‘Nope’ Star, ‘Heartstoppers‘ Cinematographer, ’Sex Education’ Director Among BAFTA’s U.K., U.S. Breakthrough Talents
The British Academy has announced the latest batch of participants from the U.S., U.K., and Canada that will participate in its annual Breakthrough program. This program supports emerging talent across film and TV, as well as video games.
The 32-strong list of names — 20 from the U.K. and 12 from the U.S. — includes an impressive ensemble of creatives, such as Nope breakout Brandon Perea and Sex Education director Runyararo Mapfumo, who were selected by an international jury that included Oscar-winning actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ramy co-creator Ari Katcher and Swan Song and Alex Rider actor Nyasha Hatendi.
Backed by Netflix for the last two years (the streamer’s head of U.K. features Fiona Lamptey is also on the jury), the BAFTA Breakthrough program first launched in the U.K. in 2013 before expanding to China in 2019 and the U.S. and India in 2020. Each participant receives a customized development support package that includes mentoring, coaching, and networking opportunities. Previous Breakthroughs included Letitia Wright and Florence Pugh, while last year’s crop featured It’s a Sin star Lydia West, and Prano Bailey-Bond, Censor Director.
The full 2022/2023 list of BAFTA Breakthroughs is as follows:
- Alex Thomas, director – Yorkshire Cop: Police, Racism and Me (TV)
- Alyx Jones, dialogue editor – Elden Ring (Games)
- Ambika Mod, performer – This is Going to Hurt (TV)
- Chloe Fairweather is director – Dying To Divorce . (Film )
- Diana Olifirova, cinematographer – Heartstopper (TV)
- Emily Brown is the lead designer – Alba – A Wildlife Adventure Games )
- Jack Rooke (writer/executive producer – Big Boys ) (TV )
- Jamal Green, composer – TOEM (Games)
- Joanna Boateng, producer – Uprising (TV)
- Leon Harrop, performer – Ralph & Katie (TV)
- Marley Morrison, writer/director – Sweetheart (Film)
- Morag – Total War : Warhammer 3 . (Games )
- Nell Barlow, performer – Sweetheart (Film)
- Nicole Lecky, writer/executive producer/actor – MOOD (TV)
- Paul Sng director – Poly Styrene I Am a Cliche Film )
- Rose Ayling-Ellis, performer – Eastenders (TV)
- Runyararo Mapfumo, director – Sex Education (TV)
- Sophie Cunningham, director – Look Away (TV)
- Theo Williams, director – Terms & Conditions: Deeper than Drill (TV)
- Zachary Soares and Luciana Nascimento were co-founders and creative director & artistic directors – Moonglow Bay . (Games )
- Alex Pritz, director – The Territory (Film, Documentary)
- Amritkaur, performer – The Sexual Lives of College Girls (TV )
- Brandon Perea, performer – NOPE (Film)
- Charlotte Hornsby, cinematographer – MASTER (Film)
- Clare Knight, director – Back to the Outback (Film)
- Daphne Qin Wu, cinematographer – The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster (Film)
- Ellie Foumbi, director/writer – Our Father, the Devil (Film)
- Megan Fox, founder/games programmer – SkateBIRD (Games)
- Melissa Adeyemo, producer – Eyimofe (Film)
- Rebeca Huntt, director – Beba (Film, Documentary)
- Robert Ouyang Rusli, composer – Test Pattern (Film)
- So Yun Um, director – Liquor Store Dreams (Film, Documentary)
Jane Millichip, CEO of BAFTA, said that it was amazing to see so much talent across all media. “It is a fundamental tenet to provide not only starter programs but also the networks, mentoring, and support to accelerate the careers for those already on their creative journey. We were impressed by this year’s talent and dedication.
Added Matthew Wiseman, executive director and head of BAFTA North America: “Breakthrough puts the spotlight on extraordinary people doing extraordinary things in the fields of film, games and TV, at the threshold of ‘breakthrough’ moments or career trajectories. I am very proud of the U.S. cohort in particular, who are movers and shakers at heart, eager to build on their successes, and BAFTA will nurture them over the coming year.”
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