Norwich film screens at international film festival

Tom Martin, creative director at Forward, filming Giles Duley for award-winning ‘More Than An Image:

Tom Martin, creative director at Forward, filming Giles Duley for award-winning More Than An Image: Giles Duley. Picture: Forward - Credit: Forward

A film created by a Norwich agency which tells the story of a photographer injured in Afghanistan has featured at an international film festival.

More Than An Image: Giles Duley, created by video production agency Forward, has been shown at the Maui Film Festival in Hawaii, as well as scooping two Royal Television Society awards.

The festival celebrates cinema from across the world and this year included indie films starring Hollywood actors including Gerard Butler and Salma Hayek, known for 1995 film Desperado and Grown Ups.

The five-minute film took more than a month to produce and tells the story of Giles Duley, a world-renowned documentary photographer and humanitarian activist who lost both his legs and one arm whilst documenting conflict in Afghanistan.

The festival comes shortly after the Norwich-based firm picked up two accolades at the Royal Television Society East Centre Awards.

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Forward won the Best Short Film and The Diversity Award categories, with the film produced in collaboration with Wex Photographic.

Described by the judges as 'an elegant and beautifully shot film, it is personal and inspirational, well produced and entrancing to watch.'

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Amassing more than one million views across social platforms, the video was one of the only pieces of branded content to feature at the Maui Film Festival.

The film was made by Tom Martin, producer Dan Leonard, sound recordist Jonathan Blagrove, music composer Andrew Jones and sound mixer Dave Escott.

Mr Martin set-up Forward in 2010 at the age of 21. His vision was to produce cinematic quality films for commercial brands.

In recent years Mr Martin and his team have worked on a number of international projects including travelling to Poland for five days to capture the beautiful city of Warsaw.

Mr Martin said; 'We're incredibly proud and honoured to have been recognised by the Royal Television Society and for our film to be featured at Maui Film Festival.

'This recognition means a great deal as it shows the story driven content we create has the power to engage audiences across the world and become more than simply a piece of marketing content.'

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