Sympathy for the Devil Inside

“There’s three sides to every story, my side, your side and the truth.”

America, 6th October 1996, at the Skateboarding World Championship the top 2 competitors are Tony Hawk and Tas Pappas. On Tas’s last run he had sustained what would later be diagnosed as a broken rib and was praying that he wouldn’t have to skate again. It came down to a run off between the 2. With Tas’s younger brother already placing in the competition it was up to the elder sibling to put the Pappas brothers on top. He was hurting but he wanted to win, wanted more than anything to beat Tony Hawk, he wanted to be known as the guy “who went ballistic”. And he did, he skated like he didn’t care if he busted the rest of his ribs, and Tas won. This would mark the height of the Pappas brothers’ fortune, the 11 years following were consumed with partying, drugs, prison, and murder.

Mayhem team at DocFest 2014

Mayhem team at DocFest 2014

Sheffield, June 2014 and Tas and film making team of George Pank and Eddie Martin are at DocFest to promote “All This Mayhem” a documentary that charts the rise and fall of Tas and Ben Pappas. 4 years in the making, Tas finally has the opportunity to tell his side of the story. Continue reading

Speed Sisters

This documentary invites you into a world you might not have known existed. Marah, Betty, Noor and Mona are members of an all-woman speed racing team, the first in the Arabic world. Team manager Maysoon is based with them in Palestine and we get to see not only the exciting world of racing but the realities of life under occupation.

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Stutterer (short film)

Having already picked up a slew of awards and now selected for the Oscar shortlist (see the others nominated below), Stutterer is a film about a young man with a speech impediment looking for love. Ironically Greenwood works as a typographer and loves words, he just can’t seem to get them out when he needs them. With a generous budget (for a short) of 5k the film stars Matthew Needham in the main role and has very high production values.

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American Horror Story: Freak Show

The first episode of the first series of American Horror Story made me so scared I had to turn it off and wait for my then boyfriend to get home to watch it with me. S1 was full of excellent scares but ended with a whisper instead of a bang; I don’t think the series has ever quite reached the same heights but it does throw up some interesting settings but alas this show now in its 5th season has always been a bit hit and miss in this way; some episodes are better than others and some series are better than others. Rather worryingly with AHS: Freak Show it is at its worst – the law of diminishing returns is in full swing.

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Hollywood Banker

Frans Afman was a respectable banker from the Netherlands who he saw an opportunity to fulfil a dream of working in films; by financing them. Not a well-known figure outside of the industry he was responsible for funding over 900 films; many of them Oscar winners such as Dances with Wolves and Platoon and popular blockbusters like Superman, Terminator and Total Recall.

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