Twickenham Studios celebrates Bafta nominees

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Flying high: Orbit Ever After mixed its sound at Twickenham Flying high: Orbit Ever After mixed its sound at Twickenham

Two films that used Twickenham Studios to mix their sound have been nominated for Baftas.

The smash hit Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is nominated in the outstanding British film category and short film Orbit Ever After is up for the British short film award.

Both films used Twickenham Studios’ Richard Attenborough Theatre in St Margarets, which the company claimed was “one of the leading dubbing theatres in the UK”.

The team for the Nelson Mandela biopic, starring Idris Elba and directed by Justin Chadwick, spent about six weeks at the studios late last year. The film has also been nominated for three Golden Globes.

Orbit Ever After, written and directed by Jamie Stone, also used Twickenham Studios for about two weeks last year.

Starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Mackenzie Crook, the film is a sci-fi romance set in Earth’s orbit.

Chee-lan Chan, one of the producers of Orbit Ever After, said: “It feels amazing. Exciting. Brilliant. There are too many superlatives to choose from.

“We couldn’t have wished for a better place to re-record at. The facilities and the personnel there are some of the best in the world. The studio is a really nurturing, helpful place to work at and we’re so grateful to be part of the Twickenham Studios family.”

Len Rowles, the film’s other producer, said: “We were very privileged to have been supported by Twickenham Studios during our sound post production. Working in their incredible facilities with their wonderful team enabled us to create a sound world for the film we could only have dreamt of.

“It means a lot when people believe in your film, especially at this stage in our young careers and their approach and kindness to new talent was wonderful.”

Maria Walker, the studios’ chief operating officer who headed a campaign to save it in February 2012, said: “We are delighted to see that two films that were mixed at Twickenham Studios are being recognised for their quality.

“Traditionally, Twickenham Studios has always been associated with quality productions, from low budget short films to large productions like Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

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