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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Films about film-making can be fun

1 September 2015 6:45 PM, PDT

Films about film-making are one of the great staples of cinema. From All About Eve to Day for Night, a host of movies has wallowed in the difficulties of making movies. Many are considered classics but, in the digital age, they also seem dated, set in an age when filmmaking was necessarily expensive and elitist. Today, the process of making a film has never been more accessible: on YouTube and Vimeo, everyone is a film-maker. »

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Idris Elba shouldn't be James Bond, but not because he's 'too street' – the role is beneath him

1 September 2015 5:37 AM, PDT

Rumours that Idris Elba will be taking over from Daniel Craig as the next James Bond have been rumbling for months now, seemingly out of nowhere, and spurred on by many’s desire to see a black man in the role for the first time. I can see where people are coming from, but why bother to try and make a progressive step in a fundamentally troglodytic franchise? »

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Film festival guide: From Kendal and Cork to Sarajevo and Sydney

1 September 2015 2:18 AM, PDT

Cork, Ireland

When? 6-15 November.

Why go? It would be a cliché to say "go for the craic" but you know any festival in Ireland is going to be fun, and this one – 2015 will be its 60th year – attracts more than 20,000 people who would hope to agree. There are more than 200 events, including screenings, music and seminars. It prides itself on discovering new talent, and being family friendly, with films for children.

Essentials: corkfilmfest.org; Ryan- air (0871 246 0000; ryanair.com) and Aer Lingus (0333 004 5000; aerlingus.com) fly to Cork from numerous UK airports. »

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