BAFTA to make exhibition debut with free show opened by Prince William

Article: David Styles | Image: © 2018 Sid Gentle Films Ltd and BBC America courtesy IJPR

Later this month the British Academy of Film and Television Arts will open the doors to its first ever public exhibition, BAFTA: Behind the Screens.

Items on display will include annotated scripts, handcrafted models, audio-visual displays and costumes, with clothing from award-winning TV series Killing Eve already expected to prove one of the most popular exhibits.

The exhibition, BAFTA notes, will allow visitors to discover previously unknown tales from the award-winning people who “write, make, shoot and shape” the films and television programmes recognised by the awarding body.

After an official launch hosted by BAFTA president, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, on 16th September, the exhibition will open to the public the following day.

Over the next two years the exhibition’s content will frequently be updated, but of the first raft of memorabilia on display the iconic pink dress worn by Killing Eve protagonist Villanelle has received the most media attention.

Jodie Comer wearing the now infamous Molly Goddard pink dress in Killing Eve © 2018 Sid Gentle Films Ltd and BBC America courtesy IJPR

What to expect

BAFTA: Behind the Screens will include exhibits dedicated to:

  • Phoebe De Gaye’s costume design from series one of Killing Eve, including a Molly Goddard pink dress and original Balenciaga boots worn by Jodie Comer as assassin Villanelle
  • Hair and make-up design from The Favourite
  • The shooting script from David Lean’s Summertime
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor’s research and preparation for the role of Solomon Northrup in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave
  • The score of Interstellar
  • Peter Firmin’s creative development for Clangers episode ‘I am the Eggbot’ along with the annotated script and full episode for ‘The Tablecloth’

Discussing the reasoning behind holding its inaugural exhibition, Amanda Berry OBE, chief executive of BAFTA, said: “Behind every BAFTA-nominated film, game or television programme are immense creativity and incredible technical skills, delivered by literally hundreds of people who are passionate about their craft.

“Our ever-changing exhibition will shine a light on these nominees and their personal journeys, inspiring visitors to BAFTA Piccadilly as well as the next generation of talent that BAFTA nurtures, develops and supports year-round.”

The creative sketches of Peter Firmin reveal the artistic processes behind BAFTA award-winning TV show The Clangers © Peter Firmin courtesy Daniel Postgate Smallfilms Limited Coolabi Productions Limited

London’s 194 Piccadilly, which will host the exhibition, is currently acting as a temporary home for BAFTA while neighbouring 195 Piccadilly undergoes a multi-million-pound redevelopment. This is expected to last for around two years.