Published on: 29 April 2021 in Industry

Directors Digest — Thursday 29 April

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Awards galore, format reviews at the BBC, soundtracking Spike Lee, next steps for Chloé Zhao and the sad passing of Charles Beeson all feature in this week’s Digest. Read all about it below. 

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Charles Beeson, a Directors UK member and director of many internationally popular TV Dramas. Deadline reports on the tributes that have flooded in from across the industry.

The 93rd Academy Awards took place on Sunday, read our report here. 

Meanwhile, the 2021 BAFTA TV and TV Craft Awards were announced on Wednesday, read our report. 

Variety carries an in-depth profile of Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao, reflecting on he career and her future plans.

Directors UK member Mark Radice writes about the challenges of shooting his documentary GameStop: The Wall Street Hijack with a quick turnaround, during a pandemic, and with an unpredictable presenter. (Broadcast)

BBC Two has started its review of formats to imported from BBC Four. (Broadcast)

Heather Stewart is stepping into an advisory role at the BFI. Filmmakers including Steve McQueen, Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan have paid tribute to her contribution. (Variety)

Composer Terence Blanchard spoke to Little White Lies about his lifetime of collaboration with Spike Lee.

Ruper Murdoch has scaled back plans for a new News UK type channel.

And finally, how an 80-year old film review robbed Citizen Kane of its perfect Rotten Tomatoes score. (Guardian)

Are you a member with an opinion on one of these stories? Is there an issue affecting directors that you think isn’t getting enough attention in the media? Why not write for us and make yourself heard — email communications@directors.uk.com with your article idea.

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