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Bad Reception Movie Reviews

DVDFullWrapCoverTemplateIt’s been over six years now since I took the plunge to go to LA and direct my first movie. Had I known at the time, the heartache and turmoil, the potential law suits and financial impact the film would bring…I still would have done it anyway. Wouldn’t we all?

Dante’s Criterion (later renamed to Bad Reception) was a film born out of mysterious circumstances. Having raised $18,000 to make a film, on the (then) new HD 1080i format, our over confident and under talented writer demanded $46,000 and a WGA contract for his script.

 

Oddly, we decided not to go this route which was, believe it or not, a shock to the ‘writer’. Bet he didn’t see that in his story arc?

So having a budget but no film, I was tasked with the job of writing a horror movie in 6 weeks. Horror is not my genre but 6 weeks later, script 5A was ready to roll.  I won’t delve into the production because it would be a very long posting and if you’ve made a movie you’ve heard it all before. The precis being “Oh woe is me, but we managed it anyway, huraah”

Since then my last wife and I had to endure the joys of delinquent producers, law suits, contract disputes, failed film screenings and numerous distribution let downs in order to get the film out on the market. Shami Media of New York (our distributor) seem like a decent bunch of people and have got the movie out there and getting noticed. Thank you to them. But, after all this time, money and a learning curve that would make Sisyphus weep, what impact has my hollywood movie made? Well, mixed.

sisyphus

In this one I am the next Roger Corman: http://roguecinema.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3015

In this: The actors are meh, but we kill them well: http://www.triskaidekafiles.com/journal/2013/10/21/what-im-watching-bad-reception.html

But all this said, my sanity was saved by a few words of wisdom from a friend who isn’t in ‘the business’. He said he’d seen  Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull recently, he wasn’t impressed with that (and he spotted a few mistakes). So, what chance did my little movie stand against the critics?

He is right, but as a person I consider myself a creative. And as all us ‘creatives’ know, the worst critic in the room is always sitting in my chair.

So roll on the next film project,  lessons learnt, I guarantee it will turn a few critical heads and raise a smile.

MAT

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Independent film – Spike Breakwell’s article features on Disability Horizons

Guvnor Films’ feature film Bad Reception continues to create a stir. After a successful premier in Dunstable, executive producer Spike Breakwell was asked to write a piece about his work on the film.

http://disabilityhorizons.com/2013/01/from-a-stage-in-luton-to-an-la-movie-set/

A full cast and crew listing is on IMDB

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A Good Reception for “Bad Reception” in Dunstable.

Ashley Trevathan and Spike BreakwellThe irony of watching a film about a killer TV on a large screen TV was not lost on the audience at the UK premiere of Bad Reception.

Producer Spike Breakwell, lead actress Ashley Trevathan, and director Mark Alexander Todd looked on as members of the audience watched, rapt, as the scary and sometimes gory story unfolded. Accompanied by the odd scream of surprise, the audience watched the supernatural goings on all the way to the film’s thrilling climax.

When the lights came up, the VIP lounge at the Highwayman rang to the sound of applause. Not known for its film premieres, The Highwayman Hotel took the premiere to heart. Fitting a red carpet on the entrance gave the premiere a real Hollywood feel, and the free hot popcorn added a sense of theatrical fun.

Audience member Nicholas Donnithorne was caught out by Bad Reception’s many scary moments, and later said “Bearing in mind I do not watch horror films, for reasons you soon noticed, I really enjoyed it.”

American actress and star of the film, Ashley Trevathan, said, “It’s been a while since I’ve seen the film, and it’s always awkward to watch myself on screen, but I really enjoyed it.”

While the evening was fun for everyone concerned, there was a serious side to the event. All of the money raised from DVD sales and donations was donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. With the sad loss of Spike’s mentor, Kevin Robinson, in September, “It seemed a good way to remember Kevin and the positive influence he had on my life,” said Breakwell.

Breakwell and Todd have more showings of the film planned for 2013. They are also collaborating on a new project, which is a documentary about ghosts in the West Midlands. Details about all the Guvnor Films projects can be found at: http://www.guvnorfilms.com


Press Release: Bad Reception UK film premiere for charity.

PRESS RELEASE

Dunstable-born writer and stand-up comedian, Spike Breakwell, is to play host to the UK premiere of his first feature film “Bad Reception”.  reakwell, formerly one of Rory Bremner’s writers and star of BBC2’s disability show “From the Edge”, plays Ziggy Fontaine in the award winning horror movie.

The premiere will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support as a tribute to Kevin Robinson, the theatre director and friend of Breakwell who died of cancer in September. “He believed I could act right from the word go”, Breakwell explains. “And I guess, as I’m in a Hollywood movie he was right”.

Filming days in Hollywood are long as Breakwell remembers “We were shooting my scenes on the set in North Hollywood, I was on set, made up and ready to go and it was only eight am”, he says. “My character is supposed to be very bubbly and lively and described in the script as a self-styled “Stephen Hawking of Hollywood” not easy at that time in the morning.”

Director Mark Todd (Guvnor Films) remembers, “Spike knew that the set wasn’t friendly to his disability, but he was a real pro and told the crew jokes as they carried him and his wheelchair up two flights of stairs.”

As well as appearing in the movie, Breakwell took an executive role as a producer on the project. He jokes, “That’s how I got the film company to hold the UK premiere in Dunstable”, he explains. “Mark (Todd) lives in Birmingham. Who wants to spend a night in Solihull?”

The event will be held atThe Highwayman Hotel Saturday 24th November 8pm and as well as Breakwell, director Mark Todd and American lead actress Ashley Trevathan will also be attending. The screening is free to all-comers, but the producers ask for a voluntary donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.  It should be a great night for horror fans and devotees of independent cinema.

Spike Breakwell

Mobile: 07976 289832

Email: spikebreakwell@hotmail.com

Guvnor Films website: http://www.guvnorfilms.com/


Independent Film Bad Reception – The end of the beginning!

This is the movie which started everything. I learned the value of three questions and the reason why you have either made a feature film or you haven’t. In Mi Experience will discuss my experiences and pass on the hard fought lessons along the way.

If you don’t agree with me that’s good, lets swap war stories.

Bad Reception feature film – official trailer.


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