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BAFTA Guru to kick off with Errol Morris lecture

UK organization BAFTA has unveiled BAFTA Guru, an online resource featuring long-form lectures and interviews, which it will launch with a live stream of the annual David Lean Lecture, delivered this year by Oscar-winning director Errol Morris (pictured).
November 1, 2011

UK organization BAFTA has unveiled BAFTA Guru, an online resource featuring long-form lectures and interviews, which it will launch with a live stream of the annual David Lean Lecture, delivered this year by Oscar-winning director Errol Morris (pictured).

BAFTA Guru targets 18- to 30-year-olds and features content from BAFTA’s library of lectures, masterclasses and interviews, including directors and actors such as Martin Scorsese (Shine a Light, No Direction Home) and Meryl Streep (Hurricane on the Bayou, Stolen Childhoods).

The site will be accompanied by original editorial and blogs, with the aim of encouraging debate around BAFTA’s content. It will stream the lecture from Morris (Tabloid, The Fog of War) on November 6, to herald the return of the documentary category to the British Academy Film Awards 2012.

The stream will be the first time that an event originating from BAFTA headquarters in London will be available live to an international audience, the organization said. In partnership with BAFTA NY, the lecture will also be simulcast at the Paley Center for Media in New York City.

Immediately following the lecture, Morris will conduct a Q&A and take questions from the theater audience as well as those watching online via BAFTA Guru.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for BAFTA NY, and we are excited to present this event live at the Paley Center for Media in NY,” said Harlene Freezer, chair of BAFTA NY.

“Errol Morris is one of the world’s most intriguing filmmakers. With the launch of BAFTA Guru anyone who is interested in the craft of documentary filmmaking now has access to one of the industry’s greatest contributors.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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