BAFTA glitz and glamour with Richard Jordan
Living the life of glitz and glamour is just another day's work for one Norfolk man, Richard Jordan. The theatre producer judged the best in the world of film and television at the prestigious 2009 BAFTA awards.
Richard Jordan, born in Cringleford, near Norwich, has been a judge of the British Academy of Film and Television Awards since 2004 and believed the quality of films for the 2009 event was as strong as ever.
Whilst being inspired to get into theatre by attending the Norwich Theatre Royal from a young age and writing to his heroes, he now runs his own company - Richard Jordan Productions Ltd.
Richard spoke to us about his fond memories of growing up in Norfolk and how his life experience eventually landed him with one of the top judging jobs in the world.
Getting into theatre
Richard's first experience of theatre was at the Norwich Theatre Royal as a wide-eyed seven year old.
"It has to be one of my fondest memories. I loved how the whole thing was put together, but I had no idea what the job was called that performed the role," he said.
"A few years later, I watched Terry Wogan on the television and it changed all that," he added.
Richard saw a man being interviewed by Terry called Cameron Mackintosh, who inspired him to focus his career during the remainder of his school days.
Richard has judged the BAFTAs since 2004
"I was 12 years old and I saw Cameron being interviewed by Terry Wogan on the box and he explained his role as a theatre producer," said Richard.
"He had done some massive productions, such as Cats and Phantom of the Opera, so it was really inspiring.
"I then knew I wanted to be a theatre producer, but had no idea what to do. I therefore picked up my pen and wrote him a letter asking him what I needed to do to become one.
"He wrote back simply stating that you need to do every job in the theatre and do as much work as possible. So I took heed of his advice and here I am!"
Richard still regularly attends the Norwich Theatre Royal and is a patron of the Norwich Playhouse. He lives in London, but outside of work he enjoys coming back to see his family and spending time in north Norfolk.
"I love north Norfolk, particularly places like Sheringham. I also love the view from Ketts Hill in Norwich - it's the best place to watch the fireworks after the Lord Mayor's Procession I can guarentee," he said.
Judging the BAFTAs
The BAFTAs, along with the Oscars and the Golden Globes, is one of the most prestigious and glamorous awards ceremonies in the world and Richard is honoured to have been a part of them since 2004.
"I watch films all through the year, but it gets a bit heavy in November onwards as we get screeners sent to us as well. In that block, I probably watch another 60-80 movies," he said.
Despite the heavy workload, the job does have its underlying benefits.
"As a BAFTA judge, I have to see a number of films at the cinema. I have a special pass that I show each time I want to go," said Richard.
"I actually used it in Norwich sometime in Christmas 2008 and they had never seen a BAFTA judge card before, so they treated me like royalty. I felt a little embarrassed, because they kept checking that I was OK," he added.
Richard predicted success for the Brits
The 2009 BAFTA ceremony took place in London on Sunday, 8 February, 2009, and prior to the event, Richard believed there was going to be some big British winners.
"There's not an immediate headline winner, but there are some fantastic nominees been shortlisted and I think it's a really strong year," he said.
"It's been a great year for UK film – Slumdog Millionaire has been a particular hit and it was directed by Danny Boyle, so with him being a Brit, it may pick up a few nods. I'm not telling you who I've voted for though!"
last updated: 23/02/2009 at 16:13