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Devon and Cornwall’s BAFTAs success after Bait and Torquay filmmaker win awards

Bait director Mark Jenkin (left) with the film's producers. Credit: PA

It was a night to remember for Devon and Cornwall at the BAFTAs after a Newlyn director and Torquay filmmaker won awards.

Bait, a low budget, black and white film which depicts tensions between locals and tourists in a Cornish fishing village, received the award for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer.

Newlyn’s Mark Jenkin, who directed the film, collected the award alongside Bait’s producers Kate Byers and Linn Waite.

Watch: Bait director Mark Jenkin gives BAFTAs speech

He joked on stage that he’d written a ‘to do’ list earlier in the week, which included writing a BAFTAs speech just in case the film won.

Devon also enjoyed some BAFTA success after legendary filmmaker Roger Deakins, from Torquay, won in the Outstanding Cinematography category.

Torquay's Roger Deakins. Credit: PA

He scooped the award - his fourth BAFTA - for his work on 1917, which depicts the drama and horror of conflict for British soldiers fighting the Germans on the Western Front.

The war-time epic, which was directed by Sam Mendes, was filmed in Wiltshire and dozens of people from the county were used as extras.

Watch: How '1917' was made

Last night’s success means Mr Deakins has now become the most-decorated BAFTA winner in the cinematography category.