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NUA Senior Lecturer Dan Turner’s feature film ‘Learning to Breathe’ has been selected for this year’s Raindance Film Festival in London. Dan wrote and directed the film which explores the breakdown of a couple’s relationship when they return to the Island of Tobago where they first fell in love. The film has its UK premiere in London on 23 September and you can view the Festival screening times here. Watch the ‘Learning to Breathe’ trailer here.
Year 2 students Ella Glendining and Florence Watson have received an award at the BFI Future Film Festival for their submission ‘Power to the Mini Beasts’. The submission took first place in the Best Original Submission category, beating 1400 entries including international and MA level submissions. You can view ‘Power to the Mini Beasts’ here. In 2014 Florence was one of 20 students to be awarded a Television Production Bursary by the RTS to help her with her TV studies. She used some of the money she received from the scheme to buy a camera which she used to make the winning film.
Year Three students have begun pitching their final film ideas to the NUA Producers Panel, which this year includes actress and writer Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), producer Jen Handorff (Final Prayer, The Devil’s Business) and director Neil Mcenery-West (Containment). Each student will pitch their film idea and receive feedback to guide their development of initial concepts through to final short films by the end of the academic year.
Year Three student Jillian Engelhard Fosten has received £10,000 funding for her documentary series, produced in collaboration with Animation student Eleanor Wright, after winning the Film and Photography category of the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise.
2012 graduate Liam Roberts has been interviewed by Inverted Audio. Liam, who has received music video commissions for leading electronic acts such as These Ghosts, Olympians, Magic Panda, Duke Slammer and Ulfur Hansson, had this to say about his time at NUA: “…it was great; I was very lucky studying on the Film and Moving Image course at NUA. Having tutors like Liam Wells, Phil Archer (of Transept fame) and of course Dan Tombs, they were all a great help and influence to me. Dan’s renowned VJ’ing lecture was what initially got me interested in live moving image.” Read the full interview.
Students manned the cameras to film a guest lecture by Media Molecule studio director Siobhan Reddy at NUA. Part of a programme of lectures by the brightest creative and technical ‘behind the scenes talent’ from the worlds of film, television and games, the event was co-organised by BAFTA and Creative Skillset, who commissioned students to capture footage. The University was selected as one of the “top media universities across the country” to host the event, which aimed to inspire students to develop their creativity alongside their business and technical skills.
Lecturer Suri Krishnamma has been appointed president of the forthcoming Munich International Festival of Film Schools (Munich, November 17 – 23, 2013). As president he has been asked to screen some of his work and will be showing his award winning short film ‘Mohammed’s Daughter’ as well as his first feature film ‘A Man of No Importance’ (starring Albert Finney and Michael Gambon). He has asked the festival if he can also screen a film from NUA and ‘Blue Notes’ by Tim Swaby has been chosen.
Acclaimed web series director Chris Stone gave a lecture via Skype to students who are working on a project to develop a web drama series franchise and produce a pilot episode. Stone, who directed the award winning Victorian vampire genre web series ‘Blood and Bone China‘ spoke about the development of the project and his social media marketing campaign.
Lecturer Suri Krishnama’s film ‘Dark Tourist’ won Total Film’s award for Best Actor for its star Michael Cudlitz at the Frightfest Film Festival in London, where the film screened in August. Read an interview with Suri and his film’s star on fangoria.com.
NUA contributed to the programme of events at the Norwich Sound and Vision film and TV conference. The event, which provided people with their sights set on a career in the film and television industry with first-hand advice from professionals, took place in October. Keith Bartlett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and Dean of Media, said: “NUA is delighted to be involved in this year’s Norwich Sound and Vision Festival and is leading with three events: a screening of the best work from UK Film Schools, which will be introduced by NUA Professor Suzie Hanna; our symposium on Transmedia Documentary; and a live Q&A with award-winning TV and cinema director, Suri Krishnamma.”
The trailer for Dark Tourist, directed by NUA lecturer Suri Krishnamma, has hit the number one spot on the most popular movie trailers chart on iTunes. The film about a disturbed and troubled man’s fascination with serial killers, premieres in Los Angeles in August. Watch the trailer to Dark Tourist.
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