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Film London News Bulletin - 4 May 2007

Date posted: 04.05.2007

28 Weeks Later* is the sequel to 2002 film 28 Days Later*, reuniting the creative team of Danny Boyle, Alex Garland, and Andrew Macdonald and opens in cinemas next week. Led by director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the story picks up six months after the rage virus has annihilated the British Isles. A deserted and decayed Trafalgar Square was used for the shoot and now features as our Location of the Month.

Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), in partnership with Picture This, are inviting London based artists to apply for a three month moving image residency based at Spike Island in Bristol. The residency will take place between July and October 2007 offering the selected artist an opportunity to develop new moving image work in a unique supportive and creative environment. The deadline for applications is Thursday 31 May 2007.

Are you applying to Mediabox? Would you like to discuss your application? We are offering an Application Surgery with Film London's Mediabox advisers on Tuesday 15 May, open to London-based organizations applying for Mid or Big Mediabox grants.

The April issue of Vertigo magazine is out now with an exclusive DVD of artists' films, featuring work produced through the London Artists' Film and Video Awards (LAFVA). The DVD has been produced by Film London Artists' Moving Image Network, in collaboration with Vertigo, and features a selection of recent visionary works by Andrew Kötting, Desperate Optimists, Tim Shore, Carol Morley, Hannah Collins, Georgina Starr, Jonathan Hodgson and Chris Newby.

From the Naval College to the Northern Lights - first look footage for New Line Cinema's highly anticipated adaptation of the first book in Phillip Pullman's best selling trilogy, 'The Golden Compass', is now online. Set in a parallel London and Oxford, the film's heroine, Lyra, begins a dimension-crossing odyssey from Oxford to London by zeppelin and on to the North Pole. The Golden Compass* is the most ambitious film that New Line has undertaken since The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Doc/Fest wants creatives from London and Yorkshire for Crossover Lab. Doc/Fest and Unexpected Media, with support from the BBC, Channel 4, London Development Agency and Screen Yorkshire, are looking for documentary makers, new media producers and games developers from Yorkshire and London to take part in Crossover UK, a five-day residential laboratory designed to brainstorm cross-platform documentary projects.

Do you struggle to secure press coverage for screenings and events at your venue? Finding it tough to get national media interest in your festival with so many other festivals out there? The Independent Cinema Office presents an essential one-day training course for anyone who is aiming to maximize media coverage for film-related events or festivals and is working with limited time, money and resources.

Are you off to Cannes? Do you have a project to sell? This one day workshop with Melissa Norman is designed to teach you how to sell your script or script idea. The Pitching Bootcamp takes place on 5 May at the Fleapit.

BBC Film Network, Electric Proms and New Talent are challenging film-makers to make original new films inspired by new music tracks with BBC New Music Shorts 2007. You'll get to work with Warp Films and up to £5,000 to make your film, which will be premiered at the BBC Electric Proms in October, and showcased online at BBC Film Network. Deadline for entries is 1 June 2007.

Margaret Williams trained as a painter. Following a stint in Hollywood and at the BBC, she cut her teeth as an early independent, making art films. Her hugely respected and internationally successful films have always taken a new, original and innovative approach, characterised by humour, a powerful sense of composition and thrilling visual flair. Margaret Williams' Dance Film Retrospective at The Wapping Project runs over three and four screens, on loops, throughout the gallery opening hours.

And finally…

The trailer for Shekhar Kapur's The Golden Age*, the follow up to his 1998 Academy-award nominated Elizabeth*, is now online. Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush reprise the roles they originated. Joining them is Clive Owen, Samantha Morton, Abbie Cornish, Jordi Molla and Rhys Ifans.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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