BFI, Film London make major announcements

// 17th of May, 2011

British Film Institute (BFI) Chair Greg Dyke announced at Cannes that Oscar and BAFTA-winning The King's Speech [trailer, film focus] director Tom Hooper has been appointed to the BFI’s Board of Governors.

Meanwhile, Film London and Filme Rio-Rio Film Commission have signed a partnership agreement at Cannes, pledging to develop the exchange of trade, talent and culture within their cities’ film industries.

British director Julien Temple, who is due to start shooting Children of the Revolution in Rio in September 2011 and Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles who is currently in production on 360, which shot extensively on location in London, welcomed the announcement.

Meirelles said, "London has amazing locations as everybody knows, but the reason I like to shoot there is really because you can't get better crew anywhere else." Temple added, "Visually Rio is a filmmaker’s gold mine and through its music and the people who make it, both the soul of the city and its unique destiny finds its ultimate expression."

Film London along with BBC Films also announced the start of principal photography on Borrowed Time at the Cannes Market.

This is the seventh film to go into production under the micro-budget feature film fund, Film London Microwave and is being directed by debutant writer/director Jules Bishop.

Borrowed Time tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a hapless young burglar and his eccentric victim. The film stars Phil Davis (Vera Drake [trailer]), Juliet Oldfield (Bronson [trailer]) and Perry Benson (This Is England [trailer], Somers Town [trailer]) and introduces Theo Barklem-Biggs as the lead.

The film will shoot in London for three weeks.

Naman Ramachandran