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05 July 12
BAFTA was back at Latitude on 12-15 July - with exclusive screenings and appearances by screenwriter Abi Morgan and the cast of Twenty Twelve.
Once again BAFTA returned to Latitude Festival in 2012, bringing a stellar lineup of events to the Film & Music Arena.
The BBC comedy/ mockumentary series charts the trials and tribulations of the Olympics Deliverance Committee, paddling hard beneath the surface to deliver the Games on time and on budget.
We were delighted to welcome actors Amelia Bullmore, Morven Christie, Vincent Franklin, Karl Theobald, Jessica Hynes, writer/director John Morton and producer Catherine Gosling Fuller to answer questions following the screening.
Edith Bowman sat down to have an in depth discussion with Abi Morgan, one of the most successful and prolific screenwriters working in film and television. As well as penning Thatcher-biopic The Iron Lady, she co-wrote the controversial hit Shame with Steve McQueen. Her work for TV includes the acclaimed BBC Birdsong adaptation and The Hour.
A Morning Stroll / Pitch Black Heist
BAFTA-winner for Short Film, Pitch Black Heist follows two professional safe crackers who meet on a simple job to relieve an office safe from its contents, while BAFTA Short Animation winner A Morning Stroll follows a New Yorker walking past a chicken on his morning walk, leaving us wondering which one is the real city slicker.
Find out more about the Short Film & Short Animation Awards:
Big Dance Shorts
BAFTA, in association with Big Dance and Channel 4, was pleased to show Big Dance Shorts: five specially commissioned films which will be broadcast on Channel 4 this summer [as part of Random Acts and the Pop Up Cinema tour]. Featured films included Vida Longa, Swim, On the Otherside, Double Take and The Click.
Find out more about Big Dance:
BOY is a moving short film told against the background of the 2012 Games starring Timothy Spall and written by Prasanna Puwanarajah, winner of the BA Great Britons competition.
Watch the film trailer: Boy by Prasanna Puwanarajah>
Ben & Lump
Written by Tom Wells and directed by MJ Delaney, Ben & Lump follows Ben (Lewis Reeves) as he returns home from his first term at university. His best friend Lump (Thomas Turgoose) can't find a job and his dad insists he join the army; the holiday season forces the friends to acknowledge the different directions their lives have taken. Part of Channel 4’s 'Coming Up' series showcasing new writers and directors.
Ill Manors was written and directed by Ben Drew, better known as Plan B, and stars Riz Ahmed, Natalie Press, Anouska Mond and Ed Skrein. The film focusses on six core characters and their circles of violence, as they struggle to survive on the streets. Narratively linked through original music from Plan B himself, the film is a ground-breaking, visually stunning and gripping experience, laced with streetwise humour.
Me and My Latitude
BAFTA and Festival Republic bring you a very special screening of films from its 'Me and My Latitude' project – a unique collaborative initiative held in 2011 designed to nurture, support and provide a platform for emerging filmmaking talent in the UK. Short documentaries were captured on film by Sameer Patel (of visual poet Sabrina Mahfouz) and Caroline Bridges (of dance troupe Lost Dog).
Charlie Kaufman Screenwriting Lecture
Charlie Kaufman's screenplays for films like Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche NY have earned him a wildly enthusiastic following and a reputation for heartfelt, bold and experimental writing. This already-famous screenwriting lecture is as inventive and as honest as his films: an absolute must-see for anyone creative and human.
Listen to the full lecture on BAFTA GURU:
BAFTA teamed up with our friends at Boothnation to bring a special 'dinky dub' photobooth to the festival.
Full videos of last year's main events are available to watch over on BAFTA Guru. Take your pick and get a flavour of what we do:
Steve, Rob and Andrew talking about The Trip on a sweltering Latitude Friday in 2011
For more festival information, visit www.latitude.co.uk