Published on: 03 January 2019 in Industry

Directors Digest — 3 January 2019

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UK TV breaking out in the US, storylines that will dominate in 2019 and a discussion of what comes next for film criticism on the BBC — get stuck into our first Digest of the year!


Films by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton have entered the public domain in 2019. (The Public Domain Review)

Josie Rourke spoke to The Guardian about her film Mary Queen of Scots, diverse casting and avoiding the simplistic “strong female character” trope

Screen have compiled a list of the film industry storylines set to dominate 2019. 

George LucasAmerican Graffiti was nearly called “Burger City” — one of sixty names suggested. (IndieWire

Peter Bradshaw asks: “What next for film criticism on the BBC?” (Guardian


Netflix has pulled an episode of its Patriot Act programme which criticises the Saudi Crown Prince, following a complaint from the kingdom. (TBI Vision)

The Hollywood Reporter looks out for UK TV Dramas that could break out in the US this year

Digital Spy sets out how it thinks Netflix has changed the face of drama at the BBC

Luther creator Neil Cross talks to Variety about Idris Elba and the cultural ascendance of the TV show. (Variety

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