Throughout history, cinema has reflected, echoed and even preempted societal shifts that occur through the ages, and that’s where our Decade Definers series comes in. We’ll take a look at the world, decade by decade, and discuss how the films of that era represented the attitudes, fears, desires and innovations of our society.
In this, the first of the series, we take a look at the 1960s – a period which produced some of the most awe-inspiring, revolutionary and shocking moments in modern history. The swinging sixties; what a time to be alive! A time of political upheaval, technological revolution, sexual and ideological liberation and of course, rock and roll. Presidents were killed, people fought and died for freedom and equality, music transcended entertainment, and man even walked on the moon. In our lifetime, there have been many events that have shook the world – both positively, and overwhelmingly negatively – but perhaps not as frequently as the events seen throughout the 1960s. So, which really encapsulate what this fascinating decade was all about?
We always strive to support the women in film movement here at JumpCut UK, by highlighting the outstanding women making waves in the industry. Our focus here is Siena Oberman; a producer hailing from Los Angeles, a woman on a mission, hoping to inspire and effect change whilst telling the stories that matter. Her latest short film ‘Iconoclast’ just got accepted into Cannes 2017, and she’s got plenty more where that came from.
Just over a month ago now, on January 21, a large and international march led by and attended by so many amazing women inspired me in many ways. Women, and supporters of women’s rights, came out in droves to support many different things, but one universal message was clear – that women’s rights need to be respected and upheld, and that women’s voices need to be heard. And since movies are always at the back of my mind, I hoped this woman-positive energy would somehow transfer to the screen. Then I remembered ‘Ocean’s Eight’, and the distant talk of ‘The Expendabelles’. And now there’s plans for a ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ remake, with Rebel Wilson. It’s tough to be supportive of female-led movies, when they are just retreads of popular movies that originally starred men.
Interview by Chris Gelderd
Whilst our primary focus here at JumpCut UK is the world of film, it’s hard to deny the fact that we are all massive comic book nerds, too. So when we got the chance to speak to Jason Starr – a writer who has worked with both DC and Marvel Comics – we simply exploded with excitement. As well as crafting stories for iconic characters such as Batman, Wolverine and Ant-Man, Jason is also a best-selling, award-winning novelist, and has worked closely with the hit FOX show ‘Gotham’.
Forget The Oscars, because awards season ended for all the true film fans out there last night, with our annual film awards show – The Odysseys – finally hitting the web.
With help from our film twitter friends, the team at JumpCut UK, and a few famous faces, we’ve got 25 awards to hand out this year, and you can see the whole thing in the video above. The aim of The Odysseys is to offer a true representation of the films that real film buffs actually want to celebrate, and we do it all in a fun and inclusive way. So, if you have the time, please do watch the show, and we hope you enjoy.
If you want to be boring and you’d rather just get the results instantly, here are the winners at The Odysseys 2016.
Awards season is coming to an end, with just two major events left to go; one is a little, unknown ceremony, and the other, is The Odysseys. If you watched the JumpCut UK Film Awards show last year, you’ll know that The Odysseys (as the show is now known) will be the most fun film awards show out there. The Odysseys is all about true film fans from all over the world coming together to celebrate the films that really mattered to the most important people in the industry – the fans!
Well, you’re all surely dying with excitement to see the show and find out who wins our prestigious awards, and we can now confirm that the show will be ready for you all to view from 7pm on Sunday 19th February. So, clear your diary, because your Sunday evening entertainment is sorted. Look out for more details nearer the time, by keeping an eye on our Twitter.
Whilst you’ve all (hopefully) been enjoying our latest short film ‘Harlequin’, our filmmaking team has been working hard behind the scenes developing our next project. Now, we can tell you a few things about our upcoming short film, titled ‘Conscientia’.
‘Conscientia’ is a short, mysterious, horror film, which will see Nick Deal make his directorial debut, as well as Jakob Lewis Barnes making his acting debut, alongside Hannah Thomas. Nick and Jakob wrote the screenplay for this film, after collaborating with Naim David to develop a story. The film will also see JumpCut UK Productions join forces with Felix Mater Society once again, after a successful collaboration on ‘Harlequin’.
Synopsis: As Samuel once again struggles with his inability to sleep, his grasp on reality is challenged when the events of a single night lead him to question his own morality.
If that wasn’t enough to get your tongues wagging, we’ve also got this wicked poster for ‘Conscientia’, courtesy of our Art Director, Oscar Barnes. Filming begins on 19th February 2017. Release date TBC.
Written by Chris Gelderd
Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to write my first ever article for JumpCut UK, and what better place to start, at this time of the year, than with a Beginners’ Guide to Awards Season.
Now, Hollywood runs to a pretty tight calendar. Spring usually offers up plenty of family-friendly films; Summer is all about the big-budget blockbusters; Autumn gives us the horrors and thrillers, whilst winter signals the start of awards season, when studios battle it out with their carefully selected productions, aiming to surprise and move audiences, with one eye firmly placed on adding some gold statues to their trophy cabinets. There are awards-skeptics who now regard all of this as simply over-the-top, politically and racially motived, Hollywood excess, whilst others can’t wait to delve into the treasures that studios have been saving for this time of year. Lastly, there are those who are new to the whole awards season buzz. If you fit into this category, then hopefully you’ll find this simple guide to be a helpful introduction to the glitz and glamour of awards season.
Written by Patrick Alexander
2017 is truly shaping up to be the year of the sequel, with dozens of franchises developing, or rebooting, in an attempt to captivate audiences in a blossoming international film scope. As a movie-going audience, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. From another attempt to make Spidey amazing (greetings, Tom Holland), to a potential final act in the man-versus-monkey conflict, 2017 is bringing many familiar faces back to the silver screen.
As with any year, there will be flops, there will be extravaganzas, there will be booming successes, and most importantly there will be plenty of debates and discussion for all us movie geeks. Here’s our rundown of the 10 most anticipated films to watch out for this year.