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The Super-Farting Bean Mystery

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BOOK TWO in the Princess Pumpalot series - Princess Pumpalot: The Super-Farting Bean Mystery is to be published in May 2017.

Can Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess and her best friend Guffy solve the mystery of the missing priceless purple super-farting bean?

Aided by a set of clues from some of Wiffyville's more unusual residents including a werewolf, a mummy and a prisoner that isn't a prisoner, Princess Pumpalot and Guffy embark on a quest to solve this mystery. On route, the brave duo are confronted at regular intervals by Wiffyville’s arch enemies – Prince Nastavia and the Low-Flying Gnomes. Will they succeed in their mission?

Written in the style of a screenplay (by Robin Mitchell), Princess Pumpalot: The Super-Farting Bean Mystery is the second in the Princess Pumpalot series.

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Back On Set

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Great to be back on set last weekend making another film for Relationships Scotland. It's another co-production with Jim Hickey of Freedonia Films.

We were filming with a cast of seven in two houses in Edinburgh. A BIG thank you to Film Edinburgh for their advice on relevant filming locations. I'd imagine we'll see the results of our labours in 2017.

Check out our previous films for Relationships Scotland HERE.

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Princess Pumpalot: The Story So Far

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Writer/Producer of Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess, Robin Mitchell, explains how the Princess came about.

While on holiday in Ireland in August 2011, the children's character Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess was born. I was staying with family in Dublin and on one particular rainy day, the idea for a farting princess was hatched.

It was the name – Princess Pumpalot - I liked at first. It made me laugh. It made anyone I told laugh. I instantly saw Princess Pumpalot as a ‘tom boy’, so introduced her to the game of rugby. She needed a sidekick, so Guffy was born.

The other characters inhabiting the fictional world of Wiffyville (The King, The Queen, The Two Princes’, The Low-Flying Gnomes, Geoffrey the Giraffe and the Bearded Witch) took a little more time to develop.

The book was published in July 2012 and shortly after this I met Theatre Director Liam Rudden, who liked the story so much, he suggested producing a stage show based on the book. Well, I didn’t expect anything to happen overnight but when you’re dealing with Liam, things tend to happen before you even suggest them. So by the summer of 2013 we were producing an Edinburgh Festival Fringe show which premiered at The Assembly Rooms.

I’ve been asking as many people as I can who buy a copy of Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess to take a photo of themselves with the book. The photos have been added to Flickr online and by October 2015, over 200 photos had been uploaded to the site.

There was such a great response from 2013 show both from the audiences and the critics we knew we had created an enjoyable child-friendly production. Plans were soon underway for the 2014 show which took place at The New Town Theatre and our third incarnation was staged in August 2015 at Sweet Venues in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.

Also in June 2015, The Italian premiere of Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess with a stage production, based on the original text of the book, took place in Northern Italy. The production was performed by the Benvenuto Players - an English speaking Youth Theatre Group run by Theatre Producer Alison Parnell.

A new show has been written for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, called Princess Pumpalot: The Radio Show - Live On Stage! I based the new story around Princess Pumpalot and Guffy’s quest for the powerful purple super-farting bean. An early version of this show was tested at The Leith Festival with a lot of positive feedback.

On the back of the Fringe shows, the animation rights were snapped up by Mandragora Productions and Arcus Animation Studios. I never realised farting could travel so far. It’s quite remarkable how the Princess has taken off. She’s certainly gone from strength to strength and she hasn’t finished farting yet.

 

Erenlai Asia-Pacific Magazine

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This was an interview with A Tale of Two Syrias Director, Yasmin Fedda in Erenlai Asia-Pacific Magazine.

The Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival is a biannual festival, organized by the Taiwan Association of Visual Ethnography and held in Taipei. I was very glad to attend this year’s festival, and over the five-day event I saw many interesting and inspiring films. One that immediately stood out for me was the documentary A Tale of Two Syrias. I studied Arabic in Damascus, and later returned there for work, so for me the film had a very personal appeal. Nevertheless, A Tale of Two Syrias makes interesting viewing for anyone who wants to know more about the region.

The film switches between two locations and two people. In Damascus, we follow the story of Salem, an Iraqi fashion designer who fled from Baghdad during the Iraq war and hopes to seek asylum in America. In Mar Musa, a remote hillside monastery in the Syrian countryside, we follow Botrus, a Syrian monk. The film weaves between these two stories to paint an intimate portrait of a country that despite the recent media coverage, most people know very little about. By capturing the difficulties faced by ordinary Syrians in Bashar al-Assad’s Syria and also their vision of a better, freer life in the future, in some ways the film pre-empts the current conflict. However, through the beauty of Mar Musa and its inhabitants’ belief in inter-religious dialogue and mutual respect and tolerance, it also shows a vision of what that future Syria could be like.

I caught up with the director, Yasmin Fedda, whom I first met in Syria during my time there, and this is what she had to say:

Read the full interview on the Erenlai Asia-Pacific Magazine site.

 

Review of The Download Horror

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This is a review of The Download Horror (2012) by DreadWorld.

Finding a new, unique angle in todays world of 24/7 at your fingers media is something that's becoming more and more difficult. So when you find something that really tries to be different, you have to give it some kudos, even if by trying to be different, it borrows from something all to familiar.

'The Download Horror' is a neat little experiment out of Scotland, that attempts to revive the old Mystery Science Theater 3000 formula with a couple of foul mouthed Scotsmen. Dougie and Robbo live for the exploitation films, especially those sent to them by the mysterious Big Al. His latest is a dark, modern day cult driven film called 'Sacrificed'. Throwing on 'Sacrificed' the good guys from the land of Loch Ness do what the do best, lampoon the film and pine for boobies while showing an understated respect for the genre at the same time (kind of like what we do here at the DW).

'Sacrificed' itself looks like an intriguing film in its own right. In fact, there were times I found myself more interested in what was going on in 'Sacrifice' than what Dougie or Robbo were saying. Therein lies the problem with 'The Download Horror', 'Sacrificed' is the wrong film for this type of experiment. Make no mistake about it, 'Sacrificed' is not a good film, but there is just enough interesting stuff going on to peak your interest and make you wish the guys would be quiet for a bit. The other main issue with the film is that Dougie and Robbos schtick tends to get a little old after a while, especially for American ears. I'm sure there were plenty of jokes that I just plain missed simply because I'm not an expert in Scottish colloquialisms.

That being said, Dougie and Robbo are genuinely funny and there are more than a few laugh out loud funny moments. I had a blast listening to these guys watch a film. It would be extremely interesting seeing the next chapter in the Dougie and Robbo story, especially if given a worse film to watch.

'The Download Horror' is available on UK distribution site Distrify for either rent or purchase. Check it out and support some quality independent horror!

 
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