Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Clip joint: libraries (videos - classic scenes)

Sacred, spooky, sexy locations ... just three more reasons to save our libraries, which never do things by the book on screen

View article and film extracts here. Have you all seen the Breakfast Club? Classic!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

4th BFI Film Festival - 12th 13th February!

For 15 - 25 year olds who love film

Catch the hottest new films from the next generation of UK filmmakers. Pick up essential skills from a range of workshops and masterclasses or just hang out with other film fans and film industry professionals. Follow this link.

Future Film is an exciting way for 15 - 25 year olds to get involved with the BFI through a regular programme of screenings, special events and an annual festival.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Film Industry - Can the Oscars Save the UK Film Council?

You might know that UK Film Council has lost the support of the government and will no longer be funded as a result of 'the cuts'.

To get an idea of how important they were to the UK film industry, look at this:
10 Best UK Film Council Projects
A Decade Of Homegrown Hits From The Cancelled Council

Now look at this article titled 'Can the Oscars Save The UK Film Council?'

Visit UK Film Council Website - watch their video explaining what their role has been in the film industry.

Friday, 4 February 2011

What some 1st year undergrads think their Media education is about

Media and Democracy - WikiLeaks has created a new media landscape

WikiLeaks has created a new media landscape (Guardian online article)

By avoiding national secrecy laws, WikiLeaks has begun a publishing trend that no regime can stop
Read the full article here.

WikiLeaks affects one of the key tensions in democracies: the government needs to be able to keep secrets, but citizens need to know what is being done in our name. These requirements are fundamental and incompatible; like the trade-offs between privacy and security, or liberty and equality, different countries in different eras find different ways to negotiate those competing needs.

In the case of state secrets v citizen oversight, however, there is one constant risk: since deciding what is a secret is itself a secret, there is always a risk that the government will simply hide an increasing amount of material of public concern. One response to this risk is the leaker, someone who believes that key elements of political life are being wrongly kept from public view, and who circulates that material on his or her own.

Because this tension between governments and leakers is so important, and because WikiLeaks so dramatically helps leakers, it isn't just a new entrant in the existing media landscape. Its arrival creates a new landscape.

This transformation is under-appreciated. The press often covers WikiLeaks as a series of unfortunate events, one crisis or scandal after another. And Julian Assange, of course, is catnip – brilliant, opinionated, a monocle and a Persian cat away from looking like a Bond villain. The press has covered him as dutifully as any movie star, while paying too little attention to what his invention means about the wider world.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Rupert Murdoch unveils next step in media empire – the iPad 'newspaper'

The Daily, a digital-only venture, 'combines surprise of newspapers with versatility of new technology'

Full Guardian article here.