UK Festival Release: I’m An Electric Lampshade

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Holy Moly Productions is thrilled to announce that their surreal documentary-narrative, I’m An Electric Lampshade will be screening at three UK Film Festivals this June. 

Following a successful US debut at Cinequest, the film will have it’s UK Premiere on 18th June at Barnes Film Festival, followed by a screening at The Romford Film Festival on 24th June. The film has also been nominated for Best Post-Production and Best Feature Of The Festival at Ignite Film Festival where it will be screening at their festival between 29th June – 3rd July.  

Directed by John Clayton Doyle, I’m An Electric Lampshade is a joyous, heart-warming and offbeat docu-narrative adventure starring Doug McCorkle, a buttoned-up, mild mannered corporate accountant who retires at age 60 to become the world’s least likely rock star. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction as Doug puts his marriage, life savings and reputation on the line to chase his lifelong fantasy. An inspiring underdog story about finding your unique voice. I’m An Electric Lampshade is a film that proves it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.
Delighted with the film’s upcoming UK festival run, lead actor and inspiration behind  I’m An Electric Lampshade, Doug McCorkle said; “We are so excited to share our film with U.K. audiences at these three festivals. At the film’s U.S. Premiere, viewers were delighted and inspired by Doug’s real-life journey from drab corporate accounting to daring live performance, and we hope that audiences in the U.K. will feel the same. We look forward to sharing our film even more widely in the future.” 

I’m An Electric Lampshade will be screening at Barnes Film Festival on 18th June (UK Premiere) as well as The Romford Film Festival on 24th June and Ignite Film Festival (29th June – 3rd July)

“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

UK VOD Release: Waiting for the Barbarians

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The Movie Partnership, in conjunction with TaTaTu, and producers Iervolino Entertainment, are delighted to announce the release of their latest title, Waiting For The Barbarians.

Featuring a star studded cast including Academy Award Winner Mark Rylance, Academy Award Nominee Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson and Gana Bayarsaikhan, the film will be released on early EST from 7th September and then on VOD from 14th September.

The Magistrate, administrator of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire, looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of Colonel Joll, whose task it is to report on the activities of the ‘barbarians’ and on the security situation on the border. Joll conducts a series of ruthless interrogations.

The treatment of the ‘barbarians’ at the hands of the Colonel and the torture of a young ‘barbarian’ woman combine to lead the Magistrate to a crisis of conscience and a quixotic act of rebellion.

Waiting For The Barbarians will be available on Digital Download from 7th September and can be pre-ordered here

WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS Trailer (2020) Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson

Festival News: The Book of Vision

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Carlo S. Hintermann’s debut feature, The Book of Vision, will open the 35th Venice International Film Critic’s Week on September 3rd

The official trailer and artwork by Lorenzo Ceccotti for The Book of Vision, from Carlo S. Hintermann, launches today. His debut feature film opens the 35th Venice International Film Critic’s Week in Italy on September 3rd 2020.

Hintermann directs an international cast including Charles Dance (Game of Thrones)Lotte Verbeek (Outlander, The Borgias), well known in the world of the TV series, Sverrir Gudnason (Borg vs McEnroe)Isolda Dychauk (The Borgias, Faust, TwoGirls) and Italian actor Filippo Nigro.

The art was created by Lorenzo Ceccotti, aka LRNZ, the Concept Visual Designer of the film.

“With this film I tried to capture and isolate the transcendent and immanent vision of nature, which swarms outside and inside the body, always changing like the soul. For a visual artist, telling timeless stories is at the same time a great challenge formal and honesty, but also a very rare opportunity. I can, therefore, only be grateful for being considered capable of presenting such a profound, complex and rich work” says LRNZ.

Synopsis

Eva, a promising young doctor, leaves her brilliant career to study History of Medicine in a remote university. Now is the time for her to call everything into question: her nature, her body, her illness, and her sealed fate. Johan Anmuth is an 18th-century Prussian physician in perpetual conflict between the rise of rationalism and ancient forms of animism. The Book of Vision is a manuscript that sweeps these two existences up, blending them into a never-ending vortex. Far from a proper scientific text, the book contains the hopes, fears, and dreams of more than 1800 patients. Dr. Anmuth truly knew how to listen to his patients, whose spirits still wander through the pages, life and death, merging in a continuous flow. The story of Anmuth and his patients inspire Eva to live her life to the fullest. Nothing expires in its time. Only what you desire is real, not merely what happens.

The official trailer, co-produced with Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium) and Luminous Arts Productions (UK) with Rai Cinema and the support of the Directorate General for Cinema and the Province of Trento, can be captured the visionary atmospheres and the suggestive settings in extraordinary locations. The film’s artistic, aesthetic and productive value is extremely high, starting from executive producer Terrence Malick and bearing the signature of industry excellence such as photography by Joerg Widmer, one of the most celebrated European directors of photography, David Crank, considered one of the most talented American set designers and Mariano Tufano who has curated the costumes, winner of the David di Donatello in 2007. Music is by Hanan Townshend in collaboration with Federico Pascucci.

The Book of Vision is brought to you by Gerardo Panichi, Sébastien Delloye, Robin and Vera Monotti Graziadei and Rai Cinema.

A Citrullo International Production, Entre Chien et Loup, Luminous Arts Productions with Rai Cinema.

UK DVD Release: The Guard of Auschwitz

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The Guard of Auschwitz.jpgHigh Fliers Films have announced that their latest war drama, The Guard of Auschwitz, will be available on DVD from 6th May.

The Guard of Auschwitz is directed by Terry Lee Coker (Hatton Garden the Heist) and stars Lewis Kirk, Claudia Grace Mckell and Michael McKell.

Hans was a grade A student, but now he is an SS officer stationed at the infamous Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp. The Guard Of Auschwitz is a harrowing story of the human spirit’s ability to survive even the most horrific of situations.

The Guard of Auschwitz will be available on DVD from 6th May.


Release Date: 6th May
Director: Terry Lee Coker
Cast: Lewis Kirk, Claudia Grace Mckell & Michael McKell
Credit: High Fliers Films
Genre: War drama
Cert: 15
Running Time: 90 mins
RRP: £9.11
Release Platforms: DVD

Review: The Old Man & the Gun (2018)

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oldman.jpgThe Old Man & the Gun is a 2018 Crime Drama written and directed by David Lowery and starring Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover and Tom Waits. The script is based on the New Yorker article of the same name by David Grann.

Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford) and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities (Affleck) and enchanted the public.

Heavily billed as Redford’s final role before retirement, it only makes sense that the film heavily focuses on the acting of its talent.

Redford is of course fantastic, oozing effortless charm and embodying Tucker’s affable but untrustworthy persona. His scenes with Spacek have such a touching believability that their relationship feels almost tangible. The way their eyes sparkle when they look at each is heart-warming and their slow naturalistic conversations are endearing yet long-winded. This isn’t the snappy, precise dialogue that modern audiences are accustomed to, this is slow plodding dialogue fully of pauses and half-finished sentences.
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Review: Green Book (2018)

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greenbook.jpgGreen Book is a 2018 comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly and starring Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic, The Lord of the Rings) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Marvel’s Luke Cage). The story is based on true events and takes its name from a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travelers.

A working-class Italian-American bouncer (Mortensen) becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist (Ali) on a tour of venues through the 1960’s American South.

Even whilst dealing with the inevitably heavy racism, the film conforms to the structure of a buddy-comedy road-trip movie, where two characters from two very different walks of life are forced together and become friends over hardships.
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