Film Focus: Episode 10- The 80’s Edition with Special Guest, Stranger Things’ Lynda Reiss

In this episode Emily and Sarah review recent releases Tickled, a bizarre and chilling documentary into the sinister world of competitive tickling, and Swiss Army Man including an interview clip with Daniel Radcliffe, the film’s star. Emily catches up with special guest, Hollywood Props Master Lynda Reiss to talk about her most recent work on Netflix sensation STRANGER THINGS . We’ll find out the latest on Sarah’s challenge to watch over 500 feature films in a year and, as if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be getting all warm and fuzzy as we reveal Our Top 5 80’s Nostalgia Films.


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Film Focus with: Special Guest Director Jim Gillespie


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Jim Gillespie at the Isle of Man Film Festival 2015. Photo by Steve Babb

Film Director Jim Gillespie, most well known for his 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer, speaks to Film Focus’ Emily Cook about his latest feature, Take Down, what it’s like shooting in the Isle of Man, the rise of the teenager in Rebel Without a Cause and what it is that makes the Isle of Man Film Festival so special.

TAKE DOWN focuses on the reckless sons and daughters of international billionaires, who have been sent by their frustrated parents to an exclusive, tough-love boot camp on a remote island, where they will be taught basic survival skills in the hope it will teach them to take responsibility for their lives. When they are taken hostage and held for a billion dollar ransom by a group of sophisticated kidnappers, the young captives suddenly need every ounce of their brief training to survive.

The film stars a bevy of gorgeous talented young cast including Ed Westwick, Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin, Ashley Walters and Dominic Sherwood.

This Interview was recorded in the Broadway Cinema at the Isle of Man Film Festival

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Episode 6: The May Edition – The Power of Film Location & Special Guest Jim Gillespie

In this episode Emily and Sarah review new releases, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ from the vibrant members bar of the Picture House Central. Emily catches up with special guest Director Jim Gillespie, most well known for his 1997 film I Know What You did Last Summer. and they speak about his latest film Take Down following it’s screening at the Isle of Man Film Festival.

We also let you know of any film-making opportunities and events on the horizon, the latest from the IOMFF and, as if that wasn’t enough, we discuss the importance of location in films; particularly how and why forests are used in horror and thrillers to increase tension. Emily and Sarah reveal their Top 5 Forests of Fear.

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Emily Cook interviewing special guest Jim Gillespie at the Isle of Man Film festival. Photo by Steve Babb

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