Monday, 21 April 2014

Exhibition is another Joanna Hogg masterpiece

Liam Gillick in Exhibition

Exhibition is the third film from British writer-director Joanna Hogg (ArchipelagoUnrelated).  British artist Liam Gillick and New Wave musician Viv Albertine play the middle-aged couple at the heart of this investigation into memory, architecture and the artistic process.

In Exhibition artists D (Albertine) and H (Gillick) decide to sell the home that they have loved and lived in for two decades. The upheaval of the sale causes anxieties to surface and D struggles to control the personal and creative aspects of her life with H.

The film marks a third collaboration with British actor Tom Hiddleston, who appeared in her debut Unrelated and her second film Archipelago. Hiddleston fitted in working on Exhibition while appearing as Loki in the Marvel adventure Thor: The Dark World.

As in her previous films, she mixes professional non-professional actors in her casts - she cast the landscape painter Christopher Baker in her second movie Archipelago. Hogg’s decision to work with artists and musicians reflects the fact she started her career as a photographer before becoming interested in the moving image.

Hogg attended the National Film and Television School in the UK, where her Her graduation piece Caprice starred a then unknown Tilda Swinton. After several short films, worked extensively in television drama, directing episodes of CasualtyLondon Bridge and EastEnders.

Her television work served as a testing ground for developing her aesthetic as a filmmaker which involves using extended takes and minimal camera movement to focus on her cast’s performances.

Her debut feature film Unrelated (2007) won critical acclaim and many awards, including the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award at London Film Festival 2007, The Guardian First Film Award in 2008 and The Evening Standard Most Promising Newcomer award in 2009. Her second feature film was Archipelago (2010) was similarly well received, being nominated for Best British Film award at the London Film Festival.

Her new film has been well received. The Times’ Kate Muir called Exhibition: “A brilliantly austere and intimate portrait of a marriage.” The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin felt the film “ements Hogg's place at the forefront of British cinema” being a “confident, uncompromising work that plays on your mind for days”.

Exhibition is released by Artificial Eye in the UK on Friday 25 April

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Film Hub London provides boost to special screenings and events

Matterhorn will be screened across London by LOCO
Film London has announced the recipients of Film Hub London’s Boost Award. Seven Hub members have been awarded up to £3,000 each to broaden their programming and increase audience engagement across the capital. Each award will benefit at least three members – 25 in total – from traditional venues through to festivals and film clubs.

Film Hub London is part of the UK-wide BFI Film Audience Network. It is designed to help expand the range and access to film culture across the whole of London and growing film audiences.

The funding enables organisations to take more programming risks by delivering special film events featuring talent appearances and films that are not widely available in the UK. Funding through the Hub will bring filmmakers from countries including Canada, Israel, Belgium, the Netherlands and France to speak about their work at screening events in London.

Modern Times will be screened
with a live score by Elefest
The funding has enabled: an expansion of A Nos Amours’ Chantal Akerman season; re-scoring of silent films in South London; Cutting East presenting Egyptian music documentary plus director Q&A; Open City Docs Fest’s retrospective of Israeli documentarian Avi Mograbi; the screening of a Canadian sci-fi film in a World War II bunker in Dalston; and LOCO’s presentation of Dutch comedy Matterhorn with director Q&As around London.

LOCO, Denise Hicks, co-founder and director LOCO & The LOCO London Comedy Film Festival said: “We are thrilled to be able to show the hilarious Matterhorn, which has no UK distribution, and bring director Diederik Ebbinge over from the Netherlands for Q&As thanks to Film Hub London funding. We believe audiences will benefit from its careful and sensitive treatment of issues regarding mental health, and are delighted to be able to offer it to partner exhibitors, JW3 and Anxiety UK Arts Festival.”

Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission said: “We were impressed by the sheer scale of ambition in the proposals, and are delighted to not only help bring exciting and diverse film events to London, but facilitate new partnerships between our Hub Members. These programming initiatives and special events will not only enrich London’s cultural landscape but aim to increase audience engagement in areas which are often underserved by non-traditional screenings.”

Wootton said Film Hub London will continue to invest in audiences across London as it moves into its second year, with more rounds of the Boost Award and Community Screen Schemes to be announced in the coming months, plus new funding, training and network development initiatives.

Led by Film London, Film Hub London is part of the nationwide BFI Film Audience Network (FAN).  

Boost Award 2014 awardees

A Nos Amours – Chantal Akerman: Expanded
Partnering with the ICA and JW3
Screening collective A Nos Amours’ will bring Belgian director Chantal Akerman to London for a retrospective of her work including screenings and seminars at the ICA Cinema and new Jewish arts venue JW3 in North West London.

Crystal Palace Festival Group – Secrets of Nature – Sounds Unseen
Partnering with Sydenham Arts Festival, Zanzibar nightclub and Apiary Studios
Crystal Palace Festival Group will present a series of ground-breaking silent films, Secrets of Nature (1903-1927), with a new live musical score at St. John the Evangelist Church in Upper Norwood and Zanzibar nightclub in Sydenham as part of the Sydenham Arts Festival, with a further screening at Apiary Studios in Hackney.

Elefest – Elefest Rescores
Partnering with Cinema Museum, Peckham and Nunhead Festival and Hackney Attic
Elephant & Castle-based Elefest will present two live rescores to Modern Times and The Fabulous World of Jules Verne. Performed by the Cabinet of Living Cinema and the McCarricks at the Cinema Museum during Elefest, they will then be seen at the Peckham and Nunhead Film Festival and Hackney Attic, subsequently with screenings at Shortwave and Lexi Cinema to be confirmed.

LOCO – LOCO Present Matterhorn
Partnering with JW3 and Anxiety UK Arts Festival 
London Comedy Film Festival LOCO will present screenings of Dutch comedy Matterhorn with Q&As with director Diederick Ebbinge at JW3 and as part of Anxiety UK Arts Festival in South London.

London Borough of Tower Hamlets – Cutting East, Electro Chaabi
Partnering with Genesis Cinema, Clapham Picturehouse and Mosaic Rooms
Youth-led programme Cutting East will present Egyptian music documentary Electro Chaabi plus Q&A with director Hind Meddeb at a screening at the Genesis Cinema. The film will then screen at Clapham Picturehouse as part of its young documentary filmmakers group and discussions are ongoing with Mosaic Rooms, a contemporary arts centre which presents progressive, non-sectarian creative voices from or connected to the Arab World or Arabic culture.

Open City Docs Fest – Avi Mograbi Retrospective
Partnering with the ICA and Hackney Picturehouse
Open City Docs Fest will bring award-winning Israeli documentarian Avi Mograbi to London to participate at a retrospective of his work at the ICA, Hackney Picturehouse and at Open City festival venues in Bloomsbury.

SCI-FI London Film Festival 2014 – Bunker 6
Partnering with The Bunker and Stratford Picturehouse
SCI-FI London are screening new Canadian film Bunker 6 with director Q&A at new venue The Bunker, a preserved World War II bunker in Dalston. The film will then screen at the Stratford Picturehouse, again with the director present for introduction and Q&A.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Captain America retakes top spot at UK box office

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier regained the top spot at UK and Ireland cinemas this weekend, with takings of £1.78m bringing its tally after three weeks up to £14.61m. Last week’s top movie, the animated tale Rio 2, slipped to third spot.

The highest new entry was the British horror film The Quiet Ones, which stars Jared Harris and Bates Motel actress Olivia Cooke, took £681,000 and charted at number five.

The Irish black comedy Calvary, which stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest threatened during confession, debuted in seventh place with takings of £571k. 

The Indonesian action movie The Raid 2 opened at eight with takings of £454k. This sequel to the highly regarded police drama is again directed by Welshman Gareth Evans.

UK & Ireland box office: 11-13 April 2014
  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Disney) - £1.78m
  2. Noah (Paramount) - £1.69m
  3. Rio 2 (Fox) - £1.59m
  4. Divergent (E1) - £1m
  5. The Quiet Ones - £681k
            Source: FDA