IT – Brand New Trailers & Clips!

Horror and Stephen King fans have equal reason to get excited as the first trailer of the acclaimed Horror novel IT has just dropped.

As well as King’s loved novel, 90’s kids will remember the TV miniseries that was later combined as a feature film. Following seven youngsters in the town of Derry. Outcasts and self confessed ‘Losers’ the seven know that something is wrong with their town but must face this truth head on when member Bill’s younger brother Georgie is murdered, in mysterious circumstances. Haunted by the vision of a grotesque and shape shifting clown that can take the form of a child’s worst fears. IT (Pennywise) torments and terrorises the gang who vow to stop him from killing again.
These trailers and clips prove that this adaptation is faithful to the source material. Including the iconic scene of young Georgie chasing his paper boat into the sewer. The image of the demonic clown is no less frightening and strange happenings, including invisible balloons and moving photos fill this scary taste of what’s to come. Directed by Andres Muschietti, who previously directed Mama.

Whether Bill Skarsgard can fill the shoe’s of Tim Curry as Pennywise is yet to be seen but the trailers and clips should gives fans hope. The film also stars a mixture of unknown and known young actors including Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame. The original child cast were also greatly applauded for their performances so let’s hope they have picked ‘The Losers Club’ well.


IT is out 23rd September

BAFTA Highlights – April/May

BAFTA continues its run of creative events, entertainment and networking from London headquarters and across the UK. Covering a wide range of media from TV, film, videos games and even children’s animation. Open to the public and held in London Headquarters or varied venues across the country, all information regarding their impressive list of events can be found through their website and social media channels. Here we go over what is happening this April and early May.

April

BAFTA Kids TV Preview: LEGO Ninjago + Q&A

Saturday 1 April 2017 – 11.00, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London

Before LEGO Ninjago joins the likes of The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie on the big screen, young audiences have been enjoying the adventures on the small screen. The Cartoon Network hit series will preview episodes from series seven about the Ninja’s sworn to protect Ninjago. Followed by Q&A with LEGO Ninjago Senior Creative Director, Simon Lucas.

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In Conversation with Brendan O’Carroll

Sunday 2 April 2017 – 19.30, Oran Mor, Glasgow

Star and creator of Mrs. Brown’s Boys Brendan O’Carroll, will talk about his career, inspirations and his hit TV show in conversation. Special event held in Glasgow Scotland.

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Breakfast with…..TV controllers – Ben Frow, Channel 5

Monday 3 April 2017 – 08.40, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London

Ben Frow, Director of Programmes at Channel 5, will discuss his long tern vision and plan at the channel. Delivering reputable programming and rebranding the channel. He will also discuss the opportunities for producers across a wide range of work.

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BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Showcase: TV Drama

Tuesday 4 April 2017 – 19.00, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London

The writing showcase allows audiences to preview extracts from up and coming writers, specially selected. The event will be chaired by Chris Lang (Unforgotten) and James Dormer (Strike Back).

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International Games Panel: Achieving Excellence in Games

Friday 7 April 2017 – 19.00, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London

For those who work or just enjoy games this is a chance to preview nominees from this year’s Games Awards. Gain insight into what it takes to create a BAFTA-Nominated title.

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TV Preview: Taskmaster + Q&A

Tuesday 11 April 2017 – 18.45, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London

A preview of the new series of Dave’s hit comedy gameshow Taskmaster. Originally created by comedian Alex Horne at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show transferred to network Dave in 2015 and has been a big hit since. Followed by a Q&A with Alex Horne, Greg Davies, Mel Giedroyc, Joe Lycett and Lolly Adefope.

 

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TV Preview: Born to Kill + Q&A

Wednesday 12 April, 18.00, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

An exclusive preview of the first episode of Born to Kill – a World Productions for Channel 4 thriller. A Q&A will follow the screening (names to be announced at a later date).

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TV Preview: Little Boy Blue + Q&A

Tuesday 18 April  – 18.45, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London

The shooting of 11-year-old Rhys Jones shocked the nation back in 2007. His families public appeal for information led to the arrest and trail of local gang members. This new ITV Drama follows his death and the case in Liverpool. Followed by a Q&A with writer and executive producer Jeff Pope, producer Kwadjo Dajan, director Paul Whittington and actors Stephen Graham and Sinead Keenan.

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Games Writing: The Philosophy of Interactive Horror

Monday 24 April – 19.00, Cineworld, Cardiff

Cardiff-based story-for-games company Talespinners will discuss using interactivity to evoke horror and other emotions.

 

May

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TV Preview: King Charles III + Q&A

Wednesday 3 May 2017 – 18.45, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London

The chance to preview new TV movie King Charles III. Starring Charlotte Riley and Tim Pigott-Smith, the story follows Charles accession to the throne after the Queens death. Followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Mike Bartlett, director Rupert Goold and cast.

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Guru Live

Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 May 2017, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London

Two inspirational days of masterclasses, panels and Q&As with BAFTA nominees in film, TV and games.

Guru Live Scotland

Saturday 6 May – 14.00-18.45, CCA, Glasgow

An inspirational day of masterclasses, panels and Q+As with BAFTA nominees in film, TV and games this time in Scotland.


Find out more 

Don’t Knock Twice – Review

by Ren Zelen

Caradog W. James, the Welsh director of sci-fi cult hit The Machine recently showcased his latest movie, a supernatural horror called Don’t Knock Twice at the 24th Raindance Film Festival in London.

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Genre favourite Katee Sackhoff (Oculus, Riddick, Battlestar Galactica) plays Jess, an American sculptor who returns to the UK where she spent much of her youth. Jess is a guilt-ridden mother who is desperate to reconnect with her estranged teen daughter Chloe (Lucy Boynton) who she was forced to place into care many years ago while she recovered from drug addiction problems.

Cold and resentful, Chloe initially rejects her birth-mother’s conciliatory pleas. However, having nowhere else to go, she hurriedly changes her mind and agrees to move in and stay with Jess and her new husband (Javier Botet) after she fears that she may have initiated the operation of a legendary curse.

Chloe is now convinced that she is being hunted by a murderous witch who was behind several child abductions in the past and is responsible for the recent disappearance of her boyfriend Danny (Jordan Bolger) after he dared to fulfil the conditions inherent in prompting the curse.

However, because of Chloe’s troubled past and her mother Jess’s medical history of addiction, no-one will believe their story of being pursued by a supernatural entity bent on vengeance.  Determined to save her estranged daughter, Jess has to rely on her own resources and courage to uncover the terrifying truth behind the urban legend of the demonic witch. But, is the urban legend real, or are Jess and Chloe being manipulated by another individual with their own agenda?

Urban legends spread like psychological viruses because they tap into some our deepest fears, one of which involves the call for help that is disbelieved, laughed at, or ignored by others. Another dread is of the vengeance of the wrongly accused. Just as urban legends are based on our innermost fears, so certain locations are traditional triggers which embody unease– such as the empty and derelict house after dark, or the underground lair that holds secret horrors.

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Don’t Knock Twice does not balk from utilizing all these prompts to construct a twisted urban legend which is a combination of old Eastern European fairy stories and urban myths in the vein of Candyman. Urban myths themselves may be seen as the modern counterpart of ancient folk tales – they spread in the same way and depend on how many people are intrigued enough to pass them on.

In Don’t Knock Twice Katee Sackhoff again has another stab (if you’ll excuse the expression) at playing the distraught mother as she did in Oculus, but this time fixated on protecting her only child from harm. Luckily she has rather more to work with here and makes the most of what she has.  Director Caradog James worked from a script by Emmy-nominated writing duo Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler (who also penned Paul Hyett’s stylish werewolf romp Howl).

Just as in all urban legends, elements of the movie’s plot may not always hold up too convincingly. However, Don’t Knock Twice remains a suitably chilling supernatural thriller with some high concept scares and a sinister final twist.


Don’t Knock Twice is out in cinemas now! 

Free Fire – Brand New Clips!

Have you ever wanted to shove a film in your eyeholes so badly that you are worried about going blind before you see the film? Like at that moment, nothing else matters bar watching the trailer over and over and over again?

You want to snort lines, shoot yourself up, and drown in a trailer and the film that’ll surely follow?

Yeah. That’s how you’ll feel with Free Fire.

The directors upcoming film stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson and whilst we haven’t much news on the film yet, the film revolves around Justine who gets involved in gun warfare and a heart stopping game of survival ensues.

Also starring Michael Smiley and Cillian Murphy, this is a hotly anticipated crime romp!

What do you think?

 


Watch it at The Ritzy with Ben Wheatley! 

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – Brand New Trailer & Clips!

When An Inconvenient Truth came out in 2006, a lot of people believed that we had just witnessed the death knell for Global Warming. Slowly, but surely, we would see a healed Earth before our grandchildren came along.

Now, nearly a decade later, we appear to have stalled on our way to realising the grand dream. We’ve made some good progress, but we’re also seeing stories of London exceeding its annual emissions limit within three days of the New Year, and Trump’s rescinding of Obama’s Clean Air Act is another nail in the coffin for addressing one of the biggest problems known to man.

Fortunately, Former Vice-President and Eco-Warrior Supreme Al Gore is back to once again shine a light on the problems facing us and our children.

An important thing to remember is that it’s not all doom and gloom. The trailers and clips for this new documentary takes plenty of time to show all the advancements we have made in green energy technology. But it’s also intercut with scenes that show the devastation wrought by extreme weather conditions to show how much further there is to go.


An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is coming