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"Every occasion he would come out with a song, no matter where he was, he would stop and do 'Singing in the Rain', I remember as a child he would have us jumping and singing and swinging round poles".

Scripted by Harold Pinter from a novella by Robin Maugham, The Servant played like a twisted, homoerotic 1960s version of one of PG Wodehouse's Jeeves stories

The Servant that led cinema into a new era

It's 50 years since Joseph Losey's movie liberated British filmmaking. Ahead of a special screening, Geoffrey Macnab considers its legacy

Gracious Awakenings by Ben Jacobs

Film made for £10 is a winner at the first St Albans Film Festival

Gracious Awakenings, a film made for just £10, was selected from 400 entries to win an award at the St Albans Film festival.

Peter Acworth prepares props to shoot a bondage scene inside the historic armoury where San Francisco police found an indoor shooting range

Kink in the clink: British bondage king faces cocaine charge in San Francisco

He has made a fortune from indulging people’s most extreme sexual fantasies, but now Peter Acworth, the British chief executive of the San Francisco-based bondage porn website Kink.com, has been brought low by a disappointingly workaday vice.

Kosovo's Arta Dobroshi starred in the Dardennes brothers' The Silence of Lorna.

Brits absent from European Shooting Stars at the Berlin Film Festival

Daniel Craig and Carey Mulligan have scooped the accolade in past years

The Sundance Film Festival is taking place in Park City, Utah

Sundance party-goers shocked by rude antics at lewder-than-expected bash

A prestigious Hollywood agency has had to apologise after a lewder-than-expected party at the Sundance Film Festival shocked its guests.

St Albans filmmaker Stanley Kubrick

Local filmmaker Stanley Kubrick to be celebrated at first St Albans Film Festival

Despite currently having no cinema, St Albans has a rich film-making heritage. One of the pioneers of moving pictures Arthur Melbourne-Cooper was born in the city in 1874, while Stanley Kubrick lived and worked in Childwickbury Manor just outside St Albans. It is also close to historic film studios Leavesden, Pinewood and Elstree.

Ben Affleck, Daniel Day-Lewis at this month’s Critics Awards and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow

Golden Globes: The stars, and the swipes

Hollywood gets set for its close-up at the first big awards show tonight

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in the forthcoming biopic about the Apple boss

Film: Ooh, you look just like that Steve Jobs

What, no turtleneck?! We can assume that comes later in the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic, new details of which were released today.

Underwire: short film festival celebrates the talents of women

The Underwire festival opens this week in Brixton

Suddenly, Zinat...: Director Navid Nikkhah Azad Q&A

Interview with the filmmaker behind a compelling short film (which you can watch here) about women in Iran

Jane Czyzselska is the editor of DIVA, the UK's leading magazine for gay and bisexual women. She regularly hosts events and debates on LGBT cultural and mental well-being issues and is a frequent contributor to a wide range of media and other publications. She is also a trustee of the LGBT mental health charity Pace.

IoS Pink List 2012: The judges

1. Elly Barnes was voted No 1 on The Independent on Sunday's Pink List for her commitment to LGBT inclusivity in education. She is the LGBT schools adviser for Birmingham City Council and London schools. She trains teachers nationally through her programme Educate and Celebrate — How to Make your School LGBT Friendly and is the schools rep for LGBT History Month and SchoolsOut.

BFI London Film Festival exceeds great expectations with record-breaking crowds

The London film festival ended late on Sunday with the European premiere of Mike Newell's Great Expectations and the release of figures showing public attendance at screenings across the capital this year had risen 12 percent to a record 149,000.

Sundance to return to London in 2013 and 2014

Sundance London will return to the O2 arena next April.

Dharamsala: The new film festival in the Dalai Lama's backyard

A new film festival will showcase the best of recent Indian and world cinema in November.

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