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Stars Turn Out For Microwave Edinbrugh Premiere

Date posted: 19.06.2012

Phil Davis and Perry Benson Attend World Premiere of Borrowed Time
Film London Host Number of Industry Events and Workshops

Borrowed Time, the latest feature from Film London Microwave - the successful micro-budget film-making scheme behind iLL Manors - will enjoy its World Premiere at the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) on Thursday 21 June at 6.20pm. The film's stars Philip Davis, Perry Benson, newcomer Theo Barklem-Biggs and Juliet Oldfield will join writer/director Jules Bishop and producer Olivier Kaempfer at the premiere. A heart-warming tale of crime and nourishment, Borrowed Time tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a hapless young burglar and his eccentric victim.

Film London will be in Edinburgh partnering with the Festival to provide a range of events as part of the Festival's strong Industry programme this year, which will offer insight into the key issues and new ideas affecting the UK and international film industry today. As part of the industry programme and following a Borrowed Time screening, the film will be the subject of a 'from script to screen' Case Study (Friday 22 June, 1pm) with Bishop and Kaempfer, exploring the film's funding and its production through Microwave and succeeding with a limited budget.

Low Budget on Trial (Friday 22 June, 3.15pm) presented by Film London, takes its cue from the format of an 'Oxford Union' style debate in front of a live EIFF audience. This event will pose a number of propositions and argue for and against them including: 'are film-makers having to compromise in order to please financiers and aim to maximize their audience reach?' and 'how can public money be invested to best discover and support 'new talent'?'

Film London in partnership with Film Export UK and with support from Creative Skillset, is also bringing the successful Market Place Live (Sunday 24 June, 11am) to Edinburgh, exploring how independent film is developed, financed, produced and distributed with a panel of industry experts.

Why Do I Need a Creative Producer? (Monday 25 June, 9:30am) asks what the Creative Producer bring to the film-making process? Mia Bays, Creative Producer for Film London Microwave will give a professional insight in the practicalities of this role and how it sits alongside the traditional director/producer relationship.

Film London Microwave, delivered in partnership with BBC Films and with support from Creative Skillset, is producing some of the UK's hottest debuts. Discovering the next generation of UK film-making talent, Borrowed Time is its seventh feature. Recent films include Ben Drew's critically acclaimed iLL Manors, which released earlier this month and Strawberry Fields, directed by 'Screen Star of Tomorrow 2011' Frances Lea and starring Emun Elliott, Christine Bottomley and Anna Madeley, which will be released in the UK from 4 July courtesy of Soda Pictures. Since its launch in 2006, Microwave has also produced BAFTA nominated Shifty, Mum & Dad, The British Guide to Showing Off and Freestyle.

In May, Film London greenlit three new films through Microwave: Kingsland, written and directed by Tony Grisoni, screenwriter of the acclaimed Red Riding trilogy, and produced by Mike Elliott, set in London's hidden Kurdish community; Lilting, written and directed by Hong Khaou and produced by Dominic Buchanan (named a UK Star of Tomorrow 2012), is an uplifting tale which explores falling in love without a common language; and Seekers, written by Arinze Kene (star of Microwave's Freestyle), directed by Nicole Volavka and produced by Rob Watson, is a thriller set in the world of London's illegal immigrant underclass.

Microwave is a micro-budget film-making scheme which challenges London-based film-makers to shoot a feature film for up to £120,000.


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Notes to Editors

Borrowed Time at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Public screenings:

- World Premiere: Thursday 21 June 18:20; Cineworld 5

- Saturday 23 June 13:45; Cineworld 5

Press & Industry Screenings

- Wednesday 20 June, 13:10 Cineworld 11

- Wednesday 27 June 09:05; Cineworld 5

Film London events at Edinburgh International Film Festival

- Borrowed Time: Case Study

Friday 22 June, 13:00-14:30; Traverse Theatre 2 - EIFF Delegate Centre
Panel: writer/director Jules Bishop, producer Olivier Kaempfer
Access: EIFF Passholders

Low Budget on Trial

Friday 22 June, 15:15-16:45; Traverse Theatre 2 - EIFF Delegate Centre
Panel: Mia Bays, Peter Buckingham, Chris Moll, Jezz Vernon, Julian Gibley
Moderated by: Michael Gubbins
Access: EIFF Passholders

- Market Place Live

Sunday 24 June, 11:00-13:00; Traverse Theatre 2 - EIFF Delegate Centre
Through the unfolding story of an entirely fictitious film project, industry experts talk candidly about the all-too-real thrills, challenges and dilemmas of turning an idea into a film and successfully bringing it to the global market place.
Panel includes: Charlie Bloye (Film Export UK), Stephen Kelliher (Bankside), Kate Ogborn (Fly Film Company), Andy Green (Distrify)
Access: EIFF Passholders

Why Do I Need a Creative Producer?

Monday 25 June, 9:30-10:45; Traverse Theatre 2 - EIFF Delegate Centre
Panel: Mia Bays, Creative Producer for Film London Microwave
Access: EIFF Passholders

About Film London Microwave

Launched in 2006, Microwave is the acclaimed micro-budget feature film scheme set up by Film London with BBC Films, with support from Skillset. Committed to discovering and investing in emerging London-based film-makers, Microwave backs talented teams with fresh voices and strong stories. A unique 'apprenticeship' scheme, it provides an intensive approach to film-making with the emphasis on original ideas, tightly focussed scripts and short production schedules. Film-makers are supported by an extensive training and mentoring programme from development, through production, all the way to the film's release in the UK and internationally.

In production:
Written and directed by Tony Grisoni and produced by Mike Elliott

No Nation. No Law. No Justice. A thriller about conscience and blood ties in the hidden world of London's Kurdish Community. This story is inspired by real events that took place within the Kurdish diaspora in North London. Local people were intimidated and exploited by crime lords. Unable to find justice through the law or politicians, the community took the initiative and confronted the gangsters and drug dealers on the streets.

Lilting Written and directed by Hong Khaou and produced by Dominic Buchanan

An intimate and thoughtful film about communication, falling in love and forming relationships without a common language. A mother's attempt at understanding who her son is after his untimely death; her emotions are stirred up by presence of his partner.

Seekers Written by Arinze Kene, directed by Nicole Volavka and produced by Rob Watson.

A thriller set in the world of London's underclass. An African single mother finds new happiness with Jean-Baptiste, a refugee from Rwanda, and their struggle to survive in the big city eases. But a chance sighting of a ghost from the past exposes long buried traumas, which puts their lives in danger and everything they have is threatened.

Borrowed Time, a bittersweet comedy about growing up and rediscovering youth, written and directed by Jules Bishop and produced by Olivier Kaempfer, starring Philip Davis, Theo Barklem-Biggs and Perry Benson. World Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Thursday 21 June 2012.

Completed features:
Mum & Dad
(2008) Directed & written by Steven Sheil and produced by Lisa Trnovski. Released Boxing Day 2008 in the UK and Mother's Day 2009 in North America courtesy of Revolver Entertainment

Shifty (2008) Directed & written by Eran Creevy and produced by Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh. Released on 24 April 2009 in the UK courtesy of Metrodome Distribution. Shifty received a BAFTA nomination for the Carl Foreman Award (Best Debut) in 2010 and 5 BIFA nominations in 2008

Freestyle (2009) a teen romance based around the world of freestyle basketball, directed by Kolton Lee and produced by Lincia Daniel. Released in London and key cities by Revolver in February 2010 and became the first Microwave film to receive a theatrical release in the US through Phase 4

The British Guide to Showing Off, director Jes Benstock's Alternative Miss World documentary produced by Dorigen Hammond. Distributed by Verve Pictures in autumn 2011

Strawberry Fields, directed by Frances Lea and produced by Liam Beatty and Lucie Wenigerova, is an intense rites of passage film bursting with energy, sex and humour set during a perfect English summer. It received its World Premiere at the 55th BFI London Film Festival and will be released by Soda Pictures on 6 July

iLL Manors, written and directed by Ben Drew and produced by Atif Ghani

A unique crime thriller set on the unforgiving streets of London, following six disparate lives, all struggling to survive the circles of violence that engulf them. Released by Revolver on 8 June 2012

About Film London
Film London, as the capital's film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city's businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city's new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset.

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