Interviews

John Williams talks Star Wars Episode VII

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Legendary composer John Williams discusses joining J.J. Abrams team and returning to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: Episode VII.

We’ll be back…

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You may have noticed things have been a little quiet around Movie Emporium lately.

While we’ve still be enjoying trips to silverscreen that we love so much we’ve also been very busy with a lot of other stuff too.

It was 3 years and 2 days ago that this site (in an earlier form) was born and we’ve posted countless trailers, seen 100′s of movies and marvelled over many a poster but right now we’re going to have to just do this silently.

This is not goodbye, we’ll still be posting odd bits and pieces when we can, but it’s going to be on a much quieter scale while we spend some much needed time marvelling at the world.

To quote the terminator “I’ll be back…” or should that be we?

 

 

Interview with Paul Tanter about White Collar Hooligan 2: England Away

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We caught up with Writer/Director Paul Tanter and spoke about his new film White Collar Hooligan 2: England Away.

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Why did you decide to make a follow up to The Rise and Fall of The White Collar Hooligan?

I liked the idea of revisiting the characters down the line. Eighteen months later and Mike and Katie are living new lives in Spain under the witness protection program, Eddie is off working different scams in various places and Topbeef is now a D.I. There were still some questions to be answered at the end of the first film and it was great to get everyone back together. After the success of the first one, there was a demand for a second from the distributor, who got behind it straight away.

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Watch Nick Nevern talk about White Collar Hooligan 2 – England Away

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Star of The Rise and Fall of the White Collar Hooligan and it’s sequel White Collar Hooligan” England AWay, Nick Nevern chats about the films in this video.


White Collar Hooligan 2: England Away is out on Monday 20 May.

Q & A with Billy Connolly about Quartet

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With the DVD and Blu ray release of Dustin Hoffman Directed film Quartet on Monday we have this great Q & A for you with one of the stars of the film. Billy Connolly is a well known Scottish Comedian.

Dustin says this is a film about characters in their “third act”. Would you agree?

Yeah, the people in the home all have great life about them, but they don’t have the ability to do it anymore. Except it doesn’t really matter to them, and if you see the original documentary – Tosca’s Kiss – there’s an old lady in singing a little aria. And she’s singing away and then she forgets her words and she goes, “dee-dee-dee-dee, da-da-da-da-dee-dee” not fazed at all by it. They just accept it totally, and it’s all about ageing. It’s about life, generally, and it’s lovely.

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Interview with Sir David Attenborough, Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill for Chimpanzee

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Chimpanzee is a Disney Nature production which is a charming and engaging look at life of the Chimpanzees in the Ivory Coast Rainforest. Following one young newborn, Oscar, the film follows his first few months as as he tackles the trials and tribulations of young life.

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We spoke to Sir David Attenborough, renowned for his nature documentaries and Directors of the film Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill about the movie and why they felt it was so important to protect chimpanzees.

DA – The need for their protection is greater than it’s ever been, in the last twenty years 90% have gone, and you can show absolutely that the reason that 90% have gone is that they have not been protected. If we can get more guards, we know that we can save the chimpanzees of the Tai Forest.

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Our chat with Francesca Gregorini Director of Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes

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Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes screened as part of the official selection at London’s Sundance Film Festival and we caught up with the Director, Francesca Gregorini, and spoke to her about the film and her process of both writing and directing this movie.

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Interview With Author and Hammer Expert Marcus Hearn About Dracula (1958)

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This is a very exciting release for horror fans isn’t it?

It’s an exciting release for Hammer fans and, as you say, anybody interested in classic horror films. And if you’re a beginner this is a great place to start.

Dracula is one of the most portrayed characters in film. Why is Christopher Lee’s the one that is perhaps best remembered?

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Hell in Films

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With today’s release of Silent Hill: Revelation on B lu ray and DVD we spoke to Gavin Baddeley a Reverend in the Church of Satan about Hell in films.

What do you feel are the good and bad representations of Hell in movies?

I suppose when you talk about hell it sort of turns everything on it’s head because surely the good ones are the ones you shouldn’t enjoy! The first ever italian feature film from 1911 based on Dante’s Infernos where they have taken the original carvings of ‘Gustave Dore’ and basically made a movie of that. I think Silent Hill is great, especially for some of the visuals, they really stick with you and they really stand out.

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Interview with Aditya Assarat Director of Hi – So

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We got a chance to speak to director of Hi-So Aitdya Assarat. Take a look below as he gave us some insight into his new movie Hi-So, being released tomorrow.

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1.       When it comes to writing your scripts, what inspires you?
Different things, depends on the project.  I’ve written some things for
certain actors, others for certain locations, but mostly, an idea just
catches a hold in my head, and if it doesn’t go away, then I know there’s
something to it.  So those are the ideas I turn into films.

2.       Do you think your time in America has had an influence on your
filmmaking style?
I watch mostly American films, though I don’t know if that has to do with
having lived there.  I suspect most people around the world watch American
films, even if they never set foot there before.  But yes, I like American
films.  They are the most entertaining.

3.       How did you feel being selected as a protégé by Mira Nair?
I was surprised.  There were four finalists – three women and me who went to
interview with her.  So I thought I’d be her last choice.

4.       How was it working with her?
It was an eye-opener.  I realized that making movies is the same everywhere
in the world.  What she was doing and what I was doing was the same thing,
except she just had a lot more toys to play with.  But at the heart of it,
was just the director working with a couple of actors.

5.       Hi-So was the first film you worked on when you left grad school,
but you released Wonderful Town first. Was there a reason you decided to do
this?
I couldn’t get Hi-So financed and the project fell apart.  Back then I
didn’t have a company and didn’t know anything about producing.  I was like
any other kid coming out of school who had a script and big dreams but no
knowledge of how to get it made.   So I struggled with that for awhile, then
decided to put it aside and move on to other things.  After Wonderful Town
won some prizes I got the chance to make another film, so resurrected Hi-So
as my next project.

6.       What inspired your concept of people who have and people who
haven’t for Hi-So?
I suppose its just the reality in Thailand.  Lots of difference between
people who have and people who haven’t.

7.       In Hi So, your cinematography utilises an interesting blend of
locales, both beautiful and desolate. Is this a conscious choice?
Oh yeah, I like the possibilities of different locations.  With low budget
movies, you don’t have money for spectacles and special effects, so you end
up mostly working with only two things: actors and locations.  They’re
similar for me.  Actors and locations project certain personalities.  And I
use that for the tone of the film.
8.       Also, you seem to use extras very sparsely – is there a reason for
this?
Probably to save money.

Chris Hughes 

HI-SO is in cinemas 1st and 2nd March. Check www.day-for-night.org for listings

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