him, whilst trying to earn the respect of his family again. Dusty can't believe his luck when his crush from afar, the out-of-his-league Chrissie (Genevieve Gaunt), agrees to help him find Slapper. All the while, his results day is looming over him, and his future lies sealed within an envelope.
  Graeme Clark [19 Jul 2018 at 23:58]
     
  Madame on DVD and digital
  Special guest
  Toni Collette and Harvey Keitel star in Amanda Sthers' hilarious comedy MADAME, which releases on DVD and Digital Download 3 September 2018 by STUDIOCANAL.

Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne (Toni Collette, Little Miss Sunshine) and Bob (Harvey Keitel, Reservoir Dogs), are hosting a luxurious dinner when Anne realises there are 13 guests. Panic-stricken, she insists her loyal maid Maria (Rossy De Palma) disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noblewoman to even out the numbers.

But a little too much wine and some playful chat leads Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker (Michael Smiley). Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair.
  Graeme Clark [19 Jul 2018 at 23:54]
     
  Rescue Under Fire on DVD [read more]
  One of those modern war movies
  Eureka Entertainment are to release RESCUE UNDER FIRE, an adrenaline-fuelled action thriller based on true events, on DVD from 24 September 2018.

The crew of a medical helicopter crashes in Afghanistan whilst attempting to assist an ambushed patrol of Spanish and American troops. The Spanish army has only one night to organise the rescue of the crew and injured, but what seems routine turns into hell once they receive the order to rescue the helicopter as well. Things only get worse when during the night a huge concentration of insurgents begin surrounding them.

The debut feature from director Alfredo Martínez, a multi-award-winning writer who has worked behind the scenes on numerous Hollywood blockbusters including Oblivion and Walt Disney's 2016 smash hit, The Jungle Book. Rescue Under Fire is an incredibly tense and exciting action thriller that should not be missed. Check out the exclusive trailer above,
  Graeme Clark [19 Jul 2018 at 23:51]
     
  Open City Documentary Festival 2018 [read more]
  Just the facts
  Open City Documentary Festival is delighted to announce its eighth edition of the annual festival celebrating creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers with a dynamic new programme for 2018. With 30 features and 48 shorts, 2 world premieres, 3 European premieres and 26 UK premieres across shorts and features from more than 30 countries, the festival will take place from the 4th - 9th September in a host of great venues across central London.

This year - through films, audio and immersive (VR/AR) projects, across screenings, special events, parties, panels, workshops and masterclasses - Open City Documentary Festival will be celebrating the art of non-fiction.

Marking the festivals' Opening Night will be the UK Premiere of Baronesa (2017, Brazil, 71'), directed by Juliana Antunes and in partnership with MUBI. Her astonishing debut follows friends Andreia and Leid as they navigate the perilous reality of daily life in the favelas of Belo Horizonte. At first glance, their days seem calm and untroubled, but the threat of violence is never far away and Andreia dreams of moving to the safer neighbourhood of nearby Baronesa. Antunes spent five years in Belo Horizonte, working with a non-professional cast, to create a work of rare intimacy and authenticity which - despite its simple structure - emerges as a complex, multilayered and moving portrait of contemporary life in the favelas. Baronesa announces an exciting new voice in Brazilian cinema.

The Closing Night will be the UK Premiere of The Swing (2018, Lebanon, 74') directed by Cyril Aris. An assured, emotionally rich film about the lies a family tells to keep their patriarch happy and the unattended costs of their falsehood. After sixty years of marriage, Antoine and Vivi have lost their most beloved daughter; but no one has dared to tell the bedridden nonagenarian Antoine, lest his heart crack. A simple solution, though everyone else in this densely interconnected family has then to live the same lie, giving no expression to their grief. A deeply affecting, beautifully shot cinematic novella; like all the best stories The Swing is a simple tale, but one that never short-changes its viewers.

This year the festival hosts an outstanding Jury panel for each of its competitive Awards. For the Open City Award the following documentaries have been nominated: Baronesa, dir. Juliana Antunes (Brazil); Casanova Gene, dir. Luise Donschen (Germany); Flight of a Bullet, dir. Beata Bubenec (Russia); and The Swing, dir. Cyril Aris (Lebanon). The Jury will be chaired by esteemed director Sophie Fiennes (Grace Jones: Bloodlight, Bami), and features Beatrice Gibson, Nelly Ben Hayoun, May Adadol Ingawanij and Mehelli Modi.
  Graeme Clark [19 Jul 2018 at 23:48]
     
  The Big Lebowski
  The Dude abides 20 years later
  Today Park Circus is delighted to announce that they will be re-releasing the Coen brothers' cult classic hit The Big Lebowski (1998) back in cinemas from 24th September 2018 to celebrate its 20th Anniversary.

Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, this hilariously twisted comedy-thriller stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Tuturro. Join the "Dude" and his bowling buddies on their journey that blends unforgettable characters, kidnapping, a case of mistaken identity and White Russians. Enter the visually unique and entertaining world from the creative minds of the Coen brothers and remember: the Dude abides.

'The Dude', Jeff Lebowski, is unemployed and as laid-back as they come. That is until he becomes a victim of mistaken identity, and two thugs break into his apartment with the errant belief that they're strong-arming Jeff Lebowski - the Pasadena millionaire. In the hope of getting a replacement for his soiled carpet, 'the Dude' pays a visit to his wealthy namesake...
  Graeme Clark [19 Jul 2018 at 23:44]
     
  Assassination Nation [read more]
  Girls 'n' guns
  Safe for work - Not safe for school, parents, or fragile male egos. Assassination Nation is in cinemas November.

Starring Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, and ABRA. Written + Directed by Sam Levinson. Universal Pictures are very excited to launch the striking first trailer which is at the link above.
  Graeme Clark [18 Jul 2018 at 12:34]
     
  Rakuten TV [read more]
  That August line-up in (almost) full
  This August, Rakuten TV is ready to give you the perfect excuse to escape the British Summer, come rain or shine, and stay in with some of this month's fantastic new releases.

Summer is blockbuster season, so if you're looking for action, what more can you ask for than this year's Marvel sensation Avengers: Infinity War in glorious 4K HDR? It's broken more records and starred more superheroes than you ever thought possible and whether you missed it in cinemas or can't wait to see it again, Rakuten TV is bringing it straight into your home. Sit back and enjoy the slickly choreographed fights, the outstanding visual effects and the powerhouse of emotions that this heroic feature has to offer, which will be ready and waiting for you, on your smart TV in cutting edge 4K HDR with only the click of a few buttons, from the 20th August.

If that's not enough for you, why not check in with Mr. Box Office himself, Dwayne Johnson as he tackles some extraordinary creatures in Rampage and tries to stop them from destroying Chicago.

If you'd rather take your evening in a more dramatic direction, you can check in with Charlize Theron as she goes through the ups and downs of motherhood in Tully or head back to the 1940s with Lily James in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

To add some mystery to your day, join Margot Robbie as she mingles with assassins and criminal masterminds in Terminal or test your nerve with Blumhouse's Truth or Dare, would you be prepared to play along?

Then if you need a break in the sun, we're not sure you'll want to stay at home alone after you've been tempted by The Strangers: Prey at Night.

All that and more is waiting for you on Rakuten TV this August. See the trailer above.
  Graeme Clark [17 Jul 2018 at 23:45]
     
  Devil's Cove [read more]
  Girls on the road
  This summer, take a killer road trip to Devil's Cove.

In his award-winning feature directorial debut, opening August 3 in L.A theaters, director Erik Lundmark serves up a roguishly electrifying indie take on Thelma & Louise that pits an interracial lesbian couple, fresh from a killing, against a dark highway.

New girl in town Toni (Christelle Baguidy) is unhappy in her marriage to the vehement Rick. Not surprisingly, her eye catches that of another- Jackie (Chloe Traicos in an award-nominated performance), a woman who recently escaped a jail sentence involving the death of her child.

When Rick (Cameron Barnes) gets wind of the passionate relationship his wife is having with Jackie, he erupts into a fiery rage. In an act of self-defence, Toni and Jackie end Rick's life. To stay out of jail, the duo hit the road - one with many twists and turns in it.

Made for just $10,000 by Leomark Studios, the truly independent "Devil's Cove" premiered at the New York City International Film Festival where it was nominated for two Best Actress awards (for Chloe Traicos) and Best Original Screenplay. Director Erik Lundmark also won a Global Accolade at the Global Accolade Awards. Watch the trailer at the link.
  Graeme Clark [17 Jul 2018 at 23:41]
     

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