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The Isle review – shipwreck sailors head into deeper trouble

Three survivors of a tragedy at sea wash up on the shores of a mysterious island in this intelligent supernatural drama

The Isle is a well-made, forcefully acted film from director Matthew Butler-Hart; he has co-written the screenplay with his partner Tori Butler-Hart – who also acts in the movie – and together they have created an intriguing work, modestly and intelligently conceived, a supernatural melodrama characterised by an eerie sort of restraint. There are hints of Shakespeare and classical and Scots mythology.

It is the mid-19th century and three sailors, Oliver (Alex Hassell), Jim (Graham Butler) and Cailean (Fisayo Akinade) are the only survivors of a terrible wreck. On their leaky lifeboat they have somehow made it over to a mysterious island off the Scottish coast, where the inhabitants clearly have terrible secrets and are strangely unhelpful when it comes to getting these men back to the mainland. They are
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Trailer For Upcoming Supernatural Horror ‘The Isle’

A trailer for the upcoming supernatural horror The Isle, which hails from Scotland, has landed online courtesy of Brit Flicks. The film opens later in the year.


Conleth Hill, Alex Hassell, Tori Butler-Hart, Fisayo Akinade, Alix Wilton Regan, Graham Butler, and Emma King are amongst the cast.

Here’s the synopsis for his intriguing-looking film from filmmaker Matthew Butler-Hart.

The Isle. Set in 1846, three sailors are shipwrecked on an uncharted island off the west coast of Scotland to find four lone inhabitants living in what was once a thriving community. As days pass for the promised supply ship to take them home, the sailors discover that not all is well on the seemingly friendly isle.

The Isle starts to roll out into cinemas in February. Here’s the trailer.
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First Trailer for Victorian Supernatural Thriller 'The Isle' from Scotland

"This is a dead isle. We're only here because we've no choice." Great Point Media recently debuted the first official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled The Isle, set in 1846 on a remote island off the west coast of Scotland. Based loosely on Scottish ghostly folklore with inspiration from the Greek sirens, the film is about three survivors from a mysterious sinking of their merchant ship who find themselves stuck on a small isle, where the only inhabitants seem just as strange as the things that begin to happen. From director Matthew Butler-Hart, The Isle features Conleth Hill, Alex Hassell, Tori Butler-Hart, Fisayo Akinade, Alix Wilton Regan, Graham Butler, and Emma King. If you're in the mood for a misty, chilling Scottish isle supernatural horror, then this is just what you've been waiting to see. Looks like it has a few spooky scenes. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Matthew Butler-Hart's The Isle,
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East End Film Festival Movie Review – The Isle (2018)

The Isle, 2018

Directed by Matthew Butler Hart

Starring Conleth Hill, Alex Hassell, Tori Butler Hart, Fisayo Akinade, Alix Wilton Regan, Joe Bannister


When three survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of 1840’s Scotland wash up on a sparsely populated island, they’re taken in by the residents before they can be rescued by the mainland boat. While housed in the residence of Douglas Innis (Conleth Hill) and his daughter (Tori Butler Hart), the trio soon discover that things aren’t what they seem on this idyllic isle, with songs on the wind, an things going bump in the night.

The songs of sirens are one of those myths and legends that’s never really been prevalent in cinema, but Matthew Butler Hart’s period horror uses them as a foundation upon which to build this creepy derivation of The Wicker Man.

Hart, who wrote the screenplay alongside wife
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In The Dark episode 3 review

Louisa Mellor Jul 25, 2017

In The Dark moves back to the big city for chapter two of its middling crime drama…

This review contains spoilers.

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Goodbye Polesford and past trauma, hello Manchester and present day trauma. In The Dark has morphed into its second chapter, which doesn’t have much in common with its first. There’s not a mention of the historic child abuse case Di Helen Weeks reported at the end of the last episode, nor of that kidnapping murderer she cathartically stabbed in the heart. Weeks’ pregnancy aside, episode three could have aired a year apart from the previous instalment. Perhaps we’re best thinking of it as a sequel, series two in miniature.

Right now, the
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The Girl With All The Gifts Review

The Girl With All The Gifts is meatier than your average zombie tell-all. Much like how 28 Days Later brought a militant, survivalist perspective to infection-based terror, director Colm McCarthy does cinematic justice to Mike Carey’s novel of the same name. This isn’t an “Omg we’re trapped and have to survive” horror flick (not totally). Jump scares play second-fiddle to a child, her volatile situation and McCarthy’s building towards something bigger. Enjoy a genre watch that has more to offer than decapitations, gore and petty exploitation. This is undead drama with the heartbreak to sustain. Coming-of-age meets flesh-tearing monsters. Why the hell is this being buried in late February?

Young Sennia Nanua stars as Melanie, said girl with said “gifts.” Civilization has been crippled by a fungal disease that turns people into cannibalistic drones (aka zombies), but Melanie represents hope. She’s a hybrid child who harbors infection,
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The Search for the Zombie Cure Commences in New Trailer for ‘The Girl with All the Gifts’

After Train to Busan helped re-ignite the zombie genre this summer, another promising flesh-eating flick will land next month. Director Colm McCarthy, who has helmed a batch of TV episodes, including Sherlock and Peaky Blinders, has made his feature debut with an adaptation of the best-selling novel by M.R. Carey, The Girl With All The Gifts. Ahead of a release in late February, the U.S. trailer has now arrived.

The story follows Melanie (newcomer Sennia Nanua), a young girl living a post-apocalyptic world who has a special bond to a woman (Gemma Arterton). Contained in an army base research facility with other children, Melanie is released when a revelation means she could be the ray of light the world needs.

We said in our review, “With the pedigree of a starry cast and acclaimed literary source material, it’s not unfair to read into The Girl with All the Gifts
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‘The Girl With All the Gifts’ review: “Up there with 28 Days Later…”

The Girl With All The Gifts review: Paddy Considine and Gemma Arterton team with Glenn Close for this new zombie movie set in a dystopian future.

The Girl With All The Gifts review by Luke Ryan Baldock, September 2016.

The Girl with All the Gifts review

Zombie films have had quite the run since the 2000s, with run being the operative word when discussing the increased speed of the undead. You’d think that they would have had their day, yet filmmakers continue to surprise us with interesting settings, social commentary, and set-pieces. However, you won’t find the word zombie in this adaptation of Mike Carey’s novel, settling instead on ‘Hungaries’ as the name for these fungally infected mindless humans that love to devour people.

Set in a dystopian future (but thankfully not a Ya dystopian future, humanity is secluded in gated off communities. Under the ground in a
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'Game Of Thrones' star begins shoot on horror 'The Isle'

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'Game Of Thrones' star begins shoot on horror 'The Isle'
Exclusive: The Victorian-era supernatural tale marks the second feature for Fizz and Ginger Films.

London-based production outfit Fizz and Ginger Films has begun shooting on horror feature The Isle, which stars Game Of ThronesConleth Hill.

Early filming is taking place in Suffolk before moving to Eilean Shona, a remote island off the West coast of Scotland.

Set in 1856, the supernatural horror depicts three shipwrecked sailors who row to a nearby island with four isolated inhabitants. Once there, they discover a mysterious mass graveyard, leaving them desperate to return to the mainland.

Conleth Hill – who plays the eunuch Lord Varys in HBO’s Game Of Thrones – leads a cast that also features Alex Hassell (Cold Mountain), Tori Hart (Two Down), Fisayo Akinade (Lifesaver), Graham Butler (Two Down), Alix Wilton Regan (The Gatehouse), Dickon Tyrrell (The Trial Of Tony Blair), Emma King (Two Down), Joe Bannister (Endeavour) and Ben Lee (Two Down).

Matthew Butler Hart of Fizz and
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Russell T Davies’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream: cast announced

Bernard Cribbins! Matt Lucas! Maxine Peake! The BBC has announced an impressive cast for Russell T Davies’ Midsummer Night’s Dream…

Russell T Davies is returning to the BBC’s Doctor Who base in Cardiff. But he’ll be dabbling in Shakespeare, not spaceships. The cast for his new version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been announced.

For Who fans, the most exciting news is a reunion between Russell T Davies and Bernard Cribbins, who will play Tom Snout, an amateur performer who memorably portrays a wall in a play within the play. Let's hope Cribbins isn't bricking it, eh?

Elsewhere in the cast, you’ve got Maxine Peake as Titania, Matt Lucas as Bottom, and John Hannah as Theseus. Eleanor Matsuura of Spooks will play Hippolyta and Hiran Abeysekera (seen in Lion In The Tent) will portray Puck.

Cucumber alum Fisayo Akinade has been cast as Flute,
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Casting complete on She Who Brings Gifts

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Casting complete on She Who Brings Gifts
The post apocalyptic zombie thriller, which is being sold by Altitude Films, will be distributed in the UK by Warner Bros.

12 year old newcomer Sennia Nanua is to take the lead in She Who Brings Gifts, which is due to start shooting on May 17 in the West Midlands.

Also joining the cast of the post apocalyptic zombie thriller are Anamaria Marinca (Fury, 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days) Fisayo Akinade (Ordinary Lies),Anthony Welsh (Starred Up) and Dominique Tipper (Dmx).

Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close were confirmed to star back in March. Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute in the UK.

Adapted by M.R. Carey from his novel The Girl With All Gifts, the film is being directed by Colm McCarthy and produced by Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont.

Funded by the BFI Film Fund, Creative England and Altitude Film Entertainment, the film is being sold internationally by Altitude Film Sales.

Colm McCarthy said of
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Watch Michelle Keegan in first trailer for BBC One drama Ordinary Lies

The first trailer for BBC One's Ordinary Lies has been released.

Michelle Keegan faces a dilemma as secrets threaten to distort the lives at the centre of the six stories in the clip.

Keegan, Jason Manford, Jo Joyner, Mackenzie Crook and Max Beesley star in the new six-part drama series coming soon to BBC One.

Ordinary Lies comes from Red Production Company - the creators of Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax - and Shameless director Danny Brocklehurst.

Sally Lindsay, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Shazad Latif, George Bukhari, Cherrelle Skeet, Shaun Dooley and Fisayo Akinade also appear in the dark thriller with comedic undertones.

The series, which was commissioned by the BBC back in September 2014, will be set on the shopfloor of a motor showroom, and follows each character's lies and secrets leading to life-changing consequences.

Ordinary Lies' first one-hour episode airs on BBC One at 9pm on March
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Watch: Russell T Davies' Dramas 'Cucumber'/'Banana' to Premiere After 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Watch: Russell T Davies' Dramas 'Cucumber'/'Banana' to Premiere After 'RuPaul's Drag Race'
"Queer as Folk" fans, you're in luck -- Russell T Davies' ("Doctor Who") highly anticipated new interconnected dramas "Cucumber" and "Banana" will premiere March 2 on Logo, following the premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race." The two interwoven drama series will explore the lives of 21st century gay life in Manchester, England. The hour long "Cucumber" follows Henry Best (Vincent Franklin) and his boyfriend of nine years, Lance Sullivan (Cyril Nri), while the half-hour long "Banana" follows the lives of the younger characters in Henry's world. In this clip from "Banana," we see one of the characters, Dean (Fisayo Akinade), experience something we've all done, whether we care to admit it or not: seeing an attractive stranger on public transport and promptly fantasizing about a life together. "Cucumber" and "Banana" also stars Julie Hesmondhalgh ("Coronation Street"), Freddie Fox...
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Cucumber episode 1 review

Russell T DaviesCucumber is a raucously funny relationship drama that highlights how narrow the rest of TV’s representation is…

This review contains spoilers.

You know how it goes: you wait years for a brilliant adult Russell T Davies drama, and then three come along at once.

Getting proceedings underway is Channel 4’s Cucumber - a raucously funny and wistful portrait of gay middle-age sex, relationships and frustration. Following that is E4’s energetic half-hour Banana, which swings the focus over to gay Generation Z. Finally comes talking heads-meets-speculative fiction web series, Tofu.

The British love of innuendo being alive and well (as illustrated by C4’s cheeky, colourful promo campaign for the shows), everyone’s calling it a threesome. A flexible threesome at that, one designed to be watched separately or together as the viewer chooses - according to Davies, the first episodes of Cucumber and Banana
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Death In Paradise, Cucumber

Death In Paradise: BBC One, 9pm

Winter blues? Watch whodunit drama Death In Paradise, set against the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean island Saint Marie.

In tonight's episode, all is not as it seems as a death rocks the island's seemingly cosy Heritage Society. Meanwhile, Di Goodman (Kris Marshall) tries not to let his feelings for Camille (Sara Martins) get in the way of his job.

Cucumber: Channel 4, 9pm

Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies presents an original new comedy-drama series, exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life in Britain.

Cleverly interlocking with two other series, Cucumber is followed by Banana at 10pm on E4, while the first episode of Tofu also debuts tonight on 4oD.

Banana: E4, 10pm

The second of Russell T Davies's new trilogy series comes to E4, featuring witty and heartfelt interlinking stories with exciting new acting
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Banana: The cast on why E4's new series is pushing the envelope in 2015

Watch the cast of Banana talk the "ground-breaking" new E4 series in an exclusive Digital Spy video from set.

Banana is comprised of eight one-off dramas following young Lgbt characters and is a sister series to Channel 4's Cucumber.

Stars of Banana - including Freddie Fox, Fisayo Akinade and Bethany Black - reveal to DS what appealed to them about the show.

The cast also pay tribute to writer Russell T Davies, the man behind Queer as Folk, and explain why his writing is still "pushing the envelope" in 2015.

Banana begins tonight (Thursday, January 22) at 10pm on E4, while Cucumber airs at 9pm on Channel 4.

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Watch a trailer for Banana below:
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Russell T Davies: Cucumber, Banana, Tofu and 15 years since Queer as Folk

15 years since Queer as Folk left our screens, Russell T Davies is returning to Channel 4 with a new three-part project, exploring Lgbt themes from a wealth of different viewpoints.

BAFTA winner Davies has written all eight episodes of Cucumber - the story of Henry (Vincent Franklin), who's 46, gay and confused about what he wants from life - while also sharing scripting duties with a team of up-and-coming young writers on E4's anthology series Banana.

The two interlinked series are joined by 4oD's Tofu - an online documentary companion to both shows that presents a frank and revealing look at modern sex in all its variety.

Digital Spy sat down with Davies to discuss his new projects, the legacy of Queer as Folk and what's changed in those 15 years - from Lgbt representation to the rise of the mobile phone.

So you have Cucumber and Banana and Tofu -
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Rufus Hound joins cast of Russell T Davies's Channel 4 series Cucumber

Rufus Hound has joined the cast of Russell T Davies's new series Cucumber.

The actor and comedian will guest star as Rupert, a man who is interested in the show's lead character Henry (Vincent Franklin), Gay Times reports.

Meanwhile, Father Ted's Ardal O'Hanlon and Doctor Who's Adjoa Andoh have also been added to the cast.

The new Channel 4 series - which was first announced last year - is an eight-part drama and will focus on gay life in the 21st Century.

Coronation Street's Julie Hesmondhalgh will appear in the show, alongside Cyril Nri (The Bill), Freddie Fox (Parade's End), Fisayo Akinade (Fresh Meat), Con O'Neill (Uncle), James Murray (Primeval) and Ceallach Spellman (Waterloo Road).

Channel 4 has also commissioned an E4 follow-up series titled Banana, as well as an online factual series called Tofu. All three series are expected to debut in 2015.
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Andrew Hayden-Smith to star in Russell T Davies's E4 series Banana

Andrew Hayden-Smith has joined the cast of Russell T Davies's new E4 series Banana.

Banana is a new eight-part companion series to Channel 4 drama Cucumber, which also comes from former Doctor Who boss Davies.

Hayden-Smith - who previously starred in Doctor Who - is joined by Hannah John-Kamen (Happy Valley), Letitia Wright (Top Boy), Georgia Henshaw (Waterloo Road) and comedian Bethany Black, who makes her television debut.

Cucumber regulars Freddie Fox (Parade's End) and Fisayo Akinade (Fresh Meat) will also feature in the series.

Banana is a series of eight stand-alone stories, which takes a look at the lives of individual Lgbt characters.

Davies has penned three episodes out of eight, and is joined on the writing team by Sue Perkins, Matthew Berry, and newcomers Charlie Covell and Lee Warburton.

Davies explained: "The joy of Banana is in the beautiful, charming, witty and sometimes heart breaking stories of a wide variety of characters,
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Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh joins Russell T Davies's Cucumber

Julie Hesmondhalgh has landed her first television role since exiting Coronation Street earlier this year.

Hesmondhalgh will star in the upcoming Russell T Davies drama series Cucumber.

The series - which was first announced last year - will air on Channel 4 and focus on gay life in the 21st Century.

The Thick of It star Vincent Franklin will also appear in the eight-part Channel 4 project, along with Cyril Nri (The Bill), Freddie Fox (Parade's End), Fisayo Akinade (Fresh Meat), Con O'Neill (Uncle), James Murray (Primeval) and Ceallach Spellman (Waterloo Road).

Cucumber will focus on 46-year-old Henry (Franklin) and his boyfriend Lance (Nri). After a disastrous date night, Henry's life changes forever.

Lance gets to know the mysterious Daniel (Murray), while Freddie (Fox) and 19-year-old Dean (Akinade) find themselves all living under the same roof.

Hesmondhalgh will play Henry's sister Cleo, who juggles her career with her three children,
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