The new set for the film world's greatest drama - the Academy Awards, has been unveiled in Hollywood. It was created by Roy Christopher who has designed for the show since 1979.
Pictured is Christopher with his design for the 2004 Oscar ceremony. His 2006 design is much miore glamourous and can be seen below, unveiled for the first time........
“Britain is now left in the distinctly strange position whereby the only large terrestrial player also in the pay business is the BBC, which owns half of UKTV and is now making good money from it. And, of course, the BBC doesn't take advertising.”
- Greg Dyke, former Director General BBC
This year has seen something of a resurgence of interest in the political movie with 'Good Night. And Good Luck' and 'Syriana' both doing well both critically and financially. In contrast, the British Film Industry hasn't produced a political film since the late eighties. One man aims to change all that. Tobias Blennerhassett has produced some of the most successful films ever produced in this country including, 'Strippers on the Dole' and 'The Short, Fat Thursday'.
I went to speak to him find out more about his plans for what he hopes will be the greatest British political film ever made - Lib Dems: The Movie.
The McLibel documentary from Franny Armstrong's Spanner Films had a good UK opening weekend at London's Wardour Street Odeon. The producers report a good press and a lot of screening enquiries coming in from cinemas all over the UK. The DVD version is also released now.
cult film director and producer, Frank Q Dobbs, has died at 66. Dobbs,
a Texan who loved writing Westerns, became a legend in the Texas film
industry. He died from cancer.
This year's Oscar-nominated live-action and animated short films are touring cinemas across America, through a partnership between Magnolia Pictures and U.K.-based Shorts International.
A couple in Wales, fed up with seeing bad films they want to shout out loud at, are giving other filmgoers a chance to do just that, at the Bad Film Club
Swansea comedians Nicola Vaughan, 31, and Joe Timmins, 33, formed the Bad Films Club which meets every month at Swansea's Dylan Thomas Theatre and at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.
Nicola Vaughan, who styles herself on-stage as Nicko, used to be in the movie business as an insider, working as a script supervisor.
"We all know movies we just hate and which are just plain bad.,” she says. "Joe and myself decided to form a club where people could whinge or heckle out loud as the films were being played on a big screen. We do a running commentary as the movies are being played pointing out the really, really bad bits and the audience, or club members, join in too with comments of their own."
A tax expert in Huddersfield is helping find funding for what he hopes will be the next big British movie. Richard Garrod, a partner at Huddersfield accountancy firm Mazars has been appointed tax adviser to the Film Production Alliance.
The Australian Film Finance Corporation, the government film funding body, has announced it will fund no more films until after 1st July because it has run out of money, having spent its $35 million film allocation by last December.
A call for submissions from emerging documentary makers has gone out from DFG Films in partnership with Film London and ITV London. Reel London offers filmmakers an opportunity to produce diverse and distinctive films using the documentary medium in new and innovative ways, and have them broadcast on terrestrial television, mid week, in a pre-watershed slot.
Britain's film industry is facing a better future according to UK Film Council chief executive John Woodward
: “It's true the film production sector has gone through a very bumpy patch over the last 18 months, but we are now poised to reap the rewards - with nothing to fear except the British disease of talking ourselves down.”
Let's look at this one a bit more closely. The Washington government are sitting on a pile of photos and videos that show Muslims being tortured, humliated and perhaps killed by American soldiers under a freedom and democracy mandate.
This at a time when Muslim paranoia of western intentions is at an all time high, when the Mohammed cartoons have shown the west's total disrespect for the religious traditions of a culture - who would never even make a statue of the Prophet, least of all depict him as a suicide bomber. And this while there are Danish forces and companies operating in the largely Muslim Iraq. The Abu Gharib torture photos are images that bring great shame to any of us who believed we were fighting on the 'good side' in this war.
Perhaps there is no good side, save for the side which says that war is not the answer, while those who disregard the suffering and death of innocents will all, only ever be, terrorists.