This evening in London BAFTA revealed their 2016 Breakthrough Brits. The initiative, sponsored by Burberry, is designed to recognise the best new talent breaking through in the fields of film, television and games, and elevate them to even greater heights.
The programme has been running since 2013, and before tonight’s group was inducted over fifty artists have benefited from the scheme, including Letitia Wright, Ray Panthaki and our new Spider-Man Tom Holland.
The Breakthrough Brits enjoy a year’s tailored mentoring programme in their chosen field, as well as numerous other benefits including career guidance from the very best their industry has to offer. It’s a fine example of the sterling work BAFTA do to spotlight the Creative industries.
One of the 2015 Breakthrough Brits, Alex Lawther recently seen in a chilling episode of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, conducted a Twitter Q&A yesterday. His candid answers about his life beyond the small and big screens did much to prove that anyone with the talent and will to succeed can be recognised.
We also conducted our own exclusive interviews with some of the new cohort, and asked them about their journey thus far, what BAFTA means to them, and how they felt when they were told they were one of this year’s Breakthrough Brits.
Scott Davis was our man asking the questions, he spoke to: Jon McKellan (Games Developer / Creative Director), Marnie Dickens (Screenwriter), Eben Bolter (Cinematographer), Malachi Kirby (Actor), Nainita Desai (Composer), Tim Wicksteed (Game Developer), Jodie Azhar (Games Developer / Lead Technical Artist), Matt Hyde (Games Developer / Creative Director), Kayode Ewumi (Actor/Writer), Tom Davis (Comedian / Actor), Rebecca Lloyd (Film Editor).
As part of our ongoing coverage of the programme we’ll be talking to BAFTA about how they aim to continue nurturing and encouraging the best new artists. We will also catch up with some of the previous years’ contingent to find out what being a Breakthrough Brit has meant for them.
In the meantime, here are our interviews.