All articles by Elisabeth Knowles

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    United Kingdom - Guardian angels


    In May 2006, UK screenwriter Matt Hanson soft-launched his A Swarm Of Angels project, the first step in creating a $2m (£1m) feature film that will be conceived, developed, funded, produced and ultimately distributed via the internet.The project is touted as the first truly "open-source" feature film - involving movie ...

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    French Film starts shooting in London


    Digital studio Slingshot is set to start shooting romantic comedy French Film in locations around central London on March 26. The film is the directorial debut for award-winning commercials and short film-maker Jackie Oudney, with a cast including Hugh Bonneville (Tsunami: The Aftermath, Notting Hill); Anne-Marie Duff (The Virgin Queen, ...

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    Mendes, Winslet and Di Caprio embark on Revolutionary Road


    Sam Mendes is set to direct his wife and five-time Oscar nominee Kate Winslet and three-time Oscar nominee Leonardo di Caprio on an adaptation of Richard Yates's respected 1961 novel Revolutionary Road.Mendes is teaming with BBC Films and DreamWorks on the film, which tracks the disillusionment and desperate search for ...

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    Sixth annual East End Film Fest line-up announced


    The sixth annual East End Film Festival is being held in a variety of venues across East London, and features the world premiere of Julian Cole's With Gilbert And George. Tower Hamlets Council, Hackney Council and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority have partnered together with the support of 3 Mills ...

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    North West Vision backs awards


    UK film, TV and media development agency North West Vision is sponsoring a category at the Big Chip Awards, in recognition of the northwest region's Best Innovation in digital technology. Chris Moll, Head of Funds for NWV, said: 'At North West Vision we are determined to expand and support the ...

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    Scandinavia invests in Spain 's Palma Pictures


    Mallorca-based production company Palma Pictures has recently been acquired by Scandinavian investors Joachim Odqvist and Ture Stendahl. Odqvist and Stendahl are entrepreneurs who have interests in many businesses, including the hotel sector. They recently sold Scandinavia's largest amusement park group, Parks and Resorts. A management team of Palma CEO Mike ...

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    UK film industry warns kids about film piracy


    Schools across the UK have been provided with teaching packs compiled by industry-backed charity Film Education in a bid to raise awareness of film theft, which cost the UK film industry $1.4 billion (£719m) in 2005. The pack is aimed at 11 to 14-year-olds, a group that a Film Education ...

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    Abigail Walsh joins Independent from Goldcrest Films


    Abigail replaces Ana Ayesta as head of sales at Independent, the international sales and production company established by Luc Roeg.Walsh, who was previously director of sales at Goldcrest Films, will work alongside managing director Andrew Orr and head of marketing Sarah Goodwin, heading the company's sales operations. The first round ...

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    Cinematographer Freddie Francis dies


    One of Britain's leading cinematographers and Hammer horror directors Freddie Francis died in London on March 17, aged 90.Born in London on December 22, 1917, Francis' early career included working as a clapperboy for BIP and British & Dominions, and as a director-cameraman of training films for the Army's Kinematograph ...

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    Shooting begins on Formosa Films '80s period feature Clubbed


    Gritty rites-of-passage tale Clubbed is to begin shooting this week at east London's Three Mills Studio and on location in the West Midlands, with a scheduled release date of early 2008.The script was written by BAFTA-winning writer Geoff Thompson, adapted from his best-selling autobiography Watch My Back. It follows factory ...

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    Film London and ITV hook up to profile local talent


    London 's regional broadband TV service ITV Local London has partnered with Film London to champion the city's up and coming film-making talent. ITV Local will be an official media partner of the next financial year's round of Film London's local support fund, the London Borough Film Fund Challenge. The ...

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    First all-digital cinema for Empire


    UK's Empire Cinemas today announced the launch of its first totally digital cinema, situated at High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. The theatre chain, which has 16 sites across the UK, has partnered with Kodak, Barco and Bell Theatre Services to install the latest in digital cinema projection technology for all six ...

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    Metrodome takes on The Serpent


    Metrodome have acquired full UK rights to Eric Barbier's stylish French revenge thriller The Serpent. The film is an adaptation of the classic crime novel Plender by Ted Lewis (Get Carter), directed by Eric Barbier and starring Yvan Attal (Munich, The Interpreter) and Clovis Cornillac (Brice De Nice, A Very ...

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    UK Film Council lotteryunaffected by Olympics budget blowout


    Today's announcement by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell that the 2012 London Olympics budget has risen to $18.11bn (£9.35bn) will not impact the next round of UK Film Council funding, a spokesperson has assured ScreenDaily.While a further $1,307m (£675m) is expected to be taken from lottery funds, the Film Council spokesperson ...

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    Tartan drops title after teen accused of double murder


    Cutting-edge UK distributor Tartan Video announced today (Mar 15) that it will cease supplying retailers with DVD copies of The Last Horror Movie. The award-winning 2003 film has become involved in the trial of a teen in the UK, who, itis claimed, murdered his two friends. The trial has heard ...

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    Pirate DVD eBay trader busted in London


    The Federation Against Copyright Theft Internet Investigations Team led police to a 22-year-old man in Canning Town, East London, who was taken in for questioning regarding the sale of counterfeit DVDs on eBay.It is believed that the illegal trader was making thousands of pounds a month selling blackmarket TV and ...

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    Buena Vista, Apollo top the UK 's Cinema Business Awards


    Apollo Cinemas won the 2007 Oscar Deutsch Award for Exhibitor Of The Year and Buena Vista International (BVI) has won the 2007 Bromhead Award for Distributor Of The Year, in an awards ceremony attached to monthly industry magazine Cinema Business. At a reception held at BAFTA on Thursday March 1, ...

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    The Leo Media & Entertainment Group hook up with Fuglers LLP


    London law firm Fuglers LLP has entered into a unique arrangement with film, TV and literary representation organisation The Leo Media & Entertainment Group, whereby Fuglers will provide legal advice and services to the agency’s clients. As well as being an agency, The Leo Media & Entertainment Group ...

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    Oscar shorts nominees available on iTunes


    Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures joined forces with iTunes to make Oscar-nominated short films available for the public to stream just days prior to the Academy Awards ceremony.The seven independently produced nominated shorts included five live action and two animated shorts. Available to view for free via iTunes were the ...

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    Off The Fence signs output deal with Principal Large Format


    IMAX producer Phil Streather of Principal Large Format (PLF) has signed an exclusive agreement to provide Off The Fence with current and in-production theatrical releases of giant-screen content as well as generating new projects for the company.PLF generated the award-winning IMAX film Bugs!, Britain's most successful theatrical documentary, which grossed ...