Exciting News Here At Jackanory Reviews

Well I like to keep my readers up to date with my exciting news, and so here’s my latest: I am now writing for a brilliant Canadian publication called Next Projection.

It’s a brilliant website with comprehensive film and TV reviews, as well as interesting articles. I will continue to publish small extracts of my work here along with links to the full articles (as I do with my work for TQS) so please continue reading, and take this opportunity to explore some of the other amazing work over at Next Projection!

Charlotte x

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Edinburgh Film Guild Launches New Finnish Cinema Programme

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A two-part focus on Finnish cinema, it was announced this week, will take place in Edinburgh. It includes three features, all being given their UK premieres, as well as world and international premieres of three mid-length documentaries.  All 16 screenings are open to the public and will take place at Edinburgh Filmhouse.

New Cinema 1, screening on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September comprises of 14 short, mid-length and feature-length films made between 2011 and 2013, all of which were directed or co-directed by women, and many of which also feature female screenwriters, cinematographers and editors and strong leading female characters or subjects.  Its wide-ranging programme includes animation, experimental works and documentaries, and its approach to highlighting the work of women filmmakers follows in a long Edinburgh tradition, dating back to the 1972 Edinburgh International Film Festival, at which the world’s second women’s film event was organised by Lynda Myles.

New Cinema 2 takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, and includes two retrospective Finnish features: The Interrogation (2009) and the complete, uncut version of Eight Deadly Shots (1972), neither of which has previously been publicly screened in the UK.

Both New Cinema events will be accompanied by limited-edition programmes, to include original writings by leading Finnish film critics alongside those of filmmakers whose work will be screened.

For the full programme visit the Edinburgh Film Guild website.

New Cinema tickets are available from the Edinburgh Filmhouse box office (88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ / 0131 228 2688) and via the Filmhouse website, http://www.filmhousecinema.com/ .

Tickets for all single screenings are £6 (£5 conc).  Eight Deadly Shots will be shown in two parts, with combined tickets for both available at £8 (£6 conc).

New Doctor Revealed

peter-capaldi-640x360So it’s been a while since I posted something, and apparently it takes something as momentous as a new Doctor Who being announced to stop me being lazy!

So with Matt Smith leaving the show after the Christmas Special at the end of this year we see, after a live BBC1 show, that Peter Capaldi (of Malcom Tucker fame) will take over as the shows lead.

With Steven Mofat, the show’s all round creative director, only giving the clue that the new Doctor would be “Different from Matt”; Capaldi seems set to lead the franchise into a whole new era. While personally I was a huge Matt Smith fan, Capaldi’s more advanced years may lend a gravitas to show that will bring back fans alienated by Smith’s more exuberant performance. With a Doctor Who appearance already in the bag (Capaldi appeared in the Fires of Pompeii) the actor must already be familiar with the scale and workings of the show.

While an audition in Mofat’s own home secured him the role, the actor says “I’m like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight.”

So overall it’s a thumbs up from Jackanory Reviews, can’t wait for the 50th anniversary now!

Good News and Bad News

So the good news, I have been given the opportunity to write for TQS, a brilliant online arts journal. The bad news, I can’t post my reviews here if they are going up on TQS’ site. So if they are featured elsewhere from now on my reviews will be shown as an intro with a link to the full article elsewhere!

It means so much that so many people enjoy and comment on my work, so I hope you’ll keep reading in the future!

Charlotte x

Star Wars: Episode VII To Be Filmed In The UK

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After talks with Chancellor George Osbourne, Lucasfilm today announced that Star Wars: Episode VII will be filmed in the UK. The newest offering from the well loved franchise will have at least 25% of the total production filmed in Britain after the chancellor agreed a tax break for the film which will bring work to several UK studios.

Osbourne said “I think it is a real vote of confidence in Britain’s creative industries and a big movie like that – one of the most famous, perhaps the most famous movie franchise in the world – brings with it not just jobs for actors and directors and so on, but for all the other people who have put together an enormous movie.”

As well as using UK studios there have been rumours of locations within Britain such as the Highlands and the Isle of Skye being used.

While Lucasfilm hasn’t confirmed any sites as yet, the fan site Jedinews has proposed that Pinewood, home to the legendary Harry Potter sets, could be one of the studios being considered.

Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Return Of The Jedi said “I think that it’s Star Wars coming back to its roots, it’s where it started all those years ago in 1976,” he said. “It’s really where Star Wars was kind of born I suppose, and it’s nice that it’s coming back.”

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As Davis states filming for previous Star Wars movies, especially the original trilogy took place in the UK, so it’s nice to have them home again!

Proposed release date for Star Wars: Episode VII is set for 2015.

Apologies to all you lovely film fans . . .

I realise its been a while since I’ve posted anything vaguely interesting and for that you have a degree in Ancient History to blame! If there was anything vaguely classically based out at the moment I could justify a trip to the Cameo in Edinburgh; unfortunately Olympus Has Fallen‘s only classical reference is in the name.

Handily my last exam is also the release date of The Great Gatsby, so expect this blog to reboot it’s self from then on. Until then it’s back to the revision for me, if anyone has any articles or reviews or even just news they fancy sending to me for publication be my guest (all credit will go to you obviously!)

Thank you for your patience

Charlotte x