Did you know that 9 million people in the UK have never used the internet, and that three in five people aged 65 or over have never gone online?
This puts them at a considerable disadvantage at a time when digital technology has become central to so many aspects of our lives, everything from shopping, banking and paying bills, to social activities and accessing public services.
Watch the N21.net interview with the director of Rule Number Three, Tom Ludlam.
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N21.net went to The Cherry Tree in Southgate, setting for Rule Number Three , to ask Tom how he came up with the idea for the film, how he won the funding to finance it and how the young director from Winchmore Hill, London N21 managed to get stars Nicholas Hoult and Imogen Poots to appear in his film.
Film London today launches the 2011 Best of Boroughs Film Awards (aka the BoBs), the annual prize to find the best short films from Film London’s grassroots shorts scheme, the London Borough Film Fund Challenge (LBFFC). Online voting is now open (www.filmlondon.org.uk/BoBs) where the public can view the 11 shortlisted films and vote for their favorite. The films with the most votes will be awarded the 2011 BoBs Audience Award. Voting closes at 10pm on Wednesday 31st August.
The shortlisted films display an impressive range of talent across both cast and crew and also include star performances from well known names including Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, A Single Man) and Peter Mullan (Neds, My Name Is Joe). The BoBs Award ceremony will take place at BAFTA on Wednesday 7 September, where the winner of both the Audience Award and Jury Award will be announced.
Two cash prizes, of £2,000 each, will be presented to the winning film-makers. The Audience Award is decided by the public online vote, while the Jury Award will be given to the film selected by a panel of representatives from the film industry. The overall winner of the Film London in 90 Seconds competition will also be announced.
Film London’s LBFFC is a short film-making scheme which aims to discover London’s next generation of film-makers and is open to all residents of the participating boroughs. Working in partnership with the capital’s local authorities the aim of the LBFFC is to discover grassroots talent, stimulate local film-making and develop new skills, with 22 boroughs involved in the 2010/2011 round.
The LBFFC is supported by the Mayor of London and Skillset with funding from the National Lottery. It delivers an enormous opportunity to some of the capital’s most disadvantaged communities and the shortlisted films cover a huge range of issues, subject matter and style, reflecting the richness and diversity of London’s society. 11 boroughs offered the full film-making fund, allowing would-be film-makers to apply for funds of up to £4000. A further 11 boroughs offered their residents the Film London in 90 Seconds competition – an initiative which allows more London boroughs the tools and resources to deliver a film-making competition. Each borough awards £500 to the best 90 Second short.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London said: “At Film London we really value the importance of short film-making as a way of allowing the film-makers of tomorrow to develop their craft. I am delighted that we are able to continue our support of shorts and build on our strong partnerships with the participating boroughs to deliver this important scheme. Working with the local authorities also helps extend the reach of the fund giving us a chance to inspire those who may not have previously engaged with film or film-making.”
Since launching in 2006 the LBFFC has funded over 160 short films producing work which has been selected for international festivals and won numerous and prestigious awards. This includes screening in official competition in Cannes, winning Best Short at the Berlin Film Festival and nominations for the British Independent Film Awards, to name but a few. Many of the film-makers have gone on to make more ambitious projects, found work in the production industry or continued their training at some of the world’s best film schools.
The shortlist for the 2011 BoBs are:
Fetch! – Kensington & Chelsea
Beatrice calls the shots but can Luca really deliver a dead man?
Jasmine – Lewisham
Sisters Hayley and Jasmine don't want to be apart, but Hayley has to leave or they'll never survive.
Jimmy Will Play – Redbridge
A Pakistani mother living a new life in London needs to raise money to buy her football-fanatic son, Jimmy, a pair of football boots.
Long Distance Information – Wandsworth
Father always told us “never talk to strangers” … But surely we have to phone home sometimes? Starring Peter Mullan.
Meconium – Haringey
Lorna is in labour and Owain's the only one who can help. Has he got what it takes when life gets messy?
Moments – Barking & Dagenham
One of those moments that may stay with you for the rest of your life
Rule Number Three – Enfield
A young couple (Nicholas Hoult and Imogen Poots) communicate through a game of Scrabble. Initially expressing affection, the words descend into darker territory.
Victims – Hammersmith & Fulham
When a local journalist arrives on a council estate to present a disabled, have-a-go hero with a Bravery Award, she inadvertently uncovers a tragic secret.
Walk Tall – Waltham Forest
No sponsorship, one kidney, tuberculosis, a broken back...all set for the London Olympics...1948
Wavelengths – Lambeth
“You’re listening to the Graham Conway Show”
What You Looking At?! – Southwark
A woman in a burkha and a drag queen get trapped in a lift - and realise they have more in common than they thought.
Covering a large area of Enfield and Barnet, the dynamic Emma Rigby started off her huge following with a group on Facebook, and now runs an all-singing all-dancing website. Getting the engagement of this number of people is a great achievement.
The local community website with a difference. Sue is particularly interested in the people and history of Palmers Green and has already come up with some amazing facts. Have a look at a new take on the area.
Based on the Ning software for Community websites, Richard McKeever and his team are trying to bring a greater community feel to the area in Bowes Park and Bounds Green. There is a definite undercurrent of change in the area and the website is certainly helping. Have a look.