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Chariots of Fire redone for 2012

A re-released version of Chariots Of Fire is to have centre stage in the special film programme that will help mark the finale to the London 2012 Festival of culture and arts.

The digitally-remastered cut of the much-loved 1981 Oscar-winning sporting classic, which stars Ben Cross, Ian Charleson and Nigel Havers, will hit the big screens across the UK on July 13.

It tells the true story of Eric Liddle and Harold Abrahams, who won gold at the 1924 Olympics despite great personal obstacles.

The release by Twentieth Century Fox and the British Film Institute (BFI) is timed to help show off both old and new home-grown industry talent as the global spotlight is fixed on Britain during the 2012 Games.

Some new talent in the 2012 film programme comes in the form of Asif Kapadia, the Hackney-born Bafta-winning filmmaker of the documentary Senna, who has been signed up to create one of four new works for BBC and Film4.

Kapadia's film, The Odyssey, is a mixture of aerial and archive footage about the opinions of Londoners. It is among a quartet of new commissions by leading UK filmmakers.

This includes A Running Jump by Mike Leigh, The Swimmer by Lynne Ramsay, the director of We Need to Talk About Kevin, and What If ,directed by duo Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini and starring Noel Clarke.

These four films get their world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on June 24 and their London premiere at the Hackney Picturehouse a day later.

Nine of Alfred Hitchcock's early silent British masterpieces, shot between 1925 and 1929, have also been restored.

They will be aired in one-off London screenings complete with a newly-commissioned score that will be played live.

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