Garth Davis Wins at the DGA

Garth Davis Wins at the DGA

Massive Congratulations to Garth Davis for winning the DGA Award for First-Time Feature Film.  ‘Lion’ is the incredible true story of an adopted boy tracking down his birth family in India.

The film has picked up award nominations across all the major shows and is gathering momentum towards the Oscars at the end of this month.  It’s showing in a cinema near you - go see it.

Academy sign Dorian & Daniel

Academy sign Dorian & Daniel

German wunderkinds Dorian and Daniel have joined Academy for UK representation.

The duo are graduates of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart.  While there, they wrote and directed a now famous spec commercial for Johnnie Walker titled ‘Dear Brother’.  To date the film has over 20 million views through Youtube, Vimeo and other online video outlets.

Dorian & Daniel join Academy having recently shot another popular spec ad for Volvo – the ABC of Death.  It’s a strong foray into the world of comedy but whatever the genre the pair are most at home telling emotional stories with big pictures.  Their work shows a comprehensive and natural understanding of their craft and maturity far beyond their years.

Click here to view their reel.

​Bupa Directed by Martin De Thurah

​Bupa Directed by Martin De Thurah

In Martin’s first film of the year a recovered cancer patient shows us just how it feels to be given the all clear. 

The film was made for WCRS, DOP was Niels Thastum and post was through Electric Theatre Collective.

Campaign’s Production Company of the Year 2016

Campaign’s Production Company of the Year 2016

Happy New Year!  While 2016 represented a 366 day low point for humanity, the year ended on a particularly high note for Academy and A+.  In an incredibly competitive field, Academy were named by Campaign Magazine as Production Company of the Year.

This was thanks in no small part to Seb Edwards, whose Virgin Media film, ‘9.58’ was second on the list of best commercials.  This, combined with his piece for HP put Seb 5th on the directors list.  Boots and HSBC campaigns by Jeff Labbe were also noted as a standout along with Google (Jonathan Glazer), Ikea (Frederic Planchon),  Paddy Power (Peter Cattaneo), O2 (Si & Ad), Lucozade (Wally Pfister), Birds Eye (Marcus Soderlund) and Glenfiddich (Ben Tricklebank).

Alice, Adelaide – a short film by Novemba

Alice, Adelaide – a short film by Novemba

Back in January, Novemba (Blair and Oliver) took a road trip through South Australia.  Set to the majestic backdrop of an arid sun baked landscape, the boys found a wealth of unusual stories and incredible imagery.  The result is Alice, Adelaide – a snapshot of Australia’s Red Centre and the wonderful people that live there.

Huge thanks to Rushes, Father, GCRS and Stitch Editing for helping to bring the film life.

Click here to view the trailer, and here to view the film on A+