South Shields-based writer/director Tina Gharavi has been nominated for the BAFTA outstanding debut award for feature film I Am Nasrine.
I am Nasrine received investment from Northern Film & Media and Northstar Ventures’ Finance for Business – North East Creative Content Fund. The film premiered at 2011’s Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival before screening at the Houses of Parliament and film festivals across the globe. It also won the Best Screenplay Award at Brooklyn Film Festival.
An intimate coming-of-age story following Nasrine and her brother Ali as they flee their home in Tehran, I am Nasrine is described by Gharavi a “love song to the North East”. The film will compete for the prestigious prize against The Imposter (Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis), McCullin (David and Jacqui Morris), Wild Bill (Dexter Fletcher, Danny King) and The Muppets (James Bobin).
“Making I Am Nasrine and getting it nominated for a BAFTA is a minor miracle. It's a film that’s had support from those on the margins: the working class communities of the North East, refugees and asylum seekers not to mention the odd, Get-Carter style Northern gangster here and there!,” said Gharavi.
In a double coup for Berwick, Chasing Ice, the film which opened Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2012, received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
“I remember how proud we were to premiere I Am Nasrine at the 2011 Festival and how overwhelming the round of applause was when Tina and her cast and crew took to the stage afterwards, said Melanie Iredale, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s director.
“A BAFTA nomination is an incredible achievement, and Tina’s couldn’t be more well deserved.”
"The nomination is a fantastic achievement for Tina and Bridge Tunnel," said John Tulip, Northern Film & Media's managing director.
"It also highlights what investment in this region's creative industries can achieve through funds such as the Finance for Business - North East Creative Content Fund."
The 66th British Academy Film Awards will take place at the Royal Opera House in London on 10 February 2013.