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Alex Westthorp Sep 19, 2016
Read our look-back at UK kids' fantasy dramas 1980 - 1984 here.
By 1985 British TV's children's drama had really hit its stride, achieving "a balanced diet of programmes" as Edward Barnes, the head of the BBC children's department observed. The late 80s, arguably, saw a new golden age for spooky and magical kids drama. Excellent production values, improved significantly by well-honed special effects work using Quantel, Paintbox and Harry, and moreover some interesting casting - often of very talented newcomers - produced some of the most memorable dramas of the era.
The second half of the decade saw the BBC riding high on the back of the success of their state-of-the-art adaptation of John Masefield's Box Of Delights. Meanwhile, anthology series Dramarama was going from strength to strength on ITV. »
Now more than ever film studios are continually turning to books for inspiration. More audiences are likely to flock to cinemas to see their favourites novels hit the big screen. Over the years, book adaptations from a number of British authors have proven to be hugely successful. On the 22nd July, Roald Dahl’s Bfg will hit the big screen. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Bridge of Spies’ Mark Rylance, the film is set to be a summer hit. To celebrate the release, we’re taking a look at the best British book to film adaptations.
James Bond – Ian Flemming
Flemming created the fictional character of James Bond, a British Secret Service Agent in 1953. Bond was adapted for TV, radio, comic strips, video games, and most notably film. The franchise was hugely popular and is the longest running film series to date with twenty-four films. The franchise has made a massive cultural impact. »
When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.
A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »
London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is to honor casting director Nina Gold, whose credits include “Game of Thrones” and “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” with the BAFTA Special Award. Gold will receive the award at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in London on April 24.
The award recognizes Gold’s “outstanding contribution to casting” across more than 100 television and film productions including “Rome,” “John Adams,” “Wolf Hall,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and “The Martian.” This will be the first time BAFTA has recognized a casting director with the Special Award.
Gold began her career in casting with the films “Twin Town” and “The Borrowers” in 1997, and went on to cast every Mike Leigh film since they paired up for “Topsy-Turvy” in 1999. She won Primetime Emmys for her work on “John Adams” in 2008 and “Game of Thrones” in »
- Leo Barraclough
4 items from 2016
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