VIDEO: Oscar win for Nun Monkton film producer

Film producer Serena Armitage (s).
Film producer Serena Armitage (s).

A film produced by a North Yorkshire filmmaker has won an Academy Award.

Stutterer was named best Live Action Short at the glittering ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night (February 29).

The drama, which has already won a number of prestigious awards, has been created by Bear Golly Films, produced by Nun Monkton's own Serena Armitage.

Serena said of the nomination last month: “We are absolutely astonished and overwhelmed by the success of Stutterer. The last six months have been absolutely extraordinary."

Serena and other members of the crew were at the ceremony.

The film’s director Benjamin Cleary said in his acceptance speech: “You know, when you make your first ever film, you’ve got to convince a lot of people to jump on board and take a risk with a first-time director, and, you know, to every single member of the cast and crew of Stutterer for jumping on board and taking that risk with me, I’m forever grateful.
“And to the Academy for this award. It’s such a huge honour. Thank you so much.”
Dubliner Cleary also paid tribute to the stars of the film, about a man with a crippling stutter and his online relationship with a woman.”

Their trip was sponsored by the Easingwold-based York Handmade Brick Company..

Mark Laksevics of York Handmade said: “We are absolutely delighted to sponsor such a wonderful Yorkshire success story.

"In our different ways, both York Handmade and Serena, Benjamin and Shan of Bear Golly Films, take great pride in the creative process.

"We both strive to create well-crafted products of the highest quality.

“Yorkshire has an illustrious history when it comes to film-making and Stutterer follows in this fine tradition.

More to follow.