Lucca Comics & Games festival takes place from October 29th to November 1st in Lucca, Italy

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 To re-behold the stars: light is the claim of the 55th year of Lucca Comics & Games festival happening in person from 29th October to 1st of November 2021 in Italy.

This year Italy is honouring Dante Alighieri, the poet and philospher, by celebrating the 700th anniversary of his death and Dante’s Divine Comedy sets the tone for the returning festival – a community event that not only produced culture but creates a place where people can share experiences by occupying and interacting with and within a unique and monumental city. Light is the synthesis of this new Lucca Comics & Games, which signals a passage from dark to light, and paves a road to a new kind of normal. Visitors will go back to meeting creators of universes that have been an integral part of the festival – comics, games, storytelling, modern mythologies and big and small industries represented in these worlds. 

“Lucca Comics & Games is a unique cross-media event dedicated to pop culture, cosplay and comics held in a medieval Tuscan town. Before the pandemic, each year more than 250,000 fans walked through our city walls to immerse themselves in a world of fantasy. Our organisation has worked very close with government to implement safety rules. We are delighted to be able to open our gates again after a year of darkness. “Thence we came forth to re-behold the stars” is the last line in Dante’s Inferno. To me it means a new beginning and the hope that we will again be able to embrace our imagination and experience an unforgettable live event.” says Emanuele Vietina, Director of Lucca Comics & Games. 

THE FESTIVAL RECONQUERS THE CITY 
Lucca Comics & Games returns to the heart of Lucca, Italy, offering the public the chance to find the most beloved publishers and exhibitors in historical areas and in places to (re)discover: the central core of comics will remain Piazza Napoleone. The iconic pavilion has is coming back together with Palazzo Ducale and the historical spaces of the Palazzetto dello Sport, where the festival was held until 2005 and returns this year for the first time in 15 years. The world of gaming will be housed in the Real Collegio and in the Cavallerizza area Japan World will conquer the large spaces of the Polo Fiere di Lucca. The Music & Cosplay area will be hosted in the San Francesco complex. All these worlds will be increasingly interconnected within the Festival: visitors will be invited to travel from one to the other, to enrich their passions and rediscover the pleasure of being in Lucca. 

LIGHT 
The theme of Light will visually accompany the Festival experience with contemporary Italian illustrator Paolo Barbieri, creating the distinctive image of Lucca Comics & Games poster. In the year of Dante’s celebrations, he creates the poetic vision that links Lucca Comics & Games to Dante’s journey with Virgil through the darkness of Hell. The artist visually tells the story of the Festival’s adventurous journey, with its colourful paraphernalia of cosplayers, dragons and spaceships married to the literary and mythological forces that live in Dante’s poetry. 

Paolo Barbieri says “I decided to draw a road suspended in the sky that leads us towards Dante who, opening his red robe, reveals a fantastic Lucca opening up to receive the Festival. This grassy road, suspended in the midst of other flying rocks leads to the realm of fantasy with Lucca understood as a true door of the Imagination which I have tried to recreate in my own way to convey the sense of wonder in Dante’s myth.” 

COSPLAY WITHIN VILLA BOTTINI 
Suspended between theatrical performance and costume craftsmanship, the cosplay world finds its home within the evocative Villa Bottini, an architectural masterpiece of Lucca. The frescoed rooms and the garden will host some of the most interesting communities, including Assassin’s Creed Cosplay, Terre di Mezzo Cosplayer, Ghostbuster Italia, Avengers / X-Men and 501 Italica Rebel/Legion Empisa. There will also be space for medieval fantasy, steampunk, the post-apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead, the universe of Harry Potter and the magic of Disney. Dozens of characters will come to life, animating Villa Cosplay, with professional photoshoots, workshops and wardrobe services, to enjoy the Festival in complete safety. The San Francesco Auditorium will host the long-awaited Cosplay Competition on Saturday 30 October: backstage interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and lots of fun for what has always been considered one of the unmissable events of Lucca Comics and Games. 

INFORMATION:
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Pop Up Screens, the outdoor cinema experience, returns this summer

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Pop Up Screens are delighted to announce their return to London with an enormous season of outdoor cinema packed with feel good movies, guilty pleasures, and cult classics that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 

Pop Up Screens invites you and your family to indulge in an evening that you won’t forget with your loved ones. Its ‘relaxed atmosphere and friendly vibe’, praised by critics across the country will have you coming back year after year. 

This year, Pop Up Screens will span across eight london parks and open spaces over three months, launching on 9th July at Coram’s Fields with the fan favourite, The Craft

Pop Up Screens offers films for fans of all genres; including smash hit musical dramas such as The Greatest ShowmanA Star Is BornBohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. For audiences wanting nostalgia, fans will be able to revisit fan favourites Back To The FutureThe Goonies and Dirty Dancing and many more. 

Join us for a movie or two and you’ll find a great environment, along with a bar, and some of London’s best street food traders.  

Pop Up Screenings Full Listings

9 July – Corams Fields – The Craft
10 July – Corams Fields – The Greatest Showman
11 July – Corams Fields – Bill & Ted Face the Music
16 July – Bishops Park, Fulham – 10 Things I Hate About You
17 July – Bishops Park, Fulham – Dirty Dancing
18 July – Bishops Park, Fulham – The Goonies
23 July – North Greenwich – 500 Days of Summer
24 July – North Greenwich – Grease
25 July – North Greenwich – Back to the Future
30 July – Hillyfields, Brockley – The Goonies
31 July – Hillyfields, Brockley – Dirty Dancing

1 Aug – Hillyfields, Brockley – Greatest Showman
6 Aug – Corams Fields – JoJo Rabbit
6 Aug – Corams Fields – Pretty Woman
6 Aug – Corams Fields – Ghostbusters
13 Aug – Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith – Jaws
14 Aug – Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith – Bohemian Rhapsody
15 Aug – Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith – The Greatest Showman
16 Aug – Guildhall, City of London – The Greatest Showman
17 Aug – Guildhall, City of London – Moonlight
18 Aug – Guildhall, City of London – Philadelphia
19 Aug – Guildhall, City of London – The Beach
20 Aug – Guildhall, City of London – Dreamgirls
21 Aug – Guildhall, City of London – Priscilla Queen of the Desert
27 Aug – Manor House Gardens, Hither Green – Bohemian Rhapsody
28 Aug – Manor House Gardens, Hither Green – The Greatest Showman
29 Aug – Manor House Gardens, Hither Green – A Star is Born

3 Sept – Bishops Park, Fulham – Rocket Man
4 Sept – Bishops Park, Fulham – A Star is Born
5 Sept – Bishops Park, Fulham – The Greatest Showman
10 Sept – Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith – Dirty Dancing
11 Sept – Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith – Jurassic Park
12 Sept – Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith – Rocket Man
17 Sept – Kennington Park, Oval – The Greatest Showman
18 Sept – Kennington Park, Oval – Notting Hill
19 Sept – Kennington Park, Oval – A Star is Born

 Tickets for Pop Up Screens can be bought at popupscreens.co.uk

BAFTA: THE 2021 EE RISING STAR AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

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The five nominees for the renowned EE Rising Star Award, now in its 16th year, have been announced as part of a virtual event livestreamed from the elegant setting of The Savoy, London. 

Hosted by BAFTA Chief-Executive Amanda Berry OBE and film broadcaster Edith Bowman, 2014 EE Rising Star nominee George MacKay (1917) announced the highly anticipated nominee shortlist for 2021 via livestream for the first time in the Award’s sixteen-year history.

The British line-up of five nominees have each demonstrated their phenomenal skills in film over the past year, allowing the public and film industry experts alike to escape the every day and explore the world of film. Public voting is now open at ee.co.uk/BAFTA and the winner will be revealed at the EE British Academy Film Awards on April 11th 2021.

The EE Rising Star Award nominees for 2021 are:

BUKKY BAKRAY is a multi-award-nominated actress who received critical acclaim for her debut lead performance in breakout hit Rocks, directed by Sarah Gavron. As well as her nomination for the EE Rising Star Award, she has received nominations from the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) and London Critics Circle, and has been longlisted in BAFTA’s ‘Leading Actress’ category for 2021. She is part of this year’s BAFTA Breakthrough programme and has been named as a rising star to watch by Time Out and Dazed 100. Bukky’s passion for acting continues to grow having completed a year-long course as part of RADA Youth Company. She is currently enrolled on Theatre Peckham’s Originate Acting Course, where young performers receive specialist actor training with top-tier drama schools, Guildhall School and RADA, and industry professionals.

Bukky Bakray commenting on her nomination, said: “I honestly feel so blessed to be recognised so early on in my career. I still can’t believe this, I’m not sure I ever will either. All the warmth and love from BAFTA and EE is beautiful and I’m grateful. Thank you.”

CONRAD KHAN is best known for his highly acclaimed role as Tyler, in Henry Blake’s 2020 feature film, County Lines. A performance that has earnt him a BIFA nomination for ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ as well as Screen International Star of Tomorrow. Conrad’s first role came in 2016 as a young Chris Hemsworth (Eric) in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and he has most recently been cast as a lead in the final series of the BAFTA award-winning Peaky Blinders, opposite Cillian Murphy and Paul Anderson.  

Conrad Khan, commenting on his nomination, said: “‘A huge thank you to BAFTA for this nomination! I am so excited and proud to be in such great company – the EE Rising Star Award is something I never would have even dreamt of at the start of my career. I am really looking forward to being part of this year’s awards. It is an honour.” 

KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR is the breakout star of Regina’s King’s directorial debut film One Night in Miami and has been making headlines with his captivating portrayal of Malcolm X. The film has received three Golden Globe nominations, with Kingsley picking up the prestigious ‘Breakthrough Actor’ Award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the ‘Breakthrough Performer’ by the New York Film Critics (NYFCO). He has also been longlisted in BAFTA’s ‘Leading Actor’ category for 2021. Kingsley’s career started on the stage, in plays including Mark Rylance’s Much Ado About Nothing at The Old Vic. On screen, he most recently starred opposite Zoe Kravitz in the Hulu series High Fidelity; played a co-lead role in the third series of the Brit Marling Netflix series The OA; played Colonel Ben Younger in the BBC/Netflix drama Peaky Blinders; and starred in films The Commuter, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Trespass Against Us. 

Kingsley Ben-Adir, commenting on his nomination, said: It’s an honour to be picked as a BAFTA EE Rising Star. I have always had great respect for this award and have admired the selection each year, so to be in this category, and to be recognised in this way, means a lot. Thank you.”

MORFYDD CLARK has been singled out by critics for her breath-taking performance in Rose Glass’s award-winning debut Saint Maud. Hailed as the ‘Star of Tomorrow’ by Screen International, Morfydd was identified by The Guardian as the ‘Breakout Star’ of the 2019 festival circuit and has gone on to win the London Critic’s Circle Award for ‘British/Irish Actress of the Year’, be nominated for a BIFA award in the category of ‘Best Actress’ and has also been longlisted in BAFTA’s ‘Leading Actress’ category for 2021. Morfydd appeared as both ‘Dora Spenlow’ and ‘Clara Copperfield’ in Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, and as ‘young Jane’ in Craig Robert’s Eternal Beauty opposite Sally Hawkins in 2020. She is currently in New Zealand filming a lead role in Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings. 

Morfydd Clark, commenting on her nomination, said: “I’m delighted and disbelieving that I have been nominated for such a prestigious award by BAFTA and the EE Rising Star jury, thank you to all who compiled the list of nominees. I am honoured to be recognised amongst this group of talented, British actors. It has been a difficult year for many people and I hope the next few months will bring hope and a brighter future for the arts.”

ṢỌPẸ́ DÌRÍSÙ is quickly establishing himself as an internationally renowned actor, showcasing a range of disciplines across film, television and theatre. Dìrísù can currently be seen on Netflix in Remi Weekes’ horror/thriller, His House, which earned him ‘Critic’s Choice Super’ and BIFA award nominations for ‘Best Actor’, and in the SKY/AMC series, Gangs of London.  Previous film credits include war drama, Sand Castle, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, as well as Ariel Vromen’s sci-fi thriller, Criminal. On television, most notably, Dìrísù was seen in AMC’s Humans and in Netflix’s series, Black Mirror, for which he received the ‘Rising Star Award’ for the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards. He has been selected as a Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’ and in 2017 received a Commendation at the Ian Charleson Awards for his performance as Coriolanus at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Ṣọpẹ́ is currently in Ireland shooting a lead role in Mr Malcolm’s List. Upcoming releases include Mothering Sunday with Olivia Colman and Colin Firth, Tim Felhbaum’s Berlinale Special Tides and Silent Night with Kiera Knightley and Matthew Goode. 

Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù commenting on his nomination, said: “The history of the EE Rising Star Award is full of such exceptional and inspirational talents and I’m so grateful to both EE and BAFTA for considering me amongst them. I’m properly delighted for all my fellow nominees for being recognised in what can only be described as a difficult and challenging year for everyone across the world.”

This year, the EE Rising Star Award jury panel was tasked with selecting the five nominees from a comprehensive list of up-and-coming talented actors and actresses. For the first time in the Award’s history, this took place virtually, where the jury passionately discussed which five longlisted nominees would go head-to-head in the public vote, ahead of the EE BAFTA Film Awards for 2021. 

The jury was chaired by BAFTA Chair and award-winning television producer, Krishnendu Majumdar, producer and director Anand Tucker, actors Naomi Ackie, Jo Hartley and Alicia Vikander, casting directors Leo Davis, Nina Gold and Lucy Bevan, Creative Director Gaylene Gould and other leading industry specialists and entertainment journalists.

Edith Bowman, EE Rising Star Award broadcaster, said: “It is an honour to once again announce the nominees for the EE Rising Star Award, this year feels more special than ever. I am always astonished by the calibre of talent which are presented every year, and the five shortlisted nominees for 2021 are no exception, with their breath-taking ability to tell stories and transform into a character who the audience trust and believe in. As always, this is the only award which the British public can have their say and vote for their winner. I for one can’t wait to find out who film fans across the country are most invested in and want to see take home this incredible accolade.”

Pete Jeavons, Marketing Communications Director at BT & EE, added: “Despite the changes the film industry has faced over the past 12 months, we are delighted to still be able to celebrate the talented actors and actresses who have graced our screens – who make up the shortlist for 2021. It’s a real honour for us to play a part in recognising emerging talent each year in partnership with BAFTA, and this year’s nominees are amongst those who have gripped the nation with their performances. I urge everyone to watch their films this year and can’t wait to discover who the public decides will win this incredible award for 2021.”

Emma Baehr, Executive Director of Awards & Content at BAFTA, said: “Recognising and supporting creatives is at the heart of everything we do at BAFTA and it is particularly exciting to see talent shortlisted today who have been previously supported by our BAFTA Breakthrough programme, part of our year-round work to showcase emerging and under-represented talent. We’re so delighted to be working with EE once-again to present this fantastic shortlist of performers and proud to see new British talent flourishing across the industry.” 

Hosted from The Savoy, London, The EE Rising Star Award announcement continues the venue’s rich connections with the world of performing arts, and underlines its commitment to supporting film, theatre and television in the UK.

EE has been a long-standing partner of BAFTA’s Film Awards, working with BAFTA to bring film fans closer to the awards through the magic of technology. Since the partnership began, EE has not only worked with BAFTA to introduce the EE Rising Star Award but also used its award-winning network to create new and exciting opportunities for film fans to be part of the action. 

Voting is now open at ee.co.uk/BAFTA and the winner will be announced at the EE BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday 11th April 2021 on BBC One.

200 Cinema Seats for Essential Workers from Pop Up Screens

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The sell-out Christmas experience Cinema in the Snow returns for its 6th year to a new home in Peckham
Independent cinema Pop Up Screens is back this winter, taking over Peckham’s popular Copeland Park and Bussey Building with ‘Cinema in the Snow’ – and to spread some much needed Christmas cheer they’re giving away 200 seats to essential workers.

The festive-themed cinema will kick off as soon as Lockdown lifts on 03 December with Gremlins and feature new and classic movies like Elf, Love Actually, Last Christmas, Home Alone and The Holiday until 20 Dec.

To enter the lottery, essential workers (that’s health care and social professionals, those working in education, the postal services and in supermarkets, fire services police and armed forces) need to fill in the sign up form which can be accessed here: https://mailchi.mp/popupscreens/frontline-workers-giveaway Winners will be chosen at random and each will receive two tickets to a screening of their choice (the full T&C’s can be found below the sign-up form).

If you’re not an essential worker but still want to book, tickets (priced from £16) can be booked by visiting
https://popupscreens.designmynight.com 

All COVID-19 safety precautions can be viewed here. Tickets will be refunded if events are cancelled due to COVID-19.
 

‘Cinema in the Snow’ from Pop Up Screens launches with new dates

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The sell-out Christmas experience returns for its 6th year to a new home in Peckham


Independent cinema Pop Up Screens is back this winter, taking over Peckham’s popular Copeland Park and Bussey Building with ‘Cinema in the Snow’ – a stunning cinematic Christmas experience set in a magical snow-filled wonderland.

After adjusting the dates due to the COVID pandemic, the festive-themed cinema will kick off on 02 December with The Greatest Showman and feature new and classic Christmas movies such as: Last Christmas, Home Alone, Love Actually, Elf, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Nightmare Before Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Gremlins, Muppets Christmas Carol and The Holiday.



The sell-out experience returns for its sixth year to a new home at Copeland Park, bringing the North Pole to South London. Visitors will enter through a magical wardrobe and discover an enchanting snow-filled winter wonderland before they grab a mulled wine and cosy up amongst the icy firs for their favourite Christmas movie.Cinema in the Snow is part of a series of events taking place at Peckham’s popular Bussey building, including the Forbidden Forest Cinema, Halloween screenings in a spooky indoor forest which took place (23 October – 05 November).



Adult tickets will be priced from £19.50 with concessions for family (group) tickets.  Tickets can be booked from www.popupscreens.co.uk
 
Our COVID-19 safety precautions can be viewed here. All tickets will be refunded if events are cancelled due to COVID-19.

Unleash your inner Zombie this Halloween

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As if 2020 hasn’t been nightmare enough, this week sees us descend into the world of Halloween and being robbed by children of our comforting snacks (from a responsible distance).

The Actors Gym‘s motion capture and physical performance coach, Robin Berry, has come to the rescue though with a free tutorial of how to blend into the Zombie crowd which is available from free on the Actor’s Gym website from today.

Robin Berry has been in the business as an actor for 16 years. His credits include One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre), Silent Witness (BBC) and Mowgli (Netflix). He is also an experienced motion capture performer, working with Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium company. Robin has been mocap and physical performance coach with The Reel Scene for 3 years.

About The Actors Gym

The Actors Gym, an online acting school launched by agent and CEO of The Reel Scene, Alex Fidelski, has exploded in popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Actors Gym, launched in February this year, is an online branch of Fidelski’s Fulham based acting school The Reel Scene.

The Actors Gym are masters at connecting and supporting members with their online community, offering self-tape feedback, Q&A sessions with special guests, exclusive training and zoom workshops with key industry experts from a variety of fields. 

Actors are encouraged to send off two self tapes a month, from which they receive a page of written feedback. Self-taping is the process of recording an audition for a film or television role from home and then sending the resulting video to an agent to be submitted for a role, rather than attending an audition in person.

Fidelski comments on the importance of practicing this new virtual way of auditioning, “The film and television industry cancelled most in-person auditions and moved to requiring self-tape auditions sent in by actors. Productions ground to a halt but acting is like any other profession. Actors need to keep training, to keep acting, to keep their skills sharp for when productions re-open.”

Director Debbie Howard and casting directors such as Sue Needleman and Andrea Clarke are available to give online feedback to help inspire and shape actor’s art. Celebrated names like Asa Butterfield (Sex Education), William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia, The Royals) and David Schaal (The Inbetweeners) are also involved in coaching on a regular basis.  Other talent includes Glen Wallace, Cristian Solimeno,  Bill Ward,  Shobu Kapoor and Ali Bastian. 

The Actors Gym has been a lifeline in lockdown for actors socially as well. Their supportive online community has flourished and they run regular quiz nights and film clubs. This month, mental health professional Chris Allan ran the film club and hosted a Q&A, encouraging actors to look deeper into the psyche of the characters they play. Cristian Solimeno will be hosting the film club in September, showing his film I Made This For You to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Asa Butterfield says about The Actors Gym and The Reel Scene, “They’re like a family. And I’m not just saying that because I’ve gotten to know them really well. When people come to The Reel Scene, whether it’s for a single session or just for a three-day workshop, you’re part of it, you’re in the family.”

Asa has been busy during lockdown developing his own projects and appearing in a public Instagram live stream Q&A session with The Actors Gym as well as a private session with gym members. He says, “That’s what I’ve been doing most of, especially in ‘Corona time’, pretty much all I’ve been able to do is read scripts and have conversations with directors. So, I haven’t been able to actually act or be a part of any sort of performance.” Asa is already looking forward to his next Masterclass and is working with The Reel Scene to schedule it around the shooting of Sex Education Season 3, which has just begun.

“I Made This For You” Available to Watch for Free to mark World Suicide Prevention Day

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I Made This For You, a searingly honest British feature film that tackles mental health, depression and suicide head on is now available to watch for free on Youtube globally. The release marks World Suicide Prevention Day and will be showing on the platform for a month until World Mental Health Day on October 10th. 

Watch the film here: https://youtu.be/SWLhoUr2vCM

I Made This For You follows a man, played by Gary Grant (Enemy Lines), who cuts himself off from his friends and family and has recently attempted suicide. He is pulled back from the edge by a documentary made about his life by a friend, played by director Cristian Solimeno (Guilt, Rush, Footballers Wives). His friends also include Alison Newman (Eastenders, Footballers Wives) , Dermot Murphy (Animals, The Drummer and The Keeper), Francis Magee (Star Wars: Rogue One, Game of Thrones) and West End star Siobhan Dillon (Cabaret, Grease, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon).

The film within a film mixes reality with fiction in a unique and groundbreaking way. Despite the seriousness of the subject, what results is something funny, beautiful and deeply cathartic that provokes action and conversation.
Following the film, Director Cristian Solimeno also created the #imadethisforyou social campaign. The campaign invites people to take a moment out from their lives to try and make something for someone who is going through a hard time and share these acts of kindness for the week of World Suicide Prevention Day.

The aim is to create an explosion of love, kindness and creativity that empowers people to reach out and gives us the confidence to actually try. It can be a cake, a card, a jumper or a song. 

The point is to make things with other people in mind and to give these things away to show you care. Random acts of kindness count and can make a real difference.
 I Made This For You will is available NOW for FREE on Youtube:
https://youtu.be/SWLhoUr2vCM

#imadethisforyou

Pop Up Screens Kicking off ‘Pop Up Peckham’ Event Series with The Forbidden Forest Cinema

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Independent cinema Pop Up Screens is back this winter, taking over Peckham’s popular Bussey Building with a season of exciting and immersive events.
 
Taking place from 23 October to 20 December, the ‘Pop up Peckham Series’ will feature scary screenings in a forbidden forest, belly laughs at the first ever Peckham Comedy Festival, a half-term family film fest and the return of ‘Cinema in the Snow’  – a stunning cinematic Christmas experience set in a magical snow-filled wonderland.
 
The Forbidden Forest Cinema (23 Oct to 15 Nov)
 
Kicking off the schedule of events will be The Forbidden Forest Cinema, a collection of immersive fright night Halloween screenings.
 
Visitors must brave their way through a forbidden forest before discovering an eerie woodland cinema, the perfect setting for their favourite film. 
 
Films include Halloween horror favourites such as: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hereditary, It, Beetlejuice, Scream, The Shining and The Blair Witch Project as well as cult classics like Donnie Darko, Rocky Horror Picture Show, From Dusk Till Dawn, Labyrinth and The Craft (see full schedule below).
Half term screenings of Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Onward, Moana, Minions and Toy Story 4 will also be part of the schedule, coupled with a family friendly magical adventure through the mysterious forest.
 
Adult tickets will be priced from £22 (incl. all fees), with concessions for family tickets and half term screenings. A limited amount of VIP tickets will also be made available at £27.50 (incl. all fees, premium seats, and a drink).
Other announced events that will follow later in the year include Peckham Comedy Festival (19 November – 22 November) and the return of Cinema in the Snow (27 November – 20 December 2020).
 
Tickets can be booked from www.popupscreens.co.uk

Jinga Films launch horror distribution, Danse Macabre

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Jinga Films are delighted to announce the launch of their new distribution arm, Danse Macabre. Under the Jinga umbrella, Danse Macabre will be focused on the distribution of horror films in the English speaking territories, UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Danse Macabre will also act as a horror sales sub-label within Jinga Films whilst Jinga itself expands to include a wider range of genres, including arthouse.
Much like Jinga Films, Danse Macabre is co-owned by Julian Richards and Rosana Coutinho. Julian was thrilled to confirm the news. “Danse Macabre will be the home for horror, run by horror fans for horror fans. We travel the world, select the best films and will bring them to our audience in a terrific package. 

Jinga has established a reputation for outstanding horror films from across the globe including The Last Horror Movie, Rabies, A Serbian Film, The House At The End Of Time, The Canal, Our Evil and Still/Born. Danse Macabre will continue that tradition but as a distributor in the UK, US and Australia. Taking our inspiration from former UK label Tartan Films, we will offer genre fans a selection of exotic titles that might never find distribution in the mainstream market, whilst also releasing mainstream titles theatrically and through supermarkets.”


Marketing & communications agency, Strike Media, will be working with Danse Macabre across their titles. 
Danse Macabre will be distributing five titles across 2020. Both Antrum (26th Oct) & The Ringmaster (16th Nov) will have theatrical releases alongside their home entertainment release. Gags the Clown (5th Oct), Purgatory Road (2nd Nov) and All The Creatures Were Stirring (23rd Nov) will be released across DVD & Digital.

Danse Macabre are currently planning their 2021 slate and have confirmed the release of Tomaz Gorkic’s award winning vampire horror THE CURSE OF VALBURGA, Megan Freels Johnston’s black comedy slasher THE ICE CREAM TRUCK, Tini Tullman’s psychological thriller FREDDY/EDDY which premiered at FrightFest, Justin Reisbuller’s New York set slasher CENTRAL PARK, Mark Sheridan’s folk horror CRONE WOOD, RP Kahl’s erotic thriller ECSTASY starring Deborah Kara Ungar, Severin Eskelands controversial psychological horror LUST and SHIVER, the psychological horror starring John Jarratt, Danielle Harris, Casper Van Dien and directed by Jinga Films & Danse Macabre’s own Julian Richards.

Director of ‘Invasion Planet Earth’ hopes to kickstart his latest Sci-Fi vision ‘Of Infinite Worlds’!

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The team behind recent cult sci-fi sensation Invasion Planet Earth are excited to share with you an opportunity to be a part of their next project, ‘Of Infinite Worlds’, the team’s latest exciting and ambitious sci-fi movie.

‘Of Infinite Worlds’ crowdfunding IndieGoGo page has already reached over a third of its goal, and allows you to be a part of the filmmaking process in a variety of ways, including becoming an Associate or Executive Producer.

‘Of Infinite Worlds’ is set in the near future when humans discover a giant oak tree growing all alone on Europa, one of Jupiter’s Moons, a team of astronauts are sent out to investigate.

Here the astronauts discover that the tree offers a link to a neighbouring galaxy and a gift that will enable all humans to travel anywhere in universe.  However, when the astronauts are hurled into a futuristic war between an alien race called Babanthians and deadly robots called Illonians,  the survival of the human race is suddenly at risk…

Simon, and the whole team behind Invasion Planet Earth, were so thrilled with the community that was created during the crowdfunding for the film and they are couldn’t wait to connect with friends, old and new, to help create their next project!

With the Coronavirus hitting every industry hard, the team are asking for your help to give the film industry a kick start with the help of some extremely talented freelancers. From set designers to concept artists, the ‘Of Infinite Worlds’ team are keen to give opportunities to some of those who may have been hit the hardest by the lockdown and get them starting to make movie magic again! From designing costumes to building the spaceships these will be integral team members.

Find out more about ‘Of Infinite Worlds’ and how you can get involved here!