‘Back to the Sea’ available in the UK July 7th!

You can pre-order your copy of Back to the Sea on Amazon today! The UK release is July 7th! Join Kevin the flying fish and his friends in this animated adventure to get back to the sea! Featuring the voices of Christian Slater, Tom Kenny, Mark Hamill, and Tim Curry! And don’t forget to play Operation Clam Shake! A challenging deep-sea game for kids of all ages! Available on iTunes  for both the iPhone and the iPad!...

Stuff.co.nz Sits Down With ‘The Holy Roller’ Director Patrick Gillies

Film director Patrick Gillies tells the story behind a homespun feelgood movie that came together with a jolt or two.  “Our film opens nationwide on September 15,” my partner-in-crime, Angus Benfield, informs me. Rugby World Cup month. “Isn’t that like the ‘Month of Death’ for movies in this country?” Angus urges me to have some faith. We’ll be offering a cinematic antidote for all those sick of the rugby: a feelgood comedy-drama with no swearing or nudity. I remain unconvinced. Welcome to the harsh reality of micro-budget film-making in New Zealand. Our story begins 10 years earlier, when Angus, an Australian actor-writer-producer, is working as a youth pastor at a Sydney mega-church. Disillusioned by what he regards as an over-emphasis on materialism, he begins writing a film satirising the commercialisation of religion and the neglect of society’s outcasts. Fast forward several years, and Angus has settled in Christchurch with his Kiwi wife, Ruth. Our paths cross, and he flicks me a copy of his screenplay, The Holy Roller, the story of a struggling preacher who transforms a seedy nightclub into a thriving church, attracting unwanted attention from the local crime-lords. Angus doesn’t give a hoot that I am a dirty heathen. His mission is to make a mainstream movie that will appeal to anyone, regardless of their theosophical beliefs. In mid-2008, a phone call: we’re in the money. A mainly Christchurch-based business consortium has fronted up with $160,000 – a pot of gold to someone like me who has never made a film for over $45,000. Filmed mostly in Christchurch’s CBD over the course of 15 days in late...

Christian Cinema Reviews ‘The Holy Roller’

Angus Benfield, a writer, actor and producer, brings his 20 years of experience in the Australia and New Zealand film industries to the Christian movie THE HOLY ROLLER, in the starring role of Pastor Luke. His partners in the film are Patrick Gillies [director and producer], an award-winning writer, director and producer, and Mark Freiburger [DOG DAYS OF SUMMER]. The producers are currently looking to build teams in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States to help spread the word about the film. Taken From:...

Back To The Sea: Operation Clam Shake Available On Mobile App Stores!

Dream Big! Keep your eyes on the pearl! That is … if you think you can! Three immersive gameplay modes, fast/challenging/insane makes this an exciting game that will challenge both young and old alike. Based on the hit family film “Back To The Sea”, Kevin is a young flying fish who lives in the New York harbour. One fateful day, his adventurous nature finds him captured by a fishing boat and delivered to the fish tank of a famous New York city restaurant. In this exciting game, your goal is to keep your eye on the pearl while the clams shift position and try to hid the pearl from you. Accolades Good Challenge – MP2775 Great Game! – Handylehandyhan Great Game – The Siegs Fun, easy to play!!! – The Big AV Back to the sea – hairecove Fin-Tastic! – Puck Control “Back To The Sea” is available on DVD and BluRay at Walmart. Taken From:...

She Scribes! Reviews ‘Back To The Sea’

I’m always on the look out for fun movies to share with my family. Being a blogger helps to me learn about movies I might not otherwise have the opportunity to know about. Often movies go straight to DVD (or Blu-ray). Since video rental stores are hard to come by these days, straight to video movies go largely unnoticed. One such movie is called Back to the Sea. It’s an animated film that was made in 2012. It was only released in a limited number of theaters so not many people may have heard about it. I just learned about it’s DVD release. I was sent a copy to review for my readers. Back to the Sea brings together the voice talents of Mark Hamill, Tom Kenny, Tim Curry and Christian Slater. Back to the Sea is the story of a flying fish name Kevin. He enjoys his life in the sea with his family and friends. He spends his days playing sports with his friends and dreaming of going to Barbados. One day Kevin was swept up in a fisherman’s net. He tried desperately to escape but it was no use – he was stuck in the net. Also caught up in the net was a rare pearl that belongs to his family. The pearl is very valuable. Once it was discovered and word got out about it a thief came along and stole it. Kevin soon finds himself in a fish tank located in a popular New York City Chinese restaurant.  As luck would have it the thief is hiding the pearl in the same tank, unbeknown to Kevin. Kevin makes a few friends...