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TV KLAXON: THE UNDECLARED WAR.
14 June 2022

Channel 4's new techno-thriller, The Undeclared War, revealed itself on Friday night with a pseudo-breaking news segment starring Adrian Lester and Simon Pegg—two of the most recognisable actors on UK television. Even so, the stunt triggered some odd reactions from 'panicked' viewers.

The obvious touchstone is George Orwell's 1977 radio adaptation of 'The War of the Worlds'—an event which supposedly convinced America that a Martian invasion was underway. It's complete bollocks, of course, but you can understand why broadcasters buy into the myth.

Dan Chase's trailer is an attention-grabbing piece of work regardless, with Prime Minister Andrew Makinde (Lester) and GCHQ boffin Daniel Patrick (Pegg) warning viewers of an "invisible strike by an unidentified foreign power" that may cripple the entire country. Whenever an authority figure says "remain calm", you know that shit's about to hit the fan.


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GARTH MARENGHI'S TERRORTOME.

Fans of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, "the most significant televisual event since Quantum Leap”, will be pleased to know that Marenghi (or Moxie Pictures director Matthew Holness) has written a new book, TerrorTome.


AMBER PARK ARRIVES AT BLACK DOG FILMS.

Multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur Amber Park has joined Black Dog Films for commercial representation.


SERGIO TAKAHATA AND NELLIE SANTEE JOIN AMV BBDO.

Brazilian-American creatives Sergio Takahata and Nellie Santee have joined AMV BBDO.


OMAR JONES IS COMING TO THE NURSERY OF EVIL.

New York filmmaker Omar Jones has joined the Nursery of Evil roster at Riff Raff Films.


MINECRAFT X NATIONAL TRUST.

The National Trust and Xbox have recreated the ruins of Corfe Castle in Minecraft.


LUCRECIA TAORMINA ARRIVES AT PRETTYBIRD.

PRETTYBIRD's roster now has an Argentine flavour courtesy of director Lucrecia Taormina.


THE VISIONARIES EMBRACE STEFANO & ALEJANDRA.

Spanish directing duo Stefano & Alejandra have joined The Visionaries for commercial representation.


STINK GO DAN STREIT.

Life's a pain right now, so Stink have plumped for Dan Streit's "strange, distorted, off-kilter take on reality" instead.


STICKER STUDIOS LIKE DANIEL LAIKH.

Ukrainian filmmaker and jiu-jitsu blue belt Daniel Liakh has joined Sticker Studios for commercial representation.


HUNKYDORY ENLIST HANNAH LEVY.

HunkyDory have added Saturday Night Live director Hannah Levy to their ranks.


IT'S ANNIS NAEEM FOR CURATE FILMS.

Multidisciplinary artist Annis Naeem has joined Curate Films for commercial representation.


CAVIAR WELCOME DENISHA ANDERSON.

Director and photographer Denisha Anderson has completed her long-awaited move to Caviar.


PULSE FILMS SWOOP FOR JESSICA SWALE.

Pulse Films swoop for Jessica Swale.


INTRODUCING MILK MACHINE AT MAD COW FILMS.

Milk Machine, Mad Cow Films' content division, is now fully operational.


HUNKYDORY SIGN MIKE DIVA.

Directors often say they're excited, thrilled, or delighted to join a production company, but not Mike Diva.


PRIYA AHLUWALIA JOINS BLACK DOG FILMS.

Director and fashion designer Priya Ahluwalia has joined Black Dog Films for global representation.


LONDON RESET FOR RESET

US production powerhouse RESET has opened a London office in conjunction with Creators Inc.


DAVID PLAYS... THE PROCESSION TO CALVARY.

There have been several licensed Monty Python games over the years, but few nail the group's humour like Joe Richardson's The Procession to Calvary.


MY ACCOMPLICE NAB ALICE ISAAC.

Animator, image maker, and collage artist Alice Isaac has joined the refined roster at My Accomplice.


HUMANS ARRIVE AT RIFF RAFF FILMS.

Directing duo Humans have joined the Nursery of Evil at Riff Raff Films.


HUNKYDORY SIGN NEIL GORRINGE.

HunkyDory have signed Middlesbrough's own Neil Gorringe for representation.


ANDY SAUNDERS PLUMPS FOR BITE COLLECTIVE.

Bite Collective have added seasoned director Andy Saunders to their ranks.


PRESENCE WELCOME DANIEL AZANCOT.

Spanish director Daniel Azancot has joined Presence for commercial representation in the UK.


DAVID PLAYS... UMURANGI GENERATION.

Unlike many first-person games, Umurangi Generation gives players a camera instead of a gun,


EDWARD ANDREWS JOINS OUTSIDER.

After a fruitful spell in Canada, Newbury's own Edward Andrews is back in the UK with Outsider.


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