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Film London News Bulletin - 22 December 2008

Date posted: 22.12.2008

The first project to go into production as part of Film London's Microwave scheme will have a multi-platform release on Boxing Day. Steven Sheil's horror Mum & Dad has been described as "the best UK horror of the last decade" by Gorezone and "one of the defining British horrors of it's generation" by Total Film. View the trailer online and from 26 December the film will be available in cinemas, on DVD, pay per view and on the Internet. 

Joel Hopkins' Last Chance Harvey* will open Palm Springs festival on 6 January. Last Chance Harvey*, a romantic comedy set in London, stars Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson and is the director's second feature.

Magic Hour is a groundbreaking new UK-wide short film scheme aimed at disabled filmmakers. Magic Hour are looking for writers and directors with passion and talent to make bold films which portray disability on the screen in a way that is innovative in both form and content. A total of four films will be produced each with a budget of £8,000. Applications are open from 8 December to midnight on 17 January  2009.

BBC Training & Development are offering 80% subsidies on Multi-Platform Awareness Workshops through Jan to March 2009. The workshops are aimed at all UK freelancers who work in Production and have experience in conventional linear production and editorial creative processes. An 80% subsidy is awarded to freelancers who meet the criteria, which means you only pay £40 for this course. For further information including an application pack or details on how to book or see if you are eligible please visit bbctraining.com.

The London Short Film Festival returns for six nights at Roxy in 2008. Highlights include the return of Darryl's Hard Liquor and P0rn Festival, a Documentary Marathon + Sound & Vision – a night of music & film. Blow away those January blues with six brilliant nights of the best in short film and video at the unique Roxy Bar & Screen from 10 to 18 January. 

University College London (UCL) Department of Greek & Latin present an afternoon and evening of silent film; The Ancient World in Silent Cinema with piano accompaniment, and other related talks on 28 January. This is a remarkable opportunity, as almost all of the films to be screened are not available for purchase in video or DVD format, and are rarely shown in cinemas - they survive as viewing copies in film archives. This event is linked to the launch of an international, collaborative research project on antiquity in silent cinema, which Maria Wyke and Pantelis Michelakis are planning.

And finally

As part of the on-going monthly previews in support of cinematICA, the fundraising initiative to refurbish the ICA cinema, the ICA's first preview for 2009 will be the eagerly awaited Frost/Nixon on 2 January. Michael Sheen and Frank Langella star in this sharp and dynamic dramatisation of David Frost's interview of former president Richard Nixon in 1977. We have a pair of tickets to give away this special event, just email your details with Film London Competition in the subject line. The winner will be drawn and notified on 30 December 2008.

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