The Diary: Karaoke numbers; Tim Minchin; The Social Network

Lo-fi hero

Last summer, Swansea's Marc Price wowed Cannes with his debut movie, Colin, a zombie-fest that was made for £45. So what happened next? First, Price bought himself a camera. "I wanted to test the camera so I made a short film where we did pretty much everything I'd been advised not to do, to see how it held up," he tells me. The resulting five-minute short, The End, a pub massacre featuring gunfire and gory close-ups, was picked up by Film4's Frightfest for a Leicester Square screening. "It held up superbly on the big screen. I'm convinced this will revolutionise low-budget film making."

Price has started a company, spreading the word on creating special effects on a shoestring in order to "make a film that should feel like it cost several million" but costs next to nothing.

His next film, Thunderchild, a cross between Alien and The Dam Busters, is set onboard a Handley Page Halifax bomber in the Second World War. "One set, seven actors and a creature," says Price. Alastair Kirton, who played Colin, will star as one of the gunners. While financing is secured Price is preparing to shoot a quick film at Christmas, "with or without financial backing", about a negligent father who crashes his son's funeral and steals the coffin. "Unlike Colin and Thunderchild, there aren't any monsters, but like those movies it is a story about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances which I find very interesting."

Blame it on Rio

Ever wanted to sing like Rio Ferdinand? How about Michael Caine? A forthcoming installation at Peckham Space will offer a chance to perform karaoke numbers in the style of local heroes including John Galliano, Jo Brand, Chris Eubank and Thomas Tilling, the inventor of the bus-stop. The American artist Jessica Voorsanger will transform the gallery into a karaoke den complete with bar, stage, glitterball and costumes. Songs include Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer" (Eubank) and Lady Gaga's "Monster" (Boris Karloff). Ashley Walters, once of So Solid Crew, will also be honoured. However, a spokesman says, "we weren't able to use one of his songs. It's not exactly a positive take on Peckham."

'Storm' still gets Minchin animated

Is it a poet? Is it a comedian? Is it the missing member of The Cure? Tim Minchin has never been easy to categorise; now the singing stand-up is turning to film. On 18 November, the Encounters Film Festival in Bristol will premiere Storm, a nine-minute animation based on one of his best-loved routines. Minchin first performed the beat poem about an irritating dinner-party guest with a fairy tattoo and determinedly alternative views at the Royal Festival Hall, two years ago. The film lays Minchin's increasingly ranty couplets – "Conversation is initially bright and light-hearted/ But it's not long before Storm gets started" – over a jazzy beat and DC Turner's bold and apocalyptic imagery. Minchin, the "comedy rock superstar" will be back on tour in the UK in December, this time with a 55-piece orchestra.

Gym'll fix it

There is much to like in The Social Network, David Fincher's retelling of the founding of Facebook. The stand-out star is Andrew Garfield, who plays Eduardo Saverin. Garfield, a 27-year old from Surrey, is hot property. I interviewed him more than two years ago, about Hollywood's love affair with British actors. "It feels like there's a real excitement about British actors. Maybe it's the training we go through", he said. "I think of it in this way. English actors go to drama school, or they try to, and American actors go to the gym." Simple. Though now Garfield has been cast as Spider-Man, he may need to join a gym too.

First-night Nerve

To the bijou Baron's Court Theatre for the UK premiere of Nerve. Adam Szymkowicz's double hander about a nightmarishly neurotic couple of internet daters is sharp, heartfelt and very, very funny. At 33, the graduate of Juilliard and Columbia has written 27 plays. Nerve, his graduate thesis, has shades of Neil LaBute in its twisted take on Manhattan romance. One to watch.



Dermot O'Leary attends the X Factor Wembley Arena auditions at Wembley on August 1, 2014 in London, England.


Arts and Entertainment
At this year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas

Music Why this music festival is still the place to spot the next big thing

Arts and Entertainment
Russell Tovey, Myanna Buring and Julian Rhind Tutt star in Banished
tvReview: The latest episode was a smidgen less depressing... but it’s hardly a bonza beach party
Arts and Entertainment
‘The Royals’ – a ‘twisted, soapy take on England’s first family’
tv Some of the characters appear to have clear real-life counterparts
Brooks is among a dozen show-business professionals ever to have achieved Egot status
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
A cut above: Sean Penn is outclassed by Mark Rylance in The Gunman
film review
Arts and Entertainment
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael

Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight

Arts and Entertainment
A scene from the movie 'Get Hard'
tvWill Ferrell’s new film Get Hard receives its first reviews
Arts and Entertainment
Left to right: David Cameron (Mark Dexter), Nick Clegg (Bertie Carvel) and Gordon Brown (Ian Grieve)
tvReview: Ian Grieve gets another chance to play Gordon Brown... this is the kinder version
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the first look picture from next year's Sherlock special

Arts and Entertainment
Because it wouldn’t be Glastonbury without people kicking off about the headline acts, a petition has already been launched to stop Kanye West performing on the Saturday night

Arts and Entertainment
Molly Risker, Helen Monks, Caden-Ellis Wall, Rebekah Staton, Erin Freeman, Philip Jackson and Alexa Davies in ‘Raised by Wolves’

TV review
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in the Top Gear Patagonia Special

Arts and Entertainment
Game of Thrones will run for ten years if HBO gets its way but showrunners have mentioned ending it after seven

Game of Thrones
Arts and Entertainment
Mans Zelmerlow will perform 'Heroes' for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

Arts and Entertainment
Elizabeth (Heida Reed) and Ross Poldark (Aiden Turner) in the BBC's remake of their 1975 original Poldark

Poldark review
Arts and Entertainment
Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall

Mexican government reportedly paying Bond producers for positive portrayal in new filmfilm
Arts and Entertainment
Disney’s flying baby elephant is set to return in live-action format
filmWith sequels, prequels and spin-offs, Disney plays it safe... and makes a pachyderm
Arts and Entertainment
Nazrin with Syf, Camden
The QI Elves photographed at the Soho Theatre. They are part of a team of researchers who find facts for the television programme 'QI'.
Arts and Entertainment
‘The Royals’ – a ‘twisted, soapy take on England’s first family’
tv0-star review: Sean O'Grady gives it his best shot anyway
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

    The saffron censorship that governs India

    Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
    Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

    Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

    Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
    Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

    How did fandom get so dark?

    Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
    The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

    The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

    Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
    The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

    Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

    Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
    Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

    Disney's mega money-making formula

    'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
    Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

    Lobster has gone mainstream

    Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
    Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

    14 best Easter decorations

    Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
    Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

    Paul Scholes column

    Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
    Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

    The future of GM

    The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
    Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

    Britain's mild winters could be numbered

    Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
    Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

    Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

    Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
    Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

    The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

    The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
    Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

    Cowslips vs honeysuckle

    It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
    Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

    Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

    A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss