Bafta: Upcoming Events in April 2011

EVENTS IN LONDON

Saturday 2 April, 12.30pm: Behind the Mask: Film Composer David Arnold on Psycho
Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Arguably Hitchcock’s finest film, Psycho (1960) needs little introduction when it comes to summarising the ghoulish goings-on of the Bates motel. Yet repeated viewings never fail to reveal an even greater mastery behind Hitchcock’s power of suspense and suggestion. Alongside Hitch’s nightmarish vision is Bernard Herrmann’s searing score, an audible personification of hysteria if ever there was one. By the time of Psycho’s release Hitch had reached his full maturity as a director of superior thrillers and had already preceded Psycho in the last two years with box office hits Vertigo (1958) and North By Northwest (1959). So too had Herrmann, who’d started his career scoring for Orson Wells, worked with Hitch on many of his biggest successes (including the three just mentioned) and was yet to go on to compose one of the most iconic film scores in the history of cinema, Taxi Driver in 1976.

Film composer David Arnold has worked on a hugely diverse range of titles, including the last five Bond Films (for which he was nominated for a Bafta for Casino Royale), Made in Dagenham, Venus, Hot Fuzz and the Grindhouse spoof trailer “Don’t” with director Edgar Wright. David has also collaborated with Bjork and the Kaiser Chiefs and is known for the freshness with which he approaches new projects.

Saturday 2 April, 16.15pm: Dante Ferretti: A Life in Production Design
Princess Anne Theatre

BAFTA and Italian Cinema London with the support of Istituto Commercio Esteri present Dante Ferretti: A Life in Production Design

Join us to hear multi award-winning production designer Dante Ferretti explore his approach to cinema design. From Satyricon to Sweeney Todd and Shutter Island, Dante Ferretti has long been one of cinema’s major design forces, acclaimed for creating ambitious and awe-inspiring sets with a stylised, hyper reality. Early collaborations with Pier Paolo Pasolini and Frederico Fellini brought him to the attention of cinema fans worldwide, yet he’s perhaps most famous to a wider audience for his long-time collaborations with Martin Scorsese and through work with Terry Gilliam, Neil Jordan and Tim Burton. With countless awards and nomination from the industry, Ferretti has also won three BAFTAs and two Oscars and other major credits include: Casino, Gangs of New York, Interview with a Vampire, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and The Age of Innocence. In this event, Ferretti will give us insight into the creative development process behind several of his movies greatest designs.

Monday 4 April, 18.30pm: Game developer Q&A: Yoostar 2
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

Philip and Andrew Oliver, co-founders of Blitz Games Studios, discuss the making of the unique and much-anticipated ‘movie karaoke’ title Yoostar 2 for Kinect and PS3. Featuring iconic scenes from acclaimed films and TV series – including The Godfather, Rocky, The Wizard Of Oz, Mad Men and Grease – Yoostar 2 allows players to recreate classic performances, acting alongside or replacing Hollywood’s biggest stars.

As Blitz Games Studios reaches the end of its 20th anniversary year, Philip and Andrew share insights on what they’ve learned in their long careers and where they think the industry’s going next. There’ll also be hands-on time with upcoming games from the independent studio creating more launch-year Kinect titles than any other.

Monday 4 April, 18.30pm: BAFTA Tribute to Ken Adam
Jarvis Hall, Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place London W1B 1AD

BAFTA and Oscar winner Ken Adam defined the look of the early James Bond films with lavish and ingenious sets and international style: Dr. No, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. The War Room he created for Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove remains one of cinema’s most iconic images, often cited by other filmmakers as a favourite movie set. Over five decades in the industry, Adam received nine BAFTA and five Oscar nominations and other key production credits include Barry Lyndon, The Ipcress File, Pennies from Heaven, The Madness of King George, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Addams Family Values to name but a few.

A master of designing immense open spaces combining futuristic visions of technology with a love for German Expressionism and modern architecture, Adam is also a darling of the design and architecture worlds with fans and friends from Sir Norman Foster to Harry Potter-designer Stuart Craig. He is also the only Production Designer to have had a retrospective at a major UK gallery at the Serpentine in 2000.

In this BAFTA Tribute and belated 90th Birthday Celebration, BAFTA will welcome fans and colleagues to explore Sir Ken’s extraordinary work. Tributes will include Sir Michael Caine, Nicholas Meyer, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Ronald Harwood, Lewis Gilbert, Sir Christopher Frayling and design luminaries such as Julia Peyton-Jones and Alice Rawsthorn as well as video tributes from the current generation of production designers such as this year’s BAFTA winner Guy Hendrix Dyas and his fellow nominees.

Saturday 9 April, 12.30pm: Behind the Mask: Casting Director Lucy Bevan on In The Name of the Father
Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

In the Name of the Father (1993), Jim Sheridan’s deeply engaging political drama portraying the wrongful conviction of the ‘Guildford Four’, brought together some of the most talented actors of their generation. Cast by veteran director Patsy Pollock (The Hours, Braveheart, Reds, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Quadrophenia), Daniel Day-Lewis starred as the ferociously passionate Gerry Conlon, with the great Pete Postlethwaite playing his father and Emma Thompson as their lawyer. In one of the worse miscarriages of justice in British history, the film begins with the IRA’s 1974 Guildford pub bombings and follows events right up to their highly publicised release in 1989. The film was nominated for seven Oscars (including Best Film) and two Baftas.

Casting Director Lucy Bevan worked on the multi award winning An Education, casting American Peter Sarsgaard as the wonderfully un-heroic and unpredictable David. Bevan has said, “When I’m casting a film, the guy with one line at the petrol pump is as important to me as the girl with the leading role,”. Bevan’s other credits include Made in Dagenham, Me and Orson Wells, The Duchess and the films of Joanna Hogg, Unrelated and Archipelago. We are delighted that Lucy will be introducing this screening along with the Casting Director of In the Name of the Father, Patsy Pollock.

Monday 11 April, 18.15pm: Making Better Movies: Location Management
Princess Anne Theatre

Presented by BAFTA, Cineguilds and Skillset

Finding and managing locations is one of the most essential roles in the production process. Locations can make a film, but bad handling of them can slow down, or even stop production. Join our panel of pros behind such films as The A-Team, Shanghai Knights, The Da Vinci Code, The Mummy Returns, The Other Boleyn Girl, Warhorse and Brideshead Revisited to explore one of the least glamorous but most important departments in any production shot beyond studio walls.

In this second in our “Making Better Movies” series, we will focus on the work of Location Manager and how they interact with other HoDs – in particular Production Design and Camera departments – to realise the vision of the film.

Hosted by Iain Smith (Producer, The A-Team, Wanted, Children of Men)
Speakers include: Allan Cameron (Production Designer, Angels & Demons, Starship Troopers, Tomorrow Never Dies) Martin Joy (Location Manager, Hereafter, Greenzone, Quantum of Solace), Jane Soans (Location Manager, Brideshead Revisted, Me & Orson Welles); with more to be confirmed.

There will be networking drinks after the event.

Tuesday 12 April, 20.30pm: TV Preview: The Shadow Line + Q+A
Princess Anne Theatre

The Shadow Line is a sophisticated conspiracy thriller that brings to life a cinematic world of blurred morality and the conflicted characters who inhabit it. When police officers discover the body of a man, shot at close range, they soon realise the victim is Harvey Wratten, head of one of the UK’s largest crime organisations.

The Shadow Line, is a BBC Two landmark noir thriller written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick (Sensitive Skin, Marion And Geoff). BAFTA are pleased to screen the first episode of this seven part drama.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Hugo Blick (Writer and Director) and Christopher Eccleston (Actor)

Saturday 23 April, 12.30pm: Behind the Mask: Director Joanna Hogg on All That Jazz
Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

All That Jazz (1979) is the semi-autobiographical musical on the life of director, screenwriter, choreographer and dancer Bob Fosse. The multi award winning director of Cabaret (1972), co-wrote All That Jazz based on his real life effort to edit his film Lenny (1974) whilst simultaneously staging his 1975 Broadway musical Chicago. Roy Scheider plays the part of Fosse, here called Joe Gideon, whose punishing work schedule leaves him a broken man who regularly converses with the Angel of Death (Jessica Lange). Fosse’s unique style of directing is as heady and gloriously untamed as any of his stage show pieces, using a collage style of story telling and fantasy to piece together the events of his life. The film won four Oscars – and Fosse his third Oscar nomination for Best Director – and two Baftas.

Writer/director Joanna Hogg is known for her keenly observed study of the gently shifting social dynamics between friends and family. She has said on her quietly unobtrusive style of film making, “Having endlessly explored camera movement in my TV days, I wanted to create a more contemplative cinema. I like to give the audience time to explore the frame, and become intimate with it.” Joanna Hogg first came to critical attention in 2007 with her remarkable debut Unrelated which won the acclaimed FIPRESCI prize at The London Film Festival and her eagerly anticipated second film Archipelago (2010) is released in March.

Saturday 30 April, 12.30pm: Behind the Mask: Screenwriter Jesse Armstrong on Play It Again Sam
Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Play It Again Sam first began life as a Broadway hit in 1969, earning writer Woody Allen three Tony Awards. In 1972 Herbert Ross directed the film version, starring Allen as the desperate, angst ridden New York film critic whose messy divorce leaves him a nail-biting neurotic on the dating scene. His two close friends played by Tony Roberts and Diane Keaton (who also starred with Allen in the hit stage show) are on hand to deliver some words of wisdom – and line up some classic Allen one-liners such as, on suggesting he go to the beach, “I hate the beach, I hate the sun, I don’t tan, I stroke!.” His fascination with the gap between movie escapism and reality lead to some excruciatingly funny scenes, aided no less by the ghost of Humphrey Bogart who Allen calls upon, out of his over fertile imagination, to help him on the art of seduction.

The multi award winning screenwriter Jesse Armstrong is the co-writer of hit TV show Peep Show and the double BAFTA winning situation comedy The Thick of It. Jesse rose to international critical acclaim following the box office success of In the Loop (2009) which he co-wrote and was directed by Armando Iannucci. The film was also nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay. Jesse’s most recent film creation is the Chris Morris directed Four Lions which was nominated at this year’s BAFTAs for Outstanding British Film.

REGIONAL EVENTS

Friday 8 April, 18.30pm: An Evening with Nicolas Roeg
The Courtyard Cinema, Edgar Street, Hereford HR4 9JR

In association with Borderlines, BAFTA is proud to present a unique opportunity to hear from one of the greats of British cinema, Nicolas Roeg. During Roeg’s golden period in the early 70s he directed some of the most distinctive films ever made in Britain – Performance, Walkabout, Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell To Earth. During this period of extraordinary creativity his work with some iconic performers (David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland) captured the times like no other filmmaker. When he directed his first film in 1970 he was already a 23-year industry veteran, having worked as cinematographer on Lawrence of Arabia, Far From The Madding Crowd, and Fahrenheit 451. His visually imaginative films expressed a unique off-kilter view of the world, through fragmented images and a highly original, non-linear yet strangely accessible approach to storytelling.

Nicolas Roeg has created many classics of modern cinema and inspired several generations of world-class filmmakers by virtue of his poetic eye and iconoclastic approach to storytelling. Danny Boyle considers Roeg to be as important as David Lean in the history of British cinema, and it’s impossible to keep track of the number of contemporary filmmakers who cite Don’t Look Now among their key influences. Roeg has cemented his place in the modernist canon – but his influence owes as much to his uncompromising approach as to the detail of his creative vision.

Nicolas will be joined on stage by his editor of 18 years, Tony Lawson and will discuss varying attitudes to filmmaking and cinema.

MORE INFO:

BAFTA’s programme of live events and webcasts gives you chance to peek behind the screens of the best films, TV shows and videogames. Open to everyone, BAFTA events take place year-round in venues and at festivals across the country. Visit www.bafta.org for more details.

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