Bits & Pieces: Heatwave Edition

Bits & Pieces: Heatwave Edition

From the creators of the Academy Award nominated ERNEST AND CELESTINE, comes THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES, a hilarious adventure about a gang of animal misfits. Told through beautiful hand drawn animation, the story unfolds around these lovable countryside creatures as they try (and fail), to fulfil their traditional roles in the farm and the forest. A lazy stork leaves the delivery of a baby in the care of a rabbit, a pig and a duck. A big, bad fox tries to live up to his reputation whilst he unwittingly adopts three confused baby chicks and in the film’s final tale, the animals embark on a hair brained scheme to replace Father Christmas. Featuring a host of voices from the world of British comedy, including Bill Bailey, Adrian Edmondson, Justin Edwards, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie, Phill Jupitus and Giles New, THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES is a heart-warming portrayal of the pitfalls of family life.



Goldfinch Studios have announced that Mad To Be Normal, the critically acclaimed biopic will be released on VOD on 13th August. Mad To Be Normal sees David Tennant play the controversial figure, Dr. R.D. Laing, as he practices his unorthodox methods in his pursuit of better understanding and treating mental health. Tennant (Doctor Who) stars as 1960s celebrity psychiatrist R.D. Laing who revolutionised the treatment of people diagnosed as ‘mad’. Mad to Be Normal reveals the story of R.D. Laing, the famous psychiatrist and one of Scotland’s greatest ever minds. Working out of Kingsley Hall in East London throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Laing performed various daring experiments on people who were diagnosed as mentally disturbed. His revolutionary methods involved experimenting with LSD on his patients and practicing a form of self-healing known as metanoia, causing outrage and controversy in the medical profession and radically changed attitudes and perceptions of mental health around the world.

Leaving behind their cosmopolitan London life, a couple and their three young children travel the ends of the earth searching for a new perspective on life. In their five-year journey across six continents, they live with some of the oldest indigenous communities on the planet. They gain access to tribal sages never filmed or interviewed before. Without a crew or schedule, just one backpack and one camera each. And the curiosity to listen. The film reveals the deep wisdom the family discover in their conversations with these ‘Earth Keepers’ and its power to transform lives.

Welcome to MURDERTOWN, a brand-new documentary series coming to Crime + Investigation on 3rd September 2018 at 9:00pm. Hosted by Katherine Kelly (Happy Valley, Coronation Street), MURDERTOWN is a unique true crime series that puts the murder location centre stage. With first-hand testimony from family members, police officers, witnesses and reporters, MURDERTOWN shines a light on some of Britain’s darkest murder locations, examining the crimes that rocked these communities and the impact they have had on the people living there. Each of the 10 episodes focuses on a murder in one UK city, setting the crime in the context of its location’s wider cultural and criminal landscape. The towns in the series are: Hull, Brighton, Dundee, Dartford, Huddersfield, Sunderland, Pontypridd, Coventry, Watford and Barnsley.

Director Kate Cheeseman won a BAFTA, the Prix Danube Jury Prize and several other prizes and nominations for her outstanding work on the popular series Pig Heart Boy. She also won an RTS and a BMA medal for other productions. Her previous film Love Somehow, a 30-minute film about Dylan Thomas’ wife Caitlin, which won 8 awards including best director, best performance, best music and best screenplay. Kate is also working on an animated opera about The Futurists which is in post-production and her previous short thriller Roadkiller starring Phil Davis, screened at festivals around the world. Now, this talented director is developing several features and will be directing on the award winning series of Call the Midwife. Her new one looks great.

The screenplay for WELCOME TO MARWEN was written by Caroline Thompson and Zemeckis, while Oscar®-winning producer Steve Starkey (Forrest Gump, Flight) and Jack Rapke (Cast Away, Flight) of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner produce alongside the director. It is executive produced by Jeff Malmberg, who directed the riveting 2010 documentary upon which this film is based, and Jackie Levine.

Get ready to unleash the love. Dog Days is the hilarious and heartfelt comedy that kids and families will go crazy for this August. Produced by LD Entertainment (Jackie, The Zookeeper’s Wife) the fun flick features an all-star cast alongside a parade of adorable pooches. Set in sunny Los Angeles, we follow the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals. When these human and canine paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected… Dog Days, stories of everyday people and their best friends are woven together and told in a way that will make dog lovers laugh, cry, and swoon over the furry cuteness. Starring Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Finn Wolfhard, Adam Pally, Rob Corddry, Tone Bell, Jon Bass, Michael Cassidy, Thomas Lennon, Tig Notaro, and Ron Cephas Jones.

From internationally award winning director Marc Price (Colin) comes this year’s must watch martial arts come British gangster film NIGHTSHOOTERS, starring SAG Nominated, up and coming action star Jean-Paul Ly (Jailbreak). The film will now be released on Digital Download and on DVD from 10th September 2018.

A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN is the true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated for three years in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, Billy realises that this is his only hope for survival, taking him on an incredible journey.


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.