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Film London News Bulletin - 21 September 2007

Date posted: 21.09.2007

The line up for The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival has been announced including 184 features, 133 shorts, screen talks, masterclasses and live events. Opening the festival on 17 October is the UK Premiere of Cronenberg's Eastern Promises*. Film London in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the London Development Agency and London Unlimited, continues it's support of the festival with the Mayor of London's Gala Ang Lee's Lust Caution as well as Capital-wide screenings, Archive Screenings in Trafalgar Square, Training Programmes, Industry Facilities and a New Industry Initiative.

David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises* has scooped the top prize at The Toronto International Film Festival positioning itself as an early Oscar® favorite. The thriller, set in the London underworld of Russian mobsters starring Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts is a follow up to the 2005 Oscar nominated A History of Violence.

Ricky Gervais and Helen Mirren were both winners at the 59th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles last week. Mirren added to her recent haul of awards, including an Oscar® for the ITV-produced movie The Queen*, taking the gong for best actress in a mini-series for the final Prime Suspect*. The drama, made by ITV Productions, was a triple winner, also picking up best director for a mini-series for Phillip Martin and best writing for a mini-series for Frank Deasy. Gervais, took the best actor in a comedy award for his role in Extras*. 

The latest funding allocation for Mediabox has been announced and more than £400,000 has been awarded to London-based organisations. Mediabox, established by The Department of Children and Families, is an initiative offering 13-19 year olds the freedom to develop and produce creative media projects.

The London Cultural Consortium works with the Mayor of London to champion the capital's vibrant and diverse culture. Chaired by Chris Smith, it brings together leaders of all areas of culture in the capital: the arts, heritage, museums, libraries and archives, sport, tourism, film, media and the creative industries. Everyone who works for or supports London's culture is encouraged to sign up for the Consortium's newsletter and other alerts.

Film London's Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) presents the London premiere of Drum Room*, a new work from celebrated artist film-maker Miranda Pennell. The film will screen at the BFI Southbank 3 October at 8.30pm. The film was funded through Film London's London Artists' Film and Video Awards (LAFVA), now in its eighth successful year.

Elefest (22 - 30 September), Elephant and Castle's annual festival, celebrates the creative and cultural diversity of the area. Over 10 days the festival transforms this south London neighbourhood. You can enjoy a solar powered cinema, a photographic exhibition in the subway, as well as live bands, open rehearsals, readings and talks, in a variety of venues. This project is supported by Film London's Audience Development Fund.

The British Council is currently accepting submissions of feature films for inclusion in the 2008 British Films Catalogue. This catalogue is distributed by the British Council at festivals and markets such as Sundance, Clermont Ferrand, Berlin, Cannes and Toronto. It is an invaluable guide for overseas buyers and festival selectors of the latest selection of British features and short films. The catalogue is also available online at Brit Films.com. If you have a feature, or features, that have been produced in the past 12-18 months and are due to be released in the year 2008 which you would like to be included please submit your film's details here.

In homage to the touring picture shows of the past, community groups, film societies, membership organisations and cinemas around the country can now access curated programmes offering insights into Britain and Britons during the 20th century, drawn from the new BFI Mediatheque. For the first-time ever archive gems from the BFI National Archive can be accessed at the click of a button at the new BFI Mediatheque. The Independent Cinema Office is touring a selection of this material nationwide including Bombs at Teatime screening this week at Elefest.

Curzon Cinemas and Verso Books present Hold Everything Dear: John Berger and Pasolini's La Rabbia. Pasolini's remarkable film essay will be followed by John Berger in conversation with Gareth Evans, editor of Vertigo magazine and curator of Here Is Where We Meet, a 2005 celebration of Berger's work. Every audience member will receive a free copy of a 96 page, fully illustrated exploration of John Berger's life and work, with original writing by Berger, Geoff Dyer, Michael Ondaatje and Anne Michaels, among many others.

The London Film School presents a 2 day London Film School workshop with Paul Cronin, editor of the book: On Filmmaking: an Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick. Cronin presents a workshop based on Mackendrick's influential teachings, featuring previously unseen footage of his lectures.

The British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) and Screen South have teamed up to provide a free networking event where film clubs and community cinema representatives will meet up to share experiences and find out how their colleagues screen films and attract audiences.

Four Corners present What Difference Can We Make. Documentary film-makers Simon Ardizzone, Kim Hopkins, Chris Atkins and Sandhiya Suri will show clips and discuss what impact their work had with the communities / issues they were working with or focusing on. Dhiraj Mahey will chair the event.

Frank Oz, the man behind Yoda and Miss Piggy will be on hand for a live web chat at 12pm on 24 September to discuss, amongst other things, his latest film British farce Death at a Funeral*.

View extended 5 minute trailer for Shekhar Kapur's sumptuous historical drama Elizabeth: The Golden Age*.

Apologies for the error in last weeks bulletin. Sebastian Godwin directed PULSE short The Girls*.

And finally

A horse-drawn hearse brought traffic to a standstill this week, in a procession which began outside the Old Bailey, as campaigners highlighted the problem of sex trafficking. The event was part of a multimedia art exhibition called The Journey Against Sex Trafficking, designed to show the journey of a trafficked woman. Curated by actress Emma Thompson, the installation will be in Trafalgar Square until 31 September and open for visits between 12pm and 8pm.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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