The Killing Fields

UK Film Summit at BFI 2013

Screen_International_BFI_Summit I'm excited today to be at Screen International's launch of the 2013 UK Film Summit in association with the British Film Institute (BFI).

Today is a one day industry conference at BFI Southbank's NFT1, which is expecting to see more than 300 industry attendees. The Summit will primarily focus on the UK film industry and its place within the worlds market, looking at opportunities for the industry in the future.

Many experts and keynote speakers will be taking part in todays event, including British Film Commission's Iain Smith (Wanted, The Mission, The Killing Fields) and Slate Films' Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland, A Most Wanted Man) - who we had pleasure in creating the title sequence for their latest film 'Half of a Yellow Sun', which is due for release next year.

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Ben Roberts (BFI Film Fund) and DJ Films' Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, Belle) also join the impressive list of panellists, addressing the challenges in film finance; development of audiences in the UK and how distributors and exhibitors can adapt to the digital world; the UKs place in the global market, amongst many other areas to conclude on how the film world can benefit from convergence in our multi-platform world.

The day is looking to be very interesting as well as a good opportunity to discuss and share views with other film professionals.

For those that are coming, I look forward to seeing you there.

BAFTA, What next for the UK Film Industry?

BAFTA - What Next For The UK Film Industry Tomorrow night I will be joining the question time at the Princess Anne Theatre - BAFTA, as part of the conversation to quiz some of the industry's brightest thinkers about the ups and downs and highs and lows for UK films in 2012, and to see where we're heading this year and beyond.

On the panel along with Kate O'Connor - Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Creative Skillset and Wendy Mitchell - Editor of Screen International and Screendaily.com, will be Iain Smith - Chair of the British Film Commission and Producer of such films as 'Wanted' and 'Children of Men'.

I first met Iain back in 1984 on 'The Killing Fieldsworking with Roland Joffé who directed the film, and then a couple of years later in 1986 on Roland's next film 'The Mission' starring Robert De Niro. The following year I had the great pleasure again as we teamed-up for 'Seven Years in Tibet', which was the first film I did for Jean-Jacques Annaud, who later I went on and created the titles for 'Enemy at the Gates' and 'Two Brothers'.

Titles sequences done for Producer Iain Smith

Joining Iain will also be James Watkins - Director and Screenwriter, with credits including 'Woman in Black' and 'Eden Lake'. Plus Xavier Marchand - Managing Director of Momentum Pictures and President of International Distribution of Alliance Films. Xavier's recent films include 'Welcome to the Punch' - which we also created the title sequences for.

It will be good to catch-up with Iain and to see what insights the panel can share on key issues affecting UK film.

Jim Clark - Dream Repairman

Message: "Richard, please could you go down to the cutting room of 'The Killing Fields' and meet Jim Clark." From David Puttnam. I don't recall clearly what our first exchange of pleasantries were - but I do have a visual memory of entering Jim's cutting room as I was announced in by Bryan, his trusted assistant. A feeling of orderly calm, with light music playing in the background with an array of trim bins holding the strips of 35mm shot footage ready for selection. Jim was sat at the 'Steinbeck' considering his latest selection.

I must have made the right impression on our first meeting, as we continued to meet after on 'The Mission, The Frog Prince, Memphis Belle, Meeting Venus and Copycat.

In Jim's book 'Dream Repairman' he cuts and splices together a rich life in the movie business - a great read and such a personal pleasure for me to have worked with on some of his greats.

"Jim Clark's book is witty, wise and wonderfully well written. Anybody remotely interested in the past fifty years of British cinema should lap it up." David Puttnam.

Jim Clark

"Jim Clark is a master at his craft and 'repaired' my film as a director in ways that were beyond my knowledge or comprehension. Read 'Dream Repair Man' and you'll understand what I mean. I will be grateful to him for life." Gene Wilder.

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Lord David Puttnam talks at DandAD

David Puttnam Alan Parker Bob Gill One of my lucky breaks back in the day was to have had the pleasure to work with David Puttnam and film editor Jim Clark. My first film with David was Cal in 1984 and I went on to do The MissionThe Killing FieldsWar of the ButtonsMeeting Venus and Memphis Belle.

It is a great delight to see that this coming Wednesday in the series of DandAD President’s Lectures, David will be talking along with Sir Alan Parker and Bob Gill on their work and 50 Years of Looking Forward. I will of course be there to meet up with David.

Here is The Mission title sequence for you to also see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRi-AYy-ViE

For more samples of title sequences, please visit our YouTube channel: richardmorrison04