Issue 12 In Print: Order Yours Today!

by Helen Cox 13 December 2013

Issue 12, our Locations In Film Edition, is now available to order online. This issue is effervescent with topical film features that demystify the BFI Film Fund, debate whether U.S. movie conventions are better than their U.K. counterparts, explore whether casting unknown actors is prudent and examine Lady Gaga’s future in the film industry. All […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

by Maryann O'Connor 12 December 2013

To celebrate the release of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China on Blu-ray, Mark Searby discusses some of the most memorable moments from this 1986 genre-busting favourite. For more video blogs check out the New Empress Youtube page here: NewEmpressMagazine

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In Review: Tenebrae (1982) on Blu-ray

by Neil Sheppard 12 December 2013

Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (1982) is a fascinatingly meta-textual movie; both in that it’s a mystery thriller focused on the conventions of mystery thrillers, especially the Italian giallo, and that it’s partially autobiographical. The film is based on Argento’s experience with a stalker and his dealings with the mainstream press (who have hounded the auteur for […]

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Nordic Film Festival 2013: My Stuff

by Maryann O'Connor 12 December 2013

When you see Petri Luukkainen running through the snowy streets in the altogether within the first few minutes of My Stuff, you may wonder if this Finnish documentary about a dude trying to find meaning in his life might be a little off the wall.

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In Review: When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun on DVD

by Mairéad Roche 11 December 2013

A nation of approximately 6 million people living ‘on the roof of the world’ without a substantial army or trading agreements with the west, Tibet found itself railroaded by the juggernaut of the Chinese Red Army in 1959. Many documentaries and feature films later, with Tibet still occupied by China, film maker Dirk Simon looks […]

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In Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

by Ben Nicholson 11 December 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug barrels past many of the pacing issues surrounding its predecessor, An Unexpected Journey, and takes audiences on a rollicking adventure right to the Misty Mountain itself and a confrontation with the eponymous scaly incumbent.

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Nordic Film Festival 2013: Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart

by Mairéad Roche 10 December 2013

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.

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Peter Sasdy on The Stone Tape

by Martyn Conterio 9 December 2013

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.

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Nordic Film Festival 2013: Chasing the Wind

by Mairéad Roche 6 December 2013

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

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In Review: The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 5 December 2013

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 […]

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Unveiled: Our Issue 12 Front Cover

by Helen Cox 5 December 2013

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.

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