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Film London News Bulletin - 16 December 2005

Date posted: 16.12.2005

The nominations for the 63rd Golden Globe awards have been announced and his year a wealth of British talent and London-shot productions feature in the line up. Dame Judi Dench has received a nomination for her portrayal of Mrs Henderson in the 1930s biopic Mrs Henderson Presents* and will go head-to-head with Teddington-born Keira Knightley for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). Mrs Henderson Presents* and Pride & Prejudice* are also up for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy).  Woody Allen's Match Point* has also picked up several nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director (Motion Picture). The Constant Gardener*, has also received a nomination for Best Motion Picture (Drama). Similarly, the director of this highly-acclaimed feature, Fernando Meirelles, has been selected to compete for the Best Director (Motion Picture) award. There has also been much recognition for work in British television, with nominations for the BBC epic drama serial, Rome, and for notable performances in The Girl in the Café*. Further information can be found here.

BBC Film Network, the interactive showcase for new British short film-making talent, has now launched a Film London player. Streamed short films from the PULSE and London Production Fund slates can now be seen online here.

The current issue of Vertigo magazine comes with a free two-hour DVDMade In London is a compilation of single screen artists' work by Film London of the last five years of the London Artists' Film and Video Awards. It features the work of artist film-makers John Smith, Jane and Louise Wilson, Paul Bush, William Raban, Emily Richardson, Joe King and Rosie Pedlow, Clio Barnard, Inger Lisa Hansen, Miranda Pennell, Simon Aeppli, Al & Al and Alnoor Dewshi. Purchase your copy and find further information here.

A groundbreaking initiative to help women film practitioners returning to work was announced today by Skillset. Timeshift will provide job sharing roles on film productions for teams of eight women with an allowance paid towards child care cost in addition to their salaries. The unique scheme is a part of A Bigger Future, the UK Film Skills Strategy, a five year joint initiative by Skillset and UK Film Council.  Further information and application forms can be found here. Timeshift is backed by the European Social Fund Equal Programme.

EMAP Communications has announced the launch of Broadcast LIVE, a new event focussed on the content creation, management and delivery industries. The event, taking place from 20 - 22 June 2006 at Earls Court 2, will feature a mix of exhibitors, a structured conference and feature areas. Further information can be found here.

The bfi is committed to improving the quality and accessibility of its film and television-related services. As a London organisation they need to know as much as possible about audiences. It is also beneficial for them to analyse how their services are perceived and how to improve them. If you would you like to express an opinion take a few minutes and complete the online questionnaire. All information is confidential and will only be used for research purposes. A text only version can be found here. Your name will be entered into a prize draw to win ten bfi DVDs and a copy of bfi publishing's The Ultimate Film

Film London currently has several vacancies. Further information can be found here.

And finally...

The highly anticipated film adaptation of Dan Brown's bestselling The Da Vinci Code* recently finished shooting in and around London. In a race through London, Paris and beyond, Langdon and Neveu played by Tom Hanks and Audery Tautou follow a trail of clues in an attempt to decipher a labyrinthine puzzle in time, before a stunning historical truth is lost forever. View the trailer here.

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