In cinemas this month…
THE NUTCRACKER & THE FOUR REALMS – A retelling of Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker. It is Christmas and a young girl, Clara, is presented with a gold thread leading to her coveted key which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. Here Clara encounters a soldier and a gang of mice – together they embark on a quest to retrieve the key finally reaching the ominous Fourth Realm, the home of the tyrant Mother Ginger, and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.
Featuring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen
Directors: Lasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston
Producers: Larry J Franco, Lindy Goldstein, Mark Gordon
Production Sound Mixer – John Midgley
DEAD IN A WEEK: OR YOUR MONEY BACK – William has failed to kill himself so many times he outsources his suicide to ageing assassin Leslie. But with the contract signed and death assured within a week William discovers reasons to live – will Leslie fulfil his contractual obligations?
Featuring Christopher Eccleston, Aneurin Barnard, Tom Wilkinson
Director: Tom Edmunds.
Producers: Nick Clark Windo, Daniel-Konrad Cooper
Makeup & Hair Designer – Jody Williams
First Assistant Director – Cordelia Hardy
Production Sound Mixer – Nigel Albermaniche
NATIVITY ROCKS! – A return to the kids from St Bernadette's Primary School in Coventry as staff and students audition for a coveted place in a spectacular rock musical competition. Nativity Rocks! promises comedy, charm and the feel good factor in the build up to Christmas.
Featuring Celia Imrie, Simon Lipkin, Craig Revel Horwood
Director: Debbie Isitt.
Producer: Nick Jones
Line Producer – Greg McManus
SURVIVING CHRISTMAS WITH THE RELATIVES – Two sisters and their families spend – or rather, endure – Christmas at their late parents' dilapidated country house. A heartwarming, riotous look at the traditional family get-together where ancient sibling rivalries flare up and threaten to sabotage the hope for a season of good will.
Featuring Julian Ovenden, Joely Richardson, Sally Phillips
Director: James Dearden.
Producer: Nick Hamson
Costumer Designer – Vicki Russell
On TV this month…
CLIQUE 2 - It is the second year at University and Holly tries to put the past behind her but with a new and dangerous Clique will she make the right choices? BBC3's sinister and seductive drama available on iPlayer from 10th November. Featuring Synnove Karlsen, Sophia Brown, Leo Suter
Director: Robbie McKillop
Producer: Neil Duncan
First Assistant Director (Eps 3 & 4) - Graham Drover
MARS – A mix of real-life stories and interviews about exercises designed to further the cause of colonizing Mars and a fictional tale set in 2033 of the first manned mission to establish a sustainable colony on the red planet - the hardest thing about life on Mars is us.
Featuring Esai Morales, Anamaria Marinca, Evan Hall
Directors: Stephen Cragg, Everado Gout, Ashley Way
Exec Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Justin Wilkes, Michael Rosenberg, Jon Kamen
Script Supervisor – Liz West
ORIGIN – A group of strangers are stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet. The abandoned passengers must work together for survival but quickly realise that one of them is far from who they claim to be. They wanted a new life, now they just want to live.
Featuring Philipp Christopher, Tom Felton, Nora Arnezeder
Directors: Paul W S Anderson, Mark Brozel, Juan Carlos Medina, Ashley Way
Producer: John Phillips
Production Designer – Edward Thomas
INSIDE NORTH KOREA'S DYNASTY – A deep look inside the current regime of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea under Kim Jong-un, featuring stories from defectors, celebrities, photographers and journalists who have visited in recent years.
Producers: Simon Finch, David Glover, Mark Raphael
Director – Dan Clifton (Episode 3: Nuclear Family)
THE LAST KINGDOM 3 – The year is 872 and the kingdoms now known as England have fallen to the invading Danes, only Wessex stands alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. Our hero, Uhtred, the son of a Saxon nobleman, is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred treads a dangerous path between both sides in the birth of a new nation and the recapture of his ancestral land.
Featuring Alexander Dreymon, Eliza Butterworth, Ian Hart
Director: Ed Bazalgette
Producer: Chrissy Skins, Dominic Barlow, Liz Trubridge
Editor – Adam Green (Episode 8)