Short film 'Swimmer' with scenes shot at Burrator and starring local youngsters wins Bafta
A film with scenes shot at Burrator reservoir and starring local cast members has tonight won a Bafta.
Swimmer, by acclaimed British director Lynne Ramsay, was crowned Best Short Film at last night's glittering ceremony.
Burrator Reservoir was one of two Devon locations chosen to shoot scenes for the film inspired by the Olympics.
Ramsay, who received worldwide attention for her adaption of Lionel Shriver's novel We Need To Talk About Kevin, did three days of filming at Burrator and one day at Spitchwick Common on Dartmoor last autumn.
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It was one of many special commissions for the London 2012 Olympics.
Ramsay's Swimmer is described as "a poetic journey through the waterways and coastline of the British Isles, following a lone swimmer through lakes, rivers and coves."
The film is framed by a soundtrack of seminal British music, combined with hydrophonic recordings and snippets of bankside conversations.
Ramsay – and her partner Rory Kinnear – recruited some of their younger cast members from Devon and Cornwall.
Among them was Jasper Martin, then aged eight, from Tideford in Cornwall, who was chosen after auditions at Plymouth's Holiday Inn.
Jasper's dad, Bill Martin, former Herald editor and now editor of the Western Morning News, said: "It's just such an amazing thing for Jasper to be part of.
"He got to meet Lynne Ramsay at the auditions then took part in two days shooting on a proper film set.
"It was a brilliant experience when he did the film and that it's won an award is amazing.
"It's a great example when the landscape here is used to its full potential.
"More people will see it and more people will come here.
"I think it's fantastic for everyone who's involved – it was brilliant for Burrator."
Jasper, who was a Stagecoach student and goes to Sir Robert Geffery's School in Landrake, spent two days filming at Burrator.
Other Stagecoach students chosen to take part in the film were Joshua Colman, Sam Hockaday, Kit Johnson and Tasadzwa Tandi.