Outsider Expected To Replace George Entwistle At BBC
Speculation about who will replace George Entwistle as director general of the BBC is growing in the UK. BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten has promised the selection won’t be as drawn out as it was when it came to naming Entwistle in the first place. While some editorials have suggested the likes of BBC head of news Helen Boaden, who is on sabbatical owing to her own involvement in the corporation’s Jimmy Savile scandal, The Guardian suggests that Patten will favor outside contenders, even if the ongoing crisis might make the job look a little unattractive. Entwistle’s shock resignation after just 54 days as director general came earlier this month, as the BBC’s current affairs program Newsnight became embroiled in a second child sex scandal after the Savile affair, when it made false allegations against former Margaret Thatcher adviser Lord McAlpine. He got £185k worth of damages from the corporation last week. The Telegraph now reports he is planning a £500k a suit against rival broadcaster ITV for revealing his identity in an interview with prime minister David Cameron. – Joe Utichi
‘Angels’ Share’ Shares Scottish BAFTA Glory With ‘Up There’
The Scottish BAFTAs awarded their prizes on Sunday night with the main film awards split between Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share and Zam Salim’s Up There. Loach’s film, which debuted in Cannes, won the screenplay award for Paul Laverty and the top acting prize for Paul Brannigan. Up There, a dark comedy about the afterlife, brought first-time director Salim the best feature and best director prizes. On the TV side, BBC comedy Mrs. Brown’s Boys was voted best comedy/entertainment program. A full list of winners is available here.
Stockholm Festival Favors ‘Lore’
The 23rd Stockholm International Film Festival gave its top prize, the Bronze Horse, to Cate Shortland’s coming of age story Lore. The German-Australian production is Australia’s entry for the foreign language Oscar. The film also took awards for best actress (Saskia Rosendahl), cinematography (Adam Arkapaw) and music (Max Richter). Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild added to its festival haul with the best first film award and Andrew Dominik took the screenplay prize for Brad Pitt-starrer Killing Them Soflty. Tim Roth was named best actor for Rufus Norris’ Broken and a special mention was noted for that film’s Eloise Laurence. The full list of recipients is here.
Screen Australia Backs Projects For Directors Shortland, Stenders
Cate Shortland, Kriv Stenders, Mark Joffe and Brendan Cowell are among the directors attached to 19 film projects that received development funding from the agency Screen Australia. Shortland (Lore) is aboard Berlin Syndrome, a thriller scripted by Shaun Grant about an Australian photojournalist who gets entangled in an obsessive relationship while on holidays, for producer Polly Staniford. Stenders (Red Dog) is attached to two films both written by Andy Cox , F***d! A Romance, a comic romance produced by Vincent Sheehan, and the Outrageous Barry Rush, an adventure comedy for producer Alan Harris. Joffe is attached to Violet Town, a Matt Cameron-penned drama set on New Year’s Eve 1957, for producers Ian Collie and John Molloy. Actor Cowell will make his directing debut on Ruben Guthrie, a black comedy he’s scripted about a 29-year-old party animal who tries to rebuild his life after nearly killing himself, for producer Yael Bergman. Among the other projects are Em, a comedic take on Jane Austen’s Emma set in 1950s rural Australia; Clive, a drama about a corporate high-flyer who loses both legs in a car accident, and Out West, writer-director Alister Grierson’s comedy about the misadventures of two corrupt ex-cops. – Don Groves