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BAFTA News & Events – Breakfast with Commissioners, Tom Jones’ acting debut and Young Game Designers Launch

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BAFTA Young Game Designers 2012 launches
BAFTA’s competition for young game lovers is back! Launching on Tuesday 1 May with a day of workshops at the Science Museum in London, this competition guides 11-16 year olds through the process of turning their game ideas into a fully developed design – with one lucky team getting the chance to see their game made into a working prototype. Young people can attend an open session at 3.45pm to work on their game idea, and get insights and feedback from professional game designers.
FILM
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Screenwriter Deborah Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) joins us in Hereford to talk about her experience of adapting for screen, whilst down at the Brighton Festival, we’ll be welcoming acting legend Vanessa Redgrave CBE to the stage for a discussion on her Life in Pictures. Fans of production designer Eve Stewart’s work on The King’s Speech and Topsy Turvy should join us at Derby’s ID Festival to hear her discuss her process and designs.
TELEVISION
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We’ve got a special preview of 56 Up, the latest instalment in Michael Apted’s acclaimed documentary series and our Breakfast With… series continues with the Drama Commissioners from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky all coming in to advise on what type of drama they’re looking for on their channel. Cinematographer David Katznelson (Downton Abbey, Shoot The Messenger) is the latest confirmation in our masterclass series at the ICA.
GAMES
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Don’t miss our Game Developer Q+A on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier with François Alaux, Oscar-winning director of the game’s live action short film, developed in partnership with Ridley Scott and Associates’ Little Minx . Over on Guru is a Developing Successful Apps podcast from our event where experts shared the secrets of their app-store success.
Upcoming<br/> Events
tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 April
All in good time tour
BAFTA presents a tour of preview screenings followed by a Q+A with cast and crew at venues throughout the UK in association with Studio Canal. Centred around a close knit British Asian family living in present day Bolton, All In Good Time follows Atul Dutt (Reece Ritchie) and his young bride Vina (Amara Karan) for whom the first taste of married life is proving far from straightforward.
thursday 19 April
TV Preview: Playhouse Presents – King of the Teds & Nixon’s The One
A special double episode preview screening of Sky Arts’ new comedy and drama strand. King of the Teds tells the story of Tina (Alison Steadman), whose marriage to Ron (Tom Jones) is turned upside-down by a visit from an old friend. Nixon’s The One stars Harry Shearer (This is Spinal Tap, The Simpsons) as Nixon, in a verbatim account of his time in office based on the president’s own recordings. Following the screening, there will be a Q+A with Tom Jones, Brenda Blethyn and Harry Shearer.
monday 23 APRIL
BAFTA tv lab: pitch up! with stellar network
Join us to watch the top ten entrants to this competition pitch their TV ideas to our panel of executives – Juliette Howell (Head of Television, UK, Working Title Television), Ben Cavey (Head of Entertainment, Tiger Aspect), Huw Kennair Jones (Drama Commissioning Editor at Sky) and Gregor Sharp (Executive Editor, BBC Comedy)There will be networking drinks afterwards.
tuesday 1 May
bafta rocliffe new writing forum
The popular BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum returns with Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films and multi-BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated producer.
saturday 5 may
BAFTA AND SCI-FI-LONDON PRESENT: GENRE FILMMAKING IN BRITAIN
Join us at BAFTA HQ in Piccadilly for a day of talks on the state of sci-fi filmmaking in the UK. We’ll be quizzing major commissioners who can help you get your project made. Panelists include Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers), Sarah Scougal, Head of Development at Vertigo Films (Monsters, Pusher), and Mia Bays (Film London’s Microwave scheme).
saturday 5 may
vanessa redgrave CBE: A life in pictures
A very special on-stage interview with BAFTA Fellow and Guest Director of this year’s Brighton Festival, Vanessa Redgrave. In a career spanning five decades, Redgrave has appeared in more than 60 films and countless TV dramas.  Her most recent screen roles include Queen Elizabeth I in Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous (2011) and Volumnia in Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (2012).
tuesday 8 may
Breakfast with….TV’s Drama Commissioners
Your chance to hear from a range of major drama commissioners about what they’re looking for in 2012/13.  Joining us will be Sophie Gardner (Commissioning Editor Drama, Channel 4 and E4), Laura Mackie (Director of Drama, ITV), Anne Mensah (Head of Drama, Sky) and Ben Stephenson (Controller of Drama Commissioning, BBC).
Tuesday 22 may
BAFTA TV Lab: Second Screen – hope or hype?
The inclusion of the second screen – your smart phone, laptop or tablet – is setting commissioners and commentators’ hearts a flutter. But what is really working in this arena? And what have the people behind the successes learned about the audiences who tweet, comment and play along online? Our panel of producers and commissioners guide you through the emerging landscape.
bafta-nominated shorts on tour – NEXT STOP: manchester
The 2012 tour of BAFTA-nominated shorts continues at Manchester’s Fuse Festival with special screenings of the nominated live action and animated shorts. For details on more upcoming tour dates and venues, click here.
the magic of the music
Join us at Sundance London as we welcome world-renowned composer Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia, Kingdom of Heaven) to share his process from that first spark of musical conception through to its culmination in the final delivery of a film score. With a live demonstration by electric violinist Hugh Marsh.
Conversations with Screen Composers at the Royal Albert Hall: Rachel Portman
The BAFTA, Oscar and Emmy-winning composer behind the scores for The Duchess, Emma and Chocolat discusses her work, accompanied by clips and live performances.
News
Aidan Farrell to receive Special Award
Industry-renowned colourist Aidan Farrell will receive the Special Award at next month’s British Academy Television Craft Awards in recognition of his outstanding creative contribution to the industry. His extensive list of credits include critically acclaimed programmes such as The Human Body, Boy A, The Devil’s Whore, Teachers, This is England ’86, Downton Abbey and Wallander, and music videos for Björk, Oasis, The Rolling Stones and U2.
Structured Reality Debate: Live Stream
We’ll be live streaming next Tuesday’s debate on whether or not the rise of structured reality shows like The Only Way Is Essex and Made In Chelsea is corrupting the documentary genre. Make a date with BAFTA Guru on Tues 17 April at 6.55pm to hear all sides of the argument or share your own views right now on Twitter using #TVDebate. There’s still a handful of tickets left for the live event if you’re keen to feel the heat in the room… click to book
Public Tickets for Television Awards
Don’t miss your chance to hit the red carpet and enjoy the most prestigious night in the Television calendar with tickets to this year’s Arqiva British Academy Television Awards. Join us at the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank with host Dara O’Briain to watch the winners announced live.
New on BAFTA<br/> Guru
Joseph Mawle: Interview
The Brit actor talks about his latest turn as a Johnny Cash-loving hard man in action thriller The Cold Light Of Day plus his work on TV dramas Soundproof and Birdsong.
Janice Hadlow: What BBC Two Want
The BBC Two controller outlines her views on the channel and its audience, her particular role and how to get your idea noticed by them.
Developing Successful Apps
What does it take to build a successful iPhone app? Listen to a panel of experts – including Paul Bennun, Tom Bonnick and Peter Sleeman – share their experiences of building commercially viable apps with event chair Stuart Dredge.
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