The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image – film, television and game in the U.K.
Breakthrough Brits in partnership with Burberry, The Langham, London and Audi showcases and supports the next generation of British creative talent in film, TV and games. with a year-long mentoring and guidance programme that will shape their future career.
This year, they announced 18 talented newcomers across film, television and games selected by an international jury including actors Joe Dempsie and Rosamund Pike, director Sarah Gavron and game designer Mike Bithell.
Amongst the 18 talented newcomers are Kayode Ewunmi & Malachi Kirby who has excelled magnificently in acting and writing respectively.
KAYODE EWUMI | ACTOR/WRITER
Although his professional career is just beginning, Kayode says he’s always been drawn to acting, right down to inventing funny voices on the football pitch as a child. He attributes a lot of his talent to growing up on London’s Aylesbury Estate, and although it was tough at times he says he wouldn’t have had it any other way, recalling that “growing up there taught me the art of understanding and communicating with every kind of person, every creed and colour.”
After graduating, Kayode and two friends bought a camera and decided to shoot a mockumentary. With a grand budget of £3, they made two episodes of#HoodDocumentary, released them on YouTube, and shortly thereafter found themselves with over two million viewers. This attracted BBC Three, who commissioned Kayode and his friends to create six five-minute#HoodDocumentary shorts, broadcast online in June 2016. Since then Kayode has been busy, appearing as a lead inAre You Being Served? and shooting for White Gold andCrackanory.
Kayode now wants to encourage other young people to get a camera and make things which are authentic to them, saying “this time last year I was about to complete a theatre course, and now I’m here as a Breakthrough Brit, it’s amazing.” Find out More on Bafta.org
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) October 25, 2016
MALACHI KIRBY | ACTOR
Malachi says he didn’t have the confidence for acting when he was younger and felt shy about being up on stage in front of people. At 14 his mum took him to a theatre group at Battersea Arts Centre, and when people told him his first ever performance was good, he got a confidence boost to carry on through school and then college. Following his early success on the stage, Malachi shifted his focus to film, working on Gone Too Far, Offenderand My Brother the Devil all in the space of 12 months, building a momentum that hasn’t ceased since.
Malachi doesn’t think of himself as very good at acting, saying “I’m no good at pretending. I have to get myself to a place of truth where I actually believe what’s happening.” When cast as the lead in a major US remake of Roots alongside Paul Giamatti and Anna Paquin, Malachi found himself on expansive sets and locations so real that he could get to that place of truth. After building to his breakthrough, Malachi recently took his first holiday in seven years, reminding himself that “life can be very short, so remember what’s important and always invest in your family and friends.” Find out more on Bafta.org
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) October 25, 2016
Find out more about the other talented newcomers on Bafta.org