UK talent celebrated at Production Guild Awards
This Saturday saw the welcome return of the Production Guild Awards after a seven-year break. The Awards are an opportunity for the best in UK film and television production to come together and celebrate excellence within the Production Guild’s membership – and to champion UK film and high-end TV production. Sponsored by Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, the ceremony was held close by at The Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire.
The BFC played a central role in the event, presenting the British Film Commission Rising Star Award to Hannah Godwin. The award acknowledges a Production Guild member who has risen through the grades within their area of work. Godwin was recognised for her progression from Travel Co-ordinator on 2008’s Quantum of Solace to Production Supervisor on the latest in the franchise, the as yet untitled Bond 24. Godwin’s other credits include Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Sony/MGM/Eon’s Skyfall, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Disney’s upcoming fairytale fantasy Into the Woods.
Showcasing the industry
The UK’s reputation as a leading destination for major productions was reinforced throughout the night.
Location Manager Sue Quinn was honoured with the Panavision Project Management Award for her work on Warner Bros.’ sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow. Quinn was key in facilitating one of the film’s pivotal scenes in which a Puma military helicopter lands in London’s Trafalgar Square. The BFC worked closely with the production team on the shoot, liaising with the RAF to secure permission for use of the aircraft. Quinn has most recently worked on major UK-based Warner Bros. features The Man from U.N.C.L.E and Tarzan the Untamed, highlighting our continuing draw for major US studios.
British producer Steve Clark-Hall, well known for his work on a range of projects including Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes series (Warner Bros.), received the Creative Skillset Mentor Award in recognition of his dedication to further enhancing the UK’s world-class crew through his mentoring of up-and-coming talent.
Elsewhere, Strategic Policy Advisor Stephen Bristow was awarded the Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Contribution to the Industry Award. Alongside the BFC and other film and TV organisations, Bristow played a key role in shaping and securing the hugely successful Creative Sector Tax Reliefs, liaising between Government and industry.
“It is well-recognised by industry and Government that the UK’s generous and reliable tax reliefs are essential in keeping the UK on a level playing field with global competitors, but it is the UK’s world-class film and television infrastructure that gives us the advantage. At the heart of this is our crew – and for the British Film Commission, our crew is a key element of how we promote the UK’s production industry around the world.” commented Iain Smith, Producer and Chairman of the British Film Commission.
Speaking about the talent honoured at the event he continued “Whether shot here or overseas, look at the end credits of any high-end drama or feature film and there will always be a contingent of UK names. From our award-winning HoDs through to junior roles, the talent, work ethic and professionalism of UK crew is universally recognised and in demand. The BFC is proud to continue its work with the Production Guild of Great Britain and the wider industry to ensure this reputation is maintained and increased.”