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Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsay, Asif Kapadia, and More Directing Shorts for London 2012 Festival

Written by on March 23, 2012 

Those who know me could have some trouble taking this at face value, but I “understand” the Olympics. I fully respect what they signify on a global and cultural level, and, make no bones about it, the acts of physicality on display are often stunning. And they don’t interest me. In the slightest.

Almost as if those in charge were trying to catch my attention (not really), it’s reported that BBC Films and Film4 are are backing four shorts that, as part of this summer’s London 2012 Festival, will display “U.K. filmmaking talent during the 12 week Britain-wide cultural celebration.” I’d be mildly intrigued on those grounds alone, but I get quite hopeful when looking at the list of filmmakers: Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsay, Asif Kapadia (Senna), and Max Giwa & Dania Pasquini (StreetDance 3D). [THR]

Maybe those last two don’t carry the same weight.

Anyway, Leigh will direct the Eddie Marsan-led A Running Jump; Ramsay is helming The Swimmer; Kapadia is working on The Odyssey; and Giwa & Pasquini have grabbed Noel Clarke to star in What If. The quartet of projects will be unveiled on June 24th (at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival), have a British premiere at the London Film Festival the next day, and then air on BBC and Channel 4 at some point during the festival. If you’re British, you’ll probably be able to see it. The rest of us? It should hit our way soon.

Are you interested in what these shorts may bring?

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