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The Fifth Ace (Title Sequence)

The Fifth Ace Scott Barber

The Fifth Ace – title sequence I shot during my time at the Met Film School, in the style of Tony Scott, trying to make Hull resemble California (if that’s possible).

Produced, Directed & Starring Scott Barber


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Picturehouse Partners with MUBI

Picturehouse MUBI

Picturehouse Cinemas has partnered with online film platform MUBI in a deal which will see Picturehouse members receiving 90 days of free access to MUBI.

Initiated by film and brand specialists elevenfiftyfive, the partnership will also see Picturehouse customers receive 30 days of free access to MUBI’s curated film content. Picturehouse will be supporting the partnership with substantial on-screen promotion, in-cinema point of sale material and digital and social media marketing.



The partnership is the first major promotion for MUBI in the UK.

Efe Cakarel, founder/CEO of MUBI commented: “Picturehouse Cinemas are the perfect partners for MUBI. We share their passion for great cinema and providing our customers with the very best possible user experience. We believe it is time for a new approach to VOD, focused on curating and programing great films. We are building an opinionated brand that you can trust to bring you the best films from around the globe.”

“At Picturehouse we pride ourselves on being a forward-looking company. Our early adoption of digital projection and alternative content are two examples of this philosophy. We are determined to work closely with emerging digital platforms. This partnership with MUBI allows us to gauge the appetite for video on demand, at home and on the go with our communities of avid film fans,” added Gabriel Swartland, head of communications at Picturehouse.




Ridley Scott Secures Film Rights to The Fishing Fleet


Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London has secured the film rights to Anne de Courcy’s best-selling book, The Fishing Fleet.



De Courcy’s well-received social history of husband hunting in the Raj describes the exploits of young British women sent by the boatload to India to find love and marriage.

Scott Free London will develop the book as a theatrical release, with Liza Marshall producing. De Courcy will act as development consultant.

The deal was negotiated by Conrad Williams and Carlo Dusi for Scott Free London.



Daniel Craig’s 007 Rail Stunt


Daniel Craig performed a few of his own stunts on the set of Skyfall this week, when he jumped off a moving container then hauled himself back on with only a couple of knee pads to protect him.

But a stunt double was on hand in Adana, Turkey, to take over when things got more serious, as we can see from the photos below.





The action scenes in Skyfall promise a return to the more traditional style of action we saw in Casino Royale, Craig’s first outing as 007. Alexander Witt, otherwise unknown before joining the world of James Bond, conducted the second unit during the filming of Casino Royale, so his name is linked to the prior title due to such action as the spectator crane fight. Witt was asked which parts of the movie visible on screen he was responsible for, which he claims was twenty-five per cent. In Skyfall, the authors will return to the old-fashioned style of action, i.e. Quantum of Solace shows a lot of fast cuts due to Dan Bradley at the helm – typical of the Bourne films – that form is now neglected. Witt said that the previous experiment was ony a transient fashion, because the audience is now more comfortable in the case of a long continuous piece of action.





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Mendes recently stated he would be returning back to Ian Fleming and to make Bond more human, echoing Peter Hunt’s direction back in 1969 with George Lazenby and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, a film which Chris Nolan himself has been inspired by. Mendes had this to say about Fleming’s novel:

“Well, I think it’s one of those… It’s commonly considered a neglected classic, and I think it is. I think it’s one of the two best Fleming novels. It’s a great novel. And I think it’s when you see him, as a character, pushed to the edge, because he does fall in love and he loses her. And Tracy, the character Diana Rigg plays, is a great character, a kind of feisty woman—his equal in a way, which is a little bit what they do with Vesper in Casino Royale. So I love that book. I think that Lazenby was dealt a pretty cruel hand because he was following Connery, who was… you know, they just hit a homerun the first time that he even got to bat. Connery was a great piece of casting, and he was iconic in the role.

And then they asked him to do strange things, which I thought spoke a little bit of their insecurity. For example, right at the beginning, he turns to camera and says, to camera: “That wouldn’t happen with the other guy.” I’m like… the first time I saw it I was like, “You’ve got to be joking! You can’t do that to the poor man!” But they were playing almost embarrassment, almost apologizing for having a new Bond. I thought that was wrong. And I thought what they got right with Casino Royale was there was a kind of, “We don’t need Q. We don’t need Moneypenny. We’ve got this character. We’re going right back to basics. He’s real. He’s in a real situation. Let’s start all over again.” I thought that was very refreshing.”


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Ray Winstone Comes Full Circle With The Sweeney

London, UK - 2011.

Ray Winstone admits his role in the movie remake of The Sweeney brings him “full circle” after he appeared as an extra in the original TV show more than 30 years ago.



The actor plays Detective Inspector Jack Regan, the part made famous by John Thaw in the film. It also stars co-stars musician-turned-actor Ben Drew, better known as Plan B, who plays George Carter, (portrayed by Dennis Waterman in the original show).

Winstone said: “My first ever job was on The Sweeney. I was an extra in an episode called Loving Arms in the Red Cow in Hammersmith, looking at John Thaw and Dennis Waterman so it’s come full circle for me.”


Ray Winstone in original TV Sweeney episode, 1976: YouTube Preview Image


Winstone said it was a “very difficult” film to make because the original show was so “iconic”, but praised his co-star Drew. ”I saw him in Harry Brown and it was kind of my idea to bring him in because he looks like he can kick a door down and he can actually act as well. He writes songs, he directs films, he writes films, you know. I think it’s kind of what it is today. These kids come along and it’s not jack of all trades, they are actually good at what they do. You kind of go along as an older actor and you learn something yourself.”


The original Regan and Carter – played by John Thaw and Dennis Waterman


The original Thames TV series first aired on TV back in 1973, and ran for 4 years until its final episode in 1978. When writer-director Nick Love’s new feature version hits UK’s cinemas in September, it will have been six years in the making.

In 2006, Fox Searchlight’s then-topper Peter Rice (now head of Fox entertainment) and DNA Films’ Andrew Macdonald approached Love, one of the co-founders of Vertigo Films, to helm and pen a film version of The Sweeney, for which the two were in the process of buying the rights.

Love, who had already established a following in the U.K. for character-driven gangster pics laden with sharp dialogue (The Football Factory, The Business) seemed a perfect fit to tackle the action-thriller based on the London Metropolitan police Flying Squad, which fought violent crime. Nick Love jumped at the opportunity.

Love developed the story with Macdonald and Rice, and wrote the first five drafts of the script before Trainspotting screen writer John Hodge stepped in to write another five drafts.


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The film nearly started shooting at that point, two and a half years ago, when, budgeted at £9 million, it had Ray Winstone attached as Jack Regan, with Michael Fassbender as George Carter.

“We would normally go a lot quicker,” Love says, “but it was a bigger film, bigger script and was harder to get rights to a thriller.”

Adds Vertigo producer and co-founder Allan Niblo: “I remember people being a bit scared at the budget at the time. And that got it into a traditional vicious cycle where the budget kept getting readjusted, and each time different hurdles came up.”

Nick Love states more directly; “For Fox, the issue was, is there foreign value on this film?” he says. “Ray never really worked for foreign markets, and their issue was that if we’re making it for $14 million, you’re relying on foreign (pickups). Whereas if you’re making it for $3 million, you’re relying on U.K. domestic.”

Because it was an American studio that ultimately financing the film and because the property is so intrinsically British, there was always an issue of which market the film was being targeted to, Love adds.

Love says that, for him, the main problem with the project years ago was the script. He and Vertigo decided to pull out from The Sweeney at that point, with Love going on to write and direct soccer hooligan remake The Firm, which was released in 2009. That same year, with Rice having moved from Searchlight into the broadcasting arm of the company, Searchlight put the pic into turnaround, and approached Vertigo to see if it wanted to buy out the $785,000 of development costs.

“We leapt at it, because we always wanted to make (the film),” Nick Love says.



Niblo says that Vertigo worked to bring the budget back into line, focusing on the U.K. audience, with an eye toward reflecting the original TV series. Love and Hodge spent seven months re-writing the script, and Vertigo, using experience it had gained with CGI thanks to pics such as Monsters and Streedance 3D re-packaged the pic to fit into a budget closer to $5 million.

Ben Drew then stepped in to play George Carter, along with Hayley Atwell and Damian Lewis, and The Sweeney went into pre-production in August.

London-based Embargo Films, a production and financing company, boarded the project with equity finance and eOne pre-bought the pic in the U.K. while Square One picked up German rights.

The film shot over eight weeks from October through December, and is scheduled for release on September 21st, 2012.

And while the project’s past may have been turbulent, its future looks bright.

Protagonist Pictures, which is repping sales, proved international distribs had an appetite for the film. At the Berlinale in February, Universal bought multi-territory rights for France, Benelux, Scandinavia and Brazil, while other international distributors also boarded the film.

BBC’s Top Gear recently covered the filming of a car stunt on location of The Sweeney, while the film is also getting a major sponsorship deal from Ford, which ties in with the original 1970′s TV series, which also had sponsorship from Ford.


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Plans for a sequel are already under way.

Love, who insists the pic’s long gestation helped sharpen how he approached the actioner, says simply: “I’ve loved this film and been more obsessive about it than any other.”


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Sam Mendes Returns to Fleming’s Bond in Skyfall


During a news conference in Istanbul, director Sam Mendes revealed that the new James Bond film will explore a more emotional side of the character, adding that the movie will return to author Ian Fleming’s original creation.


The next James Bond movie, Skyfall, promises the usual action, exotic locations, scheming villains and beautiful women. For fans of the original novels by Ian Fleming, there’s more: a journey into the troubled psyche of the iconic spy.

To be expected, when the director at the helm is Sam Mendes, whose cinematic studies of personalities in emotional turmoil and even meltdown include American Beauty and Revolutionary Road.

“You always go back to the Fleming because the character Fleming created over a number of novels was incredibly complex,” Mendes said Sunday at a news conference in Istanbul, where the crew of Skyfall has filmed.

“Some people sometimes forget in the cliche of Bond, which is the international playboy, and someone who’s always untroubled, and almost never breaks a sweat, that actually what (Fleming) created was a very conflicted character,” said Mendes, who was joined by cast members, including Bond actor Daniel Craig.


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Fleming created a secret agent who was sometimes frustrated and ambivalent about his job. Many Bond movies sidestepped the inner demons, showcasing instead a debonair 007 whose exploits were enhanced with gaudy gadgets and special effects.

In Fleming’s last novels, Mendes said, Bond suffered from a “combination of lassitude, boredom, depression, difficulty with what he’s chosen to do for a living, which is to kill. That makes him a much more interesting character, and some of those things are explored in this movie, because Daniel as an actor is capable of exploring them.”

Fleming, whose experiences as a British intelligence officer in World War II helped him conceive the Bond novels, died in 1964.



It is Craig’s third portrayal of the spy, and he introduced a darker side to Bond in his earlier roles in 2008′s Quantum of Solace in 2008 and Casino Royale in 2006.

Craig re-read Bond novels as part of his preparation for Skyfall, and a delay in film production, caused when studio MGM filed for bankruptcy in 2010, allowed him more time to discuss the character with Mendes.

He said he had spoken to intelligence agents about their work, and has some inkling of the hardships they face.

“I’ve got the better job,” said Craig, whose last movie was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the thriller adapted from the novel by Stieg Larsson.



Skyfall is due for release on Oct. 26 in Britain and in other locations shortly after that. Judi Dench returns as spy chief M and the film introduces English actress Naomie Harris as a field agent named Eve and Berenice Marlohe of France as a character named Severine. Producers are enigmatic about the plot, though they have said the relationship between Bond and M is tested and MI6, the spy agency, comes under attack.

Skyfall includes scenes in London, Scotland, Turkey and China. In Istanbul, the crew filmed scenes with motorcycles at the Grand Bazaar, a covered market that dates to the early Ottoman period. The 1963 Bond movie starring Sean Connery, From Russia With Love, included scenes in Istanbul.

Earlier this month, Mendes confessed that he wouldn’t have cast Craig as James Bond, before admitting that his initial assumptions about the actor were proven wrong.




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The Beatles and Bond

The_Beatles and James Bond

Two of the biggest British phenomenon’s of the swinging 60′s  – Beatlemania and Bondmania were launched on the exact same date and have a strangely antagonistic relationship.

The 5th October 1962, was when the first Bond movie Dr.No was released, and on the very same day The Beatles first single, Love Me Do was also released. Both would change the movie and music landscape forever.



From there a strange relationship would begin. James Bond famously insulted the Fab Four in 1964′s Goldfinger. “My dear girl,” Sean Connery instructed the hapless Jill Masterson, “There are some things that just aren’t done. Such as drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above a temperature of thirty-eight degrees Fahrenheit. That’s as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!”

The Beatles would get their revenge by taking some potshots at 007 and Bond-style spy shenanigans in their 1965 film Help!, but it was all in good fun. Ken Thorne (who would go on to create the fantastic incidental music of The Persuaders!) composed a winning spy score that took some definite cues from John Barry’s Bond Theme. (The instrumentals were available on the American version of the soundtrack album, but sadly not the British one that ended up on CD. The American version was finally issued in 2006 as part of The Capitol Albums Vol. 2.)



Paul McCartney’s response to seeing his first Bond film was to go out and purchase an Aston Martin DB5, the same car Connery drove in Goldfinger and Thunderball.

In 1967 the animated Liverpudlians found themselves competing with secret agent James Blond for Pussy Galore… er, groupies… on their cartoon show. (Of course the actual lads couldn’t be bothered to provide their own voices.) When Paul suggests that they “open the gate and let the lucky girls in,” the screaming female fans trample right over the poor Beatles, flocking instead to a beaming blond hunk in a suit.
Paul laments, “Where did our fans go?”

A helpful, lovely meter maid (Rita?) explains, “Over to England’s greatest detective… James Blond. Number 0-0.”

“Oh-oh-what?” inquires George.

“That’s all,” says Rita, dreamily. “When the girls see him, they say ‘oooh, oooh! Heaven!’”

“It’s not fair!” complains Paul. “We do all the records and films and some dimpled detective gets all the glory!” The Beatles attempt to cash in on some of that glory for themselves by thwarting a crime in Penny Lane… only to discover (after performing the song to an animated music video) that the crime isn’t being committed in Penny Lane, but against Miss Penelope Lane! And, of course, James Blond has beat them to it, and he ends up with Miss Lane.


Record cover for “George Martin and His Orchestra – Beatles to Bond and Bach”, 1978


Two years later, Ian Fleming’s widow, Ann Fleming, expressed a grudging admiration for the Fab Four in a letter to adventurer Patrick Leigh Fermor dated November 7, 1969:

`I am very out of touch, and will write a better bulletin soon: depression is in the ascendant, induced by having to pass what Kingsley Amis has written about Ian for the Dictionary of National Biography, and being assailed by the BBC for material for the Omnibus programme they are doing on Ian – I want to kick them all and burst into tears. Improbably, the Beatles have put my quandary into words – a song that goes;  `I want to be at the bottom of the sea In an octopus’s garden in the shade.’How do the Beatles know octopuses have gardens? I thought only I knew that, there must be more to them than meets the ear.’

She got the lyrics slightly wrong, but the sentiment is there: Ann Fleming found solace in the music of the Beatles at a time when she needed it, which forced her to reconsider her apparently disdainful opinion of their music. Perhaps James Bond and the Beatles could get along after all?
Not if Bond producer Harry Saltzman had his way. Saltzman still wasn’t won over. In his autobiography, My Word is My Bond, Roger Moore recounts an oft-told story about how the producer was displeased with Paul McCartney’s title song for Moore’s first Bond movie, the 1973 entry Live and Let Die:

`When Harry first heard the song, he said he didn’t like it but – perhaps reserving final judgement – turned to [composer and former Beatles producer] George Martin and said, ‘So, who are we gonna get to sing it?’ George Martin diplomatically told Harry that he already had one of the biggest recording artists of all time singing it.’

Martin was now scoring Bond, and the Beatles got the last laugh when McCartney’s Live and Let Die (performed with his new band, Wings) charted instantly and went on to become one of the best-known Bond songs of the entire series, covered over the years by the likes of Guns’n'Roses, Chrissie Hynde, Geri Halliwell and, most recently, Duffy.

A permanent truce was finally formed between the rival Sixties icons via marriage when Ringo Starr wed Bond Girl Barbara Bach in 1981 (below).


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The Sweeney Trailer is Released

The Sweeney

The first trailer for the film adaptation of The Sweeney has been released, directed by Nick Love.

Based on the classic 1970s Thames TV British police drama series, The Sweeney follows two detectives (Ray Winstone and Ben Drew – aka Plan B) from the London’s Metropolitan police department.




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The Woman in Black


Certificate: 12A

Released: 10 February 2012 (UK)

Director: James Watkins

Producers: Richard Jackson Simon Oakes Brian Oliver

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer, Sophie Stuckey, Liz White

Screenwriters: Jane Goldman (screenplay), Susan Hill (novel)

Running Time: 95 mins

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For traditional, old fashioned horror films, they don’t come much better than this. Hammer are back on form, with a tick-box check list you would expect from a good old horror flick – haunted house, a woman ghost, creaking floorboards, spooky noises in the middle of the night – it’s all here. Radcliffe proves he can hold his own as a leading man outside of Harry Potter, and director James Watkins expertly uses shadows and empty spaces to create that necessary sense of dread, and he waits until the last possible moment before allowing his audience the catharsis of a shock. Thankfully Hammer stay well clear of recent Hollywood horror flick cliches, ignore any OTT gore, violence or sex, and instead deliver a film which feels like experiencing that ghost train ride at the funfair all over again.

The Woman in Black is a 2012 supernatural horror-thriller film directed by James Watkins and written by Jane Goldman, and is based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name. It is produced by Hammer Film Productions. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer, Sophie Stuckey, and Liz White. It was released in the United States and Canada on 3 February 2012 to generally positive reviews, and was released in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2012.[5][6]



The film opens with a shot of three girls having a toy tea party who then simultaneously look at the windows of the room, and then immediately get up and commit suicide by jumping out of three windows, one for each girl, while their mother screams outside. In the Edwardian era, young solicitor Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) lives with his four-year-old son, Joseph (Misha Handley) and his son’s nanny (Jessica Raine). Kipps’s wife Stella (Sophie Stuckey) has died after childbirth. Kipps has been having visions of her and is facing financial problems along with stress from the law firm he works at. He is assigned to handle the estate of Alice Drablow, who owned an English manor known as the Eel Marsh House, where she had lived with her husband, son Nathaniel, and sister Jennet Humfrye (Liz White). Although the locals are unwelcoming, Kipps befriends Sam Daily (Ciarán Hinds), a wealthy landowner, and his wife Elizabeth (Janet McTeer).

At Eel Marsh House, located on an island in the marshes, Kipps repeatedly hears footsteps and sees a woman dressed in black. He reports the sighting at the local police station, but, while there, two boys bring their sister Victoria (Alexia Osborne), who has drank lye. She dies in Kipps’s arms. Victoria is not the first child in town to commit suicide, and the townspeople believe the “Woman in Black” comes for their children as revenge for her own child being taken from her, and believe that when ever someone sees her then a child nearby is killed, which could be why children have been dying since Kipps’ arrival at Eel Marsh House.

Kipps and Sam arrive at the house of Jerome, the local solicitor. The house is empty, and they hear a noise from the cellar. Kipps peers through a hole in the cellar door and is startled when the face of a young girl, Lucy Jerome (Aoife Doherty) suddenly appears and screams at him to go away, believing he was responsible for Victoria’s death. After returning to Sam’s house for dinner, Kipps discovers that Sam and Elizabeth’s son, Nicholas (Sidney Johnston), drowned while playing at the beach and that Nicholas communicates through possession; Elizabeth then draws a hanging woman who Kipps realizes is Jennet. Later at the Marsh, Kipps discovers notes claiming that Jennet was mentally unstable and was not allowed to care for Nathaniel, who was actually Jennet’s son, although this fact was hidden by Alice, who raised Nathaniel as her own son. He also finds out that Jennet hung herself due to his death long ago.

The villagers desperately want Kipps to leave, but he refuses, wanting to protect his job. Throughout the night at the Marsh, Kipps has many paranormal experiences with the Woman in Black and all the children that committed suicide, as they all appear outside the house as they were when they died. The next morning, Sam and Kipps return to town to see the local solicitor, but the Jerome’s house is on fire. Kipps rushes inside to rescue Lucy, Jerome’s daughter, who has been locked in the cellar. There, he sees the Woman manipulate the girl into setting herself on fire. Lucy smashes a lantern at her feet, getting engulfed in flames. Kipps visits Mrs. Daily, who reveals in a trance that Joseph is the next victim. Kipps realizes that he must put Nathaniel to rest by giving him a proper burial. Kipps and Sam go to the Marsh, locate Nathaniel’s body by Arthur going into the marsh and diving to his body. They then take his body and lay him out in the nursery in the house. The Woman appears and knocks Kipps to the floor, but they finally lay Nathaniel to rest by burying him with his real mother, Jennet. After Kipps and Sam leave, the camera moves quickly through the hallway of the Marsh House, and the voice of the Woman in Black can be heard saying “I’ll never forgive!… I’ll never forgive!.”

Kipps is reunited with his son, Joseph, at the railway station and plans to leave immediately. While bidding Sam goodbye, Kipps turns to Joseph, walking along the tracks towards a fast approaching train. Sam notices the Woman along the platform as Kipps jumps onto the tracks to save Joseph. As the train passes, Sam looks through the windows to see the unrested souls of all the children whom the Woman has claimed. Still standing on the tracks with Joseph, Kipps looks up to see the now deserted platform. Joseph asks, “Daddy, who is that lady?” to which Kipps replies with a smile, “That’s your Mummy.” Realizing he and his son have died, he kisses his son and takes his wife’s hand, the three of them reunited in death. They ‘go on’ together, leaving the Woman in Black, in her grief, forever more.



Daniel Radcliffe in Paris at the film’s French premiere.


  • Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor
  • Ciarán Hinds as Sam Daily, a local landowner
  • Janet McTeer as Elizabeth Daily, Daily’s wife
  • Sophie Stuckey as Stella Kipps, Arthur’s wife
  • Misha Handley as Joseph Kipps, Arthur’s son
  • Liz White as Jennet Humfrye, The Woman in Black
  • Daniel Cerqueira as Keckwick, the carriage driver
  • Tim McMullan as Jerome, the local solicitor
  • Aoife Doherty as Lucy Jerome, Jerome’s daughter
  • Roger Allam as Mr Bentley, senior partner of Kipps’ firm
  • Victor McGuire as Gerald Hardy, a villager
  • Alexia Osborne as Victoria Hardy, Hardy’s daughter
  • David Burke as PC Collins, village constable
  • Ashley Foster as Nathaniel Drablow, The Woman in Black’s son
  • Jessica Raine as Joseph’s Nanny
  • Shaun Dooley as Fisher, village innkeeper
  • Mary Stockley as Mrs Fisher
  • Sidney Johnston as Nicholas Daily, Daily’s son



The film was announced in 2009,[7] with Jane Goldman as screenwriter[7] and later James Watkins as director.[8]Daniel Radcliffe was announced as the actor playing the part of Arthur Kipps on 19 July 2010.[9] Two months later, it was announced that Harry Potter co-star Ciarán Hinds would join Radcliffe along with Janet McTeer as Mr and Mrs Daily respectively.[10] Before filming, Radcliffe saw a psychologist so he could better understand his character.[11] The part of Joseph Kipps was played by Misha Handley, who is Radcliffe’s real life godson.[12]



The film was planned to be shot in 3D,[7] but that plan was later scrapped.[13] Principal photography officially started on 26 September 2010.[14] The next day, Radcliffe was pictured in costume just outside Peterborough, England.[15] In early October the crew was filming in Layer Marney Tower.[16] Filming officially ended on 4 December 2010.[17]



At the Kapow! Comic Con in London during April 2011, director James Watkins confirmed filming had been completed in December 2010 and post production would go on until June 2011.[18] For its British release, several changes were made in order to qualify for a 12A certificate: Momentum Theatrical, the distributor, arranged to have six seconds cut and for changes to other shots, with some scenes darkened and the sound level reduced on some others.[19]



On 10 April 2011, during the Kapow! Comic Con in London, the first official teaser trailer was unveiled.[21] Another trailer of the film was attached to some showings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in July 2011, and a brand new worldwide teaser, depicting more footage from the movie, was released on 17 August 2011.[22] The official UK teaser poster was released on 24 August 2011.[23] The full UK trailer was released on 14 October 2011.[24] CBS Films released a one minute teaser at Spike TV’s Scream Awards on 18 October 2011, and a day later released a teaser poster.[25] On 11 January 2012, Momentum Pictures released the official theatrical poster,[26] while on 12 January, MTV released a minute clip of the film.[27]

Shortly before the release of the Woman in Black, the book was released in a new cover of actor Daniel Radcliffe and paperback covers, alongside the film for marketing.

Critical reception

Reviews for the film have been generally favourable. As of 3 March 2012, the film has a 65% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 158 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10, with a consensus that says: “Traditional to a fault, The Woman in Black foregoes gore for chills — although it may not provide enough of them for viewers attuned to modern, high-stakes horror.”[28] The film has received a rating of 62/100 on Metacritic, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.[29]

Box office

During opening weekend, The Woman in Black earned $20 million, the biggest US opening for a Hammer film in all of Hammer history, [30] putting it at second place in the box office, behind Chronicle, which earned about $1 million more.[31] Next to a production budget of $13 million and a promotional budget of $15 million, The Woman In Black has been considered an unexpected financial success, as the studio was only expecting to receive around $11 million during opening weekend.[32] As of 26 March 2012, the film has made $106,049,209 worldwide.[4]

Home media

The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 18 June 2012 in the United Kingdom,[33] and in the United States on 22 May 2012.[34]


  1. ^ “The Woman in Black (12A)”. British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  2. ^ Felperin, Leslie (25 January 2012). “Film Front Reviews”. Variety. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  3. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (2 March 2012). “Hammer nails coin from next gen”. Variety. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b “The Woman in Black”. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  5. ^ “Release Date Moves: Searchlight’s ‘The Descendants’, CBS Films’ ‘The Woman In Black’”. ( Media). 28 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  6. ^ “The Woman in Black Teaser Trailer”. Good Film Guide. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
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Further Reading

Grunert, Andrea.”The Woman in Black“. Enzyklopädie des Phantastischen Films. Issue 97, Meitingen: Corian Verlag. March 2012. p. 1-19. ISBN 978-3-89048-497-6


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Wildlife photographer in trouble for Skyfall pics


You may have seen the many photographs published online over the past few days of Hankley Common, near Elstead, which has been transformed by the arrival of film crews, trailers and marquees involved in the blockbuster movie Skyfall, the latest in the Bond franchise.

These photographs were taken by nature blogger The Foraging Photographer, who had taken many stunning pics of the set while the Bond crew were filming. Well today she has been firmly warned not to take any more photographs of the set.

This much we know on the plot already – Following an attack on London, 007 and M flee to Bond’s ancestral home in Glencoe, Scotland – which Bond creator Ian Fleming stated as Andrew Bond’s village of birth as part of Bond’s obituary in the You Only Live Twice novel – also known as the Skyfall estate, where the title of the film is taken.


Hazy shot of the Aston Martin outside Skyfall Lodge


Construction on the buildings was completed last week. As The Foraging Photographer reports, even fake dead trees and artificial snow was used to dress the location to match shots filmed in Glencoe earlier this year.

Also on the Bond family’s estate is a small chapel and a grave site for his parents Andrew Bond and Monique Delacroix who died in a climbing accident when he was a child. This literary back-story has been mentioned in passing by films before, specifically GoldenEye, but this will be the first time that the topic is faced head on by the character.


Bond’s family chapel, with gravestones in the foreground



Names on the Bond family gravestones include Robert Bond, Celia Bond, Valentine Bond, Kathleen Bond, and his parents Andrew Bond and Monique Delacroix Bond. The latter stone is marked “tragically departed” with the latin phrase “Mors Ultima Linea Rerum Est” (Death is Everything’s Final Limit).

A few of those names might even ring bells for those of you who know your Ian Fleming history: his father was called Valentine; his grandfather was a banker called Robert, while his brother, a respected travel writer called Peter, was married to Celia Johnson, star of Brief Encounter. Kathleen Bond could be inspired by a number of people, including Kathleen Pettigrew (the real-life Moneypenny) or Kathleen Kinmouth Warren, daughter of Admiral John Godfrey (the real-life M). There could of course be a Kathleen in Fleming’s family that we are unaware of.


 Bond’s parents tombstone


These photographs were all taken by The Foraging Photographer – who describes herself as;

Being interested in the natural world and in photographing it. I’m also interested in which bits are tasty to eat. I love watching wildlife and birds, but I don’t have the photographic kit to get spectacular photos of them, so my photos tend to be of trees, plants and fungi. I really enjoy trying to capture the colours and patterns I see there, often at macro level.

I also enjoy learning more about the natural world I see around me every day. This blog is a place for me to document what I’m discovering, and my photographs. I’ve no idea whether this will be of any interest to anyone else, but it would be nice if it is. Feel free to comment, subscribe, follow or whatever!


The Foraging Photographer


Well today she has had her knuckles rapped and has been firmly warned not to take any more photographs of the set. This is what she had to say on her blog this morning;


Weeeeeeell… I don’t know where to start, really. Or indeed where to finish. I arrived at Hankley this morning, with dog and child, friend and dog, expecting our normal walk around the common only to be enlivened by the film shooting. I greeted, in naive innocence, the (lovely) lady on the main security gate, only to have her call after me “…are you [my name]…?”, and subsequently detain me.

As it turns out, I’ve been a wanted woman on Hankley Common since yesterday, when it became apparent that I had breached military byelaw 4(13). On reading and re-reading this byelaw, I can’t say I’m yet entirely clear about how I’ve breached this, but I’m taking them at their word, and certainly the military police were perfectly serious about finding me and arresting me. I do wish to extend my apologies to the lady with a cocker spaniel who matched my description, who had some tricky questions to answer this morning.

What did distress me is that I seem to have dropped some of the site crew right in it. This really does upset me, because everyone I’ve spoken to on-site has been absolutely lovely, and I’ve greatly enjoyed having chats with them. I certainly wasn’t trying to get anyone into trouble, nor was I doing anything deliberately surreptitious (except maybe sneaking a bit close to the chapel on Weds, by which time the headstones were already long gone). I have been genuinely enthralled by the development of the set, and the incredible skill displayed therein. I love taking photographs of beautiful things, and, to me, the creation of this fake reality was an amazing thing to witness.

I think I got a bit carried away with the excitement of it all and the enthusiasm of the Bond fans wanting more detail. I didn’t properly consider the fact that the people who were telling me these fascinating titbits were not expecting them to reach such a wide audience. I didn’t expect such a wide audience either! I am genuinely very sorry if I got anyone into trouble. In my opinion, no-one behaved remotely improperly and I’d be most upset if they suffered repercussions due to me sharing stuff on here that was common gossip amongst the Elstead locals and dog walkers.

The upshot of this morning’s events is that I certainly will not be taking any more photographs of the set, nor will I be divulging any more information about the filming or what that indicates about the plot. I have to say that this resulted in me almost chewing my fingers off with frustration over what I saw them filming at the lodge today. Oh my, I can’t tell you how much I want to share the details of what we were all watching through our binoculars!!

Anyhowdyhoo, you poor deprived Bond fans, you’ll just have to be content with some older pictures that I took of the set, and some pictures of SHOCK HORROR… NATURE! which was, after all, what my blog was supposed to be in the first place. I must say I’ve had enormous fun doing this blog and riding the unexpected wave of enthusiasm that resulted from the Skyfall stuff. I’d like to say a fond goodbye to y’all, and I hope that just a wee handful of you might continue to visit for pictures and explanations of the stunning beauty we find all around us.

I will include some pictures with this post, and edit it a bit, but mainly I just wanted to get this up there as an apology to anyone I dropped in it with my over enthusiasm.


The grounds at Hankley have been transformed, not for the first time, as the commons have played host to previous Bond films including The World is Not Enough in 1999 and Die Another Day in 2002.

A spokesman for Eon Productions, the company responsible for 22 James Bond films since 1962, was unable to confirm details of the latest film.

However, she said that they were trying to keep the set as private as possible in order to ‘get the job done’.

An on-site notice from the location team said that ‘an action sequence’ was being filmed, and that wardens would be present at ‘key sites’ to keep the public informed of events, helicopter movements, or any blank rounds being fired.




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