Director Harold Chapman at Tampere!
Mar 2017 16

Harold Chapman is back from Tampere where both “Invisible” and “Sweep” screened to full houses. Over four days he attended screenings, events and parties and consumed copious quantities of smoked salmon, pickled herring and beer. A very warm thanks to festival director Jukka-Pekka Laakso and his wonderful team and the lovely people of Tampere. Vivre the Finnish sauna and plunges in frozen lakes!

Harry Chapman travels to Tampere
Mar 2017 08

On the eve of the director’s departure to the Tampere Film Festival in Finland a short reminder, in case any of you might be passing…, that both “Invisible” and “Sweep” will be screening as part of a Special Programme entitled, “Swinging London”, which casts a a beady filmic eye on life in our capital. Screenings Thursday night at 22:00 and Saturday night at 20:00 at the Plevna, Tampere. See you there!

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Review of “Aladdin” at the Lyric, for The Arbuturian
Jan 2017 29

As the panto season disappears behind us as we slog through winter, here is a warming reminder of what went before and what will come after – Harold Chapman’s review of “Aladdin” at the Lyric, Hammersmith.

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Review of “Beyond Caravaggio” in the Arbuturian
Nov 2016 10

Killer, outlaw, genius and inspiration to many generations of artists, Caravaggio’s life and works beggar belief. A new show at the National Gallery entitled “Beyond Caravaggio” explores his influence on his contemporaries and the generation following. Harold Chapman’s review of this is now headlining in “The Arbuturian”.

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Part 4 of “Florian’s Last Climb”, Schloss Liechtenstein in Barham House
Oct 2016 28

Almost there! The near contemporary tranche of the unspooling epic of “Florian’s Last Climb”, shot on majestic super 16mm on the Aaton XTR Prod last weekend the 22nd and 23rd October. Barham House in East Sussex standing in for “Schloss Liechtenstein” near Innsbruck in Austrian, circa late 1990s/early 2000s. Mike Robinson once more on lensing duties, his nephew Jake ably camera assisting, Grant Studart recording sound, Emma Thornett on makeup, Sharon Sorrentino casting, Danica Chapman cooking up a storm in the kitchen and David Chapman plugging all gaps. Bill Brand, last seen as the Austrian Minister of war in BBC’s series “War and Peace”, as Otto von Liechtenstein, Frank Loman as the documentary film interviewer and German language coach extraordinaire and Susie Engel stepping out of “Richard Third” as Ralph Fiennes’s mother, putting everyone to shame (well, me at least) as nonagenarian Clotilde von Liechtenstein with her torrent of energy and sheer professionalism at the age of 81. An inspiration! And the entire cast jabbering in German throughout! A joy. 99% done now. two tiny scenes on super 8 to go.

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