Sanjeev Singh, Director of Acquisition and Distribution for Videovision Entertainment announced today that films acquired by Videovision Entertainment for distribution in South Africa have received a total of eight British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award nominations. The films are Made in Dagenham, Of Gods And Men, Tamara Drewe and Four Lions.
Made in Dagenham which will be released in South Africa on Friday, 21 January received four nominations for Outstanding British Film, Best Supporting Actress (Miranda Richardson), Best Costume Design and Best Make-up and Hair. The film focuses on Rita O’Grady who is the catalyst for the 1968 Ford Dagenham strike by 187 sewing machinists which led to the advent of the Equal Pay Act. Working in extremely impoverished conditions and for long arduous hours, the women at the Ford Dagenham plant finally lay down their tools when they are reclassified as “unskilled”.
Of Gods And Men received the nomination for Best Film Not in the English Language. The film, inspired by a true story, follows the monks of an Order of Trappist who find their pacifist beliefs put to the test. They live in the hills outside Algiers where the community outside the monastery is almost exclusively Muslim, and the monks have worked to foster understanding between themselves and their neighbours by observing Muslim traditions, and becoming well versed in the Koran while providing medical and charitable assistance to the townspeople. Of Gods And Men will be released in South Africa next month.
The Orange Wednesday Rising Award Nomination went to Gemma Arterton for her role in Tamara Drewe. Filled with lust and humour and, the film is based on Posy Simmonds’ well-loved graphic novel, which was inspired by Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd. Tamara Drewe will be released in South Africa later this year.
Four Lions which was nominated for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, is a hilarious comedy which tracks a handful of young men who set out to take on the decadent West but are more of a threat to themselves than anyone else. Omar is a devout Muslim living in the United Kingdom who has decided to form a terrorist cell to bring forth a jihad against a culture he believes is dominated by the sinful and ignorant. However, Omar is not much of a leader as he has assembled an unimpressive team of fellow terrorists. As Omar and his comrades debate both doctrine and methods, they ponder such notions as using birds as explosive devices and creating video communiqués with a hip-hop flavour. Four Lions which was a hit at the Durban Film Festival, will be released on DVD in South Africa in March 2011.
Commenting on the BAFTA nominations, Singh said “We are delighted with the BAFTA nominations received byMade in Dagenham, Of Gods And Men, Tamara Drewe and Four Lions. We are confident that these films will win a few awards at the BAFTA Awards Ceremony on Sunday, 13 February 2011.”