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BAFTAs longlist includes multiple nods to “Summer of Soul” and “Flee”

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) unveiled the longlists on Wednesday (Jan. 12) for the 2022 EE British Academy Film Awards, highlighted by multiple appearances of major ...
January 12, 2022

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) unveiled the longlists on Wednesday (Jan. 12) for the 2022 EE British Academy Film Awards, highlighted by multiple appearances of major awards-season honorees Summer of Soul and Flee (pictured).

The longlists were selected after a first round of voting occurred throughout December and the beginning of January. Round two voting will begin on Jan. 14, with nominees for the 75th BAFTAs named on February 3. The awards will take place on March 13.

BAFTA’s documentary category includes several selections that also appeared on the Academy Awards’ shortlist, which was released in December. The films appearing on both lists are R.J. Cutler’s music doc Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry; Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated doc Flee; Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s archival music doc Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised); Todd Haynes’ music doc The Velvet Underground; and The Rescue, Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s documentary on the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue.

In its documentary category, the BAFTAs also shortlisted biographical documentaries such as Becoming Cousteau, about the life of explorer and scientist Jacques Cousteau; Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story, about the popular novelist; The Real Charlie Chaplin, which chronicles the silent comedy genius’ rise to fame; and Tina, which covers the life of singer Tina Turner.

Rounding out the BAFTA documentary nominations are Oliver Stone’s JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, which revisits the assassination of John F. Kennedy 30 years after the director’s controversial dramatization JFK; Andrea Arnold’s Cow, about the life of a cow; Edgar Wright’s The Sparks Brothers, a profile of the American pop-rock duo; 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible, about a mountaineer attempting to climb 14 eight-thousander peaks in under seven months; The Lost Leonardo, about the questionable authenticity of a supposedly long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting; and The Most Beautiful Boy in the World, about Swedish actor Bjorn Andresen and the effect that fame had on his life after he appeared in director Luchino Visconti’s film of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice when he was 16 years old.

Flee also picked up a longlist selection for Best Animated Film and Best Film Not in the English Language, while Summer of Soul was included in the long for Best Editing. The Most Beautiful Boy in the World was also included in the longlist for Best Film Not in the English Language.

A trio of documentaries were also included in the longlist for the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer category: Dying to Divorce, Hostile and Keyboard Fantasies.

The longlisting round was introduced in 2021 for the EE British Academy Film Awards, with the goal of ensuring more films are fully considered for nominations. Every category in this round was voted on by a craft chapter, opt-in chapter or jury, with Best Film voted on by all voting members.

A full report of longlisted films for the 2022 British Academy Film Awards can be found here.

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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