Giorgio Serafini – Art Meets Action

Giorgio Serafini is a surprising choice for an action filmmaker and yet someone who has turned heads with a surprising twist of visual flair, clean sharp action and an unusually stylised look and feel. All this within a genre which has often been left to stagnate in formula and predictability. Having cut his teeth on various Italian TV series he made a surprising shift into action and, for many western audiences, first appeared on the radar when he directed the …

A Tribute to Lau Kar Leung (1934-2013)

Some very sad news hit the Martial Arts movie community this week when it was announced that legendary Hong Kong filmmaker, fight coordinator and actor, Lau Kar Leung, passed away following a 20 year battle with lymphatic cancer. His contributions and influence in action cinema cannot be overstated and tributes have poured in from his friends, colleagues and fans all over the world. In his lifetime he amassed an incredible volume of popular work; winning awards and earning several nominations …

Walter Hill: Godfather of Action

Walter Hill has been one of my absolute favourite directors for as long as I can remember. Just revisiting any one of his smart, brooding and nail-biting classics immediately reaffirms why his work stands the test of time and brings rare intelligence and creativity to the action genre. From cult classics to mainstream successes, his films offer a fascinating insight into a nostalgic era of cinema while continually testing and pushing audiences. With the release of Bullet to the Head, …

Mark Strange Interview for Vyomax Nutrition

Interview produced for Vyomax Nutrition‘s website and blog with British action actor and Vyomax sponsored athlete, Mark Strange. Mark answered questions on balancing work and training, nutrition and tips on how to improve and meet personal goals. Mark Strange is an action actor and Vyomax Nutrition ambassador well known to the UK Martial Arts crowd. He has competed internationally, won competitive titles and remains one of the most promising Martial Arts actors on the scene. Having racked up an impressive selection …

East Meets West in Pacific Rim

As seen in it’s predictably epic style, the Japanese flavour laced throughout Guillermo Del Toro’s much anticipated blockbuster, Pacific Rim, is really getting folks talking. Telling the exciting and totally insane story of Kaijus (giant Japanese movie monsters) vs giant robots, and featuring a first rate cast of eclectic stars, the trailer has been raising pulses! In this story; when legions of monstrous Kaiju started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for …

Jesse V. Johnson – A New Force of Action

Director Jesse V. Johnson has been a favourite on the DTV action scene for some time. With a background in stunts on some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters, the man knows action inside out. But it wasn’t until he grabbed attention as a filmmaker – fashioning quality, lower-budget action-packed productions like Pit Fighter, The Last Sentinel, Alien Agent and the hugely impressive gangster story, Charlie Valentine, that audiences and festivals really took notice. In his latest film, The Package (which also earned a limited Theatrical release in …

Screen Fighting Workshop at The Biz Theatre School – March 2013

Following on from a successful screen fighting workshop last year, I taught a new screen fighting workshop at The Biz Theatre School in Surrey. The performing arts students learned about basic strikes and reactions for camera, as well as introducing weapons into the mix. Everyone had fun and the workshop concluded with a Q&A. For enquiries please get in touch through the contact button above

Filming Wrapped on I Am Soldier

I’ve just wrapped filming a supporting role in I Am Soldier. The film stars Tom Hughes (Cemetery Junction), Noel Clarke (Adulthood) and Alex Reid (The Descent) and is written and directed by Ronnie Thompson (Tower Block). A recent press release describes: “it details the story of a young man’s quest to join the ranks of the British special forces unit, the Special Air Service, despite a parachute accident jeopardizing his chances.” More information on the film will be available soon. A …

The Great Cop Drama

The unmistakably raw, atmospheric genre of the cop drama has always been one of my favourites. From hard hitting features though to awesome TV series, when you see a great one there’s no mistaking the quality, attitude and, when it’s done differently, true originality.  End of Watch from director David Ayer marks one of the best genre entries in recent years and unsurprisingly it does all of the above; it’s raw, atmospheric, there’s quality, attitude and it’s original in the delivery. The …

2012: A Great Year For Action

As we sign off 2012 for the last time and look forward to the coming year, I feel it’s important to look back and acknowledge the great year we’ve seen in the movies and specifically the action genre. We were treated to highly anticipated titles like The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, The Expendables 2, Marvel’s The Avengers Assemble, Snow White and The Huntsman, Men in Black 3, The Raid and many more. Obviously some were better than others and everyone has …

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