Summer of Free Films With Your Sunday Pint In Islington
The Angel Film Festival has announced its shortlist for its upcoming four Sundays of showings. Fifty short films have been selected from 600 submissions, to be shown in three pubs across Islington. The final 50 comprise an eclectic mix of genres and methods, ranging from up-and-coming film-makers, making their film festival debuts to veterans of the short film scene.
All showings will be informal and free to enter, in order to give time to the pleasurable pursuit of watching films. Many of the film-makers will be present and happy to take questions from the public.
Following this year's 60th Edinburgh Film Festival (yes, that's the
longest continuosly running film festival in the world), Shetland-born
Hannah McGill - film critic for Scottish newspaper The Herald -
will be taking over, it was announced Wednesday. Australian Shane
Danielson, who has been running the festival for the five years since
Lizzie Franke's departure in 2000 will step down in September.
The Battle Of Cable Street Will Relive 70 Years On
A film director and animator from London has won the top prize in this year's UK Jewish Film Festival's Short Film Fund Competition. Yoav Segal won a £15,000 grant which he will used to produce his ten-minute film The Battle Of Cable Street.
The film, which will blend live action with animation, focuses on the historic action which was taken by residents of London's East End in the 1930s to stop Oswald Moseley and his British Union of Fascists from marching through the area. Segal's main inspiration comes from his grandfather Ubby Cowan, and the film is based mainly on his memories of the battle, which took place 70 years ago.
The EIFF Programme for 2006 has launched and the 60th incarnation of the world's longest continually running film festival promises to be exceptional. There are treats for cineastes on every one of the 76 pages, ranging from the host of highly anticipated World Premieres and Gala screenings, through the star-studded Reel Life line-up, to the staggering diversity of international cinema in the Rosebud and Directors' Showcase sections.
The first Saudi Arabian film festival opened in the Red Sea city of Jeddah this week, in an ultra-conservative country where the silver screen is so controversial that the word "cinema" does not even get a mention in the title. "The Jeddah Visual Show Festival" started on Wednesday night screening two hours of home-grown short films. They will be screened three times a week for a month.
British TV talent is on course for success at the Emmy awards after two dramas between them earned a total of 23 nominations. Elizabeth I, the Channel 4 period drama starring Helen Mirren, scooped 13 nominations, including best actress in a mini-series for its leading lady. The BBC was also recognised for its adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, nominated in ten categories, including best actress for Gillian Anderson.