A science student turned movie maker has been named among the future stars of UK film and television.
Ed Barratt, from Fenham, Newcastle, turned his back on life in the lab for a career of glitz and glamour - and after producing his first feature film has been named a “Breakthrough Brit” by Bafta.
“It’s great to be a part of such a prestigious scheme and to be recognised alongside some seriously talented individuals,” the 30-year-old, who studied human genetics at Newcastle University said.
“It can be difficult running a film business from the North East when the industry is so focused on London but I hope this shows what the regions have to offer.”
Ed is one of only two producers on the 17 strong list, which recognises the next generation of British talent in the film, TV and video game industries, and finds himself alongside the likes of Sharon Rooney, who starred in Channel 4’s My Mad Fat Diary, disabled ex-Royal Marine turned Paralympic Games presenter Arthur Williams, and Tom Holland, who has graduated to Hollywood after a stint playing Billy Elliot on stage.
But the owner of Hook Pictures is in good company with Rowan Athale, the director of his film The Rise, also being recognised.
“For me personally this recognition represents a tremendous opportunity to capitalise on the success of The Rise as I grow my production company,” said Ed, who already has two films - a low budget sci fi action flick, the Brothers Lynch, and a political thriller - slated to enter production in 2014 and is expanding into television and graphic novel publishing.
“I work with a lot of fantastically talented people and many have ideas for big stories that would cost $200m to make,” he said. “So it’s not worth them trying to crack Hollywood with them, but they can find their medium through publishing.”
The BAFTA Breakthrough Brits scheme will see the shortlisted few invited to a day of networking sessions and inspirational talks from leading industry figures in London, followed by a year of free access to BAFTA events, and mentoring and guidance sessions to help them onto the next stage of their careers.
Ed will also see his details sent out to industry “career-starters” across the country, with the hope it will help him take the next step.
And The Rise - which stars Timothy Spall - a tale of foiled robbery and attempted murder in a northern town, is out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday.