BAFTA strengthens ties with China
by Naman Ramachandran
- Events featuring Hugh Bonneville and Naomi Donne announced for Hong Kong, Beijing
The ongoing state visit (20-23 October) to the UK of Chinese President Xi Jinping has seen the British industry busily strengthening its ties with the world’s fastest growing film industry. Besides the BBC deals announced earlier on Wednesday, the Prince William, President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced several events in the region. BAFTA-nominated hair and make up designer Naomi Donne (Spectre [+see also:
film profile]) will discuss her craft at masterclasses in Hong Kong and Beijing, BAFTA’s first event in China’s capital. BAFTA-nominated actor Hugh Bonneville (television’s Downton Abbey) will attend a fundraising dinner in Hong Kong in support of BAFTA’s charitable activities across Asia, visit secondary school students studying English drama, and will also discuss his work with students, leading industry figures and the public at an ‘In Conversation’ event.
In an event in London on Wednesday, His Royal Highness, presented an original artwork from the BAFTA archive to Xi Jinping. BAFTA Chief Executive Amanda Berry guided the President and the Duke through a showcase highlighting recent and new collaborations with China across a range of British companies and institutions.
Berry said, “HRH The Duke of Cambridge’s gift presentation to President Xi Jinping, made on our behalf, is a symbol of our commitment to strengthening ties between our countries as we announce our first-ever event in Beijing and prepare to open applications for an expansion of our scholarship programme across mainland China, which began in Hong Kong.”