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 Ingredients For A Great Mockumentary

Let’s get real. We like to laugh at the expense of other people. It’s a fine line between laughing at and laughing with someone in a movie, and truly successful comedies manage to make characters relatable enough that we don’t want to cross the border of meanness. One of the trickiest and greatest forms of comedies […]

Happy B-day Mr. Eastwood! 7 of Clint Eastwood’s Great Lines.

Last week It was Clint Eastwood’s 86th birthday, so could we exempt ourselves from wishing him a great birthday in our special way? No We could not. So here is the list of seven of the greatest lines by Mr Clint Eastwood. Happy Birthday. “Get three coffins ready […] my mistake 4 coffins” A Fistful of Dollars […]

5 Reasons To Attend The Independent Filmmaker’s Ball.

Filmmaking can sometimes lead to the depths of isolation. Every waking moment is spent chained to a never ending film project. The inability to edit one’s own life is undeniably frustrating. Unshakeable focus and unwavering passion can generate feelings of captivity. This solitary darkness can be soothing to the artistic soul, sure. You know what […]

7 more music documentaries you should watch

Sumé – Sound of a Revolution (2014) Directed by Inuk Silis Høegh In 1973, the Greenlandic band Sumé released their debut album Sumut (meaning “where to?”), which became an album owned by 20 percent of the inhabitants of Greenland. But Sumé’s success was not just due to their catchy sound, but also to the band’s […]

Essential Horror and Fantasy Film Festivals

  There are a number of genre-based film festivals around the world. Here are more than a few that fall into the categories of Horror and Fantasy. Must Have Horror and Fantasy Film Festivals BIFFF – Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 4 to 10 April 2017 Every spring in Brussels this festival draws in horror  […]

2016 Anti-Resolutions

My name is Elliot Grove. I’ve witnessed 25 New Year’s celebrations since I started Raindance in 1992! Here we are – a brand new year staring at you like a blank canvas. Everything you accomplish (or don’t) in the next year will forever have that date stamp: 2017, tattooed in the corner, for all your […]

5 Reasons Why Star Wars Is Really An Indie Film

The Force has awakened.  So have Disney. And so have we, relentless film geeks, since it’s been announced that Star Wars was actually not over yet, over three years ago. Over the decades, Star Wars has become synonym with gigantic business, shameless promotional outbursts and -let’s be honest- has been reduced to a money-making machine from […]

8 Times Paris Stole Our Hearts On Film

As Paris is still reeling from the attacks that happened on 13th November, why not celebrate what makes the City of Lights great? What makes it great is specifically what was targeted by terrorists and should be appreciated: that is to say its beauty, its history, its artistry, its youth, its freedom, its vibrancy -in […]