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Film London News Bulletin - 18 May 2007

Date posted: 18.05.2007

The candidates for this year's Turner Prize have been announced. Artist film-maker and previous London Artists' Film & Video Awards (LAFVA) awardee Zarina Bhimji is one of four artists to make the shortlist.

Director of The Queen*, Stephen Frears, is Jury President at this year's Cannes Film Festival; which kicked off earlier this week and runs until 27 May. Frears has directed films including: My Beautiful Laundrette, Dirty Pretty Things* and the 1987 Cannes competitor, Prick Up Your Ears. Film London has an office at the festival which will be open daily from 10am to 5pm (Gray D'Albion Apartments, 20 bis rue des Serbes, Entrance 7F, No 12).

North West London will be having its day in the sun at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival when it features in Kings*. Set in London and Ireland, Kings follows the lives of six young Irishmen seeking their fortune in Kilburn in 1977 and their return journey to Connemara years later for a friend's funeral.

London based international short film label Future Shorts has become the official short film partner for MySpace France at the Cannes Film Festival. The partnership will manifest itself at a series of events hosted by MySpace - Future Shorts will provide the visual entertainment with several programmes of short films which will be shown between the audio acts.

The latest in an ongoing series of artist screenings, supported by Film London Artist's Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), will take place at the BFI Southbank. Hannah Collins will present her 2006 LAFVA-funded, A Current History* on Wednesday 23 May at 6.10pm.Following the screening Collins will be in discussion with curator Mark Nash.

National Skills Day, an initiative for the audio visual industries, will take place this year on Thursday 24 May. This is the third consecutive year the industries have staged National Skills Day. On this single day companies support and promote skills and training by organising learning opportunities for individuals in the workplace.

And finally…

28 Weeks Later* is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror film and sequel to Danny Boyle's 2002 film 28 Days Later*. Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, it received its UK release on 11 May 2007. The production team shot all over the capital, using some of its most iconic landmarks including London Underground, St Paul's Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, 30 St Mary Axe, Shaftesbury Avenue, and Wembley Stadium – and managed to create the appearance of a deserted metropolis in one of the world's busiest cities. …

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