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55th BFI London Film Festival programme revealed

From the British Film Institute:

We're excited to announce the line-up for this year's BFI London Film Festival, which will showcase 204 feature films and 110 shorts over 16 days.

In addition to our previously announced opening and closing night films, Fernando Meirelles' 360 and Terence Davies'  The Deep Blue Sea [pictured left, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston], Gala highlights include George Clooney's The Ides of March, Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin and David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. This year's Archive Gala title is the BFI National Archive's restoration of Miles Mander's The First Born with a new score by Stephen Horne. 


Raindance Film Festival DVD Released

Best Of The 15th Raindance Film Festival Shorts

From Raindance:

Dogwoof Presents: The Best Of The 15th Raindance Film Festval Shorts

The sixth in the Raindance DVD series, The Best Of The 15th Raindance Film Festival Shorts is a unique collection of innovative short films from the 2007 festival. This eclectic mix includes festival award winners, award nominees, the 2007 festival trailer, and a behind-the-scenes peek of the making of the festival directed by Jonathan Caouette. The Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK and continues to discover and foster new filmmakers.


UK and South Korea sign film distribution pact

cyborg-1The highlight of Edinburgh Film Festival for me was Korean feel-good masterpiece, I'm a Cyborg And That's OK (pictured left), sort of like Michel Gondry remaking One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. For those wanting to see more of such jems as Oldboy and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, the new accord between the UK Film Council and the (South) Korean Film Council should see plenty more Korean films shown in the UK, and British films in Korea too.

Under the arrangement, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) will create a new fund of $200,000 to support prints and advertising costs of UK films distributed in Korea over a two year period, and in return Korean films will access the same level of support from the UK Film Council’s Prints & Advertising Fund.


Edinburgh Film-maker Launches New Horror Film


Sacrifice: Sold a House to Finance a FilmAn Edinburgh film-maker is launching his new horror film, SACRIFICED, at a free preview screening at the city's Cameo cinema. Keith Bradley has written, produced and directed the feature film which he funded from the sale of his house.


Sacrificed is his first feature film. "Basically the whole thing has been a cinematic challenge that I set myself. Could I self-finance a low budget horror film using camcorders that could find its place in the market alongside films made on a bigger budget?" said Bradley.


On Red Road To Success in US


Red Road, Andrea Arnold's award-winning featureThe award-winning Scottish film Red Road is already receiving acclaim in the American press, ahead of its Stateside launch.  The first feature film by Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold is set in Glasgow. It features Katie Dickie's harrowing portrayal of a CCTV operator whose life is turned upside down when a shadowy figure from her past appears on the monitor in front of her.

The film will get its first US showings at the Lincoln Plaza and Sunshine cinemas in New York, and the Nuart, in Los Angeles, on April 13.

Gene Seymour, writing for Newsday, in New York, called it "a cunning psychological thriller", and "an ingeniously crafted, well-acted movie".


Beyond Dogme 95, Lars von Trier introduces 'interactivity' with Lookey


"Film as media has one great flaw — it's a one-way media with a passive audience. As much as I love to dictate the storyline and control the experience I still wish that the audience could take an active part"
Lars von Trier


In the start of a new concept, the release of Lars von Triers latest film, The Boss of It All, apparently contains between five and seven visual clues which the Danish director calls Lookeys. With a 30,000 Kroner (approx £2,750) prize to the first Dane who identifies them all and understands how they connect, the Lookey  is hoping to encourage greater audience participation.  The winner will also get to appear as an extra in his next film: Anti Christ. More info at


Latest UK Film Council P&A Awards

The UK Film Council have unveiled their latest round of Print and Advertising funding.

The Prints and Advertising Fund (P&A) provides £2 million a year for the wider release of specialised, art-house and foreign language film. The P&A support is used to produce extra prints and increase advertising for specialised films which otherwise would only have a limited release in the UK.  The fund also aims to enhance media exposure and publicity ensuring audiences are aware of the opportunities to see the film.

[NB - this article original suggested that the Film Council has paid £1470 to WYSWYG Films based on an FCUK press release. This was in error]



David Lynch to self distribute his next film

"David's completely avant-garde attitude towards life make this the right film at the right time for this approach."

david lynchDavid Lynch's three-year in the making Inland Empire is to be self distributed in North America, the director announced at the New York Film Festival last Friday. Staring Laura Dern, who takes three roles, the three-hour DV film is set to'explore new models of distribution' according to producer Mary Sweeney. Following agreement from French producers Canal Plus, partnerships with cinemas and home video suppliers are expected to be announced in coming weeks. The director has built up a sizable community of fans with whom he regularly communicates through, like to form an element of the release.