This workshop is aimed at film Directors and Actors looking for tangible, honest advice on how to handle actors when you're a director; and how to handle directors when you're an actor.
“In all the years I have been directing fiction films I have rarely come across an actor who genuinely didn’t want to help me to achieve my vision. That they sometimes failed was as much to do with my failure to help them inhabit their characters as any inability or lack of talent on their part. So from where does this difficulty in communication come?" - Udayan Prasad
Veteran filmmaker Udayan Prasad will be talking about the Director-Actor partnership and how to find harmony between an actor and a director, to achieve the winning performance. London Film School and The National Film and Television School alumnus Udayan Prasad will be discussing communication; auditioning and casting; rehearsing; and working together on set.
The session will be followed by free drinks and networking with the actors and directors present.
This public workshop is part of the B3 Media TalentLab programme, running with support from Skillset and BBC Films.
Born in India, Udayan Prasad came to Britain at the age of nine. After attending art school in Leeds and the National Film and Television School, he made a number of documentaries, including A CORNER OF A FOREIGN FIELD (1985), about Pakistanis in Britain and INVISIBLE INK (1987), about the literature produced by writers from the Indian sub-continent on the British in Britain.
During the early nineties he directed a number of high-prestige dramas for BBC TV, working with Britain's top writers. His creative partnership with Simon Gray was particularly fruitful resulting in: THEY NEVER SLEPT (1990), a merciless parody of the British secret service during World War II starring Edward Fox; FEMME FATALE (1992), with Simon Callow and Donald Pleasence; RUNNING LATE (1992), starring Peter Bowles in a picaresque black comedy which won a Golden Gate Award for Best TV Feature at the San Francisco International Film Festival. He won a second Golden Gate Award for 102 BOULEVARD HAUSSMANN (1991), starring Alan Bates and scripted by Alan Bennett. 102 Boulevard Haussmann was also nominated for a BAFTA for best single TV drama. In 1998 he again collaborated with Alan Bennett, directing TALKING HEADS – PLAYING SANDWICHES which resulted in a second BAFTA nomination for best single TV drama.
His first theatrical feature was the critically acclaimed, BROTHERS IN TROUBLE (1995), a tragi-comic story set in the Sixties of an illegal immigrant struggling to survive in a grim northern English town. Brothers In Trouble won the Golden Alexander Award for best first feature at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. His second theatrical feature, MY SON THE FANATIC, was selected for Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and won the best feature award at the Potsdam Film Festival. The film was distributed in Europe and the United States to great critical acclaim. GABRIEL & ME, his third feature, starring Billy Connolly and Iain Glen, was followed in 2001 by a documentary, ACCORDING TO BERYL. About Dr Samuel Johnson’s relationship with Mrs Thrale, the film featured Dame Beryl Bainbridge and was centred around her novel According To Queenie. In 2005 he made his fourth feature, OPA!, starring Matthew Modine and Richard Griffiths, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival the same year. His fifth feature is THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF, starring William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart and Eddie Redmayne. Produced by Arthur Cohn and shot in Louisiana, the film was his US debut, and had its premier in January 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival. The Yellow Handkerchief was released, to critical acclaim, in 2010 in the United States by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
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B3 makes connections: between Britain's multicultural communities and its creative industries. We do so by uniting the power of digital media with the creative potential of emerging digital artists, film makers, visual artists and sound artists. Our activities - workshops, screenings, studio sessions, talks, networking events - are all about nurturing new talent and creating industry connections. We help them develop, produce and distribute their work, from the first spark of an idea through to the first showing and beyond.