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Perfecting the Long Take: An Interview with Director Adam Mason

United Kingdom born filmmaker Adam Mason took time to answer a few questions on his body of work. From one of his earliest features (Dust, 2001) to his latest ("Empire of Dirt"), Mason talks about some of the highlights in his career and some of his collaborations, in this interview. Fans of his film are encouraged to have a quick read as Mason talks about what is coming up next for him and his filmmaking career. (Mike Allen) Just to get readers up to speed, I wanted to talk about a bit about your background and your previous films. You graduated from film school, in the United Kingdom and quickly went into your first production, Dust (2001). What was it like shooting your first film? (Adam Mason) My first movie was actually called The 13th Sign and we shot that back in 1999. It was completely awful. As was Dust, the second feature I did right after.
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Unstable Ground, Federgreen, Raven Banner, Uncork’d plot 'Lifechanger'

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Unstable Ground, Federgreen, Raven Banner, Uncork’d plot 'Lifechanger'
Exclusive: Partners to gather at Frontières Co-Production Market this week.

Justin McConnell of Unstable Ground is at the Frontières Co-Production Market in Montreal this week with distribution and sales partners to strategise on horror-thriller Lifechanger ahead of a late October start.

McConnell has joined forces with Canadian producers Federgreen Entertainment, Us distributor Uncork’d Entertainment, and Toronto-based Canadian distributor and global sales agent Raven Banner Entertainment.

McConnell will direct from his own screenplay, which he described to Screen as “a murderous shape-shifter on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves”. His directing credits include Broken Mile and documentary Skull World.

Avi Federgreen and McConnell are producing, while Keith Leopard of Uncork’d and Raven Banner’s Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew Hunt serve as executive producers with Pasha Patriki of 9 Light Entertainment.

George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), Adam Mason (The Devil’s Chair) and Serena Whitney (Mark Of Kane) are on board
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Unstable Ground, Federgreen, Raven Banner, Uncork’d plot 'Lifechangers'

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Unstable Ground, Federgreen, Raven Banner, Uncork’d plot 'Lifechangers'
Exclusive: Partners to gather at Frontières Co-Production Market this week.

Justin McConnell of Unstable Ground is at the Frontières Co-Production Market in Montreal this week with distribution and sales partners to strategise on horror-thriller Lifechangers ahead of a late October start.

McConnell has joined forces with Canadian producers Federgreen Entertainment, Us distributor Uncork’d Entertainment, and Toronto-based Canadian distributor and global sales agent Raven Banner Entertainment.

McConnell will direct from his own screenplay, which he described to Screen as “a murderous shape-shifter on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves”. His directing credits include Broken Mile and documentary Skull World.

Avi Federgreen and McConnell are producing, while Keith Leopard of Uncork’d and Raven Banner’s Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew Hunt serve as executive producers with Pasha Patriki of 9 Light Entertainment.

George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), Adam Mason (The Devil’s Chair) and Serena Whitney (Mark Of Kane) are on board
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Horror 'Mark Of Kane' heads to Cannes

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Exclusive: Project based on the cult novel Kane by Michael Prescott.

Australia’s Dicentium Films and Toronto-based Unstable Ground have joined forces to produce horror project Mark Of Kane.

Producers Justin McConnell of Unstable Ground and Dicentium FilmsJudd Tilyard are flying into Cannes to meet sales agents on the adaptation of Michael Prescott’s cult novel Kane.

Serhat Caradee is lined up to direct from the adapted screenplay by Serena Whitney and McConnell.

Producing with McConnell and Tilyard are Unstable Ground’s Whitney, and Avi Federgreen.

Genre director Adam Mason and George Mihalka serve as consulting producers on the project, which went through the Fantasia Film Festival’s Frontieres International Co-Production Market in 2014.

Mark Of Kane pits the inhabitants of a small California desert town against a homicidal man hell-bent on killing everyone in sight.

The producers have earmarked a production start later this year in Australia.
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Thief Movie Reportedly In The Pipeline Along With A New Game

For a video game franchise synonymous with steampunk assassins and stealth, the future is strangely bright for Square’s Thief franchise, if a post from Straight Up Films is to believed.

First spotted by Game Informer, the listing claims that a live-action movie adaptation – an “action epic,” as it were – has entered development alongside a fifth entry in the cult video game series. Eidos Montreal, the studio behind 2014’s divisive reboot, is yet to announce anything official – ditto for publisher Square Enix – but there have been rumblings of a sequel leaping out of the shadows in the not-so-distant future.

Film-wise, the nebulous Thief movie has been kicking around for some time. Last we reported, screenwriters Adam Mason and Simon Boyes signed on to hash out a script, but all has been quiet on that front ever since, and today’s report from Straight Up Films fails to mention a release date.
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Pig Review [SXSW 2017]

Every so often, a movie comes along that words cannot serviceably justify. When you’re a horror degenerate like myself, that “so often” timeframe is a little more frequent. Adam Mason’s Pig is one such title; a despicable, mean-spirited, tragically pointless torture bomb. So sickening that it’s been hidden since 2010 without release, minus a live world premiere on website Bloody Disgusting. Pig: The Final Screenings read new promotional materials, because it’s set to be destroyed after South by Southwest 2017. At least I can say “I’ve seen Pig!” when horror buffs discuss lost movies years from now? Whatever that’s worth.

Mason ties his camera to leading man/co-writer Andrew Howard, who stars as a backwoods lunatic with perverse day plans. On his trailer plot are four captives, all in different locations. When he returns from bashing one’s skull in (the film’s opening sequence
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Adam Mason’s ‘Pig’ is Playing SXSW…and Never Again (*Exclusive*)

You’re going to need to catch Adam Mason (The Devil’s Chair, Blood River, Broken) and Andrew Howard‘s Pig at this week’s SXSW Film Festival or risk never seeing it again. Good luck finding a bootleg. Longtime Bloody Disgusting readers have seen all of the crazy shit we’ve done over the years, which includes being one of […]
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James Franco’s The Disaster Artist Will Stage World Premiere At SXSW 2017; Midnight Lineup Revealed

With little over a month to go until Austin plays host to SXSW 2017 for another year, organizers of the annual showcase have announced that James Franco’s drama The Disaster Artist has been added to the stacked lineup.

Based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s non-fiction book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, Franco’s passion project is set to recount the infamous story behind The Room, Tommy Wiseau’s widely-derided pic that has since gone on to become something of a cult classic. No release date has been set, but we know that the feature will be written and directed by Franco, who stars as the eccentric Wiseau, and features a cast comprised of Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Ari Graynor, Jacki Weaver, and former Community star Alison Brie. Bryan Cranston and Zach Braff are among those set to cameo.

In related news, the midnight
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SXSW 2017 Announces Midnighters, Shorts and More: Expect Mayhem

SXSW is mayhem. Mayhem, I tell you! And this year it will also screen Mayhem, a new film by Joe Lynch (pictured above). The midnighters program at SXSW has been announced and it consists of eight world premieres, including Joe Lynch's Mayhem, Nishimura Yoshihiro's sequel Meatball Machine Kodoku, Trent Haaga's 68 Kill, Adam Mason's Pig: The Final Screenings and more. The program will receive my primary attention during the festival in Austin next month, but as always, happy surprises will abound, I hope, in other programs that feature genre titles. Here are portions of the festival's official verbiage, edited for length:: "In this current political climate, genre filmmakers are more necessary than ever," said Jarod Neece, SXSW Senior Film Programmer. "They give us the chance...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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'Pig: The Final Screenings' lands SXSW Midnighters slot

Adam Mason’s gender politics satire will receive its world premiere as festival brass announced the remaining line-up for the event set to run in Austin, Texas, from March 10-19.

Japanese director Yoshihiro Nishimura’s sci-fi action sequel Meatball Machine: Kodoku also gets its first screening in Midnighters and there is a festival slot for UK director Taneli Mustonen’s Lake Bodom, about a group of girls whose night of fun devolves into murder.

Festival top brass announced on Tuesday selections in Midnighters, short films and the Vr programme.

“In this current political climate, genre filmmakers are more necessary than ever,” said SXSW senior film programmer Jarod Neece. “They give us the chance to escape the horrors in our daily lives and spend some time in the dark, hallowed halls of the cinema.

“This year’s batch of Midnighters spans the gamut of splatter horror, dark comedy, revenge, and satire, and explore
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Thief: movie based on videogame announced

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The Thief videogame series is the next to take the trip to the big screen...

We’re hopeful that this is the year that the videogame movie curse is finally laid to rest. It’s a little bit of a myth that there’s never been a good film based on a videogame, but still, there’s certainly not been a very good one. Our hope is that Duncan JonesWarcraft movie will mark something of a turning point when it lands this summer.

That said, the videogame movies keep on coming regardless, and the latest to be announced is Thief. This makes sense, too. The pacing of the Thief games lends themselves strongly to a big screen adventure.

Adam Mason and Simon Boyes are penning a screenplay for the Thief movie, that’s being put together by Straight Up Films.

It’s very early stages, of course,
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Video game franchise Thief heading to the big screen

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Straight Up Films has snapped up the big screen rights to the Square Enix video game franchise Thief and are partnering up with Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment and Prime Universe for a feature film adaptation.

The screenwriting team of Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (Misconduct, Not Safe For Work) will pen the script for the movie, which “will be set in the game’s dark fantasy world where a master thief tries to restore freedom, which has been denied by a magic-wielding tyrant.”

The stealth horror series launched in 1998 with Thief: The Dark Project and has been followed by four instalments, most recently in 2014.
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Video Game ‘Thief’ is Being Adapted into a Feature Film

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One of the best franchise video games in the past 20 years is being adapted into the big screen.

Straight Up Films acquired the rights to Thief, a video game series which was developed by Eidos and published by Square Enix. There had been a total of four video games with the latest published in 2014.

The series set a standard for stealth video games back in 1998 as the gamer plays Garrett, a master thief who sneaks around in the dark to accomplish missions.

Adam Mason and Simon Boyes will write the screenplay. Straight Up principals Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen will produce the feature adaptation, along with Roy Lee, under his Vertigo Entertainment shingle, and Adrian Askarieh, under his Prime Universe production banner.

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Film Adaptation Of ‘Thief’ Video Game Series Coming From Straight Up Films

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Straight Up Films is getting into the video game movie business and is producing a feature adaptation of the Square Enix video game series Thief, with Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh also producing. Lee is producing under his Vertigo Entertainment banner. Sandra Condito, President of Production at Straight Up Films will exec produce alongside Khalid Jones of Source Rock and Square Enix, and Adam Mason and Simon Boyes have been tapped to write the script. First launched by…
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‘Thief’ Videogame Being Adapted Into Movie With Roy Lee

Straight Up Films has acquired movie rights to Square Enix’s videogame franchise “Thief,” and will produce a movie adaptation with Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh.

Straight Up principals Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen will also produce. Straight Up president of production Sandra Condito will serve as executive producer along with Khalid Jones of Source Rock and Square Enix.

Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (“Misconduct”) will write the screenplay.

“Thief” was developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Tokyo-based Square Enix with three sequels over 18 years. The game is set in a dark fantasy world ruled by a tyrant who exploits dark magic as a means of establishing control.

“This popular game is entirely unique within the genre, which is why we’re particularly excited to be working with these canny, dedicated filmmakers to bring it to the screen,” said Polvino and Cohen.

Straight Up Films co-produced the Johnny Depp sci-fier
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"Thief" Game Gets Adapted Into A Film

Straight Up Films has acquired film rights to Square Enix's videogame franchise "Thief" with plans to produce a film adaptation of the property.

Developed by Eidos-Montreal and spanning four games over eighteen years, the story is set in a dark fantasy world ruled by a tyrant who exploits dark magic as a means of establishing control.

Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (“Misconduct”) will write the screenplay while Roy Lee, Adrian Askarieh, Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen will produce.

Source: Variety
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Hangman Review

Hangman may be just another down-and-dirty found footage flick at heart, but Adam Mason’s SXSW Midnighter turns the mundane format into a nightmarish invasion of privacy. His killer, whose calling card is that of a noose-tightener, plays the long game here. Action isn’t rushed and pacing is drawn out like taffy, but Mason’s meticulous dissection of a first-hand home invasion works where other equal efforts become dull and gimmicky. Families should feel safe together, but Hangman warps feelings of barricaded tranquility into voyeuristic naughtiness caught on the camera of a reckless stalker. He sees you when your sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, yet the “Hangman” is no Santa Claus – unless you consider backwash in your Oj a present.

Told through the eyes of a mask-wearing figure known as “Hangman” (Eric Michael Cole), we watch helplessly as the crazed psycho torments an unsuspecting family. Aaron (Jeremy Sisto
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Review: Hangman

The found footage approach to horror films has went through a great deal of scrutiny in the last few years, and rightfully so, there are a greater number of misses than hits. Films tend to fall into the same ol’ formula and cliche-filled pitfalls, with the “We need to document this!” line spoken more times than it hasn’t been. Luckily, Adam Mason’s Hangman bypasses many of those cliches and offers horror fans a truly chilling and downright scary experience that will refuse to exit your mind for quite some time following its final act.

What makes Hangman so interesting right from the get-go, is how almost dirty it feels. Instead of some family member or friend manning a video camera like every other film of its type, we’re given the entire film through the many hidden camera placed in the home of a family led by Jeremy Sisto (Clueless,
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Win a Copy of Hangman on Blu-ray and Swing From the Rafters

Alchemy’s latest horror release, Hangman, is hitting Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on February 9th; and right now we have your chance to score a copy on us. Adam Mason directed and co-wrote the script with Simon Boyes. The film stars… Continue Reading →

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Film Review: ‘Misconduct’

Film Review: ‘Misconduct’
Faint echoes of decades-old thrillers as diverse as “Fatal Attraction” and “Presumed Innocent” abound through “Misconduct,” a flagrantly derivative but modestly diverting drama of the sort that once claimed acres of shelf space at Blockbuster outlets. Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino saunter through the proceedings while picking up easy paychecks and providing marquee allure, but it’s up to the top-billed Josh Duhamel to do most of the heavy lifting in this neo-noir scenario about an ambitious lawyer who bends the rules during litigation against a corrupt pharmaceutical tycoon, only to become entangled in at least two conspiracies. Limited theatrical play will be a mere formality, as is usually the case for such VOD-ready fare.

Duhamel plays Ben Cahill, a corner-cutting up-and-comer at a New Orleans law firm who’s worried about his wife, Charlotte (Alice Eve), a registered nurse who recently suffered a miscarriage, and now appears to be channeling her grief into workaholism.
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