Read Colin Hutton's new interview with Film London. He tells us about his experiences of making his film Gravity* and how it has helped with future projects. “My short film Gravity was one of the PULSE Digital Shorts slate for 2003. On hearing the news that my film had been selected I was ecstatic as I had spent the best part of ten years trying to get it funded…”
Short film-maker, Hong Khaou, is profiled on the Film London EAST website this week. His most successful film, Summer, was sponsored by the Hackney and Tower Hamlets Film Fund. Hong writes for the theatre and is currently adapting one of his plays into a feature film. He has recently won the 50 BBC/Royal New Writing Initiative, and in 2004 Hong's film, Waiting for Movement*, was selected for the Film London PULSE scheme.
The BFI National Archive is one of the world's largest collections of film. You can now plunder this treasure trove at the BFI film download shop. The initiative allows users to watch rare films from some of Britain's best film-makers including John Schlesinger's short Terminus set in Waterloo Station, Stephen Frears' The Burning, Tony and Ridley Scott's Boy and Bicycle and Sean Ellis' Left Turn*.
Over three days the Birds Eye View Film Festival Part III will screen 13 documentaries at the ICA, 15-17 September. Dedicated to fostering and promoting the work of women film-makers, the programme touches on subjects as varied as the taxidermy championships in Canada, the environmental impact of rain in Death Valley and the emotional impact of Hurricane Katrina on two survivors. Other highlights include the UK premiere of Until the Violence Stops - following the grass roots growth of The Vagina Monologues into V-Day, with guest speaker Myleene Klass and the opening film Martyr Street, a hard-hitting and politically poignant story about children growing up in war-torn Hebron, with guest speaker writer/director Amma Asante.
The Arista Story Development Workshops are intensive six-day courses providing advanced training in all aspects of film and TV script development for writers, directors, producers and executives. Supported by the MEDIA Programme of the EU for nearly a decade, Arista's highly-regarded workshops have now trained over 1,000 film and TV professionals from 25 countries around the world. Created, managed and tutored by European film professionals since its inception, Arista's industry expertise has resulted in a unique workshop that doesn't just analyse scripts, but examines in detail the whole collaborative process of getting a story in the right shape.
How green are we? Find out about the good and the bad in a groundbreaking series of installations, designed to help Londoners achieve a sustainable urban lifestyle. The Mayor of London is putting many new environmental initiatives into practice, and tackling climate change is a priority. He is working with Londoners to encourage more recycling, as well as finding the best way to preserve the capital's precious water resources. By protecting and enhancing our abundance of parks and open spaces, and conserving rare habitats and wildlife, London will remain one of the greenest cities in the world.
Join in the Sugarhouse Lane* name-the-best-no-budget-feature-competition. The five best respondents will win a set visit to see behind the thin nylon curtains at the Sugarhouse currently filming at London's 3 Mills.
View the trailer for Roger Michell's new film Venus* starring Peter O'Toole, Leslie Phillips, Jodie Whittaker and Vanessa Redgrave.
Compiled by Film London * Assisted by Film London