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LONDON — The long-gestating biopic of eccentric British record producer and 1960s music pioneer Joe Meek started spinning Monday after securing backing from flamboyant self-made multimillionaire and soccer chairman Simon Jordan. Jordan is pumping an undisclosed amount of cash into the low-budget movie, which will mark the directorial debut of actor-writer Nick Moran. Con O'Neill, star of the West End stage play about Meek, will topline the big-screen version, which details the tragi-comic story of the hit record producer who murdered his landlady before turning the gun on himself in 1967.
BRUSSELS — "California Dreamin'," by the late Romanian director Cristian Nemescu, has won the Iris Award, the top prize at the Brussels European Film Festival. The movie, a satire on the culture clash between American NATO troops and small-town Romanians during the 1999 Kosovo conflict, won the Un Certain Regard award at May's Festival de Cannes. The film also received Brussels' Audience Award and the Canvas TV Award for best film. The RTBF TV and the Be TV prizes went to Gabriel Range's faux documentary, "Death of a President."
TORONTO — Peter Greenaway will provide the keynote speech at the 27th annual Atlantic Film Festival in September, organizers said. Greenaway, a veteran art house director whose movies have typically included patchwork financing from a range of investors, will provide a luncheon address Sept. 16 in Halifax during Strategic Partners, the festival's international co-production conference. The fest runs Sept. 13-22.