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John Giwa-Amu

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Spring 2013 has seen production complete on The Machine, a near future sci-fi/thriller written and directed by Caradog James. The film has won three BAFTA Cymru Awards, Best UK Feature of Raindance and secured distribution deals in over 30 countries. Release in cinemas is expected March 2014.

In 2010 John produced 7 short films for the BBC, sharing his expertise with up and coming film makers. The shorts included Reign of Death, starring BAFTA Winner Noel Clarke. John returns to the scheme this summer as a mentor to new producers.

John produced the feature film Little White Lies which received six BAFTA Cymru nominations including Best Picture. Little White Lies has won numerous awards at European film festivals and was listed in Variety’s top 10 British Films of that year.

As a director, John has been nominated for the Screen Nation Award twice and has won the BBC New Filmmaker Award for his short film Barrie The Barber. In 2008 the UK Film Council chose John as an honoree of their ‘Breakthrough Brits’ scheme to represent UK’s Black and Asian talent in Los Angeles. In the same year John won the BAFTA Cymru Award for his short film, Owl Creek Bridge.

John has a varied slate in development, with Knock Down Ginger and Brit List topping The Call Up expected to move in to production in 2014, a near future drone movie Embedded, a first contact Sci Fi Movie written and directed by Caradog James and an epic deep space thriller scheduled for 2014.

John and Caradog continue to work in close collaboration to expand and develop their slate 

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