In December 2016, BAFTA hosted masterclasses in mainland China and Hong Kong with BAFTA-winning casting director Nina Gold, who has cast actors such as Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in major films.
At the masterclasses, Nina Gold shared her insights of casting films and TV shows, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Game of Thrones, with an audience of acting students, alumni and invited guests. Prior to the masterclasses, Nina conducted auditions, live and taped, with selected students from leading arts institutions the Beijing Film Academy and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Activity in Dachang was held in partnership with the China Britain Film Festival (CBFF) and took place in at the Dachang Film and Media Industrial Park with students from the Beijing Film Academy. Nina Gold and Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, took part in panel discussions on casting and acting, and cultural collaboration respectively, at the CBFF’s Film Forum in Beijing, supported by LeTV.
The events were part of BAFTA’s ongoing activity to support new talent and encourage cross-cultural learning, and creative collaboration between the UK and China.