Sunday, 16 December 2012


 BIFA Arrivals

James Floyd BIFA Arrivals

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview award nominee James Floyd.


Sally El Hosaini BIFA Arrivals

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview award nominee Sally El Hosaini.


Sightseers - Alice Lowe, Steve Oram & Eileen Davies - BIFA Arrival Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview award nominees Sightseers Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Eileen Davies.


Rufus Sewell - BIFA Arrival Interview

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Rufus Sewell.



Holliday Grainger - BIFA Arrival Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Holliday Grainger.
 



Idris Elba - BIFA Arrival Interview

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Idris Elba.


Ben Milner - BIFA Arrival Interview

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Ben Milner.


James Nesbitt - BIFA Arrival Interview

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview the ceremony host James Nesbitt.


Elliot Grove - BIFA Arrival Interview

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview BIFA & Raindance founder Elliot Grove.


Jared Harris - BIFA Arrival Interview

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Jared Harris.

Rory Kinnear & Robert Emms- Broken - BIFA Arrival Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Rory Kinnear & Robert Emms for Broken.


Peter Strickland - Berberian Sound Studio - BIFA Arrival Interview

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview director Peter Strickland for Berberian Sound Studio.



Paul Brannigan - BIFA Arrival Interview

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Paul Brannigan.


John Boyega BIFA Arrival Interview

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview John Boyega.

 Presenters and winners

Alison Owen & Tom Hiddleston BIFA Presenter Interview

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Alison Owen & Tom Hiddleston.



Asif Kapadia, Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis BIFA Winners Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview award presenter Asif Kapadia and  Best documentary winners Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis.

Ben Milner, Robert Emms, Eloise Laurence & Rufus Norris BIFA Winner Interviews - Broken

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview BIFA Winners Ben Milner, Robert Emms, Eloise Laurence & Rufus Norris  for Best Film; Broken.
Edith Bowman & Christine Christine Bottomley BIFA Presenter Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Best Screenplay presenters Edith Bowman & Christine Bottomley.

Felicity Jones BIFA  Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview actress Felicity Jones.

Gabriella Wilde BIFA  Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview actress Gabriella Wilde.

Harry Treadaway BIFA  Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview actor Harry Treadaway.

Holliday Grainger & James Norton BIFA Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview actor Holliday Grainger & James Norton.

Ashley Walters, Tom Cullen and James Floyd BIFA Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview award presenters Ashley Walters and Tom Cullen and Most Promising Newcomer Winner James Floyd.

 John Hurt BIFA Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview John Hurt.


Noomi Rapace BIFA Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Noomi Rapace.


Olivia Colman BIFA Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Olivia Colman for Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in Hyde Park On Hudson.


Peter Capaldi BIFA Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Peter Capaldi.


Peter Strickland - BIFA Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Best Director Award Winner Peter Strickland for his film Berberian Sound Studio.


Clio Barnard & Phil Davis BIFA Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Clio Barnard & Phil Davis.


Rory Kinnear  BIFA Winner Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Best Supporting Actor Winner Rory Kinnear for his part in Broken.


Rufus Sewell  & Michael Gambon  BIFA  Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview award presenter Rufus Sewell and The Richard Harris Award Winner Michael Gambon.


Mahalia Belo  & Casey Herbert BIFA  Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview winners of the best short film Mahalia Belo & Casey Herbert for their film Volume.


Rob Savage - Strings  BIFA  Interviews

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview The Raindance Award Winner Rob Savage for his film Strings.


Tom Felton BIFA Interview

At The Moët British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA) Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Rob Felton.



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PREMIERE SCENE



Saturday, 15 December 2012

The Hobbit - Royal Film Performance Interviews


Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno took the long and winding road to Middle Earth as we attend the Royal Film Performance of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Join us as we interview Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Andy Serkis (Gollum), James Nesbitt (Bofur), Adam Brown (Ori), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), William Kircher (Bifur/Tom Troll),  Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Aiden Turner (Kili) and JRR Tolkien grandson Royd Tolkien to find out about these much loved characters, from these much loved books and working with the much loved director Sir Peter Jackson.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is in a cinema near you!


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Quartet Interviews

Quartet - Charity Gala Screening 

At the Charity Gala Screening of Quartet Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Mike Jonas got into a rhythm as they interview Nicola Benedetti as she speaks of the Musician’s Benevolent Fund, Billy Connolly (Wilf) talks of working on set with true musicians, Finola Dwyer (Producer) reveals it was a story close to her heart, Sheridan Smith (Dr. Lucy Cogan)  speaks of the honour of working with such prestigious actors, Ronald Harwood (writer - Play/Screenplay) reveals the difficulty of adapting  his work written for stage to cinema and Tom Courtenay (Reginald) speaks of how director Dustin Hoffman brought his own slice of Hollywood to the film.


Quartet - 56th BFI LFF Premiere

At the 56th BFI LFF celebrates Dustin Hoffman making his directorial debut for his new film Quartet. Hoffman accompanied by a staggering ensemble cast including Sir Tom Courtenay, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Sir Ronald Harwood, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins all shared with Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno their wonderful experience working on the film and how it made it from play to screenplay.


QUARTET is out on general release January 1st, 2013

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Hitchcock UK Premiere - Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren & Sacha Gervasi Interviews

 
The suspense was killing us as we anticipated the arrival Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Helen Mirren and director Sacha Gervasi as they attend the UK Premiere of HITCHCOCK. Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview the film icons to find out more about their portrayal of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville in a love story set in the back drop of the making of PSYCHO. HENRY’S CRIME director Gervasi shares with us his own journey of discovery about this revered director.






HITCHCOCK will open in the UK and Ireland on 8 February, distributed by Twentieth Century Fox

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Midnight's Children Interviews


Salman Rushdie & Deepa Mehta -  Press Junket Interviews

Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno grabbed a magical few moments to interview Salman Rushdie & Deepa Mehta when they were in London attending a press junket promoting their film Midnight's Children. Adapted from Rushdie's best selling novel, the Filmmakers share with us how they literally were on the same page with regards to the story arc, how staying outside of the studio system for them was imperative to maintain creative control and how the epicness of the story was translated the cinematically for the big screen.



Midnight's Children - 56th BFI LFF Interviews

Magic was in the air at the 56th BFI LFF as Salman Rushdie's much loved novel Midnight's Children has now been adapted to enchant audiences on the big screen. Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview actors Satya Bhabha, Shriya Saran and Charles Dance to find out more about why it was important to them to be a part of the film and Rushdie himself tells us the challenges of adapting an epic novel to a screenplay.


MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN is released in cinemas on boxing day 26th December 2012





Friday, 7 December 2012

Les Misérables - World Premiere

At the World Premiere of Les Misérables, Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno braved the iciest temperatures to give the warmest welcome to producer Debra Heyward and actors Russell Crowe (Javert), Samantha Barks (Éponine) and Daniel Huttlestone (Gavroche) as they share with us the joy of adapting this hugely successful stage musical to a feature length film and how singing live on set was a daunting but liberating process.
LES MISÉRABLES OPENS ACROSS THE UK ON 11TH JANUARY 2013
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Rolf Lassgård - Press Junket Interview - False Trail (Jägarna 2)

Rolf Lassgård speaks to Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno when he was in London attending a press junket to promote his  murder mystery film, False Trail (Jägarna 2). The delightful Lassgård shares with us what it is like revisiting a character after a sixteen year time lapse and how he enjoyed collaborating with the director Kjell Sundvall to develop a part that in its essence is in need of redemption.  



False Trail (Jägarna 2) Review

Words Nicola Johnston
I was so excited about seeing this film, as one of my favourite actors is Rolf Lassgard, who’s performance in the film,( After The Wedding), is earth shatteringly good, as is the film.
The first thing that struck me about False Trail 2, is how beautifully crafted it is and wonderfully shot, huge congratulations must go to the cinematographer Jallo Faber. It is a strong thriller which follows on from the first film (The Hunters) there are some flashbacks used and although I would always recommend seeing the first instalment it is not essential.

There are many strong, convincing performances, firstly from Lassgard, who is a tour de force and his acting is utterly spell binding to watch, detailed and utterly believable. Then we have the chilling performance from Peter Stormare which is impressive, his portrait of the psychopathic policeman is pure evil and completely terrifying. Annika Nordin’s performance is touching and painful to watch and her inner strength come through in her eyes.

However for me Kim Tjernstrom who plays Peter, Nordin’s son, is a huge let down, he does not convince at all and comes across altogether a bit wet, timid and bland on screen. Also the drama becomes far to melodramatic and farcical at times and I feel perhaps, False Trail 2, would be much better suited as a TV film and not up on the big screen.

The film is directed by Kjell Sundvall, written by Bjorn Carlstorm and Stefan Thunberg, running time 129 minutes.

RELEASED IN CINEMAS ACROSS THE UK DECEMBER 14th 2012

 THE HUNTERS (Jagarna) is released on DVD for the first time in the UK 
Monday 10th December.


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Thursday, 6 December 2012

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC

Review by Nicola Johnston

Denmark’s Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 (The Passion Of Joan Of Arc), is much more than a documentary, its much more than a film, it’s a portrait, a study of suffering and fear, of a woman, of the people, of Christ, we witness what human beings are capable of, what power and the unknown does to people, it shows bullying at its worst, mass hysteria, being wrongly accused of something. I recently watched Thomas Vintenburg’s (The Hunt), which for me, had many similarities of what happens when a group of people stand together and accuse someone of an act that they have not committed, what happens when fear takes over. Dreyer and Vintenburg both seek the truth of the situation.

The Passion of Joan of Arc, is visually powerful it forces you to really watch, study and contemplate what you are witnessing. You can see the detailed thought process of each character. The continual use of extreme close-ups on the actors’ faces creates an intimacy which feels shameful in moments and fearful in others, we see the contemplation, doubt, anger, disgust, disbelief, torture and terror. What strikes me is just how truthful it is, moment to moment.

They shot the footage in six months, about the same time as the real trials, the verbal exchanges between Joan and her interlocutors were taken from the historical records of her trials and based on the actual transcripts the costumes and all the props were also based on 14th-centuary paintings and are also authentic. The chronological production schedule meant that a lot of the actors stayed true to their characters, the clarity and detail achieved is incredible.

Renee Maria Falconetti (Joan) performance will haunt you and stay with you forever, you see the fear, the pain, the sorrow, the exhaustion, the ecstasy, all beautifully contained in her eyes, and she is so brave in her work. It is reported that Dreyer made her kneel on cold stone for long periods and was completely pitiless when handling her; we see true sorrow in her face as her hair is cut from her head, something she did not want to have to go through for real but did.

The camera work is busy and almost feels photographical at times; it reminded me of when someone films a stage play.


I much preferred the silent version; the version with music is stunning but for me I found it distracting and also it seemed to direct how you should be feeling emotionally. Dreyer once said “When music really has meaning or an artistic intention, it will always be a plus for a film” This film is a must see for anyone that is passionate about film, history, religion and ultimately human behaviour.

JOAN OF ARC is released in the UK 
on Blu-ray, DVD & Limited Edition Dual Format (DVD & Blu-ray) SteelBook 
as part of Eureka Entertainment’s MASTERS OF CINEMA Series 
on 
26 November 2012

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Life Of Pi - UK Premiere - Ang Lee, Suraj Sharma & Rafe Spall Interviews

At the UK Premiere of Life Of Pi Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno were looking forward to interviewing multi-award winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Hulk) and actors Suraj Sharma and Rafe Spall (Prometheus, Anonymous). Join us as we find out the beauty of working with Ang Lee; the huge learning curve Sharma received on his first feature film and how for Lee, Sharma was the only man to play Pi.



Life Of Pie Review

Words Nicola Johnston

Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, was rejected by many publishing houses before it was published in 2001, it sold 1.3m copies in Britain, which made it one of the best selling Man Booker winner to date.

The Life of Pi is Ang Lee’s 12th film, others have tried to bring the book to the screen and have all failed. I have not read the book but was looking forward to seeing the film, it felt like some amazing mystery was about to unfold in front of my eyes. The cinema was completely full, with very excited people and once the film began you could have heard a pin drop.

I am not a huge fan of 3D, it all feels far to clumsy, not sophisticated enough, although I would admit that films such as James Cameron’s Avatar and also Pete Travis’s Dredd both were beautifully enhanced by 3D, and so is Life Of Pi, some of the scenes are so stunning you feel like you are melting into the screen and disappearing into the story itself. There is a wonderful scene in a Parisian pool which is a delight for the senses and many more to behold as the story progresses.
 
The creation of the Bengal tiger, amusingly named Richard Parker, is just incredible, it was modelled on four real beasts, and it has texture you won’t believe, by the end of the film you really do see it as a real animal not CGI. The film was shot in Taiwan, Montreal, India, various studios all around the world.

 

It is a bold. Wondrous, magical, film a feast for the eyes, an epic struggle between man and beast, the themes are many including, love, family, loss of innocence, spirituality, religion, self discovery, bravery, survival and the endurance against all odds elevates both human and beast into hero’s. Perhaps most of all, the films message is to be thankful for life, for what you have and what you can give to others, life is a miracle. We cannot control the weather, we cannot answer why we are here, what happens after we die. We can however be grateful and kind to others and try to be positive, turn bad situations into good situations. We must have a will and a want to live to survive.

Suraj Sharma (Pi) is a delight to watch, his performance is strong and sensitive and he carries the film with grace. However it is the tiger that steals the film, it is just magical. I hope that the Special Effects Team win an Oscar. Congratulations must of course go to Ang Lee who is without a doubt a true master of his craft; the cinematography (Claudio Miranda) is outstanding as is the Art Direction and the Original Music accompanies without overtaking, it is a character in itself.

Stories have always been a powerful way of using ones imagination and that will never change, you can get lost in them, inspired by them and you are never lonely if you have a good story to immerse yourself into. The true challenge that the audience is faced with comes at the end when Pi reveals that perhaps Richard Parker is actually an aspect of his own personality and that it is he himself that is responsible for some of the horrific events that took place, then we must ask ourselves, what kinds of actions are acceptable in a life or death situation? What would you do to survive? Then afterwards in order to live with oneself and cope with those horrific memories, perhaps to turn them into something else, is the only way in which one can truly survive.

LIFE OF PI will open in the UK and Ireland on December 20 in 3D & 2D


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The Bodyguard Musical - Heather Headley & Lloyd Owen - Press Junket Interviews


Not ones to turn down a great opportunity when presented with one Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno stepped into theatre land to find out more about the musical adaptation to the 90’s classic movie The Bodyguard. Join us as we interview the lead actors Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen about bringing their interpretation to the parts of Frank Farmer and Rachel Marron made famous originally by Kevin Costnar and Whitney Huston.










The Bodyguard is previewing at the Adelphi Theatre, London WC2
Opens on December 5. 
Tickets can be booked online at thebodyguardmusical.com or by phone on 0844 5790094


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Monday, 3 December 2012

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days DVD Premiere Interveiws

 At the DVD Premiere of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Premiere Scene's Nicola Johnston and Anthony Bueno willingly turned down a Sunday morning lay in to find out more about the films that have captured kids hearts. Join us as we interview writer of the books Jeff Kinney as he reveals how enriched the stories have become since their adaptation to the screen. Ashley Walters shares with us the importance of films like these to bring a family together and Kevin Adams talks with experience about how crucial it is for children to be active.





Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Review

Words Nicola Johnston

The book is a international best seller, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney, written for children aged 9 and above, appealing to those who love cartoon characters and funny stories. It reminded me of Adrian Mole written by English author Sue Townsend.

The third film instalment runs at 94 minutes, directed by Thor Freudenthal, staring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron and Rachael Harris. It is a likable film and one that will make adults chuckle, it is full of wit, and the live action sequences are again punctuated by brief black and white strip cartoons. School is out and its summer break and Greg is looking forward to spending his days in front of the television playing his computer games, while his older brother played by the wonderful Devon Bastick lies around on the couch asleep and generally annoys Greg, but all his plans soon go wrong and the real adventures begin.

This film provides uplifting entertainment for the whole family. 

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is released on 
Blu-ray Triple Play and DVD on 26 November 2012