Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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MORE contests on the way, stay tuned, plus one more chance for fans to see the film early before it opens:
* Times Online SUBSCRIBERS ONLY will get the chance to see the film early. Details are forthcoming, and frankly as it is very expensive to subscribe to that paper (which has had something like a 50% decline in readership since it went pay only heh fail. Pity too cause I used to read that daily, it was excellent woe woe) Anyway, I do not know how many of our readers will be able to take advantage of this. Still this is another opportunity for fans to catch the film before it opens WIDE IN THE UK 7 OCTOBER.
As first reported here, Perfect Sense screened at the San Sebastian Film Festival. David Mackenzie was on hand to introduce the film, and we are lucky enough to see some video of David at the photocall for the film :) LOVE YOU DAVE!
- The Make - You Instead
- The Make - Breakthrough
- The Make - We Are Electric
- The Make - Hot Head Hot Beat
- The Make - Black Crow
- The Make - Dark Energy
- The Make - Atomic Love
- The Dirty Pinks - Dirty Pink
- The Dirty Pinks - Give It A Go
- The Make - You Instead (Acoustic Version)
Note: Honestly....Given the slaughter in the press and the disastrous box office last week *huge sigh*, am personally highly uncertain if this film will ever be released in the US, however Lovefilm still has the DVD pre-orders available, and maybe the option will be there via Distrify-dunno... so hopefully fans will be able to get to see this film and the soundtrack as well world wide-fingers crossed!
Friday, September 16, 2011
David Mackenzie's made at T in the Park film has now been formally released today in the UK. Playing for at least one week at Cineworlds across the UK, you can purchase tickets via this link. Other screenings/ticket ops can be found on the official You Instead Facebook page (check their Distrify player then click more etc to type in your location) That FB also has a great batch of photos from the vip screening in London held earlier this week-also where the above photo of brothers David and his actor brother Alastair was taken. VIDEO OF THE LONDON PREM CAN BE SEEN RIGHT HERE!
There have been a few good interviews released this week with and about director David Mackenzie as well as with the two main leads Nat & Luke.
* The Skinny
* This is FakeyDIY:
That shot of the sunrise, with the flock of seagulls and everything is really nice.
"That wasn’t in the script! We were just out there, and it was almost apocalyptic. The seagulls were just fantastic, it seemed to be that kind of moment. You just go with the flow and take advantage of what’s presented to you. That’s the kind of filmmaking that isn’t often allowed, and when you are allowed it and it works, it’s a real privilege."
* Indie London: Highlights
Q. What was the biggest lesson that you learned about yourself on this one?
David Mackenzie: "That I’m good at thinking on my feet! To me, that was a sort of revelation. Ever since my first film, it’s been a process of: “This is what we’re going to do…” We’d then organise it, whereas this is much more a case of, well, here’s an idea and five seconds later you’re shooting it. And to realise that I was quite good at that and quite good at remaining calm and focused, and to realise that it was possible to make films using that method was a great thing to learn. I’d absolutely love to be able to apply that in some way not to every film but to some of the films I do. Shooting in a live environment means that you can’t control that environment, so you have to kind of relax and just let that environment do what it does and try and let all the various tides of what’s going on help you rather than hinder you. So, that was a really thrilling thing to discover.
Q. What’s next for you?
David Mackenzie: "I’ve got a few things going. I’m about to start writing an adaptation of a book by Toby Litt, called Journey Into Space. I’m working on a graphic novel of a script that I’ve written called Stain on The Snow, which is an adaptation of a book by George Simenon and that’s set in 1940s Belgium and involves a kid on a crime spree. So, the idea is that the graphic novel is sort of a step towards making the movie. It’s an interesting experiment for me and I’m really excited about that. We’ve also got a number of other projects in development and we’ll just see what’s going to come next. We’ve got a prison drama that’s pretty close to being ready and we can maybe shoot that quite quickly. So, a number of things are in the process of aligning and I’m not sure which one will hit the ground first."
*Guardian Film Weekly/Jason Solomans podcast
* Eye for Film UK interview with Luke & Nat:
(Highlight speaking about David)
This film is very different from director David MacKenzie's previous work. What was it like working with him?
Natalia: "It was amazing! Basically, I think he is amazing. He doesn't mess around. I love that because sometimes you can waste so much time with directors trying to be sensitive with you, and I actually then miss the point of the scene. 'So what's your character's inner..?' and I'm getting more and more confused until I realise they're trying to make a point. I loved the directness because of time - I was like 'This? This?' and he was like 'Yes!' Bang."
Mat: "I feel like we were lucky to get to work with him on this particular project, because there's a reason he wanted to do a film that's impossible to do and so we worked with him on a project that I think was really reinvigorating for him. He was completely wired and passionate and he had this sort of hunter's look in his eye. You could see he was just constantly looking for opportunities. He had his own camera to shoot extra stuff on and he was always just going 'Let's do this! That looks amazing! Run! Run!'"
Luke: "You couldn't switch off because he wasn't gonna switch off. Even walking from one scene to another. It became pretty clear after day one, don't bother thinking you've got a five or ten minute break, because David ain't taking one so why waste the time?"
Natalia: "We barely even had time to go to the loo. I had to get extras to help me because I was handcuffed to Luke."
Luke: "It's funny because there's a scene where we have to use the toilets handcuffed together, obviously you see a scene like that, you think it might have been embarrassing to film, but by that point we'd been handcuffed together so long that boundaries were broken!"
SOUNDTRACK IS COMING ON 26 SEPT. from Metropolis Studio~
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
David Mackenzie's "Perfect Sense" stars Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Ewen Bremner, Stephen Dillane, Alastair Mackenzie and opens in the UK 7 October.
...and while I had this a few days ago eeep! sorry lol its ok/official to post this: new UK poster for Perfect Sense :) xxxx
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Perfect Sense stars Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Ewen Bremner and Alastair Mackenzie and will be released in the UK 7 October.
Click here to see where the film is screening in your area (example while showing all over the place in the US late Sept, the film screens in hometown Glasgow on Sunday, 2nd October at the Glasgow Film Festival.
Manhattan Short organizers describe this truly world-wide film fest as follows:
An extraordinary global event takes place the week of September 23rd to October 2nd 2011 when over 100,000 people in over 250 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Galleries, Universities, Museums and Cafes for one purpose...to view and vote on our Finalists' Films in the Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival
Our mission is to unite audiences from all corners of the globe for one week via the most compelling short films submitted each year. Our tagline One World One Week One Festival is emblazoned within the rings that surround the Festival Logo and it is this mantra that sets us apart from any other film event of the year.
CONGRATULATIONS COLIN! GO LUCI GO GO GO GO SEE THIS FILM
Really, tis delightful off-beat original short film!
Monday, September 5, 2011
IFC films have not yet announced the US release of the film... but quite interestingly... Lovefilms.com in the UK will apparently be showing this online when it opens in the UK in October, as well as DVD sign up! and I also saw a few things about a DVD on other sites as well. Thus, do NOT know if this means IFC will make this available ON DEMAND to allow for great access in the US to meet the time frame later this year and/or DVD along with cinema showings when it does so, but fingers crossed news on that front will happen soon!
Again I urge you to please follow along on Twitter as well as esp the PERFECT SENSE FACEBOOK PAGE (they are even doing recipes woot I can not wait for that) along with a load of pertinent fun and interesting news etc. Also please consider adding the Distrify/Perfect Sense widget to your blog-HELP GET THE WORD OUT ON THIS GREAT FILM!
September will be a sweet month indeed as things are heating up this week for the UK release of David Mackenzie's "You Instead." There are contests for new bands to play ahead of the premiere next week in London, poster giveaways and a slew of other unique things happening among all the gig news on the YouInstead Facebook page.
PER REQUEST: HERE IS A LARGE DOWNLOAD OF THE NEW POSTER FOR "You Instead" Just click on it, pops up large, then right click and save as whatever and whereever you want on your computer/ipad etc.
IMPORTANT: Please register for Sigma Films email list for poster giveaways and the like as we go forward. FREE EASY TO DO RIGHT HERE AT THIS LINK.
ALSO LOVEFILM.COM HAS SIGN UP FOR THE DVD/ONLINE OPTIONS . (No date for the DVD yet available, but I strongly suspect this year)
*You Instead Blu-Ray Sign up for availability
*You Instead DVD
Given the recent spate of pr mailings to all Nat related fansites, I'm fairly certain news coverage of the YI London premiere will be well documented. Will bring what I can to the table as well,a s well as any reviews of note that will come (press screenings held in the last few weeks already; will soon see them online as we go forward) Stay tuned!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Greece: 15 September
Hungary: 29 September
Ireland/UK : 7 October
Netherlands: 19 January 2012
Those that have graciously been following along with me will recall that Turkey saw the release of the newest film from David Mackenzie this week. Perfect Sense is also screening in many major German cities as part of Fantasy FilmFest (in Munich still yet next week)
Also as reported earlier, the film will be part of a special dinner and a film series at the San Sebastian Film festival 16-24 September, with fans in France able to catch the film at the Dinard Film Festival in early October. Still no word from IFC films regarding a timetable on a US release yet folks, sorry
Finally and this is very cool, check out this video interview with EVA GREEN for Cinema.de conducted earlier this year at Sundance, where Eva talks working with Ewan McGregor and even eating at Guys Restaurant in Glasgow :)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
"Within a week or two of being back in Scotland, the script for Perfect Sense, one of two new Glasgow-set films Mackenzie has directed back-to-back (the other is You Instead), arrived on his desk and immediately seized the filmmaker’s attention. ‘So now,’ Mackenzie says, ‘it was: I’m back and something’s really excited me. It’s not like I’m never going to go back to Hollywood, and I have already, to talk to people about American movies, but it was really good to be back.’
Perfect Sense is a science fiction romance, although Mackenzie avoids both genre trappings and schmaltz, something that will come as no surprise to those familiar with his other films. The sci-fi element is a global plague that is robbing humankind of its five senses one-by-one. The romance is between Ewan McGregor’s restaurant chef and Eva Green’s scientist, both of which lost souls shag around, but shun emotional intimacy … until they meet one another just as the world appears to be ending. As conceived by Danish screenwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson and executed by Mackenzie (the film is a co-production between Sigma and Lars von Trier’s Copenhagen-headquartered Zentropa), Perfect Sense is, on the surface, chillingly bleak. Look beyond the apocalyptic carnage, however, and there’s a rather upbeat message along the lines of: make hay while the sun shines. And if you choose to read the film as a metaphor for falling in love, then Perfect Sense starts to look positively sentimental.
What’s happened to Mackenzie, the man who has in the past referred to his films as ‘anti-romances’? If Perfect Sense reveals itself as anything but an anti-romance then wait until you get a load of You Instead, which is a full-blown romantic comedy, albeit a very offbeat one. In it, Luke Treadaway’s strutting indie-pop star finds himself accidentally handcuffed to Natalia Tena’s feisty lead singer of an all-girl punk band at a music festival. Set during and shot at last year’s T in the Park, You Instead is a rocking mix of lust, mud, filthy language and loud music with an entirely appropriate freewheeling spirit that is, in fact, down to Mackenzie and his cast and crew adopting the kind of guerrilla filmmaking approach necessary to shoot amidst the chaos of a music festival.
‘All my films are, in some way, romances,’ Mackenzie says. ‘But I’ve always felt that the best romances are somehow doomed. Think of Casablanca. It’s been a recent realisation that love is good, after all. I’m a family man now. I’m a father now. I suppose it must have affected my outlook. You Instead is essentially a one-night-stand film, so it’s allowed to be romantic in those terms. The potential cheese of that is tempered by the mud and the mayhem of the festival, just as the potential cheese in Perfect Sense is tempered by the seismic events that the romance is set against. So it’s not like full-cheese love, but moving in that direction perhaps. There’s me thinking I’ve been an anti-romantic,’ Mackenzie says with a laugh, ‘and I haven’t ever been.’
Perhaps Mackenzie’s flirtation with cheese love also has something to do with him, please forgive the pun, maturing as a man and a filmmaker. He turned 45 this summer and for the last seven of those years he’s been a dad. He now has seven features under his belt as well as a handful of shorts and, in Sigma Films, co-partnership in a successful production company that has made, apart from his own films, Andrea Arnold’s Red Road, Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding, Thomas Vinterberg’s Dear Wendy, von Trier’s Dogville and Lone Scherfig’s Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself. And 14 years on since Sigma produced its first film, Mackenzie’s presciently titled short California Sunshine, the company has been instrumental in setting up Filmcity Glasgow, a production and post-production facility housed in the old Goven town hall that’s well on its way to becoming Scotland’s first fully functional film studio.
Being back in Glasgow and working at Filmcity certainly seems to have galvanised Mackenzie. ‘I was doing the sound mix for Perfect Sense along the corridor here,’ he says, ‘and then going down to the ballroom to rehearse You Instead. It’s great to be able to do all that at Filmcity – which, I should say, Gillian is largely responsible for creating – and its great to have that here in Glasgow.’ Mackenzie and Berrie are currently developing a handful of projects at Sigma’s Filmcity HQ, at least one of which Mackenzie will direct. One of them is another science fiction film, Journey into Space, about the microcosm of a spaceship over a long period of time and how its society evolves into a dystopia. There’s also a prison drama about a father and son who meet each other for the first time inside (‘there’s no romance in that’, Mackenzie notes) and there’s The Zanzibar Chest, which is based on war journalist Aiden Hartley’s epic book about 20th century Africa, and there’s an adaptation of Belgian crime writer George Simenon’s Second World War noir The Stain on the Snow, which Mackenzie scripted and sounds like he’s the most keen to direct. ‘It’s about a bunch of 17-year-olds in an occupied country,’ he says. ‘It’s all set in winter and its very sexy. There’s something very dark about it.’
Back to the dark side, then, after his brief sojourn to the light side? ‘Ah, yes,’ Mackenzie snorts. ‘Possibly.’ Whichever way he goes, he aims to keep himself busy. ‘Every time you finish a film you’re essentially unemployed. So you need to keep moving. But I’m not sure how sustainable it is to be making movies as rapidly as I have in the last two or three years. Particularly,’ Mackenzie adds, ‘if you want to spend time with your family.’
Here's something that cheered me considerably: new photos and a report from last month's screening of "Perfect Sense" at the launch of Cinema City at Glasgow Film Theatre. In the photo here---> is Gillian Berrie, co-founder of Sigma Films producer extraordinaire and a person I admire very much. I also really like that banner!
Many more pics can be found right here on flickr and a brief report of the event here.
This is a great chance for fans in France to catch two of David's most recent movies when the festival takes place 5-9 October.
I know some are having issues with obtaining this so here is what to do:
GO TO THE YI FB at this link (give a few it will be there)
CLICK ON "MORE"
Register for Distrify (ITS FREE, easy pie)
Download the great title track sung by Luke Treadaway & Mat Baynton.
See the film when it opens in the UK in September. Should be playing region wide; one is DCA Dundee 16 September-29 September Tix here
UK Press had their previews and some are beginning to appear online. Here is a good one from Front Row Gig. Quotage: "...two of the characters, Tyko (Matthew Baynton), who is Adams band mate, and the bands agent (Gavin Mitchell) were genuinely brilliant characters played excellently, those two created the better moments of the film...The films soundtrack is, as expected, one of the strongest elements of the film, using many excellent tracks, both modern and older, most of which were live at ‘T in the Park’, and sound excellent, the cover of ‘Tainted Love’ by the two fictitious bands was particularly memorable."
Bonus: you can preview that acoustic title track here on my Soundcloud; please download via Distrify.
"you instead" accoustic Luke Treadaway, Mat by sweetonsigmafilms
The contrast between the excellent Perfect Sense twitter/campaign and this is mind boggling. can you tell Im fairly annoyed , TURNED OFF COMPLETELY and slightly pissed off at being blown off so much by this ? yes? cause I am :(( I MEAN WHAT THE HELL??? Am I the only one aghast at what has been happening. Yea probably but I cant contain it anymore (and I love Sigma so so so very much but oh man :(((((( The marketing of this film has been heartbreaking to me :(((( New cheap tacky tagline on the newest poster. gag. FB is awash in anything BUT news on the film. Quick who else stars in it besides Nat and Luke? gong time up! Certainly has been targeted to a very specific niche and generally unaware of the film crowd -free handcuffs! fliers galore (nevermind most end up in post festival rubbish) and woot free tees that have very little to do with actual movie!( yeah Im not a complete fuddy duddy, some of it is inspired-altho apparently if you are say 40 PERISH THE THOUGHT that festivals might still be interesting/appealing to you, because of course once you hit 30/give birth, get a job your music tastes all shrivel and die, you are no longer remotely fun cool, adventurous and have no memory capacity at all of ever attending such ground breaking events like the original Live Aid, following bands across the country or going to any such concerts cause as we know festivals are only for truly hip cool drunk mud reveling 20 yrs and we old respectable responsible job holding home owning ticket buying old fogies are not worthy pfffffffffffffffft soooo disappointed in how they are approaching the release of this can. not. stand. it any.more.*sigh*) HOPEFULLY I AM WRONG and it will prove to be a big box office smash and you know and in total fairness, there are in fact contests being held that are quite cool OPEN TO 16/18 and older ALL IN UK and definitely worth entering/reading about! There, I can still positive :P
So ok, now that is off my big old chest...
The London premiere of YOU INSTEAD will take place on 13 September at the Odeon, and promises to be a proper and big deal, complete with ticket opportunities to the screening as well as what will surely be a killer after party at Camden Barfly (complete w/ a performance from the excellent and unique Molotov Jukebox)
Here are three contests to win tix to that event GO NOW
* 4Music AWESOME CONTEST includes a 32 INCH TV, IPOD & Best of all: PS3 w/Rockband (so you too can play like Al did as Monty in Monster Mutt lmao )
THIS IS A GREAT CONTEST ENTER RIGHT HERE.
Right then, for those that did not see it earlier and as promised, Virgin Media did release their second part of their interview with director David Mackenzie. Well worth the read are David's comments on short films. For those unfamiliar with David's background in shorts (and a significant part of the Sigma films approach and background in developing filmmakers too I think) please read on:
Your lead actors in You Instead, Natalia Tena (Harry Potter) and Luke Treadaway (Clash of the Titans), both starred in short films before getting their big breaks. Do you think shorts are a good calling card in the industry?
"I made nine short films before I made my first feature. I was itching to get onto the longer format, because you put almost as much energy into a short as you do into a feature, and in the end you haven’t got as much to show for it. I don’t know how else you’d break into the industry. In the old days, people had to start out making commercials, and that’s another way in, but quite often people who direct commercials find it quite hard to then get into drama. Somebody once said to me ‘if you want to do drama, just do drama’ and I sort of followed that – one of my shorts was an arty documentary, but all of the others have been dramas.
So yes, I think it definitely is a calling card but it’s not just that, it’s about learning how to do the job. You have to get good at making films and learning to juggle all the things you have to juggle when you’re a director."
You won the Lloyds Bank Film Challenge with your film Beer Goggles. How important do you think competitions like that are for young film makers?
"That was a really good one. In a way that was my first professional commission, getting a reasonable budget and a proper format to take somebody else’s script and turn it into a movie. That was great. I think any of those opportunities are worth taking, because they’re all about putting in the flying hours, to develop the skills and make mistakes and learn some lessons."
Almost all of your films have been in Scotland. How did shooting your feature film Spread in LA compare to your usual locations of Glasgow and Edinburgh?
"The major difference when you’re shooting in LA is the weather, it’s so much more controllable. As a film maker, you’re at the mercy of the weather - it’s always changing, sometimes in the middle of a scene - and that makes it quite hard. You sometimes have to rip it up and start again when the weather changes because the scenes will never cut together. So you’re constantly being battered by that, as well as all the other problems with the schedule. Finding yourself in an environment where you don’t have that problem makes a significant difference to what you’re able to do. And you can focus on other things. I really enjoyed it for that reason! I’d like to go back to LA when the opportunity arises."
n 1997, California Sunshine was nominated for a BAFTA – not bad for your third short! Did you feel that the industry was finally taking notice of you?
"California Sunshine was definitely a step up for me, I made a tiny bit more money for it than my previous ones, for a start. And it was a bit more of a professional production. It was shot all in one location, so it was controllable. And I had a great crew. I finally felt like I was beginning to learn from some of the mistakes I’d made on previous films. So it was definitely a step up."
How did you fund your earlier films?
"They were all through various schemes – it was basically a case of finding little pockets of money where I could. My advice to a young film director would be to find a good producer, one who’s going to get as much out of it as you are, so that they’re learning their skills by trying to put the pieces of the jigsaw together, while you’re learning your skills by developing scripts and shooting movies."
Is it important to connect with your characters on a personal level?
"I think it’s a really good idea, if you’re making films that have that personal element in some form or other, you’re bound to have some insight into it, more acute than if you’re making something that you have a bit more distance on. It’s not the only way of doing it, it’s not an essential ingredient, it can help. I also think people are capable of using their imaginations and empathy to tell stories about subjects that aren’t quite so close to home."
Would you ever go back to making short films?
"Yes I would actually. If the opportunity came up to do something and I had the time and a good enough idea, I’d love to make shorts again. I think there’s something quite sweet and poetic about shorts that you have to expand on in a longer film and it becomes something heavier."
Thursday, August 11, 2011
You made your directing debut at just 26, with short film Dirty Diamonds. Had you worked on films before that?
Yes, I studied film and television at college, so I made a few student movies. I kept trying to break into the film industry one way or another, and I’d been out of college for a year or two before the opportunity to make Dirty Diamonds came along. I’d been a runner before then on a short film in Paris, but Dirty Diamonds was the first thing that had a production and that got screened.
How important do you think it is for aspiring directors to study film? Can film making be learned just through watching movies and experimenting with a camera?
By studying film, you meet people, you debate things. I was very fortunate at college, because I had a job working for a big cinema chain, so I was able to get free tickets to all the cinemas in London. That was almost as important for my education as the teaching itself, being able to see all those movies. Being surrounded by wannabe film makers means you’re talking about film all the time, developing passions, defending your arguments. So yes, you can learn on the job, but there’s something great about being surrounded by other people who share your passion.
Your lead actors in You Instead, Natalia Tena (Harry Potter) and Luke Treadaway (Clash of the Titans), both starred in short films before getting their big breaks. Do you think shorts are a good calling card in the industry?
I made nine short films before I made my first feature. I was itching to get onto the longer format, because you put almost as much energy into a short as you do into a feature, and in the end you haven’t got as much to show for it. I don’t know how else you’d break into the industry, other than with shorts. In the old days, people had to start out making TV commercials, and that’s another way in, but quite often people who direct ads find it quite hard to get into drama later on. Somebody once said to me ‘if you want to do drama, just do drama’ and I sort of followed that – one of my shorts was an arty documentary, but all of the others have been dramas.
So yes, I think it definitely is a calling card but it’s not just that. It’s about learning how to do the job. You have to get good at making films and learning to juggle all the things you have to juggle when you’re a director.
random: on Elvis, wonder if that was the performance (while great, he always is) made him hate playing in England?
Elvis Costello website (he was great on Treme, an hbo series I highly recommend about life in Nola)
Jamie is of course disappointed in this, but as he pointed out that is often how things go in the business, and rest assured he definitely continues to hold the director and his co-stars in high esteem. As such (and for those of us still longing for more of the beard ;) Jamie has treated us to a few new pics on his official IMDB page, include one him of him sporting a rather spectacular beard in Clash of The Titans
lol lol Love You so much Jamie xoxoxox
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
First: You Instead to Premiere in Edinburgh, Scotland on 7 September at the HMV Picture house. 18 and older only (sorry) there will also be a special performance by a band at this event. You can get tickets w/your hmv points right here at this link.
Then a few days later A BIG EVENT WITH THE LONDON SCREENING ON 13 SEPTEMBER at the Odeon Cinema in Camden FOLLOWED BY THE AFTERPARTY (Camden Barfly on Chalk Farm Road). Yep that's right TICKETS CAN BE YOURS-snap them up now w/your points quick!
David Mackenzie's You Instead stars Luke Treadaway, Natalia Tena, Alastair Mackenzie, Ruta Getmintas, Gavin Mitchell and is a Sigma Films production under the lead of the very awesome Gillian Berrie.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Well its not quite an invitation to dinner with Chef Ewan McGregor but close ;) as the San Sebastian Film festival will feature dinner and screening of David Mackenzie's "Perfect Sense" next month. Part of a special event at the festival in Spain, the Culinary Cinema will feature 7 films, 7 themes, 7 restaurants and 7 chefs, one for each of the films. The screening of "Perfect Sense" which stars Ewan McGregor and Eva Green, will be accompanied by a meal from Illara of San Sebastian, prepared by Josean Eizmendi, owner and chef well known for his excellent servings from the grill. AWESOME! As a blatant foodie, I think this is fantastic idea (esp given the high concentration of Michelin rated restaurants in the city). The festival says of Chef Eizmendi:
Today the Illarra restaurant is a must in the world of the grill, an evolving technique sending strong ripples through the sector of which Josean is a recognised, prizewinning author. An inquisitive, outgoing chef who loves to teach those who delight in his food and refuses to offer anything but the best.
The festival runs 16-24 September, with tickets becoming available in a few weeks; updates on that to follow.
FB page Illarra
Bonus: Just because, in case you missed the earlier tweets, here are a few pics of David Mackenzie, a man of definite taste, enjoying himself and a glass of wine to boot at the recent Motovun Film Festival where he was a judge and screened Perfect Sense.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
David Mackenzie's "Perfect Sense" begins to open world wide as film fans in Turkey will be able to see the newest film starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green when it opens on 26 August. As such, there is a new website for the film, as well as a Facebook page, which has 15 mostly new pics in gorgeous high res for download. Terrific!
Love this photo-vintage David, and one of the reasons I consider him a true visual artist, just gorgeous
YOU INSTEAD 24, 25 August
PERFECT SENSE 27, 28 August
ps. The festival, sponsored by (UK) Screen south is doing a special tribute to the late great Pete Postlethwaithe, who was truly an A class actor; will be sorely missed.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Fear not however, as we will be able to relive that incredible first season as pre-orders for Game of Thrones DVD Season One are now available in the US via Amazon: DVD ($45.00 USD) Blu-Ray (55 USD)
UK pre-order can be found at the HBO shop, with more retailers to follow in short order. No release date is yet given (that will change soon to be certain). I also believe HBO is set to release their 2012 calendar which will feature many scenes from the series; will update this post once that becomes available online.
While I will greatly miss Jamie in this series, posts here on the show WILL CONTINUE given the great interest in the Scottish actors, including in those actors near and dear to Sigma film fans, stay tuned!
Game of Thrones will air next spring in the US on HBO and in the UK on Sky Atlantic
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Another actor very familiar to Sigma has landed a major role in the new season of HBO's acclaimed series "Game of Thrones." Actor Stephen Dillane, one of the stars in David Mackenzie's Perfect Sense, has landed the role of Stannis Baratheon. Entertainment Weekly was kind enough to email here with the news of their scoop, reporting that "Stannis believes himself to be the Iron Throne’s rightful heir and is described as humorless and authoritative, with a strict moral code, but is gradually succumbing to the power of his newfound religion."
This is thrilling news! Stephen Dillane of course wowed tv audiences with a superb turn in the mini-series John Adams for his turn as brilliant US president Thomas Jefferson (seriously if you haven't seen this mini-series and are remotely interested in two remarkable men who played such an intrinsic part in the formation of the US, I strongly recommend it). Stephen can be seen along side co-stars Eva Green, Alastair Mackenzie and Ewan McGregor in David Mackenzie's critically acclaimed film "Perfect Sense" which will be in theatres world wide later this fall. Trailer below (stephen is in it quite a bit)
You can see new shots of Ewan McGregor on the many cool sets used for Perfect Sense including those dramatic war/destruction sets on the streets of Glasgow as well as the interiors used in resteraunts such as Guys for the chef scenes.
Long time readers will recall the fabulous sets built for David's excellent Hallam Foe well documented by Sigma's own Colin Kennedy on the original GetYourPeople blog; be sure to check out the mini skyline of Edinburgh built, used for those closeup shots of Hallam (Jamie Bell) scampering over the building to peek on his beloved (Sophia Myles).
Thanks so much Tom!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Here it is, now available for everyone to see around the world wooooot!
The UK trailer for David Mackenzie's "You Instead"
The new poster can be found here via Lovefilm; be sure to read the FB page for more on the film before it opens in the UK on 9 September.
*Among the nuggets from Mackenzie were his dislike of bond companies, which he called “the Stasi of the industry” (in particular for making him cut one third of passion project Young Adam two weeks before shoot), his preference for shooting on digital and the awkwardness of shooting his brother Alastair in a sex scene (The Last Great Wilderness): “It was virtually pitch black so they were fumbling around quite naturally but the off-camera direction definitely broke the spell.”
The director also spoke interestingly about the challenge of working with three actors with very different approaches to their craft on that same film. Mackenzie described how Peter Mullan took a method approach, Tilda Swinton intellectualised and physicalised her role to a great extent, often repeating actions and movements to understand her character, while the raw Ewan McGregor took a more spontaneous approach.
Mackenzie admitted a “fundamental terror of being unemployed.” In addition to the projects already announced on ScreenDaily, Mackenzie said he is planning an “experimental piece” later in the year with brother Alastair and Gavin Mitchell from You Instead.
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS DUE TO JAMIE SIVES!!
*Jamie completed his highly acclaimed turn in The Pride which played over the past few weeks at the Sheffield Crucible theatre. Kudos cheers and BRAVO Jamie for all the great success with your return to the stage-hope it wont be too long till you return again! Congratulations! :))
*13 EMMY NOMS TO A GAME OF THRONES, which was nominated for a slew of awards, including BEST DRAMA. Well done indeed to the stellar cast & crew of this excellent HBO series, including many Scots actors in the cast
Jamie Sives, James Cosmo, Kate Dickie, Iain Glen, Richie Madden, Emun Elliot Ron Donachie & Rory McCann! Awesome job! "These nominations are great honors for the various individuals singled out, but the truth is that hundreds of people worked on ‘Game of Thrones,’ setting up lights at 5 in the morning, sewing wolf sigils on Sunday evenings, forging Valyrian steel daggers,” Benioff and Weiss said in a statement. “The crew and production staff work insane hours and their credits flash by in the blink of an eye at the end of each episode. We thank them for their passion and commitment to the show, and we thank the academy for recognizing their labors. And of course, thanks to HBO and George R.R. Martin.”
*Finally, the home town crowd will be able to catch Jamie Sives in his Best Actor turn for the short film "Tremblay-en-France" as it will be part of the French Film Festival this November in the UK. The festival will play in Jamie's home town and all over the UK including London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The program will officially be announced in September. Of making this acclaimed short film, Jamie, who lived in Paris for a while and still has friends there, wanted to make a return to that fabled city of lights. Thus when offered the chance to film there he readily took the film, and told me of making the movie: "Those three weeks were very gruelling and a bit hairy too. We filmed for 3 weeks in and around the darker reaches of Paris, mostly through the night. All along the canal and out to the suburbs. There was all manner of things going on along that canal in the wee small hours."
LOL quite! Jamie was quite honored with the best actor award earlier this year, and has nothing but high marks for the cast & crew, emphasing its often love that drives makers of short films "Short film crews work through incredibly hard conditions and invariably for free. Just for the love of it. Quite something really."
When the program is announced will update with ticket info and the like, stay tuned! PS if you are in Melbourne, Australia you can catch TEF on Thurs 28 July; info here.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
"Discussions are now at an advanced stage for an expansion of the Film City Glasgow project, which has helped produce a string of acclaimed hits including Red Road, Hallam Foe and Neds. A suitable 72,000sqft site has now been identified to house a large studio and production village.The pound(s)3 million facility is seen as the first phase of a "Scottish Hollywood" development, which would eventually boast a number of large studios to attract big-budget productions.
Film City Glasgow is actively discussing the funding of the project with its original investment partners, as well as national arts body Creative Scotland. Just pound(s)500,000 still has to be found to get the initiative off the ground...
Gillian Berrie, co-founder of Sigma Films and founder of Film City Glasgow, said a major studio was urgently required. "We are trying very hard to expand into a bigger space which will be a studio and production village. There couldn't be a better time. At Film City we turn away two or three productions away a week because we just don't have the space. Sometimes even my own films can't get in, because it is first come, first served."
Berrie declined to reveal the exact location of the new site, which is expected to house a studio nearly five times bigger than Film City's current facility in Govan. However, she said it was in an "ideal" position for both the city centre and the countryside, as well as for major transport links, including the motorway and the airport. She added: "We have identified a site and we have backing from Creative Scotland. I'm really hoping we can have a Scottish studio by the end of the year."
In Scotland, the film and television industry currently employs almost 9000 people directly. More than 80 production companies and more than 300 facilities generate a turnover of around pound(s)1.2 billion per year. Local film-makers spent around pound(s)18m last year and the ability to attract large-scale productions is seen as vital to securing the stability of the industry."
Berrie said a studio would have a huge impact on the ability to attract inward investment, adding that she was "quietly confident" the plans will go ahead."I think we need to make funders realise the true impact of having a Scottish studio. It would be huge for the industry, for tourism and for television as well as film," she said.
"Studies have been done throughout Europe which show when a country doesn't have a studio, for every pound you put into a film, there is a 400% return. But if you have a studio, that goes up to 700%. It would put us in a very strong position."
Film City Glasgow was set up three years ago after a pound(s)3.5m investment from Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.Its campus in the former Govan Town Hall brings together production and creative companies under one roof.
Tiernan Kelly, general manager of Film City Glasgow, said the proposed new site would be able to provide the large spaces required for TV and film facilities companies, alongside the studio.
"The project does not stand or fail on it being just a studio alone," he said. "The money that would be made from the other side of the business would keep it going for as long as it takes to get a big studio project in the building.It is being driven by the fact we are turning indigenous projects away, so there is a real demand for this infrastructure in the industry."
Kelly said the size of the studio was likely to be around 20,000sqft, which was on a par with what is available at most other UK studios. But he added: "We appreciate that perhaps a big Hollywood film isn't going to come unless there are four of those. So this is definitely part one of further hopeful expansion. If we had studio facilities, we would certainly have more to offer incoming feature films."
Friday, July 8, 2011
Jamie Sives Interview by sweetonsigmafilms
ps comments remain toast because I live my life under a perpetual cloud of good intentions always meant for doom.
Monday, July 4, 2011
David Mackenzie will be holding a Masterclass in filmmaking this week, Thurs. 8 July at the Galway Film Fleadh.
You can listen to the interview below or at this link (Part One), starting at the 28:00 minute mark (runs approx ten min in length)
COLIN KENNEDY Screen Daily Star of Tomorrow. In the piece we learn that FUNDING IS SO SO CLOSE for Colin's first feature length film, Atlantic Bridge. Plus we now know that EWEN BREMNER is attached to star alongside KEVIN MCKIDD. woooooooT! Filming is (tenatively) set to happen later this summer-FINGERS CROSSING ALERT FOLKS-ALL YOUR GOOD ENERGY IS NEEDED! :)) Right then, the full text
After I Love Luci, crossing Atlantic Bridge.
I Love Luci is simply irresistible Clocking in at just over 12 minutes of celluloid charm, it won hearts, minds and awards wherever it played last year — and it went to a lot of places. Chelsea College of Art graduate Colin Kennedy’s debut after years of working with Sigma Films, in particular with David Mackenzie, I Love Luci takes a Glasgow drug addict, her best friend, a dog and a missing set of teeth, and subverts everything you might have expected from such a list of ingredients. Now Kennedy, who started out making tea on the sets of his father’s corporate promos, is ready with his feature debut, to be shot this summer. Set up as a low budget (sub-$1.6m) UK independent and written by Andrea Gibb, Atlantic Bridge is a Big Chill-style romantic drama with Kevin McKidd and Ewen Bremner attached to star. It is close — so close — to being fully financed at time of going to press. “It is an ensemble piece,” says Kennedy. “which is a challenge. And the finance has been a challenge, so it’s great to have the support of Sigma behind this one as well.”
Contact: Brian Coffey
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Sunday, July 3, 2011
Update: Here's the link for the screening of PERFECT SENSE at the festival on 29 July
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Author, blogger (the original get your people Hallam Foe production blog) artist, director, and man of many trades, Colin has served many roles while at Sigma, working on many many of their films in various capacity. Continuing well in the tradition of Sigma, Colin's work in short films has served him very well indeed, as his short film I Love Luci has won many awards from around the world. Next up, Colin Kennedy will be making his first feature length film with Sigma, called Atlantic Bridge. You can learn more about Colin here at the I Love Luci website, the Luci FB page , see his award winning music video on his YouTube channel, or read his profile on IMDB. CONGRATULATIONS COLIN! :)))
As part of the festival, FOUR of David's most original and acclaimed films will be screened, including the upcoming PERFECT SENSE. The newest film from Sigma starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green will screen that same night, 8 July with tickets NOW AVAILABLE RIGHT HERE
Bonus: David Mackenzie will attend the screening of this film
*HALLAM FOE w/Jamie Bell (and yes JAMIE SIVES) Wed 6 July
*YOU INSTEAD w/Luke Treadaway, Natalia Tena, Alastair Mackenzie
Thurs 7 July
Bonus: David Mackenzie will also attend the screening of You Instead :)
*YOUNG ADAM David's first film with Ewan McGregor Thurs 7 July
Three nights of four great films from David Mackenzie and Sigma!
A celebration of the sweet summer of Jamie Sives continues here in fanland ;) with the slew of new interviews photos and reviews from The Pride. Also below you can find news of his future projects post pride, including a starring role in a new film A Very Unsettled Summer. Details to follow but first things first.
Thanks so much to the folks at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre for letting me know about their gorgeous production photos of The Pride available to all via Flickr. So many of a very handsome Jamie; suffice it to say that Scot on the rocks photo went instantly on my desktop. Enjoy~
Recap of the many 4 star reviews:
*The Guardian 4 stars
*WhatsonStage 4 stars and praises Jamie:
Jamie Sives is both chilling and desperately sad as her violently repressed husband and touchingly vulnerable as a man who today rejects the stereotype of gay promiscuity.
*Sheffield Telegraph (with an updated review now online) "Jamie Sives seems more comfortable as the present day Philip but that is in no small measure because his earlier counterpart is clearly so uncomfortable in himself. He’s a cold fish which makes his sudden eruption into violent sexual passion so shocking."
*Theatre director and blogger Paul Griffiths who wrote a wonderful (and in welsh!) review:
"Richard Wilson's production of raw honesty charmed me most, four actors who push beyond the words. There was fighting mental 'Philip' in 1958 which led to violence is very powerful, and performance of Jamie Sives is thrilling, especially in the Second Act when he tried medical treatment to be 'cured' of being gay."
*Blogger: Rev Stan who gets high marks for his knowledge and use of the seven degrees of Jamie Sives woooot LOL
There is also one graphic scene where, if you are sat to one side of the stage, you get more than your fair share of the view. But putting that to one side, I loved The Pride all over again and it was more than a match for the New York version.I'm giving it five stars.
Jamie Sives is the source of a couple of connections. First he was in Get Him to the Greek which starred Russell Brand who played Trinculo in Julie Taymor's The Tempest in which Mr W played Ariel. And Mr Sives was also in Last Chance Harvey which starred Emma Thompson who played Mr W's mum in Brideshead Revisted."
Press: Jamie has done several bits of press for the play. While I believe there are a few more floating about, there was one released today from The Sheffield Telegraph worth reading AND EVEN MENTIONS SIGMA FILMS I LOVE YOU JAMIE SIVES :)))
Quotage of interest:
"Then he reflects: “I think I got spoiled,” referring to his Crucible debut. “It was a fantastic part in a great cast and the chance to work with Michael Grandage. Everyone came to see it. My second stage appearance was being directed by Richard Eyre at the Almeida. After those two I didn’t want to do anything else.
“Edward II kick started my career and led to a couple of telly jobs, so I have Sheffield to thank for that.”
Soon after he was taking the lead in a clutch of independent movies made in Scotland – Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, One Last Chance, A Woman in Winter and Hallam Foe.“It was a short-lived period when Sigma Films and other producers were on a roll and got the funding to make all these films in Scotland,” says the actor who has nevertheless been based in London for the past 16 years.
“The attraction was doing a good play and to go one further – I have never played two characters in the space of a scene change before,” he says. “I have found it interesting and full of challenges.“I have known Richard Wilson for a long time and I was with Daniel Evans in To the Ends of the Earth and The Passion, hanging out together in Morocco.”
There was one slight reservation Sives had about taking on The Pride. “My best mate, JJ Feild, played the part at the Royal Court and was absolutely brilliant in it. I’ve tried not to think about that.” The Pride continues at the Crucible Studio until July 16."Another one is a bit of press release I think, and reflects many of the comments heard earlier from Jamie, including right here on this blog. Be sure to check that one out here at this link.
Finally, there was this audio interview from several weeks ago. Please note: It is quite difficult to hear and despite Jamie's lovely accent, we really don't learn much in this very short clip, alas.
Follow up: As noted here previously, Jamie Sives will have a guest role in the series "New Tricks" Jamie filmed his guest spot earlier this year in February, and that episode will be part of a new season for the show, Season Eight due to return on BBC1 THIS MONTH JULY 4 IN 'OLD FOSSILS' in the role of Mark Slater.
At the conclusion of his turn on the Sheffield Stage, Jamie will head immediately to Romania and Sweden to begin filming on a new movie called "A Very Unsettled Summer." Directed by Romanian Anca Damian, Jamie will be in a lead role, starring alongside Maria Dinalescu and Kim Bodnia (Jamie notes that Kim is 'a Danish actor who worked alongside my good mate Mads Mikkelsen in 'The Pusher'.) The film is based on a short story by Phillip O Ceallaigh. EXCELLENT NEWS INDEED!
There is more news yet to come from Jamie, so stay tuned!
WHAT A GREAT YEAR FOR JAMIE SIVES! :)))
As many of you already saw that follow along on Twitter, was very glad indeed to see photos now online via Flickr of Sigma Films' own Colin Kennedy who took part in the Noika shorts panel series at the recent Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Pictured: Colin, James Lees, Sigma's own Brian Coffey
...as they share their thoughts on their muli award-winning hit short film "I Love Luci" Colin let me know that the entire panel session was recorded by the folks at EiFF; for those like me who were unable to be there, am greatly hoping this video will be made available soon-updates to follow asap
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE LUCI PAGE on Sigma website for a roundup of recent awards and more :)
(ps once again the fates are against me; broken three toes this time round causing the delay...clearly this was the year I should have never gotten out of bed bleh)
Thursday, June 23, 2011
PERFECT SENSE / David Mackenzie - The Lovers dreaming by max richter
Also, the List Awards have been posted and Perfect Sense was named Best UK feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year, congratulations!
Finally, since it's way down by now, be sure to read another excellent review of Perfect Sense from Jamie at the more than excellent HeyUguysblog.co.uk :)
The storytelling style, though an enthralling rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows, is deliberately restrained, with Mackenzie cleverly approaching the material in a subdued, intimate and character-centric way – immediately setting Perfect Sense apart from other films of its nature. For the dark subject matter it’s also surprisingly optimistic: after each sensory loss, those affected look to find a way of coping by returning to some form of normality.
The film is also stunningly shot by Director of Photography Gilles Nuttgens, under the watchful eye of experienced filmmaker David Mackenzie. What’s truly breathtaking, though, is the way in which the editing superbly complements the separate stages of sensory loss – for the post-hearing scenes, for example, the sound is softened (if not muted entirely) to give viewers a real sense of what it would be like if this were to happen to them. It’s wonderfully achieved, and helps to include viewers in the characters’ struggle for survival.