March 28, 2013

Working with the BBC

The BBC's iconic Broadcasting House

When the world’s top programme makers assembled at the BBC in London, Contented was there to hear what’s on Auntie’s shopping list.

As in all businesses, the audience is hero – and its expectations keep rising. Like all content producers, …

March 26, 2013

Exporting Creativity: Ontente Delegates in Prague

Delegates on the UK’s international employability and enterprise programme – Ontente – have made their mark on the European scene, using digital media to explore commercial opportunities.

Supported by the European Commission, the programme explores how industry can learn from …

March 25, 2013

Jan Svěrák’s ‘Kooky’ has it’s UK premiere

Jan Sverak

The UK premiere of double Oscar-winner Jan Svěrák’s Kooky (Kuki se vraci 2010) is presented in London tomorrow (Sunday 14 April).

Promoted by the Czech Centre London, the film will be screened at The Little Angel Theatre, Islington.

Aimed both …

March 18, 2013

Contented talks to UK Trade & Investment about the Ontente Productions

Responsible corporate enterprises are always interested in new suppliers who can boost their reputation and performance. Across Europe and beyond, businesses also look to Britain for leadership and innovation. As we urge companies to tread the boards of the global …

March 12, 2013

Knowing through human stories

“The best way to get close to a country is through human stories,” says film-maker Tinatin Gurchiani. The machine which makes everything disappear, allows us to experience her contemporary Georgia through a simple idea – showing a casting process

March 12, 2013

Indonesia on film


Two films about Indonesia have won prizes in the One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival- The Act of Killing (Winner: Best Film) and Where Heaven Meets Hell (Václav Havel Jury Special Mention). I loved both films and I …

March 12, 2013

Zooming in an emerging economy

Motherland or Death, a film about Cuba by Russian director Vitaly Mansky uses dilapidated cities as the backdrop to personal stories. He told us what led him to make the film, and about some of the challenges of filming …

March 12, 2013

Cross-media, across borders

Director/Producer Alison Klayman talked to us about finding and meeting Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. She discussed the use of social media in communicating internationally and the benefits and challenges of working with celebrity.

March 12, 2013

Leading under the threat of cuts

Hana Kulhánková

Threatened with losing a quarter of public funding, OneWorld’s festival director discusses  her strategies for survival, emphasising the importance of continual evaluation and engaging with businesses which share values. Audiences are now up by 50% on last year, with quality …

March 11, 2013

Sofia’s Last Ambulance and Amazing Azerbaijan

A Bulgarian film is part of the festival and I  was really excited to get to interview one of the makers of the film – Tom Kirk. “Sofia’s Last Ambulance” is directed by Ilian Metev, Tom Kirk is sound operator …

March 11, 2013

Amazing experience with “Putin’s Kiss”

“Putin’s Kiss” has an amazing point of view at the political situation and the people in Russia. The director Lise Birk Pedersen (the link goes to an interesting article with an interview with her about the film) is not originaly …

March 11, 2013

PR and social media

Lloyd Ludgrove talked to Reda Al-Fardan, translator of the film Bahrain the forbidden country. He discussed the culture of punishment and protest that he says he grew up with and reflected on the challenge of the government’s multi-million PR …