Making Movies for Twenty Years

Happy New Year to everyone! We can’t believe that twenty years have past since Isle of Man Film (then known as Isle of Man Film Commission ) first dipped its toe in the movie business with The Brylcreem Boys, starring Gabriel Byrne.  It’s been quite a ride!

Here’s to the next twenty years. Your Island, Your Movies..

TAKE DOWN now shooting on the Isle of Man

Breaking news: TAKE DOWN now shooting on the Isle of Man. 

The feature film will star Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl, J. Edgar) Jeremy Sumpter (Into The Storm, Friday Night Lights), Phoebe Tonkin (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals) and rising star Dominic Sherwood (Not Fade Away, BBC’s The Cut).

TAKE DOWN is an action packed thriller that takes place on a remote island.

Story overview:

“A group of reckless sons and daughters of international billionaires are sent to an exclusive, tough-love boot camp to learn basic survival skills in the hope it will teach them to take responsibility for their lives. When they are taken hostage and held for a billion dollar ransom by a group of sophisticated kidnappers, the captives are forced to use their limited wilderness training to survive.”

An outdoor thriller, TAKE DOWN is being shot on many of the Island’s coastal and woodland locations.


Three Projects chosen for the 2014 Mannin Shorts filmmaking scheme

In 2014 the selected Mannin Shorts screenplays to receive funding support from Isle of Man Film are:

  • Battle of Ronaldsway by James Franklin
  • Muck by John Craine
  • Breathless by Shawn Sturnick

These projects were selected by a panel including representatives from the Arts Council and Isle of Man Film, alongside film industry professionals in the field of directing, distribution and art direction.

Panel Pitch Event 2014 from MannIN Shorts on Vimeo.

Isle of Man set strict match-funding criteria; the producers must raise substantial finance support elsewhere in order to qualify. As a result it is intended that the producers will accrue valuable knowledge in packaging and financing projects, along with experience in budgeting and scheduling.

The three projects will be shot during June and July 2014 with an aim to be previewed at the Isle of Man Film Festival in September, before being submitted to international film festivals.

The Christmas Candle lights up local screens

The Christmas Candle, the latest Manx-made film by Isle of Man Film and Pinewood Pictures, has arrived to the Island’s cinemas. The Broadway Cinema at the Villa Gaiety Complex showed a special preview screening on Sunday 8th December, and will be showing more matinee screenings on Sat 14th December and Sunday 15th December. Ring the Villa Marina Box Office for more information on (t) 01624 600555 or visit

Films in Peel will be screening the magical Christmas story for one night only at Peel Centenary Centre on Wednesday 18th December – tickets have now sold out.

The Christmas Candle is a timeless and inspirational story based on the novel by bestselling author, Max Lucado. Starring Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) and Susan Boyle, the film tells the story of a sceptical young priest (played by Hans Matheson) who learns that miracles do exist, during the most astonishing Christmas the town of Gladbury has ever seen. Filmed at Island Studios in Jurby in March of this year, The Christmas Candle has a wonderful supporting cast including Lesley Manville (Maleficent, Midsomer Murders), James Cosmo (Braveheart, The Chronicles of Narnia), and John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and a Funeral).

Isle of Man Film’s Mike Reaney said: “The Christmas Candle will be a seasonal classic. The film has a universal message and a lot of heart which audiences will love, especially during the holiday season.”


Film Festival Winner Goes to Pinewood

Filmmaker Rory Dorling has received a personalised tour of the Pinewood Studios facility in Buckinghamshire. The visit was part of the top prize awarded to Rory at this year’s Isle of Man Film Festival, organised by Mannin Shorts.

Rory Dorling, whose film Paper Journey won prizes for the Non Fiction and Best Overall categories was personally escorted around the state of the art film facilities and TV stages by Pinewood’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager Mark Hamilton.

During the visit Rory was introduced to Ian Tapp (AMPS), Pinewood’s rerecording mixer and BAFTA and Academy Award winner for Slumdog Millionaire. Ian demonstrated to Rory Dolby® Atmos™, a revolutionary new audio technology, at Pinewood’s Powell Theatre. This was followed by a visit to the 007 Stage, Europe’s biggest soundstage at 60,000 square feet to see crew rigging the set builds for Cinderella, Disney’s first-ever live action feature directed by Academy Award®-nominee Kenneth Branagh. Finally Rory visited the Underwater Stage, Europe’s first studio-based underwater filming stage and which was used for some of the incredible underwater shots in mega-blockbuster Skyfall starring Daniel Craig. Rory said about his visit:

“To have the opportunity to see the world’s best studio in action was incredible. To see some of the amazing facilities was inspiring and re-iterates my desire to make it in this competitive industry.”

Mike Reaney, Isle of Man Film said: “Rory has consistently demonstrated his talent and determination for filmmaking, having twice won the Young Filmmaker of Mann award previously and with the awards at this year’s Isle of Man Film Festival. Rory is destined for a major career in the industry, so to be able to visit the UK’s leading studios close-up is invaluable experience for him. We thank Pinewood Group for organising this very special opportunity and Mannin Shorts for running the festival competition.”


Free screenings for schools at the Broadway Cinema as part of the National Youth Film Festival 2013

Two screenings, free to schoolchildren classes and their teachers, are to be held at the Broadway Cinema Douglas on Tuesday October 22nd 2013 as part of the National Youth Film Festival (NYFF). They are:

THE GRUFFALO (Cert:U) Shown at 10:00 hrs, and;

FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (Cert:U) Shown at 13:00 hrs

Both screenings are held as part of the National Youth Film Festival (NYFF) 2013 which takes place across Britain during October. Sponsored by the British Film Institute and Film Nation, a UK based charity, the National Youth Film Festival aims to:

• Encourage and develop young audiences for cinema

• Provide young people with new and exciting opportunities to watch, understand and make film

• Give young people a strong voice and involve them in the process

• Celebrate young people’s film making and engagement

• Have a long-term impact of increasing paid-for admissions

• Build respect for intellectual property (IP), explore IP issues and communicate IP messages

• Grow film skills amongst young people and adults

Mike Reaney, Isle of Man Film said:

“Film is an integral part of Manx culture, and a very important part of our economy so we need to engage our young people as early as possible. Isle of Man Film are proud to support film education initiatives for our schools.” Teachers should reserve seats as soon as possible at The reservation system is open now and spaces are limited.


Filmclub on the set of The Christmas Candle

Local high school student Michael Smedhurst visited a film studio on the Isle of Man in March 2013 during the filming of The Christmas Candle, where he interviewed the stars of the film and toured the set. Michael got his opportunity as a member of Filmclub, which operates across most schools in the Isle of Man. See his report video here: