ALICE FADES AWAY – ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS FEBRUARY 16, 2021
Sadie Frost’s Running Man, starring Raff Law to launch on BirdBox.Film from 7.30pm Feb 1st
Birdbox.Film launches it’s shorts channel with a selection of Oscar and BAFTA award-winning titles and the premiere of Sadie Frost’s Running Man, starring Raff Law which will be available for 48 hours from 7.30pm this evening.
Running Man also marks the launch of Birdbox.Film’s first monthly ‘Film Club’. At 7.30pm on Wednesday 3rd February, users will be able to tune into a live discussion with the Producer Sadie Frost, star Raff Law and Director Chris Turner, hosted by The Big Picture Film Club. The next ‘Film Club’ will follow later in February with a premiere of Sylvia and discussion with Director Richard Prendergast plus other guests.
Running Man, a story set in 1991 about a clinical drugs trial that goes horrifyingly wrong for a group of young ravers. Speaking about the film, Sadie Frost remarked “I wanted to make a film about the 90’s rave scene…I wanted it to be authentic and dark. With Johnny Cookes brilliant script and Chris Turner’s spot on direction, along with a stellar cast and a unique rave soundtrack, we have achieved something very exciting! It has been brilliant that so many festivals have reacted so well to it, and ultimately that people are drawn to it and find it an exciting and fun watch.”
Other Oscar and BAFTA-winning shorts included within the launch include The Neighbor’s Window (2020 Winner if the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film), Stutterer(2016 Winner of the Oscar for Best Short Film), Detainment, Wale, The Silent Child, The Phone Call and Wish 143.
The shorts channel is priced at 99p per award winning short. Since the start of 2021, BirdBox.Film have brought in a subscription option for £2.99 watch unlimited content, or £1.99 to rent a single feature. Current channels on the platform include Documentary, Festival and Drama with a plan to launch at least another 4 channels by summer, bringing on board brand and media partners to support this.
Director: Jordan Graham
Writer: Jordan Graham (Screenplay)
Starring: Michael Daniel, Rachel Johnson, Aurora Lowe, Gabriel Nicholson, June Peterson, Wendy Taylor
Plot: Secluded in a desolate forest, a broken family is observed by Sator, a supernatural entity who is attempting to claim them.
Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Sator starts as we meet the broken family of Pete (Daniel) Evie (Johnson), Deborah (Lowe), Adam (Nicholson), Mother (Taylor) and Nani (Peterson) who live in the desolated forest away from the world, where Nani believes she has always been watched over by a spirit named Sator.
When Pete starts to question what Sator is after, he starts trying to prove it is real, which will only bring the entity closer to the home, to show its true identity and what it wants with the family.
Thoughts on Sator
Characters & Performances – In Sator we get to meet the family who are living away from the world, we have different generations even if the family isn’t as close as it should be, we focus on them trying to figure out what the Sator figure is in Nani’s life, with her believing it is a protector. The performances in the film are strong, with none of the actors needing to bring much dialogue to the table relying on the atmosphere and reactions to everything.
Story – The story follows the family as they go about their business in the forest, which has the eldest member of the family believing they have always been watched over, until the younger members start investigating, the entity starts getting closer to the family. The story spends the whole time looking at what might be behind the entity that is causing problems, it is plenty of searching in the darker, with something in the shadows, building up to the moment when we can see it. The slow build could be a turn off, but if you do wait, you will get rewarded with a shocking ending you won’t see coming.
Themes – Sator is a horror thriller in the similar vein as ‘The Witch’ where we get to suspect a lot of supernatural activity going on, but never feeding it to us, we have plenty of darkness, with candlelight being used to light most scenes, showing us how away from the world the family is location, it all adds to the atmosphere we are experiencing here.
Sator will available on Digital Download from 15th February & DVD from 22nd February here on iTunes
Writer: Steven Zaillian (Screenplay) Oliver Sacks (Book)
Starring: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson, John Heard, Penelope Ann Miller
Plot: The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.
Tagline – There is no such thing as a simple miracle.
Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Awakenings starts when Dr Malcolm Sayer (Williams) takes a job in the psychiatric hospital in hope of conducting research, but only been given a clinic role, until he makes a startling discovery about a group of catatonic patients, who have all suffered from encephalitis during the epidemic.
When Malcolm starts to see minor changes in the patients with environmental changes, he looks to an experimental drug, where he is allowed to try on only one patient, Leonard Lowe (De Niro), in which he gets amazing results, giving him a new lease of life.
Thoughts on Awakenings
Characters – Dr Malcolm Sayer wants to work in neurologist which sees him taking a role at a psychiatric hospital, believing he could continue his research, but ends up being a clinic role. He wants the job and soon makes a discovery about a string of the patients there, that they are not a catatonic as they seem and pushes for research to be done, here learns that he could help them and gives them a new lease for life. Leonard Lowe is a man that has been catatonic for years, he is given a drug which brings him out of the state, where he wants to try and return to his life, one he never got to truly live. Eleanor is one of the nurses at the hospital that helps Malcolm get his ideas through, one who cares about the patients more than the other nurses seem to.
Performances – Robin Williams is brilliant here, he doesn’t bring any of his humorous side, showing that when he needed to bring the serious side only, he could excel like the best of them. Robert De Niro is wonderful to watch, he shows the different states his character goes through and the pain of lost time. Julie Kavner brings the middle ground between doctor and patient to life, bringing the human connection to the film.
Story – The story here follows a forward thinking doctor that takes a role in a psychiatric hospital where he makes a discovery that could help the patients in the hospital, one that could cure them from a catatonic state they have been in for years. This story shows us just how medical science would have been used to try and help people, how people would take a chance to find a cure, rather than just give up on people. We see how Malcolm wanted to make a difference to so many lives, how he had to fight through monetary problems just for a chance to give these patients another chance. This will show the successes and the failures along the way, proving that progress will need to happen down different paths.
Settings – The film keeps most of the story inside the hospital, showing us just how the doctors and patients saw life change with the new improvement in the patients.
Scene of the Movie – The big day out.
Final Thoughts – This is a truly brilliant movie that has two of the greatest actors in leading roles, that carry the film to new levels, show the kindness in humans and just how difficult understand treatments and disease can be on people.
Overall: Outstanding Medical Drama.
Director: Nora Unkel
Writer: Nora Unkel (Screenplay)
Starring: Alix Wilton Regan, Philippe Bowgen, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Lee Garrett, Claire Glassford, Shannon Spangler, Nicholas Freeland Clark
Plot: An adaptation of the novel “Frankenstein,” as told through the life of Mary Shelley. As she creates her masterpiece, she gives birth to a monster.
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: A Nightmare Wakes starts as Mary Shelley (Regan) is expecting her first child with husband Percy (Gioiello), a moment of happiest, that ends in tragedy. Mary caught up in the nightmares of what happened finds herself drawn to the competition set out between friends, Lord Bryon (Bowgen), Dr John Polidori (Garrett), Claire Clairmont (Glassford) and Harriet (Spangler). The competition is to write a horror story, where she finds inspiration for the Frankenstein character.
As Mary continues to get involved in her novel, she starts to believe her own life is spiralling out of control, with her husband moving further away from her and her newborn child being more difficult for her to handle.
Thoughts on A Nightmare Wakes
Characters & Performances – Mary Shelley is the soon-to-be mother, wife to a poet and nowhere near the iconic author we know today. She loses her child and turns to a competition to scare each other, creating a nightmare that she must live through during her next pregnancy. One that would see her start to lose grip on reality each day, but be inspired to write more. Alix Wilton Regan does give us a strong performance, balancing the struggles of child loss and the consumption of nightmares. When we jump into meeting the rest of the characters, we have the distant husband Percy, along with his high society writing friends, that would rather spend more time exploring ghost stories than doing anything else.
Story – The story here follows Mary Shelley as she suffers her own personal tragedy, which in turns gives birth to one of the most famous horror novels of all time. We get to meet the woman behind the novel, looking into what helped her create the characters, which has lasted generations in the horror world. The story does get to explore tragedy in life, showing how Mary struggled with her own loss, with this horror world being her outlet to cope. With the serious side of the story all under way, we can get caught up in the middle of the high society life, which is a side to life, which is never interesting to see anymore. The story is saved by the journey Mary goes on, where we never quite know what is real or what is in her head.
Themes – A Nightmare Wakes does have elements on horror with the nightmares Mary goes through to help her discover the characters, some are living nightmares, which will bring more into reality. The settings and costume design, will takes us back to the era when the book was written, having the characters away from the everyday people, looking down on the world around them.