Sunday, 15 September 2019

Savage Beach (Andy Sidaris, 1989) Review

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“A couple of sweet angels of mercy who just happen to be armed for combat.” / “Even Mother Teresa has her dark side.” In the words of writer/director Andy Sidaris “You can't not like beautiful women and explosions, if you don't, then you're a Communist” … ah, the 1980s! When he wasn't chewing on his tongue, lodged so firmly in his cheek, Sidaris was making movies in the 'Skin-emax' style, that is: guns, babes, and all sorts of shit blowing up somewhere sunny. The fourth entry in Andy Sidaris' twelve-strong 'L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies' series features the final on-screen team up for arse-kicking agents Donna and Taryn, and sees the zesty duo crash land in the middle of a hunt for missing gold on a remote Pacific island...


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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Critters Attack (Bobby Miller, 2019) DVD Review

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“You're not an idiot … more of a moron, really.” For 27 years the Critters franchise, which originally hit cinema screens in 1986 in the wake of the huge success of Joe Dante's Gremlins (1984), has pretty much laid dormant. Aside from a fantastic fan-made short film in 2014 (Jordan Downey's well received Critters: Bounty Hunter), those beloved fur balls with a monstrous appetite have been left to starve and gather dust. But, much like buses, you spend ages waiting for one only for two come along at the same time. Critters Attack! is not connected to the Shudder short series Critters: A New Binge (despite sharing the same production company), which was released in March 2019 to mixed reviews – but what of this fifth film in the carnivorous series: can it measure up like a rumbling post-feast rift, or will it fall flat like a pungent fart nobody in their right mind should have trusted?...


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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Flavours of the Month: August 2019...

Deadly psychology, the end of an undead era, and micromanaging through a nuclear apocalypse are just some of what's been setting the tone of my August 2019...

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Sunday, 11 August 2019

Splatter University (Richard W. Haines, 1984) Blu-Ray Review

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“It seems to me that if you're going to kill someone you at least get to know them real well.” From the director of Class of Nuke 'Em High, Splatter University – otherwise known as Campus Killings – is a cheap as chips horror comedy in which a bunch of reprehensible, unteachable college kids test their new teacher's patience while getting bumped off during the new semester. The trailer and 'back of the box blurb' sell it skilfully, but what's it really like – a forgotten gem, a dropped turd, or perhaps a malodorous diamond?


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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Flavours of the Month: July 2019...

Caffeinated chuckleheads, spooky doings in the 1980s, and wheel-to-wheel action is just some of what has been setting the tone of my July 2019...

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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Formula For A Murder (Alberto De Martino 1985) DVD Review

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“I must kill a man.” The 1980s were a bit of a lean time for gialli (the heyday of which was the early 1970s) what with splatterific American slasher movies dominating the horror genre at that time, but there was still room for Italian murder mysteries amidst the Jasons and Freddys and Michaels. Alberto De Martino's slow-burn killer thriller combines the priesthood, repressed memories, and that old motivator money in a story about a wealthy paraplegic sportswoman who spirals into a whirlwind of love and murder...


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Monday, 15 July 2019

FWOAN at BRIFF 2019...

This past weekend saw the Brighton Rocks International Film Festival 2019 take place, and myself and producer Ali and director Lucy hopped over to the sunny seaside city of Brighton to attend the festival's second day of festivities and represent For Want of a Nail.

Ali, me, and Lucy

We were able to be there in person to pick up our award for Best Drama, as well as a surprise award for Best Editing, and were also able to have a bit of a chin wag with some of the other filmmakers...

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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Malibu Express (Andy Sidaris, 1985) Review

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“You really are a horse shit at showing emotion, but I like that in a man.” The first part (of twelve) in Andy Sidaris' “L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies” series doesn't pack the same punch as its follow-up Hard Ticket To Hawaii, but the writer/director's heady mix of beautiful babes, muscular men, brash action, and corny dialogue was clearly the state of play from the very beginning. At the heart of the somewhat baffling plot – a vague remake of the director's own 1973 d├ębut feature film Stacey – is a Private Investigator, a wealthy family, and a scheme to sell America's computer technology to the communists – and a hell of moustache...


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Sunday, 30 June 2019

Flavours of the Month: June 2019...

A corrupted unicorn, dancing on the ceiling of hell, and dark sarcasm is just some of what has been setting the tone of my June 2019...

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Monday, 17 June 2019

FWOAN Wins at Brighton Rocks IFF...

Good news! "For Want of a Nail" has won Best Drama at the Brighton Rocks International Film Festival 2019! There will also be a screening in mid-July at the Rialto - details to be determined.


You can see the full list of finalists and winners at the festival's website HERE.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Picasso Trigger (Andy Sidaris, 1988) Review

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“As long as someone's selling tickets, my tail is shaking.” Following on from the giddy heights of the utterly bonkers Hard Ticket To Hawaii (1987), writer/director Andy Sidaris had found the right kind of groove to establish his 'L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies' series, and so entry number three – Picasso Trigger – sees numerous returning characters, more bared chests than you can shake a boom-erang at, a Martini distillery's worth of cockamamie riffs on James Bond, and an endless supply of exploding vehicles to rival any episode of prime time television in America's Reagan era...


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Friday, 7 June 2019

Brighton Rocks Selects FWOAN...

"For Want Of A Nail" has been officially selected by the Brighton Rocks Film Festival as a finalist and has been entered into competition for the category of 'Best Drama'.


See the full list of finalists by visiting their website HERE.

Monday, 3 June 2019

The Indie Hour - FWOAN Review...

The Indie Hour has given For Want Of A Nail a glowing review.
One of the first things I liked when watching this film was that the filmmakers have not romanticised OCD or mental illness in anyway. Instead the team deliver a quirky and relatable character and plot line that highlight the realities of living with OCD. Clark Alexander’s performance as Marty was both believable and engaging. Alexander’s performance is complimented by co-stars Lisa Opara and Thomasin Lockwood who inject a very human element to the story. Their performances definitely heightened the emotional tension of the film in a way that made me as a viewer feel much more connected to the overall story.
Check out the full review HERE.

Friday, 31 May 2019

Flavours of the Month: May 2019...

An incredible true story, the end of an era, and a return to Celebrityville are just some of what's been setting the tone of my May 2019...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Hard Ticket To Hawaii (Andy Sidaris, 1987) Review

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“We need to figure out what just happened … let's unload and hit the jacuzzi. I do my best thinking there.” Where on earth do you start with a movie like this? From the heyday of Cinemax (or 'Skin-emax' as it was nicknamed) comes this none-more-80s explosion of exotic locations, big hair, bigger guns, rampant nudity, and a giant snake contaminated with weaponised cancer … yes, you read that right, and it's far from the only utterly insane thing that happens in this flick...


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Friday, 10 May 2019

FWOAN Interview with Ali & Lucy...

"For Want Of A Nail" producer Ali Causon and director Lucy Joan Barnes were recently interviewed as part of the FEEDBACK Female Film Festival, which took place last month in Los Angeles.

True to its name, the festival organisers provided video feedback from audience members for each screened film.
What motivated you to make this film?
Lucy (director): The script and it’s message, it was not trying to “sugarcoat” what having OCD is really like.. it was showing how intense it can be for the person who suffers from it.
Ali (producer): Although I was not looking for a script that specifically focused on mental health, after reading FWOAN just a couple of times, it felt like a natural follow up to my previous short about PTSD.  

From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
Lucy: I believe it was about a year…
Ali: Writer Nick and I had been working together for a few months before mainly to find a director we wanted to work with. Lucy, Nick and I then ran a development workshop with volunteers from OCD Action and Actors to learn more about the condition.
Read the full interview with Ali & Lucy HERE.

LIMPA Selects FWOAN...

"For Want Of A Nail" has been officially selected by the London International Motion Picture Awards 2019. UPDATE: We have now progressed to 'Semi-Finalist'!
London International Motion Pictures Awards ( L I M P A) is an annual event held in London, United kingdom. It aims to disseminate film culture and the progress achieved in various branches of film art and to strength the relations among filmmakers throughout the world in general.
Find out more by visiting LIMPA's website HERE, and keep up to date with all things FWOAN by following us on social media such as our Facebook page HERE.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Second episode of "Vince & Percy" web series...

"For Want of a Nail" actor Clark Alexander (along with Nick Oliver) is the co-creator and co-star of satirical comedy web series "Vince & Percy #YODO" and the second episode has just gone live - check it out.


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Flavours of the Month: April 2019...

Hilarious social awareness, the unfolding conclusion to an epic, and a masked movie monster are just some of what's been setting the tone of my April 2019...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

FWOAN Actor's New Web Series...

Clark Alexander, who played Marty in "For Want Of A Nail", has a new web series coming out soon on YouTube called "Vince and Percy: #YODO". It's a send-up of vloggers and vlogging culture. I've personally had an early looksee at one of the episodes and it had me cracking up. Check out the trailer below:



UPDATED: View the first episode now!


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Upcoming FWOAN screening in Glasgow...

"For Want Of A Nail" will be screening at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival in Glasgow on Bank Holiday Monday the 6th of May. The venue will be the Centre for Contemporary Arts.

It will be shown as part of the "Scottish Connections" portion of the schedule, which will take place between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. You can find out more information by visiting their website HERE.

What's our Scottish connection, you may be asking. Well, not only is our lead actor Clark a gent of Scottish descent, so is our on-set adviser Kasha, and I too am a fellow Scot by birth and blood.

You can also keep up to date with all things FWOAN by following us on Facebook.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Microwave Massacre (Wayne Berwick, 1983) Blu-Ray Review

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“I got an idea all right, but I think it's against the law.” Everything you need to know about the tone of Wayne Berwick's Microwave Massacre can be gleaned from the opening sequence. Strutting in with an foot-tappingly catchy funkadelic opening theme, Marla Simon (credited as 'Knothole Girl') – in figure-hugging high 'n' tight jeans – jiggles her way down a suburban street brandishing all kinds of swagger. She happens upon a construction site and a hole in a wall, in which her ample assets become lodged after a creep gooses her. Two workers spy the scene unveiling itself from the other side and charge in goggle-eyed wonder – but they miss out at the last second. Yep, it's the 1970s and this goofy brand of working men's club humour is the order of the day. It's the sort of thing you might have seen in the work of Russ Meyer or those “Confessions...” movies with all their waggling eyebrows and double entendres, as a schlub in search of a simple working man's meal discovers culinary cannibalism as the solution...


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Friday, 5 April 2019

FWOAN at SMHAF2019...

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival has selected "For Want Of A Nail".

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival will take place across Scotland from 3rd-26th May 2019. Led by the Mental Health Foundation.  A significant event in Scotland’s cultural calendar, the festival takes a positive stance on mental health, celebrating artistic endeavour by those with experience of mental health issues and connecting audiences to creative and innovative work. Together with a wide range of mental health organisations, arts bodies, community groups and artists, we aim to challenge stigma and promote social change.
You can find out more by visiting their website HERE, and by following FWOAN on Facebook.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Flavours of the Month: March 2019...

The return of F1, sci-fi shorts, and dark comedy are just some of what's been setting the tone of my March 2019...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Evil Toons (Fred Olen Ray, 1992) Review...

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“Why do these things always have to start with young, beautiful Co-Eds going into the basement?” From Fred Olen Ray, the director of Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, comes Evil Toons: the saucier, spookier, and definitely cheaper alternative to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? But don't let the title deceive you with it's plural-based promises, because you only get one titular torrid toon! However, with a game cast – featuring support from a ham-tastic David Carradine (Kill Bill) and the late, ever-reliable Dick Miller (Gremlins, The 'Burbs, damn near everything else) – plus oodles of meta humour and a multitude of babes laid bare, this gleeful exploitationer from the VHS rental heyday has plenty to offer...


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Monday, 11 March 2019

Love Note Edition: The Walking Dead 9x13 Meme...

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Pookie's now thoroughly in the friend zone when it comes to Queen Carol of The Kingdom, but might he have found a new lady of interest?

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Click to Enlarge: Grammar Police also need love...

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Flavours of the Month: February 2019...

Diving into Netflix, a phoenix rising, and killer convos are just some of what's been setting the tone of my February 2019...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Oxford ISFF 2019...

The Oxford International Short Film Festival will be holding a special double screening of "For Want Of A Nail" in its full length form on Saturday 23rd March - and in addition to that, we've racked up another nomination for Best Editing.

The inaugural Oxford International Short Film Festival (OXISFF) celebrates the diversity and creativity of short films. OXISFF is located in the heart of the historic university city, on the same road where Inspector Morse, CS Lewis, and JRR Tolkien famously all enjoyed a tipple, a mere stone's throw from Hogwarts' Dining Hall.
The festival will be held in the beautiful grounds of St John's College at The University of Oxford in the newly refurbished auditorium.


On Saturday the 23rd of March FWOAN will be showing in Venue 3: Prestwich Room between 3pm and 4pm in the "Quirky" slot, and then again a little later in Venue 2: The Larkin Room between 5pm and 6pm also in the "Quirky" slot.

Find out more about the OISFF by going HERE, and be sure to follow FWOAN on Facebook.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Beeston Picks FWOAN...

"For Want Of A Nail" has been officially selected to be a part of the Beeston Film Festival in Nottingham. The festival takes play between Wednesday 13th and Sunday 17th of March 2019.

FWOAN will be screened on the 14th of March. Visit the festival website for tickets and venue info.

THE BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN THE MIDLANDS is the Beeston Film Festival. It is now open for its FIFTH year and continues to grow and expand to provide an amazing platform for our community to celebrate film and filmmakers.
Find out more about the festival by visiting their website HERE. You can keep up to date with FWOAN by following us on Facebook.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Body Melt (Philip Brophy, 1993) Review

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The first phase is hallucinogenic, the second phase is glandular, and the third phase is … OH GOD!!! From Street Trash to The Incredible Melting Man as well as The Stuff, the last portion of the 20th Century seemed to have a thing for the ooze-tastic destruction of the human body, almost building upon the 'body horror' of David Cronenberg, albeit in a sleazier and sillier manner. A lesser-known entry in this sub-category of splatter-fuelled flicks is Body Melt, an Australian B-Movie that takes a few cues from Peter Jackson's early films and sprinkles a dusting of 90s rave culture style into the mix – oh, and Harold Bishop from Neighbours is in it, too!


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Monday, 11 February 2019

Unrequited Edition: The Walking Dead 9x09 Meme...

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TWD is back! After a return-to-form opening half to season 9 last year I'm excited to see where the show continues to go from here under the leadership of Angela Kang.

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Click to Enlarge: So that's a definite no, then?

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

FWOAN at IOFF...

The Independent Online Film Festival has officially selected "For Want Of A Nail"!

See the listing on their website HERE.


Find out more about the festival by visiting their Facebook page HERE and their website HERE.

Monday, 4 February 2019

FWOAN 2019...

As we head into 2019, and what will hopefully be another successful year on the festival circuit, Oakhill Productions are taking another look at the process of making "For Want Of A Nail" while also looking ahead to our aspirations for FWOAN and the future.
It's really been a great few months since finishing 'For Want Of A Nail' back in March last year. The film is into a second year of it's festival run and has received such positive feedback from a wide variety of viewers.
        As we push forward with another year of festivals and screenings around the world, Writer Nick, who was naturally our script supervisor on set, reflects on his experience in making FWOAN, his best bits and his thoughts on the TV series development.
Read the full article at the Oakhill Productions website HERE and don't forget to follow FWOAN on Facebook.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Flavours of the Month: January 2019...

Rogue coppers, killer puppets, and off-colour tales are some of what has been setting the tone of my January 2019...

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Friday, 25 January 2019

Indie Shorts Mag FWOAN Review...

Indie Shorts Mag have reviewed "For Want Of A Nail".
The paradoxes of thinking you rule the world when every little slip makes you swirl out of control is captured beautifully by Clark Alexander in his performance. Director Lucy Joan Barnes juxtaposes Marty’s past and present in smooth transitional shots. The screenplay (Nick Thomson) littered with voice-overs, makes it easy even for a layman to understand the complexities of an OCD inflicted individual’s world. As the title of the film aptly suggests; sometimes even seemingly unimportant acts or omissions can have grave consequences, especially for someone suffering from OCD.
You can check out the full review HERE - and don't forget to follow FWOAN on Facebook HERE.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Contraband (Lucio Fulci, 1980) DVD Review

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“Italy is starting to look like America in the thirties.” Otherwise known as The Smuggler, gore maestro Lucio Fulci's crime epic Contraband mixes old school Mafia romanticism and contemporary cynicism with extreme violence as cigarette smugglers face off with the new tough guy in town: a drug runner with a sadistic streak...


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Monday, 14 January 2019

FWOAN Reviewed...

Annie Vincent of UK Film Review has given "For Want Of A Nail" a glowing 4-star review!
Intimate and insightful, For Want of a Nail, is a powerful short film shining a light on OCD and its psychological impact.

The work done behind the scenes for For Want of a Nail in production and pre-production has combined to produce a tactful and thoughtful piece of film on a topic rarely explored so sensitively.
Head over to the website HERE to read it in full (there are some spoilers in the review).

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

First FWOAN News of 2019...

The Brighton Rocks International Film Festival has officially selected "For Want of a Nail".


To find out more you can visit their Facebook page HERE.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Nightmare Beach (1988) Mini Review...

What's it about?
The leader of a biker gang is executed for the crime of murder, but when his body goes missing and rowdy Spring Breakers start turning up dead-by-electrocution, the authorities desperately try to keep a lid on things - but the bodies keep piling up.
Who would I recognise in it?
John Saxon, Michael Parks, Lance LeGault.
Great/Good/Alright/Shite?
Directed by Umberto Lenzi (Syndicate Sadists, Eyeball) under a pseudonym, Nightmare Beach was one of his last directorial outings - into which he put little effort (as he himself admitted). Coming in after years of slasher movies, this cheap little killer flick - written by Vittorio Rambaldi (with some rushed rewrites by Umberto Lenzi) - proves to be a rather mixed bag. Indeed, just in terms of acting, the movie comes across rather schizophrenic. The ever-reliable John Saxon (A Nightmare On Elm Street) plays a sheriff doing the dirty bidding of a mayor who's only worry is not scaring off tourists (*ahem* Jaws *ahem*), while Michael Parks (Red State) plays an alcoholic doctor/pathologist/pervert, and Lance LeGault (The A-Team) gleefully hams it up as a Bible-clutching priest - all good stuff, but the rest of the acting on-show ranges wildly from under-sold to reprehensible. Mind you, in a movie like this (ideal VHS rental fodder), that's part of the fun...

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