RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL – Atsuko Hirayanagi: “Independent movies tell more a human story and that’s very important”

With Oh Lucy!, the Randaince film festival opens with a Japanse-American coproduction, starring Josh Hartnett and Shinobu Terajima. Our celebrity journalist Liselotte Vanophem spoke to director Atsuko Hirayanagi right before the UK premiere and had a chat about the exciting but nerve-wracking experience of having your film opening a film festival, about the difference in…

FILM – ‘Mum’ Director Anne-Marie O’Connor “There’re many girls who’ve made the transition and to have someone out there who’s proud about her transition is great!”

Writer/director Anne-Marie O’Connor’s poignant drama Mum stars talented transgender actress Kate O’Donnell (Boy Meets Girl) along with Lee Boardman (Jack the Giant Slayer, Coronation Street) and Kenneth Colley (Star Wars, Peaky Blinders). A film with a trans character at the heart of it, telling a universal story: When Kate goes back to see her mother after a few years away, she realises that far from being…

FILM – ‘A Gentle Night Director’ Qiu Yang “This film was actually inspired by a small piece of news from my local newspaper”

A Gentle Night – Trailer from Some Shorts on Vimeo. After winning the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes, Qiu Yang’s A Gentle Night has been selected for nearly thirty film festivals Director Qiu Yang’s emotional drama A Gentle Night has been selected for many prestigious film festivals, including Festival de Cannes, where it won the coveted Palme d’Or. In the…

Dario van Vree’s provocative and award winning animation ‘Tabook’ to be released on Face Your Fears Day

After winning the Best Animated Short at CineKink 2017, director Dario van Vree and producer Tünde Vollenbroek’s comical animation Tabook, will be released this October. Tabook looks at the subject of sex in a fun loving way, highlighting the taboo that exists in society around embracing sexuality. While browsing the bookstore 19-year-old Gwen is unexpectedly drawn to a volume of kinky erotica,…

FILM – ‘Lost Face’ Producer Sam McGarry “Never take no for an answer!”

We caught up with the producer Sam McGarry from the award-winning film, Lost Face. Sean Meehan’s Lost Face has been making a mark around the world, having won at many prestigious film festivals including Edmonton International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival and Palm Springs International Shortfest. This award-winning short is based on Jack London’s…

RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL – ‘Siblings’ Director Laura Plancarte “If you want to make documentaries, just do it. It’s a great process and an incredible world.”

Director Laura Plancarte’s Siblings is the second film she has had selected at Raindance Film Festival. This must see documentary relates to the very current issue of immigration and deportation, begging the question ‘is there an American dream?’. Siblings tells in parallel the story of two Mexican brothers that want to go back to the…

RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL – Siblings: Packed with emotions

At this moment, we’re with more than seven billion people here on earth. We’re all ‘made’ in the same way but we couldn’t be more different. Some of us live here in London, some of us in one of the richest cities in the United States or some of us in the poorest places in…

FILM ‘Lost Face’ Director Sean Meehan “We don’t see enough indigenous stories on film”

Sean Meehan’s Lost Face has been making a mark around the world, having won at many prestigious film festivals including Edmonton International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival and Palm Springs International Shortfest. This award-winning short is based on Jack London’s short story and stars Gerald Auger (Hell on Wheels), Martin Dubreuil (Felix Et Meira) and Morris Birdyellowhead (Apocalypto). In mid-1800’s Russian America,…

RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL – Tom Benedict Knight: If people don’t come and experience film in its early stages, then where does the big thing come from?

Just Celebrity Magazine caught up with Tom Benedict Knight at the 25th Raindance Anniversary Gala screening of ‘Oh Lucy’.  Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2017, Raindance is based in the heart of London’s buzzing West End film district. Raindance Film Festival is officially…

FILM – ‘Falsified’ star Ashley Tabatabai “I felt compelled to explore the human dynamic behind the bigger scandal”

Ashley Tabatabai’s short film was inspired by one of Spain’s best-kept secrets, the stolen babies scandal, also known as ‘Los Niños Robados’ or ‘The Lost Children of Francoism’. This exciting drama stars Ashley Tabatabai (Allies), Mitchell Mullen (Starz Outlander), newcomer Julia Leyland and Mike Archer (The Genius of Turner). After over 30 years of searching,…