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Film Focus on: Captain America: Civil War

Emily and Sarah review the latest film from Marvel Studios Captain America: Civil War. The film is directed by the Russo Brothers and picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. The film stars Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans.

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The Film’s Trailer

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Film Focus with: Paul Ensby-Leading Feature Film Colourist

In this exclusive special guest interview, Film Focus’ Emily, catches up with one of the worlds leading  feature film colorists , Paul Ensby, in his Soho grading theatre at the prestigious post-production facility Company 3.

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Emily Cook and Paul Ensby in 2013 when he was working at Technicolor

 

Freshly back from LA, Paul gives exclusive colourist commentaries of the trailers of four of his most recent films including Amy, Man From U.N.C.L.EThe Lady in the Van and Allegiant, explaining what it was like working on the films and intriguing behind the scenes insights. He outlines the role of a colourst, how you go about forging a career as a grader and reveals what happened when he worked with legendary director, Lord Richard Attenborough.

 

 

Paul began his career within the industry in 1990 when he followed his father and grandfathers footsteps into the Technicolour laboratory in London. There he began to work as a 35mm photochemical feature colour grader, working with some high profile directors such as Ridley Scott and Jane Campion. Just after the turn of the century, grading digitally began to rise in popularity and Paul was at the forefront of this new technology, initially with Cinesite Europe and then back under Technicolour as their principal colourist in London. He joined the ranks at Company 3 in late 2014. His credits include ‘Kingdom of Heaven‘, ‘Amy‘, ‘Hanna‘, ‘The Man From Uncle‘ and many more.

Watch the Full Video Interview (Featuring Footage from the Film)

Video Clip: Exclusive Colourist Commentary of Allegiant

 

Video Clip: Exclusive Colourist Commentary of Amy

 

Video Clip: Exclusive Colourist Commentary of Man from U.N.C.L.E

Video Clip: Exclusive Colourist Commentary of The Lady in the Van

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Sex in the Scenario: why women’s representation in cinema matters to us all by Bill Thompson

by Bill Thompson

In a recent episode of their BBC film programme Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo talked at length about films in which a dog is a character, looking for ones that treat these companion animals with due seriousness – so no animations, and no romcom plot devices. There are lots – The Road, High Rise, you’ll have your own list. About half way through their discussion they decided to call it the ‘Barkdel Test’ and I laughed out loud at their riff on the Bechdel Test.

They didn’t bother to explain the joke, quietly acknowledging that for the sort of person who listens to them regularly, as for the sort of person who listens to Film Focus, the Bechdel Test is part of your intellectual furniture up there with an understanding of evils of neoliberalism, the importance of flossing and a love of the Isle of Man.

We all know that a film needs to have two named women in it who talk to each other about something other than a man in order to pass, and we all know that many well-known films fail it badly 2. And we all know that it’s named for cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who used it as a joke it in her cartoon strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1985.

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Million Dollar Baby (2004) depicts strong female representation and passes the test

Dr. Martha Lauzen’s study It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World, examines women in the top 100 domestic grossing films of 2015. For this report, Lauzen focuses on the percentages of female and male characters, characters’ demographic traits, and the relationship between on-screen female representation and the representation of women involved behind the camera. Dr. Lauzen has found that only 22% of protagonists in the top 100 domestic grossing films were women.

The desire for women to be fully reflected in all forms of literature and creative activity is far from new, and Bechdel herself was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s comment in A Room of One’s Own that

‘all the great women of fiction were, until Jane Austen’s day, not only seen by the other sex, but seen only in relation to the other sex’.

This is important on many levels. I was around for the third wave of feminism in the 1970s/80s, and was a member of both a men’s consciousness raising group and a mixed CR group. I read Achilles Heel, joined Cambridge University Women’s Action Group and founded Cambridge Men Against Sexism, where we held screenings of Rosie the Riveter and other films about gender issues. I’m a feminist and a socialist, and I’m well aware that cultural norms play a significant role in maintaining oppression and sustaining male privilege.

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Still and reviews of Feminist film Rosie the Riveter

So while the Bechdel test might seem a trivial thing, and a very modest requirement for any film to fulfil, it does something very important: it raises consciousness, just like the evenings I spent sitting in a circle talking about whether we (as men) preferred women who shaved their legs, and what that might say about our ability to support equality more widely.

The political is still personal, and by asking a simple question the test opens up the wider debate about how we interrogate and understand the deep gender divide in film-making at all levels. It doesn’t tell us how to fix it, but we have to start somewhere.

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The article was written by Bill Thompson

Bill is an English technology writer best known for his weekly appearances on the tech radio show Click on BBC World Service. He was chair of Cambridge Film Trust for five years.

 

Film Focus on: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

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The greatly anticipated superhero film, Warner bros’ Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, is the latest film from director Zack Snyder . The film stars Ben Affleck, as Batman who, worried that the actions of Superman, played by Henry Cavill, are left unchecked,  takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. The film has been rated a respectable 7.3 on IMDb whilst fan site Rotten Tomatoes only award it with a ranking of 29%. Here’s what we made of the film.

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The Film’s Trailer

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Episode 5: The April Edition – Female Filmmakers & Exclusive Colourist Commentaries with Special Guest Grader, Paul Ensby

Episode summary:
In this episode Emily and Sarah  review the greatly anticipated new release, ‘Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice‘. Our special industry guest is world leading feature film Colourist Paul Ensby from the prestigious post-production facility Company3 in Soho . Paul gives exclusive colourist commentaries to the trailers of four of his most recent films including Oscar winning Documentary Amy, Guy Richie’s Man From U.N.C.L.E, the charming British comedy, The Lady in the Van and new release Allegiant, explaining what it was like working on the films including intriguing behind the scenes insights. He also outlines the role of a colourist, offers his advice for how you go about forging a career as a grader and we ask him about what happened when he worked with legendary director, Lord Richard Attenborough.

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Emily Cook (Photo-Marriane McCourt) and Paul Ensby (Company 3 Photo credit)

We let you know of any filmmaking opportunities and events on the horizon and as if that wasn’t enough, in our industry talking point section, we discuss Our Top 5 Films Created by Women, some of them might just surprise you!

We also give you the latest instalment of Sarah’s exciting 500  Film Challenge – she’s watching 500 films in a year!

Trivia, reviews, interviews and much more from the world of film!

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We also have a specially created ‘Our top 5 films created by Women’ themed blog post as well as a a guest article from journalist, socialist, feminist, BBC Click presenter Bill Thompson.Check them out on our blog post section.

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Film Focus on: London Has Fallen

Emily and Sarah review action thriller, London Has Fallen, the latest film from Director Babak Najafi which follows on from his 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen . London Has Fallen stars Gerard ButlerAaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman

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Synopsis: After the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman also stars as the Vice President of the United States.

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Episode 4: The March Edition -The Oscars & The Virtual Reality of the BBC Blue Room Tech Lab (inc.Hail Caesar! & London Has Fallen)

Episode summary:
In this episode, we review new releases, “London Has Fallen” and the latest from The Coen Brothers “Hail, Ceasar!”. Emily and Sarah discuss some of their favourite categories from the Oscars, who won and who they think should have won.

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Special Guest – Lindsey Suter – Leading Tech expert at BBC Blue Room

In our special guest interview, Emily speaks with Lindsey Suter leading industry consumer technologist for an exclusive filmed tour of the BBC’s flagship tech lab, known as the ‘Blue Room‘. Embracing our inner geeks, we delve into the submersive world of virtual reality, explore 360 capture and talk about robots, gadgets, the future of broadcast and cinema and discover the next generation of technology before it hits the high street and our homes.

Lindsey also divulges her top advice for anyone wanting to break into the industry and perhaps most importantly we discuss whether, in this world of connected technology, there’s still a place for the cinema experience.

We check in again with Sarah to see where she’s up to with her ambitious 500  Film Challenge – she’s watching 500 films in a year!
Trivia, reviews, interviews and much more from the world of film and TV!

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