INDEPENDENT world cinema
Thunderdance film festival (TFF) is a bi-annual event set in the heart of Hackney. TFF focuses on independent cinema from around the globe and is split into a summer and winter event, which we call our 'light' and 'dark' festivals.
We have a diverse judging panel of renowned directors, producers, actors and influencers. Our aim is to support every facet of independence in the arts. From the film maker to the popcorn maker.
The summer film festival aims to champion all mediums & modes of film making, including narrative, music videos, animation & fashion films to name a few.
The winter festival solely focuses on darker and deeper subject matter. Ranging from thrillers & horror's to psychology and mental health based narratives.
Is a Dutch actor. His flm, television and gaming credits and awards run into several A4 pages. His film and television highlights include; ‘Blade Runner’, ‘The Hitcher’,’ Blind Fury’, ‘Sin City’, ‘ Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, ‘Batman Begins’, ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’ and ‘The Osterman Weekend’. Recent television credits include the roles of Ravn, in ‘The Last Kingdom’, and Niall Brigant in Season 6 of HBO’s ‘True Blood’. He was the voice of Daniel Lazarski in the video game ‘Observer’, created by Bloober Team.
In 2006 he set up the “Rutger Hauer Film Factory” (based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands), with the Communications and Media School 'In Holland'. The organization brings young talents in the filmmaking world alongside renowned filmmakers who share their knowledge and experience during workshops.
He is well-known in the advertising world for his Guinness commercials and being the voice of the awarded Lurpak butter campaign. In 1999, Hauer won the Dutch ‘Best Actor of the Century Rembrandt Awards’.
Mary Wild runs a lecture series at Freud Museum London, applying psychoanalysis to film studies.
Her research focuses on representations of mental illness, identity and the unconscious.
She loves the horror genre, ontological thrillers, and surrealist cinema. Her favourite auteurs are David Lynch, Lars von Trier, Darren Aronofsky and Stanley Kubrick.
Lee Hickman is the sole owner and MD of Wizzo & Co, an Agency representing below the line talent including Cinematographers, Production Designers, Costume Designers and Hair & Make Up Designers. The Agency's award winning talent work on features, television drama, commercials and music promos - features include Disobedience directed by Oscar winning Sebastian Leilo, to the Netflix Original feature film Mute, directed by Duncan Jones, to God's Own Country, the directorial debut of writer / director Francis Lee - www.wizzoandco.co.uk
Shaun Clark has directed an eclectic array of award winning animated films since the early 90′s. His films have been BAFTA nominated and won prizes at Clermont Ferrand, the British Animation awards and in 2017 he won the Méliès d'argent prize.
His films have earned him praise for his use of different techniques and styles of storytelling. Shaun resides in London where he works at Flicker Mill as an animation director.
David Nutter is a two-time Emmy Award winner (for “The Replacements” chapter of BAND OF BROTHERS and the “Mother’s Mercy” episode of GAME OF THRONES); his other directing credits include the "Guadalcanal” and “Iwo Jima” episodes of THE PACIFIC for HBO, as well as episodes of THE SOPRANOS, ENTOURAGE, SHAMELESS, HOMELAND, and NetFlix’s recent LOST IN SPACE. In addition, Nutter has directed the pilot episodes of SUPERNATURAL, ARROW, THE FLASH, and seventeen other other drama pilots.
Roar Uthaug graduated from The Norwegian National Filmschool in 2002. His graduation film The Martin Administration was nominated for a Student Academy Award. His debut feature Cold Prey (2006) was a huge box office hit in Norway, sold to more than 40 countries and spawned two sequels.
He went on to co-direct the children’s adventure Magic Silver (2009), an even bigger success.
The medieval actioneer Escape (2012) followed, selling to more than 70 countries and putting Roar on Variety’s list of 10 Euro Directors To Watch. His fourth feature The Wave (2015), the first ever Scandinavian disaster movie, was the highest grossing film in Norway that year and the official Norwegian entry for the Academy Awards. All his films have travelled extensively on the international festival circuit.
In between features Roar has directed commercials across the globe, winning numerous awards. In 2018 Roar made his first Hollywood movie Tomb Raider starring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander as the iconic Lara Croft.
Muse to Lucian Freud and 80's influencer Sue Tilly is no stranger to the world of art and writing. Sue also wrote a book about Leigh Bowery and has recently collaborated with Fendi and continues to influence the fashion and art world.
Canadian-born Shaun is currently a series regular in the role of Adam Strange in Syfy’s Superman prequel Krypton based on DC characters created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, David Goyer and Cameron Welsh. Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. They are currently filming their Second Season.
Some of Shaun’s TV credits include CW's Vampire Diaries, Melrose Place, Life Unexpected and the films Final Destination 2, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Rampage, Grudge 2.
NOVEMBER 2018 RESULTS
WINNER - SALT
RUNNER UP - THE OLD WOMAN BY THE SEA
Director: Esme Hicks
Director: Rob Savage
BEST DARK NARRATIVE
WINNER - RODNEY
RUNNER UP - THE OLD WOMAN BY THE SEA
Director: Fred Rowson
Director: Esme Hick
BEST MENTAL HEALTH
Runner Up - EAT PRETTY
WINNER - WEIGHT
Director: Rebecca Culverhouse
Director: Chris Neil
RUNNER UP - LOVE SICK VARLA
WINNER - HELTER SKELTER
Director: Noah Lee
Director: Denna Cartamkhoob
RUNNER UP - FORGET ME NOT
Winner - RODNEY
Director: Florine & Kim Nüesch
Director: Fred Rowson
RUNNER UP - A LA DERIVE
WINNER - HAPPINESS
Director: Steve Cutts
Director: Cyprien Clément-Delmas
WINNER - SHADOWS OF MY MIND
RUNNER UP - iMEDIUM
Director: Peter Harton
Director: Alfonso García
WINNER - WIT H IN
RUNNER UP - KAATUNGA
Cinematographer: Benoit Jones-Vallée
Cinematographer: Adam Barnett
2018 WINTER programme
LONDON - TBC
SURPRISE LOCATION - TBC
THUNDERDANCE LIGHT FILM FESTIVAL - JUNE 2019
Thunderdance dark film festival - november 2019
The Castle Electric Theatre opened on 8th September 1913 as an independent single-screen cinema. Total seating was provided for 619 in stalls and a small balcony area.
The Castle Cinema has seen numerous changes, and been many things to many people, since it was first built more than 100 years ago...