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Starring: Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) & Matt Stokoe (Cursed)
Wednesday 30th September, UK: Mini Productions, Great Point Media, Bone Garden Films, Fields Park & The Development Partnership are excited to share the poster and trailer for new UK horror, Rose - A Love Story ahead of celebrating its World Premiere at the 2020 BFI London Film Festival on 13th October as part of the CULT strand.
Starring Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders, Gentleman Jack) & Matt Stokoe (Cursed, Jamestown), Rose - A Love Story follows a young couple living alone in the woods, who must contend with a life-altering illness that manifests itself in a violent and terrifying way.
Sam (Stokoe) and Rose (Rundle) live a quiet life. Hunkered down in their remote woodland farmhouse, they spend their days far from the prying eyes of the outside world. Rose uses the peace and quiet to work on her novel, while Sam sets traps, hunts animals and goes to work fortifying the hidden cottage they call home. In another life, their world would seem idyllic; but Rose’s mystery illness has clouded any sense of normality that the couple may achieve. When a trip to collect supplies goes awry, Sam and Rose are thrown into a terrifying series of events that soon herald the arrival of a mysterious stranger. The little life that the couple have forged for themselves is now more fragile than ever.
Official Trailer: Rose - A Love Story
The 2020 BFI London Film Festival will be the first ever edition of the Festival to be widely accessible across the UK, with 50 Virtual Festival Premieres to be enjoyed at home. In the most accessible version of the festival to UK audiences yet, film lovers will be given an opportunity to connect for a unique and innovative festival experience, enjoying both live and digital screenings across the 12 days of the Festival.
Rose - A Love Story is the feature directorial debut for multi-award winning shorts director Jennifer Sheridan who, for the last ten years has been honing her storyteller skills through her work as an editor on shows such as Cuckoo and League of Gentleman.
Rose - A Love Story will be celebrating its World Premiere on 13th October at the 2020 London Film Festival, book your tickets here!
Unravel what makes St James’s special this autumn as we celebrate craft that has stood the test of time. This London Craft Week, you’re invited to take part in the events and exhibitions on offer. Keep reading to unlock the art of craft.
Events & Exhibitions to Visit
Whether you’re eager to attend a build your own bag event, or see a hat made out of cheese (by a brilliant milliner no less), there is something for everyone taking place across our neighbourhood. With precautions in place to help safeguard your visit, we ask that you simply bring a mask and your sense of curiosity.
If you’d prefer to get involved from afar you’ll be spoilt for choice. Brands such as Berry Bros. & Rudd and Budd London are on hand to keep you entertained. From wine tasting to shirt cutting, their experts will guide you through.
Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust has created a self-guided Craft Trail that celebrates the Royal-Warrant holding craftsmanship in St James’s. Leading lights, including Benson & Clegg; D.R. Harris & Co, Floris, Lock & Co. Hatters, Paxton & Whitfield and finally Truefitt & Hill will all be hosting a piece of work by a QEST scholar, allowing you to experience myriad mediums of craft.
Once you’ve finished exploring St James’s, take a short walk to Quadrant Arcade on nearby Regent Street for the festival’s largest showcase of craft to date: 300 objects from master craftspeople. Curated by leading figures from the world of craft, including Alice Fisher, Russell Tovey, Bianca Saunders, Martin Brudnizki, Yinka Ilori, and Holly Wood. All objects will also be available to purchase.
To explore more of what makes St James’s and neighbouring Regent Street special, peek further Behind Our Doors and discover more untold stories and ‘how to’ masterclasses here and follow us at @stjameslondon& @regentstreetw1
29 September 2020, London, UK - On the 60th birthday of music industry svengali, Alan McGee, Burning Wheel Productions are delighted to reveal a brand new teaser clip from their upcoming title CREATION STORIES.CREATION STORIES is the feature film of the life of McGee - the adaptation of his highly acclaimed autobiography 'Creation Stories - Riots, Raves and Running a Record Label'.
Producer Shelley Hammond was delighted with the reveal. "We are really excited for everyone to get a first glimpse at Creation Stories! It’s a true British film in the best way possible. Nick Moran and everyone involved has done an absolutely sterling job and the best part is soon to come - when it’s out there for all to see!”
The film features a star-studded British cast including Ewen Bremner,Suki Waterhouse, Jason Isaacs, Jason Flemyng, Paul Kaye, Steven Berkoff, Thomas Turgoose & Ed Byrne.
Written by cult figure Irvine Welsh with writing partner Dean Cavanagh, CREATION STORIES is being directed by Nick Moran (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) with Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) executive producing.
"Creation Stories’ is a modern day fable. Part cautionary tale, part cavalier romp, mostly hilarious, occasionally sobering & constantly engaging." Said Director Nick Moran. "An irresistible trip down memory lane, or a delightful history lesson about the last great days of Rock & Roll. When Britannia ruled the airwaves, thanks to one man with his misfit mates and their indie record label that briefly changed history. It is shamelessly entertaining and I hope, a joy for everyone!”
The beginning, near bankruptcy, pills, thrills, spats, prats, success, excess and breakdowns. From leaving school at sixteen to setting up the Living Room club in London, showcasing emerging indie bands, from managing The Jesus and Mary Chain to co-founding Creation at 23. He brought us My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Ride and, of course, Primal Scream. Embracing acid house, Alan decamped to Manchester, and hung out at the Hacienda, taking Creation into the big time with Primal Scream's Screamadelica. His drug-induced breakdown, when it came, was dramatic, but climbing back to sobriety, he oversaw Oasis' rise to become one of the biggest bands in the world.
Photos: Sonny Malhotra, Sophie Cunningham and Luke O'Donovan
Thank you for a wonderful Open House Festival. Here's what we're planning next!
The 2020 Open House Festival drew to a close last Sunday. After months of preparation to retool the festival for constantly changing guidance, thousands of people were able to take part in building visits, tours and online events, with many more watching our new film series, reading the Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs or making their own Model London skyline at home.
We want to say a huge thank you for all the hard work of our volunteers, event organisers and visitors that created such a enjoyable and safe experience! How did you find our most ambitious Open House Festival yet? Let us know by completing our survey about your experience.
What next for Open House?
Even though the festival is over we're embarking on an ambitious autumn and winter programme including outdoor guided walking and cycling tours running throughout the rest of the year.
We also need your help. Open House doesn't receive government or Arts Council funding and relies on support from individuals like you. If you value our work and the Open House Festival, please support us today to keep going throughout the next phase of the pandemic.
If you value Open House, please support us by becoming a friend of the charity by donating £1.25 a week. Thank you!
Culture in Crisis? A walking tour exploring the past, present and future of London’s riverside cultural zone
Join Open House for a socially-distanced insightful walking tour from London Bridge to Westminster Bridge will investigate how Covid-19 has brought the Southbank's globally-recognised cultural institutions to their knees and consider the potential impact this could have on one of the capital's most popular public spaces.
Join Open House for a socially-distanced photography tour and discover how you can use your camera or phone to create fresh and inspiring new perspectives on the City of London.
Led by acclaimed architectural photographer Grant Smith — member of world-famous architecture imaging agency VIEW — this mid-morning walking tour will examine different ways of observing and photographing the City of London’s ever-changing built environment. (10am tour is sold out)
Landscape and Landscape Workers: City of London tour with the Landscape Institute
Join Open House for a socially-distanced walking tour discovering the designs and people behind the extraordinary landscaped spaces of the City of London
This fun and engaging walking tour led by expert guide Paul Lincoln — director of creative projects and publishing at the Landscape Institute — will delve into the unique and ever-growing network of small green spaces which frame the modern Square Mile.
Hosts Merlin Fulcher and Arman Nouri talk about how imagination - such as myths which celebrate our real or fictional past - can transform how we see the city around us, and in turn create better places for everyone.
Joined by guests Robin Hutchinson, director of Community Brain and Chloë Clay, Urban Design Manager at Kingston Council, this episode focuses specifically on Seething Wells, a large former waterworks which played a pioneering role in the delivery of clean drinking water to central London, and was the focus of Jon Snow’s groundbreaking cholera study which created modern epidemiology.
It’s an area next to the River Thames upstream from Kingston which for a long time had been overlooked for its extraordinary history but has now been rediscovered by local residents who have taken its identity into their own hands over the course of several events, workshops and performances - often exploring light-hearted and fictional legends - led by the arts organisation Community Brain.
With lockdown forcing more and more of us to love, treasure and better understand our local areas it’s an ideal moment to reflect on the role imagination could play more widely across London and beyond in building the inclusive, healthy and sustainable city we all strive for.