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(Channel 4's specialist factual hit, The Plane Crash)
Date: Monday 13 May 2013
Time: 6.30pm for 6.45pm
The Press House Wine Bar, 1 St Bride’s Passage, London, EC4Y 8EJ
The latest in the series of RTS Futures Speed Date events focuses on factual programming. At this event you have the chance to 'speed-date' some of the UK's leading factual programme makers; face-to-face, one-on-one. This is a prime opportunity to ask the questions you've always wanted answered. Whether you want to find out about programme-making, how to pitch ideas or getting a job, now's your chance. But you'll have to talk fast. You'll only have three minutes to impress them and get the answers you need. This event is for anyone interested in finding out a little bit more about factual television.
The gurus in attendance will include:
- Meredith Chambers, Chief Creative Officer, Twenty Twenty
- Jo Clinton-Davies, Factual Commissioner, ITV
- David Glover, Commissioning Editor, Science, Channel 4
- Laura Mansfield, Managing Director, Outline Productions
- Tom McDonald, Commissioning Executive Producer, Documentaries on BBC One, Two and Four, and Science on BBC One
- Mark Roberts, Creative Director, Mentorn
- Mark Rubens, Managing Director, WatershedHelen Veale, Co-founder and Creative Director, Outline Production
How to Book
This event is open to all RTS Futures members but is designed for those with no more than two years’ television experience. The cost is £10.00. To book a place you (and any guest/s you book a place for) MUST be a member of RTS Futures. If you are an existing member please phone Callum Stott on 020 7822 2822 with your Credit/Debit Card ready or email email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) providing your name, postal address, email address and phone number (we will then contact you to request credit card details), otherwise please register as a member at www.rtsfutures.org.uk before attempting to book. Please note that tickets can only be purchased in advance and will NOT be available on the door. All bookings are non-refundable.
via That New Next
Check out the trailer for short film 'Patriarch', written by Reggie Yates. More familarly known as a TV presenter (BBC1 The Voice) and actor (Demons Never Die, Doctor Who), Yates also takes a seat in the director's chair to shoot this short which centres on the relationship between fathers and sons. The film is produced by Yemi Bamiro.
Despite only seeing a snippet, this looks like it will be an interesting take on an important dynamic not often discussed or explored. We'll be keeping an eye out for the full film.
Darren, a keen gambler, ﬁnds himself having to escort an unknown woman on the other side of Paris for a Maﬁoso. Struggling with the implications of his involvement in the affair, Darren is forced to reconsider his values.
Talented filmmaker Eric Kolelas did not only write, direct and produce this short film – he also plays the lead role of Darren. After being awarded a scholarship to train at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Eric was cast as Abe in the critically acclaimed short film 'Mosa' by Ana Moreno. While auditioning and waiting for acting opportunities, Eric took matters into his own hands and began making his own short films. By the looks of things, he hasn't done too badly – Fifty Pence has gone on to secure screenings and official selections at a number of festivals including the London Short Film Festival, Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago and the European Independent Film Festival in France.
Erici Kolelas is definitely one to watch. To find out more about Eric and his work, click here.
Here is another homegrown web series to feast your eyes on. Dear Jesus, by Wonderlondon Films and written by Danielle Scott-Haughton is a five part web-series centred on a young lady called Mercedes as she juggles and deals with all the obstacles life is throwing at her. Asking Jesus for guidance, the season sees her deal with managing a business while her mum is sick, the return of her straight-talking sister and betrayal by the people closest to her. Watch how the drama unfolds in episodes posted below.
We enjoyed watching the series. Even though we hadn't seen season 1, from the viewer comments it sounds like the quality has gone up a notch this time around. The acting in places was a little stilted but Linda Adey, who plays the lead, shines. Her sister Alexis, played by Samantha Earle, is a great addition - I'm sure many will relate to having someone like her in their lives. As with most serials that are independently produced, progression is key so we look forward to seeing what season 3 brings.
Let us know what you think about the series either in the comments below or on Twitter @SceneTV. Watch the rest of the episodes under the cut. For more info and behind the scenes footage, head over to DearJesusTV.
Time for a little catch up! Watch episodes 4 and 5 of music based drama Steffi below. In ep 4 Steffi gives it her all at the casting in the TV Studios and is spotted by publicit Quentin James, but are his motives 100% pure. In ep 5, while Steffi chases her dream, Pete parties hard at the squat and Lara moves in for the kill.
To watch ep 1 and 2, click here.
To watch ep 3, click here.
Congrats to Ugandan-born British actor Arnold Oceng who has landed one of the lead roles in The Good Lie opposite Oscar winning actress Reese Witherspoon. The upcoming feature film is based on the real life story of four 'Lost Boys' from Sudan who were orphaned. Oceng reportedly plays one of the young men. Mamere, who eventually wins the lottery to be relocated to America while Witherspoon plays a brash, American woman assigned to help him. Filming will take place in Atlanta and South Africa.
Oceng has built up his acting credentials with roles in The Knot, Top Boy, Adulthood, 4,3,2,1 and My Brother The Devil. This looks like a huge breakout role for the young actor so wishing him all the best!
Reposted from Channel 4 press website
Every year, Britain’s 2.8 million Muslims take part in Ramadan. For one whole month from dawn to dusk, they forgo food, water, smoking and swearing – in an attempt to focus on what’s important, think about those who have less than them and better appreciate what they have. This year, Channel 4 will be there to capture these experiences and mark the month in a special Ramadan season.
During Ramadan, life has to carry on as normal – working in mentally and physically demanding environments and raising families. Channel 4 will follow and hear from a range of British Muslims throughout Ramadan, on how they cope with daily life and the physical and spiritual effects of fasting – as they go through it.
The season will include stand-alone commissions, daily series, and will mark early morning prayers, with interactive elements and online content available for Muslim and non-Muslim viewers keen to engage with and learn more about the Ramadan experience.
Short films will be broadcast every day using a mixture of self-shot video diaries and documentary, with a different contributor sharing their experiences – whether they are feeling calm, frustrated, or energised without food and drink, and whether their day involves breaking up street brawls, carrying out brain surgery or caring for their children. Each short film will aim to offer a fresh perspective on Ramadan and the lives of British Muslims.
Over the last week, broadcasters have announced new online strategies that challenge the traditional way in which new series and content are launched and consumed by their viewers. Car Share, a new six part comedy starring Peter Kay will be shown in full on iPlayer before airing on BBC1. This is part of the Beebs 12 month trial to launch up to 40 hours of programming on iPlayer. In addition to this, new ITV2 sitcom Plebs is ITV's first original commission to premiere online ahead of its linear broadcast. People have the opportunity to buy and view the series online for 99p. Now, the advantage of these strategies is that they appeal to audiences who enjoy consuming content in their own time and in bulk instead of waiting for instalments. Another advantage from the broadcaster's point of view is that they are able generate buzz ahead of the linear TX; the content will be typically seen by the online and social media savvy, who are likely to spread the word about the content. It also allows the broadcasters to gauge the general response which might have an impact on their strategy for the programme going forward.
Check out episode 3 of new music-based drama 'Steffi'. In this instalment Steffi auditions for a dream role…but will she blow it? To watch eps 1 and 2, click here.
Date: Thursday 21st March
Venue: Rich Mix Cinema, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Price: £7 (£5 concessions)
Now regular readers will know that SceneTV is about challenging perceptions and showcasing stories and perspectives that you don't always see in the mainstream. It's not every day that you will see content about UK gangs on the site but One Mile Away definitely needs a shout out as it's about peace and bringing an end to the terror on UK streets. See below for more information:
Penny Woolcock's compelling documentary uses footage shot during the summer riots, interviews and hip-hop performances to weave together the fascinating story of two opposing gang members' struggles to call a truce.
Following on from her hip-hop musical, One Day, Woolcock revisits protagonist, Dylan Duffus, as his real life self. Dylan and Shabba, members of rival Birmingham gangs, are catalysed by the filmmaker's presence to attempt, against the odds, to change gang culture from the inside out.
Set in inner city Birmingham where post-code rivalry is rife and gun crime is an everyday occurrence One Mile Away tells the human side of gang violence.
A riveting portrait of the complex, contentious reality of the streets, and the courage it takes to make a difference, it could well be this year's most important British film. - Time Out
With support from BRITDOC, and funded by Channel 4 and Creative England, One Mile Away shows how film and the determination of ordinary people can transform entrenched social problems, whilst also being a compelling, ground-breaking watch. A screening of One Mile Away and Q&A with Penny is taking place this Thursday at Rich Mix Cinema.
To book your tickets, click here.