Monthly Archive: April 2015




Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman, adapted by Sharon Oakes

Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman, adapted by Sharon Oakes. Dir. Gaynor MacFarlane. Perf. Hollie Burgess, Adam Thomas Wright, Stuart McQuarrie. BBC Radio 3, 29 March – 5 April 2015. BBCiPlayer

I have to admit that I had my doubts about this production at the beginning. The plot did not seem to be getting anywhere, and director Gaynor MacFarlane’s use of a narrator commenting on the characters’ behavior seemed more intrusive than dramatically satisfying.

Yet perhaps sometimes it’s wise to stay with a production rather than reach too precipitately for the off-switch. As the drama unfolded, I understood once more how radio has a unique capacity to create alternative worlds and sustain them over a long period of time. “Fanny and Alexander” looks at life in early twentieth century Sweden through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy, the eponymous Alexander (Adam Thomas Wright) – to such an extent that it becomes very difficult to separate fact from fantasy. But perhaps that’s not necessary; this is not a Chekhovian drama, where the author seeks to lay bare the characters’ frustrations in a small, self-enclosed world, but rather a celebration of the childlike power to create alternative worlds where he can communicate with ghosts.

It’s significant that the principal adult protagonists in this production are actors – Oscar (Justin Salinger) and Emilie (Lisa Dillon), whose preoccupation with the theater renders them virtually oblivious to what’s happening in the outside world. Very Chekhovian, apparently; at one point I was reminded of Madame Ranevskaya in “The Cherry Orchard.” But Oakes’s script put a positive spin on the material; Emilie might be bound up in a fantasy-world, but that can often prove a positive advantage, enabling her to reflect more deeply on her behavior, as well as that of her children Fanny (Hollie Burgess) and Alexander. She also passes on that vital imaginative quality to them, so that they are able to cope quite easily with life under the tyrannical authority of their stepfather (Mark Bazeley), the local bishop.

Moving effortlessly between various moods – melancholy, elation, serenity – enhanced by Carl Prekopp’s atmospheric music, “Fanny and Alexander” is a listening experience not to be missed, even for those already acquainted with the Bergman source-text. It proves once and for all the uniqueness of radio drama as an art form.



The first episode of Earthsea starts tonight at 6.00 p.m.

Based on the novels A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula Le Guin. Adapted by Judith Adams. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

Ursula Le Guin’s enduring fantasy saga set on the magical archipelago rich with wizards and dragons. Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Hungry for power and knowledge, the young wizard Ged tampers with long-held secrets and releases a terrible shadow into the world. Meanwhile, Tenar is taken away from her home and family to become Arha, the guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan.

For the full details, go to the link below:-

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Have you voted for your favourite drama yet.  I am voting for The Missing, well yes,  I am biased.

You can vote on the Television Awards Radio Times Audience Award link below from their website. 

What did you love about The Missing?

It was superbly written with a show-stopping performance by James Nesbitt. I’ve always believed he’s one of the great actors of his time and this series more than proved it. There hasn’t been a more intense or convincing performance on television all year. In fact, in many a long year.

Why do you think it was so popular?

It clearly tapped into deep-rooted fears, but I think the acting raised it far above the level of being simply a “topical” film. This was a timeless human drama of loss, guilt and obsession.

Was there a stand-out moment?

It came at the very end when I realised that the looming figure roaming around the Russian housing estate was in fact Tony Hughes still searching dementedly for his lost son.


information supplied by Radio Times

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Lady Luck is playing in an invited online shorts contest run by First Glance Film Festival which is a prestigious film festival in LA.  The winning film gets a premiere at the First Glance Film Festival in Philadelphia – which would be amazing.

Would you go on line and vote for us and pass the world around to your friends.   There is a small fee of £2 to log in and vote but once there you can view all the short films – around 20 so it is quite good value – less than a cup of coffee and some great shorts to watch!

The FirstGlance Short Online Contest is open to worldwide viewers who can access platform and watch films online on your PC, laptop, or mobile devices. Registered users can login at any time to watch all films registered as part of the contest, 24/7 from April 20th- May 18th at 12:00 EST. Enjoy your stay and thank you for supporting indie film!

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Short Film “THE KEYS” at the Cannes Film Festival 2015

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The Short film “THE KEYS” has been accepted at the Cannes Film Festival and will be accessible at the Short Film Corner for viewing.


“The short film project “THE KEYS” is the collaboration between industry professionals, young filmmakers and a talented cast including Adam Thomas Wright (The Physician) and Charles Armstrong (The King’s Speech).”

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Directed by William  Peschek       ‘A boy saves a man from a fatal fate’

WEP Productions & WEP UK Productions (WEP FILMS) Production & Distribution





WorldFest-Houston is one of the three original international film festivals in North America, after San Francisco and New York. It was founded in 1961 as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society. competitive International Film It is the only international film festival in North America to be dedicated completely to independent films, as it does not accept films from the major studios.

The festival was founded by producer/director Hunter Todd to present a film festival for independent film makers. Todd is now the longest running film festival director in the world, having started the festival in 1961.

The festival presents around 55-60 new Indie feature films and 100 new Indie Short films during the ten-day film festival each April.

WorldFest gave first honors to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, The Coen Brothers, David Lynch, Brian De Palma, Oliver Stone, John Lee Hancock,Randal Kleiser, Daniele Gangemi, Francis Ford Coppola, Spike Lee, and many more. Canadian Sci-Fi director David Winning has won twenty-nine Gold/Platinum Remi Awards from 1994 to the present, making him the biggest winning filmmaker in the history of Worldfest.

The Remi Award is inspired by the creative genius of the western artist Frederic Remington, famous for his paintings and sculptures of cowboy life in Texas and The West.

Huge Congratulations to everyone.

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Picture from Monte Carlo celebrations after winning Best Newcomer for Lady Luck


Director, Marco Kalantari attended the first international screening of The Shaman at the Tribeca Film Festival yesterday.  My part was only a small one but I was delighted to be involved and wish everybody a great time in New York.

Marco hired an international team of artists from Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, France, Serbia, Malaysia, the UK, Iceland and Germany to help put together The Shaman, which is at the Tribeca Film Festival this week.



Marco Kalantari on the left and TaQ the Composer on the right.

picture via Getty Images.

The dark year 2204, in a world that has seen 73 years of continuous war.

The face of conflict has changed. People kill people but they now rely on giant, intelligent battle machines to fight. Meanwhile, mankind has re-discovered the arts of magic and Shamanism and the Generals on both sides use well-trained spiritual warriors to face the threat of machines. Shamans have special senses; they are experts in all aspects of the “unseen” and the “beyond”. They believe that every person, animal, plant and object has a soul. When crossing the border to the Netherworld, the Shaman can find this soul and interact with it. That is what makes him such a deadly, highly effective weapon. They track and convert the souls of their enemies’ giant battle machines in a psychological soul-to-soul confrontation. But Shamans are not invulnerable. They are just people and can be killed like anyone else.’


BBC Radio 4


Nishi and me (The Stuarts)


Today I met Nishi Malde, we were recording the first episode of a new BBC 4 Radio Drama.  Nishi does a lot of radio too and she has appeared in Little Crackers.  We had good fun at the recording and no doubt we will meet up again.

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Breakneck Films are excited to announce that their short film Lady Luck is screening at The world famous WorldFest film festival in Houston USA which runs from 10-19th April 2015.  It has been nominated for a REMI award – previous winners include: Spielberg, Lucas, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, the Coen Brothers, and Coppola!


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Jo Lewis

Jo Lewis
Victoria Bavister
Krissi Mcilquham

Jo Lewis
Fay Garrett

Adam Thomas Wright
Abigail Titmuss
Richard Strange
Tav MacDougall

SYNOPSIS A young boy attempts to win back his mother’s love. Based on a short story by DH Lawrence ‘The Rocking Horse Winner.”


1:00 PM, Saturday the 18th  April
Matinee Program #16: Family Shorts

Runtime: 18:25 | English | United Kingdom