When tenor Paul Potts performed Puccini’s Nessun Dorma on the first episode of TV show Britain’s Got Talent in 2007 it caused a sensation. 115 million YouTube hits later, the South Wales phone salesman’s story has inspired this warm, funny, very British feel-good movie, a curtain-opener for our 2015 Royal Opera House series, which starts in March.
"Irresistible." — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"A sweet, funny, heartfelt film." — Annlee Ellingson, LA Times
"Hits all the right notes." — Anthony Kaufman, Screen International
The animated short film nominees are:
The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees) – 7 minutes/GB; The Dam Keeper (Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi) – 18 minutes/USA; Feast (Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed) – 6 minutes/USA; Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove) – 14 minutes/Canada; A Single Life (Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen) – 2 minutes/The Netherlands. These films will be supplemented by four runners-up.
Each year VIFF Vancity Theatre is proud to present the nominees for best live action short film. This year these are Aya (Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis) – 39 minutes/Israel, France; Boogalo and Graham (Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney) – 14 minutes/GB; Butter Lamp (Hu Wei and Julien Féret) – 15 minutes/France, China; Parvaneh (Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger) – 25 minutes/Switzerland;The Phone Call (Mat Kirkby and James Lucas) – 21 minutes/GB.