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BAFTA announces more free online events for the public

13 May 2020

Events include masterclass with The Crown producer Andy Harries and a look at the making of the BAFTA-winning 1917

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced additional events as part of its online digital event series for the public. For many years BAFTA’s programme of events and online content has brought unparalleled insights into the craft of film, games and television, but this is the first series of events delivered exclusively online and open to all. Anybody wishing to attend these events can register at

The following events will take place:

TV Q&A: The Eddy – Thursday 14 May 2020, 17.00 BST

Join writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure), director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and executive producer Alan Poul (Six Feet Under) for a Q&A and preview of The Eddy. Set in the vibrant multicultural neighbourhoods of modern-day Paris, the drama follows a once celebrated jazz pianist Elliot Udo (André Holland) who is now the co-owner of struggling club The Eddy. The Eddy launched on Netflix on Friday 8 May.

Masterclass: Producing with Andy Harries – Tuesday 19 May 2020, 17.30 BST

BAFTA-winning producer and founder of Left Bank pictures, Andy Harries, will be sharing insights into his craft of producing international television and film. Harries, known for his work on The Crown and recent ITV mini-series The Quiz, will delve into his creative decision making when producing for film and high end TV whilst curating a vastly successful slate at one of UK’s leading production companies. He will also discuss his approach to collaborating with a wide range of storytellers from established to new talent to Money Heist creator Alex Pina on White Lines which can be seen on Netflix from 15 May.

Masterclass: The Making of 1917 – Wednesday 20 May 2020, 15.00 BST

Join producer, and BAFTA chair, Dame Pippa Harris, director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns for a look behind the scenes of this multi-award winning feature film. During World War I, two British soldiers receive seemingly impossible orders. In a race against time, they must cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades. The film scooped BAFTA for Best Film earlier this year, alongside several other BAFTA and American Academy awards.

BAFTA’s online event series has already delivered several events to industry and public audiences including: The Quiz Q&A, The Filming of Killing Eve Masterclass, Normal People Q&A and Misbehaviour Q&A, all of which are now available as podcasts on Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube, alongside content from other BAFTA events and interviews spanning film, games and television.

Spotify: Soundcloud: YouTube:

For more information or to register a place at an event visit

Notes to editors:

During the lockdown period, BAFTA is continuing to support the film, games and television industries to stay connected. Networking and mentoring have always been a key part of BAFTA’s learning programme, and this is something BAFTA will continue to deliver online. Following every Masterclass, there will be a professional industry networking opportunity, helping to give the industry the tools needed to further their creative development.

As BAFTA moves activity online, the learning programme will continue to include public events, industry events and talent development initiatives as well as mentoring and tailored introductions.

For more information, please contact:

BAFTA Press Office

Sophie Dudhill

E: [email protected]


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For advice and inspiration from the best creative minds in working in film, games and television, visit For more, visit