Wednesday, 15 June 2011


The National Film and Television School (NFTS) and Pinewood Studios - two national institutions at the forefront of creating content and both celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2011 - joined forces last night, in a star-studded event in London to raise money for the NFTS.

David Arnold, the British film composer who scored five James Bond films, performed a set with Paloma Faith to an audience that included, amongst others, Director’s Paul Greengrass and Oscar winner David Hooper and actors Jason Isaacs and Robert Powell.

Hosted by Jonathan Ross, the evening featured an auction, conducted by Lord Dalmeny, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s, at which two James Bond ‘Casino Royale’ items – Daniel Craig’s Tuxedo by Brioni and Eva Green’s dress by Roberto Cavalli - were sold. Also under the hammer was the official published script of Oscar-winning film, ‘The King's Speech’, signed by the Director, Producer and cast, a jacket from sci-fi cult classic ‘Red Dwarf’ and an original Bellamy oil painting. Additional lots came from Michael Caine, Paul Greengrass, Michael Palin, Nick Park, Working Title, 20th Century Fox, See-Saw Films, Warner Bros, Downton Abbey and there were also walk on film roles, film and television memorabilia, VIP hotel, holiday and sporting event packages up for grabs.
During the evening, stars, leading film and television executives, and their guests took part in a specially commissioned quiz celebrating Pinewood Legends. The four categories included Early Classics, Bond & Beyond, Heroes & Villains and Magic & Fantasy.

Other highlights included, Michael Grade, Chairman, Pinewood Studios, who opened the evening, and introduced a Pinewood show reel celebrating 75 years of its work. Tom Humphries, Pinewood Commissionaire from 1958 to 1976 was honoured and Nik Powell, Director, NFTS, celebrated the 40th anniversary of the school with a show reel, directed by Ashley Pharoah and starring Philip Glenister, featuring alumni achievements.

Nik Powell, Director of the National Film and TV School said 'It always humbles us when the industries we serve - film, television, new media - turn out in such numbers and support us so generously…stars, producers, broadcasters and politicians alike. I am confident that the students at the NFTS now will make as substantial a contribution to our industry as our graduates already have and continue to do.'

Thanks to event sponsors YouTube and other supporters, all proceeds from the evening will go directly to the NFTS and will be invested in the school’s digital infrastructure, its curriculum and, most importantly, in its students. The NFTS scholarship programme ensures that the NFTS continue to fulfil its remit as a national institution of excellence to educate and train the most talented British film and television programme makers, irrespective of their financial background and helps ensure that Britain maintains its globally competitive status in the audiovisual industries.

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