Northern Ireland man behind documentary A Cambodian Spring nominated for Bafta

A scene from Chris Kelly's film about land-rights protests in Cambodia, A Cambodian Spring

NORTHERN Ireland film-maker Chris Kelly has been nominated in the Outstanding Debut category at this year's Baftas for his feature documentary A Cambodian Spring.

The film which received lottery funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through Northern Ireland Screen, took more than 10 years to complete, including six years Chis spent living and filming in Cambodia. It features an original soundtrack by electronic artist James Holden.

The film is an intimate portrait of three people caught up in the wave of land-rights protests against controversial ongoing building development in Cambodia which began at the start of this century. The film is about the complexities – both political and personal, of fighting for what you believe in.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be nominated for this award,” Chris said. "I hope that this nomination brings some much deserved attention to the situation in Cambodia and the ongoing work of the film subjects."

Richard Williams, chief executive of Northern Ireland Screen, said: “We are absolutely delighted for Chris on his Bafta nomination – this is a debut well worth honouring. A Cambodian Spring is a wonderful film and we are proud to have been able to support it.”

The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on February 10 in London.

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