Two feature films made in York are flying the flag for British filmmaking at a major French film festival this December, alongside new movie hits Mr. Turner, The Riot Club, prison drama Starred Up and Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days On Earth.
Whoops!, which will screen at the Nantes International Film Festival (11-19 December), was shot independently in 2012 by production companies Heavy Elephant and MilesTone Films, from a ghoulish idea by Sam Robinson. After a sellout premiere at last year’s Raindance Film Festival in London, the film, which follows fictional ‘accidental’ serial killer Rose Clements through a series of comically grisly murders, toured as the only British film to be selected by Raindance for this summer’s inaugural Raindance Cinema Tour of Vue Cinemas. More recently, Whoops! had its hometown premiere at Reel Cinema York, where the film very nearly sold out all 700 seats of the auditorium and received a triumphant response.
"Whoops! is a black comedy that only the British can make." - Nantes International Film Festival
The other York-shot movie, The Knife That Killed Me, which was made entirely using green screen technology, will also screen at the festival after its highly successful European debut at the Alice Nella Citta, a youth-orientated side bar competition held during the Rome Film Festival this month, where the film received a standing ovation. The film, which will be distributed by Universal Pictures UK on DVD and Video-On-Demand in 2015, is part of a groundbreaking partnership between the University of York and commercial film producers Green Screen Productions, specialists in computer generated imagery (CGI).
Both films are eligible for the prestigious Jury Prize and People’s Choice Awards and will be wishing each other well as both films are presented as not just the best of York but the best of British.