Britain's film world gathered at a film premiere last night to pay a final farewell to Ismail Merchant. Also present was his director and co-producing partner in what turned out to be their final collaboration. Merchant's "surrogate" family - writers and actors - attended in strength for the screening of The White Countess, from his co-producer in 23 Merchant Ivory films, James Ivory, to Madeleine Daly, a ten year old who appears in the last film of his 45-year career.
V for Vendetta, starring Natalie Portman, has topped the North American box office chart in its opening week. The political thriller was produced by the Wachowski brothers, who made The Matrix. It took $26.1m (£14.8m) over the weekend. Based on a graphic novel by British writer Alan Moore, V for Vendetta has received mixed reviews from critics.
Cheeky Geordie chaps Ant'n'Dec, familiar to all UK residents for SMTV:Live!, Byker Grove, Pop Idol and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! have now moved into film. Alien Autopsy tells the story of two men who discover the legendary tape showing the alien autopsy performed after the alleged Roswell crash. As the media frenzy descends upon them, it seems their lives will never be the same again...
The glossy, glamorous and prolific movie industry of India - biggest in the world outside of Hollywood - is after European and American mass audiences. - and not just audiences. Bollywood is also beginning to seek out western investment..
Teenage filmmakers from two of Edinburgh's most deprived estates are set to take part in an arts project that will have them filming in New York during Tartan Week this April, when Americans with Scottish roots celebrate with parades and public events.
You’re a writer, right? You love to write. What if somebody was going to take that away from you? When you realise someone’s going to take away something you love, a way of life, however you feed your family, you’re confused by it and you try to make a sense of it. But, generally speaking, the kind of person that would take your life away from you is a sociopath. So you can’t even get inside their thinking anyway. You’re going, ’Why are you such an asshole?’ You’ve had it in your school life when you’re a boy, and you probably have it in your neighbourhood, and you think, ’What are you going to do about this?’
“The American West is not a fairy tale place. It’s not like it didn’t happen. It was settled by Europeans and they couldn’t speak the language. They were told the land was up for grabs, and if you were smart enough and you were tough enough, and you were violent enough, you could have what you didn’t have in England or in Italy or in Russia. So it was a rough place out there, the issues of land and the disputes over land were bloody, and it wasn’t that long ago.”
Is film a fair reflection of the society that creates it, if as fiction, not quite a faithful one? Or does film project an image of its own? And what of other cultures? Does Bollywood reflect india, or does it project India?
Vir Sanghvi thinks he has found the answer.....
Film fans in Shetland islands, 200 miles north of Aberdeen, were dismayed when pub licensees there tried to stop the building of a new state-of-the-art cinema and music venue - Shetland's last commercial cinema went dark over 25 years ago.
Four new talent schemes have been launched by ITV as part of its three-year £9m Regional Production Fund to source fresh regional creative talent.
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