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Film London News Bulletin - 16 November 2007

Date posted: 16.11.2007

The London Children's Film Festival starts this weekend! Running until 25 November the festival will take place at the Barbican and at cinemas across the capital. As always, the programme brings an exciting selection of films and workshops to families and children alike.

Pinewood Shepperton plc is proposing to build the world's first purpose-built film and television 'live-work' community. The £200 million Project Pinewood is a unique and ambitious undertaking. The new development will offer a “collage” of locations modelled on popular film and television backdrops. These will include a Roman amphitheatre, a complete castle, a Venetian canal, an Italian lakeside and street scenes from London, New York, Paris and Los Angeles. Many of these completed features which will be visible from the M25.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix*, Hot Fuzz*, Miss Potter* and Atonement* have pushed the market share for British films at the UK box office to 27% in 2007, up from 19% for the whole of 2006, according to the latest figures published by the UK Film Council.

The fifth Creative Clusters event, starting today and running until 14 November, is the world's leading policy conference on the creative economy. Among 100 guest speakers and up to 500 delegates from 35 countries will gather in London's leading creative hotspots such as the V&A, Southbank Centre and Royal Opera House.
Stephen Poliakoff has established a reputation in the theatre in the mid 1970s, moving successfully to television with screenplays including Stronger Than the Sun, Caught on a Train, and Shooting the Past. BBC writersroom in association with The Royal Court Theatre are holding an open and free event on 19 November where Stephen will talk with Kate Rowland, the BBC's Creative Director of New Writing, about his work.

Duncan Kenworthy, highly Acclaimed and Award-Winning Producer of Four Weddings and A Funeral*, Notting Hill* and Love Actually* will co-chair the next BAFTA / Rocliffe New Writing Forum on 26-Nov-2007 at BAFTA. Email to book tickets.

The School of Sound will run two practical workshops exploring the soundtrack in fiction filmmaking. The three-week courses concentrate on the creation of a soundtrack for a short film, and music composition. The curricula combines the creative decision making that goes into producing a soundtrack with the technical and professional demands of contemporary screen production. Both workshops are hands-on courses aimed at directors, editors, sound editors/designers, composers, music supervisors/producers, artists and anyone who works with sound or music in the screen arts.

Beautiful South, the BFI strand that supports emerging film talent, turns the spotlight on documentary in Reality Bites, a day-long workshop. The Beautiful South Surgery is a chance to interact with film-makers and decision-makers through three sessions designed to bring you closer to the art and business of the genre.

Riverside Studios opens its doors to London's first International Dancefilm Festival running from 30 November. Stunning dance works specifically made for the camera and new work by international dance legends will be seen on the big screen. The London International Dancefilm Festival is a 3-day event celebrating choreographers who make films to broaden their work beyond live performance situations.

The 14th Italian Film Festival will screen its annual selection of the best in il cinema italiano, from 23 November, including hits such as Manual of Love 2, My Best Enemy and Night Before the Exams. All films Italian with English subtitles.

And finally

Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson portray Anne and Mary Boleyn, sisters who compete for the affections of King Henry VIII in The Other Boleyn Girl* based on the best selling novel by Philippa Gregory. View the trailer.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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