Film Event - Anatomy Of A Reel - Hush

hush.jpgIn Anatomy Of A Reel, director Mark Tonderai and his key heads of department breakdown the first reel of the thriller Hush (Generalrelease: 13 March 2009) from idea to final cut. The reel will be pulled apartand looked at from the perspective of the Writer, Director, DOP, Composer andEditor in their singular effort to create a low budget suspense story with abig budget look. A must see event for anyone interested in the mechanics andart of filmmaking!

Tired and irritable, Zakes (Will Ash) and Beth (Christine Bottomley) drive home along the M1, a familiar journey full of harshly lit service stations and bad coffee. When a white truck narrowly avoids hitting them, its back doors open to reveal a woman terrified and screaming caged up inside. Unsure if what he has seen is real, Zakes calls the police but drives on. Beth is furious that he hasn’t done more to help and at the next petrol station storms off. When she doesn’t return, Zakes slowly realises that she too has been snatched by the white truck driver and is forced into a vicious game of cat and mouse with a ruthless killer who has terrifying plans for his human cargo.


Date: 11 March 2009, Start time: 18h30, Venue: Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue/13 CoventrySt/London/W1D 7DH. Book tickets: £10.00 Go to or call 0207 287 3833


Future Shorts Partner with Noah and the Whale on Innovative New Tour, Fusing Music and Film


Short film lovers Noah and the Whale will be joined by Future Shorts on their upcoming ‘Club Silencio' Tour. The tour sees the band re-inventing some of their songs in real time to Future Shorts films.

After the huge success of the recent Guillemots rescore tour, Future Shorts are thrilled to be on board with Noah and the Whale, bringing another awe inspiring live music / short film experience to selected venues across the UK. The band are also welcoming entries for a competition to screen a winner's short film every night of tour.

A sneaky peek of what to expect, Future Shorts current screenings tour Dances with Love launched in style last Friday with Noah and the Whale performing a surprise set to specially selected shorts to an enthralled sell-out audience at Brixton's Ritzy cinema. Dances with Love UK tour and features Jeff Keen's Marvo Movie in association with the BFI alongside a programme of some the worlds finest short films including Sundance 2009 winner Lies, Kaige Chen's BAFTA and Golden Palm winning Zhanxiou Village and Grimur Hakonarson's love story about Icelandic gay wrestlers - Wrestling.


Raindance Film Club-18 February 09-Zebra Crossings

zebra_crossings.jpgThis month Raindance brings you a free screening of Zebra Crossings. Zebra Crossings premiered in last years Raindance Film Festival and also won an award at the 2008 BIFAs.

Set amongst the towering, concrete-clad estates of south London ‘Zebra Crossings’ blends a mixture of characters that all share onething in common: The incredible loneliness of living alongside 7 million other people.

 ‘Hard-hitting’ would be an appropriate phrase to describe this tale of four south London lads from writer and director Sam Holland. Not only because their lives are depicted completely without compromise but also because these boys solve most problems with their fists. They are the children ofthe council estates, urban thugs with little chance of release from the concrete coliseum that surrounds them.


Future Shorts presents "Dances with Love" A new short film experience touring from February 2009

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Future Shorts dances with love this February with the launch of an exclusive selection of short films inspired by love, sex, happiness and everything in between. Premiering at the Brixton Ritzy on Valentines weekend, the programme will then tour the UK.

Films include the beautiful and haunting 'Little Minx Exquisite Corpse: Come Wander With Me' - part of a fascinating project inspired by a surreal parlour game, ‘Wrestling,' Grímur Hákonarson's love story about two gay wrestlers living in rural Iceland and ‘Top Girl' a tender truthful and brutally comic tale set in Brixton.  Love and happiness in all its twisted forms will be explored in a cinema experience like no other.

In association with the BFI, Future Shorts are also proud to present a rarely seen short from Jeff Keen, a leading light of the British experimental film scene, which will be shown ahead of the main programme.

Each venue will be adding its own unique touch to the Dances with Love experience, bringing together local film-makers, musicians and especially dancing under one roof for an unforgettable night. Tickets on sale from


Whitby in Shorts

whitby.jpg"WHITBY in SHORTS" - the first of our monthly short-film nights, at the Coliseum in Whitby last night [Wed. 7th January], was a resounding success. Close to a full house turned out on a cold winter's night to partake in a showcase of talent and a varied selection of films, nearly all made by local people of all ages up to 85!

The evening was an ideal occasion for net-working, and after the event, eleven people previously unknown to the organizers came forward to offer their services in every area of film-making - three of them admin people.

Listen. Film in Whitby is picking up steam! 

So if YOU have locally-made movies you would like to see screened, or if YOU want to get involved in local film-making, or if YOU have admin skills that can help boost "WHITBY in SHORTS" up to real Film Festival status - then come along to "WHITBY in SHORTS [2]", Friday 13th February, 7:30pm, at the Whitby Coliseum, admission £5 (under-18s HALF PRICE on the night), proceeds in aid of the Whitby Dog Rescue [Reg.Charity # 1081121]. OR email the organizers at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Programme to be announced shortly.



Record Numbers Join Secret Cinema to go Ghostbusting in Westminster

secret2.jpgNews in about the most recent not-so-secret-anymore Secret Cinema, Future Cinema/Nokia's immersive cinema experience night.

FUTURE CINEMA in association with NOKIA hosted a sell-out SECRET CINEMA at the Royal Horticultural Halls on Friday. Guests arrived in Westminster to find the venue and surrounding streets transformed into 80s New York and joined the live performers to pay homage to the comedy classic Ghostbusters. In the biggest live event of its kind SECRET CINEMA entertained over 1,100 revellers and a simultaneous screening took place at the Corn Exchange in the seaside town of Brighton.

The location of the screening was only revealed on Thursday morning to SECRET CINEMA members who had signed up at Members were notified of the venue by email and told only to wear their finest 80s attire. Guests were then entertained by a host of energetic performers in Ghostbuster costume, Ecto-1 and NYC cops patrolled the streets and free hot dogs and pretzels were served. After the main show SECRET CINEMA hosted an exclusive after show party.



World premiere of Symphonetix's Small World in Whitby

submitted by Nigel Ward

"Having no commercial constraints is an aid to that - not an impediment. No share-holders - no compromises. No sell-out!"
Nigel Ward

The latest symphonetix feature-film small world is to be premièred before an invited audience at Whitby Coliseum on Monday November 10 2008 - prior to general release and the festival circuit. Produced by husband-and-wife team Nigel Ward and Helga Marrs, whose last film ‘Freyja's Gift' aroused such controversy in Whitby in 2006, small world is an outlandish fantasy with a plot reminiscent of a Möbius strip. [Wiki that, in case the boss asks!].

The film examines the ‘might-have-been' lives of two protagonists - Manny Keane (Shaun Bowman), a ‘lifer' prisoner in Singapore's Changi Prison, and prison chaplain, Father Ewan Maude (Jack Douglas), a missionary priest - both of whom died in the Changi Prison library fire of 2006. In a tacit ‘what if?' leap of fiction, they are reprieved from death and gravitate independently to the idyllic village of Ugglebeck in the Esk Valley - Manny to check out the wisdom of seeking a rapprochement with Cissie Laing (Glenda Mirren), his fiancée of thirty years ago - and Father Ewan in search of the ‘perfect' girl with whom, as a teenager, he shared his only sexual encounter, Cissie's twin, Mara Laing (Tilda Marie Dace). Their ensuing clash of wills is only one strand in an intricate web of disturbing psychological cross-currents. And the prize is a shot at redemption - plus Mattie Laing (Helga Marrs) - Mara's illegitimate autistic daughter, now a beautiful but whacky young woman of thirty. Ostensibly, small world tells a story of jealousy, betrayal and paternal love - but with a sub-text that deals directly with issues of faith, free will and the immortality of the human mind.


Focus on Andres Veiel - London talks and screenings

andreas_veil.jpgEvery year the Goethe-Insitut presents a special focus as part of the Festival of German Films. This year’s Goethe-Focus will be dedicated to the director Andres Veiel. From Maren Hobein:

Best known in the UK for Black Box Germany, his film about a member of the Baader-Meinhof gang and one of their victims, Andres Veiel is one of Germany's most important documentary filmmakers. Critically acclaimed, widely watched and always much discussed, Veiel’s six films to date have substantially contributed to the growing popularity of the documentary genre in Germany.

goethe-institute.jpgAndres Veiel will be in London to attend the film screenings on 29 and 30 November. Following the screening of Addicted to Acting on Saturday 29 November he will talk with Edward Kemp, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) On Sunday 30 November he will again be at the Curzon for a discussion after Black Box Germany, organised in collaboration with the moving-image training organisation InSight.



The Last Minute Picture House presents ...

Fear(s) of the dark Dir. Various France 2007 (12A). The Last minute Picture House at The Llanfyllin Workhouse presents a special Halloween screening of "Fear(s) of the dark'. Tickets £6.50 with free ghostly cocktail Doors open at 9pm


New ‘Secret Cinema’ Event in London

FUTURE CINEMA will host the latest SECRET CINEMA screening in association with Nokia at an undisclosed location in LONDON on Friday 3rd October 2008.

SECRET CINEMA is a groundbreaking concept that offers an exciting and unique cinematic experience to film fans in the UK. The locations of the screenings are only revealed the morning of the event to those who have signed up at