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THE BRITISH AMATEUR VIDEO AWARDS (BAVA) 1998 WINNERS

The complete 10 winners of the competition sponsored by Fuji in association with Camcorder User, Video Camera and What Video & TV?, as premiered at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Piccadilly in November 1998.

1. LIFE! IS A CIRCUS
Leandro Blanco (Spain)
A series of beautiful underwater shots of fish, corals and all things submarine, accompanied by a song composed and performed by Miguel Zelada and the maker.

Visual
4.mins


2. WHERE'S BINGO BETTY?
Brainwave Films
(Keith Wright) Bill Harrison (Dennis Drury) is interviewed by Arthur Crudd (Keith Wright) about his wife Betty (Jane Drury), who is reported to have been taken by aliens ... Widescreen format.

Humour
b&w/col
11.mins


3. BREAKING NEWS
undercurrents production (Oxford)
A very disturbing report about the way the police are trying to stop (mainly freelance) photo-journalists from reporting news of public protests; sometimes the tactic is to confiscate material already shot and only return it after the deadline is past. There are also interviews with accredited reporters.

Documentary
13.mins


4. LOTTO PANTS
Adam Chamberlain
A zany comedy making fun of the lottery TV show - with particular reference to Mystic Meg!

Humour
12.mins


5. GOD'S NOT LETTING ANY STRANGERS INTO HEAVEN
Marcus Harrison (London)
A fascinating and humorous look at the soap-box exponents at Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park. This really is a case of 'All human life is there' - both in the 'orators' and in their respective audiences/ hecklers! Well shot and edited to capture the marvellous atmosphere.
IAC Silver Seal 1999; Guernsey Lily 1999

Documentary
14.mins


6. BLINDSPOT
A New Life Production
We hear a young boy telling his story of everyday life and events, with particular emphasis on his mother, while seeing relevant images, but we never see either of them. It is quite a compliment to the makers that this holds our attention so well. Narration by Lewis Howell; written and directed by Nick Horrell.

Story
10.mins


7. FISH OUT OF WATER
Bournemouth University/Steven Hore
Carl Hempsel (David France) is now the boss of a growing company. His brother Harry (Charles Haydn), with whom he fell out some years before over Carl's wife, comes back to tell him what has been happening ... Widescreen format.
SOME STRONG LANGUAGE

Story
11.mins


8. MISSING YOU
Leandro Blanco (Spain)
Beautiful and colourful underwater sequences make an appropriate tribute to Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997) and to Carl Sagan (1934-1996). Music specially composed by Miguel Zelada.

Visual
4.mins


9. FRIED WHITE RICE
Moray Wedderburn
A documentary taking a look at present-day Hong Kong, i.e. since its return to Communist China rule. There are interviews with various notable residents and the guide is Anjali Rae.

Documentary
15.mins


10. FATHER'S CHRISTMAS
Stoke Cine & Video Society
Father (Nigel Peever) is 'caught in the act' on Christmas Eve, putting the presents round the tree, by his two daughters (Amanda and Samantha Banks), but is finally 'rescued' from his predicament ... This is a charming, unsentimental movie directed by Paul Humphrey.
IAC Silver Seal 1998

Story
7.mins


Running time 102 mins.

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