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An Interview with Denver Isaac, Zimbabwe-British Actor

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Movie Marker Magazine sat down with Zimbabwe-British actor, Denver Isaac to talk life in Zimbabwe, acting and his role in the hit TV drama ‘A.D The Bible Continues’.

Can you tell us a little about your early beginnings living in Zimbabwe?

I grew up in Zimbabwe when it was still known to the Western world as ‘The Bread Basket’ of Africa. The country was transitioning from it’s colonial rule in 1980 from the British. People were bursting full of patriotic pride until the economy started slowing in maybe the early 90’s. I travelled around the country living with different family members all the time so I got to see how the shift in the economy started to affect people’s day to day living and also how it made people make decisions to emigrate which my Mother eventually did.

What made you get into acting?

I realized I wanted to be an actor in three memorable and funny stages. The first being when I still lived back in Zimbabwe and started watching Clint Eastwood’s cowboy films with my father. I just loved Clint’s swagger and the fact that he wore a blanket over him even in hot hot hot weather! The second stage was when I spent more time playing in the garden as an actor performing in-front of the flowers and bushes pretending they were thousands of spectators watching me. The third came when I had emigrated to England and began attending a Chicken Shed Theatre. A wonderful place where kids with all sorts of abilities and backgrounds mix and make fun and inspiring theatre. When I finally told my Ma that I had applied for a place in Drama School; she wasn’t at all surprised. She simply said “So you will continue playing through life. I knew it!” Ever since then, every time I have been on stage or on TV, my Ma and cousins have been very supportive and have helped me in every way possible.

Denver Isaac

Denver Isaac

What inspired you to take the acting journey?

When I was growing up, and having a tough time at school with friends and studies; my Ma sent me to Chicken Shed which I have to mention again. The youth group I joined at that theatre became and still is an emotional inspiration for me because it made me realize that I WAS different but so was everyone else and that it was Ok. The casting team there gave me the role of Azdakk in Bertolt Brecht’s play called ‘The Chalk Circle’. There has been nothing else I have wanted to do than perform since then.

What type of genre of film or TV show are you drawn to traditionally?

I love drama. The drama you find in shows like ‘House of Cards’ and ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ because they thrill whilst revealing such truths about ourselves and what drives us individually as people. That is the kind of work I will always want to be involved with. Otherwise, I am also drawn to a lot of comedy. ‘Transparent’ has been a favorite show of mine for a while now; their narrative is hilarious but it is also matched with a seriousness and boldness that one cannot forget easily.

A film that you co-wrote, produced and starred in, ‘Beyond Plain Sight’ was nominated for Best British Short Film at Raindance. Can you tell us a bit about the film?

I would describe ‘Beyond Plain Sight’ as a film that is indicative of how humanity has been and always will be. By that I mean the journey of life and how we are constantly finding out about ourselves and each other; the good we want to manage and get better and the bad, we also want to manage and get rid of but that is complex and is better said than done for a lot of us. It was a both a shock and an honor to be part of Raindance and it was also thrilling to know that our film meant something to other people. The hard work we had asked of each other; the cast and crew really did pay off and still is! The film will be shown at a festival in Berlin very soon.

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‘Beyond Plain Sight’ Movie Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have had some amazing acting roles, and more recently in the hit TV show ‘A.D – The Bible Continues’. Can you explain your role?

As an artist, nothing compares to imagining and then being able to create and share your work to eventually affect people in different ways. It’s the same thrill I think as riding a bike for the first time without hands or diving into a lake without care. That is how I felt with ‘BPS’ and other work that I have produced myself. It is indeed a different feeling to stepping onto a stage that has been created by such producers as Mark and Roma Downey. Being on ‘AD’ after having produced and starred on ‘BPS’ was rewarding in that I understood more the jobs of the crew and the producers and what the process they go through mentally. It was a relief that I didn’t have to worry about ‘how many people I have to feed and how many oranges are left?’ The challenge was that I had to ask myself to be ready for a bigger stage and be ready to deliver a good performance whilst still enjoying the experience.

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Denver Isaac in ‘A.D – The Bible Continues’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a bucket list of actors and directors you would like to work with?

Oh yes, I have had the pleasure of working with such good and inventive actors like Babou Ceesay and Charlene McKenna. I have always enjoyed the work of Forest Whitaker because he has an edge; something frightening but also enticing at the same time that I don’t think I see in many actors. He would be one actor I aspire to work with. I think it would also be cool to work with someone as inventive and interesting as Enzo Clienti.

When you are not acting, what do you enjoy to do?

When I’m not acting, I’m basically trying to get myself into acting! It’s my livelihood and what I want people to remember me by and I don’t think I could ever do it too much. Away from working or thinking about it, I love running. I have listed a few cities around the world in which I’d love to run marathons like Berlin in Germany, the Boston Marathon and the marathon in Athens. I have only run the London marathon and the marathon in Cape Town so far. I think it’s a genius way of keeping fit whilst seeing the world at the same time. And because I sweat so much and lose weight doing it, it’s also a way of getting to eat whatever I like! So that’s running, another thing I enjoy very much is working with my hands; building furniture or making things; I find it therapeutic to do that.

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Denver Isaac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can we expect to see you doing over the next few months?

Over the next few months, I will be appearing in a couple of topical independent films and also projects that I have taken the time to write and produce myself. Apart from that, I am like most actors in not knowing exactly what and when and how until I walk into an audition room, go home and get a call!

To learn more about Denver Isaac, follow him on Twitter – @denverisaac

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Our weekly updated UK streaming listings for September 2018

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Between the increasing number of streaming platforms in our lives, there’s far too much great entertainment being released day after day for any sane person to keep track of. 

There’s streaming giant Netflix, the curated offerings of MUBI, all the latest releases on NOW TV, and online video emporium Amazon Prime. There’s something for everyone, on demand, just waiting to be selected. What a time to be alive!

But that doesn’t help when you’re looking for something to wile away the evening with, so let us lighten the load and make your viewing choice that little bit easier with our weekly updated round-up of everything being added to your favourite platform.

Saturday, September 1st

  • After the Sunset
  • Appaloosa
  • Birth
  • Cellular
  • Final Destination 3
  • Harold & Kumar Escape
  • Highwaymen
  • The Last Mimzy
  • Lost in Translation
  • The Man
  • Mr. Woodstock
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Pride and Glory
  • Rendition
  • Semi-Pro
  • Shoot Em Up
  • Silk

Sunday, September 2nd

  • The Green Inferno
  • The Way Back

Monday, September 3rd

  • Molly’s Game
  • Mr. Mercedes: Season 2 (new episode)

Thursday, September 6th

  • Pistorius

Monday, September 10th

  • Mr. Mercedes: Season 2 (new episode)

Friday, September 14th

  • Forever: Season 1

Monday, September 17th

  • Mr. Mercedes: Season 2 (new episode)
  • The Post
  • Suicide Squad

Wednesday, September 19th

  • The Commuter

Saturday, September 22nd

  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Get Smart
  • The Lake House
  • Lolita
  • Mortal Kombat
  • North by Northwest
  • Payback
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • Soylent Green
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • The Towering Inferno

Sunday, September 23rd

  • Early Man

 

Wednesday, September 5th

  • Boro in the Box

Thursday, September 6th

  • Living Still Life

Friday, September 7th

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Saturday, September 8th

  • The Pleasure of Being Robbed

Sunday, September 9th

  • Tiny Furniture

Monday, September 10th

  • Went the Day Well?

Tuesday, September 11th

  • Champagne Charlie

Wednesday, September 12th

  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Thursday, September 13th

  • Disorder

Friday, September 14th

  • The Wild Boys

Tuesday, September 18th

  • Eros Plus Massacre

Wednesday, September 19th

  • Street Life

Thursday, September 20th

  • Tonsler Park

Sunday, September 23rd

  • The Things of Life

 

 

Saturday, September 1st

  • The Bletchley Circle: Season 1 
  • The Bletchley Circle: Season 2
  • Born to Be Blue
  • Gangs of New York
  • Gone
  • Killing Gunther
  • La Catedral del Mar
  • Legally Blondes
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • Marvel’s Iron Man
  • Marvel’s Iron Man 2
  • Marvel’s Iron Man 3
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Monkey Twins
  • Moonstruck
  • The Mummy
  • The Mummy Returns
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  • The Purge: Election Year
  • RoboCop 2
  • Saw VI
  • Sisters

Sunday, September 2nd

  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)

Monday, September 3rd

  • The Debt Collector
  • Power: Season 5 (new episode)
  • A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities: Season 1 (new episode)

Tuesday, September 4th

  • Better Call Saul: Season 4 (new episode)

Wednesday, September 5th

  • The Hundred-Foot Journey

Thursday, September 6th

  • I Kill Giants
  • Inferno
  • Suits: Season 8 (new episode)

Tuesday, August 7th

  • Atypical: Season 2
  • Cable Girls: Season 3
  • City of Joy
  • Marvel’s Iron Fist: Season 2
  • The Most Assassinated Woman in the World
  • Next Gen
  • Shooter: Season 3 (new episode)
  • Sierra Burgess is a Loser
  • Stretch Armstrong & The Flex Fighters: Season 2

Saturday, September 8th

  • American Horror Story: Cult (new episode)

Sunday, September 9th

  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)
  • Wynonna Earp: Season 2

Monday, September 10th

  • Power: Season 5 (new episode)
  • A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities: Season 1 (new episode)

Tuesday, September 11th

  • Better Call Saul: Season 4 (new episode)
  • Daniel Sloss: Live Shows
  • Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
  • The Resistance Banker
  • The Square

Wednesday, September 12th

  • Burn After Reading
  • Call the Midwife: Season 6
  • Jane
  • On My Skin
  • Rex

Thursday, September 13th

  • Life Happens
  • Nowhere Boys: Two Moons Rising
  • Suits: Season 8 (new episode)

Friday, September 14th

  • American Vandal: Season 2
  • The Angel
  • Bleach
  • Boca Juniors Confidential
  • BoJack Horseman: Season 5
  • Car Masters: Rust to Riches
  • The Dragon Prince
  • Ingobernable: Season 2
  • The Land of Steady Habits
  • Last Hope
  • Shooter: Season 3 (new episode)
  • Super Monsters Monster Party: Songs

Saturday, September 15th

  • American Horror Story: Cult (new episode)
  • Cabins in the Wild, with Dick Strawbridge: Season 1
  • The Hangover
  • How to Live Mortgage Free, with Sarah Beeny: Season 1
  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)
  • Queens vs. Kings: Season 1
  • Three Wives, One Husband: Season 1

Sunday, September 16th

  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)

Monday, September 17th

  • A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities: Season 1 (new episode)

Tuesday, September 18th

  • Better Call Saul: Season 4 (new episode)
  • D.L. Hughley: Contrarian

Wednesday, September 19th

  • Julieta

Thursday, September 20th

  • American Honey
  • Suits: Season 8 (new episode)

Friday, September 21st

  • Battlefish
  • Dragon Pilot: Hisone & Masotan
  • The Good Cop: Season 1
  • Hilda
  • Maniac
  • Nappily Ever After
  • Norsemen: Season 2
  • Quincy
  • Rafinha Bastos: Ultimate

Saturday, September 22nd

  • American Horror Story: Cult (new episode)
  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)

Sunday, September 23rd

  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)

 

 

Saturday, September 1st

  • Braven

Sunday, September 2nd

  • The Little Hours

Monday, September 3rd

  • Guardians of the Tomb

Tuesday, September 4th

  • Chronically Metropolitan

Wednesday, September 5th

  • The Mimic

Thursday, September 6th

  • Singularity

Tuesday, August 7th

  • Final Score

Saturday, September 8th

  • The Disaster Artist

Sunday, September 9th

  • The Ballad of Lefty Brown

Monday, September 10th

  • Psych: The Movie

Tuesday, September 11th

  • Never Steady, Never Still

Wednesday, September 12th

  • Hatred

Thursday, September 13th

  • My Friend Dahmer

Friday, September 14th

  • Murder on the Orient Express

Saturday, September 15th

  • Oddsockeaters

Sunday, September 16th

  • The Forgiven

Monday, September 17th

  • Devil’s Gate

Tuesday, September 18th

  • Affairs of State

Wednesday, September 19th

  • Wings of Eagles

Friday, September 21st

  • All the Money in the World

That’s it for this week, but don’t forget to check back each week for a fresh round of new releases for the UK on streaming platforms Amazon Prime, MUBI, NOW TV, and Netflix.

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2018 Academy Awards Live Updates #Oscars

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Find The List Of Nominations Here

BEST PICTURE:  THE SHAPE OF WATER

BEST ACTRESS: FRANCES MCDORMAND (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI)

BEST ACTOR: GARY OLDMAN (DARKEST HOUR)

BEST DIRECTOR: GUILLERMO DEL TORO (THE SHAPE OF WATER)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: THE SHAPE OF WATER

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: BLADE RUNNER 2049

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: GET OUT

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT: THE SILENT CHILD

BEST EDITING: DUNKIRK

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: BLADE RUNNER 2049

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: COCO

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: DEAR BASKETBALL

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: ALLISON JANNEY (I, TONYA)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: A FANTASTIC WOMAN

0216: The performance of ‘Remember Me’ from ‘Coco’ was… interesting

PRODUCTION DESIGN: THE SHAPE OF WATER

0200: Jimmy asking Spielberg for pot…

SOUND EDITING: DUNKIRK

SOUND MIXING: DUNKIRK

DOCUMENTARY: ICARUS

0136: Best Documentary up next, presented by Best Director nominee Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern

COSTUME DESIGN: PHANTOM THREAD

HAIR AND MAKE-UP: DARKEST HOUR

0125: Next Up is Gal Gadot and Arnie Hammer for Hair and Make Up

0122: Sam Rockwell sets a time of 1minute29seconds for that Jet Ski

0115: First award of the night is for Best Supporting Actor…

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: SAM ROCKWELL (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI)

0112: Jimmy encouraging the winners to make the night’s shortest speech and offering them a Jet-Ski as a prize

0110: ‘The longest Meryl Streep went without a nomination was from 1992 to 1995 and that was only because she was in prison’

0108: ‘We don’t make films like ‘Call Me By Your Name’ to make money, we make them to upset Mike Pence’

0100: And we’re off! Are you ready for the 90th Academy Awards?

 

2040(GMT): We’ll be live tweeting @MovieMarker from the red carpet at midnight (GMT) along with coverage of the ceremony itself from 1am (GMT)

Number of Nominations

The Shape of Water: 13

Dunkirk: 8

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: 7

Blade Runner 2049: 5

Lady Bird: 5

Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water

Adapted Screenplay

Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

Meryl Streep’s nomination is her 21st overall and her 17th in this category

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq

Best Original Screenplay

The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Original Song

Remember Me (from Coco)
Mystery of Love (from Call Me By Your Name)
This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman)
Mighty River (from Mudbound)
Stand Up For Something (from Marshall)

Best Documentary Short

Edith & Eddie
Heaven is a Traffic Jam
Heroin(e)
Knifeskills
Traffic Stop

1342: Christopher Plummer there, who of course didn’t even know he was going to be in All The Money In The World only a couple of months ago (reshot Kevin Spacey’s character’s scenes)

Best Documentary Feature

Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Leslie Manville – Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water
Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
On Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Insult  (Lebanon)
Loveless  (Russia)
The Square (Sweden)

1339: Mudbound’s Cinematography nomination marks the first ever female nominee in that category for Rachel Morrison

Best Animated Short Film

Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Film Editing

Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Makeup and Hairstyling

Darkest Hour
Victoria and Abdul
Wonder

Best Production Design

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria and Abdul

Best Live-Action Short

Dekalb Elementary
The 11 O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
All Of Us

Original Score

Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sound Mixing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Editing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria and Abdul

Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

1326: There’s Gal Gadot, drinking tea…

1323: While we wait, check out this great photo of grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn behind the scenes in 1956

1322: We are underway, though timings are probably going to be off as they always are with these things…

1321: Roger Deakins could get his 14th nomination for Blade Runner 2049, so far 13 and 0 wins! Is there anyone more overdue a win?

1317: Gary Oldman is tipped to pick up his first Leading Actor win for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in ‘The Darkest Hour’

1313: Just under ten minutes until the nominations begin, let us know what you’re rooting for over on twitter @MovieMarker

1307: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri is another film expected to receive a number of nominations, with an Actress In A Leading Role nod expected for Frances McDormand and potentially Best Director and Supporting Actor noms for Martin McDonagh and Sam Rockwell respectively.

1305: The Shape Of Water is fancied by many to lead the nominations, it could yet equal the record of 14 nominations set by Titanic, All About Eve and La La Land – Read our five-star review of Guillermo Del Toro’s latest.

1300 (GMT) Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis will host the nomination ceremony, along with special guests Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Rosario Dawson, Priyanka Chopra, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon, Rebel Wilson, and Michelle Yeoh, from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.

The nominations will begin with the categories cinematography, costume design, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, original score, production design, animated short film, live action short film, sound editing, sound mixing, and visual effects.

The nominees will then be announced for actor in a leading role, actor in a supporting role, actress in a leading role, actress in a supporting role, animated feature film, directing, documentary feature, documentary short subject, foreign language film, original song, best picture, adapted screenplay, and original screenplay. This second half of the presentation will be aired live on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

 

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Thriller Film ‘MADTOWN’ Gets Jan 5 Release

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SP Releasing has acquired the US rights to the forthcoming drama-thriller feature film MADTOWN, starring Emmy™-nominated Milo Ventimiglia (NBC’s “This Is Us”). The film will release in theaters and on-demand on January 5, through SP Releasing’s output deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Milo Ventimiglia in MADTOWN

Written and directed by Charles C. Moore, MADTOWN, which made official selection at the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival, follows a troubled young man, Briggs (Ventimiglia), who flashes back to the demons of his past when his sister is released from her twenty-year prison sentence for the murder of their parents. Briggs must confront his estranged sister and deal with the past, while fighting to protect his future and the new life he has rebuilt for himself.

Official Trailer: https://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/madtown/

“It is a privilege to partner with the entire SP Releasing team,” said Moore, “Their commitment to the film, and Milo’s breathtaking performance, has been evident from the get-go. The collaboration with SP Releasing provides the film an incredible opportunity to be shared with wide audiences across multiple platforms, and for this we are most grateful.”

The film also stars Rachel Melvin (Dumb and Dumber To, Sleepy Hollow), John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise, White Oleander), Bonita Friedericy (Chuck, Paranormal Activity 3), and Amanda Aday (Carnivàle, Shangri-La Suite, Pledge This!).

The film will release through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in limited theatres and on-demand January 5, with DVD release following in February 2018. The deal for the film was negotiated by Tiffany Boyle and Katherine Imp at Ramo Law.

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