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Film London News Bulletin - 15 June 2007

Date posted: 15.06.2007

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (Dance Baby Dance), one of the first Bollywood films to be set primarily in London, has opened in cinemas nationwide. The romantic comedy features many of London’s most iconic locations, such as Tower Bridge, Kensington Palace Gardens and Waterloo Station.

The Second International Screenwriters' Festival runs 3 to 6 July. The four days are divided into two sections; 3 - 4 July is for Rising Talent, while 5 - 6 July is aimed at The Professionals. The festival is dedicated to the art, craft and business of writing for the screen, bringing together professional industry delegates, high profile guests and new talent from around the world. Confirmed speakers include Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain), William Nicholson (Gladiator*) and David Hare (The Hours*). Film London CEO Adrian Wootton will take his place on the advisory panel, alongside Head of Production Maggie Ellis.

Don't miss the London Screen Study Collection exhibition, Moving Pictures Come to London: the First Decades, 1894-1914, at the City of Westminster Archives Centre until 30 June. It will also feature at West End Live in Leicester Square next weekend (23 and 24 June).

Micro Strategies is an intense two day workshop (30 June and 1 July) on developing the scope and structure of your micro budget project. With guests from schemes and practicing awardees, this course covers micro script development, packaging an application, rights and ownership issues of the finished product, match funding and the level of sales and distribution expectations these schemes require.

BAFTA has invited Indian screen legend Amitabh Bachchan to a special weekend on 16 and 17 June in celebration of his exceptional career in film.

Debate London, the architecture foundation, presents five major debates next week (22 - 25 June) at Tate Modern.

The ABC of DANCE4FILM wants your short dance films. This new collaboration between Arts Council England and Channel 4 brings the opportunity to commission new British and Australian dance films and the purchase of existing dance films to be broadcast on Channel 4 and Australia's ABC television. Deadline for submissions is 3 September.

The final day of the Institut français' annual celebration of cultural diversity, Mosaïques, takes place on 22 June.

Book now for the Film4 Summer Screen. This annual event returns for nine nights in August, transforming the magnificent 18th Century courtyard of Somerset House into a full-scale, open-air cinema with state-of-the art giant screen, 35mm projection and surround-sound.

The closing date for Film London's Children's Cinema Development Coordinator vacancy is fast approaching (18 June). We also have a position open for an Administrative Assistant. Please submit your application for this role by 2 July.

And finally…

Under cover of darkness, construction workers erected a 100-foot mesh replica of the Silver Surfer comicbook character on the BA London Eye. Fox teamed with the BA London Eye and Film London from as early as storyboard meetings for a scene in Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer*. From Monday until Wednesday the BA London Eye hosted the worldwide press junket conducting interviews with the director and stars promoting the upcoming summer blockbuster. This groundbreaking event is the first time such a construction has ever been permitted.

Compiled by Film London * Assisted by Film London

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