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Jonathan Sothcott interview: producing independent films in the UK

Kirsten Howard Aug 8, 2017

Producer Jonathan Sothcott talks about running an independent film company in the UK, finding the right project and a post-Brexit industry.

Jonathan Sothcott has had a hand in producing a whole lot of independent films here in the UK over the last decade. You may have even seen a fair few of them yourself, especially if you’re a Danny Dyer completest.

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He’s the man behind Hereford Films, the production and financing company he runs with partner Damien Morley. If that name rings a bell, it might well be because Morley owns a modelling agency that takes care of most of the Page 3 girls, and the entrepreneur has even recently launched a bid to buy the Page 3 brand off The Sun himself.
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Action Heavyweights Craig Fairbrass and Mem Ferda set to Square Up in Uber-Violent Gunned Down

British film stars Craig Fairbrass and Mem Ferda have signed on to come face-to-face in the much anticipated, uber-violent action thriller Gunned Down, to be directed by Mark McQueen (Devil's Playground).

Synopsis:

Gunned Down stars Craig Fairbrass (Rise of the Footsoldier) as a career criminal and armed robber Jack Cregan, who seeks to discover the truth behind his father’s murder and his stolen heist money. As Jack battles to unravel the mystery, he endangers his own life at every step. Set in Spain’s vibrant southern city of Marbella contrasted with London’s dark underw [Continued ...]
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A Hitman Haunted by His Past in British Crime Thriller Breakdown

New British thriller 'Breakdown' marks the directorial debut of writer/director Jonnie Malachi. The movie is currently shooting on location in and around London and Essex and stars Craig Fairbrass ('Devil's Playground'), 'Game of Thrones' star James Cosmo, Emmett Scanlan ('The Fall'), Olivia Grant ('Mr. Nice'), Tamer Hassan ('The Business') and Brit/Turkish actor Mem Ferda ('Pusher') as Turkish gang boss Hakan Abaci. Luke Fairbrass is producing through his Screen 360 production company. 'Breakdown' revolves around a professional contract killer (Fairbrass), haunted by visions of his violent past, spirals out of control. His work compromised as he reaches breaking point, he is forced to defend his family from his ruthless employers....
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Gotham: The Penguin and Alfred Cast in Batman TV Series

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Gotham: The Penguin and Alfred Cast in Batman TV Series
Four additional series regular roles have been cast in Fox and Warner Bros. Television's Gotham, which has a series commitment at the network.

Robin L. Taylor (Another Earth, Accepted, The Walking Dead) has been cast as Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin). With the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal, Oswald Cobblepot is a low-level psychopath (for gangster Fish Mooney) who hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor.

Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice, 3 lbs.) has been cast as Captain Essen. Gordon's boss at the Gcpd Homicide Squad, Captain Essen balances the two worlds of police and politics with a Machiavellian skill that's as much corporate litigator as cop.

Sean Pertwee (Alan Partridge, Alien Uprising, Devil's Playground, Camelot) has been cast as Alfred Pennyworth. A tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London, Alfred Pennyworth has loyally served the Waynes. Now, in the wake of their tragic deaths,
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Sean Pertwee, Craig Fairbrass and Co Enter the Tower of the Dead

Craig Fairbrass ('Dead Cert'), Jason Maza ('Demons Never Die'), Craig Conway ('Devil's Playground') and Sean Pertwee ('Dog Soldiers') are the fresh faced foursome to new British zombie horror 'Tower of the Dead'. The quartet, who these days between them seem to be placed in every mediocre British horror offering or gangster based project there is going, will be bought together to play members of an Armed Response Team and/or a group of arms dealers who find theirselves teaming up when some begrudged zombie fellas take over a tower block. Sound familiar, then you're likely thinking this sounds very much like 2009's French horror feature 'The Horde'! Brit director Ross Boyask ('Left for Dead') will helm from a script he co-wrote with Paul Reynolds....
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Check Out the Disturbing Images From 'The Seasoning House'

Written and directed by Paul Hyett (Award-Winning Special Makeup FX Designer: The Woman In Black, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday, Attack The Block, Eden Lake, Centurion, Unknown, The Descent, The Eagle, Ironclad) and starring Sean Pertwee (Equilibrium, Doomsday, Mutant Chronicles, Devil's Playground, 4.3.2.1.), Rosie Day (Black Books, Fallen Angel, Harley Street), Anna Walton (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, 5 Days of War, Mutant Chronicles, Crusoe), Kevin Howarth (Gallowwalker, The Magnificent Eleven, The Last Horror Movie) and Jemma Powell (Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, The Symmetry Of Love) comes The Seasoning House.
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Romp Through the Devil's Playground with Two New Clips!

We've been waiting for the latest chiller from the UK, Devil's Playground, for a while here in the States, and finally the flick hits home video this week from Vivendi. To celebrate its arrival, we have two new clips for you! Dig it!

Prepare for a bloodcurdling invasion as Indomina Releasing unleashes Devil’s Playground on DVD and Video on Demand on October 11, 2011. When an experimental new drug treatment goes terribly wrong, the results are hair-raising as thousands of patients rapidly turn into insatiable killers. Distributed by Vivendi Entertainment, the DVD will be available at an Srp of $14.93.

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes featurette Deleted Scenes

Synopsis

Flesh-eating zombies have taken over London, and humanity’s only hope for the future lies in one woman’s DNA. Cole, a hardened mercenary who works for the pharmaceutical company responsible for the horrific disaster, is charged with bringing her in. But he’s already
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Two Clips from Devil's Playground

Hitting DVD tomorrow, October 11, is Devil's Playground from director Mark McQueen. We have two clips to share with you. Synopsis: Flesh-eating zombies have taken over London, and humanity.s only hope for the future lies in one woman.s DNA. Cole, a hardened mercenary who works for the pharmaceutical company responsible for the horrific disaster, is charged with bringing her in. But, he.s already battling the demons of his violent past. Can he take on an army of bloodthirsty creatures as well? Find out.if you dare.in this terrifying sci-fi thriller filled with ravenous killers on a feeding frenzy.
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Excl: U.S. Trailer, Cover Art for Devil's Playground

Indomina Releasing is importing the UK film Devil's Playground , bringing the film to DVD and VOD on October 11. You'll find the new U.S. trailer and cover art below. Danny Dyer and MyAnna Buring star in the flick directed by Mark McQueen. Synopsis: Flesh-eating zombies have taken over London, and humanity.s only hope for the future lies in one woman.s DNA. Cole, a hardened mercenary who works for the pharmaceutical company responsible for the horrific disaster, is charged with bringing her in. But, he.s already battling the demons of his violent past. Can he take on an army of bloodthirsty creatures as well? Find out.if you dare.in this terrifying sci-fi thriller filled with ravenous killers on a feeding frenzy.
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Grimm Up North Announces First Film of 2011 Festival: Martin Kemp's Stalker

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The third annual Grimm Up North Horror Festival, which takes place in Manchester, England, from October 6th to October 9th, has announced the first film on its 2011 roster, and it's Martin Kemp's directorial debut Stalker, starring Billy Murray, Jane March, and Linda Hayden.

From the Press Release:

On Friday, October 7th, the festival will host a very special premiere screening of Stalker – the directorial feature debut of TV and music icon Martin Kemp – ahead of its national theatrical release. In addition, the former Eastenders star and Spandau Ballet bass hero will be joined by members of the film’s cast and crew, including producer Jonathan Sothcott (Devil's Playground, Dead Cert) and actress Jane March (The Lover, Clash of the Titans) to take part in an exclusive Q&A session after the movie.

Sure to be a controversial festival talking point, Stalker is based on the infamous 1976 sex-and-slash shocker – and
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Exclusive: Director and Star Named - Strippers vs. Werewolves!

Producer Jonathan Sothcott dropped us a line today to let us know that the search is over for a director and leading lady for his next upcoming feature, Strippers vs. Werewolves.

"Over the last 6 months we've been slightly out of the horror game - apart from steering the UK releases of Dead Cert and Devil's Playground - as Billy Murray and I have been working on a romcom with Richard E Grant called How to Stop Being a Loser and a quirky Danny Dyer thriller called 7Lives, but we are very much back in our favourite genre in 2011!"

"We've been busy readying our kick-ass style comedy horror Strippers vsx Werewolves at Black and Blue Towers over Christmas," says Sothcott. "One of the key steps forward was securing the right director, someone film literate enough to make the material work yet with a pedigree that distributors bought into. Step forward Jonathan Glendening,
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Thandie Newton and Cillian Murphy in this First Poster for the Retreat

The apocalypse continues and this time it is an "airborne virus" that is bringing death (Quiet). This is part of the premise for first time director Carl Tibbett's Retreat. This film is currently in production in Wales (Quiet) and at the American Film Market. A showing date has not been announced for the film at the Afm, but here is the first poster.

The poster art shows actors Thandie Newton, Cillian Murphy and Jamie Bell above a lonely, isolated shack. This refuge is the only protection for characters Kate, Martin and a mysterious soldier, as a deadly virus reduces the mainland population to nothing.

A partial synopsis for the Retreat is here:

"A husband and wife rent a remote island cottage while trying to repair their marriage. One day they find a biohazard-suited soldier washed up on the beach, who warns them that everybody on the mainland has been killed
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Event Report and Reviews from the 2010 GoreZone International Film Festival

On October 2nd the third annual GoreZone International Film Festival got under way at Leicester Square’s Prince Charles Cinema; and for the first time ever, Dread was on the scene to check it out. Our report follows along with condensed reviews of six of the films shown over the weekend.

Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet, Breath of Hate, Hyenas, Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer, New Terminal Hotel, Darfur, and Devil's Playground are all included, but first a recap of the event and awards show.

In the face of fellow Leicester Square-based festival and horror heavy hitter, Film4 Frightfest, GoreZone (or Gz, as the magazine has rebranded) would appear to be the underdog. Having experienced the festival first-hand, however, it’s pleasing to discover a level of intimacy and audience connection that is easily lost amongst the hustle and bustle of many larger profile fests, bolstered by
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Denali Clan Cast for Twilight: Breaking Dawn

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is giving some actors their big break. In addition to the previous announced Maggie Grace as villain Irina Denali, the rest of the Russian vampire Denali clan are MyAnna Buring (pictured) as Tanya Denali (who pursues Edward romantically) and Casey LeBow as Kate Denali (whose vampire power is creating powerful electric shocks). The heads of the coven will be played by Christian Carmago ("Dexter") and Mia Maestro ("Alias").

Buring is a bit of a horror queen having played roles in The Descent, Vampire Killers, The Omen, Doomsday, Red Mist and Devil's Playground. Labow has appeared three times on "CSI:ny."

Source: The Holllywood Reporter
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Trailer for Devil's Playground Gets a Director's Cut

New trailer for the UK zombie movie!

Devil's Playground, the new British zombie movie from director Mark McQueen, may be a little 28 Days Later-ish, but it does offer a new twist: someone's blood may hold the key to a cure.

Ok, so maybe it's a little 28 Weeks Later-ish. Whatever. Either way, it looks pretty sweet and has a new, director's cut trailer to view before it hits DVD on October 11 (in the UK only).

You can see the other, non-director's cut at the movie's official site.

Source: Twitter
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2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

For the second time in as many months, London’s Leicester Square is the place to be for UK horror fans as the GoreZone International Film Festival returns to the Prince Charles Cinema on October 2nd and 3rd. Featuring not only bevy of blood-soaked movies and guests but also GoreZone Magazine’s first ever awards ceremony, can you afford to miss it?

Check out the full press release:

Roll up, roll up! The third annual GoreZone International Film Festival is hittin’ London on October 2nd and 3rd at the prestigious Prince Charles Cinema on Leicester Square. 13 film premieres, 2 days, no chance for survival!

Hosted by the ever delectable Emily Booth (Evil Aliens) and Christa Campbell (Hyenas), this year’s festival will be covered for broadcast on Lava TV (U.K.) and The Fusion Network (U.S.A.).

This year will also feature our first live awards ceremony with the results,
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UK Zombie Movie Devil's Playground Gets Poster, Viral Site

Blimey, it's a new British zombie movie!

It's been a while since we heard anything about the British zombie movie Devil's Playground, but a new viral site and poster have arrived.  The site is for an experimental chemical, which, if you watch the teaser trailer, is clearly the reason for the zombie virus that spreads through the country. We always thought Devil's Playground had a 28 Days Later-vibe, but seeing how both movies are British, it seems appropriate to do a little borrowing.

Mark McQueen directed the movie, which releases onto DVD in the UK on October 11. No word yet on a U.S. release. The movie stars Craig Fairbrass (Dead Cert), Myanna Burning (The Descent), Janet Montgomery (Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead), Shane Taylor (Band of Brothers), Jaime Murray (Dexter), and Craig Conway (Doomsday). A new poster for the movie is below.

Source: Styd
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Teaser One-Sheet Debut and Premiere News: Devil's Playground

The teaser art for the next zombie themed epic coming out of the UK, Black and Blue Films' Devil's Playground, has come our way; and it's void of floating heads, pensive looking teens, and all the rest of the cliché horseshit we're spoon-fed here in the States.

Devil's Playground stars Craig Fairbrass as Cole, a hardened killer searching for a cure to the illness causing a zombie apocalypse across the globe that is also slowly turning him into one. Danny Dyer, Colin Salmon, Sean Pertwee, Lisa McAllister, Alistair Petrie, Jaime Murray, Shane Taylor, Craig Conway, MyAnna Buring, and Del Henney, whom you may remember as one of the villains in Straw Dogs, all co-star. Mark McQueen is in the director's chair.

"One of the best things about Devil's Playground is the cast," says producer Jonathan Sothcott. "In Craig Fairbrass I have the best action guy in the country - Craig
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Viral Site, One-Sheet for Devil's Playground

Zombie thriller Devil's Playground , starring Danny Dyer, Craig Fairbrass, Jaime Murray and Sean Pertwee is making its way onto DVD in the UK on October 11. In anticipation of its release, a viral site has launched - a N-Gen website. Click through to the teaser trailer and Angela Mills twitter page: N-genpharmaceuticals.co.uk . This site will be updated regularly with brand new content developing the movie' narrative. Below you'll find the official synopsis and teaser one-sheet.
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Danny Dyer in New Basement Trailer

Brit actor Danny Dyer is certainly adding the genre credits to his resume of late. After previously starring in 'Severance', 'Doghouse' and 'Dead Cert' in the past few years he's now already signed on to zombie apocalypse movie 'Devil's Playground', immortality horror 'The Asphyx' and now of course Asham Kamboj's 'Basement'. The movie is set to hit UK theatres on 20 August and just 3 days later on DVD (don't forget to enter our giveaway!). And now finally a trailer and an extended plot synopsis has hit the web-ways. You can check it all out below. Dyer stars alongside Jimi Mistry, Emily Beecham (below), Kierston Wareing, Lois Winstone and Christopher Ellison. 'Driving home from an anti-war protest, five demonstrators Gary (Dyer), Sarah (Wareing), Saffron (Winstone), Derek (Mistry) and his girlfriend Pru (Beecham) are forced to make a pit stop in the middle of
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