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Cannes 2015 – The First Sunday

Cannes 2015 – The First Sunday

Cannes is not just about the screening of films. Like many festivals, it also provides opportunities for aspiring film-makers to network and attend panel discussions by those they aspire to emulate, and it was at one of those events that my day began. The UK Film Centre, one of a couple of dozen nat...

Cannes 2015 – The First Saturday

Cannes 2015 – The First Saturday

It was straight down to business this year. No messing about by the beach. Within two hours of getting off the plane at Nice Airport, I was sitting in the rooftop Salle de Soixantieme cinema, first built to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. With Cannes now marking its 68th e...

Environmental documentary to close Cannes

Environmental documentary to close Cannes

A documentary about one of the first scientist to raise concerns about global warming will bring this year’s Cannes Film Festival to an end, at a closing ceremony that includes the awarding of prizes including the Palme d’Or. Ice and the Sky, by Luc Jacquet – the director of the O...

Rachel Weisz flies the flag for Britain in Cannes

Rachel Weisz flies the flag for Britain in Cannes

The British actress Rachel Weisz will star in two of the films in competition for the Palme d’Or in Cannes next month, but neither of them is British. In fact, of the seventeen competition films so far announced, there’s not a British director among them. Weisz will be seen alongside Col...

Cannes opts for lower profile opening

Cannes opts for lower profile opening

In a departure from recent years, rather than picking an English-language film bursting with high-profile stars, the Cannes Film Festival 2015 has selected a French comedy-drama starring few big names as it’s opening night film. The 68th festival will be opened by La Tête Haute, written and d...

Mel Brooks honoured by BFI

Mel Brooks honoured by BFI

One of America’s best loved comedians, Mel Brooks, has been honoured by the BFI with a Fellowship. The eighty-eight year old director, producer, actor, writer and stand-up received the BFI’s highest award at an event in London, ahead of his one-man show at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Br...

Redmayne triumphs at Oscars as Birdman beats Boyhood

Redmayne triumphs at Oscars as Birdman beats Boyhood

The British actor Eddie Redmayne spoiled Birdman’s Oscar party by beating its star Michael Keaton to the Best Actor Oscar at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Redmayne won over the six thousand strong Academy voters for his portrayal, in The Theory of Everything, of the scientist Professor Steph...

A spirited boost for Birdman on eve of Oscars

A spirited boost for Birdman on eve of Oscars

Birdman won the latest face-off with its main Oscar rival Boyhood – this time in the world America’s independent cinema. Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s satire on the world of entertainment took the prizes for Best Feature, Best Actor for Michael Keaton and Best Cinematography at the...

Berlin win for Panahi seen as victory for free speech

Berlin win for Panahi seen as victory for free speech

The top award at the Berlin Film Festival, the Golden Bear for the best film, has gone to the dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who’s officially banned from making films and leaving his country. His winning film, Taxi, ostensibly features conversations between a Tehran taxi driver and h...

BAFTA’s Grand Theory of Boyhood

BAFTA’s Grand Theory of Boyhood

Boyhood, The Theory of Everything and The Grand Budapest Hotel were the big winners of the night at the Royal Opera House in London, as Britain’s most prestigious film awards were handed out. Boyhood took the top honours of the night, for Best Film and for its director Richard Linklater. It al...

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