In cinema's this month...
FUNNY COW – A woman with a funnybone for a backbone, this charts the rise to stardom of a female comedienne through the 1970’s and 1980’s, set against the backdrop of working men’s clubs and the stand-up comedy circuit of the North of England. From her troubled childhood to her turbulent adult relationships, the Funny Cow uses the raw material of her life experiences to bring her unique style of comedy to the stage. A stand-up comedienne in an all-male world, ‘Funny Cow’ delivers tragedy and comedy in equal measure.
Featuring Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Tony Pitts, Stephen Graham
Director: Adrian Shergold
Producers: Kevin Proctor, Mark Vennis
1st Assistant Director – Graham Drover
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY - A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. Based on the book of the same name, this tells the story of writer Juliet Ashton and her relationship with an eccentric group of people who, having suffered the experiences of Occupation during WWII, find solace in books, reading and the simple pleasure of each other’s company.
Featuring Lily James, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay
Director: Mike Newell
Producers: Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Paula Mazur
Production Sound Mixer – Alistair Crocker
On TV this month...
TRUE HORROR – Each episode of this drama documentary series tells a spine-tingling story, drawing on eyewitness testimonies that are brought to life through straight-to-camera documentary interviews and visually-striking, elegantly realised and terrifying drama. Witnesses will recount stories of paranoia, paranormal activity and fear, explaining in candid detail how these seemingly inexplicable experiences affected their lives.
Featuring Michelle Ryan, Allison McKenzie, Kellie Shirley
Director: Amanda Bowen
Producers: Jamie Campbell, Joel Wilson
Make Up and Hair Designer - Sophie Slotover (Ep 4)
ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE – 3pt adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel. Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point. Her adopted son Jack Argyll, a young delinquent, is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his innocence. Eighteen months later, Dr Arthur Calgary, a mysterious scientist, walks onto the velvety lawns of Sunny Point claiming to have just returned from an expedition to the Arctic. Even more extraordinary is his claim to hold the alibi that can prove Jack’s innocence. But Jack died in prison before the case could come to trial, and the Argyll family is reluctant to dig up the secrets of the past.
Rachel’s widower Leo is about to remarry his secretary Gwenda and none of Rachel’s other adopted children Mary, Mickey, Tina or Hester, nor longstanding housekeeper Kirsten, is willing to reopen that most horrendous chapter of their lives. However, the shattering implications of Calgary’s story are too big to avoid; if he is telling the truth then the wrong person was arrested for Rachel’s murder. And if Jack is innocent, then it must have been somebody else at Sunny Point. Somebody still out there…
Featuring Bill Nighy, Alice Eve, Matthew Goode, Ella Purnell
Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Producer – Roopesh Parekh
KISS ME FIRST - An innovative thriller series from Bryan Elsley which combines live action with stunning state-of-the-art computer-generated virtual world sequences in a TV drama first. Based on Lottie Moggach's debut novel, Kiss Me First moves between the real and virtual animated worlds. When her mother dies, lonely girl Leila has to learn how to manage living on her own. Leila has a digital avatar, Shadowfax, and when she logs onto the virtual reality game Azana she feels truly alive. Leila stumbles across Red Pill, a secret paradise, hidden on the edges of her favourite game, and she meets Tess. Tess is everything that Leila is not: hedonistic, impulsive and insatiable. So when Tess turns up in Leila's real life uninvited, Leila's world is forever changed. But then a member of the group mysteriously disappears and Leila begins to suspect that maybe the hidden sanctuary isn't the digital Eden its creator Adrian claims it to be. Now, Leila's real journey begins.
Featuring Tallulah Haddon, Simona Brown, Matthew Beard.
Directors: Misha Manson-Smith, Tom Green
Producer: Bradley Adams
Costume Designer – Charlotte Mitchell