Documentary Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart centres around musician Kai Latvalehto; a member of a successful Finnish rock band who goes from Finland on a road trip with his father Tauno to return to where they had lived in Sweden when Kai was a boy.
In our latest New Empress Video Blog, we talk to Hammer horror director Peter Sasdy (Countess Dracula, Taste the Blood of Dracula) about The Stone Tape, a pioneering ghost story written by Nigel Kneale (The Quatermass Xperiment), that aired on BBC television on Christmas Day in 1972.
With the death of her grandmother, Anna (Marie Blokhus) is persuaded to return from her sophisticated life in Germany, to her native Norway to attend the funeral. As Anna resurfaces in her old life after a decade away, so do long unspoken relationship issues
The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel, has captivated everybody from Dario Argento to Andrew Lloyd Webber. The most famous adaptation of them all, however, is Rupert Julian’s 1925 silent classic, which starred the inimitable Lon Chaney, then at the peak of his powers and popularity, and whose ghoulish makeup is still mightily […]
Issue 12 is our Locations In Film Edition. It will be out in print just before Christmas, but the cover gives you a bit of an idea of the kind of delights you’ll find inside! As ever, thanks to our massively-talented cover artist Dan Havardi for creating this delectable design.
When Frank (Frank Hvam) finds out that his girlfriend Mia (Mia Lyhne) is pregnant, it sends him into a tailspin of worry about his potential as a father; Frank is a man comfortable with being seen about in a white vest and matching Y-fronts
Parody personas such as Alan Partridge have commanded somewhat of a niche film audience and with cinematic joys such as Keith Lemon: The Film about, that niche audience might in time dwindle even further. Though whether that is to do with the predicted quality or the actual quality of the films remains another matter. Alan […]
This week on Desert Island Films, we’re joined by Ben Nicholson (Twitter handle: @BRNicholson). He’ll play the New Empress cinephile version of Robinson Crusoe thus making his five selections a quintet of Man Fridays. Read on, dear reader…
Director of indie films Drive and Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn seems like an enigma within the film world. This documentary gets as close as possible to a man with different ideas than most.
How do you describe a band like Sigur Ros? Surely they are one of the few music acts that defy pigeonholing. Their blend of ethereal sound mixed with classical and post-punk is a unique experience that doesn’t lend its self to the Top 40 every Sunday. Yet this is exactly what the legions of fans […]
In Saving Mr. Banks, Disney Studios juxtapose an account of the making of their much-loved Mary Poppins movie alongside the early life story of P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson): writer of the Mary Poppins book series. Disney (Tom Hanks), it transpires, has been trying to make a Poppins film for about 20 years but Travers has refused to sell him the rights.