UCLan Graduate Receives Oscar Nomination

Director and UCLan graduate Mark Gill, with producer Baldwin Li
Director and UCLan graduate Mark Gill, with producer Baldwin Li.
Director and UCLan graduate Mark Gill, with producer Baldwin Li.

UCLan graduate, Mark Gill, has been nominated for an Oscar Academy award for a short-film that he directed.

His film, The Voorman Problem, is one of five nominated in the Live-Action Short Films category.

Gill, who graduated in 2004 with a degree in Film Production, now owns his own production company in Manchester.

He found out about his nomination whilst at work. Speaking to the Independent, he said; “I was the first to find out. I shouted out. We all went a bit crazy.”

The Voorman Problem is a 12 minute feature, following a psychiatrist who visits a prison inmate who believes he is a god.

The Hobbit’s Martin Freeman stars in the film, which Gill started making in 2008, when he met producer Baldwin Li.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aNyXNYeiwA

The Oscar shortlist isn’t the only recognition Gill has received. The film has already won 4 awards, and received a nomination at the 2013 BAFTA’s.

He will fly to Hollywood in March, to find out if he has won the prestigious award.

During his degree at Preston, Gill also won a Royal Television Society award for Best Student Documentary.

The North-west based director is keen to succeed outside of London. “We’ve sidestepped the pull of London,” he said. “We’ve proved you can do it outside of the capital.”

 

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