IVCA and Fuji awards


Press Release - 30th March 2009

The multi-award winning domestic abuse drama Leaving, produced by the not-for-profit organisation, Social Film Drama, received more prestigious accolades last week, winning first prize at the Fujifilm shorts competition and three top awards at the International Visual Communication Association Awards (IVCA).

Leaving is directed by Richard Penfold and Sam Hearn, and produced by Rachel Drummond-Hay.  Executive Producer is Ian Glennie.

At the prestigious Fujifilm Shorts, Leaving beat twelve other films to win first prize for Best Cinematography. The film was recognised for the sensitive approach taken by the Director of Photography, Richard Stewart, which worked so well to complement the subject matter.

Following the Fujifilm Shorts success, Leaving went on to win three top awards at the IVCA Awards, recognized internationally as marks of excellence for effective communication. The Gala Awards Ceremony was hosted by comedian Jo Brand at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London. 

Leaving scooped Gold for Best Direction, Gold for Best Drama and Silver for Best Script. 

A hit with the judges the film was described as: “A convincing drama of the highest quality...harrowing without ever being sensationalist. The script was real and sensitive. With stunning performances the pace and mood were compelling…Brilliant.”

Executive Producer, Ian Glennie, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our team and a huge endorsement for South West film-making.  We are looking to produce more films on the theme of domestic abuse in the coming year.  The Home Office and Ministry of Justice have been very supportive and we hope this partnership will help to raise public awareness of domestic abuse even further.”

Shot in Bristol and Chippenham, Leaving tells the story of one woman’s attempt to leave an abusive relationship. Starring Kierston Wareing (BAFTA Best Actress Nominee – It’s a Free World) and Johnny Harris (London to Brighton) the film aims to offer a glimpse into the long and arduous process of safely leaving an abusive relationship, as well as confront the deep-rooted misconception that those living with domestic violence ‘should just walk away’. 

Social Film Drama is a joint venture between communications and film production companies, Glennie McIntosh of Chippenham and Omni Productions of Bristol.