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Cambridge musician Liam Taylor’s Power of the Dog spoof up for a DAFTA award



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Cambridge musician Liam Taylor has had a short film parody of Oscar-nominated movie The Power of the Dog nominated at the DAFTA film festival.

Still from The Freestyle Cowboy Showdown. Picture: Assem Nugumanova
Still from The Freestyle Cowboy Showdown. Picture: Assem Nugumanova

Written and directed by Liam, the film – titled The Freestyle Cowboy Showdown – was shot in Cambridge. Liam revealed: “The BAFTA-nominated films were randomly allocated to teams, so we were given The Power of the Dog to spoof. We worked backwards from the deadline, so knew we’d only have three days to come up with an idea and create a script.”

He continued: “My background is in music, I became interested in filmmaking in order to give myself composition projects. I started writing comedy sketches for The Conversation Hat podcast and gradually made friends with more and more excellent filmmakers until there was enough of a team to work on projects like this.

Still from The Freestyle Cowboy Showdown. Picture: Assem Nugumanova
Still from The Freestyle Cowboy Showdown. Picture: Assem Nugumanova
Still from The Freestyle Cowboy Showdown. Picture: Assem Nugumanova
Still from The Freestyle Cowboy Showdown. Picture: Assem Nugumanova

“I got to work with some of my favourite creators, including Michelle Siu (cinematography), Richard Jackson (director of photography), Laura Elmer (producer and assistant director), Assem Nugumanova (photography), Taylor Gorske (editor), Liz Gallagher (location manager), and actors Ben Pierson, Gabriel Bowker, Duncan Casey, Adam Al-Janabi and Kirsten Goldstone.

Still from The Freestyle Cowboy Showdown. Picture: Assem Nugumanova
Still from The Freestyle Cowboy Showdown. Picture: Assem Nugumanova
Still from The Freestyle Cowboy Showdown. Picture: Assem Nugumanova
Still from The Freestyle Cowboy Showdown. Picture: Assem Nugumanova

The film will be available for the public to view from mid-May. The DAFTA online awards ceremony will be held on April 13 at 7pm. The first airing will be the DAFTAs award show. Tickets can be purchased at https://bit.ly/3LMnow7.

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