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BAFTA-nominated Director talks: Documentary vs Commercials, Mike Figgis, directing Real People
Amanda Blue is a BAFTA-nominated director with over 18 years’ experience in documentary, comedy and commercials. She began her career in drama, working with BAFTA and Oscar-nominated director Mike Figgis, and later produced his documentary arts films, before directing her own work. Early in her documentary career, Blue directed the award-winning series Young Black Farmers (2006). In 2008, she received a BAFTA nomination in the Director – Factual category at the British Academy Television Craft Awards for Prescott: The Class System and Me. Her other documentary directing credits include Twincredibles, which examined growing up mixed-race in Britain, The Town That Caught Tourette’s, The Big School Lottery, comedy-documentary series, The Greatest Shows on Earth, and multi-award winning feature length drama documentary After The Wave, to name just a few. She has also been awarded numerous awards for her commercials work including a Bronze Lion at Cannes. In 2016, Blue wrote and directed the feature length drama documentary Deep Water for Screen Australia and SBS, which has been nominated for 14 awards to date including 4 AACTA’s (Australia’s Bata’s), a NSW Premier Literary Award and an Australian Directors Guild award for Best Director. Amanda Blue is currently developing several TV drama projects and a feature film.