Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Film Company's Prestige Award

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Film Company's Prestige Award

Article excerpt

A north film company has won a prestigious international award for its touching story of a premature baby's fragile life.

Newcastle-based Common Features walked off with the Best Made For Television Movie prize at the 25th Banff Television Festival in Canada for This Little Life.

Based on the real-life experiences of author Rosemary Kay, whose son Saul was born almost four months premature, the film was shown on BBC2 last March and has already won a string of accolades.

It won Best Single Drama, Best Actress and Best Network Newcomer Behind The Screen at the Royal Television Society Awards and was nominated for a Bafta.

Producer Stewart Mackinnon, of Common Features, said the film's latest award gave it true international recognition.

Speaking from Canada, he said: "Banff is the biggest TV festival in the world and 900 programmes entered the awards from 40 countries around the world. Only 15 awards are made so to win this award means that This Little Life has been voted the best single TV film in the world. …

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