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The 2010 British Urban Film Festival - June Blog

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This time 5 years ago, Noel Clarke was playing Billie Piper’s screen boyfriend in Doctor Who. Since then, our man Noel not only starred in ‘Kidulthood’ (recently screened again on BBC3), he went onto write and direct its’ sequel, ‘Adulthood’ – collecting a Bafta along the way. He has since starred in ‘Heartless’ and ‘Centurion’. He also starred in ‘Doghouse’ with Stephen Graham, Danny Dyer and Terry Stone, and has just released ‘4,3,2,1’ – considered by some to ...

Edinburgh International Film Festival line up

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  At a press conference at Filmhouse in Edinburgh this morning, Artistic Director Hannah McGill announced the full programme details for the 64th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). This year the Festival, which runs from 16 - 27 June, will host twenty-two World premieres, and twelve International premieres. The Closing Night Gala will be the World premiere of THIRD STAR, a British tragi-comic buddy film by newcomer Hattie Dalton, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (FOUR...

The 2010 British Urban Film Festival - call for submissions

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Buff Enterprises has launched its’ biggest ever call for submissions for British Urban Film Festival 2010 – bringing together independent filmmakers from across the nation, to submit their own films. Buff Enterprises launched in July 2005 with the aim of providing a healthy alternative to the showcasing of urban independent cinema in the UK. Since then there has been a concerted effort by the UK film industry to address this imbalance in the cinema landscape both on and off screen. As a resu...

"Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff" Interview with Director: Craig McCall

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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, might be more aptly titled, "Painter, Photographer, Inventor, Explorer, Cameraman, and Director: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff." There hasn't been many whose obituary reads, born in 1918, entered the industry as a child movie actor at four years of age, studied impressionist painters, was one of the first to use color in film, commenting that "color is light, and light is color ", was the first to have to scout remote movie locations in a time p...

British Urban Film Festival announces Sus as its' opening feature film

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Organisers of the British Urban Film Festival have confirmed that the hit stageplay-turned-box office movie Sus will be the opening feature film for its’ annual showpiece later this summer. It marks the second year in succession that actor Clint Dyer has featured at the event having starred in the Channel 4 documentary ‘Rappin at The Royal’ which showed at the 2009 British Urban Film Festival. At a time where films like Avatar cost the same as a small country’s GDP, SUS rebuffs (pardon...

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Interview with Craig McCall, director "Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff"

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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, might be more aptly titled, "Painter, Photographer, Inventor, Explorer, Cameraman, andDirector: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff." There hasn't been many whose obituary reads, born in 1918, entered the industry as a child movie actor at four years of age, studied impressionist painters, was one of the first to use color in film, commenting that "color is light, and light is color ", was the first to have to scout remote movie locations in a time pe...

Tamara Drewe

Mortality in Another Year

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Director Mike Leigh discusses the idea of mortality in relation to his new film, Another Year, at the press conference here in Cannes.  ...

Mike Leigh Refuses to Respond

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Mike Leigh refuses to answer British journalist Richard Brooks' question at the press conference for Another Year at the Cannes film festival.  ...

Mike Leigh insists, "Nobody is boring," at Another Year press conference

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Six-time Oscar nominated writer and director Mike Leigh appeared disgruntled and gruff at the start of Saturday morning's press conference following the premiere of his in competition film, Another Year. Leigh abrubtly refused to answer the first reporter's question, shouting: "I'm not taking any questions from you, and you know why!" The audience, seeming both taken aback and amused at this sudden outburst, became noticeably more alert.Leigh and his cast, including Jim Broadbent, Lesl...

Press screening of Another Year met with positive response

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        The competitive film, Another Year, by Mike Leigh, received two thumbs up from the audience that walked out of the Grande Theatre Lumierethis Saturday morning. Leigh’s premier was an ensemble comedy drama that starredhis usual cast of Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville.Happiness and the passing of time are the themes that seem to percolate throughthe movie. One viewer expressed that Leigh seemed to display what doesn’tchange in our lives than w...

Another Year by Mike Leigh

British Actress Jodie Whittaker Coming To Zlin

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  British actress Jodie Whittaker is the first of many international guests to be announced who will be coming to the Zlin Film Festival in the Czech Republic later this month to help fete the Festival on its 50th anniverary. Whittaker has previously been seen at the Zlin Film Festival before, albeit only on the big screen. Two years ago, the Festival screened the screen comedy ST. TRINIAN'S in its Competition Section. This year, Whittaker appears in two films screening at the ...

The East End Film Festival has arrived.

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  After all the excitement, the build up, the late nights, the Festival is here. It's just as well, as both the sense of anticipation and the steady accumulation of coffee in our collective systems was leading to some serious jitters. But that has all become moot as we dust ourselves down, spruce ourselves up and press our shirts and dresses for tonight's opening night gala film. We're delighted to be presenting a special screening of Barney Platts-Mills 1969 classic BRONCO BULLFROG, a tale...

46th Chicago International Film Festival to Honor Ron Howard at 2010 Summer Gala

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The 46th Chicago International Film Festival will honor Ron Howard with its Silver Hugo Career Achievement Award on June 12, 2010. During the Festival’s annual Summer Gala, the acclaimed actor, producer and director will receive the award, in recognition of his outstanding 50-year career in the film industry. Past recipients of this award have included Steven Spielberg, Orson Welles, Francois Truffaut, Sigourney Weaver, Nicholas Cage, Jodie Foster, Robin Williams and Clint Eastwood. On this...

Exam Result

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Stuart Hazeldine: 2010 BAFTA nominee           “Begin.” So starts the emotional roller-coaster that is Stuart Hazeldine’s first full-length feature, Exam. Released this year, the film has earmarked the British writer/director as one to watch. Exam’s claustrophobic setting is a sublime blend of psychology and mystery-thriller. Despite its original premise, its influences come from a variety of sources throughout writer Stuart’s ca...

Buff Blogcast - April 2010

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British urban film is a new genre and everyone’s excited by what’s happening in urban music. It’s been a great year and there’s that same sense of excitement in film – it’s our time. And whilst one is always looking for that opportunity to blow its’ own trumpet, those opening remarks were quoted by Mo Ali, the director of recently released Shank, the futuristic drama starring Adam Deacon (Adulthood), Ashley Thomas (aka Bashy) and Kaya Scodelario (Skins). Recent Buff blogcasts have ...

The Jameson Empire Awards 2010 - 28th March

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The Jameson Empire Awards will once again take place in London this Sunday (28th March) in The Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Deemed by many in the industry to be the most fun awards in the British movie calendar, the Jameson Empire Awards attract A-list star-studded movie talent from around the globe. Held in London each March, the Jameson Empire Awards celebrate the film industry's success stories of the year with Empire Magazine readers voti...

18th Raindance Film Festival: Call for entry

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The 18th Raindance Film Festival September 29 - October 10, 2010 Call for Entries - Click here Regular Deadline: 7 May 2010 Late Deadline: 4 June 2010 Final Deadline, Withoutabox Submissions Only: 18 June 2010 Contact Information: Raindance Film Festival 81 Berwick Street London W1F 8TW United Kingdom Telephone: 020 7287 3833 (UK country code is 44, and drop the first zero) Fax: 0207 439 2243 WEBSITE http://www.raindance.co.uk Email Contact Raindance ...

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