NFTS alumna Charlotte Bruus Christensen (The Girl on the Train; Fences) was invited to the School to accept the inaugural ‘Sue Gibson BSC Cinematography Award’ and to deliver a masterclass to an audience of NFTS Cinematography alumni, guests from the industry and the British Society of Cinematographers.

L-R: Charlotte Bruus Christensen, Stuart Harris, Jon Wardle, Duncan Bruce and Oliver Stapleton

The award recognises a member of NFTS Cinematography Alumni who has advanced the profession of Cinematography in a significant way. Sue Gibson, who sadly recently passed away, was herself an award-winning NFTS alumna and also the first female president of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC). She was known for her work on feature films, including Alien v Predator, The Holiday, Hear My Song and Mrs Dalloway as well as numerous TV Series such as The Forsythe Saga, Spooks, Lewis, Poirot and Death in Paradise.

Sue Gibson

Over 100 NFTS Cinematography alumni submitted votes for the five nominees who in addition to Charlotte, included Natasha Braier, Ula Pontikos, Tom Townend and Vanessa Whyte.

The evening was introduced by NFTS Co-Head of Cinematography, Stuart Harris, NFTS director, Jon Wardle and Mike Roberts (Sue Gibson’s Partner). Mike celebrated the life of Sue Gibson, herself a trailblazer, and talked about how proud she would have been, not only with having this award named after her, but also of the nominees. A Q&A with Charlotte Bruus Christensen followed led by NFTS Co-Head of Cinematography, Oliver Stapleton. Charlotte talked about her process of shooting with directors such as Thomas Vinterberg, Denzel Washington, Aaron Sorkin and John Krasinski.  

On receiving the award Charlotte said: ‘There is something wonderful about this event in that it brings us [Cinematographers] together as a family. This school is very special to me. Wherever you go, whether you are at Camerimage or even just walking around LA, meeting a fellow NFTS student is special because you share a common bond.’ She added: ‘When you go to a film school where you have tutors like Sue Gibson or Stuart Harris and Oliver Stapleton you gain so much from their experiences and knowledge and so to get an award with Sue’s name on it is such a privilege’.

We would like to thank event sponsor, Panavision and drinks reception sponsor, Kodak. Hugh Whittaker, Panavision’s Features Marketing Director said: ‘Charlotte’s work has been outstanding, and the work of all the nominees this year shows the level of craft and innovation they put on screen. The National Film and Television School is a British institution that continues to mould the future of our industry. The School’s dedication of quality and equality is one of the reasons we are proud to be involved with this award.’

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