Friday, 18 December 2009

Slamdance 2010

Down Terrace has been selected to screen at this years SLAMDANCE - the screening takes place in Park City, Utah on Jan 22nd as part of the Special Screenings slate. Variety report it here.

Monday, 7 December 2009

DT wins a BIFA!

Down Terrace won the Raindance Award at last night's British Independent Film Awards giving director Ben Wheatley the opportunity to swear in front of Michael Caine (sir), DD Lewis & the assembled throng of the UK movie great and good. Other notable winners we like include Moon, Let The Right One In & Bronson.

Big thanks to all concerned!

All the lowdown here.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Empire Online - Review

A sinister Darwinism operates within Ben Wheatley's Down Terrace, a darkly hilarious reclamation of the British crime genre from those opprobrious peddlers of mockney muppetry. Wheatley made his name on such small-screen series as Time Trumpet, The Wrong Door and Ideal, but this kitchen sink variation on the family firm formula announces his arrival on the cinema scene.

Father and son small-timers Robert and Robin Hill have just been released from jail after being nabbed for an unspecified crime. Convinced that one of their associates shopped them, they greet each visitor to their Brighton terrace with jaundiced civility. Club manager Tony Way gets suckered into buying some booze before being dragged away by his possessive wife, while Irish hitman Michael Smiley is similarly distracted by domestic responsibilities, as he has to get his toddler son home. Only fixer uncle David Schaal lingers to celebrate the Hills' release, with corrupt councillor Mark Kempner dropping in to apologise for being unable to pull any strings with the local constabulary. However, Hill, Jr's desire for vengeance is deflected when ex-girlfriend Kerry Peacock announces she's pregnant with his baby and he decides the time has come to settle down, much to the dismay of his disapproving mother, Julia Deakin.

Eventually, the family decides that Way is the culprit, only for him to lock himself in the bathroom to evade Smiley's botched retribution. The problem is solved next morning, however, and the first of several corpses is wrapped in polythene sheeting and parcel tape and deposited in the Sussex countryside. But where is the slaying going to stop?

Deadpan is the watchword for this seaside homage to The Sopranos, with the slapstick insouciance of the assassinations only enhancing its bleak appeal. Robert Hill and Julia Deakin seethe their contempt for their minions like a couple of backstreet Macbeths, while Robin Hill (who also co-scripted) veers between brattish tantrums and clumsy romantic gestures that disguise his darker purpose. Surreal and sinister, this is a splendid exercise in anti-social realism that deserves to reach a wider audience.

David Parkinson

Monday, 2 November 2009

Down Terrace - hometown screening - Cinecity 09

Down Terrace has been selected to screen at this years Cinecity - The Brighton Film Festival. The screening takes place late night Friday 27th November - 11.15pm at The Duke of Yorks Cinema. All the details here. There's a great line up of films at this year's festival including A Prophet, The Road & Dogtooth. Get yourself down there!

Thursday, 29 October 2009

BIFA nomination

Down Terrace has been nominated for an award at this years British Independent Film Awards. Details here.


Click here for a set of downloadable stills .....

Monday, 12 October 2009

Down Terrace wins Best UK Feature at Raindance

Down Terrace won Best UK Feature at last nights Raindance 09 Awards. Woo hoo!
Here's the official blurb.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Down Terrace wins Fantastic Fest!

Down Terrace has just won Fantastic Fest's top prize - the next wave best feature. It also picked up the next wave award for best screenplay. We had an amazing time at the festival - it really is as cool as everyone says - huge thanks to Tim & Karrie, Lars, Gill and Matt at the Drafthouse and everyone working at the festival ... someday all cinemas will be like this!

Monday, 21 September 2009

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Little White Lies on Down Terrace

Britains best film mag - Little White Lies - published it's first thoughts on Down Terrace here

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Raindance screening tickets - get em now!

Tickets for the screenings of Down Terrace at this years Raindance festival are available here.

Screenings are Friday Oct 2nd - where loads of the cast & crew will be attending - and Weds7th Oct - Both screenings take place at the Apollo Cinema, West End, London. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Best British Film Nomination!

Down Terrace has been nominated for Best British Feature at this years Raindance Festival. All the lowdown here.

Screening dates TBC

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

World Premiere Details!

The world premiere of Down Terrace will take place at Fantastic Fest 2009 - in Austin, Texas, USA
The screenings take place on Sunday 27th September, 6.30pm and Wednesday 30th September at 9pm - both at Alamo South lamar. All the details here. Director, Ben Wheatley, writer & actor, Rob Hill and Producer Andy Starke will be attending the first screening.