Paper Bag cost just four thousand pounds to make, and was shot partly
at Pebble Mill on the set of the BBC drama Doctors, The Cricketers
pub in Edgbaston, and Sandwell College.
Carlish accepts the BAFTA for best short film
powerful thirteen minute drama about an alcoholic couple on the
road to self destruction won the Birmingham based company behind
it took the ultimate accolade - the BAFTA for the best short film.
Brown Paper Bag was the first film released from Birmingham's Dreamfinder
Producer Natasha Carlish said they were astounded when they realised
they were the winners.
Carlish and Michael Clifford on the set of Doctors with their
all just stood up and screamed - I cannot remember getting from
my seat to the stage - or anything I said! I didn't expect we'd
feel amazing the phone hasn't stopped ringing all morning im really
proud of everyone who helped to make the film.
think its a great day for everybody in Birmingham who's involved
in film and television." said Natasha who dashed back to Birmingham
after a night at the Bafta's.
Michael Clifford was also back at work in Birmingham where he directs
BBC's Doctors; "It's like watching your team in the world cup
score a goal - and then scoring one yourself!
Depp and Benicio Del Toro
down the red carpet alongside our Birmingham film makers were the
cream of the world's actors such as Pirates of the Caribbean star
Johnny Depp, Holly Hunter, Jude Law, Scarlett Johansson, Benicio
Del Toro, Emma Thompson and Naomi Watts.
Depp sat two rows in front of us" said Natasha "He came
over and said 'hmm, what did you get that for? Do they make films
in Birmingham?'" Director Michael Clifford cheekily told Johnny
(who was nominated for best actor) that he could hold the BAFTA
if he wanted, as he didn't have his own.
Paper Bag has certainly put the Midlands on the film-making map,
and Natasha Carlish is confident that the region can produce the
goods in the future;
Carlish and Dreamfinder productions receive their award
have got a strong group of producers in the West Midlands and some
great projects in development. There's some fantasticly talented
young writers and directors coming through.
got some real potential - but it is a struggle financially - I juggle
9 different jobs just to be able to develop my feature films. I
think in the next one to 2 years we will see feature films coming
out of Birmingham."
Best Film - Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
Outstanding British Film Of The Year - Touching The Void
Special Achievements By A British Director/Producer/Writer In Their
First Feature Film - Emily Young, Director/Writer of Kiss Of Life
Best Director - Peter Weir, Master And Commander: The Far Side
Of The World
Best Original Screenplay - The Station Agent
Best Adapted Screenplay - The Lord Of The Rings: The Return
Of The King
Best Film Not In The English Language - In This World
Best Actor - Bill Murray, Lost In Translation
Best Actress - Scarlett Johansson, Lost In Translation
Best Supporting Actor - Bill Nighy, Love Actually
Best Supporting Actress - Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain
Best Music - Cold Mountain
Best Cinematography - Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
Best Editing - Lost In Translation
Best Production Design - Master And Commander: The Far Side
Of The World
Best Costume Design - Master And Commander: The Far Side Of
Best Sound - Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World
Best Special Effects - Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
Best Make-up And Hair - Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse
Of The Black Pearl
Best Short Animation - Jojo In The Stars
Best Short Film - Brown Paper Bag
The Film Of The Year (voted by the public) - The Lord Of The
Rings: Return Of The King.