U.K. directors launch training scheme

Madden, Eyre, Yates sign up as mentors

LONDON — The U.K.’s Directors Guild Trust has launched a training project designed to give aspiring filmmakers access to the working methods of some of the Blighty’s most well-established filmmakers, including John Madden, Richard Eyre and David Yates.

The Direct Access filmmaking scheme is being set up by the Director’s Guild Trust, the charity arm of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, in partnership with the Skillset Film Skills Fund as well as Film4, the film arm of Blighty’s Channel 4. Funding will be provided to assist all participants with expenses throughout their placement.

Several members of the DGGB, including Eyre (“Iris”), Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) and Yates, helmer of the next installment in the “Harry Potter” franchise, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” are offering their support to the initiative.

“The only way to learn about directing is to direct, but the next best thing is watching somebody else do it,” stated Eyre in a statement.

Direct Access will run from January 2007.

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