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The Farley blog

Not only do we love what we do, we also love to talk about it! Here are some of the news, views and reviews that we just couldn’t keep to ourselves.

The 2017 British Film Designers Guild Awards, in pictures.

British Film Designers Guild award 2017

We left this year’s British Designers Guild Awards with our feet aching from dancing, our hands sore from clapping and our heads preparing to throb in the morning, but what a fab night it was!
Pinewood heaved under the weight of film design talent as the great and the good were honoured at the 2017 BFDG Awards held at Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios on Saturday the 13th of January 2018.

This Is What A Filmmaker Looks Like: Ruth Pickard wins the 2017 Underwire Festival Production Design Award

Take 127 short films, mix in a bucket load of female film making talent, spread it over five days, and you’ve got Underwire Festival 2017. Celebrating the ‘raw cinematic talents of women’, Underwire is the only film festival in the UK celebrating female film making across the crafts. It’s BAFTA recognised and is supported by industry leader organisations and sponsors and most importantly, it’s growing year on year.

Tessa Flanagan wins the Joe Farley Award 2017: Judging day at the NFTS

If you’re preparing to crew up for your next art department then we urge you to look no further than this year’s crop of Joe Farley Award entrants. Every year we’re blown away by the amazing work produced by the first year Production Design students at the National Film and Television School when we go to judge the annual Joe Farley Award.

‘Putting On The Glitz’ at the BFDG 70th Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner

We had the pleasure of attending the 70th Annual British Film Designers Guild awards last Saturday in the prestigious surroundings of Pinewood Studios. And what a night it was. The venue looked suitably glittering and in keeping with the ‘Putting on the glitz’ theme. The red carpet had been rolled out for the equally glitzy guests who were almost unrecognisable in their black tie suits and gowns (a world away from our on set and office attire).

In the spotlight: From spies to ‘Abba’, Production Buyer Gill Farr has worked with them all.

A still from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy which Gill Farr worked on as production Buyer

This week our featured Production Buyer is Gill Farr who has had an illustrious and impressive career in the industry.  Gill began her journey in Theatre Stage Management, before becoming a trainee Props Buyer at the BBC where her career really took off.  She has worked on many notable film and television productions including ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, and one of her own favourites, the hit Abba musical ‘Mama Mia’.  Here Gill kindly gives us an insight into her job, and what she believes it takes to make it in the industry:-

In the spotlight: Film industry Buyer Terry Jones gives us some tricks of the trade

Production buyer Terry Jones's favourite film, Paddington!

This week our featured Production Buyer is Terry Jones. A connoisseur in her field Terry has been working within the industry since 1974 and started her career by completing an apprenticeship within the Props Department at London Weekend Television, which she later managed! Today Terry is found working on a combination of Film and TV productions, her recent favourite being the movie Paddington! She is also a member and Treasurer of the British Film Designers Guild.