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10 Things We Learned About Casting at the Glasgow Film Festival

22 Feb, 2014 Posted in: Behind The Scenes, Careers, Casting, Festivals

The Glasgow Film Festival isn’t just about watching films. One of the events we attended was Close up on Casting, a session with casting director Kahleen Crawford (Under The Skin, For Those In Peril) and actress Kate Dickie (Red Road, Prometheus, Game Of Thrones). For those who couldn’t attend, here are ten things the panel shared about the mysterious art that is casting.

Close Up On Casting

1. Consider a casting career

Think you want to work in film? Have you thought …

Glasgow Film Festival: day one

21 Feb, 2014 Productions Posted in: Festivals, Talent

Catherine Bray reports on the opening night and first day of the Glasgow Film Festival, with films including the UK premiere of Grand Budapest Hotel and the Film4-backed Starred Up, starring Jack O’Connell.

Glasgow Film Festival is 10 years old!

Amazingly, the Glasgow Film Festival is already 10 years old – happy birthday Glasgow Film Festival! The tenth festival kicked off in style with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, introduced via video by Wes Anderson. The film …

Polly Stokes on working in Development at Film4

20 Feb, 2014 Productions Posted in: Careers, Film4 staff

Polly Stokes currently works as a Development Editor at Film4, but just before she joined Film4, she independently produced Paul Wright’s Film4-backed debut feature For Those In Peril. Here, Polly shares how her own career has unfolded so far and what it’s like to work in development at Film4.

George MacKay in For Those in Peril

Starting out

I started my career in theatre, working for a wonderful theatre company called Complicite. I was there for six years, tour managing and producing, …

Film4-backed 12 Years a Slave wins Best Film at the BAFTAs

17 Feb, 2014 Productions Posted in: Awards, Bafta

Steve McQueen’s Film4-backed 12 Years a Slave won Best Film at last night’s British Academy Film Awards, with Chiwetel Ejiofor being named Best Actor for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in the critically-acclaimed film.

12 Years A Slave

Tessa Ross, Controller of Film and Drama at Channel 4, says:

“We’re thrilled that Steve and Chiwetel have been honoured by BAFTA. It’s always special to receive recognition on home soil, so we’re particularly proud that the industry has acknowledged two incredible British talents and this …

Nira Park Q&A: Cuban Fury

Penned by Jon Brown and produced by Nira Park and James Biddle, Cuban Fury stars Nick Frost as Bruce, a failed child salsa star who must face up to his demons to win the affections of the woman he loves via the power of dance.’s Catherine Bray visited the set one blazing August day to catch up with the team and have a chat with producer Nira Park about the origins of the film.

Nira Park

Can you talk us …