Published on: 04 January 2024 in Industry

Directors Digest — Friday 5 January 2024

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Director David Leland has died aged 82, whilst the Oscars unveil its shortlists for 10 categories. Read the latest headlines as we move into 2024.


The Oscars unveiled its shortlists for 10 categories, including documentary and international features. (The Hollywood Reporter) See the full list here.

Steamboat Willie, an iteration of Mickey Mouse, has officially entered the public domain. (Forbes)

Two new studies show women directors are still underrepresented despite recent successes, including Barbie. (The Guardian)


Director and screenwriter David Leland (Wish You Were Here) has died aged 82. Read The Guardian tribute.


To wrap up 2023, MUBI Notebook shares highlights of their film criticism throughout the year.

Meanwhile, The Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw looks ahead to 2024 and lists his films to look forward to in the new year.

And finally, to celebrate the release of the upcoming documentary Scala!!!, writers, critics and filmmakers choose the films they would programme if the cinema was still open today. (Sight & Sound)

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