The announcement of the 68th Golden Globes winners on Sunday and the nominations for this year's BAFTA Awards, revealed yesterday, have confirmed the outstanding recognition that British film-making talent is enjoying in and outside the UK.
Rite, a short film produced through Film London's digital shorts scheme PULSE, was announced as one of the five short films to make it into BAFTA's final selection. This is the second consecutive year that a Film London short has been nominated for a BAFTA in the Best Short Film category. Last year, PULSE-produced I Do Air, directed by Martina Amati, ended up bagging the accolade and Rite will no doubt be hoping to achieve the same.
Directed by Michael Pearce and produced by Paul Welsh and Ross Mackenzie, through production company DigiCult, Rite is a powerful story of a dysfunctional relationship between a father and a son sharing a day together. The film premiered at the 54th BFI London Film Festival last October as part of London Calling, Film London's annual showcase of shorts produced through the agency's film-making schemes.
The full list of BAFTA nominations saw a number of London-shot feature films celebrated. The 14 nominations, including Best Film, gathered by The King's Speech, are followed by Christopher Nolan's mind-bending thriller Inception with nine nominations. While Another Year and Made in Dagenham are in the outstanding British Film category.
The nominations for this year's BAFTA Awards, which will be held on Sunday 13 February, followed shortly after Colin Firth's Golden Globe win for his moving portrayal of George VI in Tom Hooper's drama The King's Speech. After success at the BIFAs and the Critics Choice Award, amongst other accolades in recent months, many critics insist the time has finally come for Firth to win an Academy Award®. He shortly missed winning the statuette last year with his first Oscar® nomination for his critically acclaimed performance in Tom Ford's A Single Man.
Since its appearance at the Toronto Film Festival in September last year, followed by its warm reception in the US, mentions of The King's Speech have often been accompanied by talk of awards glory, making it certain to be one of - if not the - most successful British films of 2011. The makers behind the film will surely be hoping for a final 'coronation' when both BAFTA and Oscar® winners are revealed in February.