Hackenbacker takes TV BAFTA for Best Sound

15th May 2011

Nigel Heath and the team at Hackenbacker are on a roll. They handled the post-production for Four Lions, winner of the 2011 BAFTA for outstanding feature film debut by a British writer, director or producer.

They followed that up with working on Richard Ayoade’s debut as a feature film director – Submarine – which promptly broke the UK’s box office record for ticket sales per screen. And now they’ve been recognized in their own right for the sound on ITV’s period drama series, Downton Abbey.

Beginning in the run up to the Great War, the series focuses on the lives of the inhabitants of the fictional stately home, Downton Abbey – the Earl of Grantham, his family and his servants – and stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Jim Carter. The most successful British period drama since Brideshead Revisited, and reckoned to have cost over £1m per episode, it drew audiences of over 10 million per episode, and similar ratings in the USA.

Come the BAFTA awards for TV craft, it won the award for Director: Fiction (plus a clutch of nominations in other categories), and, most importantly for anyone with an interest in audio post production, the award for Best Sound: Drama.

Nigel Heath, Alex Sawyer, Adam Armitage and Mark Holding received the award for their work on Downton Abbey – which, needless to add, was mixed on Hackenbacker’s AMS Neve MMC and Libra Post consoles. Hackenbacker had also been in the frame for sound work on Channel 4’s Any Human Heart, which won the overall award for Drama Serial.