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Film London News Bulletin - 11 May 2007

Date posted: 11.05.2007

Mum & Dad*, the first film to be produced as part of Microwave, Film London's micro-budget feature film fund, has just wrapped following a successful and intensive three week shoot in London and Nottingham. The second round of applications for Microwave is now open and closes on 29 June. Film London is holding a series of roadshows to promote the scheme at venues across the capital. See: www.filmlondon.org.uk/microwave for further details, guidelines and application forms.

Films made through Film London's PULSE digital shorts scheme 2006 got their premiere screening this week at East London's Rich Mix. The exciting slate of films ranges from Wish* starring Imogen Poots (also starring in 28 Weeks Later*) to Peter and Ben*, a documentary about an unusual friendship.

British/Lebanese short Both* has been selected for 46th International Critics' Week in Cannes 2007. Both was written and directed by Bass Bre'che. In July 2006, during the war between Israel and Lebanon, a former Lebanese militia man creates his own dream-like world in London. This world of solitude turns into an obsessive fixation on an imaginary muse. Mr Bre'che joined forces with Chronic Films, Eric Trometer as the Film Cinematographer and Dana Kahil Trometer as the Film Editor, and actors Andrea Estrella and Ian Hart.

The brand new, dedicated website for the Lewisham Film Initiative (LFI) is now online, showcasing the best of South East London's creative film-making talent. Packed with films, news, funding updates, and location info, the LFI online is a vital resource for film-makers.

MediaBase is an exciting new resource for the film and television industry, launched by UK Post and Services. This fully searchable database focuses entirely on production and post-production activity in the UK. Aimed at producers and production managers, the site is designed to make the job of researching productions and facilities as easy as possible. With the simple search functions you can discover the service team behind a particular production, credits of individuals and facilities along with contact details.

Sony has launched a new online community, set up for users to share skills and ideas. Vaionation.co.uk includes material from up-and-coming pioneers of style and creativity with experts from the film and music industry including Brixton-born BAFTA film director Daniel Mulloy.

The organizers of Camden Green Fair are looking for ethical, political, echo friendly, green films, to screen as part of their documentary strand. This outdoor event, in The Regent's Park on 3 June, attracts over 15,000 people interested in renewable energy sources. The films are screened in a central marquee powered by solar energy and will run in three strands from 1.30pm - 6.30pm. They are also seeking a selection of shorts from young people which may not necessarily relate to any of the topics. The deadline for the cinema programme is 15 May 2007.

Learn to shoot, direct and edit your own documentary with the DFG Documentary Training Course over two weeks in London. Each participant gets to create, shoot, edit and direct their own film.

The Guild of Location Managers (GoLM) has re-launched its site. GoLM is a UK-based voluntary organisation of professional location managers working within the film, television, advertising and event industries.

Star Wars* is coming to the South Bank. Kicking off the thirtieth birthday celebrations for the epic series the touring exhibition at London's County Hall will display original props, models, art, vehicles and costumes from the entire Star Wars saga. Among the exhibits from the Lucasfilm archives is the Naboo N-1 Starfighter, a Landspeeder hovercraft and a dress worn by Natalie Portman in her role as Queen Amidala. The exhibition's interactive elements include Jedi training.

And finally…

Meanwhile the revered voice of Yoda himself Frank Oz has completed directing his latest feature, the black comedy Death at a Funeral* starring Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Graves, Ewen Bremner, and Alan Tudyk.

Compiled by Film London * Assisted by Film London

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