British Film

How I Turned My Brexit Anger Into a Short Film That'll Make No Difference

Daisy Aitkens | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK Comedy
Daisy Aitkens

I know I loathed Brexit. I didn't want our country to seem so insular, fear-based and - get ready for this big word - mean. After some reading, googling and chats with friends, that's how Brexit appeared to me.

NOVA Magazine Is Back

Lou Mensah | Posted 22.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lou Mensah

New director brings Nova, the controversial magazine of the 60's to the cinema. Credit Film Still © Kes Glozier & Nate Camponi Kez Glozier. Creat...

In at the Deep End

Danielle Bux | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Danielle Bux

The toughest thing about being an actor is dealing with failure. Audition after audition where you lay yourself bare in front of a couple of strangers and a camera, only to walk out the door without ever hearing a thing. It's difficult to dispel the nagging self doubt that comes with

The Krays: Back For Bad

Paul Marshall | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Of course, the Krays continue to fascinate for the very same reason that the Great Train Robbers and to a lesser extent, the recent Hatton Garden thieves do. There's a glamour to them that we find irresistible. Secretly maybe we all want to be them, if only we had the confidence to get away with their crimes and our moral compasses were similarly a little off.

Montana The Movie - A Striking Showcase For London's Talent.

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

December 11th see's the release of the latest film by director Mo Ali titled Montana. I was lucky enough to attend the gala screening this past week.

Harry Potter: The Creature Vault (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Fans of the books and films will remember that JK Rowling's world of wizardry is populated with a host of magical and frightening creatures, from elves, pixies and familiars to trolls, giants and werewolves, and everything in between.

This Re-Make Is Doomed - And Not Even Bill Nighy Can Save It

James Ruddick | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Ruddick

This year's big news from the British film industry is now out. One of Britain's most popular TV comedies, Dad's Army, is to be revived on the big screen, in a home-grown production starring major box-office stars Bill Nighy and Toby Jones.

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) | 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

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 | 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.