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Grasp this and you’ll have done film school in 3 and a half minutes.

Wilder on Lubitsch. 

Jan 11

The end of the year is nigh, and it’s very much the season for list making. Top Fives, Top Tens, any kind of list that allows us to distill a years worth of ideas, culture, and experiences into short, manageable, portions. 

Whilst my ego wants to throw it’s own hat into the social media ring the rest of me remains suspicious. I’ve seen a lot of films this year, including most but not all of the ‘list regulars’ & ‘awards worthy’. With twelve months behind me, and a wide array of movies digested, I doubt I have the clarity of mind, or recall to judge fairly. How can one measure Senna against The Skin I Live In? Midnight In Paris against The Tree of life? Shame against Attack The Block? 

 

But that said I do have vivid memories of my reaction to a handful of films, that have taken me to new places, blown me away, and renewed my vigour for cinema. Many of these were seen at film festivals before too much hype spoilt the taste, and interestingly almost all of them I saw in the cinema. A space I still find that can transport me to new emotional states, and realms of thought. For me, and many others it’s a quasi-religious event. A Church. A space for reflection. In light of shrinking US cinema attendance this should be a call to arms. We must find a way to keep people watching these great movies in the cinema. In part to support our industry, but more importantly to ensure we maintain this particular cultural space, amidst the onslaught of distraction, that our world today brings. 

Without including the film I produced the seven films that swept me away in 2011, in no particular order, are:

Medianeras - I saw this at Berlinale, with zero expectations. I loved it. A world away from all the other work I saw there this year (not including Late Bloomers, which I co-produced), it’s the funniest, most well crafted rom com I’ve seen for a very long time. 

Septien - My (and many others) surprise film of SXSW. Brave, unique, and artistic direction from Michael Tully. It’s different, and you should see it. 

Senna - A poignant, beautiful, brilliantly told story. For me it’s probably my film of the year, and I genuinely think Asif Kapadia should be receiving Best Director nods come BAFTAs, and even the Academy Awards. 

Take Shelter - After failing to see Martha Marcy May Marlene in Cannes I settled for another less talked about film. Michael Shannon, and some actress called Jessica Chastain. The film blew me away. Literally. I walked back out onto the Croisette expecting a storm to roll in off the sea. Confident, powerful film making, from a very talented young director. 

The Tree Of Life - Love it or hate it (probably both) it’s impossible to deny that this film works into the mind, and stubbornly stays there. It was with me for days, even weeks. If for no other reason than announcing Jessica Chastain to the world this was one of my movie moments of 2011. 

Super8 & Attack The Block - I’ve put these two together, because the feeling they conjured in me was very similar. A longing for more films that are fun, innocent, with decent scripts, and good performances. Is that so much to ask for?

The Skin I Live In - I went to see this in my local cinema, and could barely stand up afterwards. It’s a master class in directing. Almodovar’s absolute control of suspense, empathy, and dramatic irony astonished me. Film students should be forced to watch this on repeat for days. In fact we should all do that. It would be better than film school. 

Now, what did I forget…

Dec 31

If you haven’t seen the film, go this weekend. Here are the latest cinemas and cities in the UK. http://www.weekend-film.com/uk-release/

Nov 17

If you haven’t seen the film, go this weekend. Here are the latest cinemas and cities in the UK. http://www.weekend-film.com/uk-release/

Almost exactly 12 months since we started shooting the UK release of Weekend is here!

Oct 25
Almost exactly 12 months since we started shooting the UK release of Weekend is here!

US Theatrical Dates for Andrew Haigh’s Weekend.

Sep 19
US Theatrical Dates for Andrew Haigh’s Weekend.

With just a few days until the US release of Weekend, we’ve had a plethora of great press. More to come over the next week, but here are 3 choice picks. 

The New York Magazine thinks “if you don’t see yourself in this movie, you need to get a life.”

3.5 stars out of 4 in Slant Magazine

New York Times picks Chris New as one of five Faces To Watch in upcoming Fall movies.

Sep 19

colinquinn:

Chris & Tom taking a break

All hard graft on the set of Weekend.

Sep 12
colinquinn:

Chris & Tom taking a break 

All hard graft on the set of Weekend.

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Posted on Wednesday February 15th 2012 at 09:33pm. Its tags are listed below.

Was it better to have a group composed of close friends who had worked together before? Or did strangers make better theatre?
The New Yorker

Grasp this and you’ll have done film school in 3 and a half minutes.

Wilder on Lubitsch. 

My Year In Film

Posted on Saturday December 31st 2011 at 06:51pm. Its tags are listed below.

My Year In Film


The end of the year is nigh, and it’s very much the season for list making. Top Fives, Top Tens, any kind of list that allows us to distill a years worth of ideas, culture, and experiences into short, manageable, portions. 

Whilst my ego wants to throw it’s own hat into the social media ring the rest of me remains suspicious. I’ve seen a lot of films this year, including most but not all of the ‘list regulars’ & ‘awards worthy’. With twelve months behind me, and a wide array of movies digested, I doubt I have the clarity of mind, or recall to judge fairly. How can one measure Senna against The Skin I Live In? Midnight In Paris against The Tree of life? Shame against Attack The Block? 

 

But that said I do have vivid memories of my reaction to a handful of films, that have taken me to new places, blown me away, and renewed my vigour for cinema. Many of these were seen at film festivals before too much hype spoilt the taste, and interestingly almost all of them I saw in the cinema. A space I still find that can transport me to new emotional states, and realms of thought. For me, and many others it’s a quasi-religious event. A Church. A space for reflection. In light of shrinking US cinema attendance this should be a call to arms. We must find a way to keep people watching these great movies in the cinema. In part to support our industry, but more importantly to ensure we maintain this particular cultural space, amidst the onslaught of distraction, that our world today brings. 

Without including the film I produced the seven films that swept me away in 2011, in no particular order, are:

Medianeras - I saw this at Berlinale, with zero expectations. I loved it. A world away from all the other work I saw there this year (not including Late Bloomers, which I co-produced), it’s the funniest, most well crafted rom com I’ve seen for a very long time. 

Septien - My (and many others) surprise film of SXSW. Brave, unique, and artistic direction from Michael Tully. It’s different, and you should see it. 

Senna - A poignant, beautiful, brilliantly told story. For me it’s probably my film of the year, and I genuinely think Asif Kapadia should be receiving Best Director nods come BAFTAs, and even the Academy Awards. 

Take Shelter - After failing to see Martha Marcy May Marlene in Cannes I settled for another less talked about film. Michael Shannon, and some actress called Jessica Chastain. The film blew me away. Literally. I walked back out onto the Croisette expecting a storm to roll in off the sea. Confident, powerful film making, from a very talented young director. 

The Tree Of Life - Love it or hate it (probably both) it’s impossible to deny that this film works into the mind, and stubbornly stays there. It was with me for days, even weeks. If for no other reason than announcing Jessica Chastain to the world this was one of my movie moments of 2011. 

Super8 & Attack The Block - I’ve put these two together, because the feeling they conjured in me was very similar. A longing for more films that are fun, innocent, with decent scripts, and good performances. Is that so much to ask for?

The Skin I Live In - I went to see this in my local cinema, and could barely stand up afterwards. It’s a master class in directing. Almodovar’s absolute control of suspense, empathy, and dramatic irony astonished me. Film students should be forced to watch this on repeat for days. In fact we should all do that. It would be better than film school. 

Now, what did I forget…

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Posted on Thursday November 17th 2011 at 12:25pm. Its tags are listed below.


If you haven’t seen the film, go this weekend. Here are the latest cinemas and cities in the UK. http://www.weekend-film.com/uk-release/

If you haven’t seen the film, go this weekend. Here are the latest cinemas and cities in the UK. http://www.weekend-film.com/uk-release/

If you haven’t seen the film, go this weekend. Here are the latest cinemas and cities in the UK. http://www.weekend-film.com/uk-release/

Almost exactly 12 months since we started shooting the UK release of Weekend is here!
Almost exactly 12 months since we started shooting the UK release of Weekend is here!

Almost exactly 12 months since we started shooting the UK release of Weekend is here!

US Theatrical Dates for Andrew Haigh’s Weekend.
US Theatrical Dates for Andrew Haigh’s Weekend.

US Theatrical Dates for Andrew Haigh’s Weekend.

NY Mag on Weekend “…if you don’t see yourself in this movie, you need to get a life.”

With just a few days until the US release of Weekend, we’ve had a plethora of great press. More to come over the next week, but here are 3 choice picks. 

The New York Magazine thinks “if you don’t see yourself in this movie, you need to get a life.”

3.5 stars out of 4 in Slant Magazine

New York Times picks Chris New as one of five Faces To Watch in upcoming Fall movies.

colinquinn:

Chris & Tom taking a break 

All hard graft on the set of Weekend.
colinquinn:

Chris & Tom taking a break 

All hard graft on the set of Weekend.

colinquinn:

Chris & Tom taking a break

All hard graft on the set of Weekend.

Tristan Goligher's Film Blog

Posted on Wednesday August 31st 2011 at 03:54pm. Its tags are listed below.

I start a book and I want to make it perfect, want it to turn every color, want it to be the world. Ten pages in, I’ve already blown it, limited it, made it less, marred it. That’s very discouraging. I hate the book at that point. After a while I arrive at an accommodation: Well, it’s not the ideal, it’s not the perfect object I wanted to make, but maybe—if I go ahead and finish it anyway—I can get it right next time. Maybe I can have another chance.

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Posted on Wednesday August 31st 2011 at 09:34am. Its tags are listed below.

The Europeans are coming...

The big draws at this week’s Venice Film Festival are notable for one thing: they have not required US money

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