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TV Series Filmed on Isle of Man Starts International Roll Out

After launching at MIPCOM last year, the international roll-out of ‘Laurence of Suburbia’, the series, produced by Formatzone Isle of Man, for Sky Vision, is beginning.

Isle of Media, Formatzone and Laurence of Suburbia TV Series

The series was filmed on the Isle of Man last summer, and involved over 25 local people including producers, researchers, camera and sound and because it’s a home makeover format designers, builders, electricians and decorators too. The production ‘Laurence of Suburbia’ stars Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, best known for his BBC series Changing Rooms and DIY SOS. It takes a fresh approach to the TV makeover format, featuring houses where the history of the house and the location inspire the design. Laurence described Laurence of Suburbia as the ’ultimate make-over show’ which is the biggest he has done in the UK.

’It’s about making spaces that tell stories’, Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen said at the launch of the series.

The series premiered prime time in New Zealand this week on Choice TV  – and in South Africa on the Home Channel, with many more countries to follow.

Mark Rowland, CEO of Formatzone

“The series not only tells an original design story in each episode, but is a great advert for the beauties of the whole of the Isle of Man, celebrating the island in high summer in the episodes filmed on the island.

This should cheer up viewers in the middle of their Southern Hemisphere winter!”

Watch the trailer here:

Isle of Media Champions Isle of Man Film Festival

Isle of Man Film Festival LogoIts been announced today that Isle of Media will be the headline sponsor and lead partner of the Isle of Man Film Festival.

The international reputation of Isle of Man Film Festival has grown steadily since it began in 2012, and over the years it has received plaudits from many high-profile figures in the industry, including screenwriter and director Amma Asante MBE, and actor Sir John Hurt CBE.

Michael Wilson, CEO, Isle of Media, said: “Isle of Media is delighted to be supporting the Isle of Man Film Festival. We hope this will be a long-standing partnership aimed at promoting the Isle of Man as a centre for creative excellence. A strong and growing film festival is the perfect catalyst to attract producers and creative businesses to locate on our vibrant Island.”

The Isle of Man Film Festival aims to create inspiring events for Manx film fans, showcase the considerable talents of both local and international filmmakers, and promote the many advantages that the Isle of Man offers  as a movie location.

Festival organiser Dave Armstrong commented: “We’re delighted to have the support of our founding partner, Isle of Man Arts Council, and lead partner, Isle of Media, and all of the other organisations and individuals who support the event. In particular, we must thank Mark Kermode for his loyal support over many years – his status within the film industry has been a great help in raising the profile of our festival.”

Mark Kermode, the UK’s leading movie critic, will present an evening of movie and music magic at the Isle of Man Film Festival which takes place in September.

Isle of Man Film Festival - Mark Kermode and John Rhys Davis

The Observer columnist and BBC movie critic, who is also Patron of Isle of Man Film Festival, will present the ‘Evening of Movie and Music Magic’ event at the Gaiety Theatre on Saturday September 8th.

He said: “Coming to the Isle of Man is an important part of the filmmaking process. It’s a destination for discovering films, talking about films, meeting other filmmakers – that’s really important and it is extraordinary what’s happening here.”

The festival runs from September 5th to 9th.

The opening night event is at the Peel Centenary Centre and features a screening of the award-winning ‘Stronger Than Bullets’ followed by a Q&A session with Los Angeles-based director Matt Millan, and Libyan hip-hop artist and dissident, Malik L. Other festival highlights include an exclusive 4K screening of 2001: a space odyssey at The Broadway Cinema on September 7th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic. On September 8th there are filmmaking workshops.

Digital Media Networking Lunch

Our first Isle of Man lunch networking event for the Manx digital media industry of was held at the The Ticket Hall in Douglas. We were over-joyed at the amount of people that were able to attend our lunch event. Thank you all for taking the time to attend, we hope you enjoyed the event and made some new connections, as well as seeing people already in your network.

We’d love your feedback to make future events as suitable for the industry as we can:


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