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30 June 2017
Brits to Watch - Amma Asante's BELLE

Belle and A United Kingdom Director to attend special screening to pay tribute to Welsh producer Peter Edwards

Amma Asante to talk about the making of her first feature, A Way of Life, in South Wales

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Wales, BAFTA Cymru and Chapter Arts Centre have today announced that BAFTA winner Amma Asante will take part in a special Q&A following the screening of her BAFTA-winning debut feature film A Way of Life. 

The event will take place on Wednesday 12 July at 6pm and public tickets are available at Chapter

The acclaimed writer/director will return to Cardiff 14 years after the film was shot in South Wales to celebrate the contribution of the film’s producer Peter Edwards, who died in 2016.

The event is being hosted as part of the BAFTA Debuts film tour, which is showcasing seven BAFTA-winning debut feature films, from leading British directors, in cinemas and schools across the UK until November. The tour, part of BAFTA’s 70th anniversary celebrations, is supported by the BFI and the Heritage Lottery Fund, (both awarding funds from The National Lottery), the Independent Cinema Office and Into Film. For details of all BAFTA Debuts screenings, visit:

Pippa Harris, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said: “These BAFTA-winning debut films represent the extraordinary range of diverse directing talent that emerged in Britain the late 1990s and early 2000s. Their early work demonstrates their distinctive skills and huge potential, and all of them have gone on to enjoy greater success. We’re thrilled to be providing audiences across the UK with the opportunity to see these films on the big screen, and in schools, and to hear from these incredible filmmakers as part of our 70th anniversary celebrations.”

Amma Asante's first feature, A Way of Life (2004), won 17 international awards as well as a Newcomer Award from the BFI London Film Festival and the Southbank Show Awards 'The Times' Breakthrough Artist of the Year. In 2005 she received the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a writer/director in their first feature film, as well as a BAFTA Cymru Award in the Director: Drama category. Her second feature, Belle, became one of the highest grossing independent films of 2014. Amma's most recent film, A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, was the Opening Night Gala at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival, making her the first black female filmmaker to open the Festival.Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru said: “We are looking forward to a very special evening to celebrate Amma’s many achievements, including her debut film which was made here in Wales, as well as paying tribute to the film’s producer, the much-respected Peter Edwards. The Q&A will be led by Pauline Burt of Ffilm Cymru Wales and we are inviting fans of Amma and Peter to join us for the event at Chapter Arts Centre.”