UWTSD hosts afternoon with Bafta Breakthrough Brit writer and director Destiny Ekharaga

06.02.2018

UWTSD was proud to host an afternoon with BAFTA Breakthrough Brit writer/director Destiny Ekharaga, which also including a screening of her first feature film Gone Too Far.

This event was part of the Copper Coast International Film Festival (CCIFF 2018) organised by the university.

Destiny Ekaragha is a writer and director whose first feature, Gone Too Far, was released in December 2014 having premiered at the London Film Festival. Three years in the making, the film was only the fourth British film directed by a black woman to be released in cinemas. Adapted from Bola Agbaje’s stage play, Destiny’s comedy focuses on the nature of identity and ethnicity in modern multicultural London. She was nominated for Best British Newcomer at the LFF, and won the Emerging Talent award at the Screen Nation Awards (both in 2013).

Destiny has been mentored as part of the Breakthrough Brits programme by filmmaker Amma Asante and The Honourable Woman creator Hugo Blick. Most recently, she has directed 2 episodes of the 2017 series of Silent Witness.

Comprised of a three-day short film festival, with a gala awards ceremony on the final day, CCIFF, showcases the very best storytellers the world of film has to offer, and was set in the heart of Swansea and housed within UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art.

This year’s awards focused on the theme of diversity with many of the films submitted reflecting fears and issues that do not always find their way into the mainstream press.

Films created by American filmmaker, writer, director, producer and composer Hal Hartley were screened at CCIFF, with speakers also including Kevin Allen, Clare Sturges and Chris Durlacher.

Timi O'Neill, Programme Director MArts & BA Film & TV said: “Destiny’s speech was one of the highlights of the festival. All who attended will remember her honest and very humorous account of a being a filmmaker in today’s UK film industry. The importance of aspiring filmmakers to have face to face contact with such talented and successful film & TV practitioners is vital in creating the next wave of story tellers for the screen.” 

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