The media need to go back to basics

I have written before on this blog about the urgent need for media organisations to raise standards. Having seen the front pages today and read some of the tweets from professional journalists I am compelled to write again. Much of the coverage of Theresa May’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference focuses on the antics of a self-aggrandising ‘comedian’, problems with the set and poor Theresa’s cough. There is almost no mention of the themes she outlined or the policies she announced. Rather than focusing on news, the media has once again spewed opinion. And I’m afraid to say that … Continue reading The media need to go back to basics

Previews announced for new cat documentary

It has been announced there will be five preview screenings of KEDI, the new film about the street cats of Istanbul, starting on Monday 26 June 2017. The short UK tour will visit London, Nottingham and Sheffield before a nationwide cinema release on 30 June. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director Ceyda Torun who will explain more about the innovative cat cameras and filming techniques used to capture the unique lives of these roaming street cats. The full preview schedule is as follows: Monday 26 June – BFI Southbank, London Wednesday 28 June – … Continue reading Previews announced for new cat documentary

Netflix grabs new Star Trek

The new series in the Star Trek franchise will premiere in the UK on Netflix in Autumn 2017. Star Trek: Discovery will follow new missions to find undiscovered worlds and exciting new lifeforms. The series will feature one particular Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The run will include 15 episodes, up from the previously announced 13, and be produced by CBS Television in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Watch the first look trailer: Netflix is the world’s leading … Continue reading Netflix grabs new Star Trek

The street cats of Istanbul

A new documentary about the cats of Istanbul is to be shown in UK cinemas. Ceyda Torun’s film KEDi, which means feline in Turkish, follows the lives of 7 cats – Sari, Bengü, Aslan Parçasi, Psikopat, Deniz, Duman and Gamsiz – as they roam through the streets of Turkey’s biggest city. The film makers designed and developed innovative cat cameras and techniques to capture the lives of these unique characters whose backgrounds and stories are as varied as the humans surrounding them. Variety magazine labelled the film “splendidly graceful and quietly magical” while the LA Times called it “remarkable”. Watch … Continue reading The street cats of Istanbul

We Are X released for home entertainment

A new film about Japan’s most iconic rock band is to be released on exclusive Mondo edition Blu-ray Steelbook® and DVD. We Are X examines the history and future of Yoshiki, Toshi, Pata, Heath, Sugizo and the late Hide and Taiji who together make up X Japan. The band have sold over 30 million singles and albums and continue to tour the world performing sold-out shows. The Steelbook extras include an 8 page booklet, the Born To Be Free Fan Video Live, interviews with Yoshiki and X Japan Band Members and deleted scenes. “The most dramatic rock story you’ve never … Continue reading We Are X released for home entertainment

Debut writer pens play telling the real story about food banks

A new play written by food bank worker Tara Osman has opened at the Calder Book Shop Theatre in London. Food Bank As It Is recounts real life stories about the growing number of people in the UK who are reliant on food banks and explores how benefit sanctions and delays can have a catastrophic effect on individual lives. “I was moved to start writing this play several months in to my job as a food bank support worker and subsequently manager of a London food bank,” explains Osman. “I was becoming increasingly aware that many people, including countless children, … Continue reading Debut writer pens play telling the real story about food banks

New 6 Days character posters revealed

Four new posters have been released to promote the forthcoming film about the Iranian Embassy siege in London in 1980. Written by Glenn Standring, 6 Days follows the perspective of three people closely involved in the dramatic events. Mark Strong plays hostage negotiator Max Vernon, Abbie Cornish stars as news reporter Kate Adie and Jamie Bell features as Rusty Firmin, leader of the one of the SAS teams which stormed the building in Princes Gate. Directed by Toa Fraser, the movie was shot on location in and around Knightsbridge in central London. The film tells the story of an historic … Continue reading New 6 Days character posters revealed