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The Production Guild of Great Britain is to commence a new series of events this month with some of Britain's most experienced production professionals to deliver a behind-the-scenes of film and TV drama production.

The first 'Close Up' event takes place in central London on Wednesday 15 November and is 'An Evening with Anthony Waye'. From mail boy to executive producer, Waye's career started more than 60 years ago. He has worked on more than 70 films, including The Elephant Man, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and a total of 11 James Bond films.

Briony Hanson, the British Council's Director of Film, will speak to Anthony about memorable moments working on credits helmed by directors such as George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Sam Mendes, featuring actors like Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Katherine Hepburn, John Hurt and Daniel Craig. Anthony will also reveal what he looks for in his crew, both on set and in the production office, and explain how developments in digital technology have changed his role over the decades. The floor will then be open for questions from the audience.

An Evening with Anthony Waye, presented by The Production Guild of Great Britain, takes place from 7.30pm to 10pm on Wednesday 15 November 2017, at The Courthouse Hotel, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HL.

The interview begins at 8pm (prompt) and runs until 9.30pm, with an opportunity for networking with Anthony and other industry members afterwards. Tickets are available to the general public, as well as PG members and film students. The cost is £15 (full) / £11.40 (students) / £9 (Production Guild members), and are available to purchase here. The event is supported by Technicolor.

Alison Small, CEO of The Production Guild of Great Britain, said: "We're very excited to begin this new series of 'Close Up' events in association with the British Council. We want to open up the world of film production to a wider audience by sharing captivating stories from Britain's top production professionals. Anthony has worked on a staggering number of titles throughout his incredible career, during a period that has seen monumental shifts in production techniques. Presenting stories like his to the general public is a key part of our legacy work to share and preserve the history of film production for years to come, giving invaluable insights into this creative business in which the UK excels on a world stage whilst complementing the BFI's plans to encourage people with skills and talent to consider a career in film. If you're interested in what it takes to bring a major film to the big screen over the past 60 years, then you're in for a real treat."

Image: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. Featuring Anthony Waye, cast and crew.

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