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Film producer of SL descent Nominated for an Oscar

Tamara Anghie, a film producer of Lankan descent (her father, Dr. Trevor Anghie who emigrated to Australia with his family several decades ago was an All Ceylon Rugby cap and legendry place kicker) has been nominated for an Oscar for 2009 for her short film, New Boy, which has been nominated for the best live action short film.

Anghie now works for Dublin-based Zanzibar Films.

Written and directed by Steph Green and produced by Tamara Anghie, the film is based on a short story by Roddy Doyle and captures the experience of being the new kid in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine year-old African boy.

The nomination for an ACADEMY AWARD® follows wins in over 20 international film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Manhattan Shorts International Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Irish Film & Television Awards and a Special Mention at the Berlinale.

Zanzibar Films CEO, Edwina Forkin said, ‘I’m very proud of Steph & Tamara on getting a nomination for an OSCAR® for Best Live Action Short film. It is well deserved and I hope they get to bring a gong home!!!"

Producer, Tamara Anghie said, "Steph and I are incredibly grateful to the cast and crew and to the many other people who have contributed to New Boy’s success. This is an exciting time for us all and we’re looking forward to being in LA to enjoy this experience".

Tamara Anghie has been working in the film and new media industries for the past 12 years.  While completing a Degree in Film & Media Studies in Melbourne, Australia, she wrote, produced, directed and edited several short film & video productions, including a final degree piece, a 12 minute short film, "Baby Blue". She has co-produced several other low budget short films & music videos and has worked on public television as a news & current affairs producer and as a camera operator and editor.

Tamara has worked as a production assistant for several film companies which have taken her all around Australia and South-East Asia working on television commercials, corporate videos and promotional travel documentaries.

Having discovered the power of Macintosh computers, she merged her interest in film with technology and began a career in new media, working as a production assistant on one of the first multimedia & CD-Rom productions in Australia in 1993.

Since moving to the United Kingdom in 1994, Tamara worked freelance for the BBC, MBC, Channel 4 and for several production companies on corporate videos, before continuing on the new media path.

After producing two highly acclaimed "edutainment" CD-Rom productions for FIG/Flagtower Publishing, Tamara’s interest in the more visual medium re-surfaced which led her into the computer games industry.  Working for the Psygnosis/Sony Entertainment Group as a Producer, she produced PC and console games including "Wipeout 64", before accepting the role of Producer of the Games Channel for the Interactive Services arm of telecommunications giants, ntl.  

Finding the existing world of television interactivity creatively stifling, Tamara returned to film-making and is working as a producer and production manager on several documentary and short film projects in Ireland.

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