Bafta: Upcoming Events in September 2011

Monday 05 September, 08.30am: Breakfast with…TV’s Controllers: Peter Fincham
David Lean Room, BAFTA

8.30am – Breakfast available
9am – 10am Interview

BAFTA continues its series of ‘Breakfasts with’ the major channel controllers with ITV’s Peter Fincham.

What every TV ideas person wants to know is how to get their programme commissioned. Come along to this interactive, insightful and practical strand of interviews to hear TV’s top decision makers discuss the vision for their channels, the shows that excite them and their priorities for the year ahead. These question and answer interviews are designed to offer you a transparent and informative look into how creative choices are made, when ideas are developed and programmes commissioned. Come and find out how your ideas can become the next big thing to captivate audiences – however they choose to tune in – and be part of a channel’s schedule and identity.

Tuesday 06 September, 19.15pm: Opening Night, Brazilian Film Festival of London: The Man from the Future
BAFTA, Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

BAFTA is proud to welcome the Festival back for the second year running to opening their 2011 London screenings with a world premiere of The Man from the Future.
Written and Directed By: Claudio Torres
Starring: Wagner Moura
Produced By: Conspiração Filmes with Paramount Pictures, Globo Filmes, Lereby and Teleimage

Zero is a brilliant and lonely scientist who believes he is unhappy because of a humiliation in love twenty years ago. Burying his misery in work, he tries to create a revolutionary source of energy, and accidentally goes back to the past. There he sees the opportunity to meet his younger self and ‘correct’ the mistakes in his own life; but trying to manipulate the path of time is much harder and confusing than what it seems.

Q&A guests to be announced.

Monday 12 September, 18.30pm: TV Preview: Downton Abbey plus Q+A
Princess Anne Theatre

Screening followed by Q&A with writer Julian Fellowes, executive producer Gareth Neame, actors Joanne Froggatt and Dan Stevens, and Laura Mackie ITV Director of Drama Commissioning.

Julian Fellowes’ BAFTA winning drama Downton Abbey is back for a second series this autumn with all the regular cast including Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt and Dan Stevens.

With thanks to ITV and Carnival Films.

Tuesday 13 September – Friday 30 September, 18.30pm: The Screenwriters’ Lecture Series
At BAFTA and the BFI

BAFTA and BFI are proud to announce the line-up for our next Screenwriters’ Lecture Series. Taking place for the second year running at both BAFTA and BFI, this year’s series consists of industry professionals of the highest calibre, here to speak about the craft of screenwriting.

The strand will feature seven events at BAFTA and BFI Southbank over three weeks in September this year:

William Nicholson (Gladiator, Shadowlands) kicks off the season on Tuesday 13 September, at BAFTA; Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe, Jane Eyre) follows on 16 September also at BAFTA, and then John Logan (The Aviator, Rango, Sweeney Todd) and Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel) will be at BFI Southbank on 20 and 26 September respectively; while Frank Cottrell Boyce delivers the last lecture at BAFTA on 27 September (Hilary and Jackie, 24 Hour Party People). The final lectures will be at BFI Southbank on 29 and 30 September with Paul Laverty (The Wind That Shake the Barley, Sweet Sixteen) followed by Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich).

The season is funded by JJ Charitable Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.

Sunday 18 September, 16.00pm: Life in Pictures: Gary Oldman
Princess Anne Theatre

16:00 Drinks Reception
17:00 Event Commences
18:30 Event Finishes

An actor who is as synonymous with vampires and wizards as he is with historical figures and substance abusers, Gary Oldman is truly the chameleon of the silver screen. From his visceral portrayal of Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, to his compelling Lee Harvey Oswald, in Oliver Stone’s JFK, Gary Oldman is able to metamorphose into a broad range of roles. His career has spanned three decades with huge critical and commercial success. His first and only directorial debut, Nil by Mouth, earned him two BAFTA film awards; the film was loosely based on Oldman’s own upbringing.

Gary Oldman joins us to discuss his varied and rich filmography in this Life in Pictures.

The event will be hosted by Francine Stock.

Monday 19 September, 18.30pm: BAFTA Annual Television Lecture: Peter Bennett-Jones
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

6.30pm: Taittinger Champagne Reception
7.00pm Event starts

We are delighted to announce that this year’s BAFTA Annual TV Lecture will be delivered by Peter Bennett-Jones.
Peter’s creative energy and his quest to nurture and support talent are an inspiration. He has developed and inspired some of the finest talents in comedy, as well as founded one of the UK’s best known production companies, Tiger Aspect Group, and produced numerous award-winning programmes. Peter is Chairman of PBJ and KBK Management, Chair of Trustees at Comic Relief and Sport Relief, on the board of Trustees at the National Theatre and in 2011 was awarded the BAFTA Special Award. His contribution to the television industry has been outstanding.

The Annual Lecture is the highlight of BAFTA’s public programme of TV events. Each year, BAFTA invites one of TV’s foremost figures to give their personal view on the state of creativity within their industry – what pressures are programme makers facing, where innovation is at its strongest and what lies ahead for the future of British television. BAFTA’s role is to champion creative excellence and the Annual Television Lecture is an opportunity for BAFTA and the wider industry to explore what excellence means today.

Monday 26 September, 18.45pm: Connected TV: changing the way we watch but what does it mean for content producers?
Princess Anne Theatre

Although ‘connected TVs’ have been available for a few years now, accessing Internet content on a TV screen is still the preserve of early adopters. That’s all set to change with the imminent launch of new IPTV platforms, which, if the rumours are to be believed, will revolutionise the way that TV is produced and consumed.

This panel discussion will focus on the implications for programme makers. Integrated content that depends on viewer participation online already exists in the marketplace, so what is so different about connected TV and other IPTV offerings?

With UK TV viewing figures on the rise, what part does the power of traditional broadcasting schedules play in this new world? If online applications create opportunities for producers to broadcast content directly to consumers, how will this affect the creative market? Also in real practical terms, will audiences really want to access all their content and internet through one device? How do you produce and distribute brilliant stories across multiple platforms – whilst engaging, building and monetising audiences wherever they consume and expect great content?

Join speakers from Google, Tate Media, UK broadcasters and an innovative multi-platform producer to discuss and debate the challenges and exciting opportunities on the horizon, as well as how content owners and TV producers can harness this potential.


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 for more details.

For more information regarding the events go to

Highlights from BAFTA’s film events programme from the last few years have included talks with Guillermo del Toro, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, Vincent Cassell, The Coen Brothers, Terry Gilliam, Pietro Scalia and David Arnold as well as our recent Tribute to Nicolas Roeg. Many of these events are available to view on-line:

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