We speak to BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2016 Honouree Nainita Desai!

Launched in 2013 in partnership with Burberry, Breakthrough Brits showcases and supports the next generation of British creative talent in film, TV and games. Each year, up to 20 on-screen and off-screen talented newcomers are selected by a stellar industry Jury to take part in a year-long mentoring and guidance programme.

We were so delighted to hear that long-time Time+Space customer Nainita Desai had been named as one of this year’s Breakthrough Brit  Honourees and naturally we couldn’t wait to hear all about it! Here we find out what it means for Nainita to receive this accolade and what has happened in the five weeks since that star-packed night…

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Credit: BAFTA / Jamie Simonds

Hi Nainita, huge congratulations on your fantastic success as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2016 Honouree! What was your initial reaction when you received the news? 

 I’m still recovering from the shock actually !

Bafta is one of the cornerstones of the film industry, an institution I have respected and looked up to all my life.  It’s not something I expected at all so I’m very thankful to be included amongst such a talented, diverse, group of Brits… incredibly humbling. This kind of thing is normally reserved for film makers, producers and writers and it’s a great honour for a composer and music to be given recognition and focus in this way.

Can you tell us more about the award – who voted/made the decision and what it means/entails to be an ‘Honouree’?IMG_8153

Launched in 2013 in partnership with Burberry, Breakthrough Brits showcases and supports the next generation of British creative talent in film, TV and games. Each year, up to 20 on-screen and off-screen talented newcomers are selected by a stellar industry Jury to take part in a year-long mentoring and guidance programme.

BAFTA supports each Breakthrough Brit by working with them to tailor a programme of support, mentoring and career development in conjunction with industry professionals. It’s like feeling you have someone else on your team.

The chosen talented newcomers were announced at a star studded reception. Jury members included BAFTA-nominated actress Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Die Another Day), actor Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones, Skins), BAFTA-winning director Sarah Gavron (Suffragette, Brick Lane) and BAFTA-winning games designer and developer Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone, Monstermind). The annual Breakthrough Brits initiative celebrates and supports the UK’s future stars of film, television and games. Honourees receive one-to-one mentoring, guidance sessions and networking opportunities. Since the launch of the initiative, previous Breakthrough Brits have gone on to be recognised at BAFTA’s awards ceremonies, including four BAFTA winners.

 

Life must have been quite a whirlwind since the announcement! What’s happened so far as a result of becoming an Honouree?

It’s been quite a busy and eventful few weeks. So much is happening that I’m not allowed to talk about just yet, but I’m in discussions about some really exciting projects for next year.

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Credit: BAFTA / Jamie Simonds

 

What do you expect the next 12 months might have in store now that you’ve been awarded this accolade?

The scheme is like a massive calling card so I hope that I can get my presence felt out there. It’s a huge opportunity and I hope that with the guidance, support and endorsement of Bafta, it will enable me to open doors that felt closed to me before. Having come from documentary, I am hoping to also be able to work in fiction and drama. I think that we are seeing very exciting changes in the attitude by film makers towards music scoring over the last decade and I very much hope to be able to contribute towards that sea of change.

I’m also excited about exploring the world of games, VR and interactive technologies. It’s all about meeting and engaging with people that I would not normally be able to reach out to if it weren’t for this initiative,

IMG_8139What else did the evening involve? Did you bump into any interesting celebrities?! 

Well I enjoy studio life “behind the scenes” as opposed to being in the limelight and the day was a rollercoaster of having the spotlight thrown at us for a change!

We had some photo shoots, lots of press interviews before the event, culminating with the launch event itself at Burberry. Lots of industry and celebs were invited, and I got to meet with Rosamund Pike and share bubbles with Jennifer Saunders who was huge fun.

Finally, we’re always interested to know what you’re working on – what projects are you creating music for at the moment?

Nainita with Jennifer Saunders
Credit: Bafta / Charlie Clift

I’m currently scoring a BFI supernatural horror feature film. It’s a genre I have never written for before. so very exciting for me as it allows me to experiment with some unusual sound sources, instruments and try out some different work flows. The score will have quite an organic, raw feel to it.

I’m also scoring a 90min spy-noir documentary for C4 about the Russian spy agent Litvinenko who was allegedly poisoned by the Russian government. Musically it will be quite intimate in feel, enhanced with lots of tension and suspense.

Asides from that I have a few TV documentary and natural history series in the works for the BBC, ITV, C4 and Smithsonian. Coming up soon on TV is “Africa Rivers Wild” , a major new 7part series for Animal Planet about the wildlife around Africa’s 7 major Rivers as well as Steve Backshall’s Extreme River Challenge – a new BBC series.

 

Posted by Charley Wheeler

As someone who qualified with a Diploma in Digital Marketing, working for Time+Space has shown itself to be the chance of a lifetime, and the array of fantastic opportunities has increased my already colossal love for music and my interest in the way it's created. Working with a variety of brands who consistently produce new and exciting products makes for a mass of things I want to shout about!

Website: http://www.timespace.com

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