Island Queen has been nominated for the Best British Short Film by the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014.
Produced by Emma Hughes, Head of Fashion Photography at Falmouth, and directed by Ben Mallaby, Senior Lecturer at Ravensbourne, the film featured significant involvement from Falmouth staff and students. Kirsty Smith, Lecturer in Fashion Photography, and Georg Finch, Senior Lecturer in Animation, were Directors of Photography while students took part as runners and extras.
No stranger to success, Island Queen has already collected the El Rey Award for Excellence in Short Film-making at the Barcelona Film Festival, 2013; Best Comedy at the European Independent Film Festival, 2013; and was nominated for Best Screenwriting at the Underwire Film Festival, 2012.
Created on a budget of just £1,000 and shot on location in Cornwall over three days, the team were delighted with the latest accolade. “It’s like an oxygen blast to the head. Island Queen is the second film Ben and I have made together, so we’re just thrilled” explained Emma, “What’s particularly nice is that it reflects what we say to our students. Ben and I first met at University together and have worked together on projects ever since. It really shows that it’s the creative collaborations and networks that you make in education which continue on into industry and lead to some of your greatest achievements.”
According to Kirsty, Director of Photography, it was a real collaboration between industry and community. “It was very exciting to work with members of the University, industry figures and Cornish venues. We couldn’t have done it without everybody’s efforts and what really stood out was the backing we received from the region. People were genuinely engaged and excited about the film, they opened their spaces to us for free with real warmth and support.”
The film features exterior and interior shots from around the Falmouth region, including the St Mawes ferry, Falmouth’s Merlin Cinema, Chainlocker pub and Courtyard Deli, as well as scenes around Durgan and the Helford River.