Suliane Brahim (Laurène Weiss) will star as Virginie in the upcoming fantasy/horror feature THE SWARM (La nuée), a film that is in no way related to the 1978 American disaster movie. Virginie is a single mother who lives on a farm with her two children and breeds edible grasshoppers. Life is difficult and relations with her neighbours are tense, but all that changes when she discovers that the particular variety of insect she is breeding have a taste for blood. Directed by Just Philippot from a screenplay by Jérôme Genevray and Franck Victor, THE SWARM will be in French theatres on 4 November.
Naidra Ayadi as the Villefranche Coroner in BLACK SPOT’s first episode
Naidra Ayadi (Leïla Barami) portrays a (so far) unnamed character in OUR MEN (Mon légionnaire), the story of French Foreign Legion families being put to test by the war against terrorism in Sahel. The film tells the story of Nika (Ina Marija Bartaité), a woman in her twenties who leaves Ukraine to follow her boyfriend Vlad, (Aleksandr Kuznetsov), a young soldier who is based in a military camp in Corsica. While there, she meets Céline (Camille Cottin), the wife of Commander Maxime (Louis Garrel). Writer/director Rachel Lang said in a statement: “How can one be in the right place, in an equitable and equally intense relationship, with another person? The Foreign Legion puts the couple under great stress-that is why I chose it as my setting…When the legionnaire enlists, he commits to having no life of his own for the next 5 years: he takes a new name, is forbidden to leave the territory, cannot get a loan for an apartment or a car, and is forbidden to marry or to recognize any children. What becomes of a couple in this context?” OUR MEN wrapped filming in France (and Morocco) last fall. Continue reading →
“Hello, it’s been a while. We’ve missed you. We hear you asking ‘where have you been?’…After years and years of writing and touring, striving for something ever evolving we needed to take a pause. For a while we shifted our attentions elsewhere, waiting for the unfathomable desire to sing to entice us back in. The music was always going to pull us back in the end.”
— Smoke Fairies – email update – 26 July 2019
The Smoke Fairies (Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies) launched a bi-weekly podcast in October. Their first album since 2016 will be released in January.
In October, The Smoke Fairies launched the SMOKE SIGNALS podcast, a series of completely unrehearsed, quiet conversations between Katherine and Jessica (at times so quiet one has to strain to hear, but it’s worth it). The first episode (below) takes us back to the late 1990s as the duo examines “the boredom of working at temping jobs to support their musical aspirations, through the lens of Kaf’s letters to various lunch outlets.” New episodes are released every two weeks. Smoke Fairies’ new album, “Darkness Brings The Wonders“, will be released on 31 January, and can be pre-ordered from Amazon. (One track, Disconnect, has been released as a single.) They will begin a short UK tour in Manchester on 1 February.
Jackie May has written eleven episodes of VAN HELSING, including “Be True” (the one that explains how Sam and Mohamed met), “Outside World” (the one where Vanessa ponders her past while hanging from a rusty slaughterhouse hook), and “Been Away” (the one where Axel finds his sister and then loses her again). But she’s on this list because she wrote the episode that turned the Netflix series ANOTHER LIFE around. If you watched ANOTHER LIFE, you know why it needed to be refocused. The show accumulated a lot of silliness in the first few episodes, but it was such a good cast and there were so many interesting ideas floating around that some of us couldn’t stop watching despite that. Episode Nine eliminated problems. On the Salvare, Cas Isovic took her rightful place as second in command; alien-occupied Sasha was dealt with in a most practical manner (and left behind a sample of the alien language); someone found a functional use for a fire axe; the AI found a way to separate his personal life from his job; and the Salvare finally got to its destination, Pi Canis Majoris. Season 2 of ANOTHER LIFE will begin production in Vancouver in March.
In Villefranche, a (fictional) isolated town near the German border in northeastern France, cellphone reception is terrible, and GPS signals are unreliable. It is implied that iron ore deposits in the surrounding hills are responsible. A single remaining public phone booth is aggressively defended by the locals. Villefranche is an unassuming little town, built around a sawmill that is going out of business. It is a great place to hide. Continue reading →