Pushing Dead: one of the funniest comedies made in a long time

As Pushing Dead screens at two Australian film festivals this month - Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Mardi Gras Film Festival, FilmInk shared a lovely review of the film. 

Illness is always the toughest subject to broach in film, especially if that film is a comedy and that illness is something as extreme as HIV. But every so often you capture lightning in a bottle: a brilliant first time writer-director (Tom E. Brown) will team up with an actor well-known for his deadpan comedic timing (James Roday), and, with an eccentric cast and a fresh take on a tough subject, things will just click, creating one of the funniest comedies made in a long time.

Dan Schauble (Roday) is a struggling writer in the San Francisco mission district who, after his mother sends him a $100 birthday check, no longer qualifies for full health care. That’s a bit of a problem, seeing as he’s HIV positive. With his medication running out and his career going nowhere fast, Dan must find a way to get his medication as he balances crazy friends, a new romance and the overwhelming weight of his disease.

Pushing Dead: world sales rights acquired by Shoreline

Screen Daily recently announced news of worldwide sales for Pushing Dead, after Shoreline picked up worldwide rights at February's EFM in Berlin, while this site reveals more festival screenings for the film at the River Run International Film Festival in April.

River Run International Film Festival

  • Saturday 1st April 2017 10am - A/PERTURE 1, Winston-Salem
  • Saturday 8th April 2017 7pm - Hanesbrands Theatre, Winston-Salem 

Starfish: UK DVD release date revealed - now available for pre-order!

According to several sources online including Baseorg, Starfish will be released as a region 2 DVD in the UK, by Spirit Entertainment, on 24th April 2017. It is now available for pre-order on Amazon UK, though the DVD cover art has not been revealed yet. Australian fans with a multi-region DVD player can also pre-order the DVD from here.

The true and incredibly moving story of Tom and Nicola Ray (Tom Riley, Joanne Froggatt), whose love is tested to the limit when their perfect life falls apart. When Tom puts his small daughter to bed one chilly December evening, he has everything he could ever want - the house of his dreams, the life of a writer, a beautiful wife and a second baby on the way, By the next morning, all of this is in jeopardy as Tom succumbs to the devastating illness that is sepsis.

As Tom and Nic battle to hold their family and their marriage together, the strength of their relationship is the only thing that can save them.

The Collection: launches on BBC First Australia 14th March

According to BBC First on Twitter and Foxtel, The Collection will broadcast in Australia starting on 14th March 2017. 

 

 

BBC First can be viewed in Australia on Foxtel, Flip TV Australia and Fetch TV.

The Shadow Hours: two new Film Festival screenings in March 2017

Kyle D Higgins shared this amazing artwork for The Shadow Hours, by Rod Reis, to accompany the exciting news that the short film will have its second public screening on 4th March 2017 at the 5th Annual Juggernaut Film Festival in Chicago.

  • Date: 4th March 2017 at 1730hrs (approx)
  • Location: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60613
  • Tickets: $20 from Eventbrite

The 5th Annual Juggernaut Film Festival will be held on March 4th, from Noon - 6:30pm. This one-day event celebrates Science Fiction and Fantasy short films from around the world. It is presented by Chicago's Otherworld Theatre Company, whose mission is to further explore and promote the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre.

The Shadow Hours: written and directed by Kyle Higgins

The Collection: sold to Iceland's RUV channel

BBC Worldwide has announced sales in advance of this week's showcase in Liverpool, and The Collection has been acquired by Iceland's RUV channel.

In Northern Europe, around 350 hours of drama have been sold across the territories with Maigret(Ep 1 and 2) licensed to VRT in Belgium and Happy Valley (Series 2) to NPO in Holland. Call the Midwife (Series 6) has been sold to SVT in Sweden, The Durrells to TV2 in Denmark and The Collection (Series 1) to RUV in Iceland.

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