Schlagwort: We Are Colony

Quick look at Friend Request Pending

What happens when you get to know a man, talk with him, have fun enjoying his company? Clearly you want to meet him again and ask – if he’s on Facebook. This is quite normal, isn’t it? But it’s not if you are – say – a woman of the mature generation who isn’t inexperienced when it comes to men. But who is just about to dive into the mysteries of the internet as a whole and Facebook and it’s chat function in particular.

In “Friend Request Pending” Mary is that women – lovely played by Judi Dench – who talks with her friend Linda (Penny Ryder) about social networks and of course about Trevor. The choirmaster (Philip Jackson) is the man Mary is wooing in a heartwarming way that combines all old romantic feelings and the opportunities the modern world offers to stay in touch with people you care about most.

The short film directed by Chris Foggin and written by Chris Croucher only has one big problem: it is only 12 minutes long.

“Friend Quest Pending” is available on We Are Colony, a site dedicated to independent films. Read my previous blog entry here.

A quick look at “We Are Colony”

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’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.


Third Star aims right at your heart

It’s not a light hearted film that will cheer you up. Yes, there is a birthday party at the beginning of “Third Star”, guests are happy, table is ready for them. But somehow things are not real. That’s because James Kimberly Griffith (Benedict Cumberbatch) has cancer. It will be his last birthday and everyone knows this.

“I’ll turn 29 today, won’t see 30”, says James at the beginning and sums all the tragedy in one sentence. He introduces his family, his best friends who drop in and within a few minutes the audience is hooked while James and his friends Davy, Bill and Miles are up to their trip to Barafundle Bay, James’ favourite place on earth.

“That’s not worth living for”

The trip shows all the tragedy of every one of them, having their lives they are desperately trying to cope with while they are focused on James. It’s because of him they come together – as we learn for the last time in his life – they help him, they have a vehicle build especially for this occasion, they carry him because James’ can’t walk properly any more. And they learn that James is only still alive because he swallows lots of drugs, especially morphine, to help him deal with the pain. While James sees his surrounding like a child – laughing at normal things – he’s wide aware that he doesn’t want to go on with his life. “Because of the pain, and the drugs I take for the pain, and the drugs I take for the side-effects of  the other drugs. (…) Gradually I’ll slip further into thinking solely about pain. And that’s not worth living for.”

“I ate healthily, but there was no snacking, no drinking, no bread, no sugar, no smoking.  Afterwards I had a pork belly roast.” (Benedict Cumberbatch about his role, Source: Glamour) 

“Third Star” is heartbreaking in it’s intense focus on James who is fragile and rude and well aware of all of his surroundings and of the fact that his friends  – brilliant played by JJ Field, Tom Burke and Adam Robertson – will have lives he doesn’t agree with but lives he will never be able to have himself. Benedict Cumberbatch’s James is fragile, childlike in his joy of ordinary things and always holds his public at the edge of tears (and honestly beyond this edge) without being kitschy.

[I wrote the original blog entry in German when the DVD finally was available again.]

You can buy the DVD on Amazon.UK here.

[Update: The film script is now available. You can order it here.]

[Update: The film is available in some countries on We are colony. Extras which are not available in the DVD can also be found there – for ridiculous little money you may support independent films.]

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