Time travelling isn’t a new topic neither in films nor in literature. It seems that people have always been fascinated by stories about travelling back into history to meet people from the past and forward in time to get a glimpse of a possible future. BBC’s „Doctor Who“ has everything people expect from a telly series covering that topic: an age old time traveller who knows not only how to handle humans but also past, present and the future – not to mention all sorts of aliens.
„My mother died a very long time ago. I, on the other hand, did not.“
Matt Haig’s new book „How to Stop Time“ comes without aliens, or strange tech gadgets but with a man who ages in slow motion. Tom Hazard may look like a 40 year old guy. But he has outlived centuries before he hits modern day London – and he hasn’t lost his memory. That’s why he not only remembers ancient times and places like Shakespeare’s London (and the great playwright himself). He also has to cope with serious headaches indicating that his brain, like a hard drive, is about to reach its maximum capacity. Teaching history at a school in London, Tom uses his first-hand-knowledge to bring history to life for his pupils without revealing his true identity. But the past is always with him.
„How to Stop Time“ is an intense story that hooks the reader from the very beginning not because it is breathtakingly fast and action packed but because it is calm and lacks all sorts of excitement in a very fascinating way. Matt Haig’s newest novel is one to loose yourself in – which is the best you can say of any book.
Photo: Petra Breunig
Matt Haig: How to Stop Time, Canongate, 15 €/13 £.
The book will be adapted for film by Sunny March with Benedict Cumberbatch taking the lead role.
Die deutsche Ausgabe wird 2018 im dtv erscheinen.
Oh, here you are again. The friendly but unforgiving hint „This film is not available in your country“. This time I’m not able to watch „Third Star“ on the brand new platform „We Are Colony„. A side dedicated to independent film makers and their fans, eager to get not only the film as a whole but also more stuff you only get as extras on DVDs or Blu rays from one single place.
Laughing and crying
In the case of my beloved „Third Star“ I wrote about a while ago on and which I re watch on a regular basis I have the DVD which doesnwww.wearecolony.com’t contain many extras. So I was really curious to learn more about behind the scene stuff and dive into gorgeous pics from Benedict Cumberbatch who plays James. And I was not disappointed. There are deleted scenes that somehow didn’t make the final cut, pics from behind the scene, stills and interviews with the cast. Material to fill hours watching, re watching and in the case of „Third Star“ laughing and crying.
The platform works like other streaming services: after you have received your invitation – which in my case took about a day to reach my inbox – you are allowed to have a first free look around before you’ll hit a paywall. This paywall works for each film, which means you have to pay 1,99 Euro (the price and currency depends on your country) for the „Third Star“ package for example. Even if given the fact that – in my case – the film itself is not available it’s more than a fair price in exchange for what you get. And you are supporting independent films.
Another film starring Benedict Cumberbatch is „Little Favour“ . The action thriller was originally crowdfunded by fans and was so far only available on iTunes also made it to „We are Colony“. The short film comes with a huge amount of extras for 3,99 Euro only which again is very little money.
„We Are Colony“ has a friendly design which works very smoothly on my Ubuntu driven laptop and my Nexus 7 tablet. Would love to stream the films to my Google Chromecast and enjoy the stuff on my telly in the future.
|Benedict Cumberbatch as Wallace.
Foto: Sunny March/http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk
You think that Benedict Cumberbatch is this perfect British gentleman, always dapper, always handsome (no we don’t mention the pics in flipflops and scarf because he’s always adorable)? Think twice. At least you have to after watching the short film „Little Favour“ which is out now to buy on iTunes.
Seven years before the story of the film is settled, Wallace (Benedict Cumberbatch) left Her Majesty’s service and it’s ten years since his American counterpart and friend saved his life. Now – as Wallace is just about to start a relationship – James (Colin Salmon) comes back, asking just for a little favour.
This little favour is much more than just „little“ as the story is unfolding. And despite the fact that the film is only about 22 minutes long, it is thrilling, exciting (yes it is bloody and some scenes are cruel) and with a very surprising turn that lefts you staring on your screen with open mouth. Patrick V Monroe has written and directed his first film – but surely will become a household name – with the promise to give us more films as perfectly as this. And it is indeed amazing, because actors, settings, music (will there be a soundtrack available somewhere?) and dialogues are just well – perfect. And even if there are no words spoken and you just think that you’ve muted the sound (Production/Sound Mixer: Nigel Albermaniche), you’ll realize why Benedict Cumberbatch is such a brilliant actor: All what has to be said is in his face, his eyes, his impressions, even his movements. And honestly who cares about perfect suits, clean shirts and styled hair?
„Little Favour“ is the first film produced by Sunny March. The company was founded by Adam Ackland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Dillon and Adam Selves. The film was crowd funded with the original target of 25,000£ – which was outstripped, reaching 86,240£ within twelve days.
If part of this article sound weird this is due to the fact that I’m no native speaker, so don’t be too harsh.
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[Update: Little Favour is now available on We are Colony for little money. You not only get access to lots of extras. You also support independent film.]