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I'm not modelling any more It's been a crazy journey since first being spotted but modelling never felt like a long-term plan. I've wanted to act since I was a child [Cole has appeared in films including The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and last year's Snow White and the Huntsman]. I've also got a geeky side, so I'm now involved in a project within the tech industry.

Win tickets to UK premiere of 'RAGE'

Win tickets to see the UK premiere of RAGE at the BFI on the 24 September, broadcast live by satellite to over 35 cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

Rage: Are you ready for their close-ups?

Fourteen actors, a blue screen for a backdrop and Jude Law in drag. Sally Potter's 'Rage' breaks all the usual rules of cinema – and all you need to watch it is a mobile phone. Kaleem Aftab reports on a revolution in film-making

Two deaths, one broken vertebra – but still Gilliam makes it to Cannes

A dead A-lister, a dwarf, a trio of male cuties and a former Python with a wacky cackle drew the world's paparazzi to the Cannes Croisette last night for the first showing of Heath Ledger's final performance – but Terry Gilliam's fantasy tale The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus still lacks a distributor.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Cannes Film Festival

A triple dose of confusion in Dr Gilliam's box of tricks

Cannes Diary: Jailbreak rock

Days after being released from prison in Tehran, the US-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi faces the wrath of the authorities yet again with a secretly-produced film about the Iranian capital's underground music scene. No One Knows About Persian Cats, which premiered last night, was co-written by Saberi and directed by her boyfriend, the acclaimed Kurdish Iranian film director Bahman Ghobadi. Covertly filmed in September, the upbeat musical stars real underground rappers and rockers in Tehran, defying the censors who brand western-style music "obscene" and dole out lashings, fines and jail sentences.

Cannes 2009: Fun in the sun

Who's striking the deals? Which movies will wow the jury? And which stars will send the paparazzi into a frenzy? Our team on the Croisette presents everything you need to know about the world's glitziest film festival

Film favourites: Politicians to pop stars reveal the movies that changed their life

The transformative power of film is something that Hollywood has always depended upon. Think of those portentous voiceovers on trailers: they seem to promise the viewer – in their peculiarly over-enunciated way – a more exciting, more romantic, somehow better life. It's all a stardust-sprinkled illusion, of course: watching Angelina Jolie pout through a love scene won't actually make you any more beautiful. Nor will gasping at Daniel Craig as he fells evil henchmen make you any stronger, pound for pound. But for 90 minutes, anything seems possible.

Rose fights back as M&S sales trump dire City forecasts

Retail chief is defiant over his dual role, but warns that retail woes are far from over

British film tipped to take Berlin Film Festival by storm

Jude Law in drag and Dame Judi Dench as a cynical fashionista are among the stars of a new British film tipped to be the talking point of the Berlin Film Festival. With a cast including Eddie Izzard, Steve Buscemi and model Lily Cole, Rage, by London-based writer-director Sally Potter, plays in competition on Sunday and promises a pithy critique of the fashion industry in the age of globalisation.

Bafta honours Gilliam

Monty Python's Terry Gilliam will receive a Bafta fellowship at the film awards ceremony.

Gilding Lily: Gillian Wearing on her latest muse

To celebrate our latest exclusive print offer, the Turner Prize-winner Gillian Wearing ells Sophie Morris how she found inspiration in the supermodel Lily Cole

DJ Taylor: Viva the virago

The death of Kathy Staff last week was a blow to that great comedy stalwart, the battle-axe. Today's girls desperately need someone solid to look up to

Is Lily Cole's appearance in 'Playboy' really art?

Lily Cole has said her appearance on the cover of 'Playboy' is art, but is it actually just a pornographic image of a young woman?

Heath Ledger's final cut: An exclusive, on-set diary

The cult of the late Heath Ledger is set to grow with his astonishing performance in the new Batman film. Sean Porter was on set with the troubled Hollywood star for his last ever shoot. Here, he reveals what happened during those three manic – and spookily portentous – days

Sarah Sands: Only one man can reduce film stars to babbling schoolgirls

Here we are in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and the parties have never been better. The guest lists look a little topsy-turvy; the most photographed lovelies at the Tatler party were David Hockney and the "reclusive" socialite Lucian Freud. At the Financial Times party in Kensington Palace Gardens, Alistair Darling mingled with female performers dressed as flamingos on pink stilts.

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