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BAFTA Screenwriter Lectures 2018: Alfonso Cuaron – Highlights

Alfonso Cuaron is our most accomplish filmmaker who transcends genres. His work has evolved into either technical masterpieces or deeply human explorations. Or, you know, both at the same time. His work is conducted with pure passion, evolving from one screenplay.

At BAFTA last weekend, as part of the Screenwriter Lecture Series, Cuaron joined Jeremy Brock to discuss his vast career as well as give tips and advice on how he develops his scripts into these phenomenal movies.

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Of his sexuality drama Y Tu Mamá También, Cuaron spoke about stitching together the narrative that is simple yet complex at the same time. “What I feel is the control of the rhythm and tone, but to also tell a story that’s incredibly enthralling, the story of these boys and their sexual awakening and the story of their rights of passage from a kind of innocent sexual bravado”

Despite there being a book of Children of Men, the film wound up being slightly different. Cuaron spoke on how he crafted the dystopian thriller and how the idea began to flow. “I immediately had a movie come into my head… and I started the mental process of drafting how would it go.”

For most audiences, his work on the third Harry Potter Film, the Prisoner of Azkaban is his most famed. Though the host didn’t want to spend too much on the movie, Cuaron ensured us that it was a fantastic experience. I have to say, from the narrative standpoint, it’s very joyful. And besides that, it was, as a director, it was my kindergarten for visual effects!”

It also helped him create Children of Men. “they didn’t want to do it, and after Harry Potter they gave me the green light so…

After laughter, Cuaron concluded; The magic of Harry Potter…”

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In 2013, Cuaron released his most acclaimed work Gravity, for which he won the Oscar for Best Director, though he stresses that the making was frustrating. “It was something that was kind of tough and sometimes frustrating of Gravity is that we were constrained by the technology. So we had to, everything, even the performance of Sandra Bullock, I admire her performance because she was so constrained about timings about rhythms and stuff”

Now he is releasing Roma, a movie that is sure to make waves at award-ceremonies this year, despite being released by streaming service Netflix. The meticulously crafted film is filled with a lot of different details. “In Roma, it’s filled with a lot of foreground/background and a lot of description of what is in the background and everything is in the screenplay. The film is very aural; there are a lot of sounds going on.”

With much adulation, Cuaron concluded his lecture and class.

Check out the full transcript over at BAFTA Guru now!
Roma is out in select cinemas now.

BAFTA Film Awards 2018 – Winners!

One of the best times of the year! That’s right, it’s the EE BAFTA Film Awards. A night where we shower praise on the best of the British Film Industry. With stars showing up in supporting the Times Up campaign, there was political tension on the red carpet that sparked political commentary in the speeches.

As always, the EE BAFTA Film Awards were all just a tad bit stiff, heinously predictable, and still extremely entertaining.

So who are the big winners of the night?

Three Billboards Just Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner of the night scooping up it’s predictable awards in Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Outstanding British Film, and the biggie – Best Picture. As admirable as these wins are, and certainly showcases the power of Martin McDonagh’s work and the acting talent in it, it just means we’re starring down a dead cert for the Academy Awards.

On that note, Allison Janney wins Best Supporting Actress for her work on I, Tonya but that win is spectacular.

Daniel Kaluuya scoop up the EE Rising Star Award (and delivered the best speech,) Best Adapted Screenplay went to James Ivory for Call Me By Your Name,  Outstanding British Debut went to I Am Not A Witch, whilst I Am Not Your Negro scooped up Best Documentary. The Handmaiden won for Best Film Not in the English Language and, yawn, Coco won Best Animation.

Again, predictable and a bit dull – the broadcasting needs a lot more than a new presenter to shake itself up. What does this mean for the Oscars? It means that they’ll be exactly like this. What do you think?

Here’s the full list of winners: 

Best Picture
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

Best Actor
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour 

Best Actress
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards

Best Director
Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards

Best Supporting Actress 
Allison Janney, I, Tonya 

Outstanding British Film
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

EE Rising Star Award 
Daniel Kaluuya

Best Original Score 
Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

Best Cinematography 
Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049

Best Costume Design 
Phantom Thread

Best Animated Films 

Best Editing 
Baby Driver

Best Hair & Make-Up 
Darkest Hour

Best Documentary 
I Am Not Your Negro

Outstanding Contribution to Cinema 
National Film & Television School

Best Short Animation 
Poles Apart

Best Short Film 
Cowboy Dave

Best Film Not in the English Language 
The Handmaiden

Best Adapted Screenplay 
James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name

 Best Original Screenplay
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards 

Best Production Design 
The Shape of Water

Best Visual Effects 
Blade Runner 2049

Outstanding Debut 
I Am Not A Witch

Best Sound 

BAFTA Highlights – July

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.

Bugsy Malone’s 40th Birthday Bash at BAFTA!

We could’ve been anything that we wanted to be! So we became film lovers who wanted nothing more than to kick ass with splurge guns and food fights at Fat Sam’s Grand Slam!

That’s right! We all wanted to be a part of Bugsy Malone. Alan Parker’s musical romp which saw pre-teens as Chicago gangsters in the middle of a gang warfare is one of our collective childhood favourites. The film stars Scott Baio and Jodie Foster as well as incredible music by Paul Williams!

Making you feel forever old, the film turns 40 this year and BAFTA have the best way to celebrate. For all the family, you can visit BAFTA HQ who will build thre very own Fat Sam’s! As well as this, you can talk to on-set photographer, stars of the film, and attend one of several screenings throughout the weekend.

Right, we’re getting out our flapper dresses, trilbies, and splurge guns right away. We’ve got to go!