VIDEO: BAFTA nod for Sheffield film maker

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It’s lights, camera action for one Sheffield film maker who has received a BAFTA nomination for her latest masterpiece.

Rachel Tunnard was nominated in the ‘best short live action’ category with her film, Emotional Fusebox.

Sheffield film maker Rachel Tunnard, whose short film Emotional Fusebox was nominated at the BAFTAs.

Sheffield film maker Rachel Tunnard, whose short film Emotional Fusebox was nominated at the BAFTAs.

The 14-minute short, about a girl who lives in a garden shed at the bottom of her mum’s garden, stars her best friend Jodie Whittaker, who most people will know as Beth Latimer from Broadchurch.

Rachel, aged 35, of Kelham Island, said: “It was brilliant to be nominated but also absolutely terrifying.

“It’s just really strange to get lots of attention for something you basically made up at home in your pyjamas as a way to hang around with your friends.”

Rachel wrote and directed Emotional Fusebox as a pilot for a longer feature film called How to Live Yours, which she penned about two years ago.

Before comedy drama How to Live Yours, Rachel had been a film editor for a decade so Emotional Fusebox was a way of proving to her funders - the British Film Institute and Creative England - she could make the move to writer and director.

The film was shot last autumn at locations including the Peak District, Sheffield and Huddersfield.

Rachel has previously been named as a BAFTA Brit to Watch in 2011 and she has been heralded as one of The Creative England 50, which highlighted 50 of the brightest talents to receive Creative England backing. She has worked as an editor on features and shorts including BAFTA-nominated Shell and Skeletons.

n Emotional Fusebox and the other BAFTA-nominated shorts will be screened in cinemas next month as part of a special tour. The screening in Sheffield will take place at The Showroom on March 18.