Archive for June, 2015

The First Film – World Premiere

The First FilmDir. David Wilkinson 2015 110 mins GB (PG)
David Wilkinson, Ronald Harwood, Tom Courtenay








On a building in Leeds a blue plaque reads as follows:

“Louis Aimé August (sic) Le Prince came to Leeds in 1866 where he experimented in cinematography. In 1888 he patented a one-lens camera with which he filmed Leeds Bridge from this British Waterways building. These were probably the world’s first successful moving pictures”

Director David Wilkinson has spent more than 30 years on a quest to prove that the first moving pictures were filmed by Louis Le Prince in Leeds in 1888. This documentary follows him on his journey, with fellow investigator, writer and producer Irfan Shah, as they talk to film experts and historians in an attempt to uncover the truth and hopefully have the word ‘probably’ removed from the blue plaque.

The First Film has its World Premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on 23 June, followed by a Gala Premiere at Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds on 1 July before further screenings across the UK.

For further details visit the film website.




Posted in General by / June 22nd, 2015 / No Comments »

Sir Christopher Lee 1922 – 2015

Christopher Lee














Sir Christopher Lee, screen legend best known for his roles as Dracula, has died aged 93.

He made his film debut in the Gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors (1948) and appeared in Hamlet (1948) and Moulin Rouge (1952).

Lee’s first film with Hammer Film Productions was The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) which led to a successful string of films with Hammer inducing Dracula (1958), The Mummy (1959), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), The Devil Rides Out (1968), Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973), his last appearance as Dracula.

Outside of Hammer Lee appeared in other horror films including I, Monster (1971), The Creeping Flesh (1972) and his personal favourite The Wicker Man (1973).

Having missed out on the opportunity to play the title role in the Bond film Dr. No (1962), Lee jumped at the chance to play the role of Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

In more recent years he was known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as well as in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005).

In response to being hailed as legendary, Lee himself joked “To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead or excessively old“.




Posted in General by / June 11th, 2015 / No Comments »

Manchester Animation Festival Unveiled




17 – 19 November 2015


Manchester Animation Festival Launches Call For Entries For Its Inaugural Event.


A brand new festival has unveiled its intention to unite the international animation community in the city of Manchester. With dedicated animation festivals in short supply in the UK The Manchester Animation Festival will provide a three day extravaganza of animation in November 2015.


The Manchester Animation Festival has called for entries for its inaugural event. The festival will be hosted at HOME, the newly opened cross arts venue in the heart of Manchester’s First Street complex.

Categories in competition at the festival include:

  • Short Films
  • Graduation Film
  • Films by Children


Entries can be submitted through the newly launched website and submissions will be taken until the 15 August 2015 deadline.


As well as short films in competition the three day festival will present animated feature films, retrospectives, master classes, workshops, national and international director screen talks and Q&As as well as panel discussions giving a broad and dedicated insight into the animation industry.  The festival will also partner with Manimation (Manchester’s Animation Conference) which will be running alongside the festival on 18 & 19 November.


Manchester Animation Festival co-director Deb Singleton said “It just makes sense to hold a festival dedicated to animation in a city with such a rich heritage and booming industry like Manchester, with dedicated animation festivals in the UK in short supply and the brand new arts venue HOME opening in the city we now have the perfect opportunity to celebrate this fantastic art form

Tickets for the event will be on sale later this year but you can keep up to date with the festival development via the websiteFacebook and Twitter.




Posted in General by / June 8th, 2015 / No Comments »
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