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3rd Aug, 2021

Former South Bromsgrove High School student Alex wins a BAFTA for his short film

A FORMER South Bromsgrove High School student has won a BAFTA for his short film about vegan farming.

Film director Alex Lockwood and his team won ‘Best British Short Film’ at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards for ‘73 Cows’.

The powerful 15-minute film tells the story of farmer Jay Wilde who decided to take his cattle to an animal sanctuary to avoid having them slaughtered.

Alex said: “Jay battled with his conscious for a long time.

“He wanted to set them free because he believed they had personalities and he didn’t like what he was doing.

“Eventually he decided to turn his whole farm around and run it without the animals, something which changed his life forever.”

Alex first got into directing when he met Oliver Walton, who became the film’s cinematographer. The pair met when they were studying their A-Levels and quickly bonded over their love for making short films.

“For many years we did a lot of corporate stuff, and some short films here and there but nothing on this scale,” said Alex.

Before 73 Cows won the BAFTA, it premiered at Rain Dance Film Festival where it received an excellent response.

“Even after doing well at Rain Dance, we still didn’t expect it to go as far as it has,” said Alex.

The BAFTA award now sits in his proud mum’s house.

Alex said: “Our plan now is to keep going with it, keep making films and move entirely into features. The BAFTA win has opened a lot of doors for us and I couldn’t be more proud.”

You can watch 73 Cows for free by going online to www.lockwoodfilm.com by April 1.

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