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THE BRITISH AMATEUR VIDEO AWARDS (BAVA) l995

The complete 10 winners of the competition organised by Camcorder User, Video Camera and What Video, sponsored by Scotch Video-cassettes, as premiered at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on November 18, 1995.

1. KILLER INSTINCT
Richard von Kaufmann (Cumbria)
Toby (Kevin Lennon), one of three young teenager friends with James (Aaron O'Brien) and Will (Andrew McKerlie), is fascinated by guns and killing wildlife. Some years later, Toby (now played by Ian Fleming) has a change of attitude after he and James (now Darren Mapletoft) have joined the army and are involved in active service (the Falklands perhaps?). This somewhat harrowing story is told in flashbacks, with excellent Widescreen photography by Paul Gordon.
BAVA Trophy 1995

Story
b&w/col
15.mins


2. MOTHER EARTH
Michael Goodden (Dorset)
A beautiful and thought-provoking documentary about what Man is doing to our planet.
Guernsey Lily, Best Documentary Award, Best Script 1995; BAVA Trophy 1995; IAC International Award, Best Youth Award 1995

Documentary
Message
10.mins


3. JUST PASSING BY TOO
Leandro Blanco (Spain)
A sequel to Just Passing By, this is another stunning montage of wildlife passing before our eyes in all its splendour, in the style we have come to know from this multi-award-winner, accompanied by his own musical sound-track.
BAVA Trophy, Best Music Video 1995

Visual
4.mins


4. THE WORLD OF P.J. CROOK
Oscar Riesel (London)
A fascinating study of the work and the world of an artist. She talks about her approach, as does her husband Richard Parker Crook, also an artist, and we see many examples of her work, including a commission and its delivery. There are also reactions from the public at a showing at the Portal Gallery, London. Research and interview by Bobbi Riesel.
BAVA Trophy 1995; IAC International Award, Best Documentary Award 1996

Documentary
15.mins


5. FRAGMENTS OF DEMENTIA
Kristian Digby (Devon)
A tender and sensitive exploration of the effect of Alzheimer's Disease on an elderly lady.
Guernsey Lily 1996; BAVA Trophy, Best Experimental Doc. 1995

Documentary
4.mins


6. THE CATCHING GAME
Anton Truesdale
An impressive first video about catching and re-locating wildlife in Africa for conservation purposes, with anecdotes and details from the colourful collection of characters who make their living doing this work.
BAVA Trophy, Best Documentary Award 1995

Documentary
14.mins


7. ONE COLOUR WHITE
Tom Guard
A pacey, surreal, comedy about a revolt by photocopiers because of the advances of VDUs! Once you accept the somewhat ludicrous basic premise, everything that follows is perfectly reasonable!! Given the setting and costumes, cameramen Mark Leaderman and Charles Guard overcome the difficulties magnificently. Written by David Mitchell.
BAVA Trophy, Best Camerawork, Best Lighting 1995

Story
8.mins


8. PLAYING GOD
Jon Morton
Long before computers and such things, there were wheels and cogs. This impressive animation movie shows what might have happened in a workshop in those times.
BAVA Trophy, Best Animation Award 1995

Animation
b&w/col
10.mins


9. THE SHOOT
Terry Mendoza (Essex)
A glorious 'send-up' of the silent movies era, well shot, lit and edited, with effective performances and really special 'film' effects created with video techniques. There are even a few echoes of the classic 1941 professional madcap comedy Hellzapoppin' ...
BAVA Trophy, Best Comedy 1995; IAC Gold Seal 1995
(Making of article on IAC website - click here.)

Humour
10.mins


10. THE LATE FRED MORSE
Graham Rathlin (London)
When his wife, Molly (Ros Walters), changes her mind about taking part in a bank raid he has planned, Fred Morse (Bernard Thomas) decides to go it alone... A first-ever video from this writer/producer.
BAVA Trophy, Best Drama, Best Actor (Bernard Thomas) 1995

Story
12.mins


Running time 102 mins.

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