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admin   Mar 11, 2015

As you may have noticed already when you’ve read any of the posts down below, we have a fresh new look!

The design is a premade by SaraEO Design and was edited by me. I hope you like the choice of colours :)

Feel free to email us (see contact) in case you spy any errors, bugs or broken links.

admin   Mar 27, 2015   Comment


Friday 6 March, post-show
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Conversation with playwright Zinnie Harris about ‘How To Hold Your Breath’, led by Royal Court Artistic Director, Vicky Featherstone. With actors Maxine Peake, Michael Schaeffer, Christine Bottomley, Danusia Samal and Neil D’Souza.

admin   Mar 25, 2015   Comment

Maxine narrated a BBC One documentary called ‘Call Security‘ last night. You can (re-)watch it by following this link.

Cuts to public spending mean there are far fewer police on the streets than before, and the public’s obsession with security is on the rise. Over 7000 private security firms in the UK are stepping in to fill the gap – and business is booming. People are terrified by threats – some real, some imagined – and are willing to pay big bucks for everything from bodyguards to cutting-edge security equipment. Using a mix of CCTV footage, point-of-view narratives from security personnel and moving testimonies from victims, Call Security gets to grips with one of modern society’s fastest-growing industries.

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admin   Mar 24, 2015   Comment

Maxine’s latest film ‘The Falling‘, which will be released nationwide on 24 April, will be shown as part of the Dublin Film Festival next Saturday. You can book tickets for it here.

Carol Morley is best known for her documentaries Dreams of a Life and The Alcohol Years; her second narrative feature (after Edge) is a dark, twisted and thoughtful coming-of-ager set at a British girls’ school in the late 1960s, partly inspired by a recent case of psychogenic illness, or mass hysteria, in the US.

Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and newcomer Florence Pugh star as two teenage friends, Lydia and Abbie. When an unexpected tragedy occurs, Lydia begins twitching and fainting at school. Her malady infects fellow pupils and teachers but stern headmistress, Miss Alvaro (Monica Dolan), thinks it’s all down to their overactive imaginations.

Mixing supernatural elements with drama, choreographed dance with original music, The Falling is its own beast yet has hints of Heavenly Creatures, The Craft and even The Woods. Terrible secrets hide in the grounds of this school and the deterioration of Lydia’s mental state is strikingly rendered by cinematographer Agnès Godard (Beau Travail).

Katherine McLaughlin The List

With special guest Carol Morley

Please note that the festival is over 18s only

Thanks Emma for emailing us about it!

admin   Mar 21, 2015   Comment

EDIT: Here are 3 more photos:



Take a look at the pictures below which were taken before and during Maxine’s great interview with Graham Norton.

The recorded broadcast will be online soon so if you missed it there’ll be a copy to listen to later.

Gallery Link:
Interviews > 2015 > 21st March | BBC Radio 2 Graham Norton

sources: #1, #2, #3, #4

admin   Mar 21, 2015   Comment

The Moonlandingz EP is out digitally in the UK/Europe today..
Get it here(and other online shops)

https://itun.es/gb/HEk05

The MOONLANDINGZ EP will also come on 12″ vinyl as part of The ERC’s ‘double’ concept album ‘Johnny Rocket, narcissist & music machine….Im Your biggest fan!!’ Which is about a woman(narrated by Maxine Peake) stalking the lead singer of the Moonlandingz.

Released on Fat Whites family’s Without Consent Records on May the 18th(across Europe).

An expanded 10″ vinyl version of The Moonlandingz EP will get a release in America via Sean Lennon’s Chimera Music label in the early summer too.

Exciting times.

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The Eccentronic Research Council. Practical Electronics Duo behind ouija concept records with actress Maxine Peake & The MOONLANDINGZ with The Fat White Family.

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admin   Mar 21, 2015   Comment

In the mid-1960s, Joan, not long married to comic actor John Le Mesurier, meets and is mutually attracted to comedian Tony Hancock, married to the long-suffering Freddie. Hancock’s most successful period is in the past and he has become depressive and alcoholic, recently emerging from a stay in a rehab centre. Joan tells him that if he can remain sober for a year she will leave John for him. Hancock goes to Australia to film a comedy series there but it does not work out and he commits suicide. Joan stays with John until his death in the 1980s.

Haven’t seen it yet? Watch it here! It’s a good film.

Here’s some promotional artwork:



Gallery Link:
Films > Hancock & Joan (2008) > Promos & Stills

admin   Mar 20, 2015   Comment



Late last year Maxine Peake starred as Hamlet, Shakespeare’s tortured prince, in a production staged at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. Peter Bradshaw explains why the filmed version of the stage show, which showcases Peake’s brutal, angry performance, is worth your time this week

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admin   Mar 20, 2015   Comment

Cross-dressing as the prince of Denmark is no gimmick: it brings a fresh edge of alienation and anger to the role

The Manchester Royal Exchange production of Hamlet with Maxine Peake cross-dressing in the lead has been produced for the cinema. It’s a terrifically fast, fluent, attacking production and Peake’s Hamlet is like a page-boy gone bad, relying on mates for a supply of drugs, sporting a aggressive short haircut that comes from prep school or the army: blond, but unlike the Byronic crop of Olivier’s Hamlet. Her casting isn’t a gimmick. Peake looks like a stowaway, or a French resistance fighter in disguise: her femaleness gives a new edge of differentness and alienation and anger, although turning Polonius into “Polonia” was a bit self-conscious and didn’t illuminate the text much. This is a truculent and lairy Hamlet; Peake really lets rip with Hamlet’s bipolar delirium, and the production intelligently preserves the eternal mystery around the relationship of the usurper Claudius (John Shrapnel) and Gertrude (Barbara Marten): does the Queen actually know that Claudius killed her first husband? Or does she think their shame merely consists in a sudden, insensitive and unseemly remarriage? Interestingly, Maxine Peake’s delivery of the “To be or not to be” speech (while covered in blood) brought home a great truth for me: it is not simply an abstract discourse, but an agonised self-harming rant, triggered specifically by his grotesque accidental homicide of Ophelia’s foolish parent. And Katie West is really excellent as Ophelia: intelligent, wounded and passionate.

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admin   Mar 20, 2015   Comment

Deconstructed: Scene 18 from How to Hold Your Breath
Vicky Featherstone, Zinnie Harris and Maxine Peake break down the scene

Scene 18 from How to Hold Your Breath
Dana is on her last legs. She is giving in and calls to the devil to come and watch

Thanks once again to my friend Rich who made those videos available to us :)

admin   Mar 19, 2015   Comment

With actors Michael Urie, Maxine Peake and Meera Syal, plus Maria McErlane has more Grill Grahams.

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