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THE BRITISH AMATEUR VIDEO AWARDS (BAVA) 1992 WINNERS

The complete top 12 winners of the competition organised by What Video and Camcorder User and sponsored by Mitsubishi, as premiered at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on June 27, 1992.

1. SOUTH LONDON GETAWAY
Michael Dunne and Alex Lisowski
An uproarious comedy about the misadventures of an inept burglar (Jonathan Geller) offering knowing references to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Camerawork by Pete Rowe and Max Brown; written and directed by Simon Edwards.
BAVA Top Ten, 3rd Prize, Best Photography Award 1992

Humour
9.mins


2. BITTERSWEET
Tyrone Braithwaite
A symbolic drama dealing with the issues of free will and decision, set as a boy-meets-girl story. Surreal effects are obtained by clever use of camera and lighting techniques.
BAVA Top Ten, Best Editing Award 1992

Story
9.mins


3. BARKING MAD
Justin Baldwin
When Bernie, a dog handler (Nick Holder), loses his job it seems this is just the latest in a series of blows bringing him to the edge of a breakdown. Also starring Paula Jenson.
BAVA Top Ten, Best Drama, Best Script 1992

Story
11.mins


4. THE EGYPTIAN RED SEA
Christine Carter
A beautifully shot and excellently narrated documentary about the aquatic life of the Red Sea, featuring exotic fish, mysterious wrecks and playful dolphins; with original music by Neil Angilley.
BAVA Top Ten, Best Documentary Award 1992

Documentary
10.mins


5. RECESSION
John Davis
In this Alan Bennett-style monologue, written by Pauline Davis, Keith Swainston appears as an electrician whose business has been put under pressure by the economic recession. He has plans for a new product to save the company ...
BAVA Top Ten 1992

Story
7.mins


6. HARD AS NAILS
Shaun Gale
A perfectly timed short comedy about a sceptical interviewer's report on tough guy Mr Hard As Nails.
CONTAINS BAD LANGUAGE
BAVA Top Ten, 2nd Prize 1992

Humour
3.mins


7. JUST PASSING BY
Leandro Blanco (Spain)
The maker is 'sitting on top of the world just watching all things go by'. This is a glorious montage of things that have passed by his camera. The harmonious sound-track consists solely of his own voice, multi-dubbed over and over, and described delightfully on the end title as 'Lead voice and vocals'.
BAVA Top Ten, Best Music Video 1992; IAC International Award (Open) 1992

Visual
4.mins


8. DISCIPLES
John Kellett
An ambitious and visually impressive costume drama set in the 1700s and the present day. The story concerns hero Edward's long battle against a vampire, Marlowe, who destroyed his beloved Mary and now threatens his sister.
CONTAINS VIOLENCE UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
BAVA Top Ten 1992

Story
10.mins


9. TULIP
Tim Jones
The tale of a plant mutated by pollution, going on the rampage against cars, tanks and finally the whole world. The images were scratched directly onto film and then transferred to video using colour enhancement. Set to a clangorous free-jazz sound-track by Belinda Jones.
BAVA Top Ten, Best Animation Award 1992; IAC Bronze Seal 1992

Animation
3.mins


10. TUFF DON'T FIGHT
Michael Clark (The Society of Harmonious Fists)
A violent, brutal and bloody battle between a manic, half-naked youth and an older, heavier opponent in a scrapyard. This is an experimental drama using unconventional editing techniques (savagely cut as if at random, including sections with timecode in vision). The sound-track is equally unconventional: some sections are silent, some have snatches of snarled dialogue or animal noises and others have metallic industrial music.
CONTAINS SCENES AND LANGUAGE WHICH WILL DISTURB MANY VIEWERS
UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
BAVA Top Ten, Best Abstract/Experimental 1992

Story
8.mins


11. THE WELSH WILDCAT : FACT OR FANTASY?
Matthew Davies
Although in essence a documentary, this is in fact a sophisticated spoof with an unconventional sense of humour. Be prepared to jump out of your seat when the reporter/presenter (director Matthew Davies himself) discovers the truth about a mysterious beast haunting the Welsh Hills! Original idea by Andrew Goode.
BAVA Top Ten 1992

Humour
8.mins


12. SORT OF CHAMPION
Hazel Grian
A lovingly-observed parody of '60s kitchen-sink dramas featuring the producer in all the major roles; the gauche Rita, her feckless boyfriend Frank (who seduces her then abandons her) and her ghastly mother. Original music by Adrian Utley; camerawork and editing by Rick Holbrook.
BAVA Top Ten, Best Entry, Best Comedy, Best Music 1992

Humour
b&w
9.mins


Running time 91 mins.

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