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Summary: A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.

Year: 2019

Australian Cinema Release Date: 30th May 2019

Thailand Cinema Release Date: 20th June 2019

Australian DVD Release Date: 28th August 2019

Country: UK, USA, Canada

Director: Dexter Fletcher

Screenwriter: Lee Hall

Cast: Charles Armstrong (Mr. Anderson), Guillermo Bedward (Geoff), Jamie Bell (Bernie Taupin), Tom Bennett (Fred), Lee Bridgman (Steve), Rob Callender (Rory), Kit Connor (Older Reggie), Leon Cooke (Hugh/Dancer), Tate Donovan (Doug Weston), Barbara Drennan (Mrs. Anderson), Taron Egerton (Elton John), Ross Farrelly (Cyril), Leigh Francis (Pete), Demetri Goritsas (Carter), Stephen Graham (Dick James), Sharmina Harrower (Heather), Bryce Dallas Howard (Sheila), Matthew Illesley (Young Reggie), Gemma Jones (Ivy), Alexia Khadime (Diana), Kamil Lemieszewski (Dr. Maverick/Paramedic), Marek Lichtenberg (Mike Potts), Ophelia Lovibond (Arabella), Max Mackintosh (Stephen), Steven Mackintosh (Stanley), Richard Madden (John Reid), Will Masheter (Teddy Boy), Benjamin Mason (Bryan), Aston McAuley (Dave Godin), Solomon Mousley (Sonny), Rachel Muldoon (Kiki Dee), Peter O’Hanlon (Bobby), Tom Ogg (George), Jason Pennycooke (Wilson), Diana Alexandra Pocol (Mary the Receptionist), Charlie Rowe (Ray Williams), Celinde Schoenmaker (Renate), Carl Spencer (Ricahrd), Tanisha Spring (Sylvi), Jimmy Vee (Arthur), Evan Walsh (Elton Dean), Harriet Walter (Helen Piena), Leon Delroy Williams (Clint)

Runtime: 121 mins

Classification: M (Australia) 18 (Thailand)

 

 

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Most music fans do not need an introduction to Elton John. He is the man responsible for some of the most iconic songs in rock history. From the catchy Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, the heart-wrenching Candle In The Wind through to the cinematic masterpiece Can You Feel The Love Tonight Elton John has wowed music lovers with hit after hit since he first album was released to the public back in 1969.

Despite his popularity it is very rare though that many people could tell you much about the life of Reginald Kenneth Dwight – the man behind the Elton John persona. Sure there have been the news headlines, the lavish lifestyle and his very public relationship with his husband David Furnish. What the tabloids and John’s fans haven’t always been aware of though is the pain felt by the man who always seemed to smile when on stage. The drug abuse and the fractured relationships were kept behind closed doors. It is for that reason that new film Rocketman becomes one of the most important films released this year.

From the creative mind of director Dexter Fletcher, who also recently directed a large chunk of the away winning Bohemian Rhapsody, comes a warts and all look at John. Nothing is hidden here at all. Screenwriter Lee Hall (who also wrote films such as Billy Elliott and War Horse) takes the audience on a journey through John’s life, showing them the almost non-existent and sometimes cruel relationship he had with his father (played here by Steven Mackintosh), the moment his life changed forever when he met his lifelong song-writing partner Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell) through to the excessive lifestyle and drug abuse that almost ended with John dying in a swimming pool in front of his family and friends.

To Fletcher’s credit Rocketman does all of this with a very unique twist. While the biggest weakness of Bohemian Rhapsody was the fact that the film seemed to just skirt over some of the issues in the life of the late, great Freddie Mercury here Fletcher manages to delve deep into the emotional side of John’s life while managing to keep the film as flamboyant and loud as the man himself. If you are expecting a dour drama as the more painful elements of John’s life are exposed for the audience to see – forget it! Instead Fletcher uses a little bit of creativity and has John pour out his life to a group of people in rehab while moments of true drama and emotion are intercut with loud, colourful dreamscapes as the singer’s biggest hits are performed with very theatrical sequences that wouldn’t be out of place during a big Broadway production. In many ways it is a stroke of genius from Fletcher, yes some people may criticise the film for taking on so many elements of a stage production but given how entertaining and creative Fletcher is with the style aspect of the film it ends up working remarkably well and mirrors the flamboyant actions of the man at the centre of the film.

What else makes Rocketman work so perfectly is no doubt the casting. While some have been sceptical, before they have seen the film, of the choice of young actor Taron Egerton to play the role of Elton John his performance should easily silence those critics and shows Hollywood that Egerton is certainly a star on the rise. While mainly known for his action performances in films like Robin Hood and of course the Kingsman franchise, here Egerton is asked to go out of his comfort zone and instead dance and sing at times while also delivering truly deep, emotional moments of intense acting when it is called for him to do so.

Egerton is also well supported with some stellar performances from his co-stars. Bryce Dallas Howard is almost unrecognisable as John’s mother while Jamie Bell also delivers some moments of true dramatic tension in his role of Bernie Taupin. Game Of Thrones fans will also not be disappointed by the work of Richard Madden who here plays the unlikable John Reid who was once John’s romantic partner. While watching Madden here it becomes very obvious that just like Egerton he is on the verge of becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Rocketman is a truly sensational film. The mere fact that the film can tell the story of an at times tortured artist like Elton John while still managing to have its audience tap their feet and sing-a-long to some of his most recognisable tunes is a feat upon itself. The film showcases why Dexter Fletcher needs to be considered one of the most interesting directors going around at the moment while paying a true tribute to a man whose life for the most part has had its sadder moments kept well and truly in the shadows. Creative in the way it is presented on the big screen and with an amazing portrayal of Elton John by an actor that is likely to earn an Oscar nomination Rocketman is the type of film you just sit back and savour.

 

 

 

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Paramount have given us the first look at the Elton John biopic Rocketman. Directed by Dexter Fletcher (Eddie The Eagle, Sunshine On Leith) and starring Taron Edgerton (Kingsman, Sing), Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones, The Take), Jamie Bell (Jumper, Fantastic Four) and Bryce Dallas-Howard (Gold, Jurassic WorldRocketman will be in cinemas on 30th May, 2019.

FeatureJason Flemying

Filming commenced this week on the action-packed vampire thriller EAT LOCAL, the directorial debut of renowned screen star Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class,Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

Charlie Cox (Netflix’s Daredevil, The Theory of Everything), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean series, Game of Thrones), Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who) and Eve Myles (Doctor Who, Torchwood) head up an incredible all-star cast, while Flemyng directs a razor-sharp script written by BAFTA-nominee Danny King (Wild Bill).

EAT LOCAL revolves around unwitting Essex boy Sebastian, whose promise of a night of passion with ravishing cougar Vanessa quickly turns into a fight for survival after she introduces him to some of her friends – a coven of hungry vampires – at a remote farmhouse. As if Sebastian’s night couldn’t get any worse, a heavily armed band of mercenary vampire hunters led by the steadfast Captain Bingham crashes the party – and much like the vampires, they’re out for blood.

The phenomenal cast also includes Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey), Annette Crosbie (Into the Woods) and Vincent Regan (Lockout, 300), and introduces Billy Cook as Sebastian.

Rod Smith of Evolution Pictures is producing, along with Jonathan Sothcott and Neil Jones of Hereford Films.

Jason Flemyng commented, ‘Eat Local has been 10 years in the making and has been through so many different budgets and guises but me and Danny King have worked together and finally we’re here. We’re 3 days in to shooting and 50% of what we’re doing is better than I could have imagined and 50% is as good as I could have hoped. Everyone is working really hard with budgets they haven’t seen for 20 years and the actors are working for beer & lunch money. But we’re doing it, we’ve pulled it together, and I’m so thrilled’

Rod Smith said, ‘This project has been on my radar for some time and I was delighted that, through Evolution Pictures, we were able to secure Jason Flemyng to make his directorial debut with Danny King’s brilliant script. The cast and crew are all amazing – everyone involved knows that this film will be something very special and an exceptional addition to the genre. I’m very proud to have Eat Local as Evolution Pictures’ biggest film to date, and look forward to everyone being blown away by it!’

Jonathan Sothcott noted, ‘Eat Local is without a doubt the best film I’ve been involved with. Danny King has written an absolutely fantastic, smart script and Flemyng is the best prepared director I’ve ever worked with; he’s an absolute natural. The cast speaks for itself and I can’t wait for people to see it.’

Principal photography will wrap in February after a four-week shoot in Hertfordshire.

The film is being sold at the forthcoming European Film Market in Berlin by GFM Films’ newly formed sales arm GFM Evolution. GFM’s Fred Hedman said, ‘GFM Evolution has been formed to focus on commercially attractive genre pictures. With Gangland and We Still Steal the Old Way in the can, Eat Local begins our new year with bite!’

Sunshine On Leith

Summary: Home is where the heart is for best pals Davy and Ally. Returning from duty in Afghanistan to their lifelong residence in Leith just outside Edinburgh, the lads kindle romances old and new: Ally with Davy’s sister Liz, and Davy with Yvonne, his little sis’s best friend from work. Meanwhile, their parents Rab and Jean are busy planning their 25th wedding anniversary. Everything’s going swimmingly, until a revelation from Rab’s past threatens to tear the family and all three couples apart.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 29th May, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK

Director: Dexter Fletcher

Screenwriter: Stephen Greenhorn

Cast: Emily-Jane Boyle (Christine), Paul Brannigan (Ronnie), Elaine M. Ellis (Morag), Jason Flemying (Harry), Kevin Guthrie (Ally), Emma Hartley-Miller (Janice), Jane Horrocks (Jean), George MacKay (Davy), Freya Mavor (Liz), Paul McCole (Ewan), Peter Mullan (Rab),  John Spence (Brendan), Gaye Telfer Stevens (Francine), Antonia Thomas (Yvonne), Sara Vickers (Eilidh)

Runtime: 100 mins

Classification: PG

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

 

IMDB Rating:  Sunshine on Leith (2013) on IMDb

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