Monday, July 30, 2012

CvsZ and Tower Block at Fantastic Fest 2012

Cockneys Vs Zombies and Tower Block will be screening at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas this year. The first wave of movies has been announced here, and there'll be loads more to come. I'm very excited, because Severance screened there in 2006, and I had a brilliant time - basically, I ate lots of meat, drank lots of beer, and shot lots of guns. I went back in 2008, and did even more of those things. You can see my adventures by clicking on the Fantastic Fest tag below.

The festival is on from September 20-27, so if you're in the area, go along. It's an amazing festival, tons of fun. I'm hoping to go myself, depending on timings and stuff, so hopefully I'll see you there. I'll be the one stuffing his face with meat, booze and guns.

Friday, July 27, 2012

FrightFest screenings of CvsZ and Tower Block

Right, you've heard me babble on about these screenings, so here are some cold hard FACTS (dates and times, but "cold hard facts" sounds more dramatic):

Cockneys Vs Zombies - Thursday 23rd August, 9pm. Guests attending: me, Matthias Hoene (director), Alan Ford, Ashley Thomas, Dudley Sutton, Georgia King, Harry Treadaway, Jack Doolan, Michelle Ryan and Rasmus Hardiker.

Tower Block - Monday 27th August, 9pm. Guests attending: me, James Nunn & Ronnie Thompson (directors), Sheridan Smith, Russell Tovey, Ralph Brown and Kane Robinson.

Both movies will, as far as I know, have brief introductions, then Q&A's afterwards.

FrightFest takes place at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, London. The full lineup of guests is here, and the movies are here. You'll need to buy tickets from their website or at the box office - weekend passes are sold out, as are the Friday and Saturday day passes, but you can still get day passes for Thursday and Monday. Single tickets go on sale from noon on Saturday 28th July, and WILL sell out fast, so don't miss out.

I will get one or two free tickets, and they're already taken. I can't bring you all along, so if you want to go, get on it! Seriously, don't hang about. Don't be all like "oh, I'll get tickets next week, I'm watching telly Saturday at noon", and then be all like "oh noes they're all sold out why didn't TV's James Moran tell meeeee?" I will be UNMOVED, I tell you. UNMOVED.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

BAFTA separates award into comedy and drama

Well this is very good news indeed. A while ago, I wrote an article for Broadcast magazine complaining about the treatment of writers in the TV BAFTA awards - basically, writers are hidden in the non-televised Craft awards, and there's only one award for all genres of writing. Andrew Newman responded to it, and didn't really address many of my points properly - apparently, the televised awards are for shows, not individuals, despite the many, many awards for individual performers, for example - but he said the committee would "consider" splitting the writing award into two, for comedy and drama.

Thanks to the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, who have kept up the pressure and worked with BAFTA, this has now actually happened. Separate writing awards for comedy and drama, just like in the "proper", televised awards. This is a Very Good Thing, so well done to BAFTA and the WGGB for taking this step.

Obviously, in an ideal world, I'd like the writing awards to be in the main show, but since Andrew admitted that the televised show depends on "glamour and scale", that may not ever happen. But this is an important victory, hopefully just one of many.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

CvsZ and Tower Block release dates & trailers

Look! A regularly updated blog post about my movie release dates and trailers!

US folk: Tower Block and Cockneys Vs Zombies will both play at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, this month (September) - we'll know about US release dates sometime after that, so watch this space.

Germans: Cockneys Vs Zombies plays at the Fantasy Filmfest, and will have 3 more screenings  - Frankfurt on Friday 7th Sept at 9.30pm, Nuremberg on Friday 7th Sept at 9.30pm, and Cologne on Monday 10th Sept at 9.15pm. There'll be news about distribution in Germany soon.

Tower Block: released in UK & Ireland cinemas on 21st September 2012, by Lionsgate. Other countries will be announced, they're in the works. Facebook page here. It's rated 15 in the UK, BBFC page here. The trailer is here - but be warned, like all trailers, there'll be spoilers. Thrillers like this are best if you know as little as possible... Poster is here:



Cockneys Vs Zombies: released in UK & Ireland cinemas on 31st August 2012, by Studiocanal. Again, other countries will be announced when they're definite. Facebook page here. It's rated 15 in the UK, BBFC page here. Trailer is online at IGN UK right now! The new poster is online at Empire Magazine now, here! Or just direct your eyeballs downwards:


And here's the other poster for it, which I think is my favourite:


That's all the latest stuff for now, I will update when anything is announced.

Note: This is one of those posts I can send people to when I get asked the same question a lot - it's purely to save my typing fingers, and in no way means you are a bad person. Although, you might be, I don't know. Are you? If you are: don't be. There! That's better! We can now be friends.

Cockneys Vs Zombies rated 15 in the UK

The subject line says it all, really - but I'll say more anyway, because it's my blog and who the hell are you to tell me my business and what on EARTH are you wearing??

I'm very glad that CvsZ has grabbed a 15 rating from the BBFC - you can see the details here. I obsessively collect the consumer advice for all my stuff, so I'm delighted with this one: "Contains strong comic bloody violence, gore and strong language." Compared to Severance's "Contains strong, bloody horror and violence", it sounds like I've definitely upped the swearing, at least.

We were always hoping for a 15, I didn't tone anything down while writing, we figured that if we had to cut stuff to get a 15 we'd do it from the finished film, rather than limiting ourselves. Thankfully, it didn't come to that, and the film was rated a 15 without any cuts. So, er, it's extremely sweary and violent, and has several questionable moments that I thought we'd have to cut. But we haven't! Hooray!

It's definitely a horror-comedy, not just "comedy", as the website claims. To any gore-fans who were hoping for an 18 certificate - don't worry, it's got plenty of blood, gore, and zombie splatter. Severance was also a 15, as was The Cabin in the Woods, Army of Darkness, and ALL of the splattertastic Final Destination movies, so you'll be fine. It's quite difficult to get an 18 these days, unless it's a fairly extreme movie, or you deliberately set out to get one by ticking the boxes (you know who you are). Trust me, you will come out of the cinema wondering how the hell we got a 15 for it, just like I'm doing now.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tower Block poster revealed

The Tower Block poster has arrived! This is incredibly exciting for me - I've been dying for you to see it, and now it's finally out there. I absolutely love what they've come up with, it's so cool. Pretty blown away by the review quotes, too. The poster is here at Digital Spy, so go and give them some love.

Update: It's also here at Den of Geek, and here at Shock Till You Drop. And to counter the commenter who said it looked like The Raid, implying some sort of skullduggery - it's not, both movies are completely different, and were filmed at around the same time anyway. Movies don't happen within a couple of weeks! Written in 2008, sold in 2010, filmed in 2011, released in 2012. So there.

And because it's on several sites now, I guess the exclusive has ended, so I'm going to post it here as well. You may clicky-clicky for biggy-biggy:


World's Collider now on sale

You can now purchase World's Collider, the shared-world anthology in which I have a short story. Here is part of the blurb:

Nightscape Press presents: World's Collider - a shared-world anthology. This unique "mosaic novel" features twenty-one tales of apocalyptic fiction that together form a continuous narrative. Featuring Steven Savile, Steve Lockley, James Moran, Trent Zelazny, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Kelly Hale, Aaron Rosenberg, Jonathan Green and many more.

I know! Look at those names! Proper writers, and somehow they let me in too! All the details you need are at the above link, and here are the direct links to the purchasing pages:

UK paperback here

US paperback here

UK Kindle version here

US Kindle version here

Paperback direct from the publisher here

So go get it!

If you do pick up a copy, PLEASE leave us a review on Amazon - this is going to live or die on word of mouth, so whatever you think about it, get talking. Honest reviews are all we ask, good or bad, as long as you've actually read the thing. Thank you! Love you! Byeeeee!