Opportunity: FDA Cinema Showcase


Life is about opportunity, about the choices we are given and the choices we make. They say that, “when you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.”

Recently, The Rabbit Film Section’s Editor has been given the opportunity to see exclusive new films which are to be shown at an exclusive Media and Trade Preview event, to be held in the heart of London. The films include: ‘I Give it a Year’, ‘Wreck it Ralph’, ‘Lincoln’ and many more. The event is also set to have Q and As with actors, directors and filmmakers who are at the heart of the multi-billion pound film business.

Film is a wonderful entertainment medium, which can be both an individual and a group experience. There is something magical about a group of people, when plunged in to darkness and engrossed in the same action, the same plot, and the same film, eating salty popcorn and sipping on ice cold coke.  And when emotions are shared at the same moment, there is something very unique about that. And, indeed, when you view a film on your own, your own emotion is just as valid, if not more so, heightened.


Film has the diversity to reach out to more than their audiences; the films themselves often have morals, which are often carried on to our own lives. So, if there’s any opportunity given to you, you should grab it with both hands and revel in the experience.

Check out the next issue, which will be out in a fortnight, for all of the exclusive content from this exclusive event.


Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor

The Snowman and the Snowdog Review


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.


‘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.

The Snowman and the Snowdog

Trouble With the Curve


Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood star in a film about love, life and family.

So, the reviews are in for Robert Lorenz’s ‘Trouble With the Curve’, which follows according to IMDB: ‘an ailing  baseball scout [Eastwood] in his twilight years takes his daughter [Adams] on one last recruiting trip’

Have a look at what the critics around the world had to say about this film:

Robert Collin of London’s The Daily Telegraph said: 


“The trouble with Trouble with the Curve is that it contains no curves and precious little trouble.”

David Edward of the Scottish Daily Record said:


“Eastwood’s character lurches from sentimentality to outright cruelty, Adams lacks the steel to bring her character to life and the finale is horribly contrived.”

Paul Whitington of the Irish Independent said: 

“Adams, it has to be said, is very good in a role that might have remained one dimensional in less skilled hands, but battles alone against a rising tide of mawkishness and lame jokes.”

Peter Bradshaw of the London The Guardian said: 


“But it’s sentimental and glutinous, and the ending is almost surreal in its contrivance and unbelievability.”

What do you think? Will you be heading down to your local cinema to see this film?


*note, these reviews are from the writers own honest opinion and are not based on fact