The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the call for applications for BAFTA Crew, the professional networking and skills development programme for below-the-line film and television practitioners. Applications are open at http://bit.ly/BAFTACrew to individuals from across the UK and, for the first time, to professionals living in London. The deadline for applications is Thursday 19 May 2015.
BAFTA Crew aims to support career progression by connecting crew talent with their peers and established industry figures throughout the country. The initiative is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Funds, and run in partnership with Creative England in the English regions.
Check out the trailer for Safe House, an ITV1 four-part drama created and written by Michael Crompton and directed by Marc Evans. Robert (Christopher Eccleston) a former detective and Katy (Marsha Thomason) a teacher are asked by close friend and police officer Mark (Paterson Joseph), to turn their remote guest house into a safe house. However, by the looks of things, trouble isn't too far away.
Toby Jones (Marvellous, The Girl), Lesley Sharp (Scott And Bailey, The Shadow Line) Wunmi Mosaku (Dancing On The Edge, In The Flesh) and Adeel Akhtar (Utopia, Four Lions) are set to star in BAFTA-winning Peter Bowker’s adaptation of John Lanchester’s critically acclaimed and bestselling novel Capital, produced by Kudos for BBC One.
Joined by Rachael Stirling (Detectorists, The Bletchley Circle), Gemma Jones (Marvellous, The Lady Vanishes), Robert Emms (Atlantis, War Horse), Bryan Dick (Wolf Hall, Eric And Ernie) and Radoslaw Kaim (Spies Of Warsaw, Wallander), the line-up will also include multi-award-winning Indian actress Shabana Azmi and, fresh from her Olivier award-winning role in West End musical Once, Zrinka Cvitešić.
Set on a single street in South London, Capital is a portrait of a road transformed by soaring property prices: what was once the home of modest lower-middle class families, Pepys Road has been continuously gentrified into a street of multi-million pound houses.
reed.co.uk, the UK’s largest job site, has released the shortlist for its sixth Short Film Competition which sees up–and-coming filmmakers compete for the chance to win a top prize of £10,000. The competition received 572 entries this year, the highest ever in its history, as filmmakers took on the challenge to create a three minute short film based on an original idea around the theme ‘The Question.’ The work submitted by the 12 shortlisted filmmakers feature a variety of interpretations on the theme, covering everything from romance to religion.
Now in its sixth year, the reed.co.uk Short Film Competition was created to provide career changing opportunities for young, up–and-coming British creative talent and to have their work seen by industry professionals.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Scotland (BAFTA Scotland) has announced the nominations for the British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards 2015. The annual awards ceremony recognises, inspires and celebrates emerging practitioners from all over Scotland and gives up-and-coming screen industry talent an all-important platform to showcase their work to the wider industry. Thirty nine nominees have been selected across 13 categories by juries made up of industry professionals.
The BBC has formally commissioned its “epic” Steve McQueen drama about the experiences of a black community in west London. The corporation and UK indie Rainmark Films, the indie led by Game Of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and former BBC Films executive Tracey Scoffield, are aiming to shoot the anticipated six-part series in spring 2016.
McQueen, the Oscar winning 12 Years A Slave director, will direct and co-write the drama, alongside writers including Debbie Tucker Green, who won a Bafta TV award in 2012 for Channel 4 single Random. The series will chronicle the lives of a group of friends and their families living in west London between the 1960s and the present day. It has been in development since January2014.
Channel 4 are looking for people to fill two new roles: On-Screen Diversity Executive and Off-Screen Diversity Executive. See below for more information:
There’s a lot of chatter about diversity. Now it’s time to change things.
Yes, our programming has done a lot to reshape how people think about diversity through the years. Think Educating the East End. Cucumber. The 2012 Paralympics. The Undateables. But now we’re taking it a whole lot further. Our 360° Diversity Charter will put diversity at the heart of everything we do, on and off-screen. You’ll be key to making that happen – by working closely with indies and our own commissioning teams, supporting them to deliver our strategy. And by making sure that disabled, BAME, LGBT and socially disadvantaged people can access all kinds of roles at all levels. So use your passion for bringing Britain’s diverse creative talent into TV. Change Channel 4 – and our industry – for good.
On-Screen Diversity Executive: As well as a strong broadcasting background, you’ll need brilliant networking skills and experience of working with indies.
Off-Screen Diversity Executive: A good knowledge of the indie sector is a must, plus the ability to partner businesses in creating bespoke diversity solutions and initiatives.