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Bafta win for Bristol animator Emma Lazenby

Still from Mother of Many
The film combines animation with recordings of foetal heartbeats

A Bristol film director is celebrating winning a Bafta for her short animation, Mother Of Many.

The film, from production company Arthur Cox, follows the rhythms of a baby inside the womb.

Director Emma Lazenby said she was "absolutely delighted" with the award for the film, which was inspired by her mother, who is a midwife.

"I had been thinking of retraining as a midwife but I think I'll stick with animation now," she added.

Producer Sally Arthur was unable to attend the award ceremony on Sunday night at London's Royal Opera House because she is in the late stages of pregnancy.

Ms Lazenby has lived and worked in Bristol for three years, after a career that has encompassed filming in the Scottish Highlands and working on pop videos and adverts in London.

She also worked as a designer on CBBC favourite Charlie and Lola.

Caroline Norbury, of South West Screen, which helped finance the film said: "It's fantastic news for Bristol that once again our talent is being recognised.

"Last year, Esther May Campbell and Aardman both brought home awards so to achieve a win again in 2010 is simply exceptional."

The Bafta awards are given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

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