After graduating in 2010, Steph worked as an intern at Raindance (Brussels) and Rise Films, and, predictably, had a job working at a dingy DVD rental store. She also volunteered at various film festivals, enjoying all sorts of filmy goodness ranging from the excitement and glamour of the red carpet to anarchic, toilet-paper laden horror all-nighters. She is currently a working in TV production and admits she spends an unhealthy amount of her free time watching and writing about films.
Sundance London favourite Upstream Colour is out this week and we had the chance to chat with director Shane Carruth about his mystifying sci-fi/romance indie flick.
Writer-director Shane Carruth returns almost a decade after feature length debut Primer with an indie oddity that puzzles the mind but wows the eyes. Upstream Colour is an unusual but utterly compelling and ethereal visual feast that almost defies the point of a written review. Carruth's latest looks and feels like a half remembered dream which, incidentally, is exactly what Kris (Amy Seimetz) has to deal with after she is robbed of her rational mind and free will by a thief who drugs her with a narcotic worm. After days of being hypnotised and manipulated, Kris finally wakes up in her bed to the sight of cuts and bruises all over her body and a house in a state of complete disarray. As she watches back seemingly inexplicable CCTV footage of herself over the last few days, she discovers that her bank account has been wiped and her house sold.
Pioneered by Walt Disney in the late 1920s with Mickey Mouse watches and mugs, and later revolutionised by George Lucas and Star Wars, movie merchandising is now an intrinsic part of the film industry and one of its most lucrative ancillary markets. From posters and toys to bed sheets and alarm clocks, your favourite on-screen characters can now be acquired in virtually any shape or form. And since the late 1970s, the opportunities for maximising profits via merchandising and promotional tie-ins have multiplied, venturing into new and highly lucrative areas such as the video game market and the music industry.
In this week's #MTOS we'll discuss all things film merch, from McDonalds tie-ins to the movie memorabilia that will set you back thousands of pounds. Is there really any worth to it, or is it all just a ruse to part you with your cash? And just how much has it affected the film industry?
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Matthew McConaughey has been working hard recently to distance himself from the endless stream of listless romantic comedies that have defined his career over the past decade. Throughout his self reinvention he has not only proven his capabilities by playing wildly diverse roles - from the cool and collected hitman in Killer Joe to the colourful and alluring male stripper in Magic Mike – but has also had a clear penchant for interesting, enigmatic and intense characters. With his latest on-screen appearance, McConaughey continues to surprise and impress as the titular Mud in Jeff Nichols’s third feature.
Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) are two world-class magicians who have been banded together since their school days, both as a result of a shared love for magic and a lack of any other form of social life. Rising to superstardom together after outgrowing their bog standard magic kit, the pair are now the headline act at a major Las Vegas venue. After a hugely successful ten-year tenure, they are used to performing to sell out crowds despite the staleness of their routine, which, along with their outfits, has never been updated.