Hollywood’s 10 Best Marketing Campaigns of 2016

There was an influx of “must-see” movies this year. Each film was competing with the other. Marketers came up with unique and creative ways to create hype and encourage viewers to watch their films. The following list comprises of this year’s heavily anticipated movies due to successful marketing campaigns. Deadpool When discussing this year’s best […]

5 Things Elliot Grove Learned in 2016

Christmas Eve and things might be quietening down. If you live in the north of England we hear that you’re being battered by storm Barbara. I hope you are safe and sound. A quarter century since starting Raindance I’m still learning big lessons. And 2016 was no different. Did I learn some big ones in […]

The Filmmaking Trends You Need to Know in 2017

2016 has been a bumpy year. (It’s no surprise, I still like euphemisms as much as I did same time last year.) 2017 seems equally daunting, news-wise. But filmmaking-wise? Meh. 2016 hasn’t been bad, really. We’ve had some amazing events at Raindance, all the way to the BIFAs a few weeks away. And there’s plenty […]

The Year in Review – 2016

   The Year in Review – 2016 Who are you? What’s your burning question? Are you motivated and excited about your life? Do you have a pulse? Every second of every day is a resolution and choice: you resolve to be a lover or a hater;  you choose freedom or bondage; you create a new […]

Why You Should Not Care About Awards Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Colourful lights are set, stars shine bright, people exchange gifts… Awards season is upon us. After the announcement of the Golden Globes nominations, we need to brace ourselves for the next weeks, when more “surprises”, “shocking snubs” and “shoo-ins” are announced for the horse race of the […]

Top 10 Gay Films

With the recent crop of LGBT-based narratives signaling a new wave of queer cinema, including gay football short Wonderkid, here’s a look at some of the films that have changed the landscape of gay cinema. Some notable omissions: The Boys in the Band (1970), Another Country (1984), Maurice (1987) and Longtime Companion (1989).   My […]

Building the Future of British Independent Film

These are troubled times. Hatred is on the rise and division seems to be the only constant in the news. Film -especially independent film- has a crucial part to play in this day and age. At the British Independent Film Awards, we honoured I, Daniel Blake, a film whose relevance and necessity is harrowing to […]

Top 10 Women in Science Fiction

  Every movie that has ever been made about artificial intelligence owes a debt of gratitude to one woman: Mary Shelley. When Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818, which is widely regarded to be the first science fiction novel, she effectively invented a genre. The power of science fiction to open up a portal into a parallel universe where […]