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Watch| Crossed Wires – An Improvised Short Film by Eric Kolelas

 An improvised short film: A misunderstanding leads to sombre consequences as two flatmates recall very different turns of event from the previous night.

Eric Kolelas is back with another unique short film titled Crossed Wires. The talented writer-slash-actor-slash-director said: 
"This project came about as I initially wanted to play around with the concept of improvisation as a mean to expand and create stories for film. I liked the idea of having very loose circumstances, as opposed to a defined story, to create something, and 'Crossed Wires' was the result."
Watch the film in full above. 
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Watch| The Ghana Grudge – a short documentary

History has seen African nations Ghana and Nigeria clash due to Government implementation of extreme immigration laws that were set in bids to improve the economy. At the time these extreme measures put a strain on the relationship of the two countries. Fast forward to 2013…in this short documentary MyGhanaRoots & Narrow Path Films  investigate whether these historical events have remained in the history books or if Ghanaians and Nigerians, even those who were born in the UK, continue to bear a grudge towards each other. 

Watch the short documentary above. For more info visit MyGhanaRoots and Narrow Path Films 

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Watch| Brothers With No Game – Episode 3: Close Encounters of the Awkward Kind

The Brothers are back with an episode that is guaranteed to make you cringe. Hash-tag-awkward!

Dorian and Shirene go on a date and bump into unexpected company, meanwhile Marcus finally gets a call from Sinitta and Junior encounters all of the important women in his life.

This episode if Brothers With No Game is sponsored by Nu People Magazine

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SceneProfiles| Andre Royo – Actor (Calloused Hands, Red Tails, The Wire)

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Recognise this face? Fans of cult hit The Wire will. We recently caught up with actor, producer and writer Andre Royo to discuss his role in the acclaimed film Calloused Hands (Woolfcub Productions). The film, tells the story of 12-year-old Josh, a mixed race boy growing up in Miami who lives under the oppressive weight of his abusive step-father. He manages to forge his own path in life when his estranged grandfather insists he study for his Bar Mitzvah. In this SceneProfiles, Andre talks about playing the character Byrd, the impact that his cultural identity has had on his career as well as life after The Wire. 


Firstly, what attracted you to this role?  

After working on a show like The Wire, the idea of playing the lead character in a movie was just the challenge I wanted.; especially when a director was putting his own true  story of abuse and hardship on screen, trusting me to help tell his story. I thought Jesse was doing a courageous thing.  The intense struggle of raising a kid, the highs and lows of wondering how to motivate and push a child to reach his or her potential, dealing with the pain of lost dreams and the struggles of substance abuse –it was the challenge of getting it right that first opened my eyes to the project.


There are many themes in Calloused Hands – from the nightmare of failed dreams through to culture and identity. How have these themes been relevant in your own life and career?  

My whole life has been  about chasing a dream with no safety net. All or nothing. And there were times where ‘nothing’ is all I saw. I was never totally outside myself to see how I handled my own failure at times. Plus being a mixed kid and raising my own daughter who is also mixed, I felt it was important to get a chance to act out some personal fears through the character of Byrd.

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Channel 4 to Broadcast Ramadan Season

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.

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New Youth Drama ‘Youngers’ To Launch on E4

Youngers is a brand new 8-part drama due to start on E4 on 20 March. Starring ex-Hollyoaks actor Calvin Demba and newcomer Ade Oyesofo, Youngers follows two friends as they complete their GCSEs and pursue a career in the music industry while 'the ends', girls and parents form challenging roadblocks. 

The drama, which was filmed in Peckham, is written by Levi David Addai (My Murder), Georgia Lester (Skins) and Mark Catley (Casualty) and comes to E4 via Big Talk Productions. It features a host of new talent including YouTube stars Mandem on the Wall. Good news already – the series has been picked up for international distribution by BBC Worldwide.

Check out the trailer above and make sure you tune in.

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Applications for Top TV Talent Scheme ‘The Network’ Now Open!

The Network is a practical training scheme by the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival that gives new talent a taster of what it's really like to work in TV. 

At The Network you will…

* Learn the key ingredients for getting your first TV job
* Discover just how many opportunities there are in TV
* Understand what people in TV do
* Learn practical skills, like how cameras work
* Meet and learn from fantastically talented TV types and some celebs too
* Get the opportunity to question TV execs who have the power to give you a job

See below for the steps:

For even more info and to apply, click here. The deadline for applications is 21 April 2013.

Good luck!!!

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Jump Off TV and Talented & Young Launch ‘Actors Lounge’


Press release:

Jump Off TV and Talented & Young have partnered up to bring you an 8 Week Acting Course; Actors Lounge

A new 8 week acting class with a difference, Actors Lounge is a chance for actors to learn about different genres, character development, bringing scripts to life and much more. Actors Lounge will enable you to have master classes with top british actors, writers and casting directors. At the end of the 8 weeks you will have a chance to showcase your talent before an audience of key industry influencers.

Places are limited so all candidates must attend an audition on Saturday 6th October

Course Details
Start date: Oct 2012 (every saturday for 7 consecutive weeks)
Class time: 1-3pm or 4-6pm (choice of 2 classes)
Week 8 will be a live performance/monologue in a theatre.
Your live performance will be videoed and uploaded to a YouTube channel of your choice.
Location: Jump Off TV Studios, Kings Cross
Fee £200+vat (payment is required upfront)

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Channel 4 Study Finds that Paralympics Coverage Changed Perceptions of Disability

Reposted from Media Week 

Channel 4 has claimed its coverage of the Paralympics, which reached 37 million people and nearly doubled its average viewing share, has helped change public perception of disability. The broadcaster cited audience research that revealed 65% of viewers (from a sample of 1,833) felt the coverage of the Paralympics has had a favourable impact on their perceptions towards people with disabilities, while 80% enjoyed seeing disabled presenters on screen. Half of viewers said it was the first Paralympics they had ever watched and 67% said they watched more than they expected to.

Jay Hunt, Channel 4's chief creative officer, said: "I’m delighted that we’ve been able to bring a new audience to the Paralympics and, more importantly, that our coverage has played a part in delivering a lasting legacy in changing people’s perceptions of both disability and disabled sport."

The broadcaster claims its coverage of the Games up to Thursday 6 September reached 37 million people, which compared to the 51.9 million people who watched at least 15 minutes of the BBC's Olympic Games coverage. C4 is claiming an average all-day share of 11.6% across the nine days of the Games, which is 82% higher than its 12-month average share.

The Paralympics opening ceremony was watched by a peak audience of 11.2 million viewers, including Channel 4 +1 figures, and Jonnie Peacock’s gold medal win in the T44 100 metres attracted the biggest ever Paralympic sports audience in the UK with a peak of 6.3 million viewers. 

Channel 4 was so keen to secure the Paralympics that it bid £9m for the television rights, which is believed to be three times the amount offered by the BBC. It expected to broadcast 150 hours of live coverage and 500 hours of total coverage over the event.

Check out this video below where Paralympic Blogger James Ballardie discuss the issue of disability on the Channel 4 News with activist and wannabe MP Adam Lotun.



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Noel Clarke Joins the Cast of J.J. Abram’s ‘Star Trek 2’!

Congratulations to British director and actor Noel Clarke who has joined the cast of the Star Trek sequel. In the film, which is due for release on May 17th 2013, Clarke will play a family man with a wife and daughter. There is very little further information available about his role. Fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch has also joined the cast and is set to play a villain as well as Simon Pegg and Alice Eve. Production is due to start next week.

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