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'Grease' is the word in Bearwood

1500 people descended on Bearwood last night for a drive-in movie night showing the hit musical 'Grease'

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Makers of Richard III film hope Cannes premiere will encourage film-makers to Leicester

Finding Richard is having its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival Credit: PA

The makers of a short film, set in Leicester, are hoping its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend will encourage more film-makers to work in Leicestershire.

Finding Richard tells the story of a young boy and his granddad, who embark on an adventure after hearing about the discovery of Richard III's remains in the city.

Birmingham takes centre stage in British film thriller

Film poster of "Arjun and Alison", Sid Said Sid Productions
Film poster of "Arjun and Alison", Sid Said Sid Productions Credit: Sid Said Sid Productions

A new British drama filmed in and around Birmingham has gone on general release in cinemas. "Arjun and Alison" tells the story of the aftermath of a crime at a Birmingham university campus.

The film features a British cast which includes Shiv Jhala and Monique Squeri. She won the Best Actress award for her role at the St Tropez International Film Festival last year. The film first premiered at the London Indian Film Festival in 2012.

Debut Indian director Sidharth Sharma said " I was fascinated by the UK’s unique blend of cultures and the behaviour amongst the youth. During a visit to Birmingham I was particularly moved by the race riots that occurred during my trip".

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Barrow family's BAFTA film premiere

A new documentary-film by Oscar winning director Kevin MacDonald, is released on YouTube today, starring a family from Barrow-upon-Soar in Leicestershire.

Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald at the world-premiere of his new film 'Christmas in a Day'... Credit: Getty

The film, called 'Christmas In A Day', premiered at a BAFTA event in London last night and stars the Smith family as they celebrate Christmas last year.

Paul and Isabella Smith enjoying the the world-premiere of 'Christmas in a Day'... Credit: Getty

The family enjoyed the full red-carpet experience with MacDonald, famous for films 'Touching The Void' and 'The Last King of Scotland', who crafted the film from over 360 hours of footage.

The Hobbit author's Staffordshire connections

by Hannah Stokes

It's not long now before Hobbit fans get their next instalment of Middle Earth as the second part of the blockbuster epic hits our screens.

In the West Midlands it's usually Birmingham that plays up its connections to the author JRR Tolkien - with Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog both his childhood haunts.

But now Staffordshire is getting in on the act too.

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