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Sunday, 4 November, 2001, 14:31 GMT
Gibson 'to return' to Scotland
Braveheart star Mel Gibson could return to Scotland next year to make a multi-million pound movie, it was reported today.

Film agency Scottish Screen is said to have held discussions with the film star's production company in America.

A period drama, set in the 1920s and 1930s, could be filmed in the coastal villages of Aberdeenshire.

Gibson, 45, chose to return to Scotland after failing to find suitable locations in New England and New Scotia, according to reports.

It would be his third film in Scotland having starred in Braveheart and a version of Hamlet with Glenn Close in 1990.


Slogans win Tokyo prize

The Albanian film Slogans, directed by Gjergii Xhuvani, has won the $42,000 (28,700) top prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Set in Albania during the Marxism-Leninism regime of the late 1970s, the film describes the lives of people controlled by totalitarian leaders and communist doctrine.

The film was chosen among 14 works viewed during the nine-day festival, which ended Sunday.

A second prize of $17,000 (11,600) went to Under the Moonlight, directed by Iran's Reza Mir-Karimi. It deals with the meaning of life in the world of Islam.


Gilbert elected SAG president

Actress Melissa Gilbert has been elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, beating veteran television star Valerie Harper.

Gilbert, 37, best known for her work as Laura Ingalls, in TV series Little House on the Prairie, received 45.3% of the vote, while Harper, 61, got 39.4%.

Just under 28,000 ballots were cast for leadership of the 98,000-member union.

The turnout was typical for a SAG election, guild officials said.


Tweenies debuts in US

The successful children's show Tweenies will debut in the US with the launch of the channel, BBC Kids, on 5 November.

The channel is the result of a deal between the BBC and Allliance Atlantis.

The channel will show programmes such as Teletubbies, Bill and Ben, Maid Marion and Doctor Who.

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