Sunday, January 17, 2010

Independent: After London, Glasgow is Leading UK Film-making Hub

The Independent has a new article online tonight, highlighting the filmmaking being done in Glasgow, Scotland. With mentions of the awesome FILM CITY GLASGOW, founded by Gillian Berrie and home to Sigma Films, the piece notes the many films being done in Scotland and notably Glasgow, including the upcoming Sigma production of David Mackenzie's Last Word and more. Quotage of note:
The city's adaptability is a key ingredient in its remarkable recent success as it emerges as Britain's second film-making hub, after London. Kevin Macdonald's saga of the Roman army north of the border, The Eagle of the Ninth, starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland, was filmed last year in Glasgow, as well as in more rural parts of Scotland. The natural beauty of the country has, of course, long been beneficial to the Scottish film industry, attracting production of blockbusters such as Highlander and Braveheart. But Glasgow has now moved beyond that, offering good quality studio and post-production facilities.

Film City also has four casting agencies under its roof, one devoted to supplying actors of ethnic minority backgrounds. "It's not just the tartan and chocolate box stuff anymore. Glasgow is quite a gritty, urban, cool city now," says Tiernan Kelly, Film City's general manager, highlighting recent international recognition of the city's achievements in music and art. "This all adds to the cachet of Glasgow, that it's a good place to work."

Film City, a £3.5m redevelopment of the old town hall building, includes several film and television production companies, including KEO, the team behind Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage on Channel 4. Also being made in Glasgow is the romantic drama The Last Word, directed by David Mackenzie and starring Ewan McGregor. It is a co-production involving Sigma Films, based in the same building. Meanwhile another Romans in Scotland movie, The Centurion, starring yet another actor from The Wire, Dominic West, was shot largely in the Highlands and is due for release at the end of this year.

There is also discussion of Valhalla Rising which was based at Film City too. While not the same, late last year there was much ado about the hiring of Mr. Butler as spokesperson to help effort awareness of the fantastic Scottish film industry; just hope this piece is one of many many we can see in the coming days and months.
You can learn more about Film City Glasgow at their official site here, and Sigma Films here.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cone Gatherers Release First Music Video Starring Jamie Sives

The Cone Gatherers have released their first music video featuring lead singer (and Scottish actor) Jamie Sives. The dark, intimate footage set in what looks like Edinburgh, features many shots of Jamie in one of those iconic red phone booths, making a call (+33) that is part of the story told on the Cone gatherers first CD "She Who Shall Remain Nameless." Apparently an official website is in development, but for now you can see the video below, and purchase the music here or via iTunes. Enjoy.


the cone gatherers | MySpace Music Videos

Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Photo Update! Jamie Sives in "One Night in Emergency"

CHRISTMAS time is still here, as witnessed by some glorious new photos of actor Jamie Sives in "One Night in Emergency." You can see new screencaps of his small turn as Nick in the one hour production which is still showing for lucky UK residents on BBC Iplayer until January 11 at this link! The official FB page is also here. Gah hes so gorgeous look at his curls I could die, and this close up good lord but he takes my breath away, lol I love you Jamie!sorry but oh man....
Six degrees of SigmaFilms game bonus------------>
SanjeevKohli is also in Colin Kennedy's I Love Luci as you can see in trailer :D
MANY THANKS are in order and go most gratefully to the wonderful Leanne from Kevin McKidd Online for this wonderful treat, and indeed we can see Jamie reunited with his old friend and co-star of One Last Chance here. Many more are available here on my flickr.

Honestly I know others will cringe, but my goodness this past year has been amazing, between the awesome ColinFarrell fans and Ewan McGregor fans and Kevin McKidd online and James Nesbitt fans, and JJ Field Darcylicious and all the other wonderful fans and readers who have emailed, you take my breath away and I'm so grateful for this Leanne and to all who take time out to share the love for whatever or whoever it is. Long live Scottish and Irish film (and ok English, American and hell the whole world lol) Bring on a better 2010!
Cheers and hugs to you all! xxxx

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Trailer for Colin Kennedy's "I Love Luci" Now Online

Excellent way to start off the new year: the trailer for Colin Kennedy's new short film "I Love Luci" is now online at this link!(Update: Cheers to Colin for letting us know load times are fixed, ENJOY IT or watch it here on youtube!

Well, dunno about you, but I was thrilled with this trailer (altho I could have done without the toilet shot eww lol) but it was so great to FINALLY see some footage of what we only saw stills of before. I didn't want to know too much because just for once I wanted to not be spoiled way in advance of a film, so I was delighted to see all those places written about before now on film. The cast and dog look great and that was a new one with the smooch, haha! Not sure who made the trailer, most likely Colin who is quite good at these things for sure, but I hope people will like it!

I Love Luci, the newest Sigma Films production will premiere THIS FRIDAY, January 8th in snowy London at the short film festival at 6:15pm, with tickets still available. If you are traveling there, please journey safely yikes!
Colin updated his blog to let us know that he, his producer Brian Coffey and stars Colin Harris and Camila Rutherford will be in attendance, Anyone going and lucky enough to see the film or meet in person any of these fine people please please send in your reports/photos! While I wish so badly to be there for this event, I AM WITH YOU COLIN in spirit, sending all good thoughts to you the entire cast and crew and Sigma