This Is England ’88 – Review

This Is England ’88 – Review

Following the success of the film This Is England and a television series This Is England '86, Shane Meadows is back with a three-part TV update of the saga set in 1988.   Meadows originally planned to go from This Is England '86 to This Is England '90 - a series in which he plans to look at the early days of the British rave...

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This Is England ’86 review

This Is England ’86 review

The first episode of This Is England '86 aired on Channel 4 last night, inviting inevitable comparisons between the four-part drama and the revered 2006 film. Clever cuts and (presumably) unused This Is England footage allows for Shaun's transition into a teenager completing his CSE's - yup, there's just as much 80s-related attention to...

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The Lowdown: This Is England

The Lowdown: This Is England

The much anticipated television drama This Is England '86 airs on Channel 4 tonight - so to get you up to speed on the story so far, we thought we'd give you the lowdown on the 2006 film. Set in 1983, This Is England the film follows thirteen-year-old Shaun as he is taken under the wing of Woody and his skinhead gang, who are all older...

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Grimsby, grimness and Penelope Cruz

Grimsby, grimness and Penelope Cruz

Arch wind-up merchant Sascha Baron Cohen has now infuriated the good residents of Grimsby, the northern fishing town where his new comedy, titled after the town, is set. This follows the recent announcement that Penélope Cruz has been cast in the film. So, what do we know about Grimsby, (the film rather than the town)? The Codheads,...

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Warp Films releasing 10th anniversary book and DVD boxset

Warp Films releasing 10th anniversary book and DVD boxset

Warp Films fans are about to get a big treat in the form of a lovely-looking book & DVD collection. For those who aren't familiar with Warp Films, they're an independent, UK-based production company who formed out of Warp Records with the initial intention of producing short films. That then evolved into later production work on full-length...

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Competition: Win Twenty8k on DVD!

Competition: Win Twenty8k on DVD!

This week sees the DVD and Blu-ray release of Paul Abbott’s East London thriller, Twenty8k – and we’ve got three copies to give away! BAFTA winning screenwriter Paul Abbott is the man behind hit British TV dramas such as Shameless and State of Play, as well as co-scripting feature film Twenty8K which hit UK cinemas earlier this...

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The Kid with a Bike – Review

The Kid with a Bike – Review

It is rare to encounter a film which swaps sentimentality for realism and still remains as watchable as The Kid with a Bike. While the clumsily worded title of this Belgian drama suggests that something may have been lost in translation, the characters, emotions and encounters depicted by directing duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne...

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Kaya Scodelario Replaces Rooney Mara

Kaya Scodelario Replaces Rooney Mara

It has been revealed that Kaya Scodelario will be replacing Rooney Mara in Francesca Gregorini's upcoming film, Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes. Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes will be Francesca Gregorini's second feature as a director, with her first film, Tanner Hall, also having starred actress Rooney Mara. However, it seems...

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The Moët British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs)

The Moët British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs)

Last night, Old Billingsgate hosted the 14th Moët British Independent Film Awards, hosted by Bridemaids' star, Chris O’Dowd. Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur scooped the most awards of the evening, beating competition from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and We Need To Talk About Kevin in order to win the award for Best British Independent...

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Neds: a review

Neds: a review

When I heard that Neds was a serious contender against the likes of Black Swan, I wasn't convinced. I am now. Not in terms of worldwide recognition and awards, of course, where Black Swan looks set to clean up at most of this year's ceremonies. No, but more simply in terms of what people should be watching at the cinema this week, Neds...

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