Congratulations to NFTS directing graduate, Rory Alexander Stewart who has just been named in Screen International’s prestigious 'Stars of Tomorrow' 2017 list. NFTS graduates who have received this prestigious accolade have gone on to achieve considerable success and include Doctor Foster composer, Stuart Earl, Penny Dreadful screenwriter, Krysty Wilson-Cairns and director of Cuffs and Ripper Street, Nick Rowland.
Rory’s NFTS graduation film, Wild Horses, which he directed and co-wrote, was selected for this year’s Cinéfondation short film strand at the Cannes film festival and was one of just 16 films selected from 2600 works submitted by film schools from all over the world.
(Still from Wild Horses)
Speaking to Screen, Rory said: “Cannes is a great chance to get your foot in the door and I took a lot of selfies!”
Rory is from Leith in Scotland and came to the NFTS after studying film production at Bournemouth. His first major industry recognition came when he wrote Martin Smith’s short Liar, for which he won the BAFTA New Talent writing award in 2013. He has also won The Skinny/Innis & Gunn short film competition for no-budget improvised short Good Girl (2014), a mockumentary about an Alsatian that may also be an alien and was nominated for the Channel 4 Innovation in Storytelling Award for Misery Guts.
(Behind the scenes photo from Wild Horses)
Since graduating from the NFTS, Rory is developing a feature-length version of his 2016 short In The Grass, titled Organs In The Grass, through the Belgium-based Less Is More writing lab. He describes it as a “Fargo-like” dark comedy about a pair of murder detectives. “My aim is to be on the way to making a feature within a year,” says Rory. “I am ambitious in that regard.”