Big Couch is hosting The Secret Sauce of Indie Film Production, the first in a series of workshops dedicated to connecting people in the film industry and strengthening the knowledge and skills of producers in the UK. This is a hands-on, 6 hour mentoring workshop dedicated to producers, line producers, production managers and 1st assistant directors at Century Club, in London’s West End.
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The BFI London Film Festival returns for the 60th time this year and today announced the roster of films that will be included in its 12-day celebration of cinema.
African Odysseys present: Legacy Media Institute’s Filmmakers’ Workshop, an LMI-BFI workshop aimed at budding filmmakers of African Descent/Black British.
Directors UK and the High End TV Council have announced an expanded career development initiative, to help progress and diversify the directing talent in High End TV drama.
Starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl); and directed by Amma Asante (Belle), A United Kingdom tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and empire – their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.
A United Kingdom is in cinemas from 25th November.
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Malorie Blackman’s enthralling story of first love in a dangerous, adrenalin-fuelled fictional dystopia is to be adapted by Levi David Addai with Matthew Graham for a new BBC One series, produced by Mammoth Screen.
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ITV2 has commissioned Timewasters, a brand new 6 x 30 comedy written and created by Daniel Lawrence Taylor, arriving on the channel from multi award-winning producers Big Talk Productions (The Job Lot, Rev, Cockroaches).
Timewasters is a comedy about a struggling four-piece South London jazz band who travel back in time to the 1920’s via a urine-sodden lift in a dilapidated block of flats.
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Amy Flanagan, Deputy Head of Factual at Channel 4, has commissioned Minnow Films to make an ambitious five-year longitudinal project charting the progress of bright teenagers from low-income families as they attempt to follow their dreams and push against the tide of seemingly insurmountable inequality facing them.
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Vice is to produce around 60 hours of original content for its linear channel by the end of the year after unveiling its initial slate of UK shows. Broadcast revealed that the youth brand’s initial programming line-up, which includes three factual series and a single documentary, will be followed by a further 40 to 60 hours on-air by the end of 2016. Budgets for the in-house shows are thought to run to around £100,000 per hour. Vice has no plans to commission series from established indies.
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The BBC and Channel 4 have stepped up their efforts to find a broader range of voices among the next generation of TV directors through two new schemes.