Voices

"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".

Screen Talk: Good call

Actress Abigail Spencer, best known for Mad Men, has set Hollywood atwitter by writing a script named Wrong Number.

Lighting up the screen: Greta Garbo and John Gilbert fall for one another in ‘Flesh and
the Devil’.

The 10 best silent films

Classics that should be seen and not heard

London comic contests top US film festival prize

An award-winning London comedian heads a strong contingent of UK talent out to make their mark at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

Travel Agenda: Brusselicious food festival; Vancouver PuSh Festival; Utah's Sundance Film Festival; Las Vegas MOB Museum

Today: Walk around the Dinner's Served exhibition, which is currently on display in Brussels at the Tour & Taxis centre. The event is part of the year-long Brusselicious food festival, which will see tastings, picnics and foodie films pop up throughout the Belgian capital. Look out for the "Tram Experience" too, which runs from 14 Feb. Guests will be able to take a two-hour tour of the city with a feast served on board the stylish carriage. Tickets, €75 (brusselicious.be).

Eddie Redmayne, Adam Deacon and Tom Hiddleston have made the all-male shortlist

Bafta Rising Star award snubs women

Two Eton-educated actors and a director from Hackney are among the stars battling it out for the Bafta Rising Star award, which celebrates the brightest talents making their way in the film industry.

Travel Agenda: The Bell at Ticehurst; Rotterdam; Helvetic Airways; Dubai's International Film Festival; Chris Davenport

Today: Cosy up at The Bell, a newly-refurbished country inn at Ticehurst, East Sussex. Inglenook fireplaces and wooden beams have been restored, while new additions include bowler-hat light fittings, iPads in each of the seven bedrooms and copper bathtubs (thebellinticehurst.com).

Sex worker film festival to be held in London

The first sex worker film festival in London will be held next month, featuring documentaries and short films about the fight for human and labour rights.

First Night: I'm Still Here, Venice film festival

Phoenix emerges from the flames – but is new film real?

Glorious 39, London Film Festival

An unhappy and inglorious time

Film festival cancelled by 'official parties'

Saudi Arabia's only film festival has been cancelled, dealing a blow to hopes of an easing of clerical control over culture in a country where cinemas had been banned for almost three decades. Mamdouh Salem, one of the organisers of the Jeddah Film Festival, said yesterday:

Julian Hall: In the Loop

In The Loop, the eagerly anticipated big screen extension of political TV comedy The Thick Of It, will open in cinemas on April 17th. Already seen at Sundance, I caught another opportunity for a sneak preview before the general release at a screening last night in London.

The manifesto that laid movies bare

With Dogme 95, four Danish directors reduced film to its powerful best. And more than a decade on, they’re still winning awards. By Kaleem Aftab

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