Production Company’s first film nominated for BAFTA Children’s Award
A fledgling Media Production Company reached the top four nominations for a BAFTA Children’s Award on Sunday 28th November with a film about the World Cup. Up against giants, Bath-based Walk Tall Media didn’t win at the prestigious award ceremony, but the nomination has caused a stir as it was the company’s first broadcast programme.
‘World Cup Stories’ was nominated in the Short Form category and broadcast on BBC Learning Broadband Clips and CBBC in April. It tells the personal stories of six children living near football stadiums in South Africa in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup. The nominated story features 11-year old Sipho from Cape Town exploring the newly built stadium and visiting the famous African penguins at nearby Boulders Beach.
The film was directed by Julika Kennaway and produced by Jacqui Doughty, both award-winning programme makers with a background in educational broadcasting. Jacqui Doughty is also the Managing Director of Walk Tall Media and was thrilled at the nomination. “We worked incredibly hard to make this programme happen from start to finish in nine weeks. We saw a timely opportunity to see the World Cup from the eyes of local South African children and went for it! We would like to congratulate the BAFTA winners, Nickelodeon, and we look forward to being strong contenders again in the future!
Links to the films can be found on the Walk Tall website in the “News” section www.walktallmedia.co.uk or they can be viewed on the BBC Class Clips service at www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips .
Photos L to R: George Griffiths (Production Manager), Jacqui Doughty (Producer), Stephen Chadwick (Composer), Julika Kennaway (Director), Brian Uranovsky (Camera)