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In The Spotlight

posted 30 Jul 2020

In The Spotlight…

In The Spotlight - Film Interviews

This August we will be speaking to leading film industry experts based in the South West.

With support from Film Feels Connected and BFI Film Audience Network, we are delighted to present our programme of online interviews with local filmmakers, designed to inspire young people looking at a career in film and to discover what happens behind the scenes.


Over August we will be talking to....


Mia Bays

Thursday 6th August at 6pm

Mia Bays FIlmmaker

Watch the FULL INTERVIEW with Mia here:


In the interview, we discuss Mia’s route into film, her career to date, career highs and lows and what advice she has for young people looking at starting a career in the industry. We also ask Mia to sum up the experience of receiving an Oscar and two BAFTA awards in one word or phrase, and discuss how Mia is actively supporting other women within the film industry.

To find out more about Mia’s work for Bird’s Eye View, and how the charity supports, mentors and invests in women, head to their website: https://www.birds-eye-view.co.uk/

You can also find out more about the films Mia has produced through her company, Missing In Action Films, here: https://miafilms.co.uk/

We also talk to Mia about Clemency, a new film released post-lockdown both online and in cinema venues across the country. 
Watch the Trailer here:
Clemency will be screened at Westlands Entertainment Venue on 10th & 11th August, to book tickets head to our website: https://www.westlandsyeovil.co.uk/whats-on/screenings/clemency/8341 or you can stream the new release online to watch from home, head here for more info: http://bohemiamedia.co.uk/clemency/#how-to-watch​


Sofia Olins

Thursday 13th August at 6pm –  LIVE

Sofia Olins - Filmmaker

Tune in at 6PM on Thursday 13th August for the chance to ask your questions and to watch our LIVE Q&A with Sofia Olins:

Find out more about Sofia Olins on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1390974/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Watch the trailer for 'Lost in Vaguness' here:


To watch the documentary about Roy Gurvitz the inventor of the Lost Vagueness area of Glastonbury Festival in full, follow the links below: Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Vagueness-Roy-Gurvitz/dp/B07DGW88Q9 iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/lost-in-vagueness/id1355834549?ign-mpt=uo%3D5


Anil Gupta

Thursday 20th August at 6pm

Anil Gupta Filmmaker

Watch the FULL interview with Anil here:


We discuss what inspired Anil to take up a career in film, his top tips when sitting down to write his next TV series, and the challenges of producing new work during the COVID-19 panemic. We also chat about what it was like to work with Ricky Gervais on The Office, and advice he has for young people starting out within the film industry.

To find out more about Anil Gupta head to his IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0348463/

You can currently stream Citizen Khan and Goodness Gracious Me on BBC iPlayer, and watch The Office on Netflix.

 Watch Citizen Khan here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b03c8nd8/citizen-khan

Watch Goodness Gracious Me here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b007xm15/goodness-gracious-me

Check out this Pub Lunch Sketch from BBC's Goodness Gracious Me:

Stream Season 1 & 2 of The Office (UK) on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/70136112


Jack Price

Thursday 27th August at 6pm

Jack Price Filmmaker

Watch the interview with Jack in FULL here:

 In the interview we will be discussing Jack's route into film, his career highlights, the Youth Cinema Foundation and what advice he has for young people looking at starting a career in the industry. We also ask Jack to sum up his connection working for Ridley Scott Associates (Director of Alien and The Gladiator) in one word or phrase, and quiz jack on who he'd most like to work with on set.

To find out more about the Youth Cinema Foundation and the actor and filmmaking courses avaliable for young people between 14 - 26 years old, head to their website: https://www.youthcinema.co.uk/ 



We will be discussing their route into film, career to date, their career highs and lows and what advice they have for young people looking at starting a career in the industry.

 Talks will be streamed via our YouTube Channel and Facebook page at 6pm every Thursday in August.

 These talks are FREE for everyone and are your chance to find out what happens behind the scenes on set and offer some industry advice for those thinking of pursuing a career within TV & Film.



These free talks have been made possible thanks to funding and support from Film Feels Connected and BFI Film Audience Network. Please head online to fill out the Film Feels Audience Survey: https://broadway.typeform.com/to/HHWNSMaE



Have you got a question for our local film industry experts that you want answered? Drop us an email at octagontheatre@southsomerset.gov.uk 





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