Newcastle-based film producer Ed Barratt of Hook Pictures has won recognition from the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Barratt, whose first feature film The Rise is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 30 September, has been recognised as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit by a jury of industry experts.
Reacting to the news, Ed said: “It’s great to be a part of such a prestigious scheme and to be recognised alongside some seriously talented individuals. It can be difficult running a film business from the North East when the industry is so focused on London but I hope this shows what the regions and Hook Pictures have to offer. For me personally this recognition represents a tremendous opportunity to capitalise on the success of The Rise as I grow my production company.”
Barratt has been supported by NFM along his journey with market access and development funding, and is currently one of four filmmakers on NFM's CREATEiNNOVATE development initiative, designed to support filmmakers to develop creative and commercial approaches to film production, distribution and marketing.
The Rise is the highly anticipated feature debut from BAFTA Breakthrough Brit writer-director Rowan Athale and has been described as “A strong contender for British film of the year” (Film3Sixty). An underdog story and a thriller delivered with unexpected originality, it features a stellar cast including Luke Treadaway (Attack the Block, You Instead), Gerard Kearns (Shameless, Looking for Eric) and Timothy Spall (Secrets & Lies, The King’s Speech). The film was shot on location in Leeds and premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.
Hook Pictures has two films slated to enter production in 2014 and is expanding into television production and graphic novel publishing. On the company’s expansion plans Ed said: “with itunes and other video-on-demand providers complementing the traditional cinema and video outlets, the demand for content has never been bigger. By growing into television production and graphic novel publishing Hook Pictures will cross-collateralise its strong relationships with writers and other creative talent enabling more stories to reach bigger audiences in different ways. Like any other business the main focus will be profit, but with great stories and a bit of glitz and glamour along the way.”
(Headshot: BATA/Jessie Craig)