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  Life in a Day 2020 [read more]
  Remember what Howard Jones said
  Feature length documentary - directed by Kevin MacDonald and exec produced by Ridley Scott - capturing life on a single day in 2020 premieres globally on 6th February on YouTube.

On July 25, 2020, people all over the world filmed their day and uploaded their footage to be considered for inclusion in the final feature-length documentary. Directed by Academy Award-winning director Kevin MacDonald (The Mauritanian, One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland), and executive produced by Ridley Scott (The Martian, Gladiator) and Kai Hsiung (Lords of Chaos), Life In A Day 2020 is composed entirely of selected contributions from participants, and showcases just how extraordinary life can be on an ordinary day.

Ten years after the original Life In A Day, YouTube and the filmmakers asked people all over the world to record their lives to tell the story of a single day on Earth. The filmmakers received more than 300,000 submissions, nearly four times the number of submissions to the previous film, which includes thousands of hours of footage from 192 different countries, in more than 65 languages.

Among the massive number of submissions received for consideration, notable individuals featured in the uploaded footage include COVID-19 vaccine researchers in Oxford, Rohingya and Syrian refugees, Black Lives Matter protesters, a US Army veteran reflecting on his service, a woman and her challenging fertility journey, and many more personal portraits of individuals all over the world. Additionally, previous participants from the 2010 film were also included in this year's film. Watch the trailer at the link.
  Graeme Clark [26 Jan 2021 at 23:44]
     
  Wander Darkly [read more]
  Down memory lane
  Following its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, Tara Miele's personal exploration of trauma and parenthood in the aftermath of tragedy; WANDER DARKLY will be released in the UK and Ireland on digital download from 8th March 2021.

In WANDER DARKLY, a traumatic accident leaves a couple, Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna), in a surreal state of being that takes them on a disorienting journey through the duality of their shared moments. By reliving fond recollections from the beginning of their romance while also navigating the overwhelming truths of their present, they must rediscover the love that truly binds them together. Writer-director Tara Miele offers a profound new perspective on the delicate nature of relationships with this emotionally moving story about a couple who must reflect on their past in order to face their uncertain future. Watch the trailer at the link above.
  Graeme Clark [26 Jan 2021 at 23:40]
     
  Words on Bathroom Walls
  The best port in a storm
  WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS tells the story of witty and introspective Adam, played by Charlie Plummer (All the Money in The World), as he struggles with his mental health. He keeps his diagnosis secret but falling in love with a brilliant classmate inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. Directed by Thor Freudenthal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and also starring Andy Garcia (Passengers, Internal Affairs), Taylor Russell (Escape Room), Annasophia Robb (The Way Way Back), Beth Grant (Mississippi Requiem) with Molly Parker (TV's Deadwood, Pieces of a Woman) and Walton Goggins (TV's Justified), WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS is available to Download and Keep on March 1 and to Rent on Digital on March 15 courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Adam appears to be a typical young adult - a little unkempt with raging hormones and excited about a future pursuing his dream of becoming a chef. Expelled halfway through his senior year following an incident in chemistry class, he is diagnosed with a mental illness. Sent to a Catholic academy to finish out his term, Adam has little hope of fitting in and just wants to keep his illness secret until he can enroll in culinary school. But when he meets outspoken and fiercely intelligent Maya (Taylor Russell), there is an instant soulful and comforting connection. As their romance deepens, she inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. Now, with the love and support of his girlfriend and family, Adam is hopeful for the very first time that he can see the light and triumph over the challenges that lie ahead.
  Graeme Clark [26 Jan 2021 at 23:37]
     
  Blush
  Family feud
  Screen favourite Wendi McLendon-Covey, star of Bridesmaids and long-suffering smothering mom Beverly in hit 80s nostalgia sitcom The Goldbergs, takes on a far more serious and hard-hitting role as a desperate housewife whose life spirals out of control in Sundance 2019 hit drama BLUSH from [the Independent Spirit] award-winning writer-director Debra Eisenstadt (Daydream Believer).

In an acclaimed, powerhouse performance, McLendon-Covey swaps the comedy pratfalls and overbearing mother role for which she's famous to look at the flip-side of suburban life as the American dream turns into the American nightmare.

Behind the white picket fences, there are affairs, troubled teens, prescription drug use, and on the surface suburban housewife Cathy (McLendon-Covey - Reno 911, What Men Want) - has it all - a lovely home, a teenage daughter, a husband and a worthy job... But behind the facade her seemingly content life is crumbling and, after agreeing to cat-sit for her sister, she meets a free-wheeling mum and so begins an increasingly fraught journey through a mid-life crisis. Before she knows it, Cathy has become embroiled in another family's imperfect lives just as she needs to sort her own.

After her encounter with Gemma Jean (Christine Woods - The Walking Dead), Cathy finds another family more messed up than her own, with an estranged husband to flirt with and a teenage son who is becoming increasingly obsessed with her. Can Cathy resolve her own problems and those of the broken souls around her?

Eisenstadt's powerful drama investigates the seedy underbelly of the American dream in the 21st century to try and discover the happiness that eludes those pursuing it.

Released on digital Monday 22 February 2021.
  Graeme Clark [25 Jan 2021 at 23:36]
     
  Restless Natives on Blu-ray, DVD and digital [read more]
  Remember the tourists
  STUDIOCANAL are delighted to announce the upcoming release of a brand-new restoration of the 80s comedy gem RESTLESS NATIVES, available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from 1st March 2021.

Starring Vincent Friell (Will) and Joe Mullaney (Ronnie) and directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station, One Fine Day) from a script by Ninian Dunnett this much-loved film from 1985 comes with additional features including a new documentary with cast and crew.

Ronnie and Will are two under-employed Scots living on a housing estate in Edinburgh. Bored and tempted by the untapped wealth of the international tourists that swarm through the city, they hatch a wildly irresponsible plan to achieve wealth and notoriety. Donning a wolf and a clown mask and armed with a puffer gun loaded with homemade mace they politely hold up coachloads of tourists travelling through the Highlands for a bit of cash. The duo soon become a hit with the tourists and the public alike, following in the great tradition of fellow folk heroes Robin Hood and Rob Roy. Their exploits make them a bigger tourist attraction than the Loch Ness Monster, much to the annoyance of the inept local police.

Ned Beatty (Network) also stars as a vacationing CIA Agent Fritz Bender who joins the pursuit of the outlaws, with Bernard Hill (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) as Will's dad and Mel Smith (The Princess Bride) as a schmoozing gangster who wants to cash in on their fame.

Following the home-grown international hits, Gregory's Girl (1981) and Local Hero (1983), RESTLESS NATIVES bangs the drum for Scottish cultural pride with its humour, a soaring soundtrack by Big Country and stunning Highlands scenery. This spirited, establishment-mocking caper movie remains a much-loved and thoroughly enjoyable comedy gem. Watch a clip at the link.
  Graeme Clark [25 Jan 2021 at 12:34]
     
  Looks That Kill
  Unusual ailments
  SPI International is pleased to announce the digital-first release of their first title in the UK. Thanks to the partnership with Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, Looks That Kill, directed by Kellen Moore is now available on EST and TVOD on all platforms in the United Kingdom and Ireland. SPI had secured the rights in multiple territories including the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Benelux, EE, CIS at AFM 2020.

"We are delighted to be working with Kaleidoscope, a company renowned for their stellar track-record in distributing independent films with extensive experience in the UK market, to represent our titles on all rights basis in the territory," commented Alexandra Puiu, Sales Executive at SPI International. "We are working with Kaleidoscope on additional releases for this year in the UK in the upcoming months and we are committed to enriching our portfolio of titles in 2021 for countries such as CEE, UK, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Benelux, Latin America and more," added Puiu.

Written and directed by Kellen Moore, Looks That Kill is a romantic comedy which tells the story of sixteen-year-old Max Richardson (Brandon Flynn) who has to live with a lethally attractive face until he meets Alex (Julia Goldani Telles), an eccentric girl with her own bizarre ailment who helps him on his journey of self-discovery.
  Graeme Clark [25 Jan 2021 at 12:31]
     
  The British Independent Film Awards 2021 [read more]
  Congratulations in order
  The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) today announced the first of this year's award winners for its nine film craft categories.

Remi Weekes' chilling debut His House, which received 16 BIFA nominations in total, has won two awards: Best Effects (for Pedro Sabrosa and Stefano Pepin) and Best Production Design sponsored by Studio Juice, for Jacqueline Abrahams who was previously nominated for the award in 2017 for Lady Macbeth.

Philippa Lowthorpe's Misbehaviour, a colourful portrait of the Woman's Liberation Movement, won awards for its Costume Design and Make Up & Hair, for Charlotte Walter and Jill Sweeney respectively.

Lucy Pardee was awarded Best Casting sponsored by Casting Society of America and Spotlight for Rocks, which was cast through a collaborative process that involved workshopping with young untrained actors to explore their characters.

Saint Maud, which topped the BIFA nominations with 17, won Best Cinematography sponsored by Dirty Looks for DP Ben Fordesman.

Yorgos Lamprinos was awarded Best Editing sponsored by Intermission for his work on The Father, a devastating portrayal of dementia, led by Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman.

Mogul Mowgli, the high energy screenwriting debut from Riz Ahmed, won Best Music sponsored by Universal Music Publishing Group for composer Paul Corley.

Best Sound supported by Halo Post went to Nick Ryan, Ben Baird, Sara De OIiveira Lima for their work on The Reason I Jump, an immersive exploration of nonspeaking autism.

BIFA introduced these nine award categories in 2017 to better recognise the wealth of exceptional talent working on British independent films. The nominations and winners have been chosen by BIFA voters over the course of three rounds of viewing, discussion and voting.
  Graeme Clark [25 Jan 2021 at 12:24]
     
  A Glitch in the Matrix [read more]
  Is it a game or is it real?
  It's a question that has been around since the dawn of philosophy. What if our world and everything in it isn't real?

The digital age has seen the idea of simulation theory enter the mainstream, not least on the back of The Wachowskis' seminal blockbuster The Matrix.

Now a mind-blowing brand-new film A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher has turned his attention from film obsessives (Kubrick and The Shining doc Room 237) and spooky sleep paralysis stories (The Nightmare, described as the scariest film of the decade) to simulation theory in another ground-breaking documentary.

Ascher and producer Ross Dinerstein ponder the questions it throws up – what does it mean if our whole existence is on the whim of some strange creature or gamer somewhere?

We meet a fascinating line-up of people including those who believe we are living in some kind of game simulation, as well as scientists, experts and amateur sleuths who have been looking at this remarkable theory.

Fresh from its world premiere at Sundance, the film is released by Dogwoof: 5 February 2021 on VOD platforms and Dogwoof On Demand (at the link above) followed by its DVD released on 4 May 2021.

Beginning with Plato and using sci-fi master Philip K Dick as a major starting point, the film blends digital tech and animation to create a vibrant viewing experience. Bright, exciting talking avatars are used to represent true believers who believe in Simulation Theory rather than talking heads. And 3D animation is used to add more visual style to the film, which also bristles with scores of film clips, not least of The Matrix itself. The shadow of the 1999 film looms large over A Glitch In The Matrix, including interviews with a Neo obsessive whose lawyers advised using The Matrix Defence in court after being accused of brutal crimes.

Is it science fiction or science fact? Is it a cop out to avoid the complexities and madness of the modern world? Will you take the red pill? Or the blue pill? Watch A Glitch In The Matrix and decide.
  Graeme Clark [23 Jan 2021 at 10:12]
     

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