Cineworld cancels The Lady of Heaven film screenings after protests

Cineworld has cancelled all UK screenings of a film about the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, after it prompted protests outside some cinemas.

The cinema chain said it made the decision “to ensure the safety of our staff and customers”.

More than 120,000 people have signed a petition for The Lady of Heaven film to be pulled from UK cinemas.

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Sitting In Limbo writer Thompson dies aged 56

Stephen S. Thompson, writer of BAFTA-winning single drama Sitting In Limbo, has died at the age of 56.

A highly acclaimed novelist of Jamaican descent, Thompson’s first novel Toy Soldiers was published in 2000 and he went on to write three further novels, including Missing Joe in 2012 and No More Heroes in 2016.

His family said: Stephen passed away on Thursday 26th May after a short battle with cancer. He fought hard to beat the odds after being diagnosed just a month earlier, but, ultimately, spent his last few weeks at home, as was his wish, receiving end of life care. Throughout this time, Stephen showed a characteristic determination to live. In the end, however, the rapid progression of the cancer meant his body was unable to match the power of his indomitable mind, and he passed away peacefully surrounded by love. His family, friends and partner are heartbroken at his passing but so incredibly proud of all he achieved, both personally and professionally, during his all too short life.

RIP

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Netflix and Sky name Bisha K. Ali screenwriters

Ms. Marvel and Sex Education writer Bisha K. Ali, Netflix and Sky have named the six screenwriters chosen to be part of their first screenwriting talent programme.

The year-long fellowship which is now at its halfway point, is spearheaded by screenwriter Bisha K. Ali, part of the writing team for the first series of Sex Education, the Head Writer of Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel and Consulting Producer for Sky Original The Baby. The fellowship aims to give “the UK’s brightest new voices” the opportunity to join a Netflix or Sky writers’ room and receive their first television credit.

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Tabitha Jackson stepping down as Sundance director

Director of programming Kim Yutani elevated to senior leadership team

Tabitha Jackson is stepping down as Sundance Film Festival director after leading the event for two editions and will depart Sundance Institute after the imminent Sundance London (June 9-12).

The British-born industry veteran joined the Institute in 2013. She became the first woman, the first person of colour and the first person from outside the United States to serve as director when she was appointed festival director in February 2020, replacing longtime incumbent John Cooper.

 

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All3Media hires Annika Allen as head of diversity, equity and inclusion

All3Media, the international television, film and digital production and distribution group, has appointed Annika Allen as head of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Annika Allen

Reporting to Sara Geater, All3Media’s chief operating officer, Allen will be responsible for delivering the group’s DEI strategy, working with its production companies, human resources and talent teams. She will also build external stakeholder relationships and contribute to sector-wide DEI work.

Prior to joining All3Media, Allen worked at Barclay’s global DEI division, where she was part of a team advising senior leaders and stakeholders across the company to help deliver meaningful change. She created the company’s inaugural diversity and inclusion report and designed and delivered its DEI intranet.

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