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DAILY BRIEFS: New Brit Flicks Trip Begins in NY

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire April 15, 1999 at 2:0AM

by Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE
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by Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE


Proving there is more to British film than Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, and
Peter Greenaway, "Changing the Guard: The Festival of New British
Cinema
" kicks off its two-week NY run with a special preview screening
of Gillies MacKinnon's "Hideous Kinky" tonight at Lincoln Center's
Walter Reade Theater. Besides the extra added glitz of starlet Kate
Winslet
scheduled to attend, the series boasts "a selection of some of
the most vital and distinctive new cinema of the past few years," notes
curator Gavin Smith in the festival program -- "work that has been
overlooked by American distributors looking for the next "Four Weddings
and a Funeral."

Showcased feature films include rarely seen work from Antonia Bird,
Shane Meadows, Jez Butterworth, and short films from Carine Adler,
Richard Kwietniowski, and rising talent Lynne Ramsay, whose first
feature film "Rat Catcher" is rumored to be premiering at Cannes '99. A
panel discussion will take place over the weekend, with Kate Ogborn,
producer of BFI New Directors shorts; Interview Magazine's Graham
Fuller
, Sight & Sound's Nick James, Edinburgh Film Fest director Lizzie
Francke
, and actress Charlie Hardwick and filmmakers Roberto Bangura,
David Yates and Patricia McCarthy from the working-class drama "The
Scar."

Co-presented by The British Council and ProActive Film Marketing, the
festival will tour nationally through 1999, making its West Coast
premiere on June 11 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, followed by
the Cleveland Cinemath�que in July, The Art Institute of Chicago in
August, Portland's NorthWest Film Center and The Seattle Art Museum in
September, Houston's Museum of Fine Arts in October and Ithaca's Cornell
Cinema
in November.

This year's festival is being called a "prototype" for an ongoing annual
tour whose aim is to develop an alternative method for exhibiting
British films in the U.S.. Participating producers will receive a share
of the box office and it is the hope that the theatrical exhibition will
serve to enhance ancillary values for the featured films. ProActive's
Joy Pereths and John Tilley note their plan to use "creative strategic
marketing techniques and relationships to improve the
odds for non-Hollywood independent filmmakers in the highly competitive
North American marketplace. The output and quality of film production in
Britain is thriving and diverse, but American audiences see only "the
tip of the iceberg.'" The series, according to Pereths and Tilley,
offers a chance to see the rest, introducing "up and coming British
talent and trends . . . throughout the United States on a continuing
basis."




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