Archive for August, 2015

Wes Craven – A Tribute

Wes CravenBorn: 2 August 1939
Died: 30 August 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pioneer of the slasher genre of film, Wes Craven, died on Sunday 30 August 2015.

He began his career in film as a sound editor for a post-production company in New York and his early involvement with film involved editing and scriptwriting, predominantly in the pornographic film industry. His directorial debut came with the controversial film The Last House on the Left (1972), followed by The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and Swamp Thing (1982).

Craven recreated the teen horror genre of films with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), his best known film, in which he launched the career of Johnny Depp by giving him his first major film role and the Scream franchise of films.

Much of Craven’s work shared the common theme of reality, such as the consequences of dreams bleeding into real life in the Nightmare on Elm Street films, a man who struggles to distinguish between nightmare visions and reality in The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) and the self-aware Scream (1996) where characters reference other horror films in relation to their own situation. This was one of the first films to acknowledge that, in most cases, the audience knows more than the characters do about the pitfalls of horror films.

Although he is best known for his work in the horror genre, Craven directed two films that were outside of this with Music of the Heart (1999) and Paris, je t’aime (2006).

Craven will forever be remembered for the creation of one of the most iconic characters in the history of horror, that of Freddy Krueger – who will haunt our dreams forever.

 

 

Posted in General by / August 31st, 2015 / No Comments »

Children’s Film First Conference – Keynote Speakers Announced

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Children’s Film First Conference – Keynote Speakers Announced

 

The CFF conference is delighted to announce three key speakers in Brussels this September:

 

Boudewijn Koole – Director of ‘Kauwboy’

Julie Ward – Member of the European Parliament

Matteo Zacchetti – Creative Europe MEDIA Unit

 

Join them and fellow professionals working at cinemas and venues, film festivals, educationalists, teachers working with film, distributors, producers and academics at the CFF conference 23 & 24 September 2015, Brussels, Belgium.

 

Read more here.
 

 

Posted in General by / August 18th, 2015 / No Comments »

George Cole 1925 – 2015

George ColeBorn: 22 April 1925
Died: 6 August 2015
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actor George Cole has sadly died, aged 90.

After starting life as a butcher’s boy he soon landed a role with a touring musical and chose acting as his career.

His first film role was in Cottage to Let (1941) and became friends with Alistair Sim who served as his mentor with the pair appearing in 11 films together.

Cole also appeared with Laurence Olivier in The Demi-Paradise (1943) and Henry V (1944) and was the last surviving member of the large cast of the film.

He became well known to cinema-goers during the 1950s after appearing in films such as Scrooge (1951), The Green Man (1956) and Too Many Crooks (1959).

Cole is known for his role as Flash Harry in the St Trinian’s series of films including The Belles of St Trinian’s (1954), Blue Murder at St Trinian’s (1957), The Pure Hell of St Trinian’s (1960) and The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery (1960).

Following his film career he is of course best known as the character Arthur Daley in the television series Minder (1979-1994).

 

Posted in General by / August 6th, 2015 / No Comments »
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