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London shines in 2014 BAFTA nominations

Date posted: 08.01.2014

London has strong showing in the 2014 EE BAFTA Award nominees, announced this morning. The full list of nominees for the annual awards includes a roster of Film London alumni, while the race is led by two blockbusters with strong London ties.

Film London on the Shortlist

Film London is immensely proud of its graduates. In the British Short Film competition, alumni from our short film schemes have a presence in three of the five titles:

  • Island Queen director Ben Mallaby made short film Battlecock with Film London in 2012/13
  • Room 8 producer Sophie Venner made short film Henry Cowell with Film London in 2010/11
  • Keeping Up With the Joneses director Michael Pearce made a previous BAFTA nominated short film Rite with Film London in 2009/10

"We are immensely proud of Film London alumni Ben, Sophie and Michael on news of their BAFTA nominations," says Film London Head of Talent Development and Production Deborah Sathe. "It is vitally important to support local talent in reaching new audiences and we could not be more pleased with the recognition these three film-makers have received!"

Before becoming internationally recognised for her two feature films, Clio Barnard was nominated for a Film London Jarman Award and made Road Race commissioned by Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN). Film London is delighted to see its alumni flourish, and Barnard's nomination for Outstanding British Film for The Selfish Giant at this year's BAFTA Awards is well deserved.

Soho shines in Gravity

Leading the pack with 11 BAFTA nominations, Alfonso Cuarón's latest tension-building drama Gravity may be set in space - but space was made largely in Soho. Internationally recognised VFX studio Framestore in Central London was integral to creating the incredible realism that gave power to Cuarón's project.

"It had to be incredibly real but it also had to be stunning and beautiful and that's what I loved about it," said Gravity's VFX supervisor Tim Webber. "Balancing and achieving those two things."

made its mark in London, a long-term project that generated not just creative and technical innovation, but jobs for aspiring creatives in the industry.

"It took around three years," said Webber. "The crew peaked at 250, but over 400 individuals worked on the show in total."

Gravity is not the only 2014 BAFTA nominated film on which Framestore did work. They also had a hand in the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, Iron Man 3 and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.

An American Story with British Roots

A powerful story of the terror of slavery in America, 12 Years a Slave is a close runner-up with 10 BAFTA nominations. Despite its subject matter, the film has distinctly London roots with director Steve McQueen and star Chiwetel Ejiofor both hailing from the city.

"I continue to be immensely proud of the recognition this film is getting around the world," said Ejiofor on his nomination. "There is, of course, something particularly special about receiving a BAFTA nomination from home."

London Across the Board

Outside of the big leaders, London has strong showing in the full roster of nominees for this year's BAFTA Awards.

The subject of our September 2013 Location of the Month, Rush received four nominations and shot widely in London. Other nominated features that feature the capital include Philomena, The Wolf of Wall Street and Saving Mr. Banks.

Framestore isn't the only London-based VFX studio that received recognition in the nominations:  Captain Phillips was worked on by London studios Double Negative and Nvizible.

The 2014 BAFTA Awards will be at a ceremony at London's Royal Opera House on 16 February. 

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