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Stoppard grabs FIPA d’Or for Parade’s End screenplay


Oscar® winning screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard won the FIPA D’Or for Best Screenplay at this year’s 26th International Festival of Audiovisual Programs in Biarritz, France (22-27 January 2013), for his work on the prestigious WWI drama series Parade’s End. The BBC/HBO series, which was partly produced in Flanders, got rave reviews upon its initial run in the UK. Both the US and Belgian premieres of Parade's End are set for this Spring.

Stoppard, who previously won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, visited the sets in Flanders on a number of occasions and was genuinely impressed: ‘These are classic vistas and one responds to them,’ he said. ‘One wants to put a camera on them and tilt the camera to follow them all the way. It’s great.’
A collaboration between HBO and the BBC, the series was brought to Flanders thanks to a winning combination of locations, financial incentives and entrepreneurial local producers. Producer David Parfitt (Trademark Films) teamed up with Flemish producer Martin De Witte (Anchorage Entertainment) and Jan Vrints (of film finance company Mollywood). Local broadcaster één (VRT) got on board as co-producer, which enabled Parade’s End to become the very first co-production to receive support from the VAF/Media Fund, an initiative of Flemish minister for Media Ingrid Lieten, aimed at supporting quality TV series in the live-action, animation and documentary field.
Directed by Susanna White (Generation Kill), Parade’s End was shot in such magnificent locations as the art nouveau house Villa Hurlebise (Nieuwpoort), Castle de Borrekens (Vorselaar), the Bommenvrij complex (Nieuwpoort) and Castle Sinte-Flora (De Moeren, Veurne). 'We could get brilliant value out of great locations, so it worked financially and creatively, which is the perfect mix for me', says producer David Parfitt. Parade’s End premiered on BBC in August 2012, was shown in its entirety at the 2012 Ghent Film Festival and will roll out internationally in 2013.

Photo (left to right): Parade's End producer David Parfitt (Trademark Films) and screenwriter Tom Stoppard ©Bart Dewaele.