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Indie British films make their desi debut

entertainment Updated: Feb 25, 2010 20:44 IST
Naomi Canton

A British film festival is to make its debut in India, showcasing recent flicks from the UK that haven't been released here.

The festival, titled From Blighty With Love, will screen seven British independent films in Mumbai from March 5 to 18 at various city cinemas. Each film has been released at mainstream cinemas in the UK over the past 18 months. The two-week event will also feature an interaction with three of the directors.

Director speak

Stephen Poliakoff, director of the curtain raiser film,

Glorious 39

, and Armando Iannucci, the director of

In the Loop

, will address audiences via webcasts. Only Sally Potter, the director of


, will answer questions in person.

Sarah McKenzie of the UK Film Council says: "All the films we are screening have either won a major award or been screened at major festivals such as Toronto, Cannes and Berlin. They all have notable directors and talent and demonstrate different types of storytelling. I think the local audiences will like the mix of films we have chosen since they are all of high-quality and very entertaining."

She reveals the council had not brought such a festival to India before, because it was too costly and difficult to get screen space. Digitisation and growth in the number of cinema screens has now made it cheaper. The festival will run simultaneously in Delhi and Bangalore.

Due to open this Friday, it was delayed due to

My Name is Khan

and other films taking over cinema space. Julian Jarrold's

Brideshead Revisted

, part of the original line-up, has been dropped.

The British Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai, Peter Beckingham, adds: "From Blighty with Love offers a range of movies from comedy and drama to documentary. Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the latest UK releases, I can't wait to see them.”