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Film London heads to Melbourne for the International Film Festival

Date posted: 06.08.2014

Film London is down under for the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) – one of the world’s oldest. CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission, Adrian Wootton, is giving a series of illustrated talks. Meanwhile Helena Mackenzie, Head of Inward Investment & Business Development, went to MIFF’s 37º South Market and selected three Australasian producers – Emma Slade, Steve Kearney, Briget Callow-Wright – to attend the Film London Production Finance Market (PFM) in October.

Cinema’s literary connections

Wootton’s talks pay tribute to writers and actors that have contributed to cinema. The series begins with an examination of the cinematic influence of celebrated novelist and short story writer Patricia Highsmith, followed the next day by a talk about one of the greatest spy novelists of our time, John le Carré.

While neither are directly involved in cinema, Wootton explores the numerous film and television adaptations of their books and the influence their writing has had on filmmaking and scriptwriting for the screen.

Paying particular attention to Highsmith’s posthumous film adaptations, the talk covers The Talented Mr Ripley and the recent The Two Faces of January. In his talk about le Carré, Wootton explores the ‘Smiley’ series of films. Both talks also look at the impact the writers’ personal lives had on their creative style.

Celebrating giants of the big screen

The extensive cinematic output of actors Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn are explored by Wootton in his final two talks. Exploring the lives, loves and film legacy of these two greats of 20th century cinema, Wootton reflects on the influence they have on movie making to this day.

Although the four figures discussed do not appear to have a direct link with each other, they all share a unique outlook on life, considered unconventional mavericks in their personal and professional lives – all of which had a profound effect on cinema.

Five years of partnership

Film London has partnered with Melbourne International Film Festival since 2009. The Festival’s 37º South Market is Film London’s Production Finance Market’s exclusive Australian/New Zealand partner. It offers the opportunity for producers from the region to attend the PFM in London and pitch their projects to international financiers and network.

A flagship Film London event, the PFM is held in association with the BFI London Film Festival and takes place on 15-16 October. It is the only event of its kind in the UK and dedicated to connecting producers with financiers to encourage new global film financing relationships.

Now in its eighth year, the Market continues to diversify and increasingly attracts delegates from a wide range of territories with the aim of promoting international co-productions and cross-territory relationships. The partnership with MIFF is central to its international strategy.

To find out more about the Festival, visit the MIFF website.

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