26th August 2015
Dear Colin, Congratulations on the huge box-office success of Jurassic World this summer. It must feel good to be the king of the world. Interestingly, while you said several months ago that you wouldn't be back to direct the next Jurassic film because you were next looking to do something original, you clearly changed your mind when approached to direct the next Star Wars film. I don't blame you. The lure of a Star Wars film is hard to resist.
26th August 2015
Amma Asante is running a competition for emerging female filmmakers. Three winners will be selected to take part in an online master class with BAFTA winning writer/director. To enter please match the criteria below and answer the following questions (each question should be no more than 250 words): 1. Aside from race what, thematically, are the similarities between the films A Way of Life and Belle? 2. Tell us about the film that made you want to be a filmmaker.
26th August 2015
For film and TV composer Laura Karpman, versatility isn’t merely about alternating between comedy and drama. Her landmark concert work “Ask Your Mama,” based on poetry by Harlem Renaissance figure Langston Hughes, is just out on CD. Her multimedia piece “Siren Songs,” a symphonic tone poem about the relationship between women and the oceans, was unveiled last month by the Pacific Symphony.
26th August 2015
Enhancements to the U.K.’s Film Tax Relief, which were announced earlier this year, have been approved by the European Union, which allows them to pass into law. The changes mean that all British movies can receive a rebate of 25%. Following the changes, British films of all budget levels can apply for the 25% tax break. Previously, only the first £20 million ($31.4 million) on big-budget films would qualify for the higher rate, with the remaining expenditure earning 20%. The new rate will apply to all features in production on or after April 1, 2015.
25th August 2015
Summer's big success story isn't just "Straight Outta Compton," which topped the box office for the second week in a row this past weekend, but also its studio, Universal Pictures.
24th August 2015
The work of the Jamaican-British filmmaker Cecile Emeke offers a portal into a world rarely seen on American screens: the everyday experiences and culture of black youths in Europe, rendered with a complexity and depth that is exhilarating to watch.
21st August 2015
Amy Schumer's new film Trainwreck is the latest female-centric projects Judd Apatow has helped bring to fruition. We caught up with the award-winning director and Schumer's co-star Bill Hader ahead of the film's UK release this weekend.
18th August 2015
Representatives from ministries of culture and film funds from across Europe have agreed on a declaration that calls for policies to counter the gender imbalance in the audio-visual industry. The conference – entitled Women in today’s film industry: gender issues. Can we do better? – was held in Sarajevo on Friday (Aug 14), the opening day of Sarajevo Film Festival.
17th August 2015
Carol, Todd Haynes’ 1950s set drama, has been selected by the 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) where it will screen as the American Express Gala. The film will receive its UK Premiere on October 14 at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by Haynes and stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Set in 1950s New York, Mara plays a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman, played by Blanchett.
16th August 2015
Sadie Frost has done the theory, and now she is putting it into practice. The actress has just completed an MA based on researching the sometimes difficult careers of female film-makers; next month she will become her own case study, when the first feature film from her own production company, a psychological thriller, is released.