Moving Image Awards

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I was lucky enough to be one of the judges at the WJEC Moving Image Awards 2016 at the BFI Southbank last week. It is the WJEC exam board ‘Oscars’, and an annual celebration of the best student work in Film & Media Studies. This year the new Subject Officer Rebecca Ellis interviewed actor and director Alice Lowe (star and writer of the very black comedy ‘Sightseers’) about her path into the industry, and her latest project, which is (wait for it) a pregnant anti-hero horror comedy called ‘Prevenge’. Alice wrote, acted, and directed the film. We were informed and entertained by Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Film critic for Metro) and Anna Smith (Chair of the Critics Circle Film Section) who told us about their careers as people who get paid to watch new films all day. They also revealed their best star interview techniques. Apparently asking about recurrent dreams is a good way to get under the celebrity radar. The day ended with a celebration of the retiring Subject Head Jeremy Points who initiated this great annual occasion, and the good news that the new Film and Media A levels are close to approval for September 2017. But the day was all about student creativity and I was particularly delighted that James Harvey, who won the Short Film Award for his brilliant ‘Cloud’, which I judged, was also given the best Film award across all categories. All of this year’s work (OK last year’s work!) can be seen at http://www.movingimageawards.co.uk/, and more pictures of this great event are on the Flickr feed: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blindtigeruk/sets/72157675554294803/

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