Jurors including Tom Ford and Ben Drew, aka Plan B, have cast their final votes for the 2011 Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award longlist – but film fans will need to wait until 10 January to learn who made the grade.
The award, now in its sixth year, was created in honour of BAFTA-winning casting director Mary Selway to recognise actors and actresses whose talent has inspired popular acclaim from the British public and is the only BAFTA gong to be voted for by the public.
Drew appeared opposite Michael Caine in Harry Brown – one of seenit.co.uk’s favourite British movies ever – is set to release his directorial debut Ill Manors, a gritty urban drama about respect and survival, set on the streets of East London.
The actor and musician said casting Ill Manors had given him “an incredible insight into the amazing pool of young talent in the UK and made me feel inspired to create the projects that will allow me to work with them.”
Fellow juror Ford, who made his directorial debut with A Single Man, said the accolade was “such an important award in that it supports the new generation of actors and actresses and also reflects the tastes of the cinema going public – who ultimately are the best ones to judge who they want to see more of on their screens.”
The jury in full:
Jury Chair: Finola Dwyer (producer – An Education, Me Without You, Backbeat and chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee)
Jury Spokesperson: Ben Drew (musician, actor, director – Ill Manors)
Tom Ford (director – A Single Man)
Peter Sarsgaard (actor – Knight and Day, An Education)
Natascha McElhone (actress – Solaris, Californication)
Lucy Bevan – (casting director – An Education, Made in Dagenham)
Mike Newell (director – Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Laura Symons (publicist)
Jamie Graham (deputy editor – Total Film)
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (film editor – Metro)
Hannah Marriott (entertainment editor – Grazia)
Charles Gant (film journalist)
Geoff Lloyd (hometime DJ – Absolute Radio)
Robbie Collin (film editor – News of the World)