Under the Shadow, a film directed by University of Westminster alumnus Babak Anvari, who graduated from the Film and Television Production BA (now Film BA Honours) course in 2005, has won the Outstanding Debut BAFTA 2017 beating Mike Carey with ‘The Girl with All The Gifts’, George Amponsah with ‘The Hard Stop’, Pete Middleton with ‘Notes on Blindness’ and John Donnelly with ‘The Pass’.

Under the Shadow, which has been qualified by the Guardian as “This year’s unarguable horror standout”, was a Westminster alumni collaboration, with Babak Anvari as a Director, Kit Fraser as the Director of Photography, and Patrick Fischer as an Executive Producer, who met at the University of Westminster as students.

Under the Shadow is set in Tehran in 1988, in the last years of the Iran-Iraq War. When a missile lodges into an apartment block, a supernatural entity is released, and a psychological horror story begins to unfold as a mother and her young daughter begin to be terrorised by a demon.

The BAFTA winner Babak Anvari will be a guest at the Difference Festival at the University of Westminster on 3 March where he will share his experience and answer questions Westminster students or the public may have.

The Difference Festival is an annual event, as part of the Difference week, which will be held between 27 February and 3 March this year. The Festival will host a series of events and celebrations paying tribute to the history of the University of Westminster as well as its staff, students and alumni.

Learn more about the Film BA Honours course at the University of Westminster.

Find out more about the Difference Festival.

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