BAFTA Cymru Nominations
At Screen Alliance Wales, we are delighted to hear that `His Dark Materials’ has been nominated in seven categories at this year’s BAFTA Cymru awards and they are leading the nominations with 9 in total. This year’s ceremony will be a little different, of course, as is will be taking place virtually on 25th October but we are still really excited to see so many of the cast and crew nominated for their hard work on this fantastic production. Both Dafne Keen and her onscreen mother, Ruth Wilson have been nominated for Best Actress proving just how talented the female leads are. The extremely talented Caroline McCall has been nominated for Best Costume design along with the fantastic visionary, Joel Collins, who has been nominated for Best Production Design. Joel was extremely good to us in Screen Alliance Wales giving hundreds of young people a unique behind the scenes insight into his and his team’s work on our many studio tours and his numerous visits to the University of South Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Pamela Haddock has been nominated for her stunning work with Make up and Hair and both David Higgs and Suzie Lavelle have been nominated for their hard work in Photography and Lighting. Niven Howie and Stephen Haren have also both been recognised for their work in Editing. The fact that `His Dark Materials’ is leading the nominations this year just goes to show how much hard work, dedication and effort went into producing the biggest show ever to be filmed in Wales. We are so proud and privileged to have been able to work behind the scenes to help this production find such talented Welsh based crew. On this, the first season of `His Dark Materials’, Screen Alliance Wales had 5 paid trainees in the Costume, Make up, Locations and VFX departments, giving opportunities to those with no previous experience in the TV Industry to learn and progress in their chosen careers. We also offered 67 people work shadowing placements to allow them to experience what it is like to work on a High-End TV Drama. Many of them even went on to find work on the next season of `His Dark Materials’. In addition to this, over 600 young people from across Wales were able to visit the studios and explore the sets of this amazing production months before they appeared on screen. Some lucky ones even got to scale a mountain – fortunately, Lord Asriel had not opened the portal yet so they made it back down unharmed! During the filming of the first season, we also got to speak to over 5000 young people about `His Dark Materials’ and future careers in the industry when we visited their schools and colleges. We wish all the nominees the very best of luck and we can’t wait to tune in on 25th October to find out the results!