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Manchester filmmaker wins prestigious film award

In a star-studded event last night, ​Manchester-born Daniel ​Kokotajlo was announced as the winner of the prestigious IWC Bursary Award​. ​

The Bursary Award is given in recognition of outstanding British talent and is designed to support a writer and /or director at the beginning of their career, bringing them the financial stability and time needed to develop their creativity.

At £50,000 the Bursary is the most significant of its kind in the UK film industry.

Luminaries from the worlds of film, music, fashion and culture joined forces to celebrate another year of outstanding film and honoured emerging British talent.

Many high-profile celebrities were in attendance to kick off the 61st London Film Festival with Michelle Dockery, Patrick Stewart, Baz Luhrman and Wes Anderson all walking the red carpet at London’s Guildhall.


WATCH: Dusty Springfield story is turned into a musical

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Dusty Springfield remains one of the most successful British female singers of all time - and now her story has been turned into a stage musical.

'Son of a Preacher Man' is currently playing in Manchester and includes many of her other hits too, like 'I only want to be with you' and 'You don't have to say you love me'.

Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmoremet the cast at Manchester's Palace Theatre:

WATCH: Stars come out for official opening of Take That musical

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A couple of weeks ago we saw Take That surprise fans at the Opera House in Manchester at the world premiere of their brand new musical the Band.

Well last night they took to the stage again - with some of their celebrity friends - for official opening night.

The five members of the group who star in the musical were discovered on TV talent show Let it shine hosted by Graham Norton. He was at the opening night along with a host of other stars and rubbing shoulders with them all was Our Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore.

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