The World's 'first free movie' is revealed!

Award winning film makers reveal plans for a movie which can be watch-for-free anytime, anyplace, anywhere on-line and off-line.

Bournemouth based BAFTA nominated Writer - Director, Tim Clague, reveals plans to shoot Circumference, the world's first movie funded by advertising, with the launch of the films promotional conceptual web site.

The modern day seaside romance about a British salesman will be available in 2008 and will be the world’s first watch-for-free movie.  Film fans will be able to download, copy, share, upload, stream or duplicate the movie without any charges by logging on to the film website or clicking on to the planned IPTV station or iTune site.  Alternatively free DVD cover disc will be given away with major nation newspapers and in stores to ensure that no one pays to watch the film.

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THE OFFICE – Top Drama Producer Forced To Move London Offices

 

Twin Sisters - Oscar nominated film from HighpointInternational London-based film and TV producer and distributor Highpoint seems to have hit something of a low point in an otherwise meteoric sixteen year dramatic rise and rise, raising finance for TV dramas like the BBC's Shakespeare Retold and packaging and selling films like the Oscar-nominated Twin Sisters.

 

In what was certainly not a case of Much Ado About Nothing, the company looks as though it is going to have to move offices unexpectedly, because of the actions of Camden Council. The full story though, bears a strong resemblance to a Ricky Gervais script.

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Historic Edinburgh Cinema's Future Uncertain in Digital Age

 

Passions High Over Classic Cinema Conversion Plans

City Screen wants to convert the 250-seater auditorium into a multi-function space. Photo courtesy of survivingcinemas.org.ukAn oft quoted fact that you hear in Edinburgh is that the city has more pubs per capita than anywhere else in Scotland. There's no shortage of places to drink, with bars at every turn. So you can understand why a recent proposal by arthouse cinema chain City Screen to convert Edinburgh's oldest cinema into a large bar and restaurant met with such widespread protest and disbelief.

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The Battle of Brick Lane

 

Rant by Self-appointed Community Leaders

Brick Lane, East London - home to many of Britain's Bangladeshi communityThe hotly anticipated demonstration against the filming of Monica Ali's novel in East London was in fact a ragbag collection of short-tempered, middle-aged men.

A small group of middle-aged Bangladeshi men staged a demonstration in Brick Lane, East London, on Sunday to protest against the film adaptation of Monica Ali's novel Brick Lane, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2003. But this so-called ‘Battle of Brick Lane' was not so much a battle as a rant by a group of self-appointed community leaders who have been given disproportionate attention in the media and unfounded power to dictate what can and cannot be said by authors and filmmakers.

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Todd Wagner Warns Film Industry Times Are Changing

 

"New Distribution Rules Are Being Written"

Todd Wagner - delivered keynote speechBillionaire trustee of the American Film Institute, Todd Wagner, delivered a wake-up call to the movie industry  at the AFI Digital Content Festival where he delivered the keynote address. Describing Hollywod as "one of the oldest closed clubs in the world," he warned the industry, times are changing and they had to get used to seeing new players on the field. His wake-up speech has been distributed globally by podcast.

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Wage Row Puts Spoke Into Cycling Film Gala

 

Protesters to  Target EIFF Opening Gala Over Unpaid Wages

Jonny Lee Miller appears as Graham Obree, Scots cyle champion who built his own bikeProtesters are set to target the Edinburgh International Film Festival's opening gala in a row over unpaid wages. One of the companies behind The Flying Scotsman, the movie which will kick off the event, has gone into administration - leaving about 60 crew members and extras out of pocket.

The union which represents the workers is organising a mass picket and boycott of the movie's world premiere at Fountain Park on 14 August. BECTU said that its members were owed a total of £79,000. The stars of the film, including Brian Cox and Jonny Lee Miller, are understood to have been paid.

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Disney Ditches Films Lacking Tie-in potential, axes 650 jobs

diensyDisney this week confirmed earlier reports in Variety by slashing the number of major films produced each year from 18 to 12. Despite having one of its most successful summers in years, with Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest becoming the year's number one film after just two weeks, the 'Mouse House' has decided to scale back production, slashing 650 jobs worldwide in the process. The company claims that it wants to focus on family oprientated entertainment as they offer far more lucratative marketing and tie-in opportunities.

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'Depressing and Dispiriting…it’s no Wonder Nobody Watches British Films'

 

An Oscar-winning screenwriter says the British film industry produces depressing and dispiriting films that nobody wants to watch

Julian Fellowes - Oscar-winning scriptwriter Julian Fellowes, the actor and Oscar-winning writer of Gosford Park, has accused a new generation of film-makers of living in a "child's paradise" and thinking they can sustain a career on "irritating and naive polemics".

Fellowes, who also wrote the screenplay for Vanity Fair, said that far too much lottery funding was going to films which either struggled to be released or flopped at the box office. He added that there was a mindset that had led to a wall of prejudice against "commercial and bourgeois" films.

 

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