British Film

DVD Review: Le Weekend, a Witty And Intelligent Triumph

Clive Botting | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

The Jim Broadbent-Lindsay Duncan dream team with Hanif Kureishi's script and Roger Michell's spot on direction give a beautifully observed mini triumph.

The Selfish Giant - DVD Review

Clive Botting | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Premiered at Cannes 2013 and nominated for Outstanding British Picture at the BAFTA 2014 Awards,'The Selfish Giant' is moving, compassionate and with astonishing lead performances, is a should-see-must-see film that places Clio Barnard as a major talent in UK cinema.

Matthew Tucker

Edward Fox Interview: New British Independent Film 'Katherine Of Alexandria' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Tucker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

Last week saw St Katherine's Day; a date marking the arrival of winter and the dramatic martyrdom of Saint Katherine, a Christian condemned, tortured ...

Film Meets 500 Years of British Art

Jane Burton | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jane Burton

Three great British directors Christopher Nolan, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach explore the relationship between filmmaking and painting for Tate's new video series. Find out which artist inspired The Joker's smeared make-up in The Dark Knight, how Turner's sketches are being brought to the big screen, and what the camera can learn from Hogarth...

Rush (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Rush follows the tense rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and the Austrian Nikki Lauda from the beginning of their careers and over the course of one formidable race season in 1976 that saw Lauda involved in a near-fatal crash.

From Silent Screen to Smart Phone: Classifying Content in the 21st Century

David Cooke | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
David Cooke

Today the BBFC becomes the new regulator of mobile content, replacing the Independent Mobile Classification Body, which had regulated this content since 2004. From 2 September, the BBFC will provide the UK mobile network operators EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, with a new independent Classification Framework for content accessed via their mobile networks.

Mugabe -Villain or Hero?

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

There are always 3 sides to every story though, one side, the other side and the truth.

Collabor8te Celebrates

Rankin | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rankin

On 12 February we celebrated the premiere of the first year of films from Collabor8te, the scheme I developed through Rankin Film Productions, which hunts out and develops some of the country's best new filmmakers.

Matthew Tucker

Rankin's Bid To Save British Film

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Tucker | Posted 14.02.2013 | UK Entertainment

'Making' it in the film business has always been tough; productions are expensive, jobs are competitive. Add the double-dip recession, severe cuts in ...

The British Independent Film Awards

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Gia Marie Barbera

Last Monday I started my week off with a champagne reception and nibbles at the St Martins Hotel in London for the nominations for The British Independent Film Awards. The event was sponsored by Moet and Chandon, and may I say how generous they were.

Nearly 30 Years On, Local Hero Still Breaks My Heart

Daley James Francis | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Daley James Francis

If there is one film that fills me with more emotions that I can neither understand or bear it is Bill Forsyth's 1983 Scottish comedy Local Hero. It is a film that makes you laugh yet has a melancholic tone that always seems one step away from breaking your heart. It was named #37 on the list of BFI Top 100 British Films by the British Film Institute.

The Great British Film Farce

Larry Jaffee | Posted 04.08.2012 | UK Entertainment
Larry Jaffee

Why is it that all this Union Jack-waving during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee doesn't mean squat at the British cinema box office?

This Sceptred Isle

Graham Sheffield | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Graham Sheffield

There is nothing 'soft' about the UK's arts and creative industries, two of our biggest economic assets. Neither is there anything soft about our continuing work through the recent unrest in the Arab world and the British Council remaining on the ground during the last decade in Burma, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Why We're Challenging the Attitude Towards Student Film

Francesca Creed | Posted 06.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Francesca Creed

Most people accept their graduate unemployment with grace. For some reason, and to the horror of my bank, I decided this was the best time for a bedroom start-up. I now run the British Student Film Festival, a national exhibition of student film showcasing unheard and under-appreciated British talent.

Danny Dyer Saves the World

Ben Falk | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Ben Falk

Danny Dyer intrigues me. Here's a guy who has almost zero respect amongst the mainstream filmmaking fraternity, yet his films always make money. Not in cinemas, but on the shelves of Tesco and Asda.

How to Save the British Film Industry

Jon Spira | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jon Spira

So, we finally have a road map to saving the British film industry. The culture minister Ed Vaizey commissioned it, Lord Chris Smith chaired the panel that produced it and I shall now pooh-pooh it. That's my involvement. Just doing my bit.

The Great Ealing Film Challenge 38: Come on George (1939)

Dr Keith M. Johnston | Posted 24.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Dr Keith M. Johnston

Back to more traditional Formby fare here, with a tale of mistaken identity, innocent farcical characters, an underwritten female foil, and a mix of broad verbal and physical comedy.

What is 'The Great Ealing Film Challenge'?

Dr Keith M. Johnston | Posted 14.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
Dr Keith M. Johnston

Earlier this year, various media organisations and outlets published stories about Ealing Studios 80th anniversary as a production house. Not being in London, but wanting to get into the celebratory spirit - I decided to offer my own small tribute.

Why UK Arts Cuts Threaten Progress For Women Filmmakers

Rachel Millward | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Millward

You hear it said that times of cuts are good for culture: 'talent will out'. But we do not live in an equal world. If we lose the best efforts of the last decade to counter inequality, we will lose access to the creative vision of half the population. And what a loss of creativity that would be. 

British film producer Allan Niblo talks about his influences, Short Stories and Mosh Pits

Daniel Cadwallader | Posted 16.11.2011 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Cadwallader

Allan Niblo is an award-winning film producer and a founder member of film production and distribution company, Vertigo Films. His past credits include Human Traffic, Football Factory, StreetDance 3D and the award winning Monsters. Here, he reveals his inspiration for filmmaking and passes on top tips to aspirational filmmakers.

British Film Appreciation: Attack The Block (2011)

Sara Bivigou | Posted 13.11.2011 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bivigou

Watching black boys from London as protagonists made me giddy with joy, made me a black girl from London feel recognised, less invisible in the wider world. I don't know much about the actors that played the teenagers but their mannerisms and accents were convincing. Even in dealing with the film's drug dealing sublot which felt superflous - empty, weighty and simplistic - they were earnest enough.

British Film Appreciation: In Our Name (2010)

Sara Bivigou | Posted 02.11.2011 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bivigou

Did you know that Curzon Cinemas has an on demand service? Well, Curzon Cinemas has an on demand service. I used it to watch Brain Welsh's In Our Name...

British Film Appreciation: All Night Long (1962)

Sara Bivigou | Posted 18.10.2011 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bivigou

All Night Long (1962) is an exception, a film I can't just turn up to. At the weekend I began watching it in jeans and a t-shirt but felt so slobbish that halfway through I paused and changed into a dress. (This wasn't sufficient but it was better.) One must prepare to watch All Night Long, it is an invitation to a party. You should attend in high spirits, your back straight, head held up.

British Film Appreciation: Theatre of Blood (1973)

Sara Bivigou | Posted 05.10.2011 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bivigou

The creative process can be brutal. To make a sentence the right words must be hunted, like thieves in the night.

Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine' released on DVD

Daniel Green | Posted 30.09.2011 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Green

Ayoade has once again shown himself to be as fine behind the camera as he is in front (excluding perhaps the deeply unfunny The IT Crowd and the misjudged Marenghi spin-off Man to Man with Dean Learner), and with his feature debut has produced a dark, sensitive and at times hilarious exploration of small town teenage existence.