The Norwich Film Festival had the privilege of speaking with Hollywood actor Alfred Molina who returns to London this summer to reprise the role of artist Mark Rothko in John Logan’s play Red. This tremendous play is taking place at Wyndham Theatre until the end of July 2018. Molina recalls in our conversation that this is the third incarnation of the play and the fourth time he’s played Rothko. Whilst discussing this role, he’s clearly very excited about the play and he’s delighted to be returning to the role. Molina who has been living in Los Angeles for 25 years, explained that ‘It is very nice to be back in London’ and sees himself more of a visitor but can still offer the odd tourist directions if asked. [Read more...]
Animation, in all of its diverse forms, has long been a counterpart to live–action film. The discovery of animation as visual phenomena, the inventions which preceded the screen such as the phénakisticope or the flip-book, paved the way for the realisation of the fantastical in the motion picture industry. Fearsome monsters, such as the original King Kong (1933), could now enter the cinema. The famous giant gorilla was a stop-motion animated figure which went on to inspire the prolific special effects work of Ray Harryhausen. Bringing such creatures to life, confirmed the magical possibilities of animation. As a mode of storytelling, it is one which constantly challenges the bounds of the imagination. In contemporary cinema, new worlds and impossible characters have been formed through the photo-realistic success of CG animation and VFX.
In recent times, a buzz-topic has spread across the animation world. Technology which supports virtual realities (VR) has stormed the industry. Film-makers, artists and commercial companies around the globe are experimenting with the new form which has revolutionised the experience for the viewer. Participators of VR experiences are invited into the animated worlds which were previously off limits. As long as the frame rate is high enough, players of VR games can have real-time virtual experiences in an environment optimized for 360 degree perception. [Read more...]
Guillermo del Toro’s new feature is a waterlogged romance set above a dingy cinema: it’s murky as much as it is vibrant. Eliza Esposito (Sally Hawkins) falls for an amphibious man imprisoned as a lab specimen. She teaches him sign language, and executes a plan to free him from the lethal scalpels of science. As a janitor at the Occam Aerospace Research Centre, Eliza sleeps during the day to earn during the night. Hawkins plays the role with a charming grace: Eliza is a mute woman whose sole companion is her gay neighbour, Giles (Richard Jenkins). Giles is reliant on Eliza’s home-cooked meals, and is often the downbeat struggling artist unable to sell his Norman Rockwell-esque paintings. [Read more...]
With a vague but authoritative title, Sally Potter’s The Party possesses the immersive capability of a theatre production. It’s as ludicrous as The Dumb Waiter (Pinter, 1957) and as tense as An Inspector Calls (Priestly, 1945). With a running time of just over an hour, The Party relies on the deliverance of a sharp script in a relatively confined performance space. Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is celebrating her newly appointed position as the UK minister of health, however, the celebrations soon take a turn towards Sartre’s belief that ‘hell is other people.’ [Read more...]
During November 2017 we saw the Norwich Film Festival award its prestigious prize of Best Short Film to the outstanding film Edith and we wanted to take a moment to catch up with the wonderful duo Sara Huxley & April Kelley (Pictured above) who are the production team behind this award-winning short.
As a film Edith explores how we move on from bereavements and how we make peace with our past and find something worth living for. The film features stand out performances from Peter Mullen (War Horse, Tyrannosaur), Michelle Fairley (Games of Thrones, Harry Potter, Suits) and supporting roles from Elliot Tittensor (Shameless) and Sia Bennett (Mr Selfridge). Directed by Christian Cooke and written by Ray Robinson. [Read more...]