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Leon Forde

  • Tre Vänner moves into English thrillers


    EXCLUSIVE: Swedish production company announces first English-language projects.
  • Lenny Abrahamson, Frank


    On the eve of Frank’s Sundance premiere, Screen talks to Irish director Lenny Abrahamson about getting a different kind of performance from Michael Fassbender in that giant fake head.
  • Kaleidoscope moves into The Square


    The Oscar-shortlisted film will be released in July 2014.
  • Foodie delights in Berlin


    The Berlinale’s Culinary Cinema strand is taking to the streets.
  • Expanding storytelling through convergence


    SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Understanding the differences between platforms is key to unlocking the potential of a converging world, attendees at Screen’s Film Summit at the BFI Southbank heard today (Dec 2).
  • Alexandros Avranas, Miss Violence


    Screen speaks to the Venice winner about his unsettling drama.
  • Still Life wins top prize in Reykjavik


    Moodysson’s We Are The Best! wins audience award at Icelandic festival’s 10th anniversary.
  • Scotland's new film-making landscape


    Thanks to ambitious shoots for films such as World War Z and Under The Skin, Scotland’s reputation as a film-making hub is growing. Leon Forde reports.
  • Tre Vanner outfits with Golden Trousers


    Swedish production powerhouse also planning autumn shoot for heist film Mastermind.
  • Jens Jonsson, Snabba Cash III


    The Snabba Cash III director talks old school storytelling and the thrillers he is plotting next.
  • Irish comedy The Stag sells to UK


    EXCLUSIVE: Metro International Entertainment is to handle world sales for Treasure Entertainment’s comedy The Stag, which makes its world premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Sweden's Way Out West breaks record


    Gothenburg music and film festival Way Out West wrapped on Saturday (August 10) after holding the world premiere of Snabba Cash: Life Deluxe, the third and final instalment in the hit Swedish crime trilogy (known as Easy Money in English).
  • One rocking festival


    Sweden’s Way Out West festival delivers a hot music line-up and packed film screenings.
  • Run & Jump wins at Galway


    Steph Green’s Run & Jump has picked up the Best Irish Feature Award at the Galway Film Fleadh.
  • Eurimages to expand fund outside Europe


    Eurimages executive director Roberto Olla has confirmed that the Council of Europe’s film fund is to be expanded beyond Europe.
  • IFB backs new films from Sheridan, Crowley, Dillon


    The Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced its funding awards for the first and second quarters of 2013.
  • Galway welcomes Flanagan, Ronan, Temple, Quinto


    Ireland’s Galway Film Fleadh launched its 25th edition last night (July 9) with a screening of Spanish-Irish co-production Tasting Menu [pictured].
  • Ruairi Robinson, The Last Days On Mars


    Irish film-maker Ruairi Robinson talks to Leon Forde about his feature debut The Last Days On Mars, which screened in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight section.
  • Amit Kumar, Monsoon Shootout


    Leon Forde talks to Amit Kumar about his feature debut Monsoon Shootout, which screens in Cannes as a Midnight Screening.
  • Irish Film Board: springboard for Ireland’s industry


    The Irish Film Board is playing a key role in the growth of Irish cinema. By Leon Forde.
  • Ireland: Hot films


    From offbeat comedy to horror to co-productions with major international names, Ireland is producing a broad range of cinema. Leon Forde profiles a selection of anticipated upcoming films.
  • Irish cinema 
lights up


    A wave of local film-making talent, ambitious producers and attractive co-production options are helping Ireland shine on the world stage. Leon Forde reports
  • Steph Green, director, Run & Jump


    Leon Forde talks to the Oscar-nominated director about her feature debut Run & Jump, which world premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival
  • Argo triumphs at BAFTAs


    Other multiple winners included Les Miserables and Skyfall.
  • Jeremy Thomas, Kon-Tiki


    Oscar-winning UK producer Jeremy Thomas tells Leon Forde about his mission to bring epic adventure Kon-Tiki to the screen.
  • Joe Wright


    The director talks about his fresh take on Tolstoy classic Anna Karenina.
  • Beasts wins Golden Puffin at Reykjavik


    Guests at the Icelandic event included Susanne Bier, Marjane Satrapi and Dario Argento.
  • James Higgins


    Screen talks to esteemed industry veteran James Higgins, recipient of the outstanding contribution to the industry accolade at this year’s Screen International Marketing & Distribution Awards.
  • Susanne Bier receives RIFF's Creative Excellence Award


    Award presented by president of Iceland
  • Jean-Pierre Jeunet debuts the Alexa M


    Director’s Spivet is first feature to use ARRI camera.
  • Reykjavík opens with Queen Of Montreuil


    Guests attending the ninth edition of RIFF include Dario Argento, Susanne Bier and Marjane Satrapi.
  • Drawing on success


    With a record number of European features headed to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (June 4-9), Leon Forde reports on the growing ambition of the European animation sector.
  • 12 projects selected for Locarno’s Open Doors


    Co-production lab focuses on Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa in 2012.
  • Cannes Classics lineup unveiled


    Restorations of Once Upon A Time In America, Tess and Jaws are among the films screening in the 2012 Cannes Classics programme.
  • Foreign finalists selected for 2012 Student Academy Awards


    Finalists selected from 51 entries include student work from Australia, the UK and Germany
  • San Sebastian launches Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum


    New event joins existing festival initiatives aiming to create closer ties with Latin America
  • A kind of magic


    After a decade, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ended the wizarding saga in impressive style with an epic battle for Hogwarts. The film-makers tell Leon Forde about going out with a bang
  • 2012 preview: the prestige pictures


    There is a wealth of high-prestige pictures set for release this year and a potentially classic end-of-year awards season featuring new movies by Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, the Coen brothers, Terrence Malick, Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrmann, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O Russell, Tom Hooper and Kathryn Bigelow. Mike Goodridge and Leon Forde profile the movies being readied for the awards podium in 2013, both with US distribution in place and without.
  • Howard Shore


    The Hugo composer talks about research and listening.
  • 2011's hits and rising stars


    Screen highlights some of the new actors and directors from around the world who shone in 2011, while a selection of industry figures describe their stand-out films for the year.
  • Kenneth Branagh


    The actor-director tells Leon Forde about recreating Laurence Olivier’s on-set relationship with Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn.
  • David Yates to direct Ruby's Your Voice In My Head


    Harry Potter director David Yates is attached to direct an adaptation of Emma Forrest’s Your Voice In My Head, which has been developed by Ruby Films.
  • Scorsese goes digital


    Martin Scorsese revisits the birth of cinema in Hugo and pushes the boundaries of digital 3D in the 21st century.
  • Venice 2011: Competition profiles


    Screen gears up for the Venice Film Festival’s 2011 edition, which promises to kickstart the annual awards season.
  • Venice 2011: Out of Competition


    Out of competition film profiles
  • Home is where the art is


    The growing ambition of Europe’s animation industry and an increase in national production incentives means a one-way ticket to California is not always the most desirable career move for the continent’s animators.
  • Black And Blue Films and The Mews sign co-production deal


    Titles include Strippers Vs Werewolves and Elfie Hopkins
  • Cornerhouse teams up with Curzon Cinemas


    Curzon will provide booking service for Manchester independent cinema
  • Toy Story 3


    Director Lee Unkrich
  • Frank Marshall


    Veteran producer Frank Marshall talks about shooting The Last Airbender with M Night Shyamalan in Greenland, tax breaks and his philosophy on producing.
  • Europe’s next dimension


    European animation producers are increasingly focused on 3D, with a range of new stereoscopic projects in the works. But is the 3D market big enough and are the extra costs worth the effort?
  • BackUp backs Emilie Jolie, Pinocchio


    French financing outfit BackUp Films is investing in several new productions through its Cofanim fund for animated projects.
  • Fantastic Mr Fox claims top prize at Annecy animation festival


    Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox has picked up the Cristal for best feature at France’s International Animation Film Festival Annecy, which ran from June 7-12.
  • The Devil's Double


    Currently shooting in Malta, The Devil’s Double tells the story of Saddam Hussein’s son Uday and his body-double Latif Yahia.
  • Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer


    Producers, Best picture, An Education
  • Armando Iannucci


    Adapted screenplay, In The Loop
  • Watching the world


    Leon Forde gives an overview of this year’s foreign-language film contenders and charts their progress from festival appearances to the Oscars ceremony at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater. Plus a look back at Screen reviewers’ first impressions of the five nominated films
  • BAFTA: selected British films


    Leon Forde profiles a selection of the UK films likely to score at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in London on February 21.
  • The debutantes' ball


    UK talent has enjoyed a glittering year, with many ambitious titles from first-time directors winning prizes and thrilling audiences. Screen reviewer Allan Hunter looks back over the past 12 months.
  • Welcome wins European Parliament’s LUX Prize


    Philippe Lioret’s Welcome has won the 2009 European Parliament LUX Film Prize, receiving the majority of European Parliament members’ votes.
  • Dvortsevoy's Tulpan takes Discovery of the Year award at Reykjavik


    Sergey Dvortsevoy's Tulpan has picked up the Golden Puffin award for Discovery of the Year at the Reykjavik International Film Festival (Sept 25-Oct 5).
  • In Focus: Filmanthropy


    The British Beekeepers' Association, the National Pig Association and the Women's Institute might not be the most obvious partners for documentary makers but it is a sign of a growing crossover between the film world and the third sector that all attended this summer's inaugural Good Pitch.
  • Interview: Larry Charles


    While Borat saw Larry Charles travel across the US with Sacha Baron Cohen's hapless Kazakh TV reporter, Religulous sees the director taking in a range of religious sites - Jerusalem, Vatican City and Florida's Holy Land Experience - with comedian Bill Maher as he skewers religion.
  • Postcard from Britdoc


    It is only in its third edition, but the UK's Britdoc festival (July 23-25) is a major draw for the international documentary community.
  • Gael Garcia Bernal plans doc project on resistance


    Gael Garcia Bernal is teaming up with director Marc Silver and the UK's Pulse Films on Resist, an ambitious feature documentary and web project.
  • Man On Wire takes British feature prize at third BritDoc


    The UK's third BritDoc documentary festival wrapped on Friday (July 25) with James Marsh's Man On Wire continuing its festival awards spree by winning the British Feature Film Documentary Prize.Jerry Rothwell's Heavy Load - a film about a punk band with learning difficulties that was pitched at BritDoc in 2006 - picked up the audience prize.
  • As Britdoc kicks off, survey finds TV docs are more popular in UK


    UK audiences regularly watch documentaries on television, but are much less consistent consumers of the format on DVD or in the cinema.
  • Profile: International Screenwriters' Festival


    Launched three years ago, the International Screenwriters' Festival (July 1-3) has established itself as a key event on the festival calendar.
  • Screenwriting: How to teach a word's worth


    Training provision for screenwriters has been undergoing a sea change in the UK in recent years, with providers aiming to connect training with the industry and help create writers who can function both creatively and commercially.
  • United Kingdom - If the shoes fit


    He is renowned as one of the UK's most intense and committed actors, and now Paddy Considine is taking his talent behind the camera.
  • Set visit: Lone Scherfig's An Education


    It is the Easter holidays and in a quiet Japanese school in West London, Danish director Lone Scherfig is shooting a scene with a school orchestra in an airy assembly hall.
  • Distribution - In search of a crossover hit


    Hindi-language films account for around 10% of all UK releases and all the major cinema circuits play Bollywood product.
  • UK cinemas hum toBollywood tune


    The Indian film business may be striking high-profile global partnerships and attracting an unprecedented influx of investment, but at the UK box office in 2007 the news was less upbeat for Bollywood.
  • United Kingdom - Wolf man


    In an age when short-form content can seem as disposable as a mobile-phone video, Peter & The Wolf is something of a lesson in longevity.
  • Dark Prince: Luis Cook directs Aardman film


    Macabre is not generally a word used to describe Aardman Animations projects, but Luis Cook's blackly comic The Pearce Sisters is certainly dark by the standards of the Bristol-based animation powerhouse.
  • Piracy - Awards Piracy - Screeners: a calculated risk


    When it comes to screeners, distributors are having to square the potential piracy risk with the benefits of getting their film in voters’ DVD players.
  • Palme d'Or winner: Mike Leigh


    When UK director Mike Leigh won the Palme d'Or in 1996 for Secrets And Lies, its star Brenda Blethyn also picked up the best actress prize. Leigh's first film in competition was 1993's Naked, which won the best actor and best director prizes. 'I had been making films for a very long time before I got a film at Cannes,' the director says. 'It was a big breakthrough to be at Cannes at all.'
  • Palme d'Or winner: Costa-Gavras


    Greek-born Costa-Gavras has been in Competition at Cannes three times: in 1969 with Z, which won the Jury Prize; in 1975 with Special Section, which won the best director prize; and in 1982 with Missing. The latter also picked up the best actor prize for Jack Lemmon.
  • Swipe takes UK rights to Frankie and Princesses


    London-based Swipe Films picked up UK rights to the Diane Kruger drama Frankie and the Spain's Goya-winning Princesses at the American Film Market.
  • Suely In The Sky takes top prizes in Rio


    KarimAinouz's Suely In TheSky picked up both the best picture and best director awards at the Rio de JaneiroInternational Film Festival.HermillaGuedes also picked up the best actress award for her performance as anabandoned single mother stranded in the barren north east of Brazil. ...
  • Five new features for Brazil's Conspiracao Filmes


    Conspiracao Filmes, theBrazilian production outfit behind Andrucha Waddington's House Of Sand and local hit Two Sons Of Francisco, has announced aslate of five features for 2007/08.
  • Brazilians vie for Latin American Film Fund


    Brazilianproducers need to build bridges with the financial community in order toattract more private production investment, delegates at the Rio InternationalFilm Festival (Sept 21 - Oct 5) were told.A seminaron production included speakers Joseph Woolf, Citigroup entertainment financingdirector, Doug Hansen, COO ...
  • Film piracy a $1billion business in Latin America


    Piracycost the Brazilian cinema market $102m last year according to figures announcedby the Motion Picture Association (MPA) at the Rio International Film Festival.Aseminar featuring producer Diler Trindade, Total Filmes' Walkiria Barbosa,producer Luiz Carlos Barreto, the MPA's Marcio Goncalves and attorney MarceloGoyanes heard that piracy ...
  • Rio festival to host 300 films and new industry events


  • The British Academy prepares for 2005 awards


    For an indication of how important the BAFTA film awardshave become, look no further than this year's campaign trail.
  • IMAX soars in China


    IMAX Corporation has signed a deal to open its 25ththeatre in China, which willmake the country IMAX's largest territory outside the US.
  • Screen reveals UK Stars of Tomorrow


    ScreenInternational has launched its 2005 Stars Of Tomorrow, a comprehensive look atthe hottest new talent in the UK film industry.
  • Swipe swoops for Paper Clips international rights


    Frank Mannion's Swipe Filmshas picked up international sales on Paper Clips, the acclaimedfeature documentary that passed the $1m mark at the US box office last weekend.
  • Swipe Films takes on sales for Figgis' COMA


    London-based Swipe Filmswill handle world sales on Mike Figgis' feature documentary COMA.
  • Mannion swipes Strings from Trust


    Frank Mannion's Swipe Filmshas picked up UK rights to acclaimed fantasy film Strings from TrustFilm Sales.
  • Perabo clicks with Parker debut


    US actress Piper Perabo (pictured) has joined the cast of Click, a romantic comedy that has just started shooting in London.
  • UK faces co-production reality-check


    UK filmcommissioner Steve Norris has called for the British qualifying certificationof UK co-productions to be taken over by the UK Film Council.
  • Turtles fly off with San Sebastian's Shell


    Bahman Ghobadiás Iraqi-Kurdistan set drama Turtles Can Fly scooped the Golden Shell award for best film at the closing ceremonyof the San Sebastian International Film Festival on Saturday (Sept 25).The jury, headed by Peru's Mario Vargas Llosa gaveits Silver Shell best director prize to Xu Jinglei for Chinese love story Letter From An Unknown Woman, which she also starred in, and its screenplay awardto Omagh, written by Guy Hibbertand ...
  • Grant wraps shoot on directorial debut


    Wah Wah, the directorialdebut of Richard E Grant, has wrapped principal photography after a seven-weekshoot in Swaziland.
  • VoD roll out threatened by DVD boom


    The take-up of video-on-demand and other digital contentdelivery services could be slowed because of the ongoing strength of DVD profitmargins, delegates at Screen International's DVD: The Home Cinema Summiton Thursday (July 8) were told.
  • European box office set for steady mid-term growth


    Box office revenues across the seven major Western Europeanterritories are set to reach $5.5bn by 2008 according to a new report byindustry analysts Dodona Research - a rise of 42% on current levels.
  • Cinema Expo underlines importance of European market


    Cinema Expo ended on a high note last night (June 24)with a gala dinner hosted by Walden Media, and organisers claiming successdespite a slight drop in numbers.The annualexhibition conference in Amsterdam saw 1,011 registrations, down about 80 fromlast year. Booths on the trade show floor were down about four or five, butorganisers see it as a blip.'We'rereally ...
  • Cinema Expo celebrates international market


    The value of the international marketplace was hammered homeduring day two of exhibition trade show Cinema Expo in Amsterdam yesterday, asresearch company Nielsen EDI handed out its annual International Gold ReelAwards, for films that grossed over $100m internationally in the 12 monthssince the last edition of Cinema Expo.
  • Cinema Expo goes medieval over BVI's King Arthur


    Buena Vista International's King Arthur was a last-minute addition to thescreening programme at the Cinema Expo exhibition conference in Amsterdam today(Wednesday).
  • Jail threat key to defeating piracy


    The war against piracy hasto be fought on several fronts, and the need to educate consumers that theycould go to jail for downloading or copying films is paramount, delegates atthe annual Cinema Expo conference in Amsterdam heard today (June 23).A wide-ranging seminar heldhere on Wednesday morning highlighted the differences in methods ...
  • UIP steals show at Cinema Expo


    Cinema Expo, the annualtrade show and conference for the exhibition industry in Europe, kicked off onMonday (June 21) with a high profile presence from United InternationalPictures (UIP), and some tentative optimism about the rollout of digital cinema.
  • Swipe Films takes Int'l sales on Sundance award winner


    London-based Swipe Films has picked up international salesrights to Debra Granik's Sundance award-winner Down To The Bone.
  • UK production sector weathers the storm


    Government crackdowns on UK tax relief earlier this year may have cast uncertainty over the production sector - and led to the high-profile collapse of productions such as John Madden's Tulip Fever - but the UK is as busy as it was at this time during its record year last year.
  • Skillset, UK Film Council unveil $90m training strategy


    Training agency Skillset and support body the UK Film Council have announced further details of their new £50m UK film skills strategy, which aims to revolutionise training and skills in the UK industry.
  • Winterbottom signs on to shoot Goal!


    Michael Winterbottom is set to direct Goal!, the first film in a trilogy that follows a Latino soccer player as he moves to the UK to play for one of the territory's top-flight Premiership teams.
  • Scott Free develops Elegance


    Scott Free, the production company owned by Ridley and Tony Scott, has hired Christopher Monger to adapt Kathleen Tessaro's novel Elegance.
  • UK production spend hits record level


    Film production spend hit record levels in the UK last year, rising 113% on 2002 totals, according to new figures published by the UK Film Council.
  • Start-up UK production outfit to shoot William Blake biopic


    Acclaimed British artist Sam Taylor-Wood is to make her feature directorial debut with Jerusalem, a film based on the life of William Blake starring Ray Winstone as the celebrated artist, poet and religious visionary.
  • Bangkok unveils festival line-up


    Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Volume 2 is to close the second edition of the Bangkok International Film Festival, held between Jan 22 - Feb 2 next year. The event, which will screen around 150 films, opens with a screening of Thai title Renaissance.
  • Cold&Dark start for Cornwall studio


    Shooting started this week on Cold&Dark, a supernatural horror film about police vigilantism starring Luke Goss and directed by Andrew Goth (Everybody Loves Sunshine).
  • Mission promotes Meyer to development chief


    Mission Pictures has promoted Sophie Meyer to head of development in the UK.
  • UK's Soda Pictures gulps down arthouse pair


    UK distributor Soda Pictures has picked up UK rights to Guy Maddin's The Saddest Music In The World and Damian Kozole's Spare Parts.
  • McGuckian presses ahead with tabloid tale


    Irish writer-director Mary McGuckian, currently in post on historical drama The Bridge Of San Luis Rey, will next direct Rag Tale, an $8.5m black comedy about Britain's tabloid newspaper culture.
  • Optimum stocks up with market titles


    Independent UK distributor Optimum Releasing has acquired UK rights to anticipated documentaries from Michael Moore and Jonathan Demme, as well as Bob Smeaton's Festival Express and French horror Switchblade Romance. The company has also picked up UK rights to CJ Entertainment's detective thriller Memories Of Murder
  • Mayor boosts London Film Festival funding


    Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has announced an increase of funding for the London Film Festival (LFF), held this year between Oct 22 and Nov 6.
  • Foreign shoots 'little benefit' to local industry, say Moroccans


    Morocco may be feeling the economic benefits of foreign productions coming to the country to shoot, but local film-makers this week voiced concerns that the influx of foreign money and crews was having no significant knock-on benefits to indigenous production.
  • Fuse lights up Marrakech jury


    Pjer Zalica's Fuse was awarded the Golden Star (Etoile d'Or) at the third Marrakech International Film Festival, which wrapped yesterday(Oct 8. The Bosnian film also won the best actor prize for Bogdan Diklic's performance.
  • Stone, Farrell push on in fierce Morocco desert


    Oliver Stone and Colin Farrell made an appearance at the MarrakechInternational Film Festival today (Oct 6) to talk up Stone's Fidel Castrodocumentary Comandanteand his $150m historical epic Alexander, which has now entered the third week of production at asite 35km south of Marrakech.
  • Eco's medieval epic joins desert crusade


    Thomas Schuehly, the producer of Oliver Stone's Alexander, is planning to return to Morocco withhis next project, an adaptation of Umberto Eco's medieval historical novel Baudolino that he hopes to shoot in 2005.
  • Stars express Marrakech support


    The Marrakech International Film Festival (Oct 3-8) will likely move to November in 2004 to occupy a less crowded space on the international film calendar, and to avoid a clash with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
  • Leigh embarks on untitled London shoot


    Iconic UK director Mike Leigh started shooting his latest feature today (Sept 30) at locations around London.
  • Pearl Earring director falls for pickpocket drama


    UK director Peter Webber, currently drawing plaudits for his feature debut Girl With A Pearl Earring, will next direct a gritty feature about pickpockets for BBC Films.
  • Michell embarks on Enduring Love shoot


    Shooting has started on Enduring Love, an adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel directed by Roger Michell.
  • Awards campaign trail boosts London Film Festival


    The London Film Festival (LFF), held Oct 22 - Nov 6, has lined up a string of Oscar buzz films for its main programme up this year.
  • Cobalt takes on sales for Bali - The Bombing Of Paradise


    UK based sales agent Cobalt Pictures is to handle international sales on Bali - The Bombing Of Paradise, a new feature about the November 2002 terrorist bombings on the Indonesian island.
  • Screen West Midlands to host EAVE event


    Regional UK media support agency Screen West Midlands is to host the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs' (EAVE) International Producer Graduation event in Birmingham from September 18-24.
  • Green light for Red Light Runners


    Shooting has started in London on Red Light Runners, a heist film starring Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel, Cillian Murphy, Crispin Glover, Rich Hall, Kate Ashfield, Peter O'Toole and Roy Scheider.
  • Amma Asante starts debut


    Shooting started in Wales this week on A Way Of Life, the directorial debut of writer Amma Asante, whose credits include the cult TV drama Brothers And Sisters.
  • Ster Century sells off UK exhibition circuit


    Ster Century, the South African-owned UK and Ireland cinema circuit, has been sold to Aurora Holdings, a UK-based outfit whose partners include ex-Ster Century Europe managing director Mike Ross.
  • Competition watchdog to probe UK distribution


    Competition watchdog the Office Of Fair Trading (OFT) is to investigate film distribution in the UK.
  • Segal to part company with Odeon


    Richard Segal, chief executive of UK cinema chain Odeon, is to leave the company in August.
  • Highsmith's White On White starts UK shoot


    Shooting started in the UK this week on White On White, the latest outing of Patricia Highsmith's anti-hero Ripley, produced and backed by German fund Cinerenta. Lakeshore Entertainment is handling international distribution.
  • Icon takes on sales of Artisan/Tribeca's Stage Beauty


    Shooting starts today in London and at Shepperton Studios on Compleat Female Stage Beauty, an adaptation of Jeffrey Hatcher's play directed by Richard Eyre. Icon Entertainment International has come on board the picture to handle international sales; Artisan Entertainment is the domestic distributor.
  • Distributor resistance could force easyCinema out of business


    UK no-frills exhibitor easyCinema has admitted that it could be forced to close its flagship Milton Keynes cinema and exit the exhibition business if it continues to experience difficulties in securing first run titles.
  • Winchester Entertainment results 'not pleasing'


    The UK's Winchester Entertainment has posted its preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2003, with turnover at £5.1m, down from £6.5m in 2002, and a pre-tax loss of £11.2m, up from £8.3m in 2002. This resulted in a loss per share of 40.2p.
  • Jones to quit UK's Mission Pictures


    Damian Jones, co-founder of UK production outfit Mission Pictures, is to leave the company to return to independent producing.
  • Cambridge film fest boasts wealth of UK premieres


    The 23rd Cambridge Film Festival, which runs July 10-20, has secured a range of UK premieres including Peter Greenaway's Cannes competition entry The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Part 1, The Moab Story, Gregor Jordan's Buffalo Soldiers, Wolfgang Becker's German hit Good-Bye, Lenin! and Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning Spirited Away.
  • Raindance to host Live! Ammunition! pitching event


    Independent UK film organisation Raindance is to host Live! Ammunition!, a pitching event featuring an all-women panel, in London on July 8. The panel includes Leslee Udwin, producer of East Is East; Tracey Scoffield, head of development and executive producer at BBC Films; director Antonia Bird; and writer and actress Morwenna Banks. Members of the audiences will have two minutes to pitch and then will receive feedback on their idea.
  • EasyCinema runs into UK exhibition difficulties


    easyCinema, the UK no-frills exhibitor which sells tickets for as low as £0.20, has secured a range of previously-released titles from Warner Bros, including the first two installments of the Harry Potter franchise. But none of the titles are first-run, and all are available on DVD and video in the UK.
  • Stefan Arndt to receive producer award at Cinema Expo


    Stefan Arndt, producer of German hit Good Bye, Lenin! will be named European producer of the year at the 2003 Cinema Expo European exhibition conference, held June 23-26 at Amsterdam's RAI convention centre.
  • Nicolas Roeg to shoot Adina


    Legendary British film-maker Nicolas Roeg is attached to direct Adina, a philosophical horror exploring society's obsession with youth, sex and beauty.
  • Larry Clark to shoot A Good Way To Die


    Larry Clark is involved in two new projects, one as director and another as executive producer.
  • Larry Clark to shoot A Good Way To Die


    Larry Clark is involved in two new projects, one as director and another as executive producer.
  • Delhi calls for Calendar Girls' Cole


    Nigel Cole is to direct a film based on the Indian call centre phenomenon, which has seen a slew of UK corporations opening customer service operations in Delhi, and then training Indian workers to talk to callers about British weather, cricket and soaps.
  • Delhi calls for Calendar Girls' Cole


    Nigel Cole is to direct a film based on the Indian call centre phenomenon, which has seen a slew of UK corporations opening customer service operations in Delhi, and then training Indian workers to talk to callers about British weather, cricket and soaps.
  • Gillies MacKinnon reaches for Dizzy Heights


    The UK's Gillies MacKinnon is to direct Dizzy Heights, a romantic comedy produced by Theta Films and sold by Vine International Pictures at Cannes.
  • UK's Warner Village Cinemas sold to SBC for $402m


    Independent UK exhibitor SBC International Cinemas has acquired Warner Village Cinemas, the UK exhibition joint venture between Warner Bros International Theatres and Village Roadshow, for $402m (£250m).
  • Odeon Cinemas' Segal to receive Cinema Expo award


    Richard Segal, chief executive of the UK's Odeon Cinemas, is to be honoured as Exhibitor of the Year at the forthcoming Cine Expo cinema convention in Amsterdam (June 23-26).
  • Optimum boards untitled Shane Meadows feature


    UK distributor Optimum Releasing has picked up Shane Meadows' new untitled feature, which started shooting this week in the North of England.
  • BAFTA re-schedules 2004 film awards


    BAFTA has changed the date of its film awards next year to avoid a clash with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual nominees' lunch, held in Los Angeles.
  • EasyCinema finds film programming not so easy


    The UK's controversial easyCinema venture - which will sell tickets for as low as £0.20 and have no concessions stand or box office - has secured four titles from Pathe for the opening of its first cinema in Milton Keynes on May 23.
  • UK's Film & TV School CEO returns to film-making


    Stephen Bayly, chief executive of the UK's National Film and Television School (NFTS), is stepping down to return to film-making.
  • UK's easyCinema to test low-cost cinema concept


    Ending months of speculation, the UK's easyCinema has leased the first site in the roll-out of its innovative low cost cinema concept: UCI's 10-screen multiplex, The Point in Milton Keynes.
  • Oscar Moore screenwriting prizewinners secure production co, director


    Jason and Brendan Butler, the new Dublin-based screenwriters who won last year's Oscar Moore Screenwriting Prize, have secured a director and a production company for their script Ton Of Money.
  • Civilian Content snaps up BBC stake in The Works


    Civilian Content, the UK media group and parent of National Lottery franchise The Film Consortium, has acquired full ownership of sales house The Works, buying the last 25% minority stake from BBC Worldwide to make it a wholly owned subsidiary of the group.
  • UK p&a spend climbs to record levels


    UK film distributors spent more than $403.2m (£255m) on prints and advertising in 2002, around one-third of the total value of UK cinema ticket sales during the year.
  • Warner Village Cinemas in talks to sell UK circuit


    Less than a week after the UK's largest exhibitor Odeon Cinemas was sold for $694m, it has emerged that Warner Bros International Theatres (WBIT) and Village Roadshow are also in discussions for the sale of their UK joint venture Warner Village Cinemas.
  • Lopez has it Maid in the UK


    Columbia TriStar's Maid In Manhattan made good in the UK last weekend, with the Jennifer Lopez vehicle claiming the top spot and a three-day gross of $3.9m from 422 sites.
  • Jackass grosses out in the UK


    It may feature a man having his nipple bitten by a baby crocodile but Jackass: The Movie's constitution did not prove strong enough to unseat The Ring at the UK box office last week.
  • UK film industry focuses on training


    UK support body the Film Council and training body Skillset are to launch a major initiative to improve film skills and training in the UK, seen as key to improving the British film industry's worldwide standing.
  • IMAX to add three new sites in China


    Toronto-based large format operator IMAX is to open three new theatres in China, expanding the country's number of IMAX theatres to eight by 2005.
  • Likely buyer named for Odeon Cinemas


    A likely buyer appears to have emerged for Odeon Cinemas, after reports earlier this month that the UK's largest cinema chain was being put on the auction block by owner Cinven.
  • Consolidation boosts UK independent cinema sector


    City Screen, the UK's leading specialist exhibitor, is expanding its business and launching a cinema programming and management division.
  • UK's Momentum restructures home entertainment arm


    UK distributor Momentum Pictures is to restructure its home entertainment division, with director of retail video Conrad Withey leaving the company this month to set up his own production company and rights business.
  • UK's Optimum makes Discoveries with BBC Four


    UK independent distributor Optimum Releasing is teaming with BBC Four to release an annual package of six world cinema titles, designed to increase the number of foreign titles distributed in the UK.
  • Ster Century puts Euro cinemas on the block


    Ster Century Europe, the South African-owned cinema operator, has announced it is to sell its nine sites in the UK, Ireland and Spain in a move that will leave the company with only one site in Slovakia.
  • Start-up UK distributor launches with Balzac


    New London-based distribution outfit Soda Pictures is to launch with Dai Sijie's Golden Globe-nominated Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress, which it has picked up for release in the UK and Eire in early May.
  • IMAX announces major European expansion plans


    In the wake of expansion into China, Russia and India, Toronto-based large format operator IMAX Corporation has announced its intention to establish itself in more European markets.
  • Beyond takes world rights on Conspiracy Of Silence


    Australian-owned Beyond Films has picked up world rights on UK drama Conspiracy Of Silence.
  • Pathe, Momentum strike joint venture UK aquisition deal


    UK distributors Momentum Pictures and Pathe Distribution have struck a joint venture deal which will see the companies sharing acquisition and distribution costs on larger budget titles. Under the deal, the companies will take turns handling theatrical and home entertainment releases.
  • Stephen Fry starts shooting Bright Young Things


    Dan Aykroyd, Jim Broadbent, Simon Callow, Richard E Grant, Sir John Mills and Peter O'Toole are all set to play cameo roles in Stephen Fry's directorial debut Bright Young Things, which started shooting this week in and around London and at Pinewood Studios.
  • Solid Air starts shooting in Glasgow


    Shooting started in Glasgow today (Oct 30) on Solid Air, director May Miles Thomas' follow up to the Bafta-winning DV feature One Life Stand.
  • Shooting starts on Cheeky black comedy


    Shooting started this week on Cheeky, a black comedy which marks the feature directorial debut of UK actor David Thewlis.
  • Shooting starts on Helen Of Peckham


    Shooting has started on Helen Of Peckham, the feature debut of writer-director Emily Young, starring Peter Mullan and Ingeborga Dapkunaite.
  • MIPCOM TV market ends on a cautiously positive note


    Attendance was solid at this year's MIPCOM programmes market in Cannes, despite the current depression in the TV market which has put the squeeze on many players in the sector.
  • Italy's RAI Trade readies major DVD push


    RAI Trade, the sales arm of Italian public broadcaster RAI is to release a string of opera and ballet titles - including Franco Zeffirelli's staging of La Traviata - on DVD from November, to be distributed worldwide by TDK.
  • Beta Film takes 12 titles from Intertainment


    Beta Film, the German-based international rights and sales arm of the insolvent Kirch Media, has sealed a European distribution deal for twelve feature films from Neuer Markt-listed financier Intertainment.
  • Carlton International announces MIPCOM deals


    Carlton International, the media rights distributor of the UK's Carlton group, has announced a number of film deals to various European channels and distributors during this week's MIPCOM TV programme market in Cannes.
  • Carlton America readies Giuliani biopic


    Carlton America, the Los Angeles-based TV arm of Carlton International, is to produce a feature-length TV biopic about former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani for US cable channel USA Networks.
  • Super RTL takes three from Buena Vista Int'l Television


    Buena Vista International Television has licensed three animated features to Super RTL - Movietoons, in a deal which shows that business is still being done in the troubled German TV sector.
  • One For The Road starts to roll


  • Film Council, IFC Films board Intermission


    JohnCrowley's ensemble drama Intermission, which started shooting in Dublin on Aug31, has sealed a£550,000 ($863,000) investment from The Film Council's NewCinema Fund and a US distribution deal with IFC Films.
  • Croupier team re-unite for I'll Sleep When I'm Dead


  • UK Film Council invests in four new local projects


    The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund has announced four new investments, including new projects from Under The Skin director Carine Adler and One Day In September producer John Battsek.
  • UK gets new film classification category


    UK censor the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is to relax its 12 certificate, introducing a new advisory 12A label from tomorrow (30 August), bringing the territory into line with the rest of Europe and the US.
  • European box office continues upward trajectory


    The European box office saw more than 1 billion admissions in 2001, generating upwards of Euros5.6bn, according to new research from global cinema analysts Dodona Research.
  • Large format operator IMAX continues international expansion, posts upbeat results


    Maintaining its recent expansion into international markets, Toronto-based large format operator IMAX Corp is to open Russia's first 3-D IMAX theatre this autumn.
  • UK cinema admissions hit 30-year high


    UK admissions hit 87.7 million over the first half of 2002, the highest level for thirty years, putting the UK box office on course for yet another year of impressive growth.
  • US box office to hit $10bn by 2006


    The value of the US box office is predicted to top $10bn in 2006, according to a new report from global cinema analysts Dodona Research.
  • Diamonds, Darwin among UK Film Council's development awards


    New films from director Mike Newell and Gosford Park screenwriter Julian Fellowes are among the latest projects to receive development investment from UK support body the Film Council.
  • Ster Century divests Polish and Greek cinema circuits


    Ster Century Europe has sold its Polish and Greek cinema operations for a combined Euros 30.6m.
  • Cambridge film festival boasts multiple UK premieres


    Director Alex Cox is to attend the Cambridge Film Festival (11-21 July) for the UK premiere of his Revengers Tragedy, an adaptation of the Jacobean classic.
  • UK's FilmFour boards Touching The Void


    The UK's FilmFour and the Film Council's New Cinema Fund have boarded Touching The Void, a new feature documentary from Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald.
  • Alternative cinema content remains an unexploited revenue stream


    Alternative content has long been a holy grail for exhibitors, with the potential to create new profit streams - which can even amount to as much as 19% of revenue.
  • 28 titles join Nielsen EDI's international $100m club


    UIP picked up ten Nielsen EDI International Gold Reel awards, which are given to distributors with films grossing more than $100m internationally, at the Cinema Expo exhibitor's conference in Amsterdam.
  • Cinema Expo seminar poses the $10bn digital question


    It may have been the first major picture to be shot entirely with high-end digital technology, but the release of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones has seen the film projected at cinemas around the world using considerably less digital equipment.
  • Cinema Expo highlights importance of local product


    Media Salles' Focus On Europe seminar at the Cine Expo exhibition conference in Amsterdam today, highlighted the importance of local films in creating sustainable box office growth across European territories.
  • Scala boards dialogue-free debut feature


    The UK's Scala Productions has boarded Wounded, a dialogue-free feature from new UK production outfit Kaos Films.
  • 2002 UK cinema admissions predicted to reach 164m


    Cinemagoing is continuing to rise in the UK, prompting the Cinema Advertising Association (CAA) to predict that ticket sales will reach 164 million in 2002 - a 5% increase on last year's hefty total of 156 million.
  • Consolidation stabilises UK exhibition market


    The UK exhibition sector is moving towards more of an even keel after the uncertainty of the last couple of years, with industry consolidation beginning to stabilise a rapidly saturating market, according to a new report.
  • Spean Bridge emerges as potential UCI investor


    Vivendi Universal is looking to pull out of United Cinemas International (UCI) - its international exhibition joint venture with Viacom-owned Paramount Pictures.
  • Village Roadshow sells three more cinema circuits


    As part of its drive to re-structure its exhibition arm, Village Roadshow has sold its cinema interests in Thailand, Malaysia and India, consisting of some 135 screens across 19 sites.
  • Metro Tartan takes My Kingdom for UK release


    The UK's Metro Tartan has acquired Don Boyd's Liverpool-set gangster film My Kingdom, starring Richard Harris and Lynn Redgrave.
  • UK's Random Harvest launches horror label


    UK production outfit Random Harvest has launched a new label to focus on horror and thriller titles aimed at the 16- to 21-year-old multiplex audience.
  • UK gets new Comedy Shorts scheme


    As part of a short film scheme created last August, The Film Council's New Cinema Fund and FilmFour's experimental arm FilmFour Lab have teamed with Elisabeth Murdoch's film and television company Shine Entertainment to produce the Comedy Shorts Scheme.
  • UK's Film Council development fund backs 20


    UK support body the Film Council has announced its latest round of single film project investments through its Development Fund, including new films from cult director Richard Stanley and Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen.
  • UK production continues despite actors' dispute


    The dispute over secondary payments for actors between UK performers' union Equity and UK producer's body PACT may be entering its eighth week, but as yet there is little sign of any ill-effects in the UK production sector.
  • Aardman to make 12 one minute films for the net


    Acclaimed UK animation studio Aardman has gone into production with 12 new one-minute Wallace And Gromit films, which are to be released later this year on the internet.
  • Internet film piracy set to increase rapidly


    The volume of film-related internet piracy is higher than previously thought, and could rise further with the anticipated growth in take-up of broadband internet connections.
  • Brosnan stays on board for Bond films 20 and 21


    Pierce Brosnan has revealed that he plans to play James Bond in another film, which will take the Irish actor's tally of Bond appearances to five.
  • Another large-screen operator secures its future


    In the week that beleaguered large-format operator Imax Corp. put itself onto firmer financial ground by repurchasing $42m of its own debt, another large format operator in the tight North American exhibition market has secured its future.
  • Capitol Films hires Wallace as US consultant


    London-based sales outfit Capitol Films has appointed veteran film executive Ronna Wallace as the company's consultant in the US, in a bid to strengthen the company's interests across the Atlantic.
  • UK film production spend down in 2001


    UK production spending fell by nearly 10% in 2001, with much of the drop blamed on the shadow cast by the threat of a summer SAG strike, according to research compiled by Screen International.
  • Till appoints his executive team at Signpost Films


    Stewart Till has announced that his ambitious new worldwide film production and distribution company will be called Signpost Films, and has confirmed a string of London-based executive appointments, including Nicole Mackey and Darryl Iwai.
  • Pathe gets Deathwatch for UK from Odyssey


    Pathe Distribution has picked up UK rights to the British supernatural horror Deathwatch (working title) from Ralph Kamp's newly-formed independent sales company Odyssey Entertainment.
  • Local film releases on the rise in Europe


    The number of locally-produced films released annually is on the increase across Europe, with homegrown films now accounting for an average 16% of new releases, according to new figures from Screen Digest. This compares to just 12% a decade ago.
  • 2001 cinema admissions rise across Europe


    UK cinema admissions hit 156m in 2001 according to Screendaily estimates, surpassing industry expectations and making it the most successful for nearly 30 years. Other major European territories mirrored the UK's near 10% admissions increase.
  • Indian film breaks UK box office record


    While box office titans The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring and Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone were dominating the nation's screens over the festive break, another titan in its own right was setting box office records elsewhere.
  • Untitled 03 among recipients of UK Premiere Fund


    The UK Film Council's Premiere Fund is investing £500,000 in acclaimed director Mike Leigh's Untitled 03, currently in development.
  • Pearl Harbor video scores $130m in single week


    Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor has become the highest week-one selling DVD of all time in the US, racking up over 3.7 million unit sales in the seven days following its Dec 4 release.
  • India's film industry 'poised' for massive growth


    Studio revenues in India are predicted to double over the next five years as the territory begins a period of rapid growth, both in terms of cinema infrastructure and production investment.
  • O'Sullivan's Heart Of Me set to roll in UK


  • UK targeted for high volume 'easyCinemas'


    easyGroup, the UK company which operates the no-frills airline easyJet, is contemplating a move into the densely populated UK exhibition sector.
  • Release patterns: Potter wide, Wars simultaneous


  • IMAX sees diminishing returns, improving prospects


    Canadian large format operator IMAX Corporation has announced its third quarter results, which continue the company's downwards slide, exacerbated by economic downturn and the US exhibition sector's ill health.
  • A Ma Soeur passed uncut for UK release


  • Carlton closes Thai, South Korean sales


    The UK's Carlton International has closed a string of video and DVD sales in South Korea and Thailand ahead of this month's Pusan market.
  • UK French Festival to benefit from Amelie success


    The 10th instalment of the French Film Festival UK will get underway on Nov 16 with an Amelie-like air of optimism.
  • UK trade gap narrows in film and TV sectors


    The positive trade balance of the UK film industry has plunged between 1999 and 2000, dropping from $409m (£278m) to $107m (£73m) last year.
  • Harry Potter mega-release smashes advance records


  • Ross exits Ster Century to launch art-house plexes


    Mike Ross, managing director of pan-European exhibition circuit Ster Century Europe, has exited the company. He is replaced by Selwyn Grimsley, previously European operations director.
  • UK govt seeks opinion on cross-media ownership


    The UK government is to publish a consultation paper next month to canvass opinion on how best to regulate cross-media ownership, culture secretary Tessa Jowell has announced.
  • Phillips, Vennis launch Moviehouse sales company


    Former J&M Entertainment head of sales Gary Phillips has partnered with Mark Vennis, formerly a director of film financiers Mansfield Associates, to launch UK-based independent sales company Moviehouse Entertainment.
  • LaPlante & Balhetchet launch UK Cougar Films


    Established UK television drama producers Lynda La Plante and Sophie Balhetchet have launched Cougar Films, an outfit geared towards the development and production of commercial features.
  • Baltic states embark on exhibition growth


    Cinema admissions in Scandinavia and the Baltic region are set to top 60 million by 2005, as cinema development begins to take hold in the relatively under-established Baltic markets of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, according to a report by industry analysts Dodona Research.
  • UPI shrinks video & DVD rental-to-retail windows


    Universal Pictures International (UPI) has announced long-term plans to narrow its international rental-to-retail release windows for video and DVD to between four to eight weeks. The normal international standard window between rental and retail markets stands at around four to six months.
  • UPI launches operations in Japan, Korea & Brazil


    Universal Pictures International (UPI), the London-based international video distribution arm of Universal Pictures, has launched new video distribution operations covering Japan, Korea and Brazil, following the expiration of a CIC distribution agreement.
  • BBC, Film Council launch UK director-driven slate


    The UK's Film Council, BBC Films and BBC 2 are to co-produce and co-finance a slate of four features in a package worth around $3.6m (£2.5m), aimed at breaking new UK directors and guaranteeing at least some exposure through broadcast on BBC 2.
  • Odeon plans digital screening of Broadway musical


    UK cinema circuit Odeon is to digitally screen a Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's musical Putting It Together at its flagship 2000-seat Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London's West End.
  • Optimum takes UK rights to French hit The Closet


    UK independent distributor Optimum Releasing has acquired all UK rights from Gaumont to Francis Veber's French hit The Closet (Le Placard).
  • Dinard assesses UK/French exchange


    Asif Kapadia's well-received The Warrior has scooped the Golden Hitchcock at the Dinard Festival Of British Film, which carries a $2,805 (FF20,000) award to aid distribution in France and a $1,400 (FF10,000) grant to the director.
  • Lee Evans, Christopher Walken undertake Plots


    Lee Evans and Alfred Molina have joined Christopher Walken and Brenda Blethyn in the cast of Plots With A View, a comedy set in small-town Wales which starts a six-week shoot in the UK this Wednesday (Oct 10).
  • Film Council and CNC launch The Short Channel


    The UK's Film Council has partnered with equivalent French public support body CNC to launch a short film competition aimed at promoting creative and financial co-operation between the two territories, as well as encouraging producers to develop films with a chance of travelling.
  • Figgis' Battle to premiere at London festival


    Already in the London Film Festival programme with Hotel, the follow-up to his acclaimed digital picture Timecode, experimental UK film-maker Mike Figgis will also premiere his digital documentary The Battle Of Orgreave at the event, which runs Nov 7-22.
  • Ritchie's Love, Sex, Drugs And Money starts shoot


  • Henry sentenced for fraud against Village Roadshow


    Ross Andrew Henry, former chief financial officer of Village Roadshow's US subsidiary, has been sentenced to 30 months jail by the US District Court in Los Angeles after pleading guilty to federal charges of wire fraud and "deprivation of honest services", according to Reuters news service.
  • BBC and HBO to co-produce Churchill war serial


    The UK's BBC Films and US cable network HBO are to co-produce a UK-shot war serial about Winston Churchill's isolation in the run-up to the second world war.
  • Rival UK TV stations share Disney film output


    UK terrestrial broadcasting rivals BBC and ITV have struck a joint film rights deal to acquire Disney's theatrical output from 2000.
  • DVD fever spreads across European markets


    The Charlie Chaplin classic The Great Dictator will be the closing film on February 17 at this year's Berlinale with members of the Chaplin family in attendance.
  • Five nods each for three British films at BIFA


    Jonathan Glazer's Sexy Beast, Joel Hopkins' Jump Tomorrow and Richard Parry's South West Nine lead the nominations for the fourth British Independent Film Awards held in London on Oct 24.
  • London film festival announces programme


    Walt Disney Co-Pixar animation title Monsters Inc (pictured), Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater World War II picture Windtalkers, Steve Martin comedy Novocaine and Sandra Goldbacher's Venice title Me Without You are amongst the gala screenings at November's London Film Festival.
  • Chadha plans English-language Bollywood film


    UK director Gurinder Chadha, whose credits include Bhaji On The Beach and the US-set What's Cooking', is to direct an English-language Bollywood-style film set in the UK.
  • UK cinema admissions rise 2.5% in 2nd quarter


    Second quarter UK cinema admissions have risen by 2.5% over the same period in 2000, according to according to data from government agency National Statistics.
  • Iwerks Entertainment to merge with SimEx


    Large format theatre provider Iwerks Entertainment is to merge with simulation technology company SimEx in a strategic move which will consolidate interests in an increasingly difficult marketplace.
  • Eastern Europe embraces multiplex trend


    With multi-screen cinema infrastructures already established in some Central and Eastern European territories such as Poland and the Czech Republic, the region's more underdeveloped territories are now seeing the initial signs of multiplex growth.
  • Dragon and Andell merge to launch Mission


    Graham Broadbent and Damian Jones, the UK producers behind Very Annie Mary and Welcome To Sarajevo production outfit Dragon Pictures, have teamed with Andrew Hauptman and Ellen Bronfman's well-heeled film operation, Andell Entertainment, to launch Mission Pictures.
  • Ricci joins Granada's Gathering


    Christina Ricci has signed to star in The Gathering, a $17m UK supernatural thriller, scheduled to start shooting on Sept 3 for Granada Film and Samuelson Productions.
  • Christmas Carol to premiere at Toronto


    Animated UK feature Christmas Carol: The Movie is to receive its world premiere at the forthcoming Toronto Film Festival, held Sept 6-15.
  • UK film-makers urged to adopt lower budgets


    On the day that Danny Boyle's frenetic couplet of made-for-television DV films -- Strumpet and Vacuuming Completely Nude In Paradise -- had well-received industry screenings at Edinburgh, UK film-makers were urged to embrace lower budgets and "liberating" new styles of production.
  • UK's Peakviewing to build SA animation studio


    The UK's Peakviewing Transatlantic has announced plans to open an animation studio in South Africa.
  • IMAX posts 37% half-year losses


    Despite efforts to cut costs and streamline its business, embattled large format operator IMAX Corp has posted a 37% drop in revenues this half-year compared to the same period in 2000.
  • Four more join Meera Syal's Anita & Me


    Max Beesley, Kathy Burke, Ayesha Dharker and Lynn Redgrave have joined the cast of Anita & Me, an East Is East-style comedy adapted from the book of the same name by UK writer, actress and comedian Meera Syal.
  • Warner Village Cinemas' millionth online ticket


    Warner Village Cinemas UK, a division of Warner Bros. International Theatres, has sold its millionth online ticket, through its website (, just two years after launch.
  • Cinemark embarks on alternative programming


    In an exploratory move which will test the viability of alternative programming in cinemas, US circuit Cinemark Theatres has announced plans to screen a live concert by US rock band Sugar Ray in a handful of its US theatres.
  • InFilm in trio of development deals


    InFilm Productions, the UK outfit which most recently co-produced Rose Troche's The Safety Of Objects, has struck development deals for three of its gestating projects.
  • Ster Century re-finances and avoids sale


    Having failed to find a buyer since it was put up for sale last year, pan-European exhibition circuit Ster Century Europe has secured an $80m re-financing package and has now been taken off the market.
  • UK's lukewarm development culture heats up


    Last week, the UK Film Council announced its first round of long-term slate funding deals with six production outfits. The $7m (£5m) annual development fund is designed to give promising companies long-term support in beefing up their development capabilities, both in terms of property acquisition and personnel.
  • Film Council hands development sums to UK six-pack


    The Film Council's development fund has announced slate development deals with six UK production companies, worth $1.767m (£1.262m) from its annual coffers of $7m (£5m).
  • Injustice goes ahead, despite threats


    Audience members last night (11 July) took over a London screening of the feature length documentary Injustice after legal threats prompted staff at the venue, the Conway Hall, to try and abort the screening.
  • Edinburgh announces 2001 festival line-up


    The 55thEdinburgh International Film Festival, the last under the tenure of departingfestival director Lizzie Francke, will once again have a strong British showingwith world premieres for Udayan Prasad's Gabriel And Me written by Billy Elliot's Lee Hall, as well as for Film Four's TheWarrior and twodigitally-shot BBC features directed by Danny Boyle.
  • Walters joins Memory Of Water


    UK actress Julie Walters is re-teaming with Lewis Gilbert, director of Educating Rita, the film which won her a Best Actress nomination at the 1983 Oscars.
  • Secret Agent to be made by Darwin, DNA


    UK National Lottery franchise DNA Films has pacted with independent UK producer Lucy Darwin to develop and produce Leonardo Secret Agent, an action adventure comedy.
  • Boswell For The Defence concludes early


    Period legal drama Boswell For The Defence has ground to a halt after producers were unable to secure a final tranche of financing for the $14m film ahead of the scheduled start of photography in the UK next week.
  • UK cinema industry unites to create marketing body


    As part of its remit to develop a sustainable film industry, UK strategy and funding body, The Film Council, has joined the All Industry Marketing for Cinema (AIM) to create a company to promote and market generic cinema-going in the UK
  • Alibi founder Jones quits UK sales outfit


    Gareth Jones has stepped down as managing director of UK-based international sales and distribution outfit Alibi Films International. Alibi, which will now restructure its business, has no immediate plans for a replacement.
  • Gareth Jones quits as Alibi chief


    Gareth Jones has stepped down as managing director of UK-based international sales and distribution outfit Alibi Films International. Alibi, which will now restructure its business, has no immediate plans for a replacement.
  • Nike launches award for digital sports shorts


    Sports giant Nike has become the latest corporate entity to explore the crossover between consumer marketing and film production.
  • Cinema Expo closes on bullish note


    "It doesn't get a whole lot better than this."
  • Cinema Expo leaves sour taste for concessions


    Internet and telephone booking may have been heralded as a glorious new dawn for ticket sales, but delegates at Cinema Expo conference in Amsterdam were this week warned about its impact on concessions.
  • European exhibition sector heads for firm ground


    The western European exhibition sector may at last be starting to reach an even keel, according to a new report by film industry analyst Dodona Research.
  • Former All Saint Shaznay Lewis makes feature debut


    Former All Saints member Shaznay Lewis is turning to feature films after the highly-publicised break-up of the all-girl pop act.
  • UK's May box office take hits 26-year high


    The mammoth release of The Mummy Returns and the ongoing success of Bridget Jones's Diary helped make May's admissions in the UK the highest for the month in 26 years, according to figures released by the Cinema Advertising Association (CAA).
  • Amelie opens 55th Edinburgh Film Festival


    Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie is to open this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, which runs August 12-26.
  • Tartan's Teddy puts Bundy into production


    Tartan Films, the production offshoot of UK specialist distributor Metro Tartan, is in production on Bundy, a biopic about the notorious mass-murderer. The film is backed by Overseas FilmGroup, which is also handling international sales.
  • Optimum picks up classics for new video/DVD label


    UK distributor Optimum Releasing has picked up UK rights on two classic arthouse titles from TF1 for release through start-up video and DVD distribution and sales operation World Cinema.
  • Before Night Falls falls foul of UK censor


  • Optimum takes Eloge De L'Amour for UK


    Independent UK distributor Optimum Releasing has picked up all UK rights on Jean Luc-Godard's Cannes competition entry Eloge De L'Amour (In Praise Of Love).
  • Artificial Eye buys two more Cannes titles for UK


    Closing a busy festival for the company, UK art-house distributor Artificial Eye Film Distribution has picked up Cannes competition titles Va Savoir! and I'm Going Home (Vou Para Casa).
  • Japan says The Bunker is Mi-Pic


    UK-based sales outfit The Film Company has sold UK psychological thriller The Bunker to Mi-Pic for Japan.
  • BFI to programme art films for UCI


    The British Film Institute (BFI) has partnered with UK exhibitor UCI Cinemas to programme classic films, world cinema and previews of new films.
  • UK BO enjoys best April for quarter of a century


    After an uncertain start to the year, things are finally looking up for the UK's exhibition sector.
  • Winchester sells slate, Heartbreakers goes east


    UK-based Winchester Films has closed a host of deals to the Far East on its MGM comedy Heartbreakers.
  • Bafta readies pre-Oscar slot for next year


    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) is to return to its pre-Oscar slot for its film awards next year, subject to some routine consultations.
  • Cambridge festival relaunched by City Screen


    The Cambridge Film Festival, a stalwart of the European festival scene before its demise in 1996, is to be resurrected by London-based independent exhibition chain City Screen.
  • Chapman heads Birmingham festival


    The Birmingham Film and TV Festival has appointed Barbara Chapman as its director.Chapman, the festival's film programmer for the last three years, replaces Sarah McKenzie, who left last year to join the British Film Commission. Part of Chapman's brief is to add new elements to the festival such as a section for children.The November event features new films from around the world, along with a TV line-up and South Asian and extreme cinema sidebars.
  • Ramsay's Callar gets early call-up


    Alliance Atlantis has closed a clutch of pre-sales on offbeat drama Morvern Callar, by one of Britain's hottest directing talents, Lynne Ramsay.
  • Africa, Middle East offer cinema growth potential


    Beleaguered cinema exhibitors, increasingly concerned about the growth potential in overcrowded Western markets, could benefit by expanding into the world's nascent cinema markets such as Africa and the Middle East.
  • Microsoft agrees to EC cable conditions


    A European Commission (EC) antitrust inquiry into Microsoft's investments in European cable companies has been wound down after the company promised to modify existing technology pacts with two digital cable operators.
  • UK cinema supply outstrips demand


    Despite a 7% increase of 200 new cinema screens last year, the UK's exhibition sector continued to struggle with sluggish market growth of just 3%, according to industry analysts Dodona Research.
  • AOL Time Warner expands US online ticketing


    AOL Time Warner has formed two separate alliances to expand online ticketing services to over 5,000 entertainment venues in the US, covering more than 85% of cinemas capable of offering internet ticketing.
  • AtomShockwave Corp launched with $22.9m funding


    AtomShockwave Corp - the company created by's high-profile acquisition of Atom Corporation - has launched with $22.9m of financing.
  • The Film Company boards Russell's Louse Of Usher


    London-based sales outfit The Film Company has boarded Ken Russell's The Fall Of The Louse Of Usher as international sales agent, handling all rights.
  • UK film production affected by animal virus


    With much of the UK's countryside under virtual lockdown to curb the burgeoning foot-and-mouth epidemic, producers are beginning to feel the disruption as rural locations become inaccessible, and the scramble begins to find suitable replacements.
  • Escapist collared by UGC International


    UGC International has boarded Gillies Mackinnon's The Escapist as worldwide sales agent.
  • Free digital conversion offer for US theatres only


    A joint venture of communications giant Qualcomm and film processors Technicolor this week unveiled an ambitious plan to kick-start the digital conversion of the exhibition industry by installing and maintaining the necessary equipment free of charge in a thousand US theatres. But, despite acknowledging the global dimension of the exhibition business, the partners have not extended the offer overseas .
  • IMAX unveils high definition digital projector


    Canadian large-format specialist IMAX Corp has unveiled plans to build a new high definition digital projector, which, says the company, will be able to screen the world’s largest high-quality digital image and give twice the performance of digital projectors.
  • Film Council shines First Light on kids' scheme


    UK film super-body the Film Council has partnered with Hi8us Projects for a new £1m scheme, which aims to give children the opportunity to make short films on digital video.
  • Pathe, FilmFour team for bigger budget films


    The UK's FilmFour and Pathe have formed an initial two-year alliance to jointly acquire and distribute large-budget films in the UK.
  • UK welcomes yet another short film prize


    The UK's FilmFour has partnered with mobile communications giant Orange to launch a major short film prize, which carries £10,000 and the opportunity to develop a feature with FilmFour Lab, the low budget arm of FilmFour.
  • Large Screen Format gets downsized


    Further fallout in the Large Format cinema sector is being predicted, following the news that IMAX Corporation has slashed 13% of its 1000-strong workforce.
  • Tartan picks up Fat Girl for UK release


    Tartan Films has picked up all UK rights to Catherine Breillat's Fat Girl (A Ma Soeur!) at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it has just won the $14,000 (DM30,000) Manfred-Salzgeber Film Prize. Metro Tartan Distribution will release the film in the UK later this year.
  • London critics fete John Malkovich, Billy Elliot


    Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich was named film of the year at the 21st London Film Critics' Circle awards last night, held at London's Savoy Hotel. The film also bagged prizes in the director and screenwriter of the year categories, for Jonze and Charlie Kaufman respectively. Christopher Nolan, meanwhile, picked up the British screenwriter of the year award for Memento, while Stephen Daldry was named British director of the year for breakout hit Billy Elliot.Ang ...
  • UK's Hit Entertainment acquires Lyrick


    UK licensing and merchandising company Hit Entertainment has acquired US rival Lyrick in a $275m reverse takeover that unites the companies behind popular children's characters Bob The Builder and Barney The Dinosaur.
  • Daldry, Ramsay join FilmFour's literary slate


    The UK's FilmFour is lining up several high-profile book adaptations as part of its 2001 development slate, including projects with hot UK talents Stephen Daldry, Lynne Ramsay, Jonathan Glazer and Peter Cattaneo.
  • BSkyB reports loss; breaks 5m subscribers mark


    UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB has reported first-half pre-tax losses of $163.4m (£112m), compared to $89.7m (£61.5m) the previous year, but has also smashed its own target to sign five million subscribers by the end of 2000.
  • London's Electric Cinema set to reopen


    The Electric Cinema, one of London's most celebrated theatres, is to reopen on February 21 after a seven-year hiatus with a charity gala screening of Stephen Frears' Liam.
  • Gladiator leads nominations for revamped Baftas


    Ridley Scott's Gladiator leads the race for the 2001 film awards of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which are lent extra significance this year with a pre-Oscar date on February 25.
  • UK cinema admissions the highest for 26 years


    As expected, UK cinema attendance hit a 26-year high in 2000, despite November admissions dropping 30% over the same period in 1999.
  • Connery has Highland fling with Queen Of Scots


    Sean Connery is set to throw his weight behind the long-gestating Scottish period epic Mary, Queen Of Scots.
  • Winterbottom firms cast for 24 Hour Party People


    Ascending British actor John Simm has been cast as Bernard Sumner, frontman of seminal British music group New Order, in Michael Winterbottom's Manchester club scene film, 24 Hour Party People.
  • UK production outfit Talisman appoints film head


    Hans Baernhoft has stepped down as head of film and TV at UK production house Cylo Film to join Talisman Films, the UK production outfit best known for 1995's Rob Roy.
  • Industry figures get British New Year Honours


    Film industry figures receiving recognition in the British New Year Honours List include veteran actors Tom Courtenay, who receives a knighthood, and Paul Scofield, best known for his Shakespearean work, who becomes a Companion Of Honour.
  • Saura, Bornedal projects win Eurimages support


    Carlos Saura's Bunuel And King Solomon's Table and Dina, to be directed by Denmark's Ole Bornedal, are among the eight projects to receive support from Council of Europe-backed funding body Eurimages in its fifth round of funding this year.
  • Hart, McElhone join Killing Me Softly cast


    UK actors Ian Hart and Natascha McElhone have joined the cast of Chen Kaige's first English-language project Killing Me Softly, currently gearing up to shoot from the end of October for eleven weeks in the UK. Festen's Ulrich Thomsen has also been confirmed for the film, which stars Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes.
  • Jacquot, Diaz Yanes score Eurimages funding


    Council of Europe-backed finance body Eurimages is to plough Euros3.075m into eight European co-productions in its third funding round of this year, including new projects from Benoit Jacquot and Agustin Diaz Yanes.
  • Ibiza comedy Harry cranks up for Sky


    Sky Pictures has started production on Is Harry On The Boat', a TV movie with a cast headed by Human Traffic's Danny Dyer and Davinia Taylor, Kate McGowan, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Will Mellor and Ralph Little. UK comedian Keith Allen is also taking a role.
  • Billy Elliot leads race for BIFAs


    Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot has garnered five nominations at the forthcoming British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), including nods for best British independent film and best director. The low-budget film, co-produced by Working Title, Tiger Aspect and the BBC, has also picked up nominations for best actress (Julie Walters), best screenplay (Lee Hall) and best on-screen newcomer (Jamie Bell).
  • Sky starts shooting three films over next month


    Sky Pictures, the feature production arm of satellite broadcaster BSkyB, is readying three features to start shooting over the next month, kicking off with Gypsy Woman.
  • UK cast lines up for Pasolini's Napoleon picture


    Tom Watson, Tim McInnerny, Trevor Cooper, Chris Langham and Nigel Terry have joined Ian Holm and Iben Hjejle in the cast of The Emperor's New Clothes, a Napoleon fantasy story from The Full Monty producer Uberto Pasolini.
  • BSkyB, NTL sign programming agreement


    UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB has signed a five-year programming supply deal with cable operator NTL which irons out several sticking points between the two companies.
  • Granada, WGBH to co-produce Uncle Silas


    The UK's Granada Media and US public broadcaster WGBH have struck a deal to co-produce My Uncle Silas, a mini-series based on short stories by HE Bates, set to star Albert Finney and Charlotte Rampling.
  • BBC, Telewest mull UKTV float


    Telewest is considering floating its joint pay-TV venture with the BBC, UKTV, according to Telewest CEO Adam Singer.
  • ScriptNet picks out Ghanaian shorts


    ScriptNet 2000, a charitable British skill-sharing project between the UK and Ghana, is currently preparing five Ghanaian short films for production in the country from December.
  • Tribeca lines up Oscar nominee for debut feature


    JJ Keith, nominated for an Oscar in 1999 for his short film Holiday Romance, is attached to direct the first feature from UK production outfit Tribeca Films.
  • Gabriel rises to commercial challenge


    Hong Kong-produced films racked up $61m (HK$475.98m) at the local box office in 2001, according to industry body, the Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA), an impressive 24% increase on the previous year.
  • Goldbacher signs on for Robber Bride


    Sandra Goldbacher, whose credits include 1998's The Governess, has signed to direct The Robber Bride, for UK outfit The Producers and Canada's FilmWorks.
  • Eurimages pumps $3.6m into 11 projects


    Eurimages, the Council of Europe-backed production finance body, has pumped $3.58m (Euros3.75m) into European co-productions in its second round of funding this year.
  • Carlton Cinema bags Columbia premieres


    UK digital channel Carlton Cinema has secured first-run rights for the UK to 35 titles from Columbia TriStar International Television (CTIT).
  • Granada set to buy Border television assets


    The UK's ITV television network faces further consolidation following news that UK radio broadcaster Capital Radio will sell Border Group's television assets to Granada Group if its proposed takeover of the company is successful.
  • BBC leads race for BAFTA television awards


    The BBC dominated the drama categories in the nominations for this year's British Academy Television Awards, garnering 11 out of 20 nods.
  • DNA lines up two with Coogan, O'Toole


    Duncan Kenworthy and Andrew Macdonald's National Lottery franchise DNA Films is moving ahead on two projects - The Parole Officer, marking the feature debut of UK comedian Steve Coogan, and The Final Curtain, in which Peter O'Toole and Aidan Gillen play warring media celebrities.
  • UPC joins Disney, Sony in Benelux movie channel


    Netherlands-based cable operator UPC has confirmed that it has boarded a joint venture between Disney and Sony to launch a 24-hour premium movie channel for Belgium and the Netherlands (Screendaily, February 4).
  • Macbean to exit Itel for drama school


    Andrew Macbean, CEO of UK-based TV programming distributor Itel, is resigning from the company. It is understood that he plans to go to drama school.
  • Pathe steps into Cowboy's Hole


    UK National Lottery studio franchise Pathe Pictures is financing Cowboy Films and Granada Film's The Hole, set to star American Beauty's Thora Birch.
  • Downtown seals DVD output deal with MGM


    Downtown Pictures, the UK distributor of Spike Lee's Summer Of Sam and Bill Condon's Gods And Monsters, has signed an exclusive output deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) for DVD and video sell-through titles in the UK.
  • MIP-TV: Channel 4, Company strike first-look deal


    UK TV production outfit Company Television has signed a first-look development and distribution deal with UK-based TV distributor Channel 4 International (C4I).
  • Aardman, AtomFilms team for Internet premiere


    UK animation house Aardman Animations is launching its latest creation, Angry Kid, exclusively on the Internet, via online distributor AtomFilms' web-site from early May.