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Doc News / 1- 15 January 2011

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Stories from the far side (12/01/2011)

Documentary films are no longer tame records of wildlife or educational materials popularly associated with boredom. … Hosted by the Thai Film Archive, the Salaya Doc Fest will screen 16 Asian documentaries from Mongolia, China, Japan, Iran, India and Thailand _ and a story from North Korea.

The festival begins tomorrow, Jan 13, and runs until Jan 23, at the 200-seat cinema at the archive headquarters in Salaya, near Mahidol University. The archive usually has regular screenings almost every day, but the Salaya Doc Fest will be the first movie festival held at its compound. … The programme has been curated by the Thai Film Foundation, with the help of the Asian Network of Documentary (AND), a coalition of Asian film festival organisers committed to supporting Asian documentaries.

Bangkok Post

China’s box office up 64% in 2010 (10/01/2011)

China’s box office grew 64% in 2010 to RMB10.2 billion ($1.53 billion) up from RMB6.21 billion ($936 million) in 2009. The official numbers were released by China’s State Administration of Radio, Film & Television (SARFT) this weekend. … While 313 theatres opened in 2010 with an additional 1,533 screens, it is still difficult for Chinese film producers to find and hold cinemas screens for their films. The country now boasts more than 6,200 screens, a high proportion of which are modern and capable of digital and 3-D projection. China may be one of the first countries in the world to go all-digital.

Film Business Asia

CNN International wins 2010 Asian Television Award (10/01/2011)

Recognised in the category of ai???Best Documentary Programai??i??. CNN International has won a 2010 Asian Television Award in the ai???Best Documentary Program (30 minutes or Less)ai??i?? category for its show ai???Eco Solutions-Saving Sumatraai??i??. Produced in the networkai??i??s regional headquarters in Hong Kong, the show investigated the true cost of palm oil, a product used in everything from soap to chocolate and one that fuels a multi-billion dollar industry.

India Infoline

Inspired by India (9/01/11)

Award-winning British filmmaker Christopher Mitchell looks at individual stories to portray larger issues. Here, he talks about why India and West Asia remain an endless source of fascination. … After ai???Super-30ai???, a film on the eponymous coaching centre for economically-disadvantaged IIT aspirants in Patna, award-winning British filmmaker Christopher Mitchell is looking for more India stories to tell to the world. Mitchell, who as an independent filmmaker has continuously focused on the Indian subcontinent and West Asia since 1988, is seeking stories of individuals through which he can portray intimate pictures of larger issues of the Indian society.

The Hindu

NHNZ stays at the front edge (8/01/2011)

The growing availability of 3D television represents a significant step forward in quality viewing and choice of viewing, NHNZ managing director Michael Stedman says. NHNZ is in the midst of filming 28 3D documentaries for the Discovery Channel’s 3D channel, making the Dunedin-based company the largest 3D documentary maker in the world.

Otago Daily Times

HBO2 Announces 2011 Weekly Wednesday Documentary Series Lineup (7/01/11)

HBO2 continues its provocative Wednesday night documentary series in the first half of 2011, showcasing a diverse lineup of new films. Presentations include Havana Marking’s SILENCING THE SONG: AN AFGHAN FALLEN STAR, Jose Padilha’s SECRETS OF THE TRIBE and Nic Dunlop, Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern’s BURMA SOLDIER.

BURMA SOLDIER (May) tells the story of Burma (aka Myanmar) through the life of one man and his cheap clomid online, purchase clomid. family. Myo Myint joined the Burmese Army at 17 and played a role in the brutal military regime that has run the country for 45 years. But when he lost a limb to a land mine and was sidelined by the army, he began a process of change that led him to join the democracy movement. Directed by Nic Dunlop, Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern.
Virgin makes friends with Enemies (7/01/2011)

Indie film house Extra Virgin has acquired Thai rights to Enemies of the People, the British-made documentary about Cambodia. The company, which has pioneered a micro-releasing model for controversial films, says it will give Enemies a release in the first quarter of this year. The film is jointly-directed, filmed and produced by Rob Lemkin and Cambodian journalist Thet Sambath as Sambath embarks on a personal mission to get close to Khmer Rouge leader Noun Chea. The film includes rare footage of the leader giving on camera testimony of the regime’s devastating atrocities in the ‘killing fields’. … The acquisition of Enemies marks the company’s first step into international titles.

Film Business Asia

Pouncing on factual (7/01/2011)

The UK is internationally recognised for formats like Dancing With The Stars and The X Factor. But Asia is turning to its factual and multi-platform fare, writes Jesse Whittock. … UK distributors have long shifted factual entertainment fare into Asia, but 2010 saw a seismic shift in this relationship. Niche lifestyle channels like Li TV are spreading their reach across the region and producers are working with international partners such as MTV, France TAi??lAi??visions and NHNZ on big-budget coproductions.

C21 Media

China’s Central Television to launch bilingual documentary channel in new year (22/12/2010)

China Central Television (CCTV) said Wednesday it will next year launch a new documentary channel, CCTV-9, to showcase Chinese history, culture and society. The documentary channel will broadcast 24 hours per day in both English and Chinese. The channel is China’s first documentary channel to reach a global audience, Liu Wen, director of the CCTV-9 said. A nature documentary on China’s natural history co-produced by the BBC and CCTV will the first program shown on the new channel. The documentary, Wild China, was screened in Britain on BBC Two in 2008.

Xinhua Net

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