Movie Review: MARIONETTE

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Thekla Reuten, Emun Elliott, Sam Hazeldine, Bill Paterson, Rebecca Front, Elijah Wolf, Dawn Steele, Peter Mullan Writers: Elbert van Strien and Ben Hopkins, based on a short film by Elbert van Strien Director: Elbert van Strien Distributor: Scatena & Rosner Films Release Date: November 3, 2021 MARIONETTE succeeds in pulling the audience’s strings. After seeming to go in one direction for approximately its first half, the film swerves, then swerves again. Every time it seems to make a misstep, an explanation is sooner or later provided. Based on a short film by Elbert van Strien, who […]Read On »

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MUM: Lesley Manville talks about her award-winning work on the British comedy series – Exclusive Interview

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In MUM, currently streaming its third and final season on Britbox, Lesley Manville plays Cathy Bradshaw. Cathy is a widowed mother with a grown son, Jason (Sam Swainsbury). Cathy has finally embarked on a new romantic relationship relationship with lifelong friend Michael (Peter Mullan), something that Jason can’t stand. The third season takes place over the course of a week, as Cathy, Peter, Jason, and Jason’s girlfriend Kelly (Lisa McGillis) gather at a country estate to celebrate the birthday of Cathy’s brother Derek (Ross Boatman). Manville has won a Royal Television Society Award and been nominated for a BAFTA for […]Read On »

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TOMMY’S HONOUR: Director Jason Connery – exclusive interview Part 2

Jack Lowden in TOMMY'S HONOUR | © 2017 Neil Davidson

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with TOMMY’S HONOUR director Jason Connery, the filmmaker talks about class differences, making present-day Scotland look as it did in the 1800s, and how the movie reflects his relationships with his own father and son. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you find all of your locations in present-day Scotland that you could make to look like late 1800s Scotland? JASON CONNERY: Well, there are a number of things. We shot the film in thirty-three days, and we had fifty locations. So the opening shot, where you’re flying along over the sea and then […]Read On »

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TOMMY’S HONOUR: Director Jason Connery – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

TOMMY'S HONOUR movie poster | © 2017 Roadshow Attractions

A father who is a master craftsman is eager to pass his wisdom on to his eldest son. However, the son, rather than follow in his father’s footsteps, longs to use what the father makes to blaze his own path. In TOMMY’S HONOUR, this classic tale of family tension in Scotland is fact-based. The film won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Feature Film. Thomas “Old Tom” Morris, played in the film by Peter Mullan, designed fifty classic golf courses during his lifetime (1821-1908), as well as being a master maker of golf clubs. His son Tommy Morris, played by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WAR HORSE

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Thewlis, Celine Buckens, Eddie Marsan Writers: Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, based on the novel by Micharl Morpurgo Director: Steven Spielberg Distributor: Touchstone Pictures/DreamWorks Release Date: December 25, 2011 Thematically, temporally and emotionally, if BLACK BEAUTY and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN had a cinematic offspring, it probably would be WAR HORSE. Using the Michael Morpurgo novel that also inspired the current Broadway hit of the same name, WAR HORSE is the story of Joey, a horse with a lot of heart and ability, and Albert […]Read On »

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