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.
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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.]