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17 Jan 2014

'Island Queen' up for BAFTA nomination

Island Queen has been nominated for the Best British Short Film by the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014.

Directed by Ben Mallaby Senior Lecturer at Ravensbourne for Digital Film Production and produced by Emma Hughes, Head of Fashion Photography at Falmouth.

Island Queen has already collected the El Rey Award for excellence in short film-making at Barcelona Film Festival 2013; Best comedy at the European independent film festival 2013 and was also nominated for Best screenwriting at the underwire film festival, 2012.

Stand-up comedian Nat Luurtsema wrote the 16-minute short, shot in Cornwall, with stunning landscapes as a backdrop. The film offers an irreverent take on the life of Miriam – a woman who, eager to grow up, visits a sperm bank followed by unexpected consequences.

Island Queen trailer from Ben Mallaby on Vimeo.

Island Queen _textBen Mallaby says: “It's an incredible honour to have my short film selected by the BAFTA board and the impact it has already had on my career is remarkable. The writer Nat and I have been able to secure funding for our first feature film ‘Annie Has Body Issues’ which we'll be shooting in June”.

Created on a shoestring budget of £1,000 and shot over the course of three days, the team were delighted with the reception they received for their efforts. “It’s like an oxygen blast to the head. Island Queen is the second film Ben and I have made together, so we’re just thrilled”, explained Emma. Island Queen 6

Ben and Emma met at university and have worked on projects together ever since, which emphasises the importance of creative collaborations and networks, that are made at university and continue into industry, some of which could lead towards some of your greatest achievements.

The EE British Academy Film Awards takes place on Sunday 16 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. Hosted by Stephen Fry, it will be broadcast on BBC One, BBC One HD and in all major territories around the world.

The short films will go on a theatrical tour beginning on 28 February at the Institute of Contemporary Arts followed by a Q&A.

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