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1 August 2012 11:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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There's nothing quite like being on the jury at the Taormina Film Festival where, on the final night in the vast and ancient amphitheatre overlooked by permanently steaming Mount Etna, the prizes are dispensed in front of 30 000 excited Sicilians as prelude to the Italian Oscar awards.

That meant 18 million television viewers watching as well, with each juror introduced either to cheers or catcalls (cheers for me, since Italy after all beat England and they could afford to be generous).

This year, though, there were better moments for Britain than just that since the festival's Special Jury Prize for the most striking and original first feature went to Chris Petit's Radio On and John Schlesinger won a Donatello award for his general work as director.

Petit's film, on the eve of its release in Italy, is the first British Film Institute »

- Derek Malcolm

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