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Owen Van Spall

Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.

London Evening Standard 2016 awards longlist (with all Smoke Screen reviews of the nominees)

*see the links for Smoke Screen reviews

The longlist for the London Evening Standard British Film Awards are revealed this week, with the best film award nominations fairly evenly spread between the arthouse (American Honey from British director Andrea Arnold and I,Daniel Blake from veteran filmmaker Ken Loach) and the crowdpleasers (Bridget Jones's Baby). Also getting a lot of love is the post-apocalyptic thriller The Girl with all the Gifts (nominated in several categories), whilst actor David Oyelowo is given a best actor nod for two films simultaneously - Queen of Katwe and A United Kingdom, both now in cinemas this month. The Smoke Screen was pleased to see actor and director Alice Lowe getting a best actress nod for her new comedy thriller Prevenge (read the review here and the Smoke Screen's interview with Lowe from this year's London Film Festival). Russel Tovey and Arinzé Kene also get well-deserved acting nods for their roles in the taught, heartrending drama The Pass.

Films are eligible for consideration if they had a public screening in London between February 7 and October 21. This year’s advisory judging panel comprises Evening Standard film reviewers David Sexton and Charlotte O’Sullivan; Evening Standard film and TV writer Ellen E Jones; Kate Muir, chief film critic for The Times; Peter Bradshaw, Guardian film critic, and Tim Robey of the Daily Telegraph. The panel is chaired by Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands. 

The shortlist will be announced in the paper next Thursday. The three final contenders for the Everyman Award for Best Film will be screened to the public in Everyman cinemas in the last two weeks before all winners are revealed at the ceremony at Claridge’s on December 8. 

The winner of the Editor’s Award in partnership with Claridge’s — a special honour for a cinematic event or person to have grabbed the headlines in the past year — will also be announced on the night.

This year also sees a new audience award for Most Powerful Scene, where readers can vote online for their favourite film moment from 2016. The 10 scenes to choose from will be published in the Evening Standard with details of how to vote. 

Everyman Award for Best Film

  • American Honey 
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby
  • Ethel & Ernest
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • Lady Macbeth
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

Best Actor

New West End Company Award for Best Actress 

  • Gemma Arterton, Their Finest 
  • Kate Beckinsale, Love & Friendship
  • Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
  • Alexa Davies, Spaceship 
  • Alice Lowe, Prevenge 
  • Helen Mirren, Eye in the Sky
  • Rosamund Pike, A United Kingdom 
  • Tilda Swinton, A Bigger Splash

Best Supporting Actor 

  • Tom Bennett, Love & Friendship
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, Doctor Strange
  • Brendan Gleeson,Trespass Against Us 
  • Arinzé Kene, The Pass 
  • George MacKay, Captain Fantastic

Best Supporting Actress

  • Naomi Ackie, Lady Macbeth
  • Lyndsey Marshal, Trespass Against Us
  • Sarah Solemani, Bridget Jones’s Baby
  • Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake 
  • Rachel Weisz, The Light Between Oceans

Best Documentary

  • Bobby Sands: 66 Days
  • Before the Flood 
  • My Scientology Movie 
  • Notes on Blindness
  • Oasis: Supersonic
  • The Hard Stop

Amanda Eliasch Best Screenplay Award 

  • Mike Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts
  • Terence Davies, A Quiet Passion
  • Jane Goldman, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Guy Hibbert, Eye in the Sky
  • Paul Laverty, I, Daniel Blake 
  • David Farr, The Ones Below

Peter Sellers Award for Comedy

  • Julian Barrat, Mindhorn 
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby
  • Bill Nighy, Their Finest
  • David Brent: Life on the Road

Malone Souliers Award for Breakthrough of the Year 

  • Babak Anvari, Under the Shadow
  • Lewis MacDougall, A Monster Calls
  • William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth
  • Colm McCarthy, The Girl with All the Gifts 
  • Sennia Nanua, The Girl with All the Gifts 
  • Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth 

Technical Achievement

  • Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins (costume design)
  • Guy Farley and Robin Foste, Anthropoid (music)
  • Max Richter, Arrival (contribution to the music)
  • Laurie Rose, Free Fire (cinematography)
  • Robbie Ryan, American Honey (cinematography)
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Owen Van Spall

Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.

Catch the London Kinovan this christmas

The Film London and London Screen Archives Kinovan (think a cinema-in-a-van) will be out and about this christmas, offering Londoners the chance to see -for free- archive footage from across decades of London history.

The van will be at the following locations:

Xmas Lights Switch On, Sutton
Sat 19 Nov 2016, 16:00 – 19:00
Sutton – KinoVan
Trinity Square, London EC3N

Winter Wonderland, Wimbledon
Sun 27 Nov 2016, 12:00 – 18:00
Merton – KinoVan
Wimbledon Station, Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19 7NL

Raynes Park Xmas, Merton
Fri 2 Dec 2016, 15:30 – 19:00
Merton – KinoVan
Raynes Park, London SW20

Christmas Winter Festival, Haringey
Sat 3 Dec 2016, times TBC
Haringey – KinoVan
Tottenham Green, London N15

Bruce Castle – WinterFest, Haringey
Sun 11 Dec 2016, times TBC
Haringey – KinoVan

Click here to find out where the KinoVan will be pitching up next.

The KinoVan can also come to you! Email to book a screening at screenheritage@filmlondon.org.uk

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Owen Van Spall

Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.

London Screen Archives explore the Alexandra Palace restoration project

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The LSA team recently got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Alexandra Palace East Wing as it undergoes a major restoration. This venue used to house a BBC studio and a Victorian theatre in that part of the building, and a project is currently underway to revive it. Today, Londoners would be more likely to use the venue for gigs or fireworks displays, but aside from restoring the wing to its former glory,  the new space will play host to events as well as a new multimedia visitor attraction, drawing on the building’s crucial role in the history of broadcasting and entertainment (the world’s first regular high-definition live TV service was beamed from here.)

The disrepair of the East Wing is down to a fire that claimed the Great Hall and most of the western part of the building in 1980 - the second unfortunate incident to strike the People’s Palace. Repairs took eight years, but although the fire left the East Wing mostly unharmed, it has never been fully restored. This new project, supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund, London Borough of Haringey and public donations, aims to right that wrong.

You can see some archive footage of the "Ally Pally" below at the BFI and LSA sites, and you can read more about the project here.

Alexandra Palace in the 1927 film Canine Beauties (BFI)

What Future for Haringey? (1974, Bruce Castle Museum)

 

 

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Owen Van Spall

Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.

Film choices in London for this All Hallow's Eve...

No shortage of film options to creep you out this Halloween week coming, including:

Juan of the Dead at Deptford Cinema

Deptford Cinema  Wednesday 2 November

When the zombie apocalypse begins in Havana, the media blame mercenary dissidents, but as the city burns, the survivors are quickly outnumbered by hordes of cannibalistic living dead.

Hackney Attic Film Festival: Halloween Special

Hackney Attic at Hackney Picturehouse Monday 31 October

Enjoy an evening of tales from the dark side with kitschy horror, spooky clowns, mummys, and all manner of unpleasant goings on. Highlights include Greg Jeffs' chilling It's All in Your Head and James Atkins' zombie flick, How I Ate Your Mother.

Picturehouse Halloween weekend  - Lost Boys+ An American Werewolf In London.

Picturehouse Central  Saturday 29 October

Two 80s horror classics for the price of one.

Prince Charles Cinema Horror all-nighter - Classic Horror vs Teen Horror.

Prince Charles Cinema, Saturday 29 October

Two different strands of all-nighter for horror nuts at London's chief repetory cinema, classic or teen.

The CLASSIC HORROR ALL-NIGHTER:
HALLOWEEN
THE EXORCIST
ALIEN
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
THE SHINING [US Cut]
THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE

Saturday 29th October 20:45 - Click Here for Tickets

TEEN HORROR PYJAMA PARTY - Click Here for Tickets

The TEEN HORROR PYJAMA PARTY:
THE CRAFT
SCREAM
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER
URBAN LEGEND
THE FACULTY
FINAL DESTINATION

 

Science Fiction Theatre presents: The Mist

The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Monday 31st October

The good folks at the Science Fiction Theatre film club have a Halloween screening planned of Frank Darabont's 2007 adaptation of Stephen King's chilling, claustrophobic scifi horror novella THE MIST.

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Owen Van Spall

Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.