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Heartbreakingly beautiful yet uplifting, Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? is a politically edged exploration of family, faith and opposing cultures from Israeli sibling directors Tomer and Barak Heymann.

Saar is a gay man from a religious family in Israel. After being kicked out of his conservative kibbutz because of his sexual orientation, Saar flees to London where he enjoys a gay lifestyle denied to him in Israel. He lives the dream, but wakes up to a nightmare when he discovers that he has contracted HIV. When he breaks the news to his family, they struggle with fears and prejudices. With the support and warmth of Saar’s surrogate brothers – the London Gay Men’s Chorus – he begins a reconciliation process with his biological family in Israel.

Saar finds himself torn between the two worlds and must make a decision: should he return to Israel and embrace his family once more, or stay in London and live in exile forever. Saar and the rest of the London Gay Men’s Chorus provide a glorious soundtrack for this tender, honest and intimate film by acclaimed directors Barak Heymann and Tomer Heymann (‘Mr. Gaga’, ‘Paper Dolls’ and ‘I Shot My Love’). Shot over several years, this documentary is about the power of forgiveness and the power that home has, no matter how far we go.

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? was supported by the BFI Film Fund and in Official Selection at BFI London Film Festival 2016.

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now is available on BFI Player, here.

The Hatton Garden Job attempts to portray one of Britain’s most notorious heists in history £200 million of diamonds stolen from inside one of the most secure environments in the world.

Suspenseful…right?

Well, as fun as the film is, unfortunately in some respects it doesn’t quite reach that adrenaline rush you need watching a heist film, especially with a true story of such caliber.

£200 million of diamonds? Sure, why not!

A nameless leader slowly recruits all his old friends and colleagues for one last job – the heist to last a lifetime. They meet, predictably, in an old warehouse to hash out their plan. Apart from a few genuinely hilarious jokes, and some moments of artful foreshadowing, this film generally follows the vein of every other heist film in existence, which sadly doesn’t add anything new.

Monday night movie? Great. Saturday night? No way.

The only part of this film that genuinely seemed alive, creative and fun was the editing. It was the only part that was truly breathing – everything else was formulaic. It’s a good movie, but we have plenty of those. Show me a great heist movie to make my hair stand on end, to keep me on the edge of my seat – then you’ll have stolen my heart.

The Hatton Garden Job is in cinemas 14 April. Why don’t you go judge it for yourself?

Despite last year’s exploit into the most successful, epic space opera film franchise of all time, Adam Driver remains without doubt the poster boy for the independent film industry. Rising to prominence as Adam Sackler in Lena Dunham’s HBO show Girls, for which he received three consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Driver’s stock has done nothing but rise, scoring roles in Scorsese’s epic-scale drama Silence, sci-fi winner Midnight Special and this year’s hungrily anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And yet despite these ventures into heavily produced Hollywood blockbusters, Driver remains heavily entrenched in the indie genre, delivering scene-stealing performances in now classic indie dramas Frances Ha, While We’re Young and Inside Llewyn Davies. The latest to add to that list is the titular, lead role in the beautiful celebration of small-time life, Paterson, which thankfully arrived on the BFI Player this week and can be viewed here. And so, what better time to explore the other Adam Driver indie gems that can be discovered on the BFI Player…

Paterson (2016)

Adam Driver in Paterson

Adam Driver in Paterson

Adam Driver is a bus driver named Paterson who lives in the town of Paterson, New Jersey in this new drama from renowned American indie auteur Jim Jarmusch. Golshifteh Farahani is Laura, a freelance artist, baker and homemaker. They live together in a small house with their bulldog Marvin. Married life has its rhythms and routines, with Paterson’s days taken up crisscrossing the city, overhearing snippets of passengers’ conversations, while evenings find him enjoying a post-dinner walk with his dog and a trip to the neighbourhood bar. Throughout, Paterson mulls over words, observing fragments of life and constructing verse for a series of poems he writes in a notebook in this tender, provocative portrait.

Driver hits a career high as our quiet everyman with a military past whose journeys are both physical and existential. Paterson is constantly attuned to the extraordinary and poetic, even in the smallest of gestures, offering a charming depiction of how lovers can co-exist and support each other’s creativity. The poems, by real-life poet Ron Padgett, are damn fine too.

Can be found in which BFI Player Collections? AMERICAN INDIE

http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-paterson-2016/

Public voting opens tomorrow for this year’s Virgin TV Must-See Moment

Shortlisted programmes represent the most-talked about TV programme moments of 2016 from fighting mammals to dancing politicians 

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced the shortlist of nominated moments for this year’s Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment, the only award voted for by the British public at the upcoming Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards, taking place on Sunday 14 May at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

The nominated moments are:

·       Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards

·       The Late Late Show: Carpool Karaoke Michelle Obama

·       Line of Duty: Urgent Exit Required

·       Planet Earth II: Snakes vs Iguana Chase

·       Strictly Come Dancing: Ed Balls’ Gangnam Style

·       Who Do You Think You Are: Danny Dyer’s Origins

The Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment rewards the TV highlights that had the nation gripped last year: the dramatic scenes, the cliffhangers, the laugh-out-loud and the edge-of-your-seat action. A panel of leading media and entertainment journalists collated the shortlist, which this year champions everything from British drama and global entertainment showstoppers to nature documentaries and factual history programmes.  

From Tuesday 11 April (08.00) until Wednesday 10 May (17.00) members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for the Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment at www.virginmedia.com/bafta. Early voters will also enter a prize draw to win tickets to attend the event*.

For the first time TV fans can also vote through their television sets- Virgin TV customers can vote through the app on the TiVo® platform. Voting via TiVo closes on Thursday 4 May at 23:59.

David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin TV, said: “The Virgin TV Must-See Moment celebrates the role that TV has at the heart of British entertainment and culture.  Great television has the power to fire our emotions and get us talking and laughing. From snake chases and huge battle scenes, to seeing big names trying to sing and dance, there is something for everyone. With the nominations we are announcing today, the Great British public has a tough decision to make.  I can’t wait to see the final results.”

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, added: “With our title sponsor Virgin TV, we are thrilled to announce the shortlist for a new public-voted award this year – Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment. The shortlist demonstrates an incredible range of unforgettable TV moments from last year and I’m sure it will be tough to pick out a favourite.  I look forward to the winner being revealed on Sunday 14 May.”

The nominations for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards will be announced tomorrow live on Facebook (facebook.com/bafta)

The winner of the Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment will be announced at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards, which will take place on Sunday 14 May at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Movie stunts are a main source of on-set movie magic that always leave the audience in awe. It’s no secret that stunt performers need to be flawless in their approach so they can jump into action on cue for an authentic, impressive performance. But even some of the most common stunts require hours of planning and careful attention to detail. Here’s how common stunts like high falls, stunt driving and martial arts are carefully constructed and performed by the professionals:

High Falls

High falls are a basic building block for stunt performers. Stuntmen must meet a minimum height of three stories before they can be hired. This dangerous stunt requires careful attention to set up and many additional precautions. Basic fall maneuvers include headers, a face off, back fall and suicide. For all these falls, a stuntman needs an airbag, spotter and box catchers. To perform a back fall, the key is to land safely on your back meaning every part of your body, from your head to your toes, at the same time.

If you land unevenly, you’re bound to get whiplash. The stuntman must provide a count to alert their spotter when they will fall and lunge off the three-story platform toward the mat mark. Stunts are most likely to go wrong if a stuntman experiences any sense of hesitation. But once the stunt can be performed in its most basic manner, stuntmen can add acting gestures with the fall, though they must always make sure they’re in proper position for a safe landing.

Stunt Driving

Stunt driving is one of the most thrilling stunts that takes into account the functional capacities of both the stuntman and an automobile. A good stuntman must design their car for high performance and safety. In fact, reliable tires are an essential component for safe stunt driving, as they are a major factor of the car’s ability to maneuver accurately at fast speeds. Different car stunts include fast driving maneuvers, accelerated weaving, car flips, high jumps, long jumps and car spins.

For a car spin maneuver on a front-wheel drive car to go smoothly, the driver must start at a speed of 30 mph on pavement. If the driver is on dirt, the speed should be around 15 mph. The driver should remove their right foot from the throttle quickly, gently touching the brake with the left foot. When drivers touch the brake, they must make sure their right foot is still positioned over the throttle. They can then turn the steering wheel sharply and pull the handbrake. As soon as the tail slides, you step your right foot back down on the gas.

Next, straighten the wheel and release the handbrake; then, turn the steering wheel in the desired direction, shift into first gear and apply full throttle. When drivers want to end the spin, they must take their foot off the gas and straighten the steering wheel. While the steps of this stunt seem simple, one shouldn’t attempt any car stunts until they’ve received training. There are specialty training schools that will teach and provide you certification to safely and effectively perform car stunts.

Martial Arts

Fight scenes are high action and high impact and are usually performed by martial arts professionals. Martial arts stunts require a lot of conditioning and care, as multiple bodies are in play. One of the most common martial arts movie stunts is the breakfall, which looks like a big slap and controlled leg position that takes down the opponent. Some of the most important safety points to keep in mind for this stunt are the chin tuck and maximizing surface area.

The stunt performer who is the falling opponent must make sure their chin is tucked so their head isn’t impacted when they are slammed into the ground. However, if the stuntman falls on their front side, they shouldn’t tuck their chin. They should, however, turn their face away from the ground. Surface area maximization has to do with body distribution, meaning your body should fall evenly on the surface so one area doesn’t take an disproportionate amount of weight during impact.

To sell the stunt, performers often do an exaggerated slap with their arms, take notice of their body language and control their facial expressions. The stunt requires little gear, as those who perform this martial arts stunt simply need low profile pads that will soften the surface. Martial arts and fighting stunts should always be taken up at a professional training center to minimize risk of injury and equip the aspiring stuntman with refined skills.

Dirs. Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl.

This documentary is supremely researched, and its findings turn up a delicious pot of history for us to sink our teeth in to as we watch. It tells the dramatic and inspiring story of Gertrude Bell, who was at any one time:

a spy, an explorer, a dignitary, an archaeologist, a translator, and politician.

This woman has an incredible resume, especially for a female Briton at the turn of the 20th century. And yet almost no one has heard of her.

This documentary changes that, and exposes the colourful and wonderful life of Gertrude Bell.

She’s described as an ‘orgy of independence’, a fiercely headstrong woman who rode in to the Middle East on camelback and never wanted to return to Victorian London. She was a friend and confidant to Arab people, and ‘most of all, to Iraq itself’. This female Lawrence of Arabia (who has her close friend and colleague) traversed the Arabian desert and found new water wells, languages and tribes – invaluable knowledge for Iraqis and colonialists alike.

Review: Letters From Baghdad

Gertrude Bell, on camelback, between Winston Churchill and Lawrence of Arabia.

The documentary shows glorious colour graded footage, nearly 100 years old at this point, giving us a sumptuous glance at the Middle East that’s a welcome detour from the current smorgasbord of violence and despair on our modern screens. Instead we were served images of a bustling high street, thriving businesses and smiling happy faces in the desert. This is a culture that is rich in history, family values, and ancient culture.

And yet the issues explored in this documentary are eerily current: foreign imposed rule, governmental instability, poverty and rebellious uprisings – Iraq’s history, while beautiful, is also frequently blemished with dark moments of difficulty and suppression.

Bell saw the country for all its glory though, and never once faltered in her conviction of its eventual blooming. She fell in love with Mesopotamia, and as well as drawing the modern borders of Iraq, she is also the founder of the Iraqi National Museum, opened after 10 years of diligent curation.

A friend and powerful ally to the Middle East, this story of Gertrude Bell is a beautiful exploration of primary sources and information that shed light on a new corner of history, that not only teaches us lessons of the past but also of the future.

What a treat we have in store for you!  A great comp of film lovers!

From its launch in 1900 this grade II listed former Victorian music hall has been a figurehead of nightlife entertainment in London for over 100 years.  The 1,250-capacity venue is a centrepiece of London’s nightlife, boasting an electric programme of quality events ranging from club nights and live gigs to comedy and bingo shows, all set within one of the city’s most beautiful, historic venues.

The Grand is a beautiful old music-hall style building just outside Clapham Junction station, with royal boxes and a balcony and a 25ft giant cinema screen so its perfect for showing movies.  The fine folks at The Grand encourage customers to get involved as much as possible, whether its playing games based around the movies, singalongs, cheering heroes, booing villains or even donning a costume.

And on Saturday 29th April they are showing Cruel Intentions.

Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster’s daughter before the start of term.

Arguably the best teen movie of the 90’s! The sound track, Ryan & Reese, The MTV Award winning kiss.. need we go on?

Expect:

💋 90s Preppy Photobooth

💋 Iced Tea (it’s from Long Island)

💋 Unlimited Popcorn for £1

💋 Pizza Slices

💋 London’s most GIANT screen

💋 Teach-Cecile-To-Kiss-Booth

💋 Prizes for the best dressed Kathryn, Sebastian and Annette

In the game of seduction there’s only one rule… never fall in love

We’ve partnered with them to offer a great prize to one lucky winner!  The main prize would be free entry for 4 people, to include a VIP Royal Box, Cocktails, Unlimited popcorn & party favours.

FIFTY runners up will each get a pair of free entry tickets and a guaranteed seat to watch the movie.

To enter, check out below!

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What Free Fire basically amounts to is a very violent game of paintball with some of the best character actors of today. I don’t know a single person who saw this trailer and didn’t laugh. It’s one of those ideas that are so good that it makes you wonder why nobody has really done it before, not for a whole movie at any rate. It’s most certainly the kind of thing that’s up my alley and I couldn’t wait to see it. And now I have, and I think it may not be the only time I do.

If you’ve seen the trailer then you know what the story is; a black comedy about arms dealing. This particular deal goes wrong and so the sellers and buyers end up on opposite sides and starts shooting each other, and it carries on for the duration of the film. Let’s be honest, you’re not hear for the story, you’re here to laugh, whoop and have a good time. That’s the target this film sets and it manages to hit bullseye almost constantly.

Our cast is very impressive, in that they’re not exactly the most well-known of actors but, as previously stated, are definitely among the best working today. Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley and Michael Smiley are among the talent on offer here. Every single one of them, unless you really know your films, are actors who you have loved and will recognise in that “oh, what’ve they been in” way. And, of course, they are on top form here. Not a single one of them felt like an actor having fun, Which I’m sure this film was to them, but characters in a chaotic and obscene situation. They knew exactly what to do to deliver a good performance; nobody was falling behind and taking us out of the film, and at the same time nobody felt like they were over doing it. It’s exactly what the film needed and they all delivered it perfectly.

But the film would not work without stylish direction and quippy writing. Luckily Ben Wheatley knew that too. Personally, I am not a fan of Wheatley’s work. I saw Kill List and Sightseers and was very disappointed by both. He also directed a couple episodes of Doctor Who, but that’s not a show I like. But, for Free Fire I feel he brought enough style and crazy to make the whole thing really work in his favour. The sets are just derelict factories, or specifically a derelict factory, which could have been bland and uninteresting but the set is used to its full potential. It not only has different items and equipment around to keep you guessing as to what will be used against who next, but the layout feels like a paintball or laser-tag arena. This game like set-up easily makes the film feel a lot more fun. And setting the film in the ‘70’s was an oddly inspired choice. The costumes, weapons and make-up make this film feeling like a live-action cartoon. In fact, now I think of it there is an oddly Looney Toons like feel to the film; though I wouldn’t bring the kids.

Free Fire

Free Fire

And the writing is hilarious. I never got sick of hear these people talking. It’s on the same level as Quentin Tarantino and Shane Black with how witty and clever and just funny it is. It has you listening carefully for fear that you will miss any joke. It is very British in humour, mostly sarcastic remarks and laughing at the expense of others, but I’ve always found that to be my favourite humour so I love it. It’s also well-paced and toned so the writing does extend beyond the dialogue too. In fact, Wheatley does such a good job of it that it hides well the fact that the characters themselves are as shallow as the story. It does pain me to say it, but if you are wanting something that speaks for a cause or is a social satire or an interesting character drama beyond the chaos, then you will be disappointed. Free Fire is only here to entertain, and it does it very well, better than most of the films released this year, but it does suffer as a narrative and character arc.

I, however, find this easy to look past thanks to the films style and wit, and the chemistry of the actors. Free Fire is easily the oddest film I’ve seen so far this year, and it’s glorious. One I certainly recommend. Lock and load and join in the fun…or just grab your popcorn and enjoy the show.

Ephialtes is the real name of the Greek citizen that betrayed the Spartans and revealed the secret path that led to the Thermopylae; however, he wasn’t a Spartan himself and he definitely wasn’t a hunchback. On the other hand, his betrayal did jeopardize indeed Leonidas’ plan and it almost cost the whole Greece and, as a consequence, the western world as we know it a massive defeat.

That being said, the 300 Spartan soldiers’ achievement did happen pretty much as it’s portrayed in Zack Snyder’s movie. The personal guard of the king of Sparta, alongside 7.000 free Greek men, managed to contain a 200.000 soldier army using the Thermopylae narrow path. Once Ephialtes did what he did and managed to get his name in the history books, the Greeks retreated to try reassembling and mustering a force that could resist against Xerxes massive army. However, the 300 Spartans stayed and stood to: A-make a point that every Greek citizen would never forget; B-give the Greek army time to reorganize; and C-get their own version of the Marathon battle (a clash in which the Athenians spectacularly beat a contingency of the Persian army down at the Marathon valley).

Much to a big part of the movie’s audience disappointment, the Hoplites, the Spartan warriors, didn’t fight bare chest. They would wear a copper armor that’d cover their, most definitely, perfectly defined abs, as well as a helmet and the big shield, spears and swords we see in the film. The way they fought though, it is pretty much as Snyder portrayed it; for it was a matter of getting the best fighters in the front lines while the ones behind would push and replace any fallen men. Actually, the Spartans invented the military formation, discipline and training as we know it nowadays. Armies around the world still teach, train and practice most of the tactics and techniques the Spartans created.

Even though Xerxes wasn’t bald, there were no mythical creatures in his army and he didn’t have Batman’s voice, his army was the largest the ancient world had ever seen and he indeed had a personal guard called the Immortals. Who, by the way, got undeniably beaten by the Spartans once they were sent to the battle by the infuriated king of Persia. Moreover, the Spartan steel, armor and weaponry in general were way better than the Persian soldiers’ equipment which contributed to the massacre that took place at the Thermopylae.

Which bring us to another interesting point: remember that cool line “Spartans, what’s your profession?” Even though it’s obviously impossible to tell if that dialogue between Leonidas and a Greek soldier actually happened, the truth is that the Spartans were a race of soldiers. That’s what they were trained for and that’s what they did; nothing else. The Spartan society was organized as a pyramid: at the bottom there were the Helots, slaves that worked the land and basically served for one of the most famous and infamous introductory rites into adulthood of the Spartans: to murder someone in cold blood. After them came the Periokoi: laborers who made sure everything was taken care of so the Spartans wouldn’t have to worry about anything but training, fighting and reproducing. At the top of the pyramid were the true Spartans; individuals that had to be ready to fight and die for their nation at any point. But there were hierarchies amongst them too: first off, there were two kings (in the 300 day and time, those were Leonidas and Demaratus who was exiled in Persia and who, by the way, like Ephialtes would ally with Sparta’s biggest enemy, Athens aside of course); below the kings there was a council of a few Spartans who would take the most important decisions in society acting as a council; and after them a variable number of “free” men: soldiers.

In this case, the term free is relative so, as we see in the movie, it wasn’t easy to make it to adulthood in Sparta during those days. The first test took place right after being born: only the strongest were allowed to live. After that, you would spend seven years living with your mother and being an actual kid. Though at the age of seven you’d start a training that would last until the age of twenty during which you were supposed to survive by your own means, i.e. stealing and what not, defend yourself from the older students, and finally killing a Helot. At the age of twenty, the students were officially part of the army and were ready to defend their land should the time come.

300

300

Speaking of cool lines: “This is Sparta” Leonidas yells to a Persian ambassador before throwing him in the pit. Well, actually, according to a rune from that time, Leonidas did have a badass answer to Xerxe’s ambassador once this one tried to convince the Spartans surrender their weapons. According to that rune, Leonidas answered: “come get them yourself”. Which, to be honest, is pretty cool too, right? However, Leonida’s wife message right before his departure to a certain death: “come back with your shield or on it” doesn’t seem to be quite true; since apparently, what Leonidas told her was to marry another man, have children and be happy. He knew he would not come back alive. Furthermore, Leonidas was making a statement; the most memorable statement of all times. It is true that there was reluctance amongst the Spartans to fight during a particular festivity and it is also true that Leonidas bribed the oracle (as it was usual) before getting a negative premonition from her, since she foresaw a Persian victory. What is not true though, is that Leonidas decided to disobey the oracle and “take a stroll” with his personal guard knowing that he had to do it for Greece’s sake. Leonidas did what he did because he needed to make a point. He needed to tell Greece a tale, to bring the whole country together and to show that if you are united, have a good plan and know the ground you’re fighting on, you can face any kind of army; including one that’s literally fifty times yours.

“Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to our laws we lie”. Now this one, one of the coolest lines of the movie (which is quite an achievement considering the film we are talking about), it actually is true. The sentence can be read in a humble plaque that can still be visited nowadays in the Thermopylae. Finally, the Greek nation decided to remember and honor the Spartans for, most likely, one of the bravest, most epic and heroic episodes of the story of civilizations. And, exactly as the Spartans, the plaque is austere, simple and effective.