May has been a pretty busy month here at Capture, but we certainly aren't complaining! From Lisbon to Warsaw and now to the French Riviera we're counting ourselves lucky. We headed to Cannes for the first day of the festival, attending the 70th Cannes Film Festival opening night party which was quite a way to start the week, the rest of which was filled with some brilliant receptions, parties and of course great films. Scroll down for a few photos of our trip to Cannes:
We headed to Lisbon, accompanied by our favourite pink Pointman, for the Portuguese premiere of The Man from Mo'Wax at the 12th IndieLisboa film festival! A welcomed break from the grey skies of London sunny Lisbon proved to be a great city to explore and IndieLisboa an excellent festival to attend.
The festival takes over the city screening an excellent program of films in some truly amazing venues, The Man from Mo'Wax's first screening was held in the incredible open air cinema on the roof of the Cineteatro Capitolio (originally built in the 1930s). When we weren't catching some of the other excellent films that made up this year's program we were eating our way round the city, taking in it's architecture or checking out the festival's many events. We had a brilliant couple of days in Lisbon and certainly can't wait to return! Below you can see a photos from the trip:
We've had an exciting week at Capture working with navigation app what3words and courier company Quipup to create a head to head challenge between two delivery drivers using differing navigation systems. After what3words approached Quiqup with the idea of a test to prove how simple and efficient what3words is compared to competing addressing systems, we came on board to create a dynamic piece.
Together with what3words our Director M J McMahon cast two Quiqees, Octavian and Errol, to star in the film and compete against each other to deliver 20 packages in the fastest time, one using the what3words system, the other using regular street addresses. We got to Westbourne Studios bright and early with steadicam operator Max Rijavec, armed with a Sony FS7 and four GoPros. Once the drivers arrived we got to attaching the GoPros to their bikes and helmets so we could get full coverage of the day's 20 runs and shot their introduction interviews... then the challenge began!
We met the Quiqees at four designated drop off points throughout the day to shoot catch up interviews on how each of them felt their deliveries were going and how the addressing system they were using was affecting them. After the 20 deliveries we met back at Westbourne Studios for final round up interviews. The next day we headed to Quiqup HQ to meet the company's CTO to record an additional interview and get an overview of the previous day's statistics - watch the video below to find out the results!
Our project manager Lee Holmes was kindly flown out to Amsterdam by the team at VoiceBooking.com to attend the Promax BDA Europe Conference 2017. The event took place across just two days but was jam packed with talks and sessions on a variety of subjects ranging from design to creative strategy and from marketing to the future of virtual reality.
Lee's whistle stop trip to Amsterdam meant an early flight from London City Airport before heading to the stunning Beurs Van Berlage for the afternoon's events, culminating in the evening's Welcome Reception which presented the opportunity to not only meet fellow attendees but also the events speakers. Such as internationally acclaimed film and tv titles designer Richard Morrisson and illustrator and keynote speaker, Mr Bingo.
Matthew Jones director of our feature doc The Man from Mo'Wax was thrilled to be invited to join the panel discussion 'Shut Up and Play the Hits: Making Music Docs' at the 10th BFI Future Film Fest. The event for young filmmakers aged 16-25 celebrates their successes and offers great experiences across a weekend from industry workshops to practical masterclasses, screenings of films by young filmmakers, networking sessions and panel Q&As.
Matthew joined directors Ben Lankester and Johanna Schwart (director of They Will Have to Kill Us First) and Patrick Nation head of Resident Advisor Films and behind the Real Scenes series for a Q&A on making music documentaries and all that entails. It was a brilliant session with an engaged audience of future filmmakers who made sure to keep the discussion interesting!
We headed to Serbia for the British Council's PlayUK film festival! PlayUK is a unique festival celebrating British film and bringing British cinema to six Western Balkans states. This year ten films including our documentary The Man from Mo'Wax made up the three day program that screened simultaneously across ten cinemas in Belgrade, Podgorica, Prizren, Sarajevo, Skopje and Tirana.
We flew from London to Belgrade for the first leg of our Balkans tour and after getting settled in at the hotel and coming to terms with the freezing temperatures we headed to the festival's opening reception. Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting opened the festival on Thursday night, the film really is great sequel to the original and a chance to revisit the much loved characters. After the screening we attended a wonderful dinner with Milica Božanić, Executive Director of the Serbian Film Commission, and writer Paul Fraser (who was attending to give a talk on script writing and editing). We spent Friday exploring and taking in some of what Belgrade has to offer and were lucky enough to experience some local haunts with our Serbian distributor friend Igor Stanković.
Next we headed off to Sarajevo, where we were greeted by a foot and half of snow, for the festival's first screening of The Man from Mo'Wax on Saturday night which was attended by a brilliant audience (including the British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Edward Ferguson) at the Kino Meeting Point. After the screening the film's producers M J McMahon and Brian A. Hoffman took part in a Q&A with DJ, producer and sound designer Nenad Kovačević. It was a brilliant evening, from the Mo'Wax tracks from the film's soundtrack playing in the cinema's foyer before the screening to the reception afterwards, our first screening at PlayUK was a huge success!
There was certainly no rest for the wicked on this trip, on Sunday morning we were back on our way to Belgrade (with Brian taking the scenic route aka a road trip from Bosnia to Serbia!) to close the festival with another screening of The Man from Mo'Wax. M J McMahon and Brian A. Hoffman introduced the doc before it screened simultaneously in Belgrade, Podgorica, Prizren, Skopje and Tirana. After the film we headed to the Mo'Wax party thrown in tribute to our film - what a great way to finish up our trip to the Balkans!
Check out some photos from our time at PlayUK:
The Man from Mo'Wax was back in Australia for a special screening at the University of Melbourne. The film screened at the Shimmerlands outdoor cinema as part of a program curated by the creators of Shadow Electric which included a great selection of new releases and classics from La La Land and Paterson to Bladerunner. Shimmerlands is a two month program of great events both during the day and at night featuring not just the outdoor cinema but an outdoor music amphitheatre, multiple bars and lounges, DJ sets and an outdoor dining area boasting the menus of some of Melbourne's best restaurants.
Our doc screened on Thursday the 2nd of Feb to another great Aussie audience and we're so pleased it featured on another program down under! Check out some photos of Shimmerland below:
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Killing Thyme had an amazing US Premiere at the Austin Film Festival, we were overwhelmed with the reaction from the audience and couldn't be more thrilled that Killing Thyme won the Narrative Short Audience Award. Thank you to everyone who watched the film and voted!
Check out our award below:
Click here to check out the other winners from Austin Film Festival 2016
We headed to Turin for the Italian premiere of The Man from Mo'Wax at SEEYOUSOUND festival. Turin is a city quite literally built around cinema. The central Cinema Museum tours above the city and acts as the most recognisable of local landmarks. We of course had to venture inside where we found original Props from Star Wars (including a Darth Fader helmet, something that makes a cameo in our own film), Superman, and Planet of the Apes. The singular glass elevator takes you to the top for stunning panoramic views of the city.
Next door the venue of Cinema Massimo is home to the emerging festival SEEYOUSOUND. Now in its 3rd year the festival features both documentary and fictional films connected by their musical subject matter. The Man from Mo'Wax had a fantastic turnout with over 150 people coming out for the screening followed by a special bilingual Q&A. To top off the night we headed to a specially organised mini Mo'Wax after party until 2am spinning tunes from La Funk Mob, DJ Shadow, Attica Blues and more. A wonderful night.
It's been another busy week here at Capture! On Sunday we headed to Ludlow to direct and produce 4 x 20 second drone shoots for what3words, which will be used to highlight the many different ways in which their global addressing system can be utilised, ranging from deliveries to emergencies. Each shoot contained an epic wide shot, and a tighter shot to draw attention to the specific what3words address.
M J McMahon worked alongside Drone Operator Tom Middleton and what3words' Creative Director Ivan Pols to shoot the four scenarios Ivan had concieved. It was an extremely successful two days in which we had great fun filming; not even the wintry weather and muddy fields could dampen our spirits!
In house at Capture we created the motion graphics for the video, check out the finished pieces below:
The Man from Mo'Wax festival tour continues, this time to Braunschweig for the film's German Premiere which screened as part of the 30th Braunschweig International Film Festival. We headed to the city in the early hours of Thursday morning to catch the last few days of the festival and represent our documentary.
The Man from Mo'wax was part of the festival's Our Sound on Screen-Programme which was split into two strands, the Spotlight section which consisted of five new music documentaries, and The Sound of Northern England: Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield honouring a few of Northern England's talented bands, from The Beatles to Pulp and The Stone Roses (whose front men both feature in our film). The Man from Mo'Wax screened on the 10th of November at the Universum to a wonderful audience, after the screening we were thrilled to meet a Mo'Wax fan who naturally had a whole heap of questions to discuss over a few biers.
The next couple of days were spent watching some excellent films and attending the festival's talks and events. Friday's highlight was the screening of Hardcore Henry and subsequent Q&A with director Ilya Naishuller who we had the pleasure of hanging out with afterwards, and on Saturday we caught We Are X, which has graced many of the same festival programmes as The Man from Mo'Wax this year. BIFF also hosted a number of great events and talks, including interviews with the festival's European Actors Award winner Brendan Gleeson and composer Patrick Doyle who has scored Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Bridget Jones's Diary, A United Kingdom and one of our favorites Carlito's Way, just to name a few!
We're definitely pleased we made the trip to Braunschweig for a brilliant festival, check out some of the photos of our time there below:
Our short Killing Thyme has headed across the pond for it's US Premiere at the Austin Film Festival! Natalie Malla, the film's talented writer and producer is out there representing the film and taking in the fabulous city of Austin (where we were lucky enough to visit earlier in the year). With a couple of days at the festival before the premiere Natalie made the most of what Austin and the Austin Film Festival has to offer.
With an excellent program of films, talks and events Natalie has certainly been spoilt for choice, on Friday she joined the ques of filmmakers and cinephiles for 'A Conversation with Marta Kauffman', the Emmy and Golden Globe winning television writer, producer and showrunner known for hits such as Friends and Will and Grace. Awarded the 2016 Outstanding Television Writer award and a hero of Natalie's this was not to be missed! And as if an inspiring talk from one of your professional heroes wasn't enough for a day, later that afternoon Ghostbusters (2016) writer Katie Dippold and Paul Feig, director or Bridesmaids and writer/director of Ghostbusters (2016) dissected the journey of the rebooted blockbuster from script-to-screen. Both talks were extremely insightful and most definitely worth waiting for.
Killing Thyme screened it's US Premier on Saturday 15th of October as part of the shorts program A Stranger Comes to Town. True to form the audience in Austin were a delight to screen to and we were thrilled our friends from the Austin Film Society were able to make it. The screening was followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Killing Thyme received such a brilliant response we couldn't be happier!
Festival highlights include the screening of Monogamish at the Hideout along with the shorts program Who's Afraid of the Shorts at the Alamo Drafthouse. The Seed and Spark talk on crowd funding given by Emily Kelleher Best was another awesome event, as was Chicks with Bics (a discussion with devoted female writers who are changing the landscape of film and TV) and Paul Feig's second talk. When not attending talks or film screenings there were a number of networking events to swing by and a multitude of restaurants and bars across Austin to try out (because where else in the world are you going to get a Bloody Mary garnished with a slider and beef jerky?!) with the lovely groups of filmmakers Natalie's met stateside.
Check out some photos of Natalie's time in Austin below:
After a whirlwind 12 days the 60th BFI London Film Festival has come to an end! The final week of the festival certainly lived up to the first, with a brilliant selection of events for filmmakers and a whole host of films to watch. Wednesday evening's New Talent party hosted by the BFI NET.WORK at the BFI Southbank was a night to celebrate filmmakers whose first feature or short films were included in the festival program. Thursday night was all about documentaries with the Grierson Awards Documentary Reception, a great night of networking with other filmmakers whose docs were selected this year.
Friday was the night we had been waiting for, the European Premiere of our feature length doc The Man from Mo'Wax. The film screened to an audience of 400 (including the film's star James Lavelle as well as other contributors Paul Bradshaw and Jane Beese, Head of Music at the Roundhouse) at Leicester Square's VUE cinema after being introduced by producers M J McMahon, Brian A. Hoffman and director Matthew Jones. The screening was followed by a Q&A hosted by the BFI London Film Festival Head Programmer Stuart Brown with Matthew and the film's creative editor Alec Rossiter. The Man from Mo'Wax received an overwhelmingly positive response and we couldn't have been more thrilled to share the project with a UK audience in the city that has so much importance to the film.
On Saturday The Man from Mo'Wax had it's second screening this time at Picturehouse Central. We were especially pleased to have the Mo'Wax/UNKLE fan base out in full force for this screening, and for a full debrief on the making of the film at the bar afterwards! And as if all that wasn't enough we topped off the last weekend of the festival with a barrage of bullets attending the European Premiere of Ben Wheatley's Free Fire!
The BFI London Film Festival is in full swing! While we count down the days to the European Premiere of our feature doc The Man from Mo'Wax (screening Friday 14th of October in Leicester Square) we've been kept busy with a whole host of brilliant events.
To kick things we off we were invited to the festival's Opening Night Gala and European Premiere of A United Kingdom, the evening consisted of a red carpet, a great British film and an excellent party. With our friend and fellow The Man from Mo'Wax producer Brian A. Hoffman arriving in town from LA that morning for the festival. The Gala was just the beginning of an exciting 12 days.
On Friday we headed to the BFI Lottery Filmmakers reception for a wonderful afternoon celebrating all the filmmakers and films at this year's London Film Festival that have been supported by the BFI and the National Lottery. Hosted by Ben Roberts director of the BFI Film Fund and Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival director, this event was especially important to us as The Man from Mo'Wax was awarded BFI completion funding earlier this year.
With the second week of the festival already upon us we're looking forward to some more wonderful events. And if Monday's intimate Filmmakers dinner hosted by BFI Head Programmer Stuart Brown at the BFI Stephen Street's Stephen Street Bar & Kitchen is anything to go by we're sure we won't be disappointed!
Tickets to The Man from Mo'Wax European Premiere and second BFI LFF screening have nearly sold out! Make sure to purchase them from the BFI website so you don't miss out!
European Premiere: Friday 14 October 2016 - 20:45 Vue West End
Second Screening: Saturday 15 October 2016 - 17:45 Picturehouse Central
We're thrilled to announce our debut feature film The Man from Mo'Wax has been officially selected for the 60th BFI London Film Festival!
As one of only 10 feature films included in the festival's Sonic strand alongside Spike Lee's latest film Chi-Raq and Stephen Kijak's We Are X, Matthew Jones' directorial debut will have it's European Premiere on the 14th of October in Leicester Square.
With only 245 feature films in the official program we're truly honored to be premiering in London, the city so culturally important to our story.
European Premiere: Friday 14 October 2016 - 20:45 Vue West End
Second Screening: Saturday 15 October 2016 - 17:45 Hackney Picturehouse
To make sure you don't miss out on tickets head over to the BFI website!
Our travels with Capture's latest project documentary feature film The Man from Mo'Wax continue, this time taking us to the other side of the world! The 22 hour journey from London to Aus for the Melbourne International Film Festival was certainly worth it, we were lucky enough to experience all the festival had to offer as well as what must be one of the best cities down under.
If you've ever been told that Melbourne is Australia's cultural and food hub we'll second that. The city sports a huge array of cuisine, none of which disappointed, and the Scorsese exhibition at the AMCI exploring the legendary director, producer and screenwriter's inspirations, process and collaboration drawn from his personal collection was a brilliant way for us cinephiles to spend an afternoon.
Although our stay in Melbourne may have been short we weren't short of things to do while out there. After landing early in the morning our first day in the city allowed for a few hours to explore and then straight in to press engagements with director Matthew Jones. When we weren't catching some of the great films that were screening as part of the festival (and we really were spoilt for choice) or promoting our own we made the most of MIFF's workshops and talks and events.
We couldn't have asked for more from The Man from Mo'Wax's screenings down under, the film played twice over the first weekend of August to brilliant sold out audiences who proved that the Australian sense of humor didn't veer far from our own. We were thrilled to share our film with the city and the hugely positive response we got back was the cherry on top. MIFF was undeniably an excellent festival and we're just waiting for our opportunity to go back!
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The Man from Mo'Wax screened in Moscow as part of the Selector Pro! We headed over to Russia for the brilliant multi-format festival hosted by the British Council in collaboration with the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, that creates a platform for sharing experiences and discussion on the music industry through workshops, talks and other events.
A single film is selected to screen each year as part of the two-day music forum and we couldn't be more thrilled that this year we were invited to take part. The Man from Mo'Wax screened on opening night, before which director Matthew Jones joined Beat Film co-founder Kirill Sorokin and Russian journalist and music critic Artemy Troitsky for a panel discussion on 'How to Speak About Music' to the 500 strong audience. Later in the weekend producer M J McMahon gave a presentation on working with the music industry and making a music documentary.
Check out some of the moments captured during our time at Selector Pro courtesy of photographer Dmitriy Smirnov:
We're thrilled to announce that the BFI have come on board our latest project, feature length documentary The Man from Mo'Wax in form of completion funding!
Click on the link to see who else was selected along with The Man from Mo'Wax for 2015/2016 BFI production funding:
It's May and that can only mean one thing...Cannes! Once again the French riviera was awash with film aficionados ready for a great ten days of parties, networking and of course films. Here are a few snaps from our adventures in Cannes this year.
We headed over to Wales for the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival where not only were our shorts Killing Thyme and The Girl in the Dress both officially selected but went head to head in the Best Comedy Award section. A lovely day spent in Wales taking in both British and International shorts and feature films was topped off by a great evening with Killing Thyme picking up not just the award for Best Comedy but the Best of Festival award too!