Olympics Score BAFTA TV Craft Awards
The Olympics was a three-time winner in factual categories at Sunday night’s BAFTA TV Craft Awards with the opening ceremony taking honors for multi-camera directing. BBC’s Super Saturday grabbed a prize for sound and Channel 4’s Paralympics earned a nod for digital creativity. Among series winners, Neal Street Productions/BBC One’s Call The Midwife brought Philippa Lowthorpe a directing award and Christine Walmesley-Cotham was honored for make-up & hair. Sheena Napier won for her costume design work the BBC’s Parade’s End and Darryl Hammer won for production design on the BBC/HBO Hitchcock biopic The Girl. Tom Turnbull won in the visual & graphic effects category for ITV’s Julian Fellowes’ penned Titanic. A full list of winners is available here.
BBC Orders More Tales Of ‘The Village’
BBC One has commissioned a second season of working class period drama The Village. The series from Company Pictures is set in England’s East Midlands and is told through the eyes of central character Bert Middleton. Criminal Justice and Silk’s Peter Moffat created the show with the plan to see it span the whole of the 20th century. The initial six parts covered 1914-1920 and the second season will move into the Roaring Twenties. John Simm, Maxine Peake, Nico Mirallegro, Bill Jones, David Ryall and Juliet Stevenson starred in the first season which is still airing in the UK. Newcomer Alfie Stewart will take over playing Bert as an 18 year old for the second series. John Griffin is exec producer. There is currently no U.S. broadcaster.
‘Oh Boy’ Leads Germany’s Lolas, Besting ‘Cloud Atlas’
The German Film Academy’s Lola Awards, the local equivalent to the Oscars, were led by Oh Boy as the film scored six out of its eight possible wins this weekend. Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski’s Cloud Atlas, a largely German-backed production, had the most nominations with nine, and took five total wins including cinematography, editing, make-up and costume and production design. Oh Boy, a tragicomic portrait of a young man by Jan Ole Gerster won best picture along with screenplay, directing and score honors. The film’s lead and supporting actors, Tom Schilling and Michael Gwisdek, were also recognized. Lead actress went to Barbara Sukowa for Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt, which was the runner up in the top film category. Best supporting actress was Christine Schorn in Life Is Not For Cowards. Documentary honors went to Markus Imhoof’s More Than Honey and best kids’ film was Kaddisch Fur Einen Freund. Best sound design went to the team from Die Wand. Lore, Cate Shortland’s foreign language Oscar entry from Australia, was the third runner-up for best picture.
Al Jazeera, Others’ TV Licenses Suspended In Iraq
Al Jazeera and nine Iraqi satellite TV channels had their licenses suspended on Sunday after authorities reportedly accused them of escalating sectarian tension in Iraq. The suspensions were immediately effective and, according to the Associated Press, appeared to target mainly Sunni channels known for criticizing Prime Minister Nouri al-Malik’s government. Iraqi viewers will still be able to watch the channels, but the stations are subject to legal action if they attempt to work on Iraqi territory, the Communications and Media Commission said. Per the AP, the suspension essentially prevents the outlets’ news crews from reporting on what’s going on in Iraq where violence has increased in the past week. Al Jazeera said it was “astonished” by the move. “We cover all sides of the stories in Iraq, and have done for many years. The fact that so many channels have been hit all at once, though, suggests this is an indiscriminate decision,” the network said in a statement. “We urge the authorities to uphold freedom for the media to report the important stories taking place in Iraq.”