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Review of Dark Horse – The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance

Image Source : Pixabay There is nothing more the silver screen loves than an underdog story, and the only thing better than a fictional ‘rags to riches’ is a real one. Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance is a documentary funded by the Channel 4 sister channel Film Four, that follows the story of a small mining village community in South Wales who bred a racehorse called, Dream Alliance and went on to astound the racing community. Barmaid, Janet (Jan) Vokes is the woman who started this incredible story. She was inspired to breed a racehorse after overhearing a conversation about raising racehorses while working. After buying a mare and breeding it with a stallion, Dream Alliance was born in 2001. 23 villagers funded the horse’s training and upkeep by forming a syndicate and chipping in a tenner every week. Dream Alliance, after moderate success, won at Chepstow and again at the Perth Gold Cup. The next big competition was to be the Grand National when disaster struck and Dream Alliance sliced a …

Review: ‘Sully’ Is a Weirdly Good, and Original, Exploration of Heroism

From Jon Negroni, A Review of ‘Sully’ which Jon rates as an A Grade Film Some movies are “based on a true story,” but it would be limiting to slot Sully, the latest film from Clint Eastwood, into such a broad, somewhat uninteresting category. When audiences … Source: Review: ‘Sully’ Is a Weirdly Good, and Original, Exploration of Heroism

Review of MCM Comic Con Midlands 2016

  Sharing snippets of feedback about this annual, one day event. Midlands Comic Con as with the remaining four MCM Expo shows namely Birmingham, London, Scotland and Manchester, is all about popular culture from Movies & TV showcasing and promoting to Manga and Cosplay. Venue: International Centre, Telford, Shropshire. Imagining, mainly due to the location and venue capacity, that this is the most pared back version of the five, so it fell a little short on the ‘must see’ happenings compared to the buzz and interest of shows elsewhere. It was well attended nonetheless, and, judging by the elaborate Cosplay seen, Anime and Star Wars are the main themes that people really came to experience and personally integrate with. These are consumer shows and are not geared for commercial buyers, and so exhibitor’s stands are allowed the majority of the floor space. Usually for retailers/dealers of clothing, posters, books and charms inspired by games, Japanese animation and general all round geekiness the selling happens online, so this is a real selling opportunity for them. Many …

Profiling filmmaker Brendan Modini

About Brendan Modini Shortly after graduating in 2014 Modini travelled to Kenya to work with others as part of a scheme to write and direct his first documentary called Slum Dreams. Modini saw the rest of the year out by travelling around, visiting many countries in an effort to be challenged and inspired by his experiences and to use them to channel his thoughts and thinking in a kind of free minded form of curatorial practice. Gathered content includes the 2015 – Show Reel (see below); the video clips document life at home in Sydney, Australia and of being abroad. Watch it and then pitch Modini as being one who is able to channel his intelligent self expression in his film making 1. a 2015 Show Reel   The following is an example of Modini’s versatility, and it reveals that he has aptitude for putting together content which not only has the best kind of comic pacing, but is visually elegant. For his writing, directing and editing Modini achieved not one, but two, Best Comedy …