“F***k Films”

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Jessica Hynes, writer and co creator of ‘Spaced’ won the RTS Television Award for Best Comedy Performance on the 20th March 2013.

Hynes, who is perhaps best known for her role as Daisy in ‘Spaced’ and most recently as Siobhan Sharpe in BBC Four’s ‘Twenty Twelve’, had some relevant points, but was mainly headline grabbing stuff – but, was she right to damn an industry which she is technically part of?

“I love television, I love it and everyone goes on about film,” she lamented. “They are like: ‘Films’. F**k film. F**k films. ‘Oh, I make a film, I make a film’, f**k them…Television is my f**king heart. I love it. I love it.”

Television and Film are one in the same industry, often, the same actors who started in Television move on to the Big Screen, to Blockbusters and Indie Films, to Animated Movies and Action Films. It is sometimes hard to forget where some of the biggest names in the biggest started in Television, for example, George Clooney starred in E.R as Dr Doug Ross, Johnny Depp starred in 21 Jump Street as Officer Tom Hanson.

Now, of course, Clooney and Depp are some of Hollywood’s most prized and highest paid actors in the business, but, they were just like every other actor all those years ago.

Hynes herself has starred in friend Simon Pegg’s blockbuster’s, including ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘Burke and Hare’, both big in the UK, cementing Pegg as one of Hollywood’s newest exclusive members, whilst simultaneously excluding Hynes. Is her speech not an attack on the business, but her lamenting a career she has (or ever will ) have? 

We can, of course, never know, on the surface her speech seems a little bit like a drunken rant, high on a win and trying to get a few laughs.

What I will say, is that Film is often a most difficult industry, everyone knows everyone, its notoriously hard to get in to, but once you’re in, magic can happen. Film is a medium which is limitless, eternal, exciting, frustrating, infuriating, but most of all, Film is amazing.

Don’t “f***k films”, appreciate them.

Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor

*Quote courtesy of Digital Spy Jessica Hynes’ speech

*Image courtesy of The Independent Online

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2013

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Words by Naomi Jeffreys

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery.”

2012 has been and gone, and one hell of a year it was too. It saw London successfully; triumphantly host the Olympic Games, it was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Culturally, London was at the epi-centre of high quality plays and musicals.

The Evening Standard Awards saw the best in the Arts business win a host of awards, among the winners were; Judi Dench, Simon Russell Beale, Danny Boyle and Hattie Morahan.

The amount of brilliant films which were produced in twenty twelve was astounding, amongst the films which were released were, ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Skyfall’ and many more.

So, if 2012 has been a cracker of a year for film, then Twenty Thirteen should be even better, with a whole host of big budget films due to be released in the next year which include; ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Monsters University’, ‘The Croods’, ‘Monsters Inc 3D’, ‘Iron Man 3’, ‘Planes’, ‘Elysium’ to just name a few.

If you haven’t already guessed, in this week’s issue we will be covering what films you should spend your money on in 2013 and the ones which you should miss, what you can look forward too, what you must see, what you should miss and an exclusive interview with ‘James Bond’ alumni, Samantha Bond.

The Snowman and the Snowdog Review

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Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Sometimes we find it hard to separate ourselves from the films we watch a children, perhaps it is because of the memories which they evoke, or the yearning for a simpler time, with no bills to worry about, or indeed the arduous essay deadlines. Maybe this is true to the eagerly anticipated ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’, the sequel to Raymond Briggs’ classic film, ‘The Snowman’.

Briggs himself begrudgingly agreed to a sequel, maybe this was a mistake, sometimes things can’t be repeated and maybe they shouldn’t.

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‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ was a harmless film, which followed one boys story in his discovery of the Snowman and in recreating the love lost with his family dog, which died within the first few minutes of the twenty five minute short film. And is recreated in the patchwork ‘Snowdog’.

It is hard not to compare the two films, the animation has stayed true to the original which was, sketchy, hand drawn and rough. But, with a few more advancements, the colour was brighter, the new ‘HD’ has crept its way in to the film. In the inevitable flying sequence, the once innocent operatic singing voice of Peter Auty was replaced by a Coldplay-esque Indie rock band.

Instead of rolling English fields, we saw the Shard towering above London, with glimpses of the OXO tower and of course, The London Eye. London has changed and the Snowman must change with it. The adventures felt rushed and predictable, and the ending even more so.

There was only a glimpse of the magic from the first film, but, maybe the younger audiences who viewed this film on the Eve of Christmas, will have captured something of the magic of Christmas, just like I did, all those years ago.

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