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St James Centre

St James Centre

Six short films have been made with a £250,000 Scottish Screen investment, to be shown at international festivals in 2009 and 2010. Scottish shorts have already enjoyed success with documentary Breadmakers which screened at Sundance 2007 and won the Black Pearl Award at the Middle East International Film Festival 2008; plus Ma Bar and Steel Homes, both shown at Sundance 2009.

The St James Centre in Edinburgh is set to be demolished in 2011 to make room for a more aesthetically pleasing look, as part of plans for a St James Quarter. Developers referred to the potential for a ‘continental style galleria’ in its place.

Billy Connolly has called for recognition of Orkney explorer John Rae – said to have played a key part in discovering the Northwest Passage, linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

The final instalment of the Harry Potter film franchise is to be released in 2011. The next instalment is out in cinemas next autumn, with the final book, J K Rowling’s seventh, being split into two. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is set to be released on 19 Nov 2010 following Warner Brothers’ decision that Rowling’s 608 page book could not be crammed into one film.

Proposals for a £40 million branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum on the Dundee waterfront gathered serious momentum this week. V&A director Mark Jones flew into the city to brainstorm ideas, as a feasibility study claimed that a major new design museum for Scotland could generate an extra £20m annually for the city’s economy.

And finally, Edinburgh’s mighty Cameo will mark its 60th birthday as the Cameo Cinema (and 95 years as a cinema) on Sat 7 Mar. As part of the celebrations, they will screen a Buster Keaton double bill, with Our Hospitality accompanied on piano by Jane Gardner. On Sun 8 Mar an archive print of La Symphonie Pastorale, the very first film screened by the Cameo, will be shown.

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