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Day School and Public Screening at Kala Sangam Arts Centre


 Day School and Public Screening


Sunday 15 March




Every few years the international film community discovers a new director whose films win prizes at festivals and new fans around the world. Andrey Zvyagintsev first attracted attention with The Return in 2003, followed by The Banishment in 2007 and Elena in 2011. The director’s fourth feature Leviathan was one of the most celebrated and controversial films of 2014 and given the current belligerence of the Russian state, Zvyagintsev’s oblique commentaries on Russian society have begun to attract attention in the news media. What makes these films so compelling and distinctive?


This day school will introduce Zvyagintsev as an unusual figure in contemporary cinema who worked for many years as an actor before directing an episode of a television drama series aged 36 in 2000. The move into feature films was rapid and The Returns award of the Golden Lion in Venice was a reminder of another début win by Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood in 1962.

Zvyagintsev’s film’s have attracted audiences for three main reasons and these will be the focus of the Day School:

  1. The stories resonate because of strong characters and universal themes (often with Biblical allusions) – which can also be interpreted in specific Russian contexts.
  2. Some fruitful collaborations with talented filmmakers to produce a powerful aesthetic appeal in terms of cinematography, music and sound and use of settings and landscape.
  3. A dedication to the ‘art’ of cinema and an obvious debt to several of the giants of art cinema such as Andrei Tarkovsky as well as an affinity with other contemporary art directors such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan.


The day will include a complete screening of Zvyagintsev’s third feature Elena plus discussion-based sessions with extracts from the other three films and complementary material from Tarkovsky and Ceylan. The screening will be part of our public programme.

The day will run from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm and tickets cost £18 and £15 concessions. Tea and coffee is included in the price, as is the screening of Elena.

It would be helpful to have a rough idea of numbers so please reserve your place on the day school by emailing Roy Stafford

There will be a short break for lunch before the public screening at 1pm.


Day School Screening

Sunday 15 March, 1pm (This screening is open to the public)

dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia 2011 Cert 12, 109 mins, Russian with English subtitles.




In a film about two Russian families, Elena lives in the upmarket apartment of wealthy businessman Vladimir. Across the city in a high-rise block is Elena’s son and his family, including her grandchildren who she wants to support. Elena appears to move between two worlds in modern Russia. The re-appearance of Vladimir’s grown-up daughter, a former ‘wild child’, represents a new challenge for Elena in this moral tale.


‘Sensational’ (Tim Robey, Telegraph)

‘A subtle Russian marvel’ (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

‘. . . a compelling comic drama full of tension and irony (Philip French, Observer)


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Posted in General by / March 4th, 2015 / No Comments »

Freedom Studios Now Recruiting


Freedom Studios is seeking an Education & Participation Coordinator


  • Are you an exceptional, experienced, dynamic and inspirational person?
  • Do you have a strong vision for how the performing arts can have an impact on people’s lives?
  • Would you like to implement a programme of young people’s work to empower them to tell their own stories?


The last 3 years has seen a significant growth in Freedom Studios production and participation activities. To ensure that we continue to build on recent successes and engage with the diverse communities of Bradford we now have a vacancy for a part-time Education & Participation Coordinator. This exciting new post is 3 days per week, but we are currently exploring opportunities to develop it as a full-time role.


Salary: £25k pro rata
Holidays: 25 days pro rata plus bank holidays


For further information, please contact Deborah Dickinson on 01274 730077


A full Job Description and Person Specification and Application Form can be downloaded from the website


The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 20th March at 5pm.  Interviews will take place on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March.


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Posted in General by / February 24th, 2015 / No Comments »

2015 London Indian Film Festival Short Film Competition




The 2015 Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition at the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) 16 – 23 July 2015 is now inviting submissions. We are looking for films that show imagination, creativity and reflect the cultural diversity and experiences of South Asians within their own country or the Diaspora.

Entry Criteria:

  • Films about South Asian experience (South Asian = Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka).
  • Maximum running time 20 mins.
  • Submission deadline 6 April 2015 (all films to be submitted on DVD or via a password controlled vimeo link, no previous entries accepted and films should have been made within 2 years prior to the deadline).
  • A compilation programme of the shortlisted films will be screened during the London Indian Film Festival.
  • The winning film will be screened at the closing night gala of the London INDIAN Film Festival (23 July 2015).


“…if you’re able to portray universal feelings, universal relations, emotions, and characters, you can cross certain barriers and reach out to others…” Satyajit Ray


Please check the festival website for entry regulations and to download the submission form.



Posted in General by / February 17th, 2015 / No Comments »

Catalan Avant-Garde Press Screening


Press Screening of La Plaga (The Plague)

Tuesday 17 February, 2pm




The ICA, the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL) and Reel Solutions are delighted to invite you to a press screening of La Plaga (The Plague) 2013, directed by Neus Ballús, to mark the opening of Catalan Avant-Garde, a series of rarely seen new and recent Catalan films from February to December 2015.

Press screening: La Plaga (The Plague) 2013 Directed by Neus Ballús 17 February 2015 2pm | Followed by coffee and pastries in the ICA bar

Neus Ballús’ award-winning La Plaga (The Plague) offers a moving portrait of life on the outskirts of Barcelona. The main characters are non-professional actors and play themselves, following four years of collaboration with the director. The film’s plot is a detailed observation of the characters’ lives over a prolonged period. Raul, a farmer who wants to grow organic food, hires Lurie to help him in the fields. Lurie is a Moldavian wrestler, who earns a living in whatever comes his way. Slowly, their personal stories intertwine with those of three solitary women: Maria, an elderly lady forced to leave her countryside house for a retirement home; Rose, a Filipino nurse who has just arrived in the country; and Maribel, a prostitute who has fewer and fewer clients. The destinies of all these characters become entwined as the summer unfolds.

RSVP for screening to:

Location: Cinema 2 Institute of Contemporary Arts The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

For more information please contact: Naomi Crowther | Press Manager ICA | +44 (0)20 7766 1407

Social media: Follow and tag updates on twitter using #CatalanAvantGarde

Catalan Avant-Garde listings information: Catalan Avant-Garde 28 February – 18 December 2015 Cinema prices £11 / £8 Concessions / £7 ICA Members. Booking fees for non ICA Members: £1 per ticket or maximum charge per transaction £2.80. Book online at Call Box Office 020 7930 3647 Textphone 020 7839 0737 | |

Editors’ Notes:

Institut Ramon Llull

The Institut Ramon Llull (IRL) is a public entity funded by the Catalan Government and the Barcelona City Council with the primary aim of promoting Catalan Language and Culture abroad. In addition to its Barcelona headquarters, the IRL has four offices abroad in the cities of London, New York, Paris and Berlin.

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Reel Solutions

Reel Solutions is an independent film programming consultancy with a passion for arthouse cinema. It brings the best of both contemporary and archive films to cinema screens and it works for cinemas and festivals to provide audiences with a diverse choice of films.






Posted in General by / February 15th, 2015 / No Comments »

Film Search Hull: can you help us find and preserve Hull’s film heritage?


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“Since the earliest days of film making nearly 120 years ago, people have been recording the places they live – their families, the streets, schools, shops and workplaces, important events and everyday lives – all of which have been captured on film by professionals, amateur enthusiasts, cine clubs and home movie makers alike.

Hull is no exception – and the Yorkshire Film Archive are launching their new Film Search Hull campaign to find and preserve Hull’s very own film heritage, so that once again people will be able to see and share the amazing images and stories revealed through these astonishing film collections.”

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Posted in General by / January 26th, 2015 / No Comments »

Mike Nichols – A Tribute

Mike NicholsAcademy Award winning director Mike Nichols sadly passed away on Wednesday 19 November, aged 83.

His directing career began on Broadway where he worked with Walter Matthau in the stage version of The Odd Couple and Robert Redford in Barefoot in the Park.

His film directorial debut came in 1966 with the film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. This success was quickly followed in 1967 with The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, for which Nichols won the Academy Award for Best Director. His next feature film was the big budget film adaptation of Catch-22(1970) and although the film was not an overnight success, it has garnered a cult following over the years.

During the 1980s his career continued with Silkwood (1983), starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell and Cher, and he received his third Academy Award Best Director nomination. This was followed by Working Girl (1988) with Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith, and another Best Director nomination.

In the 1990s Nichols directed the Academy Award winning film Postcards from the Edge (1990) with Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine, The Birdcage (1996) with Robin Williams and Gene Hackman and Primary Colors (1998) starring John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates.

His last feature film was Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts but he continued to work in television and on Broadway.

When asked about The Graduate in an interview, Nichols was quoted as saying that he was “just trying to make a nice little movie….it wasn’t until when I saw it all put together that I realised this was something remarkable.”

Indeed it was.




Posted in General by / November 20th, 2014 / No Comments »

BFI Film Academy 2015



Yorkshire teenagers with a passion for film are being offered the chance to sign up for a film school run by the country’s leading film institution, the British Film Academy.

BFI Film Academy Leeds, which runs for three months from January 2015, aims to train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. Students will gain invaluable skills working alongside industry professionals and one-to-one mentors who will guide, inspire and support in person and online.

The programme has a unique IT infrastructure allowing young filmmakers to collaborate, learn and ‘hangout’ with each other using Google Applications for Education. Participants will learn the necessary skills to make their own short films in Leeds during the February half-term, which will then be screened as part of the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival in April.

The course offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing to production, sound design, editing and camera, and learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture. Participants will also start building those all-important contacts, gain practical knowledge about different areas of the industry and get the inside track on funding, promoting, exhibiting and distributing their films.

Hotly tipped for future success in the film industry is Leeds teenager Gage Oxley, an alumnus of this year’s BFI Film Academy Leeds. Gage (17), who is currently completing production on his first feature film, Into Dust , says: “The Academy was not only a fantastic opportunity to make a film using top-of-the-range equipment and meet industry experts who gave real, not sugar-coated, advice: one of the greatest things it gave was the opportunity to meet people of the same age who are just as passionate about film as I am – not only great people to have helping on set, but genuine friendships and contacts have been made.

Zoe Naylor from BFI Film Academy Leeds says: “We’re thrilled to be running the third BFI Film Academy in Leeds. It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people in the Yorkshire area with a passion for film wanting to pursue a career in the film industry. Students will have access to our excellent e-learning framework, which has been recognised by Trinity College London (which runs the Arts Award scheme) for its innovation and supportive mentoring. Previous students have found the course invaluable as a springboard for furthering their film-making.

Zoe adds: “Our admissions policy is very inclusive – so long as you’re committed, eager to learn and have substantially contributed to the making of at least one film already, just fill in the application form and send us a link to your film. We take at least 18 promising young filmmakers. Successful applicants will have shown outstanding promise in their film adventures to date. There’s a small nominal charge of £25 to join, but we won’t turn anyone away based on an inability to pay; bursaries are available – please ask!

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill: “The BFI is committed to developing tomorrow’s film audiences and talent and the BFI Film Academy is at the heart of our comprehensive strategy to give young people across the UK opportunities to engage with film. We’re proud that through the BFI Film Academy young people of all backgrounds are given a springboard to a career in film. Following an enormously successful inaugural year in 2012, the Academy is now establishing itself as a gold standard training and development programme with a vision for future growth. This wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the Department for Education and we thank them and all our partners for their continuing support as we this year take the Film Academy to more people than ever across the UK.

Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture, Jobs & Skills at Leeds City Council, says: “Our city is the birthplace of film and I’m sure that Louis Le Prince, who developed the first cinema images here in Leeds in the late 1800s, would be thrilled to see our emerging film sector. Initiatives like this are a living memorial to Le Prince and will help to ensure a whole new generation of young people will experience and get excited by film.

Applications for the BFI Film Academy Leeds 2015 open on 1 September and close on 20 November 2014. Apply at or find out more here or by contacting Zoe at

For further media information, please call Zoe Naylor on 07977 458213 or email

Posted in General by / August 26th, 2014 / No Comments »

Richard Attenborough – A Tribute

Richard Attenborough 2The sad news broke yesterday that Richard Attenborough, aged 90, died on August 24th 2014 at his home in London.

He began his film career with an uncredited role in the 1942 film In Which We Serve. His breakthrough role came five years later in 1947, as Pinkie Brown in the film adaptation of Graham Green’s novel Brighton Rock. Over the next thirty years he was a stalwart of British cinema with early roles in comedies such as Private’s Progress in 1956 and I’m All Right Jack in 1959. His first major Hollywood blockbuster role, and most successful film to date, came in 1963 as RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett in The Great Escape. In 1964 he portrayed the character of the Regimental Sergeant Major in the film Guns at Batasi, a role for which he was awarded the BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In 1967 and 1968 he was awarded back-to-back Golden Globe awards for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Dolittle. By this time though Attenborough was diversifying his roles and the 1971 film 10 Rillington Place earned him rave reviews for his portrayal of serial killer John Christie. Again in 1977 he received great acclaim for his role as General Outram in The Chess Players. In 1979 he appeared in Otto Preminger’s adaptation of another Graham Greene novel, The Human Factor. This would be his last role until 1993 when he appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park as the eccentric John Hammond. His last starring role was as Kris Kringle in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street.

Attenborough’s career as producer and director began in the 1950s when he created the production company Beaver Films and began to produce films such as The League of Gentlemen, The Angry Silence and Whistle Down the Wind. His directorial debut came in 1969 with Oh! What a Lovely War but his breakthrough as director and producer came in 1982 with the film that he had been trying to make for the past eighteen years, Gandhi, for which he received Academy Awards for Best Director and also Best Picture. Gandhi also earned him two Golden Globe awards for Best Director and Best Foreign Film. He received two further Golden Globe nominations for Best Film for his 1985 film A Chorus Line and again in 1987 for his anti-apartheid drama based on the life of Steve Biko, Cry Freedom. In recent years his other projects as director and producer include the 1992 film Chaplin and Shadowlands in 1993.

In 1967 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 1976 received the honour of Knight Bachelor. In 1993, in honour of his services to cinema, he was made a life peer as Baron Attenborough of Richmond upon Thames.

In a career that has spanned sixty years Richard Attenborough has had a huge impact on the British film industry and will be remembered fondly by friends, fellow actors and film fans alike.

Posted in General by / August 25th, 2014 / No Comments »

Lauren Bacall – A Legend Dies


News broke in the early hours that legend of stage and screen, Lauren Bacall died on August 12th 2014 at her home in New York. Known for her husky voice and smouldering looks she launched to fame after starring opposite Humphrey Bogart in the classic film noir, To Have and Have not. Following this she had a string of starring roles with Bogart in other film noir classics such as The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo. The pair famously married in 1945 when she was 20 and he was 45 and enjoyed a twelve year marriage together until he died in 1957. Bacall was a versatile actress though and as well as her film noir roles, she was also known for her comedy roles in films such as How To Marry A Millionaire, in which she starred with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman opposite Gregory Peck. She received a BAFTA nomination for her role in The Shootist opposite John Wayne and was nominated for an Academy Award for the film The Mirror Has Two Faces and in 2009 she was awarded an Honorary Award by the Academy “in recognition of her central place in the golden age of motion pictures.”

Lauren Bacall – the women who taught the world how to whistle: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and…blow.” – To Have and Have Not 1944.

Posted in General by / August 13th, 2014 / No Comments »

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival Industry Tickets On Sale

Industry tickets and programme are now for sale for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2014.

There are three strands to the Forum element of festival this year – fusion, festivals and form and day passes are available for the first time, as well as passes for the whole three days.

Click here for more information

Posted in General by / August 12th, 2014 / No Comments »
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