BAFTA Winning Producer Stephen Woolley announced as Special Guest forBFS Industry Day
Bournemouth Film School at AUB is hosting its second annual Industry Day at the iconic BFI Southbank later this month, aimed to further prepare its final year BA (Hons) Film Production students for entering the industry. This year’s Special Guest Q&A will welcome the highly influential and prolific British film producer Stephen Woolley, who was honoured at the 2019 BAFTAs for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cinema’ along with partner Elizabeth Karlsen. Stephen’s three-and-a-half-decade long career has created some of the most recognisable and beloved Academy Award-nominated films of recent history, including ‘The Crying Game’, ‘Interview with the Vampire’ and ‘Carol’.
Stephen and partner Elizabeth founded Number 9 Films in 2002 and is one of Britain’s leading independent production companies. Their recent film ‘Colette’, from director Wash Westmoreland, told the story of the French novelist of the same name that is heralded as a twentieth century queer icon. Even before Stephen’s producing career, he was known for his cinema’s “groundbreaking anarchic programming”, The Scala, which showcased fringe and cutting-edge filmmakers and the likes of now-iconic classics ‘Pink Flamingos’ and ‘Eraserhead’. The Q&A will be hosted by the delightful Edith Bowman ahead of her curator role at From Page to Screen Film Festival in Bridport, which Bournemouth Film School at AUB is the lead sponsor for. Edith is creator and host of the popular film podcast ‘Soundtracking’, which recently featured Taika Waitititi, Greta Gerwig and Todd Phillips. "Edith Bowman has interviewed them all, from Tarantino to Scorsese and Gerwig. Her fascinating Soundtracking podcast is a must-listen for any cinephile. We can't wait to see Edith's selections for the 2020 programme for From Page to Screen Film Festival and are thrilled to have her be a part of our second annual Industry Day in London.” The Industry Day will also feature a filmmaker and industry body panel where advice on career paths, navigating the industry and current topics will be discussed with the final year students ahead of them beginning their graduation film shoots in spring. Last year’s panel saw Oscar-nominated producer of ‘The King’s Speech’, Gareth Ellis-Unwin, discuss the support that ScreenSkills has for young people getting their first jobs in film. The panel was then followed by an exciting Q&A with the iconic British director Mike Leigh OBE. Both the 2019 panel and Special Guest Q&A with Mike Leigh OBE are available to watch in full on the Bournemouth Film School YouTube channel.