Falmouth film nominated for Bafta
A SHORT film made by a local university lecturer and shot on location in and around Falmouth has been nominated for a Bafta.
Island Queen features shots from around the Falmouth area, including the St Mawes ferry, Falmouth’s Merlin Cinema, Chainlocker pub and Courtyard Deli, as well as scenes around Durgan and the Helford River.
Falmouth University’s head of fashion photography Emma Hughes, who produced the film, said she was “thrilled” with the nomination in the Best British Short Film category at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014.
“It’s like an oxygen blast to the head,” said Ms Hughes.
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“It felt like a film made between friends – we worked with colleagues, students and the community.”
Created on a budget of just £1,000 and shot over three days, the film crew featured photography and animation lecturers as well as students.
Kirsty Smith, co-director of photography on the film and lecturer in fashion photography at Falmouth University, said: “It was very exciting to work with members of the university, industry figures and Cornish venues.
“We couldn’t have done it without everybody’s efforts and what really stood out was the backing we received from the region.
“People were genuinely engaged and excited about the film, they opened their spaces to us for free with real warmth and support.”
The film was directed by Ben Mallaby, senior lecturer at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in London.
“Island Queen is the second film Ben and I have made together, so we’re just thrilled,” said Ms Hughes.
The EE British Academy Film Awards will be hosted by Stephen Fry and broadcast on BBC One on February 16.
The 16-minute short also features comics Sam Pamphilon and Toby Williams.
Written by and starring Nat Luurtsema, comic, author and member of the Jigsaw comedy trio, the film offers an irreverent take on the life of Miriam, a woman who visits a sperm bank with unexpected consequences.
No stranger to success, Island Queen has already collected the El Rey Award for Excellence in Short Film-making at the Barcelona Film Festival, 2013; Best Comedy at the European Independent Film Festival, 2013; Best Comedy, Smalls Film Festival, 2013; Best Film at the Shortz Film Night, 2013; as well as numerous shortlistings and nominations.