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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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BBC Arts, Music and Culture 2009 – film

The Baghdad Film School – Radio 4

A documentary following young film makers working in the Iraqi capital as the school and its students are forced to leave the city.

BBC Four World Cinema Award 2009 – BBC Four

BBC Four celebrates the best in foreign language film-making with this annual prize. A panel of judges choose the winner from five films nominated by the UK's leading critics with the ceremony presented by Jonathan Ross.

David Lean In Focus With Jonathan Ross – BBC One and BBC Four

Jonathan Ross profiles David Lean, the first Briton to win the best director Oscar twice. On films such as Brief Encounter, Great Expectations, The Bridge On The River Kwai and Lawrence Of Arabia, Lean combined a clear vision with a relentless approach. Steven Spielberg is a major contributor to the programme, along with many of Lean's colleagues and admirers.

The Film Programme – Radio 4

Francine Stock and guests discuss the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on television.

Film 2009 With Jonathan Ross – BBC One

Combining authoritative reviews, informed reports on the film industry from the UK and overseas, and interviews with leading movie-makers, Film 2009 With Jonathan Ross is BBC One's flagship cinema programme.

Paul Merton Looks At Alfred Hitchcock – BBC Four

In a special film for BBC Four, Paul Merton continues his love affair with silent movies by reviewing the early career of director Alfred Hitchcock.

The Rules Of Film Noir – BBC Four

Through the lavish use of film archive and stylised graphics as punctuation, BBC Four's one-hour documentary presents an essential guide to one of the most influential movements in cinema history: dark, cynical Film Noir.

Scotland On Screen – BBC Four

Actor Alan Cumming explores the incredibly diverse range of Scottish movies, from itchy urban realism to swelling epic blockbusters. With visits to original locations, interviews with key figures and the locals, whose lives were affected, what do contemporary Scots, make of their cinematic incarnation? There will also be a series of special screenings in key movie locations across Scotland.

Simon Mayo Film Reviews – Radio 5 Live

Simon Mayo, the Sony speech broadcaster of the year, and Mark Kermode review films on Radio 5 Live. Their podcast is regularly downloaded by 100,000 people a week. Listeners can also watch via the 5 Live website:


BBC Films is the feature film-making arm of the BBC, firmly established at the forefront of British independent film-making and co-producers of approximately eight films a year. BBC Films is committed to finding and developing new talent, as well as collaborating with some of the foremost writers and directors in the industry. Films this year include:

Revolutionary Road

Based on the celebrated novel by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road is a heart-rending story of thwarted passion and the search for fulfilment. A young couple find themselves torn between their own desires and the pressure to conform, with explosive consequences.

The Damned United

The story of Brian Clough's 44-day reign as manager of Leeds United in the Seventies and his relationship with the two defining figures of his footballing life – his friend Peter Taylor and his rival Don Revie.

In The Loop

Master satirist Armando Iannucci gets inside the "special relationship" between Washington and Whitehall – a bold, cutting and hilarious look at international politics for an international audience.

Bright Star

A new film by Jane Campion portraying the poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and his secret love affair with the girl-next-door Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish).

An Education

Jenny, a smart, beautiful 16-year-old stuck in the suburbs, finds her dreams of going to Oxford University threatened by the arrival of the older, urbane David and the glamorous world into which he introduces her.

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