Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Rook Films announce Peter Strickland's third feature: The Duke of Burgundy

We're very pleased to announce that Peter Strickland, director of the acclaimed feature films Berberian Sound Studio Katalin Varga and winner of this years Best Director BIFA award, will shoot his third feature for UK indie Rook Films. Berberian was the most successful film at this years BIFA awards picking up three further gongs including Best Actor for star Toby Jones.

The Duke of Burgundy, a dark melodrama, is set to star Chiara D’Anna (Berberian Sound Studio) as an amateur lepidopterist whose wayward desires test the limits of her lover's tolerance. “After damaging my eardrums with too many screams during the Berberian sound mix, I wanted to make something tender and quiet, but also quite intense. It's a simple love story about a devoted couple whose intimate needs are rarely in harmony" says Strickland.

The Duke of Burgundy is the first non Ben Wheatley film to be produced by the UK production company. Andy Starke from Rook says “We have a slate of projects with a group of very talented writer directors from around the world. Berberian Sound Studio was my favourite film of 2012 so it’s fantastic to be opening up with Peter’s new film. His unique take on genre cinema is a perfect match for Rook and we’re incredibly excited by this project.”

The film will shoot in 2013 and is currently being developed with the assistance of the BFI Film Fund, which also developed and backed Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio.

Rook’s slate of features includes Wheatley’s English Civil War freak out: A Field In England as well as his Cops vs Monsters sci-fi: Freakshift and claymation mindmelt: Mega Evil Motherfuckers!, Sidharth Srinivasan’s Varanasi set Indian horrorThe Penance and the debut feature by director Jim Hosking: Whitaker, described as “Re-animator meets This is England”.

Berberian Sound Studio is released on home video in the UK on Dec 31st by Artificial Eye.

Press and Publicity Requests:
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Monday, 10 December 2012

A Field In England Teaser Poster - Available Now

The super limited (75 only) and very lovely, teaser poster for Ben Wheatley's forthcoming film A Field In England is now available to buy from the Rook shop - just in time for Xmas! 
A2 3-colour hand-pulled screenprint printed on 220gsm Cyclus Offset.
Artwork has been exclusively commissioned from The Twins Of Evil - Luke Insect & Kenn Goodall and based on a still shot by @MrNickGillespie  Check out their wonderful work by clicking on their names...
Each copy is hand numbered and initialled by the artists and the director, Ben Wheatley and is available here.

We've decided to add "signed For" costs to the postage as we don't want these going missing - hope thats OK with you all. It's possible we'll do another run (with different blends) somewhere down the line if these sell quickly but... that won't be for a while!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Down Terrace - Back in cinemas

Ben Wheatley's debut feature film Down Terrace is back in the cinemas and to celebrate we've asked lysergic lithographers  and  to create a new theatrical poster for the film. So..here it is.... and mighty fine it is too we think. If enough of you do too we'll get some screen prints on the go!

Here's some upcoming screening dates:
Monday 26th November - Southampton, Harbour Lights
Tuesday 4th December - Brixton, Ritzy with Q&A with Mr Wheatley
Friday 7th December - Brighton, Duke's at Komedia with Q&A with Mr Wheatley

Check your local listings for more screenings soon & here's a few quotes and stuff:
"Surreal and sinister, this is a splendid exercise in anti-social realism" Empire
"Stunning" Time Out New York
Film of the Year - Danny Leigh - Film 2010
Winner - Next Wave best feature - Fantastic fest 2009
Winner - Best Feature - Raindance 2009

Lots of info and reviews and stuff here and you can buy it here.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Sightseers Vinyl Sold Out!

The Sightseers vinyl has sold out! Thanks a lot to everyone who ordered a copy and made our first physical thing here at Rook Towers such a success. They've all been despatched so your copies should be with you any day now if you don't have them already.

Check back here or via our Twitter page for news of a very special "thing" we've got coming from the new Ben Wheatley Film  - A Field In England. Details very soon.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Sightseers - Ultra Limited Soundtrack

Available from Monday - 
Music Control Experiment Vol1 - Jim Williams: The Sightseers Sessions

We're very very pleased to announce the first physical thing to come out of Rook Towers - a specially mixed two track collectors vinyl release of Jim Williams' amazing original music score for Sightseers. Here's the official blurb:
Ultra Limited Edition (150 copies) Numbered 12" Gatefold 180gm Red Vinyl 45rpm copy of the original score to the feature film Sightseers. Each copy will be signed by the composer Jim Williams and the director, Ben Wheatley.
Artwork has been exclusively commissioned from The Twins Of Evil - Luke Insect & Kenn Goodall. Check out their wonderful work by clicking on their names...
Available NOW from the exciting Rook Films shop.

A final thing to add - there's a few promo copies of this knocking about but the ONLY way you'll get a numbered and signed copy is by buying it here.
Sightseers hits UK cinemas Nov 30th - get down there!