Bafta: Upcoming Events in January 2012

Wednesday 04 January, 18:45pm
TV Preview: Putin, Russia and the West plus Q&A
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

After eight years as President and four as Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin looks likely to be re-elected President of Russia in March. Before he became famous, Putin was a top Russian spy. But when he became President he made himself a valued ally of the West. How did he do it? And what made Washington and London turn against him? For the first time Putin’s top colleagues – and the Western statesmen who eventually clashed with him – tell the inside story.

This four part series is made by the award winning team at Brook Lapping, producers of series including The Death of Yugoslavia, The Second Russian Revolution and Iran & the West.

This screening will be followed by Q&A with series producer Norma Percy, series director Paul Mitchell and executive producer Brian Lapping, chaired by Allan Little.

With thanks to BBC Two and Brook Lapping.

Wednesday 11 January, 18:15pm
Mastering Your Craft: Casting with Des Hamilton
Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Finding the right actor for a role is critical in helping the director realise his or her vision. As Des Hamilton, one of the best discoverers of acting talent, puts it: “A film can look beautiful, it can sound great but if you’re watching two planks of wood bang their heads together it’s going to be crap”.

As a measure of his regard with serious British and European filmmakers, Glaswegian Hamilton has worked with some great directors: Lynne Ramsay, Gaspar Noe, Shane Meadows, Lars Von Trier, Lone Scherfig, Andrea Arnold, Nicolas Winding Refn. He’s got a strong reputation for helping find inexperienced actors (or non-actors) with the charisma and talent to pull off a lead role: Thomas Turgoose in This is England, Katie Jarvis in Red Road, Ashley Walters in Bullet Boy, Samuel Bottomley in Tyrannosaur.

Hamilton’s other credits include: Melancholia, Four Lions, Antichrist, Wuthering Heights and Enter the Void, to name a few. Here he’ll talk about how he works with the director to understand their needs and then sets out to unearth the right talent, often taking great risks to find the actor who will bring truth and authenticity to the film.

Wednesday 11 January, 18:45pm
TV Preview: Birdsong plus Q&A
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

Join us for a very special preview of Birdsong, the upcoming BBC adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ critically-acclaimed novel. Eddie Redmayne (Richard II) and Clemence Poesy (28 Days Later, In Bruges) star as Stephen Wraysford and Isabelle Azaire, thrust into a passionate and illicit affair whose course is altered irrevocably with the outbreak of the First World War.

Adapted by BAFTA Award-winning Abi Morgan (The Hour), the two parter moves between 1910 and 1916, telling the story of Stephen, a young Englishman who arrives in Amiens, Northern France to stay with the Azaire family and falls desperately in love with Isabelle. They begin an illicit and all-consuming affair, but the relationship falters. Years later, Stephen finds himself serving on the Western Front in the very area where he experienced his great love. As he battles amidst the blood and gore of the trenches he meets Jack Firebrace (Joe Mawle), a tunneller who unexpectedly helps him endure the ravages of war and enables him to make peace with his feelings for Isabelle.

Following the screening, there will be Q&A with writer Abi Morgan, director Philip Martin and actor Clemence Poesy.

With thanks to BBC One and Working Title Television.

Thursday 12 January, 19.00pm
London Short Film Festival and BAFTA Present: Mark Herbert and Warp Films
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

Warp Films is one of the true success stories of British cinema in recent years and 2011. From the earliest short films produced by the erstwhile music label like Chris Morris’ BAFTA winning, My Wrongs 8245-8249 & 117 and Chris Cunningham’s Rubber Johnny, it was clear they would champion original cinematic vision and not shy away from taking risks. Warp Films has remained true that that original spirit, developing and supporting exciting new talent, while also helping debunk the myth that British audiences don’t want to see British films. They’ve steadily built a brand and an audience with independent-minded quality films like Tyrannosaur, Four Lions, Kill List, Submarine and This is England (and the spin off TV series). Illustrated with a selection of clips and short films, we’ll quiz Warp Films CEO and Producer Mark Herbert about how they find and develop new talent and explore the vision for the future of the label.

London Short Film Festival will run from 6 – 15 Jan 2012
http://www.shortfilms.org.uk

Tuesday 24 January, 12:00pm
BREAKTHROUGH: A Guide to International Film Sales (London)
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

Join BAFTA, Film London and associate partners Northern Film & Media for an afternoon devoted to helping you understand international sales and distribution. With contributions from the UK’s major sales companies, we’ll help you develop the tools you need to get your film into the marketplace.

The panel will discuss the role of an international sales company; key festivals and markets and how to sell your film; how to deliver your film for the international marketplace; and an introduction to Film London’s London UK Film Focus (LUFF) and the Breakthrough strand of this event which focuses on new British talent.

This event is primarily aimed at emerging producers who want to learn more about the role of sales companies and distributors. Writers are also welcome to attend.

BREAKTHROUGH will be repeated in Gateshead on January 31st.

Monday 30 January, 18:45pm
TV Preview: True Stories – Gypsy Blood plus Q&A
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

Launching the True Stories documentary strand on Channel 4 in February is Gypsy Blood.

Made by first-time director and award-winning photographer Leo Maguire, this is a story about gypsy and traveller men, tracking the legacy of violence handed down through generations of gypsy fathers to their sons. It’s about the importance to them of fighting for respect but also the cost – the cycles of revenge that erupt into sudden and terrifying violence. Gypsy Blood was made over three years, with Maguire gaining the trust of gypsy communities, living with them in their camps – gaining unprecedented and intimate access to a world where male honour codes remain deeply ingrained.

It follows the stories of two families. The Doherty’s are Irish Traveller royalty. Hughie Doherty, 27, is the son of Francie ‘The Punk’ Doherty, once one of the most feared bare-knuckle boxers in the land. Hughie is determined to bring up his seven year old son, also called Francie, to be as tough and uncompromising as the grandfather he’s named after. Fred Butcher is father to nine-year-old Freddy Cole. He’s a career fighter but, unlike Hughie Doherty, he fears for the future of his son. Outwardly, Freddy Cole seems tough but as the film unfolds, we see a sensitive and increasingly troubled child, who fears his father will be badly hurt. So Fred is torn between the proud gypsy tradition and his love as a father. The film trace the story of how he himself nearly died in a machete attack as a day of drinking and sparring went terribly wrong.

Gypsy Blood is a powerful meditation on masculinity and violence, an insight into the uneasy, equivocal relationship that gypsy men have with fighting. In part it’s a terrible burden of fear and real physical damage, broken bones and scars. But, for these men, it’s also the very essence of what it means to be a man.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with production talent behind the documentary.

With thanks to Channel 4, ClearStory Ltd and Leo Maguire.

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