Simon Bland in Film & TV


Creative England’s First Competing Film ‘45 Years’ Wins Big In Berlin

It’s a big day for Creative England’s Film Team with their very first production funded feature ‘45 Years’ taking home two major awards at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. 

Stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay took home Best Actress Silver Bear and Best Actor Silver Bear for their performances in Norfolk-based filmmaker Andrew Haigh’s intense and moving drama. 

The film follows a couple whose 45 year marriage is put under the microscope when a long-forgotten event from the past resurfaces. This shock revelation forces the couple to re-evaluate their seemingly stable relationship. 

Directed by Haigh and produced by Tristan Goligher, ‘45 Years’ is the first feature film to be funded through Creative England’s Production Fund which supports the creation of feature films. 

"All of us here at Creative England are pinching ourselves,” said Creative England’s Senior Film Executive Richard Holmes. “This is our first completed film, from Norfolk-based filmmaker, Andrew Haigh, and we're delighted that it's been recognised at the Berlinale.

"Producer, Tristan Goligher has already done so much for Creative England with his deft stewardship of iFeatures2 and now he’s delivered this award-winning gem. We’re delighted and grateful to the whole ‘45 Years’ team and clearing the mantlepiece for more gongs."

Welcomed at Berlin by audiences and critics alike, Haigh’s film also managed to secure multiple sales, with The Match Factory securing a North American deal with IFC’s Sundance Selects.

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