Rebekah Louisa Smith, the Film Festival Doctor, Seminar

Rebekah Louisa Smith, the Film Festival Doctor, came to talk to students on FLMS2250 – Film Cultures on 29 November, 2016.


It was a fascinating discussion about what makes a film a “festival film”. We also discussed how these films offer audiences a different kind of film experience to mainstream cinema. Festival films are more challenging, often rejecting mainstream cinema’s focus on action and straightforward narrative storytelling.


A special thank you to Rebekah; it was a really fascinating discussion. For more information about Rebekah and her company, The Film Festival Doctor, please check out her website.


Calling all young, UK-based film-makers aged 16-24!

Rural Media has teamed up with Borderlines Film Festival 2017 to create the Best Short Film Award for Breakthrough Talent.

We’re on the lookout for new film-makers…the deadline for submissions is 16th December so you’ll need to get your skates on!

All the finalists will have their films screened at the festival as part of a ‘celebration of young talent’ event and a panel of film industry professionals will select the winner, who will receive £500 in prize money.

Borderlines Film Festival, the UK’s largest rural film festival based in Herefordshire and Shropshire, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017 and Rural Media, a Herefordshire based production company and charity producing award-winning films and digital arts projects, have joined together to celebrate and give a new platform for first time and emerging film-makers.

We love film in all its glorious forms, from animation to drama, gritty documentaries to experimental hybrid work. The films should be no longer than 15 minutes (including credits) and although the film-maker must be UK based, as long as English subtitles are used, the films can be in any language. We are after current material so your film needs to have been made between August 2015 and the submission date.

To enter, please go to  There is a submission fee of £25.00 which can be paid via Paypal, cheque or bank transfer. Please note any submissions received without the £25 fee will not be considered.

For initial submission, films should be sent either via a password protected link, a file transfer service such as WeTransfer or via a hard drive to the Rural Media offices.

The deadline for submissions is 6pm on Friday 16th December 2016. Borderlines Film Festival takes place from 24 Feb – 12 March 2017 and we’ll let you know whether you have been successful or not before the Festival programme goes live.

Rural Media is a Hereford-based production company and charity producing award-winning films and digital arts projects. Founded over 25 years ago by CEO Nic Millington, we have a reputation, locally and nationally, for telling powerful stories from unheard voices and nurturing creative talent.

Borderlines film festival is the UK’s largest rural film festival. Based in Herefordshire and celebrating their 15th Anniversary in 2017.

Special Screening: Hedda Gabler (2015) Friday 25 November, 2016 @ The Hive

This coming Friday (25 November), there is a special screening of a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, Hedda Gabler. The director and actors will be in attendance to answer questions from the audience.

The film is screening at The Hive, at 18:00. Tickets are £5, and all the proceeds go to the Arts in Minds foundation, a charity supporting adults in Worcestershire touched by mental ill-health through painting, drawing & creating.

Apparently, the dress code is black tie & cocktail dress.

Here is the film’s IMDB link.

And they have a Facebook page.

Hope to see you there!


Hollywood Film Colourist, Rob Maythorne, comes to talk to the students

Last Tuesday (15 November), Hollywood Colourist, Rob Maythorne (here is is IMDB page) came to talk to students on the module FLMS2250 – Film Cultures, about colour theory, the post-production process, film colour processing, and how he got started in the industry.

2016-11-15-17-18-55 Rob has worked on such feature films as AvatarZero Dark ThirtyWorld War ZGravity and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In addition to these big scale Hollywood films, Maythorne also worked on smaller, (mostly British) independent films like SubmarineReuniting the Rubins, and Valhalla Rising, a film he is particularly proud to have worked on.


Thanks again, Rob, for doing this. I think the students got a lot out of the session!

Splendid Cinema goes for the spaghetti this Thursday. Spaghetti WESTERN, that is!


17 November: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (IT, Sergio Leone, 1966) 18 cert. 180 min

This Thursday, Splendid Cinema is super excited to present Sergio Leone’s masterpiece, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as part of our “Cult Film Thursdays” series.And we’re presenting this classic in a restored HD print. It’s going to look gorgeous!

Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly tells the tale of three treasure hunters searching for a lost chest of gold, set against the back drop of the American Civil War. Ennio Morricone’s epic soundtrack is reason enough to see this classic as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen! So dust off your poncho and trot yourself down to Worcester Arts Workshop, this Thursday, 17 November.

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start

Tickets £5 on the door

Today’s theme @ Worcester Week Student Film Festival is Chick Flicks

The schedule for today’s Chick Flicks screenings are as follows:

1pm – Juno (Jason Reitman, 2007)

3pm – Heathers (Michael Lehmann, 1988)

5:30pm – Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004) *please wear something pink!

7:30pm – White Bird in a Blizzard (Gregg Araki, 2014)


Too girly for you? Well tomorrow’s theme is British Action Cinema!

1pm – The Italian Job (Peter Collinson, 1969)

3:30pm – Snatch (Guy Ritchie, 2000)

6pm – Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)

8:15pm – Attack the Block (Joe Cornish, 2011)


And I can finally announce Friday’s films

1pm – Into the Woods (Rob Marshall, 2014)

3:30pm – Hercules (Ron Clements & John Musker, 1997)

5:45pm – LA Confidential (Curtis Hanson, 1997)

8:15pm – Drive (Nicholas Winding Refn, 2011)

Splendid Cinema presents The Lobster this Thursday


3 November: The Lobster (GR, IE, NL, UK, FR, Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015) 15 cert. 119 min.

Strange, surreal, and yet, somehow, quite romantic. In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into the woods.

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start

Tickets £5 on the door