BFI Film Academy Launches Search For New Talent 

The BFI has opened up 900 placements for students aged between 16 – 19 who are looking to start their film career. Course applications have opened for the upcoming academic year beginning in September 2018. They are taking place country wide and are aimed at developing young talent and uncover emerging filmmakers who are looking for their first big break. The course provide hands-on filmmaking as well as invaluable training in direction.

Jen Sobol, BFI Film Academy Project Director said, “In just seven years the BFI Film Academy has established itself as a gold standard training and development programme and an important new talent pipeline into the UK film industry. This is the most exciting part of the process, when we throw the doors open and invite talented young people across the whole country to be part of the programme. I can’t wait to see who will be joining us this year.”

All graduates join the BFI Film Academy alumni network which gives them access to further opportunities including BAFTA mentorships and the BFI Film Academy Future Skills programme, the latter of which is a partnership with Lucasfilm. This year 30 graduates from the BFI Film Academy are working in various roles for Star Wars: Episode IX (I really want to know what they are going to call it!)

Thandie Newton, star of Solo: A Star Wars Story says, “It’s imperative that people from all backgrounds see themselves in film and one of the beautiful things about BFI Film Academy is that it gives opportunities to young people from all walks of life – the programme enables young people to enter this industry from a position of passion rather than privilege. The more people behind the scenes who bring perspectives from everywhere, the more we’ll be able to truly reflect the world through our work.”

For more about the course and applications, you can take a look here and the locations are listed below:

  • Aberdeen
  • Armagh
  • Beaconsfield
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bournemouth
  • Bradford
  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Cardiff
  • Chester
  • Colchester
  • Conwy
  • Cumbria
  • Derry
  • Durham
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Hereford
  • Hull
  • Ipswich
  • Kent
  • Leeds
  • Lincoln
  • Liverpool
  • London, Barking
  • London, City
  • London, Fulham
  • London, Hackney
  • London, Islington
  • London, Shoreditch
  • London, Southwark
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Norwich
  • Nottingham
  • Oxford
  • Pinewood
  • Plymouth
  • Sheffield
  • Shepperton
  • Shropshire
  • Somerset
  • Swansea
  • Winscombe

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Lucasfilm Denies Reports Of Spin-off Films Being On Hold

This week there were reports that due to the apparent poor reception of Solo: A Star Wars story at the box office, Lucasfilm was putting their spinoffs on hold and concentrating their efforts on Episode IX and other projects.

However they have weighed in on the rumours to claim that they are false (of course they have!) A statement released yesterday says that these reports are inaccurate and that there are multiple films still in development outside of the confirmed new works by Rian Johnson (currently developing a new trilogy) and Game Of Thrones duo David Benioff and DB Weiss.

Just to get you up to speed, Collider reported that after Solo didn’t do as well as they had wanted, films like Obi-Wan and Boba Fett were no longer in production whilst the company focused on its primary films. Despite the fact that nothing had been confirmed, it seems Lucasfilm wanted to put this fire out before the rumours spread, perhaps a lesson learned after constant Solo production gossip got a little out of hand.

Solo has made $196.2m in its first three weeks, by comparison Rogue One had made $455m in the same amount of time which is going to be a concern for those involved. Soon after the release of Solo, news was released regarding of a Boba Fett movie being directed by James Mangold, what exactly is going to happen to this remains to be seen.
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Colin Trevorrow Has Left Star Wars Episode IX

A mutual decision by Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow has resulted in the director leaving Star Wars Episode IX. It was announced by Disney yesterday that due to having different ‘visions on the project’ they have parted ways leaving it open for another director to step in. 

In a statement regarding Trevorrow, Disney has said ‘Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutual chosen to part ways on Star Wars Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.’
The news comes after Ron Howard replaced the fired Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the Han Solo movie in June. Recent rumours have surfaced regarding their sacking including their attempt to make Han Solo similar to Ace Ventura. The directors had been working on this film for almost 2 years so this came as quite a shock.

Trevorrow was announced as director of Episode IX on 2015 after the success of Jurassic World which has rebooted the franchise after making $1.6bn at the box office.

A replacement director has not been announced just yet so watch this space. Star Wars Episode IX is due for release on June 21st, 2019 with the next part of the saga The Last Jedi in cinemas on December 14th, 2017.

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Star Wars exhibition at Harrods

If you’ve not heard of the Stars Wars exhibition currently taking place at Harrods, I don’t blame you. The publicity has been kept to a minimum, apparently to primarily target those who want to buy any of the items on the display. Yes, ANY OF THEM.

From Propshop comes a collection of replicas from The Force Awakens as well as some really beautiful artwork that goes well with several items on display. You can buy BB8 (I WANT! I WANT! I WANT!), Kylo Ren’s helmet, the blood-stained Stormtrooper helmet, even the Millennium Falcon, it’s remarkable. As are the prices, that BB8 will set you back £10,000 and the Millennium Falcon? Well, it costs so much that I was not even privy to that information. The mind wanders…

With a very knowledgeable guide to take you round, some fantastic things to see, being able to sit in the parts of the Millennium Falcon and being in Harrods which is always nice, makes this a really worthwhile geekfest to go to. There’s the opportunity to make a personalised maquette which is 50cm tall. You can have the own action figure made to look just like you, choose from a Stormtrooper, TIE Fighter or Rebel Pilot. However, it will set you back £1595. Tempting. It’s on now until August 21st.

This is a free exhibition in London, of Stars Wars props, it’s very cool and really worth going to. If you want to check it out (why wouldn’t you?!) then book your timeslot here:

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