BAFTA New York played host to the US premiere of 'Brits to Watch: The Screenings' with a private industry screening of The Selfish Giant introduced by the film’s Writer/Director and BAFTA nominee Clio Barnard.
Produced in partnership with the British Council, 'Brits to Watch: The Screenings' introduces outstanding British film talents to the US film industry in a series of intimate showcase screenings.
A full house of New York based industry elites turned out at Soho House to meet Clio Barnard and screen her film The Selfish Giant, which was one of the most talked-about films at this year's Cannes International Film Festival. At Cannes, the film went on to screen in the Directors' Fortnight and was acquired by Sundance Selects.
An established fine artist, Barnard burst onto the independent film scene in 2010 with her debut film, The Arbor, for which she was recognized in 2011 with a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer.
On her 'Brits To Watch: The Screenings' experience, Barnard said: "Thank you BAFTA - what an incredible opportunity for me. The trip enabled me to get on the ground view of the film industry in New York and LA. I met wonderful producers and agents, all passionate about cinema. It was very inspiring and made the possibility of making a film in the US seem realistic. Nothing beats sitting in a room with somebody to gauge whether or not you can have a good, trusting working relationship. It enables gut instinct to play a role in making decisions and if I hadn't had this opportunity to meet people I wouldn't be able to follow those instincts."
BAFTA’s Brits To Watch: The Screenings is produced in partnership with British Council with the support of Framestore, Langham Hospitality Group, Soho House and UK Trade & Investment.
The series is endorsed by 'Friends of Brits to Watch: The Screenings', a high-profile group of film professionals including: actors Damian Lewis (Homeland), Rebecca Hall (Frost/Nixon, Iron Man 3, Vicky Christina Barcelona), Tom Hiddleston (Avengers Assemble, Midnight in Paris), Andrea Riseborough (Shadow Dancer, Brighton Rock), Simon Pegg (Star Trek, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3) and Sienna Miller (The Girl, Interview); director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead and the upcoming The World’s End); screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo, The Aviator); and writer, director and producer Armando Iannucci (Veep, In The Loop).