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Director's Showcase: Daniel Cormack

Date posted: 04.02.2008

Young London film-maker Daniel Cormack has been awarded a ‘Director’s Showcase’ at the BFI Southbank - the very venue in which he started his career in the film industry.

“I always aspired to have my films screened at the BFI Southbank” enthuses Daniel, “but I never thought it would happen so soon. “This is an amazing recognition for any film-maker, but for me it is a dream come true.”

The prestigious showcase will be part of the upcoming X’08 Disability Film Festival (supported by Film London’s Audience Development Fund) and Daniel has been picked based on his impressive body of work in drama, comedy and documentary.

Due to having photosensitive epilepsy, Cormack was unable to watch television as a child; he therefore became an avid cinema goer at a young age. “Later, when I became a member of the BFI and then an employee, I learnt about world and arthouse cinema, but as a child growing up in the ‘80s, the cinema was full of wondrous, magical films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the Bond movies.” His fascination with film soon gave way to an ambition to direct films.

Daniel started working at the BFI box office during the London Film Festival. Having epilepsy means Daniel can’t drive and therefore he was prevented from pursuing some career paths.

He realised that he would have to take a novel approach to gain necessary skills and experience in the industry and set about putting together his own short film. Amelia and Michael (2007), starring Anthony Head, was a great success and will be one of the films featured in the showcase.

Other films screening in the showcase are A Fitting Tribute (2007) - funded by the Lewisham Film Initiative and the UK Film Council, Make Me a Tory (2007) and Nightwalking (2008).

‘Director’s Showcase: Daniel Cormack’ will take place on 15 February at the BFI Southbank (3.50 – 5.20pm). For more information on the showcase and the films featured, please visit the BFI Southbank website. To book tickets call the box office on 020 7928 3232.

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