Strokes of Genius

Tune in to BBC 2 this coming Sunday for Andrew Douglas’ feature length documentary about the greatest tennis match ever played – the epic 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Set the recorder for Sunday 8th July, 6.20pm.

Link to the BBC site here.

More Awards for Sarah Clift

Congratulations Sarah.  ‘La Madre Buena’ has won yet another award, this time at the New Film Makers Awards LA for Best Screenplay.  The film has now garnered with ‘official selection’ by 71 film festivals around the world, and picked up 38 awards.

Click here to view the film. 

Director, Photographer and Artist Frederick Paxton Signs to Academy

Frederick Paxton is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, photographer and artist currently based in London. After graduating with honours from New York’s School of Visual Arts, he quickly established himself and captured a broad body of work.

The theme of humanity is a constant in Frederick’s work; he captures the intersections and boundaries that help reveal so much about true human nature, whether through observed visuals, intimate portraiture or on the front line in Aleppo

‘Behind The Zero Line’ is a documentary focusing on the plight of a small community caught between separatist and government forces in Ukraine. In 2017 the film was nominated for a Grierson Award - one of documentary filmmaking’s highest accolades.

His latest film Harmony is a moving meditation on identity and expectations in modern Russia. The film is currently showing at film festivals globally.

Frederick’s fine art background and journalistic approach give a unique perspective on craft and creativity. His photography is honest, beautiful and often heart-breaking. He joins Academy for stills representation as well as direction.

Click here for Frederick's showreel.

Mahaneela joins Academy

Mahaneela is a multi-faceted artist, who at a young age explored her love for photography and filmmaking.

Over the last few years, the director/photographer has created content for some of the most influential and exciting brands in the world, such as Converse, Adidas, Nike and Eurostar, as well as working with prominent record labels XL Recordings, Young Turks and Because Music. She has photographed artists such as Mercury Prize award winning Sampha, The xx, FKA Twigs, Steve Lacy, and many more.

Her work has featured in I-D Magazine, The Fader, Complex, Suitcase Magazine and many others, and she was named one of this year’s female creative leaders by The Dots.

In her personal work, Mahaneela focuses on intimate portraiture and films that explore the experiences of people of colour across the world, documenting cultures across music, youth, and the African and Asian diasporas.

She made her directorial debut with a music video for artist Denai Moore, which was premiered by The Fader and nominated for a Shiny Award. She then debuted her first short film 'Kindred' at the Tate Modern as part of their 'Soul of a Nation: Art in the age of Black Power' exhibition. Her most recent work features prolific UK rapper Nines, for his critically acclaimed album 'Crop Circle'.

Alongside her photography, Mahaneela manages artist Denai Moore, and is a writer, curator and founder of award-nominated music consultancy agency COZY. She also co-founded In Bloom, an all women collective and agency specialising in creating engaging, authentic content for brands and artists.

The British Arrows

Seb Edwards’s Lacoste film was one of the big winners at the British Arrows Awards last night, winning the coveted Frank Budgen Award for Direction, and further Golds for Editing (Russell Icke @ Whitehouse Post), Costume & Wardrobe (Madeleine Fontaine) and Colourist (Jean-Clement @ MPC), plus a Bronze in the Fashion Category. 

Novemba won two Silver Arrows in Charity & Public Service and Integrated categories for‘London Needs You Alive’.  The film was made for the Mayor’s Office through AMV BBDO.

Congratulations to all the nights award winners, in particular Seb for that Directing Gold.