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The Firm – crowdfunding, crew, and pre-production

“I try to push ideas away, and the ones that will not leave me alone are the ones that ultimately end up happening”. This fantastic quote from JJ. Abrams helps to describe what my next short film ‘The Firm’ is all about – an idea that didn’t go away. I’m Maxwell Morrison, and I am the director, producer and writer on the upcoming British short film ‘The Firm’. I’m 19 years old and based in North Yorkshire. Making films is my passion, specifically writing and directing, but I’m passionate about the whole process. I’m currently looking to make several shorts over the next year and a half, with the goal of producing my debut feature film towards the end of 2019. This article is the first in a series of articles featuring exclusively right here on Filmburner.com regarding the entire process fr...

Kenny official trailer

Trailer for cinema documentary - Kenny.

Review: Breathe

Beware the movie that comes bearing the message ‘what follows is based on a true story’. The truth usually ends up playing second fiddle to the story telling and Breathe, the directorial debut from the former Gollum-inhabiting Andy Serkis, is a prime example of this. Robin (Andrew Garfield) is a dashing young Sandhurst graduate, who leaves the Army and moves in to the tea-broker business, in the latter-half of the 1950s. Playing cricket one day, he claps eyes on the stunning, yet reputedly unattainable, Diana Blacker (Claire Foy). Immediately smitten, he smashes the ball for six, she’s duly impressed and, voila, we have a pair of star-crossed lovers. They marry, take-off to Africa, safari a bit, and pretty quickly Diana gets pregnant. Then, when things really couldn’t get any better, life ...

Breathe official trailer

Official trailer for Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, which tells the true story of Robin Cavendish, who becomes paralysed from the neck down by polio at age 28. It is released in UK cinemas on October 27, 2017. Andy Serkis’s directorial debut, is this just another Hollywood heart warmer with an actor having his pitch at an Oscar by playing a disabled character in a real-life story. Find out in our review coming soon.

Watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi full trailer

The official trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been released. It aired during half-time of an NFL game on Monday night, and offers the first extended look at the sequel to 2015’s The Force Awakens after a teaser trailer was released earlier this year. This eighth instalment of the Star Wars franchise will be released in December and cinema tickets are available to book now.

Suicide Squad review

DC comics latest superhero outing had such a promising start; all the trailers promised a team match up to rival the likes of the extremely successful Marvel Avengers. However, these tantalising trailers failed to match expectation (a common trend when it comes to DC these days - with the exception of Nolan's Batman trilogy).

Dallas Buyers Club – movie review

Here we go again. Does sex really sell? Well slammed in the face during the first scene we see the silhouettes of some people having. Now at first, I am thinking this is steamy Matthew McConaughey with some other people getting their freak on. Yum yum. I am sold I thought. Then we see that, in fact (yes although still McConaughey), it was Ron Woodroof! That is not the McConaughey I want to see in the very first scenes. Ron was not hot at all, and in fact, the total opposite. He looked like he was sick. Then again, I wonder if I hadn’t know him as hunky McConaughey in real life, maybe I wouldn't have been so critical. Ok. He could have just been a skinny fella. I have many thin men friends.

Psycho (1960) review

A true classic? I’d never actually seen it until the ripe old age of 21. That’s right, I’d avoided the actual film whilst shamelessly recreating the famous shower scene noise as an invisible knife was stabbed in the back of a friend (who hasn’t?!). I’d watched the endless countdowns like ‘the 100 scariest films’ and seen the infamous scene multiple times. I’d even answered pub questions on the ‘classic’ (wrongly I might add…but still) and yet never seen what is often argued as Hitchcock’s greatest. That recently all changed thanks to @skymovies and a ridiculously long Easter break provided by my uni. Even 53 years on (yes it really has been that long) you can understand why people love it so much and why they’ve made a film, on the making of the film [Hitchcock 2013]. Despite the shots bei...

12 Years A Slave (2013)review

In 12 Years A Slave, during the very first scene, watching the lashing of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), brought flashbacks of the opening scenes from Saving Private Ryan. So brutal was it from the beginning, which clearly was an attempt to hit the viewer with a powerful punch to provoke Hollywood film grade entertainment. But did it work and was it necessary?