A fantastic celebration of regional film

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Over the past few years I have contributed several reviews and pieces for a regional British website named Midlands Movies. A website that was set up to celebrate and promote actors, crew and film productions from the Midlands region of England.

The site has been running since Winter 2012 with its activities expanding into free film nights a few years ago and last year saw the first live award ceremony which celebrated the best of the region.

Now why am I writing this now? Well it’s nearly been a year and the second annual Midlands Movies Film Awards is in this planing stages and they need your support be it through raising awareness or cold hard cash via a Kickstarter campaign, but don’t worry you do get a decent return for your support.

Now why am I bothered? Despite not having any stake in the awards I backed last years event (and had a great evening attending as part of my perk) and I have already backed the next event simply because I think the whole concept behind the site deserves support …ironically because it’s whole point is to altruistically promote the work of others.

So if you can (and especially if you are based in the Midlands of the UK) check out the site, follow Midlands Movies on Twitter and check out the awards ceremony which are due to held at Hansom Hall in Leicester on Saturday 3rd March 2019.

 

 

Turkish Star Wars!

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Later this month my local independent cinema in Leicester will be showing ‘Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam’; a title that perhaps means very little to many of you (myself included) but when it is suddenly referred to by its alternative title ‘Turkish Star Wars’ things get a little more interesting.

Also known as ‘The Man Who Saves the World’ this 1982 film from prolific director Çetin Inanç has become notorious not for being a rip-off of George Lucas’ series but rather for actually editing in footage from the films of the venerated one. Not to mention the liberal use of music from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and ‘Flash Gordon’. It is not hard to see why ‘Turkish Star Wars’ has been referred to as “the ‘holy grail’ of remakesploitation cinema”.

After languishing in obscurity for a long while, with very few having seen low-resolution bootlegged copies, a 35mm print was discovered back in 2016 and a digital scan made allowing us to fully witness this film on the big screen the way it was meant to be.

The plot of the film see’s two space cadets crash-land on a desert planet, where an evil wizard seeks the ultimate power to take over the world. It is worth noting that although the movie uses some background footage from Star Wars, the plot is mostly unrelated but hey why let stop anything.

No doubt after this cinema run (I am assuming that it is being shown around a few places) a home release cannot be far away so keep watching the skies!

The film will be playing at 8pm on Leicester Phoenix on Wednesday 19th September. Tickets are free but limited and can be booked on the Phoenix website here.

Discover the films trailer below:

Alternatively if you are in Leicester on this day also of interest might be the FREE Midlands Movies event that is happening at Firebug bar, 1 Millstone Lane, Leicester.

This event will see music from the films of Quentin Tarantino being played by a live band so if you’re a fan of the former video store clerk or the soundtracks he employs and fancy a boogie get on down there instead.