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Panda Awards Ceremony

Last night, Guy & Nick’s film, Carving the Future, our film Love in Cold Blood, and Mat Thompson’s film went head to head for the BBC Best Newcomer Award at Wildscreen. The UK nominee Mat won with Hudson’s Monarch. It’s about stag beetles and shows never-before-seen footage of their metamorphosis- so exceptionally well shot that the BBC is actually buying his footage…! It’s so impressive & inspiring what Mat has done by himself over a 2 year period- his film truly is beautiful and he deserves all the credit he gets. Jane and I are just thrilled to be nominated in the same category.
However… we did hear the Newcomer Award was extreeeemely hard to judge, and apparently we have impressed people by choosing to emphasize story, the “unseen art” that Jane and I both love. So once again- thanks to Lindsay Hazley for letting us find the big story of little old Henry & Mildred.

Hudson's Monarch by Mat Thompson

Of course Wildscreen is about so much more than our nomination! I’ve been immersed in stories of love, tragedy, controversy, and natural beauty, had a chance to listen to how “the industry” ticks, and had so many inspiring chats. We can never hope to go to everything here, but if I can recommend one thing that will change your outlook on life- watch a film called Green. There are so many reasons it won the Golden Panda last night.

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Wild and worldly

Jane and I are thoroughly enjoying our time at Wildscreen so far. There isn’t much time for blogging- to give you an idea, just check today’s list of fantastic things to see and do- so this will be short and sweet. So far we’ve had a blast at the Parthenon Party, met dozens of like minded people, obtained a bit of insight into how ‘the industry’ all fits together, listened to inspiring talks, watched jaw-dropping er, stuff, ¬†and heard about heart-stopping filming experiences from the planet’s most intrepid filmmakers. We’ve been to two very helpful workshops and dare I say it, actually enjoyed our Newcomer interview at the BBC. The only thing slightly disappointing is that the one and only Sir David Attenborough is not going to be making an appearance here, as he is busy filming in Madagascar as we speak (hardworking young man that he is).

But, as Fred Dagg would say- “we don’t know how lucky we are, mate!”

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One Week to Go

On Monday, ah… tomorrow, Jane and I are flying to England. As you do!!
And in a weeks’ time we’ll be immersed in the world of Wildscreen. Without going through our entire movie credit list, thanks are due to all the DVD buyers, pub quiz fans, NHNZ, and friends and family for supporting us. I still fail to comprehend how lucky we are- we only get to be Newcomers once, so plan to use this opportunity as best we can.
By the way, in case any of our fans (haha!) have followed us all the way to Bristol, the public screening of Love in Cold Blood is here:

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