Beyond our Ken:
An interesting new report was issued last week, Creativity: London’s Core Business. Packed with tables and statistics, it claims that 20,000 creative industries jobs were lost in the East Midlands from 1995 to 2000, while the West Midlands grew by 15,000 in the same period. The report is 2.2Mb, in PDF format and has a big picture of Ken Livingstone in it; but don’t let that put you off. Having London nearby does have advantages for wannabe Midlands creative-industries clusters; we have access to world-class skills in deal-making, licencing, finance, export, exhibiting, etc, while living & working somewhere much more pleasant. And we can also poach their creatives when, as forecast, the flight from London begins in earnest.

Birmingham Film & TV Festival:
The programme leaflets are out & about. Watch the web-site for an update next week; it’s still just a ‘coming soon’ page at the moment. Highlights include the world premiere (14th Nov) of the film of Meera Syal‘s excellent comic novel Anita & Me, the story of a Hindu girl growing up in a 1970s Staffordshire mining village. Ok, so Billy Elliot got there first, but if the director’s got the adaptation even half right it should be a good film. Also an advice surgery for short-film makers (16th Nov) and another on how to kickstart your career in film & tv (18th Nov). Sadly, there’s no Digital Babylon day this year.

Fruity fotos:
Denise Burrows has an interesting gallery which shows abstract photos taken of cakes, fruits & choc. She’s part of a BIAD final-year students show at the Jacob’s CitySpace gallery in Corporation St., Birmingham. The show’s launch event is 14th October 2002, 6-8pm.