BAFTA Brits to watch

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced its inaugural ‘BAFTA Brits to Watch’ event. It takes place on Saturday 9 July and British Airways will be flying the talent to Los Angeles as BAFTA’S official airline partner. Abigail Parkin (4 Jul 11)

BAFTA has a talent list of 42 people ready to attend the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles for Brits to Watch. This roster of emerging talent is expected by BAFTA to put British creativity on a global platform.


Prince William and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, the newly-titled Kate Middleton, are scheduled to attend the event as part of their Californian tour and boost the appearance of Hollywood’s decision-makers and exposure to the British contingent. The coterie includes actress Talulah Riley of St Trinian's fame who joins a number of British directors, writers and industry students at the Belasco Theater.


BAFTA Brits to Watch in partnership with Audi will be supported by leading film, television and video game companies who will personally host tables at the black-tie evening event. The 42 Brits to Watch will join them at their tables for dinner with the aim of making influential contacts. Examples of their work will be on show throughout the evening and distributed to guests. The British talent will be primed with a reception to be hosted by Soho House West Hollywood on Friday night.


Profits from the event will be used as part of the event’s legacy to continue to promote and support emerging British talent in Los Angeles through future events, scholarships and mentoring schemes


What they said:


“We are incredibly excited by the prospect of bringing some of the most talented emerging Brits in film, television and video games to the attention of arguably the most important people in the moving image industries today. We hope this will be only the first of a number of amazing opportunities for us to champion our very finest on-screen talent and behind-the-camera practitioners to the leading names in California.”  Tim Corrie, BAFTA Chairman


The Brits to watch are:

Rory Aitken, Producer

James Bobin, Writer/Director

Jessica Brown Findlay, Actress

David Buckley, Composer

Jamie Bull, Editor

Sam Care, Cinematographer

Joe Cornish, Writer/Director

Damian Daniel, Cinematographer

Brynach Day, Student (Director)

Patrick Dickinson, Student (Director)

Sabrina Doyle, Student (Director)

Gareth Edwards, Director

Charles Griffiths, Video Games Designer

Nick Holt, Documentary Director

Tom Hughes, Actor

Daniel Kaluuya, Actor/Writer

Ben Lambert, Visual Effects Artist


Anna Lavelle, Production Designer

Harry Lloyd, Actor

Victoria Mather, Animator

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Actress

Lou McLoughlan, Student (Director)

Jules Nurrish, Student (Writer/Director)

Folashadé Olagundoye, Production Designer

Debs Paterson, Director

Liza Rhea, Student (Animation)

Talulah Riley, Actress

Oliver Riley-Smith, Student (Writer/Director/Producer)

Caroline Skinner, Producer

Rupert Smith, Director

Katie Sole, Producer

Kate Solomon, Producer

Adrian Sturges, Producer

Juno Temple, Actress

Jack Thorne, Writer

Rachel Tunnard, Editor/Writer

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