The Farley blog

Not only do we love what we do, we also love to talk about it! Here are some of the news, views and reviews that we just couldn’t keep to ourselves.

The *belated* Joe Farley Awards 2020/2021 : Congratulations to winners Nivitha Muralikrishna and Grace Shepherd

Joe Farley Award 2020 and 2021 winners

Supporting emerging talent is something that we’re very passionate about and have been championing for almost thirty years, so we weren’t going to let a ‘little’ thing like the ongoing pandemic get in the way of our annual award for the first year Production Design students at the National Film and Television School. Some changes to the usual format had to be made of course but we’re very happy to announce that we have been able to award the 2020 and 2021 winners of the Joe Farley Award. Huge congratulations go to the 2021 winner Nivitha Muralikrishna for her interpretations of Erin Morgenstern’s ‘Night Circus’ and the 2020 winner, Grace Shepherd for ‘Invisible Cities’.

This Is What A Filmmaker Looks Like: Ruth Pickard wins the 2017 Underwire Festival Production Design Award

Take 127 short films, mix in a bucket load of female film making talent, spread it over five days, and you’ve got Underwire Festival 2017. Celebrating the ‘raw cinematic talents of women’, Underwire is the only film festival in the UK celebrating female film making across the crafts. It’s BAFTA recognised and is supported by industry leader organisations and sponsors and most importantly, it’s growing year on year.

‘Putting On The Glitz’ at the BFDG 70th Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner

We had the pleasure of attending the 70th Annual British Film Designers Guild awards last Saturday in the prestigious surroundings of Pinewood Studios. And what a night it was. The venue looked suitably glittering and in keeping with the ‘Putting on the glitz’ theme. The red carpet had been rolled out for the equally glitzy guests who were almost unrecognisable in their black tie suits and gowns (a world away from our on set and office attire).

The Joe Farley Award at the NFTS : Our winner for 2016, Rosalind Gregoire

And the winner is…..
Another year and another class of talented Production Design students are making their mark at the National Film and TV School and Francesca and I had the very great pleasure in meeting them last week at the annual Joe Farley Award judging. After only five months on the course, the first year students begin the ten week fantasy project that is submitted for judging. It’s hard to believe that some of them are completely new to technical drawings, drafting and model making as the work is of such a high standard. We are always suitably impressed and this year was no exception, in fact, we think the standard is getting better each year.

Doing it for the girls : Farley judge Best Production Design at the Underwire Festival

The much coveted Underwire Festival 2016 award

This past Saturday I had the great pleasure in presenting the award for Best Production Design at the Underwire Festival. The event took place at the achingly cool Genesis Cinema on Mile End Road and brought together all of the female filmmakers and their crew, friends, family and fellow industry professionals to celebrate their work and award the winner in each category. There were awards from everything from Best Animation, Best Writer and Best Director but the one that we are very proud to sponsor was the Production Design award.