Category Archives: Isle of Man Films

Feature Films and TV Projects made on the Isle of Man

CinemaNX choose Entertainment One as TT3D Distributor

Entertainment One are pleased to announce the signing of a new deal with CinemaNX, for the Home Entertainment release of TT3D: Closer to the Edge. The film has enjoyed a hugely successful theatrical run and now ranks as one of the top 10 performing documentaries at the UK Box Office.

CinemaNX Chairman Steve Christian said: ‘We know that Entertainment One will do the best job of getting TT3D to its audience. The film’s incredible theatrical performance has set it up to be a brilliant home entertainment release. The DVD and BLU-RAY discs are going to be something really special that every film (and bike) fan will want to own. We’ll have some astonishing additional material on there. I have full confidence that their team will deliver this title with the enthusiasm and dedication that we put into releasing it in UK cinemas.”

Entertainment One’s UK Director for Home Entertainment, Jon Bourdillon, said: “We’re thrilled to be releasing such an exciting film, one of the most successful within its genre of all time. We welcome this opportunity to work with an innovative company like CinemaNX.”

Department of Economic Development Minister, Hon Allan Bell MHK, said: “We are delighted that Entertainment One are working with us on the home entertainment release of TT3D. They are a leading international company specialising in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content, with a comprehensive global network that extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. I am certain the film will enjoy the same phenomenal success on DVD and BLU-RAY as it has at the box office. ”

The DVD and BLU-RAY will be released Autumn 2011.


CinemaNX’s TT3D: Closer To The Edge is highest grossing documentary opener since Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11

TT3D: Closer To The Edge has smashed box office records to become the UK’s highest weekend box office documentary opener since Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, grossing £312,998 over its opening weekend. Financed, produced and distributed by CinemaNX, the film follows key riders as they embark on the thrilling 2010 TT race on the Island, and explores what motivates these men and women to do what they do – to feel truly alive.

Word-of-mouth seems to be a big factor, and daily box office is steadily growing – Tuesday’s box office was the highest daily figure since the start of the bank holiday weekend. Supported by the UK Film Council, the exit polls from last week show a groundbreaking 96% top level favourable rating for the film from audience members.

CinemaNX chairman Steve Christian says, “This is a really good result that we’re all proud of at NX and Isle of Man Film. A smart distribution campaign carefully targeting both the core audience and a wider documentary-loving demographic is working. From our online Facebook and iPad/iPhone game which had over 3 million interactions and boosted early awareness, to careful guerrilla marketing to pretty much anyone who has ever had anything to do with a motorbike, we’ve managed to get the attention of cinemagoers and get them into cinemas on the hottest weekend of the year so far.”

The film was screened on 70 screens across the UK during its opening week. That number will almost double from Friday, bringing the total number of screens showing TT3D Closer to the Edge to 135.


Isle of Man Gets Red Carpet Treatment With TT3D Premiere

The Isle of Man is getting the red carpet treatment with the London premiere of the film TT3D Closer to the Edge, produced by Manx based film company CinemaNX.

The UK premiere will take place on 14th April at the Vue Cinema, Westfield, site of Europe’s leading shopping centre. The Westfield also has the UK’s leading 3D screen, the new ‘3D Xtreme’. Legendary commentator Murray Walker will host the VIP event, which will see celebrities rubbing shoulders with the leading TT riders including Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, Michael Dunlop and local racer Conor Cummins. Many of the leading figures in the film, business and motorcycle industry have also been invited. Murray, who has already seen the film at an earlier press preview commented: “Closer to the Edge captures the history, the drama, the humour and most of all, the humanity of this unique event. Watching this film, for me, was a very moving and humbling experience.”

The event will also feature a ride out by around 250 bike riders, who will be setting off from iconic biking meeting venue ‘The Ace Café’ in North London to the Westfield. The prestigious Getty Collection of TT images will be on display for two weeks at the Westfield Centre and the Senior and Junior TT trophies will also be travelling to London under the watchful eye of G4S for the Film’s Premiere night.

The Belfast Film Festival on the 13th April will also be premiering TT3D Closer to the Edge with TT riders such as Ryan Farquhar, Michael and William Dunlop and many of the Irish based teams attending. The film, which is narrated by Hollywood star Jared Leto, has already received a number of glowing reports and previews from journalists who have attended press screenings. MCN’s Gary Pinchin believes that “the film is an honest representation of what the TT is all about… it pulls no punches, it’s a story about the enduring strength of the human spirit and the will to win”, while respected Times journalist and author Rick Broadbent commented: ‘the last great race is celebrated in a documentary that brilliantly realises the attraction’. Film titles Empire and Total Film have both given four-star reviews. The film is supported with a major poster campaign in city centres including London Underground advertising and will also be heavily promoted in press and through media partnerships with the London Evening Standard and Motorcycle News.

Steve Christian, Producer of Closer to the Edge, commented: “We are delighted with the early reviews of the film that bode well for the documentary’s success. We believe that the film is an excellent showcase for both the Isle of Man and the TT Races and will significantly raise the profile of both worldwide.” The film will also be premiered on the Isle of Man on the 18th April as part of the launch of TT2011 and will be shown nightly from 9.15pm at the Villa Broadway from the 22nd April to the 5th May, the same date that it goes on general release in the UK.


CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film announce next production Ashes

CinemaNX, the film financing and production company backed by the Isle of Man Government, has announced a March 21st start of principal photography on its next feature film. Co-financed by Merzbau and the band Coldplay and produced by Fiesta Productions, the film is a contemporary film noir written by Paul Viragh and Mat Whitecross, which will shoot on location around the Isle of Man. The award-winning director, Mat Whitecross’s previous credits includeSex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, with Andy Serkis as Ian Dury and the documentaries Moving to Mars, The Shock Doctrine and The Road to Guantanamo, the last two of which he co-directed with Michael Winterbottom.

Clare Christian MLC, DED member with responsibility for Film & Media says, “We are very happy to welcome Ashes to the Island, particularly at this time of year when the holiday traffic has yet to materialise. The exceptionally talented cast and crew will be filming at various locations around the Island for four weeks which will get our 2011 production schedule off to an excellent start.”

Ray Winstone’s film credits include Cold Mountain, King Arthur, The Proposition, The Departed, Beowulf, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Edge of Darkness. He has won a number of awards in particular for his performance in both Nil By Mouth and Sexy Beast. Jim Sturgess’s credits include Across The Universe, 21, The Other Boleyn Girl, Fifty Dead Men Walking, The Way Back, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and NX’sHeartless. He has just wrapped on One Day, based on the best-selling novel by David Nicholls co-starring Anne Hathaway. Award winning actress Lesley Manville’s credits include Another Year (2011 Bafta nomination), Vera Drake, All or Nothing, Topsy-Turvy, High Hopes and Cranford (TV). Jodie Whittaker (Attack the Block, Venus, Perrier’s Bounty) and Luke Evans (Tamara Drewe, Clash of the Titans, Robin Hood and the forthcoming The Raven, Immortals and The Three Musketeers) will also star.

The film is being produced by Esther Douglas and Fiona Neilson of Fiesta Productions. Executive producers are Steve Christian and Marc Samuelson of CinemaNX, Phillip Keir of Merzbau and Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin of Coldplay. The script has been developed with the assistance of Northern Film and Media, UKFC VISION and MEDIA programme.


TT3D: Closer to the Edge to be released in UK Cinemas in 3D on 22nd April 2011

CinemaNX announce that actor and lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jared Leto will narrate upcoming feature film TT3D: Closer to the Edge. The film will be released in cinemas nationwide in 3D on 22 April 2011.

Having seen an early cut of the film Jared Leto said, “I’m proud to be a part of this groundbreaking film that celebrates this famous event and the legendary spirit of the men and women who push themselves beyond the limit to places few could even imagine.”

Minister for the Department of Economic Development, Allan Bell, MHK says, “After many, many months in development and production, we are truly delighted to finally get this unique and thrilling documentary film finished and ready for release to audiences around the world. There will undoubtedly be huge interest in the film and we feel sure that it will enhance future TT events and will increase visitor numbers to TT meetings in the years to come. The film is a credit to everyone who helped in its creation. The Isle of Man premiere of the film is currently being organised and it is anticipated that the film will screen in Douglas throughout this year’s TT fortnight.”

CinemaNX Chairman and Producer of Closer to the Edge, Steve Christian said, “it is really very satisfying to hear everybody’s very positive reaction to the film. Jared’s reaction echoes perfectly the response we have had so far. To hear people talk about our film as humbling and life affirming is incredible. Jared’s admiration for the characters in our film is clear and he will add to what I hope will be a great viewing experience.”

TT3D: Closer to the Edge is a film about the TT, the world-famous motorcycle race that takes place on the Isle of Man every year. Racing along public roads on bikes just inches apart – with speeds hitting 200mph – drama, tension and tragedy all combine to thrill the audience and tell a very moving human story. Every rider knows that each race might be his or her last. Riders pit their skills against each other with a determination to win and push themselves beyond their limits in their bid to become “King of the Mountain”.

The film follows the leading riders in the 2010 race – modern day gladiators who live and breathe road racing – and meet some of its biggest stars: in particular Guy Martin and Ian Hutchinson. Martin is a lovable rogue with a unique point of view on life who doesn’t play by the rules. A true maverick, he’s regarded as the “People’s Champion” and his off -road antics continually exasperate his sponsor and race officials. His determination to win his first race pushes him to the limit. Hutchinson, on the other hand is dedicated, focused and works hard to stay at the top.

A story about freedom of choice and the strength of human spirit; it’s also an examination of what motivates those rare few, this elite band of brothers who risk everything to win. Filmed in stunning 3D, Closer to the Edge is a story of about what it means to be truly alive.

The film also features music from Thirty Seconds To Mars, including hit song Closer To The Edge.

TT3D: CLOSER TO THE EDGE is directed by Richard de Aragues, produced by Steve Christian and Marc Samuelson and was shot and will be released in 3D.


Chico and Rita wins Best Animation at Spain’s top Film Awards Ceremony

Last night saw the ceremony of the 2011 Goya Awards, awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain. Chico Y Rita, made in the Spanish language by Isle of Man Film, CinemaNX, Magic Light Pictures and Estudio Mariscal won the award for Best Animation. This year’s overall winner, Pa negre secured Villaronga Agustí a total of 9 awards.


Chico & Rita (Cert 15) screening at Broadway Cinema

Don’t miss this opportunity to see our beautiful animated love story on the big screen before Oscars night. And if you’ve already seen it, here’s a chance to enjoy it again!

Story – Cuba 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.

Screening times 17:00: Sat 4th & Sun 5th Feb Booking information Broadway Cinema Tickets: Adult £7 Children £5 (Under 16) Certificate: 15 Running Time: 1hr 34 minutes