The Establishing Shot is shortlisted for a RAFA in The Richard Attenborough Film Awards for Best UK Film Blog site 2012

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Richard Attenborough Film AwardWow! Being in the running for a Richard Attenborough Film Award is quite a compliment. Previously I have shied away from award nominations choosing not to be involved mainly due to 3 reasons:

1. "Badges, to damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don't need badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges, you damned cabrón and ching' tu madre! Come out from that hole of yours. I have to speak to you." - Bob Curtin, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

I blog because I have something to say, not for accolades or to be the biggest or best.  I create most of my own original content based on my experiences rather than repackaged news. The only recognition that I need is that readers come back to The Establishing Shot and feel that some of my content is worthy of their time.

2. As most of my content is original and created by myself - The Establishing Shot has a fairly niche or boutique audience. And as most awards are voted on by readers/public I’m not expecting to be able to compete with larger news aggregators and hence have a smaller chance of winning.

3. Asking readers to vote for your blog is a bit like spamming people you like. I don’t like it when people do it to me so I couldn’t in good conscience do it to others.

The Richard Attenborough Film Awards
The Richard Attenborough Film Awards
However when I received notification that The Establishing Shot had been shortlisted for a RAFA in the 6th The Richard Attenborough Film Awards in the newly created UK Film Blog site of the Year 2012 category I was super stoked. And even if The Establishing Shot doesn’t come close to winning it is an honour to be considered.

 The awards are dedicated to Lord Richard Attenborough. Between them, the national treasurers that are the Attenborough Brothers have not only done an immeasurable amount for the British Film Industry but have continued to make nature relevant and keep it in the public's eye.

If you need a reminder, you can read more about Lord Richard Attenborough’s amazing career further down.
In short apologies in advance, as in the coming month I will be ramping up my campaign for your votes. And your time and input would be appreciated. Many thanks

 Public voting for the awards will be available via the awards official site From December 12 2011 and Closes on January 20 2012. From here you can find information on previous winners as well also vote for other 2012 categories including;

Best British Film, Best Animated Film, Breakout Star, 3D Film Of The Year, Film Star, Film Character Of The Year and Family Blockbuster of the year.

The winners in all categories will be announced by James King on Thursday 26th January 2012.

The Amazing Career OF Lord Attenborough CBE
 Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge in 1923, but spent his childhood in Leicester. Aged 17, he won the prestigious Leverhulme Scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. While still a student in 1942, he made his screen debut in the Noel Coward/David Lean film In Which We Serve.

 On graduating, he acted in a number of West End theatre productions including Brighton Rock (he would later star, memorably, in the movie version), before joining the Royal Air Force in 1943. He was demobilised after three years' service, and went on to star in more than 60 films including The Great Escape, The Flight of the Phoenix, 10 Rillington Place, Brannigan, Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park.

Collaborating with long-term friend and colleague, writer/director Bryan Forbes, he also produced films such as The Angry Silence and Whistle Down the Wind. Then, in 1969 came the first of a dozen major movies as producer/director, the acclaimed Oh, What a Lovely War, which won 16 international awards. 

 Richard Attenborough is, however, undoubtedly best known for Gandhi, 1982 film of the year - winning eight Oscars® and five BAFTA Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director on both sides of the Atlantic. His other films as director include Shadowlands, A Bridge Too Far, Chaplin, In Love and War, and most recently, the love across the generations movie, Closing the Ring, starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer and Mischa Barton.

 Today, never happier than when wearing several hats, Lord Attenborough continues to fulfill his responsibilities as Chairman or President of numerous film industry bodies and charities. What an extraordinary career both in front of and behind the cameras - and what better dedication could there be for the UK's regional film awards?

For more info:
To vote head over to: from 12 December, 2011 till 20 January 20 2012.

The Establishing Shot is shortlisted for a RAFA in The Richard Attenborough Film Awards for Best UK Film Blog site 2012


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