Buddha Boy

2012
10 minute short film
Director: Sarah Bickerton
Broadcast: Thursday 29th Nov 2012, 11.20pm on BBC2 Wales
BBC Listing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p680n
Awards: Best Film & Best Director at the BBC Made in Wales Awards 2012

This short film was produced as one of six standalone episodes for the BBC’s Made In Wales series. In the Made in Wales Awards it won Best Film and Best Director.

Buddha Boy tells the story of Gwyn, a teenage boy trying to fit in at school, made all the more difficult by his Buddhist upbringing. The music is quite sparse in texture, and was created by making lots of recordings of piano and guitar which were then electronically manipulated and processed to create dreamy, ethereal soundscapes. Here’s a short clip of a track that wasn’t actually used in the final film, but gives a feel of the overall score:

It was originally broadcast on Thursday 29th Nov 2012, 11.20pm on BBC2 Wales. It was repeated in 2013 on the BBC HD channel, Monday 28th Jan, 11.20pm and is still currently available on BBC iplayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01p680n/Made_in_Wales_Series_4_Buddha_Boy/