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Cinemagic London Masterclass Series Inspires Future Film and Television Industry Professionals

Posted on 27th February 2018 | Cinemagic NewsIndustry Related NewsPress Releases

Aspiring film and television professionals are set to enjoy a series of interactive and insightful Cinemagic masterclasses in London, presented in association with The Nido Collection.
The first of the masterclasses will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2018 (3pm – 4pm) at Nido Collection, West Hampstead with Academy and BAFTA award-winning Producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin
Gareth Ellis-Unwin is an Academy and BAFTA winning producer, most known for his work on the critically acclaimed film The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth. The film went on become the highest grossing British independent film of all time.*
Discussing how the masterclass hosts will give young participants an invaluable insight to working in the world of film and television and top tips on how to carve a career in the industry, Joan Burney Keatings, Chief Executive, Cinemagic says:
“The partnership with The Nido Collection is a fantastic example of creative collaboration to engage with students and young professionals through the medium of film and television, to help develop personal and employability skills and to gain an insight to a range of disciplines such as directing, production, presenting and distribution. We are thrilled that top industry professionals and long-term supporters of Cinemagic such as Gareth Ellis-Unwin are able to share their time and knowledge with the young students.”
Stephanie Geelen, Marketing Director, The Nido Collection adds: “The Nido Collection is a unique experiential student accommodation provider, accommodating 2000+ residents across 10 residences and 7 UK cities. With a vision to rival and learn from the best in a wider range of industries, including hotels, private rental and luxury, The Nido Collection aims to support their residents’ ambitions through providing residences and members with exemplary facilities, premium services and a year-round, professional-led experiential programme. The programme offers social, learning and career events to support and help progress students in their personal and professional lives during their time away from home and the creative partnership with Cinemagic helps us to deliver these aims.”
Cinemagic is a multi-award winning charity that embraces the magic of film and television to educate, motivate and inspire young people. Established almost 30 years ago Cinemagic has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in children’s programming and now engages with 40,000 young people annually in Belfast, Dublin, London, France (Castres), New York and Los Angeles.
Cinemagic caters for all young people aged under 25 with all levels of interest in film, to watch, learn and enjoy, or to find out more about a career in the industry. Cinemagic strongly believes that the medium of film is a vital tool in personal and social development, stimulating discussion among young people about the world around them.
If you an aspiring film and television professional (aged over 16 years old) and would like to attend the masterclass with Gareth Ellis-Unwin please email shauna@cinemagic.org.uk
For all media enquiries please contact:
Janet McKay
Public Relations Consultant
T: 07968 817514
E:  janet@janetmckaypr.com
*About Gareth Ellis-Unwin:
Academy and BAFTA Award-winning Producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin is the CEO of the London based Bedlam Film Productions. In 2009, Gareth produced the British thriller Exam, which was nominated for a BAFTA and won Spirit and Dinard awards. International recognition followed soon after with the record-breaking, critically acclaimed 2010 film The King’s Speech. It went on to become the highest grossing British independent film of all time. It debuted at Toronto International Film Festival where it took home the celebrated Audience Award before winning seven BAFTAs (including Best Film and Outstanding British Film) and four Academy awards, including Best Film, presented to Gareth by Steven Spielberg. The film would eventually win in excess of 80 internationally recognized film awards and gross over $450m worldwide in theatrical receipts alone.
In 2012 Gareth produced his next feature, the moving drama Zaytoun, the first film to be made under the UK-Israeli co-production treaty. The film was selected to screen at the BFI London Film Festival, AFI Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Runner Up Audience Award. Gareth also worked as an Executive Producer on the BAFTA-nominated British war film Kajaki. The True Story. The critically applauded feature, which supports major military charities, was released nationwide in November 2014 and was released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms in June 2015. Gareth oversaw the direct distribution of the film in the UK, securing over 2500 screenings of this modestly budgeted war movie. Since the film's release

Gareth has begun working closely with Help for Heroes and has been asked to join their Brand Ambassador programme. IN 2016 Gareth produced the thriller Steel Country starring Andrew Scott, Bronagh Waugh and Denise Gough. He also frequently collaborates with the International charity Cinemagic that encourages and inspires young people with ambitions to work within the film industry. Recently he mentored Cinemagic students on the charity's debut feature film, A Christmas Star.
Gareth is a voting member of AMPAS, BAFTA, PGA and PGGB. He is also Honoree Fellow Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication where he regularly lectures

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  • Seamus McGarvey
  • Ciaran McMenamin
  • Colin Farrell
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  • Ros Hubbard
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  • Aidan Power
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