It’s been a pretty exciting week for Blueprint: Film especially down in our Bethnal Green office. Chris and Darren have been whizzing around to meetings all over London and Milton Keynes. Unfortunately in true Blueprint fashion we can’t tell you anything. At all. Literally all I’m allowed to say is that meetings have taken place, and in the words of Darren; ‘there’s some potentially mega news for the future’, but you’ll have to wait until everything is concrete before you find out!

The new season of Grand Prix Bowls in Lincoln started this week and both Dave and Mikaela have already been up to the Green. We look forward to providing a full year of live video streamed coverage for various worldwide betting agencies via Sportradar & Betrayer. Nigel Oldfield Sports Promotions, who hire us for the bowls coverage, also hired us to help shoot a live stream of the second round draw for the Ladbrookes Challenge Cup (in rugby for those not in the know). It took place in a hangar at RAF Coningsby that houses the spectacular Battle of Britain Memorial aircraft. Quite the location, if we do say so ourselves.

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In more exciting news, we have been awarded funding from Awards for All to start our Flix In the Stix project! Hooray! Our bid has won us enough money to begin providing a free cinema service to a selection of villages across rural Lincolnshire. We’ll be providing one film every month to each Village, setting up our amazing mobile operation in their village hall or community space. We’re really excited to have been awarded the funds as we think Flix is a really great cause! There’s so few transport links in rural Lincolnshire and finding low-cost activities for all the family out in ‘the sticks’ can be a nightmare. We’ve had loads of interest in the projects, and lots of Village Hall committees and representatives expressing delight at the idea, it’s just a shame we won’t be able to deliver the travelling cinema to all of them!


What We’ve Watched

Timbuktu (Dave)
It was a decent film, but I thought it was a little too episodic or scattershot at times for me to really get invested in the characters.  However, it remained a fascinating and unique perspective on Islamic fundamentalism. It’s beautifully shot too.

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Spotlight (Dave)
I’m a sucker for a good investigative journalism film so this was a treat for me.  I appreciated the fact that the film never over-dramatises or exploits the touchy subject matter.  It takes a straight investigative approach without milking the emotions.  However, this less bombastic presentation does make the film harder to really fall in love with so I came away admiring it, but not raving about it.

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Carol (Dave)
This has been reviewed here before, but I thought I’d throw my opinion in.  I thought it was fantastic. It’s an incredibly accomplished piece of filmmaking in pretty much every aspect.  I know my colleagues felt they didn’t care about the characters or what was happening to them and I can maybe agree a little in that I didn’t get choked up over their predicament, but I always felt engaged with the story and could feel the bond between the central couple, so I was gripped.

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Spotlight (Mikaela)
So good. Dave has basically said all of my thoughts once again, except I feel like the reason I will rave about it is because of it’s lack of sensationalisation. I really think I enjoyed it more for this reason, I remained tense and engaged throughout and left really quite affected by the plot. Spot on. Also Mark Ruffalo was fantastic and deserves the Oscar.

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Goodnight Mommy (Mikaela)
This was an interesting one. The set design was absolutely stunning and -without giving too much of the plot away- theres a narrative and tonal shift in this film that is so well timed and designed. It’s a clever film. Reflectively, I think the main plot points were a little cliche, but the way the film was told meant that this is completely unnoticeable. It thoughtfully meanders and then hits you in the face with surprise and doesn’t dwell on it long enough to let you think it’s anything you’ve seen before.

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Chi-Raq (Mikaela)
I actually really enjoyed this, despite it’s mixed reviews. Though I don’t know who invited John Cusack to play a white-but-from-the-streets-priest. I studies Lysistrata in school so got that it was going to be a weird mix of tragedy and comedy. Despite the unevenness of the tone I think Spike Lee did a solid job tackling a hard, poignant, of-the-moment topic in a modern way (using an ancient greek script adaptation). It was funny, urgent and honest. It wasn’t subtle, and it was very theatrical, but I think that’s exactly what it wanted to be.

Over on Blueprint Review:

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls – Sexploitation king Russ Meyer’s big studio debut is fun, but a bit flabby compared to his stronger indie movies. Oh and it’s written by the world renowned late film critic Roger Ebert! 

The Friends of Eddie Coyle – Bullitt director Peter Yates delivers a subtle, masterful crime drama starring the great Robert Mitchum.

The Fear of 13 – This documentary consists solely of one death row inmate telling his story, but it’s one of the most gripping films I’ve seen for a number of years:

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