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Screenwriters: The Hidden Talent Behind Every Great Film

Jeremy Brock | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeremy Brock

Now in their fifth year, the International Screenwriters' Lectures, hosted jointly by BAFTA and the BFI, have cemented their worldwide reputation as the most prestigious forum for celebrating the peculiar genius of screenwriting.

What to Look Out for at the 58th BFI London Film Festival

Tom Linay | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Summer is over, just look outside for proof, but right around the corner to help combat those post-summer blues is the UK's premier film extravaganza, the 58th BFI London Film Festival... I've picked out a few of the key highlights so you can be first in the queue when the tickets go on sale on 18 September.

Pre-Code Hollywood: The Forgotten Genre

Jon Spira | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jon Spira

Like a lot of people, Black and White cinema didn't do much for me growing up. My access point was through the Universal Monster movies, leading in to Hitchcock and as I got older, I found myself able to sit through Truffaut and Ozu and eventually I came to embrace films of a greyer palette.

'Let Me Grab Your Soul Away' - Kate Bush and Gothic Film

British Film Institute | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
British Film Institute

As Kate Bush announces her first tour in 35 years, let's delve through her back catalogue and discover how the darker side of cinema influenced some of her greatest hits.

3D Creative Summit 2014

Alice Stansfield | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Stansfield

Over Wednesday 12th till Thursday 13th March the BFI South bank in London hosted the 3D Creative Summit. 'As 3D's future takes shape, this is a true o...

Al Pacino Season at the BFI; The Godfather: Part II's Cinema Release

Hannah Gal | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Gal

Forty years after its original release, Coppola's masterpiece The Godfather: Part II is to screen in UK cinemas. Park Circus's release of The Godfather: Part II (restored in 4K) returns to the big screen from the 21st of February, opening at BFI Southbank and selected cinemas nationwide.

Four Days Of The Best Comedy Films

Aaron Child | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Aaron Child

LOCO is the London Comedy Film Festival and this year coming it is spread over four days. Arriving in London on the most miserable week of the year, 23 - 26 January hopefully the films, panel discussions and workshops will give you something to smile about.

'12 Years a Slave' and 'The Spectacular Now' - Two of the Best Films at This Year's LFF

Tom Linay | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Where to begin with a film like 12 Years A Slave? My limited range of expression feels unable to do its impact justice but I have an obligation to this blog, so I'll give it a shot. Steve McQueen's film is an unforgettable experience and one I don't think I will likely repeat again.

Inside Llewyn Davis and LFF Round-up

Tom Linay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Inside Llewyn Davis, is a wonderfully detailed snapshot of the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1962 New York, and our conduit into this world is the abrasive but talented folk singer, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac).

Nebraska - A Brilliant Slice of Americana

Tom Linay | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

It's deliberately slow paced, which may be off-putting for some and Forte may struggle to hold his own with the stellar performances around him but Payne has delivered another original and bittersweet tale of small-town American life...

Gravity - An Astonishing Filmmaking Achievement

Tom Linay | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Although the Oscars and BAFTAs are still a few months away I'm putting it on the record now that I'd be happy for the respective academies to close the competition forthwith and just give all the main prizes to Gravity.

Captain Phillips - BFI London Film Festival Review

Tom Linay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

The European premiere of Captain Phillips was a fantastic way to kick off the 57th BFI London Film Festival at ODEON Leicester Square last night, with many of the cast and crew in attendance, including the film's star, Tom Hanks, and British director, Paul Greengrass.

From Film Making Novices to Production Company Owners: A Rollercoaster Tale of Success

Jens Christensen | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jens Christensen

We're going to need a camera, a microphone, some actors, a big bag of aluminium cans... and an old school hue blue VW camper van. And a quick 'teach yourself film making' brainstorm. Then once it's all in place, we'll go and make a film to enter into the search for green student film makers.

Happy Birthday Woody Allen!

Jonathan Wakeham | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Comedy
Jonathan Wakeham

As we head towards awards season, and the BIg Message movies lumber into cinemas to tell us what to think, Woody has carved a career out of asking the questions that all of us wrestle with: What is the point of life? Can we ever love one person? And how the hell do you catch a live lobster?

Nearly 30 Years On, Local Hero Still Breaks My Heart

Daley James Francis | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Daley James Francis

If there is one film that fills me with more emotions that I can neither understand or bear it is Bill Forsyth's 1983 Scottish comedy Local Hero. It is a film that makes you laugh yet has a melancholic tone that always seems one step away from breaking your heart. It was named #37 on the list of BFI Top 100 British Films by the British Film Institute.

Yes, the London Film Festival Has Begun...

Rollo Ross | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rollo Ross

London is usually known in the film industry as the Hollywood capital of Europe as all the big studios have their European headquarters here. Our multiplexes are full of American movies and we generally hold the European premieres of big blockbusters in London (and there's normally a lot of media coverage about them!). But for two weeks, we're kicking back at our commercial reputation by hosting a celebration of non-formulaic movies and that, in my eyes, is worth celebrating. Most importantly, it's a film festival aimed at the public so even you can get tickets.

Method Acting Gone Too Far?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

The actress playing Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch has revealed her startling weight loss for the role. Antonia Campbell-Hughes appeare...

Caroline Frost

From Sykes To Spaced – Comedy’s Female TV Trailblazers

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

So many funny women on our TV screens these days, it's easy to take for granted that, only a generation or so ago, these same female humour merchants ...

Digital Exploration

Alan Davey | Posted 12.09.2012 | Home
Alan Davey

The pace of change means we're living in a time of extraordinary possibility for creativity in this country, where digital advances mean our ambition can only be constrained by the limits of our imagination.

The Great British Film Farce

Larry Jaffee | Posted 04.08.2012 | UK Entertainment
Larry Jaffee

Why is it that all this Union Jack-waving during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee doesn't mean squat at the British cinema box office?

Raising the Titanic: The Films That Kept the Legend Afloat

Simon McCallum | Posted 25.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Simon McCallum

April 2012 marks the centenary of a disaster that still haunts us. Shortly before midnight on 14 April 1912, the maiden voyage of the White Star Line's beacon of luxury and progress, RMS Titanic, ended in tragedy when she struck an iceberg and sank with the loss of 1,517 lives.

Loving Free

Bishop Gene Robinson | Posted 19.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Bishop Gene Robinson

I appreciate the Church of England from which so many churches around the globe were birthed. But I long for it to express its full and unequivocal acceptance of women, and to find its way toward embracing and celebrating the gay men, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender people.

Peter Cook at 75

Dick Fiddy | Posted 27.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Dick Fiddy

Peter Cook - who would have been 75 this year - was one of the brightest stars in a constellation of comedic talent that emerged from the Oxbridge tradition and revolutionised humour in the 1960s.

British Film Industry Needs To Be More Dynamic, Says Cameron

PA | Posted 11.03.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has urged the British film industry to concentrate on making more mainstream movies. The Prime Minister signalled he wanted producers...

We Have a Masterpiece: Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 29.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

We Have a Pope is a film that has allowed me to reconnect to the genius of Nanni Moretti, one of a handful of filmmakers from my birth country who are carrying on the legacy of our great Italian masters with a vision all his own, told in a rhythm all his own.