As we crest past the mid-point of the year, we begin to fall headfirst into the balmy summer days of barbecues, sunbathing and the inevitable sunburn. Of course, if none of those aspects of this time of year appeal to you, there’s always the glorious cool, darkened room of your local cinema.
In order to facilitate those of us who shun the sun, BAFTA have set up several wonderful film related events around the country throughout the month!
BAFTA Debuts: The Warrior + Q&A
Monday July 3rd 18:10 – HOME Manchester
The Warrior is the directorial debut of Asif Kapadia after cutting his teeth with the wonderful and award winning documentaries of Senna and Amy, and starring Irrfan Khan as Lafcadia, a warrior who forgoes his violent tendencies and returns to his birthplace, only to discover that his Lord has sent his second in command after him to execute him for desertion.
Following a screening of the film, there will be a Q&A session with Kapadia.
Conversations with Screen Composers: John Powell
Monday July 10th 19:30 – Royal Albert Hall
John Powell may not be a recognisable household name, but many of the scores that he’s composed for animated family films almost certainly will be. John has scored films such as Shrek, Kung-Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon, earning himself a third BAFTA nomination in the process.
The conversation will discuss aims to take an in-depth look at composing a score, and includes a live musical element.
N.B. This event is sold out!
BAFTA Debuts: A Way of Life + Q&A
Wednesday July 12th 18:00 – Chapter Arts, Cardiff
Amma Asante has made a name for herself with the films Belle and A United Kingdom, but her debut film from 2004 is equally as powerful.
A Way Out revolves around four teenage friends as they each strive to achieve their goals. Unfortunately, a combination of boredom, paranoia and anger leads to their Turkish Muslim neighbour getting attacked.
Following the event, there will be a Q&A with director, Amma Asante.
BAFTA Kids TV Preview: Tangled: Before Ever After
Saturday July 15th 11:00 – Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA
Rapunzel and Eugene (formerly Flynn Rider) swing back into action with a new story set in between the events of Tangled and its short film sequel Tangled Ever After. The events of this film see Rapunzel getting to know her parents, subjects and the Kingdom of Corona in general as she slowly realises that she has a lot to learn before she can take on the title of Princess. Both Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will be reprising their roles as the protagonists, and several familiar faces will show up to help out as well.
The event will be hosted by Georgia Lock and will also feature behind the scenes footage.
BAFTA TV Preview: Man Down + Q&A
Monday July 31st 18:45 – Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA
For many people of my generation, their first exposure to the comedic talent of Greg Davies was most likely in Channel Four’s hit comedy The Inbetweeners. Since then, he’s appeared in Cuckoo on the BBC, and most recently in his own sitcom, Man Down. The latest series of the show sees Dan (played by Davies) leaving his job and trying to find something more enjoyable as well as supporting his new family and impending fatherhood.
Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Davies himself.