Magazine article Screen International

Asif Kapadia Issues Film Schools Warning

Magazine article Screen International

Asif Kapadia Issues Film Schools Warning

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Asif Kapadia has warned that young filmmakers starting out today are unlikely to get the same opportunities that he did due to the cost of education in the UK.

Speaking at the Screen Film Summit in London, the director said: "The reason that Amy and Senna bring money into the UK is because I was given a grant to go to film school."

It is unlikely, he added, that, if he were setting out on his career today, he would have been able to afford to pay to study his craft.

Kapadia grew up in Hackney and went on to study film at three different higher education institutions.

The director's advice to young filmmakers was to "be bold, be crazy," in order to stand out from the crowd. "It's about finding what makes you unique".

He cited his own feature debut, The Warrior - a Hindi-language drama set in feudal India with no stars - as an example, and described the project in retrospect as "a mad idea."

"You cannot second guess if you have never done it before, you can only make the film you want to make. …

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