Independent filmmaker Andy Frith is back with a new film and its the part 2 to his last film “Dirty Money“.
Dirty Money 2 is the revealing visual emotional travelogue of 2 fifty pound notes.
Then you have got to watch “Dirty Money” and experience the emotional high’s & lows of the energy of money.
Dirty Money is an entertaining & thoughtful visual biography of the life and power of money and man’s daily influences through it.
Dirty Money 2
DIRTY MONEY 2: An urban drama about two fifty pound notes that interact with a group of hustlers in the heart of south east london.
Written & Directed by Andy Frith
Purchase a copy of “Dirty Money” NOW for only £4.99
Call Kush on: 07961 977 749
Images of Black Women & Nucinema.co.uk
2011 is a very special year, it is the United Nations International Year for people of African Descent and it also marks the centenary of International Women’s Month.
Images of Black Women (IBW) Film Festival will be back with its 7th Edition to keep on promoting greater awareness of the Diaspora’s issues through films, with a focus on women’s perspective 8th to 10th April – Tricycle Cinema – London, Kilburn.
Prior to the festival, IBW will organise two screenings on March 8th & 26th, venues to be confirmed. Do keep an eye on www.imagesofblackwomen.com (web to be updated) as well as on www.nucinema.co.uk for further details.
As usual you will find below few film events; includes special offer for IBW friends for the outstanding film based on the international award-winning and best-selling novel Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton.
Life, Above All (Chanda’s Secrets)
Friday 18 Feb at 2.30pm & Sunday 20 Feb at 5.00pm
Don’t miss a chance to see this compelling drama from South Africa which follows a young girl (stunningly performed by first-time-actress Khomotso Manyaka) who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community.
The Tricycle is screening the film as part of their International Oscar Season
- Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2010 where it received a ten-minute standing ovation and was awarded the Francois Chalias Prize.
- Shortlisted to the final nine of the sixty-six entries to the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film Category.
Fri 18 Feb £5.50/£5 reduction
Sun 20 Feb £9.50/£8.50 reduction
Box Office: 020 7328 1000
269 Kilburn High Road
London NW6 7JR
SEE THIS SPECIAL PREVIEW FOR JUST £6 (USUALLY £9.50) ON SUNDAY 20 FEB. CALL THE BOX OFFICE AND QUOTE ‘CHANDA’S SECRET OFFER‘. (Strickly limited availability, advanced bookings only).
There is a special Fund raising screening for the women of Haiti: “Moloch Tropical” on March 8th at the tricycle cinema – get your Tickets Now – limited amount left at the discount rate.
020 7328 1000
Do you wish to contribute to IBW Film festival 2011?
IBW Film Festival is an official annual event endorsed by the Mayor of London, and regarded as one of the industry’s largest ethnic platform. The festival features an eclectic mix of foreign independent urban and classic films that depict the global black experience by focusing on the achievements of outstanding female talents, by covering a wide range of genres.
If you want to contribute to this unique event, please do get in touch as we are looking for the following volunteers:
- Camera person
In return you will be credited on all IBW marketing material & with complementary tickets to attend festival.
Also dont forget to checkout www.nucinema.co.uk for all your social gossip and film event news.
“The Kush Film Boutique”
Film Programme: October – November 2010
07961 977 749
All screenings taking place at
The Manor Club,
277 Seven Sisters Rd, London, N4 2DE
(Situated at the junction of Seven sisters rd & Green Lanes)
Thursday screenings: *Doors Open: 7.30 pm / Show starts: 8.00 pm
Sunday screenings: *Doors Open: 4.30 pm / Show starts: 5.00 pm
All screenings incorporate guest performances/hosts, occasional Q&A’s & After-parties.
Admission: £10 – Non Members / £8 – Members (special events will be charged separately).
There is an initial one-off £10 membership Joining fee for new members that covers a 6 month period– see below (Membership is not compulsory).
Patrons must pay a one-off membership fee of £10, which will give you a 6-month membership. Fully paid up members pay the reduced members entry price of £8.
Our one-off membership fee covers Kush Promotions administration and marketing costs and entitle you to our Gold Membership Card giving you a £2 discount (members pay £8) on normal Film Boutique entry costs, Early notification of screenings, Priority entry & seating at all Kush events, Access to Members Only screenings, Free DVD’s, CD’s and other Discounted & Free gifts (tickets etc) from partner organisations
Kush Membership must be renewed every 6 months.
All attendee’s must show ID on his or her first visit, then patrons must sign our Membership book each week before entry to venue!
Buy advance tickets for all screenings from: http://kushfilms.shoobs.com
Film Boutique Programme:
For those still waiting to exhale, Soulmate is a gripping cinematic journey into the realities facing today’s successful, saved, and single African American women.
This deeply personal portrait reveals the trials, and triumphs of unforgettable women while offering hope and practical advice on such issues as loneliness, the desire for sexual intimacy, men on the “down low”, the ticking biological clock and the uncertainty of the future. This film offers uplifting revelations about the quest for your true… “Soulmate.” www.soulmatefilm.com
This award winning movie is followed by a dynamic Q&A with guest panellists: led by top comedian and actress Judith Jacobs; relationship coach Hilton ‘Dr Love’ Samuel; Oraclez Gospelfest founder Mikee Koos and Sonia Brown (founder, Sistatalk) debating the myths and realities of women attracting, creating and maintaining intimate relationships with their “ideal life partner, your soul mate, ” in today’s world.
Date to Be Confirmed
Cover is a compelling and frightening story of sexual betrayal and hidden lives which seek to destroy the very fabric of our notion of man & wife.
When someone is murdered on New Year’s Eve, the prime suspect is Valerie Maas, a church-going home-maker whose life unravels when she discovers that her husband of many years has been leading a double life. Her strength of character and faith keep her going as the revelation of her husband’s betrayal threatens to destroy all that they have known.
Starring: Vivica A. Fox, Raz Adoti, Louis Gossett Jnr, Paula Jai Parker, Aunjanue Ellis and Leon
98 mins / USA /2007
Betrayal can be murder!
*This program is subject to change without notice – please check program guide prior to attending screenings!
Kush: 07961 977 749
The “Lions Gate” Watch
Diary Of A Tired Black Film Promoter – Continued
Greetings & Good Day My Friends, Supporters & Patrons.
I hope at this moment life for you feel’s good and your eyes are set firmly on your goals and objectives!
As some of you will know I have recently been venting my frustrations at Lions Gate Films (who are releasing the Tyler Perry films here in the UK) and the industry as a whole regarding the lack of opportunities and fair treatment for black led companies in the UK’s film industry.
Well, I can now inform you that after my initial consternation regarding Lions Gate Films the big CEO and Mr. Christopher Bailey (head of Theatrical) have heard my cry out and responded favourably to a direct letter sent to the CEO (if you want results you go to the top).
They also saw my complaints on the website and have made good and remunerated me for my submitted proposals and addressed the confusion I encountered when dealing with their marketing team.
And as the professional and fair people the management are, they have also granted Kush the permission to screen the Tyler Perry film “Madea’s Family Reunion” on Sunday 19th September (5.00 pm).
In regards to supporting the Tyler Perry releases on DVD and at the cinema, as you already know we have waited a long time for these titles to be released here in the UK, finally they are here and I hope you all put your hands in your pockets and purses and financially support the UK release of these films. This will in return encourage Lions Gate Films UK to release all the other Tyler Perry films here in the UK, especially as they have already done so well on release in the US.
As they say: All’s well, that ends well!
Kush the originators of the film club format – brings to you a new season of the best INDEPENDENT black films from the Caribbean, US, UK & Africa, along with Guest Performances, Great Music, After-parties, Debates, Q&A’s, DVD Giveaways and a lot more!
The All-New Carib Theatre & Kush Film Club
New Venue – New Films – New Direction………….
FREE FILM – ENJOY THE FIRST WEEK FOR FREE!
Tuesday 3rd Aug 2010
Come & Enjoy our special screening of an audience favourite!
(More info call 07961 977 749)
But ssshh! Its a secret (spies are watching)
Starting next week Tuesday 3rd Aug 2010 (fortnightly)
Doors open: 7:30 pm / Film starts: 8:30 pm (have a meal prior to films)
Admission: FREE (6 mth membership £10 – see note below)
Venue: Manor Club, 277 Seven Sisters Rd, London, N4 2DE
All we ask this first week is you make a reasonable donation to the work Kush does – its up to you and your conscience (in the past we have done this and some have disrespected it – pls don’t be like them – I will be checking anyway lol!)!
(For all future screenings there will be a one-off £10 Membership/Administration charge covering a 6-month period, which will contribute to our marketing and administration costs. After this there will be a £10 entry fee to all screenings except our occasional complimentary FREE screenings. Your £10 membership fee will also entitle you to: priority entry & seating at all Kush events, Free DVD’s, CD’s and other free tickets/gifts from partner organisations – Membership must be renewed every 6 months).
All attendee’s must show ID and sign our Membership book before entry to venue!
*Help us pack this venue out regularly & we move to a Thursday night!
All taking place at the plush nightclub “The Manor Club”
3 large projection screens / 2 large TV’s and a VIP section
As well as a great selection of Caribbean films there will be our usual UK & US indie films, alternating fortnightly!
Choose from action films for the guys, music documentaries for music lovers, Jamaican comedy for all, drama & romantic comedies for the ladies; Yes, we have a little something for everyone!
*Help us pack this venue out regularly & we move to a Thursday night!
Look out for
Special Exclusive Weekly Screenings of
The hit 12-part Jamaican comedy series:
“Me & Me Kru”
Starring: Benzly Hype & The Innocent Crew, Vaz Blackwood, Professor Nuts, Spragga Benz, Sly & Robbie & Audrey Reid
Doors open: 7:30 pm / Film start: 8.30 pm
Music: 10.30 pm – 12.00 pm (on particular night)
Get VIP status for 20 friends & yourself with your own private Screen,
20 piece chicken platter & Champagne.
Also come along and try out the many different flavoured chicken wings from
“The Manor House Of Wings”
Call: 07961 977 749
The Manor Club
(Nearest tube: Manor House – Piccadilly Line /
Buses: 279, 259, 141, 341, 29, 253, & 254)
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The Independent Cinema Office Presents
CULTURAL CINEMA EXHIBITION COURSE
23 – 27 May 2011, BFI Southbank, London
Previous alumni have gone on to fill key posts at organisations including the Barbican, BFI London Film Festival, City Screen, Creative Scotland, Curzon Cinemas, Soda Pictures, First Light, Showroom Sheffield and Artificial Eye.
Applications are now open for the internationally acclaimed Cultural Cinema Exhibition course. Returning for its twelfth year, this course offers a unique opportunity for people working in cinema exhibition to enhance their skills and develop their knowledge of film programming.
Who is the course for?
- Programming, marketing, education and operational staff of cinemas, film festivals and cross arts venues
- Film society organisers
- Freelance programmers
- Support agency staff
- Local authority arts officers working with cinemas
- Distributors wanting to gain a better understanding of the exhibition sector.
Participants should be living and working in the UK and ideally have at least three years relevant work experience which can be paid or voluntary.
What does the course cover?
- Introduction to distribution and exhibition: how films reach the screen
- Researching films, clearing rights and negotiating terms
- Programming strategies for independent cinemas, film festivals, arts venues, film societies and alternative venues
- Broadening audiences: reaching children, young people, disabled and culturally diverse audiences
- Marketing and PR for specialised film
- Technical aspects of film formats
- Programming archive films, shorts and artists’ moving image.
The course provides practical skills, knowledge and inspiration that can be put to immediate use when participants return to work.
How much does it cost?
£375 + VAT = £450.
Bursaries are available towards fees and childcare costs.
The deadline for applications is Friday 1 April 2010.
|“The course was like a beacon of light … Since then, I’ve become Programmer at City Screen and the rest is history.”||“My CV jumped to the top of the pile at Curzon Cinemas because I did the course. It’s recognised by people in the industry – it’s a standard and a brand that the industry trusts.”||“The opportunity to meet and learn from some of the main players working in cinema has proved invaluable, and greatly aided my career trajectory!”|
This scheme has been funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of ‘A Bigger Future 2′, the UK film skills strategy. The Skillset Film Skills Fund is supported by the National Lottery through the UK Film Council and the film industry through the Skills Investment Fund. www.abiggerfuture2.co.uk
In partnership with the BFI. www.bfi.org.uk / Supported by RIFE Investment Fund through the UK Film Council and South West Screen.
LFS Spring Programme update:
In The Frame: A Storyboarding Course for Directors – New 4-day course starting this weekend.
Last few places available to book online.
Directing Actors: Getting the Right Performance – Last chance to apply for this new 5-day course with Udayan Prasad.
Deadline: this Friday 18th Feb 11
Writers’ Gym I & II – Last chance to apply for our Spring Writers’ Gym programme with Ellis Freeman.
Deadline: next Monday 21st Feb 11.
A to Z of Documentary Making: From Creation to Distribution – Applications are now open for this intensive weekend workshop.
For further details visit www.lfs.org.uk or contact: Carolyn Atherton: Email: email@example.com / +44 (0)20 7836 9642.
In The Frame: A Storyboarding Course for Directors
4-day course over two consecutive weekends – starts this weekend!
Sat 19th & Sun 20th / Sat 26th & Sun 27th Feb – 10am–5pm
In this new 2-weekend workshop, artist and filmmaker Dylan Stone focuses on the cultivation of visual style through drawing and storyboarding techniques. The aim is for directors to explore storyboarding’s potential both as a creative tool for shaping their artistic vision and as a valuable means of sharing this vision with their teams. Participants will consider the work of key artists and filmmakers before learning basic drawing skills and applying them to practical storyboarding exercises using their own projects. Both weekends will include model drawing classes and analysis of selected film examples, including HOBSON’S CHOICE, RAGING BULL and A MAN ESCAPED. Click here for more info and booking.
ALSO THIS WEEK – DON’T MISS THESE IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINES:
Directing Actors: Getting the Right Performance
Sat 12th – Wed 16th March – 10am-5pm
App deadline this Friday 18th Feb
In this intensive 5-day workshop director Udayan Prasad (MY SON THE FANATIC, SILENT WITNESS) guides participants through the fundamental techniques for directing actors. Designed for directors with some filmmaking experience, but little understanding or training in the performing arts, the course looks at how actors are trained and the methods they use in order to work effectively with the director to bring the characters to life.
Click here for more info.
Writers’ Gym I: Practical Tools for Creative Screenwriting
8-session evening course – Mondays 6.30-8.45pm – Starts 4th April
App deadline next Monday 21st Feb
Writers’ Gym II: Feature Script Development Programme
8-session evening course – Tuesdays 6.30-8.45pm – Starts 5th April
£520 App deadline: next Monday 21st Feb
Whether you’re just getting to grips with your writing or ready to turn that idea into a feature script, Ellis Freeman’s Writers’ Gym is here to help. Writers’ Gym I aims to stimulate ideas through play. Its goal is to help participants relax and identify the stories they want to tell. Building on these techniques, Writers’ Gym II participants get stuck into writing a first draft of a feature project. Click here for details.
A to Z of Documentary Making: From Creation to Distribution
Thursday 17th & Friday 18th March - 10am-5pm
This 2-day weekend workshop with award-winning executive producer Tracey Gardiner (Grierson, Scottish BAFTA, Wincott) is designed to provide a detailed and practical guide on how to take an idea for a documentary from the early stages of development through to the finished product, and onto the international market. The course is especially useful for those who already have some experience of documentary filmmaking in a particular area, but want to learn how it all fits together in order to manage a project from start to finish. For those with little or no industry experience it will provide a strong grounding in all aspects of the production process. Click here for more info.
“Tracey is very honest about the work involved in documentary making. It’s good to be realistic and to know what you’re dealing with in what is a difficult world to succeed in. She covered pretty much all I need to know.” Feedback from previous participant.
InSight is an open and dynamic organisation bridging academia and the industry emphasising a plurality of interdisciplinary perspectives so that participants in courses and events can foster an experimental and boundary-pushing attitude, engaging in a vibrant and stimulating dialogue to develop their potential and the potential of visual culture. InSight facilitates this dialogue through courses and events exploring international visual media and emerging technologies, tracking broader trends in culture and society and their relationship with visual culture.
InSight’s partners and patrons are carefully selected companies, organisations and individuals that share in the aims of the InSight initiative. They provide vital support to InSight by ensuring that the organisation remains at the leading edge of education and debates in film, video and screen media. Through its programme InSight aims to acknowledge the opportunities provided by new technologies and the challenges presented by the world that we live in today, to raise levels of expertise and awareness and encourage achievement in the visual arts.
|5 Day Documentary Camera Workshop||Mon, 08 Nov 2010 – Fri, 12 Nov 2010|
|5 Day Final Cut Pro Editing Workshop||Mon, 14 Feb 2011 – Fri, 18 Feb 2011|
|Easter 10 Day Documentary Workshop||Mon, 04 Apr 2011 – Fri, 15 Apr 2011|
|15 Day Documentary Summer School||Mon, 13 Jun 2011 – Fri, 01 Jul 2011|
|InSight Final Cut Pro Workshops||Sat, 23 Oct 2010 – Sat, 20 Nov 2010|
|Apple Intro to Final Cut Pro||Sat, 23 Oct 2010 – Sun, 24 Oct 2010|
|Apple Intermediate Final Cut Pro||Sat, 20 Nov 2010 – Sun, 21 Nov 2010|
|Distributing Documentaries||Sat, 20 Nov 2010 – Sun, 21 Nov 2010|
|Directing Actors with Batsheba Garnett||Sat, 04 Dec 2010 – Sun, 05 Dec 2010|
|Canon HD DSLR Camera Workshop||Sat, 29 Jan 2011|
|Arts Event Management||Sat, 12 Feb 2011 – Sun, 13 Feb 2011|
|Making Video for the Web||Sat, 19 Feb 2011 – Sun, 20 Feb 2011|
|The Art of Documentary Editing||Sat, 26 Feb 2011 – Sun, 27 Feb 2011|
|Arts Event Management||Sat, 12 Mar 2011 – Sun, 13 Mar 2011|
|Producing Documentaries||Sat, 19 Mar 2011 – Sun, 20 Mar 2011|
|The Uses of Film Sound||Sat, 16 Apr 2011 – Sun, 17 Apr 2011|
|Digital Marketing for Filmmakers & Creatives||Mon, 29 Mar 2010 – Mon, 26 Apr 2010|
|The Art of the Image||Tue, 04 May 2010 – Tue, 08 Jun 2010|
|Fiction Filmmaker’s Toolkit||Tue, 15 Jun 2010 – Tue, 06 Jul 2010|
|Producing Fiction||Mon, 19 Jul 2010 – Mon, 09 Aug 2010|
|The Art of Fiction Editing||Wed, 26 Jan 2011 – Wed, 16 Feb 2011|
|Developing and Pitching Documentaries||Mon, 31 Jan 2011 – Mon, 21 Feb 2011|
|Visual Literacy: Fundamentals of Film Form||Wed, 23 Feb 2011 – Wed, 16 Mar 2011|
|Fundraising for the Arts||Mon, 28 Feb 2011 – Mon, 21 Mar 2011|
|Four Approaches to Film Storytelling||Wed, 23 Mar 2011 – Wed, 20 Apr 2011|
Happening This Month:
The Art of Documentary Editing
Sat 26th Feb – Sun 27th Feb, 2011
UCL, Dept of Anthropology
This course is targeted towards documentary practitioners who are either preparing, shooting or editing their documentary, scholars who want to analyse or write about documentaries, and people who are simply passionate about non-fiction films. Keeping the balance between the theory OF practice and the theory IN practice each session will include discussions of how theoretical concepts relate to stylistic conventions applied in documentaries, especially from an editing perspective. Since visual storytelling informs not only shot-to-shot relations, but also style, structure, form and treatment, the analyses will look at narrative, point-of-view, representation, realism and aesthetics in documentaries.
Over a weekend, the following general subjects will be covered in detail using film clips from highly acclaimed and thought-provoking documentaries, clear and detailed explanation supported with handouts, and group discussion:
Introduction to Documentary – The Poetic Documentary
· Definition of “documentary”
· Common misconception and assumptions
· Shot sizes
· Montage editing
Time and Space – The Observational Documentary
· Continuity editing
· Manipulation of time and space
Point-of-view – The Performative and Interactive Documentary
· The interview
· Point-of-view and character identification
Narrative Structure – The Expository Documentary
· Narrative and referencing
· Beginnings and endings
Reflexivity and Representation – The Reflexive Documentary
· Representation and treatment
Tutor: Catalin Brylla
Catalin Brylla is a freelance editor, media lecturer and post-production consultant. He teaches editing theory and practice, as well as documentary production at the International Film School Wales, and the Academy of Radio, Film and Television.
For more information and to apply:
Canon HD DSLR Workshop
Saturday 5th March, 2011
UCL, Dept of Anthropology
This Saturday workshop will cover how to use the new range of Canon DSLRs that can record 1080p HD video to a high standard for such a low price point. The Canon 7D will be used for demonstration purposes and differences with the other cameras will be covered.
The workshop will cover the benefits, such as image quality, small form factor, what high quality good value lenses are available and which ones to choose based on what you shoot, low light shooting and tapeless recording. We will also look at some of the issues experienced with this camera and how to deal with them, such as sound, handheld, focussing, file size limits and which accessories are available to make the most of these cameras. Included in the workshop will be how best to set up the camera, post production workflow, and alternative techniques such as slow motion and timelapse.
Visual Literacy: Fundamentals of Film Form
Wed 23rd Feb – Wed 16th Mar, 2011
18.15 – 21.15
UCL, Dept of Anthropology
£175In this four-week introductory course we will explore the function of film form in narrative cinema. Through close, shot-by-shot analyses of specific scenes, sequences and transitions in four select films, one each week, we will isolate elements of film style and examine their effects as they work in conjunction with the narrative. The aim of this detailed study of the stylistic elements of cinema is to provide filmmakers with a greater command of cinematic “grammar”, and to give students a better understanding of how films make meaning.
Tutor: Catalin Brylla
Catalin Brylla is a freelance editor, media lecturer and post-production consultant. He teaches editing theory and practice, as well as documentary production at the International Film School Wales, and the Academy of Radio, Film and Television.
Supported by Shooting People
(The worlds Independent Filmmaking Community)
A New Film by Wayne G Saunders
Prolific UK filmmaker Wayne G Saunders new film will soon be hitting the streets of London - checkout the trailer for his new film.
He also works with young people who are interested in filmmaking, so If you would like to find out more about his work or about available opportunities, send him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN THEATRE – OPEN AUDITIONS
CAN YOU SING AND PLAY THE GUITAR LIKE BOB MARLEY – THEN YOU MAY BE THE OPENING AND ENDING A FAMILY MUSICAL PRODUCTION AT?
THE SHAW THEATRE 2011
The production is supported by the Metropolitan Police.
The musical is based on reggae legend Bob Marley’s childhood growing up in the poorer areas of Jamaica, Trenchtown.
CONTACT: Lorna Blackman on: 07948320299
THE DANCE ROUTINE MUST BE CARIBBEAN FOLK DANCE MIXED WITH CONTEMPORARY DANCE
All students will receive recognition for their work.
All children can work up to a LEVEL 1 AND LEVEL 2 LAMDA QUALIFICATION
AUDITIONS EVERY FRIDAY FROM 6.30pm to 7.30pm at NORTHUMBERLAND PARK SCHOOL, LONDON N.17
AFRICA FILM FESTIVAL & ACADEMY AWARDS ZAFAA 2011.
The UK’s BIGGEST Africa Film Festival and Academy Awards ZAFAA is here for another year in 2011.
Make sure you do not miss out, expect to see even more Africans participating to make it an All-African continent Affair, giving the winners great reason to be proud winners. London is going to see the best from African Movie makers from all over the world as it become evident that Africa Movies are gaining more notice and powerful recognition in the International film industry.
London is the Place; October 2011 is the date
There will also be cultural displays and fabulous performances over 3 days. Check us out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/l/95248ek7DNnPapK7b9K3dk8oeYw;www.zafaa.com
In association with
Presents an exclusive screening of
In The Land Of The Free
+ interview with Vadim Jean (Director)
Tuesday 25th May (7.30pm / 8.00pm start)@ The West Green Cinema, Parkview Academy, West Green Road, London, N15 3RB (Nearest landmarks: Blackboy Lane & Downhills park)
Tickets: £6 (You can buy in advance / inc £1.25 booking fee)
Starring: Clint Dyer, Ralph Brown, Rafe Spall
Directed by: Robert Heath
SUS – THE MOVIE THAT HAS EVERYONE THINKING!
Election Night 1979: Margaret Thatcher is about to come into power.
A young black man is held on suspicion of murdering his pregnant wife. Officers Karn and Wilby, racist to the core and high on the prospect of a Conservative Party victory, try to lure the suspect into a quick confession. But the night has just begun…
Written by Barrie Keefe, who was behind the British classic The Long Good Friday, SUS is an emotionally charged and incredibly tense crime drama that serves as a powerful outcry against past institutional racism. But in the age of counter-terrorism SUS also begs the question: has history caught up with us?
Support British Independent Films!
It’s good to see Wesley Snipes back in the unbelievable new cop film “Brooklyn’s Finest”.
Also starring Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle and veteran actor Richard Gere; with superb performances from all. This is a must-see-film!
We won’t give the plot away but even with all the other previous cop films, this films stands out; if not only for the great performances from a great line-up of actors, the seamless entwining of numerous stories, reminiscent of the film “Crash” and the never ending decent into darkness and redemption.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY).
Could be a future classic! Make sure to go and see it on 9th June upon release.
BROOKLYN’S FINEST (18)
DON CHEADLE, RICHARD GERE and ETHAN HAWKE are BROOKLYN’S FINEST. This gritty urban thriller follows three doomed New York police officers, each trying to overcome their own demons whilst working in the city’s most dangerous precinct run by ruthless drug-running gangsters.
Detective Salvatore “Sal” Procida (HAWKE), desperate for money to feed and house his rapidly growing family, has started pocketing the money left on the table during drug raids. Deeply religious, he finds that he’s in the bad place of trying to reconcile his misdeeds with his needs. The mold in the walls of his home is making his wife (LILI TAYLOR) ill and endangering the life of his unborn twins. And the down payment on his coveted new, bigger house is past due.
Officer Eddie Dugan (GERE) is a week from retirement after twenty-two years of less-than-exemplary service to the force when he’s assigned to oversee rookies in the tough neighborhoods. His life in shambles, Eddie is barely hanging on, swilling whiskey in the morning to get out of bed. His only friend is a prostitute he frequents.
Detective Clarence “Tango” Butler (CHEADLE) is an undercover cop working the drug beat. Losing his identity and begging for a promotion and a desk job, he’s finally offered a way out but it means betraying close friend and known gangster, Caz (WESLEY SNIPES).
Eddie, Sal and Tango are never destined to meet until an organised drug raid leads them to the same fatal crime scene.
IN CINEMA’S 9TH JUNE 2010
Watch the Trailer
The 6th International Images of Black Women Film Festival is here!
Back at the Tricycle Cinema from the 9th to 11th April (London, Kilburn) to celebrate Black women in film with a fantastic selection of films,
performances by UK female lyricists, great debates and Q&A’s with filmmakers, award ceremony and a dynamic festival-networking event.
We have 2 great opening & closing films as well as who are the winners of our short film competition.
Sign up for the IBW mailouts and receive regular festival updates.
Early birds discount from 15th March till 19th March
We also look forward to seeing you all Sunday 14th March at our pre-festival event Celebrating Women: Tribute to Haitian women.
Opening & Closing Films
SAY MY NAME – UK Premiere
Frid 9 April
8:30pm to 11:00pm
Dir: Nirit Peled
Born out of a worldwide project about women by Mamaness, SAY MY NAME is a powerful documentary taking viewers on a vibrant tour of urban culture and musical movement, from hip hop’s birthplace in the Bronx, to grime on London’s Eastside.
More than 18 Artists feature in interviews, intertwined with musical performances, to talk about their battle for a place in a society that creates few chances for women. From emerging artists filled with new creativity, to true pioneers like MC Lyte, Roxxanne Shante, and Monie Love, these are women turning adversity into art.
Further featured artists: Estelle, Eryka Baduh & Queen Latifah
Nirit Peled & producer Dave Hemmingway at this UK Premiere, which will end with a live performance of UK female lyricists.
RAIN -UK Premiere
Sun 11 April 5:50pm to 7:45pm
Dir: Maria Govan
A very beautiful and poetic film with stunning cinematography, one of the first films produced indigenously in the Bahamas to receive international recognition.
When her grandmother dies, 14 year-old Rain leaves her tiny Ragged Island to travel to Nassau to seek out the mother who abandoned her as a child. Rain is devastated to discover that Glory lives in a desperately poor, AIDS-ravaged neighbourhood called “The Graveyard,” and that she turns tricks to support her drug habit. With no strong maternal role model in her life, Rain must look within for strength and discovers she has a gift for running.
Maria Govan’s Rain shows a different side to Nassau where, in the shadows of luxury resorts and ocean liners, lives a subset of islanders battling the ravages of drugs, HIV infection and extreme poverty.
Film to be introduced by the Bahamas High Commissioner in London & Maria Govan will attend Q&A’s.
SHORT FILM COMPETITION WINNERS
Saturday 10 April (Part of Filmmakers’ Forum)
3:15pm to 5:15pm
For 20 Questions, a well-crafted story of an entangled love affair that shows her passion and skill for good storytelling.
For Hexagram, 27-Yi inspired by Chinese philosophy of nourishment of the mind, body and soul. Bayonne produces a tantalising visual piece of body nourishment in African culture where colours and imagery stimulate viewers’ taste buds.
Emmerging Filmmakers’ Forum showcases a total of 4 shorts and an Award ceremony.
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Films & Talks this January & February
Black Mans Land, White Mans Country 23.1.10
Saturday School Careers Day 30.1.10
Why Fight for Britain ? Black Troops 1790′s to 1948 31.1.10
Small Island Repeat plus Q and A with producer 7.2.10
Namimbia: The Fight for liberation 20.2.10
Outside the law , Stories from Guantanamo 27.2.10
Kenya and the Mau Mau 28.2.10
Black Mans Land, White Mans Country
Sat 23rd January 2-5pm
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1
Admission 5 pounds. Bookings 928 3232
This venue has a strict time policy. If you are late you may not be allowed in
A history of Kenya from a Kenyan perspective with two rare films made in the 1970′s. They detail how the British initially appeared as traders in East Africa before moving on to massacre numerous ethnic groups including Somalis, and Masai. Resistance leaders were killed, imprisoned or disappeared and replaced with quislings. The best land was stolen and given to British immigrants such as Lord Delamere. Schools and rites of passage customs were destroyed or disrupted and replaced with mission schools which only a few could attend. The Land and Freedom army was formed by ex WW2 veterans but the British refused to use their name and invented a new name, The Mau Mau. With extensive archive footage and extended interviews with the African resistance movement these unique films have eerie parallels with the modern day ‘war on terror’ and put a context on recent political and racial problems in Kenya.
Sunday 31st January 1.30-5.00pm.
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth road. SE1
Tube: Lambeth North. Free Entry: First Come, First served.
Bring pen and pad and be on time
An investigation of loyalty within the British Empire to explain why black troops would want to fight and die for Britain, a country that had enslaved their ancestors .This interactive talk will use film clips, commentary and music to show what life was like in the Caribbean and how that population got to be there in the first place in addition to detailing the exploits of African/Caribbean troops and the wars they fought from 1790′s to the Gulf War. Special guests include Jamaican World War 2 veteran Alan Wilmott plus extremely rare footage of black fighter and bomber pilots and pioneers such as:
African Victoria Cross winners of the 1800′s
Sqn Ldr Ulric Cross (Trinidad) highest ranking and most decorated black officer in the RAF
Connie Marks founder (Jamaica) of We Were There and chair of Mary Seacole campaign
Billy Strachan Bomber pilot and civil rights activist
Irwin Everlsy (St Lucia)who fought in Falklands war but was then denied a british passport
John Smith (Sierra Leone) World War 1 veteran
Gershon Brown (Barbados) World War 1 Veteran
Small Island (Repeat) with Q and A with Producer - Sat 7 February
By popular demand we will be repeating the film Small Island and having a interactive session with the producer Vicky Licorish to find out what it took, and what it was like to make this period drama set in the Caribbean and England.
When screened on the BBC it pulled in 5 million viewers beating Batman on ITV. Those who packed the first screening demanded another chance to see and discuss the film with friends and family as the atmosphere was so unique. Our repeat screening will take place on Saturday 7th February from 11.00am onward. We will reveal the venue in the next 10 days. So check our site or add yourself to the mail list to be part of this special event.
FILMS FOR HAITI
Two films in recognition of the heroic African freedom fighters who from 22 August 1791, inspired by Boukman Dutty, fought and beat the British, Spanish and French racists and abolished slavery in 1804. (these films were originally screened at the BFI in August 2009, we wil endeavour to repeat them soon)
Passion for a Country
This exploration of Haitian society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries focuses on the tormented life of one of Haiti’s most important authors and prominent political figures, Jacques Roumain. His perceptive writings, similar to Fanon and Cesaire, illuminated issues still relevant today. If you misssed or saw “The Future is Elsewhere” (Les avenirs est Ailleurs) you will really appreciate this film.
Is about Jean Leopold Dominique who hosted Radio Haiti, the first independent radio station in Haiti. Director Jonathan Demme uses historical footage and interviews. The result is a serious recount of Haiti during its numerous regime changes. US military/political interference and poverty-creation is exposed in detail.
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“ROAD, MOVIE” CONTINUES TO DEMONSTRATE AUDIENCE APPEAL WITH BERLIN SELECTION
FOLLOWING NORTH AMERICA, ASIA AND MIDDLE EAST PREMIERES, DEV BENEGAL’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FLICK WILL HAVE ITS EUROPEAN PREMIERE AT THE 60TH BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL
Mumbai: Monday, 21 December 2009 – The Indian Film Company (TIFC) has announced that ROAD, MOVIE, Dev Benegal’s endearing tale of a young man who takes a travelling cinema truck on a life-changing journey across the sublime Indian landscape, continues its successful festival run with its European premiere at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in the Generation 14plus programme. ROAD, MOVIE’s presentation in Berlin demonstrates its audience appeal following its world premiere in Toronto in September and subsequent crowd pleasing receptions in Tokyo and Doha.
ROAD, MOVIE was co-produced by TIFC, Susan B. Landau (An Ideal Husband) and Academy Award® nominee Ross Katz (Lost in Translation, In the Bedroom)
Advisory to The Indian Film Company, CEO Sandeep Bhargava said, “We are delighted to bring this crowd pleasing film to Berlin. ROAD, MOVIE presents the hopes and desires of the younger generation in India as well as revealing universal truths that we must all accept and embrace.”
ROAD, MOVIE follows Vishnu (played by screen sensation Abhay Deol) as a restless young man who rejects his father’s faltering hair-oil business and hits the road with a travelling cinema in search of freedom. Along the journey Vishnu ponders his life’s priorities as he learns to appreciate his culture and the power of friendship and love. Colourful and full of unforgettable characters, ROAD, MOVIE celebrates India’s panorama and the pure love of film. Deol is supported by Bollywood actor/director Satish Kaushik and festival favourite Tannishta Chatterjee. The picture boosts stunning cinema-photography from the Rajasthan and Gujarat region, with a memorable score by Michael Brook.
Dev Benegal’s debut feature English, August (1994), was hailed as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema and ignited a wave of independent Indian filmmaking. His second feature Split Wide Open premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 1999.
The 60th Berlin International Film Festival will run between 11-21 February, 2010.
ROAD, MOVIE LINKS
Film website: www.roadmoviethefilm.com
AV promo link: www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1365967385/
ABOUT THE INDIAN FILM COMPANY-STUDIO 18
Forthcoming international productions from Indian Films-Studio 18 include: ROAD, MOVIE an adventure drama by Dev Benegal, produced by the Academy Award® nominee Ross Katz (Lost in Translation, In the Bedroom) and Susan B. Landau (An Ideal Husband). The script of this feature was an official selection at Cinefondation, Cannes 2006. In post-production: IT’S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), starring the legendary Shabana Azmi (Fire, Godmother, Arth, Madame Sousatzka), Golden Globe winner, Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), BAFTA-nominated Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Jimi Mistry (East Is East, The Guru, RocknRolla) and Mark Addy (The Full Monty).
Thanks to the ‘What Would Tyler Durden Do’ blog for the above pic. Loads more here.
The big screen version of ‘the A-Team’ started filming this week in Canada, with Liam Neeson as ‘Hannibal’, Bradley Cooper as ‘Faceman’ and Sharlto Copely from ‘District 9’ as ‘Murdoch’
What everyone really wanted to know though is the identity of the new ‘BA Baracus’?
It’s….. Former Ultimate fighting Champion Quinton Rampage Jackson.
Here he is doing some verbal sparring before a championship fight…
Here’s the original Mr T.
Can Rampage Jackson cut it? Who would you have rather seen playing BA?
Toronto, 21 September 2009 – ROAD MOVIE, Dev Benegal’s love letter to cinema received a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on 18 September.
The adventure drama stars Abhay Deol as a young man who drives an antique Chevy with two old film projectors across the Indian highway discovering love, life and laughter along the way. Deol is supported by fine performances from Tannishtha Chatterjee (Brick Lane, Shadows of Time) and Satish Kaushik (Brick Lane, Ram Lakhan) and newcomer Mohammed Faisal Usmani.
Cinemaphotographer, Michel Amathieu crafted the distinct and sumptuous look of the open road against the epic desert landscape of the Kutch region in Gujarat and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Anne Seibel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marie Antoinette) handled production design and Michael Brook composed the beautiful score (Into the Wild, An Inconvenient Truth).
ROAD MOVIE was the only Indian feature to be invited as a special presentation to the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and its glowing reception from public audiences point the film towards international recognition and success. In 2006 the ROAD MOVIE script was officially selected by Cinefondation in Cannes for feature development.
Dev Benegal’s first feature presentation English, August (1994) was hailed as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema and ignited a wave of independent Indian filmmaking. His second feature presentation Split Wide Open (1999) premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.
Indian Films-Studio 18 produce distinct Indian feature films with global appeal for international audiences. ROAD, MOVIE is being sold internationally by Fortissimo Film Sales, their first Hindi language title.
With over 100 films from over 40 different countries, the festival runs from Wednesday, October 14 till Thursday, 29 October.
Below you’ll find a list of Afro-Centric films at the festival. Highlights include:
Precious which is being hailed as this years Slumdog Millionaire having recently won at the Toronto Film Festival. A strong pick for the Best Supporting Actress & Adapted Screenplay Awards at next years Oscars.
A documentary on the life of music legend Bill Withers called Still Bill
2009 London Film Festival in Full
Min Ye (Tell Me Who You Are)
Mugabe & The White African
L’Absence (The Absence)
Behind The Rainbow
Les Feux de Mansaré (Fire of Mansare)
DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM (cert. tbc) is released by Momentum Pictures and will open at selected UK cinemas on 2nd October 2009.
Tyler Perry has done it again – ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself‘ took more than any other new film last week; just over $24m (£14.5m). In February, ‘Madea Goes to Jail’ also took the top earner spot when it was released, and this is the fifth out of eight Tyler Perry movies to open at no 1. For an independent film company this is awesome. His films may be comedy, but Tyler Perry deserves to be taken very seriously indeed.
• Meanwhile Hollywood is going for the macho ‘man film’ market big time with a ‘dinosaurs on steroids’ action movie. Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis are to star together in ‘The Expendables’, scheduled for release next summer. Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger! He is trying to play it all down: “I walk out of a hotel or out of a office building and [Stallone] will walk up and we will bump into each other and there will be some mumbling and then we will walk off.” The plot involves a team of mercenaries on a mission to overthrow a South American dictator. This is a bit worrying as all too often a Hollywood block buster turns into real life. Can we expect an invasion of Venezuela after ‘The Expendables’ is released? Judging by the trailer it is going to be terrible.
This is a major networking event for independent documentary and narrative feature filmmakers as well as anyone who wants to check out some of the latest films and film making techniques. The five-day schedule is packed with opportunities to be in the right place and the right time for anyone with film making on their minds.
• The 5th Annual LA Femme Film Festival is in Los Angeles, Oct. 15-18. The focuses is on women filmmakers.