Friday, 27 November 2015

HOME has something for the weekend

Both Sides Now 2 - Wong Wing
The inaugural Artist Film Weekender at Manchester’s HOME arts centre presents work by artists working in film. The event celebrates the re-launch of Cornerhouse Artist Film as HOME Artist Film, which is known for the production and distribution of artist films including Jamie Shovlin’s Rough Cut, Bob and Roberts Smith’s Art Party, Gillian Wearing’s Self Made and Andrew Kötting’s Swandown.

This year, HOME Artist Film releases include the award-winning Subconscious Society by Rosa Barba and The Most Cruel of all Goddesses by Declan Clarke.

HOME Artist Film is an international leader in the field and aims to exploit innovation across the production, distribution and exhibition of feature length films made by filmmakers with a background in visual art.

In June HOME and Lo Schermo Dell’Arte Film Festival launched Feature Expanded, a new and ground-breaking two-art training programme for visual artists developing and producing their first feature film – concluding in Italy as part of the festival on 21 November.

The Most Cruel of All Goddesses - Declan Clarke (Sara Ellis)
HOME is one of the only organisations in the UK with a 5-screen cinema dedicated to specialised and independent film. It is the lead organisation for the BFI’s Film Audience Network for the North West Central England region (Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire).

HOME is also the North West’s BFI Film Academy, with a production programme for 16-19 year olds, and produces the UK’s largest Spanish & Latin American Film Festival, ¡Viva!.

The Weekender has been curated by Sarah Perks, artistic director: visual art at HOME, who said “After the success of Cornerhouse Artist Film, we’re ready to embark on the next phase of the journey as HOME Artist Film – producing, curating, distributing and writing about artist film and its place at the intersection of gallery and cinema. With the addition of distribution expert Artistic Director Jason Wood to HOME, we’re in a unique position to investigate and celebrate this incredibly exciting field of work.”

Artist Film Weekender highlights
Transactions of Desire
 (Fri 27 Nov, 18:20)
A compilation of films curated for HOME’s inaugural theme, Transactions of Desire, which asks what really motivates our intimate relationships and actions. This screening includes short films by Jessey Tsang, Chris Paul Daniels, Rachel Maclean, Wu Tsang and Rob Crosse. HOME also present two publications of the same name; a book of short romantic fiction stories from writers including Douglas Coupland and Lynne Tillman; and a self-help book that accompanies its upcoming exhibition Safe, and includes contributions from Hannah Black, Emma Jane Unsworth and John Walter. There will be live music from the queen of heartbreak songs, singer-songwriter Najia Bagi. This project has been developed with the support of Film Hub North West Central, part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

The Most Cruel of all Goddesses 
(Sat 28 Nov, 16:30)
Shot on 16mm film, The Most Cruel of all Goddesses unites artist Declan Clarke’s relationship with the loss of history and the haunt of grand narratives and impending doom. The film follows a covert agent, trailing a line of investigation that seems to lead him, via Manchester, Salford, London and Wuppertal, back to the life of Friedrich Engels and his ultimate fate. A critique of playwright Ödon von Horváth, the film previously featured in HOME’s opening exhibition, The heart is deceitful above all things. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artist and Dr Andy Willis, University of Salford. This event is part of Engels Day.

Shine So Hard (Sat 28 Nov, 18:20)
A programme of rare work first screened at the ICA, London in the early 1980s. Alongside John Smith’s 30 minute film for Echo and the Bunnymen’s Shine So Hard EP release, HOME presents work by Derek Jarman and Bill Butt working with musicians including Marianne Faithfull and Pink Floyd. The screening is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers John Smith and Bill Butt, reunited for the first time since their Echo and Bunnymen collaboration.

Both Sides Now 2: David Blandy and Wong Ping 
(Sun 29 Nov, 16:00)

The CFCCA (Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester), Videotage and Videoclub present three films apiece from UK based artist David Blandy, and Hong Kong artist Wong Ping. Both artists are currently showing work in CFCCA’s Both Sides Now 2 exhibition, which explores themes of nationality and identity, until Sun 6 Dec. Both artists take part in a Q&A following the screening.

The Tin Screen:’s 10th birthday 
(Sun 29 Nov, 18:20)

HOME celebrates the 10th anniversary of, a bespoke space for artist filmmaking based in East London, with a special compilation of artist films that includes work from Bradley Eros & Tim Geraghty, James Holcombe, Ben Gwilliam, Hang Jun Lee, Charlotte Prodger, James Richards and Vicky Smith. founders Karen Mirza and Brad Butler will take part in a Q&A after the screening. This project has been developed with the support of Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

HOME Box Office: 0161 200 1500

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Kenneth Branagh to receive Dilys Powell Award

Sir Kenneth Branagh
The UK's top film critics will present Sir Kenneth Branagh with their highest accolade, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, at the London Critics Circle Film Awards ceremony on Sunday 17 January.

Born in Belfast and raised in Reading, Branagh graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1981 and is now its 16th president. He has enjoyed a career as an actor, director, producer and screenwriter, with credits spanning theatre, TV and film.

He notably adapted, helmed and starred in several Shakespearean films - Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Other directing credits include Peter’s Friends, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, in which he co-starred with Robert De Niro, the remake of Sleuth, starring Michael Caine and Jude Law, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

In a 34 year on-screen career he has appeared in films such as A Month in the Country, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Othello, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Woody Allen’s Celebrity and Valkyrie.

Branagh won the Best Supporting Actor Bafta for his portrayal of Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn, a role for which the Critics’ Circle also honoured him. Uniquely, as a UK based filmmaker, he holds five Oscar nominations in five different categories. No stranger to the Hollywood blockbuster, he has directed Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and this year’s live action fairy tale Cinderella.

Kenneth Branagh was knighted in 2012 for his services to drama and to the community in Northern Ireland.

In anticipation of receiving this latest award, Branagh said: “As a young filmmaker, I had the privilege of meeting Dilys Powell. She was passionate, rigorous, humane. Her criticism was illuminating, thoughtful and bracing. This recognition in her name is a great honour to me personally and very meaningful. My sincere thanks to the Critics' Circle.

Dilys Powell was a British author and film critic who pioneered a new style of cinematic journalism. The British Film Institute famously described her as "open to new directions in cinema... not constrained by the middle class shibboleths of ‘good taste’.” Her final review, of Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, was published in The Times on the day of her death in June 1995.

Recent Dilys Powell Award honorees include Nicolas Roeg, Kristin Scott Thomas, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter and last year's recipient Miranda Richardson. The award has been given out annually since 1991, when it was presented to Dirk Bogarde.

The 36th London Critics' Circle Film Awards will be presented at the May Fair Hotel on Sunday, 17th January 2016, at a ceremony hosted by actor-filmmakers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram. Nominations will be announced on Tuesday15 December.

The Legend of Barney Thomson named best film at Scottish Baftas

The Legend of Barney Thomson
The Legend of Barney Thomson, a black comedy directed by Robert Carlyle, was named best film at the British Academy Scotland Awards. Emma Thompson won the award for best actress in a film for her performance as the elderly mother of Barney, a murderous barber in the film, played by Carlyle.

David Elliot was named best actor in a film for Kajaki: The True Story, which recreates a harrowing incident from the British Army’s engagement in Afghanistan. Another military-themed film, ’71, was recognised when Gregory Burk was named best writer.

Glaswegian actor Bill Paterson won a special award for outstanding contribution to film and television. The 70-year-old has films such as The Killing Fields, Comfort and Joy and the upcoming Dad’s Army movie, and TV series such as The Singing Detective and Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

Speaking on the red carpet, Paterson said: “It's great but the added burden is that you can't pretend you don't have something ready to say, so it's swings and roundabouts. But I'm absolutely thrilled, it's beyond a fantastic honour because it's from the people I've worked among for decades.”

Jude MacLaverty, director of Bafta Scotland, said: “It has been a wonderful evening and this year's winners highlight the diversity of international and national projects choosing Scotland as a filming destination and the rich seam of Scottish talent working throughout the UK. We offer our warmest congratulations to all our worthy winners.”

Bafta Scotland: 2015 award winners
  • Outstanding contribution to film and TV - Bill Paterson
  • Outstanding contribution to broadcasting - Dorothy Byrne
  • Outstanding contribution to craft award - David Balfour
  • Film actor - David Elliott for Kajaki: The True Story
  • Television actor - Ken Stott for The Missing
  • Film actress - Emma Thompson for The Legend of Barney Thomson
  • Television actress - Sharon Rooney for My Mad Fat Diary
  • Animation - Stems, Ainslie Henderson, Poppy Acroyd, Michael Hughes, Will Anderson
  • Children's programme - The Dog ate my Homework, production team, BBC Scotland/CBBC
  • Comedy/entertainment - Mrs Brown’s Boys, Brendan O’Carroll, Stephen McCrum, Ben Kellett, Martin Delany- BBC Scotland/BBC One
  • Current affairs - Low Pay Britain (Dispatches), Richard Cookson, Nicole Kleeman, Morland Sanders - Firecrest Films/Channel 4
  • Director film/television - Donald Coutts for Katie Morag
  • Factual series - Being Sixteen in 2014, Natalie Moss, Jude Suggett, Andrew Lockyer, Matt Pinder- BBC Scotland/BBC Two Scotland
  • Feature film - The Legend of Barney Thomson, John G Lenic, Brian Coffey, Kaleena Kiff, Robert Carlyle - Sigma Films/Trinity Works Entertainment/Icon Film Distribution
  • Features/factual entertainment - It was Alright in the 70s, production team Objective Scotland/Channel 4
  • Game - Distant Star: Revenant Fleet, by Blazing Griffin
  • Short film - Mining Poems or Odes, Callum Rice, Jack Cocker of Scottish Documentary Institute
  • Single documentary - The Bridge: Fifty Years Across the Forth, production team TVI Vision/BBC One Scotland
  • Television drama - Glasgow Girls, Brian Welsh, Colin Barr, Kate Cook - Minnow Films/BBC Three
  • Writer film/television - Gregory Burke for '71