Island film in line for BBC award

By Abby Rugg

Published on Monday, January 21, 2013 - 11:50


Island film in line for BBC award

Graham Pountney.

A PLAY made into a film by an Isle of Wight studio has been shortlisted for a BBC award.

Graham Pountney, who won the best documentary film award at the Isle of Wight Short Film Festival in 2009 and owns ScreenTest Productions, produced and directed the play, Varanasi, by Silva Semerciyan, at Wootton Recording Studios.

Competing against plays from Radio 3 and Radio 4, Varanasi is one of three short listed productions for the BBC International Online Audio Drama Awards 2013.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at BBC Broadcasting House, London, on Sunday, January 27.

The film was engineered, recorded and co-produced by Island presenter and studio engineer, Calder Jon, and the cast was brought to the Isle of Wight to create the atmosphere of the holy City of Varanasi, on the River Ganges, in India.

For nearly 40 years, Graham has been an actor closely associated with the Island and has produced and directed many short films here, including One Design, EyeCatcher and Rescue Me.

He also starred in Island productions and appeared as a regular character in Howards Way, which was shot in Southampton in the 1980s.

Graham said ScreenTest Productions acknowledged the contribution made by everyone involved, including actors, technical staff and the production team.

He added: "This small, vibrant enterprise has achieved such status without any funding or sponsorship, using its own resources and creative impact."

ScreenTest Productions is ready to produce a new radio serial set around a harbour and estuary, which will be broadcast across the country and worldwide.

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