Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Great. One of John Water's best.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Welcome To Collingwood

Very slow caper.


Still a great film. Two was enough.

Look !


The best film ever made. Fact.


One of me favourites. John Cleese is a genius.

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We know time is short and we know money is tight. You have probably heard about our training programme and I'm delighted to tell you about our evening classes.

Call me, Will Pearce, on 0207 287 3833 with any questions.
99 Minute Film School
You can't possibly learn about filmmaking in 99 minutes, can you?

Let Raindance founder Elliot Grove explain the basics of the industry in one fact-filled evening

When: Thrs 29 May 6:30
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Pitching Skills Workshop
Pitching is an essential skill often overlooked by writers and producers.

Learn the secrets of pitching to investors and to story executives and close your deal.

When: Weds 2 July 6:30
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Budgeting and Scheduling
An essential part of getting your package together for your film - and possibly the most boring! Learn how to schedule your film and from that, create a realistic budget

When: Tues 8 July 6:30
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Movie Money:
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How to raise money for your feature/short from industry/private sources.

Discover what a "recoupment waterfall" is and why that is so important to investors.

When: Tues 15 July 6:30
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Creating A Viable Business Plan
Learn how to create a plan with the correct elements for presentation to industry and private funders.

BONUS: Make a plan so you can ditch the day job

When: Tues 22 July
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Basic Legal Contracts
Consider this health care for filmmakers: Learn how the basic writer, producer and finance contracts work.
With entertainment lawyer and financier, Adam Davies.

When: Tues 29 Juy 6:30
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TV Writers Lab
TV Lab
Writing for television offers many possibilities for writers that are simply not available for film. Screenwriter, Clive Bradley takes you through the entire process including treatments over 7 nights

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Monday, May 26, 2008

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Sleeping With The Enemy

Why did she throw her wedding ring in the toilet ?!!?


Not as good as Antz.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Awesome. Phoenix is fantastic.


Fair dos, my thoughts were provoked.


Should have stopped after this one.


A very good film indeed.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Police Academy 5

Someone should have stopped the madness.


Jolly good fun.

Footballer’s spit to beat summer hosepipe ban

Footballer’s spit to beat summer hosepipe ban

Thames Water today unveiled a radical plan to harvest the saliva of professional footballers in an attempt to avoid yet another hosepipe ban this summer. With a brief spell of slightly sunny weather in mid-May having already left reservoirs at crisis levels, the water companies believe they have identified a limitless supply of fluid which has previously gone to waste.

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I don't think it's as good as everyone thinks.


Better than the series, and I hated the series.

IN DEPTH FILM REVIEW - Charlie's Angels: Full Thortle

These girls are FIT.

Friday, May 23, 2008


This will be one of the greatest films made in a very long time.

Guess what I heard ...?

I hEart euroVishon, the lovEly bouncY soNgs
& the loVely boUncy gurls. WHy did StinkHole
get reJected??? MerVin x
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* Mini issue - Eurovision update
* Tina Hobley - Working Class hero
* Charts: Punters are going for Ukraine

>> Hello Hobley <<
John Lennon: soundtrack of the Portland

Holby City actress Tina Hobley has just
had a beautiful baby girl, Isabella. She
talked to Hello! about it:

"We had John Lennon's Working Class Hero
playing in the background and everyone
was relaxed."

And where did this birth take place? The
Portland Hospital, where it costs around
10 grand for a private birth and is the
favoured spot for the too-posh-to-push
brigade. It's the maternity hospital of
choice for the Beckhams, Claudia Schiffer
and Prince Andrew and Fergie etc.

Just what John Lennon had it mind.

Agyness Deyn dyes her mimsy the same shade
of platinum as her hair.

>> Little gossip <<
Ewok actor gives security the slip

Warwick Davies was spotted on the set
of the new George Lucas project complaining
that over-eager security are insisting on
checking ID on everyone going in and out
of the set even if the actors are just
heading out for a fag.

As the little actor who played the King
of the Ewoks said: "You'd think they'd
remember me". So he just goes out the
back instead, where there is no security.

Popbitch's favourite lifeguard - from Cascades
pool in Tewkesbury... Mr Frank Trunks.

>> Eurovision update <<
Get that Euro party started

We hope you enjoyed the special issue earlier
this week. Traffic was so high that some people
couldn't get on the magazine site - sorry!
If you try again, it should work. We
thought we'd send this mini-issue to update
you on Eurovision news and other stuff today:

* Ukraine is the hottest tip - backed from
11-1 to 4-1.

* Our spy backstage at Eurovision says Bosnia,
Croatia, Finland and Armenia are winning many
fans. All are odd enough to stand out.

* Russian diva Dima Bilan is raising eyebrows
with his hard partying. He's not to be,
ahem, sniffed at, as the current favourite.

* Popbitch Eurovision Special:

* To put any money on your Eurovision hunch -
best odds are at Betfair. (And if you put
25 quid down, they'll give you another 25
quid for you or a friend to bet again)

The biggest tune in the Manchester United fan
-zone disco before the Champions League
Final: a house re-working of Quo's In The Army

>> Things that make you go hmm <<
Danish Pop, Eurovision, George Lamb

Danish pop kids Alphabeat are playing a special
set at Work! at Heaven on Wednesday 4th June

Eurovision winners party coming to London!
Join in the fun at The Scala on 31st May:

Llama Labour's Lost - no wonder Labour
got tanked in the Crewe by-election.
They started attacking the Tory candidate
for living near llamas. If you don't
know that llamas = good, you really
shouldn't be in government.

Work inside Madge's Vadge:

Risible “DJ” George Lamb “is a lefty at heart”,
likes Gavin and Stacy because his Dad is in it
and thinks the BBC Weather site is “spot on”:

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Old Jokes Home:
A man walks up to his house and notices his Grandfather
sitting on the porch with nothing on from the waist down.

“Grandpa, what are you doing?” he exclaims. The old man
looks at him and says, “Well, last week I sat out here
with no shirt on, and I got a stiff neck. This is your
Grandma’s idea.”

Still Bored:
Lily Allen favours the Brazilian:

Read this



New for 2008: Nominations welcome

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Have you been working in TV for 2-4 years? Are you full of ideas, passion and drive? Then sign up for Fast Track and gain access to some of the most respected programme and policy makers in the business. This year, Fast Track has launched an exciting new feature which enables nominations, so if you know someone deserving of a place, nominate them now via the website.

Fast Track – the talent initiative of MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (MGEITF)–opens for applications and nominations today for its FREE event which runs alongside the TV Festival. Applications close on 23 June.

The final 40 Fast Trackers participate in a series of intimate and insightful masterclasses, followed by the Edinburgh TV Festival sessions and social events over the weekend. The acclaimed scheme has helped to launch hundreds of TV careers, with alumni including Andrew Zein, Managing Director of Tiger Aspect, Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA Education and Events Committee and Cameron Roach, producer of Life on Mars. Fast Track speakers from previous years include Greg Dyke, Dawn Airey, Jane Root, Stephen Lambert, Armando Iannucci, Stuart Cosgrove and Molly Dineen.

Jana Bennett, Director of BBC Vision and a Patron of Fast Track, says; “The excellent Fast Track scheme is designed to help talented people, who have already done the hard part of breaking into the industry, to have the fantastic opportunity to gain access to the top executives in British TV. I am involved in Fast Track because one of the best things about my job is watching new talent grow.”

Fast Trackers are given a FREE delegate pass for MGEITF and FREE accommodation is also provided. The event takes place from 20-25 August.

Delegates who have attended Fast Track are also given the opportunity to apply for subsidised training courses, which in the past have included Pitching, Directing and Editing through the Fast Track Training programme.


Saudi TV hires Trinny and Susannah for ‘What Not To Show’

TV style experts Trinny and Susannah are doing a new fashion show in Saudi Arabia, giving devout Muslim women tips on how to look good and feel great while wearing a black veil from head to toe. The new programme is a departure from their recent programmes featuring female nudity or items on feel-good ladies’ underwear or carefully-measured bra fittings.

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the online acousmatic* of independent film
the 21 May 2008 edition

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If you can, get to Cannes, that's my advice. Even if it rains (which it did). Even if it's shockingly expensive (oh yes it is). Even if, due to a byzantyne system of passes, it's harder to see a film there than almost anywhere else on the planet.

Mostly though, it's great. Thousands of people turning up to party (yeah, sure, some people do a bit of work there as well, but not, y'know, proper work), determined to meet other like-minded people.

It's like being at an orgy: naturally there are knobs and twats everywhere, and it all makes you feel a little bit dirty, but it's exciting and as long as you don't get stuck with the same arsehole all night, it's good fun.
copyright Indie Tip

What Is Fair Use?

It is essential that writers, directors and filmmakers understand the principles of copyright law. Fair use is a complex law that decides when it is possible to use copyrighted material in a new work.

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job no 2145 RDTV has new content being published on Blinkx today including Job #2145, a door to door saleswoman offers her wares in the Lake District.

If you are looking for a more animated form of entertainment try the animated short Whale, in which a man is unpleasantly woken by a whale on his front steps and Wasp, a computer generated animation that shows what to do with an irritating wasp that's buzzing you when you're at the seaside.

If you want to see lots of films but are short on time, check out Part 2 of The World's Shortest Film Festival on Dailymotion - 30 short films in under 10 minutes!
smart people Intelligent Screenwriting?

Smart People, starring Ellen Page, Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church was released last Friday.

So what does screenwriting expert John Truby think about it?

Find out here
Coming Up

The 99 Minute Filmschool - taster course; you want to make films or not?
29 May, £30/£25

Raindance Foundation Certificates - for beginners, one night a week for five weeks. A solid base upon which to build your filmmaking career:

Filmmakers' Foundation Certificate - starts 3 June, £170.37/£144.82

Writers' Foundation Certificate - starts 4 June £170.37/£144.82

Directors' Foundation Certificate - starts 5 June £170.37/£144.82
British Film Institute Book Signing

Join Film Specific's Stacey Parks, author of The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution for a free distribution seminar and book signing on Monday, May 26 at 6:30pm at the British Film Institute in London.

DATE: Monday, May 26, 2008
TIME: 6:30pm
British Film Institute (BFI)
South Bank
London SE1 8XT
gravestone Where Videos Go To Die

What happens to the videos that are taken off You Tube?

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Congratulations to Raindance regular Morrison Thomas who sold his short film at the Cannes Film Festival.

Read his story on our Cannnes blog

"An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them."

Stephen Fry
Acousmatic sound is sound one hears without seeing an originating cause.
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Cashpoint news

Cashpoints now asking if you can really afford it

Customers of the leading high street banks have reported that automated telling machines are becoming increasingly stingy and obstructive. Since the credit crunch started to bite earlier in the year, a number of cashpoints have started to give vague excuses about not having the right change on them, displaying messages suggesting that you might be asking for too much or just showing half an inch of the notes requested, but then refusing to actually let go of the cash.

One frustrated HSBC Customer Luke Defrayne recalls; 'We had a right old tug of war; I pulled the notes a little way out, then the machine pulled them back in again. In the end I only managed to walk away with the torn-off corner of a ten pound note – what use is that on a Saturday night?’

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Charity collectors more annoying than the actual disease

A damming report from an independent agency setup to monitor charity collection in Britain’s cities has revealed that the stress caused by the armies of charity workers now exceeds that of the illness or social oppression that they are raising funds for.

The 430 page report detailed the guerrilla tactics used to obtain the credit card details of law-abiding citizens and highlighted the three most common methods of so called ‘charity mugging’ which is now recognized as a major social menace:

‘The most common specimen we identified was the so-called ‘Everyones mate’’ said the chairman of the investigating committee Sir Norman McPhail. ‘You know the sort of thing; “Hey my man, shake my hand”

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Chet Baker

Let's Get Lost
RAINDANCE FILM CLUB presents LET'S GET LOST, a documentary about jazz legend Chet Baker.

On June 6, the Oscar-nominated film will be released in UK cinemas. Directed by internationally renowned photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber, LET'S GET LOST offers a powerful and uniquely personal insight into the life of the late jazz great Chet Baker.

You can see the film two weeks early at this exclusive Raindance preview screening on May 21 at the Horse Hospital.

Travelling with the elusive jazz vocalist and trumpeter Chet Baker, Weber weaves together the life story of a jazz great. The film uses excerpts from Italian B movies, rare performance footage, and candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends, battling ex-wives and his children in what turned out to be the last year of his life.

Winner of the 1989 Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award, Let's Get Lost has become an important document in the career of the filmmaker on the life of a jazz legend.

Since its release in 1989, LET'S GET LOST has introduced a whole new generation of jazz enthusiasts to the timeless talent of the late Chet Baker.

LET'S GET LOST, also the name of a long out-of-print Baker tune, aptly describes the driving force of this man and his music. His James Dean looks and cool sound set Baker apart from the other musicians of his time but his ongoing issues with a narcotic addiction also gave a generation of jazz fans a Doomed Youth of their very own.

Chet Baker's life plays out like a Kerouac creation, as did his death (he fell out of an Amsterdam hotel window on Friday the 13th 1988, age 58), but out of his life came some of the most lyrical trumpet playing and jazz vocals ever heard.

WHEN: May 21
WHERE: The Horse Hospital
, Colonnade, Bloomsbury (behind Russell Square tube station) WC1N 1HX.

*Please note, the doors open at 7pm, screenings start when the venue is full. If you come late, you may have to stand. Film Club is first come, first served so there's no need to RSVP.
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