Britain in a Day

Remember Life in a Day, the crowd-sourced documentary about what the world was up to on 24th July 2010? Well they’re doing it all over again but with a much less global outlook. This time the BBC are teaming up with Ridley Scott and director Morgan Matthews to create a documentary snapshot of the UK in a day. To get this together they need you to film your day this Saturday, 12th November 2011, and upload it to YouTube.

The resulting film, once edited down to something coherent and watchable, will be shown in cinemas and on BBC Two next year as part of the London 2012 Festival. This Saturday make sure you film something, no matter how mundane. Fingers crossed we’ll all be watching footage of me editing a small film blog on the big screen next year. For everyone’s sake drown out my potential footage with your own.

Here’s Ridley Scott and Morgan Matthews to explain more. Hi Ridley!

More info on the BBC Website.

Hitchcock at the London 2012 Festival

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Today the London 2012 people announced the programme for the cultural festival that will be accompanying all of the Olympics palavar.

Setting aside our concerns about how on earth anyone will be able to move in London come next summer, we’re excited to see that the film highlights include three of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent films, which will play as one-off events and accompanied by live performances of newly commissioned scores. Although less Rob da Bank, more full orchestra.

These screenings are the result of the BFI’s Rescue the Hitchcock 9 project, which is committed to restoring the master filmmaker’s surviving silent films. If you want to give them a hand, you can donate here.