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Creative England Trends - April

April is upon us, the sun is finally coming out and we can all finally enjoy the outside. Find out what we think you should get up to this month

WATCH THIS - Lady Macbeth UK Release

Lady Macbeth will be released in UK cinemas on April 28th. From a slate of 3 iFeatures films greenlit for production, including Spaceship & The Levelling, Lady Macbeth is our very First Period Drama brought to the screen from the programme. The Feature is tale of 19th century tragedy, a young woman battles between her humdrum marriage and an enticing new passion, directed by CE50 Future Leader, William Oldroyd.

You can read our blog on Lady Macbeth including iFeatures, the production, their team and how it came to be  here.

Better yet, you can hear it all from the director & leading actress, Florence Pugh, at  HOME Manchester 22nd  


As of the 3rd of April, Ofcom will develop an ‘operating framework’ for the BBC, covering regulation of the BBC’s performance & compliance with content standards.

Ofcom have requested that the BBC commission content which is the most valuable to audiences, which include “news, children’s programmes, and programmes made specifically for UK audiences which reflect the full diversity of the UK”.

Sharon White, Ofcom chief executive, has stated that the BBC could be fined up to £250,000 for each breach of its operating licence once it is finally agreed this September. “The charter makes it clear that the BBC must reach all communities in the UK,” she said.

Coupled with a focus on diversity & a focus on content outside of London. Sharon White stated that the BBC spends 30% less on original UK programmes compared with 2004, she stated new targets would “ensure they don’t fall back again”. 

Learn more about Ofcom’s new guidelines for the BBC here.

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ATTEND THIS - Leeds Digital Festival 

We are really looking forward to Leeds Digital Festival, 22-29 April 2017. Here, you can celebrate all things digital with over 175 speakers, 100 event and 10,000 attendees.

Particular highlights include, the FinTech North and Northern UX conferences, coding competition Code in the Dark, and the tech/music mashup Algorave. Speakers confirmed so far include the Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy MP, the Capital Finance Managing Director at Wells Fargo, and the CEO and founder of IMDB, one of the world’s most successful websites.

You can learn more about Leeds Digital Festival here. See what last year looked like below

ATTEND THIS - Visual Media Conference

We are looking forward to attending the Visual Media Conference in Leeds, 11th April. The Visual Media Conference is a free one-day event that provides a vivid insight into marketing communications.

This has been brought to life by the CDi Yorkshire (Creative and Digital Industries) which is the network of networks in the region’s digital sector.

This is aimed at individuals in the creative, digital, print and packaging industries who can all gain something from the Expert speakers discussing topics such as Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Consumer Behaviour.

Learn more about VMC 2017  here  

WATCH THIS - A Quiet Passion

Cynthia Nixon stars as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this luminous biopic from director Terence Davies.

Emily Dickinson was essentially an unknown in her lifetime, with fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems published. However, as is customary of art, in death she has become one of the most celebrated writers of our time.

A Quiet Passion was produced by 2016 CE50 Future Leader, Hurricane Films. They have enjoyed broadcast and immersive film commissions from the BBC, Channel Four, ITV, National Geographic Channel and PBS in the USA. Their work has been screened internationally in over forty countries. Owned and run by Solon Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter; each partner brings a wealth of experience from highly successful individual writing and documentary careers.

Learn more about Hurricane Films  here.

In addition, you can catch a Q&A with the director at Home on Sun 9 March, find out more  here

APPLY TO THIS - Great Exhibition of the North

The Great Exhibition of the North will be the largest event in England in 2018 and a game-changing moment for the North.

Call out for Creative Commissions for the North! 

The Great Exhibition of the North will reveal to the world how the North of England's great art and culture, design and innovation has shaped all our lives and is building the economy of tomorrow.

The dramatic story of the North, told in imaginative and powerful ways, will instil local pride and inspire people to pursue exciting lives and careers in the North.

Learn more & apply  here

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