Last night, around the corner from Jermyn Street, a glittering fundraiser took place, in aid of ‘Give Something Back’– BAFTA’s campaign to support young people from all backgrounds to enter the film, television and games industries.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is delighted to announce that over £250,000 was raised at last night’s inaugural BAFTA Film Gala Dinner at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, in support of its ‘Give Something Back’ campaign.
‘Give Something Back’ is a BAFTA campaign supporting young people from all backgrounds to enter the moving image industries, connecting them with some of the best film, television and game makers to help inspire and guide their careers.
The event was supported by a whole host of talent including Andy Serkis, Alice Temperley, Emilia Fox, Freddie Fox, Henry Cavill, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters, Jim Carter, Joe Dempsie, Joanna Lumley, Kit Harrington, Art Malik, Lesley Manville, Twiggy, Stephen Mangan, Louise Delamere, Edith Bowman, Natalie Dormer, Olivia Colman, Olivia Grant, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal and Tom Hiddleston.
Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner including Cotswold quails eggs with dill mayonnaise, Romney Marsh lamb, a selection of Fortnum & Mason teas and homemade petits fours. Yum!
A silent and live auction with prizes of film- and television-related lots also took place, including tickets to attend Sunday’s EE British Academy Film Awards, a set visit to watch Downton Abbey being filmed and a number of lunches and dinners with well-known actors. A private screening later this year of the new Bond film, Spectre, fetched £20,000.
The auction was followed by entertainment from The London Cabaret Club and a party at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly.
The inaugural BAFTA Film Gala Dinner was sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield and the Emicapital Foundation and supported by Champagne Taittinger, Fisher Productions, The London Cabaret Club, Mad Dog Casting, Smythson and Villa Maria Wines. It was a fantastic evening and we can’t wait for the next one.
BAFTA (195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN)