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Producer Mark Herbert’s Top Five Stone Roses Tracks

With The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone premiering on Channel 4 this Easter Weekend at 10.50pm on Record Store Day – Saturday 19th April – producer  Mark Herbert shares his top five Stone Roses tracks


1. Don’t Stop

This is apparently Waterfall in reverse but for nearly 20 years I did not know. When I heard Reni play it live and saw his octopus hands make it look easy playing this rhythm, I was in awe. I love Mani and Reni at the end.


2. Breaking Into Heaven

I spent so long waiting for the album, stuck it on and thought “what’s the frig is this?”, then when it kicked in, I was in love with it. I’ve grown to love all of it and was blown away when I heard it for the first time live at Finsbury Park this year.


3. Mersey Paradise

Under 3 minutes of bliss. John’s dreamy guitar intro lulls you in & then the rest of them punch you in the under carriage.


4. Where Angels Play

“Ok, let’s fly she says, this carpet’s made for two.”

What a wondrous poetic line sung in proper Northern from Ian. Up there with “You taste of Cherryade” from Sally Cinnamon. They seem so simple, but the best art does. And both are dead romantic.


5. I Am The Resurrection

When making the film, you think you will tire of hearing the songs. Never did. When the crowd threw the green cushions at this performance last year in Lyon,  it made the hair stand up on the back of my thinning head as much as when I first heard it at 18. It was also played last at my brother’s wedding party this year and the dance floor went mental (in a quaint pub in Peaks)


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Christmas on Film4

12 Dec, 2013 Posted in: Film4 Channel, Film4 Productions on TV

For those who like nothing better than to spend Christmas catching up with great films, Film4 has an unmissable line-up that begins before the actual holidays kick in and then keeps going, with more than just leftovers, through to the New Year.  

You’ll find plenty of highlights in our new Christmas promo as it whisks you through a cinematic wonderland that includes the premiere of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, World’s End pals Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Paul, the Studio Ghibli magic of Spirited Away, Emma Stone in whipsmart high-school comedy Easy A, inventive Scandinavian horror adventures Troll Hunter and Rare Exports, and some Will Ferrell comedy to continue the Anchorman 2 excitement.

To get you started, here at the blog you’ll find 12 further holiday highlights:


My Neighbour Totoro


  • - Fresh from its recent cinematic re-release, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the Hollywood epic Cleopatra. I won’t take up any more of your time here as the film is long enough as it is.



The Fighter

The Fighter


  • - A double-bill from director David O. Russell, whose livewire new film American Hustle is in cinemas over the holiday period. Catch his Oscar-winning drama The Fighter and his controversial debut Spanking the Monkey.


  • - Your tastes may run to edgier fare than Hollywood hits but it’s those blockbusters that bring people together, making them perfect Christmas viewing. Gather round for the likes of Transformers, Titanic, Iron Man, Mission Impossibles 2 and 3, and the J. J. Abrams version of Star Trek.


The Godfather

The Godfather


  • - We’ve solved the dilemma of what to do on New Year’s Eve by giving you the chance to stay in with a classic saga – The Godfather and The Godfather Part II runs through the night from 2013 to 2014, starting at 9pm


  • - Go your own way at Christmas and embrace some cult classics. There’s the button-pushing indie drama Compliance, tough Korean animated film The King of Pigs, the Film4-produced avant garde horror film Berberian Sound Studio and, from the 70s, the cool road-movie Vanishing Point. You’ll find more where they come from if you stay up late every night.


The Social Network

The Social Network



  • - Don’t be too down-hearted if you don’t get what you wish for – there’s still plenty to smile about as we bring you a wide-range of comedy for Christmas. Paul, Easy A and Sightseers are covered in the promo, with more laughs coming from Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd in Trading Places, the goofy double of Airplane and Airplane II on two consecutive evenings, Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon in Four Christmases, and Bill Murray offering a cynical response to Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in the beloved Scrooged.


Troll Hunter

Troll Hunter


  • - Talking of ghosts, this is a good time of year to stay up late and shiver (even if you are wearing your new Christmas jumper). The promo gives you a glimpse of the mischievous mini-monsters in the Guillermo Del Toro-produced Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, but there’s also creepy business from Gremlins director Joe Dante in The Hole, intense Australian suspense in Red Hill and weird goings-on in Italy in Berberian Sound Studio, while Korean classic The Host proves that it’s not only in Troll Hunter that you’ll find monsters living under bridges.


  • - There’s always talk of the football season taking a winter break, but thankfully such a thing has never come to pass. Film4 is doing it’s bit to keep the beautiful game on your screens during Christmas with the ever-popular wartime adventure Escape to Victory. Pele and Bobby Moore team up with Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone in this one-of-a-kind footie favourite.




  • - Finally, we have to come back to Sightseers as our final seasonal highlight, even though it is featured in the promo and elsewhere on the site. Director Ben Wheatley has had an amazing year with the much-talked about release of his fourth film A Field In England, so it’s only fitting he should feature prominently on the channel as the year draws to a close. Sightseers is hilarious, scary, strange and subversive – and definitely something a bit different for Christmas. If you only find time to watch one film during the holidays, make sure that you mark Sightseers – 9pm on Boxing Day – as the one not to miss.

A Field in England premieres in cinemas and on Film4 on the same day!

We’re incredibly excited to announce that Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England will be the first ever UK film released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, on freeview TV and on VoD on Friday 5th July, as Film4, Picturehouse and 4DVD partner for a groundbreaking day-and-date release with support from the BFI

Reece Shearsmith in A Field In England. Picture by Dean Rogers

Reece Shearsmith in A Field In England. Picture by Dean Rogers

The team at Film4 towers are pleased and proud to be able to report that Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England – the first feature film commissioned by Film4.0 – will be the first ever film to be released in UK cinemas, on freeview TV, on DVD and on Video-on-Demand on the same day – with Film4, Picturehouse Entertainment, 4DVD and Film4 Channel partnering for this innovative watch-it-where-you-want experiment on Friday 5th July.  The film is one of the first to receive funding from the BFI’s New Models Distribution Fund strand, which was recently set up to support experimental and ambitious release models.

The unique release will give audiences and fans of Ben’s previous films (Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers) the choice of how and where to experience his brilliant new psychedelic trip into magic and madness – whether it’s amidst an audience in the cinema, followed by a satellite Q&A with Ben and the cast; delving into multiple extras on a special edition DVD; from the comfort of the sofa showcased with a director’s intro and interview on TV; or the freedom to watch when they want on VoD.  Particularly intrepid film fans can also follow in the footsteps of the film’s characters, with screenings planned in a field (or few) in England across the summer.

A Field in England is the first feature to be developed and fully financed through our innovation hub Film4.0, and was conceived as a film which would be funded, shot, edited and distributed in a way that challenges traditional models and sets out to break the mould. A digital masterclass designed to immerse audiences in the making of the film will also launch around release, developed by Film4.0 in partnership with the filmmakers.  Through behind-the-scenes interviews, on-set videos, and unseen rushes, Ben Wheatley, cast and key crew will take the audience on a unique journey through the creative choices that determined the final cut.

Ben Wheatley says: “It’s great to team up with Film4 to make this film and to work with new partners such as Picturehouse and 4DVD. We have tried to innovate with this film, in production and distribution. I’m very proud of the results and look forward to sharing the film with the audience.”

Anna Higgs, Film4.0 Commissioning Editor, says: “From the word go, A Field in England was a hugely original idea – you’d expect no less from Ben and Amy – so we wanted to build the project with the team in a way that was true to that. The film is a really exciting next step in the progression of Ben’s work as a director and will be something the likes of which a whole generation of audiences won’t have ever seen.  I’m incredibly pleased we’ve formed this innovative partnership to take this brilliant film out to them in a truly ground-breaking way.”

Sue Bruce-Smith, Film4’s Head of Commercial and Brand Strategy, says: “Ben is undoubtedly one of our boldest, brightest and most audience savvy filmmakers and so it made complete sense to look to develop a project with him that would lend itself to this kind of daring and innovative release. We’re lucky to have found in Picturehouse Entertainment, 4DVD, the Film4 channel and BFI partners who share our vision to disrupt the status quo and experiment with new distribution patterns, to create this exciting event style release.”

Clare Binns, Director of Programming and Acquisitions, says: “We’re proud to have an intimate understanding of our audience, as are Film4, which is what makes this collaboration so exciting. Our eagerness to explore and experiment with new platforms of distribution in an evolving film landscape makes us all the more thrilled to be able to get this innovative film out there to the audience it so readily deserves. Ben Wheatley is a genuinely unique British talent and we could not be happier to be working with him on this film.”

A Field in England is written by Amy Jump and produced by Claire Jones and Andy Starke at Rook Films, with Anna Higgs Executive Producer for Film4.


Update: in response to some reader queries – yes, the film will be available on BluRay too.


Dreams Of A Life to play on Channel 4

Carol Morley’s critically-acclaimed documentary Dream Of A Life  starring Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) is set to premiere on Channel 4 at 10pm on 7th February

Dreams of a Life is the first feature documentary film by award-winning artist and filmmaker Carol Morley. Morley was inspired to make the film after stumbling across a newspaper article which reported the discovery of Joyce’s body but no personal information other than the fact that she had died with the television on while wrapping Christmas presents. Morley decided on the spot that she had to make a film about Joyce – she couldn’t leave her to be forgotten.

It took five years to track down Joyce’s former friends, lovers and colleagues. The result is a moving cautionary tale of our times which calls into question how much we can ever really know another human being.

Morley was joined on the project by her long-time collaborator Cairo Cannon, co-producing with James Mitchell (Wener Herzog’s My Best Friend), and award-winning film editor Chris Wyatt (Dead Man’s Shoes and This Is England).

Dreams Of A Life is receiving its first TV screening on Channel 4 on the 7th February at 10pm. Click here to find out more about the film.

Zawe Ashton stars in Dreams Of A Life’s dramatised scenes