The Crown won two BAFTA Craft Awards at last night’s ceremony for Photography and Lighting: Fiction (Adriano Goldman) and Sound: Fiction (The Sound Team).
The Crown has been nominated for 7 BAFTA Craft Awards.
Writer: Peter Morgan
Costume: Jane Petrie
Editing: Pia di Ciaula
Production Design: Martin Childs
Photography & Lighting: Adriano Goldman
Sound: Sound Team
Special, Visual & Graphic Effects: One of Us, Asa Shoul, Chris Reynolds
“The RTS presented an award of Special Recognition to a production for an outstanding contribution to the reputation of British television around the world. British programmes have been seen overseas for decades – since Lew Grade first got on a plane in the Sixties in fact – and British shows have always been admired abroad for their sheer quality. The list of British big international hits is long and distinguished – Downton Abbey, Planet Earth, Inspector Morse, Top Gear, Monty Python…even The Benny Hill Show, back in the day.
This has a truly vast global audience in one hundred and ninety countries – and more than any other, has shown the world British production expertise at its absolute finest. It has also brought huge international investment into British drama, changing the landscape for high-end production. With its very British story, British creative and technical talent behind the camera, and an almost exclusively British cast – the series has put feature film production values onto the small screen for the world to see and done so with a style and on a scale unlike any other.
Its epic sweep across the second half of the twentieth century is much more than an historical account of our Queen’s reign – it’s the story of Britain in a time of rapid social change, when the age of deference gave way to the liberal consensus of the Sixties, and the country fumbled to define its post-imperial role. It’s the story we’ve lived through, and are living through still. And it’s told by some of our finest writers, our most talented producers and directors, and our very best actors.
It’s a series of ambition, grandeur and – dare I say it – majesty.”
Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Once there she encounters her older brother Joe (Mark Stanley) a man she barely recognizes, worn down by years of struggling to keep the farm going whilst caring for their sick father. Joe is thrown by Alice’s sudden arrival, angered by her claim and finds her presence increasingly impossible to deal with. Battling to regain control in a fraught and fragile situation, Alice must confront traumatic memories and family betrayals to find a way to restore the farm and salvage the bond with her brother before both are irrevocably lost.
Broadcast said, ”With its broad customer base, outstanding relationships with talent and cross-genre expertise, Left Bank sits at the top table of scripted producers”
Flushed with royal success, it was hard to look beyond Left Bank in the Best Independent Production Company category. Few shows have attained landmark status in the manner of its Netflix series The Crown.
In many ways, it has come to represent the vast, arguably unique, opportunity that the global SVoD revolution offers British producers.
With so much focus on The Crown’s budget and significance, it is easy to overlook just how good it was. Peter Morgan’s scripts, sharp direction from Stephen Daldry, Philip Martin and others, and outstanding performances from Claire Foy and Matt Smith, combined in a series that offered character development, well-paced narrative and beautiful visuals.
It cut through in a way that is normally reserved for drama on BBC One or ITV.
The Crown wasn’t the only Left Bank SVoD success, either. Amazon pilot Oasis, an adaptation of Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things, was another show with an eyewatering budget and vast ambition (it was set on Mars).
Then there was Origin, a 10-part sci-fi thriller for emerging platform YouTube Red, created, written and executive produced by Mika Watkins.
And it delivered for traditional broadcasters too: The Replacement picked up more than 7 million viewers on BBC One, Electric Dreams lit up C4 and AMC, and Strike Back made a strong return to Cinemax and Sky 1 after a break.
With its broad customer base, outstanding relationships with talent and cross-genre expertise, Left Bank sits at the top table of scripted producers.”
We have three nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA
CAITRIONA BALFE OUTLANDER
CLAIRE FOY THE CROWN