Final Notes on Edinburgh + More U.K. News You Missed Last Week

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Hello and welcome to the Backstage round up of the most important news from across the industry. With the Edinburgh Festival closing it’s metaphorical doors after another bumper year, we’ll be checking in with one producer who thinks more needs to be done to look after performers there. We’ll also be looking at the stars backing a new scheme to provide free places at British drama schools and those calling attention to the ‘politically motivated’ arrest of Russia’s leading theatre and film director. But first, there’s news from the London Film Festival.
Not enough women in Venice, too many in new “Lord of the Flies”.Just a day after the Venice Film Festival was criticised for not reflecting the work of women in the film industry, the London Film Festival has been praised for doing just that. In total, 242 films will be shown in the city-wide festival, 60 of which come from female filmmakers. Clare Stewart, director of the LFF, said, “strong women is obviously still a key focus for us” as she opened the programme of screenings featuring tennis drama “Battle of the Sexes” starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and co-directed by Valerie Faris alongside

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