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A Sneaky Peek At WarpFilms10

4 Nov

© Warp Films / Golden

A few months ago, we told you about the forthcoming WarpFilms10 boxset from seminal film production company Warp.  Made to celebrate the company’s tenth birthday, this deluxe presentation of some of their finest work over the past decade including a number of big movies from Onion Land.

The limited edition Book and DVD Set features exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and unreleased archive materials, plus ten key productions from the Warp legacy.

To make it even more sweet, the book contains a foreword by Chris Hewitt of Film 2013 fame, and an exclusive interview with Warp Films creative bods Mark Herbert and Steve Beckett.

In chronological order, the set features: Dead Man’s Shoes, This Is England, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, Bunny And The BullFour LionsSubmarine, Tyrannosaur, Kill List and Snowtown.

Mark Herbert, who also produced Four Lions and Submarine, will be signing and hand-numbering the first 1000 copies, to make the set even more collectible.  It will only be available on dvd, sadly (no blu-ray copies it seems for some reason!), and will retail at £95, but pre-orders can currently be placed for just £80.

It’s money well spent, we feel, and you can join the elite club of owners of this gorgeous bit of kit over yonder.  But just in case you needed any further persuasion, the good folk at Warp have very kindly sent us this exclusive preview of one of the book’s spreads on Bunny And The Bull - featuring previously unseen production stills featuring Edward HoggSimon FarnabyJulian Barratt and director Paul King.  Just click on the preview below to see a bigger version… enjoy.

© Warp Films / Golden

© Warp Films / Golden

WarpFilms10

24 Jul

Seminal film production company Warp are celebrating their tenth birthday this year, and film buffs and collectors can savour a very special presentation of some of their finest work over the past decade, including a number of big movies from Onion Land.

© Warp Films / Golden

WarpFilms10 is a deluxe limited edition Book and DVD Set, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and unreleased archive materials, plus ten key productions.  To make it even more sweet, the book contains a foreword by Chris Hewitt of Film 2013 fame, and an exclusive interview with Warp Films creative bods Mark Herbert and Steve Beckett.

The ten films included, in chronological order, are: Dead Man’s Shoes, This Is England, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, Bunny And The BullFour LionsSubmarine, Tyrannosaur, Kill List and Snowtown.

Mark Herbert, who also produced Four Lions and Submarine, will sign and hand-number the first 1000 copies, to make the set even more collectible.  It will only be available on dvd, sadly (no blu-ray copies it seems for some reason!), and will retail at £95, but pre-orders can currently be placed for just £80.  Money well spent, we feel, and you can join the elite club of owners of this gorgeous bit of kit over yonder.

End The Month With The Comedian

30 May

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A new feature film, The Comedian, featuring Edward Hogg, is release in UK cinemas tomorrow, 31st May.

In case you can’t quite place the name, Hogg comes with two TVO connections: he played the fretful Stephen in Bunny & The Bull and he also played the part of Henry in the series Dead Boss.

In this film Hogg stars as stand-up comedian Ed, failing to make it on the London comedy circuit. He spends his nights performing in small rooms above pubs and his days trying to earn a living at a call centre.

The film focuses on Ed’s passionate affair with a man he meets on a night bus, which forces him to make a choice between his attraction to a man and his love for a woman.

Director Tom Shkolnik, filmed his debut feature on the streets of London to a specific set of rules: including only using natural light, just one take per scene and improvising without a script. It’s an approach that should certainly make for an interesting viewing experience.

To celebrate the release of The Comedian London folk can enjoy a special screening at the Curzon Soho tomorrow at 6.45pm. In addition to the film itself, there will also be intro and post-screening drinks with the Director & cast members, Edward Hogg, Elisa Lasowski and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. To book tickets for this event click here. If you fancy seeing the film but you’re not able to not able to go to the special screening, please check your local cinema listings for information about general screening times.

If you’d like to find out more about The Comedian (and to see clips, reviews and photos) take a look at the film’s website. In the meantime, why not check out the trailer below?

 

TVO Triple!

12 Jul

You wait ages for one comedy show then, like buses, three come along at once! Tonight is one such evening, as Onion layers take over the airwaves!

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First up at 10pm on E4 is episode two of The Midnight Beast, directed by Ben Gregor and featuring our favourite funny man called Simon Farnaby in the shape of, er… Simon Farnaby!

In tonights edition The Midnight Beast turn to the murky world of visual artists to craft a new music video, with suitably anarchic results. We are not 100% sure Simon features this week but its worth a watch regardless.

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Following this, hop over to BBC Three for the series finale of Dead Boss, featuring its cowriter Sharon Horgan alongside Bunny and the Bull star Edward Hogg, at 10:30pm.

In tonights episode, Helen (Horgan) is being transferred to another wing whilst prison governer Margaret (Jennifer Saunders) faces a transfer to another prison altogether. Meanwhile, lovelorn Henry (Hogg) makes a gruesome discovery…

With a special guest appearance by one Miranda Richardson, no less, alongside impressionist John Sessions, it looks like Dead Boss will be going out with a bang!

After the show, its time to turn off the tv, and maybe the lights too, as you flick your dials to Radio Four (you may wish to do this before turning the lights off) – because at 11:00pm, the first episode of Alice’s Wunderland arrives.

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Described by its epicentre Alice Lowe as “the Poundland of magical realms” – Wunderland is a strange and silly place we first visited last year in a one off pilot. Now we can finally return, and alongside Alice are a host of TVO names.

The likes of Richard Glover, Waen Shepherd, Rachel Stubbings and Clare Thomson are part of its ensemble cast, and we can’t wait to hear the results.

This being the 21st century all three shows will be available on catch up not long after broadcast. Pop back here tomorrow for the links, or sit back tonight and embrace the whole bally lot of them…. We will be!

Editor’s Note: The artist behind the Wunderland artwork above – Lewes Herriot – is currently exhibiting at Maison Berteaux, so do check it out if you are nearby!

Dead Boss Pulls A Crowd

15 Jun

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Nearly half a million viewers tuned in for the launch of Dead Bossthe brilliant new series from Sharon Horgan, it has been revealed.

Just short of 500,000 people watched the opening double bill of the murder mystery sitcom on BBC3 last night, which is a fantastic result for a late night slot on a digital station.

TVO has been keeping an eye on the show for a while – formerly known as Life Stories and briefly known as Bitches, it is the first of two Horgan projects set to hit our screens this year, with her collaboration with Julia DavisBad Sugar, due any time soon.

Directed by none other than Steve Bendelack, who shot The Boosh pilot episode all those years ago, but is perhaps best known for his work with The League Of Gentlemen, and script edited by League member Jeremy Dyson – the pedigree of Dead Boss was sky high even before it was revealed that its cast would be augmented by comedy legend Jennifer Saunders.

And it seems viewers loved the results, though the critical opinion of the show is somewhat divided at present – with positive reviews from the likes of The Telegraph tempered by somewhat more negative thoughts from the Radio Times.

If you missed the show, you can make up your own mind via BBC iPlayer now – with the first two episodes available already, and the promise of Series Catch-Up keeping them online for the duration of the run.  You may also wish to cast your eyes over this rather positive article from The Guardian, which cites Horgan, Davis and Wix & Crilly amongst the key players making the term ‘comedienne’ less of a stigma by being so brilliant.  Enjoy.

Horgan Celebrates Middle Age (And Ends Up In Prison)

10 Jun

© Hat Trick Productions

Sharon Horgan is set to return to Channel 4 to front a two-part documentary series that challenges perceptions of older women.

In the films Horgan will talk to women between 40 and 59 years who are going through a major change such as moving to a new place, taking up an activity, or whose children are leaving home. The films explore how older women are portrayed and raise questions about what is expected of them.

The two-part series is being produced by All3Media’s North One Television, who also made the Horgan-fronted How to Be a Good Mother for Channel 4.

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Don’t forget that you can see Horgan in the new prison-based comedy  Dead Boss  next week, which kicks off on BBC3 on Thursday14th June.  Episode 1 airs at 10.30pm, with episode 2 straight afterwards at 11pm. For additional transmission times for the first two episodes click here. And if you can’t wait until Thursday, you can check out the trailer now.

Post-Pay Day Pre-Order Frenzy!

29 Jan

Just been paid? We reckon the first pay-day of 2012 deserves a celebration! And what better way to celebrate than spending some of that pay cheque on yourself? If you’re after some inspiration, look no further than the Booshniverse-related DVDs that are due for release during 2012 and beyond.

© Channel 4

Charlie Brooker’s acclaimed techno-thriller trilogy Black Mirror is released on 27th February. The second part, entitled ’15 Million Merits’ features the wonderful Julia Davis in super-glam form. As yet there’s no news about DVD extras, but for more information about the release, to read reviews and to pre-order click here.

Life’s Too Short, the latest sitcom from the pens of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, about the exaggerated life of Warwick Davis – the world-famous cult actor with dwarfism, is released on DVD in October 2012. While it’s still some way off, you can pre-order it now by clicking here. The series features three Booshniverse-related artists: Matthew Holness, who plays Ian Wald – the lawyer in Warwick’s divorce case, and Steve Brody, who starred in Angelos and Lifespam, plays Eric – the worst accountant in the world. The series also features cameos from Colin Hoult and Tony Way.

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Anonymous is a historical melodrama which offers a bosom-heaving alternative view of Shakespeare’s world. It also stars Edward Hogg (Bunny & The Bull) and Tony Way, so deserves a mention here. Anonymous is released on 5th March and you can pre-order it on DVD and Blu-ray at the Velvet Onion Amazon store by clicking on the relevant links.

You can also purchase a DVD of the Ab Fab three-part special which aired over Christmas. You’d better be patient though, because the release date is 13th August 2013! However, for all the Ab Fab obsessives out there you can pre-order the show that features MongrelsLucy Montgomery here.

Finally, for those of you who have already pre-ordered the DVD of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy (or for those of you who are planning to do so) please note that the release has moved back from its original optimistic date of 19th March 2012 to a more realistic 28th January 2013. Given the team are still finishing off the TV series this is hardly surprising, but it means we’ll have to be super-patient. You can pre-oder Luxury Comedy here.

We’ll be letting you know about further TVO-relevant DVD releases as they happen. Time to start counting the days until the second pay-day of 2012!…

Onion At The Oscars? Yes, Way!

25 Jan

© Columbia Pictures

Two films featuring Tony Way feature in the 2012 Oscar Nominations!

David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, in which Tony plays the small but important role of hacker Plague (due to reappear in further films in the trilogy), is up for five awards: Actress In A Leading Role for Rooney Mara, Cinematography (Jeff Cronenworth), Film Editing (Kurt Baxter and Angus Wall), Sound Editing (Ren Klyce) and Sound Mixing (David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson).

Meanwhile, another film featuring Tony, Roland Emmerich’s historical thriller Anonymous has been given a nomination for Costume Design, thanks to designer Lisy Christl.  This latter film is available for pre-order now on dvd and region-free blu-ray in The Velvet Onion Amazon Store, and also features Bunny And The Bull star Edward Hogg!  It’s due for release on March 2nd, and the 84th Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 26th.

Whilst we have your attention, Mr Way is next set to appear in cult series Game Of Thrones which airs on HBO and Sky Atlantic in April.  We’ll aim to bring you more news on Tony’s role in the show nearer to transmission.

Booshniverse At The BAFTAs – And Beyond

8 Jan

© Warp Films

The long list of films voted for by BAFTA members for entry in the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards has been announced, and there are a few Booshniverse-relevant favourites in there!

Richard Ayoade‘s critically-acclaimed debut Submarine is in the list for Outstanding British Film; and Anonymous, featuring Tony Way and Bunny & The Bull‘s Edward Hogg, is included in the lists for Best Original Screenplay, Production Design, Make-up And Hair and Costume Design.

Arthur Christmas, featuring the vocal talents of Rich Fulcher and Julia Davis is entered for Best Animated Film and Best Original Screenplay, and the much-lauded Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, which features Tony Way as hacker Plague, is listed in thirteen categories! Tyrannosaur, a Warp Films production (and therefore dear to our hearts!) is also listed in five categories.

Nominations in all categories will be announced on 17th January, and the winners will be announced at the Orange British Academy Film Awards on 12 February. For the full BAFTA long list click here.

© Optimum Releasing

While we’re on the subject of film awards, the ‘Critics Circle’ nominations have also recently been announced, and once again, the Booshniverse has fared well: Ayoade is up for Breakthrough British Film-maker and both Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige are nominated for Young British Performer of the Year – all for Submarine.

Modern horror, Kill List, directed by The Sightseers’ Ben Wheatley, and featuring TVO faces Gareth TunleyAlice Lowe and Steve Oram, also gains nominations for British Film and Supporting Actor of the Year. Tyrannosaur again features, with two nominations.

Click here for the full list of nominations for the Critics’ Circle awards. The awards ceremony takes place in London on 19th January.

Congratulations to all of the nominees. We’ll let you know how they all fair on the respective awards nights, so keep you fingers crossed!

Anonymous Release

26 Oct

© Sony Pictures

The blockbuster Elizabethan drama Anonymous is released in theatres nationwide this weekend.

We first told you about the film’s release back in April, as its ensemble cast, spearheaded by Vanessa Redgrave, Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Joely Richardson, Jamie Campbell Bower, Rafe Spall and Sir Derek Jacobi also features our very own Tony Way as poet Thomas Nashe, and Bunny & The Bull star Edward Hogg as Robert Cecil, the First Earl of Salisbury.

A political thriller by director Roland Emerich, which is based upon the numerous theories that Shakespeare was not the real author of his plays, the film has been recieving mostly positive reviews – including comments on Hogg’s “stand-out” performance from The Guardian, which US based magazine Variety described as “disturbingly chalky” and “delicious”.  However, not all critics have been kind to the film, with Empire giving it only 2 out of 5 stars in their review.

Following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, the film received its UK premier earlier this week.  With such polarising reviews, perhaps it is best if peelers make up their own mind about Anonymous, which they can do in cinemas from tomorrow.

Anonymous in Toronto

3 Sep

© 2011 Columbia TriStar

Ahead of its theatrical releases in October, Anonymous premieres at the forthcoming Toronto International Film Festival later this month.

A political thriller by director Roland Emerich, the film advances the theory that Shakespeare was not the author of his plays. The drama is set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex Rebellion against her. We first told you about it back in April, as it features Tony Way as Thomas Nashe and Edward Hogg (pictured right) as Robert Cecil. Bunny And The Bull fans will recognise Hogg from his role as Stephen, Bunny’s best friend.

Anonymous will be showing at TIFF on 11th, 12th and 17th September. If you like your history served up with a large helping of big-screen drama, it’s well worth a look. For full details of the screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and to purchase tickets visit TIFF’s website.

To view the movie’s three (yes three!) trailers click here.  It is released in cinemas in the UK and US from October 28th.

Bunny And The American Bull

29 Apr

© Warp X / Optimum Films

Great news for all our Stateside peelers! Bunny and The Bull has finally been released on DVD in the US.

Bunny and The Bull is a film about Steven Turnbull, a man with OCD who hasn’t ventured outside his house ever since he returned home from a European road trip with his best friend Bunny. The film is a visual delight and tells the story by looking back at what caused him to become a hermit.

The main characters are played by Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby and Veronica Echegui but Paul King’s film is chock-full of Boosh connected people, including Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Rich Fulcher and Richard Ayoade.

While UKers have been enjoying Paul King‘s directorial big screen début on DVD since 29 March 2010, America has been neglected… until now.

April 26th marked the day of the American DVD release. You can purchase your Region 1 copy at Amazon.com for $17.99.

Not American but don’t own Bunny and The Bull yet? Don’t worry, you can easily remedy that by going to The Velvet Onion Amazon store where you can find it on both dvd and blu-ray.

It comes highly recommended – this is a film you’ll want to have in your personal collection!

Anonymous

11 Apr

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Something tells us next year’s Oscars will have a tinge of Booshdom, as two familiar faces are set to appear in historical thriller Anonymous this Autumn.

The film, which hinges on the question of who really wrote William Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, is to be released on September 30th 2011.  Directed by Roland Emmerich of Independence Day fame, it stars Vanessa Redgrave, Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Joely Richardson, Jamie Campbell Bower, Rafe Spall and Sir Derek Jacobi, alongside TVO’s very own Tony Way and Bunny And The Bull star Edward Hogg.

Way plays poet Thomas Nashe in the film, whereas Hogg appears as Robert Cecil, the First Earl of Salisbury.   The latter can be glimpsed several times during the trailer.  This is also the first of two films this year set to feature Tony Way alongside Joely Richardson, as imdb reports that he will also be appearing in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in December.

You can view the trailer below, and we’ll naturally be bringing you more details closer to release.

TV Bunny

8 Mar

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Bunny And The Bull is to receive its free-to-air television premiere next week.

The 2009 film directed by Paul King tells the story of obsessive compulsive Steven Turnbull, who has not left the house since returning from a disastrous road trip with his friend Bunny the previous year.  Through a series of personal belongings and collections, Steven relives his misadventures and has to come to terms with his lot in life.

Starring Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby and Veronica Echegui, King’s directorial film debut is scored by The Ralfe Band and features cameo appearances by Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Richard Ayoade and Rich Fulcher!  Whilst, as our review showcased, it is not to be missed by Boosh fans, it’s fair to say that even unbiased film fanatics ranted and raved about the film upon its release, and it is set to be a cult favourite for years to come.

If you haven’t bought it on dvd or blu-ray yet from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store – and why not? – then you can catch it on Film4 next Thursday, 17th March at 9pm.  The film may be repeated several times after this, so check your listings!

Editors note: thanks to Emma Smith for bringing this one to our attention!

Bunny And The Bull – Out Now On DVD & Blu-Ray!

29 Mar

© Warp X / Optimum Films

Bunny And The Bull is released on dvd and blu-ray today in the UK.

The film, directed by Mighty Boosh director Paul King, stars Edward Hogg & Simon Farnaby as two flatmates, Stephen & Bunny. Stephen (Hogg) is a profoundly neurotic young man suffering from a recent bout of agoraphobia, recalling a disastrous vacation in Europe with his friend Bunny (Farnaby).

Bunny And The Bull also features cameo appearances from Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade, plus a soundtrack from The Ralfe Band.

While none of the online retailers seem to list the extras for the dvd or blu-ray, we can confirm the following additional features.

* Audio commentary by Paul King & members of the cast.

* Paul King’s guide to the film.

* Interviews with the cast & crew.

* Behind the scenes featurette.

* Bloopers reel.

You can buy both from all good retailers now, but if you can’t wait to go to the shops, you can order them via Amazon.co.uk & The Velvet Onion Store below.

Order Bunny And The Bull [DVD]

Order Bunny And The Bull [blu-ray]

Order Bunny And The Bull Soundtrack CD

The Velvet Onion contributor BabyOnFire gives her view on the release below. Click to read more…

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