After what was a thoroughly enjoyable performance by the Lyric players, I decided to explore the growing world of amateur dramatics, setting my sights on another group of high-calibre performers. My focus in this case is Mayhem Musical Theatre Company’s performance of The Wild Party, which is running from the 16th-18th May at Lost Theatre near Vauxhall.
From Up On Poppy Hill is the second movie from Goro Miyazaki, son of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. Like his first film Tales From Earthsea, Miyazaki chose to adapt an existing story, but there the similarities end, as From Up On Poppy Hill is a small scale drama based on comic book series of the same name – quite a change from the sweeping science fiction fantasy of the Earthsea books.
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The term amateur dramatics used to have a rather negative connotation in the UK. ‘Am-drams’ were often poorly put together stage shows housing maniacal directors and ever-inflating egos of less-than-successful ‘actors.’ However an increase in the popularity of theatre has led to the rise of the more professional side of this most creative of endeavours.
Razorback is an Australian thriller and represents the first feature film by music-video director Russell Mulcahy, who would later achieve greater film success with Highlander in 1986. The film opens in the Australian outback with kangaroo hunter Jake Cullen (Bill Kerr) putting his grandson to bed. Suddenly a huge wild boar or ‘razorback’ smashes through the house, breaking Jake’s leg and making off with the infant. At the subsequent court hearing, no-one believes Jake’s story of the freakishly large animal, but they cannot convict him for the disappearance of the child due to lack of evidence. Thus begins Jake’s Ahab-like obsession with killing the Razorback.
These days HIV/AIDS, while still a serious condition, isn’t (at least in the developed world) the death sentence it once was. Combination therapy means that it can be effectively managed for many years, so it’s easy to be complacent and forget how terrifying the epidemic was in the 80s and early 90s when millions died from a disease that seemed almost untreatable – a genuine modern plague.
The very kind people at Ladbrokes are offering the chance for one lucky That Film Guy reader to win a James Bond-themed gift in time for Christmas. With Skyfall being released this year to critical and commercial acclaim, what better way is there to spend the festive period than gorging yourself on all the previous instalments of the Bond franchise. The winner of our competition will be entitled to Bond 22, a DVD set that includes all the James Bond films leading up to Skyfall.
To whom it may concern,
Today marks the one year anniversary of That Film Guy and what a year it’s been. We have uploaded over 300 reviews throughout the last 12 months and I personally have seen and reviewed over 200 myself. What started as a project for a bit of fun, has become something of an obsession as I closely monitor the traffic statistics like some kind of demented accountant.
A MOLE Valley man could scoop an Oscar at the Academy Awards this weekend. Matthew Butler, a visual effects supervisor for Digital Domain in Los Angeles, has been nominated along with three colleagues for the Oscar for visual effects for his work on Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.
Live coverage of the BAFTAs. Our man Tom “That Film Guy” Patrick is on the red carpet in London. Watch this space for minute-by-minute updates and let us know your thoughts. Get in touch with Tom on Twitter @ThatFilmGuyTCP, use hashtag #TFGbaftas or leave your comments on the That Film Guy Facebook page. Scroll to the bottom for the full list of nominations.
By Alex Morrison (find me on Twitter @adedalex or email firstname.lastname@example.org)