BAFTA Postpones Kevin Macdonald Event in Hong Kong Amid Protests

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Organizers concerned about attendance

In view of the on-going protests in Hong Kong, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has postponed its masterclass with Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald, originally scheduled for Oct. 15.

According to a press statement released by BAFTA, the event titled "The Craft of Directing" will be pushed back to an undisclosed date. "Due to the current situation in Hong Kong, it is uncertain whether the BAFTA masterclass scheduled with director Kevin Macdonald with the City University of Hong Kong would receive the student audience at which it is aimed," the statement said.

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