Best debut by a British writer, director or producer

The Girl With All the Gifts – Mike Carey (writer), Camille Gatin (producer) 
The Hard Stop – George Amponsah (writer/director/producer), Dionne Walker (writer/producer)
Notes on Blindness – Peter Middleton (writer/director/producer), James Spinney (writer/director), Jo-Jo Ellison (producer)
The Pass – John Donnelly (writer), Ben A Williams (director)
Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari (writer/director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (producers)

Fingers crossed!

4/4* review for Rachel’s album PENSAMIENTO in All About Jazz !

All of the compositions presented here are originals, her sense of melody and harmony layered upon a complex percussive foundation, portraying a musician of extraordinary caliber. It not only takes talent to accomplish a production like this, it also requires a lot of courage and confidence to pull it off. Rather than blending her jazz inclinations into provincial modes, she became immersed in the music, losing herself, becoming an intricate part of the experience.

James Nadal, All About Jazz. Jan 7th, 2017,  read the full article here


We wish you all Happy Holidays — whatever religion, philosophy or owner’s manual you are following — whatever rocks your boat :

Hopefully you have some time off and spent it with your loved ones.

At the same time we are sending out krypton flashes of hope and empathy around the globe. It’s frightening how tolerance and open mindedness have become ‘uncool’ virtues, it is incomprehensible how Neo-fascim and sexism have become acceptable in our societies (again!) and it is worrisome where all this ignorance and hate towards anyone and anything ‘different from my own bathroom carpet’ is leading to.

In 2017 we will continue producing music for everyone, with everyone, we will enrich our compositions and our playing with elements from all cultures around the world as we always have, and we will embrace the happiness and gratification we will receive from doing so  –  and pass it on to you. Because that is what art is for.

Yours sincerely





Cristo invited for masterclass at FIPA 2017 in Biarritz, FR

Let’s rewind a little, in 2013 Marc Munden’s UTOPIA was rewarded the FIPA D’OR by the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA) in Biarritz, France. FIPA 2017 will focus on Canadian talent and has invited Cristo to hold a masterclass, a bit in the genre as he did at the “Journée de la Culture” last September. More details will follow!

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Dirk Gently on Netflix starting December 11th

Having premiered on BBC America in the States last month, Netflix has now announced that it will be bringing the new adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency to international audiences from December 11th. Here’s the new poster featuring Samuel Barnett as Dirk and Elijah Wood as Todd Brotzman…

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NATIONAL TREASURE Ep1 grabs over 3 mio viewers – praised by critics!

Channel 4’s new drama about a celebrity accused of historical sex crimes has received glowing reviews, with one critic calling it “utterly compelling”.

National Treasure, writes Jasper Rees in the Telegraph, “feels like a hefty landmark drama” that is “audacious, disturbing but above all elusive”.

The Guardian’s critic concurs, calling it “thoughtful, bold and accomplished“.

Daily Mail: National Treasure was telly perfection (Christopher Stevens)

Robbie Coltrane plays Paul Finchley, an ageing comic accused of raping a woman in the 1990s.

The role, writes Kevin Courtney in The Irish Times, is the former Cracker star’s “most daring and challenging in 20 years”.

The drama draws on recent revelations involving well-known personalities, among them Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris and Stuart Hall.

According to The Guardian’s Sam Woolaston, “a dark, Yewtree-shaped shadow hangs over” the programme – a reference to Operation Yewtree, the police investigation launched after Savile’s death in 2011.

Written by Jack Thorne, who co-wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the drama also stars Julie Walters as Finchley’s wife and Andrea Riseborough as his daughter.

The former, writes Digital Spy’s Morgan Jeffery, gives a “captivating” performance and is “every bit Coltrane’s match”.

The result, says Brian Donaldson of Scotland’s The List, was “wonderfully tense and atmospheric“.

An average of three million people tuned in on Tuesday to see the first instalment of the four-part series, according to overnight figures.

The second part will be aired on Channel 4 on 27 September at 21:00 BST.