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Film4 FrightFest 2014 guest line-up announced

This year’s Film4 FrightFest guest list brings together the great, the grand and the gifted as over 100 filmmakers, performers, writers and producers from all over the world make their way to the Vue West End in London.


Robert Englund

He lit up the 1980s and 1990s genre landscape with one of the classic horror performances of all time as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare On Elm Street. Cue rounds of ecstatic applause for the one and only Robert Englund who will be attending the festival to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of that Wes Craven classic (screening on Sunday 24th August) and to launch the latest production in which he stars, The Last Showing, which screens on Friday 22nd August.

Festival co-director Alan Jones commented today “Englund is one of the genre’s originals and we are thrilled to host such an icon of fright.”

In support of the opening film The Guest, today’s hottest Scream Queen, Maika Monroe, will be present to celebrate the UK premiere of her tension-laden shocker. Monro is also the star of horror sensation It Follows and is rapidly becoming the go-to-girl for genre glamour.


Show Pieces

In a major coup for his legion of fans, Alan Moore will be introducing and talking about his short film trilogy Show Pieces with director Mitch Jenkins. Dubbed the best graphic novel writer in history, this is a rare public appearance from a national treasure.

Then there’s director John McNaughton who changed the horror movie forever with his once-seen-never-forgotten masterpiece Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer. McNaughton is here to promote his unusual thriller The Harvest.

Essie Davis is currently winning a plethora of Best Actress awards for her emotionally complex and stunning role as the stressed out mother Amelia in the Australian phenomenon The Babadook. We are thrilled to have her with us as the Total Film Magazine sponsored guest of honour.

Other key directors include Nacho Vigalondo, who has three films on show – the epic crowd-pleaser Open Windows, his sci-fi comedy Extraterrestrial and V/H/S: Viral, Belgian filmmaker Fabrice Du Welz, for his extraordinary thriller Alleluia, Till Kleinert, director of post-modern slasher The Samurai, Starry Eyes directors Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer and the ever-popular Adam Green with his unusual offering, Digging Up The Marrow. From South America come Argentine director Adrian Garcia Bogliano with his werewolf winner Late Phases and Venezuelan director Alejandro Hidalgo with The House At The End Of Time.

Dead Within

Dead Within

Additional directors travelling to the Vue West End to introduce their work are Milan Todorovic (Nymph), Luke Hymans (XMOOR), Jay Weisman (Shockwave Darkside 3D), Ivan Kavanagh (The Canal) Phil Hawkins (The Last Showing) Ben Wagner (Dead Within), David Campbell (Lemon Passage), Ate De Jong (Deadly Virtues), David Gregory (Lost Souls), John Shackleton (The Sleeping Room), Jeremy Wooding (Blood Moon), Jessica Cameron (Truth Or Dare), Alexandre O Philippe (Doc Of The Dead, Ollie Frampton (The Forgotten), Ed Boase (The Mirror), Adam Spinks (The Expedition), Simeon Haligan (White Settlers, Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik), Matthew A. Brown (Julia) and Federico Zampaglone (Remember).

The stars of the films are out in force (with more to be confirmed) Pit Bukowski and Michel Diercks (The Samurai), Rupert Evans and Steve Oram (The Canal), The Last Showing stars Emily Berrington, Finn Jones and Malachi Kirby, XMOOR stars Nick Blood & Sofie Harkness, Deadly Virtues actor Edward Akrout, Shaun Dooley (Blood Moon), Leila Mimmock & Joseph Beatty (The Sleeping Room), Ashley C. Williams (Julia), Joshua Dickinson & Nate Fallows (The Mirror) and Emily Booth (Selkie)

Key producers also attending include Jan Harlan (The Shining), Alex Baranska (The Last Showing) Christian Arnold-Beutel (Shockwave Darkside 3D) Gallien Chanalet-Quercy (I Survived A Zombie Holocaust), Michael Vine (Blood Moon) and Gareth I Davis (The Sleeping Room)

Tickets for individual films are now on sale from or via the 24 hour booking line at  08712 240 240.

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New poster released for Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days On Earth

23 Jul, 2014 Posted in: News
With the film set for release on September 19th after a premiere screening at Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House on August 13th, here’s a look at the a poster for for the innovative drama-documentary starring Nick Cave…
Mr. Turner will be released by Picturehouse Entertainment on September 19th, find out more about the film and watch the trailer here.

First poster released for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

22 Jul, 2014 Productions Posted in: News

Ahead of the film’s release on October 31st, here’s a look at the first poster for Mike Leigh’s Film4-backed J.M.W. Turner biopic, starring the Cannes Best Actor-winning Timothy Spall…

Mr Turner poster

Mr. Turner will be released by eOne on October 31st, find out more about the film and watch the trailer here.

Film4 short film marks award-winning playwright’s directorial debut

10 Jul, 2014 Productions Posted in: Short films

Francesca Annis stars alongside Larry Lamb, Stephen Campbell Moore, Emma Fielding and Anna-Maria Nabirye in Lucy Kirkwood’s directorial debut The Briny, a Film4-backed short film which has just wrapped filming in Suffolk.

The Briny is the first film from Olivier award-winning playwright and screenwriter Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, NSFW, The Smoke). She directs her own original script which tells the story of Maureen (Annis), a woman who believes herself to be suffering from a sympathetic pregnancy to the Royal baby.

Eva Yates, Senior Development Executive at Film4, says: “Our shorts slate epitomises what Film4 exists to do in finding new voices in British film – giving distinctive creative talent the chance to take their first steps into filmmaking with full support from industry professionals. The calibre of cast and crew for The Briny is testament to Lucy’s originality of vision and great potential as a filmmaker as she brings this poignant and surreal story to life.”

Allon Reich of DNA Films, says: “We all loved Chimerica and are thrilled to be producing Lucy’s funny, touching and cinematic short film at DNA. We are sure this is just the start of her career as a writer and director for the big screen.”

In preparing for the shoot, Lucy Kirkwood shadowed Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) on the set of the Film4-backed Youth, currently shooting and starring Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda.

The Briny is produced by Alex Kendall and Teresa Moneo of DNA Films, with Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, and Joanne Smith executive producing alongside Film4’s Eva Yates.

Cinematography is by Charlotte Bruus Christensen (The Hunt, Far From The Madding Crowd, Anton Corbijn’s upcoming Life). Production design is by Alison Butler (Liam & Lenka, Cherry Tree Lane), Costumes by Holly Waddington (Ginger & Rosa) and editing by Hazel Baillie (In Our Name, Black Mirror).

Film4’s current shorts slate also includes screenwriter and playwright Sean Buckley’s Polar Bear, produced by Inflammable Films, due to shoot this summer and ahead of which Buckley spent time shadowing Justin Kurzel on the set of Macbeth; and Bat for Lashes musician Natasha Khan’s filmmaking debut Gotcha, produced by Cowboy Films, currently in development due to shoot later this year.

Film4’s supports a small number of short films each year, enabling creative talent to gain invaluable experience of the filmmaking process from start to finish – from acquiring knowledge and familiarity on set and fostering relationships with key crew, to cultivating ideas and developing their visual style. Past Film4-backed shorts include Paddy Considine’s BAFTA-winning Dog Altogether, which became the genesis of Tyrannosaur; Andrea Arnold’s Wasp, her latest feature American Honey is due to shoot later this year; Chris Morris’s BAFTA-winning My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117, which preceded Four Lions; Sam Taylor Wood’s BIFA-winning Love You More, ahead of her feature debut Nowhere Boy; and John Maclean’s BAFTA-winning Pitch Black Heist, his first feature Slow West is currently in post-production.

A collection of Film4’s shorts are available to view online - with further films including Andrea Arnold’s Wasp, Jesse Armstrong’s No Kaddish In Carmarthen and Daniel Mulloy’s Baby scheduled for release on the Film4 site in 2014.

Live satellite preview of 20,000 Days On Earth

10 Jul, 2014 Productions Posted in:

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s Film4-backed drama-documentary about the iconic musician Nick Cave will receive a gala preview at London’s Barbican Hall on 17th September, followed by a unique live performance, with 150 venues UK-wide linked in via satellite.

A live satellite broadcast from London’s Barbican Hall to 150 UK cinemas on September 17th, this red carpet gala preview of 20,000 Days On Earth will be followed by a unique 60-minute live experience that includes a live performance with Nick Cave, Warren Ellis and Barry Adamson and a Q&A with the creative team behind the film including directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard and special guests.

Following this exclusive event, Picturehouse Entertainment will release Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days On Earth, the award-winning feature about musician and author Nick Cave, on 19th September in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

“Its really exciting to be working with the Barbican on this intimate and exclusive event. Screening into over 150 cinemas across the UK, this is the perfect platform to launch a truly amazing film. Picturehouse Entertainment continue to spearhead innovative and unconventional release strategies designed to maximise their films’ ability to reach the widest possible audience,” said Picturehouse Entertainment Director of Programming & Acquisitions Clare Binns

“We’re very excited to be working with Picturehouse, Nick Cave and Iain & Jane on this unique event – it promises to be a very special experience, and it should also deliver a genuine insight into the creative process behind one of the most ground-breaking music films of recent years” said Barbican’s Contemporary Music Programmer Chris Sharp.

Tickets go on sale to Barbican members from 10am on Thursday 10th July, and then on general sale from 10am on Friday 11th July. For more information, visit the Barbican website. and


20,000 Days On Earth had its World and European Premieres at the Sundance and Berlin Festivals earlier in the year to great critical and public acclaim, winning the Sundance Best Direction prize and the Best Editing Award for Jonathan Amos in the World Cinema Documentary section.

The film is a bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, the iconic Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary by weaving a cinematically staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his full creative cycle.

The film delves into Cave’s artistic processes, unpicking the stuff that makes him tick. We meet those who have affected his life, personally and professionally, including hilarious moments shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist and epic beard-wearer Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, with whom Cave duetted on his mainstream hit single ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’. These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England.

The film constructs a narrative and cinematic reality that seamlessly blends performance and storytelling with emotional truths. Avowedly neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 Days On Earth still contains electrifying performances. We see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas sketched out by Cave in his office to a monstrous epic performed by the peerless Bad Seeds on stage at Sydney Opera House. We also witness Cave open up to psychoanalyst Darian Leader as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and later join him on a journey through his personal archive. This category-defying film possesses the same frankness and wry humour that run through all of Cave’s work, and pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.

First-time feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard were inspired by a line in Cave’s songwriting notebook, in which he calculated being alive for 20,000 days. Cave’s story is both extraordinary and strikingly universal. It takes us deep into the heart of how myth, memory, love and loss, shape each and every one of our lives, every single day.

20,000 Days On Earth continues Picturehouse Entertainment’s innovative partnership with Film4 following the successful releases of The Imposter, The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, A Field In England and The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology, with the recently announced Dark Horse and Thomas Quick set for 2015. A bespoke and unique digital partner project for the film, commissioned by Film4 and developed in collaboration with the filmmakers, Picturehouse and Pulse Films will be announced soon.

Featuring an original score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, the film is produced out of Pulse Films by James Wilson (JW Films) and Dan Bowen, and backed by Film4, the BFI, Corniche Pictures, Pulse, PHI, and Goldin Films.

20,000 Days On Earth will have its UK Premiere as part of the Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House on 13th August.