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Film @ Home News Roundup

Here’s a round-up of the various news articles to hit our headquarters during the first two weeks of this month...

They Call it Acid, a feature length documentary chronicling the Acid House scene from the its conception in the late 80s through into the birth of rave culture in the 90s is seeking distribution via an indiegogo campaign, where you can donate various sums of money to either receive thanks or a DVD/Blu-ray of the film and more. Apparently 8000 DVD/BDs need to be sold to get everything up & running, but the film certainly sounds like it might be of interest to anyone who longs for the good old days of Acid House. Check the indiegogo page for more details!

Palio, a documentary about the famous (in Italy at least) Palio di Siena is hitting UK screens on September 25th :

Picturehouse Entertainment and Altitude Film Distribution are pleased to unveil the UK poster artwork for PALIO – a new film documenting the thrills, spills, ambitions and corruption that characterize one of the world’s oldest and most exhilarating events.

Following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, PALIO will be released in UK cinemas on Friday September 25th. It will close the 35th Cambridge Film Festival on Sunday September 13th.

From female director and Tuscan native Cosima Spender, PALIO is co-produced by James Gay-Rees, whose recent work includes the newly crowned biggest British documentary of all time AMY and the BAFTA winning and internationally acclaimed Senna, with John Hunt.

Francesco Melzi d’Eril, behind award-winning features including Black Souls Border, White Shadow and I Am Love, executive produced.

The Palio is the oldest horse race in the world, and turns the Italian city of Siena into a high-stakes battleground of strategy, intrigue, and simmering machismo.

In the eye of the storm stand the jockeys – adored if they succeed, despised if they fail. PALIO follows the legendary maestro Gigi Bruschelli, winner of 13 races and master of the intrigues that surround the Palio, and his former protégé Giovanni Atzeni, a handsome young contender driven by a fearless passion to become number one.

This heart-racing new documentary exposes the notoriously closed world of this ancient race and the larger-than-life personalities of those involved in an epic and cinematic tale of Italian life in microcosm.

Liam Cunningham horror vehicle Let Us Pray goes on general release this month: available digitally from 28th September and on DVD from 19th October 2015. Here’s what Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment have to say about it:

Rachel (Pollyanna McIntoshThe Woman), a rookie cop, is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. The kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else.

From his basement dungeon, a charismatic loner (Liam CunninghamThe Guard, Clash Of The Titans, Game of Thrones) begins to take over the minds of his fellow inmates and those of the police officers, bending them to his evil will until their latent inner demons explode in a blood-soaked night of mayhem.

Fidelio: Alice’s Journey, the feature-length directorial debut of actress and White Material scribe Lucie Borleteau opens theatrically on 2nd October. Reviews so far have been pretty positive:

Alice is a 30 year-old sailor, in love with Félix who waits for her ashore as she unexpectedly sets off as second mechanic on the Fidelio, an old freighter. On board, she discovers not only that she replaces a recently deceased mechanic, but also that the Captain is none other than her first great love, Gaël. In her cabin Alice comes across the diary of the former mechanic, and by reading its content –accounts of technical problems, sexual conquests and lovelorn emotions – she finds, oddly, that they echo her own journey. As the ship calls at various ports, Alice deals with life aboard with an all-male crew, the notion of desire in such an environment and the swings of her romantic feelings, while trying to stay the course.

Dark Comedy thriller LAVA gets the full anniversary edition treatment in October, this one flew under the rader back at the start of the millennium but Mike Leigh apparently was a big fan! Here’s the blurb...

Sterling Pictures is pleased to announce the UK release of LAVA – this special, 15th Carnival Anniversary edition will be available on digital and DVD from 12 OCTOBER 2015.

LAVA: Comedy? Thriller? Drama?

For a film that has orbited from being championed by Mike Leigh to being beloved by the macabre comedy creators Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, LAVA is still as mercurial these 15 x Carnivals later...a trippy, profane and bloodstained portrait of chaotic lives recklessly fated when a botched vendetta amid the turbulence of the Notting Hill Carnival spirals helplessly and violently out of control.

This 15th Carnival Anniversary release of LAVA reinstates the cult classic as one of the most outrageously lurid and bleakly funny rollercoaster rides to ever derail into the dark territory of the psycho-delic; both shocking and thrilling, comically anarchic yet oddly moving, LAVA is a film which continues to snap ribs whilst relentlessly jabbing for the funny bone.

Old Nottingham Forest fans should be in 7th Heaven come October 14th when I Believe in Miracles, a documentary on Brian Clough’s legendary European Cup winning spell as manager in the 70s & 80s hits UK screens:

In 1975 Brian Clough had gone from being football’s most exciting young manager to being seen as impossible to work with after walking out on Derby County, leaving Brighton under a cloud and being sacked as manager of Leeds United after just 44 days. His only offer of work came from a run-down second division club called Nottingham Forest who's brief glory days in the 1950's were seen as well behind them. It was predicted that Clough would last less than a season but in five he'd won a remarkable two European Cups consecutively and produced one of the greatest domestic football teams in the game’s history.

Written, directed and produced by Jonny Owen alongside Baby Cow Productions (Philomena, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa), and Spool Films/Post (completed post production for This Is England, Tyrannosaur, Nativity 2/3), I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES features interviews with every player from that triumphant side to tell one of the greatest sports stories ever told. Using unseen footage of games from the time and of the great man himself, the players tell us about Brian Clough’s remarkable man management and how he convinced a team, largely written off by the fans and media, to beat the world’s best.

I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES will receive its World Premiere at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, in the Trent Stand on the 11th October.

Transgender documentary Dressed as a Girl will be “coming out” both theatrically and on home release in early October. This one’s sunk way below the radar but what little reviews there are out there appear to be extremely positive.

The London East End drag performance phenomenon gets its moment in this fabulous behind-the-scenes account of six years in the lives of some of its most celebrated performers. See Jonny Woo, John Sizzle, Holestar, Scottee, Amber, Pia and Ma Butcher dazzle and surprise with their on-stage antics.

There is enough eye make-up and sequins on display to sink a battleship, but at the heart of this surprisingly intimate portrait is the dark side of their lives. The relentless quest for glamorous originality often comes at a personal cost. These London superstars fearlessly open up about their various encounters with sex, drink, drugs, emotional and mental struggles, plastic surgery and HIV.

The film is both a record of a fascinating style of hyper-costumed performance and an insight into the fragile personal lives of these heroic public idols. This is truly the frockumentary of the year.


UK / English / 2014 / 93 min / 15 (TBC) / Documentary RRP: £15.99

16th October sees the theatrical release of North v South, which according to Metrodome...

It’s where you’re from that matters in Steven Nesbit’s hard-hitting, battle of the territories thriller North v South, which had its World Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival and its London Premiere at the East End Film Festival, it will be on general release from 16 October 2015.

The rival criminal underworlds from the North and South of the UK have a long history of hostility but an unspoken, grudging understanding keeps them from all out gang-warfare. It’s a fine line that must never be crossed, and if it is, all hell will break loose.

This stylish action-thriller features impressive performances from an outstanding cast of great British acting talent including Brad Moore, Bernard Hill, Steven Berkoff, Freema Agyeman, Elliott Tittensor, Charlotte Hope, Keith Allen, Geoff Bell, Steve Evets and Greta Scacchi. Two star-crossed lovers from opposing deadly gangs are caught up in the deep-rooted, dangerous rivalry fuelled by suspicion and paranoia. As the gangs, with their leaders Vic Clarke (Steven Berkoff) and John Claridge (Bernard Hill), prowl menacingly around each other, young lovers Terry and Willow (Elliott Tittensor and Charlotte Hope) must hide their relationship or risk causing full-blown gang warfare.

Orson Welles’ classic TV film The Immortal Story hits Blu-ray on 2nd November 2015. Mr Bongo have this to say about it:

It’s a rarely seen, lost classic from the genius that was Orson Welles and now, as part of the ongoing celebrations marking the centenary of the maverick multi-hyphenate, The Immortal Story is making its first ever appearance on Blu-ray anywhere in the world.

The Immortal Story, Welles’ penultimate film as a director, a film described as a “sumptuous experience” (Time Out) has now been given a sumptuous, high definition transfer courtesy of Mr Bongo Films, with the Blu-ray due on 2 November 2015 marking its first HD release in any territory.

Welles' second-to-last feature as a director, The Immortal Story is an adaptation of a book by Danish author Isak Dinesen and stars Jeanne Moreau.

The year is 1860 in the Portuguese colony of Macao, Mr. Clay (Welles) is an aging, rich merchant, who is the subject of town gossip. He likes his clerk Levinsky (Roger Coggio), to read to him to help him relax in the evenings and one night he recounts a tale about a rich man who paid a poor sailor five guineas to father a child with his beautiful young wife. Mr. Clay has no wife and no heir to his fortune and resolves to make the story true...Levinsky approaches Virginie Ducrot (Moreau), another clerk's mistress, and strikes a bargain for 300 guineas. Now to find the sailor...

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