Frame Dance Film Festival
9th – 12th JUNE 2016
PRESENTED BY BALLETBOYZ IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE DANCESCREEN COMPETITION 2016
EADWEARD TO OPEN FRAME FILM FESTIVAL IN THE BIRTHPLACE OF MUYBRIDGE
Eadweard, the psychological drama about pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge is set to open London’s Frame Dance Film Festival on Thursday 9th June at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, the town where he was born. Michael Eklund (Watchmen, The Call, TV’s Bates Motel) plays the famous photographer focussing on the notorious events that led him to murder his wife’s lover. The film marks the directorial debut of Kyle Rideout, it also stars Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) as Flora, Muybridge’s wife, with Christopher Heyerdahl (TV’s True Blood and Gotham, Hell On Wheels), Charlie Carrick (TV’s The Borgias) and Torrance Combs (TV’s Reign, The Tudors).
Director Kyle Rideout said ‘We couldn’t believe Eadweard’s story had never been told on film, his influence spreads to all art forms and we wanted the world to know who he was. It has long been a dream to find the perfect spot to present this film to Kingston, Eadweard’s birthplace. The film has travelled the world playing major festivals such as Beijing, Edinburgh, Stratford Canada, Munich and Oaxaca but I can’t imagine a more important place to share the film with.’
Evocatively shot, Eadweard captures the mood of the late 19th century as well as recreating some of his acclaimed photography. Rideout and screenwriter/producer Josh Epstein had previously acted together on a stage show about Muybridge. They optioned the play called Studies in Motion – the Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge by Electric Company Theatre.
BalletBoyz Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, Artistic Directors for the Festival said ‘We are thrilled holding the inaugural Frame Festival on BalletBoyz’ own turf in Kingston. The Festival has been designed to include events for everyone, from opportunities for creative talent in the arts, dance and film worlds to events for the wider public to enjoy the best that dance and dance film offer. This year’s opening night film looks at the later days of world-famous Eadweard Muybridge, a progenitor of movement on screen, which seems an incredibly apt start to a brand new dance film festival.’
FRAME is set to screen a selection of new and classic feature films that celebrate dance and movement, including a tribute to Gene Kelly. The festival has also teamed up with the bi-annual dance film competition, dancescreen. Cutting edge new films will be programmed alongside established favourites appealing both to film, TV and media industries, dance enthusiasts as well as those who enjoy watching dance. Additionally, there are industry panel discussions, workshops and seminars aimed as much at the practitioners and newcomers as the broadcasters, exhibitors and programmers. All events will provide an opportunity for those who enjoy the arts and those who want to promote them further, to experience the wealth of film talent that exists in dance.
FRAME: The London Dance Film Festival runs 9 to 12 June 2016. The full programme is set to be announced in May.
Watch the Eadweard trailer here.