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Fancy yourself as a film maker? Are you a brilliant broadcaster? Then this is the competition for you… @onewm #journalism #filmmaking #film #movie #journalist #broadcaster

9 Jan

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Today sees the launch of two new categories: one for corruption reporting on any media platform, sponsored by Transparency International, and one for short film covering global issues in the One World Media Awards 2014.

This is the first year that all the One World Media Award categories are open to entrants from anywhere in the world, reflecting the truly global reach of modern media.

Now in their 26th year, the One World Media Awards have a long track record of rewarding excellence in media coverage of the developing world. They highlight the unique role of journalists, filmmakers and broadcasters in increasing cultural understanding and promoting fairness and justice worldwide.

The awards ceremony is attended each year by key figures from the media industry, education, government and development NGOs. The 13 award categories cover all media platforms, from television and radio to print and digital media. Highlights include the coveted International Journalist of the Year Award, won last year by Sue Lloyd-Roberts of BBC Newsnight, the New Voice Award given for young journalists under 32 years of age and the Special Award for an outstanding media organisation in the developing world making a real impact on people’s lives.

The 13 award categories for 2014 are:

International Journalist of the Year Award;

New Voice Award;

Radio Award;

Television Award sponsored by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development;

Press Award;

Digital Media Award, sponsored by Google;

Short Film Award;

News Award;

Popular Features Award;

Documentary Award sponsored by Bertha Foundation;

Student Award;

Corruption Reporting Award sponsored by Transparency International

Special Award.

Entry details

The closing date for entries is Wednesday 29th January.

For details of categories, eligibility, fees and how to enter, visit oneworldmedia.org.uk/awards.

The award ceremony will take place in London at Kings Place, London on Tuesday 6th May 2014.

 

The London Critics Circle Film Awards announces its nominees! #film #filmtalent #movie #awards

17 Dec

 

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 14.02.52Celebrating the world of movies is starting to pick up pace with yet more awards announcements. The London Critics Circle Film Awards nominations are out and it looks like the fantastic 12 Years a Slave will lead the pack. In my mind its hard to see who will beat this for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, however there are some strong competitors in Tom Hanks and surprisingly (but great!) Michael Douglas in Behind the Candelabra. It is however a huge shame not to see Idris Elba up there for what may well be the performance of his career in Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, but unsurprisingly Naomi Harris is garnering much more buzz as Winnie.

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The race is still however wide open and there is definitely a long road to the Oscars, but these awards let us also celebrate some other great film offerings, my favourites have to be Filth in the best British film category, and great to see some nods for The Selfish Giant and the touching and superbly acted Philomena.

Here’s the list of nominations, who is your money riding on?

FILM OF THE YEAR
Blue Is The Warmest Colour
Blue Jasmine
Frances Ha
Gravity
The Great Beauty
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
12 Years A Slave
The Wolf Of Wall Street

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Blue Is The Warmest Colour
Caesar Must Die
Gloria
The Great Beauty
A Hijacking

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
A Field In England
Filth
Philomena
Rush
The Selfish Giant

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
The Act Of Killing
Beware Of Mr Baker
Leviathan
Stories We Tell
We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf Of Wall Street
Michael Douglas – Behind The Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Adèle Exarchopoulos – Blue Is The Warmest Colour
Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years A Slave
James Gandolfini – Enough Said
Tom Hanks – Saving Mr Banks
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Naomie Harris – Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave
June Squibb – Nebraska

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Christian Bale – American Hustle / Out Of the Furnace
Steve Coogan – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa / The Look of Love / Philomena / What Maisie Knew
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave
Michael Fassbender – The Counsellor / 12 Years A Slave
James McAvoy – Filth / Trance / Welcome To The Punch

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Judi Dench – Philomena
Lindsay Duncan – About Time / Last Passenger / Le Week-End
Naomie Harris – Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Emma Thompson – Beautiful Creatures / Saving Mr Banks

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Conner Chapman – The Selfish Giant
Saoirse Ronan – Byzantium / The Host / How I Live Now
Eloise Laurence – Broken
George MacKay – Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson / For Those In Peril / How I Live Now / Sunshine On Leith
Shaun Thomas – The Selfish Giant

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave
Paolo Sorrentino – The Great Beauty
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf Of Wall Street

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
Spike Jonze – Her
Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope – Philomena
John Ridley – 12 Years A Slave
Terence Winter – The Wolf Of Wall Street

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Jon S Baird – Filth
Scott Graham – Shell
Marcus Markou – Papadopoulos & Sons
Rufus Norris – Broken
Paul Wright – For Those In Peril

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
American Hustle – Judy Becker, production design
Behind The Candelabra – Howard Cummings, production design
Filth – Mark Eckersley, editing
Frances Ha – Sam Levy, cinematography
Gravity – Tim Webber, visual effects
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville, costumes
Inside Llewyn Davis – T Bone Burnett, music
Stoker – Kurt Swanson & Bart Mueller, costumes
12 Years A Slave – Sean Bobbitt, cinematography
Upstream Colour – Johnny Marshall, sound design

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Gary Oldman

Still out at the cinema and worth seeing Drinking Buddies @DBmovie @oliviawilde @MrJakeJohnson @AnnaKendrick47 #film #movie #review #LFF

15 Nov

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Drinking Buddies is set in and around the working and running of a brewery, where Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are co-workers. She’s in a relationship with a wealthy older man (Ron Livingston) and his fiancé (Anna Kendrick) is keen to get their wedding plans moving along. Their friendship is very strong and they have a lot of similar interests, such as the beer they produce and they both share similar playful senses of humour. Their lifestyles revolve around drinking with their co-workers, and for the audience its hard to know whether or not what they share is friendship or something that little bit more.  Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 15.27.20

The film is directed and produced by Joe Swanberg and is an honest and real depiction of friendships and relationships amongst late twenty-somethings. There is sexual tension, tomboyish playfulness and blurred lines around the line drawn between men and women who just enjoy each other’s company. The drama you witness within Drinking Buddies feels real and void of any “film like” over- dramatization; no dramatic realization that one person is with the wrong partner, and no overly thought out inner battles over whether or not each character should be with one another. Some would say it is exactly how you or I would deal with the various situations that present themselves – sit on them until absolutely necessary then apologize profusely! – With the right balance of humour, relatable trials and tribulations of modern day relationships and that awkward feeling where you’re pretty sure there’s underlying sexual tension between you and a friend – this film manages to capture issues that often burden the general public more than anything and yet depict it in such an enjoyable way.

Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson are incredibly believable as the lead characters who share this surface based brother/sister /best friend style friendship; and a lot of this is to do with the heavily improvised scenes which not only make the audience feel like they’re catching a glimpse through the keyhole of a group of peoples lives but also help you to dispel any potential distaste towards Wildes beautiful and likeable girl next door persona. You can understand why Luke likes Kate, she’s one of the boys, and is always the one up for some fun. What you do question within this film is why there isn’t any suspicion or doubt from each of their characters other halves. Their tactile approaches to each other can be a little hard to swallow sometimes and yet you’re still routing to see if they eventually take the brave step to cross that all important line.Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 15.27.36

What these characters represent is often the realistic approach to potentially something better suited to ones self. Its clear to the audience that Luke and Kate would be perfect for each other, yet they never dare to do anything more than think about it. You will leave this film questioning whether or not there are regrets about someone or something that you have had the opportunity to pursue in days gone by, and having taken the safer option, maybe regretted after.

What the director manages to do with Drinking Buddies, is give its audience a glimpse into the days of the lives of people not so different to you and I, everyday jobs and simple pleasures that we all have, essentially, life is a simple construct and sometimes its not really worth the complication. With this in mind Swanberg delivers a film that is fun to watch, quirky in its own right and most importantly get you thinking. Its style is simple and poignant, so wont be everyone’s cup of tea, not much happens throughout, but what does happen manages to get you routing for those you’re watching, laughing at similarities that you most likely will see in yourself, and leaving hopefully with a smile on your face.

Drinking Buddies is still out in selected cinemas, so catch it if you can.

4 Stars

Get ready San Diego…Anchorman is back and they’re taking over! #film #posters #anchorman2

5 Nov

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Christmas will most definitely get that little bit classier now that Anchorman 2 is due for release on the 20th December.

To get you all super excited for Ron and the gangs return, here are some most excellent character posters for you to enjoy!

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Here’s what you can also expect from the upcoming movie…

With the 70’s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Also back for more are Ron’s co- anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fontana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Stay Classy!

Halle Berry takes the worst call of her life in #TheCall #film #review #movie

18 Sep

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 09.09.47A gripping thrill rollercoaster of a ride, The Call is an interesting insight into the world of the Los Angeles 911 emergency services.

Starring Oscar winner Halle Berry as Jordan Turner a veteran 911 operator, we watch her journey as she takes a life altering call from a teenage girl played by Little Miss Sunshine herself Abigail Breslin. Not only does this call mean Jordan has to try and guide this girl to safety, she also has to confront a killer from her past and overcome her fears.Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 09.09.37Cut back and forth between the abduction and ‘The Hive’ (the department for 911 emergency assistants who work away like busy bees) the audience are taken on a tense ride and education as to what it really means to be a 911 operator. Making judgments between protocol and human instinct is a fine line in lifesaving situations, as we see through this film. Halle Berry is back to her finest in the majority of this film, as she showcases a mix of emotions that make the audience empathise with the difficult job she is faced with. Just like her character we understand the stress of the job and the natural (probably female) instincts that she has when faced with a child being abducted, and the consequences that lie ahead should Jordan as the operator put a foot wrong.

We also see a fantastic performance from Abigail Breslin as the victim. We follow her day as a normal girl shopping in a mall with her friend, and then once left alone, gets drugged, abducted and thrown in the trunk of a car by her kidnapper. The most tense and exciting part of the film is the interaction between the victim and Jordan. From the trunk she manages to make a 911 call which initially goes through to a rookie who finds herself way out of her depth and then gets passed on to Jordan. From this point on, you as the audience find out some really clever tricks to try and get yourself rescued from a kidnapping, using everything you can find to discover where you are travelling to, what the car looks like and most importantly anything you can do to pop open that trunk and jump out.

Breslin shows here that she has matured from a child to young adult actor seamlessly. Matching Halle Berry’s ranges of emotions, you watch her go from despair to sheer determination to get herself out of this situation alive. It’s this that makes the first three quarters of this film so engaging to watch…Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 09.10.03

…And then, sadly, in the last fifteen minutes or so, the film takes a tumble, so prepare yourself for this. After an hour and fifteen minutes of an intense, edge of your seat adrenalin filled thrill ride of a film, The Call sadly falls into the depths of B-Movie status and takes a route so completely left field of the original plot its not only difficult to watch, its also totally disappointing. It’s a shame that the film leaves you with such a sour taste at the end, it had so much promise, but there is still the opportunity to remember the immense film you had watched just before this semi-car crash.

Regardless of it’s ending, The Call is still very much worth a watch. For the majority, it’s an intelligent, intense and exciting film with great performances.

The Call hits cinemas on the 20th September 2013.

3 Stars.

 

Are Hollywood Blockbusters in Crisis? I give my opinion on 5 News Talk Live with @nickduncalf #film #filmcritic

20 Jul

Incase you missed it yesterday, I was on 5 News Talk Live with the brilliant Nick Duncalf talking about whether or not the film industry (that has an unprecedented 20 films over the $100 million mark out this summer, 6 more than last year) are headed for the ‘dud’ zone.

What do you think, are we headed for a disaster movie of our own? Is there too much choice out there? What have been your highs and lows of the Summer movie collection?

Let me know in the comments box below….

Enjoy!

Celebrate the release of Epic this week with a new game inspired by the film! #game #film #movie

20 May

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Excited about the new animated feature film Epic? You should be, and if the movie wasn’t enough, you also have the chance to become part of the fun with a new game designed especially for the film!

Gameloft and Fox Digital Entertainment this week announced Epic™, the new, official game inspired by the film.  Players will find themselves magically transported into the secret universe at the heart of Epic.  There, they will interact with characters from the movie, grow and nurture their own forest kingdom, and fight back against the Boggan blight in action-packed battles filled with acrobatic and elegant combat, all presented through beautiful 3D visuals and animations.

Epic™ will be available on smartphones and tablets worldwide in time for the film’s release. So forget Candy Crush and get excited for this new game! I am!!! Here’s the trailer for the game!

A bit more about the film:

EPIC is a 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of Ice Age, Epic tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good who keep the natural world alive and the forces of evil who wish to destroy it. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world…and ours.

The characters in the film are voiced by the amazing talents of Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd and Beyoncé Knowles.

Epic hits cinemas on the 22nd May!