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Newport Beach Film Festival Awards 2017

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When our esteemed ‘dear leader’ the editor of Movie Marker first asked me to cover the Newport Beach Film Festival awards, I had visions of having to don a pair of Uggs and traipsing down to some freezing town hall in Wales to watch prizes being given to makers of shorts about local male voice choirs and the like. Then, when I discovered it was Newport Beach, California, I thought, what a sweetheart and began to sort out dresses to be seen in on yachts.

In fact, I ended up neither in Wales or on a yacht, but in the elegant Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge for a lively ceremony billed as a curtain raiser for the BAFTAs to be held this Sunday.

NBFF_Corporate_Logo_color_high_res_epsThe Newport Beach film festival is held each spring in California and as part of its ‘outreach’ work, the organisers travel to the UK to honour individuals and organisations who, through their contributions have transformed photography, theatre, literature, television, and film.

This third annual pre-BAFTA event chose three stalwarts of British talent to honour with their icon awards: actress Miranda Richardson, photographer David Bailey and actor Charles Dance.

The award for outstanding achievement in global cinema went to I, Daniel Blake whose star Dave Johns was on hand to collect the gong. And Variety named its 10 to watch from a range of disciplines. Most of these honourees were present to accept their award although Harry Styles, yeah, that Harry Styles, was not. Why is the One Direction star still ‘one to watch’. Apparently because despite his pop stardom he will be making his film debut in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and therefore counts as a newbie in the acting arena.

Sadly Harry wasn’t at the event so I had to withhold the demented screaming and fainting that is mandatory upon seeing him but I did enjoy the lively and informal tone of these awards. The recipients all knew beforehand they were winners, so there was no smiling through gritted teeth watching a rival take your award and everyone seemed reasonably relaxed. A free bar will do that to you.

I got to chat to quite a few honourees.

Both Charles Dance and Miranda Richardson played down their enormous talent by attributing their longevity in the profession respectively to ‘luck’ and an ability to ‘just keep trucking’.

Dance also joked that an icon, for him, was a religious thing you find in churches and not something he, a working actor, considered himself. Nevertheless, he said he was flattered, honoured and just a little confused by the accolade. He also voiced what all of us were thinking, ‘why didn’t the organisers invite us to Newport Beach for this ceremony, we’re freezing our arses off here!’

NBFF 10 Brits To Watch. Photo Credit: Ami Matthews

NBFF 10 Brits To Watch. Photo Credit: Ami Matthews

Miranda Richardson too was dreaming of warmer shores. She said she’d recently loved Moana but wasn’t sure what live action Disney character she might want to play herself. ‘Moana seems unlikely,’ she quipped. Asked about roles for women, she said there were good ones for the very young and the much older ladies but the in-betweens were less well served. However, she heaped praise on Isabelle Huppert who, she said, was still playing strong, complicated characters late in her illustrious career. (The amount of awe Huppert inspires among fellow actors makes me think she will take the best actress Oscar later this month).

Dave Johns was on fine form all evening, clearly grateful for all the accolades being heaped on his film I, Daniel Blake. He told me that the film resonates with people not just in the UK but across Europe. He gets stopped in the street and thanked for helping highlight the social and emotional pressures of austerity measures. He said awards were the furthest thing from his mind when he was making the film in Newcastle in the very streets he had grown up in but he was extremely pleased at the attention the film was getting because it helped bring awareness to the subject matter that affects so many who also have a ‘Daniel Blake moment’. In fact he’s been to so many ceremonies his wife has promised him a piece of red carpet at home after awards season is over!

Legendary photographer David Bailey was described on stage as one of the founding fathers of contemporary photography and the man who captured the cool of the 60’s shooting everyone from models of the era to the Kray twins.
He was billed on the programme as Sir David Bailey and just corrected that for the American hosts. ‘Just to clear something up, I’m not a fuckin’ Sir’!!
‘You should be’ someone shouted out.
‘Maybe,’ he replied modestly.

At the other end of the career spectrum, young actors like Max Irons and Alfie Allen are in the early stages of developing their resume but are already billed as ones to watch. As is actress Kate Maberley. I asked her whose career she might want to emulate. She said she hugely admired Jodie Foster, who had progressed so well from being a special and brilliant child star to accomplished adult actress and now a woman director. ‘She’s a great inspiration to follow.’

On an altogether shallow note, I couldn’t help but be inspired by the promotion film that played throughout the evening of Newport Beach itself. It looks idyllic. Here’s to an invite to this year’s festival!

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Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV, and MUBI for August 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.

Wednesday, August 1st

  • The Bold Type: Season 2 (new episode)
  • Casual: Season 4

Friday, August 3rd

  • Marvel’s Clock and Dagger: Season 1 (new episode)

Monday, August 6th

  • Preacher: Season 3 (new episode)

Wednesday, August 8th

  • The Bold Type: Season 2 (new episode)

Monday, August 13th

  • Preacher: Season 3 (new episode)

Friday, August 17th

  • All or Nothing: Manchester City

 

Thursday, August 2nd

  • Meteors

Saturday, August 4th

  • Purple Butterfly

Sunday, August 5th

  • Le Fort de Fous

Monday, August 6th

  • Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

Thursday, August 9th

  • The Stairs

Friday, August 10th

  • Certified Copy

Saturday, August 11th

  • Summer Palace

Sunday, August 12th

  • Vengeance

Monday, August 13th

  • A Cambodian Spring

Wednesday, August 15th

  • Historytelling

Thursday, August 16th

  • The Art of Speech

Friday, August 17th

  • Djon Africa

Saturday, August 18th

  • Love and Bruises

Sunday, August 19th

  • Mad Detective

 

Wednesday, August 1st

  • All I See Is You
  • Becoming Champions: Season 1
  • The Boy
  • Casino Tycoon
  • A Chinese Odyssey (Part I)
  • A Chinese Odyssey (Part II)
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Cocaine Coast: Season 1
  • Discovery of Love: Season 1
  • Doubles Cause Troubles
  • Edge of Fear
  • A Few Less Men
  • A Fish Called Wanda
  • Hero
  • History of Joy
  • Infernal Affairs
  • Infernal Affairs II
  • Infernal Affairs III
  • Initial D
  • Invisible
  • Jason Bourne
  • Justice, My Foot!
  • Kaaliyan
  • Kaattu
  • Kuppivala

  • Lechmi
  • Legend of The Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
  • Little Dragon Maiden
  • Love In The Buff
  • Mahabharat
  • Melle
  • Minnaminugu the FireFly
  • Mississippi Burning
  • Monster-in-Law
  • Mythily Veendum Varunnu
  • Oru Vishsheshapetta Biryani Kissa
  • P Se PM Tak
  • QB1: Beyond the Lights: Season 1
  • Regal Academy
  • Spy Game
  • Sudani from Nigeria
  • Switched: Season 1
  • Tikli and Laxmi Bomb
  • Touch of Evil
  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Thursday, August 2nd

  • Forever Chape
  • Meet the Blacks
  • Suits: Season 8 (new episode)

Friday, August 3rd

  • Brij Mohan Amar Rahe
  • Cocaine Coast: Season 1
  • Dinotrux Supercharged: Season 3
  • Like Father
  • Marching Orders
  • Meteor Garden: Episodes 21 to 26
  • Shooter: Season 3 (new episode)

Saturday, August 4th

  • Bring It On: Fight to the Finish
  • Bring It On: In It to Win It
  • Flavors of Youth: International Version
  • Howard the Duck
  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)
  • On Children
  • Pride & Prejudice (2006)
  • Tower Heist

Sunday, August 5th

  • Loving Vincent
  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)

Monday, August 6th

  • Chesapeake Shores: Season 3 (new episode)
  • Power: Season 5 (new episode)

Tuesday, August 7th

  • Better Call Saul: Season 4 (new episode)
  • Chennai Express
  • To the Beat

Thursday, August 9th

  • Equity
  • Last Vegas
  • Lone Survivor
  • The Most Unknown
  • Perdida
  • Suits: Season 8 (new episode)
  • Unforgotten: Season 2

Friday, August 10th

  • 72 Dangerous Animals: Asia
  • Afflicted: Season 1
  • All About The Washingtons: Season 1
  • Beyond the Clouds
  • The Birth Reborn
  • Demetri Martin: The Overthinker
  • Insatiable: Season 1
  • La Casa do Las Flores
  • Meteor Garden: Episodes 27 to 32
  • The Package
  • The Ponysitters Club: Season 1
  • Shooter: Season 3 (new episode)
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 7
  • Zion

Saturday, August 11th

  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)

Sunday, August 12th

  • Anjaan: Special Crimes Unit: Season 1
  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)
  • My Little Pony: The Movie
  • The Party
  • Uncle: Season 3

Monday, August 13th

  • Chesapeake Shores: Season 3 (new episode)
  • Power: Season 5 (new episode)

Tuesday, August 14th

  • Better Call Saul: Season 4 (new episode)
  • Out of Thin Air

Wednesday, August 15th

  • Bioscope
  • Blackadder the Third
  • Blackadder Goes Forth
  • Comedy High School: Season 1
  • Devaraya
  • For Here or To Go?
  • Gotham: Season 4
  • Gurudu
  • Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate
  • Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone: Season 1
  • Mere Papa Hero Hiralal: Season 1
  • Ouija
  • Public Schooled
  • Sudani from Nigeria
  • Swami Baba Ramdev: The Untold Story: Season 1

Thursday, August 16th

  • Endless Love
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • My Best Friend’s Girl
  • The Possession
  • Suits: Season 8 (new episode)

Friday, August 17th

  • 20th Century Women
  • Disenchantment: Season 1
  • Magic for Humans
  • Meteor Garden: Episodes 33 to 38
  • The Motive
  • Pinky Malinky
  • Shooter: Season 3 (new episode)
  • Spirit Riding Free: Season 6
  • Stay Here: Season 1
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • Top of the Lake: Season 2
  • Ultraviolet: Season 1

Saturday, August 18th

  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)

Sunday, August 19th

  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)
  • Selfie From Hell
  • Saw: Legacy

 

Wednesday, August 1st

  • The Odyssey

Thursday, August 2nd

  • The Ghost of Charnel House

Friday, August 3rd

  • Justice League

Saturday, August 4th

  • Fantastic Journey to Oz

Sunday, August 5th

  • Brigsby Bear

Monday, August 6th

  • The Female Brain

Tuesday, August 7th

  • Ali & Nino

Wednesday, August 8th

  • Demon

Thursday, August 9th

  • Couples Vacation

Friday, August 10th

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Saturday, August 11th

  • Quackerz

Sunday, August 12th

  • 2:22

Monday, August 13th

  • Trafficked

Tuesday, August 14th

  • Canaries

Wednesday, August 15th

  • The Resistance

Thursday, August 16th

  • Waiting for You

Friday, August 17th

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Saturday, August 18th

  • Goodbye Christopher Robin

Sunday, August 19th

  • Patti Cake$

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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Oceans 11 Re-view

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Director: Steven Soderbergh

Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Carl Reiner, Elliot Gould, Don Cheadle, Scott Caan, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Shaobo Qin

Released: 2002

Ocean’s Eleven is Steven Soderbergh’s heist movie that ushered in the new millennium. The movie features some of Hollywood’s megastar crew: Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt , and Andy Garcia (Terry Benedict).

It is one of the best movies to feature all the heist superstars and the director has ensured that all the eleven character’s roles are recognized. Of course, it is a remake of 1960’s Ocean’s Eleven that features Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, and Peter Lawford.

Ocean’s Eleven follows ex-con George Clooney who’s just out of prison and his eleven counterparts who lay a plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos ( Bellagio, the Mirage, and the MGM) owned by Terry Benedict simultaneously. The comprised of a tech savvy, an explosives expert, a pick-pocketer (Damon), a card shark (Bernie Mac) and others. They also have Elliott Gould, an ex-casino owner, who is ready and willing to sponsor the whole heist operation.

With a smart plan, cunning disguises, sophisticated technology, Vegas is going to witness a night it will never forget. The reason why they are back in the game is to repay Terry Benedict a grand total of $150 million dollars. From the crew, you can tell that this is not just any other robbery movie. These are the smartest thieves who never raises their voices. It is the finest blend of passion and professionalism in play.

To put an emphasize on character differentiation, Soderbergh has used different costumes as well as word choice. You can say without fear of contradiction that everything is well calculated, rehearsed, and executed precisely. What is most impressive is that Soderbergh has managed to allocate equal time for the movie stars to shine independently in his 116 minutes film.

The director also allows enough screen time for the god fathers of heist Brad Pitt and George Clooney to showcase their expertise. Brad understands how to co-star a movie, and he steals some good minutes to show that he is the brain behind the pan. Soderbergh wants you to believe that his directed gang can execute the impossible; robbing three casinos simultaneously.

However, there are some obstacles such as enhanced security system, multiple surveillance cameras, armed guards, and a vault door that might slow down the execution of the plan. Another big obstacle is Tess, Danny’s ex-wife who is currently dating Benedict the casino tycoon.

The movie gives the audience enough time to guess, predict and foresee will unveil next. There also several scenes of comedy to make it lively and entertaining at the same time. The final scene of the film is a clear indication that there will be another movie to follow the sequel. The whole crew is casted with the exception of Clooney. Finally, after gazing at the Vegas flash lights and fountains, they go separate ways.

With the majority of the movie in passive voice with the minimal use of guns or any other weapon. Despite the movie lacking thrill, the whole plot will capture your attention for the first time. The movie was called Ocean’s Eleven because it comprised of eleven key players. Other sequels that came before or after have similar brand names based on the main characters.

Ocean’s Eleven is not a typical crime or bank robbery movie. It is an easy to follow heist with a satisfying story line. Soderbergh’s camera work and Philip Messina’s seta and real casino makes a visually appealing end of the whole story.

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Cinema & Sound: The Secret Life of a Foley Artist #DellCinema

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When we think about film, it’s probably safe to assume that one of the last things we consider is ‘how did they make all those noises?’

From claps of thunder, to a simple opening of a door, the work of a Foley Artist like Paula Boram often goes unnoticed amongst the grandeur of a finished feature film or television series.

Thanks to an event hosted by #DellCinema Movie Marker was treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating, often hilarious, work that is required to make a film sound just right.

Paula, one of the industry’s most experienced and respected foley artists has worked on a broad spectrum of feature films, from Tomorrow Never Dies to Notting Hill and as she explains, with each film comes a unique set of sounds to create in the studio.

You might think, as I did, that the majority of a film’s sound is recorded on location during initial filming and, if you do think that, then like me you are deeply mistaken. As Paula put’s it – imagine a scene in which there are two people talking in the rain, wearing raincoats, the majority of the audio recorded, be it through a boom mic (The big one that hangs overhead) or through clip-on mics worn by the actors, would pick up the sound of the rain, the sound of the raincoats rustling and the sound of the dialogue. Then when you listen back to the recording later on, all of the audio might be unusable. That’s where a Foley Artist, like Paula and her sound technician and assistant come into the equation.

Paula’s job is to analyse a scene and imagine the best way to create the sounds that the audience expect to hear, record them as close to sync with the actual film as possible and then pass the recording onto the sound mixer/editor to add to the final cut.

Asked if it was easier to keep a library of sounds for recreating footsteps for example, Paula’s technician explained that to find a sound that fitted that exact scene, the exact rate of stepping would at best, take several minutes – whereas creating a new recording could take as little as 30 seconds.

Paula is the first to admit that her work is extremely enjoyable and that she’s lucky to be in a job that she adores. However, she explains that while it’s enjoyable – working int he film industry has it’s pressures – budget and time are key factors in her work, meeting a deadline can be challenging and there are times where the work can take up entire days and run long into the night.

On getting into this line of work, Paula explained that she used to be a dancer and saw a small advertisement looking for dancers interested in learning about sound recording. The rhythm and timing needed to be a dancer have aided Paula in her work and as she was trained her knowledge base grew and the work increased with it.

Those in attendance were given the opportunity to be foley artists, recreating the sounds on a television episode – the possibilities for creating some of the sounds we hear really are endless, using belts, trolleys, boxes, forks to create some of the effects, then thanks to the swift editing by Paula’s team we were able to see and hear our work (which sounded great on Dell’s new cinema range) as it would appear in the final cut.

Paula now has well over 100 film credits to her name and continues to work on big budget movies and TV shows.

You can find more about #DellCinema by searching the hashtag or visiting the Dell website here

 

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