Bits & Pieces: Janet Leigh Edition

Janet Leigh

Monique Needham’s directorial movie debut Cashpoint shares the story of a young woman’s internet date. This revealing comedy will screen in competition at the London Independent Film Festival this month.Camille decides to go on a date with a guy she met on a dating app. Cautious at first, she is eventually won over by his looks and charm. That is until the bill arrives and he is unable to pay however what happens next she could never have predicted.Writer and director Monique Needham started working in television production working on shows such as Big Brother and Come Dine With Me. After years working in the advertising industry, she has returned to her passion for filmmaking. In 2013, she wrote and directed the web series Housemates which was picked up by Teen Vogue and Essence magazine.

For the first time ever, the violent reign of two of London’s most notorious gangsters, Jack ‘Spot’ Comer (Terry Stone) and Billy Hill (Leo Gregory), is grippingly brought to the big screen by visionary director Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue, Crowhurst, Fashionista), in a sweeping saga of madness, mayhem and manipulation reminiscent of British favourites Legend and Peaky Blinders.

Eureka Entertainment to release Arnold Fanck’s THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, the greatest of the German ‘mountain films’ and the film which launched the career of Leni Riefenstahl, digitally restored in 2K and presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as a part of The Masters of Cinemas Series from 17 June 2019.



Directed by Alberto Sciamma, the hilarious European comedy, I Love My Mum introduces us to Ron (Tommy French) and Olga (Kierston Wareingwho, following a car crash, are bizarrely transported from their comfy world into an uncertain one – from the safety of their living-room in England into an alien world in North Africa and across Europe.  Without money or documents and still in their pyjamas, they will need to put aside their mutual animosity and find a way back.

A young heart attack survivor becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. However, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor’s sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased — some of which are troublingly sinister. Chambers will premiere globally on Netflix in 2019. The series is created by Leah Rachel and executive produced by Alfonso Gomez Rejon and Leah Rachel with producers Winnie Kemp, Wolfgang Hammer, Jennifer Yale, and Steve Gaghan.

Canadian filmmaker Brett Butler, one half of a filmmaking duo with his brother Jason. After an extensive festival run and much hustling, their latest film FIRST ROUND DOWN is now available on many formats including Amazon Prime. It’s an old school action comedy with nods to both 1970’s and 1990’s filmmaking eras. It features a kick ass soundtrack, one last heist, and a heart that pounds…

In honour of Rebecca (Rachel Dratch)’s 50th birthday, Abby (Amy Poehler) plans a scenic Napa getaway with their best, longtime friends. Workaholic Catherine (Ana Gasteyer), post-op Val (Paula Pell), homebody Jenny (Emily Spivey), and weary mom Naomi (Maya Rudolph) are equally sold on the chance to relax and reconnect. Yet as the alcohol flows, real world uncertainties intrude on the punchlines and gossip, and the women begin questioning their friendships and futures. A hilarious and heartfelt comedy directed by Poehler, Wine Country co-stars Tina Fey, Jason Schwartzman and Cherry Jones.

Three boys tear through their rural New York hometown, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father (Raúl Castillo), Ma seeks to keep her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot starring Hollywood favourite Sam Elliott and TV heartthrob Aidan Turnerarrives on digital VOD platforms on Monday and DVD and Blu-ray from 6 May.


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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.

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