BAFTA award wins for USW filmmakers

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Last night (Sunday 6 June) was a BAFTA awards ceremony to remember, as TV shows worked on by University of South Wales (USW) graduates scooped a host of awards.

Director Georgi-Banks Davies, who studied Film at the University, won in the Emerging Talent: Fiction category for her work on the Sky Atlantic hit drama, I Hate Suzie.

Starring Billie Piper, I Hate Suzie is a British dark comedy produced by Bad Wolf Studios in Cardiff. The series follows the life of actress Suzie Pickles, whose life is thrown into turmoil when her phone is hacked and compromising photographs of her are leaked.

Although the show was Georgi’s major TV break as lead director, she has also worked on Garfield the Movie – which was shown at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival – and several short films, as well as TV commercials around the world.

His Dark Materials – a fantasy drama series based on the novel series of the same name by Philip Pullman – won in two categories; Sound: Fiction, and Special, Visual and Graphic Effects.

The series, produced by Bad Wolf studios, employed more than 40 students and graduates from USW’s Film & TV School Wales, through the not-for-profit educational initiative Screen Alliance Wales.

Finally, Sex Education – a comedy drama focusing on the issues facing a group of teenage classmates as they navigate high school – saw actress Aimee Lou Wood win the award for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme.

Several USW students and graduates worked in a wide range of roles on the acclaimed Netflix production, after undertaking successful work placements on season 1.

Tom Ware, Director of Production and Performance at USW, said: “It’s great to see Georgi’s talent recognised by BAFTA, and for several of the other series that our students have been privileged to work on over the last two years also being celebrated by winning awards. This year’s successes are further proof, if needed, of the amazing pool of talent we are proud to nurture at the Film & TV School Wales.”