Folkestone and Hythe MP applauds aspiring Hawkinge cinematographer after BFI Film Academy graduation

Contributed by editor on Apr 16, 2018 - 07:55 AM

Hawkinge film student and aspiring cinematographer 17-year-old, Thomas Hall, pictured below, graduated last week from the British Film Institute’s Film Academy.


It followed an a non-stop two week programme delivered by the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, designed to find the country's next generation of film makers.



Former Dover Grammar School for Boys student Thomas, is now studying Film & Television Production at East Kent College in Folkestone.


Alongside his regular studies, Tom has made time to study with Tontine Street’s Screen South as part of the BFI’s regional academy and was fortunate enough to land a place on this prestigious annual craft residential course in Buckinghamshire, where just 66 students are selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide, to take part in the BFI’s national academy programme.

Residential participants were selected according to their chosen discipline, with each team of 11 students comprising of Writers, Directors, Producers, Cinematographers, Sound Recordists, Production Designers and Editors.

The 12 consecutive days was a heavily packed agenda of masterclasses, craft workshops and seminars from leading names in both TV & Film, including the Director of Photography from Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting and Shallow Grave and the Director of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


Mentored by industry professionals, each crew then set about turning their given script into a 10 minute short film, which was then screened at the showcasing event at London’s National Film Theatre, BFI Southbank, last Friday.

In addition to honing his skills behind the camera, Thomas is also awaiting the release of Disney’s new Christopher Robin feature, hoping that the four long days he spent on set in Dover, as one of hundreds of background artists results in a second or two on the big screen.

Receiving his certificate from 'God’s Own Country' award winning film director Francis Lee and the NFTS’ Director Jon Wardle, Thomas described the residential as the 'best two weeks of my life'.

Replying to a congratulatory ‘tweet’ from Folkestone & Hythe MP Damian Collins, who is also chair of the goverment's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Thomas wrote “Eager to see what’s next”. Who knows…..

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