Eastbourne band misses out on Bafta award

A documentary film made about an Eastbourne band was shortlisted for a Bafta this year.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 10:36 am
Updated Thursday, 17th June 2021, 5:24 pm

The documentary was made by Rosie Baldwin in 2018 and focuses on Delta 7, an Eastbourne-based rock band made up of seven people with learning disabilities – Mikey Reynolds, Lucy Walker, Fraser Caygill, Craig Post, Elliot Caygill, David Campin, and Harry Fairchild.

The film covers ‘love and loss, disability, mental health and the strength we all find in music, humour and being part of something’, according to a spokesperson for Delta 7.

It has now been seen by more than 40,000 people all over the world and earlier this year it was nominated for the short film award at the Baftas.

Delta 7 at the Bafta party.  Photo from Julia Roberts. SUS-210616-105442001
Delta 7 at the Bafta party. Photo from Julia Roberts. SUS-210616-105442001

Speaking ahead of the awards, a spokesperson for the group said, “We are thrilled, and whether the Bafta goes to Rosie or not, we think she deserves it and we will always be hugely grateful to her for making such a beautiful and important film.”

Although the film didn’t win, Delta 7 were thrilled with the nomination celebrated at their own party in the Hydro Hotel in Mount Road on June 6.

The spokesperson said, “We didn’t win the award last night for short form programme but we felt like winners that the Delta 7 film made by Rosie was shortlisted.”

Julie Roberts, the band manager, said, “This was a unique experience. The film documents a very specific moment in time when we suffered the loss of Tom Salway who worked with the band and was very much loved and greatly missed.

Harry Fairchild and Rosie Baldwin at the Bafta party. Photo from Julia Roberts. SUS-210616-105453001

“We made the collective decision to continue making the film and it was a difficult process at times but on reflection it was also very bonding for us all and gave us a platform to express everything we were going through, as a group and individually.

“Making this film and knowing that it has been seen by people all over the world is incredible and being shortlisted for the Bafta has given us a fairytale ending to be honest.”

Julia said Delta 7 is for ‘everyone who has ever felt outside of the mainstream and wants to be seen and heard’.

She said, “Everyone involved is extremely proud of the film and very grateful to Rosie for giving us a powerful and lasting memory.

“It is amazing to have something positive come out of such a difficult experience and I am extremely grateful to Rosie that she has used her talent to create such a sensitive and respectful film, which reflects the bond that the band have and our love for Tom Salway.”

Film creator Rosie said, “I initially wanted to make the film because I just love what the band are about and what they stand for. Their creativity and energy is really infectious and I wanted to emulate that on screen.

“Of course, the story changed massively after Tom’s death, and the film really then became a channel for the collective grief of the band, and a way to show not just how different the grieving process is for everyone, but also the healing power of creativity and how music brings people closer together.

“It really was both a huge shock and an honour to be nominated for a Bafta. It really is beyond what we ever dreamed for the film, and I’m just so pleased that the story and the band made such an impression on the voters and the jury. It’s incredible.”

You can watch the nominated film here: https://www.cultureshift.org.uk/delta-7films.