Ryan Hendrick: Sundown is a film that celebrates the Scottish Highlands, it feels incredibly fitting

Scotland’s creative industries festival, XpoNorth is showcasing films on 27th and 28th June, showcasing the work of filmmakers from the Highlands and Islands and beyond. Over fifty films will screen during the two-day event in The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court in Inverness, one of which is Sundown, by multi-award winning and BAFTA Nominated film director and actor, Ryan Hendrick.
Ryan spoke with The Fountain about working under several guises on film sets, a feature he has been hoping to release and bringing Sundown to XpoNorth.

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Films at Hidden Door Festival Rating 65%

Films at Hidden Door Festival

One of the disappointments of Hidden Door is that, unless you take a week’s holiday, you’ll be left wishing you’d seen more. This Festival has gone from pop-up to fully-fledged, this year spreading its wings into a second venue. I was particularly looking forward to seeing a selection from the film programme, being screened in the iconic, but dilapidated State Cinema.

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Review: Deadpool 2 Rating 16%

Review: Deadpool 2

Having shrugged my way through the first Deadpool film I wasn’t exactly desperate to see the follow up. Deadpool for me is just a sweary version of Chandler from Friends. Having hit cinemas so quickly after Infinity War it was strange to see Josh Brolin in another key role, this time playing Cable, another impossible-to-kill character with a time-changing device.

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Review: On Chesil Beach Rating 71%

Review: On Chesil Beach

Question: should you read the book before going to see the film of the book? In the case of an author as popular as Ian McEwan, the chances are that you’ve read it already. When his novella, On Chesil Beach came out in 2007, I read it straightaway. I couldn’t help re-reading it when I heard about the film, and that was my mistake, perhaps.

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Review: Divas, Despots and Dancing – Assunta Spina with Live Score Rating 77%

Review: Divas, Despots and Dancing – Assunta Spina with Live Score

Programmed as part of this year’s Glasgow Film Festival but postpones due to the epic snow feature in the country, A Kind of Seeing’s event, Divas, Despots and Dancing, which included a screening of silent Italian film, Assunta Spina, accompanied by a live scoring by The Badwills, was scheduled for May. Disappointing as this was, with the change in venue (it was originally to be in St Andrews in the Square) and the lack therefore of dancing (the GFT cinema screen rooms are not really catered for that kind of event) it was still an enriching experience and idea viewing for a Wednesday night, an Italian drama with an evocative, cinematic piece performed live.

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Review: Avengers, Infinity War Rating 85%

Review: Avengers, Infinity War

The Avengers find themselves reconciling and teaming up with the Guardians Of The Galaxy to stop galactic über-baddie Thanos (Josh Brolin) from assembling The Infinity Stones, elemental crystals from the dawn of the The Big Bang. The collective strength of these stones would give Thanos the power he needs to enact his lifelong wish: to eradicate half of all life in the universe.

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Review: Custody Rating 82%

Review: Custody

For some reason I’ve found myself watching several films recently at the Filmhouse about dysfunctional families. At one end of the scale was Ladybird, a light-hearted take on a mother finding it hard to ‘let go’ of her near-adult daughter. At the opposite end was Loveless, a bleak portrayal of parents literally pushing their child away from them with their bitter wrangling.

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Review: Scream For Me Sarajevo Rating 85%

Review: Scream For Me Sarajevo

Scream for Me Sarajevo is a documentary regarding Bruce Dickinson’s (of Iron Maiden fame) attempts to make it through war torn Bosnia to put on a heavy metal gig in the under siege city of Sarajevo. It is Bosnian directors Tarik Hodzic’s first feature length film and it offers a different slant on longest siege of a capital city in modern times. It eschews politics and, for the most part, even backstory and instead concentrates on what life was like for the city’s residents in the run up to the concert

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Review: Ready Player One Rating 65%

Review: Ready Player One

Ernest Cline’s pop culture love letter/empty geek pandering is brought from book to screen by the man who, if Peter Biskind is to be believed, probably started the plasticity of modern cinema and culture in general: Steven Spielberg.

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Review: You Were Never Really Here Rating 89%

Review: You Were Never Really Here

To say I’ve seen Lynne Ramsay’s entire oeuvre is no great claim: she’s not the most prolific film-maker. Her early short films led to her poignant debut feature, Ratcatcher, which should have placed her as one of Scotland’s foremost emerging (female) directors. But it hasn’t been an easy path. You may ask why I put the word ‘female’ in parenthesis in the previous sentence… a point I will elaborate on, if not perhaps for the obvious reason.

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