Sir Trevor McDonald OBE looks back on his incredible career in television in conversation with Kirsty Young, sharing his experiences of interviewing some of the most influential and controversial figures in the world including Nelson Mandela, Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi.A Life in Television is a strand of live onstage events that celebrating leading creative figures from the world of television, shining a light on their talent and exploring what makes them unique and relevant to British television and culture.
Pete Docter, director of BAFTA-winning animation Inside Out, and BAFTA-nominated Shaun the Sheep creators Richard Starzak and Mark Burton, discuss the creation of their films and reflect on the challenges and joys of working in animation.
In January 2016, BAFTA 195 was lit up with images of leading actors and directors of British film and television as part of Lumiere London’s festival of light. Here the people behind the exhibition discuss it's inspiration and realisation on the façade of BAFTA's iconic HQ. Award-winning Newcastle upon Tyne-based creative studio NOVAK, who specialise in motion design and immersive experiences, created the projected exhibition using images from BAFTA’s photography archive. Inspired by the the origins of 195 Piccadilly as the home of the Royal Society of Watercolour Painters, the animation was accompanied by a striking soundtrack created by Ed Carter and based on the classic sounds that helped define the genres of film and television. Featuring: audio producer and composer Ed Carter; Studio Director of NOVAK Adam Finlay; Head of Facilities at 195 Piccadilly, Pauline Campbell; and Director of Archive, Heritage and Exhibition at BAFTA, Rebekah Polding
Outlander showrunner Ron Moore discusses his work on the hit television series, filming in Scotland, the possibility of a third season and his early career writing for Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.
Two-time BAFTA winner Kate Winslet joined Briony Hanson and an audience at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly for a fascinating look back at her career in feature film. Winslet touched upon her work from Titanic to Steve Jobs and shared stories from on set. Recorded at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly on 7 December 2015.
Director Sam Mendes joined Briony Hanson and an audience at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly for a fascinating look back at his career in film. In a conversation that covered his work from American Beauty to James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, Mendes discussed his theatrical roots, how he works with actors and portraying both American and British identity in his work. Recorded at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly on 30 November 2015.
A fascinating career retrospective with director Todd Haynes, whose bold, thought-provoking career has seen him become one of the most lauded directors of independent film working today. Haynes looks back over his career, discussing the controversy of his early films, his experimentation with genre and his most significant collaborations. Find out more about the event: https://www.bafta.org/film/features/todd-haynes-a-life-in-pictures
A year and a half after his headline-grabbing lecture held the TV industry to account for its record on diversity, Lenny Henry returned to BAFTA, along with an industry panel with representatives from major broadcasters, the production sector and stakeholders, to debate and discuss what progress has been made and whether this is enough to ensure growth and sustainability for diverse talent in the TV industry. Panel and contributors including: Sir Lenny Henry, Anne Mensah (Head of Drama, Sky), Ade Rawcliffe (Creative Diversity Manager, Channel 4), Charlotte Moore (Controller BBC One), Menhaj Huda, (Director, Coronation Street, Queer as Folk, Kidulthood), Steve November (ITV Director of Drama), chair Helen Veale (Creative Director, Outline Productions) and actor Adrian Lester.
Cast members David Mitchell and Robert Webb, and creators/writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong discuss the ninth and final series of the multi award-winning Channel 4 comedy. Series 9 heads back to Croydon to tackle the ever more complicated and chaotic lives of Mark and Jez; as they approach 40 with emotional scars still smarting and an impending wedding on the horizon, it seems that things might take an interesting turn for the pair.
Creator and writer Tom Rob Smith, actor Ben Whishaw and journalist Boyd Hilton discuss the making of London Spy, a television drama which follows a chance romance between two people from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess. Recorded at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly on 6 October 2015
Richard Brown discusses his fascinating experience as producer for the highly-acclaimed BAFTA-winning drama True Detective and his perspective on the evolution of the television industry due to the rise in streaming distribution platforms. Brown has worked on many films and TV series, including with 2008’s 44 Inch Chest and upcoming film The Revenant.