Hurricane Films love a good story! Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:12:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sometimes Always Never in UK Cinemas 14 June 2019 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 10:59:39 +0000 Ali Coulson D8KeljdUYAALEIl

Much beloved actor Bill Nighy stars in our film Sometimes Always Never, which is out in the UK this Friday (14th June)!

It’s been described in the papers as “Oddball” (The Telegraph), “An Articulate Pleasure” (The Guardian), and “Cherishable” (Financial Times) – why don’t you come along and add your own adjectives to the mix?

You can find the cinema nearest to you at:

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Sometimes Always Never Set for Early 2019 Release Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:19:17 +0000 Ali Coulson TWS_Stills_Rushes_Medres-15Following its World Premiere at London Film Festival this autumn, Hurricane Films’ latest collaboration with writer Frank Cottrell Boyce and director Carl Hunter is now set for an Early 2019 release in the UK.

The film was well received at the Festival, with Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian saying in his 4* Review: “This film is a distinct, articulate pleasure” and calling the film ‘spellbinding’.

‘Sometimes Always Never’ stars Bill Nighy as Alan, a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family.

The cast also includes Sam Riley, Alice Lowe, Tim McInnerny and Jenny Agutter, with music by acclaimed songwriter Edwyn Collins. Further international release dates will be announced in the future.

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Hurricane Films in Brit 50 List Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:14:04 +0000 Ali Coulson 123


Liverpool’s Hurricane Films have been announced one of Screen Daily’s ‘Brit 50’ Film Production companies.

Per?Screen Daily, the list is designed to represent the “independent UK-based production companies actively engaged in originating, developing and producing feature films for both local and international distribution”.

This comes off the back of a successful year for Hurricane Films – Thai Boxing Thriller ‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ opened in the UK and US to critical acclaim; their documentary ‘Unsung Hero: The Jack Jones Story’ had its World Premiere in the Liverpool Philharmonic; and family drama ‘Sometimes Always Never’ took London Film Festival by storm.

Producer Sol Papadopoulos: It’s great to be in such fine company and particularly to be one of the film companies outside London selected for Screen Daily’s Brit Top 50.

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A Prayer Before Dawn set to have its Irish Premiere 3rd March 2018 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:02:54 +0000 Ali Coulson A Prayer Before Dawn is set to have its Irish Premiere on 3rd?March at the Dublin International Film Festival.?The film is based on the autobiography of Billy Moore, a Liverpool boxer incarcerated in a Thai prison. Billy Moore will be attending the Irish Premiere.


Tickets are available to purchase?here.

The film has already played Cannes, London, Rotterdam and Zurich Film Festivals to rave reviews. Producer Sol Papadopoulos, who ran a Q&A at the Rotterdam screening, stated “The audience in Rotterdam really engaged with the immersive nature of this film and Jean Stephane’s brutal honesty in his portrayal of Billy Moore. We look forward to the forthcoming premieres before its release later in the year – next up is Dublin on?March 3rd.”

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A Quiet Passion Features in New York Times Best Movies of 2017 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:32:12 +0000 Ali Coulson Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 16.52.22

At the end of an exceptional year of cinema, we are pleased to announce that A Quiet Passion has been included in not one, but two top 10 lists by critics at the New York Times.

AO Scott called A Quiet Passion ‘a blithely unconventional biopic [which] glides through Dickinson’s life with poetic compression and musical grace”, whilst Manohla Dargis called the film ‘exquisitely directed’.

A Quiet Passion has also featured in the Indiewire 25 best moments of 2017, and the Guardian’s top 50 films of 2017.?

A Quiet Passion is available on DVD/BluRay, and on Netflix in the UK.


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A Day In The Life: Watch Now Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:03:50 +0000 admin


‘A Day In The Life’ is part of Sgt Pepper at 50, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Carl Hunter, the film was produced by Hurricane Films.

The Sgt Pepper at 50 programme was commissioned and produced by the City of Liverpool.

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And The Winners Are… Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:40:19 +0000 Ali Coulson Following on from our recent competition for Sgt. Pepper at 50, we are proud to announce the following filmmakers have been selected to screen at the Woolton Picturehouse before tonight’s premiere of ‘A Day in The Life’…

by James Dunn


‘Bon Voyage, my friends’
by Joe Jones


‘The Ballad of Lonely Hearts’?
by Phil Montgomery & Autumn Harrison


‘Modern Lennon’
by Jack McLoughlin


Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted a film, the quality and creativity of the submissions was outstanding.

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Calling Aspiring Filmmakers – Submit ‘A Day In The Life’ Short for Sgt. Pepper at 50 Wed, 10 May 2017 16:05:56 +0000 Ali Coulson A Day in The Life - Facebook Cover Photo
As part of the?celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary?of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,?Hurricane Films are inviting aspiring filmmakers to submit short films?that depict a day in their life on?June 1st, 2017?- 50 years to the day since the album’s release.
A selection of the submitted films will be shown at the premiere of ?’A Day In The Life – 24 Zero Hours’?a short film written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce?(Millions, 24 Hour Party People, The Railway Man),?directed by Carl Hunter and produced by Hurricane Films -?which has been commissioned as part of Liverpool City Council’s?Sgt. Pepper At 50 project.

The short films (under 5 minutes) can range from professional-standard?productions to being shot and edited on smart phones.?The chosen films will be selected for their imaginative response to the brief,?as much as their technical quality, but should show originality,?have emotional impact or provide an interesting insight into?the day in the life of the film maker.

Online YouTube or Vimeo links of the completed films?should be sent to info (at) 9th, 2017. ?The chosen films will be announced on?June 13th?and the filmmakers invited to the premier on?Friday June 16th.

June 1st?- shoot day
June 9th?- Deadline for submissions
June 13th?- selected films announced
June 16th?- premiere, Woolton cinema
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Hurricane Films in Spring 2017 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:38:33 +0000 Ali Coulson ‘A Quiet Passion’ And ‘My Letter To The World’ Double Bill at Bermuda Film Festival


‘My Letter To The World’, Hurricane Films’ new documentary on Emily Dickinson, is set to have its Worldwide premiere at Bermuda Film Festival 2017, accompanied by the dramatic film of Emily’s life, ‘A Quiet Passion’,?also produced by Hurricane Films. Featuring expert analysis and exclusive interviews, ‘My Letter To The World’?explores Emily’s life, loves and poetry.

‘A Quiet Passion’?(now showing in UK cinemas, US release date 14th April 2017) has received acclaim from audiences and critics alike, with Richard Brody of The New Yorker calling the film “an absolute drop-dead masterwork”.


‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ Set For Cannes Film Festival 2017

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Hurricane Films feature ‘A Prayer Before Dawn’?has been Officially Selected to have its worldwide premiere at Cannes 2017 in a Midnight Screening. Rising star Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders, Green Room) stars as a Liverpool boxer incarcerated in a notorious Thai prison.

The film is based on the autobiography of Billy Moore, with script by Jonathan Hirschbein and Nick Saltrese. Directed by Jean Stephane Sauvaire (‘Johnny Mad Dog’), the film is produced by Hurricane Films, alongside Senorita Films and Indochina Productions. Executive Producers are James Schamus (‘Brokeback Mountain’), Meridian’s Jennifer Dong and Woody Mu, and Peter Watson.

A24 are set to act as North American distributors, ?in the UK Altitude will distribute, with Hanway as sales agents.



Other Projects

As part of the Sgt Pepper 50th Anniversary celebrations that are taking over Liverpool this summer, Hurricane Films have teamed up with Frank Cottrell Boyce and Carl Hunter to make a short film based on the album’s final track, ‘A Day In The Life’. Its world premiere will be 16th June 2017.

Bill Nighy (‘About Time’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’) is set to star in ‘Triple Word Score’, the story of a family torn apart by Scrabble. Directed by Carl Hunter and written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, it will be filmed in North West England later this year.

Other projects on our development slate include ‘Rum Doxy Diver’ by Leigh Campbell and ‘Recovery’ by Nick Saltrese.

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A Winter’s Tale Released Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:12:48 +0000 Ali Coulson Untitled

As part of #ShakespeareLives season, Hurricane Films have worked with the British Council to produce ‘A Winter’s Tale’, a film inspired by ‘The Winter’s Tale’ featuring Joseph Mawle (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Ripper Street’).

The short was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (’24 Hour Party People’, ‘Millions’) and directed by Carl Hunter (‘Grow Your Own’). Filmed and post-produced in Liverpool and shot on location at Crosby Beach, the short features Sir Antony Gormley’s installation ‘Another Place’.

Shakespeare Lives is a programme run by the British Council, celebrating Shakespeare’s works on the 400th?anniversary of his death, exploring how his works are still relevant today.

Director Carl Hunter: “Frank and I wanted to keep in the spirit of the original text. The Winter’s Tale, was Shakespeare’s first ‘special effects’ play – written not for the open air Globe, ?but for the candle-lit Rose theatre, ?where he could experiment with sound and light.? Shakespeare goes out of his way to draw our attention to time’s passing and the way time can often appear to stand still.?The film tries to preserve the optimism and hope of Shakespeare’s late romances.

“I wanted a painterly approach to capturing the scenery and nature is a very good production designer.? The play is also famous for being set on “the sea coast of Bohemia”. Bohemia, of course, has no coast.? It must be “another place”,?to use the title of Gormley’s installation.”

Producer Sol Papadopoulos: “The inspired British Council series of short films #ShakespeareLives has been a wonderful challenge for all the film makers involved and we are particularly thrilled to have been able to bring one of the films to Liverpool to show off the talent behind the camera we have here on Merseyside.”

Much of the creative team behind A Winter’s Tale is set to be involved in Hurricane Films’ next feature film, ‘Triple Word Score’, directed by Carl Hunter with script by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

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