Sir Sean Connery is to spend 10 days this summer attending the Edinburgh International Film Festival of which he is patron. In this 60th anniversary year he is to host a special "60th Edition" party on the 19th of August and he will also take part in a Festival of Politics, organised by the Scottish Parliament.
London Evening Standard film critic Derek Malcolm says "A small bomb exploded at Cannes over the weekend. It was made in Glasgow and hurt no one." But it did apparently impress a number of film critics. He says Andrea Arnold's feature debut Red Road could be a "serious candidate for the Festival's Camera D'Or for best first film." Red Road, he said, "compared very favourably with many of the films by directors with international reputations."
The Scottish movie that was a surprise late entry to the official selection for Cannes is looking likely to be elevated to the feted by the festival this year. Red Road, the feature film debut of Oscar-winning short film maker Andrea Arnold, had its world premiere at the glamorous resort on Saturday night. Actors Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston and Natalie Press all ascended the red-carpeted steps to the Palais for the packed screening.
The British film industry flag is flying high at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with four films selected for official competition and another 98 films offered for sale in the market. Hopefully, the newly established tax regime for UK filmmakers may now be generating some international business for new British films.
Kodak is supporting emerging talent by hosting a week-long program designed to provide creative and business opportunities for the next generation of filmmakers. The Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Program is highlighted by the Ninth Annual Emerging Filmmaker Showcase comprised of films from award-winning new talent.
Waddell Media‘s Global Flyer: Nonstop Around the World documentary has beaten off competition from over 1,250 entries and 26 countries to win the Gold Camera Award for Best Documentary in the 39th Annual US International Film and Video Festival.
Winning three awards at a French cinema festival with a debut feature has put a Manchester filmmaker well on the road to international success. The film premiered in Prague on 1st December 2005, and has received great reviews. It is now on release in Czech cinemas.
Australia has one of its strongest representations in over two decades at this year's Cannes festival – showing five features and three short films.
BBC drama productions Doctor Who and Dickens' Bleak House triumphed at the British Academy Television Awards. They each won two awards at the Baftas ceremony, including best drama series for Doctor Who, and best drama serial. The often controversial writer/director Ken Loach received a Bafta Academy Fellowship, describing the award as “overwhelming.”
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