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Beyond the blockbusters: where to watch independent cinema in Dubai

Beyond the blockbusters: where to watch independent cinema in Dubai

It seems like there are more places than ever to watch alternative cinema in Dubai today. You can go to one of Cinema Akil’s pop-ups, or its new, semi-permanent home in Alserkal Avenue. In the same artsy complex, Locomotion shows documentaries at the Jamjar art space. The decade-old Scene Club holds a couple of screenings […]

Creative production company Baroque launches film unit

Creative production company Baroque launches film unit

By Eleanor Dickinson Dubai-based independent production house Baroque has acquired an Italian film company as it launches its own in-house film unit. The creative production company has launched Baroque Film after buying Milan-based Dress Code Film as part of the UAE -based firm’s worldwide expansion. Award-winning director and Dress Code Film founder Lorenzo Bassano has been appointed […]

It's time to rethink the 80:20 split of production versus media

It’s time to rethink the 80:20 split of production versus media

Tej Desai is managing director at wIDEAwake and Boot Polissh Films Advertising’s 80:20 rule has changed. Over the last few years, I have had the benefit of sitting in several meetings with varied teams across brands and categories, more or less debating the same thing. “Why do we spend so much on production? Can’t we get it […]

Directors’ drought  

Directors’ drought  

Anyone with a camera can now create films and videos, whilst the production industry is being squeezed by clients and agencies alike. Where now for those who make a living out of creating commercials, asks a freelance director  I write this article half an hour after receiving (yet another) email from (yet another) production house […]

LIA 2014: Leo Burnett MENA, Impact BBDO strike Golds

LIA 2014: Leo Burnett MENA, Impact BBDO strike Golds

Burnett wins two Golds in Film for du work; Impact BBDO gets a Gold, three Silvers and five Bronzes in Radio and Music for Commercial Insurance campaign. Leo Burnett MENA’s campaign for du Telecommunications has been awarded two Golds at the London International Awards 2014. The agency’s campaign comprising ‘Too depressing’, ‘Too Complicated’, ‘Too Scary’ […]

The heaviness of mirrors

The heaviness of mirrors

With limited funding, no access to cinemas that will take risks, no real producers with clout, and few trained actors, where does Arab cinema go from here, asks Hind Shoufani When I was asked to write an opinion piece on the state of Middle East cinema as I live it, I had just received (yet […]