John Hurt inspires students at launch of ambitious film training weekend

January 12, 2010

With over 100 films to his name, acclaimed British actor John Hurt was more than qualified to share the art of screen-acting with students at an event hosted by Screen Academy Wales at the University of Glamorgan’s ATRiuM campus on Friday, 8th January.

As part of an ambitious film training weekend organised by the Screen Academy and National Council for Drama Training (NCDT), screen-acting students from across the UK and Welsh film students enjoyed a rare opportunity to hear from Oscar-winning John Hurt in a launch event.

After a screening of the feature Love and Death on Long Island, students were treated to a Q&A with the film’s lead actor Hurt and its director Richard Kwietniowski. Mr Hurt, whose credits include 44 inch Chest, Alien and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, spoke candidly of his passion for screen acting, while director Richard Kwietniowski explained the unique relationship between actor and director. Chairing the session was Hurt’s wife, film producer Anwen Rhys Myers.

Funded by Skillset, the training weekend is a first for higher education in Wales, offering a unique opportunity for acting and film making students to gain experience while working with seasoned professionals and to learn from one another. The project has been designed to offer talented acting students from the most prestigious drama schools in the UK the unique experience of a professionally run film set, and to offer filmmaking students from the Screen Academy Wales network the chance to work with 35mm film and hone their on-location skills.

Screen Academy Wales project manager Hannah Raybould explained: “We are delighted to work with the NCDT on this ambitious project, which will allow us to share our expertise in screen-acting training which has been developed over 3 years through our MA Acting and BA Performing Arts Courses, whilst giving our film students an incredible learning experience.

“Having worked with Richard Kwietniowski on several teaching projects we were keen to involve him in the training weekend and overjoyed that he and John Hurt agreed to join us for our launch event.”
NCDT director, Hilary Strong added: “This partnership has been very successful and the participating students have gained enormously from the direct contact with professional film makers. We’re delighted with the programme that has been developed by Screen Academy Wales”.

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