Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Black Swan press conference

Premiere Scene's Anthony Bueno, Matt Stephens and William McLaughlan had the privilege of attending the press conference to Natalie Portman's new film Black Swan on day ten of the 54th BFI London Film Festival. Director Darren Aronofsky (Requime for a Dream, The Fountain), actors Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Book of Eli) and Vincent Cassel (La Haine, Irreversible) and producer Scott Franklin (Pi, The Wrestler) were on hand to speak to us and answer our questions.



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All four of the filmmakers seemed at ease with one another and equally confident about their film. Unlike many of the other press conferences this one was very earnest - there was less emphasis on promotion of the film and more on discussing the process. A factor that seems well placed in the presence of established filmmakers like Aronofsky and Cassel (who had an incredible presence which filled the room).


After the press conference we met briefly startling new talent Tim Barrow (director of The Inheritance) of Lyre Productions. Barrow told us about his exciting project The Space Between. Premiere Scene will be reporting on this project in greater depth on the films release so stay tuned!





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Monday, 25 October 2010

Day nine of the 54th BFI London Film Festival




The Vue Leicester Square bar is often a hubbub of film chatter during the festival but it is rare to have such intimate discussions with the filmmakers. The three we spoke to had clearly had an incredible experience working on this project.

For Marc and Nia it was an extremely special time. They not only went to Patagonia (where Nia has family) but were able to take their young daughter. When planning the project they went on a recce in 2005 for three weeks with producer Rebekha Gilbertson (The Edge Of Love). There they met Matthew Rhys (Bothers & Sisters, Luster) and the four of them the conceived the idea of the movie. Marc and Laurence Croiat (Wonderland, Genova) and wrote the script together.

Patagonia narrates the journeys of two women - one looking for her past, the other for her future. The film intercuts between their stories, in which one of them travels south to north through the Welsh springtime and the other east to west through the Argentinean autumn.


We were also lucky enough to speak to the two directors of music documentary Benda Bilili, Renaud Barret (Victoire Terminus, Kinshassa,) and Florent de La Tullaye (also directed Victoire Terminus, Kinshasa), at short notice. They told us about the challenges they overcame on their mammoth six-year long production and the elation they experience with the band long the way.


Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of eight thousand people. Benda Bilili - means "See Beyond" and is the name of this Kinshasa band who have fans across the globe. Chances of success were slim at first for these homeless handicapped artists who struggled to survive on the streets of their dilapidated capital. Benda Bilili is not a music film, it's the story of a dream that became reality. And a plunge into the streets of Kinshasa without a safety net.





Saturday, 23 October 2010

Aita (Father)

Claire Bueno and William McLaughlan were delighted to speak with Spanish director José María de Orbe about his film Aita (Father) premiering on day eight of the 54th BFI London film festival. De Orbe, who graduated from the Los Angeles AFI in 1985, told us he has made the film for his son who is thirteen.
Particularly unusual in this production was the lack of a script. De Orbe discussed his aesthetic desires and story concepts informally and at great depth with his cast. In speaking to him, Premiere Scene felt everything about him as a filmmaker was unorthodox, focussed and delightful.


In Aita an old empty house shows spaces, lights and shadows; as time go by and the memories are shown in its walls and in the most hidden nooks. Can these walls speak its history?



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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Day seven of the 54th BFI London Film Festival



Last night Premiere Scene jumped at the chance to get down to the West is West premiere and speak to stars Aqib Khan and Lesley Nicol (Shameless, Downtown Abbey). Andy Oliver and William Mclaughlan also spoke with Director Andy DeEmmony (Father Ted, Canterbury Tales) who told us recreating 1976 was: "...it was very hard in the UK and the council in Manchester saved us two rows of terraces that they were knocking down, the last in that ares, until we'd shot it - and now they've bulldozed them down. So in the UK it was hard. In Pakistan it was easy."


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Sequel to East is East and taking the Khan family on a journey from Salford, England to Pakistan, West is West is the coming of age story of both 15 year old Sajid (Khan) and also of his father, 60 year old George Khan (Om Puri).




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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Day six of the 54th BFI London Film Festival



Premiere Scene’s Andy Oliver and William McLaughlan bring you a plethora of British talent as we present to you the Centrepiece Gala premiere of Another Year. Interviews include Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, The Young Victoria), Lesley Manville (A Christmas Carol, Vera Drake) and director Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake).



A gentle yet powerful story of family, friendship and aging balances humour alongside its more melancholic notes. A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.


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View Loose Cannons premiere.




We also spoke with the director of Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti in Italian) Ferzan Ozpetek and actress Nicole Graudo.


The celebrated award-winning director's outrageous family comedy lifts the lid on a multi-generational household coming to terms with a rapidly modernising world, and the broadening social acceptance that comes with it.



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Sunday, 17 October 2010

Day five of the 54th BFI London Film Festival


Premiere Scene was ecstatic to find day five of the 54th BFI London Film Festival in full swing! The crowds were out in force to support the cast of Africa United. The film has already generated a frenzy of rumors that it could be a sleeper hit with enough weight to compete against the likes of Danny Boyle's Slumdog MIllionaire (to which it is already being compared).


View Africa United Premiere.


The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the World Cup in South Africa. Using all their ingenuity and sass (and a World Cup wall chart for a map), our pint-sized protagonists set off through the endless horizons of Africa in pursuit of an unlikely dream. And as they walk they gather a tribe - a ragamuffin team - of broken and brilliant characters who help them negotiate a way through a series of glorious, dangerous, hilarious and often bizarre situations.


Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and William McLaughlan were on the red carpet at the Odeon West End to speak with director Debs Gardener-Paterson and all the main stars - including the delightful Sherrie Silver.


We headed across the Square to Vue to meet Andrew Oliver who managed to speak to first time writer/director Dan Rush who told us all about his new film Everything Must Go starring Will Ferrel (Zoolander, The Other Guys) in his first ever non-comic role.


In Rush's film alcoholic Nick Halsey (Ferrell) relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.


View Everything Must Go and Uncle Boonmee premiere interviews.


We then interviewed (partially in his own language!) Taiwanese director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Stories on Human RIghts, State of the World) about his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.


Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee chooses to spend the last of his days with his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his dead wife appears to take care of him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Meditating on the reasons for his sickness, Boonmee and his family journey through the jungle to a mysterious hilltop cave -- the birthplace of the first of his lives...


We were later joined by Anthony Bueno for our last premiere, El Ambulante. Claire put her Spanish to good use interviewing Eduardo del la Serna (El Refugio de los Caracoles) in his own language.


Filmmaker Daniel Burmeister uses a single camera, a lamp for night shoots, and his charming personality to travel around small Argentinean towns where he makes a feature film in a month with no budget - only bed and board! Burmeister takes one of his pre-written screen plays and adapts it to whatever location he finds himself blessed with and utilizes local talent to cast his projects. So boundless is Burmeister's energy that it took the combined efforts of three directors to chronicle his journey! Another not-to-be-missed film from day 5 of the 54th BFI London Film Festival.



Saturday, 16 October 2010

The American

Premiere Scene’s Claire and Anthony Bueno attended the British premiere of George Clooney’s explosive new thriller, The American, directed by Anton Corbijn (Control) whom they interviewed. They also spoke to stars Thelka Reuten (In Bruges, Lost) and Violante Placido (pictured right) who is making her Hollywood debut in this film.

Claire asked Director Corbijn about his experience of stills photography and whither it contributes to his style of direction. He said: “I find that movies can’t be only about image, but image is an important part of a film. Especially with very little dialogue so I’m very careful my films don’t look like French commercials. The visual beauty is very poetic.”


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As an assassin, Jack (Clooney) is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from the death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde (Reuten).

Saving the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Boncelli) and pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman, Clara (Placido). Jack and Clara’s time together evolves into romance, one seemingly free of danger. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

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This is Smokehouse Films second feature to play at the BFI. The first being Men Who Stare At Goats. To find out more about Smokehouse check out www.smokehousefilms.com

The American is on general UK release from the 26th November.

To book tickets and attend the 54th BFI London Film Festival visit: www.bfi.org.uk/lff

Conviction


William McLaughlan and Anthony Bueno of Premiere Scene attended the press conference of Conviction and spoke with Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver and Betty-Anne Waters (the women on whom the film is based).


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Conviction is the inspirational true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters’ (two-time Academy Award winner Swank) older brother Kenny (Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction.





Convinced her brother is innocent, Betty Anne attends high school, college and law school in a quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Academy Award nominee Driver), Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor (Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo), meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny's arrest. Belief in her brother – and her quest for the truth – pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny.


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Friday, 15 October 2010

Let Me In

Claire and Anthony Bueno of Premiere Scene attended the European Premiere of Let Me In and the re-launch of classic British film institution - Hammer Horror. They spoke with Hammer chief Simon Oakes, who said: “The last Hammer film was thirty-one years ago and their last vampire film actually opened in this cinema (now Leicester Square VUE) in 1974. So thirty-six years since the last vampire film – we’re really excited about Let Me In!”

Let Me In is based on the best-selling Swedish novel Låt den Rätte Komma In (Let The Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly acclaimed film of the same name.

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Claire and Anthony also spoke with director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) who told them: “I think anyone who’s had a difficult childhood, which is most people, can relate to the story.” and Kodi Smitt-McPhee (The Road) who informed that his dad, Australian actor Andy McPhee (The Condemned, Wolf Creek) had helped him work on the script.

Chloë Grace Moretz (Hit Girl in Kick-Ass) stars as Abby, a mysterious 12-year-old who moves next door to Owen (Smit-McPhee), a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school. In his loneliness, Owen forms a profound bond with his new neighbor, but he can’t help noticing that Abby is like no one he has ever met before. As a string of grisly murders grips his wintry New Mexico town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl is actually a savage vampire.

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Let Me In is on general release from the 29th October.

To book tickets and be a part of the 54th BFI London Film Festival visit www.bfi.org.uk/lff


Thursday, 14 October 2010

Never Let Me Go

Premiere Scene is delighted to introduce our new presenter/producer, William McLaughlan, to our team.


Anthony Bueno and William attended the launch of the 54th BFI London Film Festival. They caught up with Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean, Atonement), Andrew Garfield (Red Riding, The Social Network) and Carey Mulligan (An Education, Brothers) at the press conference for Mark Romanek's melancholy romantic drama Never Let Me Go; based on the blockbuster novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.



Kathy (Mulligan), Tommy (Garfield) and Ruth (Knightley) spend their childhood at Hailsham, an idyllic English boarding school where they discover a dark and haunting secret about their future. As they leave the shelter of the school behind and draw inexorably closer to the devastating fate that awaits them as adults, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.




If you would like to attend the 54th MFI London FIlm Festival you can book tickets to screenings from the BFI at: www.bfi.org.uk/lff

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Despicable Me European Premiere

Last night at the European Premiere of the blockbuster animation Despicable Me Andy Oliver and Anthony Bueno of Premiere Scene had the delight of interviewing Miranda Cosgrove and Steve Carell.


In a happy suburban neighbourhood surrounded by white picket fences and flowering rose bushes sits a black house with a dead lawn.  Unbeknownst to the neighbours, hidden deep beneath this home is a vast secret hideout.  Surrounded by an army of mischievous little Minions, we discover Gru (STEVE CARELL of Get Smart, Horton Hears a Who!, and television’s The Office) planning the biggest heist in the history of the world.  He is going to steal the Moon (Yes, the Moon!).  Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way.  That is, until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad.

DESPICABLE ME is released nationwide Friday 15 October, 2010.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Burke and Hare


Hurray beloved director of such films as the Blues Brothers and An American Werewolf In London John Landis is back at the helm with his latest film Burke and Hare.

A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

The films sees an all star cast Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis and Mr Hammer House of Horrors himself Christopher Lee.


Burke and Hare is out on general release 29th October 2010

Friday, 1 October 2010

Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters

Over two years in the making, this is the definitive documentary on the Ghostbusters films. 'Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters' delves deep into all the creative processes that brought these films to life. With interviews of cast and crew, some of which have never been put on tape before, it promises to satisfy both fan and filmmaker alike.

Cleanin' Up The Town Official Trailer

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