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                                        PROFESSIONAL VIDEO • CINEMATOGRAPHY • DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
  fter the worldwide success of Bend It Like Beckham, British writer-director GURINDER CHADHA has now gone for a Bollywood-style twist on Jane Austen with Bride And Prejudice, a contemporary singing-and-dancing spectacular. In our Cover Story, the gifted film-maker tells
us why a timeless 19th Century classic inspired her latest project set on three continents.
While Chadha used Indian cinematographer SANTOSH SIVAN, an acclaimed director in his own right, for her new film, we salute two British cameramen in our regular Behind The Camera series. DAF HOBSON BSC, Lancashire-born but raised and now a proud resident of Wales, has lit a host of award-winning television produc- tions. These include Family, The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall, The Lakes, Births Marriages And Deaths and the modern- day Othello – as well as films like Welcome To Sarajevo and the current release, Suzie Gold. He’s currently shooting a new Trial & Retribution drama for ITV.
When Touching The Void recently won the Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film at this year’s BAFTAs the unsung hero was DP
MIKE ELEY, who worked closely with director Kevin Macdonald in Peru and the Alps to help recreate the astonishing true-life survival story of climber Joe Simpson. More recently, Eley, a veteran of gritty docu- mentaries, ventured for the first time into the world of BBC period costume drama with Andrew Davies’s all-star adaptation of Trollope’s HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
Cinematographer is just one of the many tasks undertaken by Scots filmmaker ROBBIE MOFFAT who also acts as director and producer on a slate of movies from his Ayrshire-based PALM TREE PRODUCTIONS. Moffat makes no bones about the guerrilla style of filmmaking he must adhere to if he is to deliver his films on time and on budget. A working knowledge of Scotland’s Right To Roam law has proved useful too. He especially knows all about teamwork which is also the key to the relationship between director Paul Hills and DP ROGER BONNICI who discuss their latest collaboration, SECRETS, a flashback-packed short domestic drama.
As companies go, they don’t get much more respected in the laboratory and post-production game than SOHO IMAGES whose diversity we celebrate through the eyes of Managing Director PAUL COLLARD. Situated at the heart of the industry, Soho Images rightly prides itself on speed of delivery especially in the crucial business of rushes. Just starting out on the road to becoming film and television-making profes- sionals are the students at Farnham’s SURREY INSTITUTE OF ART & DESIGN. “We believe in the integration of theory and practice, and an important part of this involves looking at the relationship that film has with the wider community,” says Claire Barwell, acting programme leader on the Institute’s three-year Film and Video BA Honours Degree.
From Farnham to the cellars beneath the Guinness Brewery in West London where we discover they’re mak- ing THE LONG FIRM, a four-part BBC2 adaptation of Jake Arnott’s 60s bestseller set in the London underworld, co-starring Mark Strong, Derek Jacobi, Phil Daniels and Lena Headey. Producer Liza Marshall, director Bille Eltringham and DP Sean Bobbitt talk us through their stylish depiction of big city lowlife. Then it’s due West to Wales where they’ve recreated medieval, plague-ridden England for a new thriller, ANAZAPTA. Last stop on this whistle-stop tour is even further West - to America’s Great Outdoors of Montana where cinematographer
M DAVID MULLEN tells us how he and the Polish Brothers gave the colour grey a whole new big-screen meaning in the visually-stunning NORTHFORK.
All this plus an extended COMMERCIAL BREAK, featuring the latest Coca-Cola “I Wish” ad lit by
Ray Coates, a short history of Fujifilm and a Flashback interview with retired camera operator JOHN HARRIS BSC, who enjoyed a long and much-travelled partnership with the late, great Robert Krasker. We also reflect a remarkable AWARDS SEASON for Fujifilm and round up the rest of the news in FESTIVALS & EVENTS. ■

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