Posts Tagged ‘film’


I posted last March about a film two of my brothers are making. The Beautiful Dream follows brother Ralf’s epic trip across Europe in 2010 to fulfil his dream of playing professional football – for seconds, for anyone,  it didn’t matter, he just wanted to say he had done it.

Ralf was a reasonably talented footballer in his youth, but is now a little… sluggish. However, he is a television editor, and my brother Tristan, who shot the footage, is a film cameraman. So the film is of a very high quality, and amusing. I only hope they finish it soon.

Here’s the recently completed second trailer. You can also find it on YouTube along with the earlier teaser.


I just got this press release, which gives a release date for the new Judge Dredd movie and a synopsis. Sounds not bad, eh?

Leave your bloody helmet on would you?

Entertainment Film Distributors will release the highly anticipated futuristic 3D action thriller, DREDD on Friday 7th September, 2012 across the UK and Ireland.

DREDD, is brought to life by the endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland (28 days later, Never Let Me Go) and acclaimed director, Pete Travis (End Game, Vantage Point). The movie stars Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings) Olivia Thirlby (Juno, No Strings Attached), Lena Headey (300, Brothers Grimm) and Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Never Let Me Go).

The film is produced by Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA Films (28 Weeks Later, Never Let Me Go) and the incredible score is created by Paul Leonard-Morgan (Limitless).

DREDD, shot in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, reunites audiences with the celebrated comic character, Judge Dredd, from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.

In DREDD, the future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One – a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets.  The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner.  Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation.  A heinous crime calls them to a neighbourhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan.  When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire.  With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.


As part of my ongoing quest to put much of my archived work online, and to make up for not posting much this past week, today for you I have:

Hunter’s Run (book)  Great SF adventure collaboration between George RR Martin, Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham.

Dark Alchemy (book) Magic anthology about wizards by fantasy’s brightest and best.

300 (film) – Zac Snyder’s take on Frank Miller’s take on the Battle of Thermopylae

Perfect Creature (film) – Interesting if confused New Zealand steampunk, alt-reality, vampire movie (I did say it was confused).

Blade: House of Cthon (TV) The pilot of the TV show of the movie of the comic.

Time Trap: Quatermass (TV) – All-round information on that other great British SF character, Bernard Quatermass, who was like a more grown-up Doctor Who.

If you haven’t already, check out the other reviews I have here, there are quite a lot of them now, and still only a fraction of what’s to come.