Friday, 29 April 2016

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Coming Soon – Secret Cinema set to terrify London with 28 Days Later event

This week sees the first shows for the latest immersive film/music/theatre experience from the team over at Secret Cinema, and their first delve into out-and-out horror looks set to be one of their most elaborate productions to date.

The team will be working their magic on Danny Boyle's highly influential 2002 British zombie movie, 28 Days Later. The event will take place at a top secret, and undoubtedly very creepy, London location with a themed screening of the film bookended by immersive interactive experiences. Early murmurs include talk of scrubs, patient identity cards and messages for loved ones, so it looks like they're going all out end-of-days on us. Zombie movies seem like such a perfect fit for Secret Cinema it's almost a shock to hear that they haven't done this before.


The event will be running from Thursday 14th April (this Thursday) through until 29th May, with daily shows and Saturday and Sunday matinees. Tickets are open for booking now and the 'pre-narrative' is well under way over at www.nsh-england.org.uk with faux news clips and posts.

This production is particularly notable for the inclusion of a political stance. In an interesting real world twist, the narrative has been reframed somewhat, with cuts to the 'National Service for Health' supposedly to blame for the lack of vaccination against the Rage Virus. There was no call to overtly, or even covertly, politicise an interactive horror movie experience, but Secret Cinema have taken it upon themselves to use this platform to draw people's attention to a vital British discussion. Kudos to them!

If all goes to plan, I'll be attending this weekend, and I'll be sure to report back in as much gory detail as I can. It's been a while since I've seen the film, but I can't think of a better environment in which to rediscover it. I've got quite the tough stomach when it comes to onscreen violence, but the threat of apocalyptic mayhem bleeding into my surroundings has me on edge already!

Keep up to date with all the latest Secret Cinema: 28 Days Later news via their purpose-built website and by using the hashtag #dontwakeup. If you like what you see and fancy yourself in for a scare, tickets can be booked through the Secret Cinema website. Tickets are strictly for over-18s only, and come in at £64.50 + booking fees for a standard 5-hour show. Concessions rates are available on Wednesdays and matinees, and the standard matinees cut roughly £10 on top of that. For any of you looking to go all the way, a premium VIP package is available for £129 + booking fees.

Check back next week for an update. If I even make it that far...

Images and video materials courtesy of Secret Cinema and Fetch Publicity.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Pee-wee's Big Holiday Review

"joyfully sex-positive"

My ★★ review of Pee-wee's Big Holiday is now live over at New On Netflix UK:

https://uk.newonnetflix.info/reviews/film/pee-wees-big-holiday/

Friday, 1 April 2016

Eddie the Eagle – Interview with Action Unit Director Vic Armstrong

My screening of Eddie the Eagle was followed by an engaging interview with veteran stunt co-ordinator, and Eddie the Eagle Action Unit Director, Vic Armstrong (Raiders of the Lost Ark & Superman: The Movie).

Vic Armstrong on Taron Egerton, the stunt team, making 
the set pieces feel fresh & creativity in stunt work:

The full 17-minute conversation:

I don't entirely agree with everything Armstrong says in this interview. The CGI joins he talks about from 7:15 are far more obvious than he thinks and that Hugh Jackman jump is pretty tacky, but hearing his stance on film vs digital at 15:40 is interesting. Seeing a filmmaker approaching half a century in the business still so driven to create should put a smile on all our faces.

Eddie the Eagle is out now in UK cinemas and you can read my ★★★ review here.

Videos courtesy of the Film Distributors Association and Show Film First.