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10 May 2012
Will Iron Sky be
on in UK's cinemas for 1 day only?
IF you have not been
following our Facebook, you might not have us following the progress
of Iron Sky, an independently financed Finnish film. Why I hear you
asking are we following it? Well apart from it being possibly one of
the most important changes in the way the film industry operates,
the development of the film includes people from all over the world
and all walks of life.
The film is a Sci-Fi comedy with
the story about Nazis setting up a secret base on the moon in 1945.
They then hide out and plan to return to power in 2018. Will they?
Well you have to see the film to find out. But that might be a
problem in the UK. Sadly Revolver has said that the long-anticipated
and internationally credited film will at this point in time, will
only be shown on one day? This has raised questions about how
independent films get to really show, even with the international
media interest and support like this one has agenised Hollywood
films. As of yet we still do not know who will be showing it
In an official statement to us Revolver said that:- "We
recognise the concerns of the makers of Iron Sky and appreciate the
support of the fans. We ourselves have been huge supporters of the
project since day 1, coming on board in 2009. We feel this release
structure is very much in line with the spirit in which the film was
made, being available both on the big and small screen almost
simultaneously. We have seen all of your feedback and contrary to
the opinion of a few we are not trying to 'kill' 'bury' or 'dump'
the film. Revolver is still in discussion with the exhibitors about
extending the cinema run. Come out on the 23 May 2012, show your
support, make Iron Sky day a huge success and lets keep the film
playing on the big screen!"
But we can reveal that we are looking at ways to help the film
makers get a longer showing on Merseyside and in the North West. We
do not know if our efforts will prove successful, but we feel that
films like this need support. What we would like is for our
readers to email us and let us know you want to see this fantastic
film, so we have more to go on... So please show your support and
email us to
your name, town, city or village and the subject line "We want
Iron Sky!" To find out more about this film go to
ironsky.net plus you can
find out more about it on Facebook Also let us know if you know of
any UK films that are independent and funded largely via public
donations, as Iron Sky has been.
A New Initiative
for Novice Drivers
100 driving instructors are
set to drive home a new safety initiative has been launched on
Merseyside. Engage is a ground breaking safety initiative for
novice drivers launched by the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership; a
collaboration between Merseyside Police, the 5 local authorities and
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
The inititiative aims to deliver a high standard of driving tuition
to novice drivers across Merseyside. One hundred driving instructors
have received specialist training to deliver learner-centred
coaching to better equip novice drivers with skills to identify and
deal with hazards on the roads. Among the topics to be covered in
the scheme are:- distraction, influence of others, fatigue, speed,
drink and drugs, medication and seatbelts.
These are all factors that Merseyside Police see as contributing to
the number of people killed and injured on the roads every year. In
addition to in-car discussions between the instructor and student,
learners will complete exercises between lessons and attend an
evening workshop held by Merseyside Police and local authority road
safety officers to reinforce their learning and highlight the
potential dangers faced by new drivers. There will also be workshops
aimed at parents and guardians to inform them about ENGAGE and the
advantages of the scheme to their families. The 1st session will
take place at the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Crosby Coastal
Park, Waterloo at 10am on Wednesday, 16 May 2012.
Sgt Paul Mountford from Merseyside Police Roads Policing Department
has played a key role in the launch of this initiative. He said:- "ENGAGE is a new, exciting approach that looks to set a higher
standard for driver education to improve road safety for novice
drivers of all ages across Merseyside. It also places an expectation
on parents and guardians of young drivers to involve themselves in
the process. As a parent myself, I know what it feels like to see a
son or daughter drive away from home for the first time after they
have passed their driving test and the stress and worry, waiting for
them to return. I would say to other parents to ask themselves how
important is the safety of your son or daughter? ENGAGE not only
gives new drivers the skills to pass their driving test but equips
them with the knowledge and confidence to drive on their own and the
ability to deal with various situations safely."
Chief Inspector John Hogan, head of Merseyside Police's Roads
Policing Department, added:- "Road safety is not just the
responsibility of the emergency services and local authorities. This
scheme, with the involvement of driving instructors and parents, is
a significant step towards improving driver education and as a
result seeing safer roads in Merseyside. We do not want any families
to suffer the pain and heartache that follows a road death and we
welcome initiatives that reduce the number of people killed or
seriously injured on our roads."
Dave Foulkes, manager of the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership,
said:- "Novice drivers are too often involved in a collision
within a short time of passing their test. This initiative is trying
to widen the learning process and prepare drivers for their
transition into independent driving after receiving their full
licence. Anything that lessens the risks faced by novice drivers
must be a good thing."
Gill Roberts, St Helens Council's senior road safety officer,
added:- "Most learner drivers pass the test and miss having
their driving instructor sitting with them. By learning to drive
through the learner-centred coaching method, they will take
responsibility for their own actions before taking the driving test
and therefore cope with situations when they are on their own."
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