Lights, camera, college! Cardiff and Vale College lecturer Paul chosen to direct by BBC
Paul Mallison, Course Co-ordinator for Cardiff and Vale College’s Foundation Degree in Film, has been picked by the BBC to direct an episode of its Made in Wales series in conjunction with production company It’s My Shout.
Made in Wales is a showcase of Welsh film making talent. Each summer It’s My Shout produces six short films as part of a national television training scheme. The Made in Wales films are then screened on the BBC, ITV, S4C, Ch4, BAFTA and at festivals around the world.
Paul was picked to direct one of the films based on his MA film Harder, and an interview at the BBC.
“Harder is an uncompromising film looking at domestic abuse from the view point of a child, and has been very well received,” Paul explained. “I was pleased to be able to have an ex-Film and Media student, Tom Doran, as my lighting-cameraman; Tom is now an award winning cinematographer, regularly working for Channel 4.”
The MA film made use of the talents of several past and present CAVC students. Recent Foundation Degree graduates Brian Bosanko and Trevor Caterson worked as camera and lighting assistants.
Richard Hibbert who graduated from CAVC to Newport Film School played the lead role, and one of the College’s Network team, Jonathan Joseph, played his stepfather. Both performances have been highly praised by those in the film and TV industry who have seen the film.
“Harder was the only film-work that I submitted, by way of a showreel, to the BBC’s Made in Wales Director’s Call for 2013, and I was delighted to have been asked to interview, and to be selected as one of this season’s six directors,” Paul said. “The Made in Wales films are produced in conjunction with ‘It’s my Shout’ and the BBC, and will be shot in July.”
The films will be premiered at the Wales Millennium Centre, and then screened on BBC 2 and BBC HD, in October 2013.