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Halifax Ghost Story Festival

Title: Halifax Ghost Story Festival
Location: Dean Clough, Halifax
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Description: A celebration of the popular but undervalued form, ghost stories. Join the celebrations with some great authors, directors, films and plays. Guests include Jeremy Dyson (League of Gentlemen and Ghost Stories) discussing a lost literary genius and screens his film, The Cicerones; Lawrence Gordon Clark in conversation, plus the screening of four of Clark’s famous MR James BBC film adaptations; Tartarus Press on the latest in haunted fiction; readings from horror writers Mark Morris, Nicholas Royle and Conrad Williams, alongside screenwriter Stephen Volk; Fine Time Fontayne reads classic tales late into the night; Ghosts in 60 Seconds presents 50 one-minute plays; GP Taylor invents site-specific stories; Chris Priestley talks about his love of weird tales; writers/illustrators Chris Mould (Something Wickedly Weird) and David Melling (Hidden Goblins) team up to draw youngsters into their world – literally; Howard Priestley (Phoenix FM) on comicbook layout; and Twelve Wires animation group.
Start Date: 2010-10-29
End Date: 2010-10-31

Posted in General by / October 10th, 2010 / No Comments »

A Night to Remember – Roy Ward Baker dies at 93

Verteran British film director Roy Ward Baker died on Friday 8 October at the age of 93. One of great directors, his career stretched from working with Alfred Hitchcock on The Lady Vanishes to directing programmes of Minder and The Good Guys. Along the way, he directed classics Morning Departure, A Night to Remember (the best film about the Titanic), Quatermass and the Pit and The Vampire  Lovers. Click here for longer obituary

Posted in General, People by / October 8th, 2010 / No Comments »

Great American Director Arthur Penn dies at 88

Arthur Penn died on Tuesday 28 September aged 88. He rocketed to fame with, for the time, extremely violent Bonnie and Clyde and subsequently made classics such as Little Big Man, Alice’s Restaurant, Night Moves; the great westerns, Left Handed Gun and The Missouri Breaks; and the wonderful ensemble piece The Chase. Great with actors, he could also direct great action.

Posted in General, People by / September 30th, 2010 / No Comments »

David Peace

Title: David Peace
Location: Showroom, Sheffield
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Description: David Peace is the acclaimed author of the Red Riding Quartet, The Damned United, Tokyo Year Zero and Occupied City. His portrayal of the miner’s strike, GB84, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2005, is a powerful novel that is a ‘fiction based upon a fact’. He continues on this topic in the book No Redemption in which he provides the words for photographs taken by Keith Pattison charting the events during 1984-85 in the community of the Durham Coalfield. A chance to hear one of Britain’s finest writers talk about his work and this significant time in recent history, interviewed by Bill Lawrence
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2010/10/12

Posted in Events, General by / September 29th, 2010 / No Comments »

John Woodward, UK Film Council resigns

Chief Executive of the UK Film Council, John Woodward, announced his resignation today, to leave the organisation early November 2010. The UKFC is currently scheduled to be wound up by March 2012, but rumours suggest that March 2011 may be forced. Last week, it was said that all links with the British Film Institute would be cut by April 2011. Currently, government funding reaches the BFI from DCMS via the UKFC.

UKFC website

Posted in General by / September 13th, 2010 / No Comments »

Sofia Coppola wins Golden Lion at Venice

Sofia Coppola won the Golden Lion this weekend for her latest film, Somewhere. Jury President Quentin Tarantino said “This film won the prize unanimously  – it enchanted us from our first screening and it was even a situation where we would be talking about another film and arguing for another film and we’d start talking about that film again. It had the artistry we were looking for in a golden lion. I have to say that is my tremendous… momento…I have to say it is my tremendous honor to give the golden lion of the 67th Venice film festival to Sofia Coppola for Somewhere.”

Sofia Coppola: “After Marie Antoinette, which had so many costumes and extras, it was liberating to have a smaller crew and so something closer to my experience with Lost in Translation. This was the most low-stress, pleasant shoot I’ve ever had.

For me, this was a good experiment; centering a movie around just two characters, focusing on their intimate story and also spending a lot of time with one [of them] alone. I didn’t want [anyone watching the movie] to be aware of the filmmaking, so you can just be there with the character.”

Posted in Film Festivals, General by / September 12th, 2010 / No Comments »

Claude Chabrol Dies at 80

The great French auteur Claude Chabrol has died at the age of 80, emulating his hero Alfred Hitchcock who also died at 80 just over 30 years ago. Chabrol made over 50 films in his long career, many of them thrillers and was awarded a Golden Bear at Berlin in 1959. For more information see

Posted in General, People by / September 12th, 2010 / No Comments »

Farewell Bruno S

Bruno S (Schleinstein) the enigmatic star who received world renown through the films of Werner Herzog died on 11 August 2010. Bruno S came to fame in The Enigma of Kasper Hauser,  perfectly cast as the mysterious adult who arrives with no past and no memory. He subsequently starred in Stroszek that Herzog wrote for him, but subsequently he was involved in little filmmaking. See the obituary in The Guardian

Posted in General, People by / August 23rd, 2010 / No Comments »

Opening Night at Cambridge Film Festival

The 30th Cambridge Film Festival opens on 16th September with The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec a lavish new fantasy costume drama starring Louise Bourgoin and Mattieu Amalric and directed by Luc Besson. The festival runs until 26th September and will close with Made in Dagenham starring Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Rosamund Pike and Jaime Winstone and directed by Nigel Cole.

Posted in Film Festivals, General by / August 23rd, 2010 / No Comments »

Global Box Office rises 11% April – June

The global box office has risen by 11% in the 2nd quarter of 2010, but only by 3% in ticket sales. This is the 3D effect and premium tickets for titles Clash of the Titans, Alice in Wonderland, Shrek Forever After and Toy Story 3. While 3d dominates the UK market, it is good to see that good old 2D still carries weight with Inception holding on strongly and going back up to 2nd place in the national charts and in its 5th week, up to $45 million in the UK. While Toy Story 3 dominates and about to break the $100 million line.

Posted in General by / August 20th, 2010 / No Comments »
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