Top names from the world of filmmaking are taking on a new mentoring role to help support the next generation of UK film talent. Guiding Lights pairs established names, including writer and producer Michael Kuhn, with 26 of the hottest new talents in the UK for 12 months of mentoring, advice and support.
Universal Pictures UK has announced the launch of the nation’s first proper movie download service. First up is King Kong, ready to download to your PC next month. Also arriving on the 10th of April is a raft of 34 titles, including Keira Knightley's version of Pride and Prejudice and game-to-movie adaptation, Doom. Unlike previous movie UK downloads like Sky By Broadband and AOL’s Film Downloads, Universal lets you own the films permanently, like buying iTunes.
Chancellor Gordon Brown's announcement is good news for the British film industry and makes the UK an attractive place to make films according to John Woodward CEO of the UK Film Council. He said films will now be required to spend at least 25% of their budgets in the UK to qualify for tax relief - down from the proposed 40%.
A BBC Worldwide senior executive has told a media forum that British drama is 'parochial and 'gritty' and will continue to struggle to make overseas sales unless more beautiful people are cast in lead roles.
The BBC is set to screen this summer's football World Cup and Wimbledon championships in High-definition television. Trial run of the service will include the BBC's share of World Cup matches and key Wimbledon matches in June. The BBC is trialing HDTV for a year, starting in mid-May.
Films based on a comic book will always attract two forms of criticism. Firstly there’ll be those who judge the inherent quality of the film. Then there’ll be those who’ll judge the film and its fidelity to the original source material. For a perfect of example of this then you need look no further than V For Vendetta. Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s original graphic novel has been beloved of comic fans since its publication in the mid 80s. A tale of a vigilante who wreaks havoc on a totalitarian Britain, the novel was a densely plotted and intense vision of the future that was a thinly veiled attack on the horrors of Thatcherism. Intelligent and adult, it was a favorite of those who were used to being told that ‘comics were just for kids’. Almost two decades on, there was slight consternation when it was announced that V For Vendetta was being brought to the big screen. After the debacles that were From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen would this be the Alan Moore adaptation that got it right? And, for those who didn’t give a damn about the original, would the film be any good?
Thirteen years after Director-General John Birt brought the internal market system into the BBC, calling it Producer Choice, it looks as though Mark Thompson the present DG has called time on it, according to reports in Ariel, the BBC in-house journal.
On July 1, 1997, after 156 years of colonial rule, the British handed Hong Kong back to the Chinese Government. No one expected us to return. Now we have and in some strength to trade in films.
A US film distributor has signed to release The Road to Guantanamo, about three British Muslims held at the detention camp, in the US and Canada. Roadside Attractions will distribute the film by British director Michael Winterbottom.
India and Britain will together make 10 films worth 155 million pounds initially under a co-production treaty partly signed last year according to the UK Culture Secretary.
Tessa Jowell, speaking in Mumbai, pointed out that Indian films accounted for over 16 percent of all British releases last year.
Reporters Without Borders wrote to President Hu Jintao today asking him to intervene on behalf of documentary filmmaker Hao Wu, who was arrested in Beijing on 22 February after attending a meeting of members of a protestant church not recognised by the government as part of the preparation of his next documentary.
With DVD player prices tumbling, some machines are now cheaper than the films they play. Tesco`s own-brand model arrives in store this week priced at £17.97 as part of its "value electricals" range.
Conference and will start her new post early in April.
A multi-million dollar Indo-UK feature about maths genius Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan and his friendship with Cambridge don GH Hardy has been soft-launched in India. The biopic, scheduled for rolling in early 2007, has been developed by British actor-director Stephen Fry and Indian filmmaker Dev Benegal, who independently had wanted to bring Ramanujan's life to the screen.
There are some people who suffer from this "[Auschwitz] disease" for life, simply because of the experience they have gone through. Another group simply doesn’t talk about it. And a third group of people have learned to come to terms with these events. I’m a writer, so I don’t belong to any one of these three categories. I view my experience as being raw material and I process it in the process of writing. And as I go along, I get rid of this experience. You know, this is how I go on and on and on and on, until I reach a stage, as a writer, where I will have run out of raw material. Then it’s time to die.
Media finance company Ingenious Media is investing in the creation of a new talent agency, to be chaired by former Sky chief Tony Ball, that it hopes will be a major power broker in the British film and television businesses.