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Image of Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei Pei in Lilting

Film London talent nominated for BAFTA Awards

Date posted: 09.01.2015

This morning saw bleary-eyed audiences tune in at 7.30am to watch Stephen Fry and British actor Sam Clafin announce the 2015 crop of BAFTA-nominated titles.

We were thrilled to see Film London-backed projects recognised in two categories, with Lilting in Outstanding Debut and Three Brothers in British Short Film. Kajaki: The True Story, a graduate of our Build Your Audience training course, is also up for Outstanding Debut.

Reacting to the news, Film London and British Film Commission CEO Adrian Wootton said: "Today's nominations are a real testament to the skill, vision and talent of the filmmaking teams behind Lilting and Three Brothers... I'd like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the nominees and will be waiting with bated breath for the winners to be announced."

"These nominations also show Film London cementing its status as a backer of the capital's best, brightest and most distinctive talent by ensuring exciting new voices can be heard through schemes like Microwave and London Calling Plus" 

Mini budget, big impact

Hong Khaou's Lilting, which will compete in the Outstanding Debut category, was produced through Film London Microwave.

A powerful story of the shadow death casts on those it leaves behind, Lilting follows Richard (Ben Whishaw) and Junn (Cheng Pei-pei) as they struggle to come to terms with the death of someone they both loved. With Junn speaking only Cambodian Chinese and Richard only English, language proves a powerful but not insurmountable barrier, as he enlists the help of a translator (Naomi Christie) to help bridge the gap. What follows is a heartbreaking story of love and loss across generations and cultures.

Lilting was a product of the latest slate of Microwave funding, alongside Plan B's iLL Manors and previous BAFTA nominee Shifty. The popular micro-budget scheme, which champions London's unique filmmaking talent, provided Hong and his team with a bespoke training through production programme and development support.

Short and sweet

a still from Three Brothers

Aleem Khan's Three Brothers, nominated in the British Short Film category, was produced in the inaugural year of our London Calling Plus fund.

Based on true events, Three Brothers follows the story of teenager Hamid, who is forced to look after his younger brothers when their father leaves, unannounced, for Pakistan.

An addition to our ongoing London Calling short film fund, London Calling Plus offers grants of up to £15,000 to black, Asian and minority ethnic talent with a track record. This year's London Calling and London Calling Plus shortlists are currently being decided.

Stranger than fiction

Congratulations are also in order for Paul Katis and Andrew De Lotbiniere, who have been nominated for Outstanding Debut for Kakaji: The True Story. Set in Afghanistan's Kajaki Dam in 2006, the film charts the journey a company of young British soldiers take as they traverse a landscape pitted with active landmines.

The project is a graduate of Film London's Build Your Audience, a distribution course which encourages filmmakers to take a more entrepreneurial approach to financing and targeting their film. This innovative training scheme looks at selling in the marketplace, sourcing and maximising audiences, and negotiating the impact of new digital technologies on the traditional routes of distribution and marketing.

London on screen

It's a good year for London-shot films, which will see eight titles ranging from studio blockbusters to micro-budget independents competing for a prize next month.

Among these, British biopics reign supreme, with Stephen Hawking film The Theory of Everything up for 10 awards and Alan Turing story The Imitation Game in the running for nine. Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner will also be competing in four categories.

Audience favourite Pride, which shot at locations including London's iconic Westminster Bridge, picked up three nods for Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut and Supporting Actress.

Stacking up two nominations each are Paddington, dark fairytale Into the Woods and sci-fi hit Guardians of the Galaxy, while Film London's Lilting completes the list with its Outstanding Debut nomination.

Who do you think will take home a BAFTA on 8 February? Take a look at the full list of nominees and tweet us @Film_London.

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