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Pure Magic Films presents - GAMERZ<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />It's Pure Magic by the way… CULT SCOTTISH FILM FINALLY HITS THE BIG SCREEN GAMERZ is a full-length feature film from Scotland – a comedy love triangle with a strong twist of fantasy. GamerZ is opening with its cinematic release on Friday 22nd February at Cineworld cinemas in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hero is Ralph (Ross Finbow), a young nerd from a bad neighborhood who’s on his way to university for the first time. Ralph is completely downtrodden in life, but he escapes from a cruel reality that he can’t control by creating insanely detailed fantasy game worlds, where he is firmly in charge, as “Game Keeper”.
When Ralph arrives at university he immediately takes over the fantasy role-playing society in a ruthless coup. His new players include neurotic risk management student Davy (Johnny Austin) metal-head theology student Hank (Ross Sutherland) and, most importantly, the beautiful Marlyn (Danielle Stewart), a crazy Goth chick who believes she is an elf. She’s the ultimate object of geek lust, and Ralph falls for her hard.
But there’s a fly in the ointment: Ralph’s old enemy from the hood, minor dope dealer Lennie (James Young) who has undergone a near-religious conversion to all things fantastical having watched a LORD OF THE RINGS triple bill while on acid. Now he’s desperate to take part in Ralph’s game. Under pain of violence Ralph agrees to let him play, but soon regrets it, when he notices a spark between Lennie and Marlyn. The seeds of a bitter love triangle are sown, and the story soon snowballs towards an inexorable apocalyptic explosion of freakish, geekish angst! Following its successful DVD release in the US, a cult online following, and screenings at film festivals around the world - twice being nominated for the prestigious, European Fantasy Film Award, The Méliès D'Argent – GAMERZ is coming home! A romantic comedy from first time writer/director Robbie Fraser & producer/cinematographer Paul Gavin and a talented and refreshing new Scottish cast, GAMERZ has been heralded as "the funniest Scottish film since the heyday of Bill Forsyth" (Paul Greenwood, The Skinny Magazine, February 2008). GAMERZ stars newcomers Ross Finbow, Danielle Stewart, James Young, Johnny Austin and Ross Sutherland, as well as established UK talent, Eileen McCallum, former Sex Pistols front man Edward Tudor-Pole and offbeat comic Arnold Brown. The film also features original music by Edinburgh/Scottish band Aberfeldy and Scottish composer Iain Cook. GAMERZ is financed by Scottish Screen, STV and the National Lotteries, represented by sales agents Jinga Films, and distributed in the UK by Guerilla Films.
Guerilla Films will release GAMERZ on DVD in spring 2008 and is handling TV sales in the UK and Ireland.In America GAMERZ is released on DVD through Terra Entertainment via major outlets including Blockbuster, NetFlix, Amazon, MTV and Best Buy. It has sold out its first run and the distributor is preparing a re-release in Spring 2008. GAMERZ is released in the UK on Friday 22nd February 2008 at Cineworld Cinemas in Edinburgh and Glasgow. See: http://www.puremagicfilms.com/GAMERZ/GAMERZ.html For press information, please contact: Siobhan Reardon - Pure Magic Films on 07855 196422. Glasgow Herald, Article 10th Feb 08.
OCTOBER 2006 - Andy Gately of the Austin Underground Film Festival saw GAMERZ, dug it, and shares his thoughts:'The film marks an auspicious debut for director Robbie Fraser, who renders the universality of the gaming subculture's escapism and drama supremely enjoyable. All the actors turn in solid performances, and Ross Finbow is a charm in the lead role... Toss in some beautiful Bakshi-esque "shadowplay" animated sequences, and a soundtrack that includes theremin metal, and what's not to love?'FULL REVIEW: http://www.austinundergroundfilm.com/index2.htm AIN'T IT COOL NEWS GIVES GAMERZ SEVERAL THUMBS UP!!!SEPTEMBER 2006 - Following our screenings at Fantastic Fest in Austin, GAMERZ has received a number of highly positive reviews from the staff at the number one genre film site on the planet, Ain't It Cool News!'GAMERZ GEEK NIRVANA' by Harry Knowles:'Robbie Fraser really knocked this out of the park. It's a low budget film that stretches it without showing stretch-marks. The visual FX for the shadowplay world of the game seem to reflect the waking dream of the pencil-sketched wanderings that one goes on while playing role-playing dice games. For anyone that's taken a hit and had an asshole dungeonmaster... this film will be hilarity. BTW - Danielle Stewart as Marlyn - the quasi-goth/elf chick was INCREDIBLY geekilicious! Especially with the elf ears on. Rowr!'FULL REVIEW: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/30153 From Darla Hood's Ain't It Cool News review:'This film is fun, fun, fun. And it's completely accessible to everyone, even non-gamers... The cast is a perfect fit for each of the characters and are each basically unknowns in Scotland. I'm impressed that the producers were able to find such ideal people from unknown young actors AND be able to get the film made AND to be able to make such a perfect gaming film with them. It's wonderful... It's a good ol' feel good movie on a topic that doesn't get used enough in films. Keep your eyes open for this one... You won't be disappointed.' FULL REVIEW: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/30166Massawyrm's Ain't It Cool News review:'This was the one that screamed out to be seen. And it didn’t disappoint... GAMERZ does a great job of being funny, without throwing gobs of geek specific jokes and jargon at the audience to alienate them... A good-hearted and well-constructed indie, this is a film that any RPG fan cannot miss and one that those who wouldn’t know a d4 from a d12 (here’s a hint, one of them is almost useless in 3.5) can just as easily fall in love with... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED'FULL REVIEW: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/30155 Augustus Gloop's Ain't It Cool News review:'I have less gaming experience than many of my friends, but I've enough to know this was written, lovingly, by someone who has directly experienced the role-playing world and the related social dynamics. GAMERZ brings several unknown, but talented actors to the screen. Punctuated with clips of the characters' role-playing alter-egos in silhouette or shadow-form, this is a fun, quirky, at times emotional, trip through what for many of us is solid nostalgia. Very enjoyable, constant laughter keeps the mood light even in tenser scenes.'FULL REVIEW: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/30175 EVERY DAY IS HALLOWE'ENLive-action role playing: Teetering on the brink of coolness, or last bastion of the dork? In Detroit's hip alternative newspaper The Metro Times, writer Sarah Klein muses about the growing cult of Live Action Roleplayers, and GAMERZ gets a mention as being a timely movie tribute to this weird and wonderful hobby!http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=8402
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Born and educated in Edinburgh, I initially developed an interest in theatre lighting whilst working with Bristol Revunions Theatre Company during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I studied Photography and Film at Napier University followed by work as an OB cameraman with Moray House University outside broadcast unit, then decided to pursue a career as a freelance cameraman.
I have since achieved wide recognition as a documentary cameraman, working all over the world from Tihar Jail in Delhi (Asia’s largest jail) and the war zones of Angola (BBC’s DEAR BILL) to the exotic Tropicana Club in Havana.
In the UK, I worked with brothers Andrew and Kevin MacDonald on the ITV series SHADOWING and subsequent BBC documentary DIGGING YOUR OWN GRAVE, in which director Kevin followed his brother Andrew’s attempt at producing his first film, Shallow Grave. A working partnership with director Francesca Joseph led to the hugely successful BBC docusoap DRIVING SCHOOL, followed by BBC’s PICTURE THIS, an RTS Award winning programme, FOUR TARTS AND A TENOR with the late great Pavarotti.
In ‘97 I began working on television drama. BOMBAY BLUE, a £2.2 million detective drama series, was Channel 4’s largest commission in Scotland at that time. It was one of the first high-profile drama series to be filmed on digital format, and Sony exhibited my work at industry events to illustrate the benefits of originating television drama on digital as opposed to film. In 2003 I was cinematographer on the BAFTA-nominated (Best Short Film category) 35mm short CANDY BAR KID with director Shan Khan, for which I was presented with a Kodak BAFTA Swan Award.
I went on to film the 13-part series HOLLYWOOD DREAMS, an entertainment series for Cineflix International, following young hopefuls looking to make it or not in Hollywood. This series screened primetime across US, Canada and the UK. I was then approached by Exec Producer Sandra McIver to DOP on BBC Scotland’s soap RIVER CITY, completing some 100 episodes. Most recently I filmed the documentary series BUILDING THE BIGGEST, filmed on HD for the Discovery Channel.
My drama work continued with the full-length feature film GAMERZ, filmed in Scotland on HD and enjoying success at film festivals around the world. GamerZ has been twice nominated for a Méliès D’Argent Award, has secured distribution in both the US and UK, and had its UK theatrical release in February 2008 via Cineworld.
I have just completed the 60min drama EILBHEAS (ELVIS) for the launch night of BBC’s new Gaelic channel, filmed on location on Lewis in the Western Isles.
To be continued…