Sunday, November 18News For London

Film

Regent Street Cinema Reborn

Regent Street Cinema Reborn

Audio, Culture, Film
Edward Lauder and Nader Kaddour caught up with Shira MacLeod at their London offices to chat about their aspirations for the newly renamed and renovated Regent Street Cinema. The Lumière brothers made history in 1896 by showing moving pictures to a paying audience in Britain for the first time. Then known as Marlborough Hall, the venue used would continue to show films for 84 years-under various names-until its transformation into a lecture theatre at the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster) in 1980. Now, nearly 120 years after the Lumière brothers’ first viewing, the symbolic cinema is making a comeback under the guidance of Shira MacLeod to delight crowds once again in the busy heart of London. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/19
Ken Rea, the mentor who trains Britain’s best actors

Ken Rea, the mentor who trains Britain’s best actors

Film, Media, Student
Our reporter Li Ying visited London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, one of the UK’s leading drama academies, to talk to the senior acting lecturer who trained some of the country’s biggest stars. Reporter: Li Ying     Sub editor: Amie Filcher In Oscar history, there have been 19 British winners of the Best Actor Award - a strong testament to the talent and calibre of British actors in the film industry. At the 87th Oscar Award ceremony, Eddie Redmayne has just crowned the moment. What is the secret to their success? What kind of training have they gone through which makes them stand out in an industry known for fierce competition? Many of them have studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama situated in Silk Street near the Barbican in London. In this video, Ken Rea, th
Where have our British black actors gone?

Where have our British black actors gone?

Film
Awards season is over. Oscars, Baftas and Golden Globes have been dished out, but was this year tainted by a severe lack of nominations for black actors? Black British talent like London educated David Oyelowo who portrayed Martin Luther King Jr so brilliantly in the film Selma may have been overlooked, but from Harrow all the way to Los Angeles, there is a bigger debate to be heard...  Reporter: Edward Lauder Sub-editor: Tawanda Mhindurwa It's not just about award nominations. Why should a British actor such as David Oyelowo have to cross the pond in order to get any sort of decent role and gain the recognition they deserve? The same could be said about Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Harewood, Carmen Ejogo and John Boyega - the list is endless. Oyelowo told Radio Times: “
Does awards season still matter?

Does awards season still matter?

Film
As awards season comes to a close, Edward Lauder speaks to London-based film critic and IGN UK’s movie editor Chris Tilly about whether film critics and the awards they hand out are still relevant in the internet age. Sub-editor: Nader Kaddor With an ever increasing number of online torrenting sites and paid streaming services, do awards really matter? Do people care which movies are the critics’ favourites or which actor performed the best this year? “I think you only have to look at the spike in the box office takings of the films that got lots of Oscar nominations to know that they still mean something in business terms. Many small films with modest budgets, award nominations can give them a real global lift,” says IGN UK's Chris Tilly. “Take 12 Years a Slave and Gravity last
50 Shades of Grey audience under the microscope

50 Shades of Grey audience under the microscope

Culture, Film
The moviegoers at 50 Shades of Grey proved more entertaining than the film itself. During the screening on Valentine's Day, protesters outside the cinema greeted the very verbal audience coming out of the cinema with fake blood and banners. By Hayley Daen. Sub Editor Danae Diz.   Despite the protestations and unhappy rumblings of some of the moviegoers who had gone to see 50 Shades of Grey, there were others waiting just outside who felt even more strongly. Stan, a sprightly man in his early 40s, struggled to plaster every girl leaving the cinema with a flier damning the BDSM-laden film. Two of his colleagues, Charlotte and Oli stretched a banner that read ‘MR GREY IS A RAPIST,’ as they bellowed about the sick nature of BDSM and shamed all those who had seen the film. Another
How to win a BAFTA

How to win a BAFTA

Film
Now that all the BAFTAS have been dished out for yet another year, now’s your time to prepare yourself for 2016’s ceremony. This list is designed to help you come away with a BAFTA next year. Reporter: Edward Lauder Sub-Editor: Nader Kaddour Be British BAFTA is a celebration of British cinema, therefore it makes sense that they will prioritise your film, your performance or your script if you are from the small island. Try to be as British as possible, constantly apologising for everything, saying long words and having a posh accent can also help. Have an unpronounceable name Benedict Cumberbatch (this one really is a mouth full), Ralph Fiennes (or is it Rafe…), Chiwetel Ejiofor (try to say that name in a hurry). It could help if you had an interesting and unpronounceable name