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Cannes Film Festival 2009     

Cannes Film Festival 2009

We’re half way through that stellar event on any film buff’s calendar – the Festival de Cannes – and you might be, like me, disappointed about the minimal coverage it gets in the English-speaking press. So here’s five French language blogs on the festival I’d like to share with you:

Don’t be fooled by the English sounding titles, Because We Cannes Cannes Cannes and In The Mood For Cannes are two great blogs en français. The first, from the Film de Culte webzine team (who you can also follow on Twitter), mixes up longer features, focusing for example on the president of this year’s film jury Isabelle Huppert,with picture posts and overview lists. The second is written by screenwriter and film critic Sandra Mézière, who takes us on a more personal journey through the festival.  

If the côté “people” (as the French like to call celebrities) is more your thing, try the AlloCiné Cannes blog for photos and Le Buzz and Pure People for gossip, videos and more.

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This French Life website

Craig Mcginty

 

 

I recently spoke to Craig Mcginty, the man behind the popular This French Life website for some advice about blogging in general and more particularly, blogging for francophiles. I thought I should share his tips with you. If you’re interested, click on the audio clip below. 

Interview with Craig Mcginty

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TH!NK ABOUT IT EU blogging competition

TH!NK ABOUT IT EU blogging competition

 

In my last post I spoke about the negative way in which the British press portrays the EU. With this in mind, I was interested to learn that some of my course mates are taking part in a competition designed to encourage bloggers to express  their views about the European Union in the run up to the June 2009 European parliamentary elections.  

Participating in the European Journalism Centre’s TH!NK ABOUT IT competition are 81 bloggers from the 27 EU members states. Their blogs don’t give a simplistic view of the EU but instead treat specific campaign issues in depth. Among those representing Britain are City University bloggers Katrina Bishop, Etan Smallman and David Christopher. For a French view, see Jean Sebastien Lefebvre’s TH!NK ABOUT IT blog.

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