UK VOD Release: Puppet Killer

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This Christmas, Playtime is over.
Listen out for slay-bells as Puppet Killer is coming to town. Central City Media have today confirmed that the yuletide horror comedy will be released on Digital Download this November. Pulling the strings of Puppet Killer is director Lisa Ovies and stars Aleks Paunovic (NumbWar For The Planet of the Apes), Lee Majdoub (Sonic The HedgehogDirk Gently) & Lisa Durupt (Love Guaranteed). Guaranteed to knock the stuffing out of you, Puppet Killer will be available on all major digital platforms from 29th November in all it’s puppetry glory. 

It’s the classic ‘cabin in the woods‘ tale of teenagers (who are 100% teenage actors despite what IMDb may tell you) being assailed by a menacing pink and fluffy plush toy – that old chestnut. 

For seven-year-old Jamie, watching horror movies with his loving parents and his fuzzy pink puppet, Simon, is a beloved Christmas tradition. Unfortunately, that all ends when his mother dies of cancer and his father marries a new woman who isn’t nearly as supportive of Jamie’s horror obsession, or his unhealthy friendship with Simon. After she mysteriously disappears from the family vacation home, Jamie starts to believe that Simon may have killed her. 

Ten years later, Jamie brings five of his high school friends to the family’s cabin for Christmas Break. All seems well until Simon is discovered in the cellar, resurrecting Jamie’s old fears, causing him and his friends to question his mental well-being.  

As the weekend unfolds, Jamie’s friends are slaughtered one by one in ways that would make Freddy, Jason, and Michael proud. Jamie must confront his childhood best friend in a bloody showdown that will push him to the brink of madness… if he isn’t already there. 

This Christmas – You better watch out, you better not die. 

Puppet Killer will be available on Digital Download from 29th November

UK Cinema Release: Pitbull – Exodus

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Kinostar has announced the release of the explosive ‘Pitbull – Exodus’ in UK / EIRE cinemas from 19th November.  The Polish crime thriller is directed by genre veteran Patryk Vega (The Plagues of BeslauPitbull [2005] & Small World) and stars Andrzej Grabowski, Przemyslaw Bluszcz & Tomasz Dedek. 

The story of Pitbull – Exodus is told across a number of years, a part of the ever waging war between the police and the criminal empires spanning Eastern Europe. We follow one young man’s life, his childhood and adolescence and ultimately his descent into the criminal underworld. His path soon crosses with a policeman who will stop at nothing to catch him. 

With twists, turns, shocks and spectacular scenes, Vega is back to his favourite genre, giving everyone what they want.  

Pitbull – Exodus was shot in Polish (titled Pitbull) as well as in English (titled Exodus) and there will be UK screenings for both Exodus and Pitbull with English subtitles. 

Pitbull – Exodus will be in UK & EIRE cinemas from 19th November

UK Winter Release Schedule 2021

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Here’s the schedule for what’s going on this Winter in the UK including theatrical releases, VOD, DVD, Blu Ray and more.

Thanks to Strike Media for the schedule.

FRIGHT…
Shepherd 
Starring: Tom Hughes, Kate Dickie, Gaia Weiss & Greta Scacchi 
Eric Black is lost after the mysterious death of his adulterous wife. Running from his past to a new job as a Shepherd, he becomes trapped alone on a majestic, weather-beaten island with an ominous secret. One mans spiralling madness meets a vengeful supernatural force. What starts as the perfect wind-swept escape becomes a race to save his sanity and his life. 
Shepherd will be in UK Cinemas from 12th November 

Puppet Killer 
Starring: Aleks Paunovic, Lee Majdoub, Lisa Durupt  
While celebrating Christmas break at an isolated cabin in the woods, Jamie and his high school friends are stalked by a sadistic killer obsessed with horror movie icons.
Puppet Killer will be coming to Digital Download 29th November 

Father of Flies  
Starring: Camilla Rutherford, Sandra Andreis, Davi Santos, Page Ruth and Nicholas Tucci 
Co-written by Edwards’ writing partner Nadia Doherty, the film is based on a story Edwards had written as a child, a haunting tale of family life. A vulnerable young boy finds his mother pushed out of the family home by a strange new woman, and he must confront the terrifying supernatural forces that seem to move in with her. 
Father of Flies screened at Grimmfest and will have it’s UK Physical Premiere at Raindance Film Festival (6th Nov) with a general UK release in 2022 

Slumber Party Massacre  
Starring Hannah Gonera, Frances Sholto-Douglas, Mila Rayne 
Slumber Party Massacre is a reimagining of Roger Corman’s 1982 cult-classic, which was the first instalment in the SPM trilogy. The film is directed by Danishka Esterhazy (“The Banana Splits Movie”) and premiered at Fantastic Fest in September 2021. 
Slumber Party Massacre will be coming to Digital Download on Monday 13th December  

THRILL…
Disappearance at Lake Elrod  
Starring: Robyn Lively, Shanola Hampton, Bethany Anne Lind and Michael Trucco  
A year after her daughter’s disappearance, another girl from Elrod, Georgia, goes missing. Convinced there is a connection, Charlie (Robyn Lively) won’t stop searching until she discovers the truth. Recently released in North America under the original title ‘Through The Glass Darkly”. 
Disappearance at Lake Elrod will be available on DVD in the UK & EIRE from Nov 1st. Pre-order now on Amazon and AppleTV  

#LIKE 
Starring:Marc Menchaca, Sarah Rich & Jeff Wincott 
On the first anniversary of her younger sister’s death Woodstock teen, Rosie (Sarah Rich – Orange is the New Black, Law & Order), discovers the mysterious man (Marc Menchaca – Ozark, The Sinner, The Outsider) who sexploited and bullied her sister to commit suicide back on-line trolling for new victims. After the authorities refuse to get involved she finds a darker side she never knew she had, as she takes justice into her own hands. 
#Like will be available to Rent and Buy from 1st November 

HABIT 
Starring: Bella Thorne 
When a drug deal goes wrong, street smart party girl Mads (Bella Thorne) and her best friends find a possible way out by masquerading as nuns. 
HABIT will be coming to Digital Download on 22nd November 

Blonde. Purple 
Starring: Julian Moore-Cook, Joe Gallina & Jess Radomska 
An out-of-his depth inexperienced criminal is stuck in a bank, after a heist went wrong. How will he get out? 
Blonde. Purple will be coming to Digital Download on November 30th 

Pitbull – Exodus 
Starring: Jan Blachowicz, Przemysław Bluszcz & Dawid Czuprynski 
Patryk Vega returns with his latest film Pitbull – EXODUS is getting back on track with his favourite type of movies, a crime thriller. The story is told at the turn of several decades, showing the fight between the police and criminal groups from the Eastern Europe. Follow one criminals life during his childhood and adolescence to show us how he became a involved in the criminal underworld. The villains path soon crosses with a policeman who sacrifices a large part of his life just to catch him. With twists, turns, shocks and spectacular scenes Vega is back giving everyone what they want.
Pitbull – Exodus will be in UK & EIRE Cinemas from 19th November  
DRAMA…
A Bird Flew In 
Starring: Morgana Robinson, Jeff Fahey, Derek Jacobi, Sadie Frost & Camilla Rutherford
When Lockdown is imposed, the cast and crew of a film are taken from the set and sent home – alone. Actors without an audience. Directors without a script. Couples who fall apart. While others come together. A feature film composed of six interlinked narratives, ‘Alone’ explores what happens when we are freed from external distractions and forced to find the meaning in our lives and loves.
A Bird Flew In will have its UK Premiere at Raindance Film Festival on 5th November 
SMILE…
 Sideshow  
Starring: Les Dennis, Anthony Head & April Pearson
When two inept criminals break into the home of a washed-up psychic in search of hidden loot, they get a lot more than they bargained for. 
Sideshow will be in UK Cinemas from 19th November 

Christmas Thieves  
Starring: Michael Madsen, Tom Arnold & Lorenzo McGovern Zaini
After a robbery goes wrong, Frank and Vince break into a home when two kids mistake them for their babysitters. Hoping to make them fall asleep so they can make their getaway, Frank reads stories from a magic book that he stole during the robbery, taking them to the enchanted world of ARCTIC FRIENDS. The two thieves have to endure the kid’s hijinks as they make various absurd attempts to escape. 
Christmas Thieves will be available on Digital Download on 29th November 

 CBeebies Christmas Show – The Night Before Christmas 
Starring: All your CBeebies favourites!
Follow the adventures of Holly and her brother Jack on Christmas Eve, as they send their wishes to Father Christmas. But then they have to deal with the mischievous Wish Taker who steals those wishes, leading Holly to travel far and wide in search of them. Will she succeed and ensure Father Christmas has all the wishes in time for Christmas Day? Tune in to find out…
Cbeebies Christmas Show will be coming to cinemas this December 4th and 5th! 

LEARN…
 Eleven 
Filmed over a 5-year period, ELEVEN follows the stories of a diverse and dynamic group of kids (from the World Cup ‘14 in Brazil to the World Cup ‘18 in Russia) ending up in Switzerland at the Stade de Genève on 21st of April 2018, in front of 22.000 people (as part of the UEFA and United Nations event “Match for Solidarity” featuring football legends like Figo and Ronaldinho).
Eleven will be released in early 2022 

 Freakscene – The Story of Dinosaur Jr 
 Starring : J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph 
Homage of one of the most influential bands on the American East Coast, which inspired the rock scene – an emotional, tragically funny and sometimes noisy roller-coaster ride by a dysfunctional family – Dinosaur Jr
Freakscene – The Story of Dinosaur Jr will be available to rent and buy on 22nd November  
EVENTS…
 Lucca Comics & Games 2021 
This year Italy is honouring Dante Alighieri, the poet and philosopher, 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 will be happening in person, marking its 55th year, from 28th October to 1st November in Italy  

 The Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE! 
Created by and starring drag superstars BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon, “The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special” is the story of two queens who set out to create a classic Christmas TV variety show, but just can’t agree on how.

With the help of a chorus of dancers and DeLa’s deceased grandmother—whose spirit lives on in a glass of eggnog—DeLa tries her hardest to uphold the cheery Christmas traditions of her childhood. Meanwhile, Jinkx is much more interested in bawdy jokes, cute boys, and boozy libations. As they sing and dance their way through numbers about everything from St. Nick to the Christ child, the tension between them mounts, culminating in an all-out battle for control of the show. After some hilarious insight into the ghosts of their very different Christmas pasts, and with the help of a mysterious naked man with a surprising holiday secret, the two realize that tradition can be whatever we make of it, and family is whomever we choose.

This high camp, side-splitting romp is equal parts sacrilegious and sweet, with a sharp tongue and a heart of gold. “The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special” is sure to be a new holiday tradition for all the lost toys who know that the best traditions are the ones we create ourselves.
 

Book your tickets at jinkxanddela.com and is on Digital Download now 

 Reel Cinemas presents: Movie Madness 
In celebration of the independent chain’s 20th birthday, Reel are excited to be extending their Movie Madness offer until 10th December. This will allow movie lovers to get tickets for their favourite upcoming blockbusters from as little as £2.50! Across the chain, Reel Cinemas offer state of the art screens, sound, leather seats and sofas, and are offering cinema-goers tickets from just £2.50 before 1 pm and £3.50 after, every day of the week – valid until 10th December, 2021. Reel Cinemas can be found in Blackburn, Borehamwood, Bridgnorth, Burnley, Chippenham, Chorley, Fareham, Hull, Ilkeston, Morecambe, Port Talbot, Quinton, Rochdale, Wakefield and Widnes with more cinemas opening in the next two years.  

Book your tickets at: www.reelcinemas.co.uk

Riot Games, Netflix and Disney to attend Lucca Comics and Games 2021

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Some of pop cultures biggest brands, stars and companies will be attending Europe’s largest pop culture festival Lucca Comics and Games 2021 from October 29th – Nov 1st. 

The master of comics Frank Miller, creator of ‘300’, ‘Sin City’ and ‘The Dark Knight Returns’, will be in Lucca for the presentation of the documentary dedicated to him, Frank Miller – American Genius, by director Silenn Thomas. The film explores half-century-long career of the author, who became a point of reference for the art of storytelling, pop culture and politics thanks to his work. From complicated personal affairs to worldwide success in print and film, the documentary is an epic journey into the mind and heart of one of the most prolific and iconic authors of our time. 

Roberto Saviano, the author of Gomorrah, a best-selling exposé of the Camorra Mafia in Naples. will be attending to promote is first graphic novel called Sono Ancora Vivo (I’m Still Alive) with drawings by Tel Aviv-based illustrator Asaf Hanuka.

In gaming, Riot Games will be showcasing Arcane. The exhibition will include a series of original sketches artwork and two very special collaborative handmade pieces, the boots of Jinx and the hextech glove of Vi, the two sisters protagonists of the series, on display. The exhibition will be held at the ex-Museo del Fumetto (Comics Museum) and include works dedicated to the cities of Zaun and Piltover for a unique and perfect experience to await the imminent release of the TV series Arcane, available on Nexflix from November 7th. 

Netflix will be hosting a special event dedicated to The Witcher with a special panel Kim Bodnia, who joins the cast for series two as Vesemir, will be joined by Joey Batey, who plays Jaskier.  Series creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, costume designer Lucinda Wright and production designer Andrew Laws will be in attendance. 

The Walt Disney Company Italia will be present at Lucca Comics & Games 2021 to present some new titles coming to the cinema and on Disney+. The new Disney animated film Encanto and Disney+ will also present the Italian premiere of the first two episodes of Dopesick – Declaration of Addiction, starring Michael Keaton. 

Searchlight Pictures films The Dark House and Antlers – Insatiable Spirit will be shown at Lucca Comics & Games 2021 with special screenings.  

Finally, Italian Gothic Band Lacuna Coil will be present at the festival’s Rock ‘n’ Comics. 

Emanuele Vietina, Director of Lucca Comics & Games says “Lucca Comics & Games is the biggest comic convention in Europe, a cultural festival dedicated to storytelling and modern forms of art. Lucca is a also a community event merging the modern mythology of comics, movies and rock with the Italian monumental heritage of a historic Tuscan town. This year, we offer a unique program which presents Frank Miller alongside Roberto Saviano and brings back major film studios such as Disney and Netflix to Lucca. Bringing this festival to life after a difficult pandemic year is our own way of celebrating Pop Culture.” 

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UK Cinema Release: Sideshow

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Munro Film is excited to share the brand new trailer and poster for their latest star-studded comedy, Sideshow, which will be coming to cinemas across the UK from 19th November. 

The film follows two criminals who after breaking into the home of a washed-up psychic, get much more than they bargained for, because ‘The All-Seeing Stupendo’ is a genuine master of the dark mystic arts – at least that’s what it says on his poster and he’s sticking to it… 

Featuring hilarious performances from British legends Les Dennis (ExtrasCoronation Street) and Anthony Head (Ted Lasso, Little Britain), as well as April Pearson (Skins) and Nathan Clarke (Alex Rider) this film is sure to get audiences laughing. 

Commenting on the release writer & director Adam Oldroyd said “Sideshow is my modern take on the black humour of the old Ealing comedies. Les was the perfect pick to play ageing psychic Stuart Pendrick, his years of experience as one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers was the ideal material to draw from” 

Producer Michael Riley also commented on the film’s upcoming theatrical release saying: “Featuring a brilliant, touching and tragicomic career-best central performance from entertainment legend Les Dennis, Sideshow gives UK audiences a chance to shake off those pandemic blues. It’s a hilarious, perfectly-pitched and thoroughly silly way to spend 90mins, and shouldn’t be missed.

SCI-FI-London Festival back in the cinema

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The SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2021 launches its cosmic 21st annual programme, which will run from the 19 OCTOBER until 26 OCTOBER 2021 with seven days of fabulous film. It will showcase a fantastic lineup with 2 world film premieres, 8 UK film premieres, 11 world short premieres and 13 UK short premieres. It will host 13 features and 50 shorts alongside its regular classic cult events such as the 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE and SCI-FI-QUIZ

Opening this year’s festival on the 19th October is Agata Alexander’s WARNING. This film is dark, witty and spectacular. It has a stellar cast, including Annabelle Wallis, Thomas Jane, Alex Pettyfer, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Alice Eve, and the marvellous Rupert Everett. WARNING is a visually arresting, thought-provoking sci-fi exploring themeaning of life through multiple interconnected lives. This is like BLACK MIRROR just jumped out of a plane without a parachute!  

Doomsday is coming. But from where? Global warming, the isolation and breakdown of society, because the immortals hate us mortals. Maybe from the asteroids charging toward the planet? 

The festival’s Closing Night on the 26 October at Stratford Picturehouse is the World Premiere of MOON HEART. M, played by Peru’s most illustrious actor, Haydeé Cáceres, is alone, almost invisible to society, not an outcast, just old, poor, homeless and ignored. Her only friend is a lone ant. M’s world is full of nostalgic memories and a dark presence that haunts her. Then one day, a ‘mechanical angel’ arrives to help change her life. At its core, this is a film about marginalisation and the abandonment and mental anguish that homeless people suffer. However, it is also an extraordinarily warm film with an outstanding lead performance. WINNER OF THE SFL ‘BEST FEATURE FILM 2021’ AWARD.

Other major Film Premiere Galas this year include the World Premiere of REPEAT, by UK director Richard Millar. Professor Ryan Moore (Tom England) believes that his new device communicates with those who have ‘passed’. He is obsessed with the project because his daughter, Samantha, has been missing without a trace for months, and he fears the worst. But, in one experiment, it appears he has made contact with Samantha. His grief is awful, but he thinks he has found a way to ‘bring her back’. But will the truth of what happened be even more devastating.

The cast includes: Charlotte Ritchie, llila-Jean Wood and Nina Wadia, who is well known from EastEnders, goodness GRacious Me and is currently battling it out on Strictly Come-Dancing. 
 UK Premieres include:

EXPOSURE 36.
Dir. Mackenzie G. Maur,
Country: USA,
Year: 2021
Runtime: 90 mins
Language: English.
Set in New York, three days before the world will end, we meet Cam, a struggling and grieving photographer. Coping with addiction, Cam’s only plan is to succumb to his substance abuse as the world collapses around him. His one ambition is to capture final days on a roll of 35mm film. But his plan is disrupted when his friend goes missing, putting him on a journey to find out what happened and who’s responsible. The film was partly shot during the Covid-lockdown in the USA. This adds a sublime realism to the film’s portrayal of loneliness, guilt, and isolation.
Cast: Charles Ouda, Jennifer Leigh Whitehead, Nick Smithson 

TIONG BAHRU SOCIAL CLUB 
Dir: Tan Bee Thiam 
Country: Singapore,
Year: 2021,
Runtime: 89 mins,
Language: Chinese, English, Malay, Tamil (English subtitles).
Ah Bee’s life is a dull, monotonous one and he seems stuck in a rut. Then, one day, the opportunity arises to work at the new Tiong Bahru Social Club, a data-driven project to create the happiest neighbourhood in the world. His encounters with the neighbourhood’s residents and the authority that runs the place reveal the absurdity of life. This candy-coloured satire flirts with Art Deco nostalgia set in Singapore’s most ‘gentrified’ district. With a sprinkle of THE TRUMAN SHOW and a dash of BLACK MIRROR, though much less pretentious, this is an incisive subtle film, with humour as offbeat as it is caustic. Never has a futuristic dystopia been so heart-warming.
Cast: Thomas Pang, Goh Guat Kian, Jo Tan 

STRAWBERRY MANSION 
Dir: Kentucker Audley and Albert Birney,
Country: USA,
Year: 2021,
Runtime: 91 mins,
Language: English.
Maybe tomorrow, an all-seeing surveillance state will start to invade our innermost thoughts and dreams. And, of course, we’ll be subject to ‘dream audits’ to collect taxes on our unconscious lives. So, one day, mild-mannered government agent James Preble travels to a remote farmhouse to audit the dreams of Bella Isadora, an eccentric artist. But Bella’s vast dream archive hides a secret that offers him a chance at love — and maybe a way out of his dull life. This gorgeous production draws on almost every filmmaking style and technique — as if someone had given Gaspar Noé happy pills.
Cast: Kentucker Audley, Albert Birney, Penny Fuller 

NIGHT RAIDERS 
Dir: Danis Goulet,
Country: Canada/New Zealand,
Year: 2021,
Runtime: 97 mins,
Language: English/Cree.
The year is 2043, and North America has been shattered by war. The totalitarian regime that remains now forces children into brutal military training to fight in the futile war. To save her daughter, Waseese, from this fate, Niska has been hiding them in the woods, living a reclusive life dominated by fear of discovery. When the pair are forced into the remnants of the city, Waseese is captured along with several others. Niska finds herself among the ‘Night Raiders’, a group of indigenous rebels who plan to free their children. ‘Goulet’s debut feature is a captivating film that astutely uses the sci-fi genre to criticise the treatment of First Nations people.’
Cast: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Alex Tarrant 

GLASS HOUSE 
Dir: Kelsey Egan,
Country: South Africa,
Year: 2021,
Runtime: 94 mins,
Language: English.
The world we know has gone and the ‘shred’ altered our minds. And yet in this desolate, destroyed world, one family exists, out of sight. The daughters work the land, their mother rules with an iron hand. Then, one day the sisters are seduced by a stranger who shatters their peace and stirs up a past best left undisturbed. Glasshouse has a haunting score, beautiful photography and superbly detailed production design. ‘This debut feature by Egan is one of the most tightly written and piercingly observed science fiction films we have seen for years.
Cast: Jessica Alexander, Hilton Pelser, Brent Vermeulen, Adrienne Pearce, Kitty Harris, Anja Taljaard 

12 MONTHS OF KAI.
Dir: Mutsumi Kameyama,
Country: Japan,
Year: 2020,
Runtime: 83 mins,
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
Something has changed in a world where ‘personal carebots’ are commonplace and cater to our every need. Kyoka, who lives in Tokyo and has a successful career, decides to get a personal care humanoid (PCH) Kai. He is perfect. He learns quickly and knows Kyoka so well. However, Kai seems to have real emotions, and Kyoka is lost in this new relationship. Her friends are worried for her, but soon they will all have to confront an unexpected change in the world.
Cast: Ayaka Nakagouchi, Kosei Kudo 

VISITOR 
Dir: Alberto Evangelio,
Country: Spain,
Year: 2021,
Runtime: 91mins,
Language: Spanish/Catalan (English subtitles) 
Marga lost her sister in a tragic accident when they were children. Years later, she has relationship problems and decides to get some space and visit the old family home. But strange things start happening, and she discovers a portal to another reality, one where her sister is alive and grown-up. In that parallel dimension, her sister and her other self warn Marga that something terrible is about to happen, but who can she trust?
Cast: Jan Cornet, Iria del Rio, Miquel Fernández 

ESLUNA: THE CROWN OF BABYLON 
Dir: Denver Jackson,
Country: Canada,
Year: 2021,
Runtime: 102 mins,
Language: English
Esluna is ruled by descendants of a sacred bloodline, where technology is powered by the highly advanced relics of the ancients. Raised by the monks who protect the relics of the old world, MAEVE is a treasure hunter who uses her skills to find other artefacts for the leaders. When her mentor, Caz, is kidnapped by a militia group run by a rogue monk, Maeve learns of a powerful relic known as ‘THE CROWN OF BABYLON’, rumoured to have the power to bring back the dead. She teams up with Bataar, a young man who mysteriously came to Esluna from another world years ago and worked with Caz to find the crown at the time of her abduction. Now, they must find the crown, save Caz, and stop the rogue from endangering the lives of everyone they know. A thrilling animated action-adventure set in the retro-futuristic world of Esluna, and great fun for all the family!
Cast: Grace Chan, Shawn O’Hara, Ariel Hack, Alain Williams. 

Our Stranger Than Fiction Documentary strand has two remarkable films: 

TUNE INTO THE FUTURE 
Dir: Eric Schockmel,
Country: Luxembourg,
Year: 2020,
Runtime: 72 mins,
Language: English.
One hundred years before the internet, a self-declared tech guru started preaching the future to his flock of outsiders. Meet the most influential nerd you may never have heard of: Hugo Gernsback. Decades ahead of the curve, he foresaw Skype, jetpacks, space mining and drones. But even though he would accumulate over 80 patents throughout his life and befriend the likes of Edison and Tesla, his most influential invention remains Science Fiction! 

SCREENS WITH SHORT:

MY BRAIN IS BIGGER: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELEKTRO, THE SMOKING ROBOT
Dir. Ian Johnston,
Country: Canada,
Runtime: 10mins,
Language: English
A whimsical look at the life of America’s first celebrity robot, Elektro. He was the ‘next big thing’, from the World’s Fair to Soft-porn star… and then he disappeared. 

THE HIGH FRONTIER: THE UNTOLD STORY OF GERARD K. O’NEILL
Dir: Ryan Stuit,
Country: USA,
Year: 2020,
Runtime: 91 mins,
Language: English.
Gerard K. O’Neill was a physicist and space colony pioneer. In 1977, he wrote The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space, A book that sparked an enormous grassroots movement to ‘open the high frontier’ to make space available and beneficial for all mankind. The film is told through “Gerry’s Kids”, as they affectionately call themselves; his peers, family, and the younger generation who followed that movement and are now in charge of the modern-day space industry. 

SCREENS WITH SHORT:

ARTIST DEPICTION BY STEVE R. DODD
Dir. Brett Ryan Bonowicz,
Country: USA,
Runtime: 19mins,
Language: English,
Steve Dodd has painted space scenes since the 1970s. Working at home with no phone, internet or computer, he has created hundreds of beautiful ‘spacescapes’: visions of a positive future amongst the stars. This is his first recorded interview. 

For the full line up visit the website: sci-fi-london.com 
#SFL2021

UK Festival Release: Father of Flies

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Psychological horror Father of Flies, is set for release in 2022 after its online premiere at Grimmfest from 14-17th October and UK Physical Premiere at Raindance on 6th November. Father of Flies will also have its US Premiere at ScreamFest LA, at the Chinese Theatre on 14th October.

Shot in Suffern – upstate New York, the film stars Camilla Rutherford (Gosford ParkPhantom Thread), Sandra Andreis (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Davi Santos (Tell Me a Story), Page Ruth (Shameless), and Nicholas Tucci, the star of cult horror film ‘You’re Next’ who unfortunately has since passed away. This was one of the final films Nicholas had completed on. 

The film is written and directed by Ben Charles Edwards who The British Film Institute said ‘has crafted distinctive, admirable work that seems to have emerged from the unseen margins of British cinema.’ He was also recently nominated for ‘The Discovery Award’ ‘Outstanding Achievement in Craft’ and ‘Newcomer Discovery Award’ at the British Independent Film Awards. 

Co-written by Edwards’ writing partner Nadia Doherty, the film is based on a story Edwards had written as a child, a haunting tale of family life. A vulnerable young boy finds his mother pushed out of the family home by a strange new woman, and he must confront the terrifying supernatural forces that seem to move in with her. 

Father of Flies will have its Online Premiere at Grimmfest, US Premiere at ScreamFest LA and its UK Premiere at Raindance Film Festival with a general UK release in 2022

UK VOD Release: Escher – Journey into Infinity

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Following on from its limited cinema release in August, Escher: Journey Into Infinity – the first complete feature documentary about Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher’s life and work – is available to buy or rent on digital platforms in the UK and Ireland from October 18.

Told in Escher’s own words through Stephen Fry’s narration, drawing from a rich cornucopia of letters, diaries and lectures, the film offers an exploration of the fascinating man whose legacy continues to influence popular culture today.

A fitting tribute to a multi-layered and unparalleled artist” D-MOVIES ★★★★

Filmmaker Robin Lutz says, “We get under his skin and come as close as possible to meet and understand this great graphic artist. The camera is Escher’s eye!”

Escher wrote, “I fear that there is only one person in the world who could make a really good movie about my prints: myself.” And that is exactly what Escher is doing in this movie: he is the director, not literally but symbolically.”

The film includes interviews with Escher’s sons George and Jan, as well as musician, and collector of Escher’s work, Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young). Lutz’s feature has been described by Variety as ‘an art book that comes to life’, referencing the ingenious use of animation.

The artist’s words are delivered with characteristic panache by Stephen Fry, while the pictures are brought ingeniously to life using animation.”
Simon Kinnear, TOTAL FILM 
★★★★

British mathematician Sir Roger Penrose, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Emeritus Professor of mathematics at Oxford University, is patron of the film. Sir Roger has a long-standing interest in and connection with M.C. Escher and is said to have given Escher ideas for some of his world-famous prints.

Escher: Journey Into Infinity is available to watch from October 18 on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Sky Store, Google, Microsoft and Curzon Home Cinema.

UK Festival Release: Cop Secret

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alief is thrilled to announce that their upcoming Icelandic action-comedy, Cop Secret, has been officially selected at London Film Festival in the Laugh category and will have its UK Premiere on 6th October. 

A tough super-cop, in denial about his sexuality, falls in love with his new partner while investigating a string of bank robberies where nothing seems to have been stolen. 

Cop Secret stars an all Icelandic cast of Auðunn Blöndal, Egill Einarsson, Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir as well as Björn Hlynur Haraldsson who recently starred in The Witcher.
The film’s director and writer, Hannes Þór Halldórsson, is also a professional footballer, having played across a number of top flight European leagues. Halldórsson is also one of Iceland’s most capped international players, having represented his country 77 times and famously saved a penalty against Lionel Messi in the FIFA 2018 World Cup. He retired from international football earlier this month. 

Talking about his film, Halldórsson said; “The idea is to make an action-comedy that is not afraid of mimicking Hollywood action clichés, a film that has never been done before in Iceland. We will have gunfights, one-liner phrases and exaggerated fights.  We regularly see all these things in big action films, but Icelandic conditions do not offer in reality, but in a comedy, we are allowed to do those things. I am convinced that Cop Secret will be a movie that will be cool, original, exciting and explosive. 

Our main character Bussi goes from being a cool dude who suppresses his sexuality because of his own prejudice, facing who he really is, to coming out and thus find happiness as a changed man.” 

Cop Secret will have its UK premiere at BFI London Film Festival on 6th October.

UK VOD Release: The Lodger

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Lightbulb Film Distribution are delighted to share the poster and trailer for new psychological thriller, The Lodger.

The film stars Jacqueline Bisset (“Bullitt”, “The Spiral Staircase”) and Alice Isaaz (“Elle”, “Savage State”) and was directed by Baptiste Drapeau from a screenplay written by Ollivier Briand. 

An elderly woman (Bisset) takes in a lodger (Isaaz), offering accommodation in return for help around the house. The eccentric woman behaves as if her long-deceased husband is still alive. But soon the lodger begins to feel his presence. 

The Lodger will be released on Digital Download and on DVD from Oct 18. 
Commenting on the release, Peter Thompson, Sales & Acquisitions Director at Lightbulb Film Distribution, said: “We are delighted to be bringing The Lodger to UK audiences in October. It’s smart, suspenseful and features the most bizzare supernatural love-triangle in recent film history. It’s warped, disturbing and utterly charming.”

The Lodger will be available to download or stream from Sky Store, AppleTV, Amazon Prime and Google Play, and available on DVD from ASDA, Morrisons, Amazon and HMV. 

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