Late last week I found out that EXAM has been nominated for a BAFTA!
Writer and director Stuart Hazeldine, who was gracious enough to share all his knowledge and experiences while making EXAM at our special screening last week, was nominated for the Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer award. You can see the full list of BAFTA nominations here.
For me, this is the first film on which I have a credit that is going to the BAFTAs! WOW again!
It’s a tough field this year though, with very string competition from Duncan Jones with ‘Moon’, San Taylor-Wood with ‘Nowhere Boy’ and Eran Creevy with ‘Shifty’ (I haven’t seen ‘Mugabe and the White African’ so I can’t comment). Iinterviewed Eran for the upcoming Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook and I can tell you, he is a charismatic and focussed film maker. You can see the post I did over the summer here.
The nomination alone is more than enough to put a huge smile on the face of everyone involved in EXAM, I must admit I screamed rather loudly in my office when I fond out! And the nomination helps focus more attention on the film too. I know Stuart already feels that getting the nomination alone feels like winning.
There were about 60 eligible writers, directors and producers this year (and that's just from the films that were good enough to get a theatrical release!) so it’s great news that BAFTA felt EXAM should be honoured in the final five.
In know I will be watching on TV on February 21st , bubbly in hand, so that when Stuart and producer Gareth pop up on screen I can toast their extraordinary success! Fingers are crossed.
See you at the BAFTAs everyone!
Onwards and upwards
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author