Sunday, 26 April 2015

Record Store Day 2015 - Psycho, Goblin and Moomins!

Well RSD 2015 was great! But what's that got to do with films? Well there were some very cool movie/TV releases to be found, I was initially  undecided all week whether to go or not but the final messages off Gav and James on Friday changed my mind, So I set my alarm for 5am, 5am? On my day off what was I thinking???? But in saying that I am really glad we did go, Looking through the listings there was only a couple of albums I was after The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan which was on red and white vinyl and Sex Pistols - Never mind the bollocks picture disc which I was lucky enough to get, Emma Picked up Born in the USA by Bruce and also a very cool 7" of the Moomins  theme tune that had a very cool felt cover and extremely limited, So all round a great morning was had! I'll hand over to Gav to fill you in on the rest of the mornings events, take it away Gav..........

Record store day was a concept unknown to me this time last year and it passed me by completely unaware. In fact it wasn't until Santa got me a spinner for Christmas that I fully appreciated the meteoric revival of the dated format. In a world of digital matter and virtual products that it seems to me you never really own, it's comforting to know that more and more people are returning to old fashioned ways. Who needs shuffle & repeat when you can leave the comfort of the arm chair and physically flip the record over to hear the rest of the album. Don't even get me started on wanting to listen to the same song again as I haven't yet mastered the art of lifting the needle off the groove and seamlessly placing it back onto a rotating surface in between tracks! For me the love of vinyl is more about aesthetics than convenience. I love the whole package that goes into producing an album. Sleeve notes, gatefolds, variant colour plastics that go all trippy when being spun at 45rpm, limited pressings and so on. The collectibility of vinyl records inevitably goes hand in hand with this which is as much a gift as it is a curse for people like myself and Jonny T. Whilst some will see record store day as a cash in for recording companies to drain the finances of the consumer there is much to be said about the support for independent traders that RSD promotes. Since it's inception in 2007 larger chains like your HMV's are not allowed to take part and online trading is forbidden until the event has passed. Aside from savvy shoppers uploading their one day only limited edition exclusive pressings onto eBay for instant profit, RSD is all about the little shop and Jonny's cult films loves that, so much so we took the day off from all things cult and set the alarm for an early rise.

 Our first port of call is Pendulum records in Nottingham's Victoria centre. Almost as old as Jonny T himself Pendulum has served the good folk of the midlands for almost forty years, I clearly remember purchasing Nirvana's In utero album from there over twenty years ago. It changed hands in 2013 when new owner Scott looked to take the business online and re-introduce vinyl records onto the stall. In January of this year I re-discovered Pendulum when I purchased a re-issue of Bob Marley's Legend at a fraction of the price of other chains in the same shopping centre. I returned many times and soon enough a trip into Notts wasn't complete without perusing the catalogue of latest releases and forming a rapport with the small team behind the counter. In March my birthday presents came from Pendulum and around this time RSD15 was brought to my attention. I was encouraged to tick off the releases I was interested in buying on the day. Easter came and went like any other but tragedy struck Pendulum and Scott passed away suddenly.

Overnight the future of Pendulum seemed uncertain and the thought of RSD even taking place on the stall was all but over, for the regulars at least. And then news came in that Pendulum would be taking part and in honour of Scott it would be better than the previous year! Sceptical at first, which I now know I shouldn't have been, I eagerly awaited their release of stocked titles. Not only did they have the best array of RSD titles, everyone of the titles I had ticked in March were all present and correct, even the slightly more niche ones like Goblin's Chi? EP. I felt compelled to support Pendulum in anyway that I could and given the circumstances I even offered to volunteer and help out getting customer orders, fetch tea, and anything else I could do to help out in such a trying time. That night I planned out our RSD route, Pendulum at the top underlined in red, twice!
 We walked through an otherwise abandoned Victoria shopping centre at just before 7am, an hour before Pendulum would open. The busiest part of the mall was desolate apart from ourselves, the ravenous consumer. Comparisons to Dawn of the Dead were obvious and too good an opportunity to miss! A quick photo op and we are heading up the escalator. My heart was beating ten to the dozen. Had I massively underestimated other vinyl junkies on a similar pilgrimage to ourselves and would we find ourselves at the very end of a line, our hearts fading as every other collector in front of us walked away with our dreams? The bright 'Pendulum records' sign pops into view first, then I spot the head of a collector and then another and then nothing. I crane my neck for a better view, are there hundreds more behind the pillars lying in wait? The escalator ejects us from it's infinite conveyer and I am already walking faster to my well deserved place in the line. Instantly my mind changes focus and I am no longer worrying about standing on the edge of a void, mentally I am dissecting the appearance of our two opponents. What kind of collectors are they? Are they going after James' Bowie vinyl, Jon's White Stripes or do they both want my Goblin EP that in my own mind I had reserved five weeks before with a pitiful tick! For them the pressure is off, their gold and silver placings in the queue leave our group with a 'thanks for turning up' bronze to share between the four of us. The seventy or so minute wait ticks by quickly and the line thickens up behind us. Our ensemble attracts the attention of other mall patrons who must think we are all barmy. To the caretakers and security we are as much a curiosity as we are a nuisance. I'm sure the floor cleaner operator has better things to do on a Saturday morning than navigate through a plethora of music nerds one wave at a time. Our conversations flick between pop culture, US television shows and our shortlists of RSD wants. Ahead of us another queue forms in contrast to our own, although more than old enough to have antique vinyl collections of their own it is clear from their bewilderment that they have their eyes on a very different prize... "Mushy peas!" States our pack leader Jonny T. "Didn't your gran ever bring you to the market for peas on a Saturday morning?" My exhale of laughter quickly subsides into an in take as the noise of shutters over at Pendulum being to open. The light from within glows like the contents of Marcellas Wallaces' briefcase of treasure. A new member of the team is quick to pin up a picture of Scott on each side of stall and momentarily I am reminded of the hardship that Pendulum has faced in the run up to todays's festivities. Humbled and grateful of their existence, excitement returns and I am minutes away from RSD 2015! Gold and silver are handed their tickets and are asked to approach the stall front. Us four bronze's wait with baited breath as their spoils are lifted up for inspection. Even from twenty or so feet away the glorious lenticular beauty of 'Get behind me Satan' is held aloft. I feel the light coming from Jonny flicker like a lone candle. We all know that only one copy remains. U2's 'Songs of innocence' is next to be adored which for me is a quirky anecdote of how absurd RSD must seem to some. Why would anybody in their right mind queue for hours to buy a copy of an album which was given away to anybody with an Apple id only a few months before! Silvers treasure is slightly less celebrated and is ushered carefully into a bag leaving us unsure as to the fate of the White Stripes. Jonny consoles himself in the knowledge that the package didn't seem as thick as the one before. One half of team bronze departs leaving myself and James stood on the sidelines awaiting news from a far. It's good! Jonny's thumbs up must seem grim to some of the non placers behind our number.

 News of the White Stripes exit from Pendulum is broken to the crowd but I am already making my way over to the stand to hear any groans or disappointment. In the spirit of all that is good about Record store day I hope that there arn't any... I offer my list to Mary, a familiar face and someone who can talk to my son Fred about dragons at length. I say my hello's and offer my list, a small part of me wonders if she'll remember my titles from March and offer a nod of recollection. She doesn't. Noel Gallagher's EP of re-mixes is first from behind the counter. My teenage daughter, who is probably still a good hour or so from even waking up will no doubt be very happy with her purchase, no effort required at her expense of course. Next out is of course Goblin, not an LP like I was expecting but a 7" single. Somewhat overpriced at nearly £17 i'm not disgruntled, instead take in it's small but perfectly formed package and marvel at its collectibility. I debate with myself as to whether I should even open it. Suddenly a feeling of horror strikes and I coyly ask if I can pay my card, remembering previously that cash was the preferred payment. My request is received gracefully and I am invited into Pendulum HQ to complete my purchase. I see both Bowie's 1966 LP and a very beautiful picture disc of 'Monsterdon' being handed over to James. His big smile mirroring my own. I pass on my regards to the ladies who will continue to process vinyl for the rest of the day verbatim. My RSD is almost over but for them it's only just beginning.

Walking away from what in that moment feels like my favourite place on Earth I regroup with team bronze and Jonny T's good lady Emma hands me the last piece of my Pendulum trilogy, a superb repro of Nat King Coles's 'Unforgettable' on 10" and housed inside a retro white and pink Capitol records sleeve. I cannot wait to hand it over to my wife Gaynor when I return home. The thought of Nat being played on a Sunday morning with tea and biscuits compliments my awesome mood. Life is good and we are all leaving as winners, bronze can fuck right off!

 Since all our needs were met and all pressure was off none of us were quite ready to go home just yet so we decide to walkover to Nottingham's other great independent record shops and see how they are fairing. Music exchange has a large number of enthusiasts queue right around the corner of it's tiny store front. It's bright and sunny out and there's a definite chill in the air, nobody seems to mind as adrenalin and excitement fill the air. There's no way of us going inside the shop so we head straight for Rough Trade just around the corner. There is no queue and the shop seems to be handling the demand rather too well and I wonder if the Twitter reports of all night queues were exaggerated. As I approach the entrance I am given a ticket and invited into the bar area upstairs. It is rammed full of hopefuls clinging onto their stubs like winning lotto tickets. We see our buddies Rob & Simo about to be allowed into the shop below and extend our regards. I notice a few eyes trying to penetrate my Pendulum carrier bags in the hope of seeing it's contents. Tea settles my empty stomach and melts my tongue in equal measure. Soon it is our turn for a butchers downstairs and we are literally rubbing shoulders with everybody whilst a long snake of collectors line up around the shop for the tills. It's chaos but nowhere near the Black Friday surges you might expect, if anything an air of politeness permeates. Just about everybody has stacks of vinyl in their arms which defies Pendulums 'two item' policy three-fold. The walls of RSD stock marginally dampen the excitement we had experienced earlier. Here, for a short time at least, we could have had any number of White Stripes, Monsterdon's and Goblin. My eyes simply cannot take in the range of titles and varied artwork on display and I constantly have to out manoeuvre everybody else. A distant memory from childhood awakens when I see a gorgeous stitched material sleeve for the 'MOOMINS' theme tune on 7". Solid gold in Emma's eyes who is quick to snap it up! I settle on the 'Psycho' soundtrack but think that the bright blood coloured sleeve art doesn't really suit the black & white approach of the original film. Still awesome though. I cast my eyes over the wall of cool a second & third time and spot an essential purchase that had escaped my attention after reviewing Pendulum's catalogue several times in the last few days alone. Power glove EP1, limited to 1000 copies on lush red vinyl! If you take John Carpenter's classic synth and allow a horny 90's video game soundtrack to molest it you end up with something like Power glove's tongue in cheek retro loveliness!

 At just under £16 it is a must have so I queue up in front of a couple of two annoying teenage girls debating the devastating loss of not getting Biffy Clyro. Perhaps the only negative feeling I had had the whole time. On the final furlong up to the till I cross paths with Simo who had done really well this Record store day. He might have emptied his wallet on Northern soul but he had at least a kilo of 180g vinyls to make up for it. Outside a relieved James has scored the concert tickets he so desperately wanted. Mission accomplished.

Once again team bronze part  company, this time for good, and James drops me off at home. I had a date with a bacon sandwich and a lawn to mow.

Bigmangav April '15

Thursday, 23 April 2015


The Sleeping Room – Reviewed

The Sleeping Room, New British horror and directorial debut from writer/producer John Shackleton.
Orphaned 19 year-old Brighton call girl Blue (Leila Mimmack – Becoming Human) is sent by her violent pimp Freddie (David Sibley – Downton Abbey) and his blowsy partner Cynthia (Julie Graham – Tower Block) to meet a new punter in Brighton, unaware of the horrifying impact it will have on her life.
As Blue begins to fall for the quirky charms of her client Bill Hepworth (Joseph Beattie – Hex), she's even more intrigued by the grand Regency terraced house that he is renovating; a once infamous Victorian brothel.
Together they uncover a secret room that unlocks many dark and terrifying secrets relating to Blue's murky family past and the death of her mother. A terrible supernatural force is about to be unleashed and nobody will escape its monstrous power unless a score for a heinous felony is settled.
It all starts to kick off when bill shows Blue on of the old end of the pier “What the Butler saw machines” but what’s on the reel of old flick film in the machine isn’t some old time titillation type of movie this one is called “Dance with the Devil” It appears to show an old man in a sack mask in a room with two ladies, he produces a knife and what at first seems to be some kind of magic trick turns into a throat slitting Victorian snuff movie! 
She returns back to chat with madam Cynthia and Freddie and tells them what she has seen, Cynthia then proceeds to tell her the story of a Victorian brothel owner that had a nasty habit of sex with all his own family as well as wanting to film the girls in so called action, the thing was that if they refused they would disappear, Until one day when all the ladies apparently got together to put a stop to all his evilness and he mysteriously disappeared………

The sleeping room is a good low budget horror story, The back story of the guy in the film Dance With the Devil was solid but I would have liked to see a lot more about it maybe we will get a follow up/prequel? That would be great! The actors were all pretty good especially Blue (Leila Mimmack) she is definitely an actress to keep you’re eye on. The Sleeping room will be available on VOD 27th April and you can own it on DVD on 11th May.

Jonny T


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Cobain:Montage Of Heck - Reviewed

Kurt Cobain died 21 years ago this year from a self inflicted gunshot to the head. His body was found by an electrician doing some routine work on Kurt's home. He was found surrounded by drug paraphernalia along with a suicide note. Montage of heck tells the story of Kurt from his childhood right up until his very untimely death when he pulled the trigger and joined the 27 club.

Kurt is born into what seems like a very happy almost perfect all american family, Mum, Dad then a sister, The all American dream, But with so many dreams they turn into nightmares. This is what happened to a young Kurt when his mum and dad split. Seemingly through his mum waking  up to the  realisation that she had married young and had children as was expected of her but it was the life that she no longer wanted so they split. This took the already hyperactive Kurt into meltdown that was unfortunately the whole story of his life. He was a lonely teenager who hadn't had sex when one day he and a few so called friends who he tagged along with went to a local girls house who was as you would say simple but they called her a retard. The reason they used to go there was just to steel alcohol from her dad's basement. One day Kurt wondered if she would be up for having sex and went around on his own. Described in audio in his own words it was a disaster, They both got naked but he couldn't perform because of the overwhelming smell as he puts it from her vagina. So he left. Her dad then found out and flipped at Kurt, But then his so called friends found out as did his school and Kurt was known as the retard fucker.

The story above is just a snapshot of many stories from montage of heck which are fascinating,The /film tracks his life through lots of spellbinding home movie footage from his childhood including a clip where he must be about 3 or 4 dancing around with a guitar. You also get to see tons of his early artwork and his own home movies as well as interviews with his Mum, Dad, Sister and step-mum as well as Krist Novaselic, One thing I found interesting was that was no involvement from Chad Channing the original Nirvana drummer but even more Surprising nothing from Dave Grohl. I know a bit of Nirvana history and seeing as this was made with the consent of Courtney Love I know that was never any love lost between them so maybe was  the reason?
Whatever that may be as a Nirvana fan I found it thoroughly compelling, Early Nirvana gigs, Backstage, On the set of unplugged and Heart shaped box video as well as a lot of very personal home shot clips is amongst the compelling if sometimes disturbing footage, For example a clip where Courtney shouts Kurt inside to help with Francis Bean's first haircut, He comes inside topless looking very skinny and spotty,Holds Francis whilst sitting upright and just keeps nodding off,Very sad to watch.

Montage of heck I loved it, Being a Nirvana fan I suppose I would, But in saying that whether you are a fan or not it's a documentary well worth seeking out, It's stylish and grim at the same time, Uplifting and funny but also sad in equal measures , It's a shame to see someone with Kurt's natural talent end up how he did but watching this you can see where it was all heading from a long way back, With the whole Courtney Love thing it's surprising how many people still have a massive hate for her and blame her mainly for his death whether she drove him to suicide or as some theories suggest had him killed I shall leave my opinions on that until another day. Ultimately all Kurt really wanted was a family after the demise of his Mums and Dad's and he did get that as well as the fame and fortune but in the end he simply couldn't handle it and that's what Montage Of Heck sums up so brilliantly, I do miss Nirvana.................
Jonny T.

SOME CLASSIC NIRVANA CLIPS. Fuck loads more available on that YouTube.................

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Atari - Game Over - Reviewed

ATARI : GAME OVER Tells the tale of the downfall of Atari and clears up the mystery of one of the worlds greatest urban legends, The one of over a million E.T Game cartridges being buried in landfill out in the desert. The land fill site was reportedly in the small New Mexican town of Alamogordo. It is said  E.T was the worst video game of all time, Atari supposedly made over four Million cartridges on the huge success of the movie and it was on a buy or return basis and needed to be released for Christmas, It sold a shed load before Christmas but after Christmas apparently word got around abut how bad it was and millions of cartridges were returned, Refunds given, Cartridges driven to the landfill and dumped and Atari goes bankrupt, That's how the legend goes but is it all true?
E.T Was designed by Atari legend Howard Scott Warshaw, Responsible for such Atari classics as Yars Revenge, He was given the task to design the game in a mere 5 weeks, When the game was finished it was given the thumbs up by Steven Speilberg himself and the game went on sale. 

Warshaw is one of the main people in Atari:Game Over and his stories and fascinating, Starting from his very first day at Atari and him taking a joint into work to be accepted by the other hippy type game programmers, He tells how that how much money they were making back then was incredible and the bosses when they met targets he would send out someone with the company credit card to go and buy beer and they would just solidly party for 2-3 days also using the company hot tub, Eventually Atari were sold to Warner where the success did continue hugely, In 1981 they made $300 million dollars in profit.
The main reason behind the documentary as I have said is that to prove if the landfill site does actually contain the E.T game but the great thing is that there is so much more to this than just that point,Basically sometime in the mid 80's Atari just pretty much vanished and why is also a question the director Zak Penn want's to find out. 
During the 1990's video started to appear of people apparently showing people digging up E.T games in random places and with the birth of the internet the urban legend grew massively leading to Zak Penn making this great documentary.
He tracks down the exact location pretty early on and then it's a task to see what also maybe down there, there is talk of toxic waste and even Mercury filled pigs that may explode and cover the town in toxic gas! But eventually the town agrees to let the go ahead and the dig is on. Word gets out of the dig date and loads of people turn up of all ages all telling snippets of Atari memories.

Now I maybe showing my age but I did and loved my Atari 2600, I remember getting it one Christmas with the game Galaxians and playing it solidly all day long and indeed for many many months after, I did always wonder what had happened to them back in the day. I also remember owning and loving Yar's Revenege, I never owned the game E.T but always remember hearing the legend of the buried games, A great trip down memory lane,
Loved It!
Jonny T.

Friday, 3 April 2015

The Oscars? Nah, Here's THE JONNYS!

So with the award season out of the way and every winner's agent now charging at least 10 times the amount to even speak to their "Clients" we over here have said balls to that let's do "The Jonnys!" Our favourites of 2014, Categories are the same as the red carpeted Hollywood event well kind of, But the fact that all of these winners in The Jonnys didn't even get a mention at the awards (Except maybe one or did it?) makes our awards so special and so meaningful, OK maybe it doesn't it's a bit of fun!Here are our favourites, some you may have heard of and some you may not of, Either way all the films you see below are there because they are our favourites of 2014 and you need to see them all!
Jonny T.


I was lucky enough to catch The Editor  from the great Astron 6 at last years Mayhem Festival and it was brilliant, The movie pays massive homage to the golden days of classic Italian Giallo movies, every frame and visual is done to perfection and a wins a very well deserved Jonny, Check it out as soon a you get a chance.


Massively overlooked by the so called only awards that matter, The Lego Movie is one hell of a movie and Everything is Awesome is one hell of a catchy song, Have a Jonny you awesome square blocks of coloured plastic!


Another movie I was fortunate to catch up wit at last years Mayhem Festival, When I first saw it on the line up I wasn't that excited to see it, Sci-Fi with Ethan Hawke? But to say it blew me away was a understatement! It tells he story of a time travelling agent that has to go back in time and prevent a bomb from going off, sounds pretty formulaic but it has so many great twists,Check it out now!


Soundtrack of the year goes to Jim Mickel's stunning crime thriller "Cold In July". It's a superb homage to classic John Carpenter and 80's synth. Hats off to Jeff Grace for writing such a great score. He thoroughly deserves a prestigious "Jonny!"


Whilst like the 1st ABC'S Of Death number 2 was pretty hit and miss but I don't know what it was about "G for Grandad"(Or Grandpa) depending on which version you watch but I loved it! It started off with a nice family scene but soon became twisted and hillarious, Hey Grandad have a Jonny!


From Takashi Miike last year came Lesson Of Evil and what a film it was! I saw it had an 18 certificate and for the first hour I was thinking why? But then when it all kicked off I could well see why! Playing loads of different versions of Mack the Knife once the onslaught began and once it started it never let up, Once again a brilliant,stylish and extremely  violent classic from Miike, Have a Jonny!


Yes it's a second "Jonny" for The Lego Movie! Well it surely had to be the best animation, Brilliantly scripted and extremely clever, A Geeks dream with all those references and when else are you going to see Batman and Gandalf in the same movie!


Rima Te Wiata played Miriam Bucknell the mum in Housebound, A great film from last year, She for me was he star of Housebound, Hilariously funny in every scene she was in and held the film together in my opinion and if you have yet to see Housebound I thoroughly recommend you do . have a "Jonny" Rima! 


Jonathan Brugh plays Deacon in the brilliant What We Do In The Shadows, His nonchalant attitude makes his performance really stand out, Turned into a vampire by Peter who lives in the basement he hates washing up but loves to knit! A great performance and I look forward to catching up with more of his work, Jonathan have a Jonny! 


Another Jonny is happily presented to Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy for The Editor, It's directed so well with ton's of classic homage shots done quite superbly, Some of the shots are brilliant and the camera work fantastic, I was lucky enough to sit in on a Q&A about The Editor and when you realise all the work that went into making it happen it blows you away, So Adam and Matthew have a Jonny!


Another movie I was lucky to have caught at MAYHEM festival was Starry Eyes, Before the showing Chris Cooke on of the organisers had mentioned how great Alex Essoe who plays Sarah was and he was 100% right, From the opening scene to the auditions to the real messed up ending she was mesmerising and well deserved of a Jonny! Keep your eye out for her and once again Starry Eyes is a very high recommendation.


Well, He looks happy with his Jonny!

There was talk that Jake Gyllenhal has long snubbed the Oscar's and that's why he didn't get a mention, whether you see that as a shame or it doesn't really matter (that's what I think!) but the fact of the matter is that in Nightcrawler he was superb, Never mind the Oscar's Jake have a Jonny! 


Without any doubt in our minds when we said what the best film of 2014 was it took us less than a minute to decide that it was What We Do In The Shadows, Shown to a sold out crowd at MAYHEM festival last Halloween it has been gathering massive momentum and huge praise world wide and deservedly so, and now to top it all off it's won a Jonny! Get to see it as soon as you can, Brilliant Brilliant Movie. 10/10



Although originally released towards the end of 2013 it got a wide release last year, Fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time, It tells the story of how killer whales as well as other marine life are captured and hugely mistreated, With the death of a trainer bringing all the issues to the forefront it opened up a massive can of worms and exposed huge mistreatment of these super intelligent and beautiful creatures. A "Jonny" for Blackfish


Yet another film massively overlooked by the so called big awards ceremonies, Nightcrawler was a slickly made, extremely well acted and unsettling movie. The panning shots of night time L.A were brilliant, It may have passed you by but seek it out, you will not be disappointed!

And folks that's it for the 2015 Jonnys. We were going to do a lot more as in worst etc but above will do just fine, If you've not seen any of the above please do so, As a genre fan I know you'll love um! Until 2016 it's addios from The Jonnys!
Jonny T.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Teaser trailer released for AMY - Amy Winehouse film from the team behind Senna

Hello Folks,
The 1st trailer for the Amy Winehouse documentary appropriately called "AMY" has been released today, From the people that did the quite brilliant documentary Senna this also looks quite excellent, With this and the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck also coming soon we are in for a real treat as far as music documentaries go,
All details and trailer below,
Jonny T.

In cinemas July 3, 2015

From the BAFTA award-winning team behind Senna

Directed by

Produced by

From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.

A once-in-a-generation talent and a pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, Amy wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most original and adored songs of the modern era


Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically begin to unravel.

Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

Directed by Asif Kapadia (Senna, The Warrior) and produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop) through On The Corner Films, AMY is released in the UK by Altitude Film Distribution.

'The Sleeping Room' on VOD 27 April 2015 & DVD 11 May 2015 courtesy of Second Sight

Hello Folks,
Jonny T here with news below of the release of new British horro The Sleeping Room coming to DVD & VOD on 27th April, I have seen it and it is pretty creepy! Watch this space for a review coming very soon,
Jonny T.


**** ‘A superb example of modern British horror’ Nerdly

***** ‘Sends shivers up the spine’ Scenes From the Front Row

‘A dark ghostly drama’

Following its UK premiere at FrightFest, Second Sight is proud to announce the UK rights acquisition of acclaimed supernatural tale of Victorian revenge, The Sleeping Room.

The directorial debut of John Shackleton (Writer/Producer Panic Button) the film will make its UK debut On-Demand and Download on 27 April 2015 and DVD on 11 May 2015. Produced by Gareth I Davies, The Sleeping Room marks Movie Mogul's second feature.

Orphaned 19 year-old Brighton call girl Blue (Leila Mimmack – Becoming Human) is sent by her violent pimp Freddie (David Sibley – Downton Abbey) and his blowsy partner Cynthia (Julie Graham – Tower Block) to meet a new punter in Brighton, unaware of the horrifying impact it will have on her life.

As Blue begins to fall for the quirky charms of her client Bill Hepworth (Joseph Beattie – Hex), she's even more intrigued by the grand Regency terraced house that he is renovating; a once infamous Victorian brothel.

Together they uncover a secret room that unlocks many dark and terrifying secrets relating to Blue's murky family past and the death of her mother. A terrible supernatural force is about to be unleashed and nobody will escape its monstrous power unless a score for a heinous felony is settled.

Awakening demons past and present, Blue is forced to confront her own in this psychological gothic nightmare that also stars Christopher Adamson (Pirates of the Caribbean), Chris Waller (Fright Night 2) and horror critic Billy Chainsaw.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Spellbinding ghost story 'The Haunting of Radcliffe House' on DVD 11 May from Image Entertainment

Hello Folks,
Jonny T here with news that The Haunting of Radcliffe House gets a UK DVD release on May 11th, From what I have read on the web so far it looks pretty good, I'll have a review coming soon so watch this space! All release details below,
Jonny T.


‘Spine-Chillingly Good’

‘Bleak yet beautiful...credibly creepy with some utterly scorching moments’ 

‘Satisfyingly spooky…if you don’t leap out of your seat at least once, you’ve got nerves of steel’ 
Radio Times

When a family move to a remote estate on the Yorkshire moors, demonic forces are unleashed in Nick Willing’s spellbinding ghost story The Haunting of Radcliffe House which makes its DVD debut on 11 May 2015 thanks to Image Entertainment.

Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense) and Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises) star as husband and wife Meg and Alec who move to the darkly beautiful but desolate Radcliffe House with their two children. A mosaic on the floor hints at the terrible murder by Radcliffe of his wife Isabella – the result of a demonic black magic ritual that led to his suicide... or did it?

Ghostly creatures haunt this house, teasing, taunting and invading those who linger within and something is driving Alec, maniacally, to recreate the presence of Isabella in the body of his wife.

The ritual is about to be enacted once more, the past bloodily thrust into the present.  Will anyone survive The Haunting of Radcliffe House?