Independent Film

How Not to Suck at Auditions

Pat Higgins | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

Auditions aren't my favourite part of the film business. There's a built-in imbalance to the process, and it's easy for either side to lose sight of what the experience is like for the other party in the room.

Stop the BBFC Killing Independent Film

Pat Higgins | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

In fact, this change of BBFC policy would probably be unnoticed by everybody except small independent distributors and the filmmakers whose films are distributed by them. Filmmakers like me.

Interview with 'Sally the Life Coach' Star Natalie Gumede

Daniel Johnson | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Johnson

But 'Strictly' finished more than two months ago, which in tabloid terms, is a life-time. Which means that the press release we sent out for our comedy web-series 'Sally the Life Coach' was largely ignored. This therefore means, when it comes to doing press for our show, I need to, uh, do it all myself. So here goes...

How Independent Film Kept Me From My Mother's Basement

Elliott Grove | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

People often say that to learn filmmaking you should go to the big film schools and then get a job at one of the big TV or film studios.By working for a series of small companies I learned skills one could never possibly learn anywhere else...

Raindance 2013 - All Hail Independent Cinema!!

Eva Grzybek | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Eva Grzybek

Independent cinema simply has a lot more heart and honesty than many of the big productions can hope for. Three movies into this year's programme and I can honestly say that thus far I have not been disappointed.

The UK's First WebFest: A Lesson to Modern Filmmakers

Elliott Grove | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

With web series going mainstream and hype around Netflix's successes at a high, the timing of Raindance's WebFest this year couldn't be better for new filmmakers trying to break into the online industry.

The Fall of the Multiplex

Matt Clough | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matt Clough

Independent cinemas are not going to usurp the multiplex any time soon, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. The major chains are slowly but surely beginning to recognise that their current business practice is losing them patrons, cinefiles or not.

Piracy! Illegal Downloads! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Pat Higgins | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I'm an independent filmmaker. I've tried a lot of different ways of giving stuff away free over the years. However, shooting movies isn't free, and at some point in the process you need to make sure that someone gives you some money, otherwise you don't get to make any more independent movies.

From Sightseers to Wizard's Way: The Bitter Charm of Bedsit Noir

Jonathan Wakeham | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Wakeham

What makes bedsit noir so very British? American noir, however dark, has guns and dames and wisecracks. Its characters are thwarted in the active pursuit of their dreams, as they chase the Maltese Falcon or plot that one last heist.

Film Review: The Comedy - Tim Heidecker Does Nothing

Philph E. Burbs | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Philph E. Burbs

Never has a film with the plot 'a man does nothing' been so very interesting.

Future Shorts Summer Festival Checks In

Hanna Flint | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Hanna Flint

For this season's Future Shorts programme, Future Cinema, (the creators of Future Shorts and Secret Cinema) have partnered up with Morgans Hotel Group to include London's St Martins Lane and Sanderson hotels in their ever expanding network of Future Shorts locations.

Kissing the Devil's Rump: The Lie of the Amateur Professional

Ian Armer | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK
Ian Armer

Kissing the devil's rump was a required foreplay at the witches Sabbath, in that one must show respect in order to profit. A similar tradition plays ...

What Cameron's Change in British Film Funding Means for Online Video

Jonathan Heath | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Tech
Jonathan Heath

As it stands for now we are going to have to watch a public funded body blow millions on what will probably be commercial failures at the box office in order to fulfil some kind of colonialist ideology that we can impress the world with giant British productions that are purely made to stand up to whatever sequel or remake Hollywood has released that week.

London Film Festival Review: Phil Solomon's American Falls

Rebecca Laurence | Posted 24.12.2011 | UK Entertainment
Rebecca Laurence

Avant-garde film meets the dark history of the United States in Phil Solomon's American Falls. Beyond the more headline-grabbing feature films this ...