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  • Comment on: Creative Europe set for 8% budget boost

    STUART URBAN's comment 17-Jun-2015 9:36 pm

    As a happy recipient of Media funding, all expansion is welcome. However, the grim facts are that UK and other heavyweights are now receiving the kitten's share relative to size/weight. For example, in the latest awards for development, the so-called 20% success rate is nearer to 4% when you look at the actual stats: 26 submission for 1 award. The small countries have a far higher success rate, if anyone would care to explain. This is where the money will go.

  • Comment on: Broadcast blues

    STUART URBAN's comment 6-Feb-2015 6:44 pm

    A very cogent and informative article on the TV sales downturn. And of course, if you sell to Netflix for the peanuts they offer small indies or let your film venture onto Amazon Prime for bupkes, you imperil the TV sales that you may, just possibly, get by holding out. Or then you may not! Must stop moaning as I am going back to doing TV drama and it's rewarding every sense.

  • Comment on: Menahem Golan dies aged 85

    STUART URBAN's comment 10-Aug-2014 11:24 am

    Menahem was one of the first people to give me a break when Cannon Films commissioned my screenplay, though he ended up suing me in the High Court (and losing). We became friendly again years later, and I shall miss this legend of cinema.

  • Comment on: Menahem Golan dies aged 85

    STUART URBAN's comment 10-Aug-2014 11:24 am

    Menahem was one of the first people to give me a break when Cannon Films commissioned my screenplay, though he ended up suing me in the High Court (and losing). We became friendly again years later, and I shall miss this legend of cinema.

  • Comment on: Menahem Golan dies aged 85

    STUART URBAN's comment 10-Aug-2014 11:24 am

    Menahem was one of the first people to give me a break when Cannon Films commissioned my screenplay, though he ended up suing me in the High Court (and losing). We became friendly again years later, and I shall miss this legend of cinema.

  • Comment on: Tricycle refuses UK Jewish Film Festival

    STUART URBAN's comment 7-Aug-2014 11:45 pm

    There has been plenty more evidence than one tunnel, e.g. the videos of Hamas firing rockets and weapons from the hospital etc, but you forget that Israeli Palestinians attend Israeli universities, get treated during this war in Israeli hospitals, and some (yes) even serve in the army. Most of all, millions live and work peacefully within Israel. Would you boycott their jobs? The Palestinian Authority does not call for boycotting the main state of Israel, but armchair antizionists such as Mr Rosendaal and Anon.

  • Comment on: Tricycle refuses UK Jewish Film Festival

    STUART URBAN's comment 6-Aug-2014 5:57 pm

    Have the Tricycle (or Messrs Hytner or Abrahamson) ever before withdrawn from a programme sponsored by (for example) the UK, US, Turkish,Chinese or Russian governments, which have all slaughtered larger numbers of civilians in modern times? If not, then their position to single out Israel and would seem total hypocrisy.

  • Comment on: Is boycotting the answer in Israel?

    STUART URBAN's comment 25-Jul-2014 1:15 pm

    Tony Copti's work above shows the stupidity of any kind of boycott. There has been a consistent history of Israeli film-makers criticising govt policy and occupation in their films, e.g. Eran Riklis's. To strangle those dissenting voices by banning Israeli films beggars belief, particularly when the leader of the Palestinian Authority himself is not in favour of boycotting the main state of Israel, only the settlements and their produce. If you boycott Israeli film for the excesses of its govt, then you must by definition boycott those of all states such as China, Russia et al who breach human rights or stage invasions (USA too) or you are reverting to the Nazis' tactics of boycotting Jewish culture and business.

  • Comment on: Facebook VoD platform wins funding

    STUART URBAN's comment 21-Mar-2014 4:12 pm

    This is great news for the very enterprising Tom Raffe , and as film-maker whose work is already on Screenburn, I think the platform could now become a standard-bearer with this investment.

  • Comment on: Gilliam backs Borowczyk restoration

    STUART URBAN's comment 12-Nov-2013 3:21 pm

    PS - plus a theatrical version with 5.1 Dolby premiered at Bafta and now screening at venues worldwide

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