The Sun At Midnight – The Kirsten Carthew Interview

2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: The vast, magnificent country of Canada’s Northwest Territories is home to the Gwich’in people, an indigenous population whose relationship with the flora and fauna of the unforgiving landscape dates back many centuries. In The Sun at Midnight, director Kirsten Carthew utilises the backdrop of the land and its people to tell a deeply affecting coming-of-age tale, in which a teenage girl of Gwich’in ancestry (played by Devery Jacobs) must reconnect with her heritage to survive in the Arctic Circle wilderness. “Immersion in nature supports self-discovery and mental wellness,” says Carthew, whose semi-autobiographical narrative and stunning imagery represents a remarkable debut feature. Ahead of her film’s Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, Kirsten Carthew (pictured, below) spoke with SCREEN-SPACE from Berlin, where she is accompanying the film on its international festival rollout… Full...

Indie Tuesdays: White Raven

Old friends Pete (Steve Bradley), Jake (Aaron Brooks), Kevin (Andrew Dunbar), and Dan (Shane Twerdun) are about to get together for their yearly guys weekend. It’s a chance for them to reconnect, as well as getting away from the problems of their everyday life. Jake is dealing with job loss that is putting stress on his marriage. Dan has been avoiding relationships by hooking up with waitresses at his work, but he’s gotten one of them pregnant and he’s not sure what to do. Kevin is pretty sure that his wife has been cheating on him, and Pete is still dealing with the break up of his last relationship, even though it’s been 3 years. Once the men reach the vast wilderness, one of them slowly starts to lose his grip on reality, threatening to take himself and the rest of his friends down a dangerous path. Writer/director Andrew Moxham delivers a slowly paced, but unnerving thriller with White Raven. The film may not hide its secrets very well, and it’s rather obvious who the unstable character is going to be, but with strong performances and a very natural script, the end result is quite satisfying. Full...

Exclusive Trailer Premiere Leaves Behind Residue

XLrator Media, IndustryWorks Studios and Motorcycle Boy Productions will release the supernatural thriller/horror Residue on VOD and iTunes July 18, 2017. The film from writer/director Rusty Nixon stars Costas Mandylor, Taylor Hickson, James Clayton, Matt Frewer, William B. Davis, Michael Matic, and Elysia Rotaru. Synopsis: Private investigator Luke Harding (James Clayton) reads a book of sinister origins owned by seedy crime lord Mr. Fairweather (Matt Frewer). Unbeknownst to Luke, the book is a much sought-after supernatural artifact and Fairweather’s greatest rival, the enigmatic Mr. Lamont (William B. Davis), pursues Luke with his henchmen (Costas Mandylor, Michael Matic). While the criminal underworld is desperate to retrieve the book and harness its power for their own dark agendas, it’s evil begins to take root in Luke’s apartment; putting himself, his daughter (Taylor Hickson) and his secret love (Elysia Rotaru) in a fight for their lives… and their eternal souls.  Full article:...

‘Residue’ Art Battles for Eternal Souls (Exclusive)

Bloody Disgusting has the first art for Residue, from XLrator Media, IndustryWorks Studios and Motorcycle Boy Productions, on VOD and iTunes on July 18, 2017. Starring Costas Mandylor (SAW) and Taylor Hickson (Deadpool): Private investigator Luke Harding (James Clayton) reads a book of sinister origins owned by seedy crime lord Mr. Fairweather (Matt Frewer). Unbeknownst to Luke, the book is a much sought-after supernatural artifact and Fairweather’s greatest rival, the enigmatic Mr. Lamont (William B. Davis), pursues Luke with his henchmen (Costas Mandylor, Michael Matic). While the criminal underworld is desperate to retrieve the book and harness its power for their own dark agendas, it’s evil begins to take root in Luke’s apartment; putting himself, his daughter (Taylor Hickson) and his secret love (Elysia Rotaru) in a fight for their lives… and their eternal souls. Directed by Rusty Nixon, the film also stars James Clayton, Matt Frewer, and William B. Davis.  Full article:...

CANDiLAND (MOVIE REVIEW)

Six-time festival award-winning Candiland, the first Motorcycle Boy Productions feature, certainly has the focus of a film written and directed by the same individual. That individual would be Rusty Nixon (Down The Line, Residue), who has built a character-centric Psychological Horror film in the vein of a small-time Indie film from the late ’90s. Attaining broad release on VOD and DVD via  Viva Pictures on February 7, 2017, Candiland stars James Clayton (Down The Line 2013, Foodland 2010), Chelah Horsdal (When We Rise TV series, The Man In The High Castle TV series) and the inimitable Gary Busey (Lethal Weapon 1987, Point Break 1991) creating a film that works to varying degrees of effectiveness throughout. […] Full...