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Senna director Asif Kapadia 'delighted' to be involved in London 2012 Festival

27th March 2012

One of the highlights of the London 2012 Festival is set to be the screening of a short film by Asif Kapadia - the BAFTA award-winning director of the critically acclaimed documentary Senna.

The London 2012 Festival is a series of cultural events taking place across the city to celebrate this year's Olympics and is sure to be a highlight for anyone booking top hotels in London this summer.

One of the central components of the festival will be a number of film screenings at different venues around the city, including a series of short films from high-profile directors, including Kapadia.

Kapadia's film, titled The Odyssey, will be shown alongside works from Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsay and directing duo Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini at the Hackney Picturehouse on June 25th.

The director, whose film Senna won the Best Documentary award at this year's BAFTAs, expressed his joy in being a part of the Olympics celebrations.

"As a Hackney boy I'm delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to the London 2012 Festival and be part of the cultural celebrations taking place for the London Games," he said.

"My film will explore the relationship between London and the Games, and I look forward to it receiving its London premiere in the heart of East London this June at the Hackney Picturehouse."

The four short films were commissioned jointly by the BBC and Film4 to showcase the best in British filmmaking talent.

Tessa Ross, head of Film4, said: "We are delighted to be announcing that Asif is joining Mike, Lynne, Max and Dania to direct the final one of these four shorts, in a line-up that represents the tremendous variety and wealth of distinctive talent working in British filmmaking today."

Other highlights of the London 2012 Festival's film programme include screenings of a remastered version of the classic sports film Chariots of Fire and a number of restored silent Alfred Hitchcock films with live performances of new scores.

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