King Skate review – Czechoslovak history through the eyes of skate legends

Šimon Šafránek's new documentary King Skate is a playful and thought-provoking look at Czechoslovak history through the freedom of skateboarding... plus the soundtrack is awesome.

In photos: on set for the final days of Václav Marhoul’s ‘The Painted Bird’

Recently, I had the privilege of visiting the set of one of the most exciting film projects shooting in the Czech Republic in recent years, WWII thriller The Painted Bird, based on the controversial WWII novel by Polish author and Jerzy Kosiński, and starring Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgard, Julian Sands and the young Petr Kotlar as the Jewish boy forced to wander a war torn Eastern Europe. 

‘Cremator’ director Juraj Herz passes away

Czechoslovak actor and director Juraj Herz passed away this week at the age of 83. He is responsible for some of the country's most popular cult classic films including Cremator and Beauty and the Beast.

In photos: the story of Prague Studios

Prague Studios is one of the largest film and television production studios in the Czech Republic and sees a multitude of local and international talent pass through its doors on a day to day basis. I recently took a tour to get a feel for the place, and was treated to some surprising titbits about the complex's intriguing history.