North East DOP Si Bell has been recognised by Screen International in its prestigious 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow.
The annual feature spotlights a select list of rising actors, writers, directors, producers and heads of department tipped to make waves in the years to come. Talents previously selected include John Boyega (recently cast in Star Wars: Episode VII), Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Robert Pattinson and James McAvoy.
Bell was one of only three Head of Departments chosen, and with two features due out in 2014, the Durham-born 30-year-old has established himself as a name to watch. The two features are Orthodox, directed by David Leon and starring Stephen Graham, and Electricity, directed by Bryn Higgins and starring Agyness Deyn (due out in September 23 through Soda Pictures). Bell is currently working on the Irish feature Tiger Raid, starring Robert Sheehan and Brian Gleeson, which will shoot in Jordan.
Wendy Mitchell, Editor of Screen International, added: “The stories behind this year’s Stars are as compelling as the tales they tell on screen…. We love being able to play a small part in helping grow the careers of this class of Stars. It will be inspiring to see where they go next.” The Stars will be toasted at a reception at BAFTA in June.
Also recognised by Screen International is producer Michael Berliner. Berliner becomes the second of four filmmakers supported through NFM's CREATEiNNOVATE development initiative to win national recognition as a key emerging talent, after fellow producer and CREATEiNNOVATE alumnus Ed Barratt was selected last August as one of BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits. Subsequently mentored by Warp’s Mark Herbert as part of the Guiding Lights initiative, Berliner, is now working on several features including projects with Rachel Tunnard and Luke Snellin.