ICE Public Event: 15th February 2019

Fantastic Directors and Where to Find Them:

A Masterclass with David Yates

David Yates speaking at Edge Hill University

ICE is delighted to welcome back to the University the renowned film maker, David Yates, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Edge Hill University in July 2018 for his contribution to international cinema.

David Yates directed the last four of the highly successful ‘Harry Potter’ films and the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films. The ‘Harry Potter’ films included ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2′, which saw this records-smashing franchise reach such an epic conclusion.

His collaboration with the stellar writer, J.K. Rowling, has continued with David’s direction of the “Fantastic Beasts’ films: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, and the sequel, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, with Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Jude Law.

No stranger to awards, David Yates won his first BAFTA for his work on the BBC miniseries ‘The Way We Live Now’. In 2003, he directed the drama series ‘State of Play’, a BAFTA Award nomination and winner of the Directors Guild of Great Britain Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.

David Yates also helmed the gritty two-part drama, ‘Sex Traffic,’ bagging another BAFTA Award. This unflinching look at sex trafficking also won a number of international awards, including eight BAFTA and four RTS Awards, as well as the Jury Prize for Best Miniseries at the Reims International Television Festival, and a Golden Nymph at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

He also earned an Emmy Award nomination for his work on the 2005 HBO movie ‘The Girl in the Cafe’, a love story starring Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald.

David hails from our neck of the woods (St. Helens, Merseyside) and studied Politics at the University of Essex and at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, before beginning his directing career with the award-winning short film ‘When I Was a Girl,’ which he also wrote.

He will be talking about his films and his film making career with ICE’s Associate Director, Professor Roger Shannon, and there will be ample opportunities for questions to David from attendees at this fantastic event.

This event takes place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

Date: Friday 15th February 2019

2.30pm Registration and Refreshments
3.00pm-4.30pm A Masterclass with David Yates

Venue: The Creative Edge (building 25 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration: This is a free, public event – booking is essential (once your booking is complete, you will receive a confirmation email. Please have the email printed or on a mobile device to show at the event).

At 7pm on Friday 15th February, the Arts Centre will be screening ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ as their Free Film Friday (for Edge Hill students only). This event is not ticketed; entry to the film is on a first come, first served basis – please bring your Unicard. 

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