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Cardiff’s Iris Prize 2014 shortlist boasts LGBT film from 16 Countries

by Maryann O'Connor 15 August 2014

The Iris Prize Festival (running in Cardiff 08-12 October) features the world’s largest LGBT short film prize, which will this year be contested by thirty films from 16 different countries, including India, Cambodia, Canada, Norway, Chile and Ireland. The shortlist was announced this week.

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Come and bleat with Shaun the Sheep!

by Maryann O'Connor 14 August 2014

If Shaun the Sheep has dropped off your radar since his showstopping turn in Wallace and Gromit adventure A Close Shave (1995), then you needn’t bother reading on… Aardman studios and StudioCanal are looking for Shaun’s biggest fans, so they can shower them with Shaun the Sheep film 2015 goodies and give Shaun’s ultimate fan their own model-based […]

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Transporter and NEFA put historic film footage at your fingertips

by Helen Cox 16 July 2014

Historic film footage of bridges, industries and rivers in the Middlesbrough area is being made more accessible to the public as part of link-up between the North East Film Archive and the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project.

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Issue 13 Cover: Our Teen Issue!

by Helen Cox 4 July 2014

Issue 13 is now ready to order and will be shipped on Friday 11th July! This issue is our Teen Movie Edition and is jam-packed with stories and articles about your favourite teen flicks – alongside a few that may not be so familiar. Thanks as always to our talented cover artist Dan Havardi for his work […]

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Game of Thrones: A guide for the uninitiated

by Caitlin Conway 1 July 2014

The Game of Thrones television series has proved to be one of the most successful shows of recent years, gripping viewers for the duration of its four seasons. From die-hard fantasy fans to first-timers, the show has taken over a generation of viewers and kept them glued to their screens, waiting for the next development.

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Film4 FrightFest 2014 Line-up Announced

by Martyn Conterio 27 June 2014

Film4 FrightFest aka every horror fans Black Christmas come early today revealed the full programme for 2014′s festival. A record 64 films will be screened over five days, with 13 world premieres and 38 UK & European premieres. Opening the fest is Adam Wingard’s psycho thriller, The Guest, and the closing night movie is sci-fi […]

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HorrorShow VOD Site Joins Forces With Shortcuts To Hell 2 Competition

by Martyn Conterio 23 June 2014

We’ve already told you about the hella cool film-making competition that is Shortcuts To Hell II. But today it’s been announced that VOD (that means ‘Video on Demand’) outlet, The Horror Show, which specalises in horror and fantasy flicks that maybe aren’t available elsewhere, have joined forces with Wildseed Studios, Film4 FrightFest, Movie Mogul and […]

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Adam Wingard’s The Guest To Open Film4 FrightFest

by Martyn Conterio 20 June 2014

Hear ye, hear ye! Film4 FrightFest 2014 will be kicking off five days of horror and genre cinema appreciation with Adam Wingard’s The Guest. The director of A Horrible Way To Die and You’re Next is a fast-rising talent in the movie world. As with his previous movies, The Guest has been penned by Simon […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Porky’s (1982)

by Maryann O'Connor 12 June 2014

Here are some musings on ‘the worst film of 1982′. Love it or loathe it, Porky’s made an impact. More New Empress Video Blog things

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Director Simon Rumley Joins Shortcuts To Hell 2 Competition Panel

by Martyn Conterio 9 June 2014

Last month we gave you the lowdown on the return of the film-making competition: Shortcuts To Hell. Joining the jury panel with Total Film’s acting editor Rosie Fletcher, Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth, Film4 FrightFest’s Paul McEvoy, Wildseed Studio’s Jesse Cleverly and Movie Mogul dude John Shackleton, is lauded director Simon Rumley (The Living and […]

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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 Release News

by Martyn Conterio 23 May 2014

Horror fans will certainly be looking forward to Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a follow-up to the excellent documentary Moral Panic, Video Nasties and Videotape, which formed Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide. To celebrate the forthcoming release – and mark the 30th anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984 – Film4 FrightFest will […]

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