Oscar winner shares tips with apprentices

Apprentices on the Certas Energy apprenticeship scheme recently met with Gareth Unwin, the Oscar-winning producer of The King’s Speech in 2010.

Three apprentices, who were either starting or celebrating the end of their 18-month course, met with Gareth who told them about life in the film industry and shared his Oscar and BAFTA awards together with the envelope that Steven Spielberg used to read out his winning name.

Gareth spoke of his journey from film school to the Oscars. He recounted his rejection at the hands of TV companies and actors and his difficulties in raising money for the film, before finally securing £9 million in funding and the participation of Colin Firth in the lead role. The worldwide hit went on to generate nearly $500 million in revenues.

“It was fascinating to learn about all the different ways you need to raise finance for a film,” said eighteen-year old Chloe Brown.

Set up in 2014, the Certas Energy apprenticeship scheme gives apprentices an opportunity to meet inspirational individuals who have risen to the top of their professions. Last year’s apprentices met former motorsport engineer and Formula One team principal, Ross Brawn. Brawn achieved the highest accolade in racing as part of the team famed for winning the F1 Constructors world title.