Official Selection Announced!
The very first Oxford International Film Festival will pay homage to local filmmaking talent by opening with award winning UK feature Film TWO DOWN.
Coming to the city from the 27th to the 29th of May the Oxford International Film Festival offers a weekend of world and UK premiere independent films at the Phoenix Picturehouse.
Opening the festival on Friday the 27th at 8pm is Two Down, executive produced by Stephen Fry and Sir Derek Jacobi the film’s co-writer and lead actress Tori Hart was born and raised in Oxford, making the film, directed by Tori’s husband Matthew Butler, a perfect fit to introduce the boutique festival to the people of Oxford and the international film community, co-writer and director Matthew said – “Tori was born in Oxford and it was also where Fizz and Ginger Films started. Our first short film, EGAD ZOMBIES, featuring Ian McKellen, was filmed there. We also met when she was producing theatre in the area, which led to us filming MISS IN HER TEENS in Wroxton, which in turn was a stepping-stone for us to create TWO DOWN. Both of us are hugely excited to be screening the film in the place where it all began, coming home for Tori, and also honoured to have been picked to open the festival at the very special Phoenix Picture House, in what promises to be a an amazing weekend”.
OxIFF is to be a sister festival to the highly successful Manchester International Film Festival, and Oxford’s co- director Neil Jeram Croft said - “OxIFF has been designed to be an intimate and eloquent filmmaker festival where film enthusiasts can get first hand insights from directors, writers, actors and producers from the premiering films, a style which will blend well with the beautiful city of Oxford”.
Programming director Al Bailey said – “it’s exciting to be working with a fresh programming team and the Phoenix Picturehouse to bring an exciting selection of independent films to Oxford”. The inaugural event starts with an opening gala night on Friday 27th May at Phoenix Picturehouse Oxford, with a presentation of TWO DOWN and a selection of premiering Short films, which will be followed by a Q and A session with the selected filmmakers. The festival will then carry through the bank holiday weekend with a jam packed line up of premiering films from the world of independent cinema with notable highlights being the UK premiere of satirical comedy FOR ALL EYES ALWAYS starring THE GOONIES’ Sean Astin, the international premiere of NATHAN EAST – FOR THE RECORD, starring Eric Clapton, Lionel Richie and Herbie Hancock, RAINDANCE’S film of the festival KICKING OFF starring Warren Brown, the Bryan Singer produced OUT OF THE VILLAGE and the David Fincher Championed BRICKS starring Jason Flemyng. A closing night awards ceremony on Sunday 29th May will wrap up proceedings.
Full Line Up Below
IS THIS THE REAL WORLD (Australia)
Director – Martin Mckenna
Written by - Martin Mckenna
Produced by - Produced by Deborah Barlow, John Hipwell, Martin McKenna, Ben Michael, Alison Telford
Starring – Sean Keenan (Strangerland), Charlotte Best (Teenage Kicks), Hannes Berger (Belladonna)
A high school kid in an Australian coastal town locks into a relentless battle of wills with a controlling teacher, his family is breaking apart, and love is beating at his door...
TWO DOWN (UK)
Director – Matthew Butler
Written by – Matthew Butler Hart, Tori Butler Hart
Matthew Butler Hart, Tori Butler Hart, Stephen Fry, Sir Derek Jacobi
Starring – Alex Hassell (Anonymous), Conleth Hill (Game of thrones), Tori Hart (Keeping Rosie), Gray Butler (Penny Dreadful)
A young woman's world is turned upside down when the injured hit man, Mr. Thomas, holds her and the local delivery boy hostage in her own home.
THE PAPER STORE (USA)
Director- Nicholas Gray
Written by – Katharine Clark Gray, Nicholas Gray
Produced by - Jonathan Gray, Bonnie Timmermann, John Grossman, Nicholas Gray, Katharine Clark Gray
Starring- Penn Badgely (Margin Call), Steff Dawson (Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pts 1 & 2), Richard Kind (A Serious Man)
A brilliant former college student forges essays for cash, the client who becomes her lover has a hidden motive, perking an unscrupulous professor’s interest in their secret affair.
FOR ALL EYES ALWAYS (USA/France)
Director - Rob Gordon Bralver
Written by – Rob Gordan Bralver
Produced by – Amy Child
Starring – Sean Astin (The Goonies), Saïd Taghmaoui (La Haine), Joe Hursley (Fast and Furious), Joseph Gatt (True Detective), Lynn Whitfield (Stepmom)
To win back the confidence of the American public, the CIA creates a fully transparent reality show that goes undercover with operatives around the globe.
ROAD TO THE SKY (CHINA) English subtitles
Director – Yi Wang
Written by - Dedong Li
Produced by - Qin He, Lucas Oliver-Frost
Starring - Johnny Kou Key (The Crossing), Bo-Chieh WangKey (Life of Pi), Xiaoxiao LiuKey (The Falling Feather)
In 1930’s China, an engineering student from Beijing, is sent by the Central Government to the rustic world of southwest China to obtain the cooperation of rival tribal villagers, in the building of a new supply road vital for the countries survival during the Chinese and Japanese conflict.
ROAD DUSTER (NETHERLANDS) English Subtitles
Director - Erik de Bruyn
Written by/adaptation – Jan Eilander, P.F. Thomése (novel)
Produced by – Thomas den Drijver, Eurydice Gysel, Koen Mortier, Sander Verdonk, Denis Wigman
Starring - Fedja van Huêt (Character), Frank Lammers (Bullhead), Ruben van der Meer (Plan C)
Writer Frans and his favorite character J.Kessels go to the Hamburg Reeperbahn to return a philandering crook to his wife and to finally fulfill Frans' pre-masturbatory dreams.
SICARIVS – THE NIGHT AND THE SILENCE (SPAIN) English Subtitles
Director - Javier Muñoz
Written by – Javier Muñoz
Produced by – Jose A Sanchez, Sergio Bartolome, Blanca Saiz, Cesar Ibanez Chiarcos
Starring – Victor Clavijo (Al salir de clase), Israel Elejalde (Love in Difficult Times), Sebastián Haro (Pan's Labyrinth)
A hitman is asked to kill a woman who he can’t bring himself to assassinate. His reluctance places himself in danger and he must race against time to save his own life and that of the initial target.
PAYBACK (BRAZIL) English Subtitles
Director – André Moraes
Written by – André Moraes , L.G. Bayão
Produced by – James D'Arcy, Leonardo Edde, Adriana Konig, André Moraes, Laise Nascimento, José Carlos Oliveira
Starring - Júlio Andrade (Paulo Coelho’s Best Story), Deborah Secco (América), Lúcio Mauro Filho (O Coronel e o Lobisomem)
A film director uses his old team to make a "road movie". With no money, they will have to come up with unthinkable scams in order to make the production possible, while at the same time plotting revenge against all those who are against them.
MADE IN TAIWAN (UK)
Directors – Jonny Moore, Leonora Lim-Moore
Written by – Jonny Moore, Leonora Lim- Moore
Produced by - David John, Sharina Lim, Leonora Lim-Moore, Jonny Moore
Starring - Alexander Jeremy (Menagerie), Esther Yang (Forgotten), Mason Lee (The Hangover part II)
Experimental film maker, Jack, invents an exciting type of film, which induces a high in the viewer and becomes an underground phenomenon throughout Taipei. As his film becomes more and more popular, Jack fights obsessively to keep complete control of his product and the dangerous side effects that it is having on both himself and the film’s fans.
KICKING OFF (UK)
Director – Matt Wilde
Written by - Robert Farquhar
Produced by - Andy Thompson, Tom George, Alan Rudoff, Jason Sender
Starring – Warren Brown (Luther), Greg McHugh (Marvellous), Alistair Petrie (Rush)
Devastated by the relegation of their beloved football team, two fanatical fans go on a journey of self-discovery as they kidnap the referee who they blame for their own personal misery and their teams demise.
NATHAN EAST – FOR THE RECORD (USA)
Director – Chris Gero
Produced by – Chris Gero
Starring – Nathan East, Eric Clapton, Quincy Jones, Vince Gil, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins
FOR THE RECORD chronicles of one of the most influential bass players in modern music, Nathan East, who over a three decade plus career that started on the road age 16 with Barry White, from his session and touring work across musical genres and membership in the legendary jazz quartet Fourplay, to a behind -the-scenes look at his debut solo album recording last year. His long-awaited solo album spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album chart and 34 weeks in the top position on smoothjazz.com.
ART CONNECT (Trinidad and Tobago)
Director – Miquel Galofre
Produced by - Charlotte Elias, Lorraine O Connor
ART CONNECT reveals and illuminates how creativity has inspired and changed the lives of 'at risk' kids, aged twelve to sixteen, living in the disenfranchised and volatile area of Laventille -- Port of Spain, Trinidad.
DEMOCRACY IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT (USA)
Directed by – Gail Gilbert
Strangers on a bus rally behind a fellow passenger as she urges the driver to catch up to a bus in front of them.
MY LUCHADOR (USA)
Director - Shea Sizemore
An aging Luchador (Wrestler) finds himself behind a computer working in a cube. His successful and loving wife helps him find his way.
Director – Chris King
When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet amazing journey.
FILM SCHOOL MUSICAL (USA)
Director - Maan B. and Talha B.
Making a film to the back drop of camp and original show tunes, FILM SCHOOL MUSICAL is a satirical comedy/musical full of little winks and nods to the independent film industry.
OUT OF THE VILLAGE (USA)
Director - Jonathan Stein
Shot in West Africa with a local cast and crew, OUT OF THE VILLAGE explores the social and cultural impact of the Ebola epidemic from the perspective of an orphaned brother and his sister. It stars Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation) and is Executive Produced by Bryan Singer (X-Men).
THE DUKE: BASED ON THE MEMOIR "I'M THE DUKE" BY J.P. DUKE (USA)
Director - Max Barbakow
Side-lined by concussions, ex-NFL linebacker J.P. “The Duke” Duke denies the magnitude of his injuries while clinging to gridiron glory. But when J.P.'s pregnant wife, Aubrey, hosts a Super Bowl bash, he faces the realities of life on the side-lines.
THE DEAL (USA)
Director - Daniel Kaminsky
Bryce, Jake weary (IT FOLLOWS), is trying desperately to hold onto his girlfriend Monica, Alexandra Shipp (X-MEN:APOCALYPSE). Before a car accident, he was the star quarterback and she was the prom queen. But high school seems like a lifetime ago as the host of the party invites his old school acquaintances’ to a night they will never forget.
Director – Ken Fox
An astronaut struggles to explain to his 5 year old daughter why he must go, and why she cannot come with him.
OPT OUT (USA)
Director - Steve Utaski
Just another crazy day in front of the computer, at the office.
Director - Josh Mawer
To save his father's brilliant mind a young man is coerced into time sharing his consciousness. With two minds in one body, boundaries and relationships start to blur
ONLY CHILD (UK)
Director – Andrew Toovey
Eva lives as an outsider within the gypsy community, stranded between the sporadic affections of her workaholic husband Yuri, and the lustful intent of gypsy leader, Davro.
Director - Jamie Russell
Rich stockbroker William, Blake Ritson (DA VINCI'S DEMONS) hires rough builder Clive, Jason Flemyng (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) to renovate his wine cellar in this modern take on Edgar Allan Poe's classic revenge tale 'The Cask of Amontillado'.
Director - Miranda Howard-Williams
A story about the innocence of childhood and a fear of the unknown, as a girl and her imaginary friend play on the beach under the watchful eye of her parents, Jason Flemyng (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Jo Joyner (Spooks).
FLY SPY (UK)
Director - Daniel M Smith
A young, genius deviant has made a wirelessly controlled robot drone in the form of a fly, with a camera in its head. He is controlling the invention with the intention of spying on his unsuspecting ex-girlfriend.
JADE DRAGON (UK)
Director - Joseph Brett
A small, family owned Chinese takeaway restaurant is under the mockumentary microscope as a satirical turn takes the owner by surprise.
Director - Sonya Quayle
Billy is autistic and it’s the 1950s. To most people Billy is a child trapped in a man’s body. While Billy can help with manual jobs in and around his family’s farm, he requires regular attention. His father feels the time has come for Billy to move on. His mother is aghast and Billy grows anxious at the prospect of leaving home. As his father prepares Billy’s precious pig to go to market, a horrific incident forces Billy’s mother into a terrible life changing choice – husband or son.
Director - Tom Beard
Told through the fleeting repressed memories of a teenage mother, dark revelations of grooming from her past at the hands of the very person who was meant to protect her.
MUSCLE MEMORY (USA)
Director - Ruoyu Wang
A grudging competition between two body builders, Frank and Finch.
THE MILL AT CALDER’S END (USA)
Director - Kevin McTurk
In the remote village of Calder's End stands an old windmill, a repository of dark secrets. Nicholas Grimshaw has returned to this haunted place, his childhood home, intent on breaking a generations old family curse.
THE MUNTAS (UK)
Director – Nick Forshaw
A satirical story of uncomfortably modern and unconventional marital living.
THE LAST DAY (CHINA)
Director - Muqing Shu
What would a grandpa’s spirit do if he could linger for a while before heading to heaven?
Director - Andrew Margetson
A portrait of a dancer. Lauren Cuthbertson, principal dancer at UK's Royal Ballet, reveals the brutal reality of being a top ballerina and performs a mesmerising piece of choreography.
Director - Patricio Soto – Aguilar
A research on the potential of sports as a choreographic narrative, which builds through a race that unveils those moments that we miss in the rush of competition, displaying the body and its ability to modify itself and keep up in demanding conditions.
EVERY MORNING (UK)
Director - Ross Harrison
A documentary collage about one man’s memories of the English countryside. Each day, Geoff Harris walks the same path around a patch of woodland in Oxfordshire. As he does, he reminisces about growing up in the place where he has lived for almost 80 years.
Director - Conner Griffith
An exploration of the grown and the manufactured through their recurring motifs.
TRASHED TO DEATH (Australia/Philippines)
Director - Martin Ponferrada
Filmmaker Martin Ponferrada travels to the remote provinces of typhoon-ravaged Philippines to investigate a long-held family mystery.
WRITING ON STONE (CANADA)
Director - Sean Thonson
A portrait of Treffrey Deerfoot a venerated elder in the Siksika Tribe in Alberta, Canada, and his efforts through ceremonial dance, sacred singing, and traditional storytelling to keep this proud heritage alive for his people today.
PASSING ORION (CANADA)
Director – Sean Thonson
The story of Boyd Stevens, one of the last remaining inhabitants of Orion Alberta - a town with a present day population of seven.
THE TURKISH WRESTLER (USA/TURKEY)
Director - Richard Phibbs
Since 1362 the men of Turkey have come together in the world’s oldest sport competition. Turkish Oil Wrestling began as military training for soldiers of the Ottoman Empire. Today it is Turkey’s national sport, drawing boys and men of all ages to the annual competition in Erdine.
Director - Min Reid
Director - Daniel Schlichter
THE SLOW SHOW (UK)
Director – Paul Booth
Augustine (Official Music Video)