Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Press Release Finally Issued on Mister Hallam Foe Preview on HDNet

Even though its been on the Magnolia website for some time, a formal press release finally hit the wires recently about the upcoming sneak preview of Mister Foe on HDNet, Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Now, while I hope there will be more dates added, the page on the US Mister Hallam Foe distributors website has the actual opening date of the August 22 screening in Austin, Texas, while many websites are still claiming the Sept 5 opening (and dont forget the soundtrack re-issue/issue for US Sept 9). Colin had also updated the front of the official blog with the August date some time ago as well, but no idea if he has any more updates coming with additional dates etc. Still thinking the best bet for most to see the film though, will be thru Netflix in November of this year.

While not everyone will be able to access the HDNet channel, this is one I actually can get and will remain firmly planted in front of the tv that night lol-perhaps I should haul out all the badger stuff I can find and have my own wee premiere party lol *sigh*
Right, here's what the release said:

HDNet Movies presents a special Sneak Preview of the movie MISTER FOE, starring Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, Jumper), Sophia Myles (Underworld) and Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black). MISTER FOE premieres exclusively on HDNet Movies Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Philip French of The Observer (UK) calls MISTER FOE " ... Erotic, well-acted and beautifully photographed," while Wendy Ide of The Times (London) says "The originality of this unexpectedly upbeat rites-of-passage film is a breath of fresh air."
In MISTER FOE Hallam Foe (Jamie Bell) is a troubled young man whose knack for voyeurism paradoxically reveals his darkest fears, and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city of Edinburgh for love.
Directed and co-written by David Mackenzie, MISTER FOE is a darkly twisted, entertaining work of magical realism from one of the leading lights of new Scottish cinema.
MISTER FOE is the latest installment in the HDNet Movies "Sneak Preview" series. Only HDNet Movies presents these exclusive "Sneak Previews" of films to viewers before they premiere in theaters. All Sneak Preview films are free to HDNet Movies subscribers.
MISTER FOE premieres on HDNet Movies on Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET with encore presentations at 9:45 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. ET.

As a reminder too (just like last month) here are the dates posted on the Magpics site

Austin, TX: Dobie Theatre

Los Angeles, CA: The Landmark 12
New York, NY: Angelika Film Center (6)

San Francisco, CA: Embarcadero Center Cinema
Seattle, WA: Harvard Exit Theatre

Chicago, IL: Music Box

Gainesville, FL: Hippodrome - Gainesville

Wilkes-Barre, PA: FM Kirby Center for Performing Arts

Mister Foe is directed by the wonderful David Mackenzie, and stars Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, Claire Forlani, Ciaran Hinds and Jamie Sives among many others. This film is very good, please give it a chance! If you are new and just learning about this movie, be sure to check out Colin's blog he wrote covering the filming of the movie, plus the official Hallam Foe YouTube channel for some great videos including one of my favorite trailers ever, the teaser trailer (and yea given that Jamie Sives features in it prominently probably has a lot to do why I think its fab too ;)


  1. HDNet? Never heard of it. Movies get previewed on TV screens? How appalling! It's bad enough that we the netflix culture have forgotten what the art form of film is - large screen, no pause button, darkened theatre etc. But at least premieres themselves should hold firm to this & celebrate this aspect of the art form!! before the dvd stage.

    I say this as a netflix junkie who is PAINFULLY aware every time she watches a film on a small screen that part of the aesthetic of viewing the film is lost. DVDs are great - but something is lost.

    The small screen will effect the HDNet folks' reaction to the film, I think. It effected mine when I watched HF reg 2 dvd on a small screen. The awesome footage of the rooftops was much less effective, for example. I'm sure it would have felt more spectacular on a large screen. So this means the initial American buzz about the film will be from folks peering at it on smaller screens.

    OK - I'm done speechifying . . . sorry!

  2. OK - about that last comment - can you tell I don't get to actually GO to the movies much!!!?

    I apologize for whining about aesthetics lost. I am glad you are going to finally get to see HF - small screen or no.

  3. Hi Anna!
    No worries at all, venting is good and welcome here! Sorry I have been away and have even been more remiss on catching up with your fine blog-intend to correct that asap!
    I could not agree with you more though about the experience of seeing a film on the big screen. While I faithfully buy and horde all my fave films on DVD/iPod etc, the single best way to watch it still is on the big screen.
    One of the highest reason's I so admire David is his wonderful eye and the way he and his cinematographers capture the settings-I had that still of Jamie climbing over the rooftops of Edinburg that Colin had posted heh years ago now as my wallpaper on my computer for ages, so glorious its one of those scenes where you go wow-thats actually real and not mostly computer like batman/starwars etc. Anyway, I was lucky enough to get a good deal on a high res tv with my tax return/incentive thingy, so the picture will likely be good but still so so so not the same at all as seeing it in a theatre.
    Thanks again for still popping by-hope life is treating you well these days :)