Irrfan Khan’s book by the ‘Song of Scorpions’ filmmaker is out in February

RESERVE

“Irrfan: Dialogues with the Wind”, a book about the experience of the Geneva filmmaker Anup Singh who directed the late Indian actor Irrfan Khan in two acclaimed films – “Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost” (2013) and “The Song of Scorpions” (2017) – is published by Copper coin on February 14th. Khan, India’s most famous actor at the time with credits such as “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Life of Pi” (2012) and “The Lunchbox” (2013), died in 2020. The book was published on January 7th, which was Khan’s 54th birthday .Birthday would have been.

In the book, Singh offers an intimate glimpse into the working relationship between a director and an actor, who trudge through mutual caution, uncertainty and mistakes, and gives an insight into the creative processes of both artists over the course of the journey. The duo had planned a third joint project – “Lasya” – before the actor fell ill.

The book has a foreword by the Indian cinema legend Amitabh Bachchanwho writes: “Irrfan Khan. The intensity. The responsibility of the intensity. The silent justice of responsibility. The eloquent eyes of his silent righteousness. If I were to introduce an actor whose mere appearance could express his opinion with refined elegance, I would immediately refer to Irrfan Khan. “

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Anthill Studios

LICENSING

Streamer Amazon Prime Video has a multi-year license agreement with Nigeria Anthill Studios, the Lagos-based powerhouse behind the hit movies “Prophetess”, “Day of Destiny” and “ElevatorBaby”, led by Niyi Akinmolayan. Under the terms of the agreement, Prime Video will have exclusive, worldwide distribution rights to Anthill’s theatrical release list from 2022, which will be made available to Prime Video members worldwide after its theatrical release in Nigeria.

Amazon entered the Nigerian market, popularly known as Nollywood, through a multi-year licensing agreement with Nigerian production company Inkblot Studios.

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Helen Perry, Stephanie Fyfe, Heather Larmour, Alice Ramsey
BBC

INSTALLATION

BBC Writersroom announced the appointments for the new Deputy Commissioner roles announced in March 2021 when the department was relocated to Salford as part of the company’s overall plan to decentralize. Helen Perry comes from as Deputy Commissioner for Wales Bad Wolfwhere she was the scriptwriter for Season 2 of the HBO / BBC drama Industry; Heath Larmour comes from as Deputy Commissioner for Northern Ireland Kudoswhere she was the screenwriting editor at Grantchester and Steven Knight‘s “SAS: Rogue Heroes”; and producer of the series “Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing” Stephanie Fyfe as Deputy Commissioner for Scotland. They join in Siobhan Morgan, Deputy Commissioner for Northern England during Alice Ramsey‘s maternity leave.

The new Deputy Commissioner roles have two lines of reporting to Nations editors – Ben Irving, Tommy Bulfin, Gaynor Holmes and Jo McClellan who are the drama editors for Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Northern England respectively – and New Letters Head Jessica Loveland .

In addition, 16 emerging talents have been selected as playwrights for the period 2021-2022, including Alex Riddle, Alvin Yu, Benedict Lombe, Brennig Hayden, Carlo Kureishi, Emilie Robson, Faebian Averies, Fionnuala Kennedy, Georgia Affonso, Gillian McCormack, Houmi Miura, Nathan Ellis, Paris Ventour, Rosanna Suppa, Sarah Gordon and Tim Barrow.

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Bengi Ünsal
Muhsin Akgun

MEETING

Bengi Ünsal, currently director of contemporary music for Londons Southbank Center, takes over the management of the city Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in March 2022 by Stefan Kalmarwho was in office from 2016 to 2021. Ünsal becomes the first woman in 55 years to take over the management of the organization. In addition to the fine arts, film and educational programs of the ICA, Ünsal will try to commission, produce and present a wider range of live performances; Build on the success of the ICA’s recent nighttime programming; and expand the digital arts program that grew during the COVID-19 pandemic with the launch of the Cinema 3 digital platform.

During her tenure at the Southbank Center, Ünsal was responsible for a year-round program of more than 200 contemporary performances. She was previously the artistic and executive director of Istanbul’s live performance and multi-arts event Salon IKSV.

TRAINING

the British Film Commission (BFC) expands its partnership with The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) by investing an additional £ 100,000 ($ 135,500) in several targeted PGGB training courses designed to improve access to experienced and versatile crew as new stage spaces continue to expand in the UK a partnership with PGGB implementing the state sponsored stage Space Support and Development Strategy of the BFC supported. The funding will enable PGGB to provide training for three key positions in production offices that have been identified as in dire need of support by the industry – production secretaries, production coordinators and production managers. Training programs are being developed by PGGB and will be made available from January 2022, with applications going live later this month.

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