Archive for January 26th, 2009

Sundance 09

26th January 2009

At the weekend the Sundance Film Festival announced its Award Winners:

Of particular interest are:

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award – Nicholas Jasenovec and Charlyne Yi, Paper Heart

World Cinema Screenwriting Award – Guy Hibbert, Five Minutes of Heaven

Five Minutes of Heaven is an Irish Feature Film, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, and Hibbert’s previous credits include his BAFTA-winning television drama, Omagh. Shot in Northern Ireland during the summer of 2008, the film stars Liam Neeson (Taken, Michael Collins) and James Nesbitt (Murphy’s Law, Jekyll) as two Ulstermen; one a murderer, the other the brother of the man he killed, who discover that the past is never dead.

London Theatre Up

26th January 2009

Today The Stage reports that revenue from London’s theatre box office was up last year, despite the global recession.

Box office revenue totalled £480.5 million, up 3% on 2007’s already record figure, while attendances for the year totalled 13.8 million – up 1%.

Musicals ended 2008 1% up year-on-year, while plays suffered a slight loss, ending the year 1% down. This figure could have been worse, but for a very strong final quarter, which saw attendances across the board improve significantly.

In fact, had it not been for a Christmas period which was “significantly” stronger than last year, the end of year figures could have shown a slight – perhaps 1% – drop overall.

Nica Burns, chief executive of Nimax and the president of the Society of London Theatre, which compiles the results, said: “It was a quite remarkable year. Behind these figures are many very talented hard-working people putting on and selling world-class shows that people actually want to see. There’s a lot of economic doom and gloom out there, but it would seem people still want to be entertained and stimulated in numbers.”