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With post-production now complete on Tim Thorne’s indie crime film KILLING LIONEL, the team will now be entering the film festival circuit. The production team also have a sequel lined up, CARD DEAD.
Synopsis: After double crossing local gangster Jack Crooks (Martin Ross), abusive husband Lionel (Darren Lake) knows that the net is closing in on him. His long suffering wife Peaches (Carly Barnes) also has her mind set on his demise and with the help of her friend she sets the wheels in motion for his eradication. But Lionel isn't about to hang about to see who gets him first and quickly plans his escape - but will he get away in time?
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Turkish/British filmmaker Eren Özkural’s directorial debut RUN AWAY WITH ME is set for release by distributors Random Media (Scottish BAFTA winner For Those In Peril) and Sony’s subsidiary The Orchard (Taika Waititi’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople). The sci-fi thriller will be available worldwide via iTunes on May 2nd, followed by its release on other platforms later on in the year.
The film has played in festivals like the British Independent Film Festival held in Leicester Square and the Miami International Science-Fiction Film Festival in America. It has been nominated for eleven awards and won five including “Best Director” and “Best Actress”. The film stars Kye Loren (He Who Dares), Rosie MacPherson (Ideal), Bill Hutchens (The Human Centipede Trilogy), Meshach Harris (Batman Begins) and Brigitte Millar (Spectre).
According to Eren, who has already been compared to the likes of politically charged sci-fi filmmakers Neill Blompkamp (District 9) and Gareth Edwards (Rogue One) by press in his native Turkey, RUN AWAY WITH ME is not your typical indie film. “I'd often read the same advice given to first time independent film makers: shoot a small present day story in a single location with a handful of actors. Also don't work with children or animals.”
That was advice that Eren thoroughly ignored by his own admission. The film takes place in the distant future with over a dozen locations ranging from a high tech city state to dystopian battlefields. “We also had a cast and crew of around fifty fantastic people including two small children. It was a text book example of how not to make a small independent movie.”
In order to realize his vision, Eren not only wrote and directed the film, but also created more than three hundred 4K visual effects shots over a period of three and a half years. Blockbuster VFX can be impressive but they mean nothing without a timely story at the centre of the film.
“On the surface, the story is about a broken man who comes out of prison without a way of reclaiming his former life. He is given an opportunity to become an integral part of something greater than himself. A way to save mankind. Everything goes well until he meets someone from his past and he’s left with a choice. That choice will have serious repercussions for the world at large.”
“However, there are deeper themes at play beyond the usual “save the world” stuff. On one hand it’s really a thought experiment about determinism. On the other hand, it’s about marginalized people surviving in uncertain times. Our protagonists are a refugee fleeing from her war torn homeland and a former soldier with PTSD. Unfortunately these are very relevant issues in 2017.” Those eager to delve into RUN AWAY WITH ME’s Asimov-esque science fiction world before it’s released can visit www.rawmfilm.com.
Unconventionally for an indie film, there is also a tie in video game for iOS devices called “Super Run Away With Me” available on the app store right now for free, also developed by Eren Özkural. More info on the free game here http://rawmfilm.squarespace.com/rawmgame
Sci-fi thriller RUN AWAY WITH ME will be available worldwide via iTunes on May 2nd 2017.
IBZ is a reckless and truthful account of a volcanic holiday romance on the white party isle, Ibiza. Fuelled by ecstasy and Ecstasy, IBZ is all the things you want to say and all the things you never should.
IBZ is inspired by true events and is has an original electronic soundtrack created by DJ and producer Alexandra Milne, with additional music from MC Devvo & Alex Lamy. IBZ had its first public screening in London in March and is part of the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival, 2017.
IBZ’s journey began 5 years ago when Kat Ronson was inspired by a very eventful summer ‘working’ in Ibiza as a love-struck 19-year old. IBZ is inspired by true events, stories, moments encountered by myself and others throughout my time there. I returned filled to the brim with many things but mostly creativity, heartbreak and a life-changing yearn to protect women, to be some kind of voice. I wrote a 45-minute one-woman show but it really has come to its true beauty and rawness in film form.
IBZ is a unique filmic-music collaboration, the soundtrack is basically a whole character in itself. Alexandra Milne was added to the mix to write an original soundtrack, to create a sound capturing our life out in Ibiza. We met while we were working out there, having indulged in many a 1-euro-sangria-carton-filled night.
Director Matthew Rowney commnets: I saw IBZ the one-woman stage show and both Kat Ronson and I agreed it was too unique to stop with a stage show. We wanted to collaborate and a one-woman film was something we’d both never seen. We wanted to really give the sense of Kat’s experience in Ibiza so jet off filming it abroad. We stayed true to the original vision whilst reimagining scenes to take it from being a stage performance set in one location to moving through this character’s chaotic holiday romance.
MELODY was BAFTA Award-winning Director Alan Parker’s (Bugsy Malone, The Commitments, Midnight Express) debut screenplay and his first film collaboration with Producer David Puttnam (Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire). Directed by Warris Hussein it stars Mark Lester and Jack Wild (stars of the 1968 musical film adaptation of Oliver!) alongside Tracy Hyde making her acting debut aged just 11.
MELODY is the wonderfully nostalgic, funny and touching story of childhood based around romance between 11-year-olds Daniel and Melody who, despite their age and the objections of their families and Daniel’s best friend Ornshaw, are determined to get married. Alan Parker sets a fledgling Romeo and Juliet romance against the backdrop of a 1970s London comprehensive school and tells this innocent story of growing-up, first-love and youthful rebellion entirely from the children’s point of view.
Since its original release in 1971 MELODY has been seen all over the world and has become a cult favourite. In the US, Director Wes Anderson loved MELODY so much he used it as the inspiration for his film “Moonrise Kingdom” and in Mexico Director Alfonso Cuaron saw the film as a child and says it was one of the films that inspired him to become a filmmaker.
Quiet, well-behaved Daniel Latimer (Mark Lester) and cheeky troublemaker Ornshaw (Jack Wild) could not be more different but they become the best of friends. That is, until Daniel spots Melody Perkins (Tracy Hyde) at the school disco. The boys’ friendship becomes jeopardized, as Ornshaw grows jealous when his best friend seems more interested in a hanging out with a girl! Initially embarrassed by the attention, Melody comes to return Daniel’s feelings, and the couple announce to their parents, teachers and friends that they want to get married. Not sometime in the future, but now. The adults – incredulous parents and moronic teachers - attempt to dissuade them, but Daniel and Melody's determination leads Ornshaw to have a change of heart. He and their classmates gather together at one of the children's hideouts to 'marry' the couple, with their discovery leading to a final riotous, no-holds-barred showdown where the children stick it to the grown-ups.
Alan Parker’s script captures what it was like to be a kid on the brink of adolescence in 70s Britain, drawing inspiration from his and Puttnam’s own school experiences in London. Those are brought to life by Warris Hussein and Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky (Tale of Tales, Maps To The Stars, Eastern Promises, A History Of Violence) and the film features many timeless London locations plus an evocative soundtrack, including songs by the Bee Gees ("In the Morning", "Melody Fair", "Give Your Best", "To Love Somebody" and "First of May"), and the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young hit "Teach Your Children".
MELODY is released on DVD, Blu-ray and EST on 17th April 2017 from Studiocanal as part of their Vintage Classics Collection – showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content: www.facebook.com/vintageclassicsfilm
SPECIAL FEATURES: New interviews with Lord David Puttnam, Sir Alan Parker, Waris Hussein and Mark Lester; Stills gallery.
(left to right) Andy Beckwith (Sony the Yank), Terry Stone (Jack Comer), Josh Myers (Moisha Bluebell)
Directed by Simon Rumley, ONCE UPON A TIME IN LONDON is a brutal look at the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Billy Hill (Leo Gregory) and Jack ‘Spot’ Comer (Terry Stone). Their criminal empire covered the length and breadth of the country lasting until the mid-1950’s, and paved the way for notorious Kray Twins and The Richardsons.
Leo Gregory (Billy Hill)
Currently shooting on locations around London ONCE UPON A TIME IN LONDON dramatises the violent reign of two of London’s most notorious gangsters, Billy Hill (Leo Gregory) and Jack ‘Spot’ Comer (Terry Stone) and charts the legendary rise and fall of a nationwide criminal empire that lasted until the mid-fifties and which paved the way for the notorious Kray Twins and The Richardsons.
Left to right Justin Salinger (Harry White) & Jamie foreman (Alf White)
Described as ‘Peaky Blinders meets Legend’, the film also stars, Holly Earl, Dominic Keating, Geoff Bell, Jamie Foreman, Doug Allen, Andy Beckwith, Roland Manookian, Justin Salinger, Kate Braithwaite and Laura Carter. Joining the eclectic ensemble are comedian Simon Munnery, boxers Frank Buglioni, Steve Collins and Joe Egan, footballer Jamie O’Hara, singer / TV star Nadia Forde, Union J’s JJ Hamblett and magician Ali Cook.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN LONDON is a Gateway Films & Ratio Film Presentation, directed by Simon Rumley, written by Will Gilbey, Simon Rumley & Terry Stone and produced by Terry Stone & Richard Turner. Co-Producer: Tiernan Hanby, DOP: Milton Kam, Costume Designer: Michelle May, Makeup Designer: Emma Slater, Production Designer: Anna Mould.
Holly Earl as Aggie Pickett
Left to right: Josh Myers (Moisha Blueball) & Terry Stone (Jack Comer)
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