hanging-out-logo

Film Blog

Jamaican Business Language and Marketing Evening Showcase

posted by the hanging out team - Saturday, May 10, 2014

There was no better way to start the Jamaican Business Language and Marketing Event than with an inspirational videography showcasing Jamaican culture and history and its influence across time. This motivating journey continued with three key Jamaican business leaders sharing their professional and entrepreneurial experience of starting and cultivating a winning business product in the UK.



12 Years a Slave – A Missed Opportunity?

posted by the hanging out team - Sunday, January 26, 2014

12 Years a Slave is adapted by screenwriter and novelist John Ridley and directed by Steve McQueen from a memoir written 150 years ago, by Solomon Northup.  It tells the true story of a black man born free in New York State, tricked, drugged and snatched off the streets of Washington and sold into slavery in the South.

There are great performances from all cast members with, Chiwetel Ejiofor holding on to the dignity of Northup, making the audience question what you would do if your freedom and power were taken away over night. Lupita Nyong'o makes a stunning debut as Patsey, a field slave who was born into slavery.

McQueen effortlessly draws you along the journey of the film with strong powerful visuals that tackle and immerse you into the ugly realities of slavery head on.

We get a well composed continued shot of Solomon's wondering face full of hope, fear and loss after a conversation with a sympathetic carpenter Bass, played by Brad Pitt, then his view falls onto the audience, engaging you into this moment of reflection on the journey he’s been through.

We also see Northup become the victim of an attempted lynching by his overseer, as he dangles from a tree by his neck, his toes scrabbling on the ground desperately trying to keep him self from dying. McQueen shoots this scene as a punishing long take from a distance. It’s length and intensity impresses on the audience a feeling of crisis.

The film has a very swift end, that feels rushed and I was left wanting more of Solomon Northup’s journey as a free man in New York. What was everyday life like for black people during that time in the free North? An opportunity was missed here to delve deeper into this story, as I think only then would the audience have truly been able to feel the real contrast between having freedom in one moment and then losing it all in the next.

You can watch 12 Years a Slave until the 30th January at the Rich Mix in Bethnal Green.

Elam Forrester, Hanging Out Project Writer

Departure Lounge

posted by the hanging out team - Monday, November 25, 2013


Departure Lounge written and produced by Lorna Holder, follows the story  of Nena, a woman who is about to return to the Philippines after 25 years working in the UK. As she sits nervously waiting for the boarding announcement she has to make a final decision , should she return to the Philippines to the husband she hardly knows and son whose childhood she missed? Or should she remain with  the adopted English children she has raised?

Man of Steel

posted by the hanging out team - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I have some fond memories of the 1978 'Superman'. I'll admit it's been a while since I've seen it but I remember it fondly. There was romance, action, a ridiculous plot, and a clumsy Clark Kent who happened to have a secret; he could transform (any shabby phone box will do...) into this meta-man superhero, the shining beacon of the good guy. Sure, the film was of it's time, and I'm sure shows it's age a little now, but crucially, it had charm.I couldn't help but approach 'Man of Steel' with the 1978 film in mind. And that may have been a mistake, since this is a very different beast.

'Man of Steel' is directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, and (yuch...) Sucker Punch), and kicks us off with overlong prologue-like story where we are force fed the history of a special effect laden Krypton, its destruction and baby Superman's departure to earth. Superman's father (Russell Crowe) does a few heroic turns and the despotic General Zod (Michael Shannon) growls and sneers a lot. When we finally get settled on earth, we watch Clark Kent (Henry Caville) grow until the day when suddenly everyone finds out who he really is. General Zod attacks and complete chaos ensues.

The mayhem caused is staggering. Buildings are demolished, cities crushed, people (who I'm sure must be in the buildings somewhere?!) seem to have no hope at all, while Superman and Zod bounce all over the place. It's noisy, dumb and extremely effects heavy. It's unfortunate, but I just can't imagine anyone looking back on this movie with anything resembling fondness. 'Man of Steel' may get your blood pumping as you see things hurtle through the air, but it lacks romance, and is without any of the wit which made the 1978 Superman (or even the more recent 'The Avengers') so charming.

By Nicholas Beer.

'Man of Steel' is showing at the Rich Mix cinema on Shoreditch High Street.  Clickhere for details.








BFI

posted by the hanging out team - Thursday, April 18, 2013

INVITATION --- FREE PRIVATE SCREENING --- HANGING OUT-THEN AND NOW--- IN HD --- BFI SOUTHBANK 

HANGING OUT - then and now is a 50-minute documentary about youth culture in London during the 1950’s, 60’s and now, directed by Lorna Holder & Yvonne Deutschman and produced by Tuareg Productions Ltd. 

From flower power fashion to designer brand obsession, from telephone box to mobile phone, from café & club culture to social online networking, experience HANGING OUT. Witness how music and the club scenes of the 1960s played a vital part in bringing black and white young people together. Watch the Mods and Rockers reveal how the press paid them a fiver to fight on the beaches of Brighton. Hear about Muhammad Ali’s first visit to Brixton and the story of Michael Jackson buying a safari hat that inspired his album OFF THE WALL. One thing hasn’t changed-is the passionate energy young people bring to anti-war protests and social changes. Highlights include former MP Tony Benn and Kurt Barling (BBC correspondent) in discussion with young people around the issues of protest 

…A fantastic watch especially for young people in sixth form and university …. 
View HANGING OUT trailer: 
http://www.hangingout.org.uk/film_project.htm 
Private Screening: Hanging Out- then and now documentary: 
Date: Wednesday 22 May 
Time: 2.30pm 
Venue: NFT1 
Address: BFI SOUTHBANK, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XT 
For bookings: 
T: 020 7692 2711 
E:press@tuaregproductions.com 
W: www.hangingout.org.uk 


The Hanging Out project, by Full Spectrum Productions was funded by The Heritage Fund and in partnership with the British Film Institute, Museum of London, Victoria & Albert Museum and Imperial War Museum.


Robot and Frank

posted by the hanging out team - Monday, March 11, 2013

‘Friendship doesn’t have an off switch’ is the tag line for this surprisingly touching heart warmer. A science-fiction set in the near future, ‘Robot and Frank’ is the story of Frank; an ageing jewel thief who fondly remembers the criminal escapades of his youth, yet often forgets his glasses. Although Frank insists he’s fine, his son and daughter worry as his memory loss gets progressively worse and threatens the oncoming of dementia, so, Frank’s given the latest in tech; a humanoid robot programmed to take care of Frank’s physical and mental wellbeing. At first, the cantankerous Frank is reluctant to take on the robot, though after finding that the robot can be trained for certain special tasks (lock-picking, for example), he grows a lot fonder.

‘Robot and Frank’ is a science fiction, and as in a lot of science fiction movies, the robot hints at developing thoughts and feelings of his own, at one point quoting Descartes’ ‘I think therefore I am’. A robot becoming more human-like is often a source of creepiness and threat (‘Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop Dave?’), but here, the robots independence turns out to be very funny. The dialogue between Frank and his robot is very engaging, and sure to make you smile rather than grimace. 

‘Robot and Frank’ could have easily tipped into over sentimentality, or considering its outlandish premise, outright silliness or unintentional creepiness; but instead, it treads a delicate line never overstepping its mark. It keeps a low-key and grounded tone; a fantasy without too much of the fantastical. Occasionally the film threatens into some farcical and unlikely moments, but the performances of Frank Langella as Frank and Peter Sarsgaard as the dead toned voice of the robot are compelling enough to keep those moments from going over the top, and becoming distracting.

‘Robot and Frank’ is a surprising take on a classic formula, with plenty in it to keep you in your seat. It may not be ground-breaking or truly original, but its hour and a half running time, great performances, and genuinely funny moments serve to make this one worth catching.


Nicolas Beer

‘Robot and Frank’ is showing until the 14th of March at Rich Mix Cinema.

Click here for details.

New Stoker Poster And Video A sneak peek at Park Chan-Wook's latest

posted by the hanging out team - Monday, March 11, 2013

It's no great surprise that Park Chan-Wook has assembled a quality cast for his first English-language effort. The much-praised director of Oldboy and Sympathy For Mr Vengeance is now set to bring us Stoker, a horror / drama that has some serious buzz around it - and not just because of Park's previous work. Now we have a gorgeous new international teaser poster for the film to show you, as well as a video with music from the film and a few fresh clips.(Written by Helen O'Hara)



There is a front-line for selling a movie; an immediate and important method of promotion. Some may even say, the most important method; one which may be crucial to the potential success or failure of a movie. It is the poster. A striking and engaging image can do more for a movie than a popular critic’s review, or a well-known actor’s endorsement.

The images on buses, in trains, on walls, are not only designed to raise awareness, but to intrigue. The best and most iconic posters are simple, recognisable and unique. They clue us in to the content of the movie without overtly stating it, and draw us to find out more. Stoker’s poster is striking and demands attention. See above to find out more about it’s creation. 



Nicolas Beer

Django Unchained

posted by the hanging out team - Thursday, February 07, 2013

 image is copyright of the Weinstein Company

The name Tarantino brings with it some expectation when walking in to a screening of one of his films. Apart from the inevitable controversy, trailers, and interviews (including a particularly toe curling channel 4 one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrsJDy8VjZk) announcing its arrival, the very fact that it carries the name Tarantino meant I went into that cinema screening with rather a lot of presumptions; it was going to be violent, bloody, frenetic, and over the top, and, well, I wasn’t wrong.

‘Django Unchained’ is set in 1858 in the America’s Deep South just before the abolition of slavery. It’s a period in American history which seems to be getting some cinematic attention recently (courtesy of Mr Spielberg as well as a certain presidential vampire hunter), but Django is a very different beast from them both. The film follows a former dentist, now bounty hunter, Dr King Schultz, who buys the freedom of the slave Django to help complete a job. Along the way, the narrative turns to revenge as Django, aided by the doctor, enacts his vengeance on those white racists who’ve abused him, his wife, and other slaves in numerous different and brutal ways.

‘Django Unchained’ has its entertaining scenes including a particularly comic one in which the Ku Klux Klan struggle with the shoddily cut eye holes in their home made hoods. There are great performances; a brilliantly vile Leonardo DiCaprio chews up the scenery and sneers as he does so as the slave owner and business man Calvin Candie, and Christoph Waltz does a decent job as Dr. King Schultz. The mix-tape like soundtrack of contemporary pop songs woven in with the period setting works, and there are some tense moments, particularly in a scene round a dinner table, in which Dr Schultz and Django try to dupe the pernicious Mr Candie. The problem is these moments occur within a film which feels completely over-stuffed, and way over-long.

There are exciting, frenetic sequences of hyper, explosive, ‘watered-down-ketchup’ style violence where Django bloodies up his oppressors, but they sit uneasily with another type of violence. Slaves are tied up, whipped, abused, and ripped apart by dogs, and these moments don’t sit well alongside the stylized pulpy violence more familiar to Tarantino. Another irk of ‘Django Unchained’ is its use of racial epithets. The dialogue is peppered with that n-word, and contrary to the director’s claim, it doesn’t seem to me to be there for the purpose of historical accuracy (instead I imagine the gleeful grin on Quentin’s face as he wrote them in, “oh boy, oh boy, this is gonna make ‘em mad!”).

It’s unfortunate, because there is a better film in there somewhere, but ultimately ‘Django Unchained’ is too much; too long, and far too indulgent.

Showing now at Rich Mix cinema, click here for details.

By Nicholas Beer.

Sundance Film Festival 2013

posted by the hanging out team - Monday, January 28, 2013


A few months ago we featured the excellent short film Robots of Brixton, made by Kibwe Tavares. You'll be glad to hear that Kibwe is back with a new film entitled Jonah, which is being featured at the Sundance Film Festival 2013. The film tells the story of when two young men who photograph a gigantic fish leaping from the sea, their small town in Zanzibar becomes a tourist attraction. You can see the trailer and a small review of the film below.


Jonah Trailer from Factory Fifteen on Vimeo.




Kibwe Tavares grew up South London, where he had an interest in animation from a young age, taking inspiration from comics, manga, and sci-fi novels. After earning master’s degrees in engineering and architecture, he cofounded film and animation studio Factory Fifteen. Kibwe Tavares told us that: “Jonah is a story, set in the fishing town of Zanzibar, of a changing man in a changing town. Aggressive tourism sparked through Jonah’s discovery of the world’s biggest fish has caused the town and himself to change beyond recognition.

“The town is now a glowing, tacky, money making, wildly opportunistic beach town, which has abandoned its original fishing roots. As an old man, Jonah is ashamed of what his old fishing town has become and decides to hunt down the legendary fish and kill it, killing what it represents.”



An image from Kibwe Tavares' new short film Jonah.

Kibwe's previous film Robots of Brixton, imagines Brixton in the near future, over populated with robots, living with the hardships of poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment. When the police attack the robots' home, the film echoes the events of the Brixton Riots in 1981. It provides us with a chilling warning to not let history repeat itself. Robots of Brixton has screened at festivals worldwide, including the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize. You can watch the film below.




The Sundance Film Festival was first held in 1978, as an alternative to the Oscars. It promotes films made independently of the major American studios and since then it has built up a reputation for showcasing young, talented and often quirky film makers. The festival has benefited massively from the help of chairperson Robert Redford, who played the character of the 'Sundance Kid' in the 1969 western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid alongside Paul Newman. The festival features awards for dramatic and documentary films as well as a short films section among others. Usually held in Utah, the festival traveled abroad for the first time in 2011, being held at the O2.

The Life of Pi

posted by the hanging out team - Thursday, January 24, 2013
Ang Lee’s dreamlike film The Life of Pi tells the story of a young Indian boy, who finds himself stranded on a raft with only a hungry Bengal Tiger to keep him company and the lengths he goes to survive and keep the tiger at bay.



It is in the telling of this story that one finds the best achievement of this film. Other reviewers appear to have gone overboard with lavish praise of the special effects, but the actual narrative and the way it is presented is captivating and masterfully achieved. In the hands of others this film might have boiled down to a shaggy dog (or tiger!) story but Lee uses the right mix of humour, action sequences and storytelling, keeping the audience captivated, emotionally attached and never delving to far into the realms style over substance- something that 3d pictures have tended to do so far.

The film is divided into three parts; the first, fun but slightly too long, explains Pi’s early years and sets the scene for what is to come. We learn from the narration of the adult Pi, talking to an author looking to clear his writer’s block, that his father owned a zoo in India which he decides to transport to Canada to sell, using the funds to resettle his family there. One of the inhabitants of the zoo that we have already been introduced to (and witnessed the ferocity of, courtesy of a poor, wobbly goat) is the fully grown Benghal Tiger called Richard Parker. The second part begins after the steamer he is travelling on sinks. Pi finds himself sharing his dingy with Richard Parker and a selection of other animals that are all polished off rather quickly, leaving him to play cat and mouse with Richard Parker. The ways in which Pi learns to live with Richard Parker and find food for both of them are touching and funny but one does get the sense that they are occasionally slightly strained in Lee’s search for profundity. The third section of the film ties up the conversation and adds a closure to the film as well as providing a nice little twist to the tale.



Suraj Sharma, who plays the younger Pi, makes an impressive film debut. Image courtesy of Bollywood Hungama

Throughout the film the compositions that Lee uses are wonderful, he takes the ocean and uses it like a blank canvas; the special effects are also impressive during the action sequences, but sometimes the 3d seems at odds with the CGI; when there is a lot happening on the screen the film started to look like a computer game. The CGI showcase of the film was undoubtedly meant to be the Tiger, but in some scenes the resemblance was a little too close to The Jungle Book.

I don’t mind admitting that I am sceptical of CGI. For me there is no real wonder or awe in an image that was generated by a computer. It used to be fun to guess and be impressed with man-made special effects, they had a “how did they do that?” factor to them. The use of CGI, for me, removes the human touch and artistic ability that should be cherished in cinema. That is not to say that it was not visually impressive: the 3d in the underwater scenes were excellent, giving the viewer a sense of depth and perspective not normally found.

The Life of Pi is a very enjoyable cinematic experience, with dazzling digital images and, if you can ignore the slightly silly search for greater meaning, an enjoyable, well told story that is never too challenging. It is showing at Rich Mix cinema in Shoreditch, details are available here.

By Lee Greatorex

Recent Posts


Tags

Jamaica CGI Leonardo DiCaprio Writer Benedict Cumberbatch Elam Forrester novelist Man of Steel historical Sean Bobbitt 2013 Sundance Film Festival African American Arnon Milchan Quentin Tarantino Platt Michael Fanti Brad Pitt Slaves Paul Giamatti 150 years ago memoir Frank Langella violent Solomon Northup Garret Dillahunt film Benghal Tiger Dede Gardner Ruth Negga Sly and Robbie Bill Pohlad America Louisiana British epic channel 4 interview Morgan Heritage Ky-mani Marley Michael K. Williams Christoph Waltz Factory Fifteen Bryan Batt Best Picture HBO TV marek tarkowski Zanzibar Saratoga Springs tricked violence Dwight Henry Jonah New York State Britney Spears 2014 Golden Globes Brixton Riots 1853 Scoot McNairy Paul Dano Steve McQueen Black Friday fieldslave Kibwe Tavares nine Academy Award Sue Eakin Best Director Slavery The Avengers Trevor D Rhone Peter Sarsgaard Lupita Nyong'o Magnolia screenwriter Michael Shannon Taran Killam Alfre Woodard Rick Elgood freeman Dementia Anthony Katagas Science Fiction Drama Sizzla Destrehan Bethnal Green Superman Joseph Logsdon Shaggy cotton drugged Joe Walker long take Sundance Film Festival Kelsey Scott true story lynching Rob Steinberg Zack Snyder Jamie Foxx Stoker Henry Caville Ang Lee Best Actor Washington free North Bob Marley Devyn A. Tyler Regency Enterprises Bill Camp short film Oscars Bocage Cameron Zeigler Quvenzhané Wallis 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s independence Robot and Frank Christopher Berry carpenter Bass One Love Fantasy Don Letts Idris Elba Madonna Cherine Anderson Robots of Brixton overseer Patsey United States Jeremy Kleiner Bob Marley’s son Memory Loss Chris Chalk Hanging Out Michael Fassbender Kilburn walk the line John Ridley Poster controversy Chiwetel Ejiofor black man Deep South The Life of Pi Wyclef Jean Robert Redford Rich Mix west end pub Yvonne Deutschman The Harder They Come 12 Years a Slave Felicity Illustrator Sean Paul Hans Zimmer Hanging Out Project Django Unchained New Orleans Richard Parker Sarah Paulson freedom Russell Crowe Prometheus Jay Huguley Adepero Oduye revenge best motion picture

Archive

    Business Hubs

    Tuareg Productions LTD
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    richmix
    saint-martins-college-of-arts-design
    xclusive-touch
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    xnew-art-exchange
    kent-creative
    ace-cafe-london
    xclusive-chauffeuring