Sunday, 16 September 2012

New British indie comedy: The Limelight

The Limelight is a new British comedy feature directed by Glen Maney and John Robson.

"The film follows the journey of comedian Gary Shand in his quest for celebrity status and recognition from his peers and comedy fans. He's not the world's luckiest guy and winning his battle against depression, alcohol and on coming mental illness whilst trying to be successful on stage means that his life is a roller coaster."

Maney, who also stars, has some experience as a stand-up comedian (as indeed have I, way back when). The film was shot on a tiny budget over several years and has received some food reviews and festival play. A screener is winging its way to Leicester at the moment and I'm looking forward to it. Ricky 'Bulla' Grover co-stars as Gary Shand's agent.

More at Here's the trailer a a couple of stills:

Saturday, 15 September 2012

German 'Weekend of Horrors' in November

Some guys in Germany have asked me to plug their big Weekend of Horrors event which runs over 2nd-4th November somewhere called Saalbau in Bottrop which is apparently close to both Dusseldorf and Dortmund airports.

They've got a bunch of folk, most of whom will probably mean more to other people than me, but including Doug Bradley, Kane Hodder, Ken Foree, Ticou Browning and Uncle Lloyd. Here's their English website.

Take Me To Your Leader on YouTube

Before he made Harold's Going Stiff, Keith Wright's first feature was a delightful mockumenary about the making of a low-budget science fiction film, called Take Me To Your Leader. To date, hardly anyone has seen this but now Keith has posted the entire movie onto YouTube.

It's well worth a watch. For my money, it's better than Harold's... although I am naturally delighted to see how well that film has done for Keith.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

New British comedy: How to Become a Criminal Mastermind

Black comedy How to Become a Criminal Mastermind is the debut feature from Henry Scriven, about a young man who, when all seems bleak, turns to crime and hires a 'criminal coach' to show him the ropes.

The film stars Sam Massey (EastEnders) and Philip Weddell (Rise of the Footsoldier) and the cast also includes Joerg Stadler (The Horror of the Dolls, Mrs Meitlemeihr), Rob Leetham (Whatever Happened to Pete Blaggit, Waiting for Dawn), Zoe Richards (The Torment) and Louise Houghton (Grave Tales).

More at Here's the trailer. Looks funny.