It is very likely that many of you are already willing it to be December so that we can enjoy another journey to a certain far, far away galaxy. However, in between now and what is certain to be the cinematic event of recent years, lies the small matter of the 24th installment of another iconic cinema franchise by the name of Bond, James Bond. ‘Spectre’ is scheduled for release in UK cinemas on October 26th, and there is much to be excited about, although we actually know very little, with many details being kept top secret. Here’s what we know so far, and my own conspiracy theory as to who I believe the real villain of the film will be…
If you’ve watched ITV’s coverage of the Rugby World Cup recently, you would have seen New Zealand doing the Haka in the moat of the quintessentially English location of Rochester Castle. The Kent landmark is no stranger to the screen though.
The 2011 film, ‘Ironclad’, is set around the infamous siege of Rochester Castle, with the movie’s crescendo lending itself to an eerie experience for those lucky enough to view the film in the castle grounds. Hosted by The Luna Cinema, Pop-Up Cinema makes a return to the castle – and there’s perhaps no stranger feeling than sitting in the very location of such fortified history, watching on as the iconic focal point comes crashing down around you. The imagery never fails to put more than a few goosebumps on the skin.
Written by Chris Winterbottom
Edited by Nick Deal
Ridley Scott has had mixed results with his various filmmaking projects, during a career which has spanned almost 40 years, from exquisite masterpieces such as ‘Alien’ to the painfully dull ‘Kingdom of Heaven’. His name is synonymous with quality, yet for me, I am always sceptical when a new Ridley Scott film is released. ‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ was a disappointment with both audiences and critics and ‘The Counsellor’ was highly divisive. There is always the promise of something great with a Ridley Scott film though, and it was no different when ‘The Martian’, with Matt Damon at the fore, was announced.
Dave Vescio is a criminal turned actor who, since leaving prison, has gone on to work alongside the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Chloe Grace Moretz and Kate Beckinsale. Dave has mastered the art of playing the villain, but he’s actually a really nice guy, and here’s the proof.
Kenton Hall is a Canadian-born writer, actor, director and musician. A Jack of all trades, and a master of most, we must say. Kenton has appeared in films such as ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ and ‘The Theory Of Everything’, but our focus today is his brainchild – the fantastic comedy for and about children – ‘A Dozen Summers’.
Jennifer Nicole Stang is a multi-talented, award-winning film director. From a career in theatre and film acting, Jennifer has now moved behind the scenes to create music videos, a web series and short films, all whilst hopping back and forth across the pond. We had a chat with Jennifer about the changing culture of film in her various stopping points and the rise of the female film director.
From the beginning of the 20th century, the film industry has fascinated, surprised and thrilled audiences with revolutionary technology which allowed talented storytellers to tell their tales, through the miracle of sight. Early classics, such as ‘Metropolis’ helped ignite the worlds imagination, allowing both filmmakers and audiences alike to wonder at what was possible in the way we tell stories. The film industry has had few competitors over its existence, and despite some rough periods in its history, no other medium of storytelling has evolved, re-evolved and revolutionised itself as much as the Hollywood film industry has. Stories told through moving images, sound and colour was a reality few could ponder in the early 1900’s. Yet here we are, about a century later taking for granted the very thing that inspired so many before.
Brett Harvey’s body of work ranges from music videos to feature documentaries, the latter of which provide the focus for today’s interview. After the resounding success of his directorial debut on ‘The Union: The Business Behind Getting High’, fans clamoured for more. Thankfully, Brett and his team listened, and brought us another fantastic documentary in the form of ‘The Culture High’.
Written by Molly Dolan
A cappella; an Italian phrase meaning “in the manner of the chapel or the church”. How fitting, given the devoted fanbase who worship the delightful harmonies which musical theatre has given us. Popularity of such a concept has surged dramatically in recent years, or at least that is the case onscreen. Following the phenomenal success of ‘Glee’ – embracing diversity for the oh-so-impressionable teenage population – ‘Pitch Perfect’ opened in 2012 and was a sleeper hit.