On July 1, 1997, after 156 years of colonial rule, the British handed Hong Kong back to the Chinese Government. No one expected us to return. Now we have and in some strength to trade in films.
Cheeky Geordie chaps Ant'n'Dec, familiar to all UK residents for SMTV:Live!, Byker Grove, Pop Idol and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! have now moved into film. Alien Autopsy tells the story of two men who discover the legendary tape showing the alien autopsy performed after the alleged Roswell crash. As the media frenzy descends upon them, it seems their lives will never be the same again...
The remake of a 1977 Wes Craven slasher frightened off the competition in the UK box office this opening weekend. The Hills Have Eyes, directed by Frenchman Alexandre Aja, raked in £1.1m. The film tells the story of a family who become stranded in the Mexican desert, only to come under attack from a bunch of flesh-eating mutants. The remainder of the box office chart was spread between a selection of crowd-pleasers and Oscar-winning indie films.
The Evolved, a feature film about a rogue shark monster terrorizing London and produced for only £1000 has been signed for distribution to the Legendary American film company, Troma Entertainment. Troma has helped bring to the world some of the best and brightest talents in entertainment. The duo of Andy Senior and John Turner who conceived and made the film are delighted and itching to start their next project, but first they are waiting to see how their feature does at the Cannes film market in May.
Senior says, "Our team are very proud at what has been achieved with a group of people and a tiny budget. The aim now is to develop new film projects much further, with an increase in the scale of production, ideally in Britain." And, he says a new film is planned for production in 2006.
The McLibel documentary from Franny Armstrong's Spanner Films had a good UK opening weekend at London's Wardour Street Odeon. The producers report a good press and a lot of screening enquiries coming in from cinemas all over the UK. The DVD version is also released now.
This year's Oscar-nominated live-action and animated short films are touring cinemas across America, through a partnership between Magnolia Pictures and U.K.-based Shorts International.