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


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


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.


Q & A with Billy Connolly about Quartet


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.


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


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.



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


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?


Hell in Films


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.


Josh Duhamel speaks about Vincent D’onofrio’s character in Fire with Fire

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Fire with Fire is released today and we have this clip showing star of the movie Josh Duhamel talking about Vincent D’onofrio’s character in this action drama.


Interview with Aditya Assarat Director of Hi – So


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
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
Probably to save money.

Chris Hughes 

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

Interview with Jennifer Lynch Director of Chained


We got to chat with the super nice and hugely interesting writer and director of the movie Chained, Jennifer Lynch. Delve into her filmmaking world with us below as she keeps us gripped and entertained during our chat.


You adapted the screenplay from the original, what interested you in the story initially?

What got me initially was the idea of a serial killer that drove a taxi cab, after picking up a other and her son, killing the mother and keeping the boy, what that relationship between the boy and the killer would be like.

 The original script dealt with detectives following them and in my in opinion, although dramatic was a bit too gratuitous for me, and more torture porn and while there is an audience for that I’m not he director for that so I was allowed to do a page 1 rewrite and better able to deal with what I found most interesting which was the making of a monster, and I love to be scared by what I’ve been lead to believe is safe.

One of the main characters is very new face to film, how did you go about working him in comparison to more experienced actors?

I loved the actors who i knew could do the job but who had a  sense of somewhat universal sense anonymity and appeal

I felt it was really important that no one could doubt for a moment that anyone wasn’t who they siad they were. Largely what i do is some for anyone i work with.

The first thing i’m looking for is with someone i could communicate with them. I treat them all the same, i tell them what i think i need to see int eh character and then i listen to what they have to say as they have something to tell me about the character when they’ve stepped into the skin. I think it’s important they don’t feel like puppets because this is a collaborative medium. As the writer director i’m the kill switch but i like to make sure they know they have a voice and i will take care of them.

This is a killer/horror genre movie, is that your main area of interest?

Based on my biography it sure seems that it is but I adore comedy, i’m directing a lot of TV comedy at the moment.  I do find that things that scare me in a healthy way are really good for me and i’m ever trying to make a film i’ve never seen, which will hopefully help me evolve in one way or another.

The dark stuff i so opposite to what my life is like i think i gravitate towards it out of curiosity.

A lot of this is filmed in one location, is that challenging as a director?

It was challenging but it was almost comforting. I knew what i was  getting myself into when i wrote that. What i wanted to do was fully immerse the experience the audience in the experience the boy was having. The audience only goes outside when the taxi does.

The challenges were equal to the gifts, knowing where you are working every day is a gift but figuring out how to show it differently is a challenge!

Was there any serial killer character or horror movie character that made you want to make these movies.

I don’t know about a movie but I think i was 7 or 8 when i was caught by my father with my dog eared copy of Helter Skelter and he was not happy about that. He gave me a very potent speech after throwing it across the yard that there was darkness and light and those were fine but then there was evil and that was not, and that book was evil.

I’m curious and compelled by peoples behaviour, people think because of my last name i’m into the darkness but i adore laughter and i think it has an equal place.

What’s next for you?

I’m working on a movie called A Fall from Grace starring Tim Roth about a homicide detective that is struggling with an unsolved case. Drugs and alcohol eat him away and it’s a piece about how he tries to save himself.

Jennifer’s movie Chained is available on Monday on Blu-ray and DVD

Vicky Hinault

Seven Psychopaths: Interview


Whilst on the Jameson’s green carpet at the UK premiere for Seven Psychopaths we managed to grab Producer Graham Broadbent for a quick chat…

M.E: For those who haven’t yet seen Seven Psychopaths what can we expect?

G.B: Well if you saw ‘In Bruges’ and like Martin McDonagh, either from a stage play or In Bruges, and then you add in Seven Psychopaths – Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Tom Waits, Harry Dean Stanton, Gabourey Sidibe, – there’s a bundle of really smart actors in this film, it’s very rich, very fun, very dazzling and a very original film,

M.E: Have you maintained a working relationship with Woody Harrelson since Welcome to Sarajevo?

G.B: It’s funny you say that. I haven’t seen him for a long time, but he was great in Welcome to Sarajevo which was the first film I produced. It happened on this film that we cast him quite late in the day and it was a very simple call to make. It was just him and his agent/manager who I knew and he read the script in a weekend and had signed up literally within 48hrs of the script arriving which was great.

M.E: On set, did you have any problems with cast & crew members being scared of dogs?

G.B: Come on, it’s a little ShihTzu (laughs)

M.E: Some people have fears…

G.B: Er yeah, not too many fears for that one, if it was a big Alsatian we might have had that, but it was kind of sweet, everyone liked it , it’s just like a little gay dog isn’t it. So no – its kinda sweet.

M.E: Are you back in Britain for your next project or have you got something lined up in the States?

G.B: We have film called ‘Posh’, it was a play at the Royal Court, which we are putting together for shooting next Spring in the UK.

M.E: One more question for our readers, obviously we are all film fans and we appreciate a good film, but what’s your guilty pleasure DVD you put on a couple of times at home?

G.B: I can’t tell you that! (laughs)

M.E: Come on Graham,

G.B: I’m not telling you that, but there’s certainly a selection. Oh yeah too many. I tell you I do like, there’s two and they’re not really guilty, because I love Silence of the Lambs I could watch it again and again and again. And I love Misery, which aren’t natural drama pieces, but I think they are kind of great genre movies.

M.E: Thank you very much.

G.B: Cool, nice to meet you.

Seven Psychopaths is out in the UK on Dec 5th.


Interview with Alan G. Parker: Director of Hello Quo


We recently met with Director, Alan G Parker who took on the challenge of making a documentary about the prolific Status Quo

How did you get involved with the project?

Funny story actually, after my last project was over i decided i needed to take a break and go in a different direction to avoid being pigeon holed. I went back to Blackburn and a friend of mine called and asked if i wanted to go and See Status Quo playing, so we went down and as we were watching them he tapped me on the leg and said, what about this lot? And I said, really, and while the gig was still going on i got on the phone to my producer and she said if you still feel this way on monday ring me back and i did.

What attracted you to the story of the Quo?

It’s got the big platinum records, it’s got the drugs, it’s got the arrests, it’s got the girls, it’s all in there. They are a national institution.

With such a backlog of material, where did you start?

Well we tried to do a 90 minute version of the film but we couldn’t get there. We go through a checklist but in the case of some tracks there was only one option, but with tracks like Caroline I had 9 clips to choose from. I was nice because we could change things around a bit.

Were there any moments from the film that you wished you’d been there for?

I think looking back at moments like Margarita Time clip from Top of the Tops with Jimmy from Slade on bass. We had a great story there so it was brilliant that we could illustrate it.Of course they also split up in 1984, they did their End of the Road Tour and the warehouse where all the footage was stored burned down. Then we got a phone call from a kid in Europe whose Dad had kept all the footage – he sent it to us and saved our bacon. So we got all the footage from this great tour.

How was it working with the band? 

Nuts, they are genuinely nuts. I found them extremely easy going, we never had to go back and say ‘do you mind’. It was good because I sat down with them and said, if you want the best documentary ever, don’t waffle me. They gave us exactly what we needed from them.

HELLO QUO – Access All Areas Collector’s Edition is out on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 29 October

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