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 […]

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 […]

The Market for Viral Content

“Let’s make it go viral”, said the marketing executive, looking at the coffee stain on his tie. He (it’s most likely a he) had already forgotten whether everyone was talking about -a bundle of videos, an article, a VR short…-, he knew it had to go viral. After all, why not? Viral is the thing […]

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 […]

10 Inspiring Films That Brought About Social Change

These are strange times we’re living in. Very little can be predicted about the future, even in the short term —except perhaps that you want to write more, and make more films. That’s good, because that work matters. People don’t take the time to understand each other, and hate is rising. It’s completely legitimate, now, that you’d […]

The Independent Filmgoer’s Guide To Film Festivals

Ah, film festivals; they sound so glamorous and trendy but for the true film enthusiast, a film festival is a cinematic wonderland. The question is, which film festival is going to be your utopia? With countless festivals catering to all tastes, the choice can be overwhelming. Read on to find information that any rookie festivalgoer […]

How to create characters that work across mediums

After I’d gone to see the stage musical Kinky Boots (for the first of many times) last spring, I realised that I had never seen the film, which is now ten years old. It was a very strange experience. I’d been blasting the cast album for a few days and knew all the songs, and […]

Hot Models Wanted: One Actor’s Point Of View On Casting Your Indie Film (Part 2)

Six dos and don’ts every actor wishes you knew from breakdown to booking.  If you are an indie filmmaker then you know that casting is that wildcard that can make or break your chances at festivals, awards, and making all of your hard work worth it, and that mis-casting can make your shoot a living […]

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 […]