The Bradford International Film Summit! 4 March – 6 March 2015

GIRL ON FILM  is happy to hear that the first ever Bradford Film Summit will be taking place in March 2015.  It is a wonderful opportunity for industry professionals, filmmakers and local film fans to interact and attend some wonderful (and mainly FREE) events in the area! 

Here is just some of the information gathered on the Bradford City of Film website:

“From 4-6 March 2015, Bradford will host a three day international film summit.

The summit will stage a series of seminars, events and screenings to discuss film and TV production and education, set against the backdrop of this film-loving city.

Following the prestigious award of the United Nations Education Social and Cultural Organisation’s City of Film status in 2009, Bradford has used the transformational power of film to help drive social and economic change.”

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“Welcoming leading film industry professionals, academics, policy makers and members of the UNESCO Creative Cities, the summit will discuss innovative ways to expand the role of film in society for cultural and economic benefit.”

Here’s just some of the programme:

The Business of Film, 5th March 10.00 – 13.00: The Midland Hotel 

Women Making Movies, 5th March 12.00 – 13.30: The Studio, Alhambra.

The Power of Film in Education, 6th March 09.00 – 13.00: Michelle Sutton Lecture Theatre Bradford College.

Focus on Children’s Film and Television, 6th March 14.00 – 16.00: The Studio, Alhambra.

Film Hub North Roadshow, Friday 6th March 2015 from 11:00- 16:00: National Media Museum.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – Guest Lecture and Lunch – ANNE MORRISON, Friday 6th March 2015 12.00 – 14.30: City Hall

Keep an eye on the Bradford City of Film website for further updates about the Summit and for details on how to get involved.

Book now for all events to avoid disappointment!

 

 

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Preview: Holmfirth Film Festival 2014

I’ll be reporting from the 4th Annual Holmfirth Film Festival this weekend on behalf of the lovely people at The Culture Vulture!

Use this link to read my opening preview on The Culture Vulture blog and follow all my adventures in the iconic Yorkshire village of Holmfirth via my Twitter @EvieSpachis!

Preview: Holmfirth Film Festival 2014

 

GIRL ON FILM at BIFF 2014!

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I am pleased to announce that this year, GIRL ON FILM will be reporting and reviewing from the 20th Bradford International Film Festival at the National Media Museum!

This is a fantastic honour which hopefully you’ll be able to join in with as the festival commences on the 27th March!

In the meantime, please do come along to the festival and see the wonderful films and guest speakers which promise to make this 20th celebration so special. To review the programme and to book tickets, visit the BIFF website!

Check back for updates and check out my exclusive festival preview here!

Happy viewing until then…

Evangeline.

The National Media Museum: The heart of a cultural community

As regular visitors to this site may already know, Girl On Film’s resident writer is a proud and sometime exasperated Bradfordian currently living in York .

News of the recent planned cuts to the Science Museum Group could have irreplaceable consequences for the two National museums in each respective city: Bradford’s National Media Museum and York’s National Railway Museum. Loathed to lose a vital vessel of cultural significance in the North, the national arts community has reacted strongly to these proposed cuts which could most likely result in the closure of the National Media Museum with a petition gaining nearly 25,000 signatures and respected culture site, Den of Geek rallying for support and awareness of the cause.

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In particular, the National Media Museum or The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television as it was called until 2006, was the building which harboured and cultivated the cinematic dreams of this young writer from a very early age. For a long while, there was little to boast about for a Bradford citizen, brief Premiership glory dissipated and scarring media coverage of race riots purged the city of much enthusiasm to raise its head above the blossoming hedgerow of its neighbour, Leeds. As mentioned in an article however, which traces the on-going plight of the Bradford Odeon, Bradford remained quietly proud of its associations with the visual arts. From the notorious Cottingley Fairies which illuminated the mysticism of photography to the industrial landscapes which were the cinematic settings of the British New Wave, the city upon discovery, charts a history which reels alongside the development of world media and the preservation of the arts.

Indeed, as well as being an interactive museum with fun for all the family, the museum plays an important role in archiving 3.5 million items deemed to have historical, cultural and social value, ranging from the first photographic negative to the first television footage. All of which are accessible to the public for posterity. Quantifiable as this collection may be, the cultural significance in providing a platform for this vestibule of moving history to be viewed, studied and preserved is immeasurable.

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Easily one of the museum’s most popular highlights is the IMAX cinema. The UK’s first IMAX theatre, the museum has continually brought state of the art film technology to the North, granting audiences world-class opportunities to witness cinema’s most immersive of film experiences with record audience numbers. The Pictureville and Cubby Broccolli cinemas also screen art house and contemporary cinema, with Pictureville being the only cinema house in Europe with Cinerama programming. All three cinemas host Bradford’s increasingly prestigious international films festivals which attract filmmakers and film fans annually.

And the list goes on. Whilst the future of the National Media Museum and its sister Science Museum Group counterparts hang in the balance, it’s our continued footfall and support which has the power to convince those pulling the purse strings that these museums are worth saving. The immediate outrage from all three communities potentially affected is a heartening reminder of the importance of creativity, its achievements throughout the twentieth century and its vivacity in times of economic downturn.

To help save the National Media Museum and to find out more about its equally endangered and world-class counterparts, sign the petition here: http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-national-media-museum-bradford

If you have Twitter please show your support by tweeting your message with the hashtag ‘#SaveNMM

And finally, please visit the museum and donate if you can. The National Media Museum celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year: Thirty Years of the National Media Museum

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JAMESON EMPIRE AWARDS 2013: The results!

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The results of the JAMESON EMPIRE AWARDS 2013:

Sightseers wins BEST BRITISH FILM
Skyfall UK & IRE wins BEST FILM
MARTIN FREEMAN wins BEST ACTOR
JENNIFER LAWRENCE wins BEST ACTRESS
EMPIRE INSPIRATION goes to SAM MENDES
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION for DANNY BOYLE
EMPIRE LEGEND granted to HELEN MIRREN
EMPIRE HERO this year is DANIEL RADCLIFFE
BEST FEMALE NEWCOMER awarded to SAMANTHA BARKS
BEST MALE NEWCOMER awarded to TOM HOLLAND
BEST COMEDY for Ted (The Movie)
BEST THRILLER for Headhunters
BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
BEST HORROR goes to The Woman in Black UK

85th Academy Awards 2013: Who’s your winner?

The Oscars are just around the corner (24th February), and with the BAFTAs and Golden Globes under the belt, the odds are as wide open as ever for the juggernaut that is, Best Picture.

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Which film do you think deserves the golden statue? Are the Oscars even relevant any more? And what’s your view of the Oscar campaigning and current category system?

Personally I think Skyfall is a glaring omission from the Best Picture line-up, but what do you think?

Post your comments below or find me on Twitter (@EvieSpachis), I’d love to hear from you!

In the meantime, BBC News have accumulated a brief history of the most successful films and actors in Oscar history: The Oscars in Numbers

Bradford International Film Festival returns! 11-21 April 2013

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As a Bradfordian and film fan, a shining highlight of the cinematic calendar remains the Bradford International Film Festival (sponsored by Virgin Media for a second-year running). In its 19th incarnation this year, its host, the National Media Museum, have released a sneak-preview of the delights we can expect in April (11th – 21st) 2013.

On the call-list so far are Adam Buxton (comedian and one half of ‘Adam and Joe’ with Attack the Block‘s Joe Cornish) with a special edition of his show BUG! which started out life at the BFI Southbank in 2007. A show bursting with videos, unusual clips and and the wierd and wonderful of the online world, Buxton will continue to do what he does best in his fun and irreverent style!

Also announced is Aidan Goatley who stars in the comedy show ‘Ten Films with My Dad’. An Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit last year, Aidan tells of the ten films most important to this father/son relationship, from Jaws and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, to Avatar via The Blues Brothers. The show includes the ‘reimagining’ of some classic scenes by Aidan’s dog Kimble.

And finally, after a hugely successful appearance at last year’s BIFF 2012, The Dodge Brothers, the UK’s premier skiffle band (starring Radio Five Live’s and The Culture Show’s Mark Kermode) will return for another set and live appearance to play with silent film pianist Neil Brand. This year, they plan to breath life into the 1927 film, The Ghost That Never Returns. 

Below is a series of photos Girl On Film snapped at an impromptu Dodge Brothers gig which took place in the foyer of the National Media Museum during last year’s Bradford International Film Festival.

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Also returning are the Filmmakers’ Weekend and Widescreen Weekend which remain popular year on year.

With further announcements of special guests and award recipients due in the coming weeks, book here now to avoid disappointment!

‘Absinthe Minded’ Girl on Film

The lovely people at Absinthe: New European Writing have featured my analytical article on Kieslowski’s Three Colours: Blue on their constantly updated and widely informative online blog ‘Absinthe Minded’. Here’s the link.

Absinthe: New European Writing is a print journal featuring the best contemporary European writers. The journal includes poetry, prose, essays, interviews, book reviews, art, author photos, and more.

 Absinthe: New European Writing is published biannually in the spring and fall.’ [Source]

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Paris on Film: a selection of films set in the French capital

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Girl on Film is taking a trip to the ‘City of Lovers’ this month. Below is a list of films set in Paris that should get any European explorer longing for the romantic promenades of one of the world’s oldest cities…

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Les Enfants du Paradis (1945)

An American in Paris (1952)

Sabrina (1954)

Funny Face (1957)

Gigli (1958)

Breathless (1960)

Bande à Part (1964)

Paris When It Sizzles (1964) 

Last Tango in Paris (1972) (Note: beautiful setting, terrifying use of butter)

La Maman et la Putain (1973)

Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993) (Girl on Film review)

Léon: The Professional (1994)

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

Code Unknown (2000)

Amélie (2001)

Moulin Rouge (2001)

The Bourne Identity (2002)

The Dreamers (2003)

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Before Sunset (2004)

Caché (2005)

Paris Je t’aime (2006)

2 Days in Paris (2007)

Ratatouille (2007)

Julie and Julia (2009)

Hugo (2011)

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Feel free to add in the comment box or to tweet your own favourite films set in Paris.