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‘Horror Europa’: an excellent trawl through the history of European horror cinema

christopher_lee The Hallowe’en season seemed pretty drawn out this year. That’s fine with me though, ‘cos I love it! What other chance to do we get to celebrate all those freaky and ghoulish things we normally hide under our beds and in our broom cupboards? If you want to keep the chills running down the back of your spine, check out this excellent, BBC-produced documentary looking back over the last century of European horror cinema, taking in works by major directors from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, the UK and Belgium. Presented by comedian Mark Gatiss (of The League Of Gentlemen and Nighty Night infamy, and thus no stranger to the dark side himself) it is a follow up to his series A History Of Horror, which was originally broadcast on BBC4 in 2010. Although Horror Europa has been liberated from behind the BBC server wall and uploaded to YouTube for all to see, here is what the official website has to say about the show:
Actor and writer Mark Gatiss embarks on a chilling voyage through European horror cinema. From the silent nightmares of German Expressionism in the wake of World War I to lesbian vampires in 1970s Belgium, from the black-gloved killers of Italy’s bloody Giallo thrillers to the ghosts of the Spanish Civil War, Mark reveals how Europe’s turbulent 20th century forged its ground-breaking horror tradition. On a journey that spans the continent from Ostend to Slovakia, Mark explores classic filming locations and talks to the genre’s leading talents, including directors Dario Argento and Guillermo del Toro.
I have to say that there are A LOT of spoilers in this show, but if you can deal with the ending of some films you might not have seen being given away, then this is a real treat for horror hounds:


BBC 4s Punk Britannia

FR020311JOHN-5A new TV series explores punk’s history and the legacy it left in British music and future culture that spread through out the world. The history of punk rock, Punk Britannia, the 3part series from BBC 4 , Tells the story of the truth behind the punk scene and everything it achieved. “We wanted to show how disparate and kaleidoscopic the whole era was,” explains the series’ producer, Ben Whalley. “Punk was this amazingly transformative cultural force, which is still being felt. It wasn’t necessarily all nihilistic and against everything. There was so much positive energy about it, too, and it created so much wonderful music.” John Lydon and Mick Jones from the clash, and a host of others including Billy Idol,Pete Shelly to the Specials. And also die hards such as the Adverts Well Worth A watch. Available on Iplayer And Friday Nights ,A Refreshing Change To The Rubish That was The Jubilee.


Falkland’s Most Daring Raid

images Falkland's Most Daring Raid - One Hour Documentary Broadcasting On Channel 4 This April

FALKLAND'S MOST DARING RAID

The unbelievable story of a mission that changed the outcome ofThe Falklands War....just

One hour documentary broadcasting on Channel 4 this April Falkland's Most Daring Raid brings alive a fast-paced, funny story of true grit and classic British derring-do to create a thrilling and uncharacteristically upbeat account from the Falklands War.

This gripping film tells the humorous yet heroic account of how a crumbling, Cold-War era Vulcan flew the then longest range bombing mission in history and how a WW2 vintage bomb changed the outcome of the Falklands War. Astonishingly, this story of one of the RAF's greatest modern feats has been downplayed into near obscurity by history. On 30th April 1982, the RAF launched a secret mission; to bomb Port Stanley's runway, putting it out of action for invading Argentine fighter jets. The safety of the British Naval Task Force, steaming towards the islands, depended on its success. But the RAF could only get a single Vulcan bomber 8,000 miles south to the Falklands and back again and even that was going to take a 16 hour continuous flight from Ascension Island and an aerial refuelling fleet of thirteen Handley Page Victor tankers. At the heart of the RAF's plan was the iconic but ageing Avro Vulcan bomber. But as Britain's original Cold War nuclear deterrent, the 'Tin Triangles' were in the process of being scrapped. Now, just months from being decommissioned, three of the surviving nuclear bombers - one to fly the mission and two as reserve - had to be kitted out for war and retro-fitted to carry 21 x 1,000lb WW2 iron bombs. Crucial spare parts had to be scavenged from museums around the world and whilst others were found in scrap yards - one vital piece was discovered being used as an ashtray in the Officer's Mess. In just three weeks, the Vulcan crews had to learn air-to-air refuelling, something the Vulcan hadn't done for 20 years, described by one pilot as like 'trying to stick wet spaghetti up a cat's backside', and conventional bombing, which they hadn't done for ten. The RAF scoured the country to find just enough WW2 bombs and refuelling calculations were done the night before on a £5.00 pocket calculator. With a plan stretched to the limit and the RAF's hopes riding ultimately on just one Vulcan, the mission was flown on a knife-edge; fraught with mechanical failures, unreliable navigation, electrical storms and empty fuel tanks. Of the Vulcan's 21 WW2 bombs, only one found the target. But that was enough to change the outcome of the war? Based on Rowland White's best-selling book, Vulcan 607, the documentary uses strong first-hand testimonies from the original Vulcan and Victor crews and stylised drama filmed in and around a surviving Vulcan Bomber. It is the Dambusters for the 1980s generation.


Film London – Film Festivals For Londoners This Spring

Film London - Film Festivals For Londoners This Spring Films Another Exciting Line Up Of Film Festivals For Londoners This Spring \'Enjoy a Different Side to Film\' Tongues on Fire (16-24 March 2012) Screentest (23-25 March 2012) Sci-Fi-London (1-7 May 2012) Following on from the success of the autumn festival line-up, this spring sees a further three exciting festivals across London celebrating the very best in cinema. Covering all genres from Independent, Bollywood and Asian pictures; the best up and coming films from aspiring new talent to science fiction and beyond, London Asian Film Festival, Screentest and Sci-Fi-London are guaranteed to have something for everyone. The three film festivals are supported by Film London\'s Pilot Publicity Fund (PPF), an innovative fund which aims to boost awareness of London\'s diverse film festivals in order to bring alternative film to new audiences. Entering its 14th year, the LONDON ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL kicks off the season with a fantastic line up of films and events at venues across the capital. The psychological drama MICHAEL starring Naseeruddin Shah opens the festival which will be presented by Meera Syal at BFI Southbank on 16 March with Abhishek Bachchan in attendance, followed by Michael Winterbottom\'s TRISHNA which screens at the Apollo Piccadilly on 17 March. This year sees a Pakistani film section with a screening of the highly controversial film BOL which will be followed by a Q&A with the lead actress Humaima Malik and the highly regarded director Rubaiyat Hossain will be participating in a Q&A following the screening of her film MEHERJAAN on 19 March. In this year of the Paralympics, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali will be given an award in recognition of his work on disability in film. Sanjay will also be delivering the Nargis Dutt lecture at the University of Westminster on 22 March and there will be screenings of his critically acclaimed films BLACK and GUZAARISH during the ten day event. The festival closes with a glitzy closing night Awards ceremony at BAFTA. Films will screen at BFI Southbank, Apollo Piccadilly, Watermans, Richmix, Harrow Arts Centre, Nehru Centre and SOAS. Hot on its heels is SCREENTEST, the National Student Film Festival dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of aspiring British talent. The festival returns to London South Bank University where a number of workshops and talks with industry professionals and an array of top quality student films will be on show. With a record 154 films submitted from all over the UK, this year promises to be a highly charged festival for all to see. The festival culminates with an Awards show on 24 March at The Roxy Bar where 14 Awards will be handed out including the new \'Screentest Institute of Excellence Award\' in association with the BFI Future Film Festival. This is awarded to the institute that has gone above and beyond to give its students the very best support and exposure at festivals. Films will screen at London South Bank University, the Roxy and Screen. Festival Director and London South Bank University student Chris Nunn, who is currently studying for his MA in Digital Film and Video, said: \"We\'re very proud to be hosting this year\'s Screentest at London South Bank University once again, close by one of the cultural centres of British film on the South Bank. \"This year we\'ve once again had a record number of entries, so the 2012 festival promises to be more competitive than ever.\" Screentest is supported by the ECU Independent Film Festival in Paris which showcases all of the winning films from Screentest during their festival between the 30th March and 1st April. Rounding up the season is SCI-FI-LONDON, the London international festival of science fiction and fantastic film. The UK\'s leading genre event and an internationally recognised launch pad for genre movies, the festival hosts at least a dozen UK premieres. Highlights of this year\'s festival include a 48-hour film challenge where participants are given two days to make their very own film and are given just three things to aid them: title; dialogue; props! Previous winners include Gareth Edwards (Monsters). The festival will screen at the Apollo Piccadilly Circus Cinema as well as the BFI Southbank and selected venues within central London. For further information on the spring festival season, please contact: Organic Marketing Becky Palmer / Holly Rosenblatt / 0203 372 0970 Becky.palmer@organic-marketing.co.uk / holly.rosenblatt@organic-marketing.co.uk Download stills from: www.organic-marketing.co.uk/pressdownloads For more information on specific film festivals and Film London please contact: TONGUES ON FIRE (16-24 March 2012) Contact: info@tonguesonfire.com Website: www.tonguesonfire.com SCREENTEST (23-25 March 2012) Contact: chris.nunn@screentestfest.org.uk Website: www.screentestfest.org.uk SCI-FI-LONDON (1-7 May 2012) Contact: louis@sci-fi-london.com Website: www.sci-fi-london.com FILM LONDON Colette Geraghty / 020 7613 7680 / colette.geraghty@filmlondon.org.uk Website: filmlondon.org.uk


Attack The Block Trailer 2011

Attack The Block Trailer 2011 A fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. It's inner city versus outer space. http://attacktheblock.com/


UPSIDE DOWN – THE CREATION RECORDS STORY

By FFR UK Writer: Chris Mcdougall

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This DVD captures the essence of the tale of Creation Records started By Alan McGee with help

from Co Founders Dick Green and producer Joe Foster.

Director Danny O'Connor leads us through the adventure of the maverick entrepreneur McGee and

his gang through escapades of good fortune and troubled times during the 80s and 90s underground

music scene.

The film starts with the glorious sound of Upside down by" The Jesus and the Mary Chain" a band that

would take the label to a new level, but before that we embark with the meeting of Alan and Bobby

Gillispie (Primal Scream,The Jesus and Mary Chain) setting the motion of how there lives would

intertwine. McGee moves to London due to a threat of losing his place in a band and after seeing

"The TV Personalities" gets the vision to start his own night "The Living Room" which is an instant

success. With guilt and the money they accumulate, the time is right to start a record label after a few

releases we get an interview with "The Loft" who talk about what it was like to be on the label at the

beginning. After the JAMC's Upside down triumph, more revenue flows in, now its all on the go with

an office and some help in the form of Edward Ball things start to get pacy. Alan then starts another

label with Rob Dickens (Warner Bros) called Elevation which fails after only a couple of records come

out most notable is "Primal Screams" debut classic album.

After the disappointment of Elevation, McGee comes back with a new vigor and signs what are now

the stuff of legends bands such as House Of Love, My Bloody Valentine, he gets into managing some

bands and takes on the majors and gets The House Of Love one of the last of the huge advances that

was soon to disappear from the Majors Purses. More achievements come the way of Creation and its

1st glory period with the likes of Ride, Swervedriver who impress  Seymour Stein of Sire records in

New York and for a while all is smooth though this soons runs its course and after a while things start

to crumble, with another move to Hackney for a bigger building and the hedonistic lifestyle this brings

Creation to another degree this time its gets a bit darker with all the partying and drugs that now infest

Alans mindset but he seems to move through this and still gets the results as the Primals hit the chart

with the acid house influenced Screamadelica.

All through the film interspered, we have frank and at times humorous anecdotes from the likes of

McGee, Gillispie, Noel Gallagher (Oasis) as well as the some of the staff e.g Tim and Chris Abbott as

well as other maybe not so well known musicians like Pat Fish (Jazz Butcher) and Dave Morgan (The

Loft) best of all is the eerie appearance of BP Fallon( publicist  for Marc Bolan,Zeppelin etc).

l would recommend this DVD even if your not a fan of the numerous acts that graced Creation it is

a must for all music fans and it is paramount to the British music scene of the late 80s till the end of

90s when, after the mega feat of Oasis and the takeover by the Sony Corps  its was time to call it a

day.With the current trend for things nostalgic l urge you to go and check out this documentry you

will not be disappointed.



Lemmy – The MOVIE

Over four decades, Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has registered an immeasurable impact on music history. At 62, he remains the living embodiment of the rock and roll lifestyle, and this feature-length documentary tells his story, one of a hard-living rock icon who continues to live the life of a man half his age.

The film will include interviews with friends, family, bandmates past and present and such admirers/peers as Slash, Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters), Ozzy Osbourne, Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order), wrestling superstar Triple H, Alice Cooper, Mick Jones of The Clash, C.C. Deville of Poison, and many others. The film crushes all myths, rumors and speculation about Lemmy, while giving his millions of fans more access to his life than ever before.

 

 

 

 


VOICES FOR JUSTICE

In 1994, three teenagers were wrongfully convicted of the murder of three eight-year-old boys in the town of West Memphis, Arkansas. As a result of a rush to judgment, "Satanic Panic," and a false, coerced "confession" by one of the teenagers, who is mentally handicapped, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin were sentenced to life without parole and Damien Echols was sentenced to death. Over the past seventeen years, the case of the "West Memphis Three" has gained international notoriety as a modern-day witch hunt. This film contains new interviews with the convicted men, presents evidence of innocence, and follows the campaign being waged for new trials. "Voices for Justice" was screened at a rally of the same name, held on August 28, 2010, in Little Rock. The event, attended by a sell-out crowd of 2,500 people, featured live performances by longtime supporters Eddie Vedder, Johnny Depp, Natalie Maines, Patti Smith, Fistful of Mercy, Lisa Blount, and Bill Carter, as well a video expression of support from Henry Rollins. Directed by Mike Poe. For more info on the case visit freewestmemphis3.org.


American: The Bill Hicks Story



Debutant Disco & Jaume Balagueró

Debutant Disco has been selected as one of 20 finalists (out of 600 + entries) to possibly contribute music to a short film by leading Spanish director Jaume Balagueró. If you have a MySpace account, you can vote (every day until 23 May 2010) for the song Young Blood. Just follow this link; http://www.myspace.com/wikipeli Since being short-listed a couple of days ago, the band has had over 2,000 song plays on MySpace over the weekend! Transmission continues...