Asif Kapadia, Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsay Making Films for London 2012 Festival

 

LONDON – Asif Kapadia’s The Odyssey is one of four specially commissioned short films to unspool as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Backed by way of a BBC Films and Film4 co-commission of four short films, Kapadia’s film will play out as one of four projects aimed at showcasing U.K. filmmaking talent during the 12 week Britain-wide cultural celebration.

A Running Jump by Mike Leigh featuring Eddie Marsan, Sam Kelly and Samantha Spiro, The Swimmer by Lynne Ramsay and What If, directed by Streetdance directing duo Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini starring Noel Clarke, George Sargeant and Theo Barklem-Biggs will also feature.

The films also receive backing from the Olympic lottery fund and Creative Scotland.

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All four will receive their world bows during this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 24 with their London premiere at the Hackney Picturehouse on June 25, with a live simulcast to around 50 cinemas across the U.K. in partnership with indie movie circuit Picturehouse cinemas.

The films will also air on the BBC and Channel 4 during the London 2012 Festival period with transmission dates currently being ironed out.

The London 2012 Festival runs June 21 through Sept. 9 while the EIFF unspools June 20 through July 1.

Already announced is the re-release of a digitally remastered version of Chariots of Fire and a BFI presented Alfred Hitchcock silent film The Ring, complete with a specially-commissioned music score by jazz artist Soweto Kinch for the London 2012 Festival.

There are also myriad events on television, concerts and visual arts events being planned and programmed.

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is billed as the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

Oscar-winner Danny Boyle is directing the £27 million ($42.3 million) budgeted 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest and soundtracked by Underworld.

And Stephen Daldry, the director of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, is overseeing the artistic vision for all four ceremonies for the Olympics and Paralympics.

 

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