“The Lord of the Rings” Podcast “Not Another F**king Elf” Launched


British critic, writer, producer, curator and director Catherine Bray and Director of Film Acquisitions and Festival Programming Advisor Paul Ridd launched a weekly podcast dedicated to JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”. “Not Another F**king Elf” is a character guide podcast that dives into each character from “The Lord of the Rings” for an hour, with excerpts from different adaptations of the work, from movies to audiobooks to radio adaptations. Each episode begins with a recap of the chosen subject’s character arc. The first episode, launched on Friday, focuses on Gollum. Upcoming episodes will cover everything from Hobbits to Elves, humans to animals, and wizards to Dark Lords. There will be 10 episodes in the first season.

“We are an absolutely unofficial, fan-made, independent Bedroom Podcast that is in no way affiliated with any official source of Tolkien-related ephemera and exists as a work of criticism, analysis and of deep fandom,” Bray and Ridd said. , who are avowed “Lord of the Rings” nerds.


Michael Winterbottom co-directed a documentary chronicling families in Gaza who were affected by the May 2021 conflict between Israel and Palestine. Slated to premiere in London on May 4, “Eleven Days in May” – which is directed by Winterbottom and Mohammad Sawaf — tells the stories of more than 60 children who have been killed in Gaza during the 11 days of conflict. The film is narrated by Kate Winslet with the music of Max Richter. All proceeds from the screening will go to the Hope Foundationworks for Palestinian refugee children. The film is distributed by revolution movies. – Manori Ravindran

Check out a trailer for the film below:


Filming began in Leeds, UK, on BBC 5×60′ thriller series “Better” by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent (“Humans”, “Spooks”), produced by Sister (“Chernobyl”). The series follows Detective Inspector Lou Slack (Leila Farzad – “I Hate Suzie”) who crossed paths at the lowest point of his career with Col McHugh (Andre Buchan – “Broadchurch”), a low-ranking but ambitious newcomer to the Leeds underworld. They made a deal that allowed McHugh to become rich and powerful, and Slack to turn his failing career on its head, but now that Slack’s family is on the brink of tragedy, they find their long-suppressed conscience unraveling. wake. The cast also includes Samuel Edward-Cook (“Peaky Blinders”), Zak Ford-Williams (“Wolfe”), Ceallach Spellman (“Cold Feet”), Carolin Stoltz (“Liar”), Anton Lesser (“Killing Eve”) and Olivia Nakintu (“Vera”).

“Better” is produced by Mona Qureshi and Nawfal Faizullah for the BBC and Jane Featherstone (“This is Going to Hurt”), Chris Fry (“Landscapers”), Lucy Dyke (“The Split”), Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent for Sister in association with Northern Sister. Jonathan Brough (“The End”) is the lead director. International distribution will be handled by All3Media International.


Meanwhile, filming has begun on ITV’s true crime drama ‘The Hunt For Raoul Moat’, with Lee Ingleby (“Criminal UK”) as a senior Northumbria police officer leading the race against time to apprehend Moat. Released from Durham prison in July 2010, Moat fled after shooting dead three people in 24 hours. Moat eluded Northumbria police for over a week, threatening to kill officers and members of the public.The cast also includes Sonya Cassidy (“The Man Who Fell to Earth”), Vineeta Rishi (“Vera “), Sally Messham (“Artemis Fowl”), Matt Stokoe (“Cursed”) and Josef Davis (“Young Wallander”).

Written by novelist and screenwriter Kevin Sampson (“Anne”), the drama is produced by ITV Studios’ World Productions (“Line of Duty”) in association with MultiStory Media. Commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill, it is produced by World Productions CEO and Creative Director Simon Heath (“Anne”) and Head of Drama Jake Lushington (“Vigil”), Sampson and Mike Blair for MultiStory Media. Kim Crowther (“Inside No.9”) is producing the drama, which is directed by Gareth Bryn (“Karen Pirie”).

Film by the Lumière Brothers shot in Budapest in 1896 – the first reels shot in Hungary.
From the collection of the Institut Lumière, Lyon


Hungary National Institute of Cinema hosts the annual congress of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), which takes place from April 24 to 29 at the Uránia National Film Theater in Budapest. The city, which last hosted the event in 1961, will welcome 240 delegates.

FIAF, which was founded in Paris in 1938, has 170 members from 79 countries. The organization establishes guidelines and recommendations for the preservation, restoration and distribution of films.

Non-feature film collections are at the heart of this year’s congress. These films, which include newsreels, experimental films, short films, animated films, ethnographic films, commercials, institutional films and private films, are often hidden away in archives. The congress will explore how to make them more accessible to the public and professional users.

A program of screenings linked to lectures during the event will show, for the first time, “The Workman’s Overall”, digitally restored by NFI’s Film Archive and Filmlabor, which was discovered at the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam in 2017. The silent film 39-minute film from 1914 is the only surviving film by Gyula Hegedűs (1870-1931), one of the leading actors of his time. Among the presentations is that of NFI expert Galina Torma, in which she will detail efforts to identify, reconstruct, digitize and publish 100-year-old Hungarian news.

György Ráduly, Director of the NFI Film Archive, said: “The FIAF Congress in Budapest is an ideal opportunity for us to draw international attention to Hungary’s film heritage and to our work in preserving this extraordinarily rich.

“Sustainability has become the burning issue of our time. One of the keys to cultural sustainability is whether we can preserve and pass on our film heritage to future generations,” said Csaba Káel, NFI President and Government Commissioner for the Development of the Hungarian Film Industry. – Leo Barraclough

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Gregory Doran
Photo by Ellie Kurttz (c) SRC


Gregory Doran resigns as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Royal Company. He becomes Artistic Director Emeritus until the end of 2023 after 35 years with the company, including the last ten years as Artistic Director. He will start rehearsals for ‘Richard III’ next week with Arthur Hughes in the title role and, as Artistic Director Emeritus, will direct specific projects and lead a production at the Royal Shakespeare Theater as part of the First Folio celebration. of Shakespeare in 2023, his 50th production for the company. The search for the new artistic director will be led by the non-executive board.

In his 2018 production of “Troilus and Cressida,” Doran collaborated with virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie. The production featured the company’s first equally gender-balanced cast in a Shakespeare play on the main stage, and the first disabled actor to play a lead role in Shakespeare with deaf actress Charlotte Arrowsmith as Cassandra. He led the company’s digital innovation with a production of “The Tempest” with Simon Russell Beale created with Intel and in association with Imaginarium Studios. In 2016, Doran made “Shakespeare Live!” broadcast on the BBC and which marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In June 2012, Doran received the Sam Wanamaker Award from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. He delivered the 2016 Richard Dimbleby Lecture, which aired on March 16, 2016 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.


Indian singer, rapper, producer and entrepreneur Badshah collaborated with global star Latinx J Balvinfor “Voodoo,” out Friday via Capitol Records. A trilingual anthem in Hindi, Spanish and English, produced by the producer/artist Tainy, which has had hits with Bad Bunny, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Anuel, Rosalía and Daddy Yankee, “Voodoo” is a cautionary tale of lust and magic. Badshah is one of India’s most successful musicians, having generated over 15 billion streams globally, performed over 700 live shows and is one of the few artists to have 18 songs and over 200 million views on YouTube.

In 2021, Badshah signed an exclusive agreement with Universal Music Group will be managed by Capitol Records.

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