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Raindance Festival 2014 Trailer released

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Opening Night Tickets on sale: I Origins with Party and special guest Roland Gift

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Raindance MA student Sadie Frost studying with Martyna.

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deadly-virtues-love-honour-obeyWe make movies too!

Raindance Raw Talent’s feature film, Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey, directed by Ate De Jong, has been bought for distribution in Germany! Find out more here or follow @Raindance for more info!

Playing at the world’s best horror festival:
What? Our film plays Frightfest Winner: Best UK Horror
Read this: Ain’t It Cool’s review
Read this: Kim Hudson’s review
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I watched Deadly Virtues: Love. Honor. Obey. last night because Elliot, the producer, asked me to.  I’ve never met Elliot, and about 8 minutes and 17 seconds into the movie I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to.  The movie was truly horrifying!!  But I pushed on through because I am a professional.  When I wrote … Read More

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