Bits & Pieces: Nondescript Edition
Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready for a unique musical road trip with The King. Two-time Sundance Grand Jury winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight, The House I Live In), is our guide to an eye-opening journey across America from Memphis to New York and of course taking in Las Vegas, to track the rise and fall of Elvis, in this brand new feature documentary. The fascinating journey follows Jarecki as he takes to the road in the star’s very own 1963 Rolls Royce to meet and interview the people and visit the places the legendary singer made an impact on. The King paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American dream and looks at how the hell we got here. Featuring an impressive cast including Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Ethan Hawke, Mike Myers and many more, this groundbreaking film arrives on DVD 1 October 2018 from Dogwoof.
Dogwoof have launched an exclusive clip for upcoming documentary Matangi/Maya/M.I.A which traces the extraordinary life of musician M.I.A from refugee to pop star. Activist, mother, and style icon Maya Arulpragasam has been nominated for an Academy Award® (for Slumdog Millionaire), a Grammy Award and The Mercury Prize. Raised in Sri Lanka, an 11-year-old Arulpragasam immigrated to the U.K. with her mother and siblings to escape the violence of Civil War. Hers is an inspiring story of identity, creativity and resilience. Drawn from a cache of never-before-seen personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is an intimate and eye-opening profile of M.I.A.‘s remarkable trajectory from young Tamil refugee to global pop star.
Lucas Hill, an American diamond trader, travels to Russia negotiate a deal involving some very rare gems that he plans to sell to the oligarch Boris Volkov. When his contact for the diamonds goes missing, and he gets on the wrong side of Volkov, Hill finds himself stranded in the frozen wastes of Siberia, with only a local bar owner to help him face the deadly situation.
A modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s iconic novel, The Haunting of Hill House explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past — some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House. Created, directed and executive-produced by horror mastermind Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus, Gerald’s Game), The Haunting of Hill House is a complex family drama wrapped in a chilling horror story. Trevor Macy serves as executive producer alongside Flanagan. Meredith Averill acts as co-showrunner and executive producer. Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank executive produce, as well.
Kathy (Zoe Kazan) and her 10-year-old daughter Lizzy (Ella Ballentine) are trapped and tormented in a pitch-black forest by a screeching creature. It is unlike anything they have heard before. Not human. Not animal. A monster. With their relationship at breaking point, Kathy is on the edge while Lizzy is all out of faith in her mother but tries to stay brave and fearless. To survive the night, Kathy must summon her most primal instinct to protect herself and her daughter from what’s lurking in the darkness… The Monster is a lean, mean horror with a dynamic building atmosphere of dread aided by strong characterisation and performances.
Eureka Entertainment to release HITLER’S HOLLYWOOD, the story of one of the most important and most dramatic periods in the history of German cinema, in a Dual Format edition (which also includes the 2014 documentary From Caligari to Hitler) on 5 November 2018. Nazi-cinema was a state-controlled industry, subject to rigid political and cultural censorship. At the same time, it aspired to be “Great Cinema”; it viewed itself as an ideological and aesthetic alternative to Hollywood. A German dream factory. Rüdiger Suchsland’s Hitler’s Hollywood takes a closer look at the roughly 1000 feature films made in Germany between 1933-1945, examining how stereotypes of the “enemy” and values of love and hate managed to be planted, into the heads of the German people, through the cinema screens.
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