There are few more fitting examples of the contemporary film industry’s globalised infrastructure and the collaboration involved in funding an independent work of cinema these days than Lore. Produced by a combination of UK-based Edge City Films, Porchlight Films (the Australian company behind 2010’s Animal Kingdom) and Rohfilm in Germany, it’s the second feature film from Australian director Cate Shortland.
In the 1980s, Howard Brenton made something of a habit of shocking the establishment. He did it on the stage of the National Theatre with his play The Romans in Britain, which featured scenes of male nudity and buggery, prompting a lawsuit from Mary Whitehouse. And he did it at the BBC with Dead Head (1986), a four-part serial which became front page news courtesy of a kinky naked-but-for-a-pair-of-wellies sex scene.
Having read and finished The Host novel only days before seeing the film, I was eagerly anticipating the release of this adaptation. Despite enjoying the novel, however, The Host was the biggest disappointment of 2013 so far, and it is the worst novel adaptation I have seen yet.
Derek Cianfrance announced himself as a director of real craft and as a writer with a particular flair for character with the brilliantly sombre love story Blue Valentine. The Place Beyond the Pines reunites Cianfrance with Blue Valentine’s lead Ryan Gosling, a deft decision which elevates this sprawling and unconventional triptych to sumptuous heights. Hollywood is oft criticised for being staid and unoriginal, obsessed with remakes and never-ending sequels, so it’s a refreshing relief when a film like this comes along and blows off the cobwebs, because The Place Beyond the Pines is brimming with unabated quality.
Voilà! Three new forgettable Gatsby posters, complete with Art Deco trimmings.
Having recently found out that he has directed several films I rather enjoyed, and loving a bit of F1, I'm very intrigued as to what Ron Howard has in store for us with his next film Rush.
Do you like vest-wearing, muscle-bound men that walk in slow motion? Do you prefer men that spend the majority of their time punching, running and walking away from explosions? Is the Rock your personal hero and thus you've been trying to do that eyebrow-raising thing since you were 12? Did you subsequently Rock Bottom your brother during what was the Wrestlemania of bedroom WWF ﬁghting, before accidentally cracking his head against the wall, resulting in several stitches?
Of course you do, of course he is, and of course you did (might just be me on the last one).
We have the world premiere of the first trailer for the film Filth and, like its title, it certainly looks rather filthy.
If you were to judge by the title alone and the fact that it was helmed by horror maestro George A. Romero, you might expect Knightriders to be some gory post-apocalyptic tale with ironclad bikers taking arms against the forces of evil, on the lines of Excalibur meets Mad Max. Actually, it's simultaneously much stranger and rather more humdrum than that.
The makers of upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic Greetings from Tim Buckley, Tribeca Film, have just released the first trailer for the movie.