195 Piccadilly – An evening at BAFTA
Many would be forgiven for thinking that 195 Piccadilly is just another London address, housing a coffee shop or a boutique clothing store. Located a few doors down from the glitz and the glamour of the Ritz Hotel. 195 Piccadilly is home to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The tiled floor with the words ‘BAFTA’ glowing in gold greet you at street level and looking above you see the iconic BAFTA mask, a symbol and piece of art that has been seen since sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe finished the design in 1955. The doors then opened outwards to welcome us in.
The purpose of our visit was to attend a black tie event to support the UK Premiere of the soon to be released documentary film. ‘Written By Mrs Bach: Broken Silence’.
A documentary that had a concept that had first been explored in 1971 by Professor Martin Jarvis. A thesis study that was truly taken from paper to film. The film investigates whether some of JS Bach’s most famous works might have actually been composed by his second wife Anna Magdalena.
Over the years whilst being present on the film festival circuit we have met so many great filmmakers and creative’s, in turn giving us some wonderful contacts. We were delighted to have received an invitation to see this film, one that tells such a fascinating story and tells it so very well.
As the auditorium began to fill and the voices faded out we were set to begin. The evening began with the wonderful cellist Tilly Cernitori performing extracts of Bach suites. After such an intimate performance the film then began followed by a Q & A with some members of the crew and production team including Professor Martin Jarvis, the director & producer Alex McCall and executive producer Pamela Kaufman.
This is one of those subject matters that seemingly hasn’t gone down well with all parties as there was a lot of resistance to the findings of Professor Jarvis. With news that the film is to have a great promotional campaign behind it and soon to be released on Video on Demand platforms, we would certainly suggest checking it out to form your own opinion (tip: we were convinced by the evidence in the film).
This wasn’t our first and certainly won’t be our last visit to BAFTA, it always feels very magical to step in from the street and connect with those in the industry we love. We truly hope that as our group of festivals grow we will be able to join many filmmakers as they develop their own projects and release new and exciting films from a broad range of genres tackling all different issues.
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