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Odd Man Out – Out Now!

What a title Odd Man Out. That’s not me by the way, but it is Carl Reed’s 1947 classic movie which has been beautifully restored. I judge old movies like fine wine, some turn to vinegar when they reappear from the dark – but the best ones improve with age and are pure poetry in motion. This is such a movie…

Odd Man Out, Directed by Carl Reed

Blending film noir with poetic realism, while trying to remain apolitical. The film is based on the original novel by F.L. Green, ‘Odd Man Out’. It tells the story of Johnny McQueen, played by James Mason, who is the local head of a rebel organisation.

The insert at the beginning of the film continues… “This story is told against a background of political unrest in a city of Northern Ireland. It is not concerned with the struggle between the law and an illegal organisation, but only with the conflict in the hearts of the people when they become unexpectedly involved.”

Having won ‘Best British Motion Picture’ at the 1947 BAFTAs, the film went on to get nominated for ‘Best Film Editing’ (by Fergus McDonell) at the Oscars the following year.

Also starring Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack and F.J. McCormick. It has been considered that Odd Man Out would have probably been Reed’s greatest work, had it not been overshadowed by The Third Man.

For those who have not seen the film, or those that remember seeing the original. I highly recommend you go and get yourself this new remastered DVD release, it is well worth the watch.

Here’s a little taster of the original release. Cheers…

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Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

June 22, 2012 3 comments

Champion. We are knocked out to be able to announce, that Dean and I have been given a unanimous decision to start working on the title sequence for Stephen Frears’s new film ‘Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight’.

Following a screening at Wired in the old Channel 4 building in Soho yesterday, to which I attended with Editor Mick Audsley and Stephen to discuss. The bell has dinged for us to come out fighting straight away.

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight

Produced by HBO Films and Rainmark Films, the film tells the story of Ali’s biggest match, his fight with the US government for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War.

Starring Benjamin Walker, Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella and Danny Glover. ‘Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight’ follows the politics and hubris surrounding the war and the revenge exacted on America’s greatest sportsman of the 20th century for his decision.

We look forward to being able to share our progress with you as we proceed.

On-going with Stephen Frears

Lay The Favorite Poster
Just having my morning cup of coffee and realised that it’s been well over a year since I started with Mick Audsley and Stephen Frears on their latest film Lay The Favorite. How the time has flown and I am really pleased to see the film is being officially released in cinemas this Friday.

Chatting over a beer with Mick at Sprocket Rocket last week. Mick let me know that Stephen is keen for us all to collaborate again and to start thinking about the look and titles for his new film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight for HBO. We will be able to announce more about this later.

In the meantime, for all those wanting a punt this weekend. Here’s the official worldwide trailer of ‘Lay The Favorite’ to give you the edge.

Sprocket Rocket

June 12, 2012 1 comment

De Lane Lea opens its bar tomorrow to Sprocket Rocket, for the first of their monthly gatherings for film professionals.

Along with Mick Audsley and the other founding members, Pani Ahmadi-Moore, Aggela Despotidou, Dan Roberts, Matt Gauci and Evren Arkali. I’ll be attending tomorrow at Dean Street, Soho for the first of many.

If you would like to attend our next meet, please contact me by clicking here for an invitation.

Sprocket Rocket

Johnny Depp honored at the MTV Film Awards

Our congratulations to Johnny for being honored at this years MTV Movie Awards.

Johnny Depp MTV Generation Award

The master of guises Johnny Depp, was presented with the MTV Generation Award at this years ceremony, hosted by Russell Brand at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The ‘Dark Shadows‘ star was introduced by Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, who presented the award for his contribution to the film industry and for entertaining generations throughout his career.

Johnny commented after watching a montage of his films, “This is the get out of business award. Based on watching all of those clips there is clearly something wrong with me.”

After accepting the award, Johnny then strapped on his guitar and joined The Black Keys for a rocking rendition of ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ and ‘Lonely Boy’.

We now look forward to seeing Johnny is his next guise as ‘Tonto’, in ‘The Lone Ranger‘ out later this year.

Riot On Redchurch Street

After our meeting today at Redchurch Street Productions. We are delighted to announce that we are now doing the titles for their new British independent film ‘Riot on Redchurch Street’.

Sean McLusky Richard Morrison Trevor Miller

Written and Directed by Trevor Miller. The film tells the story of a love triangle between an East London rock-n-roll manager and two of his clients – a girl singer on the verge of mainstream success and the young front-man from a local punk-band, who’s starting to crash and burn. As the star-crossed lovers tear each other apart, a showcase gig in Shoreditch turns bad, igniting anglo-muslim racial tension – now there’s a riot on Redchurch Street than can only end in blood, fire and redemption.

Riot On Redchurch Street

The film has been produced by music manager and promoter maverick Sean McLusky, along with seasoned veteran Hamish McAlpine, who was featured last week in The Hollywood Reporter in Cannes. It stars former singer of ‘Mover’, Sam Hazeldine who starred opposite John Cusack in ‘The Raven’ and French actress Alysson Paradis, younger sister of Vanessa Paradis. Distinct British movie and TV actor Jesse Birdsall also stars in the film, as does Rhys James.

Riot On Redchurch Street

Trevor says “I had returned to London, from Los Angeles, after 17 years and wanted to make a film that would translate to both UK and US audiences. The vibrancy and danger of the East London music scene seemed the perfect subject matter – being both singularly British, yet uniquely exportable. I had been reading Christopher Isherwood’s “Goodbye To Berlin” and found striking parallels between my own experience and the bohemian subculture in which I became immersed. When I witnessed a large street-fight outside the Redchurch Street mosque I realized that this was a story needing to be told. A story about powerful emotion, moral ambiguity – but ultimately hope.”

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