Cogheart has been given an excellent review in the New Statesman this week by Amanda Craig in her article on the best new children’s books for summer. You can see the Cogheart review below or read her whole article online here… There’s a lot of great sounding summer reads!
What if Earth were full of clockwork creatures instead of monsters? Cogheart by Peter Bunzl (Usborne, £6.99) goes beyond steam-punk to imagine a world as weirdly inventive as Philip Pullman’s Clockwork and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Lily’s father has disappeared in an airship, and his talking clockwork fox, Malkin, becomes her first ally in a race against evil, silver-eyed kidnappers. Although it overdoes the “steam and steel” idea, this one is marvellous fun for nine-plus readers.
Guardian Guide Nov 15th 2008: “With over 1,000 entries, Encounters is easily the UK’s largest international short film festival, and the calibre of entries is undeniably superior. Of the 300 short films screened,…spot new film-making and animation talent among the treats – such as Peter Bunzl’s On The Upside, pictured.”
Mind Games was a finalists for the Virgin Media Shorts Award . From over 1400 entries it made it to the last 12! The lavish awards ceremony took place at the NFT where the film was screened along with the 12 other nominees to a packed audience. The film was also transfered to 35mm courtesy of Virgin Media Shorts and is screening in cinemas round the UK until next July as well as on Virgin Video On Demand and Virgin mobile. Look out for it!
On the Upside – was one of three finalist for the Rushes Soho Shorts Newcomer Award at The Rushes Short Film Festival in July 2008. There were some really great films nominated in all the categories and we were unfortunately just pipped to the post in the Newcomer category by Love does grow on Trees. But it was an honour to get to the final from amongst so many great films!