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May Miles Thomas

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May Miles Thomas has a long and varied career in television, music video and features. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, she worked on community projects, theatre and as a playleader for Glasgow’s social work department before working for BBC Television, London.

In 2000 she made the UK’s first end-to-end digital feature, One Life Stand, which won awards in both the US and Europe including Best Film, Best Director, Best Writer, Best Actress at the BAFTA New Talent Awards in 2000. She is also the first-ever recipient of the Scottish Screen Outstanding Achievement Award.

In 2003 she followed up with Solid Air which won Best Director and Best Cinematography at the 2004 Festroia Festival Internacional de Cinema, Portugal.

For her contribution to the artistic and technical development of Digital Cinema, May was one of the first recipients of a prestigious NESTA Fellowship and in 2003 was honoured by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II as a Pioneer to the Life of the Nation for her services to British Cinema.

Other work includes Ringing the True, a feature screenplay which was a European Finalist, at the 2001 Sundance Institute/NHK International Filmmakers Awards, documentary Colentina and short film The Beauty of the Common Tool (1996).

May’s most recent screenplays include Tokushika, a black comedy set in Northern Ireland and an adaptation of Robert Irwin’s The Mysteries of Algiers, a novel dealing with terrorism and sexual politics set in 1950s Algeria.

In addition to filmmaking, May lectures on screenwriting, production and digital moving image culture and acts as mentor to several emerging filmmakers. She has also recently collaborated with writer, Ian Dowson, whose screenplay The Rabbit Catchers was awarded development funding by Northern Film and Media in 2005.

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‘To me this is more than a prize - it's an investment of faith in a piece of work that would otherwise fall through the cracks of less adventurous arts funding. It's the best thank you I can think of.’


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