Before becoming DCM’s Head of Film, Tom worked as a freelance film professional for six years in various roles through development, production, post-production and distribution.
During his time in the film industry, he worked as assistant to Ricky Gervais on the comedian’s directorial debut ‘The Invention of Lying’. and worked in development on Viggo Mortensen’s ‘Good’.
When not spending his time in darkened rooms watching the latest releases, he’s reading about films and presenting about film to the media industry. He is also a regular blogger in his spare time for DCM’s own comms.
No matter how crazy the outside world might seem to be, the sanctity of the cinema always provides a refuge. It has been much needed this past month and I expect it will continue to be for the foreseeable future. It helps that the content on screen has been strong this year too, and what initially seemed like a tricky year admissions wise, has so far offered pleasant surprises at regular intervals.
August is deep into summer school holidays and although another superhero film has filled the slot occupied by <em>Fantastic Four</em> last year, the casting and trailers for DC Comics' <em>Suicide Squad </em>makes it clear that another <em>Fantastic Four</em>-style disappointment is not on the cards, and it could easily eclipse <em>Batman V Superman</em> to become the DC film 2016 is remembered for.
In recent years, February, usually one of the s-l-o-w-e-s-t months of the year, has surprisingly become a time that I eagerly look forward to. This shift in attitude can be attributed to one thing, the Glasgow Film Festival.
How does cinema follow a year like 2015? A year when three of the top 10 biggest films of all time in the UK were released, including two of the top three. It was a year that also saw the release of the third biggest animated film in history (<em>Minions</em>), and the summer's best blockbuster, <em>Mad Max: Fury Road</em>, just snagged 10 Oscar nominations.
How does cinema follow a year like 2015? Three of the top 10 grossing films of all time in the UK were released within a seven month period and two of them became only the third and fourth films in history to cross the £90m mark. Add to that two of the biggest animated titles of all time, and it's clear that 2016 has a tough act to follow.
Though the year has been a triumph and with <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>, released on Thursday, predicted to be the biggest film of all time in the UK, it's all set to have a climax unrivalled in recent cinemagoing history.
I can barely hide my glee, the 59th BFI London Film Festival opened last night with the rousing, vital <em>Suffragette</em> and it kicked off 12 jam-packed days of some of the most exciting new films filling London's cinemas.
We're over half way through 2015 and the feeling at the start of the year that it would be a banner year for cinema has proven to be true. By June, cinema admissions were 83.1m, which is up 10% from 2014 and the third highest January to June total since 1972.
This year's Glasgow Film Festival again confirmed that one of the best cities in the UK has one of the best film festivals. Now in its 11th year, the festival drew to a close on Sunday evening with the UK premiere of Ruben Östlund's Cannes-winning <em>Force Majeure</em>.
As with last January, to aid you with planning your year's cinemagoing, I've highlighted one film from each month that looks unmissable. It was hard narrowing it down to just one but I've concentrated hard and I think I've pulled it off.
It is often said that there's never a bad year for cinema and 2014 emphatically proved that. In a year when cinema admissions were down on the highs of the last few years and no single film crossed the £40m mark for the first time since 2003, it would be easy to be pessimistic about the current state of cinema.
Jon Stewart is one of the most revered television personalities in America and judging by the reception he received at the Debate Gala of his new film, <em>Rosewater</em>, he's held in equally as high regard this side of the Atlantic.
Alice Rohrwacher's mood piece about a close-knit family of honey producers in the Italian countryside is a beguiling gem. 12-year-old Gelsomina is the eldest of four girls and essentially runs the farm on which they live.
<em>The Imitation Game</em> arrives on these shores with a growing reputation and its status as the festival's opener only heightens expectations further. It tells the story of mathematician genius, Alan Turing (Cumberbatch), who is hired by the British government to crack the coded messages that the German army were supplied with every morning.
Summer is over, just look outside for proof, but right around the corner to help combat those post-summer blues is the UK's premier film extravaganza, the 58th BFI London Film Festival... I've picked out a few of the key highlights so you can be first in the queue when the tickets go on sale on 18 September.
Last month I highlighted the seven big titles that are set to fill cinemas for the remainder of the year. They were huge films, each of which is likely to be thrust into the public consciousness via the sizeable marketing budgets of the respective distributors. As an alternative, here are seven titles that aren't quite of the same scale but are set to be as notable in their own right.
Over the next six months there are surprisingly thoughtful blockbusters, huge home-grown comedies, boundary pushing sci-fi and grand, epic fantasy. I've earmarked what I think are the seven stand-out films for the rest of 2014 that absolutely demand to be seen at the cinema.
The opening preamble states that it's set in Australia, '10 years after the collapse'. It's a bleak and desolate place but one that doesn't look that much different to the outback that has been portrayed on film for decades, except there's even fewer women and a lot more people shooting at each other. The recent BFI re-release of <em>Wake In Fright</em> would appear to be a key influence.
The Sundance Festival returned to the O2 this past weekend for the third edition of their London offshoot, bringing with them a selection of narrative and documentary features that were successful at their Park City, Utah home in January.
05/05/2014 11:57 BST
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