Glastonbury Festival 2024: how to register, ticket details and more


estival boss Emily Eavis has confirmed that tickets for the much-anticipated Glastonbury 2024 will go on sale on November 5.

Now the finer details have finally come through: festival tickets will indeed go on sale on November 5 and will cost £355 + £5 booking fee. Coach tickets (which include travel to Worthy Farm alongside a standard festival ticket) will go on sale on November 2.

Millions of people try their luck for Glastonbury tickets every year, but they’re infamously hard to get – last year, only around 200,000 people managed to get them. But don’t let that put you off: just follow the steps below.

When will Glastonbury 2024 take place?

The date of next year’s Glastonbury Festival is June 26-30, 2024.

When will Glastonbury 2024 tickets go on sale?

Tickets for Glastonbury 2024 will go on sale on November 5 at 9am, with coach tickets including National Express travel to Worthy Farm going live a few days earlier, on November 2 at 6pm.

You need to register ahead of the sale to buy tickets, and have until 5pm GMT on October 31 to submit your registration.

If you have registered in the past, it’s best to check your registration is up to date, and upload a new photo if your existing one is more than two years old.

If you registered for Glastonbury before 2020, you will need to register again due to registrations before then having been deleted.

If you aren’t successful in buying tickets initially, never fear: there’s another chance to buy them in the re-sale. This is expected to take place towards the end of April 2024.

How much will Glastonbury 2024 tickets cost?

Ticket prices for Glastonbury 2024 will cost £355 + £5 booking fee.

You can pay a £75 deposit for your ticket and then pay it off in instalments up to the first week of April 2024, when the balance must be paid in full. Tickets will only be sold via See Tickets here.

There’s also the option to buy a coach ticket with your ticket, which typically costs between £40 and £150 depending on your departure point.

How many people go to Glastonbury?

Approximately 210,000 fans attended the event this year, breaking the official attendance record of 2002, when 153,000 tickets were sold.

The largest number of visitors is thought to have been in 1994, when around 300,000 people turned up, many of whom were gatecrashers.

Where is Glastonbury held?

Glastonbury Festival is held on Worthy Farm, on a 900-acre site in the Vale of Avalon. That is the equivalent of more than 500 full-size football pitches.

Somerset Live reported that the festival site is more than 1.5 miles in length at its widest point and is surrounded by the “superfence” — an eight-kilometre-long perimeter fence. The fence, standing at more than four metres high, has unique features including an attached external roadway to prevent tunnelling, 45-degree overhangs to prevent climbing, and zero nuts and bolts to stop the fence from being tampered with.

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London Indian Film Festival Sets UK-Wide Expansion With 2023 Edition 

EXCLUSIVE: The London Indian Film Festival is expanding. 

With its 2023 edition, running October 25 to November 4, the festival will, for the first time, run simultaneously across five cities: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Leeds.

The festival will open with the European Premiere of Berlin. From writer-director Atul Sabharwal, this spy thriller stars Aparshakti Khurana (Jubilee) as a young sign language teacher lured into the dark world of espionage, as he is coerced by undercover security forces to interrogate a young deaf man, played by Ishwak Singh, (Rocket Boys) who has been accused of spying. Veteran actor Kabir Bedi also stars. 

With support from the BFI Audience Projects Fund, the festival is also moving into the world of online gaming and XR. In collaboration with Tulsea and FORMAT, Manchester’s gaming and nightlife festival, the fest will showcase new computer games developed by South Asian creatives. The games will be presented on October 26 in Manchester. Games set for the showcase include Zatun Games’ VR thrillers Sniper Rust and Down & Out, and popular titles including Raji: An Ancient Epic, Mumbai Gullies, Kurukshetra: Ascension, and Fishbowl. In Birmingham, the festival has organized a series of panel discussions based around VR, XR, and gaming.

The festival will travel to Bradford’s National Media Museum for the UK premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s thriller Kennedy. The film debuted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The pic tells the tale of an ex-cop (Rahul Bhat) who is kept on the police payroll as a special services hitman — but as non-criminals become his victims, the police soon realize they have a homicidal maniac on their hands. Sunny Leone also stars. The pic will be the centerpiece of the festival’s new action strand, ‘Death By Any Means.’ The strand will screen a range of classic films, many of which will be shown on UK screens for the very first time, including the first complete screening of the five-hour gangster epic Gangs of Wasseypur, and Oscar winner S. S. Rajamouli’s (RRR and Baahubali) early vengeance drama, Eega (The Fly). On Halloween, the festival will screen the classic Indian zombie comedy, Go Goa Gone, marking it’s tenth anniversary. 

Bengali director Srijit Mukherji returns to the festival for the Closing Night Gala in London with his latest film. Released this year as part of Mrinal Sen’s 100th birthday celebrations, Padatik explores the life of one of India’s greatest directors. The biopic follows Sen from his days as a struggling political idealist, unable to feed his family, to his growing obsession with filmmaking in 1950s Calcutta, where, alongside his friend Satyajit Ray, he kickstarted the Indian New Wave cinema movement.

The festival will also host its first special presentation for a web series, ZEE5’s The Pink Shirt. The series is billed as a “modern relationship drama.” It stars Sajal Aly and Wahaj Ali.

London Film Festival Head Kristy Matheson On Her First Year In Post, Being “Blown Away” By Daniel Kaluuya’s Debut ‘The Kitchen’ & Navigating SAG-AFTRA Strike

“A lot of very impressive people have led this festival and what connects them is a love for movies and culture and what that can achieve,” Kristy Matheson told Deadline of her new job as Director of the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival.

“That has left a great stamp on this festival, and this is something I hope to continue.” 

Matheson has her first go at navigating that legacy next week as the London Film Festival (LFF) opens with the International Premiere of Emerald Fennell’s sophomore feature Saltburn, starring Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, and Rosamund Pike.

Running October 4-15, LFF will feature 29 World Premieres, seven International Premieres, and 30 European Premieres. Eye-grabbing debuts set for London include Jeymes Samuel’s The Book of Clarence, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, LaKeith Stanfield, and David Oyelowo, and The Kitchen by Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya, which closes the festival.

Other highly-anticipated titles arriving from the fall festivals include Priscilla by Sofia Coppola, Steve McQueen’s 4-hour experimental doc Occupied City, Ladj Ly’s latest Les Indésirables, Richard Linklater’s Hit Man, Yorgos Lanthimos’ Golden Lion winner Poor Things, and Bradley Cooper’s Maestro. Those titles will all screen at the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre as the festival returns to the London venue for its headline gala and special presentation screenings.

On the industry side, the festival has set a series of intriguing keynotes, including sitdowns with Jennifer Lee, chief creative officer of Disney Animation Studios, and Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts (AMPAS), who will be in dialogue with BAFTA head Jane Millichip.

Matheson joined the BFI following Tricia Tuttle’s exit in 2022 after five years in post. Matheson’s potential hire attracted a lot of industry speculation during the BFI’s prolonged recruitment process thanks to what has generally been regarded as a highly successful stint as Creative Director of the Edinburgh Film Festival.

Below, the Aussie native talks to Deadline about how she landed in the UK, her experience in post at the BFI, and some of her 2023 LFF titles, including Jeymes Samuel’s The Book of Clarence, which debuts at the fest.

“It’s at a scale that’s inconceivable at times,” Matheson said of Samuel’s biblical comedy-drama.

Matheson also touches on how she and her programming team have navigated their work during SAG-AFTRA’s strike against the Hollywood studios.

DEADLINE: Kristy, you’re an Aussie? Where in Australia are you from?

KRISTY MATHESON: Yes! I’ve been living in Melbourne. It’s not my hometown, but I’ve lived there for a long time, so it feels like home. 

DEADLINE: What’s your story? How did you end up working in the UK? 

MATHESON: I was the Director of Film at the Australian Centre for The Moving Image, a purpose-built museum for film, television, games, and digital art. At the time, we had begun a huge renewal project, and by the time the museum opened, the Edinburgh Film Festival job had been advertised. I threw my hat in the ring for that, and then I moved over in 2021 to prepare for the ‘22 festival. LFF was the same. The job was advertised, so I threw my hat in the ring. I went through the interview process and it was quite straightforward in that way.

DEADLINE: What was attractive about the LFF job?

MATHESON: The festival has a huge reputation, and it falls at a pivotal moment in the film calendar for the UK. Also, since the festival is situated within the BFI, it offers the opportunity to bring a deeper context to the moving image. For example, with our Treasures festival strand, we can bring films back to life as we curate alongside colleagues in the BFI archive. To me, it’s very creatively rich to be able to work primarily with the festival team but also alongside other cinema-adjacent mediums.

DEADLINE: One thing that is unique to working at the BFI is the institute’s close working relationship with the British government. Parliament can be quite an unstable place. Your predecessor worked with many different culture ministers. How have you found navigating that relationship? 

MATHESON: In Australia, similar to the UK, most arts organizations have a level of government funding. Our colleagues in America have quite a different experience. But most people in the arts in the Anglosphere and across Europe have a connection to government. I believe the arts should be publicly funded, and in my 20 years, I’ve never been blocked by any government. The way these institutions are funded allows for some distance between you and a minister. But it’s just the nature of doing this work.

DEADLINE: Last year, I spoke with Ben Roberts (BFI CEO) about the new BFI strategy launch. I remember he mentioned the LFF had some funding gaps. Have these been resolved?

MATHESON: The vast majority of the festival’s money is self-generated, so close to 70% of our budget comes from general ticket sales and sponsorship. This year’s program has been on sale for ten days, and ticket sales are great. So it’s very encouraging that audiences are responding to the program, and that level of self-generated income feels very healthy at the moment.

DEADLINE: You have a fair few world premieres this year. One is Jeymes Samuel’s latest film. What can you tell me about it?

MATHESON: I cannot wait for people to see this film. I had the best time watching it. It’s fun, political, and very moving. The LFF opened with Jeymes’ previous film in 2021. People loved that screening. If you liked his last film, you’re going to be blown away by this film. It’s at a scale that’s inconceivable at times. He’s knocked it out of the park.

DEADLINE: Daniel Kaluuya’s directorial debut, The Kitchen, also debuts at LFF. Tell me about that film.

MATHESON: It’s such a London film from start to finish. At the heart of the film is an incredible, very emotional story about a community. Within that community, there’s a story about a father and son reconnecting. The performances are great, but then around that is a futuristic version of London. And it’s executed in a way you don’t expect outside of a big Hollywood film. People are going to be blown away by it.

DEADLINE: The official competition is very strong this year. Names like Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Kitty Green are screening. This hasn’t always been the case at the LFF. Is this the result of a concerted effort to change?

MATHESON: We’re strong across all three competitions. The Sutherland Competition (First Feature Competition) as well. We were seeing a lot of terrific first features from the UK, so the Sutherland came together first. And with the official competition, we thought long and hard about the texture of it and what we wanted it to say. It felt quite freeing, adding some nonfiction work into the mix. That allowed us to position work that we think of as more hybrid. For example, a film like Gasoline Rainbow is very much fiction, but the Ross brothers work in the space between documentary and fiction. 

DEADLINE: A big part of the LFF is the headline galas. How do you think these will be affected by the Hollywood strikes? There are a lot of studio films in the selection. 

MATHESON: When the strike was announced, we were very far down the road of programming. Obviously, it has major effects. But we tried to focus on the films. We looked at the movies we already had and felt incredibly confident that audiences would still be attracted to the selection despite any changes to how they are presented. We welcome any film teams that can attend. But we’re also not looking to push that. We understand that this is a very sensitive issue. But we still have a robust roster of guests joining us. Each year, 70% of our guests come from all over the world. So I think we’re gonna have very full carpets.

DEADLINE: The industry section at the LFF has gradually grown in prominence over the last few years. What’s your vision for the industry as you take on the mantle?

MATHESON: Our focus is on bringing the international marketplace into direct contact with the industry. We have several formal schemes like our works-in-progress program, but what’s great about LFF is that it’s also a very informal marketplace. There are a lot of great moments for informal networking. So, for us, it’s really about being the glue that connects industry and allows people to come here and do business in a slightly more relaxed environment. 

Bizarre ‘Festival of Laziness’ offers a reward of Rs 90,000 for the longest snooze

If you are someone who loves dozing off in a way that even alarms fail to wake you up, here’s an ongoing festival that you would definitely want to keep track of! What more? It even offers a cash reward for doing what you love.

Called the ‘Festival of Laziness’, the event in Eastern Europe’s Brezna village in Montenegro is offering a cash prize of €1,000 (approximately Rs 90,000) to the ‘laziest citizen’ who can spend days on the bed.

The contestants can’t sit or stand and have to lounge on mattresses with minimal activity allowed to win the title.

The contest which has been ongoing for over a month has been a tradition for the past 12 years, an AFP report suggests. Interestingly, the competition began as a way to challenge the stereotype that Montenegrins are lazy.

Reportedly, competitors are allowed to read books, use their mobile phones, and even receive visitors but all from bed. All they are allowed is a 15-minute break every eight hours, according to the report, which added that their health is also closely monitored to ensure they don’t have any issues.

The competition offers a reward (Source: Freepik)

The contest which has been called ‘Lazy Olympics’ sees the majority from the village of Montenegro but also from countries like Russia and Serbia.

The report details that in what has been built like a barn-like structure in a resort, the contestants lie down with the curtains drawn. In fact, the room smells of meals and used blankets. The report suggests that the contestants eat three meals a day. They are supervised closely such that any sitting or standing results in direct disqualification.

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For many, the money was the initial motivation to join the competition which began on August 21 this year. However, now it is their desire to test their threshold and their ability to challenge themselves, the report suggested, with many contestants staying back to do just that.

Would you be willing to test the waters with such a bizarre challenge?

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Tokyo Film Festival Sets 2023 Lineup Including 20 World Premieres And New Wim Wenders Short 

The Tokyo Film Festival has set the lineup for its bumper 2023 edition, running October 23 to November 1. Scroll down for the full list. 

In the main competition, the festival has set 10 world premieres. The features include Japanese filmmaker Kishi Yoshiyuki’s latest pic (Ab)normal Desire and Gu Xiaogang’s Dwelling by the West Lake. Xiaogang is also set to receive the festival’s Kurosawa Akira Award alongside Mouly Surya. 

Of the main competition titles, six are from East Asia, and there is noticeably a feature from Russia, with Alexey German Jr. screening his latest film, Air. Elsewhere, the festival’s Gala section is chock-full of audience favorites from fall festivals. Titles like Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things and All of Us Strangers by Andrew Haigh will screen alongside David Gordon Green’s remake The Exorcist: Believer. The Japanese films set for the Gala section include Kitano Takeshi’s Kubi, Miike Takashi’s Lumberjack the Monster, and Nakagawa Ryutaro’s My (K)Night

In the festival’s World Focus section, Wim Wenders is set to debut a new Japan-based short titled Somebody Comes into the Light alongside Strange Way of Life by Pedro Almodovar and Lav Diaz’s no-so-short 3 hours 35-minute feature Essential Truths of the Lake

The Tokyo Film Festival will open with Wim Wenders’s Cannes Competition pic Perfect Days. The 36th TIFF opening ceremony will take place at the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, as it did last year, while the closing ceremony will be held at TOHO Cinemas Hibiya. TIFF will host a large-scale tribute to Yasujirō Ozu throughout its program to mark the filmmaker’s 120th anniversary. 

Main Competition

(Ab)normal Desire — Japan Kishi Yoshiyuki 2023 World Premiere

Air — Russia Alexey German Jr. 2023 World Premiere

Blind at Heart — Germany/Switzerland/Luxembourg Barbara Albert 2023 International Premiere

Dwelling by the West Lake — China Gu Xiaogang 2023 World Premiere

A Foggy Paradise — Japan Kotsuji Yohei 2023 World Premiere

Gondola — Germany/Georgia Veit Helmer 2023 World Premiere

The Gospel of the Beast — The Philippines Sheron Dayoc 2023 World Premiere

A Long Shot China — Gao Peng 2023 World Premiere

The Persian Version — USA Maryam Keshavarz 2023 Asian Premiere

Roxana — Iran Parviz Shahbazi 2023 World Premiere

Sermon to the Birds — Azerbaijan Hilal Baydarov 2023 World Premiere

The Settlers — Chile/Argentina/Netherlands Felipe Gálvez 2023 Asian Premiere

Snow Leopard — China Pema Tseden 2023 Asian Premiere

Tatami — Georgia/USA Zahra Amir Ebrahimi, Guy Nattiv 2023 Asian Premiere

Who Were We? Japan Tomina Tetsuya 2023 World Premiere

UK Pop Icon M.I.A To Headline NH7 Music Festival. Full Lineup

Image Instagrammed by M.I.A. (Courtesy: M.I.A)

New Delhi:

NH7 music festival, since the beginning of its journey in 2009, has always promoted an exciting line-up of artists comprising home-grown and international ones. The 14th edition of the festival has recently unveiled its first phase line up, consisting of more than 28 local and international artists. British pop icon M.I.A. will make her debut in the country, as part of the festival’s line-up of diverse global artists.

London-born M.I.A. started out as a visual artist, filmmaker, and designer in 2000 and began her recording career in 2002.  The multi-award-winning artist, who has collaborated with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Pharrell, and Lil Wayne, will be performing her smash-hits including Bad Girls, Borders, XXXO, and Paper Planes at the festival. Alongside M.I.A., the Phase 1 lineup also includes India festival debutants : 2023 Mercury Prize winners Ezra Collective; Antwerp based metal upstarts – BEAR, rising R&B sensation Priya Ragu and Afro pioneer Romare who will be debuting his much-awaited live set in the country.

New-York based duo MEMBA, who are known in the country for smash hit For Aisha from Bollywood movie The Sky is Pinkare to make their debut in the festival as well. Certified Gold electronic music producer Jai Wolf will make his return to India following a global tour across- The US, Europe & Australia. Other international names include French reggae duo – Jahneration & Copenhagen-based global bass star Alo Wala, known for her previous collaborations with Nucleya.

Homegrown artists on the line-up include the indie music trailblazers –  MadStarBase,The Lightyears Explode, Dorwin John, The Fanculos, Corner Cafe Chronicles, Second Sight, Chirag Todi, Katoptris, Raj, Shia X Zero Chill, tricksingh, with more acts to be announced shortly as part of the second phase line up.

The festival will feature a dedicated all-female line-up chosen from various regions on Day 2 in the main festival arena. The lineup of artists across 2 stages will include Alo Wala, Priya Ragu, Cartel Madras, BeBhumika, Lavi, Aarifah and Mary Ann Alexander in addition to the headliner M.I.A.

Sameeksha Uniyal, Senior Brand Lead, India & South East Asia, said, “We’re thrilled to announce the lineup for the 14th edition of our flagship music festival – NH7 Weekender. We are bringing in the very best of Indian and global talent from a variety of genres to cater to diverse musical tastes, capturing the various moods of our audience across the country. After 13 successful editions, NH7 Weekender stands not only as India’s happiest music festival but also as a cultural phenomenon of music discovery and community building. It has become a space for people to come together and revel in the magic of music. Each day at NH7 Weekender has its unique highlights, but we’re especially proud to have an all-female lineup on day 2, featuring some of today’s top artists that are all set to make audiences groove! We are hopeful that this year as well, the festival and the performing artists will garner the same love from the audiences that they have been giving us for the past years.”

The three-day festival will allow attendees across age groups to experience the vibes in Pune.

Baz Luhrmann Set As Jury President For 2023 Red Sea International Film Festival

Baz Luhrmann has been named president of the Features Competition jury at the upcoming Red Sea International Film Festival. This third edition of the event runs from November 30-December 9 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The Elvis, Moulin Rouge! and Great Gatsby filmmaker commented, “As a child in the local cinema that we ran near the tiny country town where I grew up, I was mesmerized by the powerful historical and physical landscapes of Lawrence of Arabia. Since that time, I have had an abiding passion for the Arabian world, but after visiting Saudi Arabia, I felt truly inspired by the remarkable young filmmaking talent coming up across the region and to see how they are now capturing the attention of the global film community.”

He called it “an honor” to be presiding over this year’s RSIFF jury, “alongside leading and emerging lights in the industry, and to be part of the evolution of change that is happening through cinema across the Arab region, Asia and Africa.” Further, he noted, “Since the early days of my career, I have experienced the power of storytelling and festivals to open doors and forge bridges between artists and across cultures. I look forward to celebrating both emerging talent and the incredible established auteurs from the region in the vibrant, diverse and distinctive cinematic offering that the festival is becoming renowned for presenting in Jeddah.”

The fest noted the Features Competition of 17 films vying for the Yusr Awards will showcase “the highest achievements from a diverse range of filmmakers from the Arab region, Asia and Africa.”

Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of the RSIFF, said, “As we work towards our third edition, we are delighted to welcome legendary award winning director Baz Luhrmann as the head of the Jury. Baz is a pioneer of pop culture with incredible versatility across the creative fields, and it’s a great honor to have him head our third edition jury presidency. We look forward to announcing the films and celebrating the outstanding filmmaking taking place across the Arab world, Asia and Africa.”

BFI London Film Festival Reveals Annual Works-In-Progress Lineup

The BFI London Film Festival will present five feature films and documentaries by UK-based filmmakers at its fourth annual Works-in-Progress showcase. Scroll down for the lineup.

The showcase, which forms part of the festival’s industry program, will be an in-person event at Picturehouse Central where filmmakers will screen extracts from their projects for an invited audience of international buyers and festival programmers. 

The projects are either in production or post-production. An online package with the projects will also be available online for one week from October 7 through a secure platform to a wider pool of invited international industry professionals.  

Last year, two projects from the 2021 in-progress lineup were screened during the LFF. The pics were Pretty Red Dress, written and directed by Dionne Edwards, and Medusa Deluxe, written and directed by Thomas Hardiman. This year, Girl written and directed by Adura Onashile, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and will screen at LFF, alongside Hoard, written and directed by Luna Carmoon, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Both films were part of the 2022 works-in-progress showcase.

The in-person showcase will take place on October 7 as part of the Festival’s UK Talent Days. 

“My thanks to the filmmakers for presenting their work with us. It’s a great privilege to welcome these teams to London to meet with industry leaders, distributors, and financiers as well as other creators,” said Kristy Matheson. 

“We look forward to seeing their fruitful creative and business collaborations that will emerge at the festival.”  

The 2023 Works-in-Progress projects are:   

·                     THE CEREMONY; dir-wr Jack King; prods Hollie Bryan, Lucy Meer; cast Tudor Cucu-Dumitrescu, Erdal Yildiz. In post-production. Sales contact – Cosmosquare Films, Strive Films 

A self-taught writer and director from Yorkshire, Jack started out making music videos for independent and major record labels which racked up repeated Vimeo staff picks and millions of views online. He made a string of independent shorts before The Crossing was funded by the BFI and Creative England (awarding funds from the National Lottery), and selected to play at multiple BAFTA and American Academy® qualifying festivals. His independent short Prints was shot on a tiny budget in Japan and was selected to play in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival (2019). Jack was selected to participate in NETWORK@LFF in 2019 and Edinburgh Talent Lab in 2021. His most recent short Predators was funded by BFI NETWORK (using National Lottery funding) and will also premiere at this year’s festival. While in post-production with The Ceremony, Jack is developing his second feature, Sunburn, an Andalusian-set thriller that was selected for the 2022 Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Talent Lab Connects programme. 

The Ceremony is an existential road drama about a migrant worker and his colleague who, with only a single day and night to find a burial ground for a departed colleague, find their quest hampered by their moral and spiritual differences. 

·                     HARDER THAN THE ROCK, dir Mark Warmington; prods Mark Warmington, Jeremiah Cullinane; co-producer James Baxter; cast Locksley Gichie, Franklyn Dunn, Michael Arkk, Winston Reedy. About to start post-production. Sales contact – Margot Films 

Filmmaker Mark Warmington is originally from Northern Ireland and has lived in north-west London for 20 years. He recently relocated to the north-east of England. He has directed for television, but his career is mostly dominated by his work as a director of photography. Harder Than The Rock is his feature directorial debut. Mark’s cinematography credits on films include Calcio: The Blood Of Florence (2017), Paul Weller: Find The Torch (2010), the short Somewhere I’ve Been (2021) and the BFI-funded short Pole (2022); TV series including the BBC’s Top Gear and the Amazon series All or Nothing: NZ All Blacks.  He has also shot music videos for artists including Maverick Sabre, Hollie Cook, Tom Walker and Paul Weller. 

Reggae exploded in the 1970s and Cimarons, the UK’s first reggae band, formed in 1967, were at its heart. Thousands of miles from Jamaica, they brought excitement, experimentation and sheer anticipation to a new generation of Black British youth, putting them in touch with their roots. Harder Than The Rock celebrates Cimaron’s storied history and explores the band’s overlooked impact and influence as they persevere against all odds and dream of playing to live audiences again, one last time… 

·                     LOW RIDER; dir Campbell X; wrs: Campbell X, Stephen Strachan; prods Stella Nwimo, Rebecca Long; cast Emma McDonald, Thisiwe Ziqbu. In post-production. Sales contact – Boudica Entertainment 

Campbell X’s work deals with queer memory, desire and Blackness across the African diaspora. He directed the award-winning queer urban romantic comedy feature Stud Life, which was voted by The Guardian as one of the top 10 Black British feature films over the past 40 years. Stud Life is in the Criterion Channel’s Masc Collection. Campbell’s latest film, the short Still We Thrive, about Black joy and resistance, is now screening globally at film festivals. He directed and produced the short film Des!re about joy and sensuality for men (trans and non-binary) and masculine women (ie studs/butches), while the documentary Visible looks at reclaiming QTBIPOC UK history. 

Londoner Quinn is at a crossroads. When her mother suddenly dies, Quinn’s search for her errant South African father begins.  Quinn’s impulsive mission to reconnect with him, is not as straightforward as she’d imagined and a chance encounter in Cape Town with the mysterious Harley, offering to help Quinn on the journey to connect with her father, takes Quinn on a tumultuous, twisty turn through Western Capes’ underbelly and backwaters. In this Black queer road trip adventure, Quinn is confronted with the realities of her identity, the truth and lies of her past.  

·                     SMOKING SHORES; dirDavid Warwick; pro Dewi Gregory. Filming. Sales contact – Truth Department. 

David Warwick is a writer-director whose films draw on a particular interest in place, landscape and the immediacy of physical experience, as well as debates within contemporary philosophy and critical theory. His short film Out For A Walk screened at numerous film festivals such as the Drama International Short Film Festival, Filmfestival Kitzbühel and Aesthetica Short Film Festival. David works as a director of commercials and documentary content for well-known brands and charities, alongside media organisations such as The Guardian. He previously worked as a film journalist, and as an associate producer for Portland Green, where he facilitated film projects by leading artists such as the Brothers Quay, Simon Keenlyside, Wayne McGregor and Lucian Freud. David is also a keen surfer and co-founder of the research collective, Res Communis. 

In the shadow of Port Talbot steelworks, generations of local surfers ride waves of uncertainty in this unlikely surf spot. 

·                      A WINTER’S JOURNEY, dir-wr Alex Helfrecht; prods Jorg Tittel, Richard Mansell, Hugh Welchman; cast John Malkovich, Martina Gedeck, Jason Isaacs, Marcin Czarnik, Ólafur Darri Ólaffsson, Gabriella Moran. In post-production. Sales company – MK2 Films 

Born in Oxford in 1979, Alex grew up in France and the Caribbean. Specialising in adaptation Alex Helfrecht’s films include the multi-award nominated The White King, co-directed with Jörg Tittel, and starring Jonathan Pryce, Fiona Shaw and Agyness Deyn; and the agit-prop short Nyet! A Brexit Border Farce, starring Olivia Williams, Garry Mountaine and Beatie Edney. Alex also adapted Ernest Hemingway’s Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises for the West End stage at Trafalgar Studios.She is currently developing a documentary film the Trojan Women, a radical reworking of the Euripides play told entirely by female survivors, as a co-production with the National Theatre of Greece. It will involve walking 250 miles across the Peloponnese and performing in the magnificent Odeon of Herodus Atticus. 

Bavaria, 1812. A lovelorn young poet banished from society is forced to wander across mountains, ice and snow, on a dangerous journey which will either lead him to death or to a new life.   

Anton Corbijn Named As President Of Zurich Film Festival Jury

Netherlands photographer and director Anton Corbijn has been named as president of the main feature film jury for the upcoming Zurich Film Festival.

Oscar-winning producer Malte Grunert (All Quiet On The Western Front) will be the jury president for the Focus competition, reserved for first, second and third features, while another Academy Awards winner, Last Men In Aleppo director Feras Fayyad will head up the documentary competition jury.

The juries each award a Golden Eye endowed with a $27,000 (CHF 25,000).

“Anton presented his film Life about James Dean at ZFF eight years ago, now we’re delighted that the world-famous director and photographer is returning to preside over the feature film jury,” said Zurich director Christian Jungen.

“Producer Malte Grunert and documentary film director Feras Fayya are also set to enrich the ZFF with their wealth of experience. Our competitions are dedicated to promoting the next generation, so it’s encouraging for all the participants that the juries are presided over by such inspirational greats from the world of international auteur cinema.”

Corbijn will be joined in his jury by New Zealand producer Finola Dwyer, French actress, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Finnish filmmaker Juho Kuosmanen and creative producer and VFX consultant Bryce Nielsen.

The Focus jury also features Oscar and BAFTA-nominated producer Gabrielle Tana, German producer Katrin Renz, film editor Heike Parplies and Swiss actor Sven Schelker.

Fayyad is joined in the documentary jury by Romanian producer Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, Swiss-Italian film editor Claudio Cea, director Crystal Moselle, Indian filmmaker and scholar Shaunak Sen

The Zurich Film Festival runs from September 28 to October 8.

Anton Corbijn Named As President Of Zurich Film Festival Jury

Netherlands photographer and director Anton Corbijn has been named as president of the main feature film jury for the upcoming Zurich Film Festival.

Oscar-winning producer Malte Grunert (All Quiet On The Western Front) will be the jury president for the Focus competition, reserved for first, second and third features, while another Academy Awards winner, Last Men In Aleppo director Feras Fayyad will head up the documentary competition jury.

The juries each award a Golden Eye endowed with a $27,000 (CHF 25,000).

“Anton presented his film Life about James Dean at ZFF eight years ago, now we’re delighted that the world-famous director and photographer is returning to preside over the feature film jury,” said Zurich director Christian Jungen.

“Producer Malte Grunert and documentary film director Feras Fayya are also set to enrich the ZFF with their wealth of experience. Our competitions are dedicated to promoting the next generation, so it’s encouraging for all the participants that the juries are presided over by such inspirational greats from the world of international auteur cinema.”

The Zurich Film Festival runs from September 28 to October 8.

Göteborg Film Festival To Produce & Debut AI-Altered Version Of Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Persona’ 

In a move that many people may describe as provocative, the Göteborg Film Festival has set Ingmar Bergman’s landmark arthouse drama Persona for an AI-assisted restoration. 

The Swedish festival has teamed with SF Studios, Gothenburg Film Studios, and The Ingmar Bergman Foundation to produce an AI-generated version of Persona, with Liv Ullmann replaced by Alma Pöysti (Fallen Leaves). 

Ullmann famously plays Elisabet Vogler in the pic, and with new AI technology, her face will be digitally replaced by Pöysti’s. Göteborg described the project as a “cinematic experiment,” giving the new film the title Another Persona

Once completed, the cinematic experiment will screen exclusively at the 2024 Göteborg Film Festival, with Liv Ullmann and Alma Pöysti in attendance. It will not be screened to an audience again. The screening will be followed by a discussion on acting and technology.

“The discussion about acting, masks, and authenticity that has made Persona a classic has been urgently reactivated by technological advancements. Not least, the strike in Hollywood has sparked an important debate on production possibilities and labor-market threats in relation to AI,” said Jonas Holmberg, outgoing Göteborg Film Festival Artistic Director. 

“We want to add an artistic and existential dimension to the discussion, and we want to do it by engaging with Ingmar Bergman’s incomparable film. Another Persona will be a uniquely thought-provoking and quite unsettling cinematic experience.” 

Jan Holmberg, Ingmar Bergman Foundation CEO, added: “As administers of Bergman’s artistry, we at The Ingmar Bergman Foundation and SF Studios think that Another Persona is a brilliant project. ‘Every intonation is a lie, every gesture a forgery,’ it is said in Bergman’s 1966 film. This becomes even more true now! In a time when we outsource ourselves to machines and at the same time seek our authentic selves.”

Pöysti is perhaps best known internationally for her leading role in Aki Kaurismäki’s latest Cannes competition title Fallen Leaves. She won the Dragon Award for Best Acting for her role in Four Little Adults at the last Göteborg Film Festival.

Another Persona will serve at the center of the festival’s focus sidebar, Another Intelligence, based on the rapid progression of AI.  

Tokyo Film Festival: Gu Xiaogang And Mouly Surya To Receive Kurosawa Akira Award

The Tokyo Film Festival has set Gu Xiaogang and Mouly Surya as the recipients of the Kurosawa Akira Award at its upcoming 2023 edition, running October 23 — November 1. 

The award was handed out for the first time last year after a 14-year gap. The gong is “presented to filmmakers who have made waves in cinema and are expected to help guide the industry’s future.” Last year’s recipients were Alejandro González Iñárritu and Kōji Fukada. 

The 2023 winners were chosen by a selection committee, including Yamada Yoji, Dan Fumi, Narahashi Yoko, Kawamoto Saburo, and TIFF programming director Ichiyama Shozo. 

Xiaogang is best known for his first feature, Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019 and also won the Special Jury Prize at Tokyo Filmex in 2019. Surya’s debut feature, Fiction, won four awards, including Best Picture at the Festival Film Indonesia in 2008. Her second feature, What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love, was presented at TIFF in 2013 and was also the first Indonesian film to be selected for the Sundance Film Festival. In 2017, her third feature, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, premiered at Cannes and was released in theaters in 14 countries, including the US, Canada, and Japan. It also won the Grand Prize at Tokyo Filmex and was selected as Indonesia’s Oscar entry.

The Kurosawa Akira Award ceremony will be held at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo on October 31, and the recipients’ press conference will be held at the nearby Base Q on the same day at 15:00.