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SOE alumni accepts BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award

19 February 2018

Former School of Education student, Dr Jonathan Wardle (Learning, Leadership and Policy EdD, 2013), accepted the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award on behalf of National Film and Television School (NFTS).

The BAFTAs took place on Sunday 18th February 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Dr Jonathan Wardle, Director of NFTS and School of Education alumni, accepted the BAFTA on behalf of all the students, staff and graduates of NFTS.

He said, “This award is a huge honour. For almost five decades the NFTS has trained and educated people who go on to power British cinema. Our graduates have been responsible for some of British film and television’s greatest moments in recent years. With the generous support from our donors and the wider British film, television and games industries, we will continue to provide the people that ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the creative industries globally for years to come.”

The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios. Previous recipients include Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, BBC Films and Angels Costumes. 

Watch Jonathan collect his award here. From everyone at the School of Education - many congratulations to Jonathan and the NFTS for this incredible achievement!




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